sunfoundation:

The Crazily Expanding Political Money Universe

If Citizens United was the Big Bang of a new era of money in  politics, here’s the parallel universe it formed: rapidly expanding  super-PACs and nebulous 501(c) groups exerting their gravitational pull  on federal elections. A group’s size in the chart below is based upon  all known fundraising or spending since 2010…so keep an eye out for dark  matter.

sunfoundation:

The Crazily Expanding Political Money Universe

If Citizens United was the Big Bang of a new era of money in politics, here’s the parallel universe it formed: rapidly expanding super-PACs and nebulous 501(c) groups exerting their gravitational pull on federal elections. A group’s size in the chart below is based upon all known fundraising or spending since 2010…so keep an eye out for dark matter.

sunfoundation:

Visualizing Everything Facebook Knows about You

A couple of months ago, 24-year-old Austrian law student Max Schrems  requested Facebook for all his personal data. The European arm of  Facebook, based in Dublin, Ireland, was obliged to turn over this  information, as they had to follow an European law that requires any  entity to provide full access to data about an individual, should this  individual personally request for it. Accordingly, Max received a CD  containing about 1,222 pages (PDF files), including chats he had deleted  more than a year ago, “pokes” dating back to 2008, invitations, and  hundreds of other details.

sunfoundation:

A couple of months ago, 24-year-old Austrian law student Max Schrems requested Facebook for all his personal data. The European arm of Facebook, based in Dublin, Ireland, was obliged to turn over this information, as they had to follow an European law that requires any entity to provide full access to data about an individual, should this individual personally request for it. Accordingly, Max received a CD containing about 1,222 pages (PDF files), including chats he had deleted more than a year ago, “pokes” dating back to 2008, invitations, and hundreds of other details.

larrybuch:

Nicolas Rapp has some awesome graphics on his site. A great balance of making info and data accessible and making it beautiful. 

larrybuch:

Nicolas Rapp has some awesome graphics on his site. A great balance of making info and data accessible and making it beautiful. 

(via sunfoundation)

sunfoundation:

Occupywallstreet Twitter network mentions and reply edges highlighted with labels

These are the connections among the Twitter users who recently tweeted the word  occupywallstreet when queried on November 15, 2011, scaled by numbers of followers (with  outliers thresholded).   Connections created when users reply, mention  or follow one another.  Relies and mentions edges are highlighted in  blue, follows connections are grey.  The data set starts on 11/15/2011  23:08 and ends on 11/15/2011 23:34 UTC, a total of 26 minutes of  traffic.

sunfoundation:

Occupywallstreet Twitter network mentions and reply edges highlighted with labels

These are the connections among the Twitter users who recently tweeted the word occupywallstreet when queried on November 15, 2011, scaled by numbers of followers (with outliers thresholded). Connections created when users reply, mention or follow one another. Relies and mentions edges are highlighted in blue, follows connections are grey. The data set starts on 11/15/2011 23:08 and ends on 11/15/2011 23:34 UTC, a total of 26 minutes of traffic.

thecomplexmedia:

Food Assistance infographic via GOOD.

thecomplexmedia:

Food Assistance infographic via GOOD.

(Source: sinuousmag, via sunfoundation)

sunfoundation:

OccupyDC Map at McPherson Square

climateadaptation:

A brand new power plant spills tons of coal ash into Lake Michigan: weak regulations to blame. Most coal plants are located along rivers and lakes. They use the water to pump into the plants for cooling. When coal is burned to create energy, the ash is dumped into an open pit. These pits, which are full of concentrated pollutants (lead, mercury) are generally unregulated. The construction of the pits do have specific regulatory requirements, but the contents are not regulated.

Local newspaper, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, reports that state regulators exempted the coal plant owner, “We Energy,” built the pit.

A large section of bluff collapsed Monday next to the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant, sending dirt, coal ash and mud cascading into the shoreline next to Lake Michigan and dumping a pickup truck, dredging equipment, soil and other debris into the lake.

Source: Journal Sentinel

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futurejournalismproject:

With halloween just around the corner, we’d be remiss in our civic duty if we didn’t pass along this essential: A Guide To Zombie Survival.

futurejournalismproject:

With halloween just around the corner, we’d be remiss in our civic duty if we didn’t pass along this essential: A Guide To Zombie Survival.

(Source: futurejournalismproject, via sunfoundation)

sunfoundation:

NASA maps a decade of fires, a global tour

Using satellite data that goes back to 2002, NASA maps tens of millions of fires worldwide in this global tour.