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I would argue that if your paycheck is truly spent on taking care of the basics, then you are not "middle class." You may or may not have been middle class at one time. However, middle class is a truly subjective term in the mind of most Americans. There are sociological stats that can be shown to tell us what is the median income or the mean income, or who has wealth and who doesn't. There are many ways to measure ones economic means. But in the end, we all tend believe we are part of the middle class, even if we may be poor (or rich). Those of us with less money know we aren't rich, but don't want to be seen as the sloppy poor. Those of us with more money, know we aren't poor, but don't want to be measured along-side the elite rich. For these reasons, the terms we use to refer to one's class in America are "loaded" with connotations, more than they are an actual subject means by which to measure.
Therefore, I ask you, are you really middle class?
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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