The Importance of Facebook Cannot be Overstated
Selected slides from a larger comScore deck examining global social networking, microblogging and mobile trends. Select any thumbnail to embiggen.
In related news, it’s estimated that Facebook will attract its 1 billionth user this August. That’s 14 percent of the global population.
Images: via comScore.
Will religion play a role in the 2012 election?
The proof is in the pudding.
Photo courtesy of the Public Religion Research Institute
So…generally speaking in regards to this survey… Americans are more uncomfortable with an Atheist than they are a Muslim. I find this odd because, statistically speaking, America seems to show more discomfort with the latter than the former…
I just find it odd.
Yea, I don’t get it. I like metric and think with it more and I tend to write the date day/month/year unless it’s on an official document that others have to read.
World Population - A Graphic Representation
Sort of long (a bit over seven minutes) but totally worth it if you’re interested in population changes. Fair warning, there’s a constant heartbeat in the background and it gets a little loud.
More Americans lived in poverty in 2010 than in any other time that records have been collected, according to US Census data released yesterday. Median household income fell, too, and a growing number of people are without health insurance.
An additional 2.6 million people became officially poor last year, raising the poverty rate from 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent. It was the fourth year in a row that the ranks of the poor grew, and Sawhill predicts poverty rates will rise to 16 percent by 2014.
United States vs. World Gas Prices
Inequality is worst around Wall Street and Oil Land.
At up to six feet long, the Chinese giant salamander is the world’s largest. It secretes a slippery, foul-smelling mucus when harassed, but that doesn’t keep people from eating it and using it in folk medicines.
Global Carbon Footprint.
Via Ottmar Amann.
Ah makes sense now.
Human Trafficking: Slavery in the Modern World
Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public.- CallandResponse.com
A few years ago, a friend invited me to a screening of a documentary from musician Justin Dillon, Call + Response. I wasn’t really sure what it was about, but I decided to go watch it anyway. The documentary introduced me to an issue that I wasn’t even aware existed; people being smuggled across borders to be used as slaves.
According to the CNN Freedom Project, Human Trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry. Almost half of that income is from industrialized countries like the US. Even scarier are the demographics being trafficked. More than two-thirds of the people smuggled across borders are female and half are children.
One particularly heartbreaking scene in Call + Response showed two young girls who had been kidnapped into slavery and coaxed into using heroin. They both were bought by the crew and returned to their families, but one of the girls ran away back into slavery because she was so hooked on the drugs. Apparently this scene is normal.
One of the biggest challenges of this issue is that it’s relatively unknown. Until I saw the documentary, I didn’t even know slavery existed in the modern world. Now the question is “How do we bring awareness to this issue?”
The CNN Freedom Project and Call + Response are both great resources for updates about the Human Trafficking, success stories, as well as things you can do to help. Call + Response also released a free iPhone app.
The biggest way that we can bring light to this issue is to talk about it. So talk. Tweet. Respond. React. Do something; anything that will make a difference and help bring an end to slavery.
(PS: The documentary has an amazing soundtrack. Click here to view it in iTunes).