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Chris Rock Gives a Strong Take on African-Americans and Baseball

Link to Media<p>A lot has been made in recent years about how baseball has slowly been losing the African-American community. Although plenty of people have given their take on the matter, not many have tackled the subject like comedian Chris Rock recently did.<p>Rock, a New York Mets fan, shared his …

Baseball

Encouraging Signs for America's $3 Trillion Problem

Fannie Mae reported a $17 billion 2012 profit. Does that mean everything is OK now?<p><i>The StressTest column appears every Thursday on Fool.com. Check</i> …

Five big Dodd-Frank battles

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE<p>Too-big-to-fail. Volcker Rule. AAA-rated subprime toxic mortgages. See full story.<p>Mom and pop: The world’s worst investors<p>They …

A Truly Un-American Idea

<b>The most frightening phrase</b> in the English language at the moment is, "majority Republican state legislature." In case you've missed it while reading all the earnest thumb-sucking out of Washington as regards how much the national GOP needs to change in order to survive in this new political age, …

North Carolina

Apocalypse perhaps a little later

IT MAY come as a surprise to a walrus wondering where all the Arctic’s summer sea ice has gone. It could be news to a Staten Islander still coming to …

America's gun divide

"NOTHING is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change," President Barack Obama said on March 28th, as he pushed—perhaps more for …

Why Fox News is less to blame for polarised politics than you think

AMERICAN pundits spend a good deal of their time pondering partisan intensity, and how it has sharply increased over the years. At some point in such …

World GDP

The five members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met in Durban this week to discuss their increasingly common interests. …

New Theory for Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

Melting ice shelves shield the surface from warm water, new study suggests.<p><b>It's a global warming paradox.</b><p>As air and sea temperatures rise, Arctic sea ice is rapidly and uniformly dwindling. In 2012, Arctic sea ice declined so much that the loss "utterly" obliterated the previous record, set in …

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>Dick Grote, author of <i>How to Be Good at</i> …

Can You “Manage” Your Family?

An interview with <b>Bruce Feiler</b>, <i>New York Times</i> columnist and author of <i>The Secrets of Happy Families</i>.<p>ADI IGNATIUS: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief of HBR, and today, my guest is Bruce Feiler, author of the new book, The Secrets of Happy …

Head Down? Not Quite...

Give yourself room<p>One of the worst clichés I hear is that you've got to keep your head down during the backswing. Too much of that (<i>above, left</i>) leads to the shoulder bouncing off the chin, and a shoulder tilt instead of a good shoulder turn (<i>above, right</i>). The same is true through impact. Too much …

Holly Sonders Cover Shoot

Fairway Found

We all come to certain holes where we say to ourselves, <i>I gotta hit this fairway</i>. Maybe it's a narrow tee shot, or your round is at a critical point. Forget for a minute the popular advice to tee the driver high and hit it on the upswing. That's a distance tip. Remember, your goal here is accuracy. …

Who's That Girl?

Get to know the Golf Channel's Holly Sonders<p>PHOTOS: View exclusive outtakes of the Golf Channel star from our May 2013 cover shoot ⇒<p>Ever since Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" program debuted in January 2011, it seems like that question has been asked again and again. Holly Sonders, 26, formerly …

How We Left Each Game of Thrones Character

<b>It's back.</b> The battles. The incest-fueled manipulation. The beautiful women. The wildfire and witticisms and wolves. Starting on Sunday, <i>Game of Thrones</i> will grace our weekends once again. But it's been ten months since all of us watched the fantastic but knotty narrative of the Westeros warfare. …

TV Series

The Shining Is Much Scarier Than You Thought

<b>Before I saw Room 237,</b> the documentary about fantastically weird interpreters of Stanley Kubrick's <i>The Shining</i>, which is being released Friday in theaters and video on-demand, I thought I was obsessed with the movie. I've seen it at least two dozen times. I've read more books about <i>The Shining</i> than …

Horror

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Why the Euro Is Doomed in 4 Steps

It's the gold standard minus the shiny rocks<p>(Reuters)<p>We're going to need a bigger acronym.<p>In the beginning, it was just the "Greek debt crisis". Then markets realized Portugal, Ireland, Italy, and Spain were in bad shape too, and the PIIGS (or GIIPS) were born. But now Cyprus and Slovenia have run …

The Power of Visualization’s “Aha!” Moments

<i>Amanda Cox has been a graphics editor at the New York Times for eight years. Trained as a statistician, Cox develops visualizations across platforms, from simple print infographics to highly complex online interactive data tools. The Times is a visualization leader, but Cox believes the best is yet</i> …

The Most Effective Strategies for Success

For years, I’ve been trying to convince people that success is not about who you <i>are</i>, but about what you <i>do</i>.<p>Roughly two years ago, I wrote about the “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently,” which became HBR’s most-read piece of content over that time span. It was a list of strategies, based on …

Remember: A Country Is Not a Company

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer commended his budget to the House of Commons last week to help create a country that “wants to be prosperous, solvent and free.” Discussing Greece, Germany’s Angela Merkel said “The top priority is to avoid an uncontrolled insolvency, because that wouldn’t just …

“Just How Old Are You?”

<i>How old are you?</i><p>I get asked that question all the time. In meetings, on conference calls, while pitching a new client. The answer really shouldn’t matter. I find myself wondering whether male entrepreneurs get asked the same question, and why the person asking me doesn’t consider it rude.<p>Age is …

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