Author Archives: darrinp44

When constructing an FAQ page for a website or other online service, simplicity and user-friendliness are the key. One shouldn’t have to scroll up and down a page searching for a question. On the other hand, forcing one to use the “search” option on the FAQ page when the question is seemingly common and/or simple […]

Antipoverty Programs Work- Just Not Well Enough

Yesterday (11/14) the US Census Bureau released a report that aims to show, among other things, the effects of regional factors on poverty levels as well the impact that government aid has on specific populations. The report, dubbed the “Supplemental Measure on Poverty Statistics”, found that when accounting for things such as taxes, housing, transportation, […]

Report: Austerity an experiment not worth repeating

Last week’s report in the Daily Telegraph gives us a clearer picture of the damaging effects of austerity on economies and budgets throughout Europe, and may serve as a harbinger of things to come in the US. Fortunately, Tuesday’s presidential election may have saved the nation from the draconian budget measures promoted by Mitt Romney […]

Scooter Libby, Santa, and Linking

Whether you’re in retail, journalism, blogging, or an aspiring children’s folktale character, Jeff Jarvis has great advice: “Cover what you do best. Link to the rest.” Writing on his blog,, Jarvis says that the media’s traditional institutions (newspapers, TV news, etc.) must focus their resources on creating unique content that only they can offer, […]

Decisions, Decisions

The election is just two weeks away, and for those few of you undecided voters out there (glad to see you made it out of the cave you’ve been living in for the past year), I’ve tried to summarize each of the gubernatorial candidate’s positions on the issue this blog is most concerned with. A […]

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Writing for Harvard Law School’s The Record, Sean Hamidi says that the presidential debates and campaigns have almost completely ignored the issue of poverty: One in four black Americans is living in poverty. One in four Hispanic Americans is living in poverty. These numbers should be burnt into our collective conscience until we muster the […]

Center for American Progress: Unions=Stimulus

I saw this post a few weeks ago and thought it was worth revisiting. Writing for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, David Madland and Nick Bunker explain how an increase in union membership would create a ripple effect throughout the economy, benefiting middle and working class households regardless of their union affiliation: …a […]