Top 10 Heinous Crimes Involving A Child’s Toy – 2020 – Listverse

Top 10 Heinous Crimes Involving A Child’s Toy – 2020


 3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (November 12, 2020)

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to think about this week.



“Writing is the antidote to confusion.”

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“When reading books or listening to podcasts or taking advice, remember that everyone is biased to their personal history.

The world is complex and there is no single path to a success. Look for patterns that are repeated across many successful people, not single stories.”

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“Beginner = ignorant simplicity

Intermediate = functional complexity

Advanced = profound simplicity”

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Author Seth Godin on having good ideas:

“People who have trouble coming up with good ideas, if they’re telling you the truth, will tell you they don’t have very many bad ideas. But people who have plenty of good ideas, if they’re telling the truth, will say they have even more bad ideas. So the goal isn’t to get good ideas; the goal is to get bad ideas. Because once you get enough bad ideas, then some good ones have to show up.”

Source: Tools of Titans


Writer Audre Lorde on acting in the face of fear:

“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs … and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.”

Source: Sister Outsider


What is one repeating problem you can automate or eliminate today?

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

p.s. My whole childhood was a lie.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Pikes Peak Day? On this day in 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike spotted what he called “a small blue cloud,” which turned out to be what would later be named Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. Pike was one of the first men to explore the vast wilderness that is now Colorado.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.”

— Jessy and Bryan Matteo

The incoming

The incoming

Standing at my desk this summer, it had just turned 10 am, and I realized that I’d already:

Heard from an old friend, engaged with three team members on two continents, read 28 blogs across the spectrum AND found out about the weather and the news around the world.

Half my life ago, in a similar morning spent in a similar office, not one of those things would have been true.

The incoming (and our ability to create more outgoing) is probably the single biggest shift that computers have created in our work lives. Sometimes, we subscribe or go and fetch the information, and sometimes it comes to us, unbidden and unfiltered. But it’s there and it’s compounding.

One option is to simply cope with the deluge, to be a victim of the firehose.

Another is to make the problem worse by adding more noise and spam to the open networks that we depend on.

A third might be, just for an hour, to turn it off. All of it. To sit alone and create the new thing, the thing worth seeking out, the thing that will cause a positive change.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s newsletter

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Auguste Rodin (1840)? The French sculptor’s most widely known works are The Kiss and The Thinker. Unlike many famous artists, Rodin didn’t start sculpting until he was in his 40s. Celebrate by thinking about kissing one of your favorite people! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

W.O.T.D. Duende

Part of speech: noun
Spanish, late 19th century
1A quality of passion and inspiration.2In the folklore of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, a supernatural being or spirit resembling a pixie or imp.
Examples of Duende in a sentence “The duende behind his sculptures is inspired by nature.” “The song lit a feeling of duende in her like a bright flame.”

10. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 15 November

10. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 15 November


This day brings to light the scale of economic and emotional devastation brought about by road accidents and crashes.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Ways to keep yourself awake and alert on a long drive
  • Infographic idea: Which countries have the most road accident victims?
  • Video idea: How do airbags in cars work?
  • Podcast idea: Why should you have a good motor insurance?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by Hyundai asks us all to be the better person and practice safe driving on the roads.

ICIJ Newsletter I like


Welcome back!

“There’s a sense of danger,” a local teenager told ICIJ reporter Scilla Alecci, as they surveyed burnt-out fields in the heart of Indonesia’s logging country during a 2017 reporting trip.

Scilla had travelled to Padang in Indonesia as part of ICIJ’s Paradise Papers investigation to see the destruction wrought as lush peatland forests were cleared to make way for palm oil and pulp plantations. The teenager, who lived in a village nearby, pointed to the charred remains of sago palm trees. “The effects of forest burning and deforestation are enormous” for both humans and animals, he told Scilla.

story would reveal the pivotal role played by lawyers and bankers supporting the expansion of one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers, APRIL, despite the company’s poor environmental record and social conflicts.

Three years later, on the anniversary of the Paradise Papers, the company is back in the headlines, with a new report by the Tax Justice Forum accusing APRIL of misreporting its exports while shifting profits offshore to avoid taxes in Indonesia. APRIL has denied wrongdoing.

One of the authors of the report told Scilla that Indonesia’s failure to properly tax pulp trade was hurting the government’s ability to provide for its people. “That’s money that could have gone to education, or health, or development, public investment in some way. And now it’s not going there.”

The United States Treasury Department is putting art galleries and museums on notice over the high risks of financial crime in their trade, warning that various aspects of the art industry makes “it attractive to those engaged in illicit financial activity, including sanctions evasion.”

From Morocco to Jordan, journalists across North Africa and the Middle East explored secretive reports that detailed billions of dollars in potentially suspicious transactions to and from the region’s most powerful companies and government institutions.Thanks for reading!
Hamish Boland-Rudder
ICIJ’s online editor
P.S. ICIJ needs your help! We’ve pitched a panel for the SXSW festival on how to fix the flawed financial system. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in hearing more about, please cast a vote and/or share it with your networks. Thank you!

Goldman Sachs 1MDB settlement: a meaningful punishment for major crimes?

Threats, violence, trolling, and frivolous lawsuits used to silence reporters, survey finds

Company ownership secrecy prevails in Southeast Asia, UN report says

FinCEN wants to clamp down on small payments fueling crime

‘Enough is enough’: FinCEN Files exposes a broken system that keeps dirty cash flowing

Jailing of Benin investigative journalist broke international law, UN body finds

Germany seeks arrest of Panama Papers lawyers

FinCEN official accused of leaking secret bank records requests time served

FinCEN Files sparks fresh UK inquiry into laundering of dirty billions

Implant Files reporters win partial release of medical device information in France

Six money laundering reforms that experts say need to happen right now

Jail bankers who allow money laundering, U.S. Senator in banking committee says

The fastest way to send criminal cash: money transmitters

German prosecutors drop probe into Deutsche Bank ties to dirty money scandal

US regulator calls for ‘black box’ warning on breast implants

Notorious tax haven to introduce public register of company owners

Watch: How banks move dirty money around the world

About the FinCEN Files investigation

The gift of results

The gift of results

When Ignaz Semmelweis pioneered statistics in order to save countless women from dying in childbirth, his fellow doctors refused to believe him. They ignored his work, didn’t wash their hands and it was another twenty years before his insights on the spread of disease were adopted.

We live in a faster, more competitive world than he did.

When Jethro Tull wrote about the rotation of crops, many farmers continued to do things in the old way. Over time, though, the yields don’t lie. You don’t have to like the idea, but you can see that it works.

Results show up. They’re easy to see, easy to measure and they persist.

The bridge falls down or it doesn’t. Market share goes up or it doesn’t.

We can view results as a threat, or see them as an opportunity. It depends on whether we’re defending a little-understood status quo or seeking to make things work better.

Results don’t care about our explanation. We need a useful explanation if we’re going to improve, but denying the results doesn’t change them.

As the world has become ever more filled with results, it has crowded out each individual’s personal narrative of how the world works. Particularly in times of change and negative outcomes, this can cause a lot of distress.

Our narrative is ours, and it informs who we are and the story we tell ourselves.

Beliefs are powerful. They’re personal. They can have a significant impact on the way we engage with ourselves and others. But results are universal and concrete, and no matter how much we’d like them to go away, there they are.

When people talk about how modernity has changed humanity, they often overlook the fundamental impact that results have had. Competitive environments create more results, at greater speed, and those results compound over time.

We still need a narrative and we still need our individual outlook. But over the last century, we’ve had to make more and more room for the systems that create results. Our shared reality demands it.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s newsletter

Disaster preparedness was once an American pastime. Is it back?

NIk’s free ebook summaries newsletter

Heya, Nik here with another 3 free yet potentially life-changing book summaries for you!

This week on Youtube, we have one of the best (and most controversial) personal finance books of all time: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

The book tells the story of Kiyosaki’s two dad’s in childhood, one his own, an academic, one a father of a friend, an entrepreneur. When it came to their financial habits, one was rich, and one was poor – and it showed in their bank accounts.

The book is controversial because Kiyosaki supposedly made up a lot of the story – but the story itself is fantastic, and I found the principles of how he thinks about money to be mostly sound. That’s why I’m very happy that this is one of our first titles on Youtube!

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Alright, let’s move on to the world of new written summaries!

You’ll See It When You Believe It by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

1-Sentence-Summary: You’ll See It When You Believe It shows you how to discover your true, best self by revealing how to use the power of your mind to find peace with yourself, the people around you, and the universe.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. For true self-improvement, focus on changing your mind instead of your outward appearance or lifestyle.
  2. Your thoughts are the gateway to making your biggest dreams become reality.
  3. Break the invisible and false boundaries you set for yourself by believing that your achievements have no limits.

If you want some inspiration to get up and work hard to reach your full potential, this book is for you.

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

1-Sentence-Summary: Reasons To Stay Alive shows you the dangers and difficulties surrounding mental illness, uncovers the stigma around it, and identifies how to recover from it by sharing the story of Matt Haig’s recovery after an awful panic attack and subsequent battle with depression and anxiety.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. If you’re depressed, reading books to get out of your own head can help.
  2. There are some benefits to mental illness, which even some of the world’s greatest leaders experienced.
  3. Recovery won’t be as straightforward as you think, but it is possible.

If you want the motivation to improve your mental health by looking at the good in your life, this book is for you.

Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

1-Sentence-Summary: Stamped From The Beginning will open your mind to the true origins of racism by challenging your long-held beliefs about it that have been perpetrated by racists throughout history.

Top 3 Lessons:

  1. Racism is hard to beat in part because of past political candidates designing their campaigns and running their administrations to appeal to racists.
  2. Most of the statistics around black people are incorrect.
  3. The idea that black people need to take on more personal responsibility is racist.

If you want to get one step closer to ending racism by learning how deeply ingrained it is in society, this book is for you.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

Happy reading,

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the Infamous Friday the 13th? Some people believe that today is a day to take caution, stay indoors, avoid black cats, ladders and mirrors, and reach for their good luck charms for protection. No one knows exactly how it got started but the fear of this day is real. So real, in fact, that there are actually two scientific names for it: friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. Now say that 10 times really fast! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”

— Author Unknown

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