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October 24, 2013
20:54 // 9 months ago
May 7, 2013

Pentagon reveals startling increase in reported sexual assaults by service members

  • 37% increase in reported sexual assault cases was revealed by the Pentagon on Tuesday, just 24-hours after it was revealed that the head of the U.S. Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program was arrested on sexual assault charges. In total, 3,374 sexual assaults were reported by members of the U.S. military last year.
  • 26,000 sexual assaults are estimated to have taken across all branches of the U.S. military last year, with more than 22,000 of them going unreported, according to the official statement from the Pentagon. If accurate, it would mean that the U.S. military is currently facing an average of 71 assaults per day. source

Editor’s Note — We’ve updated the post to include official figures from the Pentagon’s report. — Scott @ SFB

16:33 // 1 year ago
November 18, 2012
I was looking for something like baseball, where there’s a lot of data and the competition was pretty low. That’s when I discovered politics.
Nate Silver • Discussing his move into the political realm after years as a baseball statistics nerd. The Guardian’s piece on Silver is super-fascinating.
13:04 // 1 year ago
September 28, 2012
Number-crunchers over at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics realized today that between April 2011 and March 2012, there were 300,000 more jobs created than originally estimated.  If this upward revision is correct, President Obama is now in the green for job growth, having overseen a net gain in roughly 100,000 since taking office. This has just been an astonishingly bad week for Mitt Romney. source

Number-crunchers over at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics realized today that between April 2011 and March 2012, there were 300,000 more jobs created than originally estimated.  If this upward revision is correct, President Obama is now in the green for job growth, having overseen a net gain in roughly 100,000 since taking office. This has just been an astonishingly bad week for Mitt Romney. source

4:33 // 1 year ago
September 19, 2012

thedailyfeed:

We checked into Mitt Romney’s assertion that 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes and are “dependent on government.” 

While it’s true that about 46% of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, only 18% don’t chip in something in the form of payroll taxes. 

Here’s a detailed breakdown of who pays taxes, who doesn’t and why

In which a light burns bright on the “47 percent” claims. (Side note: Nate Silver isn’t sure the controversy will actually hurt Romney in the polls. “The news media often jumps the gun in declaring events to be ‘game changers’ when they later prove to little effect on the numbers,” he writes.)

(via thedailyfeed)

10:14 // 1 year ago
July 4, 2012
12:51 // 2 years ago
June 12, 2012

Good news: Violent crime on the decline nationwide, FBI says

  • 4% drop in violent crime in the U.S.; fifth-straight year of declines source

» Violent crime down in every region: From 2010 to 2011, violent crimes showed a decrease of 0.8% in the Northeast, 4.5% in the South, 4.9% in the Midwest and 4.7% in the West. Getting into specifics, most major forms of violent crime — including murder, manslaughter, rape and assault — have declined in the past year.

10:53 // 2 years ago
May 18, 2012

"Ninjas" suddenly in extremely high demand by tech companies

  • 2,505% increase in job postings looking for a “ninja” in May 2012 vs. May 2006
  • 67% increase in job postings looking for a “jedi” over the same period
  • 810% increase in job postings looking for a “rock star” or “rockstars” source

» Also in demand: “Gurus,” “evangelists”: If you’re a techie, companies aren’t afraid to pepper their job postings with such phrases in an effort to get your foot in the door. Don’t expect these monikers in the title — rather, they’ll be in the descriptions. If we ever have an opening here at SFB, we’re going to look for a “plumber who can rock a tanooki suit.”

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14:46 // 2 years ago
November 14, 2011

Just in case we needed another reminder to exercise once in a while

  • 552 million people could have diabetes by the year 2030 source

» That’s 1 in 10 people worldwide. The World Health Organization says that the rise in diabetic adults will most likely be due to an aging world population, not the increasing rate of obesity. Most cases are Type 2 and come from “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” Count this number as inspiration for 2012’s resolutions.

23:21 // 2 years ago