WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Snuggery
snə-ɡə-ree
Part of speech: noun
Origin: British English, early 19th century
1

A cozy or comfortable place, especially someone’s private room or den.

2

Another term for snug, a small, comfortable public room in a pub or inn.

Examples of Snuggery in a sentence

“The hidden snuggery behind the kitchen is my favorite room in the house.”

“The extra room was supposed to be an office, but it turned into a reading snuggery.”

Seth Godin Newsletter

Wasting second place

100 people apply for a job. 99 are sent home. What if the winner hadn’t applied? You might have been thrilled with the person who almost got the job.

17,000 people apply to a famous college. Only 10% get in. But at least a third were good enough to get in but didn’t get lucky. What happens to their narrative?

Selective organizations need to get better about communicating to the people who ‘almost’ make it. And it’s an incredible waste to discard all the knowledge that was gained in the sorting process… how to share it to help someone else?

Did you know…

… that today is Powerpuff Girls Day? In 2002, Warner Bros. Pictures’ cartoon movie “Powerpuff Girls” was released. The Powerpuff Girls was an animated TV series that centered on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers, as well as their father, the brainy Professor Utonium, who all lived in the fictional city of Townsville, USA.

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Ethical Alliance Daily News

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United States: SEC Charges Alexion Pharmaceuticals With FCPA Violations
Jul 03, 2020 06:00 pm
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Boston-based pharmaceutical company Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay more than $21 million to resolve charges that it violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the SEC’s order, two Alexion
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Italy: Italy prosecutor says Eni, Shell aware of bribes in Nigeria case
Jul 03, 2020 05:30 pm
Oil majors Eni and Royal Dutch Shell were aware that most of the money they spent to buy a Nigerian oilfield in 2011 would go in corrupt payments to politicians and officials, a prosecutor said on Thursday. “They were kickbacks. And Eni and Shell knew it,” Sergio Spadaro told judges
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Europe: Brussels takes member states to court over dirty-money failings
Jul 03, 2020 05:00 pm
Brussels has taken legal action against the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria for failing to enforce EU rules against money-laundering — part of a broader push to reinforce compliance in the wake of recent dirty money scandals. The European Commission said on Thursday the three countries would face the European Court
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Switzerland: Credit Suisse Reviews Risk Structures to Boost Bank Oversight
Jul 03, 2020 04:30 pm
Credit Suisse Group AG has embarked on a wide-ranging assessment of its risk controls as Chief Executive Officer Thomas Gottstein seeks to bolster oversight at Switzerland’s second-biggest lender. The bank is considering centralizing risk management processes because they are too fragmented, often cutting across several business units, people familiar with the matter said.
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Russia: Moscow court vacates 10-year graft sentence of ex-Defense Ministry’s auditor
Jul 03, 2020 04:00 pm
The Moscow City Court on Thursday overturned a 10-year prison sentence against ex-Director of the Russian Defense Ministry’s state contract audit department Maxim Kuksin, who had been convicted of receiving bribes worth over 11 million rubles (over $155,000 at the current exchange rate), the court’s press service told RAPSI. The
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United States: US Seeks Warhol, Monet Paintings Linked to 1MDB Scandal
Jul 03, 2020 04:00 pm
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday said it was looking to recover another $96 million in assets in real estate and artwork allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) international money-laundering conspiracy. The assets include luxury real estate in Paris and paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol
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Brain Pickings newsletter

This is the Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up: Once a week, I plunge into my fourteen-year archive and choose something worth resurfacing and resavoring as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don’t yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it’s free.) If you missed last week’s edition — a celebration of Pride Month with the greatest LGBT love letters of all time — you can catch up right here. And if you find any solace, joy, and value in my labor of love, please consider supporting it with a donation – over these fourteen years, I have spent tens of thousands of hours and tremendous resources on Brain Pickings, and every little bit of support helps keep it – keep me – going. If you already donate: THANK YOU.

FROM THE ARCHIVE (2016) | Kindness Over Fear: Naomi Shihab Nye Tells the Remarkable Real-Life Story That Inspired Her Beloved Poem “Kindness”

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“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped,” Carl Sagan urged in his beautiful and timely case for moving beyond us vs. them and marrying conviction with compassion. But what does kindness mean, really, and how does it manifest?

The measure of true kindness — which is different from nicety, different from politeness — is often revealed in those challenging instances when we must rise above the impulse toward its opposite, ignited by fear and anger and despair.

That’s what the poet Naomi Shihab Nye captures with grounding and elevating tenderness in her poem “Kindness,” found in Words Under Words: Selected Poems (public library).

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Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

In her altogether elevating On Being conversation with Krista Tippett, Nye tells the remarkable real-life backstory that inspired this beloved poem — a story that only lends more potency to the poem’s message:

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Complement with Ta-Nehisi Coates on our conditioned resistance to kindness, Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor on how it became our forbidden pleasure, and Einstein on its centrality in our existence.

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RELATED READING:

Jacqueline Woodson’s Lovely Letter to Children About Kindness, Presence, and How Books Transform Us

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3. International Day of Cooperatives – 4th July

Cooperatives Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day is celebrated to increase awareness of cooperatives in society and the work they do.

Content marketing ideas:    

  • Listicle idea: Here’s how you can start your own cooperative
  • Infographic idea: The most famous cooperatives in the world
  • Video idea: A look at India’s biggest cooperative success story – Amul
  • Podcast idea: How safe is your money deposited in cooperative banks?

Brand campaign that worked:

This animated video by Cooperatives UK explains the role of cooperatives in the economic and social growth of a country.

Interesting Days to Remember in July2020

As the pandemic continues to restrict our plans, global days and celebrations offer positive, near future events to focus on. Below are the key global days this July, accompanied by selected educational resources. Click the title of each day for detailed explanations and further resources.
4th July – International Day of Cooperatives 
This year’s theme is ‘cooperatives for climate action’.

  • Explore climate protection projects run by cooperatives around the world using this interactive map.
  • Read these 12 examples of how cooperatives in different sectors, across the globe, can support SDG12 by boosting sustainable consumption and production.

5th July – Asalha Puja / Dharma Day
A Buddhist celebration where people show gratitude to Buddha and other enlightened teachers for sharing their understanding.

  • Explore this illustrated overview of Buddhism and quiz from BBC Bitesize (for KS2).
  • Watch this video on life as a Buddhist by BBC Bitesize (for year 10 and 11).

11th July – World population Day

  • Use the ‘worldmapper’ website to illustrate global population differences to students in a clear, visual way. This tool shows a range of maps where countries sizes reflect specific population details, including coronavirus cases among other things.
  • Explore the impacts of the rapidly increasing human population, combined with growing rates of consumption, on health, well-being, and the environment with these 3 lesson plans from the British Council in partnership with The Royal Society (for KS2 and 3).

18th July – Nelson Mandela Day
With the current wave of global anti-racism protests highlighting the vital need for solidarity and action to end poverty and injustice, this day is a particularly important event.

30th July – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 

  • Learn about slavery, past and present, through these 7 excellent lesson plans on ‘Ending Slavery: An unfinished business’ from the Citizenship Foundation.
  • Encourage empathy through these stories from children who have been victim to trafficking, provided by the UN.

Also on the 30th July – International Friendship Day 
This day aims to bridge the gaps between factors such as race, language and culture.