Starting off November with a bang

Picture from the NYTimes article linked below

Drinking three glasses of champagne ‘could help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease’
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/drinking-three-glasses-of-champagne-every-day-can-help-prevent-alzheimers-disease-a3109626.html
The article has been amended to say that it’s three glasses of champagne a week, not a day! Which is good because I don’t think anyone was trying to push someone to expensive alcoholism in the pursuit of avoiding mental degradation. As someone with a grandmother with Alzheimer’s, and have a terrible memory in general, I feel like I should probably start drinking champagne just in case. Preventative measures and all.

Disease victims often shut out of workers’ comp system
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/04/18816/disease-victims-often-shut-out-workers-comp-system
I’m not going to write much about this, but that proof is so, so hard to determine in court sometimes. I mean, know and my family knows that my grandma’s eyesight deteriorated because she had to do needlework by what was essentially candlelight for years, but I wouldn’t even know how to start trying to prove that in court. I also recommend you read the article; it’s long and insane and will be upsetting. This is an overlooked issue for sure.

Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials?
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/coliving/414531/
I’ve lived in a dorm three times. Once was absolute torture because I lived with a bunch of mean girls in a relatively judgmental campus, and the other two times were generally okay, and I still talk to and hang out with those roommates today from time to time. It definitely forced me to talk to more people and go out more, which is good since I’m pretty lazy even on a good day, but I don’t know if I’d sacrifice privacy and space for socializing the way Pure House did it (though the perks that come with being able to afford Pure House probably offsets a lot of the potential annoyance). Still, if it’s a good deal, I’m not likely to pass it up for something more private unless I get married.

What Do Professional Apple Farmers Think of People Who Pick Apples for Fun?
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/what-do-professional-apple-farmers-think-of-people-who-pick-apples-for-fun/414382/#
As someone whose area’s idea of wholesome fun is going produce-picking at a nearby farm, a practice that I’ve participated in since pretty little, thinking about the fuzzy origins of the practice makes me cringe a little. However, I think it’s safe to say that no one’s just staring at the workers when we’re picking and there’s a level of respect given to the workers and volunteers here that lets them make our experience fun and enjoyable. We know agriculture is a major here, with specializations. We’re not trying to do what they do; we’re just happy that we get to do the fun parts and support the locale. It’s also interesting that it’s pinned as an “East Coast or urban thing” because I didn’t realize it wasn’t a thing in other parts of the country. Shame, because it makes a really nice day out.

Why Are Asian-Americans Such Loyal Democrats?
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/04/opinion/why-are-asian-americans-such-loyal-democrats.html
I agree with that entire article, including a lot of the inferences and findings, and would also like to point out that many of the high-achieving, high-earning people mentioned have familial counterparts that aren’t doing as well, at least on the east coast where the immigrants speak less English and have spent less time here comparatively. Not having to support them the way they would in Asia in accordance with familial piety because the government helps take care of that would absolutely be something that Asian-Americans are interested in. At least I think that’s why my family is interested in government help. Plus, we were on welfare for a short period of my life, and that saved us. Also, I think the number of us who are highly educated and have had that chance to mix and mingle with people of all sorts understand that the past aligning yourself with old wealth that doesn’t think much of you isn’t nearly as powerful as aligning yourself with new powerhouses who’ll welcome you with open arms and a boatload of food; many of which are black, Hispanic, etc. If you’re smart, you want to strive for a future where everyone’s up, because that’s good for you too.

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