In 1957, a billion Chinese were going hungry.
Mao Zedong couldnâ€™t admit this was because of the failings of his communist agricultural policies.
The reason must be something else.
He heard that sparrows were eating lots of grain.
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Lindsey Stone had a joke going with a friend on Facebook.
They used to post cheeky, irreverent photos of themselves challenging authority.
If they saw a NO SMOKING sign theyâ€™d take a picture standing next to it with a cigarette.
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In 2006 Appleâ€™s revenues were $19 billion.
The iPod alone was $7.7 billion of that, it had 90% of the personal music-player market.
Things were looking good.
So why did Steve Jobs wake up in a sweat?
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Marc Koska is not a doctor, yet heâ€™s saved nine million lives.
How did he do that?
He did it by preventing doctors doing what they see as their job.
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Every year two million stray dogs are put to death in the USA.
They are taken to shelters to see if anyone wants them.
Hardly anyone does of course.
Theyâ€™re dirty, often diseased, undomesticated.
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Harland David Sanders was born in Indiana in 1890.
In 1903 he got a job painting horse-drawn carriages.
In 1904 he became a farm hand.
In 1905 a streetcar conductor.
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Henry George was an enlightened economist.
Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, and Leo Tolstoy have quoted him.
He proposed a third way, between capitalism and communism.
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There seem to be two main opinions on The Sunâ€™s page 3.
One is that it demeans women by showing attractive young females posing naked.
The other is that itâ€™s free speech: if you donâ€™t like it donâ€™t buy the paper.
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1993 was the year â€˜the brandâ€™ died.
At least thatâ€™s what all the marketing experts thought.
Investors wiped $13.4 billion off Philip Morris shares, because they owned the most profitable brand in the world.
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Joe Stegner had often been asked to make recommendations to the board on profitability.
There are usually two ways to increase profitability: raise income or cut costs.
Joe Stegner worked with numbers.
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