The Engaged Electorate
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson
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Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif.

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Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida

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Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, Texas

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Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, of Schenectady, N.Y.

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Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, North Carolina

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Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio

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Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.

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Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there’s no better way to depict those interactions and the social and political circumstances that give rise to them than with a map or two. Or in our case, 38. These maps are our favorite way to illustrate the major economic themes facing the world today. Some of them focus on the big picture while others illustrate finer details. The overall portrait that emerges is of a world that’s more closely linked than ever before, but still riven by enormous geography-driven differences.

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17:00 We’re standing on shaky ground, folks. The frequency of earthquakes in the United States seems to have increased recently — from an average of 21 per year last century to 188 in 2011. Geologists believe the increase is due to human activity, especially fracking.
The map above shows several areas in the United States where there have been unusual “swarms” of earthquakes, possibly connected to industry. The map is part of a series released last week by the U.S. Geological Survey, including another map showing where earthquakes are most likely to happen across the country.
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