Saturday, September 25, 2021

A Daily Outsider Special: #GlobalCitizenLive | Official 24-Hour Livestream

Today is #GlobalCitizenLive. It is our honor to feature the live stream on all our properties:

Monday, September 20, 2021

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition)_: On Our World

We present the following courtesy to the team at the Visual Capitalist as our home state of California continues to grapple with drought, extreme heat, and fires that are threatening to devastate the Giant Sequoia's:


Monday, September 13, 2021

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On the Prowl w/the Team at the Visual Capitalist


Please Enjoy!!!

Sunday Digest: Last Week's Infographics

Here are all the new infographics from last week in one easy place! 
9/11 Timeline: Three Hours That Changed Everything

This timeline visualization is a high-level record of what happened on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.

The World's 25 Largest Lakes, Side by Side

The interesting map graphic uses the Great Lakes region as a point of comparison for the top 25 largest lakes in the world.

How Genetically Similar Are We To Other Life Forms?

Humans are 99.9% genetically similar to one another, but what about other species? We explore genetic similarity of us and other life forms.

All World Languages in One Visualization

This stunning visualization breaks down all the major world languages, based on their total native speakers and country of origin.

Bringing the World Into Focus: A Guide to MSCI Indexes

Global economic development has led investors to broaden their investment exposures. See how MSCI creates its equity indexes to support them.

Visualized: Three Investment Opportunities for the Future

Here are three investment opportunities to consider as the U.S. government proposes a record $6 trillion in budget initiatives.

Mapped: The World's Fastest Growing eCommerce Markets

eCommerce sales soared in 2020. But which countries saw the most growth? Here's a look at the fastest growing eCommerce markets worldwide.

Visualizing the Typical Atlantic Hurricane Season

While the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to late November, about 85% of activity happens between August, September, and October.

This Week's Flashback Favorites:

Basic Income Experiments Around the World

Universal Basic Income is one potential way to combat poverty and encourage economic activity, and a global map of basic income experiments shows that this trendy idea isn't new.

Originally from September 2020

Monday, September 6, 2021

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On #COVID19


We present the following on the State of #COVID19 courtesy of the team at USAFACTS as we urge all to get vaccinated: 

Six new charts on COVID-19 this summer

The Delta variant has upended some summer plans and impacted back-to-school plans for millions of students, parents, and teachers. It's also altered the state of coronavirus deaths from just a month and a half ago. Here are new charts from USAFacts to make sense of the state of the pandemic at the end of summer 2021.
  • The daily COVID-19 death rate in the US has been six deaths per 100,000 people since July 1. Seventeen states have death rates above the national average, with Arkansas topping the list at 21 deaths per 100,000 people daily. See coronavirus deaths by state from the start of Q3 through August 18 below. 
  • The deadliest wave of the pandemic was in December and January, when weekly death rates peaked for all racial and ethnic groups except for the non-Hispanic Black population. In December, non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest weekly death rate: 13 deaths per 100,000.
  • Older Americans comprise most COVID-19 deaths, but it's a smaller share than earlier in the pandemic. In the first quarter of 2021, people 65 and older accounted for 79% of the 191,232 COVID-19 deaths. That fell to 67% of deaths in the second quarter. During the same period, the share of COVID-19 deaths among 45- to 64-year-olds increased from 18% to 28%.

See the four other charts and more metrics on COVID-19 at USAFacts.

Pandemic rental assistance isn't getting to people who need it 

Congress sent $25 billion to state and local governments in emergency rental assistance, but less than 13% of the money had made it to renters by the end of June. As the Supreme Court strikes down the federal eviction moratorium, what is the state of emergency assistance for renters nationwide

  • Large governments like New York City and Los Angeles County redirected funds to the state for distribution. Texas and Virginia spent more than a third of their assistance funds by June's end. New York state distributed less than 1% of assistance, the lowest in the nation. 
  • Households receiving assistance almost doubled in June. Over 25% of those were in Texas, with nearly 70,000 households approved that month.
  • According to the Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, about 15% of renters were behind on rent at the end of July. Out of that group, 29% lost employment income in the previous four weeks. About a third of that 15% of renters are one month behind. Sixty-seven percent who can't make rent are two or more months behind.

Learn more, including the demographics of Americans behind on rent, in this report.

Background check laws, explained 

Firearm background checks are designed to stop people who aren't legally allowed to purchase a gun from buying one. However, several states have enacted laws to fill what they see as gaps in the federal restrictions. USAFacts has a primer on these laws and gaps, including:

  • Gun buyers must submit to a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The system has conducted more than 300 million checks since launching in 1998, leading to more than 3 million denials.
  • Federal law prohibits people convicted of felony stalking offenses from accessing guns, but people convicted of misdemeanor stalking offenses (e.g., stalking outside of a domestic relationship) can still buy firearms. This is sometimes called the "misdemeanor stalking gap." Several states have passed laws to address this.

What two other firearm ownership gaps do state laws try to fill? Read about them in this explainer.

One last fact 

The information industry had the second-lowest quit rate at 1.4% and average earnings of $44.33 an hour in May. Financial activities reported the same quit rate and $40 hourly earnings. The government had the lowest quit rate, but average earnings are not available. For more on the great resignation, click here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Notations on Our World (Special Edition): Honoring All Who've Served #Afghanistan


As we honor all who've served in Afghanistan, we present the following as we join in saying you're not alone in all our properties:

Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban.

You are not alone.

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Scroll down for a list common reactions and coping advice.


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Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs 
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.

Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress

At this moment, it may seem like all is lost, like your service or your sacrifices were for nothing. Consider the ways that your service made a difference, the impact it had on others’ lives or on your own life. Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.

It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you?  This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.

It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good?  If so, try and think in less extreme terms. For example, rather than thinking “my service in Afghanistan was useless” consider instead “I helped keep Afghanistan safe.”

Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.

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