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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Erika Eichelberger, Los Angeles Times: If Tax Day fills you with dread and anger, that's not irrational -- at least not if you're poor or middle class. The United States tax code is so warped, so skewed in favor of the wealthy, that it is in effect hastening the arrival of the new Gilded Age. Since the middle of the last century, millionaires' tax burden has been cut in half. During the same time period, the share of government revenue coming from corporate taxes has plummeted while the portion coming from payroll taxes has jumped. As a freelancer, I have to give 30% of my income to the Internal Revenue Service. Hedge fund managers, meanwhile, pay 20% because they're allowed to pretend that their regular income is actually investment income. This particular rich-person tax perk is one of the main reasons income inequality in this country is out of control.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Guadalupe Vasquez became pregnant at 17 after being raped by a neighbor of the house where she worked as a maid. She decided to keep the baby; she even picked out a name: Gabriel. When she went into labor, her employer wouldn't let her leave to get medical care. She heard the baby cry briefly, then he was dead. The rapist was free, but now it would be Vasquez who would go to prison -- for seven years and three months.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"I'm not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not," said St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, who is part of a lawsuit accusing more than 100 priests and church employees of sex abuse. "I understand today it's a crime."


Wendy Williams, Stephen J. Ceci: Received wisdom is that sexism keeps women from getting ahead in sciences
Their new research shows that female scientists have a significantly higher chance of being interviewed and hired than men
They interpret findings: Anti-female bias in academic hiring has ended and now is a good time for young women to seek science jobs


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Earlier this year, an Italian surgeon announced that he'll be attempting the world's first human head transplant, that despite the hurdles, a human head may actually be attached onto another person's body in two years. This week, a donor was introduced, but according to at least one expert, this man might be facing something that's "worse than death." read more


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