Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

BY JIM RUSSELL from Pacific Standard Data analysis often suffers from a tyranny of geography. When measuring the human condition, we ignore the human condition. Instead, we track how a place fares. “Place” requires space and people to populate it, whether remotely (like folktales) or boots on the ground. Therefore, any geographic unit of analysis…

Americans Overwhelmingly Agree It’s Time to End Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

By Christopher Ingraham from Washington Post Mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses, particularly drug crimes, have been a leading factor in the nation’s skyrocketing prison populations over the past several decades. Given the high annual costs of incarcerating non-violent offenders, momentum has been building at the federal level to reform these sentencing rules, and it’s…

Everyone Agrees: CEOs Should Be Paid Less

BY KYLE CHAYKA from Pacific Standard The longest lasting impact of the Occupy movement might just be the conflict between the “99 Percent” and the “One Percent”—the term that has come to symbolize the vast wealth inequality that exists in this country. As it turned out, the one percent is something of a misnomer. The…

#BillMaher’s Dangerous Critique of Islam

by PETER BEINART from The Atlantic Bill Maher, meet Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Last Friday, the cranky comedian, aided by atheist author Sam Harris, enraged actor Ben Affleck by calling Islam, in Harris’s words, “the mother lode of bad ideas.” Then on Monday, Maher condemned liberals for being so afraid of being called Islamophobes that they won’t…

Rural Employment in Recession and Recovery

by Thomas Hertz, Lorin Kusmin, Alexander Marré, and Timothy Parker from USDA In December 2007, 6 years of economic growth ended as the U.S. economy entered the most severe recession since the Great Depression. In May 2014, 5 years after the official end of the recession, nonfarm employment reached its pre-recessionary peak level. However, the…