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election:

If you’re not on the gopconvention2012 YouTube channel, you’re missing out on some unit-free infographics of unclear intent. 
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election:

If you’re not on the gopconvention2012 YouTube channel, you’re missing out on some unit-free infographics of unclear intent. 

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quickhits:

Eight More Ways Women Will Benefit Under Obamacare Starting Tomorrow

quickhits:

Eight More Ways Women Will Benefit Under Obamacare Starting Tomorrow

nationalpost:

Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religionWith the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post’s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. (Illustration by Richard Johnson)

nationalpost:

Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion
With the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post’s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. (Illustration by Richard Johnson)

thenewrepublic:

One of the main tenets of capitalism is that it allegedly creates competition, giving consumers higher quality and lower costs. But when competition drops from 37 national banks to 4, that “consumer wins out in the end” theory goes right out the window.
But don’t even think of regulating the banks!

thenewrepublic:

One of the main tenets of capitalism is that it allegedly creates competition, giving consumers higher quality and lower costs. But when competition drops from 37 national banks to 4, that “consumer wins out in the end” theory goes right out the window.

But don’t even think of regulating the banks!

The GOP War On Voting Is In Full Swing 
"Registering [the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to  criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the  nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which  is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare  recipients to vote. […] Encouraging those who burden society to  participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor.  It’s about  helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money." -Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum
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John Stossel (Fox News): "Let’s stop saying everyone should vote."
Rush Limbaugh: "If people cannot even feed and clothe themselves, should they be allowed to vote?"
Judson Phillips (Tea Party Nation): "If you’re not a  property owner, I’m sorry, but property owners have a little bit more  of a vested stake in the community than not property owners do."
Source:  News Corpse

The GOP War On Voting Is In Full Swing

"Registering [the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote. […] Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor.  It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money." -Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum

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John Stossel (Fox News): "Let’s stop saying everyone should vote."
Rush Limbaugh: "If people cannot even feed and clothe themselves, should they be allowed to vote?"
Judson Phillips (Tea Party Nation): "If you’re not a property owner, I’m sorry, but property owners have a little bit more of a vested stake in the community than not property owners do."

Source: News Corpse

So what exactly happens if Congress and the White House don’t raise the debt ceiling by early next month? The Bipartisan Policy Center has generated a blow-by-blow, day-by-day account of the fallout. In the spirit of NewsHour even-handedness, it outlines the consequences without rhetoric or exclamation marks.

We’ve reformulated much of their data as an interactive graphic. However, if and when a deal is struck in Washington, you can scan it nostalgically in the spirit of “Remember when the United States was so politically paralyzed that it risked its credit rating and international credibility by refusing to hike the debt ceiling?” If a deal is not reached, you might bookmark the report and our graphic to consult once the deadline passes.

What do I think? That if a deal isn’t reached, the United States will continue paying interest on the national debt, thus avoiding anything that would constitute official default. Why do I think this?

Because, to take the August numbers, the United States is slated to take in about $200 billion in revenues and owe only $30 billion or so in interest payments.

But then will come the cuts. Our graphic lets you see the options, but my guess is that once the cleaver hits the meat, howls will be heard and a deal quickly struck. It’s just a guess though. As you may have tired of reading here, it’s a probabilistic universe. Moreover, why believe in my accuracy in making the odds? Even I don’t.

pewinternet:

Three-quarters of US adults are internet users. Six in ten of these online adults use social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace, and one third (35%) of these social networking site users took to these sites during election season to get political information or to get involved in the campaign. Our definition of political use of social networking sites includes anyone who did one or more of the following activities on these sites in the months leading up to the 2010 elections:
Discover which candidates your friends voted for this year – 18% of social networking site users did this (this represents 11% of all adult internet users)
Get candidate or campaign information –14% of social networking site users (9% of all internet users) did this
Post content related to politics or the campaign – 13% of social networking site users (8% of all internet users) posted their own content on these sites
Sign up as a friend of a candidate or group involved in the campaign—11% of social networking site users (7% of all internet users) did this in 2010
Take part in political groups or causes – 10% of social networking site users joined such a group, and 2% started their own group on these sites. This works out to 6% and 1% of internet users, respectively.
Taken together, that means that 35% of all social networking site users got involved politically on these sites during the 2010 elections. That works out to 21% of all adult internet users. Half of these political social networking users took part in one of the six activities we asked about in our survey, while the other half engaged in two or more activities.
Read more in our recent report, 22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign

pewinternet:

Three-quarters of US adults are internet users. Six in ten of these online adults use social networking sites such as Facebook or Myspace, and one third (35%) of these social networking site users took to these sites during election season to get political information or to get involved in the campaign. Our definition of political use of social networking sites includes anyone who did one or more of the following activities on these sites in the months leading up to the 2010 elections:

  • Discover which candidates your friends voted for this year – 18% of social networking site users did this (this represents 11% of all adult internet users)
  • Get candidate or campaign information –14% of social networking site users (9% of all internet users) did this
  • Post content related to politics or the campaign – 13% of social networking site users (8% of all internet users) posted their own content on these sites
  • Sign up as a friend of a candidate or group involved in the campaign—11% of social networking site users (7% of all internet users) did this in 2010
  • Take part in political groups or causes – 10% of social networking site users joined such a group, and 2% started their own group on these sites. This works out to 6% and 1% of internet users, respectively.

Taken together, that means that 35% of all social networking site users got involved politically on these sites during the 2010 elections. That works out to 21% of all adult internet users. Half of these political social networking users took part in one of the six activities we asked about in our survey, while the other half engaged in two or more activities.

Read more in our recent report, 22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign

The Future of Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measures

Nate Silver:

Projections for all 50 states and the District of Columbia are below, as applied to hypothetical ballot measures that would be voted upon in November 2012. The figures reflect the share of voters that would be expected to approve the measure — that is, to prohibit same-sex marriage.

Projected Vote Share for Same Sex Marriage Bans - November 2012

Nate has a lot more info and explanation about the data, so click over and read it all.

kenyatta:

GOOD: What Congress Would Look Like If It Were Demographically Representative of America

Here’s what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation.
One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: The average American’s net worth is $96,000. But the average Senator’s net worth?$13.4 million. For House members that sum drops to “just” $5 million.
Does this represent your community?

via adventuresinlearning

kenyatta:

GOOD: What Congress Would Look Like If It Were Demographically Representative of America

Here’s what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation.

One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: The average American’s net worth is $96,000. But the average Senator’s net worth?$13.4 million. For House members that sum drops to “just” $5 million.

Does this represent your community?

via adventuresinlearning