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The New York Times color-coded the whistleblower’s memo.

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New synthetic addictive drugs are being invented in China faster than authorities can outlaw the drugs. Sophisticated users are buying these drugs over the Internet and having them shipped BY MAIL from China. Fentanyl and its analogues are more addictive than existing drugs derived from natural substances, and can kill in insanely small amounts. Terrifying […]

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Canva is a fun design tool that doesn’t require a weeklong class to get started.  I downloaded the app yesterday and in 5 minutes had created my first Instagram-style post (above). The tool has templates for infographics, proposals, invitations, certificates, tri-fold brochures, menus, letterheads, tags, tickets, gift certificates and a couple dozen other categories.

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Came across this wonderful book by Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim at the train station bookstore at Amsterdam Centraal. Three million copies have been sold (in the original Korean) and what a joy that it is now available in English. “Would you like to make your child happy? Then get off work a little early today. Wait for your child […]

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If you are organizing an event where more than ten people will show up, it is nice to provide name badges. These are the best I’ve found. They’ve got magnets that go inside your shirt. No annoying pins or clips. If you re-use the name badges, you can buy these insert refills.

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Esther Duflo, Abhijit V. Banerjee, and Michael Kremer won the Nobel Price in Economics this week for their experimental approach to figuring out what interventions actually work to alleviate povery. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Duflo and Banerjee, is a highly engaging overview of the research – with […]

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A client asked for some advice on reducing accounts receivables balances, and as a problem-solving tool for his team, I put together the above checklist (download here), mostly based on my own experience of collecting on invoices over the past 11 years.

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“Fascist politicians justify their ideas by breaking down a common sense of history in creating a mythic past to support their vision for the present. They rewrite the population’s shared understanding of reality by twisting the language of ideals through propaganda and promoting anti-intellecualism, attacking universities and educational systems that might challenge their ideas. Eventually, […]

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When kicking off a project, particularly one that involves a broad set of stakeholders, you’ve probably created one-page initiative charters. You can download a PPT of the above version here.

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In The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough explores “how the system works and whom it works for.” As an appetizer, check out “Legacy and Athlete Preferences at Harvard” by Arcidiacono, Kinsler, and Ransom.  “Our model of admissions shows that roughly three quarters of white ALDC admits would have been rejected if […]

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At a breakfast with company founders last week, we shared favorite tech tools. Michael Cherkassky recommended DocSend, and half the table seconded the recommendation. DocSend allows you to: Securely share large files Keep track of who has opened them Get alerts if the document is forwarded Get page-by-page analytics on where people spent time Make edits to the doc after you […]

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They didn’t cover this in my high school history classes: How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr tells the story of all the U.S. territories, islands, atolls, archipelagos, and the other miscellaneous possessions. Did you know that America’s longest war, until Afghanistan, was the Philippine War (1899 to 1913), in […]