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The Rise and Fall of Gold #Gold

King Midas lusted after it. The Incas worshipped it. Shiny flakes of it set off a 19th-century rush to California and ship captains never stop looking for it at the bottom of the sea. While gold has ignited passions for centuries, for today’s investors, it seems, the metal has been losing its allure. After surging sevenfold during a 12-year bull market — a run matched by only a handful of assets, including U.S. Treasuries and stamps — investors sold it wildly in 2013, triggering the first annual drop in 13 years. Is the epic boom and bust in gold just another market cycle or is it a change in human appetites?

http://www.bloomberg.com/

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    The Brutal 17-Year War Where Netflix Destroyed Blockbuster — In a Simple Infographic Did Netflix really kick Blockbuster’s ass in a 17-year war marked by endless late fee-related shouting matches and Hot Tamale binges? Kind of. But according to this colorful infographic, it’s more complicated than that http://www.policymic.com/
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    America has allowed its oil companies to export oil as announced in private letters to oil companies. This will, for sure, cause a stir in the global oil markets and lead to lower prices. Global oil prices previously soared due to the fall in the supply of oil- stoppage of oil exports…
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    When President Obama took office in 2009 at the height of the recession, the annual budget deficit came in at 10.1 percent of gross domestic product -- a level not seen since the end of World War II. In the five years since, the budget deficit has been sliced more…
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    Most people that discuss the "economic collapse" focus on what is coming in the future.  And without a doubt, we are on the verge of some incredibly hard times.  But what often gets neglected is the immense permanent damage that has been done to the U.S. economy by the long-term…
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    If trade and financial sanctions were imposed on Russia, the cost to the UK might well exceed the cost to Russia. That is presumably why the Foreign Office wrote - in a document carelessly (or deliberately?) displayed yesterday for the lenses of photographers - that "the UK should not support…
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20 historic Olympic moments from doping to protests.

Olympic Controversies, Scandals, & Stardom
20 historic Olympic moments from doping to protests, to the “whack heard ‘round the world.”

Interactive: Olympic controversies
As the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, relive 20 infamous events in the history of the games.

 

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    The Olympics officially began yesterday, but the defining image of the games so far is the issues surrounding Sochi’s readiness. Athletes, journalists and tourists have been sharing their experiences publicly on social media, and #SochiProblems has become the default hashtag for exposing deficiencies in hospitality, accommodation failures and the endless parade of…
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    Despite all the criticism, the games in Sochi will take place, and they will most likely be deemed a triumph, a validation of Putin’s leadership, unless of course disaster strikes in the form of terrorism or some other tragedy. http://www.nytimes.com
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    Norway itself is a Winter Olympics marvel: With only five million people, it has won 303 Winter Olympic medals, far more than any other country on the planet. To find a country smaller than world-leading Norway on the all-time Winter Olympics medal table, you have to travel down to Croatia,…
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    Ukraine's economy is in urgent need of assistance will Russia with Putin as leader help them out ? Vladimir Putin holds brief talks with Viktor Yanukovich at Sochi Games as Ukraine awaits Russian bailout amid uprising. Viktor Yanukovich, who has been battling anti-government protesters since he rejected a trade deal…
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    Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling…
    Tags: sochi, olympics

#longread Putins Olympic Fever Dream

Despite all the criticism, the games in Sochi will take place, and they will most likely be deemed a triumph, a validation of Putin’s leadership, unless of course disaster strikes in the form of terrorism or some other tragedy.

http://www.nytimes.com

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    Ukraine's economy is in urgent need of assistance will Russia with Putin as leader help them out ? Vladimir Putin holds brief talks with Viktor Yanukovich at Sochi Games as Ukraine awaits Russian bailout amid uprising. Viktor Yanukovich, who has been battling anti-government protesters since he rejected a trade deal…
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    The Olympics officially began yesterday, but the defining image of the games so far is the issues surrounding Sochi’s readiness. Athletes, journalists and tourists have been sharing their experiences publicly on social media, and #SochiProblems has become the default hashtag for exposing deficiencies in hospitality, accommodation failures and the endless parade of…
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    Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling…
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    What the two men in this photograph are doing is now illegal in Russia. Amidst an alarming—and frequently violent— government crackdown, being out, or simply supporting gays and lesbians, can now get you thrown in jail, beaten up, or worse. On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, Jeff Sharlet embeds…
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    Olympic Controversies, Scandals, & Stardom 20 historic Olympic moments from doping to protests, to the “whack heard ‘round the world.” Interactive: Olympic controversies As the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, relive 20 infamous events in the history of the games.  
    Tags: olympic, sochi, games

Norway itself is a Winter Olympics marvel

Norway itself is a Winter Olympics marvel: With only five million people, it has won 303 Winter Olympic medals, far more than any other country on the planet. To find a country smaller than world-leading Norway on the all-time Winter Olympics medal table, you have to travel down to Croatia, which ranks 24th with 11 medals.

“How is it possible that an area of about 400,000 people can be responsible for eight out of nine gold medals?” said Stig Arve Sæther, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

If Norway Wins Medal Count at 2014 Sochi Winter Games, One Region’s Culture and Lifestyle May Explain Why

 

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    Steven Nyman is poised at the starting gate, alert, coiled, ready. A signal sounds: three even tones followed by a single, more urgent pitch, sending Nyman kicking onto the Val Gardena downhill ski course. He pushes five times with his poles, accelerating as quickly as possible, stabbing the snow frantically.…
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    Olympic Controversies, Scandals, & Stardom 20 historic Olympic moments from doping to protests, to the “whack heard ‘round the world.” Interactive: Olympic controversies As the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, relive 20 infamous events in the history of the games.  
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    Despite all the criticism, the games in Sochi will take place, and they will most likely be deemed a triumph, a validation of Putin’s leadership, unless of course disaster strikes in the form of terrorism or some other tragedy. http://www.nytimes.com
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Twitter account SochiProblems has emerged as the viral curator

The Olympics officially began yesterday, but the defining image of the games so far is the issues surrounding Sochi’s readiness. Athletes, journalists and tourists have been sharing their experiences publicly on social media, and #SochiProblems has become the default hashtag for exposing deficiencies in hospitality, accommodation failures and the endless parade of stray dogs.

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    Olympic Controversies, Scandals, & Stardom 20 historic Olympic moments from doping to protests, to the “whack heard ‘round the world.” Interactive: Olympic controversies As the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, relive 20 infamous events in the history of the games.  
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    Despite all the criticism, the games in Sochi will take place, and they will most likely be deemed a triumph, a validation of Putin’s leadership, unless of course disaster strikes in the form of terrorism or some other tragedy. http://www.nytimes.com
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    Ukraine's economy is in urgent need of assistance will Russia with Putin as leader help them out ? Vladimir Putin holds brief talks with Viktor Yanukovich at Sochi Games as Ukraine awaits Russian bailout amid uprising. Viktor Yanukovich, who has been battling anti-government protesters since he rejected a trade deal…
    Tags: sochi, games
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    Norway itself is a Winter Olympics marvel: With only five million people, it has won 303 Winter Olympic medals, far more than any other country on the planet. To find a country smaller than world-leading Norway on the all-time Winter Olympics medal table, you have to travel down to Croatia,…
    Tags: olympics, sochi, games

Ukraine’s economy is in urgent need of assistance

Ukraine’s economy is in urgent need of assistance will Russia with Putin as leader help them out ?

Vladimir Putin holds brief talks with Viktor Yanukovich at Sochi Games as Ukraine awaits Russian bailout amid uprising.

Viktor Yanukovich, who has been battling anti-government protesters since he rejected a trade deal with EU in favour of closer ties with Russia, arrived back to Ukraine on Saturday, following a brief meeting with Putin.

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    A Russian occupation of Crimea raises the specter of the Cold War, in which the nuclear stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union devolved into regional disputes around the world. While military and political frictions made the biggest headlines, the Cold War couldn’t be well understood without using…
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    Follow up of my post on BIG COMPANIES NOW HAVE A HAND IN THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY Here is one picture.
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    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has…
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Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia #Longread

What the two men in this photograph are doing is now illegal in Russia. Amidst an alarming—and frequently violent— government crackdown, being out, or simply supporting gays and lesbians, can now get you thrown in jail, beaten up, or worse. On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, Jeff Sharlet embeds with the new enemies of the state and reports on life in the Russian underground

http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201402/being-gay-in-russia

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    Despite all the criticism, the games in Sochi will take place, and they will most likely be deemed a triumph, a validation of Putin’s leadership, unless of course disaster strikes in the form of terrorism or some other tragedy. http://www.nytimes.com
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    Ukraine's economy is in urgent need of assistance will Russia with Putin as leader help them out ? Vladimir Putin holds brief talks with Viktor Yanukovich at Sochi Games as Ukraine awaits Russian bailout amid uprising. Viktor Yanukovich, who has been battling anti-government protesters since he rejected a trade deal…
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    The history of statehood on the territory of Ukraine begins with two archetypically European encounters. Medieval statehood on the territory of today's Ukraine, like that of France and England, includes an encounter with Vikings. The men from the north sought to establish a trade route between the Baltic and Black…
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    It’s never a good day when almost 10% of the value of the world’s largest country - Russia - is wiped out. Do you remember UK in 1997 ?
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Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences

Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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    U.S. bank JP Morgan  said on Thursday it would process a payment from Russia's embassy in Kazakhstan to Russian insurance agency Sogaz after blocking it earlier this week over Ukraine-related U.S. sanctions. "Following consultation with our regulators, we are processing this transaction," the bank said in a statement. http://www.reuters.com/
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    When it comes to explaining Russia’s Ukrainian adventurism, the West has attempted to hide behind a wall of myths and hope its problems will just go away. There are all sorts of reasons to be stunned and perplexed today. Stunned by the reintroduction of the fears and phobias of the…
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    The German government says Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted a proposal by Chancellor Angela Merkel for a fact-finding mission and a "contact group" on Ukraine that could be led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Government spokesman Georg Streiter said the proposal came in a telephone conversation…
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