Bill Blain: “In Order to Change the World, You Have to Get Your Head Together First!”

Tesla "is a firm that tells us it’s going to be the world’s leading car company, and take automotive industries into a whole new multiverse of ride-sharing, self-driving and energy efficiency – yet its boss tweets disgraceful life-damaging insults about those who disagree with him (comments that would get any other CEO sacked), lies about plans to privatise the firm and his source of funds, and jokes about the regulators."

Ranked: The Biggest Fast Food Chains in America

That said, no one can compare to Subway in terms of sheer volume. The chain has over 25,000 locations, making it not only the biggest fast food chain in the country, but the most common retailer overall (even beating out dollar stores). It’s possible that America has seen peak Subway though — the number of locations has been steadily dropping since 2011.

Wired World: 35 Years of Submarine Cables in One Map

At the same time, more aging cables will be taken offline. Even though signals are no longer traveling through this network of “dark fiber”, it’s still being put to productive use. It turns out that undersea telecom cables make a very effective seismic network, helping researchers study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures on the ocean floor.

Ranked: The 20 Easiest Countries for Doing Business

If you live in New Zealand, for example, you can get a new enterprise up and running in half a day. If you live in Luxembourg or Argentina, however, it’s a different story─with the process sometimes taking over a year.

Bill Blain: When There Is Too Much Cash around the Market Can Remain Irrational for Longer…

One of the key factors driving stocks higher in the wake of a trade “accommodation” rather than a peace treaty is momentum – markets want to go higher, anticipating growth. But the market is equally driven by the volume of cash ready to be thrown at it.  There is no shortage of ready liquidity - in this sense of too much easy money chasing too few assets, rather than liquidity: “who wants to buy this” conundrum.

Walmart’s Domination of the U.S. Grocery Market

This degree of market concentration means that a retailer could cut certain products or manipulate prices without fear of losing customers. Worse yet, a company could close up shop and leave thousands of people without adequate grocery access.

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