HIGHTOWER: MIT's "Heartthrob Brooch"

"These are good times for America," President Clinton has been saying to us over and over again, apparently on the theory that if he says it often enough, we'll believe it.True, more wealth is being generated than ever before, but the hard-working folks who are producing these gains are mostly not enjoying any of them. Instead of benefitting the majority, today's wealth is being forklifted almost exclusively to those at the very top.You'll be glad to know, though, that these fabulous ones are spending their money wisely. Indeed, thanks to their consumer habits, science is making some really important strides! For example, the Media Laboratory of the prestigious Masachusetts Institute of Technology has now made the breakthrough many have longed for: Wearable Technology. MIT's specific breakthrough comes in the form of (Ta, Ta, Ta-Lah): "The Heartthrob Brooch." It's a chunk of jewelery, encrusted with diamonds and rubies. But this brooch doesn't just set there glittering -- it pulsates. You see, the woman wearing this bauble also wears a hidden, heartrate sensor that sends a radio signal to the brooch everytime her heart beats, causing diodes behind the rubies to flash in rhythm with her own heart.Isn't this exciting? The jeweler who made the brooch using MIT's scientific advance, spoke for all of us when he told the New York Times, "Everybody wants to look glamorous at society balls. Just think -- you walk into the room, and you light up." To double the excitement, a woman's partner can also wear a heartrate sensor and, when they touch, both of their heartbeats will pulse through the rubies.Be the first on your block to own the marvelous, high-tech, Heartthrob Brooch. Only $500,000 each.This is Jim Hightower saying ... Yes, that is a bit steep, but it's a good example of how all that excess wealth at the top is creating a market for something so ... well, so silly.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.