Computer-generated maps imagine America redivided into equal-population areasOn October 17, 2017 by Maybell
America votes Democrat but elects Republicans, and it’s all thanks to how the country is divided up. Even if gerrymandering dies in court, Americans must still live with the the plain fact that every state gets the same number of senators. But what if things were different?
there are many ways to split up America into 50 equal states, and depending on your methods, the results will look very different. If you wanted to, you could split the United States up by latitude or longitude. Below I divvied up the country by latitude. I created the first state by starting at the southern most point in the US, drawing a latitude line through it, and then moving upwards until that very long, skinny state contained 1/50th of the American population. I repeated that process until I had 50 new states. … Granted, some of these new “states” wouldn’t be very convenient to govern…
The spinning GIF represents America divided into two equally-populous countries along various angles.
I have been reading Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos novels since I was a pre-teen and singing their praises on Boing Boing since 2006, and with the occasion of the publication of Vallista, the fifteenth and nearly final volume in the series, I want to spend some time explaining to you why goddamnit you should really consider reading 15 books, get caught up, and finish this sucker with me, because if there was any justice in this world, the Vlad books would have a following to shame The Dark Tower at its peak.
In The Guardian, my Institute for the Future colleagues Marina Gorbis and Sam Woolley write about social bots as a threat to democracy: Social media platforms may be able to track and report on political advertisements from foreign entities, but will they divulge information on pervasive and personalized advertising from their domestic political clients? This […]
Compiled by redditor bezzleford, this map offers a rough view of support for independence in various European regions. Scotland and Catalonia are well-known hotspots, but I didn’t know about Sardinia or Venice. And, of course, there’s the good old Serb Republic! “What does this map show?” – it shows the support for separatist movements that […]