“There’s this myth that government regulation is well intentioned and benign, and implemented properly. That’s the myth.”

Marc Andreessen on Why Optimism Is Always the Safest Bet

“I will not second-guess Sheryl on anything that she has said. We cite the book all the time. Whenever anybody’s sitting up against the wall we’re, “Lean in, sit at the table.””

Marc Andreessen on Why Optimism Is Always the Safest Bet

“What can we do to stop their actions in the Baltic Sea? This is part of Russia’s new action pattern. I don’t think it’s possible to get them to quit their behavior. The important thing is not these individual incidents, but rather the long-term military power shift in Europe.”

Why Is Russia Getting So Aggressive Toward Sweden? | VICE

“The Labour leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council, Stephen Cowan, arrived late to his booth after being harangued by protesters outside. “We inherited this stand from the Conservative administration, and we couldn’t get out of the contract,” he said. “So we decided to bring the protest inside.” In place of the usual promotional images were posters reading “Homes for residents not overseas investors” and “Save Charing Cross hospital”.”

Protests disrupt property fair in London

“Like a regional popularity contest, the fair hosts 35 cities and local authorities, each selling their investment opportunities in little booths plastered with aspirational slogans – from “Nottingham: the time is now, the place is here” to “Croydon: the economic powerhouse of the south-east”. Delegates drift from a mint cake reception with Invest in South Lakeland to a whisky tasting with the Scottish Cities Alliance, past Southwark’s motivational triad, “Towers, sky, ambition”.”

Protests disrupt property fair in London

“The three-day event was opened by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, who reassured his audience that the city was “open for business” as ever, despite the disturbances outside. “I don’t want to expel any oligarchs,” he said. “Their cranes are sprouting all across the city, and it’s marvellous.””

Protests disrupt property fair in London

“It is not the first time Read has performed a political song. He rapped for 10 minutes during a dinner at a Conservative conference and expressed a desire to stand as the party’s candidate for London mayor in 2006.”

Get Mike Read’s Ukip calypso song to number one, urges Nigel Farage | Politics | The Guardian

“Speaking to Sky News, Read defended his song against accusations on Twitter that it was inappropriate to sing it in a mock-Caribbean accent, saying it was “not remotely racist”.”

Get Mike Read’s Ukip calypso song to number one, urges Nigel Farage | Politics | The Guardian

“Yiwu International Trade Center, Yiwu Mall, Yiwu Futian Market… They are all different names for Yiwu International Trade City”

Discover Yiwu International Trade City / Yiwu International Trade Center Today!

“This repository provides a corpus of network communications automatically sent to Apple by OS X Yosemite; we’re using this dataset to explore how Yosemite shares user data with Apple.”

yosemite-phone-home/README.md at master · fix-macosx/yosemite-phone-home

Pound shop chain bosses are regular visitors and many companies including 99p Stores and Poundland, have their own branded goods made there to order.

Nowhere reflects China’s contribution to the pound shop phenomenon better than the town of Yiwu. Four decades ago it was a small town - now it is a “commodity city” with a population of over a million.

It seems dedicated entirely to the production, exhibition and sale of the thousands of small products that cram the shelves of pound shops. Any shop owner can visit the city, order a dozen different kinds of vases, teddy bears or fishing nets, anything they want and which can be made for under a pound, fill a container and have it shipped back to the UK.

BBC News - How did pound shops change the UK?

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“Characterized by the pessimistic, condescending tone that most baby boomers assume when talking to “millenials,” Coupland’s called them “Slogans for the 21st Century.” “You are the last generation that will die,” I read. “Lives are no longer feeling like stories,” “Once the internet colonizes your brain it can never be decolonized.” I stared at a few of the signs in disbelief and tried once again to articulate to my father how inadequate these were as an attempt to say anything about the Internet and Internet culture, but he was too busy taking pictures of the posters with his iPhone to hear me.”

The Generation X Gap

“We are already in compliance with most of the items. There are a couple small things: We don’t have a fax machine for our office, which is a requirement.”

California bootcamp will work with regulator: ‘Whatever the cost — it’s worth it to satisfy the state’ (interview)

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