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Oh, Jell-o, why you gotta be so damn pretty?

YouTube - Slow motion gum and gelatin...

May 13, 2010

Chicago's Black Population Drops To Third In Nation; Atlanta Now Second

Chicago's Black Population Drops To Third In Nation; Atlanta Now Second
In one of the greatest domestic population shifts in American history, African Americans poured out of the South in the early 20th century. The so-called "Great Migration" brought millions of southern blacks to areas across the country, including hundreds of thousands who came to Chicago. The city's South Side quickly became the black capital of the United States. Now, according to a new report, that same trend is operating in reverse. "The State of Metropolitan America," compiled by the Brookings Institute, shows that Chicago has been surpassed by Atlanta, Georgia as the city with the second-largest black population in America. The New York metro area has by far the largest number of African-Americans -- over 3 million, almost as many as Chicago and Atlanta combined. But Atlanta's gains are all the more striking when put into context. The tri-state Chicago metropolitan area has nearly 10,000,000 residents; the area around Atlanta is roughly 6,000,000. And as recently as 1990, it ranked only seventh nationally in the size of its African American population.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the size of Jamaica, five times larger than thought

Infographic: The Size of the Oil Spill - GOOD Blog - GOODPlease click through.
It's just hard to know what to say about this tragedy. This infographic (larger version here) starts to put it in perspective. The numbers are staggering. This spill will be larger than the infamous Exxon Valdez spill in 50 days, and it's estimated it could take up to 90 days to stop the flow of oil.
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April 30, 2010

Context: Arizona's long history of racism, stupidity

Center of Gravitas: Nasty Law in a Nasty State
Those in the historical know see this as a continuation of Arizona’s long history of racism and harassment of Latinos. You might not be aware, but pro-slavery Confederates founded Arizona way back in the 1860s. And weren’t those the type of people you would want as neighbors? It turns out, they didn’t arrive in Arizona with a cherry pie and a smile. They had every intention of instituting a brutal racial hierarchy against the already existing Mexican community in the region (which predated the U.S.-Mexican War). In 1877, the editor of Tucson’s Spanish-language newspaper Las dos rep�blicas lamented the “the attack of the [Anglo] hordes from the north . . .” Before the arrival of these white supremacists, Arizona had been part of the territory of New Mexico. For the rebel whites, though, the idea of living in a territory with a Mexican majority was anathema. They therefore separated themselves from New Mexico and created a whole new territory where they could institute a tyrannical government. One of the first things that whites did when Arizona became a state in 1912 was to enact measures to restrict the civil rights of Mexican Americans. Arizona passed laws that denied the vote to any person unable to “read the Constitution of the U.S. in the English language.” Don’t be deceived, though. Euro Americans never truly wanted to rid Arizona of Mexicans entirely. Through the nineteenth century, corporate mining interests came to control the region. These mines were more than happy to exploit Mexican laborers in inhumane working conditions, harshly segregated living arrangements, and depressed wages. They simply created institutional mechanisms that deprived those workers of their basic voting rights. So, while I am greatly depressed by it, the new law does not surprise me. Many things strike me about it. Mostly it seems a product of conservative white fantasies about the nation. It distracts from the role Republicans had in crippling the United States economy. Scapegoating Mexican migrants has been a cherished Republican tradition at least since 1929. Republicans hope that it will stop Arizonans from asking tougher questions about the gluttony of the small majority motivated by uncontrolled corporate greed. Enacting this measure also taps into xenophobic fantasies. It presumes that the nation’s demographics have not already shifted tremendously. Though Republicans might wish it were not true, Latino/as are now the nation’s largest minority (accounting for 15 percent of the total population). No amount of walls or borders will alter that fact.
*via Dorian*

April 29, 2010

Graph: This is how much salt is in your packaged foods

Salt Mountains on Cool Hunting *Thanks, Sara!*