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