“Census: Black Voting Surpassed White in 2012 : NPR”

Some simple charts from work. Hoping to get back into the “daily” viz blog soon…


Black voters showed up at the polls at higher rates than whites in last year’s presidential election, driving the rate of minority participation to historic levels, a new government report shows. While voting and turnout rates from 2012 were known soon after President Obama’s re-election, the survey by the U.S.

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“Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe : NPR”


Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday’s announcement came from the search giant’s official blog: “Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we’re releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience.

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“N.F.L. Draft: How Good Are Teams at Picking the Best?”


So how do Pro Bowl-caliber players go undetected until late in the draft? In part, it’s because assessing college players’ N.F.L. potential is very difficult. Collegiate success is no guarantee in the N.F.L.; offensive and defensive schemes vary widely; and, unlike in baseball or basketball, there are relatively few games in a college season, which means there are fewer observable events for scouts.

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“China Still Dominates, But Some Manufacturers Look Elsewhere”


While China maintains its overwhelming dominance in manufacturing, multinational companies are looking for ways to limit their reliance on factories there. Related Article ” Economic Output In this map, geography is distorted so that each country is sized according to its economic output in 2012.

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“The Rise of ‘In One Chart’ In One Chart”

Danny DeBelius asks on Twitter: “Have we reached peak ‘in one chart?'” One can only hope…


When The Washington Post’s Brad Plumer posted “This is actually the scariest chart about Europe” on Thursday morning, there was a spontaneous reaction of mockery on Twitter that could, in the style of many social movements, mark the beginning of a full-scale rebellion against the maniacal competition to create The One Chart That Will Rule Them All.

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“Gun Suicide and Homicide: Statistics Shaped by Race”


America’s pattern of gun deaths is split across black and white, with the vast majority of whites dying from suicide and a similar proportion of blacks dying from homicide. A similar split occurs with more homicide in diverse urban cities and more suicide in the rural areas that are predominantly white.

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