THE GREAT LEAP BACKWARDS

In 1957, a billion Chinese were going hungry.

Mao Zedong couldn’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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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

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 they’d take a picture standing next to it with a cigarette.

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MAKE FEAR YOUR FRIEND

In 2006 Apple’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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FIRST DO NO HARM

Marc Koska is not a doctor, yet he’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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TWO MINUSES CAN MAKE A PLUS

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.

They’re dirty, often diseased, undomesticated.

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A KERNEL OF TRUTH

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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WE DON’T WANT WHAT’S GOOD FOR US

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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THE NAKED TRUTH

There seem to be two main opinions on The Sun’s page 3.

One is that it demeans women by showing attractive young females posing naked.

The other is that it’s free speech: if you don’t like it don’t buy the paper.

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WHAT DO MARKETING EXPERTS DO?

1993 was the year ‘the brand’ died.

At least that’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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ON THE OTHER HAND

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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