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Numbers in January 2017

Mortality in the United States in 2015 (CDC):

  • Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2015 was 78.8 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014.
  • The age-adjusted death rate increased 1.2% from 724.6 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2014 to 733.1 in 2015.
  • The infant mortality rate changed from 582.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 to 589.5 in 2015.

Wealth shares in the United States (Tableau):

Bottom 90% have gotten relatively poorer, from 36% in 1985 to 23% in 2012;
Top 0.01% have gotten a lot richer, from 3.6% to 11.2%;
Top 1% have gotten from 25.1% to 41.8%;
Relatively speaking, only top 1% have gained their share of US wealth.

You might also want to watch this amazing video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM


During Obama presidency, the US got a little greener (Graphiq):

Coal decreased from 48% to 30%;
Nonhydro renewable increased from 3% to 6.5%.


US federal debt increased by about 50% from $12 trillion to $18 trillion during Obama presidency (Graphiq)


The average increase for 2017 benchmark premiums for Obamacare Marketplace Plans is 25%, the rates of increase vary a great deal (Graphiq):

Indiana: -4%;
Ohio: -2%;
Arkansas: 1%;
California: 5%;
Michigan: 5%;
Iowa: 6%;
Kentucky: 3%;
New York: 24%;
Kansas: 46%;
Pennsylvania: 51%;
Minnesota: 55%;
Oklahoma: 67%;
Arizona: 145%.


Child raising costs have risen 3% to $233,600 for a child born in 2015 to reach age 18 (Bloomberg)


79% of internet users (68% of all U.S. adults) use Facebook

76% of Facebook users visit the site daily (55% visit several times a day);

32% of internet users (28% of all U.S. adults) use Instagram

51% of Instagram users access it on a daily basis (35% do so several times a day);

24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter

42% of Twitter users are daily visitors (23% visit more than once a day);

29% of internet users (25% of all U.S. adults) use LinkedIn;

31% of internet users (26% of all U.S. adults) use Pinterest. (Pew)


Facebook and Snapchat have both surpassed 8 billion daily video views (Recode);
YouTube’s 1 billion-plus users are watching hundreds of millions of hours of video each day (YouTube);
Experts predict 74% of all internet traffic in 2017 will come from video (syndacast);
85% of the time, videos are watched without sound on Facebook (Hootsuite)


China to invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020;
Australia $100 billion in coal, TheAustralian
Top US social networks and minutes per day spent by US internet users, via eMarketer.com in late 2014:

Facebook: 42 min.
Tumblr: 34 min.
Instagram: 21 min.
Pinterest: 21 min.
Twitter: 17 min.
LinkedIn: 10 min.


Via Nicholas Kristof’s column ending 2016:

Major three US TV networks aired a total 3 hours and 40 minutes of issues reporting during the 2008 election year, that figure dropped to 36 minutes total for 2016.

Red Alert for Beijing Air Looks More Like Orange on NASA Map

北京12月中的空气污染红色警报再次牵动了大家脆弱的心肺,但是在NASA的空气污染色阶图中,北京天津似乎也就是个橙色级别,再看看石家庄才叫红得骄傲呢。NASA原文及滚动条互动图点这里

Smog was particularly bad in cities like Beijing, which declared a five-day pollution “red alert” on December 16. The Chinese capital reached dangerous levels of more than 400 micrograms per cubic meter. In Shijiazhuang, capital of the Hebei province, airborne pollutants surpassed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines by 100 times on December 19. (A safe level is 10-25 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5, according to the WHO.)

Fine, airborne particulate matter (PM) that is smaller than 2.5 microns (about one thirtieth the width of a human hair) can cause lung damage. Industrial practices like fossil fuel burning and agricultural fires produce most PM2.5aerosol particles. Despite efforts to curb these emissions, China continues to struggle with its air quality.

From space, the smog appears gray. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a natural-color image (top) of northeastern China on December 22, 2016. Heavy, gray smog shrouds parts of the country, while the brightest, whiter areas are likely clouds or fog. The second image shows the severity of haze as measured by satellite, with deepest reds indicating the most affected areas. The map is based on MODIS measurements of aerosol optical depth—how much sunlight the aerosol particles prevent from reaching the ground.

For full NASA post and interactive slider image tap here.

Take Your iPhonography to The Next Holiday Season Level

There is really a ton of visual pleasures out there beyond our everyday naked eye sight. (Maybe our eyes zoom and pan and focus too well, don’t they?)

iPhonography 2016

Before iPhone 8 can do more amazing photography miracles, there are simple and inexpensive tools out there that will empower your already neat iPhone like those cool DSLR lenses. Above is what I got a few months ago and in this holiday season I am gonna use it to have a lot of fun. Here is a sample the iPhone took with it. Read More

The Most Important Job – Director of Operations

Whether you are looking for a new job or not, read this job description and think if you are interested, or qualified:

  • Title: Director of Operations
  • The most important job [wow, right?]
  • Requirements/Qualifications:
    • Mobility
    • Work standing up most or all of the time
    • Constantly on your feet, constantly bending over
    • High levels of stamina 
    • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
    • Preferably a degree in medicine, finance, and culinary arts
    • Associate needs constant attention
    • Sometimes have to stay up with associate throughout the night
    • No vacation, actually Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year the work load is gonna go up
    • The position is gonna pay absolutely nothing
  • Lunch? Only when the associate is done with their lunch
  • No break? Absolutely not.
  • Time to sleep? Oh no time to sleep.

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The Next Big Thing: Social Video [Business Insider]

At the latest Business Insider IGNITION conference, Henry Blodget teased up the Future of Digital 2016 with a collection of amazing slides, data and insights. The take away: social video is the next big thing! See selected slides below, and full original post here.

The trend is loud and clear: digital media consumption is exploding, and traditional TV is collapsing, especially among the younger demographics:

Digital media consumption is growing, everything else is shrinking (Source: eMarketer via BusinessInsider)

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Yoyo Recital #3

First recital at a new school, Juliet Music at Forest Hills Gardens.

Yoyo played Dance and Theme Variation a duet with teacher Alejandra and then Little Playmates by himself, error free:

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“Thanksgiving” Inscription in Chinese Found on Moon

FNN, November 24, 2016 1:01pm Beijing time – It is that time of the year again, as Americans express their loud thanks by busting any doors at shopping malls around the country, saving a few bucks while salvaging the US economy. This year, though, the Chinese have a quiet way of joining the Thanksgiving tradition.

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Chinese inscription of “feel” and “gratitude” were discovered in two craters on the moon, as announced by CASA.

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