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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.



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     Two maps to show you how economically hypocritical Red States are.

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What do we hear most from Red States (other than “guns" or "Jesus" of course)?  Big government is bad and taxes are too high.  Alright, so what would happen to people in Red States if the government stepped out of their finances?  And who is actually paying for public services when those Red States are focused on tax breaks for the rich?  Let’s look at two maps.

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6:00 pm  •  30 March 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| republicans| economy| red states| welfare| taxes| news|

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     The pilot of your last flight makes less money than you thought.

Most Americans should be making more money.  Wages have not increased with the standard of living, but more importantly, workers’ wages have not increased with profit, productivity, or executive salaries.  Cashiers need more money.  Teachers need more money.  Firefighters need more money.  Just about everybody needs more money and I’ve just learned that definitely includes pilots.  

Yes income disparity is evil and setting a bank executive’s salary so far above a construction worker’s salary makes no sense, but something is really off when your pilot has the same hourly wage as a big box retail employee.  I would like for salaries across the board to move to a more equal footing, but something in my gut wants the person in charge of keeping my plane in the air to make a little bit more money than the person who does my return at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Take a look at what the airline industry is really like and you’ll probably be just as surprised as I was.

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5:05 pm  •  15 February 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| airline industry| economy| news| income disparity|

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     That awful girl and her bougie apartment search has been failed by her parents.

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I ignored the New York Times story about Vanessa Csordas-Jenkins because it was all over the Internet and everyone was already saying what I wanted to say.  If you want quiet, don’t live in a city.  If you don’t like the subway, don’t live in NYC.  If you can’t live with people, jump off the face of the Earth.

Can we address her parents real quick though?

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5:00 pm  •  2 February 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| rich people| economy| income inequality| the 1%| nyu| nyc|

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     One chart to dispel the myth of the uneducated minimum wage worker.

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That’s it.  End of discussion.  Corporate America has brainwashed us into buying into the ubiquitous image of the fast food worker who dropped out of high school and has no other option and that’s not the case.  It’s more likely that they actually finished high school — or even college — and STILL have no other option.

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4:01 pm  •  24 January 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| minimum wage| economy| income inequality| news|

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     The US Government spends $30 million per year on penis pumps.

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I don’t think anything could possibly summarize America right now better than that headline I just wrote.  We can’t fund healthcare and we can’t fund free school lunches for the impoverished and we can’t fund transportation improvements so people can get to work, but we will make damn sure old men have working dicks.

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8:00 pm  •  16 January 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| penis| news| medicare| politics| economy| health|

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     Congress is about to vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Congress votes on things all the time, so that’s not really noteworthy.  In this case, shockingly enough, the spending bill will probably pass, largely because nobody gets everything they want so everyone is equally crabby about it.  The bill itself is a massive 1,582 pages.  I doubt every Congressman even gets through the whole thing, let alone Rafi D’Angelo who has just re-obtained Dynasty: The Complete Series and spends an inordinate amount of time watching it.  So, to simplify our lives, these are the high points. (x)

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2:00 pm  •  14 January 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| politics| news| congress| budget| economy|

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     Neiman Marcus got hacked.

Neiman Marcus isn’t releasing a set figure, but they were hacked and their customers’ credit card information has been stolen.

Not that anyone I know shops at Neiman Marcus because we’re all broke, but still.  I wanted to spread the word so I don’t feel as bad paying with cash all the time.

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2:00 pm  •  12 January 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| neiman marcus| target| money| news| finance| crime| economy|

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     Hungry children vs. the world’s rich.

There is so much money being held hostage by so few people who could use it to solve very real problems.  Does money make you immoral or is it easier to amass wealth if you’re already morally bankrupt?  

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12:00 pm  •  6 January 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| economy| news| income inequality|

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