San Diego Crime bar chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: Crime-Fighting Border Walls Cause Cancer

The justification for the border wall that Donald Trump wants to build at the US-Mexico border is that the wall would reduce crime. Though it’s well established that the immigrant …

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table of voters, by race and gender
Skepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being a Trump Voter

Did you know that people of color are responsible for electing Trump? It’s true . . . if you lump people of color with white women. Just as falling out …

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pot pie chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: From 0 to Pot Pie in 5 Charts

I had so many terrible charts to choose from this week that it seemed a shame not to share them all, so here’s a quick rundown of my favorite data …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Pseudoscientific Chart Judges Science Reporting

A chart purporting to rank credible science journalism uses the most unscientific means ever: opinion presented as fact. Editors for the American Council of Science and Health (ACSH), an industry-funded …

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What are the odds chart
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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: You Are Not a Special Miracle Because Odds. Sorry.

Today’s chart is actually a few years old, but it occasionally pops up in my various feeds, and the concept behind it is prevalent in multiple mathematically challenged arguments, such …

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CAHC Obamacare chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: GOP Obamacare Chart Makes Case for . . . Obamacare

Last week, Politico shared the internal GOP policy brief for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a brief that inadvertently makes a pretty good case for not …

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Chart of Trump vs. Select Movies
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Bad Chart Thursday: Trump Less Popular than “The Sex Lives of Potato Men”

Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained at a historic low for a new president: 43%, as of February 1, according to Gallup. A whopping 52% disapprove of the job he’s …

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Walmart receipt Jesus
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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: The Pareidolia Plot

Originally published on January 23, 2014. As skeptics, we’re probably all familiar with the concept of pareidolia, perceiving a distinct pattern, often an image, in randomness, such as the many …

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