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4 presidents’ quotes for President’s Day

think-progress:

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve alone” - LBJ

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” — JFK

“The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women” — Barack Obama

“We demand that big business give the people a square deal” — Teddy Roosevelt

theatlantic:

Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative

The map above charts the ideological divide across America’s states. There are four states where conservatives make up more than half the population: Mississippi, Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama. Conservatives make up more than 40 percent in 20 more states. Liberals now outnumber conservatives in just one state, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.

The ongoing economic crisis appears to have deepened that conservative drift, which is most pronounced in its least well off, least educated, most blue collar, most economically hard-hit states. Read more.

[Image: Gallup]

newyorker:

BlackBerry Season

The easy explanation for what happened to R.I.M. is that, like so many other companies, it got run over by Apple. But the real problem is that the technology world changed, and R.I.M. didn’t. The BlackBerry was designed for businesses. Its true customers weren’t its users but the people who run corporate information-technology departments. The BlackBerry gave them what they wanted most: reliability and security. It was a closed system, running on its own network. The phone’s settings couldn’t easily be tinkered with by ordinary users. So businesses loved it, and R.I.M.’s assumption was that, once companies embraced the technology, consumers would, too.

- In this week’s issue, James Surowiecki on Research in Motion and the BlackBerry’s rise and fall: http://nyr.kr/zYzs6g
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