Olivier Blanchard » Inside Left Pocket

Part 1: Moonshots, Leadership, and How to Unite a Bitterly Divided Nation.Fighting back the effects of Climate Change is our generation's moonshot.I want you to stop and actually think about that for a sec. Forget about Trump, Obama, Sanders, and Clinton. Think back to Kennedy. What would JFK ...
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Dear enraged anti-refugee masses,This letter is in two parts. The first is nice. The second is not.Part 1: The part where I explain things nicely.If you don't know who I am, I am a French expat living in the US. I've been here since 1994, and before that, I studied here for 4 years before g ...
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What My News and Media Ecosystem Looks Like

"Your are what you eat."We've all heard that, and we know that there's a lot of truth to it. Wholesome, healthy foods = healthy bodies. Junk food = unhealthy bodies. Now push past food. Think about everything you consume: news, entertainment, lectures, studies, political discussions, music, movies, ...
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I'm not going to waste time telling you about the soul-crushing disappointment that was True Detective's second season. How many hours (and Sunday evenings) did I waste on HBO's incoherent, overly complicated, relentlessly boring rat hole of a season? Nine? Ten? Don't tell me. I don't even want to ...
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If you don't know that I'm a bit of a cyclist by now... well, I am. Time being at a premium, I don't get to ride nearly as much during the week as I'd like to, but I do manage to get in at least one long ride every weekend. Spring, summer, fall, winter... if it's Saturday or Sunday, I'm usually out ...
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I've lived in the South a very long time. More than half my life now. I started coming to the South as a kid, during the summer, then I went to college in the South, then I moved here, got married here, raised children here. My entire adult life has been spent in the South, being as much a part of i ...
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Corporate Dinosaurs and Broken Windows

"That's the thing about the kind of failure that's driven almost entirely by incompetence," he said. "Forget its inability to cope with change. That isn't even the worst part. What's really scary about it is that it is incapable of understanding the most basic flaw in its own nature. It's just too d ...
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Curse Of The Business Cyclist

The accidental outcastIt isn't always easy being a cyclist in a business universe of golfers.Save perhaps for my first job as a military officer, every company I have worked with and for during my career has been exclusively geared towards favoring adepts of the club, of the nine iron, of ...
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On The Charlie Hebdo Massacre.

I'm at a loss for words, honestly. This is just psychotic and indefensible.Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, methodically killing 12 people Wednesday, including the editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar ...
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The Last Year

What if 2015 were your last year, your last chance at leaving your mark or doing something great or crossing out every item on your bucket list?What if you went another year without writing that book you have been thinking about for years?What if you went another year without taking that trip to Par ...
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