The high rate of suicide in Asia
SUICIDE is sometimes dismissed as a curse of insecure youth or a regrettable answer to middle-aged worries. But across the OECD, the rate is highest among the elderly. In parts of Asia, it amounts to a crisis. In China and South Korea, the rate of suicide for those over 65 is more than four times of that for people under 35. In Japan, the elderly is not the age group with the highest rate—only because the share of suicides by the country’s 35- to 64-year-olds is among the highest in the world. Yet in South Korea, the situation is particularly devastating. Old people kill themselves at a rate almost four times higher than the OECD average. The proportion has also risen faster than in any other age group, and is currently five times its 1990 level. And half of South Korea’s elderly live in relative poverty, the most destitute in the OECD. See full article.
Fathom Information Design, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Quid, visualized the growth of civic tech based on an analysis of terms used to describe civic tech organizations and investments in them. The interactive accompanies a report, which describes the full findings.
A new report released today by Knight titled “The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field” aims to advance the movement by providing a starting place for understanding activity and investment in the sector. The report identifies more than $ 430 million of private and philanthropic investment directed to 102 civic tech organizations from January 2011 to May 2013. In total, the analysis identifies 209 civic tech organizations that cluster around pockets of activity such as tools that improve government data utility, community organizing platforms and online neighborhood forums.
Really like the transitions as you move through organizational breakdowns.
We really need to raise the minimum wage. As some have pointed out, if a worker can work full time and still not support himself and his family, then the government has to step in with food stamps, housing vouchers, and other big government programs that everyone hates. The low minimum is basically a government subsidy for companies that don’t give a shit about their employees. And contrary to fear mongers, raising the minimum wage does not increase inflation or unemployment.
Where listed companies get their sales
The Washington Post looked at Super ZIP codes, a classification based on household income and education levels. It’s a featured story, but it leads off with an interactive map so that you can see the ZIPs you’re interested in.
The ranks, ranging from 0 to 99, represent the average of each Zip’s percentile rankings for median household income and for the share of adults with college degrees. Super Zips rank 95 or higher. This approach is adapted from one used by author Charles Murray.
The map at top shows the nation’s 650 Super Zips. Among them, the typical household income is $ 120,272, and 68 percent of adults hold college degrees. That compares with $ 53,962 and 27 percent for the remaining 23,925 Zips shown. Only Zips with at least 500 adults are displayed.
I wonder what you get when you look at just education alone. Does it look the same? And, as usually is the case with these sorts of studies, how does cost of living play a role?
Presented mostly for my fond memories as a grade schooler, with a fresh 2400 bps modem in the 486, who recently discovered something called a BBS. Those were the good old days. My dad got me a 50-foot phone line to run from the computer to the phone jack in the back corner of another room.
When bosses face pressure to return their lucre upon leaving
After selling his ailing company to Microsoft, Nokia’s boss, Stephen Elop, is facing calls to return some of his €18.8m ($ 25m) pay-off.
Finns are furious; the prime minister calls the compensation “outrageous.” But compared to other controversial golden handshakes–in which the bosses were under pressure to voluntarily give some of the money back–it is rather tame.
The boss of UnitedHealth, William McGuire, was awarded a whopping $ 286m when he stepped down in 2006 (though regulators forced him to return it and about $ 150m more). Many bosses have had to pay back some or all of their pay-offs. For example, Stan O’Neal of Merrill Lynch eyed $ 216m but settled for a mere $ 162m. Novartis’ Daniel Vasella took $ 3m in cash and around $ 2m in shares–though initially expected $ 78m. Wendelin Wiedeking of Porsche was pressed to give half his pay-off to charity. In Mr Elop’s case, he has reportedly refused to return his compensation because he is going through a divorce.
Twitter, despite feeling ubiquitous to people in the media, remains a relatively small platform.
This chart from BI Intelligence shows that just 18% of U.S. Internet users are on Twitter. The people that are on Twitter are using it largely to track news.
There’s two ways to look at this. On the one hand, it means Twitter has room to grow. On the other, it suggests Twitter isn’t mainstream, and it might not ever go mainstream.