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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« on: October 19, 2013, 09:39:16 »
Maybe this is really just Radio Chatter but there are some useful and interesting data here.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 12:44:54 »
Very cool. We are a bunch of metric beer and coffee drinkers with lots of water and great maternity leave.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 18:25:50 »
And here, from the McKinsey Global Institute is an interesting map which shows an approximation of the shift of the global economic centre of gravity over the last 1,000 years and projects it into the near future.




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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 09:15:38 »
Just a though, about this:


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Posted by Ian Bremmer.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 07:36:23 »
A map from the "Holy Sh!t" category in this article which is reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/19/you-might-not-like-big-cities-but-you-need-them/
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The case for big cities, in 1 map

BY CHRIS CILLIZZA
February 19

New Yorkers who don't live in New York City hate the Big Apple.  Missourians outside of St. Louis and Kansas City are skeptical about the people (and politicians) who come from the two biggest cities in the state.
Politicians from the Chicago area (and inner suburbs) often meet skepticism when campaigning in downstate Illinois. You get the idea.  People who don't live in the big cities tend to resent those who do.

Fair enough. Growing up in semi-rural southeastern Connecticut, I always hated Hartford. (Not really.) But, this map built by Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy shows  -- in stark terms -- how much of the country's economic activity (as measured by the gross domestic product) is focused in a remarkably small number of major cities.



In a 2011 analysis by the Brookings Institution, the think tank put hard data to just how critical big cities are to the state -- and national -- economy. Wrote Alan Berube and Carey Anne Nadeau:

     In 15 states, one large metropolitan area alone accounts for the bulk of economic output. These states are located in every region of the country, from Massachusetts (Boston) and New York (New York) in the Northeast, to Georgia (Atlanta)
     in the South, to Illinois (Chicago) and Minnesota (Minneapolis-St. Paul) in the Midwest, to Colorado (Denver) and Washington (Seattle) in the West. In a further 16 states, just two metropolitan areas generate the majority of GDP,
     including California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Michigan (Detroit and Grand Rapids), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City and Tulsa), and Texas (Dallas and Houston).

Consider that. In 31 states, one or two metro areas account for the vast majority of economic output in the state.  Those numbers make clear that while you may like to hate on big cities, you -- and we -- need them.


I'm going to guess that the data will be very similar for Canada.

It makes one think about farm subsidies ~ the productive people in big cities pay to keep unproductive "family farms" going: Why?  ~ and "regional development" projects. (I understand the politics; it's the economic argument that puzzles me.)
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 08:37:13 »
Things that make you go hmmmm:


Source: http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6829399/23-maps-and-charts-that-will-surprise-you

Sorry for the image quality. The crux of it is that is the whole world's population was concentrated as densely (on the map) as:

     Paris            San Francisco

     New York     London

     Singapore     Houston

... then the whole world's population would fit into the areas shown. Thus if the whole world's population was packed together as densely as people are packed n New York City then the whole world would fit into Texas.

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2014, 11:34:50 »
This is a great vid.

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2014, 12:54:01 »
Yes, Rosling is great ...

Here's another one that makes me go hmmmm:



Ian Bremmer, professor at NYU and president of the Eurasia Group, tweets that "Hard to be a Balt"
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2015, 16:46:21 »
An interesting "map" from Ian Bremmer, CEO of the Eurasia Group:


Source: http://howmuch.net/
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2015, 12:27:09 »
Two interesting maps: here, in the China superthread.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2015, 14:50:07 »
This video from dailymotion is interesting and well produced.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2015, 16:12:15 »
This video from dailymotion is interesting and well produced.

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2015, 19:02:17 »
This video from dailymotion is interesting and well produced.

See you and raise you 5000 years - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxDyJ_6N-6A

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2016, 12:39:04 »
Some interesting maps and charts abut languages, from The Independent.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2016, 12:55:17 »


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4. Many popular languages are spoken in more than just one country

The reason why English, French and Spanish are among the world's most widespread languages has its roots in the imperial past of the nations where they originate.

They forgot some.  Arabic is an imperial language as well.  As is Persian.  As is Chinese, but that is more arguable.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2016, 18:24:41 »
A map from the "Holy Sh!t" category

I'm going to guess that the data will be very similar for Canada.

It makes one think about farm subsidies ~ the productive people in big cities pay to keep unproductive "family farms" going: Why?  ~ and "regional development" projects. (I understand the politics; it's the economic argument that puzzles me.)

The vast vast majority of farm subsidies go to Dairy and Poultry with the marketing boards. Grain and Beef producers get very little of that subsidy pie.

As for the "family farms" there are no longer any places that raise a family on a 1/4 section (160 acres) like they were doing 50 years ago, but that still seems to be the opinion of the highly uninformed mainstream media these days. Today's family farm can range from 3,000 to 50,000 acres, and is a highly mechanized and technologically advanced entity but is stilled owned by a family corporation.

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2016, 17:48:10 »
A very interesting map, again from Ian Bremmer, CEO of the Eurasia Group, who says it's the best map he's seen that shows just how big Africa really is:

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2016, 19:05:33 »
Well, that's a bloody useless map: Comparing countries to continent.

Try the same map, but put the US, Canada and Mexico into Africa, it's about equal in size, Whoops, we just compared two continents with one another, and funny enough, they come out about the same (N.A.= 25 millions Km2 to Africa 30 millions Km2). Woopdy do.

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2016, 20:24:27 »
Well, that's a bloody useless map: Comparing countries to continent.

Try the same map, but put the US, Canada and Mexico into Africa, it's about equal in size, Whoops, we just compared two continents with one another, and funny enough, they come out about the same (N.A.= 25 millions Km2 to Africa 30 millions Km2). Woopdy do.


The point is that many people, partially because they think the familiar Mercator projection is an equal area map, don't understand how big Africa really is and, therefore, might not even begin to suspect how diverse it is, in every way.

My guess is that we will, before Prime Minister Trudeau is tossed out of office, be taking casualties in Africa ... maybe we should start thinking about it, just a wee, tiny bit, starting with the fact that it's bigger than the USA, China, India and most of Europe, combined.

Edited to add:

Somewhere here, a few years ago, I posted the factoid that one of the great big American football stadiums (Dallas, maybe?) uses more electricity on a game night than some African countries produce, but those same African countries could be immensely rich if they could only get organized and could exploit their mineral wealth for their own benefit.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2016, 12:11:04 »
Here are more maps, 18 this time, that help to explain what's happening in the South China Sea, in particular, and Asia in general.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2016, 19:50:34 »
Another map that may help to explain ...



... why parts of Africa and Asia remain stubbornly underdeveloped. "Development" is going (changing, evolving) faster than they can manage.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2016, 08:57:48 »
A very interesting map, again from Ian Bremmer, CEO of the Eurasia Group, who says it's the best map he's seen that shows just how big Africa really is:



That's really cool thank you for posting that.

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2016, 18:38:06 »
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2016, 20:03:24 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2016, 21:54:33 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

They had one until a few years ago and, IIRC, the place that took over from them has some mimic items.

Can't go to Iceland and not have Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur! One of the cheapest food items, for sure, and great after a bunch of beer.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2016, 08:54:06 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

Two factoids about McDonald's:

1. Way back when, in a book entitled 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree,' "Thomas Friedman came up with his “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention”. No two countries that had McDonald’s restaurants would go to war. The idea suited the heady post-cold war 1990s when people thought humanity would turn to post-ideological goals, like ending hunger. It offered the prospect of ‘homo economicus’ replacing its appetite for war with a Big Mac and fries ..." and

2. To this day The Economist uses the price of a Big Mac as a (maybe not too surprisingly) fairly accurate currency comparison tool. That newspaper explains that "Burgernomics was never intended as a precise gauge of currency misalignment, merely a tool to make exchange-rate theory more digestible. Yet the Big Mac index has become a global standard, included in several economic textbooks and the subject of at least 20 academic studies."
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2016, 09:18:23 »
Two factoids about McDonald's:

1. Way back when, in a book entitled 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree,' "Thomas Friedman came up with his “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention”. No two countries that had McDonald’s restaurants would go to war. The idea suited the heady post-cold war 1990s when people thought humanity would turn to post-ideological goals, like ending hunger. It offered the prospect of ‘homo economicus’ replacing its appetite for war with a Big Mac and fries ..." an

An enjoyable and informative book, nonetheless.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #29 on: December 24, 2016, 15:50:42 »
Another interesting map (from Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group) based on UFI:

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