Removing Arizona’s Undocumented Workers Would Shrink the Economy $48.8 Billion

Report finds that deporting Arizona’s illegal workers would result in: Decrease total employment by 17.2 percent Eliminate 581,000 jobs for immigrant and native-born workers alike Shrink state economy by $48.8 billion Reduce state tax revenues by 10.1 percent If they offered them a path to legalization? Increase total employment by 7.7 percent Add 261,000 jobs […]

Magic Blue Glitter

From Metafilter: In 1971, a clinic in Brazil bought a radiation therapy machine. Fourteen years later, the practice closed and was abandoned. On September 13th, 1987, two men sold the inner canister of the machine for scrap. Upon breaking it open, a scrapyard employee found sparkling, glowing blue powder. It was distributed to family and […]

How the Public Relations Industry Created ‘Humanitarian Intervention’

From Adam Curtis: The idea of humanitarian intervention begins in 1968 with the Biafran war. It is a fascinating moment because it is where the framework – the filter through which we now perceive all humanitarian tragedies – was first constructed. The Eastern part of Nigeria had declared independence and called their new state Biafra. In […]

South Dakota By The Hours

From The Awl: “South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation.” Should, however, you be in the market for a handgun, the wait is a more manageable two days. via South Dakota […]