If you’ve nothing better to do…

for-rent-sign…Listen to John Dankosky’s “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. on Friday as we talk about — what else? — the high cost of renting in Connecticut. I wrote about this earlier for the station’s website. and now we’re going to delve deeper into the topic, with the expert guidance of Katy Shafer of Partnership for Strong Communities, Betsy Crum, of Connecticut Housing Coalition, and Nick Lundgren, of the state Dept. of Housing.

Here are some more housing and homelessness stories. Cool, huh?

Listen! Call in! Heckle!

So there’s the gender pay gap and then there’s the other nonsense

0925_pay-800x480Not only do women make less than men all the way up the pay scale, but female executives tend to be financially penalized more when the market or the company takes a dip. From Liberty Street Economics:

Compensation of female executives is more exposed to declines in firm value and less exposed to increases in firm value than males’. We find that a 1 percent rise in firm value is associated with a 13 percent rise in firm-specific wealth for female executives and a 44 percent rise for male executives. Conversely, a 1 percent decline in firm value is associated with a 63 percent decline in firm-specific wealth for female executives and a 33 percent decline for males.

Oh, awesome.


Anti-abortion activists are using public record laws to pry into private medical records

mississippi-abortion-rights2Well, this is new, from ProPublica. From that link:

Abortion opponents insist their tactics are generally not aimed at identifying women who have abortions but to uncover incidents involving patients who may have been harmed by poor care or underage girls who may have been sexually abused. They say they are trying to prevent situations such as the one involving Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of murdering three babies after botched abortions and of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman.

“This is about saving the lives of women,” said Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which is based in Wichita, Kansas. “A lot of people don’t understand that. It’s a systemic problem within the abortion industry today for abortion providers to cut corners on patient care.”

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

I’m speaking at Humanist Haven!

On Nov. 1, and I’m talking about homelessness, thanks to that sweetheart Chris Stedman, author of Faitheist and executive director and coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community, Chris’s believe — and he lives it — is that there’s more to being a humanist than not-believing in a deity.

You can check out the other speakers and details of their talks here. Come heckle!

Not that I admit there is such a thing, but:

The-Little-Prince-001Huffington Post has a list of books every “spiritual but not religious” person should read.

Come to think of it, I’ve read most of these. Should I be worried?

Look what happened in Hartford on the first day of school yesterday


On Hartford’s first day of school on Tuesday, Pastor AJ Johnson organized some 100 men who came — most of them dressed in suits — to greet the students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School with high-fives and cheers.

What a welcome, and what a wonderful idea.

Maurice Eastwood — you can read more about him here — organized some 30 people to do the same at Simpson-Waverly School.

Click through the photos on that first link. This? Is beautiful. I wish I could have been there to watch. This? Is Hartford.


Aaaand discuss: