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Maxwell Strachan is a business editor at The Huffington Post. He previously worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and KCET.org

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18 Ways English Differs From Whatever The Hell Language It Is We Text In

(27) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:32 AM

The English language is famously adaptable. In just the past few years, the Oxford Dictionaries have added such words and phrases as "vacay," "refollow," "death stare," "geek chic," "lulz," "tweeps" and "facepalm."

That’s impressive. But it’s really nothing when compared to what’s happening on smartphones all across America....

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McDonald's Unveils Terrifying New Character Named 'Happy'

(211) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 6:41 PM

The guys over at McDonald's introduced a new character named Happy today, and, well, just take a look for yourself.

If your reaction...

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GM PowerPoint Told Workers Not To Say ‘Cobain,' ‘Deathtrap,' 'Rolling Sarcophagus' And More

(141) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:22 PM

If you're ever preparing for a presentation at General Motors and wondering whether to try and somehow sneak in the phrase "rolling sarcophagus," the answer is no.

The phrase is one of 69 that the company urged workers not to use in a 2008 PowerPoint presentation on...

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U.S. Companies Often Assume Black Job Applicants Do Drugs

(410) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM

More than any other group, black job applicants are being turned away by U.S. companies under the implicit assumption that they are using illegal drugs, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The study’s author, University of Notre Dame economics professor...

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アメリカの「スーパーリッチ」が世界の所得格差を拡大させる 0.1%の最富裕層が世界の富を独占

(7) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 7:51 PM

所得格差について言えば、アメリカは他の先進国の中で最も格差が広がっている。証拠はあるのかと言いたいのなら、お見せしよう。

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The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized

(1653) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:28 AM

When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is:

emilys chart

The chart above, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the World Top...

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Being A Hot Dude Still Really, Really Great, Study Finds

(102) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Despite what you may have heard from conservatives about the supposed "War on Men," being a guy is still a pretty good deal. Especially if you're hot.

A new study finds that attractive men are much more likely than women to convince people that they...

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投資銀行のボーナス額は「最低賃金労働者全体の年収」の2倍

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:10 PM

フルタイムで働くアメリカ人のうち、2013年の所得が、アメリカ政府の定める最低賃金の水準だった人たち全員の収入を合計してみよう。次にその金額を2倍する。これでやっと、ウォール街の投資銀行家たちが得たボーナスの合計額の水準に達することになる。

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Two Charts That Will Enrage Everyone (Well, Except Bankers)

(775) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Take every single dollar made by full-time workers earning the federal minimum wage last year. Now double that pile of cash. OK, now we’re in Wall Street bonus territory.

Wall Street pulled in $26.7 billion in cash bonuses last year, according to estimates revealed Wednesday by...

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世界で進む「食の画一化」に警告

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 11:54 PM

この50年間で、世界中の人々が似たような食品を食べる傾向が強まっており、その結果、人々の健康は損なわれ、農業生産も脆弱になっているという研究結果が発表された。

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「今後10年で創出される仕事」は低賃金ばかり(グラフ)

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 11:34 PM

「景気回復」と言われてはいるものの、悲しい現実がある。不況で中間層の職が大きく奪われ、低賃金の職がそれに取って代わっているという現実だ。そればかりか、その状況が改善される動きは当分ない。

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We Need To Fix The Economy Before This Chart Becomes Our Reality

(621) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:46 AM

One of the saddest truths about the so-called economic recovery is that the middle-class jobs lost in the recession are being replaced by low-paying ones. But the even sadder truth is that the situation isn't going to improve for a while.

Over the next decade, a significant...

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The Maddening Truth About SAT Scores

(215) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:46 AM

The College Board, the nonprofit company that owns the SAT, announced a number of changes to the college admissions test Wednesday. In large part, the changes are an attempt to level an unfair playing field when it comes to test prep for high school students across the country....

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These 26 Companies Pay No Federal Income Tax

(222) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Many American companies are paying federal income taxes at far below the 35 percent rate often cited as the highest in the world. And many of the most profitable companies are effectively paying no taxes at all, according to a new report by the left-leaning...

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I Just Racked Up $26 In ATM Fees And I Want To Die

(128) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Like any good New Yorker, I would rather get punched in the face by my best friend than be forced to look at my monthly bank statement.

It's not that I'm some sort of reckless spender who blows money on ridiculous things like cab rides or vegetables. I just...

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Obama Started Fighting Inequality Years Ago -- You Just Didn't Notice

(849) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:23 AM

If you’re searching for a modern-day Robin Hood, look no further than Obamacare, or the 2010 Affordable Care Act as it’s more boringly known.

That’s because President Obama’s landmark health care reform law indeed does take from the rich (and middle class) and give to the poor,...

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11 Reasons We Must Take A Stand Against Inequality

(359) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:15 AM

The American rich have perhaps never had it so good. In fact, they took home more of the nation's income in 2012 than at any time in the past century. And despite what their most vocal defendants might say, that's a problem for all of us....

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Definitive Proof That Life Isn't Fair, In 2 Charts

(27) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:48 AM

It's a bummer, but it's true. And in a new paper by economists at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, we found a couple of charts that show how the life we're born into determines the life we lead.

Let's first take a look at...

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Kids Will Eat Veggies If You Pay Them, Economists Find

(45) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Countless hours and endless parenting articles have devoted themselves to this daunting question: How do you get kids to eat their vegetables?

Now a revolutionary answer comes from two economics professors: Pay the kids!

The idea comes courtesy of Cornell’s David Just and Brigham Young’s Joseph Price, who ran a...

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This 1 Street Perfectly Depicts America's 'Defining Challenge'

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:36 AM

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If you ever find yourself in Manhattan on East 98th Street, between 5th Ave. and 3rd, take a look around: You're standing in the middle of what Barack Obama recently called "the defining challenge of our time."

Looking south, you'll...

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