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2014-04-18 04:55:22 AM
The other non-Jesus-on-toast-shaped graph helped me understand the 'Murica shaped graph much quicker. It's like if you took a page of a novel and cut paper doll shapes out. It's clever I admit but soooommmeee of the words may be lost.

How could someone take a rectangular graph and take a pair of scissors to it to make a pleasing shape and not notice that important bits of the graph were falling to the floor?

How sad is it that people need to be shown the animal cracker shape of their country instead of the text name?
 
2014-04-18 05:52:01 AM

MadSkillz: rugman11: Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.

It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.

Technically Hispanic isn't a race. It's a mix of white and Asian or in some cases all Asian or a mix of white and Asian and black depending on the country.


Forgetting Spain, Portugal and the Americas?

Plenty of Hispanics there with no Asian ethnicity.

And "Asian" itself is a bit of a silly concept, since Asia's such a farking big continent. It starts in Turkey, covers a lot of Russia and the stans and India.

Race is a stupid concept anyhow, isn't it?

Yes.
 
2014-04-18 06:23:35 AM

SquiggsIN: I've tried seeing where this is offensive and i'm just not seeing it.


It's not "offensive" unless you are offended by shiat graphics, which smart people are.
 
2014-04-18 06:50:44 AM

iron de havilland: MadSkillz: rugman11: Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.

It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.

Technically Hispanic isn't a race. It's a mix of white and Asian or in some cases all Asian or a mix of white and Asian and black depending on the country.

Forgetting Spain, Portugal and the Americas?

Plenty of Hispanics there with no Asian ethnicity.


I think he meant Native Americans. Those are of Asian descent, they're not called "Indians" for nothing!
 
2014-04-18 07:12:43 AM
Tufte ftw.
 
2014-04-18 07:34:18 AM

log_jammin: if you couldn't understand that graph, you're a farking moron.


Really? Where are 2010's remaining percents? Were there already "others" in that year? Who are they anyway?

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2014-04-18 08:47:14 AM

mr_a: Am I just reading this thing sideways, or is it telling me that at this moment the US population is made up of 0% people of Asian ethnicity or race? 0%

There sure seem to be a lot of people hanging around that seem to be Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese making up that 0%.


The Universe - some information to help you live in it.

Population: None.
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
 
2014-04-18 08:50:12 AM

Ilmarinen: Really? Where are 2010's remaining percents? Were there already "others" in that year? Who are they anyway?


ok you're right.

There DOES "appear to be a wormhole stretching across the country that allows residents of California in 1960 to visit New York City in the year 2060. And, apparently, in the future, all Asian-Americans will be confined to a tiny strip of land in northern Maine".

my bad.
 
2014-04-18 09:03:34 AM

emersonbiggins: USA Today will always reign supreme this category

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Thx for that pic.  I needed a good laugh this morning.  The expression on the sun's face makes it sooo much better.
 
2014-04-18 09:32:01 AM
It's an extremely simple concept. The outcry over this is baffling.
 
2014-04-18 10:22:40 AM
By 2060, most "Hispanics" other than some really dark-skinned people will be considered "white," just as Italians are now (they weren't in 1915), and most of them won't speak any Spanish. So confusing graph is not only poorly designed; it's meaningless.
 
2014-04-18 10:40:26 AM

Ilmarinen: iron de havilland: MadSkillz: rugman11: Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.

It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.

Technically Hispanic isn't a race. It's a mix of white and Asian or in some cases all Asian or a mix of white and Asian and black depending on the country.

Forgetting Spain, Portugal and the Americas?

Plenty of Hispanics there with no Asian ethnicity.

I think he meant Native Americans. Those are of Asian descent, they're not called "Indians" for nothing!


I thought they were called Indians because it took a while for Columbus to figure out that he hadn't landed in India?
 
2014-04-18 10:51:51 AM

brimed03: Smeggy Smurf: I see nothing wrong with it but then I'm not looking to be offended.  It must suck always looking for something to offend you.  It's like being a religious fundie finding sinners everywhere and screaming about it.  No, at least the fundies can claim mental illness.

You're worse at trolling than Farker letrole. And that's saying something.


It's cute that you can mistake mockery for trolling.
 
2014-04-18 11:11:14 AM

Ilmarinen: iron de havilland: MadSkillz: rugman11: Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.

It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.

Technically Hispanic isn't a race. It's a mix of white and Asian or in some cases all Asian or a mix of white and Asian and black depending on the country.

Forgetting Spain, Portugal and the Americas?

Plenty of Hispanics there with no Asian ethnicity.

I think he meant Native Americans. Those are of Asian descent, they're not called "Indians" for nothing!


Yes, but there are plenty of Hispanics without any Asian ethnicity. Like the Spanish.

And, go back far enough and we're all African anyway.
 
2014-04-18 11:13:17 AM
Not to sure what the issue is.  I understood it and I'm in IT!!
 
2014-04-18 11:28:45 AM

RobSeace: mr_a: Am I just reading this thing sideways, or is it telling me that at this moment the US population is made up of 0% people of Asian ethnicity or race? 0%

There sure seem to be a lot of people hanging around that seem to be Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese making up that 0%.

The Universe - some information to help you live in it.

Population: None.
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.


So are the 50 people that are always in line in front of me at the post office some sort of worm-hold singularity? Should I call that deGrasse Tyson guy next time I see one?
 
2014-04-18 11:30:04 AM
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2014-04-18 11:35:42 AM
With a graph like that, it just makes me wonder EVEN MORE why we can't ever get any Popeye's Chicken restaurants on the white side of town.

I'm sorry, but it's true! Popeye's is ALWAYS in the city, usually on MLK Boulevard in most places, and it's NEVER, EVER in the suburbs. Why is that? Don't the executives at Popeye's think that middle-class white and Asian people would enjoy some fried chicken, red beans & rice, or other Popeye's delicacies? Dammit, Popeye's Chicken!!! You're there, on the other side of town TEASING me, TEMPTING me. You're ALWAYS in the worst, most violent parts of the city. You're on the street EVERYONE knows to be the place to find drug dealers and hookers. WHY? Why not a nice little Popeye's in the burbs? What's the problem with putting one of your restaurants in a part of town where pale-skinned people aren't risking being killed to get a little chicken?!?!

Because DAMMIT, Popeye's-- You're better than KFC. Why can't you see that and expand to places outside of the city?

And then you run ads with white people in them. What the hell? There are no white people at Popeye's! We WANT to be at Popeye's, but most of us know that parking our car at a restaurant on MLK Blvd and walking the distance from car to restaurant is a good way to get shot for being in gang territory.

WHY DO YOU TEASE US, POPEYE'S?
 
2014-04-18 12:07:13 PM
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2014-04-18 12:13:27 PM

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2014-04-18 01:03:42 PM
What the Fark is wrong with you people?

Expecting accuracy from a news outlet.
 
2014-04-18 01:25:30 PM

Olo Manolo: Racially insensitive, eh? Anybody care to explain how somebody got their poor little feels in a knot from this?


They used blue for black people.
 
2014-04-18 01:31:14 PM

LazyMedia: By 2060, most "Hispanics" other than some really dark-skinned people will be considered "white," just as Italians are now (they weren't in 1915), and most of them won't speak any Spanish. So confusing graph is not only poorly designed; it's meaningless.


Nope.  First of all, that bit about Italians not being considered white in 1915 is bullshiat.  If you want to say they weren't considered Anglo-Saxon, well yeah.  That was true then and is true now.

Second, Latinos will still be visually distinct from Anglo whites, in that the majority of them will either have significant African or Indian admixture, or both.
 
2014-04-18 02:16:05 PM

keypusher: Italians not being considered white ... in that the majority of them will either have significant African or Indian admixture, or both.


I'd be very careful about this line of thought.

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/yes I know I misquoted you but I wanted to make the joke.
 
2014-04-18 02:28:23 PM

Nix Nightbird: With a graph like that, it just makes me wonder EVEN MORE why we can't ever get any Popeye's Chicken restaurants on the white side of town.

I'm sorry, but it's true! Popeye's is ALWAYS in the city, usually on MLK Boulevard in most places, and it's NEVER, EVER in the suburbs. Why is that? Don't the executives at Popeye's think that middle-class white and Asian people would enjoy some fried chicken, red beans & rice, or other Popeye's delicacies? Dammit, Popeye's Chicken!!! You're there, on the other side of town TEASING me, TEMPTING me. You're ALWAYS in the worst, most violent parts of the city. You're on the street EVERYONE knows to be the place to find drug dealers and hookers. WHY? Why not a nice little Popeye's in the burbs? What's the problem with putting one of your restaurants in a part of town where pale-skinned people aren't risking being killed to get a little chicken?!?!

Because DAMMIT, Popeye's-- You're better than KFC. Why can't you see that and expand to places outside of the city?

And then you run ads with white people in them. What the hell? There are no white people at Popeye's! We WANT to be at Popeye's, but most of us know that parking our car at a restaurant on MLK Blvd and walking the distance from car to restaurant is a good way to get shot for being in gang territory.

WHY DO YOU TEASE US, POPEYE'S?


This. They're always in the "bad" part of town, almost always filthy, generally ran by people who just don't give a fark, but god DAMN that is some deliciousness for fast food.
 
2014-04-18 08:49:39 PM
Not seeing racial insensitivity, am seeing lots of intelligence insensitivity, both in the original and in Gawker. Is their mission to just repost every tumblr and facebook fw:fw:fw:re:fw:OMG?

rugman11: In the maker's defense, he/she said that the intent was to evoke the following graphic which, as a histogram, makes the point much more clearly than a line graph.

[www.visualisingdata.com image 850x1286]


OK, I can see the homage, but the Florida graph is bad and its maker should feel bad. Bad intern. There's a reason the original used bars, not lines.

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Nix Nightbird: WHY DO YOU TEASE US, POPEYE'S?

This. They're always in the "bad" part of town, almost always filthy, generally ran by people who just don't give a fark, but god DAMN that is some deliciousness for fast food.


Nix n' Nixon sitting in a tree...

On the West Coast Popeye's seems to have expanded well beyond its usual ghetto demographic, maybe that's where all the white folk commercials come from. I'm still waiting for White Castle to show up, though....
 
2014-04-18 10:28:51 PM
Hey now.  considering how many Chinese restaurants there are in Bangor and points north (per capita), I can believe that there's a shiat-ton of Asians up here.

I mean, Christ, i live in a Podunk town in northern Maine and there are TWO Chinese restaurants here.  We don't' have ANY other ethnic foods up here.  but we have Chinese restaurants coming out of our ass.

Relatively speaking, I'm sure.  But still.

/I really have no idea what the people who came up with that "infographic" were smoking.....
 
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