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When Christmas Decoration is a Full-Contact Sport

A modest proposal for dealing with holiday-related injuries

In a recent New Yorker look at holiday-related decorating injuries, Ben Wellington, a professor at the Pratt Institute, warns that every year around 15,000 people check into the ER as a direct result of yuletide mishap. These seasonal blunders include everything from stepladder spills to string-light electrocutions to giant candy cane bludgeonings. There was also this one guy who apparently kept trying to eat his tree ornaments.

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What Matters Most to Millennial Voters?

It's the economy, stupid. But some young voters say ending our war in Afghanistan and rethinking military spending ought to be higher on the agenda.

The political conventions are an opportunity for each party to erect their big tent and consolidate many disparate voices around a core set of ideas and values. The troubled economy and high unemployment looms large across the political spectrum of course, but plenty of other issues are influencing voters as we head into the peak of the election cycle.

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Bernie Sanders Filibuster Word Cloud

A visualization of the most used words in Senator Sanders's epic filibuster speech.


Senator Bernie Sanders filibuster of last week is already becoming the stuff of legend. Here is a word cloud of his speech (full transcript here). I do wish that instead of just "tax' and "people" writ so large, there was also the word "rich," so that a simplified version of his speech could be read simply as "tax rich people." See a larger version here.

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