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Analysis

October 15, 2013 3 minute read

The Market for U.S. Debt - Too Big to Disrupt

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

By waiting until the 11th hour (again) to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, U.S. policymakers are walking across a very dangerous economic tightrope. Even if last night’s deal wins the approval of Republican Congressional leaders, politicians in Washington are taking huge risks by potentially disrupting the biggest financial market in the world.

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Analysis

October 9, 2013 2 minute read

The Best - And Worst - Playoff Teams in Recent Sports History

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

As a lifelong Braves fan, the Braves' Monday night loss to the Dodgers - and their familiar early elimination from the playoffs - still stings. After the Braves fought back to take a 3-2 lead against the best pitcher in baseball, Juan Uribe put them behind for good in the bottom of the 8th with a two-run homer to left.

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Analysis

October 3, 2013 5 minute read

Mapping Cannabis Prices: An Interactive Visualization of Marijuana Sales

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

During a recent walk through the Tenderloin in San Francisco, a man asked me if I wanted to trade a joint for a cigarette.

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Analysis

September 30, 2013 3 minute read

Do Politicians Vote for What Their Constituents Need? An Interactive Map on Food Stamps

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

A week and a half ago, in the name of fiscal responsibility and fraud prevention, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion dollars from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), which provide funding for food stamps for low-income Americans.

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Analysis

September 25, 2013 7 minute read

Scoring Your Fantasy Football Draft, Before It’s Too Late

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

The League

Three weeks ago, I came out of my (predictable) fantasy football draft confident that I had a team destined to steamroll its way to the championship. Today, after being shocked and humbled by three straight losses, doubts are creeping in. Have I just had an unlucky run? Did I have it all wrong and it’s time to desperately look for trades? Or should I just fold and wait for the Fantasy Playoff Challenge? These are important questions - fives of dollars are at stake.

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Analysis

September 21, 2013 6 minute read

Has YouTube (and Miley Cyrus) Peaked?

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

Two weeks ago, Miley Cyrus released her newest single, Wrecking Ball, on YouTube. The video, like her previous single We Can’t Stop (which was analyzed in an earlier post), was greeted with poor fan reviews. But after the video became the most instantly popular YouTube video in history, I couldn’t help but wonder about the future of YouTube.

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