Is Gordon Brown Trying to Save the World or Himself?
Shall we expect a political stalemate or the largest economic rescue plan in the history of the universe next month in London? If for no one but Gordon Brown's sake, let's hope it's the latter.
It started with Mr. Brown's courtesy call to Congress on March 4. He made a rousing appeal for united global action against the downward economic spiral and hoorayed a legacy of close US-British relations when it came to scary issues. There were standing ovations for Mr. Brown in Congress, but the enthusiasm in the White House was somewhat muted.
With a burly domestic crisis on his hands, Obama has been disconcertingly nonchalant about the G-20 meeting. His campaign priority to be "strong at home" before tackling the globe's box of troubles seems to be echoing quite loudly around Washington. On top of his coolness, the Treasury's staffing woes are rumored to be a great hindrance on what the administration can handle right now.
Which brings us to the possibility of no grand plan of action devised by the G-20 nations on April 2. If this were to pass, as the Economist suggests it might it wouldn't necessarily mean economic armageddon for the world, but it would likely indicate countries are opting for protectionism over unity. And hunkering down in the global North would pack a far-reaching punch to the South. Emerging economies have been already stung by flaccid trade and descending import demand from traditionally reliable consumers like the US.
Agreement or no agreement, Mr. Brown faces elections sometime before June 2010. He was key in delivering great prosperity to the UK over the past decade, but whether he can orchestrate it for the world might be a matter outside of his control.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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