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Their fight against degenerate art

You can read the opinion in Slovak here. Under the guidance of Alfred Rosenberg, the leading theorist of cultural Nazism, preparations for the ceremony took several months. Rosenberg came from a German-Baltic family. Under the influence of the Russian mystic Dmitry Merezhkovsky, whom he had met during his stay in Moscow, he became an ideological critic of modern art. In the spirit of Merezhkovsky’s rejection of decadent symbolism, a movement associated with the decline of traditional art according to the radical right, Rosenberg emerged as editor-in-chief of the [Nazi party newspaper] Völkischer Beobachter and the occultist Thule Society to combat degenerate art on all fronts. Allow what is degenerate to burn In front of the Berlin Opera House and in other German cities, on May 10, 1933 the Nazi understanding of degenerate art took revenge on the world and German literature, and in an auto-da-fé thousands of books by “degenerate” authors were burned in a purgatory fire, the likes of which had been sporadically lit in German National Socialist circles since at least 1817. However, the Nazi desire to “purify the German spirit” from Entartete Kunst (degenerate art) has another ideological origin. In his Essay on the Inequality of Human Races, French theoretician of racism Arthur de Gobineau focused on degeneration; in his work Entartung (Degeneration), Austro-Hungarian doctor Max Nordau connected the theory of criminal degeneration with the possibility of transferring some deviant personality disorders into artwork and, conversely, the influence of degenerate art on the destruction of society. Nordau considered almost all art movements of the time to be manifestations of decline. He hated Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, and Richard Wagner who was later admired by the Nazis. Since pre-Nazi times, the theory of degenerate, non-national, impure, damaged art has been associated with the activities of Jews and Judaism. A large number of the books burned in 1933 were written by prominent German authors of Jewish origin. Their crime was that their work was insufficiently German, their expression and understanding of the extraordinary historical fate of the Germans lacking sufficient “Deutschtum” (Germanness).

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Why do Republicans care more about foreign aid than foreign policy?

Which is the more impeachable offense: Actively siding with terrorists and using U.S. tax dollars and diplomacy to support them against Israel or denying Israel weapons? Republicans had no problem funding Joe Biden’s jihad against Israel both in the form of aid to Gaza and unfreezing Iranian assets. Yet, Biden’s decision to withhold foreign aid to Israel is their last straw, prompting Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) to file articles of impeachment alleging “abuse of power” and an illegal “quid pro quo.” The anger is justified but misdirected. Why does withholding foreign aid get Republicans’ juices flowing more than the activefunding and enabling of Hamas and Iran? No country — not even an ally — is entitled to U.S. aid. Presidents have the authority to defer spending authorized by Congress, at least temporarily. That isn’t grounds for impeachment. What should be an impeachable offense, however, is actively siding with terrorists who are holding Americans hostage as a means of extorting Israel into stopping the war and releasing thousands of Hamas murderers. Sadly, many of the same Republicans inveighing against Biden’s “pause” of a delivery of precision munitions to Israel just approved at least $9 billion in aid to Hamas, along with funds to build a port on the coast of Gaza. Perhaps one day we will understand why Republicans have such a fetish for foreign aid to the point they are willing to fund both sides of the same war. Why have Republicans stood by as Biden undermined the Israeli war effort and sided with terrorists since October 7? They had political leverage with must-pass appropriations bills, including the National Defense Authorization Act and the recent foreign aid bill but refused to use it. Following Iran’s unprecedented ballistic missile attack on Israel in April, Reuters reported that the administration knew about Iran’s attack beforehand and even negotiated its scope and size with the terrorist country. “Iran informed Turkey in advance of its planned operation against Israel … [and] Washington had conveyed to Tehran via Ankara that any action it took had to be ‘within certain limits,’” the news service reported a day after Iran launched around 170 drones, over 30 cruise missiles, and more than 120 ballistic missiles at Israel. “Iran informed us in advance of what would happen. Possible developments also came up during the meeting with [Antony] Blinken, and [the U.S.] conveyed to Iran through us that this reaction must be within certain limits,” the Turkish official said of negotiations directly with the U.S. secretary of state. This bombshell report went over the heads our supposedly hawkish Republican senators. Here was a clear example of the Biden administration working actively with an enemy against Israel. It was public information before the vote on the foreign aid bill. Where was the clamor to deny Biden his demands for billions in aid for Hamas and another $60 billion for Ukraine? Where was the demand to stop undermining Israel and building a pier for Hamas? Instead, they obsequiously gave Biden everything he wanted, funded Hamas, but thought that because they were also funding Israel (both sides of the same war!), all would be well. Well, you can’t blame Biden for taking the GOP concessions and sitting on the Israel aid while using the rest for Israel’s enemies. You can’t blame Biden for not taking the GOP seriously when it rewarded him after he helped coordinate an Iranian attack on Israel. Again, which is worse: Funding terrorists and providing them with diplomatic, logistic, and moral support or not funding Israel while subsidizing its enemies? This absurdity was on full display when it issued waivers to allow weapons sales to Hamas’ allies in Lebanon, Qatar, and Iraq. Worse, our military is close to completing a floating pier to serve as a Gaza port. Not only is it wrong to supply Gaza with anything other than a scarlet letter, but this port will also create yet another permanent U.S. security obligation in the region. The pier has already come under fire, presumably from the very Hamas beasts we are feeding with the hand they bite. Unless we put an end to this escapade, it could easily turn into another Beirut barracks calamity. We will reap what we sow. We need to move away from this misguided obsession with foreign aid. It was absurd for Democrats to impeach Donald Trump over withholding foreign aid from Ukraine, and likewise, it would be absurd to impeach Biden over withholding aid to Israel. What should warrant impeachment, however, is Biden’s active support for Israel’s enemies, who are also our enemies. For example, the United States is reportedly withholding intelligence from Israel about the location of the masterminds behind the October 7 attacks. That’s far worse — and surely far more impeachable — than withholding taxpayer-funded aid. All things being equal, I’d prefer that Republicans pass a bill cutting off weapons to Israel’s enemies than the bill they plan to pass on Wednesday to prohibit the Pentagon from delaying weapon transfers to Israel. Then again, if Republicans can’t bring themselves to care about our own border security, it’s no surprise they would be ineffective in defending Israel’s security from Biden’s pro-Hamas policies — so long as Israel gets its share of the foreign-aid pie. Perhaps one day we will understand why Republicans have such a fetish for foreign aid to the point they are willing to fund both sides of the same war.

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Twin Cities Skaters turn the former CB2 store in Uptown into a roller skating rink

The 2021 closure of St. Louis Park’s beloved Roller Garden left only two roller rinks in the metro: Skateville in Burnsville and Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids. But as roller-skating experiences a national resurgence, Twin Cities residents will soon have easier access to a new “boutique” rink, as Twin Cities Skaters takes over the former home of the CB2 store in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Twin Cities Skaters is a mobile, roller-rink pop up that sprang up during the pandemic. Before that, longtime roller skater James Adams had amassed a collection of skates that he loaned to kids and their families at the Minneapolis school where he worked. In the summer of 2020, Adams partnered with a DJ friend to host a roller skating event at Taft Park in Richfield, which ended up continuing every week into the fall. Soon other community-minded organizations with flat, open, skateable spaces were calling them, including the YMCA and St. Paul and Minneapolis downtown business associations. Adams has since hosted skate events at all sorts of locations, including a brewery and Art-A-Whirl. A recent skate night at City Center in downtown Minneapolis drew more than 500 people. Last December, Adams hosted a roller-skating event at Uptown’s Seven Points’ Winter Wonderland pop-up market. That led to his taking over the adjacent site formerly occupied by CB2, a home furnishings retailer. The store closed in 2022. Twin Cities Skaters offers lessons, performances and skate maintenance in addition to public and private events. The new, concrete-floored space, called Twin Cities Skaters Studio, will allow Adams to host open skating, as well as roller fitness classes, birthday parties and skatearoki (karaoke on four wheels). He hopes to have the space open in a few weeks and will share information about upcoming events on Twin Cities Skaters website (twincitiesskaters.com) and social media channels. In the meantime, Adams is hosting free skating on Fridays at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To get the next generation an early start on four-wheeled gliding, the studio in Uptown will open for a free toddler skating event on May 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “One of our slogans is to make America skate again,” he said.

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Angie Craig bill lifts armored vehicle restrictions for police on the heels of Burnsville shooting

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig will unveil a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for local police departments to purchase armored vehicles. The Minnesota Democrat’s legislation comes on the heels of a shooting earlier this year in Burnsville that killed two police officers and a paramedic responding to a domestic abuse call. It also coincides with National Police Week, when House Republican lawmakers plan to introduce a package of law enforcement related bills. First responders used an armored vehicle in the standoff to help rescue injured officers. The vehicle sustained 41 shots from a rifle that day while first responders went in to save other officers as well as the two who had been fatally shot and the paramedic, according to Craig’s office. Craig’s office said the armored vehicle used that day was purchased in 2008 and was the first the state had ever owned. “Burnsville experienced an unimaginable loss on February 18th — and it’s hard to fathom what more could have happened if first responders did not have access to the equipment and vehicles they needed that day,” Craig said in a statement. “In emergency situations, every second counts, and the very least we can do is ensure local law enforcement has every tool at their disposal to stay safe and keep the community safe.” Currently, law enforcement agencies that receive federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) cannot purchase armored vehicles unless they certify the vehicles will be used exclusively for one of the following purposes: disaster-related emergencies, hostage and active shooter situations, search and rescue missions or anti-terrorism missions. Once departments receive armored vehicles using federal funding, they can only be used for the sole purpose they specified, making it illegal for the vehicles to be used for another type of emergency. Craig’s Protect Local Law Enforcement Act would broaden law enforcement’s ability to buy armored vehicles using federal funding by removing restrictions in a recent executive order from the White House. Craig’s office worked on the legislation with local law enforcement and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the state’s largest trade association representing more than 10,000 rank-and-file police officers, correctional officers, dispatchers and firefighters. “Violence in communities — and against those in law enforcement — is increasing and beyond unacceptable,” Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peters said in a statement. “Legislation like this helps to keep our communities and law enforcement more safe.” Police officers have experienced a surge in assaults over the last decade, most commonly during responses to domestic disturbance calls like the one that precipitated the death of the first responders in Burnsville, according to data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Since 2021, officers have reported at least 3,400 assaults in Minnesota, with a 10% increase last year. “As we continue to mourn the loss of Adam Finseth, Matthew Ruge and Paul Elmstrand, we can take actions like these to ensure Minnesota’s public safety officers are protected,” Craig said. Craig is running for re-election this fall and her seat is again targeted by national Republicans hoping to expand their majority in Congress. Crime has been a major issue in several of her races, but Craig’s work on policing issues has helped her secure the endorsement of law enforcement groups such as the MPPOA in the last election cycle. The group has endorsed her again in 2024.

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From Athens to the Isles: Greece’s Top New and Noteworthy Hotels

For centuries, Greece has seduced adventurers with its mythical charms and epic vistas. But move over, Homer—a modern odyssey is unfolding as expat visionaries and luxury hoteliers contribute their verse to this ancient hit, breathing new life into the Mediterranean’s most storied luxury destination. On the marquee islands of Santorini and Mykonos, classic jet-set haunts now share the spotlight with smaller hidden gems unveiling ultra-luxe sanctuaries. One could call it a renaissance, as once-sleepy isles like Folegandros, Patmos and rustic Andros seduce discerning wanderers with chic escapes immersing them in the unadulterated essence of Aegean beauty—hold the crowds, please. But the revival’s most compelling act takes place in Athens, that ancient hero rewarded with a dazzling modern metamorphosis. No longer just an artifact-filled temple town, the historic bones have been infused with avant-garde artistic energy pulsing through every neo-neighborhood. It’s expatriate savants who’ve catalyzed this rebirth, ushering bold movements across cuisine, art and design—including inspired Athenian hotels epitomizing the great metropolis’ eternal reinvention. The numbers speak volumes, with early bookings surging up to 10 percent beyond last year’s records, suggesting 2024 may steal the show. Greece’s fabled landscapes have welcomed a brilliant new constellation of polished escapes over the past two years, from adventurous mountain retreats to soulful beachfront hideaways. These new properties exemplify elevated authentic Greek hospitality, alongside particularly iconic Grecian hotel mainstays that remain exceptional standouts. Together, this vanguard is ushering in a new golden age of Greek luxury across legendary realms where the ancient muses still whisper.

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‘What’s the long-term plan for John?’ – Shay Given says O’Shea has been treated unfairly in Ireland manager sa

A promise by the FAI to have a new coach in place in April – having missed an earlier deadline of February – was broken as there is still no permanent replacement for Stephen Kenny, so O’Shea will take charge next month for the friendly games against Hungary and Portugal. That means that the new boss – assuming that’s not O’Shea – will manage the side for the first time in a testing double header against England and Greece in September. “I don’t know if it was handled very well, the announcement that the new manager was coming in and we were all waiting on tenterhooks, in an ideal world you’d get it announced in April like they said they would, it’s more questions than answers,” Given said today, as he praised O’Shea who has had to swallow his pride and come back in for a second stint as caretaker, having effectively been told that he was not in the frame to land the post on a permanent basis. “John has been a brilliant servant to the country and it’s very difficult to turn this down, that’s the road John wants to go down as a manager and coaching, I went a different route with media work. “The first question I’d ask him is, what guarantees have you been given going forward? John is looking at the bigger picture of the country. It could have been dealt with better, if they’d said at the start of March, we want you for these four games and make a decision after that, that would have been better but the way it’s been handled has not been ideal. “They went back to John again which John agreed to, but what’s the long-term plan for John? Is he going to be involved with the new manager, has he been promised something? I don’t have any answers to that but you’d like to think that with John going back in for June he’s had some reassurances that he will be kept on under a new manager, but that’s only me reading between the lines. “I don’t know the ins and outs behind the scenes, John was brought in for the two games in June with a new manager to be announced in April, that’s now changed to September and they’ve gone back to John for the two games in June. The March games didn’t go to plan, in terms of getting wins, but the training and the set-up, the stuff behind the scenes that we don’t see on matchday with John and the staff was very smooth.” Given has often been in a position where he was asked to report for international duty in June, weeks after the conclusion of the club season and with the fact that the Championship’s regular season ended last week, the long break between now and the June dates with Ireland is not ideal, especially for out-of-contract players like Alan Browne and Aaron Connolly. “We have a lot of players in the Championship, they will have two or three weeks off before they meet up and in the modern day game, a lot of the players keep ticking over, someone like James McClean, I don’t know if he ever goes to sleep or switches off. The modern player doesn’t have that much down time, back in the day you would get six weeks off but not now, they are training themselves so June could be a good training base for the likes of Alan Browne if he is going into a new club, he will be relatively fit for the end of June,” Given added. Just Eat, proud partner of the UEFA Europa League, and have teamed up with former  Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given to launch their new Deliver At Home campaign, ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final. Just Eat have produced a piece of video content titled Deliver At Home: Any ‘Given’ Wednesday which features Shay as you have never seen him before and is now live across all of Just Eat’s social channels. For further information on Just Eat’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League, visit: justeattakeaway.com/newsroom

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Closing date for Sheep Welfare Scheme applications approaches

The deadline to apply for the new National Sheep Welfare Scheme (NSWS) is fast approaching. Applications for the scheme must be submitted by the closing date of 11:59p.m on Tuesday, May 21. There is a 25-calendar day period after the May 21 closing date for the acceptance of late applications and any necessary supporting documentation. However, deductions to payments at a rate of 1% per working day in respect of the NSWS will apply to late applications which are received during this period. This late applications period closes on June 15, 2024. Selecting your scheme actions: All applicants must select one action from the list of category A actions and one action from the list of category B actions. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has confirmed that the payment will be per eligible breeding ewe, and payment for full scheme compliance will be €8/ewe (€4/ewe/action completed). Applicants are asked to choose their actions carefully, as once their application has been submitted, it will not be possible to change their actions over the lifetime of the scheme. Sheep Welfare Scheme participation The NSWS measures are additional to those in the Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS) and must be applied for separately. To qualify for participation in the scheme: You must have an ovine active DAFM herd number; You must be farming a holding in respect of which a valid 2024 Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) application is submitted to the department, within the required application period; You must have breeding ewes recorded on the national sheep census in 2023; There are four actions in the scheme and applicants must complete in full two actions, one from each category. Completion of both actions are mandatory for payment. Applicants who have not submitted a 2023 sheep census return by the February 14, 2024 deadline will not be eligible to apply for the scheme. The scheme will run from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024, however actions selected must be completed by October 15, 2024. Reductions in payment will apply where not all actions are completed.

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Live Music Society Awards $710K to 24 Small Venues Via 2024 Music In Action Grants

Nonprofit foundation Live Music Society has announced the recipients of its second annual Music in Action grant. The Music In Action grant provides funding for venues to program events that build community and promote accessibility for marginalized groups, create opportunities for both local talent and touring acts to grow and find new audiences, and increase their revenue and customer base. The number of small music venues benefitting from the program is up from 17 in 2023, while the funds have grown from $500,000 last year to $710,000 this year. This year, 24 small performance venues across the United States have been granted a total of $710,000 to program events that build community and boost revenue. The 24 venue grantees include Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club in Denver, Cole’s Bar in Chicago, Drkmtter Collective in Nashville, The Lost Church in San Francisco, The Royal Room in Seattle and Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. The 2024 recipients will use their funds over the next year to launch concert series, put on family-friendly festivals, build out membership programs, develop spaces for LGBTQ+ musicians to gather, create educational programming and host monthly Latinx dance parties. “People are trying to open their stages to new voices: women, BIPOC, LGBTQ and even just different styles of music that they are not used to presenting,” says Live Music Society executive director Cat Henry. “It’s really exciting for people to take a philosophical risk to make sure that they’re not just staying in one lane the whole time and providing opportunities for more voices at the table.” For Live Music Society founder Pete Muller, the Music In Action grant is about giving people who love and know their business the ability to take a swing at something new and help build a more sustainable business for the long term. “If you have a 200-seat venue, you are not going to make a lot of money. Even if you run it well. The best shot you have is to figure out how to raise a lot of philanthropic local dollars,” says Muller. “Most of the time, it’s going to be shoestring and we can help.” While Live Music Society does not intend to fully fund any venues, Muller says the nonprofit created the grant for them to take risks on new musicians, pay their musicians and staff reasonable wages and remain an integral part of the live music ecosystem. “200-seat venues or 100-seat venues are an amazing place to start your musical career,” says Muller, who is also a touring musician. “I actually prefer smaller venues. You can really connect with the crowd. The only problem is, it’s very hard to make a good living.” Live Music Society, which began handing out grants in 2020, hopes to continue growing the number of venues that receive funding through the Music In Action grant, with the amount of funds reflecting the need. With the 2024 Music In Action grant and its annual Toolbox grant, the foundation has now disbursed $3.7 million in funding to small venues. To further its mission to recognize and protect small venues and listening rooms across the United States, Live Music Society is also looking to help venues by developing and sharing best practices. In partnership with its venue grantees and involvement with organizations like the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) — Live Music Society will host a panel at this year’s NIVA conference in June — the foundation plans to collect expertise that it can share with small venues to help them succeed in a tough live music economy. “One of the goals of gathering in New Orleans [for NIVA ‘24] is to help create an informal network of companies and club owners because they aren’t really competing with each other. They are in different markets,” Muller says. “If one of them finds a great musician, sharing it with a different club is helpful to both. The more you interact, the more you create community.” Full list of 2024 Music In Action grantees: 118 North – Wayne, PAB Side Lounge – Cleveland Heights, OHBlue Jay Listening Room – Jacksonville Beach, FLBossa Bistro – Washington, D.C.Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Philadelphia, PACole’s Bar – Chicago, ILDevil’s Backbone Tavern – Fischer, TXDrkmttr Collective – Nashville, TNFogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FLGrand Annex Music Hall – San Pedro, CAJilly’s Music Room – Akron, OHLa Peña Cultural Center – Berkeley, CAMaple Leaf Bar – New Orleans, LAMOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OHNocturne Jazz & Supper Club – Denver, COOne Longfellow Square – Portland, MERebel Rebel Studio & Lounge – Berea, KYRoots Music Project – Boulder, COThe Acorn Center for the Performing Arts – Three Oaks, MIThe Jalopy Theatre – Brooklyn, NYThe Lost Church – San Francisco, CAThe Parlor Room – Northampton, MAThe Royal Room – Seattle, WAThe Spot on Kirk – Roanoke, VA

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Why We Judge People By Their Appearances

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin A happy woman reaching out hand, ready for cooperation getty Why do we judge people by their appearances? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Dr. Abbie Maroño, PhD in Psychology and Behavior Analysis, on Quora: It’s tempting to dismiss the habit of judging others by their appearances as mere superficiality or a negative trait. Judging by appearances, while often seen as judgmental, is actually a deeply ingrained human behavior. It is a deeply ingrained human behavior with roots in evolutionary psychology and reinforced by societal norms. However, before I get into the specifics, it is crucial to clarify that understanding why we make snap judgments based on appearance does not excuse or justify discriminatory, rude, or unkind behavior. As with any innate behavior, it is essential to first understand the evolutionary basis. From an evolutionary perspective, quick judgments based on appearance could have had survival benefits. Early humans needed to rapidly assess threats and opportunities in their environment, including distinguishing friend from foe. Features that might indicate health, strength, or fertility were particularly important. For instance, characteristics such as facial symmetry, body posture, and overall vitality are often unconsciously assessed and have been linked to perceptions of health and genetic fitness. Research has indicated that these traits are not just superficial markers but can be indicators of a person’s immune system strength and reproductive capabilities, traits that were crucial for mate selection and survival in ancestral environments. Furthermore, certain physical characteristics might have been associated with specific social roles and capabilities within a community. For example, height and muscular build in men have been traditionally associated with the ability to protect and provide, traits that could have contributed to leadership roles or desirability as a mate. Similarly, skin clarity and texture can be indicators of youth and fertility, qualities that were valued for reproductive success. MORE FOR YOU Cannes Film Festival 2024: Stars Arrive On Red Carpet For Annual Event TelevisaUnivision 2024-25 Slate Touts Latino Culture, ViX Growth, Juanpa Zurita, William Levy Deals Judge Says Up To 20 Million Fintech Depositors Are At Risk From Synapse Bankruptcy Of course, an individual’s appearance does not necessarily reflect their physical wellbeing, hence such snap judgements are not always accurate. However, these snap judgements persist because our brains are wired to make quick decisions using limited information, a process facilitated by cognitive shortcuts known as heuristics. This capability helps us navigate complex social environments efficiently by making immediate judgments based on visible cues. Indeed, research has shown that people form impressions of strangers’ personalities within fractions of a second after seeing their faces, indicating that our brains use appearances as a quick way to gauge someone’s traits. Finally, we most of us know too well, the media can have an extremely negative impact on beauty standards, and dramatically impact both our self-perception and perception or others. Media outlets constantly bombard us with idealized and often digitally enhanced images of beauty, success, and what is deemed socially desirable. This relentless exposure can create and perpetuate unrealistic standards that deeply influence how we see ourselves and others. Moreover, the media often perpetuates stereotypes about attractiveness and success, reinforcing narrow and often exclusionary views of what is considered “acceptable” or “ideal.” These stereotypes can lead to discrimination and social stigmatization of individuals who do not fit these narrow criteria, affecting their opportunities and social interactions. Understanding why we judge others based on appearance helps highlight the importance of being aware of these biases and taking steps to mitigate their impact in our personal and professional interactions. This question originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Follow me on Twitter. Check out my website. Quora Following Editorial Standards Print Reprints & Permissions

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Beyond Buzzwords: AI’s Practical Impact On Supply Chain Operations

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Richard is the CEO of LeanDNA, a purpose-built analytics platform for factory inventory optimization. getty In today’s hyperconnected world, supply chain management (SCM) stands at the forefront of complexity and innovation. Traditional methods struggle to keep pace with the demands of modern business, where agility, precision and foresight are paramount. Fortunately, as manufacturing organizations grapple with these challenges, a beacon of innovation emerges in the form of artificial intelligence (AI). AI is poised to revolutionize supply chain operations and transform the role of supply chain teams for the future. The pressure on supply chain executives to navigate disruptions while maintaining optimal inventory levels is palpable and intensifying. According to insights from a supply chain readiness survey conducted by Wakefield Research and our comapny, a staggering 96% of supply chain executives say they face pressure to balance preparedness for major disruption with avoiding excess inventory. This underscores the urgent need for adaptive strategies and technological solutions that provide real-time insights and enable agile decision-making. While many organizations have embarked on digital transformations and are investing in advanced technologies, a significant gap remains. Despite these investments, a whopping 76% of organizations lack a predictive view of supply and demand. This gap hinders strategic planning and limits the ability to anticipate and mitigate potential disruptions. One of the primary challenges supply chain professionals face is the pervasive reliance on manual data handling. Despite technological advancements, supply chain teams spend an average of 35% of their time on manual data manipulation. This slows down processes and increases the likelihood of errors and inefficiencies. Moreover, with over nine in ten executives admitting to relying on gut instinct for decision-making at least some of the time, the need for data-driven predictive guidance becomes increasingly evident. MORE FOR YOU Cannes Film Festival 2024: Stars Arrive On Red Carpet For Annual Event TelevisaUnivision 2024-25 Slate Touts Latino Culture, ViX Growth, Juanpa Zurita, William Levy Deals Judge Says Up To 20 Million Fintech Depositors Are At Risk From Synapse Bankruptcy Enter AI—a transformative force poised to revolutionize supply chain operations by harnessing the power of data and analytics. By leveraging AI algorithms and machine learning, organizations can unlock unprecedented visibility, efficiency, and agility across their supply chains. From inventory optimization to critical shortage prioritization, AI enables organizations to make smarter decisions faster, thereby gaining a competitive advantage in a volatile marketplace. A recent Harvard Business Review article goes into further detail on how machine learning will transform supply chain management. However, to fully realize the promise of AI in supply chain management, we must move beyond the buzzwords and delve into the “why” and “how” of AI implementation. There’s an urgent need for organizations to evolve their approach, focusing not just on adopting AI technologies but on understanding where and how AI can truly drive value in the market. Dispelling the mystique behind the buzzword, we must emphasize practical applications and tangible benefits that AI can bring to supply chain operations. Moreover, connecting the survey results to the promise of AI reveals a clear path forward. By addressing the gaps identified—such as the lack of predictive views and overreliance on manual data handling—organizations can leverage AI to bridge these deficiencies and drive tangible outcomes. Whether it’s optimizing inventory levels, prioritizing critical shortages or streamlining decision-making processes, AI offers a myriad of opportunities for supply chain transformation. The impact of AI goes beyond just optimizing existing processes; it will fundamentally transform the role of supply chain teams. In the AI-enabled supply chain of the future, human workers become strategic orchestrators, leveraging AI-driven insights to anticipate issues impacting production readiness, identify opportunities and proactively initiate prioritized actions to optimize supply chain execution. By augmenting human intelligence with machine learning capabilities, organizations can unlock new levels of productivity, efficiency and supply chain resilience. However, the journey towards AI-driven supply chain excellence is not without its challenges. One significant hurdle is the issue of change management. As organizations seek to adopt AI technologies and transform their supply chain operations, they must navigate a myriad of cultural, organizational, and technical barriers. To overcome these challenges, organizations must adopt change management strategies that foster a culture of innovation, collaboration and continuous learning. This includes clear communication about the benefits of AI adoption to your supply chain teams, providing adequate training and support for employees, and creating a supportive environment that encourages experimentation and risk-taking. By addressing these challenges head-on, manufacturing organizations can accelerate their journey toward AI-driven supply chain excellence and unlock new opportunities for growth and success. Developing a comprehensive implementation roadmap is essential for successful AI integration. This roadmap should encompass several key components: Assessment and planning: Begin by assessing the current state of the supply chain and identifying areas within your organization where AI can drive the most significant impact. Common areas of opportunity are action prioritization and confidence scoring with automated execution. Technology infrastructure: Ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support AI implementation. Data quality: Establish robust data management processes to ensure quality, reliability and security of supply chain data. This may include data cleansing, normalization and integration efforts to create a unified data environment for AI analysis. Training and skills development: Provide comprehensive training programs to equip supply chain teams with the skills and knowledge needed to leverage AI effectively in their daily workflow. This may involve both technical training on AI tools and platforms as well as soft skills development in areas such as data interpretation and decision-making. Scaling with user-based workflows: Once proven successful, scale AI initiatives across the supply chain and integrate them into day-to-day operations with purpose-built workflows for key roles such as production planners, material buyers and suppliers. The future of supply chain management is AI-driven, and you need to prepare your teams for these newly emerging roles. As organizations embrace AI technologies and empower their teams with data-driven insights, they will unlock new opportunities for innovation and growth. The journey toward intelligent supply chain execution is underway, and organizations that innovate and harness the power of AI will emerge as leaders in the new era of supply chain management. With a comprehensive implementation roadmap and a commitment to change management, organizations can navigate the AI revolution and drive transformative change across their supply chain teams. Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. Do I qualify? Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out my website. Richard Lebovitz Editorial Standards Print Reprints & Permissions

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