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Since the London attack Sat night, an estimated 241 Americans have died via gunshot in the US. Not "BREAKING NEWS." *****U.S. States scaled proportionally to population density. Territorial growth of the United States. The Geopolitics of the United States, Part 2: American Identity and the Threats of Tomorrow - Stratfor Worldview. The Geopolitics of the United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire. Watch a Breathtaking Time-Lapse of Grand Teton National Park. Map imagining Japanese attack of the West Coast of the United States, four years before Pearl Harbor. Four years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Los Angeles Examiner published this full-page map by artist Howard Burke, outlining a potential Japanese strategy for attacking the West Coast and "demolishing" its cities.

Map imagining Japanese attack of the West Coast of the United States, four years before Pearl Harbor.

The map is online as part of the Cornell University Library's Persuasive Cartography digital collection. The Examiner, founded in 1903, was a Hearst newspaper; in 1937, it was published both on weekdays and in a weekend morning edition. This map came into Los Angeles households on a Sunday morning, describing the way that Japan—which had recently invaded China—could extend its influence over the Western United States. Insets illustrated how Los Angeles could be cut off from the rest of the country with strategic bombing of mountain passes and how its key utilities—water supply and electricity—could be easily controlled by an invading army. How the United States took more than 1.5 billion acres from native Americans. *****In the US the middle class is smaller, but richer. *****How the cost of various goods and services have changed since 2000 (USA) Graphic by @lenkiefer. *****Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure - Washington Post.

Things that wouldn't exist if Mexico hadn't lost its territory. *****Baby boomers: US age pyramid becomes a rectangle by 2060. *****Life expectancy gap between rich and poor US regions is 'more than 20 years' Your average life expectancy now varies by more than 20 years depending on where you live in the United States, according to an in-depth study by the University of Washington.

*****Life expectancy gap between rich and poor US regions is 'more than 20 years'

America’s “life expectancy gap” is also predicted to grow even wider in future, with 11.5% of US counties having experienced an increase in the risk of death for residents aged 25–45 over the period studied (1980-2014). No previous study has put the disparity at even close to 20 years. “This is way worse than any of us had assumed,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of global health at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and one of the authors of the study, published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“The magnitude of these disparities demands action, all the more urgently because inequalities will only increase further if recent trends are allowed to continue uncontested,” the report states. “There are disparities by race, by economy, by geography. *****FDI USA: Map shows foreign direct investment by country in the US. Catholics in the United States #Religion #USA. Most Americans’ best days are behind them - Washington Post. *****Shifting Incomes for Young People 1966-2016. Millennials’ income and baby boomers’ income.

*****Shifting Incomes for Young People 1966-2016

The story goes like so: The Millennial generation makes less now than the baby boomers did back when they were the same age as the Millennials, based on median personal income. I keep seeing the comparison pop up, but median says so little about the earnings of both generations. So I grabbed the most recent annual data (2016) from the Current Population Survey and looked back fifty years to 1966. I split it up by people with a bachelor’s or higher and those with no bachelor’s degree. We’re mainly interested in the top section for 18- to 34-year-olds, but I include 35 and older for reference. Now imagine you have about 100 people from each group.

*****The best US presidents, according to presidential historians. Fresh from a famous victory, the new president delivered his inaugural address to a crowd outside the Capitol in Washington, DC.

*****The best US presidents, according to presidential historians

The stock market had been rising steadily since the vote. In his speech, the new commander-in-chief marveled at the country’s “gigantic” growth. Most of the parallels between James Monroe in 1817 and Donald Trump in 2017 stop there. Monroe was the first to give a public speech outdoors at his inauguration, which took place in March back then. Cops vs Firefighters by U.S. county #USA. The key to the US trade deficit is at home. This is why. *****Life expectancy differences in USA: A 'survival gap' The changing shape of America's income distribution. #Map shows most common job for immigrants in US. Low skilled job most common. *****Isohyet: "The West begins where the annual rainfall drops below 20 inches a year..." - ht Joan Didion. How the cost of various goods and services have changed since 2000 (USA) Graphic by @lenkiefer.

The Percentage of the Population that is Divorced in Each US County #Demography #USA. Non-Private Land in the United States #USA. Overall Religiosity by US State (2016) #Religion #USA. New England ancestry by county (2000) The most famous band of all time from every US state - *****Colonisation of USA: The population of every US county, 1790 to 2010. Trump's threat to the 2020 Census. It’s three years away and still a year from its scheduled dress rehearsal, but nervous observers are already asking: What happens to the 2020 U.S. census under President Donald Trump?

Trump's threat to the 2020 Census

The first day of this month marked three years until Census Day: April 1, 2020. Though it may sound like one of the driest bureaucratic responsibilities of the federal government, the census has crucial implications for national politics—and requires years of planning, hundreds of thousands of new employees and even a marketing campaign to ensure the broadest possible snapshot of the American population. Already, Congress’ inability to agree on a full-year funding measure for fiscal 2017 has forced the Census Bureau to cancel multiple field tests and delay opening three field offices. It also had to cut back on new, less labor-intensive methods for verifying household addresses, a critical undertaking that was supposed to make the 2020 census more cost-effective and accurate.

*****Geography of US states in food shape. Via. *****U.S. Energy Production Through The Years (time slide maps) Total Energy Produced Source: Coal Natural Gas Crude Oil Nuclear Power Source: energy.govTotal Renewable Energy Non-Biofuel Renewable Energy Biofuels Via: “Maps are like campfires – everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance, and find agreement about how to help the land.”

*****U.S. Energy Production Through The Years (time slide maps)

Adolf Hitler's nephew served in the US Navy during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and Victory Medal. A Maps of how educated the USA is by county #Education #USA. *****How do the US and Chinese economies compare? Read more. What's at stake? Read more. The evolution of Mexican states and territories (1824-today), ht: @AmericanGeo. The population of every US county, 1790 to 2010. United countries of population density. Cool map! To paraphrase an old song, "Every little cession has a story all its own." cc: @BandersonLand @simongerman600. Where Europe and Asia would fit in North America climate-wise. Best practice #vintage #map of #USA shifts perspective to show role of #railway line to #port servicing #Liverpool.

Countries with a Smaller GDP than the U.S. Defense Budget. ***How many economies you can fit in California? This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare. Is the money we're spending on health care keeping us alive?

This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare

On a certain level, that's the big test of any health-care system — and the United States is failing. According to above chart, U.S. life expectancy continues to lag far behind other developed countries, despite spending way more on medical treatments aimed at keeping us alive. The chart, courtesy of Oxford economist Max Roser, plots per-capita health-care spending against life expectancy for the world's wealthiest countries over the past 40-plus years.

Each country gets one line, which plots its trajectory on those measures over time. Looking at the chart, two things become clear: As Roser notes, the big takeaway is that, in wealthy countries, more spending on health leads to a longer life expectancy. But there's a secondary finding: Not all health-care spending is created equal. That's $2,000 more per person per year than the second highest-spending country on the chart, Switzerland. Wonkbook newsletter Thanks! 150 Years After Sale of Alaska, Some Russians Have Second Thoughts - *****Interactive charts! 18 Trillion Things You Didn't Know About the U.S. Federal Budget. After WWII #USA government started spending on #healthcare and #social issues. This coincided with US becoming superpower. United States Old Maps. The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security. Interviewee: Thad W.

The Arctic Is Integral to U.S. National Security

Allen, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen HamiltonInterviewer: Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor March 22, 2017 The Alaskan Arctic represents “the fourth coast of the United States” and should be a major consideration in discussions of U.S. national security, says Thad Allen, co-chair of CFR’s Independent Task Force on the Arctic. Number of Executions by U.S. State (1976 - 2016) #Crimemaps #USA. 1650 map of the "Island of California," a Spanish misconception that persisted for centuries.

*****US land taken from Native Americans #NoDAPL #NoKXL. Fig. 1—a modern national rail network Fig. 2—a backward patchwork of milk runs High-speed rail mileage in #China: 14,000 In US: 28 (total!) The Map Of America As Seen By A New Yorker from Dan Abramson. Little Islands Big Trouble Mapping The South China Seas’ Maritime Disputes. Corporal punishment in schools is legal in 19 US states. US states overlaid on areas of Europe with equal population Source: Reddit User Speech500.

How America's source of immigrants has changed over a century. ***Russia and U.S. states GDP #Economics #Russia #USA. From @FortuneMagazine archives in 1934: "Can wine become an American habit?” Answer in 2017: How America Can Take Control in the South China Sea. The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have been a political roller coaster for Iraq.

How America Can Take Control in the South China Sea

On Jan. 21, the newly minted commander in chief raised his oft-repeated mantra that the United States might have offset the costs of the Iraq War by somehow seizing Iraqi oil. Six days later, he signed an executive order banning Iraqi nationals from entering the United States for 90 days and Iraqi refugees from entering for 120 days. The banned persons initially included thousands of translators and other Iraqis who risked their lives by serving alongside U.S. troops in Iraq. Though Iraq’s parliament issued a nonbinding call to retaliate by banning American visitors, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi chose to take the high road.

Refusing to bow to domestic political pressure, he ruled out a reciprocal travel ban in a speech on Jan. 31. A simple #map and clever framing point to the importance of #California wi him #USA economy. #Map shows which job in each state is way more common than in the rest of the nation. Areas of Europe as US states of equal GDP, as well as corresponding cities #Economics #Europe #USA. Twitter. I just love these kinda #maps. Comparing GDP of #USA states with nation states. #Wyoming = #Lithuania. Population of China Split Roughly into Areas with the Population of the U.S. #China #Population #USA. Visualizing a Disturbing Truth: 8 Billionaires Own as Much as 3.6 Billion People. U.S. States that were once the largest. Fun #map shows relative position of European cities within #Texas. 5 Great Lakes. Think about your family members.

5 Great Lakes

You are all related, but are you all the same? While the five Great Lakes are physically connected to one another, each has a unique set of characteristics, much like children living within the same family. The five bodies of water that make up the Great Lakes are truly unique in their geology, history, biology, hydrology, impact, and issues. The Most and Least Dangerous Counties in the U.S. California = economy of France. How do other US states compare? The US has the largest economy in the world. Its GDP for 2015, according to World Bank data, is over US$18 trillion.

This is $7 billion more than China’s, which is in second place. U.S. States Renamed for Countries with Similar GDPs h/t @Wu_Tang_Finance. US Regions Map. *Trump, America, and a world in transition - good circumspect view. Russian America (1860) #Oldmaps #Russia #USA. China threatens to cut sales of iPhones and US cars if 'naive' Trump pursues trade war. US president-elect Donald Trump would be a “naive” fool to launch an all-out trade war against China, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has claimed.

During the acrimonious race for the White House Trump repeatedly lashed out at China, vowing to punish Beijing with “defensive” 45% tariffs on Chinese imports and to officially declare it a currency manipulator. “When they see that they will stop the cheating,” the billionaire Republican, who has accused Beijing of “the greatest theft in the history of the world”, told a rally in August. On Monday the state-run Global Times warned that such measures would be a grave mistake. “If Trump wrecks Sino-US trade, a number of US industries will be impaired. Finally the new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence,” the newspaper said in an editorial.

The Global Times claimed any new tariffs would trigger immediate “countermeasures” and “tit-for-tat approach” from Beijing. Captain Walter ''Waddy'' Young and his crew pose in front of their caricatures on their B-29 Superfortress , November 24, 1944. (colorized) Does th USA own the Moon? The Final Frontier. The US government has given permission for the first private company to land unmanned vehicles on the moon, with the intention of mining its resources. But could the move have geopolitical consequences? Moon Express, an American start-up company, made history last month when it became the first commercial entity to be granted permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make a landing on the Moon.

Theconversation. In May 2011, President Barack Obama announced that US special forces had killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who oversaw the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. US bombs dropped on Laos 1964-1973. 9-11 ‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’ Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001.