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I am happy to say that I merely saw this and then forwarded it...
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he's an economic illiterate
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Ouch

We almost felt sorry for S Palin after reading this.

Via +Samuel Allen
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Mother Time is a bitch...

I get really aggravated by Mens Health's mono-sexual obsessive denaial of the fact that not all of its readers want to see contributions about pleasuring women.
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+Tails Furse

Cool news.

I hope that is also true of wolves.
 
The number of Arctic foxes in the wild has increased from 30 to more than 200 individuals in Sweden!

There’s still a lot to do. Answer the #arcticfoxSOS: http://pand.as/wwfarcticfox
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Peace
it appears
is boring.

While conflict can be delicious and energizing.
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Most fascinating.

Thank you to +Nicodin Bogdan​ for this.
 
The Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World.

The WVS has over the years demonstrated that people’s beliefs play a key role in economic development, the emergence and flourishing of democratic institutions, the rise of gender equality, and the extent to which societies have effective government.

Analysis of WVS data made by political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel asserts that there are two major dimensions of cross cultural variation in the world:
Traditional values versus Secular-rational values and
Survival values versus Self-expression values.
The global cultural map (below) shows how scores of societies are located on these two dimensions. Moving upward on this map reflects the shift from Traditional values to Secular-rational and moving rightward reflects the shift from Survival values to Self–expression values.
Traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child ties, deference to authority and traditional family values. People who embrace these values also reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. These societies have high levels of national pride and a nationalistic outlook.
Secular-rational values have the opposite preferences to the traditional values. These societies place less emphasis on religion, traditional family values and authority. Divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide are seen as relatively acceptable. (Suicide is not necessarily more common.)
Survival values place emphasis on economic and physical security. It is linked with a relatively ethnocentric outlook and low levels of trust and tolerance.
Self-expression values give high priority to environmental protection, growing tolerance of foreigners, gays and lesbians and gender equality, and rising demands for participation in decision-making in economic and political life.

A somewhat simplified analysis is that following an increase in standards of living, and a transit from development country via industrialization to post-industrial knowledge society, a country tends to move diagonally in the direction from lower-left corner (poor) to upper-right corner (rich), indicating a transit in both dimensions.
However, the attitudes among the population are also highly correlated with the philosophical, political and religious ideas that have been dominating in the country. Secular-rational values and materialism were formulated by philosophers and the left-wing politics side in the French revolution, and can consequenlty be observed especially in countries with a long history of social democratic or socialistic policy, and in countries where a large portion of the population have studied philisophy and science at universities. Survival values are characteristic for eastern-world countries and self-expression values for western-world countries. In a liberal post-industrial economy, an increasing share of the population has grown up taking survival and freedom of thought for granted, resulting in that self-expression is highly valued.

Examples

Societies that have high scores in Traditional and Survival values: Zimbabwe, Morocco, Jordan, Bangladesh.
Societies with high scores in Traditional and Self-expression values: the U.S., most of Latin America, Ireland.
Societies with high scores in Secular-rational and Survival values: Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Estonia.
Societies with high scores in Secular-rational and Self-expression values: Sweden, Norway, Japan, Benelux, Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and some English speaking countries.
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Works for me

At least, it would be a real emergency.

Bone appetit.
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Vernor Vinge also included such a concept in his masterly novelle A Deepness in the Sky

Thank you to +Craig Chamberlin​ for this great post.
 
Wi-Fi-Powered Electronics Make Nikola Tesla’s Dream A Reality http://flip.it/vioG-
**Ambient Backscatter transforms existing wireless signals into both a source of power and a communication medium.** “What if you could power your iPhone from thin air? Making wires redundant was one of Nikola Tesla’s biggest dreams – a dreamUniversity of Washington researchers want to fulfill with PoWiFi. Shyam Gollakota and his team recently demonstrated technology atEmTech Digital in San Francisco that harvests ambient ‘backscatter’ radio s...
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Teddy Bear the porcupine

So excellent.

It made me feel like the moment 3 years ago when I found out that donkeys and horses are also cute... after decades of me being afraid of large animals.
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My job is related to mathematics and how to teach mathematics to university students who will appreciate mathematics as a universal medium of communication, an elegant mode of expressing ideas so profoundly beautiful that regular language fails to do them justice.
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