Thursday, September 20, 2012

Signs of the times

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln
• Apparently there is a Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve.

• There is virtually no interest in Group of Seven paintings in the international art market, said Sotheby's Canada president David Silcox while commenting on a recent art heist. [Source: Toronto Star]

• The number of single people in America is growing at more than twice the rate of those who are married. If that trend continues, single adults will soon outnumber married couples for the first time on record, according to CNN.

• Starbucks is trying out a new recycling process that would turn stale muffins and coffee grounds into bio-plastics and laundry detergent.

• Virtual assistants comprise a big new trend, according to the Toronto Star. These digital helpers, already on many websites, provide answers to customers' questions, and are taking over from employees in airports, malls, hospitals, and elsewhere. They show up every day, aren't temperamental, and give complete, consistent information.

• $21 trillion are stashed in tax havens such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, according to the Tax Justice Network. The sum, equal to to the combined gross national products of the U.S. and Japan, are owned or controlled by just 92,000 people.
I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. ~ Robert McCloskey

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