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From the Wall Street Journal

On this day in 1602, the western world's first major publicly traded company is born, as the Dutch legislature grants a monopoly on trade to the Dutch East India Company. In 1609, the company's directors declare that investors cannot sell their shares back to the company, but only to other investors -- giving birth to the modern stock market.

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I haven't seen this reported in any English language papers but this is AMAZING! The founder of North Face had said he would donate the land and now his widow carried out his wishes. The largest private donation of land for conservation EVER!! 400,000 hectares.

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WARNING: If you are sentimental, grab a box of Kleenex. An ode to love that may not be Shakespeare but is oh-so very real. 

Lapham penned this in the spring of 2008. Hmmm...

Over the course of time, it is the power of mind over matter that shapes the clay of civilization. Money follows with the baggage, traveling with the flute players and the dancing bears, bribing the pope, and putting up the tents. It can maintain the status quo, whether of tyranny or democracy; it can employ four hundred thousand automobile workers or Benvenuto Cellini; it can buy Panama or Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. It is a power worth the having, but without the greater power of thought, it amounts to little more than the temporary dominion of a bully. 

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They are not all gang bangers, rapists, drug dealers or murderers. In fact their work will add $5 TRILLION to private sector GDP over the next 10 years. But what if they are not here?

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Fascinating!! There are other films that can be found as well as the one with the article.

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America already is great even if the U.S.A. may not realize what makes up America. 

With one day of his presidency to go, the S&P 500 was up 182% from Mr. Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, delivering an annualized return including dividends of 16.3%. In data since 1928, only Bill Clinton produced higher returns.

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This is an amazing documentary that should be shown to students. The shock moment for me was when I heard women who were raped being told by the police that their statements weren't credible because the women weren't pretty enough to get raped. Isn't that a Trump argument? For those unfamiliar with the feminist movement, there will be many shocking moments. Even if you this is still a must watch. It is currently available on Netflix.

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Some of you know this already, if not in fact at least intuitively but in case you don't, or you know someone who could use a thought provoking moment in the middle of their gluttony ...
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