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Newsweek 08/16/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1990 “It was Saddam Hussein’s easiest conquest—and the most dangerous one of all,” Newsweek reported of the tyrant’s maneuvering in the Middle East. “By ordering Iraqi troops to invade wealthy Kuwait, Saddam seized control of 20 percent of the world’s reserves of oil,” which marked the “first military crisis of the post-Cold War era,” and made Saddam “the most potent force in the global oil market.” The repercussions from this invasion are still felt today in the form of economic and trade sanctions and monitoring and inspections of weapons of mass destruction. 1940 “After nine months of nonbelligerency,” Mussolini’s Italy “swung into the opening phase of a major campaign” in Africa: to take Somaliland and Egypt from the British, reported Newsweek. An Italian victory would ensure empire expansion, raw materials and “an open…

7 min.
the pathway to innovation

@notrobwalker FOR MANY FOLKS, COMING UP WITH AN IDEA for a great business—or just any sort of idea for that matter—is a mystery. But for Rob Walker, the author of the new book The Art of Noticing, the key to creativity starts with making simple observations. The founder of the office supply chain, Staples, for instance, launched a multibillion dollar business after noticing he couldn’t buy a typewriter ribbon—remember those?—on a Sunday. The founders of Uber and Lyft hit the jackpot on ride sharing because we couldn’t find a cab when we needed one. They noticed that. The following is advice from Walker’s book. Maybe it will help you crack the code. Or at least help you find a little peace in your frantic day-to-day. You likely don’t need to be convinced…

3 min.
q&a: rob walker

How did you come up with the idea for the book? By now I think we all know the feeling that someone or something else is constantly trying to grab our attention. It’s partly about our phones, but it’s more than that. And for a while I thought I’d write a book about this dilemma, with a short section at the end offering some suggestions for “fighting back in the attention war”—for building your attention muscles, maintaining focus, noticing what mattered most to you. Eventually I realized I was a lot more interested in that short section of advice and suggestions. So I made that the book! Instead of a list of five ideas at the end—I came up with 131 ideas that fill the whole thing. Really, nobody needs to be told…

1 min.
talking points

“This is biblical proportion. Nothing like this has ever been seen.” —BIOLOGIST PAUL HARTFIELD OF THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE OF FLOODING IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA“THE FIRST THING THAT I’M GOING TO DO WHEN I’M PRESIDENT IS CLOROX THE OVAL OFFICE.”—KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND“I’m not interested in getting on a ship that’s sinking, and I don’t see any indication that this ship is not sinking.”—COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD ON WOODSTOCK 50 BEFORE IT WAS CANCELED"I'm just so happy. Everything I've done, the grind, it’s all paid off. It’s just insane." —FORTNITE WORLD CUP CHAMPION 16 YEAR-OLD KYLE “BUGHA” GIERSDORF“I’M OLD AND I’M FAT AND I LOOK AGE-APPROPRIATE FOR WHAT MY AGE IS, AND THAT IS NOT WHAT THAT WHOLE SCENE IS ABOUT.” —Kelly McGillis on not appearing in the Top Gun…

7 min.
frontier friendship

When Hong Kong-headquartered headwear company Yangzhou Everbright decided to open a base in Yunnan province in southwest China, it took only 45 days from the first field trip to the spot it had chosen, the industrial park in Ruili city, to production beginning at the new plant on May 8. “It was not just Ruili’s advantageous location as a Chinese gateway to the Southeast Asian market that made us invest here,” said Yuan Xiaobing, director of Yangzhou Everbright’s new plant in Ruili. The city’s strategic position as one of China’s key experimental zones for development and opening up and the all-around service and customized solutions that the industrial park provides were the clinching factors in his company’s quick decision to build the new plant here. Besides headwear manufacturing, which is its primary business,…

19 min.
the truth about student debt

THE FACTS SEEM STARK: ABOUT 45 MILLION AMERICANS now owe a stunning $1.6 trillion in student debt. That’s roughly one in every four adults, nearly double the number who had higher education loans 15 years ago. Among millennials, the number is one in three, often cited as a reason why so many young adults can’t afford to buy a home, get married, have a family or move out of their parents’ basements. Meanwhile, the average amount that undergraduates borrow has shot up 60 percent over the same period, and defaults on loans have jumped as well. More than one-quarter of students can’t keep up with their payments 12 years after borrowing, vs. 18 percent just a few years ago, and that number is projected to hit 40 percent by 2023. With…