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I Can't Help, I'm "In the Office" Today

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Some changes make even my head spin. Here's one. My wife Julie called Alaska Airlines lost baggage people to find out if they had found our luggage yet. Very helpful woman, but said she couldn't access all her records since she is "working in the office today.".

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Confused Reader Says U.S. Not a Democracy

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Breaking news for the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution. Or not. . A confused NineShift reader alleges that the United States "is a republic, not a democracy.". I believe this might be a fad-of-the-day, certainly not a fact of the day, for those who support destroying our democracy.

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Depression Week

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Last week most of the dozen young people Julie is watching out for called in panic. All at once, it seemed to her. Depression, panic attacks, anxiety, worries and stress. They are smart, young, not given a chance in college, and mostly (but not all) male.

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New Way For Boys to Die

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Males are 99.9% of combat deaths; 94% of workplace fatalities; 84% of homicides; and 75% of suicide victims. Now there's a new way young men are dying: cirrhosis of the liver. .

Confused Reader Disputes E.U. Law

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A confused reader disputed our post on July 23 that Americans would be protected under the new European Union law. . Let's give two examples: 1.Earlier this week, my little organization wanted to get some software from a company in Europe to teach Americans, not Europeans.

Young Voters Gaining On Older Voters?

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To follow up on yesterday's blog entry, here's some statistics to back up the hoped-for claim that Millennials are voting more this year. Pennsylvania is leading the groundswell, with registered voters 34 and younger now outnumbering those 65 and older, according to the latest statistics from the Pennsylvania State Department issued Aug 13. States like Arizona, New York, Florida and Virginia have also seen sharp increases." Here's the NYT story

Non-Net Neutrality To Hurt Education and Non-Profits Big Time

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If Net Neutrality is killed in the United States, as is the government's plan, it would hurt education and non-profits big time. Here's what online guru Dan Belhassen told LERN, . "I I see educational resources as being one of those categories that could be “killed in the crossfire”.

Millennials Impacting Change Via Voting

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Millennials, especially the downtown college oriented knowledge worker Gen Yers, may be impacting change by also stepping up to vote. After being quiet at the 2014 polls, and disheartened by the rigged 2016 nomination, they might just turn out big this fall. The election this month of Ayanna Pressley to Congress carried all the indications, with an urban area "new Boston" being cited, and this very-Gen Y style quote from one young high tech worker, . “It

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Did We Start The Recession Last Week?

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There was a deep 18 month recession 100 years ago. It seems more likely than not that we will experience another one 100 years later, and for the same reason. . Last week the U.S. began a useless no-win trade war against our allies and China.

The Worst Book of the Year

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Ellen Rupel Shell's new "Jobs" book is my nomination for the worst book of the year. In short, 1.It is wrong factually. is morally unsupportable. is racist.

New York Times Resumes War Against Boys

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After a week in which a few stories sided with young men abused by their female teachers, the NY Times is back to their sexist war against boys. This week a columnist joined the trendy faddy crowd to question testing as a means to get into college, or get into anything apparently. Testing is objective, no teacher subjective bias. Tests are carefully construed to be gender neutral. Because males and females are equally intelligent, even the third wave feminists admit.

Refreshing Funerals

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T wo great Americans, Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain, showed the country how we can be. The virtually simultaneous funerals expressed the kindness, the values, the integrity, the moral compass that America has had, and will have again. To use the phrase so many others said, they were "inspiring." . To me, that inspiration of values and goodness also was refreshing.

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Today Seems Like a Holiday for Democracy

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Y esterday's news about the Manafort and Cohen convictions, tied to a couple of other positive news for democracy, makes today seem like a holiday to celebrate renewed hope for our democracy. This (2018-2019) is the time period when Americans decide whether to renew and revitalize our democracy, or wander downward into a less democratic society. .

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Fastest Growing Way for Boys to Die

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T he Center for Disease Control suggests the fastest growing way for boys to die: drug overdose. Some 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year, a huge jump of over 10%. It is a "more popular" way to die than death-by-car or H.I.V. or guns. This according to the Center for Disease Control i n a story in the sexist anti-male NY Times. My brilliant co-author Julie found a source indicating that the NYTimes is one of the top news media for sexist anti-male gender bias. I am not surprised.

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Big Brother is Here: Thanks Google

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I had no idea Google listens in and records your in-person face-to-face conversations. In the ongoing uncovering of big tech's bad influence on society, my brilliant co-author assures me Big Brother is here, and it is Google. Two days ago she was talking with a young friend in-person about some beads made in India. The next day she got an ad on her cell phone for those very beads made in India. Her cell phone was not on during her conversation, just nearby. .

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I Start to Yearn for Normalcy

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Normalcy, the term used for the roaring twenties, will return, but some of us are starting to yearn for it now. So tired of the this-that of the current U.S. political scene, I switched the radio "dial" to the BBC. Hearing an Aretha Franklin song on the BBC news, I knew she had died before the announcer spoke. Then they had memories from people close to her, short review of her life, and a tribute from a statesperson that choked me up.

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More Evidence Schools Cause School Shooters

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New York City mandated a decline in suspensions in its public schools. The result? A 21% increase in suspensions, a ccording to this NYT story. And one of those kids killed another student with a knife and badly injured another student. Yes, we need to abandon all-but-hunting-rifles.

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Education Revolution Coming

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Between now and 2030 you will see a revolution in education. . Public support, and tax money, will return to both K-12 schools and higher education. College education will be recognized as the most important thing for economic prosperity, both for an individual and for communities and society.

New Data on Suburbs Still In Decline

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Here's another way to measure the decline of suburbs: deaths versus births by county. This is the issue in my county. The county is growing in population, BUT the growth is in senior citizens, not working age people. The NYTimes did an excellent story on it recently.

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Gender Pay Discrimination: Point B

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There's outright unethical and illegal gender pay discrimination against women that has to be stopped. But then there is Point B: complex, unresolved issues about gender and pay. . Claire Miller and the NYTimes like to scream 'discrimination' wherever they can, or can't, including nursing.

How Print Newspapers Can Survive and Thrive

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Last night I watched the great movie "The Post," about the Washington Post in 1971, during the days of linotype machines and hot metal and the special language of copy editors. .

Europe and Now California to the Rescue!

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If you thought the U.S. federal government was THE world's superpower, think again. Europe, and now California, are making some critical moves right now. Regarding net neutrality, California is on the verge of passing the nation's toughest, and best, net neutrality law. . California is the world's fifth largest economy - - yes, the world's.

Net Neutrality in Canada and Advanced Nations

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Canada and other advanced nations may not suffer from the U.S. killing net neutrality, according to Belhassen, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He told us, ":We are fortunate enough to have enough bandwidth (generally) that we wouldn’t suffer enough, unless something truly drastic happens which is unlikely. What’s more likely is that we’ll see some services prioritized (Netflix), but with enough bandwidth “we may not notice”."

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The Decline in Shopping

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Nine Shift has predicted that nine of your twelve waking hours each day would be spent differently in this century than in the last century. . One of those waking hours that has changed is now shopping, with online shopping growing and in-person shopping on the decline.

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You And Net Neutrality

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The bigger impact for education and non-profits of killing net neutrality than losing out to YouTube for bandwidth could be serving those in non-urban areas. Earlier Dan Belhassen identified content - - the big guys like Amazon and Walmart and Google and Netflix, versus your program's content. You, with less money than Netflix, lose out and your customers get weak signals from you.

#1 Story of the Year 2017

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CITIES REBUILD FOR THE 21st CENTURY. Toronto is building an area ‘from the Internet up.’ (top top drawings in the image below).

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#2 Story of the Year 2017

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GEN Y ANXIETY EPIDEMIC. NineShift co-author Julie Coates discovers this major crisis in post industrial societies. Our post on it got the biggest response from both Gen Yers and their parents this year, confirming the situation.

#3 Story of the Year 2017

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PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED BY CHANGE. That exhaustion is visible politically, but the causes lie in the societal changes that lead to political instability. We predict the political polarization will decline significantly beginning around 2020, just like it did 100 years ago.

#4 Story of the Year 2017

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UNEMPLOYMENT IN CANADA AND THE U.S. HITS ROCK BOTTOM. There are no more workers available. The acute shortage of college graduates, which NineShift predicted for 2017, is now here. The lack of four year college graduates is the most critical.

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#5 Story of the Year 2017

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TELECOMMUTING, THE SILENT REVOLUTION, KEEPS GROWING. Over 40% of workers now telecommute at least part time. Telecommuting has doubled in the last ten years.

The Top 5 Stories of the Year 2017

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From this year's all-new NineShift presentation, heard by 300 people live in-person and as a webinar this month. Only two more years to go and our story of the transformation of society from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Society is complete. .

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The Millennials March On

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Whether it be healthcare, marijuana, gay marriage, sexual harassment in the workplace, BANNING GUNS, eliminating student debt or even trains, the Millennial generation will not give up for the rest of their lives. .

Lock Him Up !

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Notice that the majority of efforts to help boys involve paying adults, not providing resources for troubled boys. . When my brother was in high school, he stole some bikes. Appearing before the judge, the judge said "Don't do that again." My brother never did.

Why School Shooters Target Schools

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Until someone does better research, here's the evidence for why school shooters target schools. These young men have been humiliated and embarrassed in school. They have been punished in school. And their entire careers and future have been taken away from them by teachers and the schools. .

Are You a "Data Subject"?

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Europe is creating the governmental infrastructure of the 21st century. S aving your rights, and saving big business from itself. . So, are you a 'data subject'? Europe says yes. And the fascinating thing is, Europe is protecting you, and me, Americans, Canadians, not just Europeans. The European Union's new digital privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, doesn't just protect European residents or citizens. The law covers 'data subjects.'

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The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

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In my webinar recently on work and jobs in the 21st century, I got push-back from several participants. I assume they are with a community or technical college, and they cited the growth of Advanced Manufacturing as to why some students do not need a four year college degree.

The Numbers on Testosterone

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The controversy over women's testosterone levels continues. Some females support the new track and field standards, some oppose it. . But one interesting thing was revealed in a recent NYTimes story, the levels of testosterone. Most women, including elite female athletes, have natural testosterone levels of.12 nanomoles per liter, the I.A.A.F. said, while the normal male range after puberty is much higher, at 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter." .

"The Road of Death"

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I n England, there is a road where they have so many accidents, people have nicknamed it "The Road of Death." . Here's the kicker: there have been only 4 auto fatalities on the road in the last 5 years. .

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America At the Breaking Point

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Americans of every stripe and hue and belief are exhausted , suffering from mental health issues, mentally broken down, with partisan hate and incivility at an all time high. . So I hoped to find a little comfort in rereading John Dos Passos' classic book, 1919, on its 100th anniversary. In the introduction, the first paragraph, Maxwell writes ".the the year 1919 was a breaking point in American life." .

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More Hypocrisy with Fearless Girl

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Americans love symbolism, rather than actually doing something constructive. Far easier to yell and scream over a symbol than solve the problem.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point A

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There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. . Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing , screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it?

China's Top Scientific Advance in 2017: Train Simulator

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The top scientific advance for 2017 in China's universities was named last week. It is a high speed train simulator.

DC Schools Say Sitting in Chair More Important Than Learning

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The Washington DC City Council has passed an emergency one time bill to allow 26 students to graduate high school this month. . These students have been absent for more than 120 days, but have met all other academic requirements. . This move is vigorously opposed by the DC Schools, the superintendent of which apparently believes sitting in a chair is more important than learning. And that keep these 26 smart students out of college is also a good thing. .