17 Mathematical Equations that Changed the World!

In my really geeky days, I used to wear a t-shirt with Maxwell's equations on the front side. LOL!

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Monsanto GMO: Russia No & Whole Foods Yes

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BBVA Research: China is World's Most Powerful Nation

... and the Asian Tiger continues to roar!

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Bloomberg: Former Dutch Bank CEO & Family Found Dead

Former ABN Amro Group NV Netherlands Chief Executive Officer Jan Peter Schmittmann, his wife and a daughter were found dead at their home yesterday after a possible “family tragedy,” Dutch police said.

“The bodies of a father and mother and their daughter were found at the property” in the town of Laren, 32 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, Dutch police said in a statement on theirwebsite. Leonie Bosselaar, a police spokeswoman, said in a telephone call with Bloomberg News that the deceased were Schmittmann, 57, and two family members.

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Shell Oil: Finance Management Information Analyst

A Day in the life of a Shell Canada Finance Management Information Analyst:
* Provide meaningful financial information for operational staff through BW and Spotfire reporting tools. Meet with clients to understand what data gaps exist and provide meaningful fit-for-purpose reporting. Provide clients with Management Information best practices in report standardization, automation and distribution. Manage and prioritize outstanding reporting requirements with other Management Information resources.
* Provide centralized support for SAP hierarchy and cost center updates, while ensuring Heavy Oil SAP master reference data (Master Reference Data) policies and best practices are being followed. Work with support groups to deliver accurate and timely setups while influencing Upstream Americas Master Reference Data controls to optimize the Master Reference Data process for Oil Sands. Understand and communicate Master Reference Data impacts to stakeholders (Joint Venture, Royalty, Budget/planning, Activity Based Costing system).
* Identify, target, and deliver optimization initiatives through linkage to Finance Optimization Team providing expertise and resources. Continue to manage change and enforce best practices across Heavy Oil. Work with the Blueprint Finance Process Improvement Team on their initiatives.
* Provide Blueprint Master Reference Data (cost center & hierarchy), Business Warehouse and Spotfire training to finance community.
* Provide oversight to decommissioning and ensure appropriate access to data for audits and ongoing business requirements. Provide audit support via reporting on legacy data through Business Objects and / or Business Warehouse.
* Instigate, initiate, and / or support Lean / Improvement projects within HO.

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Billions of Dollars Vanish Into Thin Air at U.S. State Department


The U.S. State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

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United Nations Report: U.S. Criminalizes Homelessness


The U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Thursday condemned the United States for criminalizing homelessness, calling it "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" that violates international human rights treaty obligations. It also called upon the U.S. government to take corrective action, following a two-day review of U.S. government compliance with a human rights treaty ratified in 1992.

"I'm just simply baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter in a country, and then be treated as criminals for being without shelter," said Sir Nigel Rodley, chairman of the committee in closing statements on the U.S. review. "The idea of criminalizing people who don't have shelter is something that I think many of my colleagues might find as difficult as I do to even begin to comprehend."

The Committee called on the U.S. to abolish criminalization of homelessness laws and policies at state and local levels, intensify efforts to find solutions for homeless people in accordance with human rights standards and offer incentives for decriminalization, including giving local authorities funding for implementing alternatives and withholding funding for criminalizing the homeless. 

Those recommendations run counter to the current trends in the nation. Laws targeting the homeless—loitering laws that ban sleeping or sitting too long in one public spot, or camping in parks overnight—have become increasingly common in communities throughout the country as homelessness has skyrocketed.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), a D.C.-based advocacy organization which monitors laws that criminalize homeless people and litigates on behalf of poor people regularly conducts reviews of cities criminalizing homelessness and finds more and more laws banning such activities as sitting or lying in public places with each new survey.

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Shell: Gas Trading Jobs in San Diego, California


  • Physical Cash Gas Trading in the western United States from dailies to prompt year
  • Produce profitable trading results meeting or exceeding the annual goal for the team
  • Increase trading results through coordination with gas and power operations, origination, transportation, transmission and term and gas power
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How To Hide Your House From Google Maps

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Trombonist Christopher Bill: Pharrell's "Happy"

Christopher Bill, a classically trained trombone player currently studying at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York City, plays a trombone loop version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy". 

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