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The Cost of Living for the Rich has Doubled Since the 90s

February 27, 2012

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The rich are spending more on luxury goods these days. According to the research service MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, the luxury category has posted 10 consecutive months of sales increases compared with the year earlier. In July, the luxury segment had an 11.6 percent increase, the biggest monthly gain in more than a year. Luxury good […]

Appearances Deceive: The Best Reason to Stop and “Smell” the “Roses”

February 19, 2012

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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way […]

The Symbiotic Relationship Between the World Economy and Black Market

January 5, 2012

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Not many people think of shantytowns, illegal street vendors, and unlicensed roadside hawkers as major economic players. But according to journalist Robert Neuwirth, that’s exactly what they’ve become. In his new book, Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy, Neuwirth points out that small, illegal, off-the-books businesses collectively account for trillions of […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: Arguments For and Against Income Inequality

December 22, 2011

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The Argument Against Income Inequality Imagine four families sharing a large, jointly owned backyard area. The families would like to install a swing set, slide, etc. for their children to share. The set costs $1,200, and they need to figure out how to pay for it. One of the households is fairly well off and […]

Move Over Bond, Meet the World’s True Post-Modern Spy

December 9, 2011

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Readers of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” first encounter George Smiley, the puzzled problem-solver of the novel’s maze, as he hastens along a rainy London street. It is by no means his first appearance in the pages of le Carré. He was in “Call for the Dead,” and then in “A Murder of Quality” (1962), in […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: How America Puts You on a List Targeted for Termination

October 7, 2011

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How America Puts You on a List Targeted for Termination The process involves “going through the National Security Council, then it eventually goes to the president, but the National Security Council does the investigation, they have lawyers, they review, they look at the situation, you have input from the military- Bang! You are targeted for […]

How To Make Hard Decisions. Easily.

September 22, 2011

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We have all been there before- Peaked lapel or notched? Two button or one? Should I ditch the cummerbund? For an experienced shopper- the answers are 1. Peaked (personal preference) 2. Doesn’t matter 3. Definitely Yes. That said, when faced with decisions of greater complexity like “You have $200 should you spend it on a boat […]

Intelligent Read: September 11 – A Graphic Adaptation

September 7, 2011

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As the memorial date for September 11 looms, Slate has seen fit to re-present the 9/11 report. But it isn’t any 9/11 report we’re familiar with- this work of art is by far the most gripping and emotional take on events of September 11 I have ever read; Additionally, it’s presented in a format that […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: Erotic Capital – The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom

September 6, 2011

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A new series of article summaries to help true gentlemen- Monsieurs, get a better handle on things going on globally, culturally and nationally. Consider this a cheat sheet for intellectual conversations. 1. The Power of Erotic Capital In a recent New York Times article, an economics professor explained that if you’re in the bottom of the looks department, […]

The Monsieur Endorses: Go the Fuck to Sleep

June 15, 2011

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Go the Fuck to Sleep as read by Samuel L Jackson While I don’t endorse cussing, I do enjoy Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction) narrating this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Touted as a bedtime story for tired, harassed […]

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