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We’re Kind of Turning Japanese

This Pew Research report on how the nation will look demographically in the decades ahead is not really surprising for those who have been paying attention over the years to the well established trends that have long been underway.

Basically, we’re becoming less white and grayer (note the link to the left -  someone felt the need to buy the domain to answer what was, apparently, a commonly asked question and, not surprisingly,  it shows up as the first search result for “grey or gray?”).

Anyway, there’s a really neat interactive graphic with the Pew story about how the nation is aging and the start point (1950) and end point (2060) of said graphic are shown below.

More on the changing ethnicity of the country and the implications of it all make this a report that is well worth reading, especially if you’re  many years younger than me…

A Bad Day for One FedEx Driver

This kind of reminds me of a scene from the 1980 indie movie hit The God’s Must be Crazy as one FedEx driver appears to have forgotten something important when exiting his truck.

It’s pretty neat how the truck “threaded the needle” between the tree and the house (akin to what many hope the Federal Reserve will do in formulating monetary policy to withdraw unprecedented stimulus over the next year or so), though the driver’s door didn’t fare well in the process (insert your own Fed metaphor for this one).

This related story at CNBC indicated that no one was hurt and the property damage was minimal, though, I’m guessing that this particular driver will not soon forget this incident that has now been seen by over 9 million viewers on YouTube.

A Massive Herd of Elk

This is a simply astounding video of wildlife in Montana and the best part about it is that it happened only a few miles from here in Bozeman.

One Austin Stonnell was driving along Kagy Blvd. in the southeast part of town when he happened upon a huge elk herd crossing the road and got out his camera. Not only is the size of this herd astounding and beautiful to watch as the animals jump the fence one after another, but it has some drama at the end (don’t worry, it ends well).

The local paper had this Page 1 story yesterday where it was learned that the herd is typically visible from his house (we live on the north end of town, so, we don’t see anything like this) and the Associated Press picked up the story as well, for example here.

A couple hours ago the YouTube video had 1.3 million views, but now it’s up to 1.4 million and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeane Moos has already done a report  on this for CNN. She was clearly captivated by the running bison in Yellowstone last week as seen here and would probably think that elk are one step closer to what might be her ultimate namesake goal.

Where in the World is Ukraine?

There are some pretty fascinating details behind the map below from this Washington Post survey where respondents were asked to locate Ukraine on a map of the world.

To wit:

We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S.  to intervene with military force.

Most thought that Ukraine was located somewhere in Europe or Asia, but the median respondent was about 1,800 miles off — roughly the distance from Chicago to Los Angeles — locating Ukraine somewhere in an area bordered by Portugal on the west, Sudan on the south, Kazakhstan on the east, and Finland on the north.

Interestingly, members of military households were no more likely to correctly locate Ukraine (16.1 percent  correct) than members of non-military households (16 percent  correct), but self-identified independents (29 percent  correct) outperformed both Democrats (14 percent  correct) and Republicans (15 percent  correct).

That last part – on party affiliation – speaks volumes about the nation’s political woes…

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