The latest in truly alternative transport, this human-powered party machine is a converted cargo bike built by Portland, OR bike-maker Metrofiets for Hopworks Urban Brewing (h/t Joe Cortright). BikePortland provides full technical details.
Stress is a fundamental fact of life these days. But which parts of the country have the most stressed-out people? This map from the the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey shows the stress levels for each of the 50 states. The map reflects the fraction of survey respondents who said they experienced stress "during a lot of the day yesterday" between January and June 2009.
A new study by University of Michigan economist and MPI associate David Albouy, published in the Journal of Political Economy, finds that workers in expensive cities - including those in the Rustbelt and even hard-hit Detroit - pay a disproportionate share of federal taxes. Overall, urbanites pay 27 percent more in federal income taxes than workers with similar skills in a small city or rural area. Here's a summary of the study.
The bailout is big. But, where exactly is it going? Thanks to the efforts of ProPublica, we can track bailout funds by state. The map below, based on their data, shows the geographic distribution of bailout spending.
Ryan Grim's new book, This is Your Country on Drugs, has revived interest in drug use and drug policy. Around the time it hit the streets, this map of drug use by state (via Map Scroll) started circulating around the Internet.
American attitudes toward immigration are hardening, according to a new Gallup poll. Half of all Americans say immigration should be "decreased" - up 11 points from 39 percent last year.