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Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers

MIREBALAIS, Haiti (AP) — The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland.<p>If he's lucky, Francois Merilus will reap a meager harvest amid a lengthy drought that has …

How to Blur the Background With GIMP

1<p>Open GIMP and select "File" from the Menu bar.<p>2<p>Click "Open" and select the image with the background that you want to blur.<p>3<p>Click "Open" to load the …

Say Oi! to 40 Years of Punk Photos in London

Images of subversive culture go on display at the Barbican as Rockarchive gives nods to 40 years of punk.<p>Colorful mohawks styled alongside safety-pinned leather jackets, an aversion to establishment is proclaimed in no better way than with a hard drum beat and straightforward lyrics: "There is no …

Iggy Pop

Bill Gross says bond investors suck at math

Bill Gross, the legendary bond investor who runs a fund at Janus Capital Group, has a word or two for his fellow bond investors, the gist of which …

Economics

Amazon and Flipkart are speechless after India announces new foreign investment rules

The Indian government has clarified its policy for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the fast-growing e-commerce sector. And the new policy seems to have left some of the large incumbents dumbstruck.<p>India has allowed 100% FDI in online retail consumer businesses that operate as …

India

How to Create a Cinematic Black & White Portrait Effect in Photoshop

Despite all the wonderful real-world advantages of digital photography, once in a while the typical grainy film look just feels so enchanting. So …

$10 billion of Chicago's debt was just downgraded to one level above junk

According to a release from Fitch, the firm cut the city's rating two levels from BBB+ to BBB-.<p>Any ratings drop now would put the city into junk-bond territory. S&P also has Chicago's rating one notch above junk territory, and the third agency, Moody's, already has the city's bonds as junk.<p>Fitch …

Chicago

Cambodia's zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

BOUSRA, Cambodia (AP) — For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland "meh ne," or mother — a source of food, livelihoods and self-identity.<p>From its …

The Lessons of Film School, Distilled In One Speech

One of the best things I saw at South by Southwest wasn’t a movie but a speech—the keynote address delivered by the director Joe Swanberg. Its subject, as Swanberg announced at the start, was money. Its form was autobiographical: Swanberg, whose career started at SXSW when the festival showed his …

Brazil Economic Woes Deepen Amid Political Crisis

Country is heading for one of its worst recessions ever, yet its political straits draw all the attention<p>SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s economic crisis is as bad as its political one.<p>Latin America’s biggest economy appears headed for one of its worst recessions ever. It stalled in 2014, shrank 3.8% last year …

Brazil

The Seven Countries Most Vulnerable To A Debt Crisis

For decades, some of the most important data about market economies was simply unavailable: the level of private debt. You could get government debt data easily, but (with the outstanding exception of the USA—and also Australia) it was hard to come by.<p>That has been remedied by the Bank of …

Economics

The Great Ponzi Scheme of the Global Economy | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>CHRIS HEDGES: We’re going to be discussing a great Ponzi scheme that not only defines not only the U.S. but the global economy, how we got there and</i> …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p>• Watch the Guardian’s documentaries<p><b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature</b> …

The Best Places to Travel in February

Tired of tranquil beaches with puny waves? February is big wave season on Oahu, and daredevils congregate around the North Shore to catch swells of …

Forestry

The Rise And Fall Of America's Unicorns

It is no secret that the number of private companies with valuations in excess of one billion dollars has skyrocketed since the start of 2014. As shown in CBInsight’s chart below, the number of such “unicorns” created during the first half of 2014 was roughly equivalent to the number created during …

Venture Capital

World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran

Exclusive: Situation worse than it was in 2007, says chairman of the OECD's review committee<p>The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.<p>"The situation is …

Economics
Venezuela

UK house prices to crash as global asset prices unravel

Asset prices around the world are collapsing as the global economy slows and UK housing will not escape<p>House prices have broken free from reality and defied gravity for far too long, but they are an asset like anything else, and there are six clear reasons a nasty correction looms in the coming …

20 modern classic movies everyone needs to watch in their lifetime

And if you have some time off around the start of the new year, this might be a good time to binge some modern-day classics.<p>With that in mind, I've come up with 20 essential titles from the past 15 years that you should reexamine or, if you've never seen them, delve into.

Kristen Wiig

The New and Improved Way to Quickly Transfer Photos from Your DSLR to Your iPhone

For the last few years I have found many different ways to transfer photos from my DSLR straight to my iPhone for instant editing and sharing on …

iOS

A Complete 30 Minutes Night Timelapse Tutorial That Covers Everything You Need To Know

Taking a time-lapse is a complex task. Unlike a photo, which you can chimp and (usually) retake, retaking a time-lapse is not as trivial. This is why …

Time-lapse Photography

Time-lapse Shows a 'Brinincle' Freezing All Life In Its Path

It might be a few years old, but when we came across the ‘icicle of death,’ we couldn’t help but to want to share it with you.<p>Filmed by Hugh Miller …

How to Start Your Own Photography Blog

Photo by Johnny Lu. Downtown LA, 2015Dear friend,I am writing this as a practical instructional manual in terms of how to start your own photography …

Street Photography

This Photographer is Paying it Forward with $10,000 from Copyright Infringers

Yunghi Kim, a decorated photojournalist and 20 year member of Contact Press Images, is bringing more than turkey to Thanksgiving this year: she’s …

Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.<p>Since the plane was shot down Tuesday on the Syria-Turkey border, Russia has already restricted tourism, left Turkish trucks …

Russia

Switzerland is about to launch a huge experiment in 'the war on cash'

Both countries have central banks that have imposed negative interest rates on their commercial banks, making it costly for those banks to store cash. The intent is to force the banks to lend out the cash, thus spurring the economy and a small amount of healthy inflation.<p>But the two countries have …

Sweden

How to Save Money and Get Free Stuff as a Bootstrapping Entrepreneur

It sounds a bit scrappy, desperate, and untraditional -- get free stuff?<p>Yet, if you're a bootstrapping entrepreneur, you know exactly what I'm talking about.<p>Let me share with you a harsh truth about entrepreneurship. It's hard -- really hard. It's belt-tightening, ramen-eating, brain-numbing, …

8 documentaries that will make you smarter about money

The wealthiest, most successful people continually self-educate, which is why most of them spend so much time reading.<p>If the classic finance books don't work for you, there are other ways to get smarter about money.<p>Here, we've compiled eight documentaries that will keep you entertained <i>and</i> teach you …

Niall Ferguson