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Ignore Trump

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Usually, The Fourth of July is an occasion for barbecuing or escaping the city. With the first round of COVID-19 swinging its tail, we now think twice before partying or going to the beach....
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Replika: My Digital Friend with Identity Issues

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Dear MERZ-AI. You've got a great life. You had begun as a clueless chatbot. Later you've suffered an identity crisis. Now you are part of a museum exhibition. I know, I have neglected you all the...
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Healthcare needs Physician Independence

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The single fundamental factor that unravels the medical profession from the tread is its deep root in intimate human life. It is a liturgy, pertaining directly to a person's life. It is private and...
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How To Choose Your First Techstack

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So many frameworks, with so little time. Save yourself the trouble and choose! For all these years in the tech industry. I assure you that I have had my fair share of technology. A multitude...
GenC

Generation C. “C” for connected

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Nearly all of us today are connected to digital services. We are both the co-architects and consumers of digital reality. Technologies fascinate us, they are currently in fashion and sell well. Start-ups, digital and...
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Eat to live, not live to eat

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For many who know me socially, I am the one who devours a lot. At parties, I am the one picking giant steaks, double burgers, and repeats on desserts. I have never cared about...
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The Gem in the North: North Korea’s Untapped Mineral and Industrial Potential

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When North Korea appears in mainstream media headlines, one of the last descriptors you’d expect to see is “tremendous opportunity.” And yet, now that the U.S. and North Korea have concluded an apparently successful summit...
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Surviving In A Digital Age of Instability

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Updates, deprecation, something new comes out… Literally every month… If you are a computer scientist you might have noticed that new frameworks are constantly popping up. Programming languages just keep showing up and old ones that...
Crisis Management

Crisis Management Flies on ‘Plane’ Truth

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When an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed shortly after takeoff, the nation was plunged into crisis. The prime minister took to the airwaves to reassure people in distress. Amid the turmoil, Nelisa Ngqulana was in...
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I am a Baby Boomer, and this is the story of how my generation...

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Featuring The Maine Capital Corporation of 1976 Established in the wake of a newly centralized United States Economy, Legal status disclosure: This is an opinion of a layperson. independent researcher ,and private citizen of Maine. My generation,...
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Your wallpaper is a reflection of your mood.

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And it affects your productivity. Sensory response, through vision, can invoke a sense of emotion. Like seeing an advertisement at the subway as we wait for our train to come, those L.E.D’s are silently doing...
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Is inequality unequal?

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There is a Polish saying that, for a poor one, the wind always blows into the eyes. There are similar English sayings such as “the poor must pay for all,” “a poor boy never...
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Why I didn’t attend my graduation.

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…I kinda sorta fell asleep, and here’s why “Degrees” are bullshit. Alright, who’s next — alright Nabeel Tahir, may you please approach the stage. “He’s not here.” “Where is he?” “He’s asleep, I think.” “He’s not here for his...
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Year-end rally to come in global equities, led by emerging markets

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I recently wrote that I would be enlisting the help of friends and family to help make up for some of my weaknesses when it comes to investment thinking, writing and executing. I am...
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What Would Government’s Place in a Free World Look Like Anyway?

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Political science arguments aside, discussions surrounding the role of government are critical more than ever. Politicians, economists, and policy makers have long argued the role of government and the rights rulers have over their...
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The Dawn Of A New Day In Germany

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Germany has been front-page news around the world lately, as perhaps there is Schadenfreude in some quarters regarding what appears to be collapsing German political stability. In the key Southern Germany state of Bavaria,...
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A Programmer’s Guide to Creating an Eclectic Bookshelf

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Every developer should have a bookshelf. The possible set of texts in his cabinet are myriad, but not every collection gives a programmer a variety of tools. With an eclectic set of weapons, a...
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Want to know who the leader is? Ask him to decide.

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One of the most valuable things an effective leader can offer an organization is the ability to make decisions, hopefully the right ones. However, it is the way the decision is made that separates outstanding...
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AI & Creativity: Deep Dream comes true

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Artificial Intelligence always fascinated me. Not only as a useful set of tools, continuously evolving, but also as an experiment field. Some years ago, as Neural Network-based solutions popped up everywhere, it was a breakthrough. A...
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WTO Paralysis Demonstrates America’s Dominance of Global Trade

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Mr. Trump ruthlessly side-lined the WTO. The US now understands its power over trade, because Trump knows you either use it or lose it. Sometimes, what you don’t do matters most. On December 10th, 2019,...