The world, mapped by countries’ greatest fears

Aaron Freeman:

Wow, it’s like there is a whole other world out there!

Originally posted on Quartz:

The biggest fear among the Japanese is, unsurprisingly, nuclear weapons. People in South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda are most worried about AIDS and other diseases. And inequality is the deepest concern for much of Europe and the US.

These are among the findings of Pew Research Center’s survey of over 48,000 people in 44 countries this spring (so, it’s worth noting, pre-Ebola pandemic). The survey asked people to choose among five categories of threat: AIDS and other diseases, nuclear weapons, pollution and environment, inequality, and religious and ethnic hatred.

Here are those 44 countries, mapped by their greatest fears:

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By region, the Middle East saw religious and ethnic hatred as their biggest threat; Europe and the US saw the gap between the rich and poor as theirs; pollution and environmental issues caused the most dread in Asia; Latin America mostly feared nuclear weapons; and Africans saw AIDS and other diseases…

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The real winner of Brazil’s elections is democracy

Aaron Freeman:

I don’t think Brazil has warred with any of its neighboring countries in more than an century. Maybe pubic hair is responsible for international violence.

Originally posted on Quartz:

In less than two weeks, more than 100 million Brazilians will pick the next president of the world’s fourth largest world democracy. Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent, runs against Senator Aécio Neves, who promised “safe change” after 12 years of Worker’s Party rule. Environmentalist Marina Silva, the proponent of “the new politics,” looked like she would make it to the runoff until the last minute. But the great winner of these elections is the old Brazilian politics—and that’s a good thing.

Marina’s politics above parties, congregating people of good will from all sectors of society around common goals, could have echoed the voices of the June 2013 national protests—spontaneous demonstrations that brought major Brazilian cities to a halt and caught by surprise established parties and major social movements. But voters chose someone else to run against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s protégé.

Aécio Neves presented himself as the candidate…

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A London school teacher pays more UK tax than Facebook

Aaron Freeman:

Them that’s got shall get not a tax bill.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Facebook’s corporation tax in the United Kingdom for 2013 came to a grand total of £3,169 ($4,005). The company also received £185,196 in credits from previous years, leaving it with a credit balance of £182,027, according to documents filed with Companies House on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

The income tax paid by an inner London school teacher on the minimum starting salary of £27,543 comes to over £3,500.

Facebook reported turnover of £49.85 million, with a gross profit of £49.28 million. But some pesky “administrative expenses” piled up and came in at £60.9 million, largely due to stock-based compensation for its employees. Facebook employed 208 people in the UK at the end of 2013—and each one pays more personal tax than the company.


How does such a large, well-oiled and—in the US at least—profitable company manage to erase its entire profit for tax purposes? With the help of very good, very expensive lawyers. According to the Evening Standard, citing…

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We garb up and glove up and mask up. But we do not give up. Thoughts on Ebola. From a nurse. #SupportTheScrubs

Aaron Freeman:

I’ve spent enough time in hospitals to revere nurses. This post is a fine example of why. Thank you Amy K. Sorrells.

Originally posted on Amy K. Sorrells:

I’m a nurse.

So I get it.

More than most folks in this country right now, I dare say my co-workers and fellow nurses around the country, we get it.




It’s not new to us, the nagging, lingering anxiety that in our efforts to heal, we will succumb to the very diseases we treat. Working at the bedside is a bit like the old Hotel California … we clock in any time we like, but we never really leave.

So last night I had to shut ‘er down. My TV, my facebook feeds, my Twitter news lists…anything that reminded me of the chaos, the politicalization, the breaches of protocol, the talking heads … most of whom will get nowhere near a single strain of Ebola ever … and the way the media spins sick nurses and hospital administrators overwhelmed with the unthinkable … things which in fact…

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This Chrome extension will brighten your day every time you open a new tab

Aaron Freeman:

This looks like MAJOR fun!

Originally posted on Quartz:

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, do yourself a favor and install this extension right now. Just do it:

Earth View from Google Maps

The extension, released earlier this month by Google, displays a beautiful satellite photograph from somewhere in the world every time you open a new tab. And if you are anything like us, you probably open quite a few new tabs every day. In fact, you might find yourself opening new tabs simply for the awe-inspiring images. (The photos don’t seem to slow down the browser, though they can lead to a few moments of productivity lost to daydreaming.)

They aren’t randomly selected. Google clearly chose particularly stunning views—and brightened each of them for maximum visual impact. There are a lot of images to cycle through, but sometimes they do repeat. You can click on the location in the bottom-right corner of the image to…

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Malcolm Gladwell on the key to success: don’t be afraid to look like a fool

Aaron Freeman:

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

Originally posted on Quartz:

I had the chance to sit down with Malcolm Gladwell just before he went on to speak about David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants during the World Business Forum “Provocateurs” conference. It was easy to slip into a casual, free-wheeling chat, and we touched upon everything from success and socialization to his infamous 10,000-hour rule.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Below is an excerpt of the conversation, edited for clarity:

Q: A lot of your writing talks about how to succeed—in your mind, what is critical for success overall?

MG: Capabilities—if you want to be a basketball player you need to be tall. And of course, desire and passion… except if you’re a lawyer, where theres probably no overlap between desire and success.

Q: What makes you successful, in your mind?  

MG: Not sure if it makes me stand out. What I try to do—try to be—is unafraid…

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The latest action figure at Toys R Us—an infamous TV drug kingpin

Aaron Freeman:

Yes, I know it is wrong, wrong, wrong but, but I love Walter and Jesse. Besides are they really worse role models than Conan the Barbarian or Skeletor or Darth Vader?

Originally posted on Quartz:

The acclaimed AMC drama Breaking Bad now has its own action figures on shelves in Toys R Us stores. One of the figures, chemistry teacher turned drug lord Walter White (who won actor Bryan Cranston multiple Emmy awards), features a mini bag of meth and a gun.

This has upset some people. Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Florida whose petition to get the figures banned from Toys R Us stores has about 6,000 signatures, appeared on The Today Show earlier this week. She said she was “shocked” and “appalled” to learn that the Breaking Bad toys were on shelves.

One of the Breaking Bad dolls available at Toys R Us.

One of the Breaking Bad dolls available at Toys R Us.

In a statement to NBC News, A Toys R Us spokeswoman said, “The product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up. The toys are located in the adult action figure area of our stores.”…

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