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Bill Gates on Coronavirus

Bill Gates explains why he believes COVID-19 should be treated as a serious threat: The data so far suggests that the virus has a case fatality risk around 1%; this rate would make it several times more severe than typical seasonal influenza and would put it somewhere between the 1957 influenza pandemic (0.6%) and the […]

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Poland: Long-Term Population Decline

Poland’s natural population decline has reached its highest level since the Second World War, according to new data from Statistics Poland (GUS), a government agency. Notes from Poland Poland is also losing population due the emigration of an estimated 1.7 million Poles to other parts of the EU.

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ADL Launches Online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched an online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The Tracker is a compilation of recent cases of anti-Jewish vandalism, harassment, and assault reported to or detected by ADL. This tool allows users to see the activity that has taken place, not just around the country, but in localities potentially nearby. The […]

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Five Star Hotel Rooms with a View, 2019

Deutsche Bank researched prices for five star hotel rooms in 54 cities world wide, which it defined as a Hyatt Regency with a view. Where Hyatt Regency did not have a property in a prominent location, Park Hyatt Hotels were used. In some cities, the bank ended up using other brands of hotels. The results […]

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World’s Best Employers, 2019

Rank Employer 1 Alphabet 2 Microsoft 3 Red Hat 4 Apple 5 SAP 6 Costco Wholesale 7 Contemporary Amperex Technology 8 Cisco Systems 9 Neste 10 Amazon Source: Forbes Alphabet was number one for the third year in a row. Amazon was number ten despite criticism of its employment practices.

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Biggest Airlines – A Decade of Change

It is interesting to see the airlines that have grown and declined over the last decade. Measured by scheduled seats, OAG reports that American Airlines is the largest airline in the world beating out Delta, which held the top spot in 2010. Even so, Delta’s scheduled seats grew by 20% from 2010 to 2019. Other […]

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The Magnitude of WWII

Worldwide Deaths in World War II by country – in millions – total civilian and military deaths: Soviet Union: 24 China: 20 Germany: 6.6 to 8.8 Poland: 5.6 Japan: 2.6 to 3.1 India: 1.5 to 2.5 France: 0.6 UK: 0.45 US: 0.42 Truly a world war. The Soviet Union and China lost 44 million people. […]

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Global Wealth: China on the Rise

Credit Suisse has released its 2019 Global wealth report. Credit Suisse analyzes the household wealth of 5.1 billion adults across the globe. The report disregards the relatively small amount of wealth owned by children on their own account which explains why the report does not account for the total world population of 7.7 billion people. […]

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Africa’s Population Expected to More Than Triple by 2100

The Pew Research Center analyzed new data about world population from the United Nations and concluded that Africa’s population is projected to more than triple in the next 80 years: Between 2020 and 2100, Africa’s population is expected to increase from 1.3 billion to 4.3 billion. Projections show these gains will come mostly in sub-Saharan […]