via Sunlight’s blog.
The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.
How Many Lines Of Code Is Your Favorite App?
A military drone has 3.5 million lines of code inside. That’s roughly three times as many as we find in bacteria, meaning that mankind has, at least by one metric, constructed semi-autonomous machinery more complex than life itself.
Interestingly enough, you’ll note that software is not getting longer as time goes on. Windows Vista (2007), for instance, had 50 million lines of code, while Windows 7 shaved that figure down to 40 million. […] Meanwhile, mobile operating systems like Android have been engineered as ultra lightweight, built from just over 10 million lines of code.
But be sure to read the graphic all the way to the bottom. The kicker is a doozy.
The SyFy channel FINALLY released Sharknado last night, its much-hyped TV-movie about a shark-infested tornado, and the aftermath wrought by that synergistic whirlwind. Many of us here at Sunlight are also fans of what we can only assume stood as some inspiration for the film, the epic Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, as well as this infographic, created by Steve Taubman. We thought we’d post it in homage.
Steve has more infographics that you should check out over at his blog.
(h/t to Sunlight’s @tjl for the inspiration.)
All of the graphics!
Here’s a round-up of most of our graphics from our Political 1% of the 1% sereis.
The Political 1% of the 1%: Meet the Gatekeepers of U.S. Elections
All this week, Sunlight is rolling out a new analysis on an elite group of 31,385 political donors. This group represents .01% of the U.S. population — a group of individuals so small, it can’t even fill a football stadium. Yet last election, they accounted for more than 28% of the total funds in the 2012 election.
Stay tuned all week as we roll out more graphics and visuals accompanying the series here on our tumblr.
As the farm bill heads to the floor, we noticed that all but two current senators have received cash from the agribusiness industry. And the agricultural world has spent their campaign cash quite strategically.
In fact, half of the $26 million agribusiness has poured into senatorial elections went straight to members of the Agricultural Committee and/or the related agricultural appropriations subcommittee.
Read more on the breakdown of agribusiness’ political cash here.
Policy stalls as campaign spending by fossil fuel industries and greenhouse gases rise to historic levels.
Why did four key Democrats vote no on extending gun background checks?
Back in February, we at Sunlight made some predictions about the Democrats who would be most likely to oppose some tightening of gun laws, based on three factors: being up for a vote in 2014, having a high number of gun businesses in the state, and having a low Obama vote share.
Based on the data, we thought Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Tim Johnson and Mark Pryor were most likely to vote ‘no’ on reform. We got 3/4 correct.
More than 700,00 people live in assisted-living centers, where they get help with daily activities like bathing and dressing. Most of the residents have multiple chronic health conditions.