I'm tired of the news media lying as to crowd sizes in Washington. So I took another well-known site -- Michigan Stadium -- that I could capture from Google Maps accompanied with its scaling abilities.
Michigan Stadium will seat 110 thousand people. That means approximately the same number will fill a similar area (despite the angle) in a standing-room-only situation such as rallies that use the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington monument.
The scales shown for both photos below -- in case you can't read them too easily -- is 200 feet for the short scale, and 100 meters for the long scale.
Then I cut up the picture of Michigan stadium to layout a rectangle that holds that 110,000. I also included some additional white space so that the whole rectangle might approximately encompass an eighth of a million. Then let us, for the sake of the argument, just call the rectangle 100,000 SRO people.
Readers can cut up the rectangle to fit the spaces and easily do the rest of the math. To Hell with the MFM: the way they lie to us daily, clearly anyone who can perform simple arithmetic they hold beneath contempt. Your intelligence proves you're not in their bizarre Postmodern world.
If this proves useful in dispelling MFM lies, then I fear that the powers that be will corrupt or otherwise ban this Google Maps feature. So better you see this today while you still can.
Here is a photo of today's Restoring Honor Rally. (update# 2: 2011/09/05 -- original yahoo link has "disappeared" -- imagine that? Our Statist media sending work down their memory hole. For ref this is the old link. I found a replacement today (h/t Vicki McClure Davidson), saved a copy, and replaced the defunct one with it.)
Adaptive Curmudgeon had kind words to say about this post when he noted Journalists And The Math That Scares Them.