Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Proposal to Redistrict California: Central Valley

This is part of a proposal outlining one possible way to redistrict California.

This post will concentrate on the Central Valley region. Continue reading

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A Proposal to Redistrict California: the Bay Area

This is part of a proposal outlining one possible way to redistrict California.

This post will concentrate on the Bay Area. Continue reading

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A Proposal to Redistrict California: Northern California and Sacramento

This post, and the ones following it, will outline one possible way to redistrict California. Continue reading

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Why Does Mississippi Vote Republican?

To answer the question in the post’s title, Mississippi votes Republican because Vermont votes Democratic. Or, to put it another way, Vermont votes Democratic because Mississippi votes Republican. And as long as presidential elections continue to happen, Mississippi will probably be voting the opposite way Vermont does. Continue reading

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The 2010 Midterm Elections, and the Black Shift Republican

Republican strategists often refer to the African-American community with a tone of hopelessness. Blacks are just so, so amazingly Democratic. No matter what the Republican Party does, these people think, the black vote inevitably ends up giving Democrats more than … Continue reading

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A Fascinating Graphic: Comparing Chinese Provinces With Countries

Several months ago The Economist released a fascinating graphic on China, titled “Comparing Chinese Provinces With Countries.” As the title implies, this graphic compares each of China’s provinces with different countries. The comparisons are GDP, GDP per person, population, and exports. There are a number of interesting things that the graphic shows. Continue reading

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The Many Varieties of Arabic

If there is a gap between written and spoken English, then there is a chasm between written and spoken Arabic. Written Arabic has had centuries more time to develop than English; therefore the dialects of Arabic are far more different (and harder to comprehend for an Arabic speaker) than the different accents of English. Imagine if all French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish-speakers still wrote in modernized Latin. That’s basically the situation with Arabic today. Continue reading

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