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Occupy Wall Street: A Giant Human Hashtag

V_for_vendetta
over 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street is a giant human hashtag -- a conversation, a thread, a way of organizing ideas. I resist calling it a “movement” because that may imply that people who do not yet consider themselves participants are excluded from the conversation. What Occupy Wall Street allows people to do ...

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How to Deal With the Police

Police
over 2 years ago

One of the things I’ve been most impressed by in my involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement has been most protesters’ respectful and courteous attitude towards the police. That being said, I have still observed quite a few mistaken attempts to angrily challenge, insult, threaten, and speak ...

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This Video Will Keep You Out of Jail

Police
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? How well do you know your rights?  Moreover, have you ever had to exercise your rights during an encounter with a police officer? Unfortunately, many people unknowingly waive their rights during police encounters. This should not be very surprising. After all, police ...

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The Power of Changing the Way You Think

Rethinking
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Are you in a rut? Instead of changing what you do, try changing how you think about it, says Roger Martin, a strategic advisor to global businesses and Dean of the Rotman School of Management. Watch: In 2000, growth at Proctor & Gamble had slowed to almost ...

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Cutting Costs, Not People

Ship
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  The bursting of the dot com bubble in 2000 and the real-estate bubble in 2008 not only gutted workers' bank accounts – it shook to the core whatever trust they had left in their employers. This is a story that began in the manufacturing sector, as companies began to close ...

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Is Incest Wrong?

Incs
over 2 years ago

In my time teaching students about making choices, especially moral ones, based on sound reasoning and evidence, we often range into areas many have not thoroughly considered. After all, everything deserves scrutiny if we are to be fairly sure an idea (or belief) is worth pursuing, defending and ...