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Weight and Credit in America

Not sure what to do with this first item after saving it the other day, I noticed that the deep south turned up at the bottom of this and another survey recently- obesity and credit scores per the latest data from The State of Obesity and The State of Credit.

There’s probably a handful of other surveys that Mississippi ranks last on, though, at this point, I don’t think I really want to know what they are.

Fun with Zero on the Y-Axis

To someone who used to produce a lot of charts (not so much at all anymore), this video about when and where to place zero on the y-axis was pretty entertaining.

Of course, this being Vox, Fox News was the poster-boy for using the Y-axis to lie, however, when looking at the detail behind the example that was offered up, the deception that was produced by the “Fair and Balanced” network was pretty egregious.

John Oliver on the Paris Terror Attack

Because he’s on HBO, John Oliver can say what a lot of other people on TV would like to say about the terror attack in Paris and, in so doing, gives new meaning to the acronym NSFW (that means turn the volume down if you’re in your cubicle).

Also see Oliver’s take on Daily Fantasy Sports that was, without question, the funniest thing I’ve seen on TV in weeks, months, or possibly all year.

A Great Job for Retirees?

It is not at all clear to me how this job would in any way qualify as a great job for anyone in their golden years, that is, with the notable exception of it either being this or having no food at all to put on the table, in which case, the definition of great is really being stretched.

Via this Fiscal Times story that, aside from this and the Uber driver entry, makes sense.

Later that Same Life

As someone who will turn 56 in just a few months, I can relate to some portions of this “future self” interview by novelist Peter “Stoney” Emshwiller spotted at Boing Boing, an interview that speaks volumes about how we humans change as we age.

One thing I remember vividly from when I was an 18-year old was that I wanted to retire by age 40 – that goal was missed by six years, though I would never have guessed the route that was taken to achieve it a bit late.

On a completely unrelated note (well, not completely unrelated as I went to college early enough to avoid today’s student loan catastrophe in the making), here’s a pretty stunning statistic about student loan debt via this story by Mohamed A. El-Erian at Project Syndicate:

Over the last ten years, the combination of higher tuition fees, more student enrollment, and greater reliance on loans has caused the stock of outstanding student debt nearly to triple. It now stands at well over $1.2 trillion, more than 60% of which is held by the bottom quartile of households (those with a net worth of less than $8,500).

That’s likely to have a big impact on a lot of future self videos started today.

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