Law Enforcement Meets Social Media [Infographic]

August 12, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Social Media  |  No Comments
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It seems like law enforcement officials have always had sort of a rough time of things, probably from the very beginning of the profession. Most people tend to have an automatic reaction to seeing or interacting with police, and the general reaction usually tends to fall along the lines of either fear or anger. This, of course, makes the law officer’s job far more difficult as they try to deal with people who are doing their best to either lie to the police or just outright elude them.

While these problems that face law enforcement will likely never be solved entirely, police officers now have a powerful new ally in dealing with those suspected of criminal activity: social media.

It would seem like basic knowledge (and really just common sense) that if you’re going to do something that would be considered illegal where you live, you shouldn’t post it on your Facebook page for anyone to see. It should really be that simple, logically. A staggering amount of police officers and law enforcement agencies, though, are now using social media to get pertinent information on suspected criminals, because they and their friends talk and post openly about it on social sites. Really.

Today’s infographic from PoliceOne.com outlines the growing use of social media as a tool for officers to do their jobs more efficiently. More than 70% of law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. frequently use social media as a tool, including agencies on the Federal, State, and Local levels.

For more information on the growing social media trend among our nation’s law enforcement refer to the infographic below and be sure to share your point of view in the comments. [Via]

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The Physics of Olympic Bodies [infographic]

August 11, 2012 |  by  |  Sports  |  No Comments
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Yes, it is that time of the season that the olympics are ending. Being one of the most fascinating events to observe around the world, the Olympics is able to capture the imaginations of countries around the world. Though sometimes due to, in no small part, how freaking buff these people are. Every historical trend in world record performances has been positive, meaning that we (a very subjective word) as Olympians have only been getting harder/better/faster/stronger every year! It boggles the mind to think that every year someone one-ups the past by just enough to progress the world record.
What I find even more fascinating though, is how each event in the Olympic event defines the physique of the athlete in question. Training so hard for one event that, for some, you only get one chance to make your mark, it makes sense that the muscles required for your sport will be, shall we say, enhanced… I don’t know if you’ve seen Olympic cyclist thighs (sort of NSFW), but HOLYGEEZUSWOAH that’s intense. Swimmers need to be tall, long-distance runners have a low BMI (body mass index), sprinters have jacked arms to balance out their jacked legs, and power-lifters are just jacked all over. In the end, it’s simply amazing what human beings can achieve with their physical bodies and minds to be living titans on Earth. Go Olypmics, we’ll miss you… until you happen again. [via]


ps sorry for the double-day-Olympics-Whammy

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Economic Impact of the 2012 London Olympics [infographic]

August 10, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Sports  |  2 Comments
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I cannot believe another summer Olympics is almost over. Every four years people become fascinated by sports that almost never have any viewers. There are pre-event qualifiers that make sure even the initial heats of events have the best athletes in the world competing. When they actually get to the final event, we are talking about some of the best athletes history will ever see.

America has done well once again during the Olympics games. We are leading the medal count at 90 compared to China’s of 80 in second place. Great Britain has also done well snagging 25 gold medals and over 50 all together. Team GB must be feeling good, and because of the games, I’m sure the city is feeling good as well. AFter a whopping nine billion dollar investment for the games from the British, the pay out could be even better.

With over five billion in estimated economic stimulus, almost 18,000 jobs and over a 3% growth in the country’s economy – the UK may have struck gold. Along with the next World Cup in 2014, four years from now, the 2016 Summer Olympics will take play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We’ll have to see if the economic benefit of that the Rio games can compare to the UK’s. [Via]

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Ethanol vs. Oil [infographic]

August 9, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  1 Comment
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With gas prices rising well over $3.00, scientists are looking to other ways to fuel our cars. A promising choice for alternative fuel is ethanol.

In terms of fueling vehicles, using ethanol has equal amounts of pros and cons to it. It burns pretty cleanly, and reduces greenhouse emissions and gas consumption. However, with every great thing there is always a catch; ethanol doesn’t produce as much energy as fuel and requires more land to produce.

Hopefully scientists can find a way to reduce the cons because I don’t know how much more my wallet can take. Gas prices have caused me to reduce my outings and to make running errands an all day, once a week event. Regardless of what gets used, an alternative is needed to fuel our ever growing, fast paced America. [via]

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Digital Technology In Your Car [infographic]

August 8, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  1 Comment
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The ideal car is your way from point A to point B. But as time has passed, your car has evolved into something much more than just a motor vehicle.

In recent times, we’ve began to see cars that can park themselves, alert you of something or someone in your blind spot, and even come with Wi-Fi included. The infographic gives a timeline of improvement that ultimately make your car safer. You can see how rapidly we’re making headway in producing safer vehicles.

In a sense, cars are also becoming more travel friendly. You can sync your iPod or smartphone to a good number of cars being developed. What comes from that is access to a GPS navigation system, hands free communication, and a way to jam out when you’re on the go. What should be the next thing to lookout for in motor vehicle improvement? Share your thoughts in the comment box. [Via]

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