The page is a constant stream of topics I’m researching and the random thoughts that result:

# 2019

The world internet penetration has just reached 50%

10 years ago, your one day forecast was as good as the fifth-day forecast today

10% of users are responsible for 80% of all tweets

China makes 72% of our shoes

Don’t try to get happier than happy


Curry swooshes 84% of his free throws

At what price paradise

Secrets are rarely in powering

On Nov 18, 1883, the US went on standard time. Local time was not fully abolished until 1966

25% of Belarus pop lost, almost all of its intellectuals, and Minsk and Vitebsk lost 80% of their buildings and city infrastructure

Only 56 countries are above world average GDP per capita (nominal) of $11,297

People don’t change unless they are going to die or go broke

The Soviet Union was bordered by 12 countries: Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia, China, Finland, Hungary, Iran, North Korea, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Turkey. Today Russia has 16 unique borders, 14 of which are UN countries.

None of the 18 largest economies in the world are landlocked countries

Russia provides for 40% of Europe’s natural gas demand

Bangladesh is 118x smaller than Russia, yet has 29m more people. Java island is 135x smaller than Russia, yet also has more population

Russia lost 13% of its pop in just four years during WWII, Belarus lost 25%

There was only a 20% likelihood of USSR boys born in 1923 surviving to 1946

If Siberia was an independent country, it would still be the largest country on earth, yet have a smaller population than California

The US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia account for 47% of world oil production. The remainder of the top 10 accounts for an additional 30% making the top 10 responsible for 77% of global output. Only 97 countries produce any oil.

Total world gas production is 3,712,657 million m^3. The US and Russia account for 37%. The remainder of the top 10 accounts for an additional 28% making the top 10 responsible for 65% of global output. Only 94 countries produce any gas.

one-man, one-vote only works when the majority of the population are highly educated, middle class and above

Those in the top 40% of the US economy spend five times more on their children’s education than those in the bottom 60%

Online video accounts for 60% of global data flows (in 2018). Online video does not include live video streaming, like Skype video, cam girls, etc, which account for an additional 20% of global data flows. All of this is about 1% of global emissions (Netflix accounts for about 1/3 and porn another 1/3)

Netflix has 150m streaming customers

About 15% of US-China trade passes through the city of Hong Kong. One in five people works in the trade industry in HK. The ASEAN block has a free trade agreement with HK and is its the second-largest trading partner

WTO member states represent 96% of global trade and 97% of global GDP. Iran and Algeria are the economies with the largest GDP outside of the block

Retweets are not reality

What you can download in an hour on 4G takes 30 seconds on 5G

31 countries have nuclear energy. Only ten countries have 10+ reactors, making up 369 of the 451 (82%) operational in the world

Ethiopia (Kingdom of Aksum) was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. Ethiopia was the only region of Africa to survive the expansion of Islam as a Christian state

Agriculture as irrational. You plant the best you can but have to hope for the right conditions each year which deem you profitable or unprofitable

The international financial crisis of 2008-09 led to the first downturn in global output since 1946

Saudi Arabia is now up to 3rd in the world in military spending and India 4th! France, UK, and Russia now move down to 5-7. The US spends about 10x that of Russia and China about 3x. US military spending accounts for about 1/3 of the world total

China accounts for 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions, about equal to the world’s bottom 162 country’s combined! This is 84% of the world’s countries and about 50% of world population.

China, US, EU, India, Russia, and Japan represent 67.4% of global emissions. Another way to look at is: China 1/3, US-EU-India-Russia-Japan 1/3, and the rest of the world 1/3

International shipping is equal to about S Korea at 1.82% and International aviation is equal to about Canada at 1.47%

About 10% of global financial wealth asset or over $7.6 trillion is held in tax havens.

Research into tax havens suggest a high GDP-per-capita score, in the absence of material natural resources, as an important proxy indicator of a tax haven

the first recognized tax haven hub was the Zurich-Zug-Litchenstien triangle created in the mid-1920s; later joined by Luxembourg in 1929

the United Kingdom created its first “non-resident company” in 1929, leading the creation of tax havens around the empire

About 15% of the world’s countries are labeled as tax havens

The statistical negative effect of hate is about 7x stronger than the positive effect, it’s called negative partisanship

The big four economies make up about 3/4 of the Eurozone GDP


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