City of Anarchy [infographic]

June 2, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Environmental, Travel  |  No Comments
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Following the occupation of China by England, a small portion of Hong Kong became an immensely dense (for its shape and dimensions) and fantastically unruly place. The 0.01 square mile area housed approximately 50,000 residents at the peak of its occupancy. Many buildings were over 10 stories, containing apartments with a common floorspace of 250 square feet- a size more associated with a single bedroom, let alone families of four. The makeshift city was known for its secret corridors and intensely interconnected alleyways. There were next to no building regulations imposed upon the perceived slum, so many structures lacked utilities, or even a sound building shell and foundation. The hidden staircases and passageways made it possible for a person to travel from one side of the city (almost more of a single complex made up like a patchwork quilt of unorthodox developments) to the other without stepping foot on ground.

The concentration of people that Kowloon City came to support began to grow continuously following Japanese occupation throughout World War II. The people living here came to form close relationships amongst one another, despite an eventual clustering of gang activity which fueled prostitution, drug trafficking, and gambling centers, and altered the perception of the place for surrounding neighborhoods. Population estimates guessed at a total population figure nearing 33,000 people living within Kowloon Walled City by 1987, the year it was forced to begin evicting its residents.

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Facts About Smoking [infographic]

May 30, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  2 Comments
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I am a smoker. I smoke roughly one pack of cigarettes a day-it is killing me both physically and financially. I have an awful addiction to tobacco and I realize that it is a problem, therefore, I have chosen an infographic that will hopefully inspire more self-discipline as I begin this cigarette-free lifestyle.

1 out of every 5 people in the entire world is a smoker. One third of the entire male population smokes. If you’re a non-smoker, then it must be pretty puzzling to you why something so harmful is so popular. I’ll do my best to explain. When I first started smoking, it was kind of for a status symbol. Smoking just looks cool. I don’t care who you are, smoking is one of the coolest things a person can do. Take your average Joe from off the street, light a cigarette and shove it in his mouth, and voila, you have one bad mamma-jamma. I guess not everyone feels this way, but I did. I started smoking only at parties, and then one day I found myself bored on a lazy Sunday afternoon thinking, “I could go for a cigarette right now.” And it was all downhill from there.

Smoking is the number one killer in the world, and I’m realizing now that I very well could be one of its victims. And I am frightened. If you’re a smoker, I urge you to quit as well. Have a great day, and live healthy, internet. [via]

 

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If Your Couch Could Talk [infographic]

May 29, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Retail  |  No Comments
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I remember my first couch. It was a sturdy piece of furniture with an outdoors-themed print, made from a combination of dark wood and velvety fabric. In fact, we had a coffee table, armchair, rocker and miniature rocker to match. For my family, the couch was where we watched Saturday morning cartoons, opened Christmas presents and ate dinner together most nights. After several years with that set of furniture, we had it reupholstered and taken to my grandma’s house, where it still resides to this day. Every time I visit my grandma’s house and sit on that couch, I’m reminded that it is just as much a part of my family as she is.

The furniture in our homes is an important part of our daily lives, but its value goes beyond how comfortable we feel when we sink into the seat. The average couch will last for eight years, be host to more than 1,200 family dinners, experience approximately 1,600 spills and cater to more than 750 visitors. And although your couch can’t cheer you up when you’re feeling down or celebrate with you when you’re on top of the world, it will still be there in your memories.

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Peter Leeds Takes A Look At Discount Brokers [infographic]

May 28, 2014 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce  |  No Comments
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To understand this particular infographic, first, we must have a rudimentary understanding of the buying and selling of stocks.  The way I’ve always understood it is that, basically, an investor buys a stock in a company which in turn aids this company. The company then uses that money, and it’s understood that hopefully that money will be returned to the investor but at an increased amount. The investor can retrieve his or her earnings at any time; it all depends on how he or she feels about the investment. Sometimes, in these transactions, there is a middle-man or broker as these people are called.

The purpose of a broker is to bring buyers and sellers together. Brokers generally have a great understanding of the market and certain relationships with buyers and sellers to hopefully make it easier for everybody to make money.Whenever a trade occurs, the broker is awarded a certain commission. Today, we will be discussing discount brokers, who are brokers that charge significantly less for their services, yet do not offer any investment advice.

So, if you’re a small time investor, or thinking about investing, this infographic is a great starting point for you. As you can see, after reviewing several discount brokers, the Peter Leeds team has brought us 23 of the best out there. From Ameritrade to Tradestation, they evaluated each of these discount brokers to help you find the best investment opportunities.

Commissions for these discount brokers averaged at about $7.25, with EOption having the lowest rate and Trading Direct having the highest.

It’s also interesting to see the professionalism of these companies. For instance, Scottrade was rated extremely high when it came to email help and professionalism, yet failed to meet the standard when it came to customer service over the phone. You win some and lose some, I guess.

Unfortunately, this is where we part ways this time, Dailyinfographic.com readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s infographic, and I hope this helps you investors out there with your next move. Have a great day! [via]

 

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The Truth About Factory Farms [infographic]

May 27, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Food  |  No Comments
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Eating meat is delicious, it brings people together and according to our government it is also healthy. Dog fighting is also fun, it brings people together, and what is unhealthy about it? Nothing is, except for the dog. Why do we care so much more about dogs than we do about a pig, cow or chicken on a factory farm? If your child had a chicken and had fun poking its eyes and cutting its beak, I am sure you would stop this irrational behavior immediately. Yet, the chicken we often eat has had harsh treatment that we shrug off by saying “Well, I didn’t know this animal, so I don’t feel as bad.” Are we that apathetic towards the truth?”

Johnathan Safran Foer is one of my favorite my favorite Authors. He wrote a book called “Eating Animals” where he explores the many ways that animals are farmed. He brings the audience into the hellish life and death of 98% of farmed animals. A favorite quote form his book:
“What the meat industry figured out is that you don’t need healthy animals to make a profit. Sick animals are more profitable…Factory farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That’s the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying…We live in a world in which it’s conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood.”
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals. Chew on that.

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