Food for thought


    CA and TX are countries unto themselves.

    Better to use LA County (10.3-10.5 million):

    Let's compare apples to apples. The NYC metro area has 20M people, compared to LA's 13M. Only three states are larger than NYC metro: California, Texas, and Florida. (New York State comes in 4th at 19.5M.)

    Frankly who gives a shit past New York & California, and most of upstate's just filler for NYC, and no one goes to the Bay Area anymore - it's too crowded - while the rest of CA's uninhabitable wasteland for pretty postcards & U2 covers & what not - so I think we can just say metro LA/metro NYC says "forget you flyover types", and do away with the flawed rigged electoral college as well.

    Or maybe a US Security Council--NY, CA, TX, and FL get permanent reps with veto power. Other states can rotate through non-permanent spots for symbolic votes.

    Or better yet, skip all that nonsense and elect me Philosopher-King of America.

    Suggest looking up "King" and normal rules of engagement.

    Re: council, think you're creating the same stalemate we have with China and Russia.

    Philosopher king. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha. You're a historian and we're at the end of history.

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    Go back to your dusty old tomes. We have nothing to learn from you any more. History, and you, are irrelevant.

    oh the humanity!: I can't believe your link is from "goodreads". At least there's that the quote only got 3 likes.

    This is the most perfect example of extreme hubris I've ever seen. All definitions of the word  on line should include a link to it.

    My first act as Philosopher-King will be to delete Karl Rove from history.

    Move him to the light entertainment section, or Sociology.

    At least you understand the purpose of history. To tell whatever version of the story that best facilitates the accumulation of power.

    ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People

    By Jed Kolko @, April 28, 2016

    Earlier this week, Jim VandeHei, a former executive editor of Politico, wrote an op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal accusing the Washington political establishment of being out of touch with “normal America.”

    “Normal America is right that Establishment America has grown fat, lazy, conventional and deserving of radical disruption,” he wrote, citing his regular visits to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Lincoln, Maine, as his credentials of normality.

    It’s a familiar accusation in a year in which most presidential candidates are trying to pretend they have nothing to do with the coastal elite, and after one — Ted Cruz — spent weeks attacking “New York values.” Even PBS, a standard-bearer of the media elite, recently featured a quiz designed to assess in-touchness with “mainstream American culture” with questions about fishing, pickup trucks and living in a small town.

    But that sense that the normal America is out there somewhere in a hamlet where they can’t pronounce “Acela” is misplaced. In fact, it’s not in a small town at all.

    I calculated how demographically similar each U.S. metropolitan area is to the U.S. overall, based on age, educational attainment, and race and ethnicity.1 The index equals 100 if a metro’s demographic mix were identical to that of the U.S. overall.2

    By this measure, the metropolitan area that looks most like the U.S. is New Haven, Connecticut, followed by Tampa, Florida, and Hartford, Connecticut. All of the 10 large metros that are demographically most similar to the U.S. overall are in the Northeast, Midwest or center of the country, with the exception of Tampa. Two of them — New Haven and Philadelphia — are even on Amtrak’s Acela (that’s “uh-SELL-ah”) line. None is in the West, though Sacramento, California, comes close at No. 12.

    The large metros least demographically similar to the U.S. include McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and El Paso, both in Texas, both of which are younger, less educated and more Latino than the U.S. overall, and Honolulu, where Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders together are the majority.

    Oshkosh, by the way, clocks in with a score of 71, and Maine’s Penobscot County, where Lincoln is, has a score of 67: both places deserve less of a claim to “normal America” than the majority of large metros do. 3


    continues with several great charts, including several comparisons with 1950's America

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