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2016 National Popular Vote Tracker

The popular vote count

State Clinton (D) Trump (R) Others Clinton % Trump % Others %
U.S. Total 65,844,610 62,979,636 7,804,213 48.2% 46.1% 5.7%
Dem ’12 Margin Dem ’16 Margin Margin Shift Total ’12 Votes Total ’16 Votes Raw Votes vs. ’12
3.9% 2.1% -1.8% 129,075,630 136,628,459 5.9%

Source: 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker

How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler

When Hitler’s party won influence in Parliament, and even after he was made chancellor of Germany in 1933 – about a year and a half before seizing dictatorial power – many American press outlets judged that he would either be outplayed by more traditional politicians or that he would have to become more moderate. Sure, he had a following, but his followers were “impressionable voters” duped by “radical doctrines and quack remedies,” claimed The Washington Post. Now that Hitler actually had to operate within a government the “sober” politicians would “submerge” this movement, according to The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor. A “keen sense of dramatic instinct” was not enough. When it came to time to govern, his lack of “gravity” and “profundity of thought” would be exposed.

Source: How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler

The Salary Needed to Buy a Home

San Francisco is the most expensive ($148k); second is New York City ($87k).   Lots of places in the $45k to $65k range.

Source: The Salary Needed to Buy a Home in 27 Different U.S. Cities | Quantwo

How New York Gets Its Water – The New York Times

Fascinating article about how New York City gets its water and why it tastes good.

Water usage has actually decreased more than 30 percent since the 1980s. Modern toilets, faucets and showerheads use less water. The city has also hunted down and fixed leaks in water mains.

Source: How New York Gets Its Water – The New York Times

Arial video of NYC

Great arial video of NYC from Mark Toia.

 

Here is 24hrs condensed to 12sec from a geostationary, Japanese satellite.  I particularly like the sun reflecting off the ocean.

 

 

This is so me

cartoon

Historic day

rainbow house

Coffee rulz!

When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.

Coffee has long had a reputation as being unhealthy. But in almost every single respect that reputation is backward. The potential health benefits are surprisingly large.

Good news!  Another vice becomes a virtue.  A survey of various studies and meta-studies suggest coffee (in it’s unadulterated, non-sugary, non-high-caloric form, e.g. black coffee) is good for you.

The article mentions some “coffee” drinks that are bad for you.  Like the  Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen caramel coffee Coolatta (670 calories, 8 grams of fat, 144 grams of carbs).  A real cup of coffee has 5 calories.

This is all good news as I just bought a coffee grinder and maker.

Or as I like to paraphrase Talleyrand

Black as the night, hot as hell; pure as an angel, bitter as love

Source: More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

The Price of Nice Nails

The typical cost of a manicure in the city helps explain the abysmal pay. A survey of more than 105 Manhattan salons by The Times found an average price of about $10.50. The countrywide average is almost double that, according to a 2014 survey by Nails Magazine, an industry publication.

With fees so low, someone must inevitably pay the price.

Ever wonder why getting you nails done in NYC is cheaper then just about everywhere else?  Doesn’t it seem incredible that one of the most expensive cities in the US could have a service that is cheaper then almost anywhere else?  This is a great expose in the NYT about how workers are exploited.
I particularly liked this map showing the number of Starbucks vs. nail shops:

Source: The Price of Nice Nails

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