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Rational World

A blog about a varitey of topics: politics, government, philosophy, news, etc.

Friday, April 18, 2014
reblogged from: mapsbynik

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading….

Some of the shaded areas are commercial and industrial sectors as well as parks, however I was still surprised by how much of the United States is uninhabited.

reblogged from: mapsbynik

Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census Blocks with zero population

Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading….

Some of the shaded areas are commercial and industrial sectors as well as parks, however I was still surprised by how much of the United States is uninhabited.


Friday, April 18, 2014
"Let this voluntary confession forestall any future criticism: I am writing about things entirely outside my own experience or anyone else’s, things that have no reality whatever."
Lucian, True History

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014
According to data from the World Bank, the combined GDPs of the United States (16.24T) and the European Union (16.67T) comprise about 44% of the Global GDP (71.69T) and Russia (2.02T) only 3%.

According to data from the World Bank, the combined GDPs of the United States (16.24T) and the European Union (16.67T) comprise about 44% of the Global GDP (71.69T) and Russia (2.02T) only 3%.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014
"By civil strife they make wealth for themselves
And heap up riches, murder upon murder
Piling in greed."
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe

Friday, April 4, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014
This graph from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows a correlation between increasing minimum wages and an increase in employment. While it does not prove that raising the minimum wage will create jobs, however, it does challenge the argument that raising the minimum wage will lead to layoffs or prevent employers from hiring new workers.

(Source)

This graph from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows a correlation between increasing minimum wages and an increase in employment. While it does not prove that raising the minimum wage will create jobs, however, it does challenge the argument that raising the minimum wage will lead to layoffs or prevent employers from hiring new workers.

(Source)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014