Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Great quotes - stupidity

"Did you seek the names of people involved in — to unmask the names of people involved in the Trump transition, the people surrounding the president-elect in order to spy on them and expose them?” 

- Andrea Mitchell of NBC to Susan Rice...

Eh? Not "Did you ask for the unmasking of people involved in the Trump transition?" followed by "For what purpose?," but as above; prompting the only possible answer ("No.")...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Randomchart - education levels


 
"... Attainment of a four-year college degree in the United States, often regarded as a key asset for economic success, varies by race and gender. But the share of people completing a college education also differs by religion, with members of some faith groups much more educated, on average, than others. By far, Hindus and Unitarian Universalists have among the largest share of those with a college degree – 77% and 67% respectively. Roughly six-in-ten Jews (59%) have college degrees, as do similar shares in both the Anglican church (59%) and the Episcopal Church (56%)..."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Random charts - euroskepticism

 
 

"... a new multi-nation survey from Pew Research Center finds that Euroskepticism is on the rise across Europe and that about two-thirds of both the British and the Greeks, along with significant minorities in other key nations, want some powers returned from Brussels to national governments."

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Random pictures - science

 
 


Visit to see the full (uncropped) pictures and what they represent, plus many more...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Random chart - healthcare costs


Abstract: "Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent for 2016–25 and represent 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. For 2016, national health expenditure growth is anticipated to have slowed 1.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent, as a result of slower Medicaid and prescription drug spending growth. For the rest of the projection period, faster projected growth in medical prices is partly offset by slower projected growth in the use and intensity of medical goods and services, relative to that observed in 2014–16 associated with the Affordable Care Act coverage expansions. The insured share of the population is projected to increase from 90.9 percent in 2015 to 91.5 percent by 2025."

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Random charts - Congress

 
 
Source: The changing face of Congress in 5 charts

"The current Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse ever... The share of women in Congress has reached an all-time high... While Congress remains overwhelmingly Christian, the share of Catholics has grown while the share of Protestants has declined..."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Casting to Google Home

Discovered that I can 'cast' and play music from my Android phone (the Blackberry Priv) to my Google Home setup... I just had to go to Settings on my phone, choose Cast, pick the Home entry to connect, then start the music app on the phone. Simple! When done, tap to disconnect...


 
 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Random chart - mortgages


"... Black and Hispanic households today are still far less likely than white households to own their own homes (41.3% and 47%, respectively, versus 71.9% for whites), and the homeownership gap between blacks and whites has widened since 2004.
 
An examination of mortgage-market data indicates some of the continuing challenges black and Hispanic homebuyers and would-be homebuyers face. Among other things, they have a much harder time getting approved for conventional mortgages than whites and Asians, and when they are approved they tend to pay higher interest rates. In 2015, 27.4% of black applicants and 19.2% of Hispanic applicants were denied mortgages, compared with about 11% of white and Asian applicants, according to our analysis of data gathered under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
 
In fact, throughout the boom, bust and recovery phases of the housing cycle, blacks have been denied home loans at higher rates than most other racial groups (the exception being Native Americans, and even then only in the last few years), and Hispanics have been denied at higher rates than non-Hispanics..."

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Random chart - U.S. healthcare


"A small number of high-cost patients have long generated a large proportion of health spending. The 10% of people with the highest costs accounted for about two-thirds of health spending, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-care research nonprofit, when it quantified the phenomenon in 2013..."

 
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