Justin Long

Book Notes: Scarcity: Why having too little means so much

Introduction “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” ~Voltaire “Scarcity – having less than you feel you need.” Scarcity forms a common chord to many problems Scarcity captures the mind – changes how we think Economics studies scarcity. Physical scarcity is ubiquitous. The feeling of scarcity is not. Time is always scarce – same 24 …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) Pres. Saied indefinitely extends suspension of parliament. Link— for now, the population seem generally to be on his side. East Africa (520m) Fatigue, flooding and donor fatigue: unpacking South Sudan’s food crisis. Link— worst since independence: seasonal flooding + economic downturn + fighting— 7.2m enduring severe hunger, out of a total population …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) Tunisia power grab risks IMF deal, fears of Lebanon-style default. BloombergNow in charge, Tunisian president faces looming fiscal crisis. Reuters East Africa (520m) Ethiopia’s civil war has no end in sight: Teenagers rounded up in Mekelle, forced to fight for TPLF. BBC— murky war, lots of allegations being traded back and forthEthnic Tigrayans have …

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Book Notes: The Talent Code

A huge part of DMM training is coaching and mentoring. On this subject, “The Talent Code” is a fascinating book we can learn from. IS ABOUT: the development of talent: “greatness isn’t born, it’s grown. Here’s how.” TL;DR TAKEAWAYS Skill is stored bio-chemically in the brain: circuits, wrapped in myelin. Not everyone can be great, …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) Algeria mourns 60+ killed by wildfires in Kabylie region. France24 Tunisia on a “knife-edge between reform and autocracy.” FP… halfway through parliament’s month-long suspension …  East Africa (520m) Fighting in Ethiopia continues to spiral wider, with no end in sight. The TPLF has advanced into Afar and Amhara states, saying it wishes …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) Algeria’s health system on the verge of imploding from Covid. Link Tunisia’s crisis:Democrats, despots and the fight for power. BBC… “supporters simply fed up with parliament”… “opponents, independent observers denounce as coup”President holds forth on freedoms after seizing power. NYT… “why would I, at 67, start a career as a dictator?”A coup or not? activists …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) Tunisia: President fires PM; many Tunisians cheer the move.… Covid-19 pandemic exacerbating political instability. DW… PM sacked after violent Covid protests. BBC… Kais Saied’s power grab. Brookings… an economic recipe for unrest ignites in Tunisia. Al Jazeera The interdependent tracks of Libya’s ceasefire are in danger of reversing. UN East …

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New Events Northern Africa (266m) 20k fighters from Russia, Syria, Chad still in Libya. Africa Report New report from Relieweb tells, among other thins, how domestic violence and forced marriage risen in Sudan. Link East Africa (520m) Ethiopia alleged aid agencies are smuggling weapons; agencies concerned about potential for attacks on them. Link Tigray war …

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