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I have a few good friends who are quants and these are interesting times in the stock market :-)  I turned an email I sent one of them into a blog since I've been getting a lot of comments on quick email!  Here it is. 
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“To be is to do”—Socrates.“To do is to be”—Jean-Paul Sartre.“Do be do be do”—Frank Sinatra.
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Google's Alphabet can be a very interesting move.  
Google is often considered a white knight, and yet often (unfairly) accused of all kinds of monopolistic behavior!  Hopefully this allows independent units to be able to do their work, while allowing more diversification broadly, and focus locally.  
It will create its own challenges too.  For instance, what happens if two groups want to buy the same company... :-)))  
Hopefully, Eric Schmidt gets to circle back in as well.
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Good lunch time reading! :-)))
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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“YEAH, the Chinese can take a test, but…they’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial. They don’t innovate—that’s why...
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"... nickel-iron oxide is a world-record performing material that can catalyze both the hydrogen and the oxygen reaction," Cui said. "No other catalyst can do this with such great performance."
Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
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I love HBR.  Even when they get it wrong.  It is 99% waste of time, but only on FB.
 
Lessons from "Mr. Davos."
And other lessons learned from “Mr. Davos.”
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If only all stock markets would crash like China's... 
It is 90% above this time last year!  and it is at the same level it was 4 months ago!  where it climbed from 3950 to 5160 in roughly two months, with 3 minor corrections.  
SSE Index more than doubled in 6 months.
SSE Composite Index
3,954.56 +68.24 (1.76%)
Aug 13, 2015, 11:01 PM China Time
Currency in CNY - Disclaimer
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Can China innovate? This is certainly one of the big business questions of the age. Sceptics point to the proliferation of copycat business models as evidence that Chinese companies cannot create for themselves. But the naysayers exaggerate: in certain sectors, China is now taking a global lead http://econ.st/1JTYubP
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With fanfare, NASA released the first batch of mesmerizing close-up images of the dwarf planet and its moons.
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In the wake of Charleston killings, here is a question to ponder:
Ethenic Minorities are disproportionately victimized by gun crimes. Then Why Is NAACP Not Comdeming Gun Ownership?!
A new study is the first to examine firearm-related fatalities by ethnicity, race and state
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+Mark Wilber Good research Mark.  Thank you.  
I read the communication.  It is like most other moderate and progressive recommendations;  i.e., fairly general, and non specific particularly when it comes to ethnic groups most effected by it.  

Moreover, even though they refer to age groups, they do not call for age restrictions for owning a gun -- with the exceptions of those in the military, or part of a police force.  Currently, there is a flimsy 18 year age limit, if you buy the gun from a gun store.  The age limit of 21 will reduce crimes by over 25%.
http://smartgunlaws.org/minimum-age-to-purchase-possess-firearms-policy-summary/

Anyway, we both have to get back to work.  But I think NAACP can do a lot more reaching out to people of color, asking them to by disavow guns and gun ownership.  
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From my Alma Matrer, University of Cambridge, UK.
A dramatic video has captured the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells – the body’s ‘serial killers’ – as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target.
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Regular Falafel and Chicken Shwarma are my favorites. Very casual place. Think of it as Michelin Rated food with In and Out type atmosphere :-) Now the minor issues. It gets really crowded, but they are very good at serving people quickly. The seating is outside, but it is covered. The parking lot is super small, but there is a parking in the shopping mall across the street. There is a high school near by. Again, I suggest getting there at non-rush hours. Also the meat section is a zoo with numbers being called out randomly. All in all it is really worth it.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Legandary or amazing does not begin to describe this place. Fred and his team took care of everything; from the car rental to insurance, to making sure I get the best deal. The fellows at Enterprise knew Legend and Fred, and called him the best. They are right around the corner. Showed my car to my mechanic Dennis, told him the total cost. Shook his head and said he has to use it for his wife's car :-)
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Great Sushi. Very small place, and no reservations. Everything we ordered was great.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Strongly recommend flaming trout. Had white out roll too, and it was 4.5 Star. The place is popular and the wait on Friday night was about an hour. Too bad this App does not allow you to label your photos! 😞
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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This is for Carnivores. Get their combination plates. You are pretty much fed for a week. Ask for Extra sauce.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Thief and CHEATS. This is a really Horrid Place. There is a good reason the parking lot is empty! STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. The food is OK at best, but over priced. The service is horrible. To add insult to injury, these jerks cheat you on your bill. They target the travelers on the CalTrain. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY. STAY AWAY.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
This place used to be a great local vegitarian place. But the service has gone to dogs! Three times I took food home and the containers were half or less full, the bread was cold and the manager was a snoothy jerk. On top of it, the quality and freshness of the food has gone down. They own the Madras store a few doors down, and that is always bad news. What is old and going rotten goes into the restaurant food. I am never going back.
Public - 12 months ago
reviewed 12 months ago