this week i

published on women's coverage, access, affordability, sexual, reproductive health in 2017.

text-mined all day sunday, code here.  the language hasn't changed much since the start of record-keeping, from a bird's eye view at least.

watched a short authoritative summary of map projection flaws.

walked in breezy mid-march while the city still hovers near perfect weather.  dude had a grill and some chicken [poulet] so i gave him $1.80 and he asked me some questions i could not understand.  "je nau parle pa la francessa.  je suis americain"  more [unintelligible, french] then flame on.  i've known ulisse since the twilight of the bush administration.  his brother ayo saw me on the street, came up to say hello, mostly with laughter.  laughricans.  knowing a local earned street cred with grillmaster, he was happy to cook me some chicken [poulet] because i belonged on that dusty sideroad at that sunset.  dakarois, nous etions.  charcoals finished their work, chicken [poulet] vendor started iterating through the condiments.  "pimant?" [pepper]  "oui, boku"  "mayonnaise?" [mayonnaise] "no, merci."  took my pouch of onion-marinated chicken [poulet] half a block to watch the kids playing soccer, sat down to pick out of the aluminum foil with my hands.  poulet vous couchez avec moi ce soir and then gelato for dessert.


this week i

updated our work on medical expenditure burden and poverty measurement, both for seniors.

live down the street from a donkey charity.

 noticed new graffiti at the end of my block.  senegalese feel tall like they're not even trying.

want a big goofy car like this somedays sometimes.

read about starvation as a weapon of war.  the author spoke with the newshour.

don't be fooled by pictures showing hungry people in arid landscapes: the weather had nothing to do with the famine


this week i

learned that samuel morse, inventor of morse code, painted this portrait of eli whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.


(1) findings from sipp

the overall unemployment rate, which is a fairly good proxy for how hard it is to find work, was almost twice as high in 2009 as in 1996.  yet the number of families getting tanf in 2009 was less than half the number getting afdc in 1996

(2) music access

 spotify estimates that fully four million of the songs it carries have never been streamed, not even once

(3) churchill defies the biographer

 at the height of the war the american ambassador to the court of st. james's was sleeping with the prime minister's daughter, and the president's special envoy was sleeping with the prime minister's daughter-in-law.  special relationships indeed

a sharp dissonance emerges between churchill as the jovial bulldog of popular american imagination and the somber reality of a life scarred by bitterness and tragedy: in all, suicides close to churchill included a brother-in-law, a former stepfather, a daughter's estranged lover, a former daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and a daughter

(4) el-sisi

twenty prisons have been built since sisi took power

(5) a/b testing in modern campaigns

 we have three major voter suppression operations under way