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of·fice  -noun: a room, set of rooms, or building where the business of a commercial or industrial organization or of a professional person is conducted: the main office of an insurance company; a doctor’s office.

I have been noticing that some companies have been dissolving the the physical office and creating a digital one. Coffee shops, restaurants, home offices are becoming workplace offices, we are seeing a trend of distancing employees from the physical business office to mobile offices. What I want to investigate is, are we more or less productive from staying away a common meeting place to interact with co-workers. In my mind, I feel bringing people together is ultimately most productive, but what if the work was still accomplished from afar?

For instance: IBM, who is now 10,000 employees strong, worldwide. How do they ever communicate across the world and still become productive? The answer is Second Life. A virtual world that has limitless possibilities, you can do whatever you want, literally. IBM has begun to teach employees how to use the game and navigate around in order to meet virtually and cut travel costs down tremendously.

Watch a this video to watch just a quick snippet of a meeting on Second Life

However, I want you to watch chapter 7 of the Digital Nation, a PBS Series. Go here, and scroll to chapter 7. Or just watch the whole series to learn where this internet revolution is taking us.

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I have yet another story to add to my venture into the depths of the effectiveness of airport security. Read my story on how my friend had a pocket knife in his carry on luggage and was not caught, first. Then read the story about the 6 year old girl who was put on a terrorist watch list, second.

So a reader of my blog came to me anonymously and wanted to tell me of his story of how he feels the TSA is just doing a poor job. Let me first add that they are doing a good job keeping profiled individuals in check. Any person in a tan body is rigorously checked; violation of rights? For instance, the Nigerian that attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He tried to detonate his explosive that was molded to his body but was immediately overpowered by passengers and crew. This could of been prevented if authorities who were WARNED of this ahead of time from the father put him on a no-fly list, but never added the terrorist to the list. Please take note that after this bombing attempt, airport security was increased all over the world. Read the article from BBC from the link above.

After this  increase in security, it is still possible to sneak prohibited objects through airport security. My reader, a few months ago traveled to Florida for a few days. Before his flight, he went through security with no problems. He then got on the plane, stowed his luggage and found his seat. His hands at his side felt a hard object in his pocket. He reached in and found a box cutter. Are you kidding me? A box cutter?

I understand that getting through security adds time to get on a plane and it can also bottle neck people from boarding, but there is no excuse. Safety of the travelers must always come first, always. Just get to the airport sooner and plan ahead. You can help make this investigation that I am creating useful. Be honest to me and you will be kept anonymous, your name and where this occurred will be kept confidential. If you know anyone that has slipped through security with a prohibited object, I want to know. Aggregating these stories can raise awareness to  pressure authorities to step up effectiveness in stopping terrorists and help protect the lives of individuals. Please leave a comment or send me a message.

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Homeland Security has done it again… Thanks to the new “Secure Flight Program.”

If any of you can recall the event where my friend accidentally left a knife in his carry on and it was never caught by the TSA, this is really going to shake your head at the bright individuals that work for our government.

Alyssa Thomas and her family were boarding for a domestic flight when they were pulled aside because her name turned up on a terrorist list. The FBI cannot say anything more about the mysterious list such as how many people are on it, who is on it or even why.

Whatever the case is, what the hell? Maybe the FBI has a good reason for putting a 6yr old on a terrorist watch list. It’s well over my head because I cannot seem to think of a good, legitimate or even bizarre reason. Funny thing is, a few months prior to the incident, they were in Mexico. No terrorist then?

Read the Article and watch the video here OR Watch just the video here

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So let me tell you a little something about biggest BANG 4 UR BUCK. OMG Agency.

An advertising agency started by college students that focuses on social media. They work to integrate social media sites together in addition to building innovative and captivating websites. They are probably the first agency to focus completely on social media.

Chad Olsen, CEO of OMG Agency said, “we have interviewed other agencies in Minneapolis and asked them about social media and what they do with it. They responded with good luck.”

With OMG, they don’t price out their services like other agencies do. They hardly have any overhead and the price is mostly a labor cost for their work. Good value, amazing work!

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Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. I just came across an interesting video from MSNBC that talks about  how over the next 10 years, their could be a 40,000 shortage of doctors across America. Their solution? Have nurses take over some of the regular tasks of a doctor under the supervision of a doctor. Let that sink in for a bit. When you go in for a sore throat or a cough, its pretty straightforward. The nurse and the doctor most likely will diagnose and treat the symptoms the same way.

This will help alleviate some of the repetitive cases that require little effort to diagnose and treat. However, if it is something more serious I would rather go see a doctor and I think anyone would agree. I see a few problems with this though. Its a great idea but we have to hold these nurses at a new standard and responsibility. Nurses simply do not receive the same education as doctors do. That is a fact. Yes, experience plays an important role and I completely respect nurses by all means because I go to one of the best nursing schools in Minnesota (However, I am studying marketing).

Comment on what you think. The American Medical Association (AMA) has been confronted by nurses that wish to change the rules behind this new initiation of nurses treating and diagnosing patients. Some nurses wish to practice without the supervision of a doctor. I could see this playing out a few different ways: a patient comes in to get checked out and the nurse is unable to diagnose them. So the nurse refers them to a specialist. OR: a patient comes in to get check out and the nurse who is overconfident with their new entitlement/authority to diagnose and treat could misdiagnose a patient and create a very hefty and unwanted malpractice suit. Hmm, who takes the risk? I think both the nurse and the patient will be taking a risk. The benefit is, there will create a huge cost savings and doctors can focus more of their valuable time on more serious cases. It is a great idea, however there needs to be a standard for nurses. What do you think? Leave a comment.

Watch the video here.

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I was reading up on the Fallon Blog and they had a post linking their CEO, Chris Foster to an article from Twincities Business Magazine titled, obviously: “200 Minnesotans you should know.”

Checking out their Linkedin page, I found an excerpt of their summary:

“Twenty seven years ago, five Minneapolis entrepreneurs met at a downtown diner and pooled their life savings to buy a single print advertisement that ran in two metro newspapers. On that day Fallon opened its doors, without a single client, under the headline, “A new advertising agency for companies that would rather outsmart the competition than outspend them.””

Fallon has created some pretty interesting ads and in December, they just scored Chrysler as their new client. CHA-CHING.

Check out their website, some of their advertisements are very appealing and many have done a perfect job of emotionally charging them.

This is the company you want to work for, best part is, they are close to home, well, for those of us who live in Minnesota.

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I recently watched a video I found from a friend posted on Facebook. This video is a highlight of Columbia SWAT in Missouri performing a raid on a family home in February. They only found a tiny amount of Marijuana in the home, enough to charge a misdemeanor . However, that is not the punchline. (Check out the link to the article here)

As they raided the home they shot the family’s kenneled pit bull and corgi seven times. The dogs were no threat. The family’s seven year old son was present as they fired upon the dog. In conclusion, the husband was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana  and the parents were charged with child endangerment. So second hand smoking from cigarettes are just fine? I pity ignorance and people who still believe marijuana is a threat to society. Comment this; I like to incite debate.

Watch the video———————>

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