- Frontline: The U.S. Immigration Detention Boom
This map of the growth of immigrant detention facilities is a great—and alarming—illustration of the rise of these ever-larger, often private facilities.
- Wikipedia: Northwest Angle
Insufficient understanding of North American geography in the late 1700s resulted in the Treaty of Paris accidentally assigning a notch of land in Canada to the United States. These 600 square miles comprise the "Northwest Angle" in Minnesota, the northernmost point in the continental U.S. To get there, one must fly, drive through Canada, or take a boat across the Lake of the Woods. 152 people live there.
- Search State and Federal Campaign Contribution Data
All of your bulk downloads for government data in one place, courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation. There's even a 2.2GB download of all state and federal campaign contributions (ever?).
- FlowingData: Watch the Growth of Walmart and Sam’s Club Across America
This is an interesting visualization, but the data that it shows is no less interesting.
- Slate Magazine: Rick Perry’s Christian Israel policy is a gift to Islamic extremists
Quoth Rick Perry: "Both as an American and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel." You want to know "why the terrorists hate us"? This is why. Our country has spent years cautiously handling Israel and its neighbors in terms of international relations. It's breathtakingly reckless to cast this as a religious matter. That'll make the difference between diplomacy and a holy war.
- The Washington Post: Survey finds significant drop in uninsured young adults
One million young adults have gotten health insurance thanks to the president's health care overhaul, which allows parents to include adult children on their health care insurance until the age of 26. I know a few myself. This is the only major group yet impacted at this early phase of healthcare reform, but it's clear that it's been a great benefit to them.
- Washington Post: In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college students can cast ballots
New Hampshire Republicans are trying to prohibit college students from voting in their state because students are "foolish" and they tend to be "voting as a liberal."
- New York Times: Fox and Glenn Beck Stare Into a Dark Future
Glenn Beck's ratings have dropped off a cliff. He's discovered that people start ignoring Chicken Little before long. As David Carr puts it, "the problem with 'Glenn Beck' is that it has turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch."
- Balloon Mapping Materials
A list of parts to build your own helium balloon photography platform, for taking aerial pictures. I am *so* doing this. I wonder where I can buy helium in Charlottesville?