There is something viscerally grating about being told what "rich" means by people who paid full price for their grade school lunches. In a meta sense the "$___ per year is rich" discourse itself is a class war, just not the class war some imagine it is.
I don't want to be unnuanced here. Lots of people pushing and tugging on the "rich" threshold. And the whole conceit of defining a dichotomous threshold for richness is silly, and the richest of the rich are exponentially wealthier than even the 98th percentile for HHI.
but it is really mentally exhausting to have tons of weird little experiences in your life from lack of money, to make sense of them as you grow older, and to feel as if carbon copies of the richer kids from your hometown are dictating the terms of the discourse here.
it's undeniably a good thing that progressivism is in vogue among the rich kids you grew up with. The alternative is so much worse. But at least for this one genre of discourse, it can sometimes feels like you were never consulted on the terms of engagement.

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the thing about "$__k/year is rich" discourse is that words are mushy and amorphous concepts, everyone thinks they "grew up average," Twitter is disproprotionately higher income and college-attending. A terrible powder keg of a discourse.
real advice: figure out what your parents make, check out household income percentiles for the state you grew up in. So like, median household income in my state, MA (richest state per median HHI) is $81,215. Half of MA households live on more than that, half live under that.
My ex-gf in college who went to an elite school and had a very well off upbringing told me she understood what it's like to live on low wages because she had a low paying summer job in high school. Every time this discourse pops up I get that exact same vibes from a lot of folks.
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I have a post in my drafts that is basically this. Glad to know someone else wrote this so I don't have to finish that draft.

I don't think every project needs to strictly adhere to this but you need to know why it works before you deviate too much. drivendata.github.io/cookiecutter-d…
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- I don't use makefile as a dirty Windows user, but the idea is still right. I suggest doing something like this:
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Dear employers,

If you want a candidate who has "a "high level of competency in Python" and "2-3 years experience" and offer them the median personal income in the state you're hiring from, you're not going to get someone who is good at Python. I don't know how else to say this.
Employers are convinced that just because they can fill positions at that salary range and with those requirements that they can keep offering these salary/requirement combinations.

No sweetie, your candidates either suck or will quit in a month for a better job.
The extreme irony is this position is for one where the previous person quit suddenly and without much notice.

Did anyone even bother to connect the dots??!?!

No-- because as long as they're technically filling the position, it looks like it's working from mgmt's perspective.
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As a not-socialist I would normally be inclined to appreciate a paper titled "The Opportunity Costs of Socialism," but boy is this a stupid clusterfuck. Let's dig in. (1/n)

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I couldn't find net transfer data for Nordic countries. But whatever they're doing is reducing the gini coefficient, which is the relevant metric. oecd.org/sweden/OECD-In… (2/n)
Income inequality should be measured with after-tax and after-transfer income. The representation of tax progressivity alone as the relevant metric is incredibly disingenuous, and the authors probably know that. (3/n)
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