27 March 2011


U.S. POPULATION SHIFT. According to a PBS Newshour report, " Racial and ethnic minorites accounted for 90 percent of the growth in the U.S. over the past decade, and Hispanics were by far the largest part of that increase. That's one of the headlines from new census data on race and migration.

"Latinos made up more than half of the growth, most rapidly in the South. Today, one of every six Americans, about 50 million people, is Hispanic. The data also found that more than 50 percent of children in at least 10 states are minorities." You can read an in-depth conversation among a panel of population and social trend observers here, as well as see and hear the interviews, here.

According to the Census Bureau, "the final count was 196.8 million whites, 37.7 million blacks, 50.5 million Hispanics, and 14.5 million Asians. Hispanics and Asians were the two fastest growing demographic groups, increasing about 42 percent from 2000. You can access several interactive maps showing population change, population density, and political apportionment here. Using your cursor, you can access information on each state, as well as information on each decade's census since 1910. You will also find a revealing analysis of the Census Bureau report.

Bottom line, America is becoming more and more ethnically and culturally diverse, in spite of the effort by some white Americans to slow or halt the flow of immigrants into the country. I welcome the change. Of all the places I've lived, the most interesting and horizon-broadening were those with a diverse population. The world is a rich place, why not enjoy all its fruits? Peace.

SEXY COMICS. On a lighter note, here is your chance to compare the Sexiest Female Comic Book Characters of all time, as ranked by readers. The voters weren't all male teenagers -- I know a few adult women with decided opinions about their favorites. Myself, I think I missed out. When I was reading comics back in the Dark Ages, most of the characters were well-muscled men in tight-fitting costumes. Timing is everything.

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