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Buddy Holly's Still-Living Legacy -
FEBRUARY 4, 2009, 5:12 P.M. ET WSJ article by BARRY MAZOR
music  musicals  legacies 
march 2009
Managers in the crosshairs
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 G&M article by WALLACE IMMEN
With many companies slashing management jobs, it's easy to feel uneasy.
But while there may be more risk to holding a management-level position
these days, open season can also open opportunity to those who have
their skills up to date and keep their long-term goals in mind.

tips  job_search  Wallace_Immen  layoffs  managers 
march 2009 How to broil a bottom-feeder
August 6, 2008 at 10:26 AM EST From Wednesday's Globe and Mail by FIONA MORROW

sardines Mackerel squid Asian Vinaigrette
recipes  fish  seafood  food  sardines  mackerel  squid 
march 2009
What, me worry? (1)
September 30, 2005 | Globe & Mail | by Doug Steiner.
Tsunamis, asteroids, central bankers - how do you protect one portfolio
against all those risks? Systemic versus personal risk.

"Unfortunately, risk is rarely that clear cut. It comes in many forms, and we all think of it in different ways. Many of us have trouble putting risks into appropriate categories. We often mash all of them together or worry too much about spectacular calamities. To get a handle on things, you need to create a proper hierarchy of anxieties and then deal with them in an orderly fashion.

Many academics split risks into two buckets. Systemic risk is general risk--risk that affects large groups of people, such as the stock market crashing or a hurricane wiping out a city. Personal risk relates to individuals making choices, such as trying to balance on a balcony railing after downing three or four martinis."
Doug_Steiner  category_errors  risk-assessment  systemic_risks  personal_risk  insurance  panics  natural_calamities  risk-mitigation  risks  disasters 
march 2009 What? Me worry?(2)
September 26, 2007 From Friday's Globe and Mail by Doug Steiner

....after opening the most recent monthly statements from my asset-dieting RSPs, I haven't been smiling. And I've had to give myself advice about market risk-again. "I turned the October, 1987, crevasse into a hill of savings years ago. My strategy? Solve the following complex equation: Cash In - Cash Out = Savings. If you include a time element in the equation for retirement, it looks like this: Future Savings - Future Spending = Not Living Only On CPP. "....Here is some good and rational advice: If you have equity investments and this worry thing is really getting to you, take a breather. Think about shifting all your savings into good old Government of Canada treasury bills for six months. Want a little more action? Add some ETFs that track stock market indexes to your portfolio-that will give you market volatility similar to what you had when you were sleeping well before the markets went berserk.

But the best rational advice I can give you is to learn the discipline of setting risk limits and sticking to them. That will allow you to live with any volatility in the markets. It really is that simple.
Doug_Steiner  markets  risk-perception  calm  risk-assessment  panics  self-discipline  volatility  risk-limits  ETFs  retirement  risks  GoC 
march 2009
The wired world goes airborne
Wednesday, August 06 by BRENT JANG AND MATT HARTLEY
Wi-Fi  airline_industry 
march 2009
Newt. Again. - The Return of Newt Gingrich -
February 25, 2009 NYT Magazine article by MATT BAI profiling former speaker, Newt Gingrich.

Theodore White’s “Making of the President, 1960”
profile  counterintuitive  Newt_Gingrich  redemption  idea_factory  Matt_Bai 
march 2009
The Medium - Photo Negative - Google Misses an Opportunity With Its Life Magazine Archive -
February 27, 2009 NYT Magazine article VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN who
is mystified by Google’s recent decision to essentially dump its
priceless trove of photos from Life magazine — some 10 million images
from Life’s holdings, most of them never published — into an online
Google has failed to recognize that it can’t publish content under its
imprint without also creating content of some kind: smart, reported
captions; new and good-looking slide-show software; interstitial
material that connects disparate photos; robust thematic and topical
Google  photography  curation  content  Life_Magazine  storytelling  interstitial  overlay_networks  jazmin_isaacs  metadata  missed_opportunities  contextual  sorting  creating_valuable_content 
march 2009
State of the Art - Google Geniuses at Work on Free Goodies -
February 25, 2009 NYT column By DAVID POGUE offers a
professional tour guide to help you find the lesser-known features of
various Google apps.
tools  technology  Google  productivity 
march 2009
Grand Openings in Grim Times -
FEBRUARY 27, 2009, WSJ article by KATY MCLAUGHLIN on contrarian
chefs who are opening lavish new restaurants. Will they get burned?
opportunistic  restaurants  luxury  cost-cutting  restauranteurs  Katy_McLaughlin  hard_times 
march 2009
Mugabe's annual bash to be scaled down
February 27, 2009 Globe and Mail article by GEOFFREY YORK AND
While the lavish feast is prepared for tomorrow's party, millions of
Zimbabweans remain at risk of hunger or death from poverty and disease.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe 
february 2009
Canada called on to increase spying on China
February 27, 2009 From Friday's Globe and Mail article by COLIN FREEZE
security_&_intelligence  China  espionage  CSIS  Canada-China_relations 
february 2009
Slide toward anarchy
February 28, 2009 G&M column by AHMED RASHID
Islamabad's deal with the Taliban may be a turning point in a failing regional battle against extremism
extremism  geopolitics  Pakistan  Islamic  fundamentalism  Taliban  anarchy  turning_points 
february 2009 Divas of doom find their fame in peddling the direst of fortunes to pessimistic masses
February 28, 2009 G&M article by IAN BROWN

Bleak is chic as demand grows for dark oracles of blood-filled streets and 'zombie banks'
Niall_Ferguson  nourielroubini  economic_prognostication  zombie 
february 2009 A taste of Montreal at home
February 28, 2009 G&M column by LUCY WAVERMAN

recipes  Lucy_Waverman  soups  cod  fish  desserts  Mushroom_Soup 
february 2009
How Charities Can Make Themselves More Open -
DECEMBER 10, 2007 WSJ article by SALLY BEATTY
* Charities and foundations should provide detailed information on their
Web sites -- everything from board members and their bios; problems
encountered trying to achieve their goals; how they measure their
effectiveness; embrace rigorous forms of evaluation and report their
findings to the public.
* Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
assessments_&_evaluations  charities  donors  effectiveness  foundations  philanthropy  transparency 
february 2009
The Wealth Report - : Gates Studies the Rich
October 31, 2007, WSJ blog Robert Frank looking at the lives and culture of the wealthy.
* Boston College’s Center on Wealth and Philanthropy.
* The Gates Foundation studies the wealthy to boost charitable giving through better understanding.
philanthropy  Robert_Frank  billgates  The_Wealth_Report 
february 2009
English Lessons -
DECEMBER 10, 2007 WSJ article by DEBORAH BALL
* Forcing charities to rewrite business plan three or four times to
ensure that donation help them reach new stage of growth (milestones).
* New Philanthropy Capital
* Analysts prepare two-page reports that resemble investment brokers'
notes, giving a snapshot of the risk level of the charity's work, its
growth prospects and the funding it needs to achieve certain results.
NPC posts the research on its Web site for users to download at no
high_net_worth  philanthropy  charities  business_planning  milestones  United_Kingdom 
february 2009 Panel touts benefits of preventative prostate drug

The Canadian Press

February 25, 2009 at 12:36 AM EST
prostate  cancers 
february 2009
Diet Dispatch: A Carnivore's Resolve to Eat No Meat -
of "The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life
Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds" by Rip
book_reviews  books  Vegetarian  food  healthy_lifestyles 
february 2009
Bankers Need More Skin in the Game: Glassman and Nolan Say Private Partnerships Would Increase Risk Aversion Among Executives -
FEBRUARY 25, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | byJAMES K. GLASSMAN
and WILLIAM T. NOLAN. Op-ed piece.

(1) Partnerships may be a more trustworthy business model than
(2) Alfred Chandler, the great business historian, said that "strategy
determines structure." Similarly, structure determines behavior.
Wall_Street  financial  crisis  risk-taking  risk-management  partnerships  financial_institutions  strategy  strategic_thinking  organizational_structure  behaviours  trustworthiness  risk-aversion  risk-preferences  skin_in_the_game  risks  Alfred_Chandler  human_behavior  business_history 
february 2009
College Fund-Raising Outlook Darkens After Surge -

A survey of 1,052 institutions conducted by the nonprofit Council for
Aid to Education. Fund raising in academia is highly sensitive to stock
prices because many donors, for tax reasons, give appreciated stock
instead of cash.
endowments  Colleges_&_Universities  crisis  philanthropy  fundraising  donors  donations 
february 2009
'There will be blood'
February 24, 2009 G&M interview by HEATHER SCOFFIELD of
Harvard financial guru Niall Ferguson who predicts prolonged financial
hardship, even civil war, before the 'Great Recession' ends
gurus  History  financial  crisis  economics  politicaleconomy  globalization  Niall_Ferguson  financial_history  recessions  economists  hardships 
february 2009
Why is McGuinty allowing NW Ontario to be powered down?
February 21, 2009 G&M column by MURRAY CAMPBELL The focus
now is on the cost of electricity, which the industry says is too high
to allow it to be profitable.

Ontario's "all-in" price (which includes various fees) of about $72 per
megawatt-hour is the second-highest in Canada (after Alberta) and is
higher than most U.S. regions.
Ontario  northwestern  forestry  Murray_Campbell  recessions  costs  electric_power 
february 2009
Jobs, benefits, boycotts
February 24, 2009 G&M Letter to the editor by RAYMOND PERINGER
Sid_Ryan  letters_to_the_editor  boycotts 
february 2009
Wachovia Aims to Nab Bigger Slice Of Retirement-Planning Market
Oct 18, 2006. Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y. by Victoria Knight.
high_net_worth  retirement  planning  tools  Wachovia 
february 2009
Ahmadinejad's routine
21/10/06 G&M op-ed.

Muslim silence in the face of Mr. Ahmadinejad's foolish rants is highly
damaging. Unopposed, such dangerous radicals as Mr. Ahmadinejad may
appear to be speaking for a large portion of the Islamic world. That
helps no one, least of all Muslims.
Europe  op_ed  Iran  Ahmadinejad  Muslim  silence  moderates  anti-Semitism  double_standards 
february 2009
Growing a List of Opportunities -
community  craigslist 
february 2009
Farewell, Tranquil Mind -
FEBRUARY 23, 2009, 1:08 P.M. ET book review by BRET STEPHENS of '7 Deadly Scenarios'
By Andrew F. Krepinevich
(Bantam, 334 pages, $27)
book_reviews  Bret_Stephens  21st._century  warfare  scenario-planning 
february 2009
Information Wants to Be Expensive -
FEBRUARY 23, 2009 WSJ op-ed by L. GORDON CROVITZ arguing that newspapers need to act like they're worth something.

Time magazine published a cover story earlier this month headlined "How to Save Your Newspaper." In it, former Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson noted how odd it is to charge for subscriptions in print but not online. "Even an old print junkie like me has quit subscribing to the New York Times, because if it doesn't see fit to charge me for its content, I'd feel like a fool paying for it. This is not a business model that makes sense."......People are happy to pay for news and information however it's delivered, but only if it has real, differentiated value. Traders must have their Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters terminal. Lawyers wouldn't go to court without accessing the Lexis or West online service..........By 2007, the Journal's Web site had reached one million paying subscribers who value full access and convenient navigation to its unique business news. Another 20 million people each month read Journal articles made available free. Likewise, the Financial Times and ESPN generate significant online revenues from subscribers, along with free content. So do consumer services such as Consumer Reports and Zagat. Steve Jobs proved we'll pay up to $1 for digital songs on iTunes, and Amazon's Kindle established $10 as reasonable for a digital book. .........For years, publishers and editors have asked the wrong question: Will people pay to access my newspaper content on the Web? The right question is: What kind of journalism can my staff produce that is different and valuable enough that people will pay for it online?..........newspaper journalists still report the key local news. American Lawyer founder Steven Brill argues that "local newspapers are the best brands, and people will pay a small amount to get information -- whether it be a zoning board or a Little League game -- that they can't get anywhere else." A few local newspapers, such as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, charge for access online, knowing their news can't be found elsewhere...........When author Stewart Brand coined the expression "Information wants to be free," he focused on how technology makes it cheap and easy to communicate and share knowledge. But the rest of his quote is rarely noticed.

This says, "Information also wants to be expensive." The right information in today's complex economy and society can make a huge difference in our professional and personal lives. Not having this information can also make a big difference, especially if someone else does have it. And for valuable information, online is a great new way for it to be valued.
asking_the_right_questions  Bloomberg  brands  differentiation  digital_media  information  iTunes  journalism  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  Lexis  local_journalism  newspapers  op_ed  questions  Steve_Jobs  Steven_Brill  Stewart_Brand  subscriptions  Thomson_Reuters  TIME_Inc.  traders  Walter_Isaacson 
february 2009
Portals: YouTube is now a verb and an adjective
October 18, 2006 | The Wall Street Journal | by Lee Gomes
branding  video  YouTube  streaming  web_video 
february 2009
A Tale of Several Cities: What explains why Boston flourishes while Philadelphia flounders?
Friday, October 20, 2006 12:01 A.M. EDT, WSJ op-ed by JULIA VITULLO-MARTIN.

Why isn't Philadelphia Boston? Why does Boston prosper, people and businesses outbidding one another to get in, while Philadelphia languishes, with acres of vacant and underused property announcing the lack of local demand? .......The answers are not to be found in conventional 20th-century analysis, which emphasized the seemingly unsolvable urban crisis: the decline of industrial jobs, the burdens of excessive taxation, the inevitability of racial tensions and the dominance of geography....At least part of the answer stems from their underlying cultures..... In his "Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia" (1979), E. Digby Baltzell argued that Boston Brahmins, with their belief in authority and leadership, embraced a sense of responsibility for civic life, while Philadelphia Gentlemen, with their inward but judgmental Quaker ways were deeply unconcerned about their city's welfare.....cultural analysis -- long out of fashion as too soft (as as opposed to econometrics) or too racist (who is to say that one culture is better than another?) -- is due for a comeback. .....The old answer of urban success was deterministic: taxes and the historian Richard Wade has noted for years, against the tide of his field, this theory has its flaws: If the sheer excellence of a harbor truly determined a city's fate, then the greatest city in America would be Upper Sandusky, Ohio....What flourishing cities often have in common, instead, are two crucial cultural characteristics: combativeness and cunning.....That same energy contributes to New York's cyclical boom-and-bust nature, regularly pushing speculation beyond the limits of an exuberant boom, thereby encouraging a bust. ....Cunning and combativeness, however, often restore cities financially without making them many new friends, except, perhaps, for the young -- who, for the past two decades, have been returning in great numbers to the old neighborhoods long ago abandoned by their parents and grandparents....But what makes cities successful -- or even just lovable -- can seldom be quantified.
boom-to-bust  municipalities  Toronto  ECONOMY  city  cities  Boston  Philadelphia  gentrification  cultural_analysis  cultural_values  leadership  Boston_Brahmins  bubbles 
february 2009 A feast for autumn appetites
October 21, 2006 G&M column by LUCY WAVERMAN.
(1) Roasted Mushroom Salad
(2) Pancetta-wrapped Tuna with Anchovy-caper sauce.
(3) Wilted Swiss Chard
(4) Apple Tarts with Caramel Cider Sauce
food  Lucy_Waverman  recipes  mushrooms  tuna  apples 
february 2009
Make it short and sweet
Apr. 1995 | Black Enterprise Vol. 25, Iss. 9; pg. 53, 1 pgs | by Cassandra Hayes.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  brevity 
february 2009
Reading Between a Memo's Lines
Mar. 1987 | Today's Office. Vol. 21, Iss. 10; pg. 11, 2 pgs | by Edward Wakin.
writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  guidelines 
february 2009
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Managing Your Career: 'How Can I Write An Effective Memo?'
Half, Robert. Management Accounting. Montvale: Dec 1991. Vol. 73, Iss. 6; pg. 11, 1 pgs
Managing_Your_Career  writing  Communicating_&_Connecting  memoranda  howto 
february 2009
Schools have failed on the financial literacy front
February 23, 2009 | Globe and Mail Update | by TOM HAMZA AND PAUL BATES EST
UFSC  financial_literacy  schools 
february 2009
Finding opportunities with deep customer 'discovery'
February 23, 2009 G&M column by GEORGE STALK JR.

One approach that works for customer-supplier partnerships is something we call "discovery," which goes beyond cost reduction tactics to find opportunities for increasing revenues and improving entire processes....The discovery process goes behind traditional contact points to explore issues that affect the hand-offs, such as consumer usage, retail merchandising, promotional effectiveness and pricing.

By using fact-based analysis, information technology and strong project management, discovery has transformed purchasing department contacts into broader, deeper relationships, helped suppliers and customers create new value in their businesses, and led to dramatically more innovative products and services.
fact-based  opportunities  business_development  George_Stalk_Jr.  discoveries  partnerships  IT  LBMA  OPMA  customer_insights  cost-cutting  BCG  merchandising  pricing  handoffs  purchasing  relationships  new_products  process_improvements 
february 2009
Playing with nature
February 23, 2009 by RASHA MOURTADA.

Adam Bienenstock's, founder of Gardens For Living, goal is to bring children and nature together through the installation of natural playgrounds in urban and suburban Toronto. .....Forget plastic and iron. Natural playgrounds are constructed with fallen logs, trees and shrubs and are built into the ground itself. (A slide built into the slope of a hill, for example.) Bugs are intentionally introduced and musical instruments and art are incorporated into the landscape.

"Whereas traditional playgrounds might use 13% of the actual space in the playground, we use closer to 95%" says Mr. Bienenstock, who has 10 year-round employees and 15 seasonal workers.....Today, Gardens For Living works exclusively on natural playgrounds. Last year, that involved 60 projects, including consulting, installation and design projects, but the company is also involved in policy work and education initiatives.
business_development  Rasha_Mourtada  industries  landscapes  playgrounds 
february 2009
Lies the revolutionary told me
February 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM ESTGlobe and Mail op-ed by GUY SORMAN
op-ed  Che_Guevara  serial_killers  radical_chic 
february 2009
No, sheik, sorry isn't good enough | The Australian
| November 01, 2006 Article from: The Australian by Janet Albrechtsen
meat  Australia  Muslim  clerics  sexual_assault 
february 2009
Angel Investors Shift To Later-Stage Deals
Oct. 23, 2006 By Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal, BOB SECHLER.
investing  angels  investors  late-stage 
february 2009
You're In Charge Now -
FEBRUARY 22, 2009, 2:44 P.M.ALEXANDRA LEVIT. "We are living in a
white-water world, and these are Level 3 rapids. You must have a clear
sense of what your purpose is and the skill set to get there." Take
charge, he says: "It's more important than ever to draw on your
imagination, think strategically, take initiative and work outside your
immediate circle of influence."
career  Managing_Your_Career  Alexandra_Levit  strategic_thinking  imagination  self-starters  individual_initiative  intrinsically_motivated  comfort_zones 
february 2009 / Books / Book Doctor - Yes we can: can he?
Yes we can: can he?

By Rosie Blau

Published: January 26 2009 04:32 | Last updated: January 26 2009 04:32
february 2009 - Short and sweet
Short and sweet
By Rosie Blau
Fri Dec 16 05:00:52 EST 2005
february 2009
What ails Europe?
Friday, June 17, 2005 WSJ op-ed by historian Paul Johnson.
In a must-read editorial in today's Wall Street Journal, historian Paul Johnson lays out what ails Europe today.
History  op-ed  Europe  historians 
february 2009
Ending the Wall Street insider’s game
February 8 2006 20:12 | Last updated: February 8 2006 20:12 Financial Times op-ed by Dan Reingold.
SOX  Wall_Street  corruption  insider_information  filetype:pdf  media:document 
february 2009
Grade Conflation -
DECEMBER 21, 2005 WSJ article by PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON on grade inflation at HBS
decision_making  organizational  HBS  Philip_Delves_Broughton  MBAs  grade_inflation 
february 2009
GM's Woe Has Tills Ringing in Singapore
19-Apr-2006 Financial Times article by Anonymous sources on the
windfall opportunities GM's decline has presented for a Global Crossing unit in Montreal to which handle logistics for its conference calls.
opportunistic  GM  Global_Crossing  Singapore  windfalls  decline 
february 2009
InfoViewer: Fare chance
16-Dec-2005 Financial Times by Philip Coggan reviewing
STREETWISE: How Taxi Drivers Establish Their Customers'
Trustworthinessby Diego Gambetta and Heather HamillRussell Sage
Foundation $19.95, 243 pages
book_reviews  trustworthiness 
february 2009
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