Can Confucianism save the world?

Can Confucianism save the world?

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 03:00

Joseph Chan

The Straits Times

Confucianism needs saving because it is a very old tradition of thought that can no longer speak effectively to the modern world without systematic reconstruction.

Confucianism also needs saving because of the chronic gap between its political ideals and the reality of societal circumstances. But to save Confucianism and to let it save the world, we must first learn from its profound insights – and its profound failures. Read more of this post

Forget apps, old-school mobiles ring in a comeback

Forget apps, old-school mobiles ring in a comeback

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 12:34

AFP

PARIS – They fit in a pocket, have batteries that last all week and are almost indestructible: old-school Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback as consumers tired of fragile and overly-wired smartphones go retro.

Forget apps, video calls and smiley faces, handsets like the Nokia 3310 or the Motorola StarTec 130 allows just basic text messaging and phone calls. Read more of this post

The family that runs home- grown Singapore coffee manufacturer Boncafe International is selling the business to one of the world’s top coffee firms Massimo Zanetti/Segafredo for US$85 million (S$106 million)

Family selling Boncafe to Italian firm

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rachael Boon

The Straits Times

The family that runs home- grown coffee manufacturer Boncafe International is selling the business to one of the world’s top coffee firms for US$85 million (S$106 million). Read more of this post

A bitter pill as China crackdowns squeeze pharma margins

A bitter pill as China crackdowns squeeze pharma margins

Sat, May 24 2014

By Adam Jourdan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A crackdown on corruption and pricing in China’s fast-growing pharmaceutical market has squeezed profits and margins, raising a red flag to global Big Pharma that the days of easy growth in the country may be over. Read more of this post

Thai military tightens grip, focuses on economic woes

Thai military tightens grip, focuses on economic woes

12:53am EDT

By Khettiya Jittapong and Paul Mooney

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military tightened its grip on power on Sunday as it moved to douse smoldering protests fuelled by social media and rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize the country’s battered economy. Read more of this post

The Mysterious Origins Of The Swastika

The Mysterious Origins Of The Swastika

WENDY CHRISTENSEN PHD, THE SOCIETY PAGES SCIENCE  MAY. 24, 2014, 8:01 PM

I found this 1917 advertisement for swastika jewelry while browsing through the NY Public Library Digital Gallery. The text reads in part:

To the wearer of swastika will come from the four winds of heaven good luck, long life and prosperity. The swastika is the oldest cross, and the oldest symbol in the world. Of unknown origin, in frequent use in the prehistoric items, it historically first appeared on coins as early as the year 315 B.C.

As this suggests, while the symbol of the swastika is most frequently associated with Hitler and Nazis during World War II, and is still used by neo-Nazi groups, the symbol itself has a much longer history. From wikipedia:

Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period. An ancient symbol, it occurs mainly in the cultures that are in modern day India and the surrounding area, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol. It was long widely used in major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Before it was co-opted by the Nazis, the swastika decorated all kinds of things. Uni Watch has tons of examples. Here it is on a Finnish military plane:

Boy Scout badge:

A women’s hockey team called the Swastikas from Edmonton (from 1916):

Another hockey team:In the comments, Felicity pointed to this example:

She writes:

My mom is a quilter and collects antique quilts (when she can afford them). She says that while in general, antique quilts and quilt-tops have gone up a great deal in price over the decades, there’s still one sort you can pick up for a song — swastika quilts. Read more of this post

As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish

As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish

By DAVID STREITFELD and MELISSA EDDY

MAY 23, 2014 7:24 AM 560 Comments

Amazon’s power over the publishing and bookselling industries is unrivaled in the modern era. Now it has started wielding its might in a more brazen way than ever before. Read more of this post

The Ripple Effects of Rising Student Debt

The Ripple Effects of Rising Student Debt

By PHYLLIS KORKKIMAY 24, 2014

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Mapping Asian views of power, prosperity, institutions and identity

Mapping Asian views of power, prosperity, institutions and identity

Bonnie Glaser

2014-05-24

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Respondents in the United States and Japan felt strongest about the negative effects of a coercive cross-strait unification. (China Times) Read more of this post

Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

Posted 35 minutes ago by Kate Ray (@kraykray)

Editor’s note: Kate Ray is the technical cofounder of scroll kit, a visual webpage creation tool that was recently acquired byWordPress.com

One of the most dangerous things I’ve seen happen to people who are just starting to code is being told that it’s easy.

Here’s what your brain does: Read more of this post

5 reasons managers trade too much

5 reasons managers trade too much

Peter Hodson | May 23, 2014 5:40 PM ET
We all know that management and other fees are some of the main reasons mutual funds constantly underperform, but another reason that gets far too little discussion is that managers trade way too much. Read more of this post

Why Canada’s whistleblower hotlines are staying silent; It doesn’t pay to be a whistleblower in Canada’s corporate world where there are no financial incentives for coming forward and even a risk of losing your job

Why Canada’s whistleblower hotlines are staying silent

Barbara Shecter | May 24, 2014 7:30 AM ET

It doesn’t pay to be a whistleblower in Canada’s corporate world. Not only are there absolutely no financial incentives in place to reward people for coming forward with incriminating information, but there is also a very real possibility those who shed light on wrongdoing will have to find another job. Read more of this post

Shopping China’s Beauty Aisle; The country’s Internet and gaming stocks have lost their momentum, but cosmetics remains a growth business. Some of the most popular beauty aids are from Korea.

Shopping China’s Beauty Aisle

The country’s Internet and gaming stocks have lost their momentum, but cosmetics remains a growth business. Some of the most popular beauty aids are from Korea.

SHULI REN

May 24, 2014 1:20 a.m. ET

China’s economy is in an undeniable slowdown, and last year’s highflying Internet and gaming stocks have lost momentum. So where can investors turn? Read more of this post

One Of Silicon Valley’s Top App Designers Tells Us His Secrets To Success

One Of Silicon Valley’s Top App Designers Tells Us His Secrets To Success

LISA EADICICCO TECH  MAY. 24, 2014, 11:13 PM

Apple’s App Store is filled with more than one million iPhone and iPad apps.

Chances are, even those who can’t put down their phone for more than five minutes haven’t sifted through a fraction of what the App Store has to offer.  Read more of this post

Subsidies Stoke China’s Domestic Car Makers; Local and Central Governments Provided $700 Million to Local Brands Last Year

Subsidies Stoke China’s Domestic Car Makers

Local and Central Governments Provided $700 Million to Local Brands Last Year

Updated May 23, 2014 7:32 p.m. ET

SHANGHAI—China is ratcheting up subsidies to local auto makers worth more than $700 million a year, even as the industry contends with a glut of car factories and about 170 domestic manufacturers. Read more of this post

How To Get Your Point Across

THE 4 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO GETTING YOUR POINT ACROSS

SHOWING EMPATHY IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO BUILDING GREAT RELATIONSHIPS AND BETTER COMMUNICATION. BUT HOW DO YOU GET PERSONAL WITHOUT OVERSTEPPING YOUR BOUNDS? HERE’S A GUIDE FOR STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE.

BY ROBERT KETEYIAN

If you want people to listen to you–really listen–it may be time to take up juggling.

Not literally, of course, but successful communication requires you to be good at a number of things, some of which may seem counter to the other. Read more of this post

Why Nascar Is Putting RFID Sensors On Every Person In The Pit; A company called Zebra will allow teams to track every turn of the wrench, maximizing speed in the pit and preventing penalties

Why Nascar Is Putting RFID Sensors On Every Person In The Pit

A company called Zebra will allow teams to track every turn of the wrench, maximizing speed in the pit and preventing penalties.

By Matt Hartigan

To date, Nascar pit crews have relied on videotape and stopwatches to measure pit stops. But no more. Michael Waltrip Racing has announced a partnership with Zebra, makers of MotionWorks, a software package designed to bring RFID tracking technology to nearly every lug-nut on the track. Using technology developed to maximize industrial efficiency, Zebra hopes to lend its experience in manufacturing to the track. Read more of this post

The Homepage Is Dead! Long Live The Homepage! When the New York Times plummeting homepage traffic numbers were revealed last week, the Internet again declared the homepage dead. But that may not be so true

THE HOMEPAGE IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE HOMEPAGE!

WHEN THE NEW YORK TIMES’S PLUMMETING HOMEPAGE TRAFFIC NUMBERS WERE REVEALED LAST WEEK, THE INTERNET AGAIN DECLARED THE HOMEPAGE DEAD. BUT THAT MAY NOT BE SO TRUE.

BY ELIZABETH FLOCK

When the founders of Upworthy were planning their site, they considered a question that a few years ago would have sounded suicidal: “Should we have no homepage?” They wondered whether staffers’ time would be better spent meeting readers where they were already hanging out–on social media, largely–than to hope readers would type a URL into their address bar. It was clear that most people simply didn’t find content through homepages as much anymore, and that is was only a matter of time before a media outlet didn’t even bother with one. Read more of this post

Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love

Leo Buscaglia on Education, Industrialized Conformity, and How Stereotypes and Labels Limit Love

In the winter of 1969, shortly after a young woman he considered one of his brightest and most promising students committed suicide, Leo Buscaglia decided to deal with the flurry of confusion by starting an experimental class at the University of Southern California where he taught, exploring the most essential elements of existence – “life, living, sex, growth, responsibility, death, hope, the future.” The obvious common tangent, “the only subject which encompassed, and was at the core of all these concerns,” was love. So he simply called his course “Love Class.” While some of his fellow faculty members dismissed the subject as “irrelevant” and mocked its premise, the university agreed to let Buscaglia teach it on the condition that it be without course credit and he teach it free of salary in his spare time. Over the three years that followed, the course – not a scholarly or deeply philosophical study of love but “a sharing of some of the practical and vital ideas, feelings and observations” related to the human condition – earned Buscaglia the moniker “Dr. Love” and became one of the university’s most popular classes, drawing students of all ages and backgrounds. In 1972, Buscaglia published the most universal and important of those ideas in a slim and potent volume titled Love: What Life Is All About (public library). Read more of this post

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Van Morrison once characterized Bob Dylan (b. May 24, 1942) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the “moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once his singular consciousness and our broader experience of the world. That’s precisely what shines through in Paul Zollo’s 1991 interview with Dylan, found in Songwriters On Songwriting (public library) – that excellent and extensive treasure trove that gave us Pete Seeger on originality and also features conversations with such celebrated musicians as Suzanne VegaLeonard Cohenk.d. langDavid ByrneCarole King, and Neil Young, whose insights on songwriting extend to the broader realm of creative work in a multitude of disciplines. Read more of this post

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show Design Matters and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of Godin’s as the springboard for their wide-ranging conversation: V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone (public library) – an alphabet book for grownups illustrated by Hugh MacLeod with a serious and rather urgent message about what it means and what it takes to dream, to live with joy, to find our purpose and do fulfilling work. Read more of this post

7 reasons why the future of sleep could be wilder than your wildest dreams

7 reasons why the future of sleep could be wilder than your wildest dreams

By Dominic Basulto Updated: May 20 at 9:04 am

In a hyper-busy world, it seems like sleep is a luxury at times. How many times have you heard your cubicle mate or family member complain that there just aren’t enough hours in the day? But what if the key is not in optimizing your day-to-day routine or in trying to squeeze more hours out of a day, but rather, in minimizing – or at least optimizing – your sleep time? Read more of this post

Promising the good times: An overwhelming election victory promises to reshape Indian politics

Promising the good times: An overwhelming election victory promises to reshape Indian politics

May 24th 2014 | DELHI | From the print edition

INDIA brims with colourful politicians, but none has quite the sense of political theatre of Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He swept into Varanasi, India’s most ancient city, on May 17th pledging to clean the Ganges, its holiest and filthiest river. Three days later, in Delhi, BJP parliamentarians chanted and roared unanimous support for him, and he broke down in tears in mid-speech. After that he called on India’s president, Pranab Mukherjee, who agreed to swear him in as India’s 14th prime minister on May 26th. Read more of this post

Computer Chips and Dip: Big Data Comes to the Food Industry

Computer Chips and Dip

By Kevin Maney / May 15, 2014 1:51 PM EDT

In 1969, Honeywell tried to sell a Kitchen Computer, which was about as practical as a home nuclear reactor. It cost $10,600, weighed 100 pounds and came, the ad said, “complete with a two-week programming course” for Donna Reed–esque housewives who would then be able to punch its buttons and read recipe combinations off a teletype machine. Read more of this post

YouTube resists independent music streaming ultimatum despite talks

YouTube resists independent music streaming ultimatum despite talks
Saturday, May 24, 2014
AFP

LONDON–The independent music trade organization on Friday said YouTube had refused to withdraw threats over the Silicon Valley giant’s plans to launch a music streaming service, despite 24 hours of negotiations. Read more of this post

Harvey Norman co-founder Ian Norman dies

Harvey Norman co-founder Ian Norman dies

May 29, 2014 – 6:22PM

Eli Greenblat

Ian Norman, who teamed up with Gerry Harvey in 1982 to create the Harvey Norman retail chain that carries his name, has died. He was aged 75. Read more of this post

Deals That Transform Companies: How to shift your business model with M&A integration

May 26, 2014 / Summer 2014 / Issue 75

Deals That Transform Companies

How to shift your business model with M&A integration.

by Gregg Nahass

As capital remains cheap and competition increases, more and more corporate finance strategists are willing to take on transformational deals. Unlike absorption deals, in which companies acquire businesses that complement their existing operations, transformational deals in-volve acquiring new markets, channels, products, or processes in a way that requires significant operational integration. In fact, successful integration is key to realizing the potential value of these deals. Read more of this post

Frank Lowy’s Westfield threat makes corporate history

Frank Lowy’s Westfield threat makes corporate history

May 29, 2014 – 6:07PM

Malcolm Maiden

Lowy blow as Westfield defers restructure vote

The final vote for Westfield’s restructure has been deferred after proxy votes fell just shy of the 75 per cent needed, in a blow to the Lowy family’s plans to restructure the department store giant. Read more of this post

India’s top 10 food retailers accumulate $2.2 billion losses in 2013-14: Crisil

India’s top 10 food retailers accumulate $2.2 billion losses in 2013-14: Crisil

Wed, May 28 2014

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s top 10 food retailers are estimated to have accumulated losses worth $2.20 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2014, as they scaled up operations and refined their business models, according to a report by ratings agency Crisil. Read more of this post

BlackRock CEO says leveraged ETFs could ‘blow up’ whole industry

BlackRock CEO says leveraged ETFs could ‘blow up’ whole industry

Wed, May 28 2014

By Tim McLaughlin

(Reuters) – BlackRock Inc (BLK.N: QuoteProfileResearchStock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said on Wednesday that leveraged exchange-traded funds contain structural problems that could “blow up” the whole industry one day. Read more of this post

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