It’s data! It’s pictures! It’s learning!

First up, from The Economist, we have the rate of new AIDS infections plotted next to condom use.

Not to sound disrespectful or anything, but…suck it, Pope Benedict.

Next, the NY Times shows (or showed, about a month ago I guess) in several countries the relationship between the speed with which we eat (controlling for the average amount eaten, I assume) and the obesity rate.

That gap between the obesity rate in Canada and the US seems about right, matching the representation in this (rather long) graphic courtesy of Mint:

Wow…do the suicide rates and murder rates balance out?

By the way, you should click through to see the rest of that Mint post to see similar charts on the economy, environment and military of these three countries.

"Mystified and appalled"

More shocking prison statistics following the Pew Research report I blogged about last week. An article in the New York Times (via Brijit) focuses more on the US incarceration rate compared to the rest of the world.

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

Earlier this week Thomas Purves pointed to research by Eric Cadora showing, on a map of Broooklyn, how much money is spent to incarcerate residents of particular city blocks. This is mildly interesting from a statistical point of view, but when compared to the same map showing Black population by block it becomes shocking. The intent of the map was to show how certain voting districts lose a great deal of their democratic weight to prison, but the racial implications of those results are shameful.

[tags]united states, imprisonment, incarceration, thomas purves, eric cadora[/tags]