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Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future by Andrew Heintzman, Evan Solomon, Eric Schlosser

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agricultural Revolution, Berlin Wall, big-box store, clean water, Community Supported Agriculture, corporate social responsibility, David Brooks, deindustrialization, distributed generation, energy security, Exxon Valdez, flex fuel, full employment, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, hydrogen economy, land reform, microcredit, Negawatt, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, peak oil, RAND corporation, risk tolerance, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Upton Sinclair, uranium enrichment

Already, the poor, many of whom have lost part-time minimum-wage jobs in the recent downturn of the global economy, are increasingly unable to pay their electricity, gas, and heating bills and cannot afford the rising price of gasoline at the pump. A Canada-wide hydrogen game plan that emphasizes the installation of renewable technologies and a hydrogen fuel-cell infrastructure in poor urban and rural communities can help to create energy independence among Canada’s most vulnerable populations. Empowering the Developing World Incredibly, 65 percent of the human population has never made a telephone call, and a third of the human race has no access to electricity. Today, the per-capita use of energy throughout the developing world is a mere one-fifteenth of the consumption enjoyed in the United States. Narrowing the gap between the haves and have-nots means first narrowing the gap between the connected and the unconnected. Lack of access to electricity is a key factor in perpetuating poverty around the world.


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The Zenith Angle by Bruce Sterling

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airport security, Burning Man, cuban missile crisis, digital map, glass ceiling, Grace Hopper, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, Iridium satellite, market bubble, new economy, packet switching, pirate software, profit motive, RFID, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman: Challenger O-ring, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, thinkpad, V2 rocket, Y2K

A reputation for bad technical performance would finish Iridium off for good. Then we could short their stock and buy Iridium competitors, such as Globalstar. That would be so profitable that it would easily pay for this telescope.” “Globalstar loses money already,” said Mr. Gupta gloomily. “If satellite phones made money, our Indian ISRO would be launching telephone satellites! Millions of Indians have never made a phone call.” “Maybe you would do that,” said Tony. “More likely, you would become a customer of Mr. Liang. China already has a financially sound commercial space-launch service.” “Why is it getting so hot in here?” said the actress suddenly. “So cold, and then so hot in here! Where is my coconut milk? Did you bring only coffee?” “When do you begin your so-called satellite attack?” said Mr. Liang’s interpreter.


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As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Work, Health & Wealth by Juan Enriquez

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Albert Einstein, Berlin Wall, bioinformatics, borderless world, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, creative destruction, double helix, global village, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, Howard Rheingold, Jeff Bezos, Joseph Schumpeter, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, more computing power than Apollo, new economy, personalized medicine, purchasing power parity, Ray Kurzweil, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Robert Metcalfe, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, SETI@home, Silicon Valley, spice trade, stem cell, the new new thing

Toward the end of the twentieth century, only three out of the top fifty were primarily high tech. 18 (Many governments have yet to understand the logic of a knowledge-driven economy … They still do not realize that in the age of information, hard work, by itself, is not sufficient.)19 Never mind Africa … (According to Wired, there are fewer phone lines on the African continent than there are in Manhattan … and half of the world’s population has never made a phone call. Out of sight, out of mind?) It is getting harder to maintain the value of the currency in these regions, because what they produce is less valuable … And this has consequences. Through the mid-twentieth century … The great powers of the world … Still worried about … And fought over … Africa … Its people … Its territory … Its resources. Today ever fewer care what happens to the continent … Many countries have ceased to exist de facto … Whole generations are dying of AIDS … Genocide is common.


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In Defense of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg

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Asian financial crisis, capital controls, clean water, correlation does not imply causation, creative destruction, Deng Xiaoping, Edward Glaeser, Gini coefficient, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, Hernando de Soto, illegal immigration, income inequality, informal economy, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Rogoff, land reform, Lao Tzu, liberal capitalism, manufacturing employment, market fundamentalism, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, Naomi Klein, new economy, open economy, profit motive, race to the bottom, rising living standards, school vouchers, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, structural adjustment programs, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Tobin tax, trade liberalization, trade route, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, union organizing, zero-sum game

People may complain about the slowness of progress, with only about 5 percent of the world’s population, mostly in the affluent Western countries, having access to the Internet, but such complaints ignore the historical perspective. The Internet as we know it is about 3,500 days old and has already reached nearly one out of every 10 people on earth. This is the fastest spread of 279 technology in world history. The telephone has existed for 125 years, but until only a few years ago, half the world’s inhabitants had never made a phone call. This time things are moving with infinitely greater rapidity, and globalization is the reason. One out of every 10 families in Beijing and Shanghai has a computer, and within a few years, Chinese will be the Web’s biggest language. The ability of the developing countries to take shortcuts in development leads some to imagine a common destination at the end of the road, one that all societies will be converging on.


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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder

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Berlin Wall, British Empire, corporate governance, El Camino Real, Gordon Gekko, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, index card, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, transfer pricing, union organizing

Vladimir was safe, and I couldn’t have been more relieved. 28 Khabarovsk But while Vladimir was safe, Eduard was still somewhere in Russia, and we had no idea where. Not even his wife knew. After he left her on Universitetsky Prospekt, Eduard was taken to a friend’s apartment on the eastern side of the city, just outside the Garden Ring. He stayed there that night and the next. He never went out, never made a phone call. He just paced the apartment and, when his friend was home, discussed his situation and considered his options. He still wasn’t prepared to leave the country. Not yet. Just before dawn on the third day, Eduard got into a different friend’s car and was taken to another apartment. They took a circuitous route. Eduard lay in the backseat, and only after they were sure they weren’t being followed did they go to the next location.


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After the New Economy: The Binge . . . And the Hangover That Won't Go Away by Doug Henwood

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accounting loophole / creative accounting, affirmative action, Asian financial crisis, barriers to entry, borderless world, Branko Milanovic, Bretton Woods, capital controls, corporate governance, corporate raider, correlation coefficient, credit crunch, deindustrialization, dematerialisation, deskilling, ending welfare as we know it, feminist movement, full employment, gender pay gap, George Gilder, glass ceiling, Gordon Gekko, greed is good, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, income inequality, indoor plumbing, intangible asset, Internet Archive, job satisfaction, joint-stock company, Kevin Kelly, labor-force participation, liquidationism / Banker’s doctrine / the Treasury view, manufacturing employment, means of production, minimum wage unemployment, Naomi Klein, new economy, occupational segregation, pets.com, profit maximization, purchasing power parity, race to the bottom, Ralph Nader, Robert Gordon, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Silicon Valley, Simon Kuznets, statistical model, structural adjustment programs, Telecommunications Act of 1996, telemarketer, The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, total factor productivity, union organizing, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, working poor, Y2K, zero-sum game

Modern mythmaking held that new technologies overturn old hierarchies, leading to a virtual social revolution—not in the very old-fashioned world of organized politics, of course, but in 24 After the New Economy the new one of wireless web connections.^^ When I interviewed Wired's Kevin Kelly, I interrupted his effusions to ask him what relevance they had in a world where the statistics showed that the gap between rich and poor—nationally and globally—has never been so wide, a world where half the population has never even made a phone call, Kelly responded by saying that there's never been so good a time to be poor, though he didn't offer any evidence. Farther up the social ladder from absolute indigence, we hear some grand claims. For example, we heard constantly that mutual funds and web brokers have enabled Main Street to prosper at the game that used to be Wall Street's monopoly. While it's true that a bit over half of U.S. households now own stock, an all-time record, it's never mentioned that wealth, Hke income, has never been so concentrated, and that regardless of how many households may own some shares, either directly or through mutual funds, most people have insignificant amounts of wealth.


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This Sceptred Isle by Christopher Lee

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agricultural Revolution, Berlin Wall, British Empire, colonial rule, Corn Laws, cuban missile crisis, Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse, failed state, financial independence, glass ceiling, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, James Hargreaves, James Watt: steam engine, Khartoum Gordon, Khyber Pass, mass immigration, Mikhail Gorbachev, Monroe Doctrine, new economy, Northern Rock, Ronald Reagan, sceptred isle, spice trade, spinning jenny, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, trade route, urban decay

My editor, Andreas Campomar, helped by never rushing me when good Catholic guilt inside me insisted that I was falling behind the run rate. We both tacitly understood that I would be watched over by Howard Watson – an exceptional copy editor with the confidence an author too often needs (well at least this one does). My biggest Thank You letter is to my sometime publisher, now my agent and always my friend, Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson who has never sent nor received an email or made a mobile telephone call, and does not care that Google is a verb. Introduction The original edition of This Sceptred Isle was generously received at seemingly every level. It set out to explain the story of these, the British islands. Later volumes covered the twentieth century and, most importantly, the origins, growth and end of British colonial and imperial history. Put together, the three books suggested the character of the people who became the modern-day British and to some extent the making of Britishness.


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