The Earth, and its wealth, at night


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.

What do progressives believe?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared at Netroots Nation Friday and explained it all to you.

Most true Americans believe these things, not the stuff that the Tea Party terrorists stand for, and …

Wait?! Wasn’t that the Incredible Hulk at the end? If we’re gonna fight, and Hulk smash, we will win.

Millennials aren’t leaving the nest

There seems to be a debate on whether more young adults are remaining at home instead of heading out into the cold, cruel world. Hence, the need for a chart:


Of course, all trends are theories until you know someone who is personally affected. So let’s take a look, shall we?

I’m at home. I have a son. He’s 23. He is currently upstairs in his room.

Trend confirmed!

According to Vox:

The best evidence, in other words, is that the conventional wisdom is correct. Due to high unemployment and sluggish wage growth, lots of young people who aren’t in school don’t have very much money in their pockets. And yet even though young people have less money today, rents are higher and mortgage lending standards are tighter. Higher costs plus lower incomes = growing need to economize, so more people are living with their parents.

Not to mention, our old Kentucky home is so big, it makes sense for our son to be here, since the space he occupies is the equivalent of a studio apartment with its own kitchen and bathroom. I know this because my studio apartment in D.C. is smaller.