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What's the best real world example of the statement, "Government cannot possibly predict which skills and technologies will best fill the niches of the future."
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I agree, but people need examples. Subsidizing oil, maybe? Teaching cursive in schools? 
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"Vaccine denial" is a symptom of a larger crisis of trust in big institutions.

Given the choice between trusting information from a large institution that is perceived as having repeatedly lied and contrived in service of various agendas (see: NSA snooping, MKULTRA, etc) vs. trusting what "people like me" tell them, people are increasingly trusting "people like me". However, people also tend to trust academic experts, but only if they are perceived as independent. The government and other large institutions think that they are adding credibility to the findings of these experts, but their brands are actually toxic.

Until we act to engage on trust, no amount of information is going to move the needle.

http://www.edelman.com/insights/intellectual-property/2015-edelman-trust-barometer/trust-around-world/
There has been a global decline in trust over the last year, and the number of countries with trusted institutions has fallen to an all-time low.
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Hey, does anyone here know something about stateless alternatives to state-issued marriage contracts?  Any key differences from their state-based counterparts?  Are they recognized by other state and private agencies (taxes, life insurance, etc...)?
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Congrats Eric???
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New graphic novel tells an interesting story about data privacy.  Free online.
A graphic novella about Big Data, privacy and the future of sharing.
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What things, if anything, would you say are self evident?

Here is my list.
1) a=a
2) existence exists

What would you add? 
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+Allballz Does does everyone=everyone?

a=a

Seriously beginning to wonder if you are trolling. If you are, well played sir, well played indeed.
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I am a libertarian: Because I know it is much easier to accept other peoples' differences when I am not yoked to their outcomes.
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Live on peacefully.
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It seems as though more people are shifting to the upper right quadrant, but fresh elections tend to reset people from systemic back to isolated.
 
"Institutional Betrayal" is an important new concept in psychology, group and organizational dynamics. Resources are here -> http://inter.ec/1DjUADE
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Crisis of trust.  They are addressing the manufacturing practices, but the actual trust-killer is the fact that they kept making and selling the medicine after they knew about the contamination.  This is why people are refusing to vaccinate.
PHILADELPHIA — A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medicine containing metal particles.
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Bright green is "looking for a job".  Must not be super urgent.
An interactive comparison of a day in the life of 147 men and 147 women without jobs.
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+Eric Smith If you like playing with the available data, grab +QGIS. Then, download the TIGER data files
http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger.html

Be aware that ESRI has used a  proprietary and closed File Geodatabase format for vendor lock-in.
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The more rules you make, the more gamers get ahead. 
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+Eric Smith Indeed, regulatory capture is part of the problem with more regulations.
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Funny that this has to be explained as if she were doing an ethnography on an alien race, but it's surprising to see a UC Berkeley sociologist sort of "get it".
We're used to choosing to join together for a goal—or not—whenever we want to
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Eco-friendly, much less costly alternative to plastic trim bins.  
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