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Last night I was checking my Medium stats before bed and realized I was about to cross a major milestone in my writing career: At some point during the night, I would hit 1+ million views on Medium.
It’s been a good first year on the platform:
Whether you’re just starting out on your writing journey, or you’ve got hundreds of articles and several books under your belt like…
“There’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won.” — Warren Buffett
Earlier last week, ProPublica dropped an investigation that revealed — surprise, surprise — the wealthiest 25 Americans pay almost zero income tax compared to their net worth. We’re talking Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg; all the big names.
It’s an especially gutsy move when you remember that leaking tax returns is a federal crime.
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power, and they say they got the data from an anonymous source — likely a…
I attended a self-paced high school, which meant that, so long as my assignments were handed in on time, I rarely had to go to class. In fact, I skipped 56 days of my final semester, moved to another town, and got my real estate license.
I graduated from college before high school.
I bought a fourplex when I was nineteen, renovated it, and flipped it. I became a real estate broker the next year, and a mortgage broker after that. I’m what you might call house-obsessed.
But not in that HGTV need-to-constantly-move-and-renovate sort of way. More in the how-the-heck-is-everyone-supposed-to-afford-to-survive…
It was called the Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich. Before Google went public, it wanted to find a way to avoid paying taxes, so it hired a team of lawyers and accountants to restructure the California-based company.
The money magicians went to work. They set up an Irish subsidiary that shifted revenue to a Dutch company with no employees. From there, the money was sent to a Bermuda shell company owned by a second company back in Ireland. The money never moved, but the paper shuffle made it nearly tax-free.
Trigger warning: this article is heavily in favor of universal healthcare.
My mother was a pediatric nurse at the hospital where I was born. It didn’t cost her anything to have me, nor did it cost anything to stay over for either of her next two kids, and it wasn’t because she received a staff discount.
She was and is Canadian, and such things are covered as part of the nation’s universal healthcare program, paid for by our collective tax dollars.
Just hours ago, El Salvador became the first nation on earth to officially adopt a cryptocurrency. Read my article on the historic breach in the US Dollar dominance wall.
Here’s the other news I’ve covered in articles this wild week:
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Jared A. Brock
A few years ago, I took a month-long publishing course at the University of Oxford. It was glorious: British meals in a Hogwarts-style dining hall. Late-night saunters to the pub where C.S. Lewis used to meet with J.R.R. Tolkein and the Inklings. Rooftop drinks with the editor who published Harry freaking Potter.
My classmate in the seat beside me was from El Salvador. I could tell he was from money. One night, in the depths of some underground scotch bar, I asked him about it. “My dad was in pharmaceuticals and then in television. Now we’re in politics.”
“You don’t see it but it exists; it is made of air and spirit.” — Salvatore Garau
The artist’s name is Salvatore Garau.
The auction house is Art-Rite.
The selling price is $18,300.
It comes with a certificate of authenticity to prove it’s real.
The sculpture’s name is lo Sono.
But it isn’t.
Because the “sculpture” is invisible.
It doesn’t exist.
It is, as Jimmy Kimmel called it, a Blanksy.
“The vacuum is nothing more than a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and there is nothing left, according to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle…
“Every billionaire is a policy failure.” — Dan Riffle
Most people haven’t heard his name, but they certainly know the brands that his massive French conglomerate has swallowed whole:
Moët & Chandon
After watching his wealth more than double during a global pandemic, the world’s wealthiest man now has a net worth that clocks in at nearly
Bernard Arnault — nicknamed The Terminator and The Wolf in Cashmere — was able to create the most valuable company in Europe for one reason: Society has failed to stop him from swallowing his…