Thursday, December 18, 2014

Evolution Less Accepted in US Than Other Western Countries


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060810-evolution.html

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why America's middle class is lost

"One day in 1967, Bob Thompson sprayed foam on a hunk of metal in a cavernous factory south of Los Angeles. And then another day, not too long after, he sat at a long wood bar with a black-and-white television hanging over it, and he watched that hunk of metal land a man on the moon. On July 20, 1969 — the day of the landing — Thompson sipped his Budweiser and thought about all the people who had ever stared at that moon. Kings and queens and Jesus Christ himself. He marveled at how when it came time to reach it, the job started in Downey. The bartender wept." http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2014/12/12/why-americas-middle-class-is-lost

Black-White Wealth Gap Has Reached A 24-Year High

"The economy is recovering, but not the bottom line for black Americans, according to new figures from the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of black households dropped an astonishing 34 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to Pew's analysis of Federal Reserve data. That of white households grew slightly over the same period. In dollars, that meant the median white household was worth $141,900, while the median black household was worth just $11,000. Wealth was defined here as the difference between the value of the household's assets -- like a house and stocks -- and its liabilities." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/12/racial-wealth-gap_n_6317202.html

This Map Shows Where America Loves 'Butts' More Than 'Boobs'

"Americans appear to prefer "butts" to "boobs" when searching for "straight," woman-with-man pornography on the popular websites Pornhub and Youporn. A report on the websites' analytics, titled "Boobs, Butts & Beyond," shows that butt-related terms top boob queries in 40 of 50 states. The websites, both owned by the same company, developed the report with 20 Minuten, a Swiss newspaper. Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are the only U.S. states where boob searches win out." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/13/pornhub-study-_n_6317640.html

Sunday, December 07, 2014

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

"A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write about what he's learned from his project." http://gawker.com/what-ive-learned-from-two-years-collecting-data-on-poli-1625472836

The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

How well run is your state? Assessing a state’s management quality is hardly easy. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results of policy choices and developments that occurred in the last few years, but can also be affected by decisions made decades ago, and by forces outside a state’s control. http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/12/03/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-3/2

Friday, December 05, 2014

States With Stop And Identify statues

"Something that more people need to know: Unless you live in a state that has a "Stop and Identify" statute on their laws you are not required to produce an ID to a police officer unless they have reasonable suspicion you are in the process of committing an illegal activity. Here are the states where police CAN (colored red) demand an ID from you with no probable cause whatsoever." http://gawker.com/my-vassar-college-faculty-id-makes-everything-ok-1664133077?src=longreads&mc_cid=e347b855c7&mc_eid=d0de93896d

Download Tax Tables for each State

"Getting sales tax rates for multiple states is as easy as selecting your states from the grid below and clicking “Continue.” And it’s free!" Details: http://www.taxrates.com/download-tax-tables

MAP: America's Favorite Beers by State

"When it comes to beer, the northeast loves Sam Adams, Pennsylvania opts for its native Yuengling, and California picks Corona. Blowfish, a "hangover cure" that promises relief after a night of heavy drinking, recently conducted a poll with AMP, a third-party research firm, to learn about people's drinking habits across the U.S. The survey included 5,249 drinkers over the age of 21 from all 50 states and Washington, D.C." http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/10/16/map_america_s_favorite_beers_by_state.html

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

America is still Number 1!

"IT may be the reluctant superpower nowadays. As its economy prepares to be overtaken by China's, its version of capitalism is no longer universally admired. Yet there is one thing at which America still excels, and is a shining light upon a hill to inspire the rest of the world. That is giving." https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141201221944-211889-one-thing-america-is-still-world-s-best-at-and-getting-even-better

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

THANKSGIVING PLATES AROUND THE STATES

"Most American consumed about 4,500 calories of turkey, stuffing and other goodies this Thanksgiving, but the components of their feast varied quite a bit by region. Here's hot Thanksgiving plates differed by state:" http://visual.ly/thanksgiving-differences

Monday, December 01, 2014

Guess Which Two States Are Most Thankful For YouTube

"As Thanksgiving approaches, Facebook has mined its mountain of data to determine which topics Americans are most thankful for. The social media network’s data scientists shared a study that shows the most-praised subjects within posts on the site. The most popular topics are unsurprising. On the whole, Americans thanked friends, family, and health, but when Facebook broke down its data state-by-state, a few interesting trends emerged. The map pictured above shows the outliers that are disproportionately more popular in each state. As you might expect, the Bible Belt loves God and Southwesterners are grateful for the rain. For our purposes, we’re most interested in the two states that most commonly gave thanks to YouTube." http://www.tubefilter.com/2014/11/26/states-thankful-for-youtube

Sunday, November 30, 2014

What Jobs Your City Is Most Known For

"Sohan Murthy at the LinkedIn blog published a map Wednesday that shows which skills and jobs are most disproportionately represented in American cities based on data from LinkedIn members." http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-jobs-your-city-is-most-known-for

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jobs: Visualizing Recovery, State By State

"Sometimes a skewed view offers greater clarity. The most recent state-by-state unemployment figures, released Friday, show positive news in many states. The data from the Labor Department indicate, for example, that 15 states in October had unemployment rates lower than 5%, a few of them at or approaching prerecession rates. The national rate in October was 5.8%." http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/11/24/jobs-visualizing-recovery-state-by-state

US GDP split in half

https://twitter.com/amazing_maps/status/537777895922745344

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A new view of the housing boom and bust

http://datatools.urban.org/Features/mortgages-by-race/#5/38.000/-96.500 "Today’s tight credit environment has constrained mortgage lending and is disproportionately affecting African American and Hispanic households. As a result, these communities have found it harder to take advantage of the low home prices and interest rates that followed the housing market crash, missing an important opportunity to build wealth through homeownership."

Financial Status of Each State

http://online.barrons.com/articles/states-finances-have-gotten-on-solid-ground-1416633606 "With a few prominent exceptions, states are healthier than they’ve been in years. Good news for municipal-bond investors. U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market, typically benefiting from low debt levels relative to the size of their economies, and the ability to cut spending and raise taxes during tough times."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NUMBER OF AMISH BY STATE

Would you guess there are fewer Amish today? You'd be so wrong. "There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms). They’re the topic of reality television shows and documentaries, a particularly memorable Nancy Drew novel and the Academy Award-winning 1985 film "Witness." Vanilla Ice "went Amish." We buy their furniture and jam, and may occasionally spot their buggies when driving on country roads through America’s heartland. Many may not realize, however, that though the Amish make up only a tiny percentage of Americans (less than 0.001 percent), the Amish population has grown enormously since the early 1960s, with much of the increase occurring in the last two decades."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Middle Class Home Affordablity by State

If you're struggling to buy a home in San Francisco or New York, you may want to consider Dayton or Rochester. Those are two of the U.S. cities where middle-class buyers are most likely to find an affordable home, according to a new report by the real-estate website Trulia. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/20/middle-class-homes_n_6194850.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

INTERNET ACCESS BY STATE

Why Many Americans Still Don't Have Internet Access, In 4 Charts "In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don't have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. Bill Callahan, director of the digital access advocacy group Connect Your Community 2.0, crunched numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the best- and worst-connected major American cities. More than a quarter of households in the U.S. don’t have a computer with an Internet connection, according to the 2013 American Community Survey released by the Census Bureau in September. The report was the first Community Survey to look at rates of Internet connection by detailed geographic location."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Missing Persons Cases by State

"It’s the unthinkable in the age of connectivity. A spouse doesn’t arrive home on time; a colleague fails to show up for work; a child never makes it to class. Even now, people vanish without a trace -- leaving families and law enforcement grasping for clues."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Highs And Lows Of The U.S. Economy Since 1999

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/geography-of-jobs_n_6069856.html "America has been through a roller coaster ride of job creation and job loss over the last 15 years. But sometimes it can be difficult to really grasp just how wild that ride has been. This map, which was created by TIP Strategies, an economic development consulting firm, will certainly help you do that. The map charts annual job growth and job loss in every metro area in the country between 1999 and 2014. The size of the bubbles corresponds to the net number of jobs gained or lost. Blue bubbles represent overall gains and red, losses. Press play to start the visualization, and scroll over the bubbles to see the exact job stats for each city."

Monday, October 27, 2014

These Are The Most Googled Halloween Costumes In Each State

These Are The Most Googled Halloween Costumes In Each State

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Happiest Countries

These Are The World's Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?) "The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world. They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wealthiest Women By State (includes link to Wealthiest Americans By State)

Here Is The Richest Woman In Each State "When we think about the most powerful women in America, names like Oprah Winfrey, Janet Yellen, and Sheryl Sandberg come to mind. But measure sheerly by the size of their bank accounts, and a different group of women top the charts. This map from the real estate blog Movoto displays the net worth of the richest female resident in each U.S. state. Darker shades of blue reflect those at the richest end of the wealth spectrum. Darker reds correlate with lesser net worth. Lighter shades of both indicate something closer to the middle."

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