For websites meant to help us understand things, the new Explainer Sites—Vox, FiveThirtyEight, et al—are awfully disorienting. We stare them in the face and we cannot quite describe what we are looking at. Are they publications? Some sort of health food? Are they explaining the news to me, or to someone standing behind me? This is the root of the explainer backlash, to whatever extent there is one: The way these confident, assertive sites, in their quest to make us feel smart, end up making us feel like idiots.
Or wait, in true explainer spirit: Maybe we're just looking at them all wrong?
Why is the unemployment rate staying relatively level (actually, a little bit "down") at 6.7%? That's because there is a shrinking pool of people who consider themselves workers. Almost 100 million Americans aren't in the workforce.
People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels http://t.co/pgrHr9k1SR
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 10, 2014
And who's in the labor force but not working? Well, one way to slice that is by education level. (You can also slice it by race, which provides equally disturbing numbers.)
Unemployment by education: No HS diploma (9.8%), high school graduates (7.1%), some college (6.1%), college or more [...]
According to this convoluted Miami Herald article that macerates its own opening, the recently arrested Francisco Chávez Abarca, who is accused of terrorist attacks in Cuba in the 90s, is actually a double-agent mystery man in a thriller of international suspense and intrigue. He admits to planting bombs in hotels and colluding with others on the bombing of Cubana Flight 455, but maybe he's just a patsy in a game of cloak and dagger and disinformation to tarnish the good name of admitted terrorist Posada Carriles?
Actually, no, none of that makes any sense. Some back-story might be helpful.