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The Best Articles of the Week – 02/03/17

We distill down the week’s best reads.  This week’s highlights: Millennials in the workforce, the future of the mall, artificial intelligence’s war on cancer, and where to park your jet at the Super Bowl.


Food for Thought:

  1. BusinessWeek – Michael Jackson Is Worth More Than Ever, and the IRS Wants Its Cut.  Jackson’s star lawyer made a mint for his heirs, so now the government has to be startin’ somethin’.
  2. AS – Millennials in the Workforce, A Generation of Weakness – Simon Sinek  Simon Sinek explains how the millennial generation became so entitled. A combination of failed parenting strategies, technology, impatience and environment have created a wave of young people who can’t hack it in the real world.
  3. MJ – How Two Florida Gym Rats Conquered the Shadowy World of Dietary Supplements.  Just a warning, the language is a little NSFW in places here, but this is an eye-opening tale.
  4. WSJ – Take Back Your Brain From Social Media.  How do we lessen social media’s grip? Geoffrey A. Fowler talks to psychologists and neuroscientists who recommend techniques for coping
  5. Tennessean – Is Nashville’s dining scene saturated?  The Nashville area has gained 490 restaurants since 2010.  More than 90 restaurant openings have been announced for 2017.


  1. EFN – Steve Eisman: “They mistook leverage for genius”  Steve Eisman was one of the few who predicted the 2008 financial crisis, and he made his name by foreseeing the collapse of subprime mortgage market. Michael Lewis portrays him as one of the heroes in the bestselling book The Big Short and Steve Carrell plays an outspoken version of him in the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.
  2. WSJ – Cheaper Beers Are Back in Spotlight.  AB InBev to air Super Bowl ad for Busch; MillerCoors rolls out new packaging for economy beers
  3. Glossy – The future of the American mall.  Somewhere in suburbia, a shopping mall stands empty, spookily devoid of the retailers and bustling foot traffic that marked the golden era of the mammoth-sized mall. Photos of such centers, now gutted and grim, have become visual evidence of a fact-of-retail: The mall is dead. Not quite.
  4. Inc. – How to Be an Exceptional Leader: Advice From a Navy SEAL.  Great leaders push, pull, teach…and never set their teams up for failure.
  5. Marketwatch – You might need nearly $350,000 to pay for health-care costs in retirement


  1. WSJ – The Super Bowl’s Private-Jet Problem.  Any potential host city is increasingly judged on its ability to cater to the ultra-wealthy—and that starts (and ends) with private plane traffic
  2. PM – Professor Blackjack.  Ed Thorp was the first ‘quant’, the first person to make mathematical analysis and statistics the center of his investing. But he only got there because of a card game.
  3. Engadget – AI is nearly as good as humans at identifying skin cancer.  The deep learning algorithm could eventually give you a diagnosis at home.
  4. Wired – John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron.  Now He’s Declared War on Bad Science – Credit JK
  5. ET – Practicing gratitude in schools  As humans, we are not built for gratitude. Today, especially in schools, it keeps us unhappy. We don’t see the miracles.



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