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The Monsieur’s Brief: Risk Intelligence And What You Need to Become a Top Notch Risk Taker

May 24, 2012

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Humans are useless at assessing probabilities. But against the odds, Dylan Evanshas tracked down the handful of people who rate as geniuses on the intelligence scale he calls risk quotient.  Most people probably haven’t heard of risk intelligence. What is it? It is the ability to estimate probabilities accurately, it’s about having the right amount […]

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 […]

James Franco: The Monsieur We’d All Like to Be

December 21, 2011

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How could James Franco possibly be simultaneously reading for a Yale Ph.D and filming a multimillion-dollar motion picture? How could he possibly have time to write anything when he’s also teaching a class at NYU and starring so many films? I’ve wondered the same thing myself. But on that trip to Detroit, I learned a […]

Inequality: Which are Socially Acceptable and Which are Not?

November 16, 2011

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Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?” This is an excellent question. I will provide you with a guide to the American inequality map to help […]

“I Fell Down the Stairs” and other Medical Excuses Used by Bruce Wayne

November 16, 2011

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Patient: Wayne, Bruce DOB: 2/16/1971 Occupation: Industrialist Insurance: Self-pay Emergency Contact: Dick Grayson, XXX-269-9637 Interval History: Patient was seen for his last annual physical approximately one year ago. Since that time he has had numerous visits for acute illnesses or injuries, generally accompanied either by his companion Mr. Grayson or Alfred, a senior member of […]

Why Would Rolex Sign Tiger Woods? Because He’s Not a Hasbeen.

October 26, 2011

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On one hand, we have the world’s most famous recognizable watch brands—casting its lot with a dude many consider a moral reprobate or, worse, a has-been. Has the famously precise Swiss timepiece maker finally sproinged its own gears? What on earth is Rolex thinking? [via Slate] Slate’s take: Some have speculated that Rolex is “buying low,” stealing […]

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