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Richard A. Chance

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Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

The US is rethinking its Turkish nuclear weapons stash. As Turkey coordinates with Russia to plan its push into northern Syria, replacing and sometimes firing on American troops, the US military is questioning the wisdom of trusting its erstwhile ally with 50 thermonuclear bombs.

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting

The sooner we move the nukes out of Turkey, the better. Having them there is a colossal risk that hasn’t provided any benefit to the US in decades.

We should also be pushing to cut ties with Turkey more broadly, up to and including demanding their eviction from NATO. They are an ally in name only, exploiting their diplomatic status for material gain while actively working against American interests and forging ever-stronger ties with Putin’s Russia.

Obviously we also should not in any way support their atrocities in Syria, but apparently it’s already too late for that.

Mobile payment monopoly

The key to Apple’s future success

Apple’s growth is slowing dramatically. In this Quartz member exclusive presentation, discover the three key areas that are critical to the company's future, and why and how they’ll determine Apple’s continued success.

The key to Apple’s future success

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward

This presentation makes clear the challenges that Apple faces. Its iPhone business is slowing and it’s not getting enough traction in India or China, markets that could fuel renewed growth. So it needs services, and likely a new category of products such as augmented reality glasses, to fuel the forward growth that investors expect.

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure

The eternal quest for growth is going to get much more difficult. Especially when it comes to services, I'm not convinced an Apple conglomerate will be able to fend off music specialists (Spotify), film/video specialists (Netflix), and payment companies (PayPal) all at the same time. And I'm not sure antitrust watchdogs will be excited about those ambitions either.

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Plastic pollution

Microfibers are the new plastic menace. The tiny synthetic threads shed from our cheap, fast fashion clothes and work their way into every nook and cranny of the environment, WIRED reports.

Microfibers Are the New Microbeads. Grab Your Pitchforks

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other

It seems crazy that all washing machines and sinks do not have a filter to catch micro plastics. Companies should see how great the ROI would be if they brought to market a washing machine that filtered micro-plastics, I would have been willing to pay more for that in an instant and I am sure many other would too.

This is a massive issue.

Free Willy

Power restored in California

Fashion follows feeds

"Aspirational realness" is the new Instagram cool-girl look. Brands are adopting the messy, candid, and unfiltered aesthetic of regular users to give their products a veneer of authenticity.

“Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look, disguises advertising as authenticity

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable

To claim ‘aspirational realness’ as the thing that brought these brands to success is to ignore the complexity of women, how we support brands and make (educated) purchasing decisions.

Reformation, does promote a certain body type but they also were early adopters to sustainability. Offering affordable clothes made with defined values.

Outdoor voices made activewear nice enough to be worn on the regular, quality and cut being equally as important as marketing.

Glossier broke ground with celebrating beauty in all women rather than the singular ‘ideal’ of the past.

The writer has a narrow perspective on why these companies have succeeded and exactly what they tapped into.

Handbags are out. The pricey accessory is losing its once-exalted place in women's wardrobes as Instagram has eclipsed its role as a status symbol.

The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe

Sneakers are clearly now serving the (status / collectibles) purpose of handbags for the next generation, eating up that share of disposable income. The sales overall numbers show it as does the rise of the marketplaces like GOAT and Flight Club (as well as a walk around the streets).

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