Do Men Really Make More Than Women? A Payscale Infographic

Payscale.com created an infographic showing a 4% gap in pay between men and women who are in the same professions with the same qualifications, sharply different than the typical 20% gap reported.

The two biggest factors they cite for wider differences are:

  1. Men tend to choose professions that have historically paid more.
  2. Salary growth for women tends to stagnate sooner than men, at 30 rather than at 47, around the time when “college-educated women typically start having children.

Seems like a carefully crafted infographic powderkeg.

GOP Voter Approval Ratings Transformed Into Adult Toys

Matthew Epler has taken voter approval rating data and turned the data into a series of adult toys.  Now you can do literally what politicians have been doing to you figuratively!

“Grand Old Party” is a data visualization project. It is also a set of butt plugs.

Download Catalogue w/ detailed specs.

Each shape is determined by voter approval ratings amongst registered republican voters for each of the GOP presidential candidates. The height is a measurement of time, beginning December 10, 2011 and ending on April 1, 2012 (bottom to top). The width of each object is the quantity by percentage (out of 100%) of approval for that candidate. All data comes directly from Gallup polls.

Welcome to Life Video

Welcome to Life. The Singularity ruined by lawyers.  From Tom Scott:

If you liked this, you may also enjoy two novels that provided inspiration for it: Jim Monroe’s Everyone in Silico, where I first found the idea of a corporate-sponsored afterlife; Rudy Rucker’s trippy Postsingular, which introduced me to the horrifying idea of consciousness slums.

Mitt Romney Bullied Gay Students In High School

Romney Bullies and Attacks Gay Teen

The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney bullied a student in the prestigious Cranbrook School in 1965.

[Romney] spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

If You Are On Your Cell Phone Right Now, You Are About To Get A Ticket

Cell phone use and driving is a bad combination, but even the worse offenders quickly hang up when they spot a police officer, so how do you nab them in the act? The City of  Chillwack, Canada just outside of Vancouver dresses up their cops like transients. Spicy!

If you can’t read the sign, here’s what it says:

HELLO, MY NAME IS CONSTABLE MARTELL. IF YOU’RE ON YOUR CELL PHONE RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET A TICKET.

Here’s some more background on him and another image from Reddit.

Photo Credit: Danger Ranger

America’s Common Man Celebrated

Ignorance is celebrated at showing of Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity Show

If you believe or are concerned about any of the items below, please take the time to read this:

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/mar/20/age-of-ignorance/

Christians are persecuted in this country.
The government is coming to get your guns.
Obama is a Muslim.
Global Warming is a hoax.
The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.
Schools push a left-wing agenda.
Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.
Obama hates white people.
The life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe.
The safety net contributes to poverty.
The government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.