I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. As we took last Monday off here's an expanded edition of the Monday Morning Digest.

Thought For The Week

The thought for this week is an Op Ed by Charles Blow of the New York Times. As we consider what to do in the face of Bashar Al-Assad's horrendous use of gas that killed more than 400 innocent children it's a poignant reminder that, in Mr. Blow's words that there  "are the millions of other children who die each year on this planet with little notice."
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/opinion/blow-remembering-all-the-children.html?hp

Site of The Week
Acxiom, one of the most secretive and prolific collectors of consumer information, is embarking on a novel public relations strategy: openness. On Wednesday, it plans to unveil a free Web site where United States consumers can view some of the information the company has collected about them
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/business/a-data-broker-offers-a-peek-behind-the-curtain.html?_r=0&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1378031240-Vw8tr0Mjm9+PrEYX8V5MkA

Eclectic Stuff From Around The Web. Some of it really crazy, some really useful, some just really interesting and all (I hope) valuable for you.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask 

The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What’s happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it.
Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/29/9-questions-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

The Most Successful People Always Follow Up When They Say They Will
Here’s an observation — the busiest, most successful people in business are the ones who follow-up when they say they will follow-up.
Read more at:  http://corporateintelligenceradio.com/2013/04/02/ill-get-back-to-you/#ixzz2dCiFMZQf

‘The Most Dangerous Negro’
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” so disturbed the American power structure that the F.B.I. started spying on him in what The Washington Post called “one of its biggest surveillance operations in history.” The speech even moved the head of the agency’s domestic intelligence division to label King “the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of Communism, the Negro and national security.”
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/opinion/blow-the-most-dangerous-negro.html?hp&_r=0

Did you know? (7 talks) (Are you tying your shoes right?)
A delightfully useful collection of short explanations, how-to's and amusing trivia. Each of them is well worth the 3-6 minutes.
See these at TED: http://www.ted.com/playlists/19/did_you_know.html

The decline of serial killers and rise of the sharing economy
The booming market for peer-to-peer business is a reflection of Americans' renewed faith in strangers
Read more at: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/28/4667738/the-decline-of-the-serial-killer-and-rise-of-the-sharing-economy

What I Learned Driving Through the Heartland
I suspected that spending most of my adult days in New York City and the rest largely outside the country had left significant gaps in my knowledge of America, not to mention unfair biases about the 10 heartland states I would be visiting, many of which I had never set foot in before.
Read more at: http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/travel/what-i-learned-driving-through-the-heartland.html?hpw

12 Minutes of Freedom in 460 Days of Captivity
I was 27 years old. I had spent most of the last seven years traveling the world, often by myself, as a backpacker, financing extended low-budget trips with stints working as a waitress in a couple of fancy cocktail lounges at home in Canada, in the oil-rich city of Calgary. With my saved-up tip money, I went through Venezuela, then Burma, then Bangladesh. I saw Pakistan and Syria, Ethiopia and Sudan. Each trip bolstered my confidence, convincing me that even while strife and terror hogged the international headlines, there was always something more hopeful and humane to be found on the ground.
Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/magazine/lindhout-kidnapping-somalia.html?hpw

23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors (Step-by-Step Guide)
I’ve created this guide to show you step-by-step how to get your
first 100,000 visitors.
Read more at: http://mytrafficmentor.com/23-steps-to-100000-visitors/

Twitter Hires Its First Head Of Commerce To Make Shopping In 140 Characters A Reality
Twitter has hired Nathan Hubbard, formerly the CEO of Ticketmaster, as its first Head of Commerce. Hubbard reportedly began his new position yesterday, and will be tasked primarily with helping to grow Twitter’s revenue by making it more friendly to the retail shopping experience.
Read more at: http://marketingland.com/twitter-hires-its-first-head-of-commerce-57312?utm_source=ml&utm_medium=mcap&utm_campaign=email&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuq7JZKXonjHpfsX57OgkWaSg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YAFScZ0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEPSLfYRrFlt6UJXw%3D%3D

There's A Shady Tactic Shopping Sites Are Using To Get Money From You Every Month, Even If You Don't Buy Anything
One-time shoppers, beware: There's a tactic being used by e-commerce companies that boosts their revenue by consistently charging your bank or credit account, even if you haven't purchased anything recently.
Read more at: http://www.businessinsider.com/vip-subscription-ecommerce-sites-2013-8#ixzz2dCjBHfyW


A linguistic dissection of our affect/effect problem
Almost everyone mixes these two words up at some point. It didn't have to be this way.
Read more at: http://theweek.com/article/index/248250/a-linguistic-dissection-of-our-affecteffect-problem

The future of handwriting
The pen is mightier than the keyboard
Read more at: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/30/the-future-of-handwriting/


Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?
There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes, that prevents women from accessing the ranks of power. Conservatives and chauvinists tend to endorse the first; liberals and feminists prefer the third; and those somewhere in the middle are usually drawn to the second. But what if they all missed the big picture?
Read more at: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/08/why_do_so_many_incompetent_men.html


How do other countries create “smarter” kids?
An excerpt from Amanda Ripley’s groundbreaking new book on rethinking education policy: ‘The Smartest Kids in the World — and How They Got That Way’
Read more at: https://medium.com/game-changing-ideas/e4d32d0d4272

10 tips for avoiding the tyranny of email
We bet you can't even finish reading this story without checking your email once
Read more at: http://theweek.com/article/index/248754/10-tips-for-avoiding-the-tyranny-of-email

Link Building

9 Things We Should Never Stop Doing in Link Building
A couple of months ago, I went on a little rant. (It happens sometimes; I’m looking into it.) I was overwhelmed by the responses that little column generated, with others picking up my rally cry to eliminate super shady link building practices.
Read more at: http://searchengineland.com/9-things-we-should-never-stop-doing-in-link-building-170248?utm_source=ml&utm_medium=mcap&utm_campaign=email&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuq7JZKXonjHpfsX57OgkWaSg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YAFScZ0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEPSLfYRrFlt6UJXw%3D%3D

This Is Probably The Funniest, Most Effective Way To Deal With People Who Ignore Science Facts Ever
There are members of Congress in both parties who don't understand or accept basic science concepts. This hilarious video is dedicated to them.
See the video at: http://www.upworthy.com/this-is-probably-the-funniest-most-effective-way-to-deal-with-people-who-ignore-science-facts-ever-2


Why The Next Steve Jobs Will Come From Kickstarter
The Kickstarter pitch video is the modern-day equivalent of two guys poking at a boxy computer in front of a crowd of bearded tech enthusiasts. It's a 21st-century version of a 1975 meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club where the attendees have just gotten a walkthrough of the first Apple computer from two young Steves Jobs and Wozniak.
Read more at: http://www.businessinsider.com/kickstarter-and-tech-startups-2013-9#ixzz2eDPBnqG7


Worst Cliches: 13 Expressions You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using
Clichés are the worst. Aside from being indicative of lazy speaking and lazy writing, they are rarely used correctly, and even when they are, they rarely make sense. Most popularized metaphors are outdated - who throws out bath water or sells tons of hotcakes anymore? Relying on such trite and nonsensical phrases shows an inability to discuss original thoughts or opinions, a.k.a. MAKES YOU UNBEARABLY BORING.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/worst-cliches_n_3819046.html

Eleven Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures
The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and that our languages cannot identify.
Read more at: https://medium.com/writers-on-writing/94ec1b9f5741


How to Promote a Blog For Free: 25 Ideas
Although many of us blog for business purposes, not all bloggers are getting paid for their work. On the other hand, most smaller businesses need to keep expenses in check when promoting their wares. We often get questions from clients and colleagues about our recommendations for low cost or free answers to how to promote a blog. Below are some quick hit tips that you can take advantage of when working to establish and grow your blog or overall website traffic.
Read more at: http://www.business2community.com/blogging/promote-blog-free-25-ideas-0604195#HdVMLO2ogCecpeIw.99


Samsung Exec Confirms Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Aimed At Younger, Hip Buyers Coming Sept. 4
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch is poised to be the next big news in wearable tech, and it’s also rapidly becoming one of the worst kept secrets of the tech world.
Read more at: http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/27/samsung-exec-confirms-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-aimed-at-younger-hip-buyers-coming-sept-4/
With Funding From Top Flight Investors, Fast-Growing NoRedInk Is On A Mission To Rid The World Of Bad Grammar
The declining quality of humanities education (and student performance) in the U.S. has become a big problem. Last year, the College Board reported  that SAT scores in reading and writing have hit record lows, while this year, the state of New York revealed its new, Common Core-based test results, which found that only 31 percent of its students in third through eighth grade met the standard in language arts.
Read more at: http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/26/with-funding-from-top-flight-investors-fast-growing-noredink-is-on-a-mission-to-rid-the-world-of-bad-grammar/

This $7,000 Master's Degree Is Scaring Colleges
The Georgia Institute of Technology rocked the higher education world when it announced plans to offer a fully online master’s degree in computer science for roughly one-seventh the price of its on-campus equivalent – less than $7,000.
Read more at: http://blog.credit.com/2013/08/the-7000-masters-degree-scaring-colleges/#ixzz2dRU1PvSJ

9 Things Successful People Do In The First Week Of A New Job
Starting a new job gives me the jitters. Like traveling alone to a foreign country, it's exciting to learn and see new things but also nerve-racking to navigate logistics and interpret an alien language.
Read more at: http://www.businessinsider.com/9-things-to-do-in-the-first-week-of-a-new-job-2013-8#ixzz2dAOFDFBe

Who Will Prosper in the New World
Self-driving vehicles threaten to send truck drivers to the unemployment office. Computer programs can now write journalistic accounts of sporting events and stock price movements. There are even computers that can grade essay exams with reasonable accuracy, which could revolutionize my own job, teaching. Increasingly, machines are providing not only the brawn but the brains, too, and that raises the question of where humans fit into this picture — who will prosper and who won’t in this new kind of machine economy? Who will do well?
Read more at: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/opinionator/2013/08/31/who-will-prosper-in-the-new-world/?_r=1&

19 Transferable Skills That Will Be Most Valuable In The Future
There is a way you can predict which skills will carry the most clout in the future workplace.
Read more at: http://www.businessinsider.com/valuable-transferrable-skills-of-the-future-2013-8#ixzz2dCx2AMnD

That's it for this Monday morning. Have a great week!