This week’s highlights:  James Madison and Mobs, Timing the Market, Downsides of Early Retirement

 

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Fifteen on Friday – 09/14/18 – Issue 301

Happy Friday Everyone –

Our thoughts are with the FoF readers in the Carolinas – stay safe everyone!

Best,

David


Food for Thought:

  1. Atlantic – America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare  “The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.”  Finally – someone recognizing how our current political climate was feared and anticipated by the Founders in The Federalist Papers.
  2. NYT – Can Good Teaching Be Taught?
  3. RollingStone – How Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean Theme Bars Are Remaking Nashville’s Broadway – Credit JC – A string of bars and restaurants from male country stars is turning Music City’s honky-tonk district into “country music Disneyland”
  4. TMI – What information should we consume?
  5. VF – Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs: A History of Frasier  Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, creators Peter Casey and David Lee, and more recount how a series centered around a snooty radio psychiatrist became one of the most beloved sitcoms in TV history.

Business/Economics:

  1. WSJ – You Can Time The Market, Just Not All The Time.   I’m sure this is behind the WSJ paywall – but it is well worth reading if you can get your hands on it.  “Howard Marks has made a few market calls in his day, but warns that it’s harder than it looks.”
  2. NYT – Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea  With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law.
  3. NewYorker – Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor – Credit DH – The head of Elliott Management has developed a uniquely adversarial, and immensely profitable, way of doing business.
  4. NYT – As Elkhart, Ind., Goes, So Goes the Nation, and Elkhart Is Nervous
  5. RealLife – The Constant Consumer Amazon’s mission is to make customer identity more primary than citizenship.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. FinancialSamurai – The Negatives Of Early Retirement Life Nobody Likes Talking About
  2. Economist – How a shampoo bottle is saving young lives  A doctor in Bangladesh has found a simple way to treat infant pneumonia
  3. GQ – It’s Time to Kill James Bond
  4. SBNation – ‘Death Diving’ is belly flopping off a tower, and it’s your new favorite sport
  5. Forbes – This VC Firm Is Gifting Founders 1% Of Every Invested Dollar To Spend On Coaching And Mental Health