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Let it Snow

From this item at the Weather Channel on the Top 100 Photos of the year comes the image below depicting how “lake effect snow” around Buffalo can make life  interesting.

Of course, that first stop sign was probably pretty interesting too. More photos from the massive snowfall last month can be found here.

How the Sausage is Made (and Sold)

This little ditty by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the main “architects” of the Affordable Care Act (more affectionately known as “Obamacare”) has been making the rounds over the last day or so and for good reason.

It would seem that the most disturbing thing about this is that he’s got a little gleam in his eyes, as if he’s proud of what could be accomplished through this deception.

There’s much more on this here and here as, for obvious reasons, right-leaning and libertarian minded folks are having a field day with it.

The U.S. is the world leader in prison population and a close second in prison population rate. How we got there is shown below from the animated graphic in this story at Vox.

We currently lead the world with over 2 million people incarcerated (many for drug crimes as part of the wildly unsuccessful “War on Drugs”) and our prison population rate is exceeded by just one country – the Republic of Seychelle (no, never heard of it before either).

What Could Go Wrong?

Via Deutsche Bank and this Business Insider item comes the graphic below that is only slightly out-of-date following geopolitical developments yesterday in Ukraine and Gaza.

It appears that markets are already getting over both of these stories as prices for safe haven investments such as Treasuries and gold are tumbling while stock market futures are up, though the latest data indicate only a portion of yesterday’s decline has been reversed.

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