"Depressions, runaway inflation, or civil war can make a country poor, but only productivity growth can make it rich."
~ Paul Krugman
Prof Paul Robin Krugman (1953- )
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Cast iron has been around for hundreds of years. Before fancy teflon cookware was even a notion, cast iron was the standard for good cooks everywhere. Dependable, that’s what cast iron is. It will last for centuries if properly cared for, and it has a natural non-stick surface that’s eco-friendly. You can bake a pan of cornbread, scramble some eggs, make your favorite vegetarian black bean chili or sear a perfect steak. Cast iron cookware is the definition of all-purpose.
Respect is due to everyone who belongs to a community. Losing respect can be humiliating to an individual. A community damages its own fabric if it excludes people by denying them respect. For all that, respect cannot be handed out equally to everyone; treating everyone teh same blocks our ability to respect people as individuals. Respect for a person is appreciation of that person's value, accompanied by appropriate feelings, and expressed in appropriate behavior.The Ajax Dilemma carries an important reminder for society about why justice, fairness, and rewards are incremental concepts. Prof Woodruff challenges our perceptions of justice, compassion, and wisdom with a cogent message for leaders.
It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behavior that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis was a natural outcome and continuation of this pattern, rather than some kind of economic accident.
Business intelligence (BI) platforms enable all types of users — from IT staff to consultants to business users — to build applications that help organizations learn about and understand their business. Gartner defines a BI platform as a software platform that delivers the 14 capabilities listed below. These capabilities are organized into three categories of functionality: integration, information delivery and analysis. Information delivery is the core focus of most BI projects today, but we are seeing an increased interest in deployments of analysis to discover new insights, and in integration to implement those insights.Read More
An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill.... The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website.Read More
Knime (Konstanz Information Miner) is a user-friendly and comprehensive open-source data integration, processing, analysis, and exploration platform. From day one, Knime has been developed using rigorous software engineering practices and is used by professionals in both industry and academia in over 60 countries.Knime delivers robust features that encompass the full spectrum of business intelligence production requirements, including tools for: a) integrating multi-source data via open database connectivity (ODBC) and real-time processes; b) diverse analytic tools for data mining such as clustering, decision trees, rule induction, neural networks, association rules, scoring, meta-analysis, and more; and c) state-of-the-art presentation tools that easily integrate with existing ad-hoc reporting, automated dashboard, and systems actuation platforms. Knime is also actively supported by third-party extensions that integate Knime with R (Project R), Excel (Microsoft), and other widely-used integration, analytics, and presentation platforms.
The Information Age has facilitated a reinvention of nearly every industry except for education. It's time to unhinge ourselves from many of the assumptions that undergird how we deliver instruction and begin to design new models that are better able to leverage talent, time, and technology to best meet the unique needs of each student. In doing so, we can put [Horace] Mann's [1796-1859] innovation in its proper context: as the foundation for our commitment to a public education but not as the blueprint for how to deliver it.Read More
Employment consists of all persons who, during the reference week (the calendar week including the twelfth day of the month), (a) did any work at all (at least 1 hour) as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family, or (b) were not working but had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs.... The civilian noninstitutional population consists of persons 16 years of age and older residing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are not inmates of institutions (for example, penal and mental facilities and homes for the aged) and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics