Have You Noticed How Much China Is In The News?

By · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Have you noticed how much China is in the news? There is a good reason for that, well two good reasons.

1.  China has the largest population in the world.

As of November, 2010 its population was 1,339,724,852. That is 19.31% of the world’s population.

In contrast, the US population is 312,004,000 or 4.5% of the world population.  Numbers talk don’t they.

 

2. China’s economy will overtake the US in the near future – 2016

Now that is news worth paying attention to.

According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of the US as measured by GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2016.  This means the total production of goods and services.

This does not mean that China will be the richest country in the world as measured by per capita income.

One must keep in mind that China is still in the process of industrializing while the US has been highly industrialized for more than a century.

How much to do you know about China? It might be time to start learning about this mega ship.

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Think Globally & Act Locally –LivingSocial is Doing Just That

By · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Think globally and act locally This is in play once again. The common element is in this evolving section is that people want a deal regardless where they live.

LivingSocial is a global phenomenon along with Groupon, its biggest competitor.

As I was driving home a few days ago, I learned from Marketplace, the American Public radio show, that LivingSocial has just opened up in South Korea, its 23rd country! You would have to agree that that is AMAAAZING.

They did this by buying South Korean online daily deal provider TicketMonster. Daniel H. Sin is the 25-year-old founder in May 2010 and CEO of TicketMonster. It has 600 staffers and more importantly 970,000 visitors daily

With this deal #2 LivingSocial has made an international move to keep up with #1 Groupon. This new Korean position gives it a strong presence in the lucrative Asian market where it already poised in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as a result of purchasing Ensogo in June and DealKeren.

LivingSocial is partially owned by Amazon, something I didn’t know. Amazon continues to amaze me with its evolution.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/livingsocial-apparently-adds-an-ad-unit-to-its-groupon-now-killer-2011-8#ixzz1U4YyVtOw

 

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The World Is Going Crazy Yet Again

By · Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Maybe you have had the following thoughts recently like I have.

“The world is upside down.”

“What a crazy world we live in.”

“The world is mad.”

Two events have me shaking my head yet again:

-  The bombing, shootings and killings by a right wing purist in Norway to launch a revolution

-   The inability of the US Congress to pass a bill raising the debt ceiling needed in order to avoid a default

Have we become so selfish, self-righteous and preoccupied with ourselves that we no longer factor in the needs and beliefs of others?  Has it come to “my way of the highway?”

In Norway Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty to acts of terrorism in the killing of 76 Norwegians at last count. He told the court that he committed the deadly massacre as part of a mission to save Europe from a “Muslim takeover.”

Breivik is not a Muslim fundamentalist out to destroy the free world.

He is a Norwegian citizen. He is an extremist and a rightist. I am sure many thought that all this destruction and killing was the work of a Muslim before the individual was caught. Breivik doesn’t fit the usual pattern of a destroyer.

In the US, Congress has apparently forgotten that it is here is govern the country. Many of the newly elected members, primarily from the Tea Party, do not appear to know that getting elected to office is one political game. The other political game is to govern once they are in office. This means working within the democratic – small letter “d” – system of government. That system does not work if there is no compromise.

Have adults become like children stomping their feet and screaming when they don’t get what they want without any regard for the opinion of others?

Why can’t we work it out? Is the word “tolerance” an out-of-date concept to many? Is “dysfunctional” the new opus operandi?

 

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Did You Ever Think That There May Be Sandstorms and Not Springtime Where Your Clients Are?

By · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Spring has arrived in Washington, DC where I live. The weather cooperated by giving us a string of wonderfully warm and sunny days. We had a cold but not a snowy winter this year. The warmer than usual weather jump- started the blossoms. It caught the magnolias and the forsythia by surprise not to mention the daffodils. They usually bloom first and are the harbingers of spring. This year with the unusually warm spell of weather other flowering trees competed for our attention. Read more

2011 – Year of the Rabbit

By · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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Much of the world has just celebrated the year of the Rabbit. This is known as Chinese New Year, the most important holiday for the Chinese. Everyone in China gets a one-week vacation. Workers go back to their home villages to celebrate with their families. The wealthy travel abroad. Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days ending with the Lantern Festival.

The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac that consists of twelve animal signs. According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. I guess Egyptians haven’t heard about these calming qualities!

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