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Data Storytelling: Separating Fiction From Facts. Data is playing a larger role in day-to-day business conversations than ever before.

Data Storytelling: Separating Fiction From Facts

The ability to communicate with data is now a necessity for business leaders, frontline employees, and everybody in between. A New Look at a Great Egalitarian. In our deeply unequal times, historian Edward O’Donnell reminds us, the life of the 19th century’s most important critic of concentrated wealth remains as relevant as ever.

A New Look at a Great Egalitarian

Henry George, the 19th century’s most celebrated egalitarian, and his new biographer, historian Edward O’Donnell Back in America’s original Gilded Age, in the decades right after the Civil War, no American spoke and wrote more compellingly against the nation’s growing inequality than Henry George, a Philadelphia-born journalist whose writing career initially took off in San Francisco. Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots. MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.

Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.

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Women. The American Dream. The Shirk Report – Volume 179. Finally I Hear a Politician Explain My Country Just the Way I Understand It. "America is not some fragile thing.

Finally I Hear a Politician Explain My Country Just the Way I Understand It

" Words to live by. I've been in transit or offline all of today and didn't see President Obama's Selma speech in real time. I'm catching up with it now, very late at night, and had a reaction different from the good job/bad job assessment I can't help giving (as a one-time speechwriter) to most political discourse. I thought this was a very good job, in written presentation and in delivery, as far as I can judge via YouTube. But for me that takes second place to my overwhelming reaction of gratitude: for once, a public figure expressing exactly how I feel. I think this speech (official text here) will move to the front of the public statements by which Obama hopes to be remembered in the long run.

News Community Action. Transcript: Read Full Text of President Barack Obama’s Speech in Selma. Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ... What America Needs to Tell Obama. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People. Earlier this week, Jim VandeHei, a former executive editor of Politico, wrote an op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal accusing the Washington political establishment of being out of touch with “normal America.”

‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People

“Normal America is right that Establishment America has grown fat, lazy, conventional and deserving of radical disruption,” he wrote, citing his regular visits to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Lincoln, Maine, as his credentials of normality. Study: People with mental illnesses rarely commit violent acts. BALTIMORE, June 7 (UPI) -- Despite media reference to people accused of committing violent crimes having mental illnesses, most people with the type of psychological conditions the reports mention are not generally violent, according to a recent study.

Study: People with mental illnesses rarely commit violent acts

Researchers at John Hopkins University found in a review a large sample of two decades worth of media reports on mental health and mass shootings that the reports rarely talked about successful treatment of patients, in addition to linking mental health to violence far more often than appears to be necessary. The negative stories have added to fears of people with mental illness and reinforce social fears about people who have depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or other conditions. If more media reports included references to successful treatment of patients and depictions of patients were more realistic, the researchers suggest misperceptions about these patients may be reduced. "Anyone who kills people is not mentally healthy. The Books That Changed Our Approach to the Outdoors.

Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society. This is a story of how harmless choices can make a harmful world.

Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society

These little cuties are 50% Triangles, 50% Squares, and 100% slightly shapist. But only slightly! In fact, every polygon prefers being in a diverse crowd: You can only move them if they're unhappy with their immediate neighborhood. Once they're OK where they are, you can't move them until they're unhappy with their neighbors again. Bill Moyers. Reviews are mixed on the “winner” of Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan – predictably, reactions are split along party and ideological lines – and we won’t fully know what effect it had on the polls, if any, for a few days.

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But from a purely strategic point of view, Biden came out ahead by doing what he had to do – reestablishing some credibility for the Barack Obama White House and defibrillating Democrats and progressives who a week ago lay prostrate after the president’s less-than-stellar performance during his first encounter with Mitt Romney. As Benjy Sarlin wrote at the website Talking Points Memo, shortly after the conclusion of the Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate: “Before the Obama campaign could steal away Mitt Romney’s supporters or lock down undecideds, it had to reassure its own supporters after last week’s uninspiring debate performance from President Obama. Smithsonian.

It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards.

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One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete. Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. Your Evolved Intuitions.

Part of the sequence: Rationality and Philosophy We have already examined one source of our intuitions: attribute substitution heuristics.

Your Evolved Intuitions

Today we examine a second source of our intuitions: biological evolution. Evolutionary psychology. World hunger can't be solved with more food - The Drum Opinion. Find More Stories World hunger can't be solved with more food Olivier De Schutter It is tempting to see the fight against hunger and malnutrition as a rare point of consensus amid an otherwise conflicted international agenda. The issue is seen as above politics, merely a question of technical adjustments: producing more food and getting it to the deficit areas. Yet this is a fundamental misconception. Across the globe, many governments are struggling to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

In February 2011, the World Bank Group estimated that since June 2010 an additional 44 million people have been driven into poverty. 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America. Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him.

You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him. Why one lesson of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ will touch adults so much more deeply than kids. Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Anger (voice of Lewis Black) guide 11-year-old Riley from Headquarters, the control center inside her mind. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.