Sunday, July 27, 2014

Great quotes - war

"... To guarantee peace, this war must be given a chance..."

- Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador toi the U.S. (2009-2013) on the "war" in Gaza.

Random chart - watchlisting

Source: Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Random charts - health costs


"In recent reports we have outlined the continuing historic slowdown in the growth rate of health care spending driven in large part by emerging structural changes in the health care system. Recent evidence suggests that the cost curve has continued to bend, with health care spending declining in the first quarter of 2014. 

Despite this continuing trend in health care spending growth, consumers are increasingly concerned that they are ever more financially burdened by spending on their own health care. This consumer perception is largely a factor of the “new normal” being established through health insurance, which includes: 
  • Benefit plan designs, used by employers and insurers to shift greater financial risk to consumers through higher out-of-pocket spending (i.e., deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance); and,
  • Health insurance premiums, which continue to rise faster than the average person’s income.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Random picture - Tour de France

Source: Tour de France 101st edition (The Big Picture) Go there for the full picture, and many more...

Without further comment

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random charts - Iraqi opinion


Surveys of Iraqi public opinion over the years show that Sunni support for secular government "...has increased from 60% in 2004 to more than 81% in 2013..." while for the Shia it "... went up from 44% in2004 to 63% in 2011, and then dropped to 34% in 2013." However, both groups "...converge in defining selves as Iraqi, rather than Muslim or Arab, above all."

Iraqis apparently that keen on Iranians... or Americans for that matter.

Source: Is Iraq Falling Apart? Findings from Values Surveys (5-pg PDF)

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