But the best part is how the replies in the thread are almost exclusively from billion dollar media conglomerates asking permission for they and their licensees to use the video "for free without restriction in all media".
Eva learned to dread the approach of elderly senators and statesmen, the way they shook Steve's hand and leaned into his space to mutter, conspiratorially, "The country's not like it used to be, is it?" It was like the ticking of a bomb that only Eva could hear.
"You're right," said Steve, the third time it happened, "nobody dies of the flu and I can't get arrested for marrying a black person."
In the middle of an election season, Steve had sent an editorial to the New York Times singing the praises of labor unions, and harshly condemning Libertarians and fiscal conservatives and Wal-mart and possibly Apple; Eva had only managed to horror-skim it so far. "Did you go around trying to stir up shit back then, too?"
"In Brooklyn? During the Depression?" said Steve. "Um, yes?"
"How is this a hard job?" Yumi said that weekend over drinks. So many drinks. "C'mon, Steve Rogers, he's such a boy scout."
"Oh god," Eva muttered, rubbing her temples, "don't get him started on the Boy Scouts."
While wealth distribution follows a power law, the distribution of human skills generally follows a normal distribution that is symmetric about an average value. [...] The same is true of effort, as measured by hours worked. Some people work more hours than average and some work less, but nobody works a billion times more hours than anybody else. [...]
The computer model charts each individual through a working life of 40 years. During this time, the individuals experience lucky events that they can exploit to increase their wealth if they are talented enough. However, they also experience unlucky events that reduce their wealth. These events occur at random. [...]
When the team rank individuals by wealth, the distribution is exactly like that seen in real-world societies. "The '80-20' rule is respected, since 80 percent of the population owns only 20 percent of the total capital, while the remaining 20 percent owns 80 percent of the same capital," report Pluchino and co. [...]
The wealthiest individuals are typically not the most talented or anywhere near it. "The maximum success never coincides with the maximum talent, and vice-versa," say the researchers. [...]
The team studied three models, in which research funding is distributed equally to all scientists; distributed randomly to a subset of scientists; or given preferentially to those who have been most successful in the past. Which of these is the best strategy?
The strategy that delivers the best returns, it turns out, is to divide the funding equally among all researchers. And the second- and third-best strategies involve distributing it at random to 10 or 20 percent of scientists.