Many U.S. cities, towns, and counties are now incinerating up to half of their recycled plastic and paper because China, which used to buy 40 percent of U.S. recyclables, no longer accepts most of them. As a result, the cost of disposing of recyclables is soaring.
Despite low unemployment, American workers’ slice of the economic pie continues to shrink. Employee pay and benefits fell to 52.7 percent of the nation’s economic output during the third quarter last year—down from 57 percent in 2001. If the workers’ share were still 57 percent, they would have $800 billion more in their pockets, or $5,100 more per worker.
The Wall Street Journal
A review of 900 college and university yearbooks from 120 schools across 25 states during the 1970s and 1980s turned up more than 200 images of students in blackface, wearing Ku Klux Klan robes or Nazi uniforms, and staging mock lynchings and “slave sales.”
Nearly half of American jail inmates suffer from some kind of mental illness, with more than a quarter of those suffering from a severe condition such as bipolar disorder. About two-thirds of inmates who’ve been sentenced to jail have a drug addiction.
The New Yorker