The Harlequin Globeplotter


When I was a kid, it seemed that Ronald Reagan was our perma-president... his voice always steadfast and grandfatherly, his vigilance always creasing his brow, his hair always black and cuniformed, a 1940s comma. President Reagan was made of Teflon, we shall note.



Back then (the '80's that is), "red states" referred not to the majority party in charge of the legislative and executive branches of the American government, but to the vast, sprawling area of Soviet influence, known as Behind the Iron Curtain.



It is Nancy Reagan, in the end, who is credited with ensuring that red would become associated with the vigor of the Party of Lincoln.



A fantastic re-interpretation of the globe by artist, Ingo Gunther, showcases oodles of globes showing the planet in various states of dissolution, decay, and demographic duress.



See his fine assortment of globes, at www.worldprocessor.com in process since 1988 [the first post-Ronnie year, by the way].



You can navigate these colorful and daunting gems by number, title or visual.



[via Andrew Zolli]



Titles of globes in Gunther's oeuvre:



[1][TV OWNERSHIP]

[2][NUCLEAR DESIRE]

[7][LANDLOCKED NATIONS]

[8][LIFE EXPECTANCY]

[9][CRISIS ZONES]

[10][CHINESE GEOGRAPHY]

[11][STATISTICAL CHALLENGES]

[11.1][STATISTICAL CHALLENGES]

[11.4][STATISTICAL CHALLENGES]

[12][JAPAN VS THE 62 POOREST COUNTRIES]

[13][POPULATION VOLuME]

[14][NAMELESS PLACES]

[15][LOCAL CONDITIONS]

[16][17TH CENTURY WORLD]

[17][1949 WORLD]

[18][BLANK]

[19][REFUGEE CURRENTS]

[22][MOUNTAINS OF DEBT]

[23][GOLD]

[24][WHITE WORLD]

[25][RED OCEAN]

[26][BLACK OCEAN]

[27][YELLOW OCEAN]

[30][CO2 SPIRAL]

[31][POLLUTION]

[32][LACK OF DETAIL]

[33][INTERNATIONAL DATA]

[34][BLACK AFRICA, ETC.]

[35][NOT AN ARAB WORLD]

[36][OIL SUPPLY ROUTES]

[36.1][OIL SUPPLY ROUTES]

[37][COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE WORLD]

[38][PREFERRED CONTINENTAL DRIFT]

[40][TRAVEL SOUVENIRS]

[43][[POPULATION BUBBLE]

[44][REFUGEE POPULATIONS]

[45][WITTGENSTEIN'S WORLD]

[46][POLITICAL PRISONERS]

[48][COMBAT EXPERIENCE]

[50][MILITARY BUDGETS]

[51][POSITIONS OF NUCLEAR SUBMARINES]

[52][DEFENSIVE STRUCTURES]

[53][CHERNOBYL CLOUD]

[54][RANDOM BASICS]

[55][LIFE IN EARTH]

[56][ENERGY CONSUMPTION]

[59][RAINFOREST LEFTOVERS]

[63][POPULATION DISTRIBUTION]

[66][EARTH IN 80 LANGUAGES]

[69][DEPLETED FISHING GROUNDS]

[74][PROJECTION PROBLEMS]

[78][PEOPLE POWER]

[80][ACID RAIN]

[96][NAMES OF CONTINENETS AND OCEANS

[101][TROPICS]

[111][MAJOR RIVERS]

[117][NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS]

[119][FIBEROPTIC NETWORK]

[121][EARTHQUAKES]

[122][INDEPENDENCE]

[123][PEACEFUL COUNTRIES IN THE 1980S]

[143][MONEY GEOGRAPHY]

[145][CREDIT RISKS FOR EMERGING MARKETS]

[147][OZONE DEPLETION]

[157][IMMIGRATION ROUTES TO NEW YORK]

[158][GLOBAL WARMING AND COOLING]

[163][MOODY'S RATINGS]

[169][SOIL DEGRADATION]

[170][SOLAR SYSTEM]

[171][INFANT MORTALITY]

[304][JAPANESE EMPIRE]



See all at www.worldprocessor.com.