Compare usage of 'Obamacare' vs 'Affordable Care Act' in the congressional record.
Fighting to Control the Meaning of ‘Obamacare’

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin three days of arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The act is often called “Obamacare,” primarily by Republicans, as a term of disdain. Democrats have tried to limit the term’s use to reshape perceptions, but that has been a tough sell. Grant Barrett, a vice president for the American Dialect Society, says it is almost impossible to persuade people to discontinue the use of a political word. “It’s an invitation to have your heart broken. You forbid it, and they start writing it on the bathroom stalls.” Now Democrats seem to be embracing the term, launching a Twitter campaign that seeks to build positive associations for it.

Compare usage of 'Obamacare' vs 'Affordable Care Act' in the congressional record.

Fighting to Control the Meaning of ‘Obamacare’

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin three days of arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The act is often called “Obamacare,” primarily by Republicans, as a term of disdain. Democrats have tried to limit the term’s use to reshape perceptions, but that has been a tough sell. Grant Barrett, a vice president for the American Dialect Society, says it is almost impossible to persuade people to discontinue the use of a political word. “It’s an invitation to have your heart broken. You forbid it, and they start writing it on the bathroom stalls.” Now Democrats seem to be embracing the term, launching a Twitter campaign that seeks to build positive associations for it.

Posted 2 years ago
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climateadaptation:

New Orleans’ population has declined 30% since hurricane Katrina. Homes left abandoned are being ‘taken back’ by nature. Snakes and pests are moving in closer to the city, too.
More at the NYTimes

climateadaptation:

New Orleans’ population has declined 30% since hurricane Katrina. Homes left abandoned are being ‘taken back’ by nature. Snakes and pests are moving in closer to the city, too.

More at the NYTimes

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NGA Providing Imagery for Tracking Japan Tsunami Debris Hitting U.S. Shores

One year after the devastating tsunami in Japan sent a wall of water that overtook much of eastern Japan, it seems that debris from that tragedy is making its way to the shores of California. It is estimated that 20 million tons of debris was swept out at sea, and many experts predicted that it would end up in the “great Pacific garbage patch,” which is the swirling area in the Pacific that has become a holding ground for plastic and other floating debris. According to a recent New York Times article, a month after the tsunami the debris was no longer visible in NOAA’s satellite images. And, to assist in the search, officials have requested higher-resolution satellite images from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

NGA Providing Imagery for Tracking Japan Tsunami Debris Hitting U.S. Shores

One year after the devastating tsunami in Japan sent a wall of water that overtook much of eastern Japan, it seems that debris from that tragedy is making its way to the shores of California. It is estimated that 20 million tons of debris was swept out at sea, and many experts predicted that it would end up in the “great Pacific garbage patch,” which is the swirling area in the Pacific that has become a holding ground for plastic and other floating debris. According to a recent New York Times article, a month after the tsunami the debris was no longer visible in NOAA’s satellite images. And, to assist in the search, officials have requested higher-resolution satellite images from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

Posted 2 years ago
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Wonderful World of Color

Wonderful World of Color

Posted 2 years ago
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futurejournalismproject:

An Illustrated Future of the New York Times
ImageThink put together this very nice illustration for a talk given by the New York Times’ Jill Abramson at SXSW about the newspaper’s future.
Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

An Illustrated Future of the New York Times

ImageThink put together this very nice illustration for a talk given by the New York Times’ Jill Abramson at SXSW about the newspaper’s future.

Select to embiggen.

Reblogged 2 years ago from futurejournalismproject
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Who Voted for Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney

Based on exit polls conducted by Edison Research with voters in 11 states.

Who Voted for Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney

Based on exit polls conducted by Edison Research with voters in 11 states.

Posted 2 years ago
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Republican Delegate Count
Delegate totals are from The Associated Press, and include the preferences of superdelegates, Republican party leaders who are free to support any candidate.

Republican Delegate Count

Delegate totals are from The Associated Press, and include the preferences of superdelegates, Republican party leaders who are free to support any candidate.
Posted 2 years ago
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NYTLabs Magic Mirror Reveals News and Health Statistics


The Magic Mirror, developed by The New York Times Research & Development Lab (with Alexis Lloyd,  among others) has just been selected as one of Time’s “50 Best  Inventions” of 2011. It is probably the best gadget to fullfill those  urgent craves from the data addicted, during those few moments they  cannot reach their smart phones.
The Magic Mirror, developed by The New York Times Research & Development Lab (with Alexis Lloyd, among others) has just been selected as one of Time’s “50 Best Inventions” of 2011. It is probably the best gadget to fullfill those urgent craves from the data addicted, during those few moments they cannot reach their smart phones.
Posted 2 years ago
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The 2012 Money Race: Compare the Presidential Candidates

The candidates have raised more than $80 million for their campaigns to date, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Mitt Romney easily raised the most among the Republicans, bringing in $18 million. But that falls far short of the $46 million that President Obama raised.

The 2012 Money Race: Compare the Presidential Candidates

The candidates have raised more than $80 million for their campaigns to date, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Mitt Romney easily raised the most among the Republicans, bringing in $18 million. But that falls far short of the $46 million that President Obama raised.

Posted 3 years ago
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Time-lapsing the New York Times Home Page

Phillip Mendonça-Vieira ran an errant cron job that ended up taking two screenshots of the New York Times home page every hour from September 2010 to July 2011. The fortunate result of the mistake: 12,000 screenshots of what the Times felt important for its home page.

Phillip writes that most publications don’t save their frontpage layout data and if the printed newspaper ceases to exist, society will lose key historical snapshots of the every day.

Rise and fall of housing prices

Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart:
The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index  for 20 major metropolitan areas is one of the most closely watched  gauges of the housing market. The figures for March, released May 31,  showed prices at their lowest point since the downturn began.

Rise and fall of housing prices

Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart:

The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index for 20 major metropolitan areas is one of the most closely watched gauges of the housing market. The figures for March, released May 31, showed prices at their lowest point since the downturn began.
Posted 3 years ago
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A Century of Meat Consumption

The New York Times has created a chart that illustrates  changing meat eating habits among Americans over the past century.   Chicken, as you can see, is steadily on the rise, whereas lamb (black)  eating has dropped to almost nothing.  I’ve clipped it from 1955 to the  present, so click on the link if you’d like to see the whole thing.

A Century of Meat Consumption

The New York Times has created a chart that illustrates changing meat eating habits among Americans over the past century. Chicken, as you can see, is steadily on the rise, whereas lamb (black) eating has dropped to almost nothing. I’ve clipped it from 1955 to the present, so click on the link if you’d like to see the whole thing.

Posted 3 years ago
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