Econometrics

A First in Decades, More Businesses Are Closing Than Opening in Most Metro Areas
The little growth that is occurring is confined to a relatively few regions. See how your area compares.
by Mike Maciag | February 7, 2017 AT 10:00 AM

As small businesses struggle, these U.S. cities are helping entrepreneurs thrive
A new report suggests new business formation has hit historic lows; here’s how four cities are trying to help new owners open doors By Patrick Sisson Feb 7, 2017, 10:56am EST

The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur
The generation cheered for its start-up mentality is actually starting companies at the lowest rate in 25 years. Why? Derek Thompson Jul 6, 2016

Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship

Historical Kauffman Index Reports
The Kauffman Index produced annual reports since 1996, and three new types of reports after the relaunch in 2015: state, national, and metropolitan/city trends.

Sick’em More Institute

The Sycamore Institute, a nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee, seeks a full-time Policy Analyst to join its bipartisan team.

My wife wants me to make something perfectly clear: Choose Ed, choose Ed!

Importance of Payor Influence

Medical Banking Blog (from back in the day) Launch News from 2007
2010 HIMSS Recap
Google: “medical banking” site:www.himss.org

Importance of understanding the actual Information Technology Involved

[RE: Conmergence] Perhaps the ultimate HIT wonk blog? Sometimes Ed Dodds’ posts are long and thoughtful, sometimes he re-posts public notices, or puts in a two-word recommendation to an external site. Lots and lots of long lists of names, chapters, external links, etc., leave you in a quagmire of thought you wish you had time to slog around in. The net result is kind of like opening up Rain Man’s cranium and watching the neurons fire as he counts the toothpicks in slow motion.
the HIT Transition Weblog (comments from back in the day)

Business Process Management Plus (BPM+ Health) Industry Workshop [Tuesday & Wednesday, September 24 – 25, 2019]

Importance of Knowing the True Obstacles

Health Insurance and Pharma CEO Compensation
PNHP.org on the Wayback Machine

Importance of Networks (Experts)

Neo4j Connects Healthcare using Open Data
Go to the money shot where Shi* can identify the opioid vending machine doctor *Yaqi Shi, Data Scientist at Clover Health

EARN is a nationwide network of research, policy, and public engagement organizations fighting, state by state, for an economy that works for everyone.

LinkedIn Connections to date: 29,385

I admin the Technology Nashville (6,600 members) and Medical Banking (600+ members) groups on LinkedIn.

blog.conmergence.com viewed by folks using 11,800+ ISPs, 130+ languages, 170+ nations.

Ed’s ability to research and locate relevant and insightful connections and potential technology linkages is uncanny and at times seems almost preordained. He is also a great pleasure to work with and a great facilitator. July 29, 2005
David R.R. Webber

Importance of Networks (Data Moving)

Third National Research Platform Workshop posted by Dana Brunson

Why USA (or any) Workers Don’t Make Progress

1) Global corporatist (no national allegiances) CEOs extravagantly compensated
2) Citizen United allows CSuites unlimited “legal” PACs and Dark Money to “lobby” all candidates from both parties
3) No talk of “SayOnPay” or elimination of various preferred stock classes and similar crony capitalism oligarchical mechanisms, or meaningful stock grants to employees
4) Diversionary talk of unlivable Living Wages / increased minimum wages (shiny metal $15 an hour red herrings)

Tennessee to receive Connect America Funding

Another Round of Funding Starts This Month for Broadband Buildout
in Rural Communities in 22 States

FCC AUTHORIZES SECOND WAVE OF FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND FROM CONNECT AMERICA FUND AUCTION

Holston Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 517 Support / 10 Years $535,417

Meriwether Lewis Connect Minimum Speed 1 Gbps/500 Mbps Locations 290 Support / 10 Years $1,183,627

h|t Ann Treacy

#HalWomble2014 https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/7521088386.pdf

Recently, Tennessee Telecommunications Association changes its name to Tennessee Broadband Association

Bridled Capitalism

Stephanie Ruhle and Scott Galloway had a focused discussion on CSuites and workers compensation this a.m. for which I am profoundly grateful. If the National Dems don’t focus on this issue they will go the way of the dinosaur — unless civil anarchy is launched by Trump before the 2018 elections (see Brownshirts) as he declares *martial war* on Mexico or Venezuela. National Dems are just as beholden to CSuite-backed Dark Money and Super PACS (see Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) as are the Republicans (see opensecrets.org).

Minimum wage laws alone are a red herring; while they may be “necessary but not sufficient”, a minimum wage will always be eaten up by healthcare insurance premium hikes. The law must be made to require fiduciary responsibility to stakeholders not just shareholders, over the long term not just the short. There is a “life cycle of nations” and over the long view, (now globalized) capitalism doesn’t give a tinker’s dam about individual nations.

Unless “Say on Pay” is legalized in the US (with legal teeth, not just “suggestions”), Preferred Stock/Restricted Stock Units are eliminated or modified, Stock Buybacks are reined in so that they benefit stakeholders as well as “shareholders” (CSuites), Pre-IPO stock grants to frienemies with associated pump and dumps are regulated in a meaningful fashion, there will be no reinvestment into workers, social safety nets, enterprises. #DiabolicalGreed

Working on the Honr System (sm) – Social Economic Justice via Pervasive (Micro)payment

These are preliminary notes

Powerpoint needs to be done in epiphaneo video format: youtube, vimeo, facebook – others (as many as feasible)
possible TED talk

Daily Work, Daily Pay Same Day Fair Day’s Pay – daily labor daily wages

WHAT IS HONORED (VALUED) IN A SOCIETY IS RECOGNIZED (AWARDED, PAID)
Honr – Pauline NT principle, OT based – Honor (pay for the value of) Parents, Teachers, Teaching Elders
Add illustrative verses (below)

CURRENT WORLD PARADIGM

NO METRICS = SOCIAL IGNORANCE ; BIASED METRICS (necessary data excluded to reinforce status quo structural inequities)

economic injustice is obscured because many metrics which describe tasks performed which are necessary to society are unmeasured and uncompensated due to controlled taxation system [ie allowable deductions, disallowable deduction] of the dominant class

example – why can I declare my currency gift to a nonprofit organization but not my labor (voluteering)? If we actually measured the total societal impact, it would have to be reflected in state and federal budgets (UN, foreign aid, etc. too)

example – prison industrial complex – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow poor “criminal caste”

1% backed governments, banking debt system, war banksters, UK rehypothecation ponzi scheme

Workers compensation is falsely framed as salary and employer-based benefits
(BENEFITs are just reduced salaries)

Should be paid immediately in real-time entirely in digitally liquid currencies (don’t illegally/immorally sacrifice float to banks and employers).

The point is not alternative currencies (necessarily)

Flattr button on not just blog posts and blogs but on online activity logs for every kind of activity
Quora, Wikipedia, Amazon Reviews (ANYTHING which provides value add — whether recognized by society or not)
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flattr/

pay (tip) an employee at a restaurant but not at an employee at Wal-Mart (folks complain they are undercompensated, denied benefits

Relational Tithing

only way a good teacher gets direct payment in THE PUBLIC SYSTEM requires that a book publisher gets a cut or a college, university or for profit school administration gets a cut

“We” say we are for MARKET BASED SOLUTIONS and then deny the customers in the market an avenue to pay for anything the dominant class (Government, current “ruling class” [ in US: corporatism, war banksters ] disallow

NEW WORLD PARADIGM

Social Movement –

Doctr [ used to pay in chicken, pig or cheese ]
Mentr
Instructr
Teachr
Stay at Home Mothr / Fathr
Family Care Givr

Seers, Vizrs

EVERYONE gets an online task log populated with tasks which can be paid for immediately upon view
[taxation could be included as well where applicable by law]

Distribution Allies
Noam Chomsky. Max Keiser, Robert Reich, (Carbon Credit Al Gore), Al Franken, Pete De Fasio, Elizabeh Warren, Pat Schroeder?

Which Foundations would fund, if any?

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Bimetalism taught us that “the people’s best interest” is served by having multiple competing and complementary currencies

Bimetalism – needed for liquidity – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimetallism

so Flattr and Paypal and Bitcoin and proprietary wallets must be an Honr button/platform which can be an INTERFACE to other underlying platforms

Need to have more than one currency or liquidity is sacrificed
Wlliam Jennings Bryan
will not be crucified by cross of gold
desilverization was a tactic of market rigging

Max Keiser and Antal Fekete segment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn-rTs2zSo4
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There’s a brave new world filled with entertainment, news and tools made by everyone, and not just the big guys. This new world deserves your support.

Pick how much you’d like to spend per month. Then, whenever you see a Flattr button on a website that you like, click it. We count up all of your clicks at the end of each month and distribute your monthly spend between everything you’ve clicked on. Simple, right?

Flattr was founded to help people share money, not only content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore sending donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…

Flattr solves this issue. When you’re registered to flattr, you pay a small monthly fee. You set the amount yourself. In the end of the month, that fee is divided between all the things you flattered. You’re always logged in to the account. That means that giving someone some flattr-love is just a button away. And you should! Clicking one more button doesn’t add to your fee. It just divides the fee between more people! Flattr tries to encourage people to share. Not only pieces of content, but also some money to support the people who created them. With love!

Flattr requires an account at flattr.com!

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Standardized, formalized taxonomy (taxation enabled maybe) need for crowd sourced metrics and stats vs. the Department of Labor (biased by not including “traditionally uncompensated labor”)

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New inflation real time inflation index, internet of things

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Theological basis and illustrations

Jesus and Korban Mark 7:11-12

Romans 4:4 If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift

Galatians 6:6. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share {Κοινωνείτω} all good things with his instructor.

1 CORINTHIANS 9
3My defense to those who examine me is this:4Do we not have a right to eat and drink?5Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?6Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working?7Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?

8I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?9For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He?10Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops.11If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?12If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.13Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar?14So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

1st Timothy 5:17
17The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.18For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

CSPAN Myth Day: Shareholder Value and the Global Minotaur

Author Lynn Stout talked about her book, The Shareholder Value Myth, in which she argues that corporations placed too much emphasis on increasing their stock price. She said the focus on shareholder value has prevented corporations from making a full contribution to solving the problems of the world, and described a corporate world where the effort to maximize profits in the short term had degraded the long-term value of many companies. She responded to questions from the audience.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Shareh

Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis, the author of The Global Minotaur: America, the True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy, spoke about debt and the global economy. He argued against the existence of a debt crisis in the global economy or in individual countries, asserting that the problem instead was a a crisis of too much savings “with no place to go.”
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Crisesa

What Is the Weak Link re: Big Data in Financial Services?

On the one hand CIOs Say Information Management Programs Are Underfunded while on the other firms like Morgan Stanley Takes On Big Data With Hadoop.

The way it has typically been done for 20 year is that IT asked the business what they want, creates a data structure and writes structured query language, sources the data, conforms it to the table and writes a structured query. Then you give it to them and they often say that is not what they wanted.

– Gary Bhattacharjee, executive director of enterprise information management at Morgan Stanley

Do you see the weak link?

2012/2013 Africa-wide Women in Science Competition Call for Abstracts

With a population of approximately 1.03 billion in 2011, and a growth rate of 24 million per annum, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050. Africa’s chances of halving poverty and hunger by 2015 remain slim. The continent needs to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner as well as find endogenous solutions to respond to the twin challenges of climate change and volatile food and energy prices. Increasing investments in the agricultural sector and more specifically in science, technology and innovation is seen as a viable option for achieving broad-based agricultural led economic growth, equity and prosperity.

This competition seeks to promote excellence and recognize and reward outstanding women scientists who are undertaking scientific and innovative research, technology and engineering related development activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance and socio-economic development in Africa.