Your Random-Ass Roundup: Down and Out in The Nation’s Wealthiest Black Enclave.

Prince George’s County is a hub of black wealth. But when the housing market cratered, it was not be spared. [...]

Student Debt; A Heavier Load for Young Borrowers of Color

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Cross-posted from Campus Progress

By now, just about everyone knows how far reaching the impact of student debt is. A recent report from Pew found that it now affects 1 in 5 households, but what doesn’t get as reported on as frequently is it’s disproportionate impact on [...]

Stakes Is High.

Book of the Month: The Myth of the Rational Market by Justin Fox.

“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” -John Maynard Keynes

In The Myth of the Rational Market, Justin Fox, the ”Curious Capitalist” columnist for Time, traces the lineage of the efficient market hypothesis, a school of thought backed by the [...]

By the Billion.

Like cool visualizations? Like information? (Of course you do, you’re here, aren’t you?) Want to wile away a few hours? A co-worker sent me a link to this chart he saw on The Big Picture. It’s spending in billions (adjusted for today’s dollars) on random stuff color-coded by “spending, earning, giving, fighting, losing, and illin’.” [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Nuts about ACORN

Today in my office, a pimp and his prostitute came looking for advice on where to score some blow and advice on how to fill out their W-2s. When I told them what they could do, they accused me of encouraging them to engage in public masturbation. I hope Beck and Co. don’t get hold [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: The joke's on who?

So where do we go from here? President Obama has been portrayed as a monkey, witch doctor, various types of pimps and now The Joker. Certainly, there’s more variations on this general theme.

But I really want to know, what’s the endgame? Is this supposed to advance some principled political opposition? Or merely “to get [...]

Another Monday, Another Terrible Douthat Column.

My Monday morning was bound to be something of a disappointment; after all, I was in an unusually good mood for most of this weekend and it’s pretty difficult to sustain that kind of high into the work week. Of course, I probably didn’t do myself any favors by starting my day with [...]