Whoops, what’s in a name

Whoops, what’s in a name

Confusion over the names of two similar-sounding African countries may have helped boosted oil prices to near $80 a barrel this week as traders rushed to buy oil after reports of a military coup. A Reuters reporter received a flustered phone call from a hedge fund...

Whoops, what’s in a name

Confusion over the names of two similar-sounding African countries may have helped boosted oil prices to near $80 a barrel this week as traders rushed to buy oil after reports of a military coup. A Reuters reporter received a flustered phone call from a hedge fund...

Quote of the day: Continuing innovation

Peter Thiel: People take it for granted that their retirement funds can earn 8.5 percent a year. That’s what their financial planners tell them. And sure, you look back over the past 100 years, the stock market has generally gone up 6 to 8 percent a year. But in a...
Rethinking restaurants

Rethinking restaurants

It is Valentine’s Day weekend and a lot of people (including myself) will be taking loved ones to restaurants. When I was young, I worked at a restaurant that had phones on all the tables. There were no waiters – when the customer was ready to order, they would pick...

Helping poor countries

Can richer countries, or even groups of wealthy people create charter cities in 3rd world countries? Basically “adopt” a 3rd world city? Rich nations use well-functioning systems of courts, police and jails, developed over centuries, to solve such...