General Problems

Climate Change: The Invincible Enemy

Some time ago I’ve read an article in Telegraph beginning with an advice to dump all shares of alternative energy companies if you own any. Author believed that evidence of fraud can change minds. Well, to change a mind there should be one. “Climate change” designers had played very well with feelings of being in [...]


A bout de souffle


Best Before 1900

If it could be possible to label shelf life recommendation on the ideas I would put “Best before 1900” on the idea of progress. Progress is historically associated with society. In XX century mankind finally had its chance to see society in action. No earlier century has witnessed as much killing. Population increases provided more [...]


Remarks on Philanthropy

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog. Jack London. A thought came to me after reading Redefining Philanthropy: Introducing The Citizen Effect, gratitude goes to Amy Carol Wolff. As a matter of fact I know pretty much [...]


Starbucks Lost in Translation

In Moscow there are several Starbucks stores. But they are translated into Russian and the magic is gone. You know, in Paris there is a Starbucks on Champs-Élysées. I once was there and was very much confused. Imagine: a Russian tourist in France goes to American coffee store, Korean assistant says with American accent: “Bonjour [...]