“The blackout is kind of seen as the gold standard of online organizing”
The expression derives from “kicking the bucket,” a euphemism for dying of obscure origin but blunt and vivid suggestiveness.
(Etymologists suggest that the bucket being kicked is not, as we might imagine, a pail, but a corruption of the Old French word buquet, meaning a balance or beam, from which slaughtered animals were suspended.)
Every President in the past quarter century has made the decision to bomb Iraq.
The god-awfulness—the pure hell—of life and death in Syria in recent years,
and in much of Iraq in the decade-plus since we blew it up, made Obama’s resistance to intervention a constant trial.
The impossible choices that he saw there seemed to oppress him …
Unlike conventional rechargeable batteries, redox flow batteries store energy in solutions of electroactive compounds, which are housed in external tanks and pumped to an electricity generating reactor.
This system offers advantages in scalability, manufacturing, service life, and safety.
The chemicals can be stored in a tank as big as a water heater for home use, or as massive as a supercenter for powering an entire community.
China is leading the way to a world of decarbonized energy, by placing the emphasis of its policy on growing the markets for renewables and building the industries to supply wind turbines, solar cells, batteries and other devices.
Given the limited fossil energy bank account, we must find ways to “invest” that will give us a reliable energy income in the future but also to use energy income more efficiently.
On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets.
“If Harry Reid refuses to hold the vote before the Senate leaves town, you can help us make sure the American people hear about it all the way until Election Day and build so much pressure by the time Congress returns, the Senate will be forced to act in the Lame Duck”
By selling the oil on the black market at a discounted price of $40 per barrel (compared to about $93 per barrel in the free market), ISIS takes in $3.2 million a day.
New York Fashion Week is a sensory overload, a late-summer spectacle of runway shows, performances, parties, photo ops, and social media.
But it’s also exciting, engaging, and inspiring—and can quickly dissolve any of summer’s lingering languor and ennui in time for autumn.
RadioShack was never able to recapture the thick profit margins it enjoyed during its glory days in the 1980s.
Weak sales growth plus lackluster margins is a recipe for profit problems.
Famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld once revealed the secret he used to become a better comic. Every day he wrote new material, he would make a satisfying red “X” on the calendar.
After a while, the chain of Xs was something he felt compelled to continue.
In ancient times, eligible young women in India could publicly choose a husband from many suitors, who lined up with their wealth on display.
India appears to be in the same happy situation, except that choosing just one among the contenders could be catastrophic.
The challenge before India is to keep everyone hopeful and to derive benefits from each.
As Switzerland’s long-cherished banking secrecy practices evaporate, the institutions that helped create the world’s largest offshore tax haven are dramatically rethinking their business models in a bid to survive.
The prime goal of a capital markets union should be to develop healthy sources of nonbank finance that can foster jobs and growth.
The European Union suffers from clogged up and fragmented capital markets, which are a fraction of the size of their American equivalents.
Changing this is vital because banks, especially in the eurozone periphery, are unable to finance recovery on their own.
The speed is largely irrelevant if you have a small data cap, as is imposed by wireless carriers.
The FCC should require a data cap to be at least 100GB for a service to qualify as broadband.
.. Software patent holders will know that if they take a case to trial, there’s a high probability that their patent will be destroyed — meaning they not only lose that case but also lose the ability to use the patent against other defendants.
That will make plaintiffs — and especially trolls wielding patents of dubious quality — more gun-shy, giving defendants a lot more bargaining power.