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The Theft of “Black Gold” on the High Seas

29 Mar

Originally posted on Lori Ann LaRocco's Blog:

After the news of  Pirates attacking an American-flagged oil industry vessel off the Nigerian coast early Thursday and then abducted two US citizens–the  captain and the chief engineer, I wanted to repost a piece on piracy I wrote back in March.

In the news industry we have a term “evergreen” pieces, meaning these stories can be done at any time and can be held and used whenever. They are timeless. Unfortunately, my piracy blog below can be considered an “evergreen” piece because the problem of pirates attacking vessels and kidnapping crew members is on going problem.

The reason behind the terror on the water can range from money the pirates would get for ransom to the cargo itself. My piece below is about the theft of crude oil.  I urge you all to take a moment and really look at the pictures of the crew members who were freed. No…

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The Colonies Strikes Back

6 Aug

Carol Stephenson: What is the most common mistake startups make when looking for investors?

19 Jun

Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

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Quite possibly the best bike-for-sale ad ever

14 Jun

Originally posted on Grist:

A dude in St. Louis SAN LUIS OBISPO is giving up on his hipster dreams, and therefore on his fixie. Result: one of the funnier bike-for-sale Craigslist ads we’ve seen.

I tried so hard. I dated a girl from Portland. I criticized cheese. I applied the term artisanal to every inanimate object that went in or on my body. I burned and singed my forearms just to make it look like I was going to culinary school. I grew Carol Brady hair. I got itchy from the finest flannel and I cut off circulation from the waist down with jeans that made my ass look like an elevator button.

… And I rode a fixie.

No more. It’s all gotta go. The hair, the macrame, the texting overages, the Netflix and Hulu Plus. The record collection (have you ever tried to box up and move an effin stack of LPs?!)…

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Show Your Audience Your Passion

8 Jun

Originally posted on Business & Money:

Excitement is contagious. If people in the audience sense you care about something, they are more likely to care too. Here are three tactics for winning over your listeners:

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Find a Mentor Who Scares You

6 Jun

Originally posted on Business & Money:

Every newbie professional wants a caring and supportive mentor who will usher him into his next role. But when you’re a rookie it’s a good time to take risks. Better to face criticism now so that you avoid it later on when the stakes are higher. Go out and find the most qualified and talented mentor, coach, or manager you can, and subject yourself to everything she can throw at you. Don’t run from the challenge, run towards it. If you’re terrified of a star manager in your organization, sign up to do a project with her. You may not love it now, but you’ll carry those lessons with you as you move up the ladder.

Adapted from “Get Ahead with a Mentor Who Scares You” by Jodi Glickman.

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Remarkable Namibian Acrobat

20 May

The Golden Wheel Spider escapes from predators in an impressive manner.


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