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Kristie Taylor
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Fellini to Kubrick: I need to tell you my emotion.

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

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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.

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This gives me hope for mammals.
I can't even begin to articulate this video's awesomeness.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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I've always had a similar reaction. What game do people think I'm playing? And what strategy do they think I'm using?
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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