The New Geography people (my favorite blogger frienemies) recently released a document called “The New World Order.” http://nwo.li.com/book/index.html It is quite interesting to read, although, as usual, I take issue with some of their interpretations of data and conclusions. Also, a word of warning: They love to map things, but they keep using this insane-looking Mercator projection for global-scale data. I am beginning to think they do it in an ironic way, or else to prove that no left-leaning cartographers are going to make THEM give up their western imperialist perspective on the world!. Another thing they do that bugs me: their choropleth maps very often show absolute numbers rather than percentages or ratios. This is, of course, a very misleading way to present data on maps.