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The Economic History of the Last 2000 Years: Part II

The Economic History of the Last 2000 Years: Part II | News Insights | Scoop.it

Interesting graphs and charts.

"The Industrial Revolution that occurred in Western Europe around 1800 did dramatically raise productivity and personal income far above what any country had seen in the previous millennia. But in fact, GDP per capita -- an approximation for productivity and income -- started to diverge centuries before the steam engine."

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Smartphone users 'risking health'

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People are risking their health by working on smartphones, tablets and laptops after they have left the office, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
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The Moral Compass

A compass is a relatively simple instrument that evokes a clear picture of mental processes that point a person in a particular direction in life. These processes are consistent and true indicators upon which personal belief and action can be based.The concept of morality is also relatively simple at its absolute core. It denotes conduct or duties based on what is right and wrong. Morality is considered to be the basis of character and is wrapped around ethics.
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The Geography of Abortion

The Geography of Abortion | News Insights | Scoop.it
America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.
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Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Global Issues

Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Global Issues | News Insights | Scoop.it
News coverage of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development...

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Greeks Withdraw $1 Billion a Day Ahead of Vote

Greeks Withdraw $1 Billion a Day Ahead of Vote | News Insights | Scoop.it
Greek bankers said up to 800 million euros ($1 billion) were leaving major banks daily and retailers said some of the money was being used to buy pasta and canned goods, as fears of returning to the drachma were fanned by rumors that a radical...
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Greg Crosby: Our Elegant-less Society

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Our Elegant-less Society

By Greg Crosby

             

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Remember elegance? Or do you? It's been decades really since anyone or anything in our society might be considered "elegant." Elegant, glamorous, suave, and sophisticated have all left the building. Elegance. Even the word itself sounds elegant.

 

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12 reasons why people resist change

12 reasons why people resist change | News Insights | Scoop.it

Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your chnage management program will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change stategy to address these factors.

 

It’s not possible to be aware of all sources of resistance to change. Expecting that there will be resistance to change and being prepared to manage it is a proactive step.

 

Recognizing behaviors that indicate possible resistance will raise awareness of the need to address the concerns.

 


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Facebook Dominates Global Social Network Traffic

Facebook Dominates Global Social Network Traffic | News Insights | Scoop.it

A map of the world shows how Facebook has a strong hold on traffic to various social networks across the globe. Also, shows the standing of Twitter and LinkedIn among other others.

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A Game of Euro Chicken: Playing Until the Germans Lose Their Nerve - SPIEGEL ONLINE

A Game of Euro Chicken: Playing Until the Germans Lose Their Nerve - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
For Germany, being part of the European Union has always included an element of blackmail. France has been playing this card from the beginning, but now the Spanish and the Greeks have mastered the game.
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The texting effect: Face-to-face speaking skills eroding, experts say

The texting effect: Face-to-face speaking skills eroding, experts say | News Insights | Scoop.it
They add that the most successful communicators have the ability to text or talk, and know the most appropriate times to use those skills.
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What you need to give up to be a good leader

What you need to give up to be a good leader | News Insights | Scoop.it
Surrendering the need to always be right, or always make the final decision, can improve your leadership...
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Anticipating the World’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster — The American Magazine

Anticipating the World’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster — The American Magazine | News Insights | Scoop.it
The next Tokyo earthquake will be the most expensive disaster in history.
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Children: Our Legacy for the Future

Perhaps the greatest mark any single generation can leave on the next generation is its values. What kind of values are we passing on to our children?
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The Queen of England with the U. S. Presidents

The Queen of England with the U. S. Presidents | News Insights | Scoop.it

We have had all of these presidents in the United States during the time that the Queen of England has reigned--eleven!!   View pictures of each with her.

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Exhausted in the Vatican: The Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Exhausted in the Vatican: The Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI - SPIEGEL ONLINE | News Insights | Scoop.it
The mood at the Vatican is apocalyptic. Pope Benedict XVI seems tired, and both unable and unwilling to seize the reins amid fierce infighting and scandal.
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A father's love is one of the greatest influences on personality development

A father's love is one of the greatest influences on personality development | News Insights | Scoop.it
A father's love contributes as much -- and sometimes more -- to a child's development as does a mother's love.

 

When it comes to the impact of a father's love versus that of a mother, results from more than 500 studies suggest that while children and adults often experience more or less the same level of acceptance or rejection from each parent, the influence of . . .


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Sales of the Bible are rising dramatically in the U.S., but knowledge of the contents of the Bible is declining

"According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 78 percent of all Americans say that the Bible is the 'word of God,' and almost half of those believe that, as such, 'it is to be taken literally, word for word.' Polling data from the Barna Group indicate that nearly half of all Americans agree that 'the Bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings' (88 percent of all 'born-again' Christians believe the same), and the Gal­lup Poll finds that 65 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible 'answers all or most of the basic questions of life.' "Yet ... recent polls and surveys offer these biblical revelations:

"Less than half of all adult Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Genesis, in Hebrew Bereshit) or the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

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'End of the world as we know it': Kaspersky warns of cyber-terror apocalypse — RT

'End of the world as we know it': Kaspersky warns of cyber-terror apocalypse — RT | News Insights | Scoop.it
After his eponymously-named lab discovered Flame, "the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed," Eugene Kaspersky believes that the evolving threat of “cyber terrorism” could spell the end of life on Earth as we know it.
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YOU Are NOT Special .. Best 2012 Graduation Commencement Speech !

Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. told graduates "You are not special. You are not exceptional," quoting empirical evidence:

 

This is well worth taking the time to hear this entire speech in it's context.  An excellent presentation.  


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Your Brain on Self-Deception

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Vision looks at three books focusing on the cognitive tricks employed by the brain as it works to preserve our cherished beliefs and self deceptions.

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Most soldiers are reluctant to fire their weapons when confronted by the enemy:

 "During World War II, U.S. Army Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall asked the average soldiers what it was that they did in battle. His singularly unexpected discovery was that, of every hundred men along the line of fire during the period of an encounter, an average of only 15 to 20 'would take any part with their weapons.' This was consistently true 'whether the action was spread over a day, or two days or three.'

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China Current Events » Blog Archive » Current Events in China: June 7

Major events and latest news from China.

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Leadership Lessons from Dwight D. Eisenhower #2: How to Not Let Anger and Criticism Get the Best of You

Leadership Lessons from Dwight D. Eisenhower #2: How to Not Let Anger and Criticism Get the Best of You | News Insights | Scoop.it

“Anger cannot win, he said, “it cannot even think clearly.”“The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.”                                                                                         On the Halloween when Dwight D. Eisenhower was ten years old, his parents let his two older brothers go trick-or-treating, but told Ike he was too young to accompany them. Having eagerly anticipated a night of fun and freedom, Dwight was crushed.

 

See Lessons from Dwight D. Eisehower #1 below.

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