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Old 11-06-2008, 04:38 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Yes. The Midwest does have a lot to offer.

But like it or not, California does supply 30% of the nation's food.
Take note on the map many of those big agricultural areas in CA are red...
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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Here's a cartogram showing the map with the counties resized according to population. I know, it's freaky looking.

However, this map is still somewhat misleading because we have colored every county either red or blue, as if every voter voted the same way. This is of course not realistic: all counties contain both Republican and Democratic supporters and in using just the two colors on our map we lose any information about the balance between them. There is no way to tell whether a particular county went strongly for one candidate or the other or whether it was relatively evenly split.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Very loose, it would seem! Again I ask, does Alaska know about this? Trust me. They're NOT going to be part of your Confederacy.

But yeah. Good luck with all that regardless. Everybody needs a dream.
The AIP wants to be rid of the federal government we have now. After that, who knows...may end up like VT did. Independent until there's a country worth joining.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Here's one showing the states resized by population. Less freaky but still freaky.
This cartogram looks similar to the one above it, but it's not identical. Wyoming, for instance, has approximately doubled in size, precisely because of the bias in favor of small states.
The areas of red and blue on the cartogram are now proportional to the actual numbers of electoral votes won by each candidate. Thus this map shows at a glance both which states went to which candidate and which candidate won more electoral college votes something that you cannot tell easily from the normal election-night red and blue map.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:39 PM
 
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Andrew Jackson not Jefferson. He's probably spinning in his grave right now though.
From the Democratic Party's own Web site, Party History page:

"Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic Party in 1792 as a congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and against the elitist Federalist Party."

The Democratic Party
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: North Side of Indy, IN
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You can eat your beaches and communist universities.
Ah, that explains a lot about why you're so misguided. Give college a try.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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omg my state is the only one with no Blue on it.. LOL
Im so ashamed ..
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Technical stuff: The cartograms were made using the diffusion method of Gastner and Newman. Population data and geographic boundaries were taken from the most recent (year 2000) US Census. Map projections are Albers conic.
The calculation of the cartograms involves allowing the population to diffuse in the two-dimensional space of the map, carrying the boundaries of the states or counties with it, until it reaches a uniform equilibrium. The diffusion equation is integrated in Fourier space, where it takes a particularly simple form: the initial density function is evaluated on a 4608x3072 lattice, transformed using a two-dimensional fast Fourier transform, convolved with a Gaussian kernel and then back-transformed to give the diffusion field at an arbitrary later time. I used closed (Neumann) boundary conditions at the edges of the map, meaning that the Fourier transform in this case is a discrete cosine transform.
The diffusion field is then used to calculate the diffusion velocity as a function of position and the velocity integrated over time to give the displacement of the map features. The integration is performed using a fourth-order Runge-Kutta integrator with an adaptive step size and local extrapolation. The entire calculation took about ten minutes for each map on a standard desktop computer running the Fedora Linux operating system. The basic images were created using a specially written rendering program and some artistic refinements were added using Gimp, a free image manipulation program.
My computer software for producing cartograms is freely available here.


Election maps
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Barack Obama. Democrat is the legal name of the party, but the hard line left wingers have essentially hijacked the heart of the party 35 years ago.
Both Obama and McCain are socialists. They both voted against the tax cuts, they both voted to increase socialist spending, they both want open borders, they both voted for the socialist bailout, so when the OP makes a reference to a "socialist candidate", you can understand why I have no idea to which socialist candidate he was referring.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Ah, that explains a lot about why you're so misguided. Give college a try.
I have a degree in history. I had lots of "dissenting opinions" with my professors, but I graduated with a 4.0
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