Source: The Economist, Joe Biden is taking executive action at a record pace, Daily Chart, January 22, 2021, https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2021/01/22/joe-biden-is-taking-executive-action-at-a-record-pace. Joe Biden is signing executive orders at a record pace. In his first two days in office, he has signed 17 executive orders; more executive orders than Donald Trump did in nearly two months in office. […]

Religion, not race, is the best single predictor of voting preferences America’s founding fathers envisioned a republic in which free-thinking voters would carefully consider the proposals of office-seekers. Today, however, demography seems to govern voters’ choices. Since April 2017 The Economist and YouGov, a pollster, have surveyed 1,500 Americans each week. They have built a statistical model […]

The Economist, in their daily chart for June 4, 2018, presented eleven measures that take the temperature of Donald Trump’s America. Mr. Trump’s campaign slogan promised to “Make America Great Again”. He has now been in office over 500 days, and appears ready to proclaim victory for his successes. The president bases this on the […]

A few weeks back, the Mental Health Foundation held its annual “mental-health awareness week” campaign. Approximately 25% of British adults have been diagnosed at some point with a psychiatric disorder, costing the economy an estimated 4.5% of GDP per year. Mental illness can occur from a variety of causes, but a growing body of research […]

President Trump currently has 42.4 million Twitter followers, making him the 21st most popular account on the social-media platform. “ONE year after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in America’s presidential election of 2016, objective indicators of his job performance are poor. His approval rating of 37% is lower than that of any other commander-in-chief nine months […]

Forced labor persists around the world, particularly for domestic workers. In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. Even though forced labor is now banned around the world, new reports from the International Labor Organisation (ILO), International Organisation for Migration and the Walk Free Foundation finds that the practice remains […]

A new survey from Pew Research Center shows sharp drops in approval A new survey by the Pew Research Centre of 40,447 people in 37 countries shows that trust in President Trump’s residency pales in comparison with Barack Obama’s final ratings. Whereas 64% of those surveyed had confidence in Mr Obama to do the right […]

“This isn’t the Adam West days. You can’t just roll out of bed and put the suit on. Audiences expect you to look like a superhero.” – from a recent red-carpet interview with Ben Affleck Ironically, data collected by Moviepilot suggest that since Batman first appeared in feature-length films 50 years ago, Mr. West has […]

How you are unlikely to die ON FEBRUARY 15th DA14, an asteroid 45 metres across, sailed past the Earth at 7.8km a second (4.9 miles a second). At just 27,700km away, it is well within the range of communication satellites. It was the closest encounter on record with an asteroid this big. In 1908 an asteroid estimated […]