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CHAPTER 25 A New Entrepreneurial Boom

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

To widen the market and to narrow the competition is always the interest of the dealers.... The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from this order, ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted, till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention.

It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it.

—Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book I, Chapter XI

FOR SOME PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNG AND THE OLD, THE LOCAL MALL or big-box retailer or superstore is an important part of their social lives. They get exercise by walking up and down the aisles, greet friends they see only there, and have a special and often inexpensive meal. They notice what’s on sale and what’s new in stock, making both intentional purchases and the occasional impulse buy.

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Chapter 6 - People

The World Economic Forum Water Initiative Island Press ePub

This chapter explores the nexus between water and people, health, and livelihoods, especially in developing countries. It benefits greatly from the perspectives of many public, private, academic, and NGO representatives who have taken part in various Forum sessions and workshops on water issues over the last three years.

Background

“By means of water,” says the Koran, “we give life to everything.”

Today, there are:

 

• 1.1 billion people who live without clean drinking water

• 2.6 billion people who lack adequate sanitation

• 1.8 million people who die every year from diarrheal diseases

• 3,900 children who die every day from waterborne diseases.1

 

The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7, Target 10, is the target that the international community has set itself to improve water conditions for the world's poor. The aim is to halve the proportion of the world population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015 against a 1990 baseline. There is consensus that improved water and sanitation conditions are essential for achieving each of the other Millennium Development Goals as well, including those regarding poverty, hunger, gender equality, health, education, and environmental degradation.

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CHAPTER 16 Unequal Responsibility for Crimen

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A wicked big interest is necessarily more dangerous to the community than a wicked little interest.

—Teddy Roosevelt, Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1912

CONSIDER THIS AUGUST 3, 2001, WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING, IN WHICH the editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, Russell Mokhiber, asked a question of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer:

Mokhiber: Ari, the Federal Communications Commission requires that if you’re going to have a broadcast license you have to be of sound moral character. So when you make the application, you have to answer whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony. They are now going after a gentleman in Missouri who’s been convicted of a felony—

Fleischer: Be careful, there are many broadcasters in this room.

Mokhiber: I understand, that’s why I’m raising the question. This gentleman was convicted of a felony, child molestation, and they’re trying to strip him of five radio licenses. On the other hand, General Electric, which owns NBC, has been convicted of felonies, and they’re not being stripped of their license. Why the double standard?

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8 The Best of Umbria

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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The Best of Umbria

Umbria is often called a land apart, a reference to its remove from its more famous neighbor to the north as well as to its gentle, almost otherworldly landscapes—some observers go so far as to call the rolling green hills “mystical” and call Umbria “la terra dei santi” (land of the saints), of whom St. Francis of Assisi is the world favorite. Umbria certainly holds its own against Tuscan scenery with its hillsides covered with vineyards and olive groves, forests, golden, checkerboard valleys, rugged mountains, and noble hill towns that have been the strongholds of everyone from the Etruscans to medieval dynasties. The region also contributed its fair share to wine and gastronomy, and its art and architecture takes in a wealth of treasures that include the glorious Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi, the Gothic Upper Church of which houses Giotto’s 28-part fresco, “The Life of St. Francis”; Orvieto’s garish and glorious Duomo; and Todi’s heavily medieval Piazza del Popolo. It’s not that Umbria is a land apart as much as “a land in addition to”—another region of Italy to be discovered and savored in conjunction with your explorations of Tuscany.

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A Trip Home

Kang, Kang Xuepei Texas Review Press ePub

Zeng Jianjun (edited by Kang Xuepei)

The story I am going to tell is actually not about my trip home, but about the girl with whom I traveled. She was also going home. Our five days and four nights together made the trip a lifelong memory for me. Her name was Yufeng.

Yufeng (Jade Phoenix) is a beautiful Chinese name for a girl, reflecting the parents’ great love and expectations for their cherished daughter. When I first met that Jade Phoenix forty years ago, however, her wings were torn and bleeding from attempting to pursue her dream. I learned her story little by little during our trip. We started out from a small northeastern town near the Chinese-Russian border and our final destination together was the city of Xian located at the center of China. The whole trip took us five days and four nights, which turned out to be the longest five days and four nights of my life. I am going to record what happened during our trip home in a geographical sequence. It started at the headquarters of our military farm. Throughout our entire journey, we were plagued by the treacherous yellow notes that turned our journey into a nightmare. I guess that those yellow notes may still be there somewhere in a filing cabinet if the railway bureau has kept all its records back to 1971.

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