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Steve Case: Immigration Reform Is Pro-Business

The co-founder and former CEO of AOL discusses the merits of the immigration reform, and the likelihood that Congress will support the bill. He speaks with Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends [VIDEO]

Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends [VIDEO].

Social networks and mobile technology have transformed the way people communicate. This week, Facebook announced there are 1 billion active users, who have created 140.3 billion Facebook connections on the eight-year-old platform.

 

What do all those friendships look like on an interactive map? Watch the video above to see the interactive map shared by Facebook Stories — a site dedicated to telling “thought-provoking stories” about the community.

 

SEE ALSO: The Most Important Facebook Number: 140.3 Billion 

The interactive map by Stamen Design shows each country’s closest friendships and possible reasons for the proximity. For example, Facebook users in Jordan have the most bonds with residents in the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

 

The map focuses on the historical, economic, linguistic and cultural binds that tie two countries together. The map can also be sorted by common languages spoken around the world.

 

“Immigration is one of the strongest links that seems to bind these Facebook neighbors, as thousands of people pour over borders or overseas, seeking jobs or fleeing violence, and making new connections and maintaining old friendships along the way,” wrote Mia Newman, the author of the interactive map post.

 

What are the most surprising connections between countries that share strong Facebook connections? Tell us in the comments.

 

Facebook World Map

Source: Mashable.com

 

Either that or a better and free education program for career changers…

…but that would be called socialism again and therefore we will get the people from somewhere else, or corporate goes there. Good example on how some political “strategies” bite each other.

The Mean Streets of Athens – Photographs – NYTimes.com

The Mean Streets of Athens – Photographs – NYTimes.com.

The picture is the same no matter where you go. When things are bad, it is all the foreigners/immigrants fault. The Germans had it when the wall came down, the French with the colonies, we have it with the Mexicans and the Greek have it with their immigrants. Without having anything else, it appears this is the way to take political advantage of a bad situation created by politics, around the world.

Why the U.S. is unable to follow a good example to accomplish debt reduction and prosperity

Following the daily news regarding debt reduction is a nerve racking event these days. Congress and administration beat each other in political gambling on the expense of the American people. Both have their interests and are fighting hard to come through with their agenda. Armadas of lobbyists, mainly on the republican side, are crowding the internet message boards and are promoting interests. For Main Street America there is nothing left than sit tight and wait. What will it be? Reduced medical services? Cut in Social Security? Tax breaks for the rich? Cut in government spending? Tax increase for the rich and corporate? Raising the debt limit? Improving infrastructure in order to be competitive? Programs for better education and workforce? Anything else?

Last week President Obama entertained visitors from Germany. While it is unusual for America to take a look at what others do, this time it seemed the German model caught some interest in the political writer scene and amongst economists (see link below). Taking a look at the last 20 years, it became clear that the Germans faced some of the challenges we currently deal with here in the United States. Infrastructure round up in Eastern Germany after the iron curtain fell, immigration issues for the same reason plus several wars in Europe and elsewhere, a spoiled population with no need to work, Germany being one of the biggest welfare states in the world. Looking at these problems and others and seeing what the Germans did, one is wondering on whether German measures could be used in the U.S..

The quick answer is no, unfortunately not. Political system differences (only two parties), different party donation rules, different take on the government’s job and, I am afraid to say, a lesser politically and generally educated population in the U.S. make it impossible to adapt the German program here in the United States.

With only two parties and the current “donation rules”, political decisions and actions are always in danger of being “bought out” by lobbyists. Donating $260,000 to one party and $240,000 to the other, as it commonly happens, can have an influence on political decisions. The winner of any election is barely the man of the entire population. Nearly the half of the population is always in opposition. In Germany, coalitions form the government and represent more interests of the people. Many Americans argue that the government needs to stay out of everything and “markets” need to do the sorting out. In Germany the government is seen, and is, the balance between different sides, regulating and steering politics and business. Some in the United States, “educated” by certain groups sound bites, would call such as “socialist”, “communist” or “liberal”, without knowing what the words actually mean. Many European countries have also understood, that certain groups of the population need help and support, for various reasons and that such support actually pays off. While the Germans have cut down on this support over the past ten years, those that now say “aha, here we go, the freebies have to go”, need to understand that, even with cutting down services, Germany’s social services still beat American social services, including health care, by far.

U.S. politicians need to find the right mix in their negotiations for debt reduction and prosperity, matching the people’s need. The priority in all discussions should be people. America needs tax income, more of it. That can only be accomplished when jobs will be created and taxes will be increased for the rich and corporate. There is nothing wrong with tax decreases for those groups. As a matter of fact, this is a must happen, but only after delivering their “social services”, jobs and investments. If the tax decreases are given before, the money goes somewhere else.

America is on the brink of financial default. It is important that those in Washington understand what their responsibility is. A good poker game is a good thing, gambling with your peoples lives, is not.

The German Example