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Sep
30th
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But somebody seems to have forgotten to tell politicians and voters that states, borders and national identity no longer matter.

The strange revival of nationalism in global politics - FT.com

The screams of the industrial age paradigm fighting desperately to hold it’s ground against the inexorable tide of a new paradigm that is washing the old away…

Sep
29th
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Br’er Fox constructs a doll out of a lump of tar and dresses it with some clothes. When Br’er Rabbit comes along he addresses the tar “baby” amiably, but receives no response. Br’er Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as the Tar-Baby’s lack of manners, punches it, and in doing so becomes stuck. 

The more Br’er Rabbit punches and kicks the tar “baby” out of rage, the worse he gets stuck. Now that Br’er Rabbit is stuck, Br’er Fox ponders how to dispose of him. The helpless but cunning Br’er Rabbit pleads, “but do please, Br’er Fox, don’t fling me in dat brier-patch,” prompting Fox to do exactly that. As rabbits are at home in thickets, the resourceful Br’er Rabbit escapes. (via Tar-Baby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Br’er Fox constructs a doll out of a lump of tar and dresses it with some clothes. When Br’er Rabbit comes along he addresses the tar “baby” amiably, but receives no response. Br’er Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as the Tar-Baby’s lack of manners, punches it, and in doing so becomes stuck.

The more Br’er Rabbit punches and kicks the tar “baby” out of rage, the worse he gets stuck. Now that Br’er Rabbit is stuck, Br’er Fox ponders how to dispose of him. The helpless but cunning Br’er Rabbit pleads, “but do please, Br’er Fox, don’t fling me in dat brier-patch,” prompting Fox to do exactly that. As rabbits are at home in thickets, the resourceful Br’er Rabbit escapes. (via Tar-Baby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Sep
25th
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The pitching process for winning pension fund business can be far from transparent. This would be inconceivable in any other area of public works contracts.

Calpers’ exit has sent hedge fund managers a public health warning - FT.com

Huge opportunity in the medium term for platforms like @Betterment and others. Important to note that the LPs are not only not demanding change but a big part of the inertia impeding change.

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Really smart people don’t stay at the institutions they have fought so hard to get into. The best leave within two or three years; the slightly less good stay a bit longer, and only the also-rans and the terminally unimaginative are in for the long haul.
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Mr Sarkozy no longer pretends to stand for any particular ideas. Discussions only revolve around his personality. The Facebook post in which he announced his comeback was a communications masterpiece, preceded by carefully-orchestrated leaks – and conspicuously void of any political content.

No laughs in Sarkozy’s Groundhog Day return - FT.com

How can we fix our terminally broken political systems that only attract these sorts of folks? It’s not just in France…If I were Bill Gates, I’d fund a billion dollar prize for this. Perhaps a starting point is some sort of “lottocracy” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demarchy…

Sep
24th
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What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of Basecamp

…sounds like a lot of (middle) managers in most big companies… #justsayin

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Sep
23rd
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There was a frenzy of money making activity going on, and it felt like…pure greed.
Sep
22nd
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