In the day and age where advancements to technology (specifically the Internet) are happening at such a high pace, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’ve been left in the dust. Among all the new phones, tablets and even TVs that are seemingly coming out every month, the position of being completely technologically current is less and less stable. Some things are more permanent than others, though, while still advancing quickly; things like methods of connecting.
Today’s infographic is brought to you by StrongVPN.com and it explains the many helpful uses of having a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) on your connection. Let’s say you’re taking a vacation in a foreign country, one whose Internet restrictions don’t allow access to the same sites that you would normally go to. With a VPN you would be able to use an American or British IP so that you can still upload all of those fun vacation videos on the go. They even allow you to secure your browsing in public WiFi hotspots.
For more information on VPNs and their uses refer to the infographic below. [Via]
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AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! CHINA’S GONNA COME AFTER US AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!! Let’s be honest folks, this is a fear many of us in the U.S. of A. possess—and it’s not just because of the bonds. They have a large population and, in regards to today’s infographic, India does too. The number of people in the U.S. amounts to about one fourth of each of these countries’ populations. China is the leading nation with their population size at 1.3 billion people, which is directly followed by India with 1.2 billion; then there is a giant leap to the U.S.A., which has (only) 314 million people. Yes, we are the third nation in terms of population size, but the difference is substantial when comparing us to China and India.So, instead of being shocked out of your seats because of these statistics, keep in mind that these countries are HUGE.
Education. We have heard this word so many times in our lives… but what does it mean? Well, this infographic shows facts about the public institutional setting of education, which is truly important and reflects a lot about what different societies give importance to, in this case the U.S.A., China, and India.
Some of these statistics might seem incredibly scary. But, here’s the good news, as a product of the educational system, I can critique these numbers and tell you that they are absolute rather than relative and therefore give a message that is overwhelming to a lot of people. They do not take into consideration the population size, but instead display information that seems to me to be one-sided. For example, if this infographic were looking at an issue such as poverty it would produce completely different results for these countries and would be very alarming to China and India rather than us. But don’t get me wrong, these numbers on education are scary and should promote change in the educational system that we have today. As this infographic intelligently alludes to, we are not one of the global leaders in education.
So we should be asking questions. What could be different about the public educational system in the U.S. that would alter the minds of teenage drop-outs thinking they are (and perhaps they are right) above the system? There is a lot to think about on this issue and we have and will see a lot of change in terms of the global economy and what the U.S.A. offers to it. Holla! [TCNG]
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COPY CAT! No one likes to be thought of as a rip-off artist, but some ideas are too good to be kept to themselves. If you think about it, originality and conformity have been combatants for as long as humans have been on this earth. Sometimes an idea stemming from a completely original source can change the world. So why wouldn’t you want to share that idea with everyone? Then the idea can be improved upon, opening up a dialogue in the creative process. Then again, when a company comes up with something that becomes popular enough, clones can create problems. When you come up with an idea, you want that idea to be yours so that authenticity becomes operative. Why should someone who steals something you created leech off of your success?
In this age of computer//internet intangibility it’s hard sometimes to draw the line. Some might think it’s best to have an open-source community. This could bring about improvements and create the possibility for choice. Then again, if everyone is ripping each other off, where is there room for new innovation? Leave comments on what YOUR opinion is on the matter! [via]
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I would like to start off today’s post with a fact that caught my eye from the infographic: There were 220 health workers per 100,000 Americans in 1980, now there is only 158. In order to keep up with public health workforce demand, we need to train three times the number of graduates we have in school today. It seems like the healthcare quality in America will remain away from the global top spots.
Since public healthcare picked up steam in America we have been able to improve on a variety of treatable aliments, one of the biggest being women’s health. In undeveloped countries, women are fifteen times more likely to die during childbirth than the first world. One of the easiest ways to lower the risk is simple education. Raising awareness of healthy reproductive health and contraception can drastically change women’s health statistics.
In addition to dealing with noncommunicable health issues, the reaction time for organizations like the Red Cross and CDC for infectious outbreaks has been cut recently. The current Ebola outbreak in Uganda is a great example. Ebola is one of the most easily spread and deadly viruses to ever surface on this earth. The volunteers and doctors who treat the victims face-to-face are our modern day heroes. Regardless of your opinion on public health: ignorance to viruses like Ebola put the entire world in danger.
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Sushi is so tasty, definitely one of my favorite foods. So it’s unfortunate that I don’t know any sushi etiquette. In fact, after reading today’s infographic, alot of us don’t know any sushi etiquette. AND apparently I’ve been eating at bad sushi bars.
While this infographic only refers to sashimi, there are still some rules that you can apply to regular sushi as well; Like dumping wasabi into soy sauce, or even rubbing chopsticks together to remove the splinters. And if you’ve never tried sashimi, I highly recommend it, it’s so filling and fresh. This weekend, I challenge you to go out to your favorite sushi bar, order sashimi, and practice the etiquette you just learned. [via]