Subscribe: Thoughts About K4D
Preview: Thoughts About K4D

Thoughts About K4D

Once about Knowledge and knowledge systems, especially knowledge applied to economic development, but since I retired branching into politics, music and whatever catches my attention.

Updated: 2018-04-24T04:57:40.818-04:00


John A. Daly (1937-2016)


My name is John P. Daly; John Anthony Daly, the author of this blog, was my father. He passed away in the small hours of the morning on Monday, November 21. He suffered from a neurological condition described as Multiple System Atrophy - and you can probably trace the course of the illness by the volume of posts on the blog over the last year or so. Neither he nor his family really understood (image)

The Russian Connection Between Syria and Ukraine - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


The Russian Connection Between Syria and Ukraine - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 'For the last fifty-two years, leaders from around the world have gathered in Munichfor an annual review of world security problems. This year's discussion focused on the civil war in Syria. Not only is Syria a political and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, but the refugee (image)

Excellent summary of investment in renewable power generation across Africa


Thanks to Rachel Strohm (image)










Right on Marty!



Einstein was right again



WOW Internet of Things Exploding: 50B Connected Devices By 2020


Jim Harris Tweeted the original, and Calestous Juma shared it on FaceBook where I found it and shared it. (image)

Data on India's remarkable growth in average income.


Source: (image)

Female Genital Mutilation Rates in Africa


Thanks to Calestous Juma for the map. (image)

No math book, no physics, no chemistry -- interesting list



Thanks to William Easterly


Of course the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is much larger than that of the USA. (image)

The World is More Peaceful Now Than at any Time in simce 1950


Source: "OK, Haters, It's Time To Admit It: The World Is Becoming A Better Place" The trend seems clear. The number of war and battle deaths is decreasing over time, no mater what region you look at -- given a long enough period of observation. The major periods of decreasing violence are: post World War 2. post Vietnam War, and after the dismemberment of the USSR A brief timeline of war (image)

We will miss Alan Rickman



Sometimes you have the right idea bu don't trust it.


"Businesses grow because the people working there are good at solving problems — whether that means solving a customer’s problem through the creation of a new product or solving an internal problem, such as recruiting or communication. "There’s one question that the best CEOs use to help their people become better problem solvers. It’s a little bit of mental jiu jitsu and gets the subconscious(image)

FDR Got it Right



Job Growth Is Strong


Average monthly new jobs                          Yearly average unemployment By Year 2006 ti 2015  Source: The New York Tmes (image)

William Butter Yeats was influenced by a poem by Blind Raftery to buy and restore Thoor Ballylee


Antoine Ó Raifteirí (perhaps better known as Blind Raftery) is an ancestor of mine, and a rather famous poet (1779–1835). He was blind as a result of having smallpox as a child. Consequently he did not write his poems or songs but committed them to memory. Moreover, he composed in Irish and there was no interest in publishing the work of an Irish minstral in Irish during his lifetime. (image)

GOP Candidates, Should Read This



A Group of Scientists sign declaration that animals share the same awareness with humans


I quote from the source atricle: Recently an international group of prominent scientists have signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. This declaration proclaims their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are. The list of animals includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.  The group consisted of cognitive scientists, (image)

Apparently most people don't understand compound interest


'Percentage of people who understand the concept of compound interest in various countries, with the differences in understanding by gender determined by how dark the circle is. Notably, majority Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Yemen have some of the lowest rates of understanding, presumably because Sharia Law prohibits the charging of interest." The Stuyvesant Square Consultancy (image)

Joan Baez - let it be (live in France, 1973)



D.C. court considers how to screen out ‘bad science’ in local trials


There is an interesting article in today's Washington Post titled "D.C. court considers how to screen out ‘bad science’ in local trials".Having managed "peer reviews" of science project proposals for nearly two decades, I have come to the conclusion that this is not an easy thing to do, and even if you have been doing it for some time, you may still get it wrong from time to time; Fortunately,(image)