laliberty

laliberty:

Governments are corrupt and inefficient drains on societal progress and peace, always and everywhere. Trying to “improve” this inherently bureaucratic morass of ineptitude and shysterism tends to be an ultimate exercise in futility. 

As one might predict, we found that those with internal, intrinsic motives performed better than those with external, instrumental rationales for their service — a common finding in studies of motivation. We were surprised to find, however, that those with both internal and external rationales proved to be worse investments as leaders than those with fewer, but predominantly internal, motivations. Adding external motives didn’t make leaders perform better — additional motivations reduced the selection to top leadership by more than 20%. Thus, external motivations, even atop strong internal motivations, were leadership poison.
Pinterest is a great tool, with immense potential as a system for curating our pictures. It has made us the custodians of our own public image libraries. Now it’s time to stock the shelves a little more reflectively.

Observer: Pinning Down Pinterest - Print Magazine

This is an interesting exhortation, one that points to a larger problem of the information age: as a culture, we are perhaps more effective gatherers than at any age in human history as far as scope, but we have a long way to go towards meaningful use of the things we’ve gathered and it’s counterpart: gathering only what we need. Gathergathergathergathergathergathergather — now what? Data cannot inherently give us direction or meaning, but we keep expecting them to do so.

We are a generation of improved means and confused goals.

hipsterlibertarian

President Obama said at a fundraiser in Seattle on Tuesday that he doesn’t tune in for TV news, because there’s little such programs can inform him of that he’s not already aware of. “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know,” the president reportedly said.

As conservative critics have been quick to point out, this is a surprising statement, because Obama has racked up an extensive record in recent years of claiming ignorance of major developments until seeing them reported in the media. The list of topics on which he or his staff have claimed such ignorance include the Petraeus investigation, the DOJ seizure of APphone recordshealth insurance cancellationsObamaCare website troublesrequests for additional security in BenghaziIRS targeting of political groups, and the Fast and Furious scandal. Additionally, the NSA denied on Obama’s behalf his knowledge of the agency’s spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ok, that’s funny.

lonelysandwich
You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.
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Truth

redbloodedamerica

Anonymous asked:

Have you heard that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is considering 'diversity-based' grading? "Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically weaker, “historically underrepresented racial/ethnic” students perform at the same level and receive the same grades as academically stronger students."

redbloodedamerica answered:

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Dear lord, it’s true.

Can that actually happen? I mean, of course it can. But doesn’t that completely dilute the value of any degree coming out of that institution? Gotta be more to it than this…

…ok, so there’s more.

davidkendall

underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

  • 2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)
  • 3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)
  • sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) - like Earth & Venus
  • sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….

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O.o

"They are using the press as a tactic of war, and people are falling for it.

Every article you read that talks about Palestinian suffering (my heart goes out to them) that does not remind you that a terror network that has become expert in building tunnels and does not build bomb shelters, means that someone has fallen for a Hamas tactic.

Think about it. They imported thousands of rockets, some of them huge, and other armaments, but they complain about a blockade. Have you read an article that complained about the blockade of Gaza, that also mentions they have succeeded in smuggling in thousands of rockets, missiles and other armaments? Ask why.

When you read an article about civilian casualties, does the article mention that Hamas chose this war by targeting Israeli civilians? Does the article ask why Hamas places their rocket launchers in civilian areas, and store their rockets in schools and hospitals? If not, ask why.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand why Hamas does this. They know the press will cover the perfectly avoidable civilian casualties, but will not give you much background. They will not remind you that Hamas chose this war, and conducts it by ceaseless attacks on Israeli civilians. They will not remind you that Hamas places its rockets in civilian areas. They will not remind you that Hamas can build military bunkers, but won’t build bomb shelters. They will not remind you that Israel targets missiles but unintentionally hit civilians, while Hamas uses civilians to protect their missiles.

I think Hamas is very clever in how they prosecute this war by making sure that civilians become martyrs. It makes an uninformed world hate Israel. By the way, I think that the “Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade” in Gaza should change their name to “Let-the-civilians-be-the-martyrs brigade”.

The martyring of civilians in war is not that uncommon either. Thousands of Japanese committed suicide instead of surrendering to the Americans. Civilians are often proud to die for their country. Gazans, however, are not given the opportunity to choose. By hiding rocket launchers in civilian neighborhoods, by declaring war on Israel without building bomb shelter for their people, means only one thing: Hamas wants to martyr their civilians. It makes an uninformed world blame Israel. This is a very smart tactic. Just don’t fall for it.

Emphasis mine.