The Why Axis

Christopher Ingraham
Making data fun again
Created 08 Jun 2021
  • One year after January 6, Republican fondness for military coups grows
    07 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 5 0
    Far-right gun fetishists demonstrate fealty to their authoritarian leader at the state capitol of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2020. (Getty Images) Hey, do you like bad news? Then you’re gonna love tod...
  • Reasons for Omicron optimism
    05 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 7 1
    People wait in line to receive a Covid-19 test on January 4, 2022, in New York. (Getty Images) As 2021 went on it become increasingly clear that the Covid-19 pandemic wasn’t going to have a firm end d...
  • Support for political violence highest in decades
    03 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 8 0
    Here at The Why Axis we’re ringing in the new year with this thoroughly depressing new poll finding: roughly one third of Americans now say that violence against the government can be justified, the h...
  • The pandemic shaved nearly two years off the average American lifespan
    22 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    This week the CDC finally released official mortality data for 2020. It is ugly: average life expectancy dropped by nearly two years, the sharpest decline since World War II. The pandemic was the prim...
  • What has Joe Manchin done for West Virginia?
    20 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 6 1
    Activists with the Center for Popular Democracy hold signs near the entrance where Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) yacht is docked in Washington, DC on December 9, 2021. (Getty Images) West Virginia has ...
  • The special bond between humans and orange cats
    17 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    An orange cat (right) gives a fist bump (Getty Images) This week, an orange cat named Jorts went viral for prompting a workplace HR crisis. Jorts was the subject of a post in the popular “Am I The Ass...
  • 1 in 6 committed Republicans would support a violent pro-Trump coup
    16 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 6 1
    Trump supporters endorse political violence at the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6., 2021 (Getty Images) The Republican party is descending into fanaticism. Experts and observers — myself among th...
  • How to torture data
    15 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 7 2
    Getty Images Back in March, researchers published a peer-reviewed analysis of Covid lockdowns that caused quite a stir: comparing cell phone-derived data on mobility with official Covid death statisti...
  • "What stage of capitalism is this?"
    13 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 9 0
    Ten public school teachers compete to see who can stuff the most one-dollar bills into their clothing at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on December 11. The money will be used for cla...
  • The global plutocracy, in one chart
    10 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 7 1
    We live in a world of haves and have-nots, a fact vividly illustrated by the latest report from the World Inequality Lab: as of 2021, the world’s billionaire class of 2,600 individuals own nearly twic...
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