Raising a CEO's "non-verbal" score by just 5 percent yields an 11 percent boost in final market price
the assessments were also predictive of the company's near-term success
If Apple created a car business as big as BMW and Mercedes combined, that business would generate less profit than the iPhone
one thing that doesn't seem likely is that Apple can expand the market for such premium cars in the way it expanded the market for premium phones. You can choose to spend $600 instead of $200 on a phone (especially if that premium is masked by a monthly contract) but you can't choose to spend $40,000 instead of $14,000 on a car no matter how good it is
It would be facile, even exculpatory, to call the problem of the Islamic State “a problem with Islam.” The religion allows many interpretations, and Islamic State supporters are morally on the hook for the one they choose. And yet simply denouncing the Islamic State as un-Islamic can be counterproductive, especially if those who hear the message have read the holy texts and seen the endorsement of many of the caliphate’s practices written plainly within them
Some observers have called for escalation, including several predictable voices from the interventionist right (Max Boot, Frederick Kagan), who have urged the deployment of tens of thousands of American soldiers. These calls should not be dismissed too quickly: an avowedly genocidal organization is on its potential victims’ front lawn, and it is committing daily atrocities in the territory it already controls
One way to un-cast the Islamic State’s spell over its adherents would be to overpower it militarily and occupy the parts of Syria and Iraq now under caliphate rule. Al‑Qaeda is ineradicable because it can survive, cockroach-like, by going underground. The Islamic State cannot. If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate. Caliphates cannot exist as underground movements, because territorial authority is a requirement: take away its command of territory, and all those oaths of allegiance are no longer binding. Former pledges could of course continue to attack the West and behead their enemies, as freelancers. But the propaganda value of the caliphate would disappear, and with it the supposed religious duty to immigrate and serve it. If the United States were to invade, the Islamic State’s obsession with battle at Dabiq suggests that it might send vast resources there, as if in a conventional battle. If the state musters at Dabiq in full force, only to be routed, it might never recover
And yet the risks of escalation are enormous. The biggest proponent of an American invasion is the Islamic State itself. The provocative videos, in which a black-hooded executioner addresses President Obama by name, are clearly made to draw America into the fight. An invasion would be a huge propaganda victory for jihadists worldwide: irrespective of whether they have givenbaya’a to the caliph, they all believe that the United States wants to embark on a modern-day Crusade and kill Muslims. Yet another invasion and occupation would confirm that suspicion, and bolster recruitment. Add the incompetence of our previous efforts as occupiers, and we have reason for reluctance. The rise of ISIS, after all, happened only because our previous occupation created space for Zarqawi and his followers. Who knows the consequences of another botched job?
Given everything we know about the Islamic State, continuing to slowly bleed it, through air strikes and proxy warfare, appears the best of bad military options. Neither the Kurds nor the Shia will ever subdue and control the whole Sunni heartland of Syria and Iraq—they are hated there, and have no appetite for such an adventure anyway. But they can keep the Islamic State from fulfilling its duty to expand. And with every month that it fails to expand, it resembles less the conquering state of the Prophet Muhammad than yet another Middle Eastern government failing to bring prosperity to its people
Now it is
Good job Nexus team!
Placebo effect: the mere expectation of relief can trigger a physiological response
Advertising impact? While a difficult hypothesis to test, it’s plausible that all that exposure to sharply crafted advertising messages about a given drug’s effects may prompt a placebo response in some patients
Ok, fine. This fascinating infographic shows which presidential candidates are powered by Sugar Daddies, and which one by the people.
Jeb's got a fairly even trend, Hillary's over-indexed in the percentage raised in small donations (if you consider between 200 and 2700 small).
The absolute king is Bernie Sanders. Goodness. Look at that. A true man of the people (too bad he does not stand a chance in our elections system).
The most interesting part was how many candidates were riding on Sugar Daddies. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are notable. There is just one person who is bankrolling, in a big way, both Ted and Marco.
In a world where corporations are people and unlimited contributions have absolutely NO corrupting influence on politician's discussions, #ha ! #thanksalotsupremecourt , I suppose this is ok.
I do hope it sill pushes all of us citizens of this great nation to think again what we are creating.
Data source, and more details: http://goo.gl/Y9wRHP
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