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It’s Friday, August 28, and New Jersey has made it harder to pollute in communities of color.

Low-income communities of color are at the forefront of an environmental justice law the New Jersey state legislature passed on Thursday.

The law will make it harder to create or expand facilities that produce large amounts of pollution near low-income, non-white, and immigrant populations. Environmental advocacy groups and community advocates say that the new law will alleviate pollution and improve health outcomes in the vulnerable areas where power plants, refineries, and waste processing plants tend to be located.

“Environmental justice communities like mine have suffered far too long and now, after 10 years, our voices have been heard and our communities will receive the right environmental protection for our complexion,” Kim Gaddy, an organizer for Clean Water Action, told NorthJersey.com. New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, has said that he will sign the bill.

The landmark environmental law was passed on the same day that the state filed 12 different lawsuits against alleged polluters in low-income communities and communities of color. The suits target polluters like fabric production shops and gas stations that have been accused of violations like soil contamination and improper disposal of contaminated stormwater.

New Jersey’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, said that the lawsuits reflect the state’s dedication to environmental justice.

“We’re going to do the hard work necessary to protect communities from dumping, contamination and other illegal activities,” he said. “The message to New Jersey residents should be clear: everyone, and I really mean everyone, deserves to breathe clean air and live in a safe environment.”

— Angely Mercado

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chemical fire broke out at a chlorine production facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the wake of Hurricane Laura and was still burning Thursday evening. Thick clouds of smoke billowed out of the facility, and nearby residents were put under a shelter-in-place order. Chlorine gas can damage lungs and cause symptoms like burning eyes, nose, and throat.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent more than three times as much on counterterrorism preparedness in 2019 than it spent preparing for natural disasters, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Green. The trend is a result of laws passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Pine Gulch Fire in western Colorado has now been burning for almost a month, making it the largest fire in Colorado history as of Thursday. The fire has burned more than 139,000 acres and is now 77 percent contained.

— Emily Pontecorvo

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Do you like audiobooks? We do! It’s an extra way of learning from great books anytime, anywhere. But if you bought 300 full audiobooks, that’d take you 100 days of straight listening – and $6,000.

To speed all that up for you, we put together 300 audio recordings of our short summaries. For just $49, you’ll get 900 great lessons from the world’s best non-fiction books, available through an exclusive SoundCloud playlist and for you to download offline and take wherever you go!

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And now, on to our books of the week!


Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

1-Sentence-Summary: Own Your Everyday shows you how to let go of comparison, stress, and distractions so you can find your purpose and live a more fulfilling life by sharing inspiring lessons from the experiences of author Jordan Lee Dooley.

  1. Always dive deep enough to find the root of your problems if you really want to solve them.
  2. Let go of the pressure to perform by eliminating the habit of comparing yourself to others.
  3. To beat distractions, look at their future consequences with the 10-10-10 rule.

If you need some powerful lessons to motivate and inspire you, this book is for you.


Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

1-Sentence-Summary: Resisting Happiness shows you how to get more joy in your life by exploring the roadblocks you unknowingly put in the way of it, explaining why it’s a choice, and giving specific tips to help you make the decision to be content.

  1. Remember to read and that money isn’t everything if you want more meaning in life.
  2. Learn the joy of being alone.
  3. Practice delaying gratification and make sure you keep good friends close to reach your full potential.

If you want to become happier, this book is for you.


The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

1-Sentence-Summary: The Art Of The Start is your guide to beginning a company and explains everything from getting the right people on board to writing a winning business plan and building your brand.

  1. Your first goal as an entrepreneur must be to create meaning, not make money.
  2. Prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks to have direction and purpose right from the start.
  3. Set yourself up for success by creating a business plan.

If you want to start a company that gets off on the right foot, this book is for you.


That’s it for this week, have a great weekend!

Happy reading,
-Nik

EU Startups newsletter


Advice for new entrepreneurs: There’s nothing better than advice from someone who has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. In this cool article we pull together quotes and top tips for budding ‘wantrepreneurs’ from our previous interviews. Check out what these founders and VCs have to say.

EU-Startups Job Board: There’s still a little bit of time left to take advantage of our free job posts option on the EU-Startups Job Board. By allowing free job postings until September 7, we aim to support startups and job seekers during the current crisis.

How did you make your first money? From delivering newspapers, to classroom business, many of Europe’s top founders began their entrepreneurial journey with making their first pocket money. Here is what they learnt, and how this often inspired the direction of their success today. What about yourself?

Advertising opportunities: Did you know that EU-Startups reaches over 350,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors per month? If you’re interested to work with us and to reach this exciting audience, you can find/request more info about our readership and advertising options here.

It’s an e-scooter summer: While e-scooters were officially illegal for use in public areas in the UK due to safety concerns, this summer the UK Government brought in new regulations for socially-distanced urban transport, including e-scooter trials. Now the race is on! 🙂 Check out our latest updates about Dublin-based Zipp Mobility, Berlin-based TIER, Stockholm-based Voi, and UK’s Beryl. Soon we’ll be running another ‘startup battle’ to compare the leaders in the European e-scooter race – stay tuned. 🙂

Short update from our side: Behind the scenes we’re working hard on the launch of CLUB – the EU-Startups Membership program. We’re busy putting together some interesting packages for you, and are excited to finally launch this by September 7!

Saludos from Barcelona,
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1-Sentence-Summary: Own Your Everyday shows you how to let go of comparison, stress, and distractions so you can find your purpose and live a more fulfilling life by sharing inspiring lessons from the experiences of author Jordan Lee Dooley.

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Favorite quote from the author:

Own Your Everyday Summary

Do you ever fell like the pressure to follow your dreams and do amazing things is just too much? Sometimes it’s overwhelming, especially when it seems like you’re getting it from every angle.

Those who are crushing it make “finding your calling” sound easy. But the reality is it’s not so easy to figure out your life.

The burden of this too often makes you try the wrong paths to get things together and reach your full potential. You might be looking to Instagram, your degree, or getting a good job as ways to show everyone, including yourself, that you’re a success.

But these only lead to temporary satisfaction and more stress. But you don’t have to stay stuck here forever. You’ll discover how to truly find your purpose and live a life you’re proud of in Jordan Lee Dooley’s Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do.

Here are 3 inspiring lessons from this one:

  1. Always dive deep enough to find the root of your problems if you really want to solve them.
  2. Let go of the pressure to perform by eliminating the habit of comparing yourself to others.
  3. To beat distractions, look at their future consequences with the 10-10-10 rule.

Are you ready for some motivational life lessons?! Let’s get into this book and get some!

If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.Download PDF

Lesson 1: If you want to finally solve your problems, dive deep enough to uncover their true roots.

Have you ever felt embarrassed by a huge zit on your forehead? Maybe this was a common occurrence for you as a teenager. The author had acne too, even into adulthood.

Her outbreaks were embarrassing and presented a problem when she needed to get on camera for her job. It was so bad that she tried to cover these imperfections with makeup. Slowly, it got worse, eventually resulting in painful breakouts deep in her skin.

Although it was tough to get over the embarrassment enough to go to a doctor, Dooley eventually made it only to find the truth about her acne. Unexpectedly, she also got an even more profound truth about life.

The doctor told her that smothering the acne with makeup was just making things worse. The true root of the problem wasn’t something she could just hide like that.

Dooley quickly realized that her acne is like our imperfections. Her covering it with makeup is like when we try to hide our flaws. And just like with acne, your habit of doing this only makes your insecurities about yourself worse and keeps you from reaching your full potential.

The real you has weaknesses, and that’s okay. Only by discovering who you really are, imperfections and all, can you truly find your purpose.

Start by taking a 30-day challenge during which you don’t criticize yourself. As a standard, avoid saying things about yourself that you wouldn’t say to a friend.

Lesson 2: Stop comparing yourself to others and you’ll be less stressed.

How often do you scroll through social media only to feel depressed afterward? Everyone you see is doing amazing things and you’re left wondering why you aren’t doing the same. You feel anxious wondering how your life could be better if you’d just work a little harder.

This is known as comparison-induced pressure, and it’s something you need to get rid of. The angst and insecurity that you experience while checking what everyone else is posting on social media isn’t good for you. But it’s hard not to get sucked in.

The author knows about this, especially when she visits the gym. While on the treadmill, she’s often comparing her speed to that of those around her. But just like running on a treadmill gets you nowhere, so does this habit.

Instead, you need to beat the comparison-induced stress by recentering yourself on your purpose.

Ask yourself why you’re going to the gym in the first place. Is it to “race” the people around you? Of course not, you’re there to become fit and reach your goals!

If you’re starting a business, consider whether you’re doing it for the Instagram pictures or for a more meaningful reason. Maybe you really just want to make a living, be financially free, or improve the world.

Also focus on joyful thoughts each time you’re tempted to be jealous. You might think about how impressive the jogger next to you is for running so fast, for instance. Or even better, about how you’ve improved your own speed recently.

Lesson 3: Use the 10-10-10 rule to uncover the hidden consequences of distractions so you can beat them.

In the last couple of years I’ve found a dozen or more different graduate programs that I could do. I also purchased multiple online courses, most of which I haven’t finished yet.

It seems nice to live in a time when we have so much information available to us, but there’s a hidden danger in it. All of these opportunities make it really difficult to make the right choices, which also makes it harder to live a life of purpose.

To beat this, begin by listing the things that most often distract you. What do you have a hard time saying no to after a long day? These are important to know about because the more distracted you are, the less meaning your life will have.

Once you know all your go-to time-wasters, utilize the 10-10-10 rule that author Suzy Welch first came up with. Whenever you have to figure out what you should prioritize, think of the consequences of that choice in the following time-periods:

  • 10 minutes
  • 10 weeks
  • 10 years

This is an easy way to make better choices immediately.

Consider, for instance, the effects of putting off your blog post to scroll through social media. In 10 minutes it might not even make you happier, and in 10 weeks or 10 years you’ll wish you’d written it and started building your business!

Own Your Everyday Review

What an empowering and encouraging book! Own Your Everyday really got me pumped up, especially because I can relate to so many of the situations the author speaks about. I’m certain that this will be a game-changer for your life!

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Who would I recommend the Own Your Everyday summary to?

The 31-year-old mom of three kids that feels overwhelmed and wants more purpose, the 53-year-old that wonders if there’s more to life than the daily grind, and anyone that gets tired of the emptiness they feel after endlessly scrolling through social media.

The post Own Your Everyday Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.

Keep learning,
-Nik

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It’s Wednesday, August 26, and Senate Democrats have a climate plan, too!

Flying dollar bills in front of a committee of senators.

Another day, another plan to address our overheating planet: On Tuesday, the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis — a group of 10 Democratic U.S. senators led by Hawaii’s Brian Schatz — released a 260-page report calling on the government to build “the clean energy future we all deserve.”

Compared to recent climate plans released by House Democrats and presidential nominee Joe Biden, the Senate’s climate action roadmap is a little vague on specifics. It calls on the U.S. to cut carbon emissions to “net-zero” by 2050, but, besides putting a $400 billion per year price tag on the clean energy transition, it doesn’t pick many policy favorites.

The plan does, however, address one elephant in the room: money. Senate Democrats say that if banks, insurers, and investors continue taking on more climate risks, the economy could face a 2008-style collapse. To avert yet another economic downturn, the committee recommends that publicly-traded companies be legally required to disclose their climate risks. It also calls on the Federal Reserve to incorporate climate change into U.S. monetary policy.

The Senate plan also takes aim at the money fossil fuel companies spend to influence elections and spread disinformation about climate change. To prevent elected officials from being swayed by fossil fuel dollars, the senators suggest a set of rules that would pull back the veil on fossil fuel funding of shadowy nonprofits and reform the campaign finance system at the same time.

— Shannon Osaka

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Hurricane Laura is projected to hit the Louisiana and Texas coast as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center. Twenty million people are in the storm’s path, and half a million have been ordered to evacuate due to the threats of storm surge, extreme winds, and flooding.

Sea-level rise and increased flood risks from climate change have not been incorporated into the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps, despite a 2012 congressional mandate. Without information on flood risk, developers will continue to build in flood-prone areas, leading to a dangerous and expensive cycle of damage and reconstruction.

Despite recent attempts to green its image, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce doesn’t include votes for climate legislation in the ratings it gives lawmakers — even in cases where the group publicly endorsed such legislation, according to a new analysis from the World Resources Institute. In fact, the Chamber’s 2019 “How They Voted” scorecard gave congressional climate deniers an average score of 81 percent, and 87 percent of those climate deniers were honored by the Chamber for their pro-business votes.

— Alexandria Herr

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1-Sentence-Summary: The Art Of The Start is your guide to beginning a company and explains everything from getting the right people on board to writing a winning business plan and building your brand.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

The Art Of The Start Summary

You’ve heard that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is sound advice, but too frequently we get stuck before we even make the initial push forward.

This is especially true if you’re thinking about starting a company. And who can blame you? With such a momentous task at hand, it’s no wonder you’d get stuck in the planning stages.

But if you don’t ever start, you’re not going to experience the success that becoming an entrepreneur will bring you.

That’s why you’re going to love Guy Kawasaki’s tips in The Art of The Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. It’ll teach you all the planning you need to do and just what your first steps need to be so you can build a winning company.

Here are the 3 biggest lessons I’ve learned from this book:

  1. Your first goal as an entrepreneur must be to create meaning, not make money.
  2. Prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks to have direction and purpose right from the start.
  3. Set yourself up for success by creating a business plan.

Got your winning business idea ready? Let’s jump into these lessons and discover how to make it happen!

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Lesson 1: Making money isn’t as important as creating meaning.

Before I began my entrepreneurial journey, I was apprehensive about it. I’d see corrupt billionaires and guys advertising their get rich quick scheme with flashy cars and big houses. I wanted nothing to do with any of that stuff. And I definitely didn’t want to become that kind of person.

The reason these things are so tacky and obnoxious is that they go against everything that business should be. It’s more about the money than making a difference, which is what winners focus on before cash.

Your company does this by making a product or service that makes the world a better place. And the more what you do or sell improves the lives of your customers, the more successful your business will be.

This happens because when your primary focus is money, the main motivation is greed. That attracts dishonest people that make your customers feel uncomfortable, just like the guys with sports cars.

Contrast this with a company that focuses on creating value and truly helping people. If you’ve ever worked at such a place then you know the powerful motivation that trying to make a difference brings.

You can build this meaning into your company from the start by identifying a mantra that supports it. This is different than a mission statement but is also a short and powerful phrase that reminds everyone of your why.

Nike’s, for example, is “Authentic athletic performance.” And Disney uses the mantra of “Fun family entertainment” to remind themselves of their purpose.

Lesson 2: If you want purpose and direction from the beginning, prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks with the MAT framework.

Have you ever worked at a place that seems like it’s going nowhere? I’ve been there before and it’s not really fun. You don’t want to create this kind of environment for your employees. To avoid this, use the MAT framework to get direction:

  1. Milestones
  2. Assumptions
  3. Tasks

The initial step is to identify milestones, which are the big events on your way to accomplishing your business goals. This is vital because it lets you see clear steps in the path to success and review how well you’re doing at each of them.

You might, for example, set a milestone of establishing a “proof of concept” for your product to make sure it will actually work. A good follow-up step would be to finish the prototype. And last, you’d want to track the milestone of getting funding to make it.

Next, you must review the assumptions you’re making about your business. Brainstorm a list of everything that you think is true about your idea that might not actually be accurate. You want to look specifically for thoughts that you have no data to back up. Keep track of them to see whether or not you were right about them.

Last comes listing the tasks that you need to do on a daily or weekly basis to meet your milestones. These can be anything from setting up insurance policies for your employees to acquiring office space.

Lesson 3: A business plan will set you up for success.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin:

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

A plan is anything that identifies our objectives and the steps we’re going to take to reach them, and this is no different for a business. Although it might sound formal and even maybe useless for a startup that has a lot of unknowns, but this is a vital step on your path to profit.

Think about your stakeholders, for example. They might not ever read it, but you’d better bet they’ll ask for it. And you’re never going to get funding from investors unless you have a business plan.

Having one is great, but the steps you’ll take to make it are also helpful for many reasons. The process of writing it gives your team a chance to work together more efficiently, for example. 

It might even tell you how much you don’t want to work with the people you’ve got on board. That’s a really important piece of information to have as early as possible!

Additionally, the process of reviewing all that you need for a good plan will show you gaps in your thinking. For instance, you might have nobody on your team preparing for customer service.

The trick to making an effective business plan is making sure the executive summary is spot on. It’s a four-paragraph abstract of the entire plan and is the first thing anyone reads. Make it good and you’ll attract attention and success!

The Art Of The Start Review

It’s funny, with all the talk The Art Of The Start had of iPods and Hummers, I definitely got a big 2004 vibe from it and guess when it came out? 2004! I think that’s also a big reason why I struggled with many of these ideas-because they’re already outdated! Luckily he recently released version 2.0 which we’ll have to summarize soon. I’m looking forward to it too because I felt like this version makes starting a business more difficult than it needs to be!

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Who would I recommend The Art Of The Start summary to?

The 24-year-old who is thinking that they want to become an entrepreneur, the 56-year-old CEO that has a new idea for a product but needs some help planning it out, and anybody that wants to know how to start a business.

The post The Art Of The Start Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.

Keep learning,
-Nik

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Targeted marketing campaigns are the key to capturing the at-home consumer

Brand manufacturers and retailers will have to work together in response to long-lasting shifts in consumer behavior produced by COVID-19.

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Sustaining productivity in a virtual world

Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.

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The relativity of time

Two things are true simultaneously:

We’re running out of time.

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Anti-Corruption Daily Newsletter for 08/25/2020


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Corruption at All Levels – German Media Says Croatia is Europe’s Problem Child

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“Violations of the law and corruption are much more common in the EU than is generally known. And this phenomenon is spreading, regardless of whether the heads of the government belong to conservative, social democratic or liberal parties,” writes the conservative newspaper Die Welt, as reported by DW.
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Ireland Will Transpose Latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules Into National Law

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:04 am

Cryptocurrency firms in Ireland will soon be regulated in line with the latest European legal framework for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Over a Billion Android Phones Turned Into Perfect Spying Tools by Security Flaws  

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

Over a billion smartphones are affected by a set of 400 security flaws, turning them into perfect spying tools, Check Point has revealed. The recently discovered vulnerability affects over 40% of Android phones around the world — 90% of them are currently in the US market.
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Firms serve up assistance to UAE food security mission 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

The UAE has implemented a range of policies, measures and strategies to ensure constant food supplies from abroad and scaled up agricultural production at home – and this is evident as businesses come forward and share their roles in aligning their strategies to boost food and water security.
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Former Uber chief security officer charged with covering up hack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:49 am

Joe Sullivan, the former head of security at Uber has been charged with obstruction of justice and concealing a felony by US prosecutors.
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A Security Flaw In ‘Manage Versions’ Feature Of Google Drive Could Allow Malware Attackers Trick Victims Into Installing Rogue Code

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:48 am

Google Drive may have a way that can allow malware attackers to trick victims to install malware. Malware attackers can exploit an unpatched security flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files that will allow attackers to perform spear-phishing attacks. Security researcher A. Nikoci told The Hacker News that a flaw in the manage versions feature in Google Drive can enable threat actors to swap a file with malware. He also reported this
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U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:41 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE.CO) and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch.
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Wife of Ex-California Congressman Sentenced for Corruption

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:40 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career.
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Iran Leader Calls US Model of Governance ‘Utter Failure’

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:38 am

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a video-conference with the Iranian administration on Sunday, at the beginning of the Administration Week in Iran.
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TikTok Sues Trump To Block U.S. Ban 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:37 am

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration arguing that the president’s executive order taking aim at the Chinese-owned app is unconstitutional and should be blocked from taking effect.
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Protests across Latin America reflect a toxic cocktail of pandemic and recession 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:32 am

(CNN)The impact of Covid-19 in Latin America is igniting protests in several countries, as the economic fallout from the pandemic aggravates existing social tensions from the streets of Buenos Aires and Panama City to remote parts of Brazil and Bolivia.
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 The return of rigged elections in Latin America 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:30 am

In 1955 the armed forces overthrew Juan Perón, Argentina’s populist president, driving him into exile. They banned him and his party from the election that eventually followed, a prohibition which remained in effect until 1973. A doddery Perón was then re-elected, but military rule soon returned. Apra, a Peruvian party with tendencies akin to Peronism, was similarly banned for decades. So, during the cold war, were many Communist parties. But with the spread of mass
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How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption in Latin America

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:29 am

Latin America as a region has long had a problem with public corruption, and the coronavirus pandemic has made things worse. As governments shovel public funds to fight the pandemic and its economic fallout, public officials are
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Former Oil Executive Indicted in Bribery Scandal Linked to Venezuela

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:27 am

HOUSTON (CN) — A former Citgo executive received bribe payments of $2.5 million, World Series and Super Bowl tickets from two business partners who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scam, federal prosecutors claim in an indictment unsealed Thursday.
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Is Daniel Hernandez Colombia’s most corrupt prosecutor in history?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:24 am

Prosecutor Andres Hernandez must be adored by Colombia’s mafia and corrupt politicians for arresting policemen, losing evidence, allegedly wiretapping at will and not solving one corruption case.
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Damaging Breaches Hit 96% of UK Businesses Last Year

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:12 am

Cyber attacks have hit almost all organisations across the UK in the last year, with 96% of companies reporting that a breach has negatively impacted their business.
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Uber ex-security boss accused of covering up hack attack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:10 am

Uber’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
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UK regulator wants crypto firms to share money laundering data 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:09 am

he UK’s top financial regulator wants to force all cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers operating in the country to produce reports about potential money laundering.
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Halyna Chyzhyk: Is Zelensky involved in covering up corrupt judges? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:08 am

On July 17, the detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted searches on the premises of the notorious District administrative court of Kyiv (OASK). The same day NABU published a new portion of the recordings of the head of court Pavlo Vovk. The recordings reveal large-scale crimes supposedly committed by judges. However, instead of immediate suspension of judges from the office and public condemnation of such behavior,  the High Council of Justice (HCJ), which is the main judicial governance body in Ukraine, stands up for dubious judges. Moreover, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova sabotages the investigation, while the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky makes very poor statements on the case.
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Egypt to join AU anti-corruption convention

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:53 am

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ratified a decree under which Cairo would join an African Union (AU) agreement to combat corruption.
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Saudi sacks officials over corruption at tourism projects 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:52 am

Senior Saudi security commanders were among a string of officials sacked over graft allegations at tourism projects, state media said Friday, in the government’s latest anti-corruption purge.
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‘End of the world’: The countdown to Beirut’s devastating blast

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:49 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The 10 firefighters who received the call shortly before 6 p.m. — about a big fire at the nearby port of Beirut — could not know what awaited them.
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From education to learning

Education is the hustle for a credential. It exchanges compliance for certification. An institution can educate you.

Learning can’t be done to you. It is a choice and it requires active participation, not simple adherence to metrics.

Learning is the only place to find resilience, possibility and contribution, because learning is a lifelong skill that isn’t domain dependent.

Most of the learning moments in our lives are accidental or random. A situation presents itself and if we’re lucky, we learn something from it.

We built the altMBA to make learning intentional.

The last session of the year is in October, and applications are due tomorrow, August 25th.

You’ll be surrounded by a cohort of others, each on their way to leveling up and moving forward. We only do it four times a year, only with a few hundred people, always with our alumni coaches on board.

I hope you’ll check it out. Learning is our best way forward, because learning creates community.

  

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MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS
Playing God With Mosquitoes 

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  • In 2021, 750 million genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys and a string of surrounding islands. The Environmental Protection Agency granted permission in May to the British-based but US-operated company, Oxitec, to produce the genetically engineered, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known as OX5034.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread deadly diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever to humans. Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. So the plan is to release the GM male mosquitoes who will then hopefully breed with wild female mosquitoes.
  • However, the male mosquitoes now carry a protein that will kill off any female offspring before they reach mature biting age. The males, which only feed on nectar, will survive and pass on the genes. Over time this will reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area and thereby reduce the spread of disease to humans.
  • Green-lighting the pilot project, which has been debated for years, drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public “Jurassic Park experiment.” Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. (BBC)

Brazil: Brazil prosecutors accuse two in alleged Petrobras-Maersk corruption scheme


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Brazil: Brazil prosecutors accuse two in alleged Petrobras-Maersk corruption scheme
Aug 24, 2020 06:00 pm
Brazilian prosecutors pressed charges on Friday against two people for an alleged scheme to obtain confidential market information from Petrobras to benefit A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company. The case stems from an investigation that started in 2014 as part of Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash scandal, which has since
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United Kingdom: MPs call on UK to help whistleblower facing extradition to Monaco
Aug 24, 2020 05:30 pm
A cross-party group of MPs is urging the Foreign Office to support a corruption whistleblower who says he is the victim of “political persecution” in Monaco. Margaret Hodge, a former Labour minister, Andrew Mitchell, a former Tory minister, and other politicians are calling on the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to
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Mexico: Mexico’s ‘anti-graft’ president hit with videos of brother accepting cash
Aug 24, 2020 05:00 pm
A week ago, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was on a roll with his anti-corruption campaign, boosted by a video of rivals counting piles of cash and leaked testimony that could bring down more opponents. But after two videos surfaced Thursday, showing his brother taking packets of cash from
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China: Bannon’s Chinese host an irritant to Communist Party
Aug 24, 2020 04:30 pm
The self-exiled Chinese tycoon on whose 150-foot (45-meter) yacht President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was arrested is a high-profile irritant to the ruling Communist Party. Guo Wengui left China in 2014 during an anti-corruption crackdown led by President Xi Jinping that ensnared people close to Guo, including
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Japan: 3 men indicted over Japan lawmaker-linked casino graft scandal
Aug 24, 2020 04:00 pm
A supporter of Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto and two others were indicted Monday over alleged witness tampering in connection with a casino graft scandal. Akihito Awaji, 54, the supporter, and two other men — Fumihiko Sato, 50, and Kazuhiro Miyatake, 49 — offered 30 million yen in June and July
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Africa: Kenyan police teargas anti-corruption protesters in Nairobi
Aug 24, 2020 03:30 pm
Kenya’s police have teargassed protesters holding peaceful demonstrations against alleged corruption including the theft of supplies for the fight against COVID-19 At least 12 demonstrators from a group of 100 protesting in different parts of Nairobi, the capital, were arrested by police, said central business district police chief Mark Wanjala.
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1-Sentence-Summary: Resisting Happiness shows you how to get more joy in your life by exploring the roadblocks you unknowingly put in the way of it, explaining why it’s a choice, and giving specific tips to help you make the decision to be content.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

Resisting Happiness Summary

You want to be happy. But every time you try to catch joy, it seems to slip through your fingers, replaced by worry and stress. You can’t put a price on fulfillment because it’s so valuable, but it also comes at the cost of hard work.

The trouble is, figuring out just where to put in the effort to make it happen isn’t always so easy. In the information age, there are infinite routes you can go down to try to grab a sense of wellbeing. The trick is just to find the right ones for you.

Interestingly, you need to begin looking for happiness by identifying what’s making you sad. Once you uncover these roadblocks, then you can begin removing them to let joy have free reign in your life.

Figuring this all out is just the topic of Matthew Kelly’s book Resisting Happiness. You’ll see what practicality, philosophy, and Kelly’s personal experiences teach about how to eliminate what holds you back from true fulfillment in life. And you’ll learn every step you need to take to get there in your own life.

3 of the best principles I got from this book are:

  1. Remember to read and that money isn’t everything if you want more meaning in life.
  2. Learn the joy of being alone.
  3. Practice delaying gratification and make sure you keep good friends close to reach your full potential.

Let’s get right into it and discover what Kelly has to teach us about happiness!

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Lesson 1: For a more meaningful life, remember to read and that money isn’t everything.

In college, reading wasn’t at the top of my to-do list. It was difficult to manage a schedule full of classes and a social life and still find time to get into a good book.

But what I didn’t realize was that my lack of reading was one of the things holding me back from happiness.

Today I see that reading is an important window into the world around me. And as I pick the right authors, it’s like having their guidance right next to me when I’m trying to figure something important out.

Think of books like friends that you can turn to for an escape when life gets difficult. They have the power to change your perspective and improve your attitude.

Another important factor that could be holding you back from joy is placing too much emphasis on money. You do need it, but looking for opportunities to help others without the expectation of a reward is a sure path to fulfillment.

Picture this. The author goes to his neighbor Joe and offers to pay him $1,000 an hour to plan trees at the elementary school down the street. Joe puts in a couple of hours of half-hearted work and leaves richer but feeling empty.

Contrast this with the feeling Joe would have if the author asked him to volunteer his time. He might work hard all day to do what the school needs rather than just get paid and ends up happier and more fulfilled as a result.

Lesson 2: Nurture the relationship you have with yourself through solitude.

One time in college I was having difficulties with relationships and tried what I thought was a strange idea at the time. I took a day off work and made a plan to hang out with myself for the entire day. I even left my cell phone at home!

It turned out to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable days of my life. I spent time eating food I love, took a drive into the mountains for a picnic, and watched one of my favorite movies.

Unknowingly, I’d unblocked one of the most common roadblocks in the way of happiness-discovering the joy of being by myself.

Loneliness can be a scary prospect, especially if you’re used to always being with other people. You might even go to great lengths, making stupid decisions and getting into bad relationships, just to avoid it.

But consider that by spending more time alone, you’re nurturing a relationship with the one person you’ll never be without-yourself! It might sound counterintuitive, but more time alone will help you beat loneliness.

You also get a chance to dive into who you really are every time you plan to spend time by yourself. In fact, this is the only time you have to get to know your personality, so use it wisely and get plenty of it!

Lesson 3: If you want to reach your full potential, you’ll need to have good friends and to practice delaying gratification.

Being alone is important but it’s not everything. You’ve got to have friends, but the right kind if you want to truly be happy.

In tenth grade, I was terrified of social situations. I wouldn’t even ask a girl on a date I was so scared. But at the beginning of the next year, I met a group of friends that improved all of that.

I began spending a lot of time with one in particular who completely changed my life. The first weekend after we’d met he pushed me to ask a girl to the Homecoming dance.

I didn’t want to, but I knew that it was good for me so I did it anyway. Not only did I have a great time, but I also got out of my comfort zone and grew as a person.

In the months afterward, I transformed from an awkward and shy kid to a far more confident young man. If it weren’t for the help of friends that cared about my progress, I wouldn’t be who I am today!

Don’t keep holding yourself back from reaching your full potential by hanging around with mediocre people. Find a new friend group, and specifically look for high-quality people that you know will push you to be your best self.

It will change your life, and in the process, you’ll find a lot more fulfillment along the way!

Resisting Happiness Review

Resisting Happiness is a great book and one that I would highly recommend to anyone. I really like the idea that the path to joy comes from removing the roadblocks we put in the way of it. The tips this book gives are already giving me a lot of great ideas about what makes my life more fulfilling and how to double down on those practices!

Interesting Newsletter from Nik


Would They Miss You If You Were Gone?

A simple definition for doing work that matters


Four years ago, after six months of hard work, I finally did it: My email list reached 10,000 subscribers. I was ecstatic.

10,000 people. That’s a small stadium. Imagine a sold out arena, waiting for you — just for you — to share your latest work. This would be my big break. I was sure of it. With 10,000 people marching behind me, nothing I make would ever fall flat again.

You can see where this is going. I’m about to swallow a bitter pill here.

Later that year, I heard Seth Godin define permission marketing:

If that email you were going to send to 10,000 people tomorrow — if it didn’t go out — how many of the 10,000 people would say: “Where is the email?!” If the answer is none, then you don’t have permission. You’re just being tolerated.

Convinced that my dedicated subscribers loved me, I decided to run an experiment: That week, I didn’t send out my newsletter. No announcement. No warning. I just skipped one email. What would happen? Who would ask for it? How many people? Would they be concerned? What would they say?

I woke up the next morning to a sobering realization: No one had emailed me. No one had asked for the newsletter. I waited. One day. Two. Three. Nothing. Crickets. No one missed me when I was gone. Ouch.

The all-important question in marketing, art, and doing great work is this: “What does it mean to matter?” According to Seth, there is a simple answer:

Would they miss you if you were gone? I don’t know who they are, I don’t know what gone means, but those people that you’re seeking to have an impact on, would they miss you if you didn’t show up tomorrow?

In my case, people didn’t. Maybe, they thought my newsletter was nice. Maybe, they enjoyed an article or two of mine. Clearly, however, none of my readers considered my work essential. They could easily do without it.

It hurts to find out that the tribe you’ve assembled with your blood, sweat, and tears will disband the second you stop talking to them, but the message it sends is clear: You never formed a real tribe in the first place. You just talked enough people into following along. You convinced them to take the flyer, to try the free sample, to sign up for the trial subscription — but you didn’t do the hard work of building a loyal relationship.

You just did “the hustle dance,” as Seth calls it:

Would they miss you if this new product, this new project didn’t come to the world? Or do you have to do that whole hustle dance, “Look at me, look at me,” jump up and down, offer for a limited time, bla bla bla… To game it so they’ll actually transact with you. That work doesn’t feel like it matters to me.

It’s easy to think you’re doing work that matters. That, somehow, your marketing is different. You have good intentions. You really want your audience to succeed. But you might still cut corners. We all succumb to the temptation sometimes.

Clickbait is still clickbait, even if you deliver on your promise. Selling is still selfish if your main goal is to make money. Giving gifts is not generous if it comes with expectations. In many ways, reciprocity has been corrupted.

If what you’re doing feels like playing a game, chances are, not many will miss you when you’re gone. You’re just another player who dropped out. Fine. Less competition. Less hassle. Less clutter in my inbox.

Here’s another question: Where is the sacrifice? How much are you really sweating? If we can’t see your effort in what you make for us, how can we know you mean what you say?

The only way to show people you have their best interest at heart is to actually do. You can’t fake it. You either do something selfless, or you don’t. It’s one of the few things in life that are surprisingly black and white and, most of the time, plain to see — at least on a long enough timeline.

When I didn’t hear back from my fans, when no one missed me when I was gone, I was devastated. I questioned everything I was doing. I changed things. I tried to do better.

Last year, I started another newsletter. I put in hard work. Real work. It grew fast. It was free. I sent it every day. I came up with themes. I wanted to help so badly. I really tried.

To this day, it’s not as big as my first one. It has about 5,000 subscribers. But, often, when I missed a day or didn’t share something in a while, a few people checked in. “Hey, Nik, are you okay?” “Hey Nik, where are the emails?”

It’s great to see you’re moving in the right direction. It feels good to be missed when you’re gone.

It’s okay. You’re not perfect. Take your time. Learn to stop dancing. Start making. Take your ego out of the equation. Not for a while. Not for this one thing. Completely.

Watch what happens. Watch how, slowly, the magic unfolds. Watch them start to miss you when you’re gone.

Write like a pro,
-Nik

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The Beacon Newsletter


The Beacon
It’s Monday, August 24, and the Pebble Mine project could be delayed indefinitely.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue a letter today giving the developers of the Pebble Mine, a proposed gold, copper, and silver ore mine in Alaska, 90 days to submit a new plan to mitigate the project’s impacts on wetlands and streams. The new conditions could delay final approvals for the controversial mine until after November’s presidential election.

The planned site for the proposed mine is near streams that foster spawning salmon, which in turn support the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, Alaska Natives who depend on subsistence fishing, and a large sport-fishing industry. The Obama administration vetoed the project after determining that it would impact salmon harvests. Under the Trump administration, the Army Corps reversed that finding but did determine that the proposed mine would impact wetlands and streams.

The chief executive of the company behind the mine said the firm plans to move forward with the mitigation plan. But with mounting opposition — which strangely has united Donald Trump Jr. and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the future for the Pebble Mine is growing dim.

— Emily Pontecorvo

Smog clouds

THE SMOG
Need-to-know basis

Tropical Storm Laura killed at least 13 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend and caused Puerto Rico to declare a state of emergency. Laura is expected to soon intensify into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. byThursday.

Two crew members died on Friday after a dredging vessel struck a submerged pipeline, causing an explosion and fire in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two other crew members are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the vessel hit a propane pipeline, while the Port of Corpus Christi claimed it had struck a natural gas pipeline.

A recent study found that babies born to mothers who had breathed in smoke from a 2104 coal mine fire in the Australian state of Victoria were more likely to have respiratory infections in early childhood. The researchers warned that as climate change increases the risk of wildfires, more pregnant people will be exposed to pollutants that will impactt their future children’s respiratory health.

— Angely Mercado

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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 12, Verse 3-4


ये त्वक्षरमनिर्देश्यमव्यक्तं पर्युपासते |
सर्वत्रगमचिन्त्यञ्च कूटस्थमचलन्ध्रुवम् || 3||

सन्नियम्येन्द्रियग्रामं सर्वत्र समबुद्धय: |
ते प्राप्नुवन्ति मामेव सर्वभूतहिते रता: || 4||

ye tv akṣharam anirdeśhyam avyaktaṁ paryupāsate
sarvatra-gam achintyañcha kūṭa-stham achalandhruvam
sanniyamyendriya-grāmaṁ sarvatra sama-buddhayaḥ
te prāpnuvanti mām eva sarva-bhūta-hite ratāḥ

yewhotubutakṣharamthe imperishableanirdeśhyamthe indefinableavyaktamthe unmanifestparyupāsateworshipsarvatra-gamthe all-pervadingachintyamthe unthinkablechaandkūṭa-sthamthe unchangingachalamthe immovabledhruvamthe eternalsanniyamyarestrainingindriya-grāmamthe sensessarvatraeverywheresama-buddhayaḥeven-mindedtetheyprāpnuvantiattainmāmMeevaalsosarva-bhūta-hitein the welfare of all beingsratāḥengaged

Translation

BG 12.3-4: But those who worship the formless aspect of the Absolute Truth—the imperishable, the indefinable, the unmanifest, the all-pervading, the unthinkable, the unchanging, the eternal, and the immoveable—by restraining their senses and being even-minded everywhere, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all beings, also attain Me.

Commentary

Having said that worship of the personal form is the best, Shree Krishna clarifies that in no way does He reject the worship of the formless.  Those who devote themselves to the all-pervading, indefinable, unmanifest, inconceivable, immovable, eternal Brahman, also attain God.

Living beings are of an infinite variety of natures.  The Supreme Lord who has created this variety also possesses an infinite variety of aspects to His personality.  For the sake of our finite comprehension, we classify the infinite manifestations of God into categories.  Accordingly, Ved Vyas has classified God’s various manifestations into three types, Brahman, Paramātmā, and Bhagavān, as mentioned in the commentary of the previous verse.  One may worship either of these categories, but one should never claim that one’s conception of God is the only correct one while those of the others are erroneous.

In verse 4.11, Shree Krishna had stated: “In whatever way people surrender unto Me, I reciprocate with them accordingly.  Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha.”  Here, Shree Krishna confirms that the worshippers of the formless also reach Him.  Since their choice is to unite with the attributeless manifestation of the Supreme Absolute Truth, God meets them as the unmanifest, all-pervading Brahman.

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
― Rumi
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Rumi
“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Rumi
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
― Rumi
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi
tags: joy
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Jalal Ad-Din Rumi
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi
tags: love
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
― Rumi
“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.

I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
“more”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.”
― Rumi
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi, Masnavi i Man’avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi Jalalud-Din
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
tags: love
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“لا تجزع من جرحك، وإلا فكيف للنور أن يتسلل إلى باطنك؟”
― جلال الدين الرومي
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
― Rumi
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
― Rumi
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
― Rumi
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Seth Godin Newsletter


Situational gravity

All of us are good at rationalizing. It helps us process the world, navigate our choices and live with ourselves.

But gravity doesn’t care if you got a lot of sleep last night or not. It’s still the same amount of force.

The pavement doesn’t care if you always wear a helmet on your bike, except just this one time when you didn’t, because you were having a video taken.

Melanoma doesn’t care that you always wear sun screen, except that one day when you were really busy and couldn’t go back to the house for it.

Outside forces don’t care about the situation, because they have no awareness or memory. They simply are.

Newton’s law doesn’t care that you were really distracted and that’s why you weren’t wearing a seatbelt, and the virus that infected your friend doesn’t care about why that person in the office decided not to wear a mask, either.

People are very good at stories. That’s our core technology. Everything else in the world, though, has no interest in them.

  

The opposite of confidence

It’s not anxiety.

And it’s not panic.

The opposite of confident is not confident. Unsure.

Being unsure can be healthy. It can help us focus on how we can make our work more likely to become the contribution we seek.

But anxiety and panic have nothing to do with an informed understanding of how the world is unfolding.

AEON+PSYCHE Newsletter I like


This week in
Friday 21 August 2020
Thinkers and theories Essay
The semi-satisfied life
by David Bather Woods
Engineering Essay
Uncertain times
by Jessica Flack and Melanie Mitchell
Money and economics Idea
Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better
by Barry Schwartz
Parenting and families Idea
Philosophy can explain what kind of achievement it is to give birth
by Fiona Woollard
by Sam Dresser
The ancient world Video
Haunting dispatches from the edge of the Roman Empire, just before its collapse
15 minutes
Architecture Video
Surreal, audacious, unfinished – the Sagrada Família remains a divine work in progress
6 minutes
Illness and disease Essay
No rest
by Alicia Puglionesi
Archaeology Essay
Accumulation and its discontents
by Astrid Van Oyen
Hallucinations/ delusions Idea
Beliefs have a social purpose. Does this explain delusions?
by Anna Greenburgh
Sports and games Idea
What pro wrestling can teach us about the quest for truth
by Douglas Edwards
Mathematics Video
This puzzle is impossible – but working out why is its own brain-teaser
19 minutes
Love and friendship Editors’ pick Video
An 11-year-old girl on what to do when a boy likes you, but you like someone else
2 minutes
Architecture Film Video Icon
An elegy and a celebration of what it really means to find a home
16 minutes

Thrive Global Newsletter I like


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
 
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The Key to Dealing With Negative Emotions Positively 

Taking control of your emotional well-being isn’t about pushing certain feelings away.

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How to Connect With Your Kids as They Grow Into Teenagers

The key is collaborating, not dictating.

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Small Ways to Shift Negative Thoughts When You Feel Stuck

It’s all about dealing yourself a positivity card when you need it.

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10 Ways We Managed Through a Pandemic Summer With Young Kids

We will be using these tips as we head into fall.

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How Becoming a Caregiver Reshaped My Way of Living 

My father’s health saved my life.

M O R E   G R E A T  R E A D S 

How to Best Manage Gen Z to Create a Productive and Successful Workplace

The Key to Dealing With Negative Emotions Positively

Small Ways to Shift Negative Thoughts When You Feel Stuck

How Forming A Simple Smile Tricks Your Mind Into A Positive Mood

10 Ways We Managed Through a Pandemic Summer with Young Kids

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In this special episode of “Meditative Story,” Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington takes us back to her mother’s kitchen table, where as a teenager she decided to leave her home and start a new life abroad, without speaking the language or knowing how to get there. Click here to listen and subscribe.

Psyche Newsletter I like


 

Wednesday 19 August 2020
Birth and death; productivity and ease; truth and illusion: this week’s Psyche is rich in opposites. Our own Sam Dresser brings a characteristically wry touch to his philosophical Guide on overcoming the fear of death. Fiona Woollard asks whether new mothers deserve the same accolades as marathon runners; we explore the theatrical unreality of pro wrestling and the distressing unreality of delusional beliefs. A drive for efficiency can truly hamper our ability to savour life and be open to the future. In that spirit, this week’s Film takes you on a poetic journey to an ancient Japanese farmhouse, restored with deep attentiveness by a couple whose love is an act of courage in itself.

– Brigid Hains, Editorial Director

SPORTS AND GAMES
What pro wrestling can teach us about the quest for truth
by Douglas Edwards
PARENTING AND FAMILIES
Philosophy can explain what kind of achievement it is to give birth
by Fiona Woollard
by Sam Dresser
MONEY AND ECONOMICS
Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better
by Barry Schwartz
HALLUCINATIONS/DELUSIONS
Beliefs have a social purpose. Does this explain delusions?
by Anna Greenburgh
ARCHITECTURE FILM Video Icon
An elegy and a celebration of what it really means to find a home
16 minutes

Amazon CEO Says His Company “Will Go Bankrupt”…


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Amazon CEO Says His Company “Will Go Bankrupt”…

By: Laila Husain

Line of boxes in a distribution center

Jeff Bezos just shocked Amazon investors to the core with this dire statement:

“I predict one day, Amazon will fail.”

In a recent interview, Bezos explained that he believes “Amazon will be disrupted one day” and eventually “will go bankrupt.”

What might be even more alarming is that Bezos has been dumping roughly $1 billion worth of Amazon stock every year…

But Bezos isn’t just cashing out, he’s reinvesting his money into a company utilizing a fast-emerging technology that he believes will “improve every business.”

What most people don’t know… is that there is a tiny component powering this tech revolution… a component that Amazon doesn’t produce in-house.

That’s because another company (less than 1/6th the size of Amazon)…is producing a component so powerful that it is absolutely annihilating the competition.

He’s not alone in seeing it this way…

  • A Shark Tank billionaire says it will create the world’s first trillionaire
  • Elon Musk is contributing to a $1 billion investment in this technology
  • Even super-investor Warren Buffett says that it’s “enormously disruptive” and will have a “hugely beneficial social effect”

So what is it about this technology that has some of the most successful investors in the world pouring fortunes into it?

They see it as a massive investing opportunity – much bigger than Amazon, Tesla, and Berkshire Hathaway combined.

You see, even though these billionaires have been openly talking about this technology to anyone who will listen, most ordinary Americans still don’t know how to get in on the action and invest in what could be the investment opportunity of a lifetime!

Namely, some market researchers believe this technology could potentially be worth up to $19 TRILLION!

With numbers like that, and with so many of the richest investors and entrepreneurs in the world racing to get in on this new technology… you can see why paying attention could really pay off.

But we believe the biggest returns are yet to come.

Which is why I don’t feel like I’m very far out on a limb with this “bold” prediction:

Five years from now, you’ll probably wish you’d bought this stock.

And the good news is that you can find out all about this company and this incredible technology today.

What I’ve told you so far is just the tip of the iceberg…

So, to help regular Americans like you understand how to take advantage of this emerging trend, The Motley Fool’s team of investment analysts has laid out the full story on this incredible tech trend in a brand-new, FREE report.

And trust me… you are going to want to see this report before you invest $1 on any tech company.

You see, we’ve laid out the full story on this “powerful trend” in an exclusive report – but you’ll need to act quickly…

Because according to our analysts, this next-gen tech revolution looks like it’s about to take off, and I think you’ll want to get in on this before that happens.

This technology could hit the mainstream at any time.

Atlas Obscura Newsletter


August 17, 2020

The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.

Atlas Obscura Newsletter


August 18, 2020

The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.

Strategy+Business Newsletter


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Ideas that work
August 18, 2020

Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Good meetings need to be designed, whether they are virtual or face-to-face.

by Elizabeth Doty

COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL -- Executive Education

Leadership Essentials
(Live Online)

Sep 23–24, 2020

Professionals looking to improve their effectiveness in working with individuals and teams can develop their essential leadership abilities, including team leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict management, and leading change in this virtual program. Learn more.

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The s+b crossword

Get ready to put your knowledge of all things business to the test with a puzzle celebrating our 25th anniversary.

by Myles Mellor

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Featured article

Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark

Analysis of nearly 2,000 CEOs’ description of their company’s purpose reveals that most omit a critical detail: why their company is in business.

by Christopher Michaelson, Douglas A. Lepisto, and Michael G. Pratt

PwC insights

Global M&A Industry Trends

M&A trends are showing signs of a rebound; expect a jump in deals by year-end.

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Mutiny amid the bounty

What captains of industry can learn from captains in the great age of sail.

by Daniel Akst

Ambiguous times are no time for ambiguous leadership

With so many employees working remotely, leaders must take extra care to ensure their communications leave no room for misinterpretation.

by Adam Bryant

The urgent need for sophisticated leadership

The pandemic has highlighted a series of paradoxes inherent to the work of leaders. What comes next will depend on how well they face up to them.

by Blair Sheppard and Susannah Anfield

Aeon Psyche Newsletter


Tuesday 18 August 2020
Thinkers and theories Essay
The semi-satisfied life
by David Bather Woods
Parenting and families Idea
Philosophy can explain what kind of achievement it is to give birth
by Fiona Woollard
Architecture Video
Surreal, audacious, unfinished – the Sagrada Família remains a divine work in progress
6 minutes

United States: Justice Department Issues Rare FCPA Opinion Letter


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Ethical Alliance Daily News

United States: Justice Department Issues Rare FCPA Opinion Letter
Aug 18, 2020 06:00 pm
The U.S. Justice Department issued a rare Foreign Corrupt Practices Act opinion letter, saying it doesn’t intend to bring an enforcement action against a U.S.-based investment adviser for a fee the company planned to pay to a foreign government entity for services. The letter, issued by the department in response
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Mexico: Piles of cash in viral video stoke bribery scandal in Mexico
Aug 18, 2020 05:30 pm
An unverified video showing piles of cash being handed to Mexican congressional staffers went viral on Monday, fuelling a corruption scandal that is already convulsing the country even as the clip’s source and context remain unclear. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has made combating graft his top issue, earlier
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United Kingdom: Purplebricks fined after money-laundering breach
Aug 18, 2020 05:00 pm
The online estate agency Purplebricks has been fined more than £260,000 for breaching laws on money laundering. HM Revenue & Customs said that it had been guilty of “failures in having the correct policies, controls, and procedures, conducting due diligence and timing of verification”. It cannot appeal. Under 2017 money-laundering
Read More  

Malaysia: MACC detains 11 for alleged bribery over ship repair project
Aug 18, 2020 04:30 pm
Eleven individuals, including a former operations unit chief of a ship engineering company, were remanded for alleged involvement in a bribery case amounting to RM750,000. They are alleged to have committed the graft in relation to a ship repair project from 2015 to 2019. Magistrate Mohd Zulhilmi Ibrahim granted the
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United States: FBI arrests Puerto Rico lawmaker, family in corruption probe
Aug 18, 2020 04:00 pm
FBI agents on Monday arrested Puerto Rico Rep. María Milagros Charbonier after the legislator who once presided over the island’s House Ethics Committee was charged in a public corruption case that officials say also involved her son, husband, and an assistant. U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow said it was a simple
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Israel: Police recommend Kiryat Motzkin mayor stand trial for bribery
Aug 18, 2020 03:30 pm
Police on Monday recommended that Haim Tzuri, the mayor of Kiryat Motzkin in northern Israel, be put on trial on a series of corruption charges. Officers say they have gathered evidence indicating that Tzuri and some of his associates took bribes, committed fraud and breach of trust, and obstructed justice, as well
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