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A View From the Edge

Countdown to Tomorrowland

If you could turn back the clock to, say, 1990, if you knew then that the world wide web would allow you to become a global merchandiser, would allow you to wipe out Sears and others with your powerful “digital shop” and that manufacturers would be lining up to place their product on your “platform” what would you do? Answer? Become a multi-billionaire.

Humans bring greatest change to Earth

This era on our planet is called the Anthropocene – meaning the time of man (yes, and woman). And here’s the truly incredible news: humans have—and have had—more effect on the changes of the planet than earthquakes, glaciation, tides and all the rivers in the world. Yes, you read that right. We’ve collectively changed the planet more than anything nature previously provided.

Jobs? What to plan for in burgeoning tech age

100 years after World War I

November the 11th, last Sunday, was the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. To start with the original name was The Great War and only got called the First when we started the Second. And words from that time have lasted throughout the century since.  And some are very apt especially today.

Manned space, Mascot and Hayabusa2

While NASA waits for the Russians to test and reprove their launch vehicle for putting astronauts/cosmonauts on the International Space Station (the last flight was aborted and the two crew safely returned to Earth) ... the crew of three in orbit will have to extend their stay for at least four months. Why? Because the ISS cannot be left unattended, it would fall or destabilize in orbit. 

Why and wherefore on voting

The vote across the United States in November will be a watershed moment beyond the normal. 

• It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, if you have one.

• It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike incumbent candidates.

• It doesn’t matter if you are old or young.

• It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor.

Perhaps, the most important news this decade

Tim Berners-Lee has been thinking. And from a man who conceived the world-wide-web that has changed every corner of the planet, when Tim is thinking, everyone needs to pay attention. What he wants to do (and trust me, some of this is so esoteric, it is beyond most of our understanding) is take back the Web.

You are what you read or watch on TV

Basically, there are only so many media outlets shaping the country’s appetite for news and also a slew of outlets that do not, ever, want to mention anything about the news at all, preferring to coddle the electorate with kill-for-an-inch sports as entertainment. All these media outlets, all of them, pander to their viewers’ and readers’ prejudices.

The Blaze and the New York Post are read and Fox News is watched by the people who think they run the country.

What compassion really looks like

Try 20–plus years of dedication. Try compassion surpassing all norms of safety and possibility. Try helping 200,000 people including 144,000 refugees without a sou (a penny).

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