The best way "Old Rome" could control the people was trough the Gladiator Games and nationalistic fervour that saw violence as good and criminals as demigods.
Government's have plenty of money, and dish it out to keep the people happy enough to be allowed to work for the global domination driven elite and dumb enough to think that it is a gift given to them by their superiors.
We think we know what poverty looks like. But how do we accurately account for it? How do we know where to look? Poverty maps are one place to begin. Technological advances of the past decade—the increased capability to both collect and process improved data—make it possible to reveal the face of the poor in finer detail than ever before. By translating data into the visual accessibility of a map, we can locate poverty more precisely, understand its sources more comprehensively—and attack it more effectively. Such maps can even be used to monitor the results of anti-poverty efforts. Poverty maps can be part of a strong, new foundation for building and tailoring policies and programs, to reach those people that will benefit the most.
Via Seth Dixon
Have we reached peak growth of healthcare social media? The numbers we are seeing doesn’t seem to indicate so. More and more stakeholders in healthcare wether they are patients, providers or other third parties are still flocking to the social web in greater and greater numbers.Just look at what the healthcare conference #HIMSS14 accomplished this week. The graph below shows the top 15 healthcare conferences by single day tweet volume.We’ve never quite seen anything like the tweet volume we witnessed from #HIMSS14 this Monday. 21,393 tweets in a single day is indeed a new record for all healthcare conferences. But what is interesting about this graph is the rate of growth year over year. Let’s take a closer look at that in the graph below.We’re still comparing the top single day during the conferences. The takeaway here is that the growth of healthcare social media, and in particularly Twitter, within this and many other healthcare conferences is not only at double digits – it’s growing at an exponential rate.
Last October, Google raised a bit of a ruckus by changing the formula for showing search ads to favor those with maps and phone numbers. As part of that, it began showing, on an experimental basis on about 5% of results, big banner ads atop the page for about 30 [...]
"Germany is Europe's dominant country. Its large and strong economy has allowed it to bankroll the bailouts that have kept some of its neighbours - and the euro - afloat. The graphics below help explain why it is so dominant, and powerful - and also some of the problems it faces."
Robert Reich's Masterwork About Economic Tsunami This is a masterful film by Robert Reich. Reich, a former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. What makes this film fascinating is not simply Reich's ability to tell a story, you may have seen him on the Sunday shows or The Daily Show, but add to Robert's great storytelling some chilling DATA and you have an amazing film.
Reich's linkage of technology and globalization as partners conspiringto throw gasoline on the fire of our economy is fascinating. He points out that as the rich have gotten richer its their spending that the problem. Spread their wealth among "ordinary" non 1% people and things get bought.
Problem with the uber-rich is they don't buy things.
When you are reich enough you understand something I learned on my own despite having a father who worked on Wall Street. Money is always under attack.
Money is attacked by inflation, taxes and stupidity. The 1% knows the most important money mission is perpetuating itself despite forces lined up against it. When money flows to where the greatest return can be generated it is doing its job.
SO, as we concentrate wealth it increasingly is devoted to self perpetuation and so financial instruments become "the economy". Financial instruments are fine, but they don't cure cancer, create art or make the world better. Financial instruments whose primary consideration is self perpetuation and return can create a selfish narrow world.
The most fascinating graph shows how the destruction of the middle class created the market collapse in 1928 and 2008. Concentrate wealth too much and the economy can't function. Too much money devoted to doing money's single mission - self perpetuation - means collapse.