The Justice Department statistics, based on the Police-Public Contact Survey, show that "relatively more black drivers (12.8%) than white (9.8%) and Hispanic (10.4%) drivers were pulled over in a traffic stop during their most recent contact with police." Or, to frame it another way: A black driver is about 31 percent more likely to be pulled over than a white driver, or about 23 percent more likely than a Hispanic driver. "Driving while black" is, indeed, a measurable phenomenon.
The Washington Post
's Christopher Ingraham looks at the recently released statistics about traffic stops and whether people are pulled over for driving while black
Stop and Seize
: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes
. A multimedia investigation by the Washington Post.
"International fast food behemoth Burger King Worldwide Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it will pay about $11 billion to buy Canadian chain Tim Hortons Inc.
, which sells coffee, donuts, and other breakfast food fare. The deal would merge America's second-largest burger chain, which is valued at nearly $10 billion, with the Canadian equivalent to Dunkin' Donuts, which is valued at more than $8 billion. It would also move the new company's headquarters to Canada, where corporate taxes are significantly lower." [more inside]
Nora Sandigo is guardian
to hundreds of U.S. citizens born to illegal immigrants who are subject to deportation. [more inside]
How well can you spell?
is a spelling challenge from the Washington Post. Just click on the misspelled words. [more inside]
The Washington Ballet's hardest dance moves -
PostTV goes behind the scenes at the Washington Ballet to get six professional dancers to show off the most difficult moves in their repertoire. [via]
"You resigned, though your office is the office that actually started this investigation. This would not have come to light unless your office would’ve started it. But as the leader at the top, you resigned. And people that were directly there making the decisions, signing onto the warrants, going through these fraudulent contracts, they’re still there."
Two years after Martha Johnson resigned
from her position as the head of the General Services Administration following an investigation of wasteful spending under her leadership, what is her life like now? Lillian Cunningham writes for the Washington Post's On Leadership blog about life after a scandal.
"Life-long Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested changing his country's name to make it friendlier to investors and tourists. It's obviously a little silly to change your country's name for marketing purposes. But there may be more meaningful reasons for the country to change its name..." An interesting perspective from Max Fisher at the Washington Post.
Growing up in a Romanian orphanage, Izidor Ruckel just wanted to get out. Now, he makes it his mission to raise awareness
of the suffering of other orphans who remain institutionalized. [more inside]
One of the hottest issues in journalism today is “native” advertising
, the tricks
that publishers deploy to elide the domains of journalism and advertising. It’s about time that Politico’s Mike Allen got his due as a native-advertising pioneer. A review of “Playbook” archives shows that the special interests that pay for slots in the newsletter get adoring coverage elsewhere in the playing field of “Playbook.” [more inside]
Gabriel Stein reflects
on the end of the The Rocky Mountain News, his father's decades-long career there as an editorial cartoonist, and the silver lining he sees in the billionaire acquisitions of The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has spent the last few months in Paris specifically studying French. His latest dispatch, "Or Perhaps You Are Too Stupid to Learn French
," looks at how hard it is to apply the rules of new language in real time, while fighting with one's perceptions and limitations (Other dispatches are here
Washington Post writer Jay Matthews asks if learning a foreign language is worth it
and recounts his own struggles studying Chinese
. Another WaPo writer, Elizabeth Chang, recalls her experience in learning Arabic
The Washington Post
will be sold to Jeff Bezos
for $250 million, ending four decades of the Graham family. Amazon will have no role in the purchase.
You've seen one university's annual Banished Words list posted here (mostly by me
). And then there are Matt Groening's Forbidden Words
from his dear departed Life in Hell comic. But do real journalistic entities have similar lists of words to avoid? Well, Journalism Journalist Jim Romenesko has received a list (leaked?) from the editor of the Washington Post Outlook section of Things We Do Not Say.
And yes, it's growing.
"In 1961, Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard. She received a letter asking how she would balance a career in city planning with her 'responsibilities' to her husband and possible future family. Fifty-two years later, she responds
." [more inside]
The New Inquiry
: Just The Facts
With its emphasis on the empirical, conspiracism is uncomfortably similar to the technocratic mindset of mainstream political discourse. Technocratic pundits — typified by the likes of Ezra Klein, a journalist and blogger who runs the Washington Post's Wonkblog — are likewise driven almost exclusively by data sets and empirical studies. As Bhaskar Sunkara suggested in this piece for In These Times, such pundits operate under the assumption that the facts are so powerful that they might lead people of all ideologies to embrace a particular array of ideology-free policies. [more inside]
The New York Times has detailed a successful 4-month hacking campaign by China
, infiltrating its computer systems and acquiring passwords for reporters/employees. The campaign
was likely in retaliation for the NYT investigation of the wealth amassed by relatives of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
. Following the NYT announcement, the Wall Street Journal announced
that it too was hacked
last year. The Washington Post may also have been infiltrated
. Slate asks if this could have a chilling effect on journalists writing about China
. [more inside]
RelationshipFilter: Date Lab
from The Washington Post
and Dinner With Cupid
from The Boston Globe
are both columns that follow couples before and after their first blind date.
Gene Weingarten: Since 1979, Brian Murtagh has fought to keep convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald in prison
. (Here is the single-page link
.) Warning: graphic details of the murders of Colette MacDonald and her two small children. [more inside]
is a Prediction Market
, where you make predictions by buying and selling shares on the outcome of real-world events. These events are always defined on Intrade as a YES/NO proposition.
Shares are bought at some point between $0.00 and $10.00, based on whether the buyer believes the event will or won't occur (which correspond to $10.00 and $0.00 respectively). Most popular propositions at the moment are election related
, though this week the market for the Best Picture opened. [more inside]
It all started on Sept 27, when Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Lee "Poodle" Thompson made his first appearance on the show
. Not a week had passed before Karen Cox's October 3rd op-ed for the New York Times
using him as an example for the encouraging state of being gay in the South. October 8th, Jonathan Capehart wrote his own op-ed column for the Washington Post
taking Cox to task for painting too rosy a picture of what GLBT life is like in the South, and calling for Uncle Poodle to speak out. Finally, October 10, Lee Thompson did speak out, in a profile column with the GA Voice
, Georgia's gay newspaper. And what he had to say is getting positive attention
The Red Flag in the Flowerpot
- "Four decades after Watergate, there’s something that still nags at Ben Bradlee about Deep Throat." [more inside]
of the 2012 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest
are in. The winner: Occupeep DC
. Runners up: Peepius Maximus
, What People Think Peeps Are
(based on the popular meme
), The Black Peep
(based off of DC's Black Cat
music venue), and Just Peeped
(based off of the 2011 British Royal Wedding
). In addition to the finalists
, check out Peeps in Washington
, Political Peeps
, the full gallery of submissions
that the Post received this year, and the winners from 2011
, and 2007
In a draft document obtained by the Washington Post
), the United States Post Office proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, losing an additional 100,000 through regular attrition, withdrawing from employee health plans, and most dramatically "asking Congress to eliminate the layoff protections in our collective bargaining agreements," all by 2015. [more inside]
The Washington Post has invited Donald Trump as its guest for the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
WaPo writers Ezra Klein
and Dana Milbank
are not amused, with the latter pointing out that his paper had recently taken Trump to task
for his rampant birtherism. No word yet on how the POTUS might react.
Put another way, the company that owns The Washington Post is almost entirely at the mercy of the Federal Government and the Obama administration -- the entities which its newspaper ostensibly checks and holds accountable. "By the end of 2010, more than 90 percent of revenue at Kaplan’s biggest division and nearly a third of The Post Co.’s revenue overall came from the U.S. government." The Post Co.'s reliance on the Federal Government extends beyond the source of its revenue; because the industry is so heavily regulated, any animosity from the Government could single-handedly doom the Post Co.'s business...
-- Glenn Greenwald examines WaPo's entanglement with for-profit education
R.I.P., Frank Buckles
, last American World War I veteran, who just passed away at 110 years old. Previously
Not to be outdone by the New York Time's efforts to cover the American Civil War
, the Washington Post
is offering a blog
(too), before and after photographs of the District of Columbia from 1860 to today
, a guide to ongoing Civil War events
, and for those with a short attention span and a fondness for 140 characters, Tweeting the Civil War
(daily events 150 years after they happened as if they were happening today).
January 1, 1985
: Earfuls of earrings out, armful of bangles in.
January 1, 1993
: Pellegrino out, Crystal Pepsi in
January 1, 2004
: Viagra out, Levitra in (MetaFilter previously in)
January 1, 2011
: Trolling out, Hacktivism in.
The List: a middlebrow, Beltway elite, mildly insufferable, perennially baffling Washington Post tradition since 1978
(Concave chests out, bosoms in)
... the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing. (previously)
Following a question posed
by the Washington Post last week about religion and the Tea Party, Religion Nerd takes issue
with one columnist's opinion
The Hughes family does a good deed
and gets beaten up
by some in the international development community, reigniting
the debate on poverty tourism. (previously)
Top Secret America:
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. [more inside]