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Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Part 1

For at least part of this week, I plan to discuss the World Bank’s recently released report on Poverty and Shared Prosperty. To read the World Bank’s 2016 report on Poverty and Shared Prosperity, feel free to look here. This post will cover the highlights I found up to the end of the Overview section. Consider this a high-level view of the high-level view. What is there to report? Some good news, believe it or not.

Into October

Autumn is here. It’s raining and the temperature is going down. The days are shortening. It’s my favorite time of year. I suppose I should be happier that it’s autumn, but I’m not. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately. It’s all I can do to get these posts done each day. I’m not looking for sympathy or anything, though. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I think this blog will be better off when I’m not updating it every day.

Link Roundup: October 1, 2016

Welcome to October! Bring it on, autumn! And now, some links. Politics * [Sympathy for the Donald](http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/opinion/sympathy-for-the-donald.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur) -- What if Trump wrote an op-ed column the way he debated this week? * [Why Donald Trump should not be President](http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/26/opinion/why-donald-trump-should-not-be-president.html?smid=tw-share&_r=2) -- The New York _Times'_ editorial board weighs in with their endorsement. * [Woman interrupted 25 times when sharing thoughts on Presidential debate](http://reductress.com/post/woman-interrupted-25-times-when-sharing-thoughts-on-presidential-debate/) -- Satire, but totally appropriate here. (Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times, by the way.

#TrumpWon and Twitter Networks

Guilty: I’m someone who loves investigating various kinds of networks and their effects. Let’s talk about Twitter, and specifically the way in which the #TrumpWon hashtag proliferated. A rumor went around that the #TrumpWon hashtag began in St. Petersburg, complete with a map image supposedly showing the hashtag’s original starting point and geographical dissemination. This turned out not to be true, but it spread far and wide very quickly and there are no doubt people who still believe it.

Life, Death, and Daytripper

I recently finished Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novel, daytripper. Now, I’m here with some thoughts on it. There’s no questioning that daytripper is a beautiful book. The drawing style is detailed, not fixated on realism but authenticity–designed to give every place a sense of purpose and identity. The color scheme is often muted, sometimes ethereal, evoking the quality of a watercolor effect. This fits perfectly, as the book itself presents a nonlinear trip through the memories of its protagonist, Brás de Oliva Domingos.

Donald Trump, Racism, and a Cartoon Frog

On the heels of the Clinton campaign putting out a primer on Pepe the Frog, the Southern Poverty Law Center has likewise designed the comic book frog as a hate symbol. It has been a strange year. As often happens when people not ensconced in a subculture attempt to talk about it, discussion of Pepe the Frog by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hillary Clinton campaign lacks nuance. Perhaps it is also the case that nobody wants to expound at length about a crudely-drawn cartoon frog best known for expressing whether he feels good or bad.

Notes on the First Debate

What follows are extemporaneous thoughts on last night’s debate, the first Presidential debate of 2016. God help us all. Clinton’s ideas for the economy are fairly progressive and make sense and also completely DOA in Congress (unless Dems sweep it, somehow). Trump claims jobs are fleeing the country when we’re at full employment. Totally true! If he loves China so much, maybe he should move there. Trump’s expressions as Clinton responds to him are priceless.

Presidential Candidate Support: Demographic Analysis

Given that there’s always lots of speculation about who is supporting which candidate, let’s look at what an actual poll says and examine what that tells us. I intend to discuss the results of a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. You can read about it and see all the numbers here. In particular, I’m interested in the demographics of each voting preference. Let’s see what conventional wisdom gets taken down a peg!

More Trash

I guess I’m going to be complaining again! After problems with Jetpack’s “publicize” module, I switched to a plugin I had used before in order to manage my Facebook posts. The latter had always been inelegant and imperfect, but at least it worked. Unfortunately, it has some problems of its own, still. Normally, the way I write each post is by putting in a teaser/header line of a sentence or three, then the “read more” tag.

Link Roundup: September 24, 2016

I got the links, you got the clicks! Social Justice * [Use of Force Project](http://useofforceproject.org/) -- Some Black Lives Matter activists put together this useful site that analyzes use of force policies across American police forces, with some intriguing results and suggestions for reducing police brutality and excess violence. * ['You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.' Fliers like these are showing up on lawns across the US.