Congressman John Yarmuth is donating his entire congressional salary for the fourth year in a row. Below are the organizations which will benefit from the funds:
Carriage House Education Services
Center for Women & Families
Committee for Fairness and Individual Rights
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Easter Seals of Louisville
Family Scholar House
Home of the Innocents
International Contemporary Art Foundation
Jewish Community Louisville
Kentucky Commission on Women Foundation
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation
Louisville Fund for the Arts
Louisville Urban League
Metro United Way of Louisville
NAACP – Louisville Branch
Simmons College of Kentucky
STAR Autism Treatment Program – UofL
The Jewish Community Center
Volunteers of America – Kentucky
“We are very fortunate to have so many charities and organizations dedicated to improving our city and supporting individuals and families in need,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “At a time when the programs that provide assistance to these groups are facing drastic funding cuts, I am proud to be able to offer some support to the organizations that play such a key role in strengthening our community.”
As an academic at Oxford university I don’t have an enormous salary, but even so I have made a pledge to donate £1m to charity over the course of my working life.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but I chose to do this after realising just how much more good my money could do for others than for me. I’m a research fellow in ethics, and my thoughts on the ethical issues around global poverty have had a dramatic impact on my personal behaviour.
In fact, there are few countries anywhere with all their central Internet connections in one place or so few places that they can be severed at the same time. But the idea of a single “kill switch” to turn the Internet on and off has seduced some American lawmakers, who have pushed for the power to shutter the Internet in a national emergency.
The Internet blackout in Egypt shows that a country with strong control over its Internet providers apparently can force all of them to pull their plugs at once, something that Cowie called “almost entirely unprecedented in Internet history.”
The outage sets the stage for blowback from the international community and investors. It also sets a precedent for other countries grappling with paralyzing political protests - though censoring the Internet and tampering with traffic to quash protests is nothing new.
“Next up is the claim that “music cannot be ‘for free’ anymore than cars or houses can ‘just be for free.’” You would think that someone working as VP and research director of the second largest analyst firm would at least understand a little basic economics — including the economics of scarce goods vs. infinite, or non-rivalrous, non-excludable goods. Apparently, not. So, Mulligan is simply wrong here. Yes, music absolutely can be free. Music, by itself, is quite different, fundamentally, than a car or a house, because those are scarce goods. If one person has a particular house, another person cannot. Yet, with music, everyone can have a copy of the same song. And, as we learned in basic economics, price is the intersection of supply and demand, and when supply is infinite, those curves meet at a price of zero. Alternatively, you can attack the same problem from another angle, which again was taught in basic economics: in a competitive market, price gets driven to marginal cost. The marginal cost of making a copy of a song is, once again, zero. Music can and should be priced at $0. That’s just basic economics. To claim it “cannot be” without addressing such fundamental economics is troubling.”—Yes, Actually, Music Can Be Free | Techdirt
“On a conference call following the Finnish mobile phone giant’s fourth-quarter report, Mr. Elop talked about Nokia’s need to change rapidly in a fast-changing market place, and to consider “multiple ecosystem patterns”. Investors interpreted the comments as a sign that Nokia might be preparing to adopt a new smartphone platform, and traded up the company’s shares following a sharp dip earlier Thursday in the wake of its bleak first-quarter outlook.”—Nokia Hints at Switch to Google’s Android - Tech Europe - WSJ
The trick is to entrust employees with enough autonomy and freedom to follow their best judgment, without needing to constantly check in with the Big Man. Here are two prime examples of this philosophy in action at 37signals:
1. Each employee gets a credit card and is told to use it wisely. No expense reports, no justifications, no haggling. They simply forward the receipts to a shared inbox in case of an audit. We have not had a single case of abuse in the few years we’ve run the program. People will live up to your high expectations.
2. We don’t count vacation or sick days. People who are working on things they care about are unlikely to game the system or take advantage of free-ranging liberties. We’ve found that we actually need to remind people to take vacation, not keep a tally of who takes too much.
“When I was in middle school, I earned spare money by babysitting for a lot of the neighborhood kids. One of the parents I was employed by was Kim Pearson, one of the sponsors of the bill in the Iowa House to amend the Constitution to ban not only gay marriage, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships. This is my letter to her.”—post.culture.shock: An open letter to an Iowa State Representative
The big story is that the industry is dying, but that’s what the record labels want you to believe. Bands used to look to getting that elusive deal and big advance as a sign of making it, but only the smallest number of those bands would actually break even, let alone make money from those deals. So all that has actually disappeared is that fledging bands can no longer reap the rewards of a big advance for simply displaying the signs that they have potential for success. It is now like any other business – you earn money from actual sales, not possible sales.
This just means that the bands that are great, work hard and justly build a following get rewarded for it. The ones who concentrate on showcasing at the hip venues and hanging out in ‘the scene’ will continue to live a narcissistic fantasy life telling themselves “if only the right person could see how talented I was, I will be huge”. Those who have a future in the emerging music industry will be building a loyal following one fan at a time by playing every venue that will have them between here and Cape Cod.
“Just like regular debt, you’re going to have to pay it back sooner or later. As a former Manager of Software Engineering and now as an advisor to a customer, I’ve seen (and see) what technical debt can do to the velocity of a team. It robs them of precious time, after the fact. The development team buys into the idea that doing things the wrong way, to save some time in the interim, is worth the risks and the overall cost. This is a really short-sided thought process. Technical debt is like getting a loan from loan shark who roles dice to decide what your interest rate is. So, if you don’t need to take the risk, don’t do it.”—
“This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African-American President.”—Mark Shields (via x0)
I like my content everywhere across multiple devices with different interaction models, features, and where my intent and/or expectations change depending on the device I’m on. I also like when the companies, brands, and services I care about enhance my experiences across the digital landscape in meaningful ways that aren’t about marketing and messaging but are about great customer care and/or entertainment when appropriate.
The companies that figure this out sooner than later (and figure out how to work well within these paramaters) will be the most successful and prepared for whatever is coming next.
There’s little that’s more annoying than going to a company’s website to try to find out something about them and being confronted with nearly-decipherable “marketing-ese”. This is similar to the bit above about making sure I can tell what your company does as soon as I get to your homepage, but it goes one deeper. Everything on your site should be easy to understand, both for bloggers you’re hoping to get coverage from and customers you’re trying to sell to.
Eliminating “marketing-ese” doesn’t mean your copy needs to be boring. But make it straight-forward and friendly, rather than always going for the hard-sell. This is another area where 37signals excels. Take a look at their main website, which talks about all their different product offerings. There’s plenty of impressive sales copy there, but it’s easy to understand and easy to relate to. Whether I’m a blogger thinking about covering them or a customer looking for a product like theirs, I’m definitely going to take a closer look at their offerings.
“Because in our society, women don’t have sexual needs, desires, drives, whatever. And those that do, run brothels," Kiran says. "Either you are a nice girl, or you are a fast girl. So if we are fast girls, it means that men come and visit us. If we are nice girls, it means that girls come and visit us, which works out.”—Pakistan’s Lesbians Live In Silence, Love In Secret : NPR
Debbie Friedman: “They want me to come out. And I feel, hamayvin yaavin [those who know, know]. I’m out enough. I think I’ll ultimately be able to accomplish more just by living the way I’m living.”
"Someone [an educator] told [Debbie’s partner], not knowing she was my partner, ‘You know we’re not even allowed to use any of Debbie Friedman’s music in our congregation, the rabbi forbids it because she’s gay.’
"So if there’s that kind of crap going on, it just doesn’t pay for me to… Anything that’s going to happen, or needs to happen, will take itself where it needs to go. The same way my career has gone.”
Jonathan Mark: “You don’t want that one thing to define you. You don’t want articles about you to waste paragraphs writing about your private life instead of writing about your music and spirituality.”
DF: “No! That’s not who I am. I’m not ‘Debbie Friedman the lesbian.’”
JM: “But people in the current culture will do that to you.”
DF: “Right. That’s what pisses me off about people who say, people need you to come out. I’m thinking, more than people need me to come out as a gay person, they need me to come out as a liturgist and a spiritualist. People are more uptight talking about God, more inhibited about God language and God concepts, than they are about sex.
"That concerns me more than anything, people’s spiritual inhibitions. That, there, is something that is really on my agenda. That people’s spiritual vocabulary is so limited, even as they’re so spiritually hungry without knowing how to nourish themselves."