As a newspaper reporter living in South Korea, I’m always aware that a “provocation” by our friends in the North — a missile launch, a nuclear test, or some other incident — could occur on any day.
A recent missile launch came on a Sunday morning, for example, disrupting our family plans. (That’s part of the job, of course).
But which days have been more likely for provocations, I wondered? Thanks to a handy database from the Center for Strategic & International Studies, we now know.
Since 2001, North Korean leaders seem to prefer … Mondays?
The trend is clear in the data: Compared with any other day, provocations have been twice as common on the first work day of the week.
The data also reveal some interesting tidbits about the North’s provocations. Thanks to a recent surge in missile tests, the number of provocations has increased substantially under the new leader, Kim Jong Un, who took power in late December 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il:
The Center categorizes the provocations by type, too (though I broke our “exchange of fire” incidents from “Other” in the data):
And here you can see the interest in missile tests. Roughly half of all provocations since 2001 have been missile launches or tests (again, propelled in part by Kim Jong Un’s recent interest):
The polling firm YouGov estimated the legislation’s unpopularity by congressional district. The bill itself was quite unpopular, it turns out, even in conservative districts, as FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver reported.
Thanks to DailyKos Elections, we can also marry the data with President Donald Trump’s vote share in each district.
I’ve been experimenting with maps in D3.js, and I hadn’t yet tried congressional districts. So this seemed like a perfect opportunity, even if thematic maps aren’t particularly useful in this context (because congressional districts vary in size geographically, such maps can be misleading).
Case in point: The national map of congressional districts, with Republicans in red and Democrats in blue . As we all know, Democratic districts tend to be smaller in terms of area and clustered in more densely populated places. So they don’t get a particularly fair representation on a map:
Consider these two treemaps. This first shows members of the U.S. House by party (with some vacancies in gray). Shapes are sized based on the average population of each congressional district: roughly 710,000 people, give or take five percent. The House has 237 Republicans, 193 Democrats and five vacancies. There’s clearly a red majority, but it’s relatively close:
This treemap, however, shows the geographic area in square miles. Now you see the distortion:
OK, you get it. So let’s see how the health care opposition looks on maps.
Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the opposite. A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was among the narrowest in history, and the country is deeply split on his job performance so far. But if you feel like you hardly know anyone who disagrees with you about Trump, you’re not alone: Chances are the election was a landslide in your backyard.
The native-born U.S. workforce began to shrink last year, and the entire projected growth between today and 2035 will be driven by immigration, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. Why it matters: To get a sense of how an economy with a shrinking workforce performs, look no further than Japan.
President Trump heads into his first address to Congress with the lowest job approval of any chief executive since Dwight D. Eisenhower, when Gallup began tracking the initial months of a president’s term. Mr. Trump’s record-low approval rating is because of high disapproval among Democrats and independents, but masks the considerable satisfaction Republicans feel with his presidency so far.
Nine films are nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday. In what parts of the country was each contender the most popular? We wanted to find out for a few reasons. There has been an increasing disconnect between films that are hits and films that Hollywood honors.
After attending each year since 2006, I had to skip the convention in 2015 and 2016 because I now live in Seoul. But I’m making the long journey to Florida this year, and I wanted to know how many people would be there.
The fine folks at IRE graciously shared historical attendance data with me: