Category: Cartography

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The graphic I was going to do something different and most likely will anyhow. I thought this was so alarming I should post my thoughts as well as the article. The single best thing that ever happened to intelligence agencies was the cell phone. Your … Continue reading Your cell phone is giving you up••••Cartography•••••••Europa supports life?•••••

Link of the day. Interesting maps.

Saw this on the Washington Post this morning and thought it was interesting. I am a big fan of data visualization and maps. We have both combined here…

Here is a taste followed by the link.

infographic from the 30’s


Washington Post maps


Washington Post maps

Bonus Maps I had from Wired Magazine


more maps

40 Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School

History of the World map resized


NASA map of Asteroids


Pangea with today’s political boundaries

visit site for full size image

Geologic Maps of National Parks

Maybe some of the most beautiful maps made. These are stunning.

Olympic National Park
geologic maps



To make the above maps clearer here are bigger versions.



Olympic National Park


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Grand Canyon National Park


Great Smokey Mountain National Park


Map or Infographic of the day plus update on Blackwater. Plus two interesting pdf’s.

Both logos, side by side. Note the original be...
Both logos, side by side. Note the original below, with the curved Blackwater wordmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as I argued in this post. Blackwater often did jobs the CIA/JSOC were hesitant to do.

“”””””””””But the most noteworthy thing about the largely failed prosecution wasn’t the outcome. It was the tens of thousands of pages of documents—some declassified—that the litigation left in its wake. These documents illuminate Blackwater’s defense strategy—and it’s a fascinating one: To defeat the charges it was facing, Blackwater built a case not only that it worked with the CIA—which was already widely known—but that it was in many ways an extension of the Agency itself.””””””””

“””But according to the documents Blackwater submitted in its defense—as well as an email exchange I had recently with Prince—the contractor’s relationship with the CIA was far deeper than most observers thought. “Blackwater’s work with the CIA began when we provided specialized instructors and facilities that the Agency lacked,” Prince told me recently, in response to written questions. “In the years that followed, the company became a virtual extension of the CIA because we were asked time and again to carry out dangerous missions, which the Agency either could not or would not do in-house.”

This does not surprise me whatsoever.. and to some extent I predicted it.

2013 ATA SFR for SSCI 12 Mar 2013


Infographic or Map will come later. I am not feeling very good.

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Map or Infographic of the day

Have had my hands tied with time. Will post the cryptography research tomorrow…

I ran across a link that shows cyber attacks in more or less real time.

I personally thought it was interesting.


My map of the day is “The Jerseys” from 1777. Just a few years before I was born. It was taken from Library of Congress Map room. I have other map sources I can use but have really liked the LOC Map room.

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Map or Infographic of the Day.

Got several things for you today..


I am not sure of the validity of this document. I have provided a second piece of evidence in which there is no doubt it is legitimate. I am not offering my thoughts or consequences (as I see them) until I can think about it further. If true it raises some serious questions. The Job posting is what to me lends some credibility to the idea that something like the first .pdf may be somewhat correct and the rumors right. I am undecided in my view on this for the time being.

I am fascinated with the whole Drone thing… almost every aspect of it. Technology.. morality.. etc.

I was shocked when I saw this on the New York Times Website.

It is not like the US to disavow anything basically… So this brings up the way I see it 4 possibilities.

1. It never occurred.

2. The US did the strike but for some reason is saying they did not.. which would be really stupid if they did because there would be evidence of who did the strike.

3. Another Country did the drone strike?–I am unclear it has ever been proved any other Country has ever has a drone strike.

4. The US did the strike but for some reason one hand does not know what the other is doing.

Ran across two other articles about Drones and two excellent starting point for looking into them.

All about the Drone Doctrine that is shrouded in mystery.

Drones testing Legal Grounds.

ProPublica starting point.

Bureau of Investigative Journalism starting poing.

Have 3 maps today.. Two in similar style and of Pennsylvania. The third is of one of the most infamous civil war battlefields.

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Bonus Infographic of Stars.. Not the way you might think.


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Map or Infographic of the day.


Here is a county map of the US circa 1860.

Desciption on the LOC (Library of Congress) website.

“””””””””””July 4, 1861

Magnus's county map of the United States, showing the forts, railroads,canals, and navigable waters.Magnus’s county map of the United States, showing the forts, railroads,canals, and navigable waters.Enlarge

On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the initial raising of 75,000 militia to begin preparations for the upcoming armed conflict between Union and Confederate armies. In the same proclamation, Lincoln called for an extra session of Congress to discuss the war which would meet on July 4, 1861:

“Now, therefore, I, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States, in virtue of the power in me vested by the Constitution and the laws, have thought fit to call forth, and hereby do call forth, the militia of the several States of the Union…I deem it proper to say that the first service assigned to the forces hereby called forth will probably be to repossess the forts, places, and property which have been seized from the Union…. [and[ deeming that the present condition of public affairs presents an extraordinary occasion, I do hereby, in virtue of the power in me vested by the Constitution, convene both Houses of Congress. Senators and Representatives are therefore summoned to assemble at their respective chambers, at twelve o’clock noon, on Thursday, the fourth day of July next, then and there to consider and determine such measures as, in their wisdom, the public safety and interest may seem to demand.”

The purpose of the extra session was for lawmakers to debate raising troops to defend the Union and to appropriate funds for the prosecution of the war. In the summer of 1861, commercial publishers like Charles Magnus updated existing maps with updated phrases such as “Extra Session of Congress Map” to make their maps appear more relevant to the shifting headlines.””””””””””””

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