best and worst: the state of the united states

mother nature network put together this cool info graphic about what each of the 50 states is best at and what they are worst at…

the ‘good’ covers everything from most organic lentils to best paid coal miners to cleanest teeth

the ‘bad’ includes fewest librarians per capita, most smog, and most avalanche deaths

click the image below to see the full version of both maps:


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and then for fun, there’s also the shame state map:

obama and his 2012 campaign

so i just saw the first glimpse of the obama re-election campaign for 2012. it has seemed for a while that people feel that he has been a bit of a presidential let down, and not done what he said he would. in fact, many ask what did obama actually do? good question. well, as a resource with some straight forward responses to that question, i like this site:

for example, here are some of the things you might find:


i don’t know who else is running, but these all seem like really good things, don’t they?
i mean, really, what have you done in the last 2.5 years?

what did BP spend?

thank you, visual economics, for putting this all into perspective …

full image:

for example, as part of the total cost spent on the oil spill (as of june 2010 … yes, slightly out dated), BP could have bought:

among other things. Remember, this isn’t a Choose A or Choose B type scenario, BP could have bought ALL of the things listed, arriving at a grand total spill budget of