38 U.S. Census Maps That Reveal The True America

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In 1874, the U.S. Census Bureau published the Statistical Atlas of the United States. For the first time, essential information about who we were, where we lived and how we lived was available in the form of user-friendly U.S. census maps that could be accessed by all. The Bureau continued to publish atlases after each census until 1930, when the powers that be decided to cease production. In fact, no such atlas was produced again until 2007, when the Bureau published the Census Atlas of the United States, based on the results of the 2000 census. But with no plans in the works for an atlas based on the 2010 census (with only some U.S. census maps made available and hardly anyone else stepping up), one intrepid statistician, Dr. Nathan Yau of FlowingData, took matters into his own hands.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVII

Syrian Refugee Holding Children

Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally near Akcakale on June 14. Source: The Atlantic

Syrian War Refugees Burst Through Border Fence Into Turkey

Syrian Refugees Squeeze Fence

Syrians squeeze through a hole in a border fence near Akcakale on June 14. Source: The Atlantic

Battle flared between ISIS and Syrian Kurdish fighters near Tal Abyad, Syria this past weekend. Thousands of civilian refugees then fled to the Turkish border fence–only to be pushed back by both ISIS and Turkish soldiers on the other side with warning shots and water cannons. On Sunday, a flood of refugees returned to the border. This time, they broke through. Thousands of Syrians poured into Turkey and escaped the fighting, which ended with Kurdish forces taking Tal Abyad. Many Syrians have since crossed back into Tal Abyad, at the moment free from ISIS rule. Experience the struggle and the (at least momentary) triumph at The Atlantic.

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Syrian refugees plead for water at the Turkish border near Tal Abyad on June 13. Source: The Atlantic

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“Freedom” In China: 26 Years After The Tiananmen Square Massacre

Tiananmen Square Massacre

Source: Mashable

Twenty six years ago, thousands of Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square and opened fire on unarmed protesters. As many as one million demonstrators–mostly university-age liberals–had gathered there in the weeks prior, seeking both political and economic reforms. While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had silenced previous demonstrations, the violent retaking of the Square was so brutal that it earned the name the Tiananmen Square Massacre.


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