Here is an infographic about student loan facts created by “Rebuild the Dream.” It is mind-boggling to see what students are up against in order to gain a higher education – a college diploma. Our education system has turned into a “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” choice upon graduating from high school. You are damned if you go simply due to the overwhelming about of debt a student will incur upon graduating. But if a high school grad decides to opt out of a college education because of the cost, then they are forever bound to lower paying jobs and fewer – if any – benefits.
What is Bain Capital? Co-founded by Mitt Romney in 1984, Bain Capital is a classic “strip and flip” shop — a private equity firm that made its money buying businesses and sucking profit out of them by any means possible that often resulted in a stack of pink slips for everyday Americans. As the New York Post reported, during his 15 years as head of Bain, Romney “made fortunes by bankrupting five profitable businesses that ended up firing thousands of workers.” More…
“The potential for abuse of power through digital networks – upon which we as citizens now depend for nearly everything, including our politics – is one of the most insidious threats to democracy in the Internet age … This is no time for politicians and industry lobbyists in Washington to be devising new Internet censorship mechanisms, adding new opportunities for abuse of corporate and government power over online speech.”
- Rebecca MacKinnon (New York Times)
Here is an infographic provided by the ACLU on Guantanamo Bay.
Did you know… there are 89 men who have been cleared for release, yet still being held prisoner? This is costing the US approximately $70 million per year to house them.
Did you know… that 92% of the prisoners at Guantanamo were never al Qaeda fighters, according to government data?
Did you know the youngest prisoner held at Guantanamo was 13 years old?
I didn’t know most this… but glad I do now. Rather a rude awakening as to what’s really going on.
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Despite a shaky European economy and the recent prominent failure of a U.S.-based panel manufacturer, the solar market at large has continued its upward trajectory of rapid growth in the last two years. Lower costs, new applications, and plenty of investor interest have helped these 10 countries become the world’s leaders in installed solar. More…
The Economic Policy Institute has put together an amazing interactive chart that shows the growth of incomes in the U.S. over the past 90 years, from 1918 to 2008, and is broken down by who the gains went to (the bottom 90% versus the top 10%).
By adjusting the sliders on the chart, you can break down the period into different eras, which show startlingly different trends. More…
With so many mergers, buy-outs, and bankruptcy’s which have occurred in the past decade or two, it has made keeping up with who is who, what is what, and who owns what very difficult. And, honestly, I simply just have not paid attention, nor have I really cared. I mean, it is not like I could or would have done anything, right? Like so many, we have just learned to shrug our shoulders and mumble under our breath, “So what’s new….” More…
Rather puts a better perspective on the real risk of terrorism.
Looks like we have more to fear from our own law than “terrorists.” More…
Actress Daryl Hannah has joined the over 500 people who have been arrested since August 20 for a sit-in protest outside the White House.
An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1.
According to fastcodesign.com:
There’s a powerful, under-reported takeaway here: The Stuxnet virus, having already done its job, now enjoys a scary afterlife. Its code is available online for anyone to look at and play with — and keep in mind, this is a virus capable of shutting down entire power grids. Could hackers re-engineer the virus to other ends, posing far greater threats to the international economy?
It’s hard to know, as the hacking still continues apace (and the video seems a bit all too invested in scaring the bejesus out of you). Certainly, you’d have to have a deep knowledge of a specific target to make it work again, in another setting. But it’s worth wondering whether the tool, while successful, has ended up spreading dangerous knowledge worldwide. Once its complexity and ambition becomes absorbed by the hacker community — and governments such as China — who knows what will emerge as a result.
In 100 years, historians will probably look back at Stuxnet’s emergence as the Trinity Test for a new age of warfare — a harbinger of danger in an uncertain era.
Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair patrickclair.com
Written by: Scott Mitchell
Production Company: Zapruder’s Other Films