Daily Archives: 12/27/2014

2015’s Word

word(Community Matters) Gotta get thinking on 2015’s word.

2014’s CLARITY – worked out very well. Was very clear about what to be accomplished this year: 1) EF objectives, 2) Adler for Mayor, 3) further integrating with Capital Factory, 4) quality time w/ our parents. Feel great about accomplishment in each arena.

2015 – I imagine it’ll have something to do w/ Culturati. Also remaking youth entrepreneurship programs (movement) and certainly still quality time w/ mom & dad. 


Update: I did select Culturati: [hoping to build] a society of CEOs, executives & scholars committed to a mission-driven purpose in business, to the practice of building strong corporate cultures. A retreat we are planning for Austin in September.

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Alexei Navalny

(Community Matters) I should know this name – Alexei Navalny, an attorney & anticorruption activist – one of the leading Russian opposition figures.

WSJ story about U.S. Tech Firms Face Showdown With Russian Censors and about the rally next month in support of Navalny.

alex navalny



Labor Market Polarization

I’m reposting this for my own recall

(Community Matters) The increasing polarization of jobs being created in the market – Dallas Federal Reserve newsletter – is due to automation of routine jobs and to a lesser extent offshoring, resulting in the loss of middle-skills jobs. Higher education and a willingness to upgrade skills accounts for better performance of women in the jobs market over last 25 years. Men who lose these middle-skills jobs are remanded to lower-skills, lower paying jobs.

The number of jobs requiring medium levels of skills has shrunk while the number at both ends of the distribution – those requiring high and low skills level – has expanded. . . . polarization began about 25 years ago, in the early 1990s and intensified in the last decade. . . . Middle skills jobs were not recovered [after the recessions of this period, especially the recession of 2008-09].

Routine jobs always rebounded during the economic expansions that followed the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s. The pattern changed dramatically in the three recessions since 1990. None of the routine jobs lost in these downturns came back in the following expansions.

Middle skills jobs those in blue below (manual & cognitive routine).

dallas fed jobs skills

While women were hit much harder than men by the disappearance of middle-skills jobs, the majority of women managed to upgrade their skills and find better paying jobs.

Middle-skill, routine jobs still account for almost half of all existing jobs.

Brain Matters

Screen Shot 2014-12-27 at 5.46(Community Matters) While reading about the cerebellar peduncle (a nerve tract that permits communication between the cerebellum and the other parts of the central nervous system), microvascular changes versus artifacts, cerebral white matter, flow voids and focal hyperintensity . . . I stumbled upon this blog: Braindisease’s Weblog – This blog deals with common neurological diseases.

A particular posting was very helpful in understanding white matter. And, I stumbled upon another posting (really not brain related) about the Poor Me syndrome of social media networking. Fascinating. Steven and I have been talking about the contribution of social media to quarter life crisis.

Lewy Body Dementia – I wasn’t familiar with this until a few months ago.