Purple Haze

I love gardening. Growing up in the West Indies I was always surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. The island where I was born1 has a now dormant volcano[^2] but previous eruptions have left the soil dark and fertile. Almost anything will grow on this island without much help. Plant it and it will grow. I…

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London, not New York

… if you follow the flow of money around the world, you might be surprised to find that the central node of global finance, the place where money passes through most often, is London, not New York. Wall Street, of course, is no piker. American investment banks — partly because the U.S. economy is the…

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We are used to a small group of like-minded democracies calling the shots, but these democracies now have increasingly less influence over world politics, We are heading toward no-one’s world, a world of multiple modernities, interdependent and globalized without a dominant political center or model. - Charles Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown,…

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I think I am going to cry.

I think I am going to cry. What is going on? All of a sudden ( or maybe not ) openness appears to be hip. Open Source, OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial and DataPortability. Now Comcast has announced support for an initiative to make the cable platform open. The OpenCable Applications Platform. ...developers only have to write…

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