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Jill Lepore: What the Theory of "Disruptive Innovation" Gets Wrong.
Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted. There are disruption consultants, disruption conferences, and disruption seminars. This fall, the University of Southern California is opening a new program: “The degree is in disruption,” the university announced. “Disrupt or be disrupted,” the venture capitalist Josh Linkner warns in a new book, “The Road to Reinvention,” in which he argues that “fickle consumer trends, friction-free markets, and political unrest,” along with “dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and mind-numbing technology advances,” mean that the time has come to panic as you’ve never panicked before. Larry Downes and Paul Nunes, who blog for Forbes, insist that we have entered a new and even scarier stage: “big bang disruption.” “This isn’t disruptive innovation,” they warn. “It’s devastating innovation.”

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005GOP game plan for 2006:

Okay. Now we know what the Republicans will run on in 2006.

The White House accused Democratic leaders on Wednesday of obstructing President Bush's agenda in a second straight day of combative attacks against the minority party on Capitol Hill.

"I think the American people reject those who simply say no and stand in the way of getting things done," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.

Nevermind that Republicans have the trifecta, with dominant majorities in both chambers of the legislature. What is this obstructionism that we keep hearing about?

So far [Bush] has been unable to gain traction in Congress over his proposals to overhaul Social Security and has had ongoing struggles over energy legislation and the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement, among other items.

On Social Security in particular, Bush has called on Democrats to offer their own proposals instead of simply attacking his, but the tactic has largely not worked.

Listen, Mr. President, you have the numbers to pass your legislation in the House, but I haven't seen any of it introduced. Heck, I haven't even seen a social security bill from the White House, so I'm not sure what "plan" you're referring to.

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What's worse? 42-year congressional voting record or seven years of talk radio tapes? MS runoff may tell.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Monday, interrupted! Another gun story has popped up, thankfully not involving any shooting this time. Greg Dworkin rounds up Iraq stories, including Tony Blair vs. Boris Johnson, and (some in) the media critiquing their performance last time around. The amazing backstory of Michael Hastings' Bergdahl reporting. Health care cost curve: bending. A gov't shutdown to block new EPA regs? The new Iraq insurgency. The legal status of the five traded for Bergdahl. A largely unnoticed "open carry situation" from MI. "Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody." And don't forget to "Respect the Culture" that insists America is a hellhole.

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  •  1,035,261 registered users on dKos now. (11+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Susan Burk

    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,034,700: Alexixk (already banned)
    #1,034,800: Harveybf2854
    #1,034,900: Bradfordae2631 (already banned)
    #1,035,000: jfuglister
    #1,035,100: Noah3726lfz4
    #1,035,200: Aiden9505zjp0

    We've added 591 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks, and it seems to be getting faster.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Sir Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye in Epic Rap Battles of History.

  •  Devastating tornadoes today in northeastern NE (16+ / 0-)

    The town of Pilger so far has taken the worst hit, with twin tornadoes passing through and destroying about half the town:

    A later report said there were two fatalities, one of them a small child :(

    I am getting this info from the twitter hashtag #Pilger. You don't need a twitter account to view the updates:

    "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:41:23 PM PDT

    •  re. tornadoes and climate change: (1+ / 0-)
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      The consensus of scientists is that climate change will produce an increase in the frequency and severity of violent storms.

      However, that does not equate to being able to pin any given storm on climate change.

      By analogy, toxic waste in an aquifer produces an increase in cancers, but it's not possible to attribute any given case of cancer to the toxic waste as opposed to other causes.

      This is important to keep in mind when discussing violent weather and climate change, so we don't make mistakes that give denialists an opening.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 03:20:14 AM PDT

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      •  Okay ... but I didn't say anything (1+ / 0-)
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        about climate change. I was just reporting on the tragedy that befell Pilger, NE. My intention was to share news that might be missed by some, especially those who have connections to the area and may trying to find out more information.

        Thank you for sharing. I guess.

        "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

        by jan4insight on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 08:41:51 AM PDT

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  •  The Republican drive we've seen just in the past (6+ / 0-)

    couple of months to take down Hillary as a prospective candidate just screams out how much confidence they have in their flock of idiots.

    This is the completely tone-deaf bullshit of a Republicam party on the brink of death. I can just imagine the Republican hivemind sitting around a Dr. Strangelove style boardroom table with their faces hidden by shadows saying "We need to find a way to make the Republican party marketable again since we can't justifiably sew every Republican politician's mouth shut. I've got it! We'll dress up an intern in a squirrel costume and call it, Hillary the squirrel."


    Here's something that is nuts: Jockeying to be the party that represents everyday red-blooded Americans with an ad campaign revolving around a Hillary Clinton squirrel mascot costume from France. Dumbass rodent probably windsurfs and hangs out with that eurotrash GOP hipster.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:45:33 PM PDT

    •  Nuts! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:44:30 PM PDT

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    •  Scamper the Squirrel here... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... I've taken over G2G's account briefly while he's doing worky-work on the other computer.

      The Squirrels' International Union demands that likenesses of squirrels not be used by extremist right-wing campaigns.  Extremist right-wingers who fail to comply immediately, will be subjected to defensive action including acorn attacks from trees, and psyop campaigns against their dogs.

      If you think you can beat us, just wait until your dogs start woofing up a storm at all hours, as we taunt them through the windows at night, and outdoors from the trees by day.  If that's not enough to make you stop, consider having to carry umbrellas everywhere you go, to fend off acorn bombardments.

      We are Squirrels.

      We may be cute and funny, but we do not forgive, and we do not forget.

      We are everywhere.

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 03:33:20 AM PDT

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  •  MSNBC: Iraq (4+ / 0-)

    Chris talked about the latest situation with Iraq and our potential involvement with Ayman Mohyeldin, Jen Psaki, and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).  Rachel talked with Richard Engel.  Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, talked with Howard Dean and Richard Wolffe.  Ed talked with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Wesley Clark, Goldie Taylor, and former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND).

    There was also news about Obama signaling he'll sign an executive order to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace by federal contractors.  Chris talked with Tara Dowdell and Richard Kim.  Rachel noted it without any guests.  Ari talked with ex-Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).

    There was also talk about replacing Eric Cantor and the fight within the GOP.  Ari talked with Howard Dean and David Frum, while Rachel talked about it without any guests.

    Rachel also had a powerful segment with Michael Hastings' widow Elise Jordan about his book that's about to be published that just excoriates our politicians and our media.

    Chris also noted the math mistake in the ruling that struck down teacher tenure in California.  He talked about turning Georgia blue with Ben Jealous.  And he looked at ANOTHER possible government shutdown over the EPA with Elana Schor.

    Rachel noted that the Deep Throat parking lot is being torn down to build condos in its place now.  And she reported that Georgia is set to execute an inmate tomorrow night.

    Ari looked at the prison system with David Grosso.  For some reason, his segment about Moral Mondays with Rev. William Barber and Marybe McMillan isn't posted online.

    Ed also looked at our immigration crisis with Mike Papantonio.  And he noted how us Californians have passed a progressive budget with David Cay Johnston.

  •  So in response to... (5+ / 0-)

    Adam Kokesh defending the Las Vegas cop killers, my Ron Paul friend responded with this:

    murder implies innocence. Let's use proper linguistics here. Agents of the state that reserve the right to initiate violence on you if you do not comply with their orders, whether you are being peaceful or not, are not innocent. Just like a mafia member who wants to take money as tribute from you is not innocent. You and I are innocent. It's a tragedy when anyone is killed but innocence is reserved to individuals who do not reserve the right to act like an unlawful gang like the police in this country have for the last...well, forever.

    Anyone, whether government or not, that reserves the right to initiate violence on you if you do not comply with their actions is not innocent.

    I know you worship the state like a religious fanatic, but sorry, the truth is the truth. I know statists don't use any logic at all and instead use emotions and the initiation of violence to get what they want, but try to follow.

    Personally, I would prefer to educate cops and be peaceful with them instead of shooting them. But I understand the logic. Maybe you should too and stop viewing agents of the state as angels and view them as what they really are: a band of thieves writ large.

    At the end of the day killing people is the typical response of government and as free and peaceful people, we shouldn't resort to the same constant crimes government commits to get what we want. Let the state be the murderers as they have always historically been. We are trying to push for a brighter future than to act exactly like the state and its violent supporters.

    That prompted a great response from another friend of mine, who has several degrees in mathematics and actually understands LOGIC.
    "murder implies innocence" murder is a legal term that means the premeditated unlawful killing of another person. If I plan out and successfully kill somebody who raped me, it's still murder even though that person wasn't innocent. "Let's use proper linguistics here." Oh, irony.

    Your argument that those crazies in Las Vegas were right because they were preemptively killing those who would do violence against them if they didn't obey their orders (not actions) is just as accurate in the other direction. Following your argument, the cops would have been completely justified in shooting and killing those two before they attacked anybody because they were going to instigate violence against the cops for not quitting the police force, and that makes the two shooters not innocent and therefore it would be acceptable to kill them.

    We have a serious problem with the police in this country but shooting them all is not the solution. There are a lot of examples of groups who tried it and it didn't work. Trying to justify your hard on for killing cops by claiming every cop deserves it is simply emotional and not logical. The first and second halves of your argument directly contradict each other.

    •  Seeing as how Kokesh is being sentenced (6+ / 0-)

      next week (I think), could the prosecution use some of the dangerous public statements he's made since his arrest and use them to argue for the longest sentence possible?

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:03:09 PM PDT

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  •  Whoever told Rick Perry that wearing glasses (5+ / 0-)

    would make it harder for people to notice that's he's dumber than a bag of rocks, should be fired.

    Rick Perry Trusts Science on Gay-Conversion, But Not That Climate Thing:

    Rick Perry, presidential contender and the Republican Party's version of a Very Special Blossom Episode, said today he'd listen to scientific professionals on whether gay-conversion therapy works. Which is weird, since he thinks scientific professionals who study climate or uteruses are basically charlatans.

    Perhaps beleaguered Texas OB/GYNs will consider retooling as gay-conversion therapists, since the state will apparently subsidize those doctors' profits.

    Which reminds us: Does anyone when Rick Perry will get an answer to his probing scientific question? How do psychologists and doctors feel about gay-conversion theories? When will there emerge an empirical consensus?

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:56:15 PM PDT

    •  Rick Perry is a member of NAR.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ....the New Apostolic Reformation.

      Extreme dominionists, in favor of capturing the "seven mountains" of society including culture, media, business, and government.  Has already infiltrated a number of police forces in the USA and around the world, including the national police force in the Philippines.  Is very much up-front about theocracy as a goal.

      Keyword search "New Apostolic Reformation" on and read up.  

      NAR is a major danger that should be taken as seriously as bubonic plague.  

      We got the future back. Uh-oh.

      by G2geek on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 03:42:35 AM PDT

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  •  Wow. Republican negotiation tactics in 2006. (5+ / 0-)
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    I wonder when they started that. Bitch that the other guy hasn't offered a plan, whine to the networks about wanting to see Democrats' plan, but never offering anything of your own except vague talking points.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:19:44 PM PDT

    •  You haven't seen anything yet (5+ / 0-)
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      kerflooey, JeffW, nellgwen, jan4insight, G2geek

      Republicans are already gearing up to make 2016 all about Hillary, while offering up exactly zero in workable policy ideas of their own (see also, John Kerry swift-boating in 2004).

      The sad part of this is that our stooge corporate media is always ready and willing to help them do it.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:27:35 PM PDT

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  •  raising my hand (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, nellgwen

    I don't mean to disrupt but I have to pee and find the pillow.

    There it is.

    And there's my pillow.

  •  So an hour before we were to head out to... (6+ / 0-)

    ...visit Calamity Jean's father, she gets a call. He's running a fever, refused breakfast and lunch, and is coughing. Emails go out, and we hit the road. We get there and he's unresponsive, but wakes up after a little shut-eye in bed.

    The doctor says he has "infiltrates" in his lungs, and suggests antibiotics. My father-in-law wakes up and says no, that we should let him go. He's 97.

    Some day after Father's Day...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:02:03 PM PDT

  •  My wife and I actually sat through an entire (1+ / 0-)
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    soccer--I beg your pardon, football-- game: we watched the USA beat Ghana and we loved it. We loved all the fans erupting in Chicago, Rio, Philly, Brooklyn. Last World Cup I wasn't that interested, this time I was. I could see how you could become a, er, soccer fan. Turns out you have to watch them differently than you'd watch an NFL football game. I think with every World Cup USA'ers could get more and more involved. These younger generations have grown up playing soccer in school, for one thing. They know it and respect it more than many of us older guys.

    Loved the Argentinian-Bosnia game, too.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:05:22 PM PDT

  •  Derecho formation in Wisconsin tonight? (2+ / 0-)
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    Check out Wisconsin weather tonight:

    Long bow shaped squall line with 70 mph winds reported.

  •  Oh, and another thing: Just read on Huffpost (5+ / 0-)

    that Obama is proposing an enormous addition of hundreds of thousands of square miles to an established marine sanctuary in the Pacific, surrounding some islands and atolls which the U.S. controls. The GOP will fight him on it. Kerry is working on it.

    The sanctuary will be off-limits to fishing and oil exploration.
    This is the kind of thing that's going on "under the radar" to most Americans, I think, but will contribute to Obama's green legacy.

    He knows by now they'll oppose him on everything, so what the hell: do what you think is right for the planet. Do more, and do it faster!

    Obama! Yes!

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:22:17 PM PDT

  •  New (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, G2geek

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:24:53 PM PDT

  •  As we all know last Friday was Friday the 13th. (2+ / 0-)
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    Before Friday I was thinking nothing bad ever happens to me on Friday the 13th.
      Well things caught up with me. I got a bad case of food poisoning. The cramps were worse than labor contractions. After about 14 hours of it I called my mom and she took me to the E.R.
      They gave me morphine it was so bad. The next day I was babying myself. Drinking ginger ale and eating soda crackers and apple sauce.
      I didn't even know until today that Chuck Noll died. I did know Casey Kasem died, but not Chuck.

      I found two TV shows on Amazon Prime that I never knew existed. One I liked very much and wish it was still going on called Bored To Death. About a guy who breaks up with his girlfriend and decides to become an unlicensed private detective. He and his friends smoke a lot of pot and have funny misadventures.
       The other one I kind of like called Drunk History. I thought it was going to be a documentary series about alcohol. But it was drunk people talking about historic events in American history while actors lip sync what the drunk person is saying. I think it's clever enough on it's own without the drunk aspect, but that's me.
       Godspeed Casey, Tony, and Chuck.

    I want to be the next Secretary of Antics.

    by nellgwen on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 10:33:03 PM PDT

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  •  Re. "disruption." (1+ / 0-)
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    Protesters should sneak into corporate annual meetings, and then at a particular time of their own choosing, start chanting "DIS-RUPT! DIS-RUPT!" until asked to leave.

    Medicine.  Their own.  Dose of.

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 03:46:39 AM PDT

  •  As a disruptor... (1+ / 0-)
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    While many would describe me as a "disruptor", I consider myself a "change agent" to be a more accurate description.  It isn't just polite marketing for me, but I consider people who call themselves disruptors as juvenile and short-sighted.  I enact, manage and assist people to change.  Processes, revenue streams, cultural adaptation are all changes in increasing difficulty for organizations.  I prefer to be on the side that helps those disrupted to adjust to the new environment.

    Also, as a person whose gone through the VC gauntlet I can say that the previous (and current) fascination with "disruption" has been ridiculous.  It was clear from the beginning that investors were playing a larger game of the effects disruption played on the disruptee's stock price vs. the success of your business.  

    No part of this structure is about building businesses.  It is about affecting competitor's stock prices negatively and using/selling that information.  It is using these "disruptive" companies and throwing them aside.

    •  Interesting comment(s). As I read the article, (0+ / 0-)

      esp. its discussion of the recent "innovations" of the financial services industry (and/or the merger & acquisition rush and junk-bond financing of the "go-go" '80s), I couldn't help but think of things very similar to your final paragraph.

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 11:23:09 AM PDT

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