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Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
  —   Percy Bysshe Shelley
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On This Day In:
2013 Half Way There
2012 Sacrificed Any Lately?
2011 The Value Of One’s Character
2010 Intervals
On Being Human
Non-predictive Emergence
Events
Bodily Functions
Standing Thoughts
Sent Home Is Better Than Fixed

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Once I make up my mind, I’m full of indecision.
   —    Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2013 On Purpose
2012 The Dream
2011 What Could Be More Comfortable?

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If we are to measure and monitor and improve anything, let it be our presence and character, a mindfulness for who we are and how we are experiencing and relating with the world.  Have I been true to myself?  Have I lived vibrantly today?  Have I loved openly today?  Have I made a difference today?  Let us check in to ourselves in these ways; for, in the end, these are the only measures that matter.
  —  Brendon Burchard
[Found at on of the blogs I follow: http://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is found at: http://davidkanigan.com/2014/05/28/yet-our-useless-fascination-goes-on/
  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Remembering, Yet Again
2012 Something Of Value
2011 Sleep All Day

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“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case.  It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”
   —  G. K. Chesterton
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On This Day In:
2013 Accepting Beauty
2012 Transitional Choice To Ride The Wave
2011 Freedom Isn’t Always Perfect
Just That Simple

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If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
   —   Epictetus
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On This Day In:
2013 Anyway
2012 Habit Forming
2011 And In The Other Hand(ful)
In Love With Words
Boundless Naïveté
Who Did You Say Signed Off On This Treason, Pat?

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When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy.  Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
  —   Percy Bysshe Shelley
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On This Day In:
2013 Times Change
2012 Ashes Not Dust
2011 A Handful From Saudi
None Of This Happened
Take Responsibility

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Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
  —  G. K. Chesterton
From his book:  “Orthodoxy
[Found at one of the blogs I follow:   http://interestingliterature.com/
The specific post is:   http://interestingliterature.com/2014/05/29/10-great-quotations-from-g-k-chesterton/
  —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Contributing Joy
2012 More Than A Race
2011 Institutionalized Leadership

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In addition, at least in America, science has been treated sort of cavalierly, not only by the public but also by government.  The idea that science is just some luxury that you’ll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself.  Innovations in science and technology are the engines of the 21st-century economy; if you care about the wealth and health of your nation tomorrow, then you’d better rethink how you allocate taxes to fund science.  The federal budget needs to recognize this.
  —  Neil DeGrasse-Tyson
Quoted by Rachel Edidin in the March 2014 Wired magazine article titled: “Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Why Cosmos Will Be Better Than Ever
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On This Day In:
2013 Weren’t You Supposed To Be Reading?
Absent Friends
Where I Stand
2012 Hangin’ With His P’s
Help Save
2011 Six Facets Of Good Leadership

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All the while, Martino’s ultimate warning — that they might someday regret actually getting the money they wanted — would still hang over these two young men, inherent to a system designed to turn strivers into subcontractors.  Instead of what you want to build — the consumer-facing, world-remaking thing — almost invariably you are pushed to build a small piece of technology that somebody with a lot of money wants built cheaply.  As the engineer and writer Alex Payne put it, these startups represent “the field offices of a large distributed workforce assembled by venture capitalists and their associate institutions,” doing low-overhead, low-risk R&D for five corporate giants.  In such a system, the real disillusionment isn’t the discovery that you’re unlikely to become a billionaire; it’s the realization that your feeling of autonomy is a fantasy, and that the vast majority of you have been set up to fail by design.
  —  Gideon Lewis-Kraus
From his article in Wired magazine May 2014, titled: “No Exit: One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush
[Emphasis is mine.   —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 I Do Not Fear It
2012 Until Found
2011 Reducing Goods To Data
The Fog Of Civilization Building

 

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The American middle class is shrinking and it’s technology that’s causing it.
Unfortunately for today’s average worker, finding or inventing a new job is harder than it once was.  When economists look back, they see that it was around 1999 when something changed.  Productivity kept going up, but where in the past median household income and employment per capita would have also hitched along, they instead diverged.  Median household income is on a steep decline, employment isn’t bouncing back strongly after the Great Recession, and a greater percentage of Americans now identify themselves as “lower class” than at any point in history.
The trouble is that the guy who once rode along in the pickup truck is now unemployed and he doesn’t know how to design drones or code 3-D modeling software.  The average American is looking more and more like that guy.  A study by two researchers at the Oxford Martin School concludes that within the next 20 years or so, approximately 47 percent of all jobs could be replaced by automation.
“Technology is racing ahead, but our skills, our organizations, our institutions aren’t keeping up,” Brynjolfsson said.  “As they adjust, we will see more of the benefit show up in the economics, but right now there are a lot of technologies with more potential than has been fully realized.”  This trend is just getting started.
In addition, decoupling means the upper 1 percent gets a bigger piece of a growing pie, Brynjolfsson said, which also accounts for the shrinking middle class.  “A lot of these digital technologies have winner-take-all or winner-take-most economics, where you can get a small group of people producing a better piece of software or insight, and once they’ve digitized that, they can replicate it 10 times or a hundred million times, and dominate the market for that,” he said.
“Look at our health-care policy, look at our retirement policy,” he said.  “Those policies are built on this assumption that people have 9-to-5 jobs and stay with one employer their whole lives.  That’s profoundly not true for the American workforce and hasn’t been true for well over a decade.  A third of American workers are self-employed and another third are contingently employed, which means only about a third of the workforce has a traditional 9-to-5 job.  Yet our policymakers and our politicians are building all the policy on the assumption that this is a good way to do it.”
People must demand that their leaders be technologically literate, Mele said, because “it’s profoundly dangerous to have elected officials or policymakers who don’t have any technical literacy to evaluate what’s going on.”  A recent Gartner report identified that 60 percent of CEOs dismiss the idea that automated and smart technologies could displace a huge percentage of jobs in the next 15 years.
“I think we’re hitting the knee of the curve and things are getting exponential,” Armstrong said.  “Make sure that you understand and your leadership understands what is happening in these areas and what the implications are because that’s going to drive social policy and government policy to a huge degree.  A lot of this stuff is happening very quietly.
“Government has been shrinking for so long, that’s been an accepted way of doing business.  I think this is not going to leave anyone alone.  One way or another, it’s going to affect us all,” he said. “In any kind of revolution, we always lose jobs, but there’s always been something to replace all those jobs, and that may not be the case this time.”
  —  Colin Wood
These excerpts are taken from the article titled: “Robots, Drones and The Uncertain Future Of Work” appearing in the magazine “Government Technology“, April 2014.
The article can be found online at: http://www.govtech.com/products/Robots-Drones-and-the-Uncertain-Future-of-Work.html
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On This Day In:
2013 Unpatriotic And Servile
2012 What Price Freedom?
2011 Particular Importance
Three From Bette…

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I now continually remind myself that life is really a series of unpredictable episodes punctuated by the expected.
  —    Andrew Tilin
From his article titled: “The Flat-Tire Project
Which appeared in the April 2014 edition of Outside magazine.
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On This Day In:
2013 A Fine Balance
2012 One Measure
2011 Seeking The Common Ground
In Brightest Day…

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A bird does not sing because he has an answer; he sings because he has a song.
  —  Ellen Kei Hua
From her book: “Kung Fu Meditations & Chinese Proverbial Wisdom
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On This Day In:
2013 You Are The Stars
2012 Just One??
2011 Anything But

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To the heroes
of the quiet battle  —
those brave men who
will not fight.
  —  Bruce Tegner
From the “Dedication” in his book: “Complete Book of Karate
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On This Day In:
2013 Unhappy Alternatives
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down

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…Heroic aspirations, devoted services, dauntless bravery, unsparing bloodshed are worse than useless when the combatants understand neither what is wrong nor how to set it right.
   —  George Bernard Shaw
[While there is a large amount of truth in Shaw’s statement, the fact remains that I am Samurai, and therefore I can never fully agree with him.  Sometimes, it is simply enough to be willing to serve – even when there is no immediately obvious reason.   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Personal Prisons
2012 So, Not Yet Then
2011 Real Love

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The long chains of simple and easy reasonings by means of which geometers are accustomed to reach the conclusions of their most difficult demonstrations, had led me to imagine that all things, to the knowledge of which man is competent, are mutually connected in the same way, and that there is nothing so far removed from us as to be beyond our reach, or so hidden that we cannot discover it, provided only we abstain from accepting the false for the true, and always preserve in our thoughts the order necessary for the deduction of one truth from another.
   —  René Descartes
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On This Day In:
2013 Positions
2012 Two Errors
2011 Long Live The King!

 

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