doing some research on poverty rates and wow the data is sketchy AF
gosh for a global hegemony that's all about 👋🏼economic growth👋🏼 and 👋🏼 markets👋🏼 the State sure isn't trying very hard to see poverty with any accuracy
oops forgot to add the link for that screenshot…
I do understand why this is difficult data to a) find and b) compare (I have a masters in development economics) but there are a lot of difficult data that economists "find" and "compare" all the time
just a little surprised at how INCREDIBLY sus the data looks, that's all.

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6 Apr
Rich countries failed to deal with the pandemic. They failed to prepare for or deal with ice storms & hurricanes. They can't even protect their citizens from poverty. We should stop chasing economic growth and find other aims. My latest for @ForeignPolicy…
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That first map is based largely (though not entirely, see on which countries were putting money towards preparedness.
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To prepare for my talk at @BelferCenter in a few hours I'm reviewing the literature on technological disasters…
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(I have other things I should be doing but much easier to live-tweet a report I wrote 7 years ago so) let's talk about reactor 3!
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I'm drawing from this report I researched and co-wrote for the French nuclear safety institute in 2013-2015 (note there's a page or two in French but after that it is in English)…
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