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The young woman at the hotel front desk had no idea the village has a mailbox. The mailbox is right next to the grocery store, kinda hard to miss. A pretty good English speaker, she also did not know the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Nine Shift
Some of the societal changes in Puerto Rico from the hurricane that, combined with the larger context of America, may affect you. -There's less health care, poorer health insurance, which is one reason people are moving to the states. -Big... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Nine Shift
I pause today to say happy Valentine's Day, and Happy 32nd Wedding Anniversary, to my amazing colleague and love of my life, Julia Taylor Coates Draves. And I hope and wish everyone else a happy Valentine's Day and my fervent... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Nine Shift
Then being safely and wonderfully taken care of as tourists here in Puerto Rico, now Julie and I are angry. We are angry with CNN, MSNBC and probably all the other tv networks for discouraging people to come to Puerto... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Nine Shift
Our third impression on arriving in Puerto Rico is one of anger. First, there is the submerged but omnipresent anger of the Puerto Rican people about the lack of the U.S. government concern, help and fair treatment of Puerto Rico... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Nine Shift
Julie noticed a big difference from when we were here last - - Puerto Rican flags are everywhere. They are on top of people's houses. There is one in the lobby of the hotel. They are on car antennas. There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Nine Shift
Puerto Rico is in many ways a fascinating study in American society today. First Impressions. We get off the airplane and the airport is normal. The hotel is normal. The restaurant is normal. In fact, there's tons of bottled water,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Nine Shift
It is the first day of a new course on teaching online, and there is already talk about simulations. Simulations have been in nursing education for a number of years, so maybe the "talk" is still just nursing educators. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Nine Shift
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There's outright unethical and illegal gender pay discrimination against women that has to be stopped. But then there is Point B: complex, unresolved issues about gender and pay. Claire Miller and the NYTimes like to scream 'discrimination' wherever they can,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Nine Shift
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There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing, screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it? Nursing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Nine Shift
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The New York Times continued its attack on men in its first gender article of the new year. The New York Times and its "gender" (yes, that's her title) editor Claire Miller, writing about the 13% representation of men in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Nine Shift
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The top scientific advance for 2017 in China's universities was named last week. It is a high speed train simulator. The project “Model Testing of the Dynamic Behaviors of High-speed Trains”, conducted by a research team led by Professor CHEN... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Nine Shift
This will blow your mind. On China high speed railways, face-recognition technology is used in some major railway stations and is expected to be promoted nationwide. This also from the Telegraph story here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Nine Shift
It's another train week at NineShift. Wi-Fi is going to be available on all high-speed trains in the future, said Huang Min, the deputy general manager of China Railway Corporation, the country’s railway operator, according to a report by chinanews.com... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Nine Shift
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Happy 2018. We start out the New Year with big news. Brightline, the first all-private (track and train) passenger train in the U.S. in over fifty years, starts this week. The train will run from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Nine Shift
More than 200 people have viewed the Top 5 Stories of the Year in the first 2 days. Another 300 have viewed the Top 5 Stories in the last two weeks. Thank you! Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Nine Shift
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From this year's all-new NineShift presentation, heard by 300 people live in-person and as a webinar this month. Only two more years to go and our story of the transformation of society from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Society... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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TELECOMMUTING, THE SILENT REVOLUTION, KEEPS GROWING Over 40% of workers now telecommute at least part time. Telecommuting has doubled in the last ten years. Working from home (wherever you choose 'home' to be) is changing the workplace culture, increasing productivity,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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UNEMPLOYMENT IN CANADA AND THE U.S. HITS ROCK BOTTOM There are no more workers available. The acute shortage of college graduates, which NineShift predicted for 2017, is now here. The lack of four year college graduates is the most critical.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED BY CHANGE That exhaustion is visible politically, but the causes lie in the societal changes that lead to political instability. We predict the political polarization will decline significantly beginning around 2020, just like it did 100 years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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GEN Y ANXIETY EPIDEMIC NineShift co-author Julie Coates discovers this major crisis in post industrial societies. Our post on it got the biggest response from both Gen Yers and their parents this year, confirming the situation. Photos below taken by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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CITIES REBUILD FOR THE 21st CENTURY Toronto is building an area ‘from the Internet up.’ (top drawings in the image below). Symbolic of the change was the Lauren Herstik (shown in image below) NY Times story about Los Angeles becoming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Surprise. The Chicago Public School system is the best among large city school systems in the country. It is based on a new, second and better way to evaluate schools: measure how much progress a student makes. Here's the story.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Here's the latest light rail news: 1.Los Angeles. An extension of the Gold line in Los Angeles was announced last week. Another 12 miles. Another 6 stops. Another step forward for the car city becoming a train city. 2.Chicago. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Our predictions stop at 01/01/2020 but our questions continue. There was a recession from 1920 through 1921. It lasted 18 months from peak (before business contracted) to trough (when business started expanding again.) That is tied with the great recession... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Nine Shift