Wall Street on trial

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The setting is a mock trial of Wall Street (which was a farce), but there was a lot of good analysis here from people who have been deep in the belly of capitalism. They are pointing at some real problems in Wall Street and our federal government that are creating the problems people are complaining about. The ironic reality is we’ve all participated to some degree in creating the problem, but I think if we listen and contemplate, we can find a way to correct it. The challenge in finding a solution is it will go against our instincts.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/307338-1

Chad PerrinĀ and I were talking about this a while back

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Chad PerrinĀ and I were talking about this a while back. Alaric Snell-Pym has come up with a Turtle graphics package for Chicken Scheme. There was another post on the Scheme list talking about how Chicken Scheme has been ported to the Raspberry Pi. Alaric wanted to create a way for beginners to get right into “something interesting” with Scheme. With just a “using” statement, beginners can get right into graphics using Logo-like calls.

Originally shared by The Scheme Programming Language on Google+

Could Scheme be the first language of a new generation?

http://www.snell-pym.org.uk/archives/2012/08/01/getting-kids-into-programming-and-what-the-raspberry-pi-is-lacking/

Ian Bremmer is worth listening to

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Ian Bremmer is worth listening to. He’s able to distill the players on the global stage down in terms that make the world more understandable, yet I think he conveys the complexity of geopolitics as well.

A key point he tries to get across in his new book, “Every Nation For Itself,” and in his previous one, “The End of the Free Market” (a provocative title he didn’t choose), is that politics matters a lot in the global economy, and it behooves us to pay attention to what political leaders in other parts of the world are doing.

I liked hearing his take on Obama vs. Romney, though he didn’t have much to say about Romney.

The main reason I wanted to share this video was a couple of small parts at a) 0:57-1:02, and b) 1:05-1:07.

a) was chilling to me, basically saying that as a country, there is currently no financial pressure to solve the government’s fiscal problems, so the federal gov’t will likely go on overspending at a feverish pace. Secondly, there’s no political incentive to solve our unemployment problem, because the monied interests that like our current policies, which happen to not help unemployment, can basically support the government by themselves.

He made the point that “we need to retrain our people,” but that’s been said for 20 years. Our government sponsors job retraining programs, particularly for jobs affected by lowered trade barriers, but so far as I’ve heard, none of them are that successful.

b) was interesting, because he said that a lot of industries understand his thesis, but that none of the tech companies do!

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/307017-1

Celebrating Turing’s birthday

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On June 15 & 16 the ACM celebrated Alan Turing’s 100th birthday (which was on June 23). You can see some of the proceedings here. All living Turing Award winners were invited to attend. Thirty-three showed up.

Unfortunately not everything went well with the online video. The audio is out of synch with the video by a good bit…

http://amturing.acm.org/acm_tcc_webcasts.cfm

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