I am posting this specifically to yank Leftover’s chain

For those of us with no more than a passing understanding of Socialism, this makes sense. But for a real, live Socialist, well, I hope Leftover will explain things. Leftover, if you’re not in the mood, that’s OK. I just thought this was interesting.

“Normal” America isn’t a small town of white people

In fact, it’s New Haven, says FiveThirtyEight. Sa-LUTE! While politicians and pundits argue about American values and what means “normal America,” most of them haven’t got a clue. Meanwhile, check out this New Haven-based photographer who does have a clue.

And the most religiously diverse region is…

…not us. It’s Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan. And even more interesting, in this round-up at Vox? Maybe the most surprising thing here is that most of the US’s religious diversity comes not from religious minorities, who in total are only 5.3 percent of the population, but from the 16 percent of Americans who are unaffiliated. It’s …

Fewer Americans own guns, yet there are more guns out there

Paul Waldman, of The American Prospect, writes (linked at ThinkProgress:) There is no question that Americans own more guns, and use them more often to kill each other, than citizens of any other advanced Western democracy. As of 2007, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reported that there were approximately 294 million guns in …