Never underestimate the power of a pair of scissors, a nice suit and some kindness. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Dégagé Ministries has produced a video featuring the physical transformation of homeless, struggling alcoholic veteran Jim Wolf via a makeover. Of course, many factors play into Wolf’s subsequent decision to join Alcoholics Anonymous and seek housing, but rediscovering his dignity certainly helped expedite the process.
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Only years of storm wave-induced erosion could cause such an unlikely–and almost impossible–shape. Found in Lake Huron, some trees and vegetation sprinkle themselves upon the twenty-foot tall mind boggler.
With a whopping area of 663,300 square miles, Alaska might occupy a small amount of space in our national consciousness. It makes up for that, however, by comprising around 17% of the United States’ total area.
If you want your child to have a shot at entering a higher tier of the socioeconomic echelon, you might not want to settle down in the South. It’s not so much about big or small cities as it is, well, segregation. Says Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty,
We find that some of the highest mobility places in America are smaller towns rather than the biggest cities … What’s happening in those communities is they’re producing these very successful kids, even kids from low-income families.
And they end up leaving those communities typically, moving to bigger cities and being very successful in the broader American economy. But they’re being produced in these smaller towns…take a place like Atlanta … it’s a very residentially segregated city, where low-income people are living in neighborhoods that are quite separated physically from higher income. And the public transportation’s not great. And so that was a common characteristic that we found of many places of low rates of upward mobility.
If only Harlingen had Central Park or the Met…
Believe it or not, there was a time when GM was not embroiled in financial woes. In fact, for 77 consecutive years GM led global auto sales–longer than any other automobile company. Taken in 1956, this photo evokes the commercial splendor that defined the post-war boom.