Optimism about the world improving from Stephen Pinker:
“Globally, the 30-year scorecard also favors the present. In 1988, 23 wars raged, killing people at a rate of 3.4 per 100,000; today it’s 12 wars killing 1.2 per 100,000. The number of nuclear weapons has fallen from 60,780 to 10,325. In 1988, the world had just 45 democracies, embracing two billion people; today it has 103, embracing 4.1 billion. That year saw 46 oil spills; 2016, just five. And 37% of the population lived in extreme poverty, barely able to feed themselves, compared with 9.6% today. True, 2016 was a bad year for terrorism in Western Europe, with 238 deaths. But 1988 was even worse, with 440.”
SICK? Mozilla is working on a common voice initiative, and I have confirmed that reading in your voice samples when you’re sick builds robustness.
After all, wouldn’t you want to be understood *especially* when you when you’re too sick to talk?
Also: Elderly? Parkinson’s? Post-stroke? Accented ESL? Heavy “dialect” (non-techbro)? Please add your voice!
(You read given sentences, you don’t need to worry about grammar. It’s about the variability in pronunciation.)
“Jernigan said about half of the 53 children who died were ‘otherwise healthy.’ …”This season, cumulative hospitalizations rates in California are four times higher than at this time in 2014-15″ – today’s update.
Sick? Maybe sick? Don’t wanna be sick? Stay home. Wear gloves. Wash your hands (with soap, for at least one full minute of scrubbing). Cough into your clothing, and carry kitchen paper towels that will absorb your sneezing.
Last year I met Matt Prestbury. He runs a group for black fathers out of Baltimore. It’s a way for dads to get together — online and in the physical world — to talk about the challenges they face and find support.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that almost every strong community has a strong leader. They could be the pastor of a church, the coach of a little league team, or the neighbor who’s always there if you need something. Great leaders set the culture, inspire us, and look out for our well-being. They help build communities that didn’t exist before. And we believe that if we work to give them more tools, they could do even more.
Today we’re opening our first-ever Facebook Community Leadership Program. Our goal is to find people who are using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger to bring people closer together. We’ll pick up to five leaders around the world and give them up to $1 million to fund their ideas for doing even more. We’ll invite 100 leaders to be part of our fellowship program that includes training, mentorship, and up to $50,000 for a specific initiative.
This program is about finding and supporting great community leaders wherever they are. It’s not just about helping people come together online. A lot of online communities strengthen physical communities by holding get-togethers, organizing events, and supporting each other in their daily lives, even across long distances.
So if you’re a community leader or you know a great one, visit communities.fb.com and tell us your story. And thanks for everything you’re doing to bring the world closer together.
Since the #MeToo movement began, now almost half of male managers in the US say they’re uncomfortable doing basic activities with women in the office, including working together alone.
In my life, the people I’ve learned from most are the people I do my work with every day. It’s a real issue and it will hold back progress if women don’t have the same opportunities to learn from the people around them.
That’s why the work Sheryl and Lean In are doing to connect women with mentors matters. The rule she’s proposing — let’s call it the Sandberg Rule — is clear. We should commit to doing the same activities with all colleagues whether they’re men or women. Read her full post for more.
Today is Facebook’s 14th birthday.
It’s a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come from that dorm room at Harvard and how far we still have to go to bring the world closer together. And it’s a moment to think about what we need to do better.
Sometimes people ask what I’ve learned along the way. I was 19 when I started Facebook, and I didn’t know anything about building a company or global internet service. Over the years I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine. I’ve made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I’ve trusted the wrong people and I’ve put talented people in the wrong roles. I’ve missed important trends and I’ve been slow to others. I’ve launched product after product that failed.
The reason our community exists today is not because we avoided mistakes. It’s because we believe what we’re doing matters enough to keep trying to solve our greatest challenges — knowing full well that we’ll fail again and again, but that it’s the only way to make progress.
We are still early in this journey and we will keep working to improve. That focus has always been our strength, and that’s what this year is all about.
Bringing us closer together with our family and friends matters, and 14 years in I’m proud of what we do and grateful to be a part of something so meaningful.
It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.
40 years ago, there was a Tractor Supply Company near Montgomery Ala. I loved going there, it was like a walk in JC Whitney catelog for tractors and things you might need around the farm. today i had a few minutes to spare so i stopped at the new one out in loxahatchee fl. I was sad to see the tractor related stuff was all on one isle, and another isle held the other farm gear, and most of it was something else, not sure what, except a whole corner was clothing? anyway, i think im good for another 40 years. Get the basics for less or save on all of life’s fun extras with hertz 50 off coupon.
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The Trump administration today said it would seek to remove the decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling in the waters off the East and West coasts as well as off Florida’s coasts.
The proposal by the Interior Department for a new five-year drilling plan is the latest move by President Donald Trump to remove restrictions that he has said wrongly prevented energy companies from tapping into U.S. resources.
The move is sure to draw sharp opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, particularly in Florida, who have long opposed opening many of the offshore areas to the drilling rigs they say pose a threat to the tourism industry that is vital to their coastal economies.
You may not always be prepared to deal with volatile emotions from others
When you’re confronted with this type of drama try to face the situation head on with an open mind
When you explore this situation with a clear perception it may be easier to resolve and reconcile the issue.