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Let's Talk About Birth Control - 0 views

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    Nice discussion of the data around contraception choices.
    Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president I started noticing an interesting trend on my social media newsfeeds. And no, I'm not talking about the near-constant bickering of people with differing political opinions.

    I started seeing post after post from friends publicly asking one another about their experiences with different forms of birth control. The motivation for these kinds of conversations centered around the pending rollback of copay-free contraception, but have since been re-kindled every time reproductive rights come up in the political arena.

    And it's not just talk. Many of these conversations centered around the use of long-term contraceptives like intra-uterine devices or IUDs which can protect against pregnancy for 3 - 12 years. In the months immediately following the 2016 election, AthenaHealth reported a 19% increase in IUD-related doctor's visits and Planned Parenthood reported a 900% increase in patients seeking IUDs. Cait, 27, recently switched to a copper IUD, and said that she made the switch due to convenience and "because now in light of our current administration I'd like to have something that will continue to work and be affordable even if I end up without health insurance."
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What a Record Drop in Coal Consumption Means for Global Warming - YouTube - 0 views

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    A great video example discussing a contentious issue (coal consumption) using the data!
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The politics of road safety | From Poverty to Power - 0 views

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    There's a form of casual violence that kills 1.25 million people a year (3 times more than malaria) and injures up to 50ODI roads cover million more. 90% of the deaths are of poor people (usually men) in poor countries. No guns are involved and there's lots of things governments can do to fix it. But you'll hardly ever read about it in the development literature, although road safety did make it into the Sustainable Development Goals (as did everything else, it has to be said) - targets 3.6 and 11.2 for SDG geeks.

    So hats off to ODI (again) for not only painstakingly building the case for taking action on a major cause of death and misery in poor countries (see below), but also exploring the politics and institutions that so far have prevented governments from taking action.
Simon Knight

WHO global air quality figures reveal 7m die from pollution each year - 0 views

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    Nine in ten people around the world breathe air containing high levels of pollution, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency estimates that pollution causes 7 million deaths each year.

    The latest WHO figures measure the amount of pollutants in the air in more than 4,300 cities, towns and other settlements in 108 countries around the world. More cities than ever are now monitoring their air quality.
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Australian datablog | Australia-news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    The Guardian datablog has a set of visualisations https://www.theguardian.com/technology/data-visualisation and a set of stories focused on the Australian context; useful for exploring how data analysis and visusalisation are used to tell a story.
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What the Data Says About Women in Management Between 1980 and 2010 - 0 views

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    Advancement toward gender equality at work has slowed since the 1990s for three major reasons: people's attitudes stopped becoming more gender egalitarian, occupations stopped gender integrating, and the gender wage gap began decreasing at slower rates. Sociologist Paula England has called this phenomenon an "uneven and stalled" gender revolution, and there have been dozens of studies showing how the progress in gender equality experienced during and immediately after the feminist movement of the 1970s has not been sustained through the 1990s and 2000s.

    Does this stalled revolution play out in management positions, too? And if so, how? To explore this, I used data on full-time managers obtained from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey for the years 1980 and 2010 to examine three major factors that contribute to gender equality in the labor force: women's representation in management, the occupational gender segregation among managers, and the gender wage gaps that vary across managerial occupations.
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Men on earth now outnumber women by 66 million - Quartz - 0 views

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    A great data-story on the gender imbalance worldwide, using data and research to investigate and highlight key issues. This piece in the economist takes a different approach to using the data https://www.economist.com/node/15636231

    "In 1960, the earliest year the World Bank provides data for, the world was within 0.002 percentage points of a perfectly equal distribution. Ever since, the gap has widened; now men outnumber women on the planet by more than 66 million. When this piece was first published in early 2014, the gap had already been the widest ever - the trend continues."
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Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy? Not remotely - or in cities - 0 views

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    Every year in Australia, the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results show Indigenous school students are well behind their non-Indigenous peers. Reducing this disparity is a vital part of Australia's national Closing the Gap policy. ...


    Using an updated version of our equivalent year levels metric, introduced in Grattan Institute's 2016 report Widening Gaps, we estimate year nine Indigenous students in very remote areas are:

    five years behind in numeracy

    six years behind in reading, and

    seven to eight years behind in writing.

    In other words, the average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.

    But it would be a big mistake to see this only as a problem for isolated outback communities. Most Indigenous students live in cities or regional areas. So, even though learning outcomes are worse in remote and very remote areas, city and regional students account for more than two-thirds of the lost years of learning.
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Fact file: Domestic violence in Australia - Fact Check - ABC News (Australian Broadcast... - 0 views

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    A complex look at an important issue and what data can tell us about it, and how missing data complicates the picture.
Simon Knight

Cluster of UK companies reports highly improbable gender pay gap - ProQuest Central - P... - 0 views

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    Excellent analysis from the FT (you'll need to login to view via the link) that uses knowledge of the Mean and Median to show that some companies have reported incorrect (fabricated?) pay-gap information!

    One in 20 UK companies that have submitted gender pay gap data to the government have reported numbers that are statistically improbable and therefore almost certainly inaccurate, a Financial Times analysis has found.

    Sixteen companies, each with more than 250 employees, reported that they paid their male and female staff exactly the same, that is they had a zero average gender pay gap measured by both the mean and median.
    Experts on pay said that it was highly anomalous for companies of that size to have median and mean pay gaps that were identical because the two statistics measure different things. The mean gap measures the difference between the average male and female salary while the median gap is calculated using the midpoint salary for each gender.
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Beyond the Blade: our search for data exposed the poverty of the knife crime debate | M... - 0 views

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    When we launched Beyond the blade earlier this year, we wanted to know how many young people and children were being killed by knives in the UK. Who are these young people being killed?, Where are they dying? Is the scale of the issue changing, and if so how?

    We spoke to experts about the number of children and teenagers affected in Britain and Northern Ireland. We checked with the Office for National Statistics, the Home Office, politicians, academics and thinktanks.

    But the answer to how many young people are dying every year, it seemed, was that nobody knows. So we started trying to find out.

    Until now, there has been no publicly available information about the demographic profiles of those who have died from knife attacks in the UK
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Gender pay gap: the day women start working for free - Washington Post - 0 views

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    An excellent visual data story describing the gender pay gap (in America) and debunking the claim that there is no real difference in the amount men and women get paid.

    The pay gap varies depending on the occupation, working hours, education attainment, experience, and geography.

    That explains part of the difference in pay between men and women, but not all of it. And even though most economists agree that after adjusting for age, education, experience and other variables there's still an unexplained gap, there are voices who argue that the gender pay gap is a myth.

    Pay gap deniers purport that women's choices, rather than discrimination, cause the pay gap between women and men. But those choices are actually consequences of the social forces at play.
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Data Stories That Aren't Downers - Features - Source: An OpenNews project - 0 views

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    A list of "happy data stories" or stories related to the arts...including:



    Pup Inflation: Good Dogs Getting Better. "Oh, but for a much purer example of silly data journalism that I remembered as soon as I hit send, earlier this year I scraped and analyzed the dog ratings from the Twitter account WeRateDogs."

    -David Henry Montgomery



    Sneakin' Toward the Weekend, Workers Fill Roadways "How about using hourly traffic counting stations to show how people are cheating out of the office earlier and earlier on Fridays? Mental note: we're four years away from that link being older than my incoming freshmen. Also, note the wonder at phones able to receive email being someday widely available in the story." -Matt Waite
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Global Health - Our World in Data - 0 views

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    Ourworldindata is a great website discussing lots of different datasets about global issues. This example data-story discusses the issue of global health, giving an overview (and lots of great visualisations), and discussing how we actually measure 'health' (life expectancy, quality of life measures, etc.).
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Malcolm Turnbull's myth of 'middle Australia' ignores both gender and reality | Greg Je... - 1 views

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    'Middle Australia' earns much less than the government would have you believe and women continue to earn much less than men. ...The 2014-15 taxation statistics released last week revealed that the median taxable income of the 9.95m Australians with a taxable income was just $54,543. If you earned more than that, then you earned more than at least half of Australians.
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Where are they now? What public transport data reveal about lockout laws and nightlife ... - 1 views

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    It is vital that public policy be driven by rigorous research. In the last decade key policy changes have had profound impacts on nightlife in Sydney's inner city and suburbs. The most significant and controversial of these has been the 2014 "lockout laws".
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Robots are taking jobs, but also creating them: Research review - Journalist's Resource... - 1 views

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    Machines are besting humans in more and more tasks; thanks to technology, fewer Americans make more stuff in less time. But today economists debate not whether machines are changing the workplace and making us more efficient - they certainly are - but whether the result is a net loss of jobs. The figures above may look dire. But compare the number of manufacturing jobs and total jobs in the chart below. Since 1990, the total non-farm workforce has grown 33 percent, more than accounting for the manufacturing jobs lost.
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House prices rise, affordability expected to worsen despite property slowdown later thi... - 1 views

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    House prices rise, affordability expected to worsen despite property slowdown later this year: CBA
    By business reporter Michael Janda

    Updated about 3 hours ago
    Auction sign on house replaced with sold sign
    Photo: Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart led gains for the month, quarter and year. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)
    Related Story: Property investor borrowing drives credit surge
    Related Story: Property investors lead home loan surge
    Related Story: Wealthiest suburbs among most vulnerable to mortgage stress
    Map: Australia

    If you thought it was hard to get into the housing market, it may yet get worse unless the Federal Government changes tax policies to reduce investor demand.
    Key points:

    Sydney home prices up 16pc over 12 months, Melbourne up 11.8pc
    CBA economists call for "gradual reforms to both supply and demand issues"
    Bank regulator likely to intensify investor loan crackdown

    That is the warning of economists at Australia's biggest mortgage lender, the Commonwealth Bank.
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