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"It’s a reminder that identity is a relationship. People define themselves in part as a function of how others view them; we are what we have to defend. The worst thing that Americans can do is paint the wrong picture of Muslims—including their own fellow Americans."
A new poll from Shibley Telhami shows that Americans differentiate between
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It's mostly seeming to confirm things I had deduced for myself but it's nice to hear I'm not so crazy or stupid.
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Meanwhile, some tech giants and online retailers are opening doors on stores in the real world.

Amazon recently opened a physical bookstore in Seattle, and has been testing physical retail with Kindle kiosks, vending machines, at locations such as shopping centres and airports. Google, meanwhile, has opened a shop within a shop in the London outlet of Currys, a UK electricals chain

A battle is raging between technology giants and retailers over who has the most compelling relationship with the customer. The prize will be billions of pounds worth of sales as online retailers, traditional store groups and, increasingly, social
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The insult to injury phase begins.  Anyone seen Idiocracy?  (Spoiler alert?)  Soon there will be only one business, it will encompass all areas of business activity and it will be called either Taco Bell or "Fuckers" (I think that's what Fudrucker's got corrupted to.)
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Santander Banks reckons that bitcoin technology could save banks up to $20 billion a year by 2022. Twenty-five banks have just joined a blockchain startup, called R3 CEV, to develop common standards, and NASDAQ is about to start using the technology to record trading in securities of private companies.
The technology behind bitcoin could transform how the economy works
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Give it a bit more time. What caught my eye is the big banks are starting to invest some money. I figure that means they know something.  I also wouldn't be surprised if there are unanticipated problems done the road.
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The Inexorable March in the Quantification of Me

Great post by +Julian Stodd 

Wearable technology will transform every aspect of everything we do.

"It will geolocate and contextualise information depending upon who you are with, where you are and what you are doing.

"It will help you achieve that thing you are doing by both pulling in new information and letting you share your story as you learn.

It will move us from formal, abstract, old world models of learning to ‘on demand‘ learning and performance support fit for the Social Age.

"It will ground our learning in facts of performance and support us in changing those facts."

#Lifelogging #Social #OnDemand #Storytelling  
At just over five and a half hours, i only achieved 84% of my sleep target last night, and the sleep that I had was disrupted. On the plus side, my 11,628 steps smashed the 10,000 step milestone. N...
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“The apparent benefits of online education are compelling. The reality, though, is that far too many people—especially politicians and entrepreneurs—think it’s a lot easier than it is,” she says. “It’s possible, but it takes a lot of investment of time, effort, and teaching skills—simple pedagogy. Look at the example of the MOOCs”—massive open online courses offered by universities. “There were a lot of illusions and fantasies that you can put the content on, transmit it to the learner, and the learner swallows it. It was a horrible failure.” Few students complete the courses, and adult students from traditionally underprivileged backgrounds, she feels, are especially at risk of failure. “If you have people from poor and underdeveloped areas, without job skills or job opportunities, and who don’t have computer skills, you have a real triple whammy,” she says. “It’s possible to reach them online and help them gain literacy, but it will take a lot of time and money. Or it will fail.”

The education psychologist Mark Tennant, the former dean of education at the University of Technology–Sydney and author of the standard textbook Psychology and Adult Learning, believes that the biggest challenge facing adult learners in the virtual world isn’t a lack of prior education but a lack of digital literacy. “One of the biggest problems is getting older learners to think digitally as opposed to in an analog way, and it’s a different kind of skill. It’s difficult,” he says. “Even basic things like pointing and clicking. Especially if they haven’t had access to digital technology, the idea of thinking in a digital way will be the biggest obstacle to overcome.”
Dumas, a small town in the heart of the Arkansas Delta—where public computers and open Internet access are hard to come by—is home to an ambitious new program to teach digital literacy skills.
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+Dibyendu De  If i get another chance to work with a design class I will do that.
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39% of Americans identify as independents, more than they do as Democrats ( 32%) or as Republicans (23%). This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.
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This is a great analysis.
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+Ray Gallon +Dibyendu De +Nemetics

I continue to engage in LI. One thread is all politics. A couple of right wing zealots - "teaparty" types. Today I had an exchange on Linked in, that I had to share with some friends.

Me: There is an American promise that has made us the greatest country on the planet. It's easy to say and sometimes hard to do. Acting according to your values is proven when it's hard.

"“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”Show less

She: Basic values my foot. The first obligation of the government is to protect us from enemies foreign and domestic.

It took my breath away. The anger produced depressed me for a full day. today I started to fight back. I feel much better about myself. Still depressed this kind of feeling/thinking is out there. 
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+Ray Gallon never fear about diatribes :-)  Even if it were aimed at me, nemeticians are allowed to screed at my as much as they feel like..

yeh... the yahoos are getting louder every day.  
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“Products as art and the manager as an artist” @EskoKilpi
I attended The O’Reilly Next:Economy Conference in San Francisco last week as a speaker and a listener.
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Excellent post.

My question is -- how do we balance or what balances rationality with emotions since these are "not one; not two." 
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The study of world politics in theoretical and empirical terms has recently witnessed an upsurge of interest in the question of complexity, drawing upon complexity theory; particularly, renewed interest in emergent properties and the aleatory nature of the political. This article seeks to demonstrate, primarily via an exploration of the work of Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda, the possibilities for a type of thinking about the ‘international’ that utilises the notion of social complexity as its primary mode of enframing the major dimensions to world politics. As such it argues for a theoretical reconceptualisation of the system of states, markets and societies as individual and overlapping scale-entities, each possessing causal agency, with overlapping and enmeshed boundaries, situated in their historical and concrete manifestations. The reified concepts of polity, economy and society are re-cast in the language of assemblage theory as ordering, exchanging and cohering, thus highlighting process in world politics and providing a theoretical base better equipped to cope with complex social processes and practices. And this I conclude clears the way to re-situate international space theoretically as a complex adaptive system.
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