New Platform Seeks To Give Anyone An Audience

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The way Twitter’s retweets gave anyone with 140 characters of brilliance a way to spread across the web, Medium could do the same for longer thoughts. – Tech Crunch

Looks like an interesting product that could potentially enhance user experience ont he internet.

To learn more about he company that’s “re-imagining publishing” check out: Welcome To Medium

By |August 16th, 2012|Solutions|0 Comments

Hospital Inquiry Finds Unnecessary Cardia Work On Patients

Maybe this is the reason our healthcare system is so expensive.

HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, had uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing. Those hospitals included the Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which the company no longer owns, and the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. In some cases, the doctors made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to internal reports. – NY Times

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The News Without Transparency

We were promised more transparency in government…

Despite President Obama’s 2009 executive privilege requiring agencies to err on the side of disclosure when processing Freedom of Information Act requests, the Drug Enforcement Agency exempted a record number of FOIA requests in 2011 in nearly every category. – Reason.com

DEA FOIA rejections have increased 114% since the end of Bush administration. – Sunlight Foundation

…seems like we are getting anything but.

‘Lost Boys’ Peril Returns In Sudan

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More suffering for the children of the Sudan as a new generation of Lost Boys and Girls are fleeing civil war in an African country that has been plagued with a violent history and is supposed to be following a peace agreement. Cast out by their parents who fear for their safety, these homeless children roam the country trying to avoid violent militias and the dangerous natural conditions of their land with the hopes of surviving the ongoing battle around them.

Jeffrey Gettlean’s piece “New Wave of ‘Lost Boys’ Flee Sudan’s Lingering War” in the New York Times investigates this distressing story. Reading the accounts of these children gives a clear picture of the sadness that has been forced upon them.

We don’t talk about our parents anymore. Even if we go back, we won’t find anybody.

What will the world do to help these children?

‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ Moment During Reporting Of Obamacare Ruling

Media giants still can get it totally wrong, even with today’s technology.

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Moments after the ruling was released by the court, several media outlets – including CNN and Fox News – erroneously reported on-air that the mandate had been struck down. – Yahoo! News

How Do You Tell When the News is Biased?

Hint: Look in the mirror.

The amount of bias in news seems to be directly proportional to the amount of bias in ourselves.

…the hostile media effect suggests we’re not as smart as we think we are. We might like to think of ourselves as impartial judges of credibility and fairness, but the evidence says otherwise. Liberals and conservatives can (and often do) believe the same news report is biased against both their views; they aren’t both right. - Nieman Journalism

Autistic Artist Draws Picture of New York From Memory

In case anyone missed this great story about  Stephen Wiltshire, a London-born artist with autism, who created a spellbinding 18 ft mural of the Manhattan skyline from memory after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama.

What an inspiring story and incredibly beautiful art work. The power of the human mind never ceases to amaze me.

Check out the finished piece and more of Stephen’s work on his website.

A Mother Bravely Campaigns for President in Afghanistan

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Women’s right advocate Fawzia Koofi, who is campaigning to become Afghanistan’s next president in 2014, shows us that it doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, Christian, Jew, or Muslim – the fight for freedom and justice is the same.

All of us human beings will one day. Maybe today is the day I will die. But if I do, please know that it was for a purpose. - Fawzia Koofi

From Scrubbing Floors to Ivy League

This is one of the most positive, uplifting, hard fought, stories of success by a child I’ve read in a long time.

If you need a positive boost for humanity this is a good one.

The Last Lesson Albert Einstein Taught Us

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This is the office of Albert Einstein the day he died.

Moral of the Story: There is inspiration to be found everywhere and problems that will always need solving so one should never have a reason to stop being active – even if you created the Theory of Relativity.