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For more on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), I recommend starting with The Nation's recent series of articles. Here's the introduction.

http://www.thenation.com/article/161978/alec-exposed
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This gives me hope for mammals.
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I can't even begin to articulate this video's awesomeness.
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Words cannot begin to describe how utterly awesome this is.
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Scott Berkun writes about the end of Google Labs, and notes the existence of two levels of Vice Presidents within the company: Vice Presidents, and Senior Vice Presidents:

"When a company has two levels of VPs ... you know the days of free willing autonomy and entrepreneurial inspiration have faded. I remember the day at Microsoft when I learned there were over 100 VPs in the company – My mind was blown – I realized all at once how it was no longer the company that hired me. It had more than tripled in size, and quadrupled in bureaucracy. David, as much as Microsoft was ever a David (see OS/2) , had now become a Goliath."

He goes on to write about how the employees of the old Google might not fit well at the new Google.

This is an old story, of course -- it happens in almost every successful company that grows large. There are powerful forces that drive the development of bureaucracy, not the least of which is the need to manage, organize and shape the workforce as it grows and changes.

But the connection I immediately made is to the pseudonym issue here on G+. I've been wondering how on earth Google could make a mistake like this -- maybe the answer is that it's new Google's mistake.
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I've always had a similar reaction. What game do people think I'm playing? And what strategy do they think I'm using?
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Just read an accusation that a writer made a particular political argument only to "score points." I've had this said of me, especially with regard to feminism but on other issues as well.

Two questions occur to me.

1) Are people really so cynical that the notion of taking a political position because it's the right thing to do is hard to grasp?

2) These "points" I've scored -- can they be redeemed for cash?
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The Oslo murders, like the Arizona shootings last January, featured instant and absolutely wrong speculation and "facts" about what had happened and who did it. We need to develop a "slow news" attitude around all news, but especially these kinds of stories. Here's what I mean (excerpted from my book, Mediactive):
On Nov. 5, 2009, in the minutes and hours after an Army officer opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, the media floodgates opened in the now-standard way. A torrent of news reports a...
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I wish we had better measures for identifying this quality in others. At my company, it's called "personal effectiveness." But that's not a good term.
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There is truth here: "Exceptional people do not simply do more. They do it right."
Being exceptional is more challenged than it needs to be. It's not defined well. The definitions that are there are subjective. Subjective definitions are my favorite things, as I can then define them...
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Also? I suspect that exceptional companies are companies that allow their exceptional employees to be exceptional.
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I've had my eye on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for a while now, but I did not know they were active in tobacco control. I should have realized sooner that they must be, given the obviously coordinated history of state preemption AND the fact that the president of Altria sits on ALEC's private enterprise board.

The American Independent, among other sources, is reporting on smokeless tobacco laws based on ALEC model legislation. So far, I've found news stories about smokeless laws using ALEC model legislation in Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin. I'm sure there are others.

Smokeless tobacco matters, because it is the one product domain in the U.S. where the industry still has some latitude in marketing and some room to fight about what is and isn't covered by FDA's regulatory authority.

http://americanindependent.com/197338/texas-tobacco-tax-law-matches-alec-model-legislation-introduced-in-other-states
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This interview with Dr. Brigitte Piniewski about an individualized, data-driven approach to a health care system (instead of our current population-based, research-informed illness management system) is brimming with brilliant, insightful ideas.

http://mobihealthnews.com/12192/mobile-to-help-create-high-definition-health-system/
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The Minnesota Twins held an open tryout, and signed a guy from a small town in South Dakota. This is an awesome story.

http://rapidcityjournal.com/sports/custer-s-krogstad-unearthing-his-baseball-dream/article_e24efec2-b5b1-11e0-9dc5-001cc4c03286.html
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Someone, I believe it may have been +John Anderson (although I'm not sure), suggested starting a "I have no idea who these people are, or why Google thinks I should add them" circle. The suggestion was somewhat tongue in cheek, and I don't know if it was serious. But I took it anyway and followed it.

It's turned out to be the best thing yet about Google+. I have stumbled over so many interesting people and ideas this way. Every morning that circle is the first one I check, and there's a lot of really neat stuff going on in it. It's like unexpectedly walking into the most amazing cocktail party you've ever been to. Or a grand salon. Or something completely new. I love it.
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That's hideous.
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I don't understand why Google is being so bone-headed about this. This is the kind of "never admit you're wrong" PR that I would have thought Google smart enough to rise above. Seriously.
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If Google VP Bradley Horowitz's recent post, https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts/VJoZMS8zVqU, is an indication of Google's future policy direction, then I can only draw the conclusion that they have not paid any attention to the demands of customers, and only to their fellow ironically dressed, Mission-dwelling, blue bottle sipping, white male colleagues.

Demanding a so-called "real name" and allowing a "nickname" field still puts people who choose not to use what Google defines as a "real name" one security breach, programmer error, or subpoena away from abusive exes, bigoted employers, vicious governments, and families with paleolithic values.

Google would had done better to explain that the G+ product was best suited for white maie employees of Google, preferably those in their 20s and early 30s.
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It's increasingly baffling to me - and every time I think about it I just start fuming. Clearly I must needs recalibrate, once again, my expectations.
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  • Eagle Point High School
  • Eckerd College
    Sociology, 1989 - 1993
  • University of Arizona
    Sociology, 1993 - 2002
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