Yes, Adolf Hitler Really Said He Would ‘Make Germany Great Again’

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Excerpt from a syndicated column in the January 4, 1934 Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin (Newspapers.com)

Neo-Nazis around the world have made it clear that they’re optimistic about what a Trump presidency will do for their cause. And while countless people have already pointed out just how dangerous Donald Trump’s rise to power has been, the historical parallels to other authoritarian regimes is still shocking. Take, for instance, this article from 1934. The author explains that Hitler was promising to make Germany “great” again.

The article was part of a series on “Modern Leaders of Men” and was syndicated in newspapers across the United States in 1934. It showed up in places like Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and Missouri. The screenshot above is from the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin.

The article tells the story of the rise of Hitler, first explaining that people thought he was merely a joke and “laughed at him.” But that he soon took advantage of Germany’s dissatisfaction with their lot in life.

From the January 4, 1934 issue of the Green Bay Press-Gazette (emphasis mine):

In 1923 Hitler gathered a few men together to “march on Berlin.” The attempt was a failure. Hitler was sentenced to prison for five years, but he was allowed to go free long before his term was up. People laughed at him, and thought he was of little importance.

Those who laughed were wrong. The “little corporal” may have been of small measure as a person; but there was power in the forces which it was possible for him to muster.

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Adolf Hitler, out of prison, took advantage of the groans. He told people that he would make Germany “great” again. He blamed Jews, Socialists, Communists, and others for the troubles of the land. His blazing speeches gained followers for his “cause.”

The phrase pops up again in the February 24, 1940 edition of the St. Louis Star and Times in Missouri. The newspaper quotes a Hitler speech that was broadcast throughout Germany and even played on radio in the United States. In a direct quote from Hitler:

“Nationalism and Socialism had to be redefined and they had to be blended into one strong new idea to carry new strength which would make Germany great again.

Excerpt of a speech by Adolf Hitler in the February 24, 1940 edition of the St. Louis Star and Times in Missouri (Newspapers.com)

Randall Munroe, creator of the webcomic XKCD sent me a tip about the 1934 syndicated article over the weekend, and I looked into whether anyone had already covered it or the 1940 speech that I found. As it turns out, Snopes has an entire page about whether Hitler promised to make Germany great again. The debunker website, which is usually pretty accurate, says that the claim is “mostly false.”

And while Hitler never plastered “Make Germany Great Again” on baseball caps, he did insist that he was going to fulfill his promises. So I’m honestly not sure why Snopes is rating this claim as “mostly false.” Even if we allow for some kind of rough translation error from German into English for that 1940 speech, the idea is still the same.

But the fact that the newspaper quotes Hitler as saying that he was going to “make Germany great again” verbatim certainly is terrifying.

A syndicated column in the January 4, 1934 Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin (Newspapers.com)

As a reminder, the only book we know for certain that Donald Trump has ever read (outside of his own) is the book of Hitler speeches he kept next to his bed in the 1990s, according to his ex-wife.

What a time to be alive.

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New battery tech lasts for days, charges in seconds

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Scientists from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have created a supercapacitor battery prototype that works like new even after being recharged 30,000 times. The research could yield high-capacity, ultra-fast-charging batteries that last over 20 times longer than a conventional lithium-ion cell. "You could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week," says UCF postdoctoral associate Nitin Choudhary.

Supercapacitors can be charged quickly because they store electricity statically on the surface of a material, rather than using chemical reactions like batteries. That requires "two-dimensional" material sheets with large surface areas that can hold lots of electrons. However, much of the research, including that by EV-maker Henrik Fisker and UCLA, uses graphene as the two-dimensional material.

Yeonwoong "Eric" Jung from UCF says it’s a challenge to integrate graphene with other materials used in supercapacitors, though. That’s why his team wrapped 2D metal materials (TMDs) just a few atoms thick around highly-conductive 1D nanowires, letting electrons pass quickly from the core to the shell. That yielded a fast charging material with high energy and power density that’s relatively simple to produce. "We developed a simple chemical synthesis approach so we can very nicely integrate the existing materials with the two-dimensional materials," Jung says.

The research is in early days and not ready for commercialization, but it looks promising. ""For small electronic devices, our materials are surpassing the conventional ones worldwide in terms of energy density, power density and cyclic stability," Choudhary said.

Jung calls the research "proof-of-concept," and the team is now trying to patent its new process. While it could go nowhere like many other battery developments, it’s worth looking at new supercapacitor research closely. If commercialized, it could allow for longer-range EVs that can be charged in minutes rather than hours, long-lasting (non-explosive) smartphones that can be charged in seconds and grid or home energy storage solutions that drastically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Source: UCF

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JPMorgan has made an important hire from Goldman Sachs, and it hints at the future of trading (JPM)

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JPMorgan just announced a new line-up at the top of its markets execution team, and the team includes an interesting new hire from Goldman Sachs. 

The bank has hired Debra Herschmann from Goldman Sachs as head of corporate and investment bank user experience. She will also CIB chief information officer Lori Beer’s management team. At Goldman, she was global head of user experience in client platforms.

Her new role was announced to staff on Tuesday in a memo from David Hudson, who was appointed to the role of head of markets execution earlier in the year. The note set out the make-up of his new team, and a mission statement for the unit.  

“In simple terms, Markets Execution will focus on providing clients with electronic distribution of markets products – in whatever way they choose – today and into the future,” the note said. 

“We will deliver this vision by leveraging leading-edge technology and design standards that will improve the user experience while lowering the cost of execution for our clients and for ourselves,” the note added.

Herschmann is a little different to your average Wall Streeter. She’s taught university classes in computer animation and interaction design, and her interactive installations have been on display at the Boston Computer Museum and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. She also helped design probation management applications for the New York City Department of Corrections. 

In her new role, she’ll be responsible for making sure JPMorgan clients get a consistent, user-friendly experience on the bank’s trading platforms. And her appointment hints at the changing nature of trading. 

JPMorgan Chase trader Frederick Reimer works in the company's stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid JPMorgan Chase trader Frederick Reimer works in the company’s stall on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeThomson Reuters

JPMorgan corporate and investment bank CEO Daniel Pinto has spoken at length in the past about JPMorgan’s efforts to prepare itself for changes to how the market operates. Trading is increasingly conducted over electronic platforms, and the fixed-income marketplace in particular is changing at a pace. Speaking at the bank’s investor day in February, Pinto said:

“You cannot dictate how the clients, some of you, will decide to execute your transactions. What we can do is create all the avenues for you not to have a reason not to execute with us and going somewhere else. And this is what it’s about.”

As more and more trading is conducted electronically, things like “user experience” and “design standards” will become a bigger and bigger part of the business of Wall Street.

Here are the other appointments announced in the memo:

  • Richard James and Peter Ward will cohead markets execution for macro products, including futures and options and Neovest.
  • Adam Shapiro will continue to head markets execution for spread products. 
  • Daniel Ciment will continue to head equity electronic client solutions. 
  • JPMorgan will soon name someone to “drive Markets Execution related product development for the Equity Derivatives business.”
  • John Roberts will continue to head electronic distribution of research. 

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NHS to use Google DeepMind AI app to help treat patients

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Google and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust have announced a fresh five-year collaboration today, which will see the former’s DeepMind AI used to improve patient care across the trust’s various hospital sites. The partnership will focus on Streams, a mobile app the pair have been working on since late last year that’s been approved as a medical device by the UK’s health regulator. DeepMind will analyse blood test results as they come in and flag when patients might be at risk of acute kidney injury, proactively alerting carers through the Streams app.

It’ll go live across the trust in early 2017, and there are plans to expand the blood analysis to look for signs of sepsis and other causes of organ failure. The pair hope to add messaging and task management features over the course of the collaboration too, and Streams is said to be built on open standards that will allow other developers to easily add new services. The general idea is to significantly speed up response times, improving the treatment of kidney injury before it progresses any further.

Streams should also free up time for carers to do what they best — over half a million hours per year, apparently — which would otherwise be dedicated to admin and jumping between multiple paper-based and aging computer systems.

Google’s DeepMind AI has famously beaten a Go world champion, improved data centre efficiency, been trained to mimic human speech, and is currently learning how to play Starcraft II. In the UK, the DeepMind Health initiative was set up earlier this year to work with the NHS on healthcare applications. In addition to the Streams project, DeepMind is being used to improve the treatment of ocular diseases and head and neck cancer at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University College London Hospital, respectively.

Google and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust may have partnered with the best of intentions when they originally started working on Streams, but the pair have drawn flak over the sheer amount of data being shared between them. Earlier this year, it came to light that DeepMind had access to the personal data and medical history of the trust’s 1.6 million patients. This makes sense because healthcare is complicated, and all that information is necessary to evaluate treatment options.

It wasn’t just the wealth of information being shared that inspired criticism, though, but also that the data-sharing agreement was established with implied consent from patients, and with little oversight. Ethical, privacy and data protection concerns have all formed part of the discussion, and the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed it was looking into the agreement earlier this year.

The debate continues, and the DeepMind website attempts to explain at length how data security and privacy are protected. Within the Streams announcements today, both parties also describe how seriously they are taking data protection under the new five-year collaboration. DeepMind’s data centres have already passed NHS audits, and will be subject to more carried out by independent experts, who will also look at the Streams software.

Everything will be logged for the benefit of the trust, too, so there will be transparency around who, when, where and why patient information is accessed. "The data can never be combined with any Google services or accounts under any circumstances," the trust’s release states, and in order to satisfy staunch skeptics, the new data-sharing agreement with DeepMind will also be published for all to scrutinise.

Via: BBC

Source: DeepMind, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Two Simple Ways to Check If Your Hair Loss Is Within Normal Limits

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A little hair loss is perfectly normal. But if you think you’re seeing a few more hairs in the shower drain than usual, there are a couple methods you can use to check for abnormal hair loss at home.

The general consensus among hair loss experts is that an average person loses somewhere between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day—especially as you get older. It’s natural for hair to fall out, so don’t freak out at the first sign of hair loss. Your body regrows some of them. That said, if you want to test your own rate of hair loss, here are two ways to check:

  1. Pull test: Dr. James C. Marotta suggests you take about 60 hairs between your fingers and pull a little bit as you run your fingers through your hair. It’s normal to see five to eight hairs in your hand. If you have 15 to 20 hairs, though, you could be losing more hair than normal.
  2. Comb test: Before shampooing, comb from the back of the top of your head forward to the front of the scalp for one minute. Do this while leaning over a lightly colored bed sheet, then count the hairs on the sheet. Research suggests you should see about 10 hairs.

These tests will either give you peace of mind or give you a jump on reducing further hair loss. You can’t tackle a problem until you know about it, right? That said, Vikas Sharma, MD, dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon, explains on Quora that you shouldn’t stress too much about the actual number you lose and pay attention to any increases in those numbers over time. Don’t drive yourself crazy counting hairs every day, but at least know what’s normal for you so you can tell when it has gotten worse.

Photo by Paul Padshewscky.

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Nearly a Trillion Dollars’ Worth of Oil Was Just Discovered in Texas

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An estimated 20 billion barrels of oil valued at up to $900 billion has been discovered in a West Texan shale formation, the US Geological Survey announced this week. Three times the size of the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota, it could be the largest such deposit ever assessed in the United States.

Map of the newly discovered oil reserves in the Midland Basin’s Wolfcamp Shale. Image: US Geological Survey

The USGS has released a new assessment of oil reserves located in the Wolfcamp shale in West Texas’ Permian Basin, one of the most productive areas for oil and gas extraction in the United States. In addition to a whopping 20 billion barrels of oil, the shale is steeped in an estimated 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and another 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.

The estimate consists of “undiscovered and technically recoverable” resources of “continuous” oil and gas. Understanding all of this jargon is key. Undiscovered resources are estimated based on existing geologic knowledge and theory, meaning the exact amount of oil and gas in the Wolfcamp shale could be larger or smaller. Technically recoverable resources are those that can in theory be produced using current technology and industry standard practices. Finally, continuous resources are dispersed in small amounts throughout a basin rather than large, discrete deposits. “Because of that, continuous resources commonly require special technical drilling and recovery methods, such as hydraulic fracturing,” the USGS writes. (According to The Guardian, fracking is already common practice at the more than 3,000 horizontal oil wells located in the Wolfcamp region.)

Importantly, the USGS has not determined whether it is profitable to exploit all or even most of this vast new oil reserve. But given the numbers and dollar signs attached to its discovery, it is difficult to imagine that our incoming, oil-friendly administration will not try. In the disturbingly prescient words Sarah Palin, get ready to drill, baby, drill.

[USGS via The Guardian]

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Interview with Maile Ohye (Google)

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According to Maile Ohye of Google, “SEO is evolving into what Loren George McKechnie described as ‘search experience optimization’. It’s less about top ranking, and more about optimizing the searcher’s journey. It’s the intersection of content, UX, and as always, staying smart about search engines.” We had the chance to ask Maile a couple of questions, and she was able to give some interesting answers.

Maile is Developer Programs Tech Lead at Google. Since 2005, she has been working on making the search engine better. One of her works include the release of rel=”canonical”, plus rel=”prev” and rel=”next” for paginated content. Lately, she is focusing heavily on mobile.

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Is Google’s AMP project really going to change the world? If so, can you give our dear readers some pointers on preparing for the upcoming shake up?

The AMP project can definitely make the web better for a lot of people on mobile phones, especially with sub-optimal reception. Ideally, if we could travel back in time, web browsing on mobile phones would have become popular with a format like AMP HTML already in place — instead we had a lot of code-heavy desktop pages that were designed for a broadband connection then ported to mobile. As for an upcoming shakeup, that’s not on our roadmap! AMP isn’t “Google AMP”, it’s an open source project with hundreds of developers who have contributed.

If you’re asking, how will AMP HTML impact Google Search? We still want relevant results for users — we just know users hate slow page loads and AMP is a pretty surefire way to fix that problem and maintain a fast page longer-term. As for pointers on AMP, Yoast, your plugin and blog posts are great. We also have Codelabs if your readers want more info.

AMP is focusing on delivering super fast mobile pages, but will probably grow into much more than that. How will the technology eventually compare with, for instance, progressive web apps?

AMP is great for content-based webpage experiences with basic interactions — it’s not for super-interactive webpages like GMail or Maps. That’s where it can coexist with progressive web apps (PWAs). If you have a more dynamic website, AMP can be great as the initial landing page — the first experience of a user to your site can be AMP fast. Once the user clicks another link on your site, the AMP page can bring them to a PWA experience. (Here’s a demo of a PWA for CNET).

Isn’t Google confusing the web development world by supporting and building these – and other – new technologies? It’s getting nearly impossible to tell if something will ‘stick’, don’t you think?

I agree the number of options can be daunting and “will it stick?” is on many SEOs’ and marketers’ minds. I think with AMP and PWAs, it’s not about Google nearly as much as it’s about what’s best for your customers. AMP and PWAs were spearheaded by Google efforts, but neither are Google-proprietary technologies and both help your visitors whether direct traffic or from Search.

Google is also pushing voice search, AI and making its search engine smarter by way of machine learning (RankBrain). Is it possible that Google will eventually circumvent sites by giving the answer to nearly all questions itself?

First of all, internally, we talk about Search as an ecosystem that includes websites/site owners, users, and a search engine. In other words, websites and site owners are a requirement in search success! When Google provides an answer, we care about attribution. You’ll notice featured snippets still link to a URL for more information. Additionally, there are many queries where a single answer isn’t the end-game. Sites still play a large role in fulfilling searchers’ needs. Sometimes users want to browse, compare, research, learn, go on a journey. Quick answers will never be enough for a broad range of use cases.

A couple of weeks ago, Gary Illyes created major upheaval on the web after announcing that Google will eventually use two separate indexes, one for mobile and one for desktop. This announcement shows once again that mobile is the driving force in this world. Could you tell our readers how this new ranking method will influence their sites and what they should do to not get lost in the shuffle?

With mobile-first indexing, we’ll still have a single index just like the past (we haven’t built two). We still have several Googlebots to help crawl web and apps and get content: Googlebot for desktop, Googlebot for smartphone, Googlebot for images, etc. The difference is that we want to think of the mobile version of a page (the page retrieved by Googlebot for smartphones) as the primary version of the content. This is because worldwide, more people search on mobile than desktop. Now our index can better reflect what mobile searchers will see.

We’re testing the mobile-first index to make sure that searchers still have a great experience. To “optimize” for a mobile-first index, make sure that what you serve to mobile users is the version of the content you’d want Google to index, not a paired down version, or a version that gets updated later than desktop, or version that redirects to the mobile homepage. In most cases, if your site uses RWD (responsive web design), you’ll be fine.

We’d like to thank Maile for taking the time to answer our questions! Follow Maile on:
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Maile will also speak at the upcoming WordCamp US conference, where she will give an update on search and mobile trends.

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Sony’s Xperia Ear wearable voice assistant will be available in December for $200

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The Xperia Ear has existed in some for another for some time now, but up until this year’s IFA, the strange little wearable looked to be little more than a concept. Next month, Sony will put its money where its mouth is, releasing the device via Amazon on December 13, just in time for a last minute holiday gift, with further availability following at retailers like Fry’s, Abt and B&H.

Priced at $200, the Ear is designed to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, cramming that personal assistant functionality into a form factor that most closely resembles a Bluetooth earpiece. So you can look like an important business person from circa 2000.

In this case, the hardware is powered by Sony’s own Agent assistant. The design offers a more on-the-go take on things, designed around functionality like calendar reminders, driving directions and text messages. It has a variety of sensors built in, so users can, say, nod to affirm a command, making them look slightly less crazy than just talking to themselves in public.

The ear promises a full day of battery life, according to Sony’s specs and is, naturally, designed to work best with its own Xperia handsets.

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What Makes Employees Happy at Work? [Infographic]

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Employees who feel proud of their organizations are three times more likely to be happy at work than employees who do not feel proud of their organizations, according to recent research from Robert Half.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in July 2016 of more than 12,000 workers in the United States and Canada.

The second and third top factors driving happiness at work are feeling appreciated and being treated with fairness/respect, the survey found.

Respondents who work for firms with 10 or fewer employees report the highest job happiness levels; respondents who work for organizations with 10,000 or more employees report the lowest job happiness levels.

The workers who report having the highest job happiness levels are senior executives.



Check out the following infographic for more insights from the report:

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in July 2016 of more than 12,000 workers in the United States and Canada.










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