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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa (2014)

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Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat yields were six times what they had been in 1950. In 1965, India and Pakistan, then on the brink of widespread famine, began growing the high-yield wheat. Over the next 30 years, wheat yields in India tripled. The same happened with high-yield rice strains that had been developed in the Philippines.

 

Borlaug, who died in 2009, directed the wheat improvement program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, which goes by the Spanish acronym Cimmyt. The research headquarters is a 78-hectare spread of land a half-hour drive from Mexico City. Today Cimmyt researchers grow and test new varieties of corn, or maize, along with the wheat. Their purpose is to contribute to a new green revolution — this time for Africa.

 

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Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

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 “‘Masters are forbidden to poach workers from other members of the craft.’ – British medieval ordinances of Bristol cobblers in 1364’” — 
    

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court….court documents show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

    

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP.

All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.

 

 

 

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The Simple Thing That Makes the Happiest People in the World So Happy

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Research has found about 9 zillion things you can do to increase happiness. Of course, you’re probably not doing any of them.

 

So you want to start? You want something insanely easy to do that research has demonstrated over and over again works.

To be fair, most people don’t really do much to deliberately make their lives happier.

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