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  1. kalenjin shared this story from FT Alphaville.

    Broad money growth is shooting up in advanced economies.
  2. kalenjin shared this story from The Big Picture.

    COVID Risk Level Map and COVID Suppression Guidance

    Source: Pandemics Explained



    How severe is the pandemic where you live? Browse the COVID Risk Levels Dashboard It was created by a stellar group of medical professionals: Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, Covid-Local, CIDRAP and others:

    “To help cut through the noise and sometimes conflicting advice, a network of research, policy and public health experts convened by Harvard’s Global Health Institute and Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics today launches a Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework that provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.”

    Its another good resource for quantitative data for anyone who wants to do a more granular dive into the specifics of local infection rates and responses.


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  3. kalenjin shared this story from Feed: All Latest.

    Robots and computer programs can help with social distancing and food delivery, but have been less helpful in developing a vaccine.
  4. kalenjin shared this story from FlowingData.

    Manuel Lima goes into the history of the pie chart, or rather, circle representations in general. Despite many people poo-pooing the chart type over the decades, it keeps hanging around:

    We might think of the pie chart as a fairly recent invention, with arguably more flaws than benefits, in regards to the statistical portrayal of data. However, if we look deep into history we realize this popular chart is only a recent manifestation of an ancient visual motif that carried meaning to numerous civilizations over space and time. A graphical construct of radiating lines enclosed by a circle, this motif is also a powerful perceptual recipe. If we look deep into ourselves we uncover a strong proclivity for such a visual pattern, despite the final message it might carry. As one of the oldest archetypes of the circular diagram, the sectioned circle will certainly outlast all of us, and indifferent to criticism, I suspect, so will the pie chart.


    Lima wrote a whole book on the use of circles in information design, in case you’re feeling yourself drawn to the shape for some unexplained reason.

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    Use of exchange-traded funds continues to grow for insurance firms.

  6. kalenjin shared this story from Calculated Risk.

    Note: The details in the pulse survey this week are concerning - especially about loss in income and concern about housing.

    First, from @ernietedeschiHousehold Pulse Survey
    The @uscensusbureau Household Pulse Survey, which performed admirably in anticipating the June jobs report, now shows employment has fallen by about 1.3 million cumulatively over the last 2 weeks.

    Some of this may be seasonality or survey error, but it merits pause nonetheless.
    This graph is from Ernie Tedeschi (former US Treasury economist).

    Note: The question on lost income is always since March 13, 2020 - so this percentage will not decline.

    From the Census Bureau: Measuring Household Experiences during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
    The U.S. Census Bureau, in collaboration with five federal agencies, is in a unique position to produce data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households. The Household Pulse Survey is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting
  7. kalenjin shared this story from Quartz.

    The past few months have seen a wave of companies speaking out on social issues and injustice. They’ve flocked to social media to condemn racism in solidarity with the protests against police killings of Black Americans. They’ve pledged to halt advertising on Facebook through July to rebuke the social media giant for its role in enabling hate speech online. Some have pressured the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change its name, which they call disrespectful to indigenous Americans.

    But there’s an escalating human rights crisis where companies have remained silent. Despite China’s recent move to assert its authority over Hong Kong, along with the substantial evidence that China has pressed much of its Uighur ethnic minority into detention camps where they’re subject to forced labor, companies have generally not criticized China publicly. The situation shows the limits of what businesses will risk in the name of values.

    “They are inconsistent,” said Surya Deva, associate professor of law at City University of Hong Kong and a member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. “This unprincipled approach, in my view, is

  8. kalenjin shared this story from Visual Capitalist.

    No matter where in the world you log in from—Silicon Valley, London, and beyond—COVID-19 has triggered a mass exodus from traditional office life. Now that the lucky among us have settled into remote work, many are left wondering if this massive, inadvertent work-from-home experiment will change work for good.

    In the following charts, we feature data from a comprehensive survey conducted by UK-based startup network Founders Forum, in which hundreds of founders and their teams revealed their experiences of remote work and their plans for a post-pandemic future.

    While the future remains a blank page, it’s clear that hundreds of startups have no plans to hit backspace on remote work.

    Who’s Talking

    Based primarily in the UK, almost half of the survey participants were founders, and nearly a quarter were managers below the C-suite.

    Prior to pandemic-related lockdowns, 94% of those surveyed had worked from an external office. Despite their brick-and-mortar setup, more than 90% were able to accomplish the majority of their work remotely.

    Gen X and Millennials made up most of the survey contingent, with nearly 80% of respondents with ages between 26-50, and 40% in the 31-40 age bracket.

    Founders Forum Remote Work Survey...

  9. kalenjin shared this story from NYT > The Upshot.

    Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., in 2018, the year the college closed because of financial troubles. In the wake of the pandemic, many private colleges may share its fate.

  10. kalenjin shared this story from NYT > The Upshot.

    Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., in 2018, the year the college closed because of financial troubles. In the wake of the pandemic, many private colleges may share its fate.