More corroboration for an earlier post on why the south is a stinking cesspool of conservatism

You have to read this piece in the Atlantic. They basically mapped census data on high school and college graduation to the map of the U.S.

Here’s a key map of high school graduation, the darker orange indicates high rates, lighter lower rates:

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Now here’s college baccalaureate rates:

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Now a while ago I had posted maps of internet penetration and political voting patterns. I wrote this back in June of 2013, some six months ago but it bears comparison.

The first map is internet penetration:
ImageNow we look at the 2008 Presidential Election:

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And just for fun let’s look at 2012:

ImageNow here’s the synthesis of all this. The northeast and west coast are some of the most wired areas in the country. Where I live you have oodles of wired, wireless etc. But the south, and I’m not talking way down deep south but northeast North Carolina. Wireless service absolutely falls down, and wired service is sparse. Plus education is a mess. I see the differences in my education and that of my SO’s and there’s a stark difference. Plus you always have these idiots in the south yammering on about inserting creationism into high school classes.

We need a second American revolution, one that educates and wires (or wirelesses) the south. Part of it is because large swarths of the South are also extremely impoverished. So better teaching, better school boards, and more connectivity is needed.

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One thought on “More corroboration for an earlier post on why the south is a stinking cesspool of conservatism

  1. You would enjoy/profit from reading the book entitled “American Nations: The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” It covers only those cultures operative in the USA, with one also happening in Mexico and two others in Canada.

    The book gives the historic background for each regional culture. You will learn new and disturbing things about the origins off the Deep South and Appalachia. Plus why everyone hates Yankeedom (except us Amsterdamers).

    Being a New Amsterdamer I lived in some of the cultures outside the northeast and got along, even had civil discussions about hot button topics. The essence of New Amsterdam is live and let live, either deal with those who are not like you (especially for mutual benefit) or ignore them. No effort to convert them, just share views.

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