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Pot News for those Who Partake
 
Marijuana Anonymous, the rock bottom is nothing like you hear about in AA

The federal drug war has ended in states with legal pot

Pictures of Santa smoking pot are not allowed in public

Green Chips: Medical marijuana growers are trying to take weed public on Wall Street

Native American Tribes can now legally sell weed on their lands

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Bong Appetit is Vice’s new weed cooking show

 

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When the Art Is Watching You by Ellen Gamerman

Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts

$72 Million

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The amount of money made by a 17-year old high school student from Queens who “trades stocks during his lunch break.” OR NOT. Shitty reporting from NY Mag.

“It is small-minded to focus on the university buying a $200,000 table”

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Right? Especially when you consider that this custom-made (in China), circular conference table seats 23 and features “data ports, microphones and an illuminated map of the world in a glass panel at its center.” It’s the centerpiece of the newly needed “world-class corporate meeting space” at the school. So what university would make such an extravagant purchase? Columbia? Yale? NYU? Nope. The school in question is none other than Kean University, a co-ed public school located in Northern New Jersey whose four year tuition totals something like $44,000. It’s destined to become a breeding ground for UN delegates, or at least James Bond villains.

All Dried Up

Due to one of the worst droughts on record, California’s Central Valley is becoming a dustbowl and leaving its inhabitants and workers with an uncertain future. This terrifically shot film by Matt Black tells the story.

The First Brother in the Neighborhood With a Business

At 80 years old, Earl Phillips is one of Cleveland’s last remaining sign painters.

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The Rise and Fall of John DeLorean by Suzanne Snider

By 1999 John DeLorean was bankrupt and swimming in $85 million debt, but he still hoped that his namesake De Lorean car would eventually come back into style. The thought wasn’t entirely absurd – Volkswagen was enjoying phenomenal success with its ‘new’ Beetle and the retro-styled PT Cruiser was a hit for Chrysler. Then again the De Lorean Motor Company’s signature car, the DMC-12, only had a ten to 11-month run of less than 9,000 cars. In other words, the 1982 De Lorean car was retro by 1983. By 1985 the De Lorean was a joke in Back to the Future, so dated it made for a perfect time machine.

Paul Rand: The Complete Designer

Steve Jobs praises the legendary creative problem solver in this 1993 interview.

Terrible…

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Even if you haven’t broken a law, it’s 100% legal for police to seize your property. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and police have abused it for years. Following confiscation, cops partner with the feds and put the goods up at auction, bringing bonus money back into their departments. Taking advantage of the virtual goldmine that awaits them in public, some police have gone as far as waiting outside a bar hoping that a patron would come out a little drunk so that they could seize his Mercedes.

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The Deepest Dig by Brooke Jarvis

The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it.

Logos, Trademarks, and Mascots

For his latest exhibition Likelihood of Confusion, former intellectual property lawyer and full-time artist Alfred Steiner subverts pervasive logos using meticulously drawn objects and the Freudian method of free association.

On view at Joshua Liner Gallery through November 15th, 2014.

Keeping Busy Creating

“Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle” a 2-part documentary by Jared Eberhard for Vans.

Cody Hudson has a day job as a graphic designer and is also a creative collaborator with several independent brands. He discusses a need to create art even if no one sees it. Cody tours his studio and the city of Chicago, highlighting examples of his favorite work.

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The Self-Made Man by John Swansburg

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

“The rotund rapper explains his franchise strategy”

aka How Rick Ross Built A Wingstop Empire. On that note, it’s once again time for Forbes Magazine’s annual list of The World’s Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts

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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? by Jon Mooallem

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.

From Shuttlecocks to Picking Stocks

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The upgraded Jack Purcell Cross Stitch Leather sneaker presumably follows the path of its creator Jack Purcell, who left a career as a world champion badminton player to become a successful stockbroker.

Free Market NYC >>> Black Market China

The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.

 

Everything Is For Sale on the Black Market!

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Even the blood from survivors of the Ebola virus, which is referred to as “convalescent serum.”

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

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