The 10 most segregated urban areas in America, mapped by Salon using the latest census data. Shown here is St. Louis, #7 on the list.
Honestly, I’m a little shocked that St. Louis is only #7…
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Honestly, Wisconsin might be better off it Walker used this method…
The old Homeland Security color-coding system will be phased out by April, replaced by the new National Terrorism Advisory System, which will have two alerts: “elevated threat” and “imminent threat.”
When the threats aren’t in effect, our official state will be termed “readiness.” And when the threats come from a mythical creature, we’ll be “LochNess.”
(Graphic via NBC News)
Um, where’s “No Threat”? Or “Made-Up Threat for Political Gain?”
Indian Tribal Lands 1493.
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Amazing and depressing. One of our favorite books last year? “Empire of the Summer Moon” which details the rise-and-fall of the Commanches. Here, they are just a section of a map. In reality, they were the best horseman who ever rode. They “rolled the frontier backwards” defeating the Spanish, French, and Texans… but only for a time.
Second the Empire of the Summer Moon recommendation; a really nice read, and the story of Quanah Parker (and his mother, Cynthia Ann, who was the real-life inspiration for The Searchers) is amazing.
The remains of a human foot still encased in a shoe was found washed ashore near Tacoma about a week ago, raising to 10 the tally of feet found on Pacific Northwest beaches since 2007.
Today in mysteries we all want the answers to.
This, from Washpost’s Dana Priest and William Arkin on the U.S. government’s increasingly vast monitoring of its citizens, is pretty great. The toplevel bullet points:
* Technologies and techniques honed for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have migrated into the hands of law enforcement agencies in America.
* The FBI is building a database with the names and certain personal information, such as employment history, of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents whom a local police officer or a fellow citizen believed to be acting suspiciously. It is accessible to an increasing number of local law enforcement and military criminal investigators, increasing concerns that it could somehow end up in the public domain.
* Seeking to learn more about Islam and terrorism, some law enforcement agencies have hired as trainers self-described experts whose extremist views on Islam and terrorism are considered inaccurate and counterproductive by the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies.
* The Department of Homeland Security sends its state and local partners intelligence reports with little meaningful guidance, and state reports have sometimes inappropriately reported on lawful meetings.