why california is called california

Dictionary.com had hot word "California" and its origins. Have a read. Early mapmakers began labeling the “island” as California, the name of a mythical island in a book called Las Sergas de Esplandián, “The Adventures of Esplandián,” written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The book was part of a popular series of Spanish romance stories. In the book, … Continue reading why california is called california

wikileaks: 25 days of leaking 25 million secrets of the world

List of Wikileaks exposures. Day 1: military in every embassy Day 2: two criminal presidents Day 3: three  illegal wars Day 4: four covered-up crimes Day 5: five plutocracies (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Day 6: six sycophants (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Day 7: seven suicide attacks Day 8: eight enemy combatants Day 9: nine NATO divisions Day 10: 10 years of pollution Day 11: more profits for credit card companies Day 12: drug company … Continue reading wikileaks: 25 days of leaking 25 million secrets of the world

is democracy bad for growth?

Why did China outperform India? "Shanghai Theory of Economic Growth" Infrastructures Strong government State capitalism and government ownership Democracy is a hindrance to growth It is neither infrastructure (Soviet Union vs China before 1989) nor strong government (Pakistan vs India by 2008) nor state capitalism (success of Korea, Singapore vs failures Burma and DPRK). So why did … Continue reading is democracy bad for growth?

random about modern america and historic china

Modern America looks as below: 4 million cups/day on airline flights (not reused/recycled). 40 million papers cups/day for hot beverages. Has the largest percentage of population in prisons (2.3 million in 2005). >400.000 (1.100/day) Americans die of smoking annually. 384.000 American women (vast majority <21) opted for breast augmentation surgery (the most popular high-school graduation … Continue reading random about modern america and historic china

best buy micro-innovation and fidel castro

One manager of a Best Buy store, who resembles Fidel Castro, leveraged this "asset" turning his store into the best performer. How? Revolutionary mode (called his store “La Revolucion,” posted “Declaracion de Revolucion” in the break room, made store supervisors wear army fatigues,...) and encouragement to whistle when employees do good things. In Cuba, considered … Continue reading best buy micro-innovation and fidel castro