9 Ebola Virus Charts That Will Give You Pause
Ebola Virus Charts 2014
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100,000 #Ebola outbreak buildings mapped, an exponential increase in cases and deaths, thousands of victims and some Ebola health worker casualties tell us that this problem needs to be closely watched than other matters such as our desires for an iPhone 6.

With the US government recently mobilizing 3,000 troops to help bolster Ebola containment and Bill Gates contributing $50 million for the efforts, us armchair Ebola watchers could only do so much as we watch this humanitarian and health tragedy unfold.

The only thing we could do right now, short of preparing for something very much akin to the Walking Dead is to inform ourselves.

Disclaimer: I've tried to locate the corresponding sources and have included links to them whenever necessary. If there are any incorrect sources or any wrong information, please inform me via the comments section. 

1. Ebola Case Mapping - MapBox

2. Ebola Case GIF - Source

3. Cases and Total Deaths in West Africa from April 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014 - CDC and WHO

4. Week by Week Spread of Ebola (Clicking the image below takes you to Simon B Johnson's  interactive Ebola Timeline website)

5. Top West Africa Ebola Traffic Flows - Currents.plos.org (Clicking opens new window)

Delving further into the resources at hand in the PLOS website, a direct quote of the "Early Epidemic Dynamics of the West Ebola Outbreak of 2014" is appropriate:

"Using a simple, two-parameter mathematical model, we find that the initial growth characteristics of the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic to be similar to those associated with prior Ebola outbreaks. Concerning is the lack of control evident, with epidemic processes growing in an essentially uncontrolled exponential manner, particularly in Liberia. While further data will permit model validation or re-calibration in the coming months, our findings indicate that this epidemic represents a public health emergency which has the potential to grow to extraordinarily destructive dimensions. We hope our model will add support to those voices already calling for an extraordinary international cooperative effort to control this epidemic." (Blog author's note: bold and underlined emphasis mine)

(Source: Plos David Fisman, Edwin Khoo, Ashleigh Tuite)

6. Interactive-Animated Ebola Spread Map - Source: Quartz's (qz.com) Zach Wener-Fligner (Link opens in new window)

7. Prediction of Ebola cases with a simple exponential growth model - Source: Imgur / MrGomel

Note: This is a mathematical prediction and does not constitute an accurate depiction of future events. Furthermore, I was not able to find the source of this model. Please advise in the comments section, thank you.

8. Response in countries with widespread and intense transmission [MAP] from WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report 2 5 September 2014 - Source: Imgur (Link opens in new window)

9. History of Ebola Cases by Location - Source: Imgur and WHO

History of all Ebola cases by location

I'm going to stop here as there are many more charts that could be found in the following:

Reddit search in /r/dataisbeautiful
Google Image search for "Ebola charts"

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 by Daniel Andrei Garcia

The World is Coming to an End Transcript Message by Prince EA

The world is coming into an end. This man speaks the truth. There's power in his words. At a time when terror, evil, pain, suffering, death and destruction are blasted to us by media this rapper comes along speaking the truth. Hear the powerful message that may offend you. This will shatter your conceptions of reality and open up your eyes to the profound truth that yes, love is within you.

The world is coming to an end
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated
The animals are going extinct, the economy’s collapsed
Education is shot, police are corrupt
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded
The people are depressed and angry
We can't live with each other and we can't live with ourselves
So everyone’s medicated
We pass each other on the streets
And if we do speak it's meaningless robotic communication
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth
Our government builds twice as my prisons than schools
It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple
And when you find the apple
It's been genetically processed and modified
Presidents lie, politicians trick us
Race is still an issue and so is religion
Your God doesn’t exist, my God does and he is All-Loving
If you disagree with me I'll kill you
Or even worse argue you to death
92% of songs on the radio are about sex
Kids don’t play tag, they play twerk videos
The average person watches 5 hours of television a day
And it's more violence on the screen than ever before
Technology has given us everything we could ever want
And at the same time stolen everything we really need
Pride is at an all time high, humility, an all time low
Everybody knows everything, everybody’s going somewhere
Ignoring someone, blaming somebody
Not many human beings left anymore, a lot of human doings
Plenty of human lingerings in the past, not many human beings
Money is still the root of all evil
Yet we tell our kids don’t get that degree
The jobs don’t pay enough
Good deeds are only done when there's a profit margin
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral
We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us
Our role models today
60 years ago would have been examples of what not to be
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against because they were born a certain way
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make little girls feel like they need “make up” to be beautiful Permanently lowering their self esteem
Because they will never be pretty enough
To meet those impossible standards
Corporations tell us buy, buy, buy, get this, get that
You must keep up, you must fit in
This will make you happy, but it never does for long
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos?
What is the solution?
We can love
Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio
I mean real love, true love, boundless love
You can love, love each other
From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed
Perform an act of kindness because that is contagious
We can be mindful during every interaction
Planting seeds of goodness
Showing a little more compassion than usual
We can forgive
Because 300 years from now will that grudge you hold against your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves
We can change our hearts
We have been sold lies
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust
To not recognize our brothers and sisters
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty
But once we truly love we will meet anger with sympathy
Hatred with compassion, cruelty with kindness
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth
Robert Kennedy once said that
Few will have the greatness to bend history
But each of us can work to change a small portion of events
And in the total of all those act
Will be written in the history of a generation
So yes, the world is coming to an end
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 by Daniel Andrei Garcia

Billionaire philanthropist, Bill Gates has committed to give $50 million to fight the Ebola virus. In what may be a crucial indication that the disease has reached a critical phase in spreading, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is putting its money to shore up the fight against the dreaded disease.

It's also hosting a twitter chat at 9:30 AM PT.

Bill Gates, who is very active in health and energy endeavors in Africa is continuously supporting these endeavors by putting resources in concerned UN agencies such as UNICEF, WHO and other private organizations who are already doing most of the work in the fight against Ebola.

Efforts are underway to combat the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Papua New Guinea.

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Daniel Andrei Garcia

Here's how the 25 wealthiest people on Earth stack up against each other presented in a nice little infographic. Thanks to infogr.am for the handy tool.

Net worth data was collected in Forbes' list of Billionaires as of September 4, 2014. If you cannot see the graphic below, please check your browser settings - otherwise, it looks like the basic graphic you see above.

Creative Commons Image via Flickr

Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2014 by Daniel Andrei Garcia

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How many times have you heard the phrase "buy time"? I've heard it so many times and I do know and understand what it means; but as the days go by with me wanting to do more, learn more and achieve more - the more of it seems to slip away.

Yes, time is slipping away from me as water does between our fingers.

Yesterday was a triple coincidence for me.

  1. Season 2 of the Simpsons indicated that Marge and Homer are in their early thirties. My wife and I are in our early thirties too. So, should I be eating donuts, burping and saying DOH!? Watching the Simpsons as a growing child made Homer and Marge appear to me as the quintessential and average parental figures. I just find it hard to watch them again knowing that I am almost at their age!
  2. We also watched Dr. Who and are now at the part where The Doctor traveled back in time with Rose to World War II. There was a bunch of kids who were saying "Mummy." with a British accent while wearing a gas mask. 
  3. Finally, the last time related coincidence that I've found was scavenged in the movie The Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. Think of it like a futuristic Ground Hog Day which is a little bit inspired by Starcraft. Except that Tom Cruise looks exactly the same Tom Cruise that we've seen in Top Gun. Isn't he about 50 years old by now?  Like the Groundhog Day, the story is surreal. Tom plays the role of a military media liaison who is recruiting people to fight a devastating losing war against space aliens who can control [spoiler alert] something. 
So yes, time. That effervescent concept that we are bound to by the limits and constraints of physics. It seems to me that most of our lives are spent watching television shows about people who are living extraordinary lives. Much of these are fictional but the premise is the same. It's like we are cocooned from the real world by the voracious repetition of events in our lives.

Is it just me?

Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2014 by Daniel Andrei Garcia

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