Lobbyist Defends A Bank That Went After A Family After Their Mom Died, Gets A Time-Out From Senator

When you file for bankruptcy, you can often get debt forgiven or restructured. But if you have student loans, some nice lobbyists have made sure they are not part of that deal. A mom with $100k in student loan debt died, and her children went Read More …

How Republican Pundits Got The Tax Debate All Wrong

Have you heard Republican pundits claim that poor folks don’t pay taxes? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities gives us a reality check in its latest analysis. Here are some of the key points in the CBPP’s study: The Republican-cited figure that 51 percent Read More …

Over 100 Years Ago, 123 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country.

I have a hard time watching this and not getting terribly angry. Those 123 young women and 23 men who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, deserve to be remembered. But we’re watching it happen all over again in developing Read More …

It May Look Like Advertising, But Look Closer And You'll See What It Really Is

For the past two years, artists across the United Kingdom have been doing something bold … and illegal. They perform these “takeovers” where they remove existing advertisements from bus stops and replace them with messages that are non-sponsored and speak directly to the people who Read More …

The Song That Will Almost Certainly Never Be Used In A Commercial

There’s nothing like a popular song to make people buy something completely unrelated and useless. Advertising firms have been using this trick for decades, but Jon Lajoie’s latest song really drills the point. It has never been easy getting by as a musician, but in Read More …

Every Time I Compare The U.S. Minimum Wage To Other Countries, People Get Angry. So Here I Go Again.

This chart shows us what the minimum wage is in a given country as a percentage of the median wage, which is the exact middle of wages in those countries. In other words, if you find the point at which half of the population makes Read More …

A Fugly Truth Made Pretty: A Cartoonist's Depiction Of Wealth Inequality

Here’s a visual that I hope gets more people to think about these three words: Redistribute. The. Wealth. Whoa, that’s lopsided! FACT CHECK TIME. Here’s what our fact checkers found: This graphic is based on research by The Levy Institute, which uses data from the Read More …

How One Guy Prefers To Fight Back Against Companies Dissing Your Girlfriend

As a child of a successful advertising copywriter and professor (the late, wonderful Jim Albright — he named Funyuns!), I don’t have a problem with all advertising. But my dad always spoke about the importance of keeping your integrity and being responsible when creating an ad. Read More …

They Were The Last Ones To March With MLK. See What They're Up To Now.

Some of the same sanitation workers that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died fighting for in 1968 are trying to get a small pension from the city of Memphis; they currently survive on just Social Security upon retirement. I stand with them. How about you?

A Kickstarter Project That Could Just Become The Biggest Ever

It won 26 Daytime Emmys and a Peabody and was shown in the living rooms of American families for 26 years. And guess what? “Reading Rainbow” is coming back, via the Internet. This is a Kickstarter campaign, likely to go down as the most successful Read More …