For someone like me, a single mom, 48 years old, this has been absolutely transformative. I am learning about new economies. I am experiencing them, in fact. I am helping other women at the Community College I attend learn about Doge, and will be setting up a Coop where we will all sell our handmade things online. See, Doge has opened up my own life to exploring connections between myself and others across the world.
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Imagine Wills that automatically unlock when most of the heirs agree that their parent has passed, no lawyer required. Or business accounts that require two of any three trusted signatures to approve an expenditure. Or wire escrows that go through when any arbiter agrees that the supplier sent the goods to the buyer. Or wallets that are socially secured by your friends and family. Or an allowance... account accessible by the child and either of two parents. Or a crowdfunding of a Kickstarter project that pays out on milestones, based on the majority of the backers approving the next payment.
Moral imagination means the capacity to envision new ways to live your life. It means not just going with the flow. It means not just "getting into" whatever school or program comes next. It means figuring out what you want for yourself, not what your parents want, or your peers want, or your school wants, or your society wants. Originating your own values. Thinking your way toward your own definition of success.
It's very simple. The system you are a part of (or the part of a larger system you are a part of) has been optimized for someone else's convenience. Not for overall good, certainly not for your good, but for some other person's good. Usually a large bureaucracy has actually been optimized at several levels, in several ways, for several peoples' respective convenience, so you're likely to see... overlapping zones of authority with wild inconsistencies in policy and procedure. The fun part is that if you get really motivated to try and change the system and do things in a way that makes sense, even if you're successful all that happens is that you become another one of the people with a zone of control that's optimized for your convenience. There is no cure because the whole system is too big for any one person to understand at every level.
Imagine a teenage girl crying on the edge of her bed as One Direction blasts, hugging her vintage Ugg boots to her chest. "Living in the 30s is so not swag," she moans. "I was born in the wrong generation."
Screens are different. They reveal exactly what you are paying attention to at a particular moment. They are attention, made visible and public.
Not to be overlooked is India’s mobile phone penetration of 71%, or approximately 900 million total users. In fact, India’s mobile users overtook those connected to the internet via a computer in 2004
When you implement measures to mitigate the effects of the random risks of the world, you're safer as a result. When you implement measures to reduce the risks from your fellow human beings, the human beings adapt and you get less risk reduction than you'd expect -- and you also get more side effects, because we all adapt.
What I had not understood before I found myself in true poverty, and what Oliver probably does not, is that it means living in a world of “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of what you need is answered “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of what your kids ask for is answered “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of life is answered “no.” Cinema? No. Night out? No. New shoes? No. Birthday? No. So, if the only indulgence that... is viable, that is within budget, that will not mean you have to walk to work, is a Styrofoam container of cheesy chips, the answer is a thunderous “YES.”
I get it: You want an exceptional arts program and computer animation and maybe even Mandarin. You want a cohesive educational philosophy. You want creativity, not teaching to the test. You want great outdoor space and small classrooms and personal attention. You know who else wants those things? Everyone. Whatever you think your children need—deserve—from their school experience, assume that the... parents at the nearby public housing complex want the same. No, don’t just assume it. Do something about it. Send your kids to school with their kids.
if we could go back three or four generations, we would find ourselves surrounded by aliens -- people for whom a North Atlantic crossing by sail was as slow and risky as a mission to Mars, people who took it for granted that some races were naturally inferior and that women were too emotionally unstable to be allowed to vote. The bedrock of our cultural tradition is actually quicksand.
We have previously said that the violations of these laws and rules were more serious than had been acknowledged, and we believe Americans should know that this confirmation is just the tip of a larger iceberg. While Senate rules prohibit us from confirming or denying some of the details in today's press reports, the American people have a right to know more details about of these violations
In dozens of cases, NSA personnel made careless use of the agency’s extraordinary powers, according to individual auditing reports. One team of analysts in Hawaii, for example, asked a system called DISHFIRE to find any communications that mentioned both the Swedish manufacturer Ericsson and “radio” or “radar” — a query that could just as easily have collected on people in the United States as on their Pakistani military target.
The next version of McCarthyism will, if it happens, be swift and brutal because they'll just get NSA to hand over the data they hold
Cole and Fredrickson found that people who are happy but have little to no sense of meaning in their lives — proverbially, simply here for the party — have the same gene expression patterns as people who are responding to and enduring chronic adversity.
This really is the first time America's had two 90 percent ideologically coherent parties since, arguably, the age of Jackson. The partisanship is new, now that we're basically out of moderate Republicans and conservative Southern Dixiecrats. And no other country with ideologically coherent parties has a system with this many veto points—House, Senate cloture, Senate vote, president. So we're basically doomed.