Melanie Mallon's Posts

Bad Chart Thursday: Heritage Foundation Proves They Owe Me Money

Bad Chart Thursday: Heritage Foundation Proves They Owe Me Money

Matthew Yglesias at Vox recently wrote a post about a misleading chart created by the Heritage Foundation that was intended to demonstrate how horribly unfair the U.S. tax system is to rich people. Here’s the chart in question: At a glance, it looks like maybe wealthy people have a reason to be stomping their Gucci’d feet and shaking bejeweled fists at the guvment, but as Yglesias poin... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground

Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground

By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the Worst Chart in the Universe, created by Christine Chan of Reuters, depicting the number of gun deaths (or murders?) committed using firearms in Florida, with emphasis on the 2005 enactment of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Here it is for those who haven’t seen it being snickered across Twitter or in Pharyngula.   On Twitter, Chan defends her inverted y... »

Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy

Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. The SkepchickCon fundraising auctions are back this week with another one-of-a-kind handmade item, a bottle (or large dildo) cozy that Jodi Thibeault crocheted during the Godless Fiends Fabric Arts Hour, part of Freethought Blogs Conscience 2, the online freethought con. You can see the video here, where Jodi not only creates this BEFORE OUR VERY EYES but also d... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer

Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer

Hey, ladies. Maybe you’ve heard that “scientists” want you to stop wearing a bra. And by “scientists,” I mean this guy. Apparently, wearing a bra gives you breast cancer, according to breaking news from an intrepid reporter. And by breaking news, I mean studies that don’t actually show this, some that are 20 years old, and by intrepid reporter, I mean ^ that guy. It all started with a 1991 study, ... »

When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”

When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”

This post by Chelsea K originally appeared on Grounded Parents, where you can read the entire article, including updates, and leave a comment. It’s the weekend. You want to go out to eat. You don’t want takeout. You want to sit down and feel fancy, dammit, even if your kids are climbing on you with food smeared on their faces. Maybe you’re thinking about going to Chili’s. I... »

Fox News Graphic

Bad Chart Thursday: Healthcare Spin

You know what would make this feature easy to write? Just basically reprinting every chart Fox News creates on any topic ever. Our own DrRubidium recently shared the latest, originally reported on Media Matters: the VAST GULF between predicted enrollees in Obamacare and actual enrollees as of March 27. Holy hell, would you look at the huge difference in size between those bars?! We clearly need to... »

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. Anne Sauer’s custom cocktail is back! This very popular item already has bids, so get yours in or put it on your watch list for Sunday, March 30, 9:00pm EDT, when the auction ends. For those not familiar with this bit of personalized deliciousness, the auction itself is for a customized drink recipe made just for you based on your taste preferences. As wit... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Sugar Could Make Us Immortal

Bad Chart Thursday: Sugar Could Make Us Immortal

I was casually strolling about the Internet the other day, enjoying a hot fudge doughnut M&M sundae, as I am wont to do, when I came across some SHOCKING news about US sugar consumption: By 2606, the US Diet will be 100 Percent Sugar. My first thought was that this would be only a 5 percent increase in my current diet. My second thought was that my sundae needed a little more hot fudge. The pe... »

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