A few more flags for Utah

Here are a few more alternate flags for Utah, starting with the one I think is best.

I include the red to represent the red rocks of southern Utah, including the arch created by the charges. The blue represents the lakes of northern Utah and the white the snow. 45 stars for the 45th state, and the beehive as the state emblem.
My best Utah flag alternate

This is intended to remind the observer of the United States flag, and the blue and red are even the official colors. Again the 45 stars and the beehive.
2nd

This was actually the precursor to my favorite above.
3rd

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An alternate flag for Utah

Most flags for states of the union are terrible from a vexillological standpoint. A simple redesign of the Utah flag changes this carnival of symbols
Utah Flag
into this simple design. A redraw
The redraw maintains the major Utah-specific symbolic elements of the original while making it quicky recognizable.

I understand perfectly well that the green stems really shouldn’t be placed against the blue field. This, however, is no worse than the white lilies against the white escutcheon. A little bit of frimbriation could take care of that. Or the sego lilies could be completely eliminated.

For more of vexillology, go to the NAVA home page. Or check out the Wikipedia page.

A busted political myth

College degrees per capita by state political leaning

A common myth perpetuated by Democrats, the news media, and entertainment is that Republicans are stupid and uneducated. This chart clearly debunks the myth. It also highlights a very important irony. Popular culture universally agrees that everyone in Washington DC are idiots, yet they have the highest number of degrees per capita.

The college degree data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics. The political makeup of state governments comes from Wikipedia’s list of United States state legislatures and list of current United States governors and represents the years 2011-2012.

Nebraska is excluded because its legislature is non-partisan. The District of Columbia calculation for % Democratic leaning uses the city council in place of both the upper and lower houses and the mayor in place of the governor.

Counting the cost of an election

Cost of living by state

The cost of living data comes from the ACCRA Cost of Living Index for 2011 (the most current data available). The political makeup of state governments comes from Wikipedia’s list of United States state legislatures and list of current United States governors and represents the years 2011-2012.

Nebraska is excluded because its legislature is non-partisan. The District of Columbia calculation for % Democratic leaning uses the city council in place of both the upper and lower houses and the mayor in place of the governor.

$1.00 represents the average cost of living in the United States as a whole. Most states are subdivided into multiple areas and the cost of living calculated for each individual area. In this chart, the solid points are the median cost of all areas within a state. The error bars denote the highest and lowest cost areas within the state. The most extreme example of varied costs in a state is New York, where the median is $1.13, but the highest (New York City) is over $2.20.

Taxes are not included in the cost of living index. We can infer from this chart that including them would only make the differentiation larger.

Street of Harmony

Along a 0.3 mile stretch of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling in Penang you find four places of worship. These structures represent not only the religious diversity of Penang, but also the artistic, architectural, and cultural diversity of the lovely island. The street is often called the Street of Harmony.

From north to south:

St. George’s Cathedral, Christian
St. George's Cathedral

Goddess of Mercy Temple, Buddhist
Goddess of Mercy Temple

Mahamariamman Temple, Hindu
Mahamariamman Temple

Kapitan Keling Mosque, Muslim
Kapitan Keling Mosque

Italian food in Penang

Seafood pasta
There is a pretty good Italian restaurant adjacent to the G Hotel in Penang. I found this tasty dish on the menu: a spicy pasta sauce with mussels, clams, squid, and prawns.