How did we get so divided? Sometimes, we move forward by looking back. Andrew Tanner’s recent piece discusses the extreme influence propaganda has on US politics. While I don’t personally…

On Writing About Data

Here’s a real-world screw up from the recent jobs report coverage and how to fix it

Write, rewrite by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexel
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

One phrase from CNBC’s September’s jobs creation comes up short with gain of just 194,000 immediately downgraded it from an informative news article to clickbait junk.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 190,000 in the month, compared with the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. (Cox, 2021)

Economic Reporting Fail

Hint, whose prediction matters

When the September jobs report dropped last week, headlines loudly proclaimed that the 194,000 new nonfarm jobs fell short of the predicted 500,000 — a 306,000 deficit. This narrative has a hole large enough to fly a 737 Max through.

That 500,000 jobs prediction did not originate with the US…

Writing Setup

Saving my hands one spoken word at a time

Author provided image showing her dictating in Emacs.

Making Emacs and Dragon Professional 15 play nicely together requires five minutes and a copy of Window Detective — a freely available open-source program.

This method enables a dumb Dragon without full Select-and-Say capability. I created custom Dragon commands that use Emacs’ built-in editing capabilities instead. This works for me…

The Georgia National Fairs remains the massive half a million people elephant in the room.

I previously addressed this and embedded the article in "Donald Trump Held a Rally in My Hometown." However, I realize that embedded articles do not always load properly in the app. …


Nothing says “I respect the people” quite like drawing a penis on a map

California’s 43rd Congressional District. Source: Wikimedia Commons in the public domain.
Zoom Version of California’s 43rd Congressional District. (Yes, that’s what you think it is.) Source: Wikimedia Commons in the public domain.

Welcome to the 2021 Decennial Art Competition for Legislators, better known as gerrymandering for artistic idiots. We at the Association of State Shenanigans, affectionately known as ASS, would like to thank this cycle’s sponsors: Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh.

Thank you, gentleman, for greenlighting…

Here’s the truth no one wants to talk about

“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Taken at the Goodyear Arizona rally October 2020
“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

I live in Perry, Georgia. On September 25, 2021, Donald Trump held a rally less than ten minutes away from my house. The articles about his speech, the candidates he endorsed, and how he threw Georgia Governor Brian Kemp under the bus miss the damn point.

The rally should have…


Mitch McConnell justifies holding the US economy hostage by using two big lies

“Mitch McConnell” by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0. Taken at CPAC 2011.
“Mitch McConnell” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are playing chicken with the debt limit. What began as an August game of political one-upmanship is now the economic equivalent of a nuclear warhead aimed at the recovering US economy. As we tiptoe closer to default doomsday — October 15, 2021 —…

Kristle Chester

Freelancer. Data geek. Gardener. Baker. Spaniel lover. Georgian. MA International Commerce and Policy.

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