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Response: “Why are ghettos mostly populated by blacks?”

I’ll start by saying that not all ghettos are populated by blacks. The word ghetto itself comes from an Italian term for the area of the town to which Jews are restricted (ethnic Jews are not black). In the United States, the term ghetto has come to mean an urban or suburban area that is […]

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The Unscientific Bay Area

Edit: If you want to print this poster on your own at your local Kinko’s/Staples, please send me a few bucks through PayPal. As soon as I get the payment I’ll send a crisp vector file to your email! Email me at trub@uchicago.edu if you’d rather use Venmo or something else. I appreciate all the support.Originally this was […]

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If the world federates into one nation, where would the capital be?

New York.I agree with S. Ranck that most likely there would not be a single capital where the entire government is located. However, in terms of a city that serves as a figurehead for the “world government”, it would very likely be New York City.New York is already where the United Nations has their official headquarters, […]

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Why is Mexico viewed as a Third World country?

It’s not anymore, at least not by anyone who knows what they’re talking about. It’s poorer than the US, but Mexico’s Human Development Index score is 0.756, which is officially considered “high”. But this photo of Mexico City perfectly illustrates the problem.The problem in Mexico is inequality. The raw human development score for Mexico makes […]

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Map of Washington State stereotypes

This map is the result of a humorous request by a friend from the suburbs of Seattle. As someone from the other Washington (DC), I knew little about the internal stereotypes of Washington State, so this project was a great learning experience.Obviously this map is entirely subjective and Seattle-centric. It was created based on testimony from numerous […]

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What new countries may be formed in 2016?

Realistically, none, even taking into account unrecognized countries. But here are the three least remote possibilities in the near future, if not 2016:0 . Scotland – In light of recent news I’m gonna add to the answer, since it still gets views. Scotland rejected independence from the UK in 2014 in a 55–45 vote. However, […]

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How many people are eligible to be President of the United States?

There will be some imprecision in my calculations but we can arrive at a general estimate.There are 322,772,000 people in the US. Of these, about 13 million are Legal Permanent Residents without citizenship. 11 million are illegal immigrants. The State Department estimates about 5 million US citizens living abroad.So the number of US citizens is […]

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