Two from Richard Florida
Bill Gates says U.S. schools are "broken." Alvin Toffler calls them relics of
a by-gone industrial age. Now, according to Johns Hopkins University
researchers, 1 in 10 American high-schools is a "drop out factory," where 60
percent of freshman do not even make it to their senior year. What a colossal
waste of human talent. The U.S. has been living off the educational investments
of other countries, particularly China and India, for the past several decades.
What happens if the supply of foreign talent dries up or decides to head
People are creative. We like challenging and creative work. Most of us do not
need to spend more time in educational prisons sitting like a bump on a log in
class or getting ready for the big game, the pep rally or the prom. We need to
be involved in stuff that activates creativity.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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