So cool … "Dollar Street"

A good friend of mine shared a TED talk video with me from a person involved in “Dollar Street” … TED talks are hard for me especially when they have these great visuals (i easily forget to listen) … btw, my friend warned me that the site below can be addictive … WHEW!

But check out this site … it is one of the coolest things I have seen since an Intel Fellow (Ms G. Bell) showed a group of us all the different ways people use technology around the world (like 10 years ago).

As somebody who has traveled quite a bit and lived in Europe and Africa … I find these photos simply amazing and a wonderful view into humanity.

Pawing the future?

Infographic: U.S. Trails In Government Funding For University Research  | Statista

Commentary is not really needed … just sadness; without sufficient government funding, corporate interests take over and profit will consume common advancement

Windows 7 is good enough for voting machines, really?

This is just crazy or stupid. I would advocate that even small business should be getting off Windows 7 as fast as possible. But it is good enough for US voting machines (a huge impact attack surface that we know is already week – voting machines), really? This just does not make sense and demonstrates incredibly poor planning for one of the most important activities in our democracy – voting.

Words chosen matter

Over the last couple of days, financial news headlines from mainline sources, especially Marketwatch, CNBC, and their peers, have chosen headlines that I see with strong bias toward painting events more negative, more bearish – interest rates and economic data.

An example from today was the jobless numbers this morning. The data was below the aggregate estimate, but MarketWatch headline was: “Jobless claims inch up in mid-september” … a true statement, but the probable audience reaction for the headline tilts negative, rather than “the number was better than anticipated” which would have been more positive.

My point here is not to highlight an incorrect bias, but that we as readers have to carefully respond and look at the data ourselves – not just the headlines. They are deliberately chosen for a narrative by that source and their motivation will always be to sell more content – not really help us make better investment decisions.

I worked with a brillant strategy person not long ago – truly brillant – and in a meeting this phrase was spoken with everlasting impact: “You have failed to realize the power of the English language”. Words chosen by news outlets have a purpose and it just may not be the same as ours.

Greenpeace @ Dakar

Greenpeace was in Dakar recently and posted as they were exiting. A couple of items.

First, the preservation of the ocean around Dakar and neighbors is essential to the survival of almost everybody who lives in West Africa north of Liberia. From my experience there, without a plentiful fish harvest by local fishing, food will need to be either imported or provided by way more environmentally damaging proteins.

Second, one of their pics was just totally Dakar

Link to Greenpeace Africa

It’s spreading …

Daily Skimm posted an article today that shows tribialism is alive and well across the globe in the guise of nationalism. I ask myself … is this just hate of others or fear? What is the root of that fear, if it is? Then I ask, what are we as gloabal citizens doing to help? Sigh … not much.

Quote below from daily email:

The Story

There is major tension between Africa’s two biggest economies.

And those would be…

Nigeria and South Africa. Earlier this week, people started mass rioting in places throughout South Africa, including Johannesburg and Pretoria. In what people are calling xenophobic attacks, many foreign-owned shops were looted. At least 10 people have been killed. Hundreds of others were arrested.

Whoa. Why is this happening?

The unemployment rate in South Africa is high – 29% – and rioters there are accusing immigrants of taking their jobs. Many of the businesses that were targeted are Nigerian-owned. Other foreigners attacked reportedly come from Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Many in Nigeria are outraged.

Tell me about that.

In response to the riots, South African telecom and retail businesses in Nigeria have been the target of arson and other retaliatory attacks. All of this has taken a toll on diplomatic relations between the two countries.

What’s the latest?

South Africa has closed diplomatic missions in Nigeria to protect its citizens. Nigeria has recalled its representative to South Africa. And dropped out of this week’s World Economic Forum meeting there. One Nigerian airline is offering to transport any Nigerians out of South Africa for free. Other countries – including Zambia, Tanzania, and Madagascar – have reportedly done things like cancel soccer matches or flights to South Africa because of the violence.

So what happens next?

South Africa says it’s doing everything it can to protect foreigners in the country. Human rights groups aren’t too sure that’s true. Meanwhile, Nigeria is assuring people that it’s protecting foreign businesses there. But all of this has put extra pressure on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who’s simultaneously trying to address concerns from protesters over gender-based violence in the country. And trying to convince other African countries at the World Economic Forum to work together on trade.


This isn’t the first time there’ve been xenophobic attacks in South Africa. But the rise in violence is pointing to how major economic strains there can exacerbate social tensions – and lead to deadly consequences.”

Gallup on US Important Issues

Infographic: The Most Important Issues Facing The U.S. Today | Statista

Posted today

Number 1 is a double edge sword given all the rhetoric ink spilled on it; without it, growth slows to nearly 0 and a host of other unintended consequences financially … and that’s nothing compared to what it does to the richness of the American social fabric.

Number 2 is obvious, but I was surprise at how high it actually is … the times we live in are not normal.

An hour of work & GDP productivity

Infographic: How Productive is an Hour of Work? | Statista

From those wonderful data dogs, Statista.

What is it about Ireland? They seem to be head/shoulders more productive than the rest … all those EU countries with better social services and progressive (per US standards) governments, seem to be doing better than USA.

Osprey child left the nest

Literally …

On a highly trafficed bike path along our city-splitting river, is a wonderful Osprey nest. This is the second year I have watched the cycle … and as of yesterday, this year’s little one was gone from the nest … but circling not far away.

End of the summer nest … and if you look down below, the area is scattered with white paste

A couple of weeks ago, the little one was exercising

Afterward, one of the parents dropped in for some coaching

Collaboration – Lens #2

A recent post described a competitive lens on this data

Infographic: The State Of Global Renewable Energy Employment | Statista

The collaborative lens would ask …

  • what is China doing that the rest of us should copy?
  • what can we do to help others increase their renewable energy employment?
  • what are the constraints keeping employment less in some countries?
  • what are the strongest forces in all countries to grow employment in this field?

The gist of the discussion becomes how to increase EVERYBODY rather than find winners and losers. Learn and share to the benefit of all. … how strange, right?