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As promised, we're continuing to listen and respond to feedback on the new Google+.
Today we're launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
- Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
- Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
- Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
- Adding the option to view 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen
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POLL SCRAMBLE: According to the latest poll the political peloton behind Fine Gael currently consists of independents, Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail. At the moment Fianna Fail’s only compensation here seems to be that their positions reverse somewhat when there is a sign of an election.
Now and then I present a topic for my students to debate. It's usually quite an emotive one, about morality, ethics or some other fairly intractable issue. I divide them into two debating teams and ask them to elect speakers who can best present the group's arguments. Next I ask them to spend some time discussing and writing down their arguments on a sheet of paper so they can structure their rhetoric. With a few minutes to go I ask the two leaders to approach me with their crib sheets.
I inspect the two sheets, and then I switch them. I give group A's sheet to group B's leader, and vice versa. Suddenly they are confused. I have done something they didn't expect and now both teams are wrong-footed. They now have 5 minutes to go away and rehearse the opposing team's arguments before they debate. Ultimately, both teams get to see all of the arguments, and the ensuing role play is often powerful, because they have focused keenly on the content.
- on how an unexpected switch in the classroom narrative excite an uncommon focus on content.
IN THE NEWS: Monaghan based Fine Gael TD Sean Conlon resigns his party whip ostensibly over the issue of pylon construction for North-South Pylon Interconnector.
Big national (international) infrastructure projects are failing because of Ireland's inability to resolve these issues, not simply north south, but east west and in the supplies from Dublin to Cork.
Historic partnerships like that of Sean Lemass and the ambitious young civil servant TK Whittaker proved an effective bridge between the parish based structure of the party and the complex Dublin centric machinery of government.
Conlon is not the first Government TD to leave over parish issues, and with the ranks and popularity of independents growing faster than any other single grouping, I doubt he's going to be the last.
What's deeply personals is also most universal
Here are 3 ways to get the most insights from this article: Read it through once as is.Read it through again, and substitute the word "storytelling" for the word "journalism".Read it through a third time, and substitute the word "marketing" for the word "journalism".
Enjoy the read and let's create more engagement!
17C Social Mobility - And the Progenitor of Boyle's Law
As a young man, plain Richard Boyle had emigrated to Ireland with only £27 to his name, but through business acumen and a first marriage to a wealthy widow, he was to become the biggest landowner in Ireland, reputedly the richest English subject and Lord Treasurer of Ireland, as well as Earl of Cork.
- Dorset Life Magazine, http://goo.gl/1gTvDd.
NEW BROOMS: The revelation that IFA General Secretary Pat Smith's pay packet was as high as €535,000 per year was followed two days ago with news that President Eddie Downey was paid €147,000 per year. The average annual income for small farmers in the west is around the mid €20,000s.
This may be only the beginning of a long soul searching journey.
Governing becomes more difficult after financial crises. Government majorities shrink and parliaments tend to fragment, confirming the findings of Mian et al (2012). Using the depth of our historical dataset we can show that these effects have become stronger over time.
The local projections that use post-WWII data presented in shows that following the post-1950 financial crises, government vote shares drop, while the opposition vote share increases (upper panel).
Parliaments become more fractionalised and the number of parties rises (lower panel). All this is bad news for effective governance in the post-crisis period – at a time when decisive political action may be most needed.
How is politics affected by financial crises? - Manuel Funke,
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