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Political
 Finance 
in 
City 
Elections: Toronto 
and
 Calgary
 Compared

September
2008 | The
 Canadian 
Political 
Science
 Review |Lisa
 Young

(University
 of 
Calgary)
 and
 Sam 
Austin 
(University
 of 
Calgary)

Comparing
 candidate 
contribution
 and
 expenditure
 data
 from
 urban 
elections
 in
 Toronto
 and
 Calgary,
 the
 paper
 concludes
 that
 elements
 of
 the
 regulatory
 regime
 in
 Toronto
 contribute 
modestly
 to
 a
 more
 level
 playing
 field 
for 
political
 competition 
in 
that 
city.
In

particular,
the
limits
on
the
size
of
contributions,
when
coupled
with
a
rebate
for
political

donat
ions,
 make
 candidates
 less
 reliant
 on
 corporate
 and
 development
 sources.
 These
 elements
 of
 Toronto’s
 regulatory 
regime
 also
 contribute
 to
a
somewhat 
higher
 level
 of
 competitiveness 
in 
municipal 
elections
 in
 Toronto
 than 
in 
Calgary,
where 
election 
finance

is 
effectively
 unregulated,
cities  elections  municipalities  finance  funding 
december 2013
Great Thoughts, and Woolly Ones - WSJ.com
Nov. 7, 2002 | WSJ | By Mark Miller.

The 19th-century essayist Walter Bagehot took a contrarian's view of high culture. "The essence of civilization," he wrote, "is dullness." Indeed, civilization is "only an elaborate invention . . . for abolishing the fierce passions, the unchastened enjoyments . . . the excitements of a barbarous age, and to substitute for them indoor pleasures, placid feelings, and rational amusements."

As an advertisement for the pleasures of the mind, Bagehot's judgment may not be likely to win many converts, but it suggests why we still need that somewhat outdated life form known as the critic. Mere reviewers can keep the arts (and book) pages supplied with copy. But they can have little effect on the quality of our minds or our culture, as a trip to any neighborhood multiplex will make clear. We rely on the true critic to cultivate our intelligence, refine our tastes and show us the way to higher pleasures.
art_reviews  constructive_criticism  criticism  review  Walter_Bagehot  curation 
december 2013
SAT ABC's - WSJ.com
Aug. 29, 2003 | WSJ | editorial.

If America were really serious about closing this gap, instead of squabbling over entry to, say, the University of Michigan law school, we'd be redressing the inner-city K-12 system that is so conspicuously failing to educate black children. Black moms and dads understand this, which is why overwhelming majorities continue to tell pollsters that they favor vouchers and other forms of school choice. Unfortunately, their political representatives tend to be folks allergic to any reform that involves actually holding the public school systems accountable.
high_schools  Colleges_&_Universities  African-Americans  standardized_testing  vouchers  SAT  editorials  achievement_gaps  K-12  public_schools 
december 2013
Harbor as Classroom - WSJ.com
Sept. 4, 2003 | WSJ | By Paul M. Barrett Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal
Updated
high_schools  New_York_City  teaching  maritime 
december 2013
The New Establishment: The Decline And Fall of the Eastern Empire
October 1994 | | Vanity Fair |By David Halberstam

Perhaps more than any other single person, Henry Kissinger augured the end of the gifted amateurs of the Old Establishment. His ascension to power represented the rise of the free agent—the professional political player who brilliantly manipulated the press, played both sides of issues, and put his own agenda ahead of all others. David Halberstam pins Dr. Kissinger to the pages of history.
Henry_Kissinger  profile  Harvard  David_Halberstam  APNSA 
december 2013
Masters of an Old Game
October 1994 | Vanity Fair | By Nicholas Lemann

The Richest One Percent. The men who walked the quiet halls of the Eastern Establishment guided the U.S. through industrialization, two World Wars, and much of the Cold War. But now that venerable club is being pushed to the sidelines. Nicholas Lemann considers whether is has lost the field.
The_One_Percent  elitism  Wall_Street  law_firms  investment_banking  Goldman_Sachs 
december 2013
In Afrikaner community, mixed feelings about Mandela’s death - The Globe and Mail
GEOFFREY YORK

FOCHVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 09 2013

Yet a small minority of white South Africans cling to their prejudices. More than 20 per cent of whites still deny that apartheid oppressed the black majority, according to a survey by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Among some whites, a myth has arisen: the death of Mr. Mandela would trigger a “night of the long knives” – a mass slaughter of whites as blacks took revenge. It’s a myth that everyone in Fochville has heard, and is often spread on Facebook and other websites.
Afrikaner  apartheid  Nelson_Mandela  prejudices  reconciliation  South_Africa 
december 2013
Canada Post: We’ve got mail, but not for long - The Globe and Mail
Jeffrey Simpson

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013,

The world of communications is radically changing, as can be attested by newspapers and magazines, book publishers, retailers of all kinds (a shout out to Ottawa’s Shopify for its astounding success), businesses large and small. As a personal test, ask yourself how many e-mailed Christmas messages you received this year compared to, say, five years ago. Now think about five years from now, when the cost of sending cards will be $1 within Canada instead of the current 63 cents....Canada Post is increasingly irrelevant for a lot of people, because they are online for just about all their communication needs. But nothing gets people more riled up than having something they are accustomed to taken from them. They can also get very irritated at paying much more to maintain a service they already receive.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Canada_Post  Communicating_&_Connecting 
december 2013
Canada heading for energy ‘gridlock,’ group warns - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 12 2013 |The Globe and Mail |SHAWN McCARTHY.

Canada is heading for a gridlock in energy development that will rob the country of future wealth unless it can solve vexing environmental and aboriginal conflicts, a blue-ribbon group including senior Calgary business people warns in a new report.

Concerned about growing conflict over resource development, 21 high-profile leaders from business, environmental organizations and First Nations met over the course of a year and concluded there is an urgent need for detente in the country’s heated debate over resource development.
Alberta  energy  aboriginals  Calgary  Canada  gridlock  energy_development  resource_development  natural_resources  anti-development  environment 
december 2013
Upstart Canadian chat service Kik logs 100 million users
SEAN SILCOFF | The Globe and Mail | Dec. 12 2013.

Kik Interactive, a Waterloo, Ont.-based instant messenger service started in 2009, said Thursday it now has more than 100 million registered users – a 233-per-cent increase in 12 months, and ahead of rival BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). “We’re probably one of two Canadian companies ever to get 100 million regular users,” said Ted Livingston, Kik’s 26-year-old founder and CEO....Kik is one of several instant messenger services, or “chat apps,” to pick up where BBM left off after the smartphone maker pioneered the mobile-only chat service, an application than enables smartphone users to send rapid messages to one another while bypassing their carriers’ texting service.

For years, BlackBerry Ltd. resisted making its hugely popular BBM available on other platforms, leading to the emergence of rival chat apps that could be used on Apple and Android devices. As those platforms took off and BlackBerry waned, the rival apps surged – including market leader WhatsApp, which boasts 350 million users. BlackBerry finally launched a cross-platform version of BBM this fall, but it now lags its upstart rivals.

These chat services have been tabbed the “killer app” of mobile computing and, along with social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter, are redefining how people communicate in the mobile age.
milestones  BBM  BlackBerry  Kitchener-Waterloo  mobile_applications  WhatsApp  Kik  IM  messaging  cross-platform 
december 2013
CPPIB buys Saskatchewan farms in $128-million deal - The Globe and Mail
ERIC ATKINS

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 12 2013

The portfolio of land generates returns through leases, price appreciation and some production-sharing agreements with growers. Agricultural commodities are expected to enjoy new demand as incomes rise in emerging markets and diets shift to more protein and high-value crops such as canola. At the same time, farmland has become prized for low price volatility.
CPPIB  Saskatchewan  farming  agriculture  private_equity  farmland  portfolio_management 
december 2013
Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World) - NYTimes.com
December 14, 2013 | NYT | By MICHAEL BARBARO.

Bloomberg Associates will be a project that is the first concrete phase of a post-mayoral life that aides said would remain intensely focused on cities, long viewed by him as laboratories for large-scale experiments in public health, economic development and environmental sustainability.

Above all, the new endeavor reflects a profound confidence — never in short supply with this mayor — that it would behoove dozens of municipalities to replicate the ideas that defined his tenure: turning busy roads into pedestrian plazas, posting calorie counts in fast-food chains, creating a customer-service hotline for citizens....The consulting group is the latest chapter in Mr. Bloomberg’s long journey from political neophyte to much-admired mentor to fellow mayors, dozens of whom have flocked to City Hall to study his open-seat bullpen layout, attended his conferences about urban innovation and applied for grants from his foundation (called “mayors’ school” by several city leaders who have spent time there).
Michael_Bloomberg  New_York_City  Second_Acts  management_consulting  hotlines  data  data_driven  cities  mayoral  large-scale  public_health  economic_development  sustainability  environment 
december 2013
What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning - NYTimes.com
By ALLISON ARIEFF
Published: December 13, 2013

“Community space” implies something that is open to, well, the community. Subverting of naming conventions to suggest public access and transparency, while providing neither, is troubling and increasingly pervasive. But this turning inward, despite the incessant drumbeat of “community,” is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception.... In “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jane Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” We’re losing that here. The further the tech sector gets from the reality of the problems it’s engaging with, the smaller piece of the problem they’ll end up actually fixing.

The tech sector’s embrace of urbanist lingua franca and its enthusiasm to engage with urban problems is awesome, and much welcomed. But these folks need to become better urbanists.
design  urban_planning  San_Francisco  technology  community  Jane_Jacobs 
december 2013
Memo to Canadian bankers: Show your local startups some love - The Globe and Mail
SEAN SILCOFF
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Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013
start_ups 
december 2013
From Google Wallet to bitcoin, banks’ grip on savers is loosening - The Globe and Mail
CARL MORTISHED
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If HSBC is contemplating becoming less local in its U.K. home market, it may be because their “local” knowledge tells them that in parts of Africa, ordinary people are doing cashless payment transactions by cellphone without the need of complex apps, not to mention debit cards or cheques....The real risk for the banks, however, is disintermediation, where the social media and Internet platforms simply channel moneydata from customers to retailers or from lenders to borrowers without bank intervention. Crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending platforms are still in their infancy, but that is probably because they lack the connection to the vast pot of money that would be available from a Google-bank or Face-bank.

Finally, there is the money issue, made relevant by the bizarre phenomenon of bitcoin, the ultimate disintermediation tool. If the unit of value as well as the medium of exchange moved out of the world of banking and into the ether, the transition to a debanked world would be complete.

LONDON — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 12 2013
banks  banking  Google  Facebook  P2P  peer-to-peer  HSBC  disintermediation  bitcoin  regulation  mobile_payments 
december 2013
Wealthy, entitled, given free stuff – you know, victims of fate - The Globe and Mail
Elizabeth Renzetti

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Dec. 14 2013

Resentment boils hot at the other end of the economic spectrum, as academic Michael Kimmel points out in his new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. The men he writes about are furious that the world has changed and left them behind. The difference is that their rage and bewilderment is earned and authentic: They’ve lost jobs or come home maimed from war. “I grew up thinking that all I needed to do was sign up to be the man they told me to be,” one laid-off 52-year-old salesman says. “And now you’re saying we’re not getting the big payoff? Are you kidding me?”,
grievances  Rob_Ford  Conrad_Black  rage  resentments  entitlements  books  Elizabeth_Renzetti  white_men 
december 2013
Ten ways to position yourself as a thought leader - The Globe and Mail
Jeff Quipp (for Charles Waud & WaudWare)

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013

key tips for professionals and business owners looking to carve out their place as thought leaders:

1. Blog. Wordpress is a popular platform and easy to use. Set up your blog and your editorial calendar (what you’ll blog about/when) at the same time with a commitment to blogging once a week.

2. Create e-books and white papers. This content showcases in-depth knowledge and entices website visitors to subscribe in order to access the information. By offering a valuable piece of content in exchange for their contact information you can continue to share insights and solicit feedback that informs your future content creation. These items are subsequently shared through various social networks thereby growing your profile as an authority. To begin this process, identify the areas for which you have the expertise to create a “how-to” guide. Offer information that is enduring while incorporating timely examples. Once created, the link and a call to action to download the e-book should be placed on every relevant page of your website. Using the contact information that was submitted in order to download the e-book, you can then carry on a dialogue with a captive audience and continue to define yourself as an authority in that space/on that topic.

3. PR and media coverage. Earned media is the signal that what you are doing or saying is newsworthy. Obtaining coverage of new initiatives, launches, and products adds profile and builds your caché in the public eye. Earned media is much more trusted than owned or paid media. It’s worth the investment to outsource this to an expert. You can be a thought leader and still outsource part of the effort to communicate that fact.

4. Speak at conferences (expertise). Every time you put yourself in the role of presenter or panel speaker for conferences you are building your authority as the go-to for those looking to glean new learning and best practices. Especially when the conference speaks to your industry, it takes confidence in your own knowledge and expertise to take on that role. If you establish yourself as being assured of your authority, others will confirm it through word of mouth and insider discussions about those speaker events. Look for opportunities by researching conferences by geography, topic, industry or associations with which you want to connect. When speaking, err on the side of giving people more -- not less -- so they walk away impressed, give good reviews, and buoy your reputation as a desired speaker.

5. Make yourself available through Q & A sites. Whether it’s an online industry forum or LinkedIn, professional chats are an ever-increasing avenue to get your thoughts and opinions seen.

6. Twitter chats. Every day, thousands of Twitter chats take place bringing people from all across the globe together, online, in real time, to discuss topics of interest.

7. Publish news early. Sharing news is vital on social media channels to carve out your space as an authority; it shows you’re on top of what’s happening. But being among the first to do so is key. Anyone can retweet the headline from today’s paper. Share it early and go the extra mile to find and share emerging news from less prevalent sources – keep in mind time differences and get your news from sources that may be ahead.

8. Expert commentary (expertise) on breaking news in your field. The latest launch, merger, acquisition. There are always changes and those are just the facts. What about the impact and the future it bears? Offer your expert commentary to key media as the news happens. Offer thoughtful input and practical tips to address changes or exploit opportunities; this is where your trusted PR experts come in handy. Additionally use these opportunities to fuel a blog and leverage those posts on your website and social media channels where they often get additional pick up. Remember, ***don’t just share the news – add value – say what it means to your current/prospective clients.***

9. Connect with other thought leaders. Comment on blogs or in LinkedIn groups within your industry. It will help get your name out there on topics that current and prospective stakeholders are interested in talking about and your comments will also be found in Google searches of your name. If other thought leaders are talking to you and about you that translates to a level of success by association.

10. Be a mentor. Offer your support to those coming up in the field. Whether it’s in the form of informational interviews, reviewing a proposal and providing feedback, speaking at postsecondary institutions or sitting on program advisory committees. By growing your presence as a source of influence and inspiration others will seek out your advice, input and professional service and spread the word about your authority.
thought_leadership  personal_branding  Managing_Your_Career  JCK  mentoring  content_creators  creating_valuable_content  public_speaking  expertise 
december 2013
Historical Recipes Are the Next Big Thing - WSJ.com
Dec. 13, 2013 |WSJ| By Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn.

In a culinary landscape filled with Szechuan pastrami and cronuts, it can feel like our chefs are slaves to novelty, forever breaking with traditional foodways in favor of dishes inspired by artistic whims and enabled by modern technology. But look past the clamor of innovation and you'll find some of the country's most gifted toques quietly engrossed in old cookbooks, viewing the historical record as a treasure trove of ingenious techniques and preparations.
recipes  cookbooks  pasta  history  puddings  oxtail  whims 
december 2013
The New World of Men's Shoes - WSJ.com
Dec. 13, 2013 | WSJ| By John Ortved.

which pairs does a guy now need to own? Mr. Jennings's list of essentials includes wingtip brogues, cap-toed lace-ups, slip-on loafers and any style in cordovan-hued leather, which coordinates well with blacks, blues and browns. A monk-strap shoe, he added, while not essential, can be a smart addition.....Some also consider a new popular category—the fashion sneaker—to be an essential. High-end fashion brands like Lanvin, Balmain and Saint Laurent are finding an ever-growing market for their versions, which start around $500 and go up to four figures. "It used to be 'Sex and the City,' women and the Manolo Blahnik. Now it's men spending $1,000 on sneakers," said Matthew Chevallard, the 27-year-old co-founder of Del Toro, a contemporary shoe brand he founded in 2005
shoes  mens'_clothing  stylish  sneakers  cleaning  maintenance 
december 2013
The 10 best new restaurants in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 13 2013
best_of  restaurants  Toronto  Chris_Nuttall-Smith 
december 2013
Dr. Bevin Arvad Hamlet,
Recommend on December 12, 2013 by Dr. Carolyn Jarrett.
doctors  medical  Toronto 
december 2013
PhD student makes municipal politics media-friendly
November 8, 2013 | UToday-- University of Calgary |By Heath McCoy

In the past, Fairie has also honed his teaching skills by leading classes on research methods. “That’s usually about making stats accessible for people who hate numbers, so I think I developed some skills there, in making the hard details a bit more fun.”

Now that he’s graduating, Fairie wants to take his passion for statistics to the next level. He plans to start up a data-science consulting firm with colleagues.

“I’d like to work with organizations and government bodies who have big data sets which they need to get value out of,” he says. “I can help them understand the patterns that are going on underneath that data. It’s valuable information.”
Colleges_&_Universities  Calgary  data_scientists  politics  municipalities  elections  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns 
december 2013
Marc Faber's Biggest Mistake - WSJ.com
Sept. 20, 2013 | WSJ |By Jamie Lee.


Faber also lent an old buddy $50,000 and never saw it again. "When you want to collect, people don't return emails, they don't call back," he said. Lesson learned: He now only makes family-friend loans that are backed by assets. He has done a lot better buying and keeping a host of memorabilia. Faber, who lives in Thailand and races around on motorbikes, began building a stash of Chairman Mao posters, badges and other collectibles in the '70s when Mao was close to death.

Once worth just a few cents each, some of the 330,000 badges he bought are now worth at least $150 apiece. But Faber is in no hurry to sell. "I don't need the money," he says. "It's an unusual collection, and I have a very large office."
collectors  collectibles  high_net_worth  money_management  Marc_Faber  personal_finance  Thailand  Swiss  financiers  mistakes  investors 
december 2013
Goldman juniors
Nov. 9, 2013 |The Financial Times p16.|

Hotshot university grads should not worry that Goldman Sachs' plan to cut back the hours of junior bankers is just a ruse. They should worry that it's for re...
Goldman_Sachs  Wall_Street  new_graduates 
december 2013
The Race for Faster Delivery of Everything - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ
December 11, 2013, 7:34 PM

The Race for Faster Delivery of Everything

Article
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Tom Gara
delivery  time-based  Amazon  AmazonFresh  supply_chains  UPS  EBay  EBay_Now  shippers  perishables  logistics  delivery_times  speed  fulfillment  same-day  delivery_services  fast-paced 
december 2013
Sysco to Buy US Foods for $3.5 Billion to Create Food-Distribution Giant - WSJ.com
By
Annie Gasparro,
Sarah E. Needleman
and
Ryan Dezember
connect
Updated Dec. 11, 2013
The two biggest U.S. food-distribution companies announced a merger that will create a giant with about $65 billion in annual revenue and enhanced clout over purchasing by institutions ranging from restaurants and hotels to hospitals and schools.

Sysco Corp. SYY 0.00% said it will buy rival US Foods for $3.5 billion, uniting two middlemen that are already central players in the service economy. Sysco alone has about 425,000 customers, and it and US Foods together collected about 27% of the revenue in the U.S. food-distribution market last year, according to research firm Technomic Inc....Founded in 1969, Sysco has grown to 48,100 employees world-wide, thanks in part to acquisitions of smaller regional players. But the US Foods deal is by far its largest to date.

Sysco considered buying US Foods almost seven years ago but didn't. Mr. DeLaney said the change of heart came because US Foods became a more efficient company.

He said US Foods has technology related to customer ordering and a mobile application that Sysco is interested in.
Sysco  food  foodservice  distribution_channels  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  Clayton_Dubilier_Rice  KKR  middlemen 
december 2013
There is no trigger to pull
September 08, 2012 | Globeinvestor.com: | Eric Reguly
Eric_Reguly 
december 2013
Youth potential languishing in tight job market
August 15 2012 | Share News | Pat Watson.

The good news is that human beings are, if nothing else, wired for survival. As such, the creativity that is alive and well among young people is already showing itself. Even so, government and the private sector cannot relinquish their responsibility. They must make space for co-op and professional job placements. There must also be programs that support youth entrepreneurship, both in developing entrepreneurial skills and in providing funding for business start-ups. If the structures in place will not provide enough jobs, then they must at least ensure the means to give youth a push start. They also have to make it a priority to let youth know these means are available. Better that than steady talk about building more prison facilities.
youth  unemployment  Toronto  African_Canadians  entrepreneurship  young_people 
december 2013
Mail-delivery cutbacks hit a nerve in digitally divided Canada - The Globe and Mail
BILL CURRY
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Published Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013
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december 2013
U.S. venture capital group expands Canadian footprint - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Dec. 10 2013,

Venture capital firm Versant Ventures is expanding its investment network in Canada.

The California-based investment company that specializes in life sciences – from medical devices to biopharmaceuticals – said Monday it is planning to add a Montreal-based investment division aimed at starting new companies from scratch.
vc  venture_capital  Montreal  life_sciences  medical_devices 
december 2013
Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid
11/18/2013| - Forbes| Cheryl Conner, Contributor

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”...we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do.
1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves.
2. Give Away Their Power.
3. Shy Away from Change.
4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control.

5. Worry About Pleasing Others.
6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks.
7. Dwell on the Past.
8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over.
9. Resent Other People’s Success.
10. Give Up After Failure.
11. Fear Alone Time.
12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything.
13. Expect Immediate Results.
grit  resilience  personality_types/traits  character_traits  habits  inspiration  beyond_one's_control  affirmations  overachievers  span_of_control  high-achieving 
december 2013
Use GO trains instead of building downtown relief line, report suggests
Dec 11 2013 | Toronto Star |By Laura Kane News reporter, Published on Wed .
DRL  transit  GO 
december 2013
Downtown relief line name alternatives sought
Dec 04 2013 | Toronto Star |By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Wed .
DRL  transit  Toronto 
december 2013
As Mandela is remembered, a moment of praise for F.W. de Klerk - The Globe and Mail
BARBARA MCDOUGALL

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Dec. 11 2013,
South_Africa  history  politicians 
december 2013
Why 3-D Printing Is a Serious Business Tool - The CIO Report - WSJ
December 9, 2013 | WSJ | By Barry Jaruzelski and Richard Holman
3-D 
december 2013
Review of Space Monkey Peer-to-Peer Digital Storage System - WSJ.com
Dec. 10, 2013 | WSJ| By Katherine Boehret.

The $199 Space Monkey storage solution offers two ways to store files: Remote storage, which uses a peer-to-peer system, and local storage, which uses this one-terabyte hard drive, above, that plugs into a wireless router. Space Monkey
P2P  peer-to-peer  cloud_computing  digital_storage 
december 2013
There needs to be a sober examination of our state of affairs Georgetown, Guyana
December 6, 2013 | Stabroek News | Frank Fyffe.

Said Fenty: “I now lament the stark fact that politics, governance, discrimination, corruption, management of resources and lack of employment among other factors, have caused young Guyanese to yearn to leave this homeland still rich with resources. Do you realise what national hopelessness means amongst the larger portion of our population?” But who can honestly look you in the eye and deny that? And I’m not denying the hard, perilous and precarious times many are faced with abroad, but the very fact that they crave madly the opportunity to leave paints a picture and tells a different story ‒ too many things are amiss and adrift.
Guyana  letters_to_the_editor  failed_states  misgovernance  hopelessness  brain_drain  emigration  politics  governance  discrimination  corruption  mismanagement  unemployment  precarious 
december 2013
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