Infographic: Prison profits

Prison reform and prison labor are topics we’ve written about before on the Occasional Planet. American prisons are making tons of money hiring out their inmates for minuscule wages. It’s more than just breaking rocks and stamping license plates too. Companies like Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and even Boening use inmates to sew, run phone…

Obama’s numbers

Every quarter, Factcheck.org likes to take a look at the numbers since Obama became President. They go deeper than just unemployment and study metrics like corporate profits, the number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and how other countries view the U.S. Here’s a look at where we stand in July 2016, with just a few…

Infographic: Dark money in US politics

Most people understand that there is a problem with money in politics in the United States. Politicians spend countless hours fundraising instead of doing their elected jobs, lobbyists and corporations get special treatment over voters, and a few eccentric billionaires can buy politicians and elections in a way that seems…well undemocratic. The wonderful folks over…

Infographic: Evolution of riot gear

Most of us have seen the pictures of the riots from Ferguson, Missouri this past weekend. One of the most startling aspects of the riots (besides seeing the amount of destruction) is the way the police look in contrast to the protesters. It’s hard reconciling the fact that the authoritarian government looking sort are not…

Ethical standards for infographics

Infographics.  You may not know what to call them, but you’ve seen them. They’re those colorful visual representations of data, economic and demographic trends, or knowledge bases sprinkled liberally throughout print and online media.  If there’s a cache of data out there, a clever graphic designer will come up with a way to represent it…