White Crimes, Black Crimes And Racist Gun Owners

Derek Thompson of the Atlantic published an article this morning detailing how racially divided American workers are and how this stratification really has not changed in decades, mainly due to differences in social networks and education. He followed that up by taking a look at racial variations in careers and came up with a list…

How Could Someone Have Snuck An Assault Rifle Into LAX?

It’s not that hard considering security begins inside the terminal. The TSA does a decent job separating passengers from their nail clippers between the ticketing desk and their departure gates, but it obviously can’t prevent someone from bringing a gun into the building when it’s not controlling access to the front door. Once the gun…

Finally, A Practical Way To Increase Tax Revenue From Republicans

As Talking Points Memo reported this afternoon, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a conservative Republican who is close to Speaker John Boehner, made some promising news in an interview Bloomberg’s Al Hunt: He expressed openness to revenue-raising tax reforms on repatriation of stranded profits overseas and ratcheting back the carried interest loophole, which allows private equity…

This Is My Favorite Chart On The Housing Market

The housing market in America is mainly a function of how loose monetary policy is. Demand matters, but it’s not the demand of physical homes that is important. It’s demand for mortgage loans on the secondary market. When banks can borrow cheaply, they can issue mortgage loans at relatively low interest. A lower interest rate…

The Future Of The Journalism Business (Part One Of Many)

Everyone knows by now that the traditional business model of journalism is no longer viable. However, publishing and disseminating information is easier than ever before, and there is no lack of interested eyeballs for this information. Someone is going to figure out how to monetize these eyeballs, and the person that does will change the…

Why Singling Out Foie Gras Is Counterproductive

Mmmmmmm. (Photo courtesy stu_spivack/Flickr) In honor of some person named Siouxsie Sioux joining other British public figures in coming out against the sale of foie gras, I figured it was as good a time as any to re-up a piece I wrote for Neon Tommy last year explaining why such people are being silly. Foie…