Infographics: rich countries and minorities discriminated against

OECD - rich countries and minorities discriminated against (Quartz)


African-Americans living in US have been a ‘poster child’ for discrimination towards ethnic minorities in developed countries. They are not alone. The latest report by OECD, visualized by Quartz, offers you that this does not simply apply in US. If you are a Turk living in Belgium and applying even for a decent job, good luck; if you are a Nigerian in Austria, good luck; if you are a Surinamese in Netherlands, good luck. Employers who do not wake up and start to change their paradigm about these people, good luck as well for the potential social tumults that follow.

Source: Quartz

Infographic: Ukrainian invasion – the sum of all fears

russian invasion



Will Russia invade Ukraine over Crimea’s matter? That remains a critical concern in today’s international relations.

First thing Kremlin has to consider though: it is technically, cost-wise, impossible for Moscow to launch a huge military offensive on a country populated by more than 45 million people, but that doesn’t also mean improbable as well. Russia had gotten with similar conflict with Georgia in 2008, but the government would be considerate enough to assume that Ukraine is no Georgia.

Well, there’s something that may inhibit Putin’s plan, at the very least: as much as 60 billion US$ has evaporated from Russian stock indices in a single day. A goddamn single day. He must have had enough inner fear himself.

But one analyst, in a counter-argument, and with his similarly risky data analysis, dares himself to invest in Moscow’s stock market. Read the full article in Quartz. Perhaps it’s also the same consideration that comes along Putin’s mind. Think again.


Infographics’ source: Business Insider

Quartz: not your ordinary business news source



Why you should visit this website: economics, and business, have never been so much interesting as Quartz always presents.

It is a marvelous news site, equipped in simplicity, and is straightforward, with not so many technical terms you always see in any papers, complete with dazzling interactive graphs, infographics, pictures, and maps you can refer to for your academic papers. It also, as a substitute for our mass media, focuses on things we seldom know about global economy on the other sides of our world, and what makes it work. In brief, this website is, for a lack of complications, I must confess, awesome.



Against all odds




This picture is no purpose-driven publicity effort to popularize Pope Francis. This, instead, challenges us to redefine what being ‘beauty’ and ‘ugly’ truly means. It is solely a small reminder, knocking the doors of our hearts, to come out of our limited, Euclidean, fixedly defined mindsets that constrain our visions, and of how easily prejudiced we are, as normal human beings.

Benjamin Corn, an Israeli-based neurofibromatosis expert, voices out his further opinions on Quartz. Read the full article here.


Ugliness is not an absolute condition but a socially sanctioned attribute. The problem with consigning something to that far, negative end of the spectrum is that ugliness can incite stigma. Art historian H.W. Janson says that modern definitions of beauty took root in the masters of the High Renaissance. In 1486, Botticelli’s painting of The Birth of Venus established a standard of features. Perpetuated over time by illustrators, marketers, members of the media, the standard—of flawless skin, golden locks, bodies at once buxom and taut—has served as a basis for Western ideals of beauty and, conversely, ugliness.

Because our aesthetic standards are arbitrary, our definitions of beauty have shifted slightly, over time, to encompass, for example, anorexic-appearing fashion models with little resemblance to the shapeliness of Botticelli’s Goddess of Beauty. There is one vital point in that dynamic: the arbitrary—including our ideas of what is beautiful, ugly, visually acceptable, or socially stigmatizing—can change. And each of us can contribute to that change.
Note: neurofibromatosis is a rare genetic disease by which NF1, a gene specialized in guarding our body cells from becoming cancerous, unexpectedly disappears or mutates, thus enabling those cells to grow beyond control, resulting in myriad tumors widely spread over the bodies of those exposed to such condition.