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The Poverty Line [ht: sk], a fascinating collaboration between photographer Stefen Chow and economist Hui-Yi Lin, explores a simple question: what does poverty mean in different countries?

We are not simply trying to compare poverty in different countries; we want to create a way to understand poverty within the context of a single country. By first calculating a per-person, per-day expenditure based on the country’s national poverty line, we produced a visual representation of everyday food items that would be accessible within that country for that amount of money. Where possible, we selected foods particular to that locality. We faced challenges in determining a method that would be feasible across different countries’ systems, and this project our way of bringing all this information together in one accessible, yet eye-catching visual presentation.

Thus, for example, for the United States (specifically, New York City, October 2011), they calculated the daily per-capita basis of the poverty threshold (of $31.08, set for single-person in under-age-65 households), and the daily low-income household food expenditure (of $4.91). Hence, the photograph of 5 slices of pizza above.


For Germany (Hamburg, November 2011), the slices of salami represent $6.61 of daily food expenditure from a daily per-capita poverty threshold of €30.91.


And in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, May 2012), $1.23 (daily food expenditure based on a daily per-capita level of extreme poverty of R$2.33) allowed someone to purchase eight eggs.

The artists’ project started with China in 2010 and has since expanded to 24 countries across 6 continents.

Labor’s cartoonist

Posted: 4 March 2015 in Uncategorized
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Gary Huck, whose cartoons have often graced this blog, is the last full-time cartoonist employed by a major labor union (the UE—the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America).

Huck is the subject—alongside the freelance labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki, who formed a syndication partnership with Huck in the early 1980s to sell cartoons to union and alternative newspapers—of “Seeing Red,” an exhibit of their work running through Friday at the Uri-Eichen Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

The UE, which was founded in the 1930s by workers from GE and Westinghouse and RCA, once had a membership of more than 600,000 workers. And though the UE historically has been on the left politically, not everything that Huck draws wins lock-step approval these days. A couple of months ago, for instance, in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., riots, Huck tweaked Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting of a policeman sitting at the counter of a soda fountain beside a young boy. He made the white child a black child, with hands raised in surrender. That went into the UE News, and Hart said it received some backlash from members. Still, Huck has become a cornerstone of the union.

Part of its culture.

Par for its course.

The cartoons of both Huck and Konopacki can been seen here.


Yes, according to Andrew Martin, eating bad pizza helps support bad politicians.


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