Love in the Time of Cholera

Why is Haiti so fucked? A wave a cholera, which we haven’t really heard about since Garcia Marquez, hit Haiti three weeks ago and shows little resistance to efforts made to halt its spread:

Cholera, which is spread mostly by water contaminated with bacteria-carrying feces, can be easily prevented with proper handwashing, water purification, and proper sanitation.

Schindall says the key task to combating this latest epidemic is to inform people of the basics of this illness.

Basically, cholera can be prevented by practicing normal hygienic habits.  It’s not that Haitians don’t have soap, they just don’t have instructions for the soap.

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Based on Color Scheme, US is depressed.

via Slate:

The immediate Midwest and the South are the worst places to live if you are trying to find a job.

In June 2007 only Louisiana and Michigan were awful places to make money. The static months between January 2009 and August 2010 allowed a bunch of translucent red dots to populate the United States; evidently this is very bad.

Suburban Poverty

Finally, the cultural poverty rampant in suburban America is matched by its economic counterpart:

A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade and in coming years, and finds that suburbs now are home to one-third of the nation’s poor, and rising.

The study of census data finds that since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs jumped by 37.4 percent to 13.7 million. The growth rate of suburban poverty is more than double that of cities and higher than the national rate of 26.5 percent.

Suburban Poverty. A new social phrase indicative of the collapse of the middle class.

Although this number is negotiated by my position as a student, the last five years of my life have been spent making less than $10,830 annually.

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