Jon Corzine on Recovering from Tragedy

MF Global filed for bankruptcy today, the result of some bad bets that its CEO, Jon Corzine, placed on sovereign bonds. This is certainly not the first bad bet that Mr. Corzine has placed, and it is certainly not the first time he has had to recover from tragedy. While he was Governor of New Jersey in 2007, Corzine was in the front passenger seat of a state police vehicle that crashed on the Garden State Parkway. Corzine was not wearing a seat belt, and experienced extensive injuries. He broke his left leg, sternum, collarbone, six ribs on each side and a lower vertebra.

After his recovery, Corzine reflected on the experience to Big Think. "Life is a real luxury that one shouldn’t take for granted," the former Governor said. "So philosophically, spiritually, I think I’ve grown by the experience."

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22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

Strange Maps
  • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
  • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
  • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

The Sarco assisted suicide pod
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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! 

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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

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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