I have mixed feelings about wikis.... but I think they can be useful for collaboration.
If you have something (a topic or project) that you would like to see built... please add a record and see if someone else cares about the same idea.
Go ahead... give it a try:
Things most people don’t realize:
Just how much time and workload are involved in running a blog
That most blogs are abandoned within the first three months after starting — for precisely the above reason
That most monetized blogs don’t actually make money
That most reasonably ‘successful’ blogs are run by established PR companies
Check out the actual numbers:
The Internet contains some 980 million websites. Of that, roughly 100–180 million are blogs.
Without going into the calculations, roughly 2–4 million fresh blogposts are published daily. That means only 36 million blogs are actually active to any significant extent out of the 100–180 million blogs that exist.
Our new .ORG logo seems to be taking the internet by storm.
I look forward to learning more about all your different .ORG's out there....
and hundreds of others.
Just as an example.... type your name or username on here such as "John Smith .org" into Google and you'll see our page show up.
Google is indexing our pages hourly now and since they are easily shareable to all of the social media we are gaining traction almost exponentially.
An easy reference for people to share with others.
By Jeff Foxworthy:
If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A DUMB COUNTRY!!
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION
LET'S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET ……. !!!
A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE,
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE,
FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,
A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU
PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION !!!
PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING!!! ...... FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA!
Spend the last 15 minutes of your day making a list of everything you need to do...for tomorrow. Just think about it: Why would you wait until the next day to jot down thoughts that are already on your mind?
I have recently become very interested in AT&T as a holding. Growing up near Boston I lived across the street from a very old switching house where I could hear the clicking of the switches as technicians worked to maintain the lines. I found this old film that shows just how far we came in the last century. Amazing to think how far this will go....
Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. On telephone developments, 1876-1940. Reel 1 shows items in the American Telephone Historical Library and the Historical Museum in New York City and explains their historical significance. Dramatizes John Carty's belief, in 1880, that lines from Baltimore to Chicago will some day exist.
Reel 2 dramatizes the signing of the certificate of incorporation of the A.T.T. in 1884 and the stage of improvement in 1892. Diagrams the principle of transposition.
Reel 3 explains the use of loading and repeating coils and dramatizes conditions in 1911.
Reel 4 reenacts the raising of the last pole for the first trans- continental line at Wendover, Utah, in 1915. Shows scenes of telephone employees at work and encourages historical research. DVD copied by IASL Master Scanner Timothy Vollmer.
Over the past 50 years, many studies of organizations and community change have attempted to identify the critical size needed for a tipping point, purely based on observation. These studies have speculated that tipping points can range anywhere between 10% and 40%.
The problem for scientists has been that real world social dynamics are complicated, and it isn’t possible to replay history in precisely the same way to accurately measure how outcomes would have been different if an activist group had been larger or smaller.
“What we were able to do in this study was to develop a theoretical model that would predict the size of the critical mass needed to shift group norms, and then test it experimentally,” says lead author Damon Centola, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Drawing on more than a decade of experimental work, Centola has developed an online method to test how large scale social dynamics can be changed.
Damon Centola, Ph.D.
In this study, “Experimental Evidence for Tipping Points in Social Convention,” coauthored by Joshua Becker, Ph.D., Devon Brackbill, Ph.D., and Andrea Baronchelli, Ph.D., 10 groups of 20 participants each were given a financial incentive to agree on a linguistic norm. Once a norm had been established, a group of confederates — a coalition of activists that varied in size — then pushed for a change to the norm.
When a minority group pushing change was below 25% of the total group, its efforts failed. But when the committed minority reached 25%, there was an abrupt change in the group dynamic, and very quickly the majority of the population adopted the new norm. In one trial, a single person accounted for the difference between success and failure.
The researchers also tested the strength of their results by increasing the payments people got for adhering to the prevailing norm. Despite doubling and tripling the amount of money for sticking with the established behavior, Centola and his colleagues found that a minority group could still overturn the group norm.
“When a community is close to a tipping point to cause large-scale social change, there’s no way they would know this,” says Centola, who directs the Network Dynamics Group at the Annenberg School. “And if they’re just below a tipping point, their efforts will fail. But, remarkably, just by adding one more person, and getting above the 25% tipping point, their efforts can have rapid success in changing the entire population’s opinion.”
Acknowledging that real-life situations can be much more complicated, the authors’ model allows for the exact 25% tipping point number to change based on circumstances. Memory length is a key variable, and relates to how entrenched a belief or behavior is.
For example, someone whose beliefs are based on hundreds of past interactions may be less influenced by one change agent. Whereas someone who considers only their more recent interactions would be more easily swayed.
“Our findings present a stark contrast to centuries of thinking about social change in classical economics, in which economists typically think a majority of activists is needed to change a population’s norms,” says Centola. “The classical model, called equilibrium stability analysis, would dictate that 51% or more is needed to initiate real social change. We found, both theoretically and experimentally, that a much smaller fraction of the population can effectively do this.”
Centola believes environments can be engineered to push people in pro-social directions, particularly in contexts such as in organizations, where people’s personal rewards are tied directly to their ability to coordinate on behaviors that their peers will find acceptable.
Centola also suggests that this work has direct implications for political activism on the Internet, offering new insight into how the Chinese government’s use of pro-government propaganda on social networks like Weibo, for example, can effectively shift conversational norms away from negative stories that might foment social unrest.
While shifting people’s underlying beliefs can be challenging, Centola’s results offer new evidence that a committed minority can change what behaviors are seen as socially acceptable, potentially leading to pro-social outcomes like reduced energy consumption, less sexual harassment in the workplace, and improved exercise habits. Conversely, it can also prompt large-scale anti-social behaviors such as internet trolling, internet bullying, and public outbursts of racism.
The implications for large-scale behavior change are also the subject of Centola’s new book, How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagion(link is external), which will be published next week by Princeton University Press.
The full text of "Experimental evidence for tipping points in social convention" can be found here.
Decrease your options so you can find what's important. That's what you'll get from this video. Your time and energy can either be invested in things that will serve you or destroy you. Most of us are knowledgable enough to know what's good for us and what's bad for us. The hard part is making the right decision. You have to have a reason that's bigger than you, to make the right choices. Find a way to do that and you'll no longer lack the discipline required to head in the direction of your biggest goals.
"Be a hero" - Matthew McConaughey Video Credit: Interlight Media
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,
Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon papers which exposed the government’s lies during the Vietnam war is vocalizing a warning. He says the United States is really close to a nuclear Armageddon.
Ellsberg, now 86-years-old, leaked the Pentagon papers back in 1969 and he’s now got a new book out which serves a warning to those who care to listen.
According to the Daily Mail, Ellsberg’s 7,000-page report was the WikiLeaks disclosure of its time, a sensational breach of government confidentiality that shook Richard Nixon’s presidency and prompted a Supreme Court fight that was supposed to advance press freedom.
In his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg details how easy nuclear bombs can be triggered and shot off on a false alarm – and that the president isn’t the only who can launch the nukes, as we are often told.
Low-level military commanders are capable of launching nuclear weapons too...
Adding to fears of a nuclear armageddon is North Korea’s insistence on building a nuclear weapon. This has created a mass panic in nations all around the globe. Not to mention, last month, President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that allows the US to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
North Korea then denounced Trump’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling the move a “serious provocation and violent infringement,” as the rogue nation sentenced the US president to death, saying he “hurt the dignity” of the “supreme leadership.” All of this is alarming, according to Ellsberg, who believes a nuclear war can be started simply by a false alarm.
Many US citizens falsely believe that only the US president, in this case, Donald Trump can order the use of nuclear weapons. But Trump isn’t the only military commander authorized to launch nuclear weapons, according to the New York Post.
Ellsberg says that the only way to avoid a nuclear holocaust is full disarmament by the United States and Russia
I created a rule of thumb for retirement called the F.T.I., or "F&*% This Index" -- once it's over 1000, you can tell your boss "F&*% This" and retire. :-)
It's your age times your net worth, divided by your yearly expenses. If you're married, you'd want to average your age with your spouse's age, and you'd want to subtract any known future expenditures from your net worth (most likely example would be college educations for your kids). Yearly expenses shouldn't include taxes or investment spending that you do, either.
So if you are currently 50 and your yearly expenses are $50k, then 50*N.W. / $50k > 1000 when your net worth is just $1,000,000. If you're 30 and your yearly expenses are $60k, then 30*N.W./$60k > 1000 when your net worth is $2,000,000. If you're 40 and your yearly expenses are $120k, then you need $3,000,000.
It's just a rule of thumb; you'd want to pay closer attention to the details when you're actually making the decision whether or not to quit your job. It also assumes that you plan to spend your wealth down to nothing (or close to it) by the time you die; you wouldn't be planning to leave an estate to your heirs.
Chelsea Barabas talked about her recent article in Democracy journal on how employers and other entities are using so-called “big data,” as well as how the relationship between workers and technology is changing.
Are you a productive person? Have you ever wondered what makes one more productive than another? Unlike what most might think, being productive is not about one’s intellect or capability. Being productive is about practicing certain habits over others, such that you can get the most out of your days. Here are 50 Things Highly Productive People Do Differently
At age 5 his Father died.
At age 16 he quit school.
At age 17 he had already lost 4 jobs.
Between ages 18 & 22, he was a railroad conductor & failed.
He joined the army & washed out there.
He applied for law school he was rejected.
He became an insurance sales man & failed.
At age 20 his wife left him He became a cook & dishwasher in a small cafe.
At age 65 he retired. Decided to commit suicide, he had failed so much.
But, he realized still one thing he could do better than anyone "cooking"
He borrowed $87, bought & fried up chicken using his recipe, went door to door to sell them in Kentucky.
At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC was a billionaire.
This is Jim Thorpe. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that he's wearing different socks and shoes. This was not a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, a Native American from Oklahoma was representing the U.S. in track and field. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage bin. That's the pair that he's wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock. Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals.