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  1. Some of the most impressive work I see being done is in a seminary, by an amazing psychologist called Inga Harutyunyan. In a classroom in the Gevorkian seminary in Vagharshapat, in the complex of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, eager young priests are trained. These are highly educated young men.

    Harutyunyan has established a relationship with the church. Privately, she tells me about ancient Armenian matriarchies and goddesses. But the key is in the way she talks to the priests. “You are clergymen,” she tells them. “The word is your weapon,” and then she gives them texts from the Bible that emphasise respect for women.
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-de...feb/22/sex-selection-armenia-quandary
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  2. Right now, it’s Bitcoin. But in the past we’ve had dotcom stocks, the 1929 crash, 19th-century railways and the South Sea Bubble of 1720. All these were compared by contemporaries to “tulip mania”, the Dutch financial craze for tulip bulbs in the 1630s. Bitcoin, according some sceptics, is “tulip mania 2.0”.

    Why this lasting fixation on tulip mania? It certainly makes an exciting story, one that has become a byword for insanity in the markets. The same aspects of it are constantly repeated, whether by casual tweeters or in widely read economics textbooks by luminaries such as John Kenneth Galbraith.

    Tulip mania was irrational, the story goes. Tulip mania was a frenzy. Everyone in the Netherlands was involved, from chimney-sweeps to aristocrats. The same tulip bulb, or rather tulip future, was traded sometimes 10 times a day. No one wanted the bulbs, only the profits – it was a phenomenon of pure greed. Tulips were sold for crazy prices – the price of houses – and fortunes were won and lost. It was the foolishness of newcomers to the market that set off the crash in February 1637. Desperate bankrupts threw themselves in canals. The government finally stepped in and ceased the trade, but not before the economy of Holland was ruined.

    Yes, it makes an exciting story. The trouble is, most of it is untrue.
    https://theconversation.com/tulip-man...inancial-bubble-is-mostly-wrong-91413
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  3. Experts and law enforcement officials have identified security measures they believe can make that difference, and many schools have worked to implement them since the 1999 Columbine school massacre, but like all soft targets, no educational facility is ever 100 percent safe.

    Though it may be hard to tell sometimes, schools are actually safer than they used to be. Of the 17 shootings at schools this year prior to Wednesday, several involved accidental discharges or gunshots hitting inanimate objects. One was a mass casualty event similar to the one in Florida.
    http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/man...s-but-experts-see-no-simple-solutions
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  4. avevamo introdotto una sperimentazione che ha dato a noi insegnanti, ma, soprattutto, a loro grandi soddisfazioni in termini di riconoscimenti esterni e di prodotti realizzati. Nei due anni della sperimentazione i ragazzi hanno prodotto, infatti, un iBook sul Basso Medioevo, una mostra in realtà aumentata sulla Peste del ‘300 (presentati e apprezzati in presentazioni pubbliche a scuola e in due diversi Tablet School a Belluno e a Milano) e un Webdoc sulla prima rivoluzione astronomica.

    La sperimentazione, denominata (ammetto, con poca fantasia) “Progetto Classe digitale”, intendeva promuovere l’integrazione delle tecnologie digitali, in primis il Tablet, nella didattica.
    Va subito detto che il focus non era il tablet in classe, quanto sulla possibilità di sperimentare un modello di didattica innovativa, fondata su una forma di apprendimento attivo e collaborativo; un approccio interdisciplinare in cui il curricolo invece di essere suddiviso in discipline separate, viene costruito attorno a tematiche e progetti che attraversano le discipline in modo da seguire i collegamenti tra i vari domini del sapere, ridando in questo modo senso alle conoscenze disciplinari stesse; un’organizzazione della giornata scolastica interamente ripensata per non frammentare il lavoro; modalità di lavoro collaborativo e cooperativo in cui gli studenti lavorano insieme su progetti condivisi, in modo da poter imparare tra pari e condividere strategie di apprendimento; un prolungamento dell’aula fisica in un’aula virtuale...
    https://medium.com/la-scuola-che-non-...cnologie-nella-didattica-1b519cdba7a7
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  5. But the cultural generation gap is also a product of the specific eras during which the different groups were raised and became adults. Conceived during the prosperous post−World War II period, the baby boomers brought a rebellious, progressive sensibility to the country in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. With the help of the programs of the Great Society, they became the most well-schooled generation to date and the epitome of America’s largely white, suburban middle class, with which most of today’s adults now identify.

    Yet the baby boomers also came of age at a moment when the United States was becoming more insular than it had been before. Between 1946 and 1964, the years of the baby boom, the immigrant share of the U.S. population shrank to an all-time low (under 5 percent), and the immigrants who did arrive were largely white Europeans. Growing up in mostly white, segregated suburbs, white baby boomers did not have much interaction with people unlike them. Although baby boomers have been interested in righting domestic wrongs, such as racial discrimination, and bursting glass ceilings, they are now joining seniors in voicing sharp resistance to America’s new racial change. A 2011 Pew Research Center poll shows that only 23 percent of baby boomers and seniors regard the country’s growing population of immigrants as a change for the better and that 42 percent see it as a change for the worse. More than one-half of white baby boomers and seniors said that the growing number of newcomers from other countries represents a threat to traditional U.S. values and customs.

    The Pew survey found marked differences between baby boomers and millennials—who are known for their racial inclusiveness—with regard to agreement that the following are changes for the better: that more people of different races are marrying each other (36 percent versus 60 percent), that the population of Hispanics is growing (21 percent versus 33 percent), and that the population of Asians is growing (24 percent versus 43 percent).

    Underpinning the generational divide are shifts in what demographers call old-age dependency and child dependency, which now have a distinct racial dimension. By 2020, the old-age dependency ratio for whites will exceed the child dependency ratio, and for the two decades that follow, white seniors will outnumber white children. That stands in marked contrast to the position of Hispanics, whose youth dependency will remain well above 45 through 2040, even as the old-age dependency ratio inches up to 21.
    https://newrepublic.com/article/12037...w-why-post-white-america-already-here
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  6. Ora, credetemi. Scrivo tutto questo senza un minimo di soddisfazione. Nessuna. Vorrei che ci fosse in Italia un normale partito di sinistra, come Syriza o come la Linke, e invece ci ritroviamo con questo sgorbietto utile a far fare un ultimo giro di giostra a una classe dirigente arrivata al capolinea più o meno nel 2011. Vorrei che ci fosse in Italia un vero partito conservatore, come la CDU o come il Partido Popular, e invece ci ritroviamo con una cosa a metà tra Moira Orfei e Alba Dorata. Tutti i paesi europei fanno i conti con movimenti estremisti, populisti, anti-immigrati, eccetera, ma noi siamo gli unici in cui questi movimenti contano tutti insieme – M5S più Lega più FdI – quasi il 50 per cento dei voti, secondo i sondaggi. Quasi il 50 per cento. Per cui senza dubbio questa è l’offerta politica che ci meritiamo e che avrà la meglio il 4 marzo: e d’altra parte non vedo a sinistra e a destra del PD tutto questo struggersi davanti alla scheda elettorale. Mi sembrano tutti piuttosto entusiasti di votare le opzioni di cui sopra. Gli unici che andranno a votare col mal di pancia sono quelli che andranno a votare l’unico partito normale di questo paese, che peraltro lo ha reso incontestabilmente migliore di come fosse cinque anni fa nonostante quel risultato elettorale balordo e nonostante Matteo Renzi dal 4 dicembre 2016 a oggi abbia sbagliato tutto quello che poteva sbagliare.

    Questo non è un post che invita a votare Partito Democratico. Questo è un post che prende atto con enorme preoccupazione del fatto che oggi in Italia la democrazia sia mutilata non dai presunti “poteri forti” – semmai dalla loro pavida abdicazione – bensì dall’impossibilità di esercitare una vera scelta tra opzioni politiche anche molto diverse ma che non facciano temere tragedie. Perché di questo si parla, e se non ne avete la percezione forse pensate che un governo Salvini o uno Salvini-Meloni-Di Maio non possano davvero accadere (in questo caso chiedete agli americani) oppure siete come me, privilegiati quanto basta da sapere che ve la caverete in ogni caso.
    https://www.ilpost.it/francescocosta/2018/02/19/guardiamoci-negli-occhi
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  7. La parola definitiva su questa “leggenda” è poi pronunciata dall’art. 83 del medesimo testo unico dove si afferma che la cifra elettorale di ciascuna lista (= voti validi) è data dalla “somma delle cifre elettorali circoscrizionali conseguite nelle singole circoscrizioni dalle liste aventi il medesimo contrassegno (= simbolo)”, mentre quella della coalizione dalla “somma delle cifre elettorali nazionali di tutte le liste che compongono la coalizione stessa”.

    Le schede bianche e nulle, pertanto, tali sono e tali rimangono e non rientrano nemmeno nel computo dei voti validi a partire dai quali sono generalmente calcolate le percentuali».
    http://www.lastampa.it/2013/03/06/cul...na-QX5G2bV0NemcNZXBF1zxFN/pagina.html
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  8. Where the extraordinary economic, ecological and geopolitical challenges of our time would call for a battle of ideas and for competing world views, the electoral debate is solidly buried in the sands of insignificance. The sad truth is that China's long-term planning increasingly appears as a captivating alternative to Europe's petty bickering.

    The outcome of this political abdication is a contradictory mix of apathy and extremism.

    As the Irish poet W. B. Yeats sung in 1919, these appear to be times when:

    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity"

    Apathy and extremism are the bitter fruits of a failing economy and a political system that has renounced any vision or passion for the future. Ultimately, Italian elections will mean almost nothing. And this is precisely the problem.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opin...ropean-democracy-180216185914053.html
    Tags: , by M. Fioretti (2018-02-20)
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  9. SQLet is a free, open-source script that allows you to directly execute SQL on multiple text files, right from the Linux command line.
    In one single command, you can read in text files (with or without header line), and perform arbitrary select statements, including joins over several files.
    http://www.sqlet.com
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  10. IoT will be able to take stock of your choices, moods, preferences and tastes, the same way Google Search does. With enough spreadsheets, many practical questions are rendered trivial. How hard will it be for the IoT — maybe through Alexa, maybe through your phone — to statistically study why, where and when you raise your voice at your child? If you can correlate people’s habits and physical attributes, it will be toddler-easy to correlate mood to environment. The digitally connected devices of tomorrow would be poor consumer products if they did not learn you well. Being a good and faithful servant means monitoring the master closely, and that is what IoT devices will do. They will analyze your feedback and automate their responses — and predict your needs. In the IoT, Big Data is weaponized, and can peer deeper into the seeds your life than the government has ever dreamed.
    https://www.salon.com/2018/02/19/why-...signed-for-corporations-not-consumers
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