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Bad Maps and the *%*#@*? Who Publish Them

Really?  You have Internet access across the whole US on Delta flights?

Well, that’s what your map claims.  *

*until you read the fine print.

thanks to: floatingsheep: Bad Map: Visualizing WiFi Access.

Truly, a very useful and informative map of the information age.

Deadliest tornado season in 50 years – but why?

via Deadliest tornado season in 50 years – but why? – CBS Evening News – CBS News.

There were 506 tornadoes reported in the U.S. through this date last year. It’s already more than double that – 1151 – this year.

This video from CBS news explains some of the science behind the deadly storms.

Outrageous

The Young and the Betrothed – An FP Slide Show | Foreign Policy.

More than 50 million girls under the age of 17 in developing countries are married; millions more are at risk of being forced into child marriages. The practice is rife in Afghanistan, particularly in rural areas. Photographer Stephanie Sinclair captured some of these young women. The image above was selected as UNICEF’s “Photo of 2007.”

Click the link to see the photos and read the stories.  It should break your heart – young girls who will never have the opportunity to realize their potential.

River Unleashed

Vodpod videos no longer available.

An even better video ishere, part 2 here, but I can’t embed it, just click the link to watch the spillway flood when the gate is opened.

Wikimapia has some info and of course a map here.

This is supposed to relieve pressure on the river levees, and prevent flooding downstream  But it will flood the Atchafalaya River Basin, and take 3 days to reach the Gulf at Morgan City.


Middle Class

Middle Class Africa | FP Passport.

A new report released by the African Development bank today estimates that more than a third of the continent’s population — 313 million people — are now middle class. Wake up investors: “Africa’s emerging middle class comprises roughly the size of the middle class in India or China.”

Although many of the people there are just now entering the Middle Class, the trend toward fewer children and better education will undoubtedly move more people up economically.

And it’s not just the economy that benefits:

Having a middle class can be a massive boom to political growth as well. It may be no coincidence that two of the countries with the largest percentage of middle class citizens — Tunisia (89.5 percent) and Egypt (79.7 percent) — got fed up with their corrupt, incompetent regimes. The young generation of African businessmen, thinkers, and leaders won’t put up with business as usual; they have too much work to get done.

A good thing, if it works out as planned.

Albania claims more territory

Macedonia reacts against Albanian geography.

This map, reportedly from an Albanian 4th grade geography textbook, shows the area of “Albania” as it should be, according to Albania.

The textbook

sparked reactions and concerns in Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro. Concerns were caused by teaching unit, which says that Kosovo, parts of Greece, Montenegro and half of Macedonia ​​geographically belong to Albania, but are cut off by violence after the Balkan wars in 1913.

Several of the surrounding countries have said they will file “official” protests if  the map and story are used in Albanian classes.

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