Jesse Medcalf

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Data Is Beautiful is a hidden gem for gorgeous data visualizations

Data visualization is one of the most delightful trends in media. It’s perfect for skimming and can turn a boring economic analysis into a work of art. Many practitioners are looking for inspiration in this quickly evolving field. A (relatively) new Reddit, DataIsBeautiful, aims to collect the best …

Who Wins in the Name Game?

From dating to job prospects, a name has remarkable power over the path of its owner's life.<p>I was at a party for Bastille Day in Paris a few years back, and we were leaning over the balcony to watch the fireworks. A cute French girl sat next to me, but after a few flirty glances the moment was …

The Sociology of Sorry

A puzzling ad campaign condemns the apology—and women along with it.<p>Last week, Pantene, the shampoo brand, released an ad about the gendered use of language. "Why are women always apologizing?" the commercial asks. It goes on to showcase women saying "I'm sorry" for everyday activities—asking …

Does it matter whether or not economics is a ‘science’?

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>The 4 reasons why Amazon won’t be shipping by drone anytime soon<p>Next Post »<p>Don’t miss the boat on trade facilitation<p>23 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is …

Guess what, elites: Not all young people are rich

Addressing the concerns of today’s youth is impossible if you think the only issues are those ailing the privileged<p>Writing about entire generations of people is usually a pretty ill-fated idea. Any given age group contains a snapshot of basically all of the diversity there is in the country: class, …

What a 241 year-old Dutch credit crisis tells us about market optimism

It was a confident, high-powered investment firm with credit lines at top financial institutions. It made big bets using borrowed money to buy assets and generate higher returns. But when the market for those assets went south, lenders demanded more collateral until the firm suddenly collapsed. …

Finance

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …

Bank of America says Bitcoin could become a 'major means of payment'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for e-commerce" as well as a "serious competitor to …

Bigotry and the English Language

Language does not exist encased in glass and formaldehyde.<p>Wes Alwan reaches for the dictionary in his effort to defend Alec Baldwin against the charge of being a bigot:<p>The problem with these responses is that they redefine “bigot” away from its well-established common usage. In fact, the primary …

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's …

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These Republicans Who Voted To Cut Food Stamps Personally Received Large Farm Subsidies

Some Republican members of Congress receive their own share of government money.<p>Several of the House Republicans who voted Thursday for a bill that slashed billions of dollars from the food stamp program personally received large farm subsidies for family farms. The bill cutting the food stamp …

The GOP’s “Hunger Games” vision of America

Cutting food stamps and sabotaging Obamacare aren’t irrational – they’re part of the 1 percent’s all-out class war<p>American conservatives love to attack anyone who raises the issue of worsening economic inequality for waging “class war.” Their compulsion to keep repeating that phrase is revealing in …

'Sexual jihad': Tunisian women go to Syria to 'relieve' holy warriors, return pregnant

Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to wage 'sexual jihad', performing intercourse with dozens of Islamist fighters and returning home pregnant, …

Brazil's controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control

When Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff postponed her official visit to the US in protest of National Security Agency spying activities on Tuesday, it seemed like a routine bit of diplomatic posturing.<p>But another one of her proposals could perhaps be more significant: a set of measures intended to …

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US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

Porn watching affects female views of women

Study finds people who watch pornography are less likely to support affirmative action for women.<p>Should women receive preferential treatment in the workplace? Newly published research suggests your attitude toward that complicated issue may be shaped, in part, by whether you indulge in a specific …

In Defense of the Humanities Ph.D.: It's No Crazier Than Becoming a Journalist

Yes, the academic job market is a wasteland. But that doesn't make spending your twenties reading poetry for low pay irrational.<p>“Why haven’t humanities Ph.D. programs collapsed?” asks my colleague Jordan Weissmann this week. It’s a question that has drawn a host of reader responses, from “the job …

Meet The Entrepreneur Who Wants To Disrupt Western Union And Fix A Half-Trillion Dollar Economy

Why should you have to cash a check, wait in line, use a calling card, and pay high fees just to send money to your family abroad? Edrizio De La Cruz was sick of it, and now he’s hatched a much easier way.<p>For a system that moves half a trillion dollars around the globe each year, remittances are …

Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals

Here's some food for thought: One-third of the world's food goes to waste every year. In the U.S., about 40 percent of our food gets thrown out. It's happening on the farm, at the grocery store and in our own homes.<p>Lately, there's been a lot of talk about what to do about it — from auctioning off …

Choice, for women, is not about biology. It's about basic equality

One of the most frustrating things about being "pro-choice" is the assumption that the only choice we care about has to do with our bodies. Really, the choices we're talking about have to do with preserving, or expanding, <i>all</i> of the choices available to women. The choices we make about our bodies, …

Why our best students are totally oblivious

While being up in arms about popular injustices, they’re educated how not to see race, empire and colonialism<p>This past week, I taught my first classes of the semester. The college where I teach attracts young men and women who are generally left of center. Some of them are the children of …

Japanese man walks home 800 miles after being mugged

A man who was mugged in southern Japan decided to walk more than 800 miles home rather than inconvenience the local police or his family with his predicament, it has been claimed.<p>The man, who has not been named, set out from the city of Kitakyushu after being mugged on August 25 and arrived back at …

Ex-Bush Officials Love Obama’s Unilateralism on Syria

The president’s new admirers: Ex-Bush aides who Democrats chastised as unilateralists on Iraq. By Eli Lake.<p>President Obama’s pending decision about …