Victor Alberola Salcedo was shocked when the construction of a suburban Madrid train line was halted in 2010, terminating a contract for his 17-person company. It brought home the reality of the worst economy in his country’s more than 30 years of democracy.
It’s puzzling why only Americans made the cut in Joshua Kendall’s study of obsessive traits in seven high achievers -- but who cares? The control freaks and workaholics profiled in “America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built Nation” (Grand Central Publishing), one of three books reviewed in the Summer 2013 issue of Bloomberg Pursuits, are so fascinatingly weird that carping seems almost criminal.
Bath salts, a drug that has been in the news a fair amount, has gotten a bad name recently, so much so that one might forget the original purpose wasn't to induce paranoid hallucinations. Too bad that the term now invokes a psychotic break instead of sitting motionless in a warm basin of water. And too bad that bathing has become an act of indulgence reserved primarily for infants. As Simone Weil in her 1939 essay "The Iliad, or the Poem of Force" observes: "Nearly all human life has always taken place far from warm baths." So on the occasion that you actually do make it into the tub, you might as well go all out. That's where bath salts come in.
TMO Renewables Ltd., a U.K.-based maker of biofuel production equipment, will develop an ethanol plant at a Brazilian sugar-cane mill capable of producing 10 million liters (2.6 million gallons) of fuel a year from crop residues.
A band’s fireworks display at a nightclub in Brazil early this morning turned deadly, killing more than 230 and injuring dozens when it set the building ablaze, according to police and televised reports.