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NRA ‘Freedom Cruise’ Takes Donors Down the Danube

April 6th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

Ever wonder where the gun elite gather to relax, smoke cigars, and discuss Second Amendment esoterica?

The National Rifle Association annually invites donors on a luxury cruise where they can mingle with conservative notables. The 2016 Freedom Cruise in June will take participants along the Danube through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.


DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger

April 6th, 2016  |  Source: Oilprice.com

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to block the merger of Baker Hughes and Halliburton, preventing the tie-up of the second and third largest oilfield services companies.


Brunch and Pirates

April 5th, 2016  |  Source: Medium.com

I ordered pancakes and he told me about the last time he was shot in the head.

The bullet went through the top of my head, he said.

Then he leaned down and showed me the entry point.

Then, he said, it went out through the back of my ear.

He twisted around, pointed to the back of his ear.

Afterwards, he said, I lost my speech, I was partially paralyzed, I was in the hospital for two years. When I was in the hospital, the diamond dealer I had been protecting when I was shot visited me with a huge bag of money and –


What are the Panama Papers? A guide to the biggest data leak in history

April 4th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

What is Mossack Fonseca, how big is it, and who uses offshore firms? Key questions about one of the biggest ever data leaks

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Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund for Post-Oil Era

April 1st, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia is getting ready for the twilight of the oil age by creating the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund for the kingdom’s most prized assets.

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How Russian special forces are shaping the fight in Syria

March 30th, 2016  |  Source: Washington Post

The troops that recently recaptured Palmyra, Syria, from the Islamic State included Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces. And on Monday, Russian officials said there was another group that contributed to the victory: Russia’s elite special forces, also known as Spetsnaz.

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How did the opioid epidemic get so bad?

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Boston Globe

Doctors are partly to blame, but so is a culture that demands zero pain after medical treatment.

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Trouble in Brazil

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

With President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil looking increasingly likely to face impeachment by early May, investors are turning their attention to the man who’d succeed her.

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How to Get People to Delay Retirement

March 28th, 2016  |  Source: WSJ.com

Longer working lives are crucial to a secure financial retirement. Here’s how to encourage older workers to stay on the job, and companies to hire them

The average American retires relatively early, at 64 for men and 62 for women. But with life expectancy rising by one to three months with every year that passes, economists and policy experts say leaving the workforce at such ages is a luxury most people can no longer afford.


Forecasting Future Atrocities

March 25th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Researchers attempt to predict which countries are most at risk for genocide or politicide over the coming five years.




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