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What Apple Just Did in Solar Is a Really Big Deal

February 12th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

Breaks records, slays trolls:  


Maximizing Shareholder Value is 'The World's Dumbest Idea' say CEO's

February 10th, 2015  |  Source: Forbes

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has said that “customers are number one; employees are number two and shareholders are number three.”

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever [UN], has denounced “the cult of shareholder value.”


Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets

February 9th, 2015  |  Source: VOX.com

The final week of January saw an annual ritual in government statistical gathering that few people know about — the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Point-in-Time survey of the homeless population, in which HUD recruits volunteers around the country to go out and try to count up all the homeless people living in America. This year, White House Chief of Staff Dennis

McDonough even joined up, volunteering as part of the San Francisco PIT crew.


A Greek Morality Tale

February 4th, 2015  |  Source: Project Syndicate

When the euro crisis began a half-decade ago, Keynesian economists predicted that the austerity that was being imposed on Greece and the other crisis countries would fail. It would stifle growth and increase unemployment – and even fail to decrease the debt-to-GDP ratio.

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“American Sniper” celebrates regret-free heroism.

February 2nd, 2015  |  Source: The Economist

Small wonder critics hate it—and half of America loves it 


Question for FIFA: How many Watches Were Returned?

February 1st, 2015  |  Source: Least Thing Blog

Last September, FIFA investigated a gift of expensive watches giving to its top officials. Here is what it found:

[The Confederação Brasileira de Futebol] distributed 65 gift bags, each containing a Parmigiani watch, to a group comprising the 28 officials on the FIFA Executive Committee, a representative from each of the 32 Member Associations competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and a representative from each of the 10 Member Associations in Conmebol.

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British thugs have discovered that blowing up ATMs is a good way to get the cash out

January 28th, 2015  |  Source: Bloomberg

NO AMERICAN ATM HAS EVER BEEN ROBBED WITH EXPLOSIVE GAS.
THE SAME WAS TRUE IN BRITAIN — UNTIL 2013.
NOW THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 90.
INSIDE THE BIRTH OF A BOMB SPREE.

Along the western coast of England, under a half-moon hidden by clouds, a dark Audi sports car with fabricated plates followed an empty road toward a Barclays bank. Inside were five men, dressed all in black, and their gear: crowbars, power tools, coils of flexible tubing, and two large tanks of explosive gas. It was 1:51 a.m. The job would take just under seven minutes.


Africa's quiet solar revolution

January 26th, 2015  |  Source: CS Monitor.com

The continent skipped land lines for mobile phones. Now a new generation of start-ups is trying to bring sun power to rural Africa – and leapfrog the fossil fuel era. 


Davos is not leading to 'timely, effective action' Now is the time to bring on the B Team

January 23rd, 2015  |  Source: The Guardian

The chairman of Volans John Elkington and the B Team’s Jochen Zeitz say leaders need to do more than talk; they need to take action – fast. The B Team announces its Plan B for Business to help steer the global economy on a more sustainable course this week in Davos, Switzerland




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