Fun with Maps 69&70

It’s been a while since I posted but I’ve been busy organizing my DVD collection. Hey, it’s nice to have hobbies. They are in two big binders now. I’ve kept the plastic cases, of course, for future display. Until I get the custom shelving of my dreams I’m keeping them in boxes. But hey, you didn’t ask. You’re only interested in maps! Of course, you’re right, maps are the best! Let’s get to it.

Map 69 is about politics [insert Bill Clinton joke here]. The next Presidential election is a mere 269 days away now. If it feels like we’re fifteen years into the process you’re not alone. Elections start way too early these days. President Obama, whom I voted for twice, had barely finished giving his victory speech having won his second term and already fifty dudes (and a couple women) were posturing for 2016. Now the group is down to eight, six Republicans and two Democrats. A fresh batch of candidates just dropped out in the last week bringing the count down to eight. I have opinions on each candidate but I’ll try to keep it quick; Jeb Bush (the blandest brother), Ben Carson (medically-induced coma), Hillary Clinton (seems fake), Ted Cruz (unlikable Canadian nut job), John Kasich (who?), Marco Rubio (the absentee Senator), Bernie Sanders (obnoxious), and Donald Trump (the clinically insane narcissist). I know who I will likely vote for in the end but I can’t say I’m overly interested in anyone still in the race like I was in 2008 and 2012. Map 69 represents what the nation is thinking. It comes from FiveThirtyEight, a leading statistics website.

Map 69

Map 69A

People do realize that Ben Carson is kind of a weirdo, right?


The map shows Facebook likes for each candidate. This is far from an accurate measure of voter support considering only 58% of America’s adult population uses the social media site and they are disproportionately young. Furthermore, nothing is stopping someone from liking multiple candidates or liking a candidate simply to get updates on their platform despite no intention of voting for them. Despite all that, it is still interesting to see which candidates have received likes from different areas. The map is interactive over at the source site. Please check it out when you’re done here.

Map 70 shows the average life expectancy of each country’s citizens.

Map 70

Map 70 Supplement

The people of Africa certainly have nothing to be pleased about seeing this. With the modern technology available to our species it always amazes me there are places on this planet where the life expectancy drops below 40 years. I just turned 28 and the thought of being an old man at my age is shocking. I am fairly surprised by the country of South Africa. Based on their average life expectancy in the red, they obviously have a lot of improving to do. The people of Algeria, Libya, and Sudan have better odds of seeing their 60’s. I’ve always thought South Africa was the best place to be for opportunities on the African continent. Outside of Africa, the better places to be are obviously Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand. In these countries, people can expect to live at least 80 years. The United States has an average near 77.5 years. I’m sure our crime rates, loose gun laws, and high levels of obesity don’t help us much or we could be (really should be) in the top group like our neighbors to the North. This map shows some less than pleasing data about how long people can expect to live based on where they live, certainly, but it is absolutely beautiful. It’s beautifully made I mean. The color choices and design are excellent. Modern technology has allowed someone at Wikipedia to make a fine map. I hope we can eventually use it to bring longer life expectancy to the people of Africa. Note: I know it’s not quite that simple but I choose to believe our society has the ability to help more than we are.


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3 thoughts on “Fun with Maps 69&70

  1. With regards to the life expectancies of around 40: that doesn’t necessarily mean that a 28 year old man is past middle aged in those countries. What it’s probably a better indication of is the high level or infant and child mortality in those countries – a lot fewer people make it to their teenage years so the average gets brought way down. That being said I’m sure the life expectancy for someone aged 28 in those countries would still be lower than the same expectancy for a 28 year old in the United States (which would be higher than the overall average of 77.5 – each year you live longer your life expectancy goes higher, the life expectancy of a 77.5 year old male in the U.S. isn’t 77.5 it’s probably something like 84).

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