Parcel post your children

Sounds convenient to me. The USPS should start up the service again.

In 1913 it was legal to mail children in the U.S.. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn’t take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail.

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Wage inequality in the United States – a concern for everybody

Here is a scary statistic on wage inequality in the United States. I think even the well-off should be concerned about this, because all the “nice stuff” everybody likes to own won’t get made without a thriving middle class to also buy them.

Q. The average household in the ‘top 1 percent’ by income out-earned a typical ‘bottom 90 percent’ household by how much in 2012?

A. 42 times as much, with income averaging $1.3 million.

For comparison, in 1938, when America first introduced a minimum wage, the income of the top 1 percent was 25 times larger than that of the average “bottom 90” percenter, according to data derived from tax returns by researchers including Emmanuel Saez.

It’s an interesting quiz to take:

ref: The Christian Science Monitor – http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0122/Are-the-rich-getting-richer-Take-our-quiz-on-inequality-and-incomes/Top-incomes

Universal symbols for men’s and women’s restrooms

These are on the ground floor of the hospital I visit sometimes. I guess it’s more interesting than pink and blue symbols to indicate which restroom is which.

The strange thing is, even more strange than the signs themselves, is that both restrooms are exactly the same. They are both handicapped equipped for single use only with a locked door. So I don’t know why you need to distinguish between a men’s room and a women’s room.

Still, interesting signs. I have a suspicion that they will not become generally popular.

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