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"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

Can Marissa Mayer rescue Yahoo?

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marissa mayer

Yahoo is still a profitable company that has a market cap of around $20 Billion, with $5 Billion annual revenues and huge traffic (more than 184 Million people globally visit a Yahoo! page every day). So despite losing relevance in the Google vs Apple vs Facebook vs Microsoft world, she will still have command over decent sized resources to do a massive turnaround.  At the least, with her $300 Million+ net worth, she has nothing to lose, and can only benefit from any upside from Yahoo. Plus, she is one of the smartest people on the planet and more intelligent than any former Yahoo CEO. So if anyone can turnaround Yahoo, it’s Marissa.

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The Best Decade of All Time in Tennis

In no generation or decade in the Open Era have the top active players won 91% of all grand slams!
Never before. Not the Agassi, Sampras, Courier period nor the Connors, Borg and Mcenroe period
Not even the Wilander, Lendl, Edberg and Becker period.
Have taken a top player to mean anyone who has AT LEAST won 4 grand slams in the Open Era in their entire career!
Agassi, Courier and Sampras together won LESS THAN 60% of all grand slams.
Borg, Connors, Vilas and McEnroe were better and they CUMULATIVELY won 75% of all slams.
The immediate next group of Connors, McEnroe, Wilander won just 83% of their slams.
Even the highly competitive 80s era of Wilander, Lendl, Becker and Edberg together won just 82% of all slams.
But FEDERER, NADAL AND DJOKOVIC HAVE WON 32 OF THE LAST 35 SLAMS. 
Never before have the top tennis players DOMINATED a decade like this.
This is a phenomenal 91% win rate in all grand slams.
And the best part? the TIME PERIOD of this era is now 9 YEARS!!!  so its not like a brief 2-3 year bright period. Its freaking 9 YEARS!!!
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The Greatest Document in the History of Mankind – THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

There are many reasons that made the United States of America a great nation, the spirit of freedom, capitalism,  protection of minorities and so on. They were the first to reject a monarchy in modern society & declare themselves a democracy  after beating fair & square the greatest Empire in history (Britain). They helped defeat one of the most evil & dark regimes in the history of the earth: the Third Reich. They are probably the only nation that can defeat the dark forces of Global  Islamists which are creating havoc on every nation today taking advantage of  the collapse of another evil: The Iron Wall of Communism.

But ALL of the above is because the Founding Fathers of America created what I personally believe is the single greatest document ever written by Man that has benefited Mankind worldwide: The Bill Of Rights.

The Greatest Document in the History of Mankind

The United States Bill Of Rights

Read the full text here:  Bill of Rights

This one document alone  separates America from the rest. This is the only instance where  the Founding Fathers of a nation had the foresight about Government’s tendency to impinge the rights of citizens and hence decided to set clear limits on Government actions in regard to personal/civil liberties.

What is so amazing about the Bill of Rights is that it FOLLOWS directly from the principle set forth in the Declaration of Independence (which I persoanlly consider to be the greatest single sentence ever crafted by Mankind)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Cézanne’s The Card Players – the $250 Million painting

Cézanne’s The Card Players

Cézanne’s The Card Players

So Qatar has bought the world’s most expensive painting, or rather converted a Cezanne painting into “the world’s  most expensive piece of art” by BUYING it for $250 Million. But is it worth it? Am not an art expert, but Alexandra Peers of Vanity Fair thinks it might be worth it:

If the price seems insane, it may well be, since it more than doubles the current auction record for a work of art. And this is no epic van Gogh landscape or Vermeer portrait, but an angular, moody representation of two Aix-en-Provence peasants in a card game. But, for its $250 million, Qatar gets more than a post-Impressionist masterpiece; it wins entry into an exclusive club. There are four other Cézanne Card Players in the series; and they are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the Courtauld, and the Barnes Foundation. For a nation in the midst of building a museum empire, it’s instant cred.

Is the painting, created at the cusp of the 20th century, worth it? Well, Cézanne inspired Cubism and presaged abstract art, and Picasso called him “the father of us all.” That said, “$250 million is a fortune,” notes Victor Wiener, the fine-art appraiser called in by Lloyd’s of London when Steve Wynn put his elbow through a Picasso, in 2006. “But you take any art-history course, and a Card Players is likely in it. It’s a major, major image.” For months, he said, “its sale has been rumored. Now, everyone will use this price as a point of departure: it changes the whole art-market structure.”

Read the whole report exclusively on Vanity Fair.

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R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens (1949 – 2011)

Witty, unapologetic, brave and one of the most well read journalists in history.

He had a way with words, written and spoken.

One of the leading lights of Reason… gone forever.

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens at home in Washington, D.C., July 18, 2010. Photograph by John Huba for Vanity Fair.

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