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Conchita Wurst

What Bearded Ladies Can Teach Us About 18th Century Borda Count Voting Systems and Making Money

The Washington Post this morning had a story about the political discontentment in Russia over the outcome of the 2014 Eurovision competition.  Given that a few days ago, I outright said I’d personally emigrate were I living in Russia, this confluence of events is particularly timely.  I’m going to use it as an excuse to talk about something known…

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Emigrate from Russia

To The 1,850~ of You Who Live in Russia, I Offer a Serious Suggestion: Emigrate. Now.

When I wrote this post a year ago predicting the decline of individual freedom in Russia, I never could have imagined how far the country would descend in a mere eleven months.  In addition to the Ukraine conflict, the anti-free speech laws that make it a crime to insult certain religious beliefs, the criminalization of any outward sign that you are gay under the guise of protecting minors, the ban of any potentially offensive words in film and art, and a host of other development that look like something out of a 20th century dictator’s textbook, the country has now passed a so-called “bloggers law” that requires any site with more than 3,000 visitors every day to register with the government.

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Chris Browne

Famed Value Investor Christopher Browne’s Estate Becomes Most Expensive Home In American History At $145,000,000

One of the most famous value investors of the past 100 years was a man named Christopher H. Browne.  His father started a small firm, Tweedy, Browne & Company, that was Benjamin Graham’s stockbroker.  It was through Tweedy Browne that Warren Buffett bought his personal shares of Berkshire Hathaway, taking control of the textile mill he would…

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Simone's Drive In

The Kennons, El Dorado Springs, and The Wall Street Journal

We talk so often about the divide that is slowly happening in the United States as a result of socioeconomic forces.  I did a double take this afternoon when I came across the front page of The Wall Street Journal involving a story based on this reality.  It has a profile detailing how vastly different life experiences…

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Tesla Motors showroom in Munich, Germany

New Jersey Bans Tesla to Protect Car Dealer Monopolies

Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley-based electronic car company that has revolutionized energy efficient vehicles and become a cult icon, operates its business like Apple.  It designs amazing products, then sells them direct-to-consumers through specialty branded stores, staffed with knowledgeable sales associates.  By cutting out the middleman, Tesla can pass more savings on to the consumer,…

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Arizona Segregation Bill

Arizona Passes One of the First Segregation Laws In 50+ Years

It’s like people never learned anything from the Oklahoma Satanist case last year.  Unintended consequences matter.  Yet, it seems like people don’t build them into their behavioral models.  If you open that door, you’re not the only one that gets to walk through.  It’s so simple.  It’s so basic, yet people forget it time and…

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HSBC

HSBC, One of the World’s Largest Banks, Makes Customers Provide Proof They Need Money Before Processing Withdrawal Requests

Despite the largest position in my personal household portfolio being Wells Fargo & Company, bought when it was practically being given away for free during the stock market crash, I’m at the point where I think the major global banks should be smashed and, here in the United States, at least, restrictions on inter-state banking put back in place so there is wide geographic diversity in deposit institutions to spur competition and prevent the probability of a banking crisis in the event of another Great Depression.

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United States Treasury Department Debt Ceiling

The Debt Ceiling 101 – An Explanation for the Average Person

It’s time we talk about the debt ceiling and what a debt ceiling default would mean for the United States.  I’ve avoided this conversation because I was hopeful we would never end up here, again, after the last round of stupidity.  I’ve also avoided discussing the on-going shutdown of the Federal Government, despite some strong…

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