Today, Funding Circle is Britain’s No. 1 online matchmaker for small-business loans. From its inception through Sept. 25, it transacted 373 million pounds in lending between 32,000 investors and 5,000 firms, which pay interest rates ranging from 6 to 15 percent.

A British-educated investor who quit his job as chief of the world’s biggest bond business has revealed he resigned after his 10-year old-daughter gave him a note citing 22 milestones in her life he had missed.

Back in 1990, a Polish teenager, asked about environmental degradation in his country, told The New York Times, “I don’t know the way, but we have to get over the I-don’t-care disease.” Capitalism can’t cure that malady. But if and when we overcome it, capitalism can reverse its effects.

Watching the fragile stories of the early days of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship, venture capital gives me much optimism that our current generation of builders will create the companies that solves the challenges we face, in a much more mature ecosystem that accepts innovation and risk capital.

On an August day in 1684, Edmund Halley, a Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society in London, paid Newton a visit. Halley was having problems deriving the laws that governed the orbits of stars and planets. When he brought the topic up with Newton, Isaac told Halley that he had already solved the problem several years ago (he forgot to tweet it out). However, Newton was unable to find his solution (ouch, should have used Dropbox) and spent two months redoing the work for Halley.

“If I’m wearing lipstick, she won’t kiss me,” she said, “because there’s palm oil in it.”

Microbeads, the tiny plastic balls added to body scrubs and toothpastes by such manufacturers as L’Oreal SA and Procter & Gamble Co., were marketed as the greatest beauty aid since cold cream. Now fish have a gut full, and some U.S. and state lawmakers want the ingredient banned.

“We are less than 10 percent of the way there,” he said. “Building a platform that others can build a meaningful business on top of, we are talking about a multi-decade horizon.”

“Alibaba is sort of this protected Chinese company – it will do well, but it is fundamentally a political entity that is somehow very deeply connected with the Chinese government,” Thiel says. “You’ll get a pop and you’ll do well if it continues to stay in the good graces of the Chinese government, but it’s fundamentally a political investment.”

Failing to report bad things that Hamas does, and good things that Israel does, which is what these examples show, creates the villainous “Israel” of the international press. That these failures mislead news consumers is clear. But they also have a role in generating recent events like a mob attack on a Paris synagogue, for example, or the current 30-year-high in anti-Jewish incidents in Britain.

In 1990, a study was published looking at 27 Texas counties with a variety of lithium levels in their water. The authors discovered that people whose water had the least amount of lithium had significantly greater levels of suicide, homicide and rape than the people whose water had the higher levels of lithium. The group whose water had the highest lithium level had nearly 40 percent fewer suicides than that with the lowest lithium level.