Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday links

Militant shoppers target austerity measures in Greece. It's only two minutes long. The part that croggled me is at the end—it's a fine illustration of the problem with the Libertarian Party's belief that everything should be privatized.

DairyStateDad's take on being a Christian is pretty much mine: I am a Christian. Well, perhaps with a difference in degree, if not kind: I'm agnostic about both God and Jesus. If there was conclusive evidence that Jesus was a mythical figure, I would still consider myself a Christian, because what matters to me is not the truth of the history but the truth of the story. A great teacher should teach communism and refuse to answer violence with violence.

From Cars and Class:
When the automobile is used as the primary mode of mass transit, the poorest are hardest hit. In 2008, for instance, the poorest fifth of Americans spent 13 per cent of their income on gas. The top fifth spent 3 per cent. In Highway Robbery: Transportation, Racism and New Routes to Equity, Robert Bullard notes: "Those earning less than $ 14,000 per year, after taxes, spend approximately 40 per cent of their take-home pay on transportation expenditures. This compares to 22 per cent for families earning between $27,177 and $44,461 annually, and 13 per cent per year for families making more than $71,900 per year."