Originally posted on U.S./China Clean Energy:

By Anum Yoon

Reposted from the Triple Pundit website post on May 2015

Seoul, South Korea, was ranked as the most sustainable city in Asia by
Seoul, South Korea, was ranked as the most sustainable city in Asia on this year’s Sustainable Cities Index, thanks in part to its planned “smart city,” Songdo. If this rendering makes the city look massive, that’s because it will be: Its future population is projected at around 2 million — around the same as the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia combined.

This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. The Index provided an overview of 50 of the world’s cities and what their performance rankings were in relation to the factors of people, planet and profit – the three pillars of the triple bottom line. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. And with good reason: Europe has developed an impressive environmental legislation over the past…

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Originally posted on Fixed Income Alternatives:

This is Part 2 of a series where I will occasionally review Market Linked Certificates of Deposit (MLCDs) that have recently matured.   As a brief refresher, all MLCDs offer 100% principal protection, supported by the FDIC to statutory limits.

I am reviewing today a 5-year JPMorgan CD issued 28 May 2010, that matured on 29 May 2015.  It was based on 100% participation in the JPMorgan Efficiente (USD) Index.  The CUSIP was 48123YKC9.

This CD marked the initial level of the index, when it was issued, at 99.65.  At maturity, the index was at a level of 125.75.  That is a change of +26.192%.  For every $1,000 invested in this CD, it paid $1,261.92 at maturity.  That is an average of 5.24%/year, non-compounded.  There were no coupons paid; it was a lump-sum at maturity.

Here is an approximate view of the…

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Originally posted on AmyJalapeño!:


“You know that vibe you get from particular people – the in your face vibe that blats, ‘You’re not worth my time and I would rather be sitting in a pile of shit than get to know you.’ You know, that voice – the one you are absolutely certain is the other person psychologically stabbing you? Well, maybe it’s not them. Maybe it’s your most practiced hurt, your deepest fear, or acutest insecurity. Maybe it’s your ‘little me’ holding to what it can to stay alive and  then pinning the blame on an unexplained glance or the untold back story of another person. But, I could be wrong. It could be your powers of super perception and awe-inspiring omniscience. Yeah, it could be that.” -Amy Larson, amyjalapeno.com

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“Leaning into a relationship is the best measure for determining intention and devotion. If the other person’s loyalty does not match your own (or if yours does not match theirs), you will feel distress within an area of your body: a lump in the throat, a knot in your gut, something will seem off. If there is an alignment of devotion, ease and reciprocation and a graceful push and pull will follow.” -Amy Larson, amyjalapeno.com

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Originally posted on AmyJalapeño!:


You cannot truly listen to another unless you still the internal dialog and diffuse thoughts running off on tangents.

The question is, how much do you really want to listen?

How much do you want to be heard?

Do you have a propensity to control the conversation and be the only person that speaks?

Do you find yourself only thinking about what you want to say next?

Do you believe that you know what the other person is thinking or what they want, even though you have expressed zero interest in what they have to say?

Are you one of those that remains quiet, whether you are petrified to open up or simply uninterested in opening the deep dark world that is your personal Pandora’s box?

Either way some thought or belief or neurotic habit is preventing you from truly connecting with another human being. When you quite the mind…

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