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Originally posted on Struggle for the Presidency:
The movie Primary Colors is loosely based off the 1992 Democratic nomination for president. In this film, John Travolta portrays an inexperienced Democratic candidate for president, which can be presumed to be Bill Clinton but under the stage name Governor Jack Stanton. Stanton along with his running mate…

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Originally posted on Cartographia:
Since it was founded in 1962, Wal-Mart has grown to be one of the most powerful corporations operating today.  The chain controls approximately 20 percent of the entire American retail business.  It has stores in the United States as well as in Mexico and Japan, and also operates in Brazil, Argentina, Canada,…

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Originally posted on Cartographia:
“Green” economics is a major trend these days.  There are environmentally friendly cars, houses, light bulbs, and laundry detergent–all components of a larger green lifestyles.  But as with all trends, living green is more popular in certain places than in others.  Today’s map is drawn from a study that attempts to…

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Originally posted on Cartographia:
What better way to start the week than with another map by Charles Joseph Minard?  Cartographers and students of graphic design generally idolize Minard for his ability to translate large and complicated data sets into easily understandable formats.  I have previously covered one of Minard’s other works, but this map is…

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Mandatory and voluntary private social expenditure makes a big difference to the degree of social insurance in some countries but not others. The calculation of these numbers in purchasing power parity would be much more interesting. Source: OECD Income Distribution database.

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Some welfare states are much more targeted. Australia has the most targeted welfare state in terms of public social benefits paid in cash to the bottom quintile (Q1) of income earners. Source: OECD Income Distribution database.

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Originally posted on Homepaddock:
USA author, Harper Lee has died: . . .Nelle Harper Lee (Nelle was Ellen, the name of her maternal grandmother, spelled backwards), the youngest of four children, was born and grew up in Monroeville, a town of fewer than 3,000 souls. It was a two-hour drive to reach the next town.…

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