A different perspective on life in the wild.
The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States was reported today in Texas. Time to pay attention (Via Vox).
And yes, it did not come in through Central American refugee children as your friends at Fox News were fear mongering a few weeks ago. It came from Africa, where it always has been.
If it’s in America that means it’s in other places we don’t know about yet. But for now, here’s your world Ebola map.
If it were night everywhere at the same time, this is what the Earth would look like (click to enlarge). But that strange statement doesn’t explain the importance of this view. What this image shows us is a representation of global wealth. As Vox puts it:
What you see is that in rich countries, light is largely a proxy for population density. Observe the thick cluster of the US Northeastern Megalopolis and the even bigger cluster in northwestern Europe. In poorer regions, however, the map represents not just population density but also the actual availability of electrical lighting. Huge swathes of Africa are barely illuminated at night, and densely populated India looks rather dim.
But of course, if it were night everywhere, that would mean the sun would be gone and we’d all be dead. Money can’t fix that.
And just to reiterate: Ebola comes from Africa. If you hear someone saying that the children coming through the border with Mexico will bring Ebola into the United States with them, it is your duty as an American to tell that person he (or she) is an idiot. (Graphic via visualscience)
Every year, the Super Bowl comes around and the mavens in the sports media tell us that it’s the biggest sporting event in the world.
Then every four years, the World Cup comes around and mavens in the sports media tell us that it’s the biggest sporting event in the world.
So which one is it? (Via Beutlerink):
Really, are you going to make me do the math?
Multiply the Super Bowl number by four, and you’re still short by the entire population of North America, where the only people who care about the Super Bowl live. And when you think about it, lots of people in the world don’t have televisions. So the World Cup is a community event where villages gather in front of a lone TV to see what’s going on.
And unlike the Super Bowl, they’re not tuning in just to watch the commercials.
I was in Belgium during the 2006 World Cup, and the city put a huge monitor in the middle of the street near the Bourse (the stock exchange building) downtown and closed off the area to automobile traffic. We roamed the streets with an Italian flag and joined all the Italians after Italy beat France in the final. That year in Paris, they put a big screen on the Eiffel Tower which allowed everyone to see Zidane’s headbutt heard around the world.
In 2010, we were in a restaurant/pub in London watching Spain beat the Netherlands in the final, although the highlight of that tournament was when the U.S. tied England because goalie Robert Green let this get by him. We were watching that match with a bunch of Brits who were ragging us on how badly American asses were going to be kicked. Let’s just say, the Americans were the ones gloating at the end.
Check out this photo gallery at the Washington Post to see how people are watching the World Cup around the globe. This is not how we watch the Super Bow.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has an extensive essay on the history of black America and “The Case for Reparations.” It’s worth your time.
In addition, Dylan Matthews at Vox lists “Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US,” another interesting bit of history.