A Billion Dollars is Not Enough

Alisher Usmanov is a well known Russian billionaire businessman

Alisher Usmanov is a well known Russian billionaire businessman who didn’t make the top 10 list

One billion dollars is no longer enough to gain entry to Russia’s rich list.

Ten billionaires failed to make Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 100 richest Russians that is dominated by those who built their fortunes on the country’s metals resources. (Pics)

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The Launching of Sealand in 1967

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Launching of Sealand in 1967

The Principality of Sealand was founded in 1967 upon an abandoned wartime gun tower 7 miles off the coast of out into the North Atlantic. Ray Essex (Prince Ray) has run radio and tv stations; issued passports, coinage and postage stamps from his principality while holding his ground amidst storms, coup attempts, a 2006 fire and failed data haven venture. But here is where it stands today – after the jump.

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Olympics an Easy Target for A-List Hypocrites

Olympics an Easy Target for A-List Hypocrites

It’s naive to believe the Beijing Games will be just about sports

In January, it was Prince Charles. Last month, it was Steven Spielberg. This month, it’s George Clooney. Next month, bet on Quincy Jones. At issue is the Olympic Games, more specifically China providing weapons to Sudan and buying up most of its oil.

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Capturing Carbon to Create Greener Plastics

 

Capturing Carbon to Create Greener Plastics

The coming era of “green” plastics

Chemists are investigating ways to use carbon dioxide removed from smokestack emissions to make a raw material for the production of DVDs, CD-ROMs, beverage bottles and other products made from polycarbonate plastics.

Apart from the benefits in terms of combating climate change, using CO2 normally released the atmosphere as a feedstock for the chemical industry, and therefore turning a myriad of plastic products into a kind of “carbon sink”, could offer consumers less expensive, and safer than current production methods.

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Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

A recent PiperJaffray survey of 200 US Internet users has found mixed responses to the question of how a slowing economy might affect e-commerce spending.

When asked how their discretionary e-commerce spending would change in 2008 versus 2007, 33% plan to purchase less online, while only 12% will purchase more and 55% will purchase the same amount.

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The Mortgage Bust Goes Global

The Mortgage Bust Goes Global

While the housing slump has come to dominate American presidential debates and has sent Wall Street into a tailspin, the consequences of millions of foreclosures across the United States are also being felt far overseas. Nowhere is that more true than in Switzerland, the serene land of snowy peaks, ice-cold lakes and staid banks long considered to be among the most cautious in the world.

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