Every day we opportunity to reflect on our decision making processes and how we determine our risk tolerance. We make choices every day and should continue to practice asking questions, thinking through our decisions and the results. And not just the good outcomes, but also what's lost. With that, there's a fascinating Ask Me Anything (AMA)…Read more A Discussion on Risk Tolerance: Traumatic Brain Injury From Contact Sports
An article published in The Telegraph, titled "With due respect to the ancients, the English-speaking peoples invented freedom," Daniel Hannan writes: Rome had lacked the common law emphasis on individualism, ownership and the sanctity of contract. Its economy was based on slavery, inherited status and heavy taxation. Property rights were contingent, confiscations common. A citizen…Read more Holy Roman Empire: Author Daniel Hannan on ‘How We Invented Freedom’
The International Revenue Service issued a six-page report with guidelines on how virtual currencies like Bitcoin are being regulated in the same way as stock or bond purchases. According to a report by Ars Technica, "That would make it roughly analogous to a stock, bond, or piece of real estate whose value fluctuates over time…Read more IRS Considers Virtual Currency Bitcoins Similar To Stock, Bond Holdings
American journalist and author George Packer explored the impact of Amazon on book publishing and sales in this article, appearing today in The New Yorker: "Is Amazon Bad For Books?" Here is an excerpt: When I spoke with Grandinetti, he expressed sympathy for publishers faced with upheaval. “The move to people reading digitally and buying…Read more George Packer Questions Amazon’s Impact on Books
Even if we turned off all power, the damage has been done. A project called "Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region," led by UCLA professor Dr. Alex Hall, has revealed startling data on increasing temperatures and the loss of snowfall. As part of Hall's testimony at a state senate committee hearing late last year,…Read more Research Says Climate Change Impacts in L.A. Won’t Reverse
On its third round of this unconventional monetary policy, the Federal Reserve is buying up securities in an effort to stabilize the economy post-recession. Years into the program, has quantitative easing become such a part of the economy that without it markets would plummet? The quantitative easing program began after the collapse of Lehman Brothers…Read more Would Markets Plummet if Q.E. Program Ended Today?
I had the pleasure of reporting on a growing effort in Long Beach to bring together designers, programmers and all-around techies. Long Beach Tech just received its nonprofit status and is seeking new boardmembers. The organization's executive director, John Grefe, describes his goals for empowering youth and supporting tech innovation in his city. “I’m not…Read more Nonprofit to Build Tech Community in Long Beach