BuzzFeed News: A Man Created An Instagram About Church Leaders In Expensive Designer Shoes. It’s Sending People Down An Existential Morality Spiral.. “A 29-year-old man named Tyler started an Instagram account two weeks ago that spawned from a joke he shared with friends. The account PreachersNSneakers has now become a place of both celebration and controversy over pastor influencers and their expensive shoes. The Instagram account features pastors and other church leaders who have large followings on social media, screenshots of the shoes they wear, and the shoes’ price tags.” I had no idea there were sneakers that cost so much money!
MarketWatch: This fascinating new tool lets you map the cheapest flights to anywhere from any city. “Check out this tool from students at the MIT Senseable City Lab. It’s called ‘Escape’ and it shows you what the cheapest flights to different spots are on given dates. The idea is to help you narrow down your vacation choices based on price.”
The Register: Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year . “The online ad giant has expressed its regret to the government of Ghana for a software bug that made it appear last week that the country’s cedi currency had collapsed.”
PR Newswire: Knight Commission Unveils New College Sports Financial Database (PRESS RELEASE). “In an effort to inject more financial transparency into college sports, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled a revamped and innovative College Athletics Financial Information (CAFI) Database. The new resource provides unprecedented access to athletics revenues, expenses, and debt as well as institution-wide academic spending for more than 220 public NCAA Division I colleges and universities dating back to 2005.”
NPR: Search The Thousands of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn’t Want You To See. “NPR analyzed records from a Federal Emergency Management Agency database of more than 40,000 property acquisitions, or ‘buyouts,’ funded by the agency from 1989 through 2017. The program buys homes from eligible homeowners who opt in. It then turns those lots into open space.”
BBC: Investment scam targets Instagram users. “Victims aged in their 20s have each lost an average of £8,900 after falling for investment scams that appear on image-sharing platform Instagram. Action Fraud, a UK police-led awareness centre, said there had been a surge in activity in recent months by fraudsters posting about get-rich-quick schemes. Victims are promised high returns within 24 hours, but the fraudsters demand fees and then disappear.”
SFGate: Your friends’ social media posts are making you spend more money, researchers say. “…a team of American and Canadian economists have proposed a new explanation for the declining savings rate, one rooted in individual psychology. At its heart lies a simple observation: Personal spending is a lot more visible to others than not spending. Changes in the media landscape have made other people’s spending more visible than ever. That, in turn, is making all of us spend even more – and save even less.”