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What do you think? Are you comfortable using core components, such as a browser (such as opera becoming Chinese) and internet security software (Russia's Kaspersky for example), from nations that have been less than good global citizens to the rest of the world? 

We end up having to trust some company but is it a good idea to give China and Russia's governments a way to touch us this intimately? Or is trusting Alphabet/Google, Microsoft or Apple every bit as bad? Is there any difference, especially for the companies with the proprietary technology?
The Norwegian browser maker seeks to improve its penetration and profitability under new ownership.
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+Stanislav Osetrov I didn't mean to chase you off. I really appreciate the point of view of Russians and those from within the Russian sphere of influence. It just often feels to me like you won't accept any opinion that doesn't sound as if comes from the Kremlin. I'm sure those of us on the outside do get a lot wrong but we really are trying to understand.
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Outdoor Alliance unites the voices of paddlers, mountain bikers, hikers, climbers, and backcountry skiers to conserve America’s public lands and protect the human-powered outdoor experience.
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"The wealth of the richest 62 has increased an astonishing 44 percent since 2010, to $1.76 trillion. Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half of the world dropped by 41 percent."
"No one credible will say this is good for the world or good for the economy."
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+Jim Scholfield To keep the conversation going.  The first diagram is a vast oversimplification in many respect.  The point, though, is that no matter how complex the additions make the diagram, there is no effort to understand the relationship between consumer goods and services [ Lonergan's term is basic but understood functionally] and producer goods and services [Lonergan's term is surplus again understood functionally.]

The example of Einstein's formula as an analogy is crucial.  All physicists knew what the symbols, e, m, and c meant what they didn't know and Einstein did was the relationship among them.  A similar statement can be made concerning contemporary economists concerning consumer and producer goods and services.  The easiest example of this failure is the lack of any data that separates these two flows.  If you read all of Piketty's book, powerful as it is; he has no awareness that there are two flows and assumes that government needs to step in with enforcement of correct policies to solve the inequality problem.

The invisible hand is simply the narrative of how to understand the economy.  It is mistaken but not because it is a narrative.  All accounts of the economy will be a narrative at the common sense level of conversation.  A corrected narrative would be able to both to explain why the "invisible hand' narrative is mistaken and what the corrected narrative is and why it is correct.  So the "big bang," "expanding space" "evolution", etc. etc.

Obviously, I believe that we do have a systemic problem.  By systems, I mean the understanding of the key factors in a given whole.  I used as another analogy, the medical community did not discredit bloodletting until the 19th century.  It is difficult for me to image when the economic community will discredit their present fundamental assumption of a one flow economic system.

Now as to the policies of any given political parities preferences.  I certainly think that any kind of "trickle down" notion just doesn't work.  But policies, taxes, etc. cannot work, except accidentally, if the policy makers [read the economists who are chosen by the parties in power to guide them] are mistaken about the fundamental nature of what they are trying to guide.

Well what are we to do.  As I mentioned, I am not an economist but I am a citizen.  My hope is to do what I can by offering an alternative narrative.  Quite similar to what you do, Jim, in almost all of your posts.  The main difference is that your posts already have some resonance in the reading public and mine, vis-a-vis the economy, doesn't.

But when you think something is true, and on this point of a dramatic difference between understanding that money that flows to build, for example a car factory, and money that is spent to purchase a car are simply not the same.  To lump those two flows together is to miss the very starting point of an economic conversation.  So GDP includes both.  I am not aware of any data that first separates these two flows and then, most critically, understands the relation of the two to the whole.
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Young Bob and Eric doing a great song they wrote together. There was a time when Robert was in Eric's band.
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I don't profess to know who's good and evil in the Middle East. I do know that circumstances are leading to us seeing more and more propaganda relating to Saudi Arabia.

If the US ever does leave the region to decide on their governments and even what nations will exist, the people and especially those fighting for power will continue to court the US and other nations. It won't be good enough to just bribe our people in power. They will use propaganda to try and build a base of support that will allow those in power in the west to act in the interests of the rich and powerful of the region.
Saudi Arabia’s well-funded PR apparatus moved quickly after execution of Shiite political dissident to shape how the news is covered in the U.S.
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They are spending millions to have the Olympics next year in this place. It's not only here in the US where priorities are not sane.
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As is the case in many places where the worst of the world's violence exists, the violence and other terrible deeds of the past still corrupt life today.
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Ukraine unfortunately not in a good place now 
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These two young ladies aren't asking who's to blame. Not asking who should be in power in Syria. They're asking for the world to prevent a lost generation. A generation with no home, no education, just unimaginable suffering.
Malala Yousafzai will seek to inspire world leaders at a London conference to commit $1.4 billion to give Syrian refugee children access to education.
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Even when I saw that he released a disc 3 days before his death, I never imagined this. This may be the thickest thing he ever did.
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"When you die, it doesn't mean you lost to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live."
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"Implicit bias, stereotypes and racism too often determine decisions on the use of force by policy-makers and law enforcement agencies. These same factors also help determine media coverage of such incidents.

To keep history from repeating itself, we need to have a deliberate national conversation about how racial and religious bias impacts law enforcement and the criminal justice system."
'Armed anti-government extremists seizing federal property and expressing a desire to kill and die is a textbook description of domestic terrorism'
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Business and Personal Technology Services for the web and all of your devices (mobile, desktop, server)
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  • Simple Open Services
    Owner, 2014 - present
    Open Source services provider. Services to allow better utilization of the Web and technology for business and individuals. Training, installation/implementation, repair, administration and maintenance services to make today's complicated technology Simply work for all of us.
  • Free Open Solutions
    Owner, 2010 - present
    Free and Open Source (FOSS) Software based solutions provider for small business and individuals.
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    Sales Engineer, 1985 - 2009
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I'm an open source and technology geek. I'm also very interested in history, politics, literature and nature. I love blues music but I listen to music of most all of the last 100 years. I need intellectual engagement, especially through reading and writing. I worked for someone else most of my life but now I'm reformed, an entrepreneur.

I love the global nature of the internet in general and social media specifically. Our social platforms including our sites and blogs allow for us to be part of communities as large as the whole world and as small as our neighborhood. The biggest changes we will see over the coming decades will stem from global community interaction that is only possible because of the maturation of our technologies. I love that and it gives me hope in a troubled world.
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This is my favorite restaurant in Greeley, not just Mexican Restaurant. I love the food, especially the Molcajete. I've never had that dish anywhere else and it is great. Your choice of beef, chicken, both or seafood in a fantastic sauce that has avocado, cheese and more, served in a Molcajete (stoneware mortar) with their fresh tortilla's of your choice. They have a great patio and a very friendly staff and atmosphere. There are quite a few Mexican options in Greeley and this is my favorite hands down.
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