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We should do God, says report into religion in public life - BBC News
"We don't do God," as Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously told an interviewer wishing to inquire further about the then prime minister's Christian faith. But according to a report published today, we urgently need to do God - or rather, as a nation, we need to understand religion and belief much better as a driving force within societies across the world, in order to deal with its impact at home. Here, the decrease in mainstream Christianity and the growth of minority religions are raising questions about national identity (what does it mean to be British today?) and how we can live together and accommodate difference peacefully and cohesively, balancing each other's freedoms and rights. [...] Identity anxiety [ << symptom of crony capitalism and inequality and unrechtsstaat ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ex-SNP MSP to draw up Rise manifesto - BBC News
"The strength of Rise is the grassroots involvement in every area, and I welcome the interest that it is generating already." Rise - which stands for respect, independence, socialism and environmentalism - was born from the wider "Yes" movement in the wake of the independence referendum campaign. It includes the Scottish Socialist Party, the International Socialist Group, and other campaign groups. Ms Urquhart was one of three SNP MSPs who left the party in the wake of it voting to end its opposition to an independent Scotland joining Nato. The other two - John Wilson and John Finnie - have since joined the Scottish Greens.
SNP  Politics  UK  Scotland  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  symptom  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Holyrood  socialism  austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  Nicola  Sturgeon  democracy  pluralism  plurality 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
The blame for distorting our view of women doesn’t lie just with advertisers | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian
If we objected strongly enough to warped views of female bodies, women would take our custom elsewhere. But we keep buying the brands that offend us [...] But the lack of change in this area suggests consumers are not changing their spending habits. And as most of the consumers of the brands and products these advertisers are selling to are women purporting to hate this kind of thing, we have a conundrum: why are we still doing this? Why aren’t we putting our money where our mouths are? And then, obviously, in further solidarity taking our mouths off for a pizza somewhere? [...] Asking, or compelling by legislation, advertisers to do this runs counter to almost every prevailing ideology and trend. It asks that moneymaking ventures act for the greater good instead of the bottom line. It asks government to chip away at a cornerstone of the free market. It conceptualises women as hapless victims of intangible forces.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Peer to Peer Market - Academic Paper.
Peer-to-peer markets such as eBay, Uber, and Airbnb allow small suppliers to compete with traditional providers of goods or services. We view the primary function of these markets as making it easy for buyers to find sellers and engage in convenient, trustworthy transactions. We discuss elements of market design that make this possible, including search and matching algorithms, pricing, and reputation systems. We then develop a simple model of how these markets enable entry by small or flexible suppliers, and the resulting impact on existing firms. Finally, we consider the regulation of peer-to-peer markets, and the economic arguments for different approaches to licensing and certification, data, and employment regulation.
P2P  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Networks and the Nature of the Firm — The WTF Economy — Medium
“publish, then filter” - Clay Shirky. >> It is fundamentally an open-ended network in which filtering and curation (otherwise known as “management”) happens largely after the fact. [ Twitter lacks a management/curation feature, has to overcome its once cheered differentiator of no curating nor using algorithms to make sense of the noise one subscribed to. ] [...] [ Replacing knowledgeable workers, sales person, support staff, with software. ] One way to think about the new generation of on-demand companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, is that they are networked platforms for physical world services, which are bringing fragmented industries into the 21st century in the same way that ecommerce has transformed retail. [...] This fragmented industry [Taxi] provides work not just for drivers but for managers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and bookkeepers.
Clay  Shirky  Marketplace  efficiencies  plurality  Platform  user  generated  content  Open  Platform  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  noise  curation  curator  content  curation  Newsfeed  algorithm  Google  Search  Page  Rank  Twitter  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  on-demand  convenience  Service  Sector  Jobs  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Google  Uber  AirBnB  Lyft  e-commerce  YouTube  fragmented  Silicon  Valley  franchising  model  franchise 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing | TechCrunch
raise money to buy customers/bring customers onto the platform, and hope 50% stay on it and use it regularly; cost of customer acquisition, ops cost, lifetime customer value. scale to make and idea a sustainable business / cross fingers. // There is an App for that.
Marketplace  Appification  Google  Search  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  on-demand  convenience  vertical  plurality  efficiencies  Rocket  Internet 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The battle for the BBC | Charlotte Higgins | Media | The Guardian
Under attack from a government intent on reducing its size and besieged by commercial rivals, the broadcaster has been forced to justify its very existence
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
I was an undercover Uber driver :: Cover :: Philadelphia City Paper
I talked to maybe 20 randomly hailed UberX and Lyft drivers between November and March. All but one were male immigrants, primarily from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, and most spoke heavily accented English. It's a completely different group from the drivers I'm able to get in touch with through Uberpeople.net, the demographics of which I'd call "Reddit-ish." All the immigrant drivers who spoke to me took a lot of pride in providing excellent service. Few had been Uber drivers for more than a month or two. Many were helping support multiple family members, most had at least one other job and all worked hours that would reduce me to a weeping wreck in a month. [// working on a marketplace platform does not allow you to differentiate yourself // Seth Godin - being remarkable, the purple cow] [Uber also in transparent about cost structure for drivers and their own mini business] [Uber&Co, bc of marketplace, is resistant 2 workers protests] [there is also no minimum wage]
Uber  Lyft  public  transportation  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  economy  Services  Industry  Hailo  BlaBlaCar  Share  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  working  poor  1099  self-employment  precarious  work  Precariat  differentiate  differentiation  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Future  of  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning  transparency  corporate  governance  corporate  values  Travis  Kalanick  living  wage  minimum  wage  car  ownership  ownership  Zero  Hour  Contract  uncertainty  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
In survey of Millennials, 88% said they get news from Facebook : TrueReddit
&! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9221228 >> http://www.americanpressinstitute.org/publications/reports/survey-research/millennials-news/?1=2 "This generation tends not to consume news in discrete sessions or by going directly to news providers. Instead, news and information are woven into an often continuous but mindful way that Millennials connect to the world generally, which mixes news with social connection, problem solving, social action, and entertainment."
Facebook  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Signal  vs.  Noise  democracy  pluralistic  society  pluralism  plurality  journalism  journalismus  self-awareness  Google  Search  Google  News 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025 « CBS San Francisco
[The 2nd Industrial Revolution enabled by Moore's Law from 2000-2030/50: autonomous cars, software eats the world, marketplaces, share economy, automation, robotics, AI/augmented reality, local - just in time manufacturing via 3D printing, renewable energy and 100% recycling of everything.] The transition is already beginning to happen. Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, says that their 2015 models will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time.1 And the major automakers aren’t far behind – according to Bloomberg News, GM’s 2017 models will feature “technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic.”2 Both Google3 and Tesla4 predict that fully-autonomous cars – what Musk describes as “true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination” – will be available to the public by 2020. (( via bit.ly/1DAKDDN ))
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
NASA: We're sending humans to Mars | Hacker News
It's not a matter of public/private indeed, it's a matter of size. The bigger an organization, the more dis-aligned individual and collective incentives become. In a start-up you can't afford to harm the enterprise in order to further your own interest: if you act parasitically you'll kill your host almost immediately. In a big company, you won't make a meaningful difference, neither positively nor negatively, so you may as well serve your own interests, irrespective of their effect on the whole company. Corollary: people who want to play corporate politics concentrate in big companies, because that's where you can do it with relative impunity. Big private companies offset this competitive disadvantage through economy of scales and/or lobbying; public services do it through taxes and monopolies. NASA isn't inefficient because it's public, but because it's huge. // &! on a different note. improving NHS by managed market approach!? offering choice = competition, w care&quality standards.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexualkunde-Reform in Niedersachsen: Schüler wettern gegen Abgeordnete - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Pläne der niedersächsischen Landesregierung zur Sexualkunde sind der CDU-Landtagsabgeordneten Karin Bertholdes-Sandrock nicht geheuer. Sollen Kinder wirklich darüber aufgeklärt werden, was zum Beispiel "transsexuell" bedeutet? Sollen Homosexuelle im Unterricht davon erzählen, wie sich Diskriminierung anfühlt? Lieber nicht, sagt Bertholdes-Sandrock, von Beruf Gymnasiallehrerin für Deutsch und Politik. Sie glaubt, das Thema überfordere die Jugendlichen. Schülervertreter in Niedersachsen finden das empörend. "Dass Frau Bertholdes-Sandrock davon spricht, dass es unverantwortlich sei, Schüler mit Homosexuellen unbeaufsichtigt zu lassen, ist wirklich traurig und höchst diskriminierend. Es schockiert mich", sagte Helge Feußahrens, Vorsitzender des Landesschülerrats Niedersachsen. [...] Vermittlung von Toleranz im Bildungsplan verankern. Homosexualität, Bisexualität, Transsexualität und Intersexualität solle an Schulen "verbindlich thematisiert werden". + ! youtu.be/MwXODqOy9Ic
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future | TechCrunch
Our increased awareness has meant that more and more news stories have come out about the bad behavior of members of our community. The list is long, from startup CEOs and their fraternity-era emails, to venture capitalists who attempt to turn pitch sessions into romantic evenings. Yet despite such discussions, there remains a virulent group opposed to efforts to make our culture more inclusive, opposition that I honestly have never quite understood. Thankfully, women are starting to get the infrastructure to support their technology careers that they should have had years ago. While shaming is a useful and important tactic, ultimately it is our ability to foster the next generation of female engineers and entrepreneurs that will change our culture for the better.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp - WSJ
European Union antitrust officials have sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook Inc. and message service WhatsApp as they probe the proposed $19 billion acquisition of the latter by the California-based tech giant. EU antitrust officials will try get to the heart of the competitive landscape and understand what separates a social network from a messaging application, according to a questionnaire sent to them, and seen by The Wall Street Journal. Competitors have until Sept. 8 to reply to the questionnaire, which runs to nearly 70 pages and contains in-depth questions on the ease of switching between networks, how easy it is to create new competitors, and how the new social media industry and its apps compete with traditional telecoms services.
antitrust  Bundeskartellamt  Facebook  WhatsApp  Europe  Competition  market  plurality  barriers  to  entry  Zero  Rating  Net  Neutrality  Wireless  Carrier  messaging  Platform 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Angst vor Amazons Übermacht | Kulturjournal | NDR - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQcxdWNGaug // books as cultural good. could non-mainstream authors and publishers/agencies survive in a marketplace where only mainstream sells and is promoted - via Amazon's recommendation engine (algo curation) !!??
Amazon  Germany  ebooks  ebook  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  Kindle  marketplace  oligopoly  oligopol  monopoly  ecommerce  diversity  culture  plurality  market  plurality  pluralism  mainstream  curation  content  curation  algos  algorithm  algorithms  algo  Kulturgut 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem | TechCrunch
Between ages 25 and 30, 41% of the young talent with credentials in those subject matters are female … [but] 52% of this talent drops out … The most important antigen is the machismo that continues to permeate these work environments … 63% of women in science, engineering and technology have experienced sexual harassment. [...] If you create an environment wherein a whole class of entrepreneurs and employees goes unnoticed by deeply flawed industry-wide “pattern recognition” heuristics, and/or one where they have to be perpetually on their guard, and must pretend not to notice all the myriad microaggressions that make them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable and out-of-place then many of those entrepreneurs and employees will decide, rightly, that the tech industry is not worth the hassle and grief. + http://craigconnects.org/2014/08/why-men-must-lean-in-to-support-womens-leadership-2.html
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet | TechCrunch
Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all types of local service providers — think painters, wedding photographers, plumbers, tutors, therapists, and more — with potential clients. It works like this: People in need of a service provider provide Thumbtack with a summary of the work they need done or the type of service they’re looking for. Thumbtack then analyzes that request, and sources relevant local service providers who can then provide bids on the project. Thumbtack makes money by charging service providers a small fee for each bid. >> [Amazon is launching same offering, and Thumptack is a vertical for Google Search. Period. Just like indeed.com is a Vertical Search for Jobs than one could also do on a GENERALISED search engine like Google. Search is about knowing what to look for, key words. What is when the user doesn't know the keywords for things he is looking for? Shazam!]
Amazon  Google  Services  Industry  service  economy  service  convenience  frictionless  friction  user  experience  frustration  free  delightful  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Vertical  optimisation  optimization  Thumbtack  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  customer  experience  search  engine  Google  Indeed.com  Shazam 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
What 'one Windows' really means (and doesn't) | ZDNet
>> can MSFT pull off the feat to win space (+10%-20% or even more) in the Mobile Platform competition? +++ http://www.wired.com/2014/07/unified-windows/
Windows  Platform  Microsoft  Android  iOS  Apple  Google  market  plurality  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  technological  progress 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect: Susan Sontag on How the Stereotypes and Polarities of Culture Imprison Us | Brain Pickings
The young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people.” Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect – timeless wisdom from Susan Sontag on how polarities and stereotypes imprison us:
stereotype  polarisation  polarization  society  plurality  pluralism  prejudice  bias  image  Philosophy 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Will Yahoo Buy AOL? | Re/code
But wait: Mayer has told a number of people inside and outside the company that she just does not “get” the merger, despite all the potential benefits. As explained to me, she finds it small, unexciting, uninspiring and backward-looking. Mayer has a point.
AOL  Yahoo!  Marissa  Mayer  Tim  Armstrong  M&A  marketplace  plurality  market  plurality  Huffington  Post 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Go Small Business Product | Re/code
Two of them targeted mid-size and large brands and retailers, while Go was aimed at small businesses. But according to several sources, Go never gained traction against competitors that included Bigcommerce and Shopify. In March, Magento cut dozens of employees in a move the company said was aimed at realigning the business to “focus more deeply” on its two products aimed at bigger businesses. It wouldn’t say at the time what that meant for its Go offering.
Magento  squarespace  Amazon  ebay  e-commerce  Shopify  SAAS  focused  focus  execution  marketplace  plurality  Value  Proposition  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - 'No wage rises' until jobless rate falls to 5% says MPC member
Martin Weale said there may be more spare capacity in the economy than policymakers had previously estimated. +++ Bank of England 'puzzled' by productivity gap - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27857472 >> London Finance Centre Canary Wharf drove up productivity in the run up to the 2008 GFC :: UK workforce as a whole, lacking skills for the future, thus the productivity gap; Mobile Creative, Mobile Creatives, skill-biased technological change, knowledge worker, White-collar Worker, Blue-collar Worker. Year of Code is too late and a drop/tea-cup in the ocean. College needs to offer Computer Science Degrees (Technichal College), not just University. College's offers courses as "Beauty Technicians." Services Industry that does NOT scale. A locals hairdressers service can not be exported, sold and consumed in other countries. Period.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Commentary: Uber’s $18.2B Valuation Is a Head Scratcher - Digits - WSJ
That’s a worthy mission, but the wrinkle is that Uber is entering what is essentially a frictionless market (for both drivers and riders) in which its services are a commodity. The company’s phenomenal growth so far (we don’t know the actual numbers, but doubling in revenue every 6 months is what Kalanick claims) has been built on the back of low-hanging fruit — expansion into new cities, particularly where taxi availability is low — and levels of dissatisfaction among taxi drivers that may be temporal. (When I asked drivers who had a particular loyalty to Lyft why they liked the company, they said they felt it treated them better in general.) In both respects, Uber’s growth is reminiscent of Groupon, and we know what happened to them.
Uber  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  sharing  economy  Groupon  barriers  to  entry  low-hanging  fruit  frictionless  friction  Lyft  urban  planning  urbanisation  transportation  public  transportation  Taxi 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Syrische Flüchtlinge: Sie werden weitgehend auf sich gestellt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
wieso kann man nicht eine syrische familie adoptieren, und persoehnlich helfen? wieso macht das keiner? hyper local web app for adoption program. ... >>> Martha Nussbaum: "To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control." ( http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/14/martha-nussbaum-bill-moyers-world-of-ideas/ ) || + a sprinkle of fear and illinformed/educated about other forms of Religion than Christianity - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anti-cultural,_anti-national,_and_anti-ethnic_terms#Anti-religious_terms || Deutsche gesellschaft ist nicht so weltoffen wie es sich gerne gibt. Bloss nicht vor meiner hausstuer. +++ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHO9-Ol3rEw
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber Discusses Investment at $12 Billion Valuation - WSJ.com
@Uber in talks w/ large fund managers to raise $500M round @ $12B+ valuation, sources say; possible investors incl BlackRock, General Atlantic, Technology Crossover Ventures, hedge funds; raised $307.5M to date; @howardlindzon predicts IPO in Q4 - Link
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Net Neutrality and the Idea of America : The New Yorker
In “The Frontier in American History,” the historian Frederick Jackson Turner argued that it was frontiers that created the essential aspects of American democracy. Life on the frontier, he wrote, was what developed “the courageous determination to break new paths” and “indifference to the dogma that because an institution or a condition exists, it must remain.” The debate over net neutrality, by this reckoning, is a classic debate over the closing of a frontier. The fear is that industrial consolidation, as it has before, will diminish opportunities for the new, idealistic, and optimistic, leaving behind the established, tested, and cynical. It would be the lapse into plutocracy that Turner and others feared.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - youtube.com/watch?v=h3bIDRM8l2A ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/susan-crawford-internet_n_2670127.html - https://www.youtube.com/user/MoyersandCompany/search?query=Crawford +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
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Pfizer and AstraZeneca: Deal or no deal | The Economist
IT'S ALL A MATTER OF DEGREE. Degree of vitality, dynamism, plurality & competition further reduced within the pharmaceutical industry in case of a M&A deal. + http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/mergers-and-acquisitions/articles/growth-through-merger-and-acquisitions.html "M&A deals intended specifically 2 enable growth fail 2 achieve their expressed growth objective." + http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/52090 /// vs. Internal Growth through start-up/entrepreneurial culture within. --->> once you are a public company, your options to facilitate growth are hugely curtailed do to the short-term thinking of money, crony capitalism >> Wall Street. /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AstraZeneca#Pfizer_takeover_bid + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27391124 + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27309851 | BRITISH INTEREST IS & SHOULD BE MARKET PLURALITY. From May 7th. http://bit.ly/QNgGtz - 7 days later http://bit.ly/1k5sGCg | this case; fiduciary responsibility = short-term thinking
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