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Why the World Is Not Falling Apart - Evidence of Peace

Why the World Is Not Falling Apart - Evidence of Peace | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
An evidence-based mindset on the state of the world would bring many benefits. It would calibrate our national and international responses to the magnitude of the dangers that face us. It would limit the influence of terrorists, school shooters, decapitation cinematographers, and other violence impresarios.

    


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…To read significance into these clusters [ of violence...of the past year] is to succumb to primitive thinking...and cosmic conspiracies.


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News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen. We never see a reporter saying to the camera, “Here we are, live from a country where a war has not broken out”—or a city that has not been bombed, or a school that has not been shot up.

      

…To read significance into these clusters [ of violence, “annexations, beheadings, [and] pestilence” of the past year] is to succumb to primitive thinking, a world of evil eyes and cosmic conspiracies.
    
…in most years bee stings, deer collisions, ignition of nightwear, and other mundane accidents kill more Americans than terrorist attacks. …
     
…The Great American Crime Decline of the 1990s, …resumed in 2006, and, defying the conventional wisdom that hard times lead to violence, proceeded right through the recession of 2008 and up to the present.
   
…the trend appears to be downward, from 7.1 homicides per 100,000 people in 2003 to 6.2 in 2012.


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…2013 saw the signing of six peace agreements, two more than in the previous year.



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…a heightened concern about violence against women is not futile moralizing but has brought about measurable progress—and that continuing this concern can lead to greater progress still.

…the number of interstate wars has plummeted since 1945, and the most destructive kind of war, in which great powers or developed states fight each other, has vanished altogether. (The last one was the Korean War).
  
…2013 saw the signing of six peace agreements, two more than in the previous year.


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[However]…The number of wars jumped from four in 2010...to seven in 2013.

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[However]…The number of wars jumped from four in 2010—the lowest total since the end of World War II—to seven in 2013. These wars were fought in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Syria. …The worldwide rate of battle deaths (available through 2013) has also risen since its low point in 2005, mostly because of the deaths in the Syrian civil war. …It has undone the progress of the last dozen years, but the rates of violence are still well below those of the 1990s, and nowhere near the levels of the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
    

…The world is not falling apart. The kinds of violence to which most people are vulnerable—homicide, rape, battering, child abuse—have been in steady decline in most of the world. Autocracy is giving way to democracy. Wars between states—by far the most destructive of all conflicts—are all but obsolete.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Many crime and war trend lines are declining, except for the number of wars, which have started to rise in certain countries including battle deaths in areas like Syria.

The quote about watching trendlines, not newslines, and memes with their emotionalism, is well taken to guide us in avoiding alarmist thinking, and planning wisely, as Steven Pinker relates from his experience as the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, and Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University.  ~  D
 

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What Makes Costco One of America’s Best Companies

What Makes Costco One of America’s Best Companies | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
The Motley Fool - Costco is one of the 25 Best Companies in America.


The case for Costco
Costco has been lionized as "the Anti-Walmart" for its long policy of paying all employees a living wage and good benefits, including health coverage. In 2005, The New York Times claimed the average pay for Costco employees was 42% higher than Wal-mart's Sam's Club warehouse.


In 2008, Slate reported that after five years, a cashier makes about $40,000, and that workers pay only about 12% of health care costs out of pocket.


Any kind of job at Costco can also turn into a career thanks to the company's policy of hiring from within.


Wall Street, predictably, hates this. According to them, employees should be paid the least possible so that returns can accrue to shareholders.


In 2004, Deustche Bank analyst Bill Dreher famously complained that at Costco, it's better to be an employee than a shareholder.


Well, if Bill Dreher was a shareholder in 2004, I hope he didn't sell. Between January of 2004 and 2013, Costco shares more than quadrupled market returns, returning 180% to the S&P 500's 40%.


...The Foolish bottom line
Over 30 years, ...Costco has defied Wall Street "wisdom" through generosity to employees and devotion to customers, making investors rich along the way.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Visit Sam's Club & visit Costco. Notice the difference in the vibe from the staff. ~ Deb

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