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Japan Desperately Needs An Opposition Party That Understands Basic Macroeconomics

The result of Japan’s snap general election was obvious. The Liberal Democratic Party won in a landslide, and has gained support from a younger generation. What is not so obvious is why.<p>Based on the LDP’s conservative background, one might assume that voters have become more conservative. But …

Voting

The Only Cryptocurrency I'd Consider Buying

Hint: It's not bitcoin.<p>As we look back on 2017, it'll likely be remembered by investors as the year of the cryptocurrency.<p>Prior to the advent of …

A 100-year-old US riot only now being talked about

<b>It's almost 100 years since 19 African-American soldiers were executed following a violent mutiny in Texas. Why is the US only now coming to terms with what happened?</b><p>For decades, no name appeared above the grave of Corporal Jesse Moore, only the number seven.<p>The figure corresponded to noose number …

Justice

When The FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Here's What Your Internet Could Look Like

The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, formerly worked as a lawyer for Verizon. His plan to eliminate net neutrality is a bigger gift to Verizon than anything he’s ever done before.<p>In just a few weeks, the FCC will vote to eliminate net neutrality. The vote isn’t in doubt: with Pai in charge, the …

Net Neutrality

The US and Russia are fighting over the extradition of this hacking mastermind

<b>(CNN) —</b> A young Russian alleged to have masterminded a massive hacking of social networks including LinkedIn and Dropbox is now at the center of an extradition struggle between the United States and Russia.<p>Yevgeniy Nikulin was detained in October 2016, in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, after …

Human Rights

Does cellphone-sweeping 'StingRay' technology go too far?

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their …

Surveillance

10 Little-Known Words You Need to Add to Your Vocabulary Right Now | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>As the dark parts of the day get ever longer, I find myself contemplating what's been lost.<p>And, of course, what's been overwhelming.<p>When it comes to the words we see and use everyday, I worry that …

Robert Mueller

A 400-year-old Mesoamerican map of Spanish colonization is now online for all to see

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, a manuscript dating back to the late 1500s, sounds like an artifact from an <i>Indiana Jones</i> movie. Essentially an ancient map of an area including present-day Mexico City and Puebla, it was created during a period when both Spanish colonizers and indigenous people were using …

Mexico City

9 Things Insecure People Do That Ruin Their Lives

Insecurity is the dumbest thing that we all feel. Every person in the world has something he or she is insecure about – even if only slightly. Well, …

Self-help

Yakuza Revolution: From Bruisers to Boy Scouts?

Two years after the Yamaguchi-gumi split, it’s no longer business as usual for Japan’s crime syndicates. But police suspect a …

China

Almost 80% of South Korean men have abused girlfriend, study claims

Disturbing footage of a man hitting and kicking his ex-girlfriend before chasing her down a street in central Seoul with a truck shocked South Korea in July and triggered a police 100-day action campaign to combat violence against women.<p>But a newly released study by the Korean Institute of …

Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management?

In MBA programs, students are taught that companies can’t expect to compete on the basis of internal managerial competencies because they’re just too easy to copy. Operational effectiveness—doing the same thing as other companies but doing it exceptionally well—is not a path to sustainable …

Management

Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally

PHOENIX — President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is anathema to the Latino …

Donald Trump

KKR Strikes Deal To Buy Health Information Giant WebMD For $2.8B And A Former Partner Scores

Private equity giant KKR is betting big on healthy living. In separate announcements on Monday morning, KKR said it will buy both internet health information giant WebMD Holdings for $2.8 billion and The Nature’s Bounty Co., a company that sells supplements ranging from fish oil and Vitamin D pills …

Health Information

Roomba maker iRobot plans to sell digital maps of your home

While iRobot may have originated as a bomb-disposal robot maker at MIT in 1990, the company is probably better known as a robot vacuum company. So much so that it has taken to suing competitors like Bissell and Hoover, who sell their own robotic vacuum cleaners. The Roomba craze may not be as …

Robotics

Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified

A U.S.-based employee of a Russian real estate company took part in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., bringing to eight the number of known participants at the session that has emerged as a key focus of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s …

Donald Trump

The Master of ‘Kompromat’ Believed to Be Behind Trump Jr.’s Meeting

MOSCOW — The salacious video, of a naked man in bed with two women, was one of the most prominent examples of “kompromat,” the Russian art of spreading damaging information to discredit a rival or an enemy, in recent Russian history.<p>It was made available to Russian state television in the late …

Donald Trump

There are 3 big reasons South Korea’s new president wants talks with North Korea

Faced with a North Korea that seems both increasingly unpredictable and increasingly militarily capable, South Korea's new government has made a formal proposal: It's time for new talks.<p>Suh Choo-suk, South Korea's vice defense minister, announced the proposal Monday, suggesting that the two …

North Korea

Dig in Brooklyn may settle mystery of lost grave of famed Maryland 400 soldiers from Revolutionary War

More than two centuries after one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, archaeologists are digging up a concrete lot in Brooklyn, N.Y., to settle a mystery over the mass grave of famed Maryland soldiers.<p>Known as the Maryland 400, the soldiers' stand on the battlefield in 1776 earned …

The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five

Despite rapid innovations in data processing and machine learning, many businesses have yet to make the leap from the Industrial Age to the information age, and the gap between technological and organizational progress is widening. Closing this gap requires much more than short-term fixes, like …

Innovation

Australian Woman Shot Dead by Minneapolis Police Officer After Calling 911 Herself

An Australian woman described as a spiritual healer was shot dead by police in Minneapolis on Saturday after she reportedly called 911 herself — leaving angry friends and family searching for answers in a city that has just been at the center of another high-profile police shooting.<p>The killing of …

Law Enforcement

This is what it’s really like to cosplay while black

Black cosplay should be inspiring.<p>Plenty of cosplayers get their chance to shine in magazines and music videos ... as long as they’re white. So, why …

Anime

60 Countries’ Digital Competitiveness, Indexed

It is barely 20 years since Sergey Brin and Larry Page registered the domain name google.com, and only 10 years since Steve Jobs walked onto a stage in San Francisco and introduced the iPhone. Yet in this short period, digital technologies have upended our world. We introduced the Digital Evolution …

Innovation

How video games affect the brain

Video gaming is clearly a popular form of entertainment, with video gamers collectively spending 3 billion hours per week in front of their screens. …

To Lead Across Cultures, Focus on Hierarchy and Decision Making

Cultural differences in leadership styles often create unexpected misunderstandings. Americans, for example, are used to thinking of the Japanese as hierarchical while considering themselves egalitarian. Yet the Japanese find Americans confusing to deal with. Although American bosses are outwardly …

Management

If You Want To Be An Empathic Listener, Stop Using This Word

Listening with empathy is a critical skill for anyone who wants to succeed at work. Salespeople with great listening skills sell more. Physicians with great listening skills face fewer malpractice lawsuits and have better patient outcomes. Leaders with great listening skills have more inspired and …

Empathy

A Way to Plan If You’re Bad at Planning

Learning how to plan — especially if you’re new to organizing your time — can be a frustrating experience. And for some individuals, the reason could be their brains.<p>As a time management coach, I’ve seen some incredibly intelligent people struggle to plan. For example, very creative people who …

Self Compassion

A Chinese smartphone game called a 'poison' by the government has 200 million players — here's why

That popularity, however, has drawn scathing criticism from the state-owned <i>People's Daily</i> newspaper, which described the game as "poison" and a "drug" that was harming teenagers.<p>"Don't commit evil," <i>People's Daily</i> railed in its July 4 commentary. "As a company that does good for the world, we will …

eSports