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Friday, November 28, 2014

What white people need to know, and do, after Ferguson


Black communities are ultimately protesting systems of injustice and inequality that structurally help white people while systematically harming black people. Just because you’re white and therefore generally benefit from those systems doesn’t mean you inherently support those systems — or need to defend them. Benefiting from white privilege is automatic. Defending white privilege is a choice. ("What white people need to know, and do, after Ferguson", Sally Kohn, 28 Nov 2014)

How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court

This story is quite a tale with big implications. Does it mean market segmentation is dead? Certainly it has challenged it strongly.

I like this quote, "do we want to be an ownership society or a licensing society?”

The You Own Devices Act seems to indicate a shifting of the tide.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Why is Math Taught Differently Now?

Why is Math Different Now from raj shah on Vimeo.

Dr. Raj Shah explains why math is taught differently than it was in the past and helps address parents' misconceptions about the "new math". 
Dr. Shah is the owner and founder of Math Plus Academy ( an academic enrichment program with two locations in Columbus, Ohio. Math Plus Academy offers class in math, robotics, programming and chess for kids from KG to 9th grade. Math Plus Academy is on a mission to show kids the joy of mathematics and science.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Who decided to put 60 seconds in a minute?

Babylonians used a base 60 number system that evidently worked better at astronomical calculations.
Babylon gave us 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 360 days in a year and 12 months in a year. ("Who Decided to Put 60 Seconds in a Minute?")

Immigration Reform Executive Action

There is a lot of debate over whether Obama's recent immigration executive action is constitutional or not. Saturday Night Live did a skit last night mocking Obama.

Zachary A. Goldfarb said,

This skit got a couple of things right, and a couple of things wrong. For starters, Obama didn't sign an executive order. He is taking executive action, in particular by directing the Department of Homeland Security to expand programs that defer deportation for classes of undocumented immigrants — parents of U.S. citizens or permanent-resident children, as well as undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

He also said
Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan used their authorities to extend protection to illegal immigrants.
Obama's measure still goes far beyond his predecessors, who shielded anywhere from 100,000 to 1.5 million people from deportations. If there is a court challenge, it would, in any event, go on for years, perhaps into the next president's term.
Regardless of how any challenge to this executive action turns out, Obama certainly has reversed his position on whether he could use executive authority to change immigration policy.

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will announce what appears to be the most sweeping executive action on immigration in American history. 
For years, he has called such action illegal; in fact, “The Kelly File” found 25 instances in which Obama said so on camera. 
“Today we know he’s about to do the very thing he said would flout the law, the very thing he said would be ‘very difficult to defend legally.’ And his defenders say, ‘Well he misunderstood the law.’ For six years?” Megyn Kelly questioned. ("Caught on Camera: Obama Called Exec Immigration Action Illegal… 25 Times!", FoxNews insider, Nov 19, 2014)