A sobering perspective.

The global crisis in education is a silent, invisible crisis, perhaps because those most immediately affected - the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and their parents - have a weak voice. But it is at our peril that we ignore the overwhelming evidence that disadvantage in education costs lives, undermines economic growth, fuels youth unemployment, and reinforces national and global inequalities. The bottom line is that education holds the key to the development of more dynamic economies, greater social mobility, and poverty reduction. Education is the key that unlocks human potential and prepares future generations to participate in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.

— Former British prime minister Gordon Brown explains why he’s pushing for a global education fund.

nationaljournal:

Money is important, but it isn’t everything.  The Organization for  Economic Cooperation and Development created the Your Better Life Index  to compare the quality of life as well as economic prowess of its 34  member countries. The index measures each country using 11 different  lines, including income, employment, health, education, environmental  quality, and its citizens’ opinions about life satisfaction, work-life  balance, and a sense of community.  Because people have different  priorities, the OECD index allows them to rank countries according to  their own values. The United States remains at the top for income and  wealth, but it lags behind as a place to live a long and happy life.

nationaljournal:

Money is important, but it isn’t everything. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created the Your Better Life Index to compare the quality of life as well as economic prowess of its 34 member countries. The index measures each country using 11 different lines, including income, employment, health, education, environmental quality, and its citizens’ opinions about life satisfaction, work-life balance, and a sense of community. Because people have different priorities, the OECD index allows them to rank countries according to their own values. The United States remains at the top for income and wealth, but it lags behind as a place to live a long and happy life.

swampert:


As a reminder, these are the three countries who don’t use the incredibly sensible metric system: Liberia, Myanmar and of course, the United States of America. U-S-A! U-S-A!

swampert:

As a reminder, these are the three countries who don’t use the incredibly sensible metric system: Liberia, Myanmar and of course, the United States of America. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Check Out the Most Typical Face in the World
the most typical person in the world is now a 28-year-old Chinese man, of which there are nine million

Check Out the Most Typical Face in the World

the most typical person in the world is now a 28-year-old Chinese man, of which there are nine million
chaztoo:

Behold, the horrors of Communism.
-via ie6countdown.com

chaztoo:

Behold, the horrors of Communism.

-via ie6countdown.com


theeconomist:

Daily chart: global alcohol consumption. In 2005, the world drank 6.5 litres of pure alcohol per person. Moldovans drink more than anyone else, beating the Czechs into second place. 30% of the world’s liquor was brewed at home.

theeconomist:

Daily chart: global alcohol consumption. In 2005, the world drank 6.5 litres of pure alcohol per person. Moldovans drink more than anyone else, beating the Czechs into second place. 30% of the world’s liquor was brewed at home.


The Geotaggers’ World Atlas


The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one. This is a little unfair to aggressively polycentric cities like Tokyo and Los Angeles, which probably get lower placement than they really deserve because there are gaps where no one took any pictures. The central cluster of each map is not necessarily in the center of each image, because the image bounds are chosen to include as many geotagged locations as possible near the central cluster. All the maps are to the same scale, chosen to be just large enough for the central New York cluster to fit.

above: #24, Seattle, WA
See also:
New York
London
Paris
San Francisco
Berlin

The Geotaggers’ World Atlas

The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one. This is a little unfair to aggressively polycentric cities like Tokyo and Los Angeles, which probably get lower placement than they really deserve because there are gaps where no one took any pictures. The central cluster of each map is not necessarily in the center of each image, because the image bounds are chosen to include as many geotagged locations as possible near the central cluster. All the maps are to the same scale, chosen to be just large enough for the central New York cluster to fit.

above: #24, Seattle, WA

See also:

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. San Francisco
  5. Berlin