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Curating the Internet: Business and leadership micro-summaries for October 19, 2019

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An argument to frame environmentalism in terms of abundance and empowerment instead of austerity; 73% of Amtrak trains are behind schedule, and it's costing $42 million; New England shellfish arrive on the IBM blockchain; Leading economic indicators point to slowing US economy; and a Steem essay describing the stacking sats investment strategy


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  1. How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution - In this TED talk, social entrepreneur and marine biologist, Alasdair Harris discusses his experience with efforts to reverse over-fishing and help local communities that rely on fishing for their livelihood and survival. He argues that, at its core, conservation is a "journey in listening", and describes experiences that led to permanent ecological and economic improvements by making use of listening and devising successful approaches that "went viral" throughout Madagascar and into South-east Asia. He advises that the solution to the problem of overfishing requires us to, "reimagine marine conservation as a narrative of abundance and empowerment, not of austerity and alienation."

  2. Only 27% of Amtrak trains are on-time — and it could be costing the railroad $42 million every year - Estimates from Amtrak's Inspector General (IG) indicate that Amtrak is losing $41.9 million, over the long term, due to late arrivals, and the company could quickly recoup $8 million in reduced costs and $4 million in increased revenues by improving their record by just five percent. According to the reports, most of the delays come because Amtrak leases nearly all of its track from freight companies such as Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, and CSX. The IG wrote that freight companies are required to give passenger trains priority over freight trains, but public statements indicate that the companies ignore those laws as a matter of course. One of those companies, Canadian National, indicated blamed the delays on speed restrictions, while other companies declined to comment. This comes at a time when Amtrak is aiming to be profitable by 2021, for the first time in 48 years.

  3. Shellfish Plant Is Putting Scallops on IBM’s Food Tracking Blockchain - Raw Seafoods is working with IBM to trace seafoods from suppliers to retailers for its Fall River, Massachusetts, plant. When a ship catches a scallop, its weight is recorded, along with the latitude and longitude where it was caught. The ship crew then puts it in a bag which is labeled with a link to the same information. This data is shared with suppliers, distributors, and retailers, and the company plans to launch a mobile app that will let customers access the provenance of the food that they buy. In addition to giving consumer more confidence in their food, it is also helped that this will help with fishery management efforts.

  4. Leading economic indicators fall for 2nd straight month, point to slower U.S. growth - According to the privately run, Conference Board, the index of leading economic indicators slipped by 0.1% in September, which is the second consecutive month of decline. Most of the decliine was caused by softness in the manufacturing sector after supply chain disruptions and sluggish exports, likely triggered by the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China.

  5. STEEM Stacking satoshis / Akkumulation von Satoshis - In this post, @zuerich explains a strategy called, "stacking sats", which involves the weekly purchase of one million satoshis ($80 at current rates). This strategy employs dollar cost averaging to reduce the investment risk, while providing ever-increasing exposure to Bitcoin's long term upside. (A 10% beneficiary setting has been applied to this post for @zuerich.)


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