Map of the day

This is all kinds of awesome.  I could spend hours a day with it.  An interactive map of the whole world– down to street level– of where the most photos are taken (via Wired).

HEATMAP

Photo of the day

Pretty cool gallery of photos of last week’s big freeze in the Big Picture:

With temperatures at about 22 below zero with a -50 windchill, it was hard to find the beauty in the brutal weather in Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 5. Sundogs, a ring of light visible around the sun or moon when light is refracted through ice crystals in the atmosphere, are quite beautiful along Highway 83 north of Bismark ND. (Brian Peterson/The Star Tribune via Associated Press)

The L word

Interesting finding from Gallup that “liberal” ideological identification is at a high point since Gallup started measuring.  Well below “conservative” but the gap is actually smaller than usual as well:

Ideological Self-Identification, Annual Averages, 1992-2013

Of course, this would seem to be a huge disadvantage to Democrats, but I think it’s safe to say where most of the moderates end up.  Actually, a couple of additional interseting graphs, in that we can see the Republicans truly are less inclined to be moderate (or conversely, those moderate are less inclined to actually identify as Republican):

U.S. Political Ideology -- Recent Trend Among Republicans

Meanwhile, liberals have taken a lead among the Democrats:

U.S. Political Ideology -- Recent Trend Among Democrats

And what’s with that 1/5 of Democrats who still insist they are conservative?

What I’d actually really like to see is an age breakdown.  Among people my generation, I suspect there’s a particular reluctance to identify as “liberal.”  (I run into a lot of “progressives.”)  In large part, because I think during the 80’s and 90’s the Republicans so successfully demonized this word.  And, there were helped by timid Democrats who kept saying, “who?  liberal?  Not me.  Oh, no, I’m no liberal.”  I think that dynamic has changed.  For millennial of more left political persuasion, I doubt there’s the same sense of stigma to the “l” word as among many voters who were socialized during the Reagan revolution.   Of course, without data, this is just idle (though, I’d say, informed) speculation.  Hmmm, maybe I should try and look at some data.

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