Jon Corzine’s Optimistic Banking Forecast

Corzine: Right now, financial institutions are sort of on everybody’s trouble list. I think I will be looking for strong financial institutions that, I think, will recover with the recovering economy. There are a number of real opportunities. The one unique element of recessions in difficult times is you create value for those people who have [IB] liquidity and have the resources wherewithal to participate in the upcoming recovery. I’m an optimist. I’ve seen a number of recessions in my lifetime. I heard my parents talk about the depression. But in every stage of American history, we’ve recovered from the difficult times. And America is stronger, more wealthy and more integrated into a global economy, which I think is very, very supportive of a bright future for my children and their children as we go forward.

Gov. Jon Corzine says the global economy will eventually rebound.

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

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This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

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Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?

  • Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
  • Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.