background preloader

Politics & Current Events

Facebook Twitter

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance : worldnews. European Citizens' Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income : Futurology. LoveOfProfit comments on What is PRISM? What do we do about the Government spying on us? : AskReddit. Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States. In political science, historical rankings of Presidents of the United States are surveys conducted in order to construct rankings of the success of individuals who have served as President of the United States.

Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States

Ranking systems are usually based on surveys of academic historians and political scientists or popular opinion. The rankings focus on the presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults.[1][2][3] General findings[edit] George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are consistently ranked at the top of the lists. Political scientist Walter Dean Burnham noted the "dichotomous or schizoid profiles" of presidents, which can make some hard to classify. David H. Historian and political scientist Julian E. Notable scholar surveys[edit] The 1948 poll was conducted by historian Arthur M. The Complete Book of U.S. The Siena Research Institute of Siena College conducted surveys in 1982, 1990, 1994, 2002, and 2010. "George W. Scholar survey results[edit] Aaron Swartz: howtoget. Talk, as prepared, for the Tathva 2007 computer conference at NIT Calicut.

Aaron Swartz: howtoget

(Additional notes.) Translations: 日本語 The American writer Kurt Vonnegut used to always title his talks "How to Get a Job Like Mine" and then proceed to talk about whatever he felt like. I'm in a bit of the opposite situation. I was told I could talk about whatever I felt like and I decided that, instead of pontificating for a while about the future of the Internet or the power of mass collaboration, the most interesting thing I could talk about was probably "How to Get a Job Like Mine".

Global Capitalism with a Human Face? « AC VOICE. (Pete Suechting)— Why are charity and environmental conscientiousness so widespread, even fashionable, in today’s society?

Global Capitalism with a Human Face? « AC VOICE

Back in the 1960’s and even earlier than that, these attitudes were anomalies, only practiced by societal outliers. Fattest States. Update: CalorieLab has the 2008 rankings, with a map and a detailed table of data.

Fattest States

Mississippi has taken over the top spot from Alabama in the 2005 obesity ranking of states by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Colorado comes in as the leanest state. However, the obesity level for all states but Oregon has increased over the last year; in Oregon, the level remained the same. The obesity rankings were based on averages of three years of data from 2002–2004. The original data analyzed comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and can be found at the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) web site. In addition to ranking states by obesity, the report analyzes state and federal initiatives to combat obesity, as well as efforts by the health insurance industry and other private sector companies.

Update (August 24, 2005): Update (August 25, 2005): Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff. Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise.

Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff

One of these is that Generation Y doesn't seem to enjoy purchasing things. The Atlantic's article "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars? " Social Media By Gender: Women Dominate Pinterest, Twitter, Men Dominate Reddit, YouTube (INFOGRAPHIC) We've heard over and over again that Pinterest is all for the ladies.

Social Media By Gender: Women Dominate Pinterest, Twitter, Men Dominate Reddit, YouTube (INFOGRAPHIC)

TIME declared that "Men Are from Google+, Women Are from Pinterest" back in February, and in January Gizmodo published an article in January describing Pinterest as "Tumblr for Ladiez. " Clumsy phrasing, but it is true that 72 percent of Pinterest users are female. One question women's dominance on Pinterest raises is whether it portends a larger female presence across social media. A new infographic from Information is Beautiful helps answer that question, breaking down every social networking site by gender. Some of the results are completely unsurprising. 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. 2012 vs. 1984: Young adults really do have it harder today. All young adults who think they’re getting a raw deal in today’s economy, let me tell you about how it was back in my day.

2012 vs. 1984: Young adults really do have it harder today

In 1984, my final undergraduate year of university, tuition cost more or less $1,000. Gay rights in the US, state by state. The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Photo: Name Withheld; Digital Manipulation: Jesse Lenz.

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

Video Channel Chromeless w/ quality selector. Legal Trips to Cuba Made Easier for Americans. Mobile Edition. With the rise of social media sites, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data, and must now find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.

Mobile Edition

With the rise of social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data. This data onslaught comes on top of rapid growth in the amount of customer data housed in enterprise systems. Companies now must find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.