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Cadillac? Change it Up, Fictional Welfare Queens!

Yes, She’s a Myth, but What Does She Drive?

You probably know that Ronald Reagan’s old “welfare queen” line about black inner-city women living it rich off their welfare checks was a myth, a distortion based on a single unrepresentative anecdote. Regardless, thirty years later you can find dozens of Tweets every day featuring

Histogram of Median Income of U.S. Natives Born Out of State minus Median Income of U.S. Natives Born in State, for all U.S. counties, 2014 American Community Survey

Income of Outsiders and Insiders, by U.S. County

I am very fond of American Community Survey Table B06011. I mean this seriously: visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder website and see for yourself. ¬†This data table will look at just about any U.S. place you specify, then spit out the median income

unique industries made in china despicable me

Despicably Shameless And Minion Made

Unique Industries Minion Made products are produced in factories in China, where the costs are kept low by an authoritarian regime that denies workers the right to organize to improve their condition. Despicable, indeed.

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Merry Chirsmas?

Walking with my kid through the drug store today, I saw this tchochke on the shelf. “Merry Chirsmas?” I thought to myself. “Haw! They spelled it wrong!” So I took a picture, thinking the whole thing was pretty funny. After I got home, I thought

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$399 Bulletproof Whiteboards? Utterly Unneeded in 2014 and 2015.

When the privatized military contractor corporation Hardwire Armor Systems started selling $399 bulletproof whiteboards to freaked-out school administrators in 2014, I bet $1,000 that despite the deployment of thousands of these whiteboards (at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars) there wouldn’t be a

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?