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ESSAYWORKS: Addicted to war, the United States is about due for an intervention

image"Ted told me he was a radio operator in Iraq at a time when insurgents were attacking U.S. positions. He was ordered to coordinate missile strikes against these insurgents at the villages that protected them. Unfortunately the missiles killed many innocent women and children — a fact that haunted Ted when he went back to the states. He found escape in LSD, shrooms, and MDMA. He became addicted to the drugs and had to go through a rehab program with the help of a sponsor.

'So those are good memories?' I asked, awkwardly scratching the back of my head.”

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Do you think we, as a country, are addicted to war?

How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?
New York to Detroit in 4 to 50 weeks? Madness! But not 200 years ago. We take travel for granted these days, but not too long ago, it … was … a … lot … slower.

How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?

New York to Detroit in 4 to 50 weeks? Madness! But not 200 years ago. We take travel for granted these days, but not too long ago, it … was … a … lot … slower.

You can’t see your house from here, but can you see yourself? 

theatlantic:

Mapping the Census: A Dot for Every Person

Brandon Martin-Anderson, a graduate student at MIT’s Changing Places lab, was tired of seeing maps of U.S. population density cluttered by roads, bridges, county borders and other impediments.

Fortunately for us, he has the technological expertise to transform block data from the 2010 Census into points on a map. One point per person, and nothing else. 

Read more. [Images: Brandon Martin-Anderson]