August 23, 2019
What are the
A | Addiction/Recovery | Anthropocene | Architecture | Art | Atmosphere | Autism | Automation | B | Balance | Best Practices | Big Picture | Biomimicry | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Blockchain | Books | Brain | Brand | Business | Buying | C | Career | CEOs | Cities | Climate Change | Collaboration | Comics | Communication | Competition | Confidence | Corruption | Courts | Co-Working | Creativity | Crime | Critical Infrastructures | CRM | Crowd | Cultures | Customers | D | Dance | Data | Design | Digital Content | Disease | Disruption | Distribution | Diversity | Drawing | Dreams | Drugs | E | Earth | Economic Development | Edge | Education | Electronics | Elements of Technology | E-Mail | Emotion | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Exploration | Extinction | F | Failure | Family | Fantasy | Fiction | Fintech | Food | G | Gaming | Genetics | Gender | Goals | Golf | Google | Green | Guns | H | Health/Care | Hero | History | Homes | Human Behavior | Human Life | Human Rights | Human Society | Hydrosphere | I | Ideas | Immigration | Incubators | Innovation | Intellectual Property | Internet | Intuition | J | Jobs | Journalism | K | Kids | Knowledge | L | Landscape | Language | Law | Leadership | Learning | Libraries | Life on Earth | Lifetime Learning | Literature | Location | Logic | M | Management | Manufacturing | Mapping | Marketing | Mathematics | Matter | Measurement | Mega-Cities | Men/Boys | Mental Disorders | Methods of Business | Mobile | Modeling | Movies | Museum & Gallery | Music | My Ten Books | N | Nature | Neighborhoods | News | Novel | O | Optimized Self | Outsourcing | P | Painting | Parenting & Grandparenting | Perception | Personal Finance & Investing | Perspective | Philosophy | Photography | Place | Plants | Play | Poetry | Police | Politics | Poverty | Power | Predictive| Pricing | Production | Project Management | R | Racism | Radio | Recycle | Refugees | Religion | Reporting | Research Parks | Restaurants | Road Trip | Robotics | S | Science | Sci-Fi | Scott Pickard | Sculpture | Sex | Simplicity | Simulation | Slavery | Sleep | Smart Grid | Social Groups | Social Change | Solar | Space | Sports | Stages of Life | Star on the Boulevard | Startups | Strategic Planning | Success | Supply Chain | Surface Features | Sustainability | T | Teachers | Technology | Thinking | Thought | 3D | Time | Todolist | Torture | Transportation | Travel | Trees | Trump | Truth | TV | U | Unequivocals | United States | University | Untrustworthy | Utopia | V | Values | Venture Capital | Video | Virtual | Visualization | W | War | Water | Weather | Wellness | What If | Wind | Women/Girls | World Since 1920 | Writing | Z | Zeitgeist
a writer writes,
a writer needs to be read
Can we mitigate our cognitive decline by holding on to the pen and the pad? | memoir: Life with Picasso Gilot | digital pencil: remarkable | drawing, painting, printmaking, collage: process of creation: A Giacometti Portrait Lord | modern art: The Art Story | augmented: artopia | at auction: List of Most Expensive Paintings | jewel-like: Klimt Néret | impressionism: Monet or The Triumph of Impressionism Wildenstein | van gogh: At Eternity’s Gate, Complete Works Metzger | building mural: BIG | digital pencil: 53 | in 3D: CreoPop | diagrams and patterns: venn, zentangle | learning: I Draw, sketch-based learning | chalk: Peter Han | coloring: Secret Gardens Basford | masters: Rembrandt
cultures: film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry | India: Kathputli Colony Delhi | Japan: The Kano School of Painting | Arts of the African peoples: African art | Arts of the Oceanic peoples: Oceanic art | Arts of the American Indian peoples: eiteljorg
architecture, landscape & urban design: protect: SaveWright | green: Frank Lloyd Wright Hess | architects: Frank Gehry, Peter Marino, Frank Lloyd Wright | architectural tours: viaggidiarchitettura | innovation portal: architizer | education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society
DIY (do it yourself): model butterfly: DIY Kit | tips & tricks: 1000 Life Hacks | films: swedefest | clog-free plumbing: Sani Sticks | board game design: CUDO Plays | kids: Tinker Crate | let’s get crazy: Colin Furze | 60s classic: Whole Earth Catalog Brand | $5 computer: Raspberry Pi Zero | interior decorating: Havenly | apps: Mobile Makers Academy | autos: local motors | philosophy: Shop Class as Soulcraft Crawford | How Do I Make a Paper Boat? sp | build your own digital wall of art: Wall of Art sp | clean vacuum filter: Vacuum Blast sp
movies: interviews: Broken Record Gladwell | tropes: Magical Negro | remake of a classic: A Star is Born| stop-motion: Isle of Dogs | independent & documentary: Hot Docs, flahertyseminar, sheffdocfest | the crowd speaks: Rotten Tomatoes | how to make/direct a movie: Ron Howard Master Class, The Godfather Notebook Coppola | Roger Ebert: Ebertfest, Life Itself | musicals: La La Land, Sound of Music | measuring: audience: rentrak | avante-garde: NotFilm | national parks: The First 70 | photography: terragalleria | on the edge: snagfilms, Werner Herzog | international: Karlovy Vary
music: lost album: You’e the Man Gaye | emerging artists: Slingshot | hip-hop: A Tribe Called Quest, Straight Outta Compton | birthplace internet: Poppy | baby boomers: The Bridge | the studio: Electric Lady Studios | neo soul: Mayer Hawthorne | dead: Prince | graham nash: This Path Tonight | carpool karaoke: J. Lo & J. Co | jazz: The Complete Concert by the Sea Live Erroll Garner | the chairman: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold | Beatles: White Album | top grossing album: Thriller Jackson | Brian Wilson: Love & Mercy | festivals: Glastonbury, Woodstock
photography: outdoor engagement: JR | tripod: Tenikle | magazines: aperture, tasjmagazine, Provoke | Can photography change the world? | visual archive of biodiversity: Photo Ark | image editing app: Meitu | expositions: Paris Photo | rock-n-roll: Danny Clinch | Humans of New York Stanton | aerials: Aerial Images from a Hot Air Balloon video sp
sculpture: bigger than life: Seward Johnson Atelier | dynamic: suspended | mobiles: calder | steel: David Stromeyer | sand: sand in your eye | 3D-printed: Joshua Harker | underwater: underwatersculpture | big: Search for the Lost Sunsinger sp
writing: I write to discover what I know. O’Connor | pen pals: I Will Always Write Back Ganda | plagiarism: Copyscape | keywords: SEO 101 | what makes a great story: The Hero with a Thousand Faces Campbell | freelancers: WriterAccess, Upwork | never give up: 20-year anniversary of Harry Potter | great American novel: Ernest Hemingway on Writing Phillips | writers’ history: American Writers Museum | grammar tool: grammarly | plots: 37 Basic Plots | guide: The Sense of Style Pinker | A Moveable Feast Hemingway | Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. Doctorow | structure: What is Informtion Mapping? sp
in general: collaboration: Faces Places JR & Varda | resilience & passion: Maudie | funding: d.rip | animated van gogh: Loving Vincent | marketplace for collectors: Paddle 8 | abstract: jazzberryblue | contemporary: culturehall | participatory: philinthecircle | art history texts: Getty Research Portal | curation: ArtStack | education: Sotheby's | news: Paris Review | simplicity: Art Is | restitution: Woman in Gold | wild visuals: Colossal | The Art Museum Phaidon
Should our biggest problems be solved by the unelected, tax-evading mega-wealthy 1%, instead of our people-powered democratic institutions?
Winners Take All Giridharadas | balance in an age of extremes: Faces of Moderation Craiutu | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith | Simple Siegel | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel | just get it done: Perfect is the enemy of the good.
Is our compulsive use of digital devices out of balance?
digital saturation: Digital Detox | Digital Minimalism Newport | simplicity: Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose… Joplin | imperfectness: wabi-sabi | tiny houses: Elevate | less is more: live within your means | If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Balance is the Ultimate Truth
Freedom, liberty, and Ayn Rand capitalism
< balance >
Federal solution(s) for Common Good
risk < balance > reward
freedom (of speech) < democracy > accountability (civility)
do unto others < golden rule > others do unto you
wants < government > needs
buy-america jobs < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless < balance > spend within means
finite resources on earth < balance > growth to create jobs
internationalism < balance > isolationism
free trade < balance > climate policy
left trying to survive < balance > right protecting wealth
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
work < balance > life
How should we prepare for 75% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050?
Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction; i.e., Amazon?
Is a head tax or Amazon Tax a fair recompense to cities for the social and environmental impacts of an Amazon-scale company?
How do we balance the need to attract tourist dollars with the duty to first sustain local infrastructure, businesses and natural beauty?
How can a small city compete against cities 10-30x their size and mitigate brain drain?
researchparks/incubators: associations: Association of University Research Parks, International Association of Science Parks | video best practices: incubators, research parks sp | research park flyover: Prairie Flight sp
inside the corporation,
i compete against you, you compete against me,
every person for themselves.
inside the co-working mashup,
you do not compete against me, I do not compete against you,
rather, it is the Cheers effect:
everybody knows your name,
you are happy to see me, I’m happy to see you,
you are interested in my ideas, I’m interested in yours,
you want to help me, I want to help you,
you learn from me, I learn from you,
together, we design and build cool things that make an impact on peoples’ lives.
Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?
How might drones and self-driving cars substantially change suburbia and the city?
Can cities make us better citizens?
Can we make real progress to reduce crime and incarceration?
#cut50 | Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City Sennett | personality & identity: sound of a city | public art: Toronto | public housing: High-Risers Austen | tall buildings: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat | sustainable living: Worldchanging Steffen | historical layers: HyperCities
Mayors Get it Done: When you consider that the majority of our population live in cities, clearly mayors are the ones that are out there with the people every day, close to the problems (Principle of Subsidiarity), getting things done, and they don’t wait for Washington to give them any help. sp
You’re not going to get there if you don’t have a vision.
Has politically ultra-conservative talk radio created a “Donald Trump”?
radio & podcast: talk radio: Talk Radio’s America Rosenwald | stories: The Moth | podcast: The Compass, Radiotopia | inclusive kids: Circle Round | change in America: 1A | human rights: Radio Free Europe Brown | interviews: Terry Gross | StoryCorps: app
What are the top-ten books that have had the biggest impact on your life?
The Great American Read | celebrate 4/23: World Book Day | tiny: Mouse Book Club | feed the soul: The Book Thief Zusak | prioritize your reading: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Mustich | bookstores: My Bookstore Rice | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein
my ten sp : entrepreneurship: Atlas Shrugged Rand | destiny: Dune Herbert | life in the full: Islands in the Stream Hemingway | utopia out of reach: Lost Horizon Hilton | power of the human will: Man's Search for Meaning Frankl | vision: Seven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence | protect what you love: Silent Spring Carson | fanaticism: The True Believer Hoffer | on simplicity: Walden Thoreau | quality and meaning: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
What do we want in our symbolic landscape (flags, monuments, et al) and who decides (censors) that?
video/visualization: power point: PresenterMedia | online chart building tool: chartblocks | enterprise data: tableau | flow charts: Lucidchart | production & wealth: Visual Capitalist | naturegemalde: The Invention of Nature Wulf | The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte
Is Fortnite TV’s biggest competition for eyeballs?
Is English becoming an unavoidable necessity for social acceptance worldwide?
Should English remain the official language of the EU after Brexit?
Is this trend driving indigenous languages to extinction?
What’s the best way to start a conversation? answer: Tell me about yourself?
e-mail: marketing: Emma | analytics: emaildatasource | Archival and Recovery: Symantec, sonian | campaign management: mailnetexpress | direct marketing and communications: clicktactics, constantcontact, echomail, icontact | early days: Pony Express
mobile: weathertech: CupFone | The smartphone has decimated multiple products: cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices, camcorders | off-grid communication: Gotoky | say hello to the future: iphone X | walkie-talkie app: Zello | text neck: Mobile Indicator | free calls/texts: Viber
If…, a network becomes as valuable as the square of the number of its nodes… Metcalfe, then, what does it mean that the current digital universe is growing by 30 trillion transistors per second? Dyson
Can the United States power infrastructure keep up with the accelerating energy demand driven by the exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data centers?
Should we privatize our U.S. Postal Service? When it comes to privatization of critical infrastructure in general, what are the lessons of history? | telecommunications: electrical/electromagnetic | condition: ASCE Infrastructure Report Card | Prime Movers for Change: When things really start to change, certain prime movers are often involved …..more sp
Will the IoT be the world's biggest robot? Should the government regulate the IoT? Do IoT’s benefits exceed the risks? Will/should animals become part of the IoT? Has the Internet killed more jobs than it has created? Has the Internet spawned an epidemic of cognitive addiction? | internet: computing at the nodes: Edge Computing | he da man: Tim Berners-Lee | networking aircraft: Airborne Wireless Network | the price for connectivity: Solitude Harris | history: Lo and Behold Herzog | transcontinental fiber: Hibernia Networks | No Place To Hide jpg , No Turning Back: I fear there is an inevitable march towards the dystopian visions we have had as long as we’ve known Science Fiction. The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at an accelerating pace that we cannot understand and it will covertly saturate our lives without us fully realizing the unintended consequences of these changes. We will adapt and acquiesce to this world in marginal steps that seem relatively harmless to us (look at what has happened with privacy in the Facebook era where we can no longer be forgotten, and in fact we may accept this as the inevitable advancement and trade-off of our technological society. IoT will bring more of everything to us but at a cost that we will not fully realize in terms of privacy, surveillance, critical thinking, and most importantly self-determination. We will be so reliant on IoT and its machines that there will be no turning back. sp
Can sufficient clean power can be generated from the world's deserts to supply mankind with enough electricity on a sustainable basis? Or is fusion energy the most feasible and fastest path to clean, limitlress energy?
Are banks and corporations too big to fail? GM CEO Mary Barra took on the task of making a dent in the sprawling, dense and calcified GM cultural fabric which has deeply embedded within it, the familiar dysfunctional qualities of a massive bureaucratic organization. In this regard, human nature repeats itself with disappointing consistency. In very large corporations, universities, government units, and the military, this is what we face and deal with every day.
It confirms to me that GM was probably not too big to fail. Failure could have been the disruptive event necessary to purge the dysfunction and clear a path for renewal -- a corporate reboot if you will. Bankruptcy would have provided the platform and mandate for sweeping away all the dead wood, political toxicity, cronyism, greed, inbreeding and staleness that builds up over time inside society’s largest institutions.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all-in for capitalism with its many faults, but we all know the aggressive pursuit of profit in BIG BUSINESS (with power and greed lurking in the headquarters’ shadows) has its dark side. When it comes to too big to fail, we need to protect taxpayers, not shareholders who have to take their risk/reward chances in our capitalistic free market. sp
Computer simulations are really just virtual time machines.
Does the data suggest things are better off than we think? | Factfulness Rosling | Enlightenment Now Pinker | curated verticals: Bloomberg Industry Products | machine data to knowledge: splunk | at the intersection of: Data & Society | pervasive data intelligence: Teradata | crowd-power: Metaculus | predictive security: Lookout | consumer: Radius, TellApart, infer, inklingmarkets | baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks | app score: appbackr | cloud: snowflake (warehouse), predixionsoftware | gamification: kaggle | global events: The Good Judgement Project | baseball: Money Ball Lewis | The Black Box Society Pasquale
What are your data/privacy rights? (a) consent or opt in when personal information is collected or shared with a third party abd to limit the use of personal information not necessary to provide the requested service; (b) obtain, correct or delete personal data held by a company; (c) be notified immediately when a security breach is discovered; (d) be able to move data in usable, machine-readable format
In this age of nonstop data collection, are we unwittingly losing our individual autonomy and the ability to make personal choices free of manipulation or coercion? | Exploding Data Chertoff
You protect what you love. jpg
Are oil platforms a hidden global environmental disaster in slow motion?
If the EPA is dismantled, who will protect our air and water?
Are citizens and scientists underestimating climate change’s potential existential threat?
Would injecting sulphur in the atmosphere cool the planet (geoengineering)?
When is it time to start a managed retreat from climate change?
projections: Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service | the fight for/against climate change: Losing Earth Rich | kid power: Greta Thunberg | facts: Vital Signs | united global initiatives: Paris Climate Agreement | documentary: Before the Flood | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein
Will water wars drive a (permanent) wedge between the haves and the have-nots?
water grab: Great Lakes Compact | catastrophes: The Poisoned City Clark | scarcity: The End of Abundance Zetland | conservation: The Everglades: River of Grass Douglas, Pristine Seas | oceans: Blue Planet II Attenborough
Are we protecting enough of earth’s terrestrial and marine areas to secure the long-term health and sustainability of our planet?
history: origin & development of earth: one-third the age of the universe | fossils: African Fossils | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting | time lapse imagery: Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984 - 2012 | geographical concentration: ring of fire | injection-induced seismicity: hydraulic fracturing | monitoring: Earthquake Track | fight back: Environmental Integrity Project | A Sand County Almanac Leopold
2018: What is the last question?
2017: What scientific term ought to be more widely known?
2016: What is the most recent/important scientific news?
2015: What do you think about machines that think?
2014: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?
2013: What should we be worried about?
2012: What is your favorite beautiful explanation?
2011: What would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?
2010: How is the Internet changing the way you think?
2009: What will change everything?
2008: What have you changed your mind about? Why?
2007: What are you optimistic about?
2006: What is your dangerous idea?
2005: What do you believe is true but cannot prove?
2004: What’s your law?
2003: What are the pressing scientific issues for the world?
2002: What is your question? Why?
2001: What now?
2001: What questions have disappeared?
2000: What is today’s most important unreported story?
1999: What is the most important invention in history?
1998: What questions are you asking yourself?
In the modern economy, there are few skills more important than the ability to keep learning.
Why do we scream college, but whisper career?
Could a lottery system for college admissions improve transparency and fairness?
In addition to saving for your kids’ college, start teaching them how to master the skills of the lifetime learner:
independent study and research
computer, software, and mobile device skills
building/leveraging professional networks
balancing virtual and real worlds in a healthy way
defining success for oneself, not by others.
How do we restore the teaching profession with equitable pay, training, and support?
university: The Assault on American Excellence Kronman
Should we arm our teachers with guns; or paper, pencils, and books?
Should professors and/or teachers get tenure?
Are screentime and smartphones detrimental to the learning process?
Do art and physical education (PE) correlate with success in school and life?
tuition-free, at-home online public schools: K12 | ratings: GreatSchools | adaptive learning: knewton| Asia & Africa: Room to Read | best practices: edutopia | STEAM: science technology engineering arts math | curriculum, assessment, tracking, reporting: Common Core Standards
Will half of American colleges will be bankrupt in 10-15 years?
Can HBCUs discover a sustainable formula for survival?
How much sense does it make to take out a loan(s) for something (college) you don’t yet know is the right path for you?
Are we spending too much on college tuition? When it comes to the cost of college for your kid(s), what’s a parent supposed to do?
Is debt-free college for everyone a financially sustainable idea for America?
Should we let students/families with outstanding balances on their student loans, completely off the hook?
Defaulting on student debt is akin to cheating. I’m sure there are many deserving hardship cases, but I’m also sure many defaulters have had a pattern of cheating and gaming every angle of the system they can find. A general release from student loans is a very slippery slope and we should think twice about a better philosophy of approach. It's also terribly disrespectful to all those students/families who worked hard, paid their debts, and followed through by the rules. Ditto for home mortgages. A general release from debt simply rewards the cheaters for successfully gaming the system by simply slow-walking the lending institution. Until our government makes college free for every student, we have to be the adults in the room and seek a reasonable balance between compassion on one hand, while making students/families accountable on the other.
If we were to abolish the Department of Education, what might be the intended and unintended consequences?
Authority over schools can best be exercised by those who are closest to the students.
mapping: cybersecurity: interference testing | radio-location: locatacorp | analytics: placed | data: momentfeed, placeIQ | geographic intelligence : www.metacarta.com | changing our brains: Pinpoint Milner | DIY museum map: Journey Maker | geography-as-a-service: FarmPlace | visually-impaired: Braille interface | physical model: Verdenskortet | 3D mapping: Trekker | buildings: IndoorAtlas | cities: Madison | coolhunting: MapLab | history: Prisoners of Geography Marshall
The Disruption of Being Lost: The unintended irony was that the more progress was made, the more a piece of our brains was going dark forever...more sp
Can we make things that make themselves?
automation: grocery supply chain: Ocado | folding clothes: FoldiMate | customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | electronics: managing all Apple devices as an ecosystem: jamf | expo: E3 2016 |design: Amazon Lab126 | trade shows: Consumer Electronics Show
When it comes to Virtual Reality’s impact on kids, how long is too long? How young is too young?
modeling, simulation, biomimicry: visualization power of AR/VR: flooding simulation | insect-scale micro-robots: RoboBees | genetically-engineerd spider silk: Kraig Biocraft | anti-bacterial: cicada wings | bullet train: kingfisher beak | collective behavior: ants | catalog: AskNature
solar: Solar required for new California homes starting in 2020 | payback: Solar Project Builder | world’s largest floating solar farm: Sungrow Power Supply Company | solar road: Wattway | industry software platforms: Sighten | net-zero homes: Solar Decathlon | oven: gosun| boats: planetsolar
wind energy: Could ocean wind farms diffuse hurricanes before landfall? | Does proximity to wind power (turbines) have an impact on residential property values? | two-bladed: Seawind | airborne: makanipower
in general: steel: Modumetal, nanosteelco | coatings: nanomech, hzo.me | micromachining: picodrill | self-assembly: Self-Assembly Lab Tibbits | environmental impact: DamNation, Hetch Hetchy, Sensor Fish
Is gaming addiction to Fortnite at epidemic proportions?
Do violent games contribute to youth violence?
pick your spots and then bet big: James Holzhauer | OASIS: Ready Player One | game producer & arenas: Blizzard Entertainment | MMOBA: King of Glory | monetizing star players: Twitch | rise of the gamer culture jpg : Kill Screen | Ender’s Game Card
Will home delivery kill the restaurant?
see (AR) before you order: Menu3 | the best: Zagat, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants | farm-to-table: The Kitchen | pop-ups: Shake Shack | food trucks: Roaming Hunger | eliminate waste: zeropercent | chefs: Yes, Chef Samuelsson, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Why do we love the road trip?
dispersed hotel: Albergo Diffuso | protect your employees: WorldAware | low-cost packages: Gate 1 Travel | water parks: Aquatica | points: The Points Guy | middle east: The Monk of Mokha Eggers | armchair travel for kids: Little Passports | utah canyons: The Mighty Five | 7 joys: The Joys of Travel Swick
Do we really need to drug-up and sacrifice race horses for our gambling pleasure?
failure is inevitably a part of discovery: Deadpool
What are the top 20 reasons why startups fail?
Focus like the point of a pencil: One of the most dangerous traps an entrepreneur can fall into is to get unfocused and spread thin across too many things -- a mile wide and an inch deep. An entrepreneur friend once told me that the venture capitalist that funded him made him see the wisdom of “focusing like the point of a pencil” to get one product to market because entrepreneurs consistently underestimate how much energy and focus it takes to accomplish that feat. sp
Risk and entrepreneurial resiliency: The best thing to do to stay calm and deal with the risk of starting a business is to think of the worst things that can happen to you (bankruptcy, being sued, going broke, getting divorced, havng a nervous breakdown, dieing….) and then figure out a plan to deal and recover from the worst-case scenario by breaking apart each problem and figuring out a solution. Once you go through this thought process and convince yourself that you can survive this adversity, then you can move forward with resolve and not constantly fret over the risk. This is entrepreneurial resiliency. sp
How do investors find the next big thing?
climate change: Breakthrough Energy Ventures Gates | get the data: PitchBook | The Man Behind the Microchip Berlin | startup 101: Kauffman FastTrac | CEOs: Business Rock Stars | education: deshpandefoundation | social impact: Models of Impact
What is the market potential for your company's product or service, and how does that fit into the revenue potential for the industry and its growth rate?
Elevator Pitch: You’ve only got 3 minutes, so instead of doing a business plan brain dump that will leave an investor reeling, pitch a story as if it really happened, the way they do in the movie business. You can start the story like this: “In 201?, I finally left my job and started my own business. I was terrified but exhilarated at the same time. As it turned out, it was the greatest decision I ever made because my dream is now a reality and people love our product.” And go from there. sp
We shall not cease from exploration
At the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Do we need another monumental human achievement that everybody will remember (like Neil Armstrong’s stepping on the moon) and will unite us?
Can we afford it?
Or, should the achievement be for education, medicine, or poverty?
Is it our destiny to become a spacefaring species?
What are the rules of space? Who can own the moon?
What is the most exclusive club in the world?
space: B.S. 20?? Space: Colorado School of Mines | Mars: Insight, The First, The Martian Weir | long-term spaceflight: Endurance Kelly | commercial ventures: Blue Origin, SpaceX, virgingalactic | light sail: The Planetary Society | U.S. Air Force: Space Command
Why do we crave the road trip?
truckers: The Long Haul Murphy
Everday Explorers: Hitting the open road is really the impulse to explore that is hard-wired into our being from the first day we crawl from the living room to the kitchen; or run down to the creek in the woods; or bike across town without our parents knowing about it; and we never stop. It is on-demand exploration for all of us and the impulse is so strong that we return to satisfy that drive, year after year. So the question within the question is, why do we explore? sp
look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Are you frustrated with a screen-obsessed kid?
At what age should a child be given a cell phone?
Is it a good idea for kids to be asking for answers to important questions from digital assistants? Is this practice interfering with the learning process?
Are overprotective parents raising a generation that can’t grow up?
Can we get kids to listen without yelling in anger?
parenting, grandparenting, family: The Vanishing American Adult Sasse | infidelity: The State of Affairs Perel | parenting the fragile child: The Orchid and the Dandelion Boyce | digital addiction: Quiet dePaola, Truth About Tech | restore free-range/free-play kids: Let Grow | saving for college: Saving For College | cell phones: Away for the Day (Screenagers) | losing a friend: Bridge to Terabithia Paterson (Auth | estrangement: Stand Alone | final days: Checklist for My Family Hurmefather | A River Runs Through It Maclean | end of life: Rocket Gibraltar | weddings: 112 Weddings | family: videos sp | TV: Honey, I Shot the TV! sp
Love has many colors: Love over a lifetime has many colors. In the beginning, love is hot red and pink and black and white. Over the decades, love turns to green and brown and blue like a majestic tree with roots sunk deep and reaching for the sky. sp
How can the built environment help children cultivate self-reliance?
homes: The Design of Childhood Lange | move freely: Offerpad | what’s next: Housing-as-a-Service | equity: Figure | struggling to afford the American Dream: Squeezed Quart | simplify: Tidying Up | low-income: mobile | modular: Katerra | portable: Coodo | compare movers: moveBuddha | insurance: Lemonade | find a contractor: BuildZoom | when a tree becomes part of the family: Magnolia Memories sp
financial & investing: free tools: Blueprint Income (annuity calculator), Personal Capital | free stock trading: Robinhood | being smart about spending: Dollars and Sense Ariely | Retirement Planning sp
What’s the greatest comeback? Hogan, or Tiger?
Tiger Story: Since his first win at the Masters in 1997, Tiger Woods was not that nice a guy and did some awful things to those he "loved," and to himself. But that same determination that he had applied to golf, he HAD to apply to his personal life. His journey back towards a more peaceful and moral life is truly impressive, probably more so than the Masters win jpg itself. sp
When will you shoot your age?
caddies: Loopers | bucket list: register for Master’s | father/son: Final Rounds Dodson | golf as a metaphor for life: The Legend of Bagger Vance Pressfield | kids: Drive, Chip and Putt | stadium golf: Scottsdale TPC #16 | rules & etiquette: Rule Changes 2019 | my tin cup: Lost Swing in Paradise sp| rules: Golf Rules Finder sp
Golf is a declining sport, but why?
Millenials Do Different Things: It would make sense to me that there are more golf course failures in climates where you don’t have sunny weather year-round, versus the warmer climates in the west, south, and southeast. But the bigger driver of this trend is that the younger generation is not adopting golf the way it was with my generation. From their perspective it takes too much time; it’s too difficult a game to master; it costs too much; it’s low on the adrenaline meter (think Fortnite and extreme sports); and, it’s simply what they (parents) did, not what we do. That being the case, this trend will impact all regions eventually. sp
Laughter is (still) the best medicine.
How much better would life be without alcohol?
wellness: alcohol-free: Sober Curious Warrington | plastic-free toothpaste: Bite | forest bathing: shinrin yoku | happiness: The Blue Zones of Happiness Buettner | get outside: The Nature Principle Louv | brain: Brain Food Mosconi
Will a global opioid settlement mimic the 1990s tobacco experience?
Are drug companies being honest about the opiod epidemic?
drugs, addiction, recovery: disruption of the pill box: Pill Pack | cannabis: Leafly | alcohol recovery: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober Gray | opiods and corporate greed: Dopesick Macy | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy
Corruption in Plain Sight: Are drug companies being honest about the opiod epidemic?Absolutely not! Corruption at the very top is killing people in order to make billions. McKesson knows full well that the more opiods they distribute, the more people that get addicted and the more billions they make. McKesson is the corporatization of illegal drug dealing and our politicians and Department of Justice are complicit. We cannot allow McKesson to become too big to prosecute; we must make sure McKesson is too evil to survive. Credit the government insider whistleblowers and Sixty Minutes for sounding the alarm. sp
Tell Your Children Berenson
Is the vape boom a slow-motion train wreck?
Can Planet Earth feed 10 billion people by 2050?
Is the global ecological impact of meat production sustainable?
food: Disrupting the $90B Global Meat Market | delivery: Walmart InHome | platform for activism and change: Uncharted, Broken Bread, World Central Kitchen | eat healthy: What to Eat When Roizen | snacks: Graze | diet: Flexitarian | roadmap: Feeding the Future Heintzman | plant-based meats: Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods
Persuasion and the Nudge: You don't easily change a person’s perspective, understanding, and long-held opinion of things. It is built up moment by moment, year by year, decade by decade over a lifetime like layers of brick in a house. Rather than try to completely change a person's opinion in one sitting, find a way for two views to coexist and cooperate by nudging each towards the other. Reference Paul McCartney's idea about nudging people to eat less meat by instituting Meatless Monday. sp
Is it a reasonable and feasible goal for our supermarkets and restaurants to become zero waste?
Are screens coming between doctors and patients?
Will doctors be replaced by algorithms?
healthcare & disease: solving medical mysteries through team science: Undiagnosed Diseases Network | insurance: Oscar (google big data) | transplant ethics: Transplant Ethics | precision medicine: The Future of Medicine | ebola: Inferno Hatch, Time Person of the Year | vaccination: pro-con
Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal?
If Medicare for All will provide as good or better healthcare as compared to provate plans – including no premums, no deductible, no co-pays – would this option be acceptable to you? If not, why?
Is government the most unreliable caretaker of our tax dollars?
Should we want turn over all of American medicine (Universal Health Care; Medicare for All ) to those who have proved themselves incompetent to run large parts of it?
Should Social Security and/or Medicare be privatized?
What can employers do to help address the high cost of healthcare in the U.S.?
Health Care Transparency: We look to the federal government for a global solution to a sustainable healthcare system that works for everybody, but history shows BIG GOVERNMENT is the most incompetent and wasteful and corrupt caretaker of our tax dollars. So, what are we to do?
First, we should require medical service providers to make their prices transparent so they can be compared. Competition will keep everybody honest and will immediately force excess charges out of the system.
Second, we should adopt the English Rule employed around the common law world, where the loser (in a malpractice lawsuit) pays the expenses of both sides.
Third, consumers of medical care need to “own” their care and shop for the lowest-cost. A balanced approach might include: (a) a major medical insurance plan for the big things; and (b) a Health Savings Account (HSA) to cover routine healthcare. The unused balance in the HSA would roll over into a retirement account. The consumer is incentivized to own and shop wisely for medical care, but they always keep their money in the HSA whether it is used for healthcare or for retirement.
Finally, there is no cure for old age, so when the body begins to wind down naturally, we all must accept the inevitability that we can’t live forever, and let nature take its course. sp
Is poor work-life balance the biggest cause of stress in society?
Our country is healthier when everybody is healthier. Buttigieg
Why for two years in a row, has our (U.S.) life expectancy declined?
How do we stem the tide of obesity?
Why is there an increase in suicides (deaths of despair) and how should we respond?
History informs the present and inspires the future.
Medieval Europe, Africa, Asia: immersive social history: The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England Mortimer
East, Central, South, SE Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa to 1885
Pre-Columbian America (1540)
Modern World to 1920
China: The Beautiful Country & Middle Kingdom Pomfret
France: post-French Revolution: Les Miserables Hugo
Russia: revolution: Dr. Zhivago Pasternak
Why do so many people like to watch ritual combat, e.g., cage fighting? (Trump has figured this out.)
Where do our sexual preferences come from?
sex, sexuality, gender, misconduct: giving voice to: Everday Sexism | bad date: Cat Person | when the harassing boss is a woman: Disclosure | anti-sexual violence: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) | men/boys: ED: Roman | conversion therapy: Boy Erased Conley | men & war: Dispatches Herr
What is and is not sexual misconduct?
How effective is mandatory harassment training?
women/girls: political activism: Supermajority | first lady: Becoming Obama | evangelical purity: Pure | courage: The Wind in My Hair Alinejad | enough is enough: 9 to 5 | education: I Am Malala Yousafzai
Me-Too: For the me-too movement to maintain momentum and credibility, it is important to withstand the pressure to over-rush to judgment on every single case, but to stay true to due process (facts) and balanced fairness. sp
How can we beat loneliness?
emotion: contagion: Anger Can Be Contagious | brain: How Emotions Are Made Barrett | hate: The Opposite of Hate Kohn | Age of Anger Mishra | happiness: Resisting Happiness Kelly | love: Love is the Answer Rundgren | revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas
mental disorders: anxiety: Turtles All the Way Down Green | dementia & alzheimer’s: In Pursuit of Memory Jebelli | suicide: Thirteen Reasons Why Asher | schizophrenia/homeless: The Soloist | bi-polar: Infinitely Polar Bear
Is our increasing use of the internet harming our memory?
learning & thinking: cognitive test: Alzheimer's | games: .x-cube | talk to yourself (out loud): self-explaining | memory: Memory Sports | cognitive offloading: Augmented Human Papagiannis | boredom arises when you don’t have a plan. sp
in general: the depths of depravity: Heart of Darkness Conrad | decisions: Nudge Thaler | nature vs nuture: The Other Wes Moore Moore | positive thinking: The Power of Positive Thinking Peale | alzheimers: Still Alice | The Blank Slate Pinker
perception, perspective, confidence, intuition: Persuasive Technology Fogg | you are who you are: Self-Consciousness Updike | sports: hot hand | mindfulness: The Confidence Gap Harris | | intuition: Blink Gladwell | the view from 50,000 feet: Daily Overview | perception of space: Flatland Abbott | make it count: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. | essay: Confidence is the Prime Mover sp
Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there. The Alchemist
What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust and wonder how we could have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humanness and humanity? Dorfman
Is America's cold civil war (liberals vs conservatives) driving us towards a constitutional crisis?
fighting hate where they find it: Southern Law Poverty Center (SLPC)
Is America abusing children at the southern border? Are we in violation of International Human Rights Law?
Should the world's moral responsibility to stop human atrocities rise above national sovereignty?
protecting refugees: How to Solve a Human Rights Issue | laws governing refugees and asylum: The 1951 Refugee Convention | mass atrocities: The Enough Project | holocaust: Night Wiesel, US Holocaust Memorial Museum | concentration camps: One Long Night Pitzer | oppression & struggle: Human Acts Kang | United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights | human rights monitoring & investigation: Genoocide Watch, Citizen Lab, Human Rights Watch | modern trafficking: Human Trafficking Shelley
Civil War Slavery: There never was and there never will be anything noble to celebrate or memorialize about (Civil War) slavery. sp
How long can the Constitution of the United States (1789) and its 27 Amendments effectively serve as the Supreme Law of the Land in the face of extreme accelerating change in our world?
Do you believe in President Trump’s position that “torture works” such that it morally justifies its use by the United States during war?
Break the Chain: Is the United States (CIA) guilty of a massive violation of human rights by exploiting torture interrogation techniques (in the name of national security) at its black site (secret) prisons? If we rationalize torture in the name of war and saving American lives, then WE become the barbarians and in so doing we write a blank check to our enemies to reflect the same barbaric behavior. Much like child abuse which propagates from generation to generation, this vicious cycle of abuse and violence will only stop when someone has the courage and leadership to break the chain of torture, and that should be us. sp
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Can biophilia-based design of spaces using natural elements, improve mental and physical wellbeing?
Does the forest unlock and inspire our creativity?
creativity (novel and valuable): rent professional cameras: Kitsplit | spontaneous humor: Improv Nation Wasson | NYC’s High Line: web site, book |walking > thinking > writing: Why Walking Helps Us Think | perfectionists: the 8 percent | manic-depression and creativity: Touched with Fire Jamison | festivals: SXSW | pencil: documentary | gaia: Biophilia Wilson
Does handwriting need to be saved?
Handwriting in America Thornton
design: limited hand mobility: Liftware | designing for humans: Humanscale Manual | collaborative design platform: Canva | the master: Leonardo da Vinci Isaacson | interior design: Houzz | education: Stanford D.School | studio-based education: Rhode Island School of Design | roadmap software: Aha! | bladeless-fans: Dyson | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp
in general: dangerous ideas: To the Best of Our Knowledge | forums: Aspen Ideas Festival | Blink Gladwell | Leonardo's Notebooks da Vinci | What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Brockman | persuasion: Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Do immigrants and refugees have to arrive “self-sufficient,” or is it enough (as it always has been) to come with a $1 in their pocket but a sincere desire to work, take care of their family, and pursue the American Dream?
Or, does a balanced economic/family/refugee immigration policy modeled after Canada, now make sense for the U.S.?
families just like us: Kim’s Convenience | unintended consequences: The Line Becomes a River Cantú | global refugee crisis: surviving vioilence, The Boy on the Beach Kurdi, Human Flow Weiwei jpg | teaching kids our immigrant legacy: Her Right Foot Eggers | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder
Is separating immigrant and/or refugee children crossing our border from their families in effect weaponizing children for a political policy objective?
Instead of squalid shanty towns, can we plan our refugee settlements to transform into livable towns?
We Can Do Better
When the early pilgrims and pioneers came across the Atlantic to seek religious, political, and economic freedom in the United States, they came over as intact families and were not separated from each other when they arrived. As immigration increased throughout the decades from many corners of the world, there were occasional times when a father (or mother) came over first to find a job, but the children stayed with their mothers and grandparents and when they came later they were not surprised upon arrival that they would be separated from their parents. As we moved west to explore and settle this great United States, we did so as intact families. Separating kids from parents at such a critical moment in their lives is simply an abomination and a gross transgression of American values. No amount of political spin or religious pontification can change that fact.
After World War I, did we ever think we would use barbed wire again to trap humans?
Walls SEPARATE Nations
Walls (physically) block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate nations jpg. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few bad actors but at the cost of separating us from an entire nation is a terrible trade-off and a fool's calculus. We put up walls in fear, hate, and war. We take down walls in confidence, love, and peace. What kind of society do we want to live in?
How worried should we be about alleged criminals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border?
Get a Grip!!
If you're worried about criminals crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, thousands of miles away, don’t bother, because you should be more worried about getting struck by lightning; or, getting broadsided in your car; or, being gunned down by a well-armed angry person; or, getting a heart attack, cancer, stroke, dementia; or, getting whacked by a tornado, hurricane, wildfire; or, the more common divorce, depression, alcoholism, suicide…..Get a grip, man!! Immigrants and refugees are the least of your problems.
Are sanctuary cities overall good for America? Or, do they erode the rule of law?
It’s Not About You
There will always be native peoples that came before you, and there will always be new immigrants and refugees that will come after you. The belief that we (who’s that?) were here first spanning the long arc of time, is selfish, misinformed, and a lie that discriminates and harms.
As the seas rise, crops wither, and wars and violence erupt, we have become a survival-seeking world on the move. We need to help each other out, not fight each other.
Every innovation begins with a question.
Will the banking industry be disrupted by blockchain technology, or be revolutionized? Will digital banks (challenger banks) eventually obsolete physical branch banks?
Could Sears have avoided bankruptcy? How?
Will autonomous cars destroy millions of jobs?
Is innovation predictable?
W.A.I.T. – W.hy A.m I. T.alking in this meeting?
Most big achievements are achievements of a team.
Careers will turn into jobs….. jobs will turn into tasks.
Is a jerk boss a cultural terrorist? Or,
Is your boss an algorithm jpg? If so, how do you ask for a raise? What have you learned from that experience?
How are we going to find decent jobs for workers who lose their jobs to global competition, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence in general?
Is Universal Basic Income (U.B.I.) the answer to an automated future?
ai disruption: reskilling & upskilling: Towards a Reskilling Revolution
Are you continuously learning to fend off obsolescence?
synchronicity: Living in Flow Nelson-Isaacs | cases: Outliers Gladwell | classic: Think and Grow Rich Hill | digital survival: Machine, Platform, Crowd McAfee | freelance: Upwork | goals: S.M.A.R.T. | inspiration: Start with Why Sinek | networking: 2-Hour Job Search Dalton | preparation: Think Complex, Speak Simple. | reading: hours/day | smarter: Great at Work Hansen | success: The Formula Barabási
Define success for yourself. sp
High road or low road: There are two kinds of people who are successful in this world: those who leave in their wake a pile of demolished relationships; and those who earn a lifetime legacy of trust and inspiration. Which road will you choose? sp
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Fact-based, trustworthy journalism is a cornerstone of our democracy.
Can you believe what you read? How do we really know the difference between opinion, advertising, and accurate news?
fact checking: Trump, The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking Borel | The Trust Project | slow journalism: Out of Eden Walk | finding the truth in the age of Trump jpg : The Fourth Estate | computer science & entrepreneurship: Hacker News | enough is enough: Network | investigative & commentary: Spotlight, ProPublica, On the Media | forums: frontlineclub
Buyer Beware of Fake News: The cybersecurity profession learned early on that there is no way to protect every single computer and mobile device in the world against cyber attack by simply using policies and computer algorithms. Usually the weakest link is the individual that knowingly or not, clicks on a bogus phishing email or advertisement.
The same is true for protecting against fake news. We should not lay this off on the federal and state governments to solve this problem alone. Protection against cyber meddling starts with each individual being fully aware and educated about the role and responsibilities of citizenship, and having good common sense and judgment about the news they read and the sources they follow. At a minimum, we need to concentrate on education of the news consumer as much as we need to concentrate on the technology to filter and block fake news.
Besides, who should ultimately be the decider of what the truth is? I don't think we want the government to be the decider (or Google, Facebook, et al), but it must be up to each individual. We need to protect the media’s ability to collect and serve up factual news as best they can, but each individual should have an informed suspicion of what is fake or not. sp
Journalism is the first rough draft of history.
The search engine is no longer a model for human knowledge, it is human knowledge. So, who (or what) is at the controls?
What ethical questions arise by the reviving of a pig brain, and eventually, a human brain?
consciousness: The Quest for Consciousness Koch | online: IQ test | what your head is really up to: Idiot Brain Burnett | brain+machine: Beyond Boundaries Nicolelis | adolescence: The Teenage Brain Jensen
Would you rather live in a world without technology, or a world without religion?
Could one genetic scientist who is a Christian work side-by-side in a lab with a genetic scientist who is an atheist? Lanier
Do people have a right to be forgotten on Google and Social Media in general?
google: follow the money: Google Acquisition Tracker | the view inside: How Google Works Schmidt | news: Google News | race to the moon: Lunar Prize | topic curation: Knowledge Graph | 3D motion & depth sensing: Project Tango | artificial intelligence: DeepMind
mathematics: Principia Mathematica (Newton) Whitehead & Russell | love: love, mathematics of love | algorithmic art: verostko | computational knowledge engine: wolphramalpha | diminishing returns | equation editor | extraterrestrial life: Drake Equation | happiness: better than expected, likes minus dislikes | human-computer interaction: fitt’s law | two classics: The Thirteen Books of the Elements (Euclid) Heath
museums & galleries: spys: International Spy Museum, KGB Spy Museum | homo sapiens: Neanderthal Museum | Christianity: Museum of the Bible | largest dinosaur exhibit: Sue T-Rex | general: British Museum, Tate.org | medicines: Pharmacy Museum | surrealism: The Dali Museum | science: Museum of Science and Industry | aviation: museumofflight | design: design-museum | digitized: Smithsonian | emerging artists: Miguel Abreu Gallery | immigrants: Tenement Museum
Human nature doesn't change much, but science does and is it accelerating beyond our control?
citizen science: citizenscience | passionate realist: Science in the Soul | engaging the public: World Science Festival | innovation: Science is the Great Giver Gates | What We Believe but Cannot Prove Brockman | confirmation bias: the tendency to look for and see only evidence that confirms what one already believes.
in general: Beginner's Guide to the Humanities Bishop | enterprise: palantirtech | native intelligence (institutional memory) | executive education: Apple University | survey & assessment: questionmark | questions & answers: bepl, quora
Can (should) common sense gun control measures and the Second Amendment coexist?
Why should Americans have unlimited mass access to so many guns, assault weapons, and ammunition?
Can we make real progress to reduce crime jpg, incarceration, and recitivism?
Has the the principle of innocent until proven guilty been irreparably eroded in the online and me-too eras?
crime, punishment, corruption, gun violence, policing: justice/injustice: When They See Us, Prisoner Rezaian | T.R.U.E. | #cut50 | black lives matter: The Hate U Give Thomas | biggest corporate fraud since Enron: Bad Blood (Theranos) Carreyrou | insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar | mafioso: The Godfather Puzo | inside the mind: Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | accountability: Judicial Watch | wrongful convictions: Innocence Project | SCOTUSblog
How do we solve the problem of a growing ? Is predictive policing part of the answer, but at what cost? Does predictive policing move us ever closer to the dystopian vision of an oppressive surveillance state?
• Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
• Corruption thrives within complexity and centralization of power.
• As income and wealth rise to the top, so does political power.
How do we without selling them the rope they will hang us with? | invention & intellectual property: free-range invention: MIT Media Lab | kids can invent: Calling All Minds Grandin | patent search engine & analytics: CB Insights | copyrights: creative commons licenses
How to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor: The first thing I would do is identify all the local startup business incubators and/or co-working facilities in your community, especially the ones that seem to be the best fit to your idea. Usually these places have an open-door policy that allows people to come in with new ideas that have the potential to later on develop into new products and businesses. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of all the local attorneys who provide patent services, and in some cases you can get a sit-down session with one of these attorneys at no cost. See how far you can get without having to spend any money. Another thing you should do is attend entrepreneur networking events and do some social networking with the entrepreneurs and staff because they’ve been down this path before and they will know who to contact and how to proceed. sp
Lead by example.
What is a hero?
heros: Tank Man
Can and should our President do better?
Disingenuous… you know it when you see it: A leader's morals, logic, mindset, personal agenda, and degree of dysfunction are the drivers of his or her decision-making and actions, and together they form a pattern that – no matter what they say on camera – that will repeat very consistently. Don’t be fooled. sp
CEOs also Superbowl referees
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Leadership
Like it or not, successful leaders can come in all stripes: good, bad, and ugly. Some teachers are cruel to their students, while some teachers change students’ lives. Some coaches are jerks, while some coaches inspire greatness in their athletes. Some CEOs are flat out assholes, while some CEOs are fair, honest, and visionary. Some presidents are philandering, bullying, big-mouth blowhard’s, while some presidents are soft-spoken, strong, inspirational leaders of a nation.
This is the way of the world. It is frustrating to the average civil person who plays by the rules when a CEO or a politician or any person in a position of leadership and power can be as successful as they are mean, conniving, unprincipled, and dysfunctional.
As to our newly-elected President Donald Trump, beware of false prophets. We have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt because that is what we do as Americans. But as to his character and performance going forward, time will tell, the ball is in his court. sp
Anthropocene Human Impact =
extinction = de-extinction: Can and/or should we try to balance this equation?
What are the unintended consequences?
What ethics should guide those decisions?
If it is too difficult and expensive to revive every extinct species, what are the criteria for deciding which ones to de-extinct?
human: Centre for the Study of Existential Risk | priority: keystone species | archive: Photo Ark | advocacy: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species | species: insects, bees | The Sixth Extinction Kolbert
genetic manipulation: Do we understand what we are doing
nature & diversity of life: TV: Nature | nature’s most dangerous cocktail: Venom: Nature's Killer Bauer | wellness: Forest Therapy | phylogeny: SATé - Simultaneous Alignment and Tree Estimation | birds: BirdCast, The Big Year | sounds: birdsnap | cats: big cats extinction | butterfly: Butterfly Wonderland | animal rights & activism: Blackfish | love of nature: My First Summer in the Sierra Muir | philosophy: Leaves of Grass Whitman | Humboldt, scientific traveler: The Invention of Nature Wulf | Life Brockman | genetic manipulaton: Unnatural Selection Healey
Why are the gray whales starving to death in the Pacific?
biosphere: researching the Gaia hypothesis: EcoHealth Alliance | overview effect: Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Grant | early warnings: Coral Reef Watch | animal sound archive: Macaulay Library | banning DDT: Silent Spring Carson | man’s impact: Man and Nature Marsh
behavior: Do crows pass on knowledge to offspring? | emotions: Mama's Last Hug de Waal, Spy in the Wild | consciousness: The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness | apes: musical perception | dogs: Cesar's Way | birds: The Genius of Birds Ackerman | The Behavior of Organisms Skinner
plants & trees: Photosynthesis hack to feed world by 2050 | seed banking: Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Native American, Seeds on Ice Fowler | evolution and paleobotany: tree ring research | rainforests: transpiration | deforestation: Brazil | counting: from space | data visualization: The Book of Trees Lima | education: arborday | connectedness: Essay on the Geography of Plants Humboldt | Ancient Trees Moon | I’m a tree hugger: Magnolia Memories sp
Cradle to Cradle: Does the company know how the parts, components, and materials are ultimately separated, processed, and disposed of and the cost of end-of-life disposal?
Tragedy of the Commons: Our long-term survival depends on each of us and all of us conserving the commons.
recycle: news, research, analysis: Waste Business Journal | self-contained: toilets | recycled packaging: Loop | ocean plastic cleaning & recycling: 4Ocean, PlasticBank | one man’s junk is another man’s treasure: Junkyard Planet Minter | plastic bricks: homes for homeless | organizations: Bureau of International Recycling | cradle-to-cradle: Where all industrial ouputs are inputs to a clean ecosystem.
sustainability & green: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle: Green New Deal | local strategies for the long run: Institute for Local Self-Reliance | a world in balance: Nurture Nature Foundation, A World of Three Zeros Yunus | colorado river sucked dry: Where the Water Goes Owen | overshoot: Limits to Growth Meadows | energy innovation: Breakthrough Energy Coalition | Cradle to Cradle McDonough | There's enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed. Ghandi
Every Dollar Generated Takes a Bite Out of Our Planet: The extraction mentality has no soul, only a selfish robotic-like drive towards profit at the exclusion of the Commons Good. sp
Can poetry keep you young? Can poetry heal you?
poet laureate: joy Harjo | Poetry Rx | kids: I'm Just No Good at Rhyming Harris | rap: battle rap | performance: Poetry Slam | Chicago audio poetry tour | cowboy poetry | illiustrated: popshotpopshot | magazines: poetryfoundation | I know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou
comics & graphic novels: most famous man in comics: Stan Lee jpg | iron girl: Riri Williams | geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | conventions: comic-con | graphic novels: The Sandman Overture Gaiman, Le Diable Vert Manini, Watchmen Moore
science fiction & fantasy: history: Astounding Nevala-Lee | prelude to The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit Tolkien | broken earth trilogy: The Fifth Season Jemisin | time travel: Time Travel: A History Gleick, Back to the Future II, Safety Not Guaranteed, Timecop, Dr. Who | kid power: The Supernaturalist Colfer | avatarmovie | classic: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Verne | children rule: Ender’s Game Card | Dune Herbert
kids: every toddler’s favorite book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle | holiday: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Seuss | silliness: The Book With No Pictures Novak | fantasy: Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) Lewis | The School for Good and Evil
Is your city/state magnetic or sticky?
What can planners do to make the first impression more vivid, unique, and memorable?
The Boulevard is a Special Place: I have lived on a classically beautiful boulevard block for thirty years, and it has turned out to be one of the best and luckiest decisions I have made in my life. The boulevard is a place made special by natural beauty and longtime, loyal neighbors that have enriched my life. Every night driving home when I turn on to the boulevard and see my house and the neighborhood, a smile comes across my face and the stress of the day just floats away. The boulevard is a source of well-being and inspiration that renews me each and every day. So when it came time to start my own business from home, the first idea that popped into my head was “Boulevard Projects.” The name is a constant reminder to me about what is so important in my life (family, friends, neighbors) and it has truly been the launch pad for everything good, creative, and valuable that I have produced for my family, colleagues, customers, and community. sp
Is our obsession with performance data killing performance and innovation?
Can it be said that 20% of our products are really responsible for about 80% of our profits? Eighty-Twenty Principle
CEOs make 300X more than workers, but are they doing 300X the work? | CEO/Worker pay ratio: SEC Rule
What are the metrics for the top performing CEOs
project management: online, all sizes: 5PM, ProofHub | resource/portfolio management platform: Planview | collaboration & task management: basecamphq, LiquidPlanner | gantt charts: smartsheet | To-Do List: I came to the conclusion long ago that one's day is a blending and balancing of business and personal, so this to-do task spreadsheet is designed around that philosophy. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me. > Todolist sp
in general: presentation templates: YouExec | measure, monitor, manage: Measure What Matters Doerr | daily dashboard: CEOexpress | getting it done: Winning Welch | one of a kind: Steve Jobs Isaacson | succession: CEO Succession Carey | project management: Using Prezi to build Simple Online Dashboards and Gantt Charts sp
old: take, make, waste
Has the U.S. supply chain been hacked?
migration of jobs: Manufacturing is (must be?) opportunistic and profit-seeking, so it moves from one country to another searching for the lowest cost labor.
How can we transition from a linear to a circular supply chain model?
outsourcing: business process outsourcing: Accenture | factory sourcing: Maker’s Row | healthcare: noworldborders | HR services: Insperity, Aon Hewitt | on-demand: odesk | reshoring: The Reshoring Initiative
3D: dental implants: Oral Arts | scan-to-CAD: Canvas/Structure | trade show: rapid+TCT | additive manufacturing machine: Carbon | drawing and sketching: JJKAirbrush | software: Microstation, geomagic, autodesk, sketchup
in general: digital manufacturing: Industry 4.0 Ustundag | Stop. Start. Continue. Change. | feedback: Goodsnitch | time & motion: deming | product cost management: aPriori | automated storage/retrieval: kivasystems | digital manufacturing: Digital Capability Center | supply chain: MediLedger
I want something that’s always pretty good, and never awful.
Is customer service the new sales?
What are the typical stages, length, and driving criteria in the buying decision?
brand: branding through education: The School of The New York Times | local SEO development: Podium | ranking: world’s most valuable brands | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | logo cloud: create logo cluster on prezi sp
business intelligence: about | hillsearch | logixml | versata | business information: ceoexpress, cortera, thomsonreuters | cloud: birst | executive dashboard: birst, qliktech | marketing analytics: openi, ebureau | on-demand: gooddata, indicee | open source: pentaho
competition: annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter| competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, scip, corporateinformation, hoovers | patent search: uspto
customers/CRM: trends: Index of Consumer Sentiment | e-mail campaigns: Campaign Monitor | keep it simple: freshworks | auto dealer service: xtime | appointment scheduling: timetrade | channel management: talisma, zymesolutions | conversation analytics: callminer | higher education: Hobsons | speech analytics: callminer, Genesys | demographic data: nielsen
pricing/buying: What the market will bear. | behavior: How Customers Think Zaltman | cell phone scanners: ScanLife | credit cards: creditcards | credit profile: experian | demographics: census | value-based: Dynamic Ticketing
The Big Three:
1. How did it all begin?
2. Where do we come from?
3. Where are we going?
Are we alone?
Why is the universe expanding?
What is beyond the observable universe?
In time, can we efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically get 100% of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power?
energy, states, transformation of matter, mechancis, waves: conserve, recover, susbstitute | portable power off the grid: HANS | performance-based energy efficiency: National Association of Energy Service Companies | waste heat recovery: alphabetenergy | advocacy: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy | tapping the desert’s energy: The Power Tower sp | physics engine: PhysicsJS | quantum entanglement: The God Effect Clegg | sounds of life/nature: Soundscapes | wave energy: 5 types
universe: calculate the number of probable, communicating civilizations in the universe: Drake Equation | research: Breakthrough Initiatives | extraterrestrial life (aliens): Childhood's End Clarke, SETI | deepest, widest image of the universe: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope | uniformitarianism: The same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.
in general: moon: supermoon | closest habitable planet: Proxima (b) Centauri | search for gravitational waves: LIGO | planets and their satellites nineplanets | creation: Eureka Poe | Mars: The Martian | Cosmos Sagan
How long can China sustain its 996 work culture?
When will their workers rise up and resist the workplace abuses of 996 jpg?
employees & labor: e-commerce: Alibaba Clark | Utopia for Realists Bregman | track expenses: Expensify | workforce management: Kronos | co-working: WeWork | public unions: What Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country McGurn | the authoritarian workplace: Private Government Anderson
What will the store of the future look like?
retail & comparative shop: another one bites the dust: Payless | small-town values: My Father's Business Turner | foot traffic analytics: dor | Walmart big bets: Store No. 8 | cheap and fast: jet, nomorerack | style: polyvore | catalogs: TrustedID, coffeetable | delivery: delivery | flash sales: gilt | furniture: Joss & Main | local: milo | member-only: ideeli, lockerz | store setup: shopify | research: Consumer Reports Buying Guide
What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board? Do the board and management clearly understand and agree to those decisions and rights the board chooses to reserve to itself? What are the board’s policies for director committee service? What is the appropriate level of compensation for directors? Do all directors meet the test for independence? Does the board perform a self-evaluation on an annual basis?
boards: gender balance: California Senate Bill No. 826 | conference-board | history: The Company-State Stern | annualreports | National Investors Relations Institute: niri | online tools: boardevals, governancepro, Directorpoint, boarddocs, boardvantage | Board Self-Assessment Carver
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets? A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation. | cash management: American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | Cash is king: The Integrated Spreadsheet is a tool that will give any CEO the positive direct control they must have over the financial rudder of the business….more | prezi how-to sp
Is Amazon’s goal to control the underlying infrastructure of the U.S. economy? Does Amazon want to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon? Walmart’s stores ARE its warehouses. | ecommerce: cyber monday record: $8B | amazon, apple, facebook, google: The Four Galloway | small business platforms: Magento, Shopify | enterprise platforms: RevCascade, Orckestra, elasticpath, mozu | alibaba: Singles Day | sales tax automation: avalara | auctions: auctionzip, channeladvisor, dovebid, equipnet, truition | bezos: The Everything Store Stone
Are cold office temperatures effecting women’s productivity? Will a 4-day work week improve morale, wellness, and productivity? |
Who will control the software jpg that powers the next generation of the internet? | software/web development/open source: find the right software: Capterra | value stream management (VSM): Tasktop, Value Stream Kennaley | AI-generated software: bayou | essay: Why Software Is Eating The World Andreessen | blockchain platform: Blockchain for the Enterprise Gupta | development platform: GitHub | automobiles: Tesla patents | distributed computing: hadoop | hardware: Open Source Hardware Association
Can (should?) the shopping mall be saved?
Is the Nobel Prize struggling to stay relevant?
How did the Veterans Administration (VA) develop such a toxic leadership/employee culture? | Whistle Blowers of America
Can autistic people solve problems that others cannot? Microsoft Autism Hiring Program
engineering, research & development (R&D): contextual engineering: Diagnostic Tool | precision engineering: The Perfectionists Winchester | structural software: ASDIP | can do: Dream Big | education: cdio, Olin College | product analytics: Mixpanel | Every object tells a story if you know how to read it. | product design: londondesignfestival | china rising: Alibaba DAMO Academy | outsourced: Contract Research: A Valuable Resource sp | corporate-sponsored R&D: The Heilmeier Catechism Visits the University sp
executive: execution on goals: The 4 Disciplines of Execution McChesney Covey | benchmark executive salaries: rileyguide | enterprise management systems: workscape | online wizard: salary | Promoting insiders is a strategy to maintain consistency, whereas hiring outsiders is a strategy for change. Sessions
human resources & recruiting: The business with the best people wins. oracle | association: SHRM | performance reviews: Reflektive | management without managers: Holacracy | on bias: To be human is to be biased: we prioritize, filter, protect, survive.
products & services: discover what’s next: The Grommet | prioritization: A New Prioritization Framework for Product Managers London | checklist: new product checklist | the new minimum-wage gig?: Shiftgig | accounting: FreshBooks | booking: booker | chores: taskrabbit | cleaning: homejoy | laundry: washio | lifecycle management: servigistics | management software: getjobber, ServiceCEO | find a need and fill it
sales: negotiating: Never Split the Difference Voss | sell with integrity: Same Side Selling Altman | classics: Think and Grow Rich Hill, The Greatest Salesman in the World Mandino | business contact information: Salesforce
scott pickard: employed at-will: A Values Manifesto for the American Worker | employees tell the truth: Morale Audit | contractor: Planning for Success Brings Success to an Indiana Contractor | boards: Is My Company Too Small For a Board? | print-on-demand (POD): Monetizing MOOCs | Director-CEO Relationship
What does it mean to live a good life in the new millennium? | Hacking Life Reagle
If we can’t beat them (robots), should we join them?
Is this the beginning of the end of thinking?
Optimized-Self: The quantified self will evolve to the optimized self, meaning humans will be supported by extreme wearable and embedded sensoring enabling real-time, on-demand guidance from a commercial cloud coach (Google?) for every step, move, and decision they make whether it’s at work or on the playing field; i.e., becoming more machine-like. The dark side is that humans’ born-with intelligence and cognitive skills and capacities will atrophy just like a broken leg in a cast. It will be the beginning of the end of thinking. sp
Stay Human: When you feel yourself losing a skill or a simple pleasure in your day, resist the urge to acquiesce to new technology (algorithms) that is effectively transferring your money and self-determination to a server in the cloud. sp
Is homo evolutus the next phase of evolution?
Will we all go there, or just a privileged few?
transhumanism: To Be a Machine O'Connell | biomechanics workload monitoring: Motus | stay human: Hello World Fry body-hacking meetup: Grindfest | fountain of youth: Immortal Life Bing | mind-bending: Phenomena Jacobsen | altered states: Stealing Fire Kotler
Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
What happened to free play?
trivia: HQ | build stuff: K’Nex | surprise me: Blind Boxes | cards: Hanabi, funybonetoys | robot toys: Ozobot, play-i | paper airplanes: The Paper Airplane Guy | puzzles: International Puzzle Party | reviews: National Toy Hall of Fame | free play: Waldorf School | movies: big | Last Child in the Woods Louv | beach: The Beachmap Game jpg , Dune-Water Dash sp | sidewalk: hopscotchium sp | trees: tree swing sp
On Being Outside: Your best experts are anybody over 50 because we literally grew up being outside and have now lived through a transition period and observed the differences between our generation and today’s. There is nothing that replenishes and repairs the soul like being outside and connected with weather, nature’s green, earth’s blue sky, the sun’s warm glow, fresh air, randomness, and serendipity. Outside for us old-schoolers was a giant playground, stage, and whiteboard for creating and making up things as you go. We could hardly wait to run out the front door of school and be with our friends and be FREE! It was sad to have to go back inside. Unfortunately, the awareness of this special gift is slipping away with each internet minute. sp
Nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization.
Is there a civil war inside the Republican Party?
Can we do better, or at least improve upon, our two-party system?
republican party: American Carnage Alberta | back to conservative basics: The Conservative Sensibility Will | news: Politico | fascism: Fascism Albright | On Tyranny Snyder | strategy: The Brink Bannon, The Art Of War Sun Tzu | The Communist Manifesto Marx | socialism: The Road to Serfdom Hayek | The Prince Machiavelli
I believe in and vote for ideas, principles and character…
…not a party, because the two-party system -- fueled by tribalism and fake news -- has devolved into a poisoned institution that is like a badly divorced couple that demonize each other at every turn. The campaigns backed by enormous capital have become killing machines that are not past doing anything to scuttle a candidate and the other party's ship. They mirror the overall problems we have with BIG BUREAUCRACY in general with too much unchecked wealth and power, and when and where that happens, waste, cronyism, corruption, and fraud fester and grow in plain sight. We can solve this by migrating away from our system of plurality voting (vote for only one candidate) to a system of approval voting (vote for one or more candidates) which provides open access to the political arena for all deserving parties and independent candidates. It becomes a check-and-balance against the cumulative abuses of the two-party system which is whipsawing our democracy in a destructive fashion.
Is it folly to think we can outlaw war?
history says no: The Internationalists Hathaway | peace: Israel-Palestine: My Country, My Life Barak, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | UN Messenger of Peace: Malala Yousafzai | conscientious objector: Hacksaw Ridge | passivism: Speak Truth to Power AFSC | We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own. Jefferson
What does America look like if you aren’t white?
America to Me | using data for good: Data For Democracy | political advertising on google: Transparency Report | Trump vs Obama: Shade Souza | concentrated wealth and power: Breaking Through Power Nader | rise & fall: The People vs. Democracy Mounk, How Democracies Die Levitsky | freedom of speech: The Free Speech Century Stone, The Tyranny of Silence Rose
Is the rise of tribalism, populism, nationalism, and identity politics destroying american democracy?
Are intuition and reason dividing us and our politics?
civic saturdays: Citizen University | what divides us: Enchanted America Oliver | Suicide of the West Goldberg | most improved totalitarian leader: jpg | taking to the streets: Yellow Vests | adjustment day is coming: Adjustment Day Palahniuk | nazism: The Making of an American Nazi | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | The right to alter or abolish government is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty.
You say you want a revolution,
Well, you know,
We all want to change the world.
How did Illinois allow one man – Speaker Mike Madigan – to coalesce and control so much power over the legislative process of the State?
Can term limits help the people break free of two-party political gridlock? In a government by and for the people, there should be no permanent ruling class.
Could an Illinois bankruptcy trigger a U.S. (or even global) currency collapse?
Why does politics attract so many con artists, and why do we let them succeed?
the art of (political) war: The Victory Lab Issenberg
Can we not ban Government Shutdowns so they never happen again?
STUPIDITY: Stop Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years Act
How do we monitor/control political content on social media, while also protecting freedom of speech? Do extremist views deserve a place on the public soapbox?
Are voting restrictions imposing an injustice on many disenfranchised Americans and blocking the growth of our democracy?
The Embattled Vote in America Lichtman
How did the Veterans Affairs develop such a toxic culture?
Deficit Spending is the Scourge of Our Democracy: Rush Limbaugh recently railed against the liberal proposal for a Universal Basic Income to serve as a social safety net for the poor who are suffering from the ever-widening income gap and the looming disruption of jobs by artificial intelligence. Limbaugh rightly questions, "How can we afford it?"
Fair enough. But where was Limbaugh with the same question for Republicans when they passed the recent massive tax cut. Republicans will say that in time the “Trump Economy” will pay for itself through economic development stimulus and job creation and growing personal and corporate income tax revenues, but that is pure speculation.
The fact is, the Trump Economy mirrors his own personal business model, which means glitzy growth at the price of leveraging an enormous amount of long-term debt. It looks impressive with a new car and a boat in America’s gated driveways, but behind the veil is a country in a slo-mo financial crisis, being smothered by an unsustainable amount of annual deficits piled high on to a crushing, calcified federal debt.
This tax reduction gift to the rich may become the final straw of deficit(s) piled high on top of our current debt that will ultimately break the financial backs of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.
But the problem in these situations is always that the politicians making these decisions take absolutely no personal long-term risk for passing a deficit-spending tax bill and there will be no accountability for their bad decisions. There never is.
This dysfunctional, bankrupting behavior repeats, year after year, administration after administration, and we seem to be too dumb or too complacent or too powerless to change this recidivist cycle in our political institutions.
What do you say, let's change it! Let's get mad and innovative and united and create a revolution of financial sustainability.
Should the mega-wealthy commit to reducing the ravages of economic inequality?
What is the lesser of two evils?
Socialism, with its potential to narrow our staggering worldwide economic inequality?; or, is Capitalism still the best hope to create jobs and lift people out of poverty? Or, is there a Hybrid that balances and blends the best of both political systems? sp
What happens when you give basic income to the poor?
Would new-born federal trust accounts level the wage-gap playing field? Is it a fiscally wise and sustainable idea?
Should the Federal Minimum Wage be increased to $15/hour?
Is eviction an epidemic in the U.S.?
Eviction Lab | in general: help where it is needed: warm socks | shelter for homeless: Volunteers of America | working poor: Hillbilly Elegy Vance, Living in Bootstrap America Tirado | all-volunteer: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen: Interview with Miss Ellen sp
Do we create our own Social Hangover?
A Few Big Winners & Millions of Losers: We live in and willingly accept a fixed social construct that has been fine-tuned for thousands of years. Collectively, we have a huge set of industries organized around our most addictive impulses: liquor, sex, gambling, TV, social media, fast food, drugs, guns, online gaming, payday loans, and smoking. And then, we spend a huge percentage of the tax revenues generated by these industries to try and control, enforce, penalize, and rehabilitate our impulsive behaviors and social hangover which creates a massive negative social impact and cost, year after year, decade after decade. Only a few (percentage wise) are making big money from the transactions on both sides of this equation. sp
opioid addiction: In Pain Rieder
The stock market is not the economy.
What works better: free trade or tariffs?
when it comes to tariffs, the people pay: The Basic Guide to US Tariffs Smith
Trade Works, Tariffs Don’t
Tariffs are as complicated as trying to model and predict the weather. The unintended consequences that can arise from the infinitely complex interconnectedness of supply chains are beyond any president’s comprehension; you create a tariff war over in one market and without realizing it, you create a slow-moving disaster in another market. The launching of tariffs is like flipping a coin with one side good and the other side disaster, simply on the arrogant, misinformed, and wrong-side-of-history whim of one man. Trade Works. Tariffs Don't.
Trump likes to make deals, so here's the deal: if we allow him to launch a tariff war, we agree to pay him 1% of the net reduction in our trade deficit; but, he must agree to reimburse the country for any damage he causes if it doesn't work out so well. Would Trump take that deal? Of course he wouldn’t! He only does deals with other peoples’ money (taxpayers, banks, suppliers, employees, investors), and history shows, it generally ends up in loan defaults and bankruptcy.
Great businessman and leader? The majority of the American people don’t think so.
Why should we allow the 1% to covertly create massive tax avoidance for the 1%? Does the recently enacted tax cut benefit corporations and the wealthy more than it does the middle-class and poor? Is there any proven evidence that tax cuts pay for themselves? | keep it simple: ReadyReturn | free tax preparation 50+: AARP | reform: A Fine Mess Reid | taxation: Laffer Curve | spreadsheet: U.S. Federal Income Tax Form 1040 | Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. | Subsidiarity: Never forget that when you pass over money (via taxes) to an entity bigger than you are such as a state and/or federal government, you are passing over money to a bureaucracy that is slower, more inefficient, more wasteful, more removed, less informed, less caring, less competent, and likely more corrupt than you are. sp
Between a Rock and a Hard Spot: When it comes to the conflict between growth’s relentless extractive attack on the biosphere vs. the imperative to feed and provide jobs for 9 billion people, are we truly caught between a rock and a hard spot? sp
capitalism & economics: how central bankers rigged the world: Collusion Prins | a 400-year history: Americana Srinivasan | post-capitalism: Inventing the Future Srnicek | to serve stock price or not: The Shareholder Value Myth Stout | Atlas Shrugged Rand | The Great Deformation Stockman | world economic outlook: International Monetary Fund | The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Friedman
For me, the different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden, or they are branches of the same majestic tree.
Is faith better than (scientific) proof?
Faith is a Double-Edged Sword
Faith gives a person a certain power and confidence; a comfortable and secure belonging to a group that one trusts; and the fellowship that arises from that association.
But the sharper edge of the sword is that faith can also drive a person down a narrow path that does not respect other points of view, with a purpose that is unshakable. In many contexts this kind of determination can manifest as a good thing and it will deliver successful, sometimes incredible results.
But in some cases, this blind faith can drive people to seriously harm others (even kill them) all in the name of their “mission from God,” to both non-believers outside their circle and also members inside for purposes of enforcement.
The disastrous irony of blind faith is that it motivates people to do harmful things that they believe are good, right, just, and necessary by the principles of the faith they follow. The whole thing abut faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence. What can you say to a person like this to convince them otherwise?
I ask you, is there a more powerful and sharper double-edged sword in our world than blind faith?
And AI-rich robot once suggested, you might as well believe in the afterlife, because if you're wrong, you'll never know it. I never thought about it that way. But how do you believe in an afterlife when your every instinct tells you that it is a human-concocted narrative designed to control and wield power over the masses? sp
Does Jesus love me (us), no matter what my race, color, creed, or sexual preference is? Does the Bible tell me so? Does he love all of us, and not just some of us?
Should the constitutional separation between religion and government remain as a foundation stone of our democracy?
Should Genesis (the Bible) be considered history?
What is the consequence of teaching children biblical creationism while denying biological evolution?
Church & State: Until we can prove that (a) God exists, and (b) God had direct input into the Bible, we cannot and should not use the Bible or any other religious text as the basis for public law and decision making. sp
How do Catholics worldwide make the church, the pope, and all the priests accountable for what has happened -- and will continue to happen -- if the church does not change? Is institutionalized celibacy an accident waiting to happen? | To Change the Church Douthat
God: If you believe in a benevolent God, why are some so blessed, and some left behind? Is a life in which God plays a part, a happier and more comforting life?
Has religious faith proven to be the most powerful and enduring force in human history? But, why do people kill in the name of religion? | religion’s grand paradox is that religion continues to be the greatest uniting, yet dividing force in our world. sp
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today…..more
What does it mean to be a good Muslim?
Christianity: evangelicalism: First Baptist Church (Dallas) | mobile bible: Mardel | Latter Day Saints: RLDS Church | intelligent design: New Apostolic Reformation | What Would My Dad (or Jesus) Do? sp
in general: come together: Parliament of the World’s Religions | sorcery: The Teachings of Don Juan Castaneda | buddhism: Siddhartha Gautama | east asia: Tao, the flow of the universe | China: Church of Almighty God | noetic sciences: The Untethered Soul Singer | scientology: Troublemaker Remini | anti-religion: Letter to a Christian Nation Harris, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
What would it be like to live with an artificial being aware of itself (with consciousness) and its own mortality? | Machines Like Me McEwan
When the cost to attack is vastly cheaper than (a) the damage caused by the attack (drones attack Gatwick airport), and (b) the cost to defend, can this phenomenon grow to become an existential threat to society?
Should we ban autonomous killer weapons? | An Open Letter to the United Nations urging a ban on autonomous killer weapons
Will/should humans merge with machines jpg to overcome the existential threat of artificial intelligence?
If the relationship of a software developer to his or her algorithm is like the relationship of a parent to a child jpg , what do we want them to be like as part of the earth, compared to us as a species, and compared to us as parents?
Do researchers need to simulate evil artificial intelligence (AI) to help develop defenses against evil AI?
Can international human rights help guide and govern artificial intelligence (AI)?
Will robots steal your job or be your partner?
artificial intelligence (AI): where are we heading: AI Superpowers Lee, Life 3.0 Tegmark | benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Future of Life Institute | rise of machines, decline of humans: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | shebot: Ex Machina | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil | autonomy: Using AI to do AI to do AI ….. sp
drones: self-flying delivery: X-Wing | air traffic control: SkyGrid | data collection/analytics: DroneDeploy | racing: 80 mph, The Drone Racing League | heavy lifting: Boeing | biomimicry: SmartBird | Sudden Justice Woods
in general: Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Path, Blue Prism | farming: TerraSentia | rise of the robots: Atlas | hands: Shadow Robots | brain emulations: The Age of Em Hanson | How To Survive a Robot Uprising Wilson | robots and jobs: Rise of the Robots Ford
10. Blend in with a crowd
9. Pole dance
8. Give you the look
7. Do stand-up comedy
6. Share some bedside manner with a patient
5. Get in touch with its feelings
1. Do lunch
Unfortunately, the Internet significantly magnifies our inherent incivility, violence, selfishness, fear, and hate, and we haven't figured out how to deal with that. sp