Here We Go Again

Monday 2nd October

There is nothing to add to what went on today … the other chap and I had a line – we decided it was too soon – maybe another time …. Meanwhile – allow me to highlight two articles that crossed this chap’s feeds today.

Serious Post From Vox, some highlights
  • America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world
  • There have been more than 1,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook
  • Since the shooting of Michael Brown, police have killed at least 2,900 people
  • In states with more guns, more police officers are also killed on duty
Nevada was already an outlier!

Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts

Serious Post From McSweeney, with serious humour, some highlights

Things more heavily regulated than buying a gun in the United States ….

  • Having a fucking bake sale
  • Pumping fucking gas
  • Disposing of fucking batteries
  • Cutting fucking hair for a living
  • Holding any sort of public fucking performance
  • Xeroxing and distributing copyrighted fucking material
  • Transporting a bottle of opened fucking wine home from a restaurant
  • Buying unpasteurized fucking milk

Get the whole list on McSweeney’s

And Another Thing
Just one last thought, in the insult-to-injury section: the harm may not be over. The LV shooter may yet destroy financlally the victims he wounded physically. From The Intercept

The hundreds wounded are being tended to in Clark County’s network of hospitals in Nevada. But because this is a country that has never had guaranteed universal health care, they will soon be besieged by a second tragedy: enormous medical bills…. Asking strangers for charitable donations to tackle medical bills is ubiquitous in the United States. A report by NerdWallet released in 2015 found that $930 million of the $2 billion raised by GoFundMe since its 2010 launch have been related to medical bills. Yet NerdWallet’s comprehensive survey of crowdfunding sites found that barely 1 in 10 medical campaigns raised the full amount they asked for.

In the Manchester attack, American Kurt Cochran was killed. His wife, Melissa Cochran, returned to the U.S. with the need for continuous care. With no American NHS, she had to set up a GoFundMe to finance her treatment. Thankfully, this one both met and exceeded its goal, having raised $83,512.

It’s the price of a free-market approach to health care.

Still, better than socialized medicine, yes?

Or, as Bill O’Reilly put it, The Price Of Freedom

Particularly liked “The NRA and its supporters want easy access to weapons, while the left wants them banned.” … implication, no retardspublicans want gun control and no dems want easy access to weapons … douche.

Tom Petty

This chap linked to this 17 months ago – commemorating the passing of Prince – it is an awesome video – and of course – lead singer — Tom.

Jeff and Steve left … talking of which only Jeff and Bob left from the Wilburys

Apparently, Prince — whose closing solo nails it — went along because he was invited by Petty and wanted to be on stage with him.

Kind Of

And for something more Tom like ….

RIP Tom – you gave us great music.

Tales of Topographic Notions (II)

In which some feathers may get ruffled, politely

It’s a wonderful world, then…

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.. and one appreciated by many more than just the Chaps. Well, when we say “appreciated”…

But, although fascinating, it becomes a little tricky putting it on paper. Visually, that is. Not that there have not been attempts, with Mercator’s Projection probably the best known.

But Mercator is problematic — not perhaps to 16th century European colonials, happy to see England in its rightful and dominant size and place, but …

It’s been widely used for centuries, including today in various forms by Google Maps and many other online services. This map preserves directional bearing, presenting rhumbs (imaginary lines that cut all meridians at the same angle) as straight lines, thus making it a useful tool for navigation.

Despite its benefits, the Mercator projection drastically distorts the size and shape of objects approaching the poles. This may be the reason people have no idea how big some places really are

Business Insider

Tissot’s indicatrix, a geometric equation used to show distortion on maps, explains the problems with Mercator — Business Insider

But all the other attempts look horribly distorted too, and at least we’re used to Mercator. Even if it does make Greenland look the size of Africa, for example. (You could fit 14 Greenlands in the real Africa.)

But now enter Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa and his AuthaGraph map. Quite fascinating. It seems if you take the sphere of the earth and project it onto an inflated tetra… Or to look at it another way, if you flatten the earth’s 96… Well, here’s the diagram.

Simple, yes? Until you see the product, which you may find — odd. But very accurate, insists Narukawa, who is a man on a mission.

According to Narukawa, his map means a lot more than just a faithful cartographical representation of our planet. Because Earth is now facing down issues like climate change and contentious territorial sea claims, Narukawa believes that the planet needs to look at itself in a new light — a view that perceives the interests of our planet first and its countries second.

Business Insider

The Chaps could not say fairer than that.

No we couldn’t – and lest you think the chaps are out there on yet another meaningless tangent – know that the Boston Public School system are already on the ‘abandon Mercator trajectory‘ … now we just need to pop over there and let them know about Narukawa san … this is new.

Tales From Topographic Notions

Not to get too graphic, but —

By the ‘Dean’ of Album Covers

The Chaps have proudly proclaimed before their liking for the skillful graphic presentation of varying types of information. The sort of presentation that makes, say, the route and attrition of Napoleon’s March on Moscow accessible to anyone interested in, say, why it was such a disaster.

And indeed there is such a graphic, illustrating not only route but temperature and diminishing size of the force.

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