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links: 17th amend, Nobels, inequality

Whoever maintains this is a master of Venn Diagrams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Supranational_European_Bodies

Ever wonder about Nobel prizes per capita? Wikipedia provides https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Nobel_laureates_per_capita
Switzerland once again kicks ass, followed by the Nordics and Austria. And, at less statistical significance... East Timor.
Relatedly, a map of Nobels by continent: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/15/the-amazing-history-of-the-nobel-prize-told-in-maps-and-charts/

Speaking of Switzerland and the Nordics, I may have linked to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment-to-population_ratio before.
...why am I studying Spanish, again? German or Norwegian seems more ratonal...

There's a proposed new inequality metric, Palma ratio: ratio of the income of the top 10% to that of the bottom 40%; apparently the middle 40-90% almost always get 45-55% of the income. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/26/wonkabroad/
Related map http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/27/map-how-the-worlds-countries-compare-on-income-inequality-the-u-s-ranks-below-nigeria/

Terrible street-road hybrids, called stroads: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/01/dangerous-street-design-spreading-through-suburbs/8033/

If you read the webcomic Freefall, I have some links putting Friday's strip in context: http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?701166-General-Webcomic-Discussion-Thread-II-quot-I-have-no-reaction-to-the-current-page-quot&p=17673946#post17673946

Repealing the 17th amendment (direct election of Senators) has been a big conservative cry. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/02/conservatives_17th_amendment_repeal_effort_why_their_plan_will_backfire.html points out that if you actually believe in federalism it's a terrible idea: state legislators choosing Senators doesn't make Senators beholden to state governments, it makes state elections all about the Senate. The famous Lincoln-Douglas debates? Those were about the Senate -- but there was no popular election in those days; instead those debates were trying to sway the state legislative elections, that would in turn choose the Senator.

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thomasyan
Mar. 2nd, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Freefall links!
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