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We’re talking about two generations — X and Millennials — who were raised to believe they’d have at least as good of a life as their parents. That they would be able to afford a nice house. And they increasingly congregate in cities that are becoming increasingly expensive, while their earning power declines, and affordable housing becomes increasingly rare. I am flat-out rich, and I live in a house a third of the size of the house my parents owned (and I rent), and they were public employees: a teacher and a fireman. I am 41. It’s the largest place I’ve ever lived in. My parents bought their first house when my mom was 26. And I have it good.

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Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Sport - Video and audio - News and media - Home

Sports, corporatism, globalization, soft power, trade unions, football ultras as political units, Pakistan’s lost hockey tradition, Sochi, and a lot more. (The only item not discussed in current affairs is the participation of Donetsk ultras in the Kiev Maidan protests.) Lecture by Mike Marqusee at the London School of Economics.

Filed under LSE Lecture Corporatism Sochi Trade Unions Equality Ultras Football Cricket Hockey London

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What debate?

To ArsTechnica and everyone else taking on the difficult task of intelligently covering the Science vs Creationism debate between Bill Nye and Mr. Ham, you are missing the large point that the Philosophy of Monotheism is Jewish (not W.A.S.P), and the Philosophy of the Enlightenment is European (not PBS/SETI/Hubble). So the “science guy” vs “bible-thumper” perspective is wrong altogether.

Filed under creationism christianity judaism skepticism religion philosophy enligthenment

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We're Hiring an Analyst – Interested?


Greylock is looking for an Analyst to support the Investing and Operations teams. This is a 2-3 year role, for someone early in his or her career. It will give you rare insight into great startups, as well as how venture capital works and where it is going.

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Well, I think I’ll give it a try. Greylock is one of the great VC firms right now. Wondering how they feel about EU candidates…

(Source: greylockvc)

Filed under venture capital jobs analyst jobs investing technology

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1960) is a documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, and filmed and directed by noted commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and the film director Aram Avakian , who also edited the movie. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the Newport Jazz Festival at the time.

Filed under Jazz Newport Jazz Festival 1960s columbia records Jazz on a summer's day Bert Stern Aram Avakian culture

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Cloud Services Security in Developed vs Emerging Markets

: Sure, the cloud is not safe in developed markets like the US and Western Europe where security services and hackers can go through your enterprise data. On the other hand, I think the tradeoff is beneficial for entities operating in emerging markets where low-level police and security services can confiscate physical data storage and equipment to exert pressure on the entity. (See: Hermitage Capital - Russia, Risk Engineering - Bulgaria, Turkey)

Examples of Local > Cloud: Developed Markets

Examples of Cloud > Local: Emerging Markets (BRICS, MINT, etc)

Filed under Cloud Security Privacy Brazil India China Russia Emerging Markets Prosecution Corruption Mafia Pressure NSA

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The real reason there aren’t more women in tech


The Twittersphere erupted last week over the question of whether the tech industry and its investors discriminate against female founders of startups. This issue comes regularly, and each time Silicon Valley leaders answer allegations of discrimination by pointing out the obvious: there…

The real reason that there aren’t more women in tech might be that tech is broken in its current form. Despite not being involved in CS, I am under the impression that it is taught and practiced in a way that does not recognize the limitations of the human brain on one hand and promotes a focus on operations rather than scientific exploration. As for the practical issue that this post raises, it serves as yet another reminder that the school curriculum has to become more rigorous and start with the difficult things like formal concepts and lingo early on.


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Jewish-Italian Nobel Prize Winners

While reading about cell biology I stumbled upon the name of Rita Levi-Montalcini, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Biology for her discovery of Nerve Growth Factor which has important medical implications not least in cancer research.

Her wiki entry claims that of the traditional but small Italian Jewish community of 50,000 people, there are four Nobel Prize Laureates. They are:

Rita Levi-Montalcini - biology
Emilio G. Segrè - physics
Salvador Luria - medicine
Franco Modigliani - economics

4 out of 20 Italian Nobels.

Filed under Nobel Prize Jewish Judaism Science Biology Physics Economics Medicine