I’ve found the county level US election maps fascinating. Here are some more goodies. The purple linear cartogram of the election results looks like a phoenix decaying. Discuss.
Source: Election maps
Must read (long). Who’s coming to Mars?
Musk is a bit like the Chinese. You kind of expect him to get it done.
Another from the “I didn’t expect that” list. The written news media is reporting reasonably effectively, we just don’t use old media any more.
The two most newsworthy things that Donald Trump didÂ in the last two days were these:
- He gave a major economic policy speech in Detroit which he laid out his tax policy, for example.
- He suggested in North Carolina that â€œSecond Amendment peopleâ€ could somehow take care of the gun-control favoring judges Hillary Clinton would appoint â€” words that are easy to interpret as an incitement to violence.
If you judge by the echo chamber of your own Facebook feed, the ambiguous but shocking assassination suggestion is ubiquitous, and the economic policy speech is barely present. Is this the mediaâ€™s fault?
Must read article on new research into Daesh. Really not what I thought at all.
“…young people adrift in a globalized world find their own way to ISIS, looking to don a social identity that gives their lives significance. Groups of dissatisfied young adult friends around the world â€” often with little knowledge of Islam but yearning for lives of profound meaning and glory â€” typically choose to become volunteers in the Islamic State army in Syria and Iraq, Atran contends. Many of these individuals connect via the internet and social media to form a global community of alienated youth seeking heroic sacrifice, he proposes.”
The linkage between networks is also far greater than I had thought.
Brilliant. Malcolm Tucker meets Winnie the Pooh.
Thanks Serena and Angelique. What a match. And thanks to the Kong for an epic storm to accompany it. â€‹
Now to work out how to find the phoenix in the ashes.
tl;dr Stanford rape case
Valid rant about the mistaken idea that Chinese is somehow behind other (Western) languages. I got affected by a lot of these memes before I moved here.
Even in the age of Chinaâ€™s social media boom, withÂ billion-dollar valuations for Beijing-based IT start-ups, prejudice against the Chinese language is alive and well.
Brilliant. There are plenty more.