Ideas for the online revolution.

Who would Benefit from Rent Control in Philadelphia?

As rent continues to rise at a rate faster than wages and inflation for most Americans, many people think that rent control could help.

Previously, I made a Rent Change Map for Philly that shows that most areas had rent increase faster than inflation between the 2000 Census and the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.

I decided to extend this analysis by looking at which demographic groups might benefit the most from rent control.

Poll Averaging is Science but most Sanders Supporters Don't Use It

For the past five months, my Facebook news has been full of pro-Sanders friends posting stories about how well Sanders is doing in the polls. They systematically cherry-pick the most outlying polls, while ignoring the outliers that go in favor of Clinton.

For instance, they'll pick the recent NH poll that had Sanders 60% to 33% for Clinton, but ignore the two polls that have the race at 46% to 43% and 49% to 43%.

Sanders 2016 Events - A Spatial Justice Test

I used my Spatial Justice Test to do an analysis of the demographics (race and income) of who lives near where Bernie Sanders 2016 events are being organized.

The surprising result is that white people are the least likely of any race group, relative to their percent of the general US population, to be near Bernie 2016 events

Here is the analysis

2015 Philly Election and Increasing Third Party Potential

I wrote a lengthy analysis of the 2015 Philly election and the potential for third party candidates featuring maps, charts, and data analysis!


Winchester Tenants demand justice from the Friends Rehabilitation Program

I wrote a summary of the fight that I'm involved in on behalf of the Winchester Tenants who live in the Winchester Building in West Philly. We are fighting the Quaker non-profit Friends Rehabilitation Program which has failed to do proper building maintenance since 2011.

Winchester Tenants Demand Justice from the Friends Rehabilitation Program

Justice Map - Updated Income Data (ACS - 2013)

I updated Justice Map to use the American Community Survey income data from 2013. So it now uses the five year summary/average of 2009-2013 for the API, when you click on the map, and for the map tile layers. The one exception is Puerto Rico which still uses the old data from 2007-2011.

Idea: A Bitcoin Black Market for Immigration Services

I think that someone should create a black market (or maybe grey if located in the right country) for coyotes and other people providing illegal assistance to US immigrants. I think such a market could save dozens of lives annually and make the owner a lot of money (assuming they avoid arrest).

Over the past ten years, between 150 and 500 people have died each year crossing the US and Mexico border.

Philadelphia Actual Value Initiative - Why it might have failed - The Interaction Effect between Land and Improvements

Two years ago Philadelphia passed the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) in an attempt to properly revalue the properties for taxation. I wrote about this earlier. Ever since, there have been two different stories. One side argues that the AVI was accurate and increased fairness, whereas the other side argues the opposite.

Previously my best guess as to the problem was that the two different sides used different data (different versions of the Office of Property Assessment data set).

Online Petition Drive - Support the Winchester Tenants

I'm working with the Philly Socialists Solidarity Network in West Philadelphia and a group of tenants of the Winchester apartment building to put pressure on the landlord to follow the law, uphold Quaker values, and to treat the tenants as equal human beings who deserve quality affordable housing.

Please sign the petition. Please forward it to any Quakers whom you might know.


Brother 3040 Unable to Print 1A Error

This is kind of silly, but the goal of the post is to provide a solution to a problem with the Brother 3040 color laser printer. Hopefully this shows up in the search engine results and avoids people throwing out the printer.

The Brother 3040 CN printer is a decent cheap color laser printer, but there are newer models that are probably more reliable. It's Amazon rating is only 3.5 stars which is a good sign of problems.

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