The CBC Presents The World’s Most Useless Chart


One pundit describes this chart from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the drinking age in Canada as ““visual display of just-barely quantitative information.” That sounds about right to me.

I’m not sure if my favourite part is 0.6 year intervals on the y axis, the fact that this chart (which the CBC posted as part of the debate in Saskatchewan to lower the drinking age to 18) was already removed, or that it existed in the first place.

via Washington Post Wonkblog


Hugo Chavez Exhibit to Go on Permanent Display

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Hugo Chavez, a man who liked the Yankees, died this week.

His country of Venezuela plans to honor him in the creepiest way possible, by putting his rapidly decomposing corpse on permanent display, like that ex-girlfriend that made a hair doll out of what she could find on your bathroom floor after you told her you were afraid she was probably going to murder you someday and you realized that you had to get out right then and there or enter a witness protection-style program forever.

They’ll probably try to preserve the body in the way the Soviets preserved Lenin.  He looks like he’s made of wax.


Read more at the AP.

Photo Credit: cc-by Valter Campanato – Agencia Brasil

Attorney General Eric Holder Says ‘No’

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This week, Attorney General Eric Holder said it was legal for President Obama to kill Americans with unmanned drones.  Yesterday and into last night, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) launched one of those now-rare epic filibusters, actually going all the way to 1 in the morning in a stand against unwarranted assassinations against Americans by their own government.  Senator Paul then had to go pee.

Before Senator Paul had to go pee, however, he actually stayed on topic.  Senator Paul is being lauded on both sides of the aisle for what actually seems to have been not a political stand for crap, but a principled stand for an ideal against using said drones.

Attorney General Holder listened to his impassioned plea for thirteen (!) hours, and was able to divine one question from it.  His answer?


The full text of his delightfully contrasting letter follows:


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In case the letter doesn’t show up, it reads:

Dear Senator Paul:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: “Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?” The answer to that question is no.


Politicians are remarkably creative when they want to say “f!#K you.”


Politico via Slate

Fox Business News: Hey CEOs, We’ll Be Nice To You! Just Like Everyone Should!

Fox Business News, home of business luminaries (visionaries?) such as Lou Dobbs, famous for wanting the Messicans out, and Neil Cavuto, who ignores codes of ethics, has been running this biting ad on rival business TV news show CNBC. While CNBC has had its own slew of problems, FBN is basically accusing CNBC of not being fawning enough.

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Chairman Mao’s Very Fat Grandson is Very Fat, WSJ Reports

In a report about the specter of nepotism in China’s annual National People’s Congress, the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report blog can’t help but mention that Mao Zedong’s grandson is really fat. Holy crap he’s fat. Like, really really fat.

Eight times (eight times!) they mention it, and some are pretty hilarious. This one starts off nice and gentle, with his “striking” appearance, but then it’s all downhill from there:

Instead, it’s the striking image he projects – an image sometimes comically at odds with the effort by new Communist Party head Xi Jinping to revamp the government’s reputation for bloat and indulgence.

You can’t miss him:

Mr. Mao is an expansively rotund man, which makes him easy to spot

He’s the size of a planet:

His gravitational pull was hardly diminished at the opening of this year’s NPC

Even mothers are talking about it:

“My mum told me since I was little: ‘A military uniform looks good on everyone,’” the user wrote under a photo of Mr. Mao, a major general in the People’s Liberation Army, walking through a crosswalk in his uniform. “(After) showing her this picture, she finally admitted defeat.”

Finally, the Journal just gives up and calls him “well-fed.”

He’s really fat, is what they’re saying.

Read more at the WSJ.

Photo credit: The Guardian/STR/AFP/Getty Images


How Your Coke Gets Made

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There’s an old saying that goes “No one wants to see how their _____ is made.”  Usually they’re referring to sausages or laws, but in this case, it is absolutely fascinating how Coca-Cola is made.  That includes the can:


Each can originated in a small town of 4,000 people on the Murray River in Western Australia called Pinjarra. Pinjarra is the site of the world’s largest bauxite mine. Bauxite is surface mined — basically scraped and dug from the top of the ground. The bauxite is crushed and washed with hot sodium hydroxide, which separates it into aluminum hydroxide and waste material called red mud. The aluminum hydroxide is cooled, then heated to over a thousand degrees celsius in a kiln, where it becomes aluminum oxide, or alumina.


And on and on, right down to how you make things like “caramel color.”  Yum!
Read more at Medium.


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