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$23?!? Leonard Cohen Complete Studio Albums Collection, 11 CD Box Set

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:00:13 +0000

Leonard Cohen Complete Studio Albums Collection, 11 CD Box Set     I cannot figure out how this 11 CD box set is for sale at Amazon for $23. I ordered two (one for me, one for a friend).       Track Listings Disc: 1   1. Suzanne   2. Master Song   3.…

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E-Books Die

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:00:01 +0000

They’re killing the book business. The old guard, the ones married to paper and indie bookstores, the publishers afraid of big bad Amazon, have achieved their goal, they’ve killed the e-book. That’s right, e-book sales are down by 21.8%, the entire book business has declined by 2.7%, this is what happens when Luddites living in…

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MiB: Michael Murphy, Conservative Political Consultant

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:30:01 +0000

This week on Masters in Business I sit down with Michael Murphy, co-founder of the Right to Rise Super Pac, partner at Revolution Agency, and former campaign manager for Jeb Bush. The timing could not have been better — as the race has tightened just before the first Presidential debate. A self-described conservative, he has been called a…

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10 Weekend Reads

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:30:45 +0000

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Verona coffee, sit up in bed, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • How to hide it: inside the secret world of wealth managers. They are the brains behind the most ingenious tax avoidance schemes. And there are more of them than ever (Guardian) • Amazon Says It Puts Customers…

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Carpool Karaoke

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:11 +0000

James invites Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to carpool around Los Angeles, which leads to a wrestling match and the debut of “Heemi Lheemey.”

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Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 9.23.16

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:30:40 +0000

Succinct Summations for the week ending September 23rd 2016: Positives: 1.FOMC announced they would keep rates unchanged. Global equity markets responded positively. 2. Jobless claims fell to 252k, the 4-week moving average fell to 258.5k. 3. Permits for single-family homes rose 3.7%. 4. FHFA house price index rose 0.5% m/o/m, above the 0.4% expected increase. 5.…

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Harvard Endowment’s “Gentleman C”

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:38 +0000

The Harvard Management Co., which oversees Harvard University’s endowment and other investments, just released its 2016 annual report. Its grim reading: the fund had a negative return of 2 percent and was worth about $2 billion less than a year earlier, underperforming its benchmarks by a pretty significant margin. At $35.7 billion, the university’s endowment…

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Every Single Part Inside an iPhone

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:30:54 +0000

INSANE:   Click to see every single part. Source: Visual Capitalist

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:04:40 +0000

My end of week, gluten-free morning train reads: • The Professor Who Was Right About Index Funds All Along (BloombergBusinessweek) • How does a mall cope when a big tenant like Macy’s closes? (LA Times) • America’s rivers and streams are overflowing with microplastic pollution (Quartz) • Written in the Stars: People Are Freaking Out About NASA “Changing” Their…

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:00:04 +0000

From Mercedes-Benz: Study of an ultra-stylish luxury-class coupé: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. The 2+2 seater is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity. Source:…

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