Here’s a satellite view of one of the most densely populated areas of the country. It has a population density of 27,532 people per square mile. In contrast, here’s a satellite view of one of the least densely populated areas. It has a population density of around 3 people per square mile. The first is racially and ethnically diverse, and strongly Democratic, the latter is racially and ethnically homogeneous, and strongly Republican. The interesting thing? They’re both part of the same state.
The first area is New York City, while the second area is the central Adirondacks. I’ve lived in major cities, but the Adirondacks are where I spent my childhood and live now. What that’s done is to give me a certain perspective on things. Having lived in a city, I understand the issues that are important to city dwellers. I also understand the issues that are important to rural areas like this. Sometimes that puts me in the position of straddling the fence, or “choosing sides.” In political terms for this state, it often means “compromise,” which is not a bad word, which is something that people on the extremes of both sides need to remember.
Gangnam Style just became the most watched video in YouTube history. It’s a testimony to the ability of the Internet to find – and publicize – what used to be “obscure” or “regional” performers and make them world stars. If you haven’t seen it, you’re probably not reading this blog. ;-)
I talked in a previous post about our relationship to Neanderthals. The BBC did a series called “Prehistoric Autopsy,” and here’s what the Neanderthal looked like:
A more recent discovery in China has found fossils of a “different” human species: The Red Deer Cave People.
All in all, the Red Deer Cave people are the youngest population to be found anywhere in the world whose anatomy does not comfortably fit within the range of modern humans, whether they be modern humans from 150 or 150,000 years ago, the researchers noted.
There’s a lot of hypotheses floating around, from whether they’re the Denisovans, a cross, or something entirely new. Either way, the answer is bound to be interesting – and raise more questions. One of the things we are learning is that “the story of us” has a lot more twists, turns, and surprises than anyone ever thought. Also that all the “purity of race” and “racial supremacy” is a load of complete horseshit.
I think we’re getting to a stage where “Black Friday” is counter-productive. I can look at the news reports, and see that things are getting out of hand. Businesses aren’t even making money during these “events,” and while the current belief seems to be “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” at some point there will be “too many lawsuits.” It’s also a demonstration of how “common sense” isn’t common. Really, what few “bargains” there are to be found are just not worth the hassle and danger.