The much maligned New York Times has come up with some wonderful and instructive interactives over the past several months, this one stands among the best.
You are in charge.
Enact your plan to cut the deficit, the interactive does the math for you.
Click the image below to link up the site.
Thanks to Charley D. for this one.
You Have No Idea How Big Africa Really Is (But This Map Does)
It's about 11.7 million square miles, which is really big—big enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan, and much of Europe within its borders. And that's precisely what Kai Krause did with this inventive map, "The True Size of Africa," which he describes as his contribution to "the fight against rampant Immappacy."
Click on the above map for the entire piece.
I came in to the office early to study for my Tuesday Algebra 2 and Physics exams and had three emails from my loyal minions, with links to two different versions of the story.
I'm lovin' it.
Click on the photo below for the entire story
A man who identifies himself as Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle, part of the Rain City Superhero Movement, poses with an unidentified Seattle police officer. Department officials alerted officers to the self-described superhero, who said his new costume will be more elaborate.
Vigilante justice has come to Seattle, and the caped crusaders drive a Kia.
Seattle police say a group of self-described superheroes have been patrolling the streets at night trying to save people from crime. They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they're part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters.
Thank you minions for an outstanding find.
A quote from Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan taken from his speech to the Irish Parliment last Tuesday.
If this country and this parliament fails to make the necessary adjustments, then we put at risk the funding of the State after July of next year and what will happen then is that we will be faced with a situation where we will only be able to spend EUR 31 billion.
The State could not go on spending EUR 50 billion a year, when it was only taking in EUR 31 billion.
Being only able to spend EUR 31 billion would involve a serious adjustment in the level of (government) services that could be provided.
No responsible government, therefore, could contemplate that approach.'
Ok, think this one through for just a second.
What the Prime Minister of Ireland just said here is that no responsible government could contemplate spending a sum of money equal to what it is taking in.
Thanks to Mike M. for this one.
The Facebook part of our little group has gone all pensive on us.
What the hell, we're nothing if not indulgent.
Here's a little what if thinking from three of the best.
“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say,
'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence.
The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!'
Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon?
Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”
"What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream?'
"What if this is as good as it gets"
Pay close attention here, this could save your life.
By writing and then allowing this piece to be published, Elana Milashina puts her own life in jeopardy.
To be remembered when someone on your television starts patting themselves on the back for "speaking truth to power".
I know it's long, but it would please your Uncle Roany to no end if you would read this entire piece.
Bix Weir in his The Road to Roota Letters publishes a pretty fun, non threatening and easy to follow essay on the symbolism within the new $100 bill.
It begins as follows.
First of all, I must admit that I am one of those "Conspiracy Nuts" who loves to read meaning into the back of the US $1 bill like I'm trying to solve a centuries old puzzle.
The "All Seeing Eye", the pyramid, "One World Government", Masonic symbols, the implications of the Latin words, even the words "In God We Trust" added in 1955...all of it...I'm a big fan of secret meaning. Just Google "US Dollar Hidden Meaning" and you will find almost EVERY INTERPRETATION you can imagine.
Since I don't know which is true...I tend to believe ALL OF THEM.
More fun that way.
If you think this is all hogwash and there is no meaning to the back of the $1 bill..."Duh, it's just a nice picture"...then this article is not for you.
Click in the bill to link up to the entire piece.
I'm thinking somewhere around .25 or .3 should be a real good time to start thinking about the broad market again.
So to speak.