Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The culture of entrepreneurship

"Governments around the world want to promote entrepreneurship. Though most business start-ups will never amount to much, each little company is an experiment, and a great deal of experimentation is necessary to produce the occasional firm that can transform a nation's economy—or even rise to international significance. In short, entrepreneurship is an incubator, and one that is essential to long-term economic success.

"In explaining the variation in levels of entrepreneurship across countries, much attention is devoted nowadays to differences in national attitudes and policies. But there are also significant differences in levels of entrepreneurship within individual countries. People from Shanghai are said to be more entrepreneurial than people in Beijing. People in the Ukrainian town of Kherson are more entrepreneurial than people from Kiev." ...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Laptops travel better with accessories

"Laptops are the ultimate productivity tools, but they let you work on the go even better with the right accessories. Fortunately, countless companies offer products specifically for laptops." ...

Monday, July 18, 2005

VENEZUELA: We are on the way towards socialism

"Venezuela's National Union of Workers (UNT) is a relatively new union federation, formed just over two years ago to replace the CTV, the old corrupt and right-wing union federation. Inspired by the pro-poor policies of the government of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's workers have responded to the call to build a new democratic and revolutionary unionism." ...

"Co-management from the point of view of the workers is something very simple—we want power and participation in the management of the companies, in order to create new jobs, guarantee that the wealth reaches the people and that corruption is rooted out."

"We have all the rights—to elect the managers, look into the accounts, to make proposals; the workers have all the rights. This is what we are demanding in an audacious way and we think this is the way forward."

Japan Joins U.S. in Dangerous Space Race

"Space technology is developed for two primary reasons: to better coordinate warfare on Earth; and to profit from naturally ocurring elements found in space. Nations and corporations view space as the 'new world,' where gold can be found on asteroids, water and helium-3 on the moon, and possibly magnesium, cobalt, and uranium on Mars.

"Corporations intend to venture to these planetary bodies and secure massive profits in the years ahead. But first new space technologies have to be created that make it possible, and cost effective, to 'mine the skies.'" ...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hadley Arkes on the Supreme Court and Women

"Washington, D.C. is bracing for the firestorm sure to come over the nomination to the Supreme Court. With the departure of Justice O'Connor, the vacancy offers the chance to replace the 'swing' vote that would make the most profound difference on issues such as abortion and racial preferences. There has been much talk about the lure to appoint a Hispanic or another woman, but for conservatives this is not the moment to take a chance." ...

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Hurricane Prompts Massive Evacuations

"Coastal residents packed up and evacuated or hunkered down Saturday as Hurricane Dennis lashed the Florida Keys with wind and sheets of rain and charged toward areas still rebuilding from last year's storms.

"More than 1 million people from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana were under evacuation orders. Landfall was expected Sunday afternoon anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to southeast Louisiana." ...

"The storm, the earliest to reach Category 4 strength in the Caribbean on record, was expected to bring up to 8 inches of rain and 6-foot storm surges Saturday. It was blamed for at least 10 deaths in Cuba and 10 in Haiti."

Friday, July 8, 2005

Blogs seen as powerful new tool in U.S. court fight

"Political groups preparing to battle over the first U.S. Supreme Court nomination in 11 years have a powerful new tool—Internet blogs—to spread information quickly and influence decision makers without relying on traditional media.

"Web logs likely numbering in the dozens provide a way for the thoughtful and the passionate to publish their views. Politicians are taking notice as they prepare for the first high court nomination fight since the Internet became common in American households." ...

Thursday, July 7, 2005

London: Olympics and Terrorists

July 6: "London beat favorites Paris in a showdown for the right to host the 2012 Olympics after Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated in a nail-biting International Olympic Committee vote Wednesday." ...

July 7: "Half a dozen explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday. The blasts killed at least two people and injured scores in what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair said was a series of 'barbaric' terrorist attacks." ...

No Rest for the Weary

"The citizens of France are once again taking a pasting on the op-ed pages. Their failing this time is not that they are cheese-eating surrender monkeys, as they were thought to be during the invasion of Iraq, but rather that they voted to reject the new European Union constitution.

"According to the pundits, this was the timid, shortsighted choice of a backward-looking people afraid to face the globalized future. But another way of looking at it is that the French were simply trying to hold on to their perks—their cradle-to-grave welfare state and, above all, their cherished 35-hour workweek.

"What's so bad about that? There was a time when the 35-hour workweek was the envy of the world, and especially of Americans, who used to travel to France just so they could watch the French relax." ...

Timeline: Remembering the Scopes Monkey Trial

"Eighty years ago, in July 1925, the mixture of religion, science and the public schools caught fire in Dayton, Tenn. The Scopes trial—or 'Monkey Trial,' as it was called—dominated headlines across the country. The trial lasted just a week, but the questions it raised are as divisive now as they were back then." ...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

P.G. Man Sells Last Known Farm in Beltway

"A Prince George's County man is letting go of what is believed to be the last working family farm inside the Capital Beltway.

"Duane Dickerson is selling his 35 acres to a North Carolina developer who is reportedly planning a strip mall with a Giant supermarket.

"Many farms still exist just beyond the Beltway. But for many, the sale of Dickerson's farm is piquing local nostalgia for a time when D.C. was surrounded by countryside." ...

Fireworks Crowd in Washington Provides Test of Evacuation Plan

"After the last of the fireworks expired over the Mall, thousands of people rushed to their cars on Monday night to beat the traffic heading out of the city. Many of them also happened to take part in Washington's largest evacuation drill since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"The city's transportation department wanted to see if it could flush traffic in just 45 minutes through the main routes leading south from the city, across the Potomac River toward the Virginia suburbs." ...

Monday, July 4, 2005

Evangelical Groups Plan Aggressive Drive for Nominee

"Employing essentially the same game plan they used to win referendums against same-sex marriage in 11 states last November, evangelical Christian groups said they plan to run a multimillion-dollar church-centered campaign to rouse support for a thoroughly conservative successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

"Conservative religious leaders said the campaign will target 20,000 pastors and congregations using Christian talk radio, satellite television broadcasts, direct-mail advertising and aggressive grass-roots organizing.

"'This is the moment that social conservatives have been awaiting for more than a decade—a real chance to change the philosophical balance of the Supreme Court' and reverse the direction of its rulings on abortion, school prayer, sodomy and religious displays on public property, said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

"A year ago, Perkins predicted that petition drives for state constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage would have an enduring political impact because they would forge local Christian activists across the nation into 'hard-wired' networks with names, addresses and telephone numbers of supporters.

"That is exactly what happened, he said in an interview Saturday." ...

Presidents Not Always Happy With Justices

"Dwight D. Eisenhower called his Supreme Court appointments the 'biggest damn fool mistake I ever made.' Richard Nixon unwittingly named the future liberal author of Roe v. Wade. George H.W. Bush's choice now evokes a GOP grumble, 'No more Souters!'

"As President Bush mulls his first high court decision, he knows well that the notion of picking a Supreme Court justice is indeed risky business. He has to get the justice confirmed and then hope that his choice doesn't disappoint him. Already, he's being buffeted by all kinds of advice—not just the institutional 'advice and consent' role that the Founding Fathers carved out for the Senate." ...

Arlington National Cemetery Undergoes First Expansion In A Decade

"Arlington National Cemetery is undergoing its first expansion in a decade.

"The $12 million, 40-acre project is needed because of the large number World War Two veterans retiring. The expansion will allow the nation's preeminent military cemetery to accommodate burials up to 2030.

"As part of the project that began in May, 26,000 graves are being added to the roughly 215,000 already in place across the Potomac River from Washington." ...

D.C.'s List Of Don'ts Grating on Some Nerves

"A parking ticket on your windshield used to be as far as the stubby arm of District law would reach. But now, drivers are ticketed by robot cameras, holding a cell phone when driving is verboten and no one is allowed to have more than one drink at a time at city bars. Last week, D.C. police were handing out $10 tickets for jaywalking." ...

Friday, July 1, 2005

EBay sellers fell into careers that fill their lives

"Brenda Lorisch is considering buying a new home and keeping her old one to store the mountain of designer clothes she sells on eBay." ...

"Clutter is one of many thorns prickling the horde of Internet entrepreneurs angling to strike it rich on eBay, the global online bazaar featuring 50 million items for sale every day. There is also the loneliness of working from home, the tedium of photographing hundreds of items, the grind of answering customer e-mails and the anxiety over competing with other eBay sellers who regularly pop up out of nowhere.

"The challenges are intensifying as Web commerce and its biggest player, eBay, turn 10 this year. What started as a hobby for many has overtaken careers and personal lives, transforming them as a new form of commerce takes shape online. Now that thousands of eBay entrepreneurs have years of selling under their belts, they are wrestling with serious issues of scale."

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