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Merrill Cook

Journalist, Multimedia Feature Researcher

New Orleans, LA

Merrill Cook

I'm a full time infographic researcher and a part-time wordsmith around the web. My areas of interest include educational policy, anti-interventionism, the developing world, and Millennial news.

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Living With Less: America's Quest for Simplicity

The editors at Masters In Human Resources Degree Guide decided to research the topic of: - step one: We spend years working to pay the mortgage, buy nicer cars, more gadgets, trendier clothes. Leaving us with piles and piles of stuff. - Step two: Cleaning out, moving, or just tring to free up some space.

10 Photos Of Obama Looking Sad After a Horrible 2013

After these controversies, President Obama definitely won't be sorry to see 2013 go.
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Gallup Poll Shows Exactly What Millennials Think Of Obamacare

The poll has bad news for Obama, but also a lesson on how to make the Affordable Care Act more popular among millennials.
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U.S. Income Inequality in One Crazy Chart

Yet another mind-boggling graphic highlighting just how unequal income-earners in the U.S. are.
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Which agencies were hit hardest by shutdown furloughs?

A new graphic shows which employees were affected least and most.
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Un-hired Ed: the growing adjunct crisis

A look at the growing adjunct employment crisis in American higher education.

Harvard Professor Proves You Can Buy Your Way Into Science

A hoax paper submitted to hundreds of academic journals got accepted ... for a fee.
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This New Study is the Best News Pot Smokers Will Hear All Day

Those who regularly smoke pot have a lower BMI, smaller waistlines, lower insulin levels, and lower insulin resistance.
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This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This graph is worth as many as you can take out of it.
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Interventionism as Investment

America is on the verge of entering into the least popular intervention in our history. According to the administration’s case, it is now a matter of international “credibility.”. It also doesn’t hurt, as Kerry noted that “if the U.S. is prepared to do the whole thing. The way we’ve done it previously in other places” that other Middle Eastern nations are willing to bear the brunt of the cost.
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Barclay’s is About to Cut Off Millions of Somalis for Banking Policy

How we radicalized Mogadishu and then cut off 3.8 million people from access to banks.
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We’ve Got Some Unbelievably Small Boots to Fill

The truncated version of Kerry’s Congressional testimony statement runs “we’ve got some unbelievably small boots” that we can use in Syria. And it brings to mind a conundrum between what is now becoming a long-term foreign policy choice, and how the spin machine works. With a decade of unfruitful and in all likelihood illegal wars under our belt, we’ve now correctly lumped the potential Syria experience in with its predecessors.
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About

Merrill Cook

My work, or work I've researched for has been featured on Buzzfeed, i09, the Washington Post, PolicyMic, Businesspundit, the LSE's website, and Think Africa Press.

Currently: Content creation guru and journalist.

Previously: Grant writing, researcher for the Louisiana Supreme Court, editor of a philosophy Journal.

Greatest Interests:The developing world, skewering the duopoly, education, and fighting the war engine.

Though I enjoy researching and writing on almost any topic.

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Skills

  • SEO
  • Content Syndication
  • Social Network Strategy
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Commentary