Monday, March 1, 2021

Notations From the Grid: On the State of Our World

 Welcome to March here in the Daily Outsider.

Please enjoy this weekly snapshot of the State of our World courtesy the Team at the Visual Capitalist: 

The Population of China in Perspective

China is the world's most populous country with over 1 billion people. But how does the population of China compare to the rest of the world?

Mapped: The Greenest Countries in the World

The world's growing focus on sustainability is a clear sign of the times. This map ranks the 40 greenest countries in the world.

Ranked: The World's Black Billionaires in 2021

Black billionaires make up fewer than 1% of all billionaires worldwide. Who are they, and how have they built their wealth?

How Much Solar Energy is Consumed Per Capita? (1965-2019)

This visualization highlights the growth in solar energy consumption per capita over 54 years. Which countries are leading the way?

How Global Health and Wealth Has Changed Over Time

This unique animated visualization uses health and wealth measurements to chart the evolution of countries over time.

The Carbon Footprint of Trucking

The impact of booming ecommerce and international trade on trucking's carbon footprint and GHG emissions is heavy—but there are solutions.

History of the Silver State: Nevada and its Silver Districts

Nevada is one of the most prolific gold districts in the world. However, it will be its silver legacy that will renew its mining industry.

How Royalty and Streaming Companies Create Value

Discover how royalty and streaming companies offer a unique way to invest in precious metals and the mining industry.

What's the Price of a Beer in Your Country?

The global desire for beer prevails even in a pandemic. These maps compare the average beer price in 58 countries—just how much do we drink?

This Week's Flashback Favorites:

18 Cognitive Bias Examples of Why Mental Mistakes Get Made

Here are 18 of the most common mental mistakes in business and investing. Make sure to learn from these cognitive bias examples to make better decisions.

Originally from March 2018

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Week-End Edition): Out & About in Our World

 Antarctica is the last great Frontier.   The team at the Visual Capitalist put together a snapshot of the latest on Antarctica which we are pleased to present:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Mid-Week Edition): On #COVID19 Courtesy The Technology Policy Institute


From the TPI blog...
February 10, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of broadband connections and the ways that not being connected can worsen inequality. While policymakers struggle to find effective methods of increasing adoption, the pandemic itself appears to have helped make some strides in closing the divide.

Specifically, based on data from the largest ISPs’ quarterly 10Q SEC filings, the upward trend in the number of fixed line connections accelerated once the pandemic began, as the figure below shows. From Q3 2011 through Q3 2019, the number of fixed connections from these companies increased at approximately a three percent annual compound growth rate. During the pandemic, from Q3 2019 through Q3 2020 (the most recent data available), the number of connections increased by about five percent.
The accelerated adoption rate could be coincidental, of course, but is likely due to increased household demand as broadband became more important for work, education, entertainment, and other aspects of daily life, as well as discounted plans and pledges from ISPs to not cut off connections for nonpayment.

None of this is meant to imply that low-income adoption and rural availability are no longer problems. They are. Instead, it simply suggests that we may emerge from the pandemic with a somewhat smaller divide than existed when the pandemic began and that we still need research to help figure out what approaches are likely to be effective in bridging the remaining divide.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition); On the Week that Was Courtesy the Visual Capitalist


Mapped: The Wealthiest Billionaire in Each U.S. State in 2021

Alongside Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who are the richest people in the U.S.? This map reveals the wealthiest billionaire in each U.S. state.

The Crazy World of Stonks Explained

Stocks like GameStop had a wild ride last week, with Robinhood suspending purchases. How did it all happen in the crazy world of stonks?

Visualizing Asset Class Correlation Over 25 Years (1996-2020)

To minimize volatility, it's important to consider asset class correlation. Learn how correlation has changed over time depending on macroeconomic events.

How Heart Health Can Keep Your Portfolio Beating

Through thematic investing strategies lies an opportunity to invest in a long-term, powerful trend that impacts nearly one in two people: heart health.

9 Things Investors Should Know About the Cannabis Industry

This graphic provides an overview of 9 key developments in the cannabis industry that investors should be aware of going into 2021.

Stock Market Basics: How Do Investors Choose Stocks?

This animation explains the basics of stock trading and touches on some strategies investors use to pick which stocks to purchase.

This Week's Flashback Favorites:

Median Age of the Population in Every Country

How do countries around the world compare in terms of age? This compelling visualization shows the median age for every country in the world.

Originally from April 2019

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On Personal Development Ideas Courtesy Stanford Graduate School of Business



This Is Not a Joke: The Cost of Being Humorless

Humor has tremendous benefits for physical health, mental well-being, and your bottom line.

How to Express Yourself and Truly Connect With Others Online

In this podcast episode, we unpack the psychology behind our communication via social media.
Corporate Governance

Homogeneity at the Top

New research drills down on C-suite diversity in Fortune 100 firms and finds there’s a lot more work to do.

Why Banks Could Learn to Love Tougher Regulations

A new study finds that higher capital requirements could leave banks with more money to lend.
Racial Equity

“White Americans Need to Understand That Their Interests Coincide with Black People’s Interests”

In this podcast episode, two historians discuss why our understanding of history continues to change and who decides what story gets told.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): Public Service Advisory

 Please be advised of this Public Service Advisory:

A blue banner displaying the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal with the text National Terrorism Advisory System - Bulletin -

Date Issued:  Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:00 am ET
View as PDF:  National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin - January 27, 2021 (pdf, 1 page, 292.01KB)


The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration.  Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.


Issued:  January 27, 2021 11:00 am
Expires:  April 30, 2021 01:00 pm


  • Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities. 
  • Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.
  • DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.
  • DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.
  • Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.  
  • DHS, as well as other Federal agencies and law enforcement partners will continue to take precautions to protect people and infrastructure across the United States.
  • DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views.
  • DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.

How You Can Help

  • We ask the public to report suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online activity,  to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or their local Fusion Center.
  • Your choice can make a difference. Choose non-violent ways to make your voice heard and support friends and family in doing the same.
  • Communities are strongest when they are not divided:  Strengthen your community by standing together against violence.

Be Prepared

  • Avoiding large crowds, including protests, is safest due to ongoing pandemic conditions. However, if taking part in protests do so peacefully, safely, and wear masks.
  • Be responsible for your personal safety. Make note of your surroundings and security personnel. Carry emergency contact as well as medical and other needs information with you.
  • Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees.

Stay Informed

  • Local, state and federal agencies will provide specific information about emerging threats as additional information is identified. The public is encouraged to listen to local law enforcement and public safety officials.
  • Last year, DHS released a Homeland Threat Assessment  to the public examining the threat environment through 2021.
  • The DHS Lexicon on terrorism includes terminology for DVEs and HVEs.

Types of Advisories


Describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

Elevated Alert

Warns of a credible terrorism threat against the United States.

Imminent Alert

Warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States

If You See Something, Say Something™. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911.

The National Terrorism Advisory System provides Americans with alert information on homeland security threats. It is distributed by the Department of Homeland Security. More information is available at: To receive mobile updates:

If You See Something Say Something™ used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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