At their concert in London on March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines reportedly said “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” [Read more…]
How Entrepreneurs Became the New Agents of Change
New York City in 1932 had 16,732 taxicabs . The population of the city at that time was about 7 million. Today, according to Wikipedia, New York City has just 13,605 taxicabs. Today’s population? 8.4 million. So the city hasn’t shrunk, but the number of taxis has.
That’s in large part due to the fact that in 1937, an alderman named Lew Haas decided to do something about what was described as “merciless” competition in the taxi industry with numerous strikes and fare wars. According to taxi historian Graham Hodges, “Many cabbies turned to petty crime to help make ends meet.”
Of Mormons and Mullahs
I’ve always been fascinated by the conflict within Islam itself, largely represented by the two predominant factions of Sunni and Shi’i (often spelled Shia). Having spent nearly three years now living in a majority Sunni Muslim country, I’ve had the opportunity to observe at close range Islam’s majority “denomination” if you will. [Read more…]
The Case for Not Voting in Elections
We’ve all heard it. A lot of us have even said it. “Get out and vote!” We’ve been conditioned from a young age to be ashamed of low turnout numbers in elections. We swear to our school teachers that we won’t be someone who doesn’t exercise his or her right to vote. These days, a lot of us even feel obliged to post selfies on social media with a ballot in hand or an “I Voted Today” sticker, admonishing fellow citizens to “get out and vote.”
Zuckerberg’s False Altruism, Not Such a Bad Thing?
A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a pretty big splash in the news by announcing that they would give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares—currently valued at $45 billion. Zuckerberg and Facebook then basked in the afterglow of (mostly) complimentary reviews from just about every corner of the world. I even had Chinese friends who don’t speak a word of English (and aren’t Facebook users—it’s illegal in China) mention in passing how great Zuckerberg is for his giving pledge. That’s some serious PR reach.
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