Might call this one the numbers edition. Just came across many that jumped out at me.
But first, some quotes and links worth noting …
“There should be a draft where every young person has to do one year of something — military, public works — something so that we all feel invested in the same game, because that’s the part that we’ve lost.” — Jon Stewart
The biggest skills that new graduate lack:
1. Critical thinking/problem solving
2. Attention to detail
5. (tie) Leadership / writing proficiency
“I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle.” — Walt Disney
If you are looking for some extra points: This startup lets you sell your shopping data to marketers
“There seems to be a perverse human characteristic that likes to make things difficult.” — Warren Buffett
Eli Saslow, a writer for the Washington Post, has been writing the hell out of stories for some time. These two pieces made me go all the way to the end.
As women between 25 and 55 die at spiking rates, a close look at one tragedy (in Tecumseh, Oklahoma).
From belief to outrage: The decline of the middle class reaches the next American town
The startup called Roam is a new network of co-living spaces, where you sign a lease and then you can move to different cities around the world. Estimates say 1.2 million people have the career and resources to live this way.
If you are looking for those jobs that don’t care where you live, here are some resources to help you.
Incredible journalism: The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications.
Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to take their pills, Purdue told doctors. One OxyContin tablet in the morning and one before bed would provide “smooth and sustained pain control all day and all night.”
On the strength of that promise, OxyContin became America’s bestselling painkiller, and Purdue reaped $31 billion in revenue.
But OxyContin’s stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. OxyContin is a chemical cousin of heroin, and when it doesn’t last, patients can experience excruciating symptoms of withdrawal, including an intense craving for the drug.
The problem offers new insight into why so many people have become addicted to OxyContin, one of the most abused pharmaceuticals in U.S. history.
David Simon created “The Wire” and other TV shows. Before that he was a police reporter at the Baltimore Sun. Great stuff in this interview with Marc Maron on WTF.
Some numbers …
- After its first seven years, America Online (AOL) had 184,000 subscribers. In the next seven years it went up to 25 million.
- Taco Bell’s recent “lens” on Snapchat, which let people make videos featuring a virtual taco over their faces for Cinco de Mayo, resulted in 224 million views in a single day.
- At BuzzFeed, a 32 percent miss in 2015 revenue and a halving of its 2016 revenue target, according to the Financial Times.
- Up to 52: How many weeks of paid parental leave you are allowed if you are a dad who works at Netflix. At Spotify, it’s 24 weeks anytime for the first three years of a child’s life.
- Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s 402 3-pointers this season is the equivalent of hitting 103 home runs in a major league season. Check out this NYT chart.
- At its NewFront event, YouTube bragged that more 18-49 year-olds log onto the video service during primetime hours than watch the top 10 TV shows combined, the kind of comparison that TV executives argue is apples-and-oranges.
- The company behind AdBlock Plus claims the ad-blocking software has been installed on 100 million active devices across the globe.
- More than a year after a new minimum wage took effect in Seattle—$12.50 an hour now for small employers, increasing to $15 an hour by January 2018—prices at most stores haven’t gone up.
- Publishers say about 85% of their video views on Facebook happen without the sound on.
- Vice is planning to roll out six new digital content channels this year, including channels focused on health, travel and gaming.
- The movie “Top Gun,” which came out 30 years ago this month, helped increase Navy recruiting by 500% in one summer.
- Aéropostale filed for bankruptcy, and the retailer owes 20-year-old YouTube star Bethany Mota $500,000.
- In 2015, NASA’s satellite data revealed that 21 of the world’s 37 large aquifers are severely water-stressed. With growing populations, and increased demands from agriculture and industry, researchers indicated that this crisis is only likely to worsen.
- The percentage of families earning middle-class incomes fell in nearly nine out of 10 major metro areas across the country between 2000 and 2014, according to new research by the Pew Research Center.