From Iraq War veterans who committed suicide after being turned away from mental health treatment to botched surgeries and fatal neglect of elderly veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid out more than $200 million for nearly 1,000 veterans’ wrongful death cases in the decade after 9/11.
Read the new investigation from reporter Aaron Glantz and see our map for wrongful death cases in your area.
Study: US government is an oligarchy
Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities released a study in April that found U.S. politicians more often reflect the wishes of the rich and powerful over the needs of the majority of Americans, who have a "minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
How to lie with statistics: Death In Florida version
ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BASELINE. IF THE BASELINE IS NOT ZERO READ VERY VERY CAREFULLY
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Camembert infographics. Yanno.
Heartbleed: the psw you need to change right now #infographic
Say Hey To Amazing-Er Maps!
There’s lots of maps on the internet. The idea behind this project is to improve, to give people a forum to show how they might display the same information. Anyone can contribute under a common set of guidelines:
- See a map on the internet
- Find and open the data or source
- Create and share the new map
Pretty simple. And because it’s on GitHub, the repository can be an evolving directory of open data and resources. That also means the process can change or improve as needed.
What it’s not is a jab at the original map maker. It’s a way for anyone to see a map of economic activity in the US and improve that map based on their knowledge of data visualization, or economic geography, for example.
I’ve created some examples to explain the idea behind Amazing-Er Maps further. Within the repository you can comment (please comment), suggest (please suggest), ask (please ask), and contribute (please contribute). And if you need help, just ask!
It’s also nice to hear what some of my favorite cartographers and map friends are saying about Amazing-er Maps
Thanks, Jonah (@jonahadkins)
Carolyne Mitchell - Information Officer, South Lanarkshire Council (via decodedco)
Introduction to Data Scraping
Data-driven journalism is flourishing as more government agencies, nonprofits and research institutions and think tanks publish their data sets on the Internet. This data is most often available in a format that is easily downloaded and analyzed. The downside, however, is that nearly every journalist across the country has access to the same data.
To stand out, journalists need to find, gather and analyze interesting data that has not been neatly packaged. And there is a proliferation of such information tucked away on local, state and federal websites and on sites run by private companies.
"The way I see it, data journalism is a continuum where the work that Phil Meyer, Barlett and Steele were doing 30 years ago [continues] all the way to today, with people like Sarah Cohen and John Keefe, all sharing kind of the same elements. You treat data as a source [in your reporting]."
A Google Trends chart used as part of the argument for the death of the guitar tab website, from the Washington Post’s story, A generation learned Nirvana songs on guitar tab Web sites. But now? Nevermind.
new Web sites and technologies gradually cycled tabs toward obsolescence. You could stare at the minimalist, Courier-New tab page for “About a Girl” until your eyes crust over — or you could click over to YouTube, where 38,000 people have uploaded tutorials for the exact same song.
WNYC, Data Journalism, and Org Identity
“If we try to compete by typing words against The New York Times, the BBC website, and the Guardian,” he said, “we can’t win that game.” But if WNYC combines audio with “powerful, data-driven visualizations and tools and projects, that’s a place where we can make a mark as a small and ambitious news organization.”
For a public installation entitled Magic Carpets 2014, French artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the floor of the Sacré Coeur cathedral in Casablanca, Morocco into an interactive psychedelic light show choreographed to music by Michel Redolfi.
Visitors walk across a massive carpet of light that first appears as an unstable monochromatic display before giving way to vivid blocks and whorls of color. The trajectory of the kaleidoscopic shapes and colors changes in response to visitors’ footsteps.
Tumblr, you’re doing something right.
This is what happens when you search the tag suicide, depressed, self harm, and eating disorder. To anyone struggling with any of these things, please reach out and seek help.
You are worth it and you deserve it.
Also, please reblog this so more people can see this. It could save a life.
Since both suicidal ideation and eating disorder rates are high in the bi community….