The United States redrawn as Fifty States with equal population, a map originally made by Neil Freeman of Fake is the New Real (and highlighted today’s Washington Post).

The United States redrawn as Fifty States with equal population, a map originally made by Neil Freeman of Fake is the New Real (and highlighted today’s Washington Post).

Posted 4 months ago
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The cost of ex-US presidents revealed

American taxpayers spent $3.7 million last year on four surviving presidents, and one presidential widow, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service.

The cost of ex-US presidents revealed

American taxpayers spent $3.7 million last year on four surviving presidents, and one presidential widow, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service.

Posted 1 year ago
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A New Map Of The U.S., Created By How Our Dollar Bills Move

Using a site that tracks dollar bills, a theoretical physicist noticed that our state boundaries are rather arbitrary, but that money tends to stay within new, more realistic boundaries.

A New Map Of The U.S., Created By How Our Dollar Bills Move

Using a site that tracks dollar bills, a theoretical physicist noticed that our state boundaries are rather arbitrary, but that money tends to stay within new, more realistic boundaries.

Posted 1 year ago
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An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States

An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States

Posted 1 year ago
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sunlightcities:

The country is a mosaic of languages.

sunlightcities:

The country is a mosaic of languages.

Reblogged 1 year ago from sunlightcities
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 America strikes oil 

Our March issue has just hit the newsstands and our subscribers in all platforms. The cover story this month is an important one: The U.S. is experiencing a big boom in oil and natural gas due to new technologies to extract hard-to-reach oil. The new “gold rush” is affecting with special intensity northwest North Dakota, bringing new fortunes, transforming the prairie landscape and also causing environmental concerns while boosting the U.S. fuel supply.

America strikes oil

Our March issue has just hit the newsstands and our subscribers in all platforms. The cover story this month is an important one: The U.S. is experiencing a big boom in oil and natural gas due to new technologies to extract hard-to-reach oil. The new “gold rush” is affecting with special intensity northwest North Dakota, bringing new fortunes, transforming the prairie landscape and also causing environmental concerns while boosting the U.S. fuel supply.

Posted 1 year ago
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Map Of The Most Common Locations Where Craigslist “Missed Connections” Occur

Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today put together this map of the number-one places where missed connections occur by state. It’s very telling and also pretty hilarious.

Map Of The Most Common Locations Where Craigslist “Missed Connections” Occur

Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today put together this map of the number-one places where missed connections occur by state. It’s very telling and also pretty hilarious.

Posted 1 year ago
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Here’s What Would Happen if a Huge Asteroid Hit Your City

Around the time people in California are getting lunch today, a honking great clod of space rock will be zooming over earth at a hair-raising proximity.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will soar above the planet at a height of about 17,200 miles, above the heads of astronauts on the International Space Station but below the orbits of our geosynchronous weather satellites. The interplanetary cannonball will be so in our face that it might tremble with “asteroid-quakes" caused by the tug of earth’s gravity; it’s set to become the closest asteroid flyby that we know of since the 1990s.

Electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population) 

The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote. This is only rarely a problem, since the electoral college and the popular vote have only disagreed three times in 200 years. However, it’s obvious that reforms are needed.

Electoral college reform (fifty states with equal population)

The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote. This is only rarely a problem, since the electoral college and the popular vote have only disagreed three times in 200 years. However, it’s obvious that reforms are needed.

Posted 1 year ago
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Which Countries Pay Its Teachers What They’re Worth? 

Teachers have a tough job. They work long hours and don’t get paid much. But before this chart, I never realized this was an American phenomenon.

Which Countries Pay Its Teachers What They’re Worth?

Teachers have a tough job. They work long hours and don’t get paid much. But before this chart, I never realized this was an American phenomenon.

Posted 1 year ago
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U.S. Gun Murders in 2010

U.S. Gun Murders in 2010

Posted 1 year ago
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Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World

"We can’t put this off any longer," President Obama implored the nation last week as he introduced 23 executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in America. While the United States has the highest level of gun ownership per capita in the world, its rate of gun homicides, about three per 100,000 people, is far lower than that of Honduras, the country with the world’s highest gun homicide rate (roughly 68 gun murders per 100,000 people). But America’s homicide rate varies significantly by city and metro area, as I pointed out here at Cities a few weeks ago.

Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World

"We can’t put this off any longer," President Obama implored the nation last week as he introduced 23 executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in America. While the United States has the highest level of gun ownership per capita in the world, its rate of gun homicides, about three per 100,000 people, is far lower than that of Honduras, the country with the world’s highest gun homicide rate (roughly 68 gun murders per 100,000 people). But America’s homicide rate varies significantly by city and metro area, as I pointed out here at Cities a few weeks ago.

Posted 1 year ago
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