The man in the arena

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Roosevelt x-ray“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Continue reading

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Wikipedia blackout

Censored - Wikipedia

Now that SOPA and PIPA are effectively dead (okay, shelved but not actually dead), it is worth circling back and looking at what the world would look like without some of the sites that have transformed the Internet.  For example, YouTube announced yesterday that it is streaming over four billion videos a day – a figure that is up 25% from just eight months ago.   Continue reading

Stop SOPA and PIPA

Internet on strike

I’m not going to rehash what is already getting a tremendous amount of press today, but as of midnight several of the leading Internet services and destinations have “gone on strike” to protest the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).   Continue reading

Federal tax gap

Income tax385 billion ($385,000,000,000)

I’m not sure what worries me more: the fact that the IRS was unable to collect approximately $385 billion (15% of the total) of federal taxes in 2006 or that – according to an article by CNN Money – that this is the best data policymakers have to go on regarding the government’s revenue shortfall. The worst part is that this is emafter /emthe more than 60,000 corporate and 1.5 million individual tax return audits the IRS conducts on an annual basis.   Continue reading

U.S. Congress wealth

Congress35.4x (3,537%)

If you’re a member of Congress, the past 25 years or so have been pretty good for you.  If you’re not a member of Congress – which is obviously most of the people in America – then you know all too well that the past two-and-a-half decades have been pretty rough for a lot of people.   Continue reading

PETMAN: a new chapter in anthropomorphic robotics

HAL 9000Roughly once a month an article about robotics crosses my inbox that strikes me as so curious (or concerning) that I rush over to WordPress and fire off a diatribe about our fascination with creating machines that emulate those things we see in nature.   Continue reading

Changes at the USPS

USPS

213 billion (213,000,000,000)

“Way” back in 2006 the amount of mail that the United States Postal Service, a self-supporting government agency that receives no tax dollars, handled peaked at over 213 billion pieces.  On Monday the 236 year-old agency announced that reduced volume (not to mention some fairly unfavorable legislative restrictions and collective bargaining agreements) was driving the organization to evaluate a number of cost-cutting measures.   Continue reading

Occupy movement Internet interest

Occupy movement5.39%

According to Experian Hitwise (using the Experian Mosaic profiling system), 5.39% of the visitors to Occupy movement websites came from “Jet Set Urbanites.”  What is really interesting is that this was the largest contribution by any one of the segments and more than doubled the traffic coming from the “Colleges and Cafes” segment (2.80%).   Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving dinner248 million (248,000,000)

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. based readers!  For those of you who aren’t quite up to speed on the holiday, it stems from when the Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  After a hard winter in which many people died and with assistance from local Native American tribes, 1621 was one of prosperity and to celebrate the bountiful harvest the Pilgrims held a three-day feast.   Continue reading

Girl power

Gender equality83%

On November 17 Fast Company published a fascinating article by Anya Kamenetz entitled “The Case For Girls” about the progress – and lack thereof – that has been made the world over in the pursuit of gender equality.  From a “statistic of the day” perspective this article had a wealth of interesting data points.   Continue reading