Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Future of Work is Serious Play

Writes Prof Jason Scott Earl in The Beginner (2012, Aug 30):
The great divide between the gaming community and management educators is quickly coming to a close. The past relationship between gamers and business management educators, whereby one dismissed the others based on what has now increasingly proven to be unsupported information, is changing. As research points out, there is a significant opportunity in adopting an engaging business simulation strategy and its potential impact on the world of management education. The truly disruptive innovation nature of online business simulations has the potential to dramatically impact emerging markets – such as online education – with new and more powerful ways of teaching and learning.
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Prof Jason Scott Earl

Virtual learning environments are the future of learning. Firms such as Rosetta Stone are already pioneering new methods for distributing knowledge via simulation technology. Everything we know about education will change as virtual learning systems eventually supplant the classroom approach to instruction. Those changes will affect not only "bricks and mortar" classrooms, but the current notion of online course room structures as well. Computer learning systems are set to revolutionize education as we know it.

Source: Earl, J S (2012, Aug 30), The Future of Work is Serious Play, The Beginner.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Well Said...

"Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms."

~ William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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What is Dirigisme?

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) control by the state of economic and social matters
[from French]

dirigiste adj

Source: The Free Dictonary

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Middle Class Hell

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What is Fascism?

n (sometimes capitalized)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any ideology or movement inspired by Italian Fascism, such as German National Socialism; any right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with an authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any ideology, movement, programme, tendency, etc, that may be characterized as right-wing, chauvinist, authoritarian, etc.
3. prejudice in relation to the subject specified body fascism
[from Italian fascismo, from fascio political group, from Latin fascis bundle; see FASCES]

n (sometimes capitalized)
The post-World War II rise of a movement whose principal aim is to incorporate the doctrines of fascism into existing political systems.

Source: The Free Dictionary

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Who Does the Government Intend to Shoot?

According to Maj Gen Jerry R Curry (USA, Ret) in the Daily Caller (2012, Aug 17):
The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirms that it is purchasing 174 thousand rounds of hollow point bullets to be delivered to 41 locations in major cities across the US. No one has yet said what the purpose of these purchases is, though we are led to believe that they will be used only in an emergency to counteract and control civil unrest. Those against whom the hollow point bullets are to be used — those causing the civil unrest — must be American citizens; since the SSA has never been used overseas to help foreign countries maintain control of their citizens.

What would be the target of these 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets? It can’t simply be to control demonstrators or rioters. Hollow point bullets are so lethal that the Geneva Convention does not allow their use on the battle field in time of war. Hollow point bullets don’t just stop or hurt people, they penetrate the body, spread out, fragment and cause maximum damage to the body’s organs. Death often follows.

Potentially each hollow nose bullet represents a dead American. If so, why would the US government want the SSA to kill 174,000 of our citizens, even during a time of civil unrest? Or is the purpose to kill 174,000 of the nation’s military and replace them with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) special security forces, forces loyal to the Administration, not to the Constitution?
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Does anyone else share Maj Gen Curry's concerns?

Source: Curry, J (2012, Aug 17), Who Does The Government Intend To Shoot? Daily Caller.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

What is a "Freemium"?

A business model that allows a consumer to receive basic services for free, but requires them to pay for any servicedeemed to be premium. For instance, a cable provider may offer a customer free HBO for 2 weeks, but then require the customer to pay a fee for any program considered to be premium. Another example is computer software which offers a user basic use of the program, but requires a fee to access advanced features.

Source: The Business Dictionary

Monday, August 20, 2012

What is "Mansplaining"?

To explain in a patronizing manner, assuming total ignorance on the part of those listening. The mansplainer is often shocked and hurt when their mansplanation is not taken as absolute fact, criticized or even rejected altogether. The members of the equestrian community were unimpressed when Bob posted an essay that mansplained a solution to a horsy problem they were all well-acquainted with.

Source: Urban Dictionary

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Well Said...

"There are no answers, only cross references."

~ Norbert Wiener

Prof Norbert Wiener (1894-1964)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Project R Training Videos

Anthony Damico has created a series of ninety (90) training "twotorials" for Project R users. Each training video is approximately two minutes in length. Follow the link below to learn more.


Anthony Joseph Damico

I have watched all ninety of the videos, and each is insightful. The training videos are free to use.

Regards to Anthony Damico for a job well done!

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Is OpenStack the New Linux?

According to Oliver Rist of InfoWorld (2012, June 7):
OpenStack is an evolving mountain of Apache 2-licensed code billed as a "cloud operating system" for the data center. At the same time, OpenStack is a movement, confirmed by the high-energy jabber in the air around me. As with the early days of Linux, the buzz around OpenStack has risen to a roar, with thousands of community members flocking to conferences from Paris to Seoul. The level of interest and growth is phenomenal.
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Open source software is relentlessly intriguing...

Source: Rist, O (2012, June 7), Is OpenStack the New Linux? InfoWorld.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Well Said...

"When we feel, a kind of lyric is sung in our heart.
When we think, a kind of music is played in our mind.
In harmony, both create a beautiful symphony of life."

~ Toba Beta

Artwork by Emily Balivet


Hat Tip: Hippy Peace Freaks

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Well Said...

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

~ Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Wind of Change

Such hopes in 1991 -- our world desperately needs a peace movement to light the way...

Well Said...

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."

~ Smedley D Butler

Maj Gen Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC (1881-1940)

Maj Gen Butler was twice awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in combat.

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Friday, August 03, 2012

US Employment to Population Ratio (Heat Chart) 1948-2012

The heat chart below depicts the unadjusted US Employment to Population ratio between January 1948 and July 2012 inclusive as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Relative intensity is reported using a spectral color range between green and red, with green reflecting a higher than normal monthly ratio for this multi-year analysis.

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Many economists believe that reporting the number employed as a percentage of the civilian population provides a more accurate description of the current state of employment than conjecturing the number of "unemployed" in a population. The US employment to population ratio reached an historical peak of 64.4% on an annual basis in 2000.

*The BLS defines employment and population (civilian noninstitutional) as follows:
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

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Federal Reserve Bank More Profitable Than Every Public Company in America

According to Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times (2012, January 10), the US Federal Reserve Bank, which is a privately-held company in America, turned $77 billion in profits over to the US Treasury in 2011. For the record, the next most profitable public firm in America is Exxon Mobile with reported profits of $41 billion in 2011. Said another way, the US Federal Reserve Bank is more profitable than every public corporation in America.

Is anyone else concerned that the US Federal Reserve Bank is more profitable than every public company in America...?


Applebaum, B (2012, January 10), Fed Turns Over $77 Billion in Profits to the Treasury, New York Times.

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