The March Newsletter

All through February I have found myself going down many, many rabbit holes; everything appears to have exploded: politics, the stock markets, the death of Antonin Scalia that has the Republicans, of all people, basically ignoring the constitution and refusing to accept anyone that Obama nominates to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Of course when it comes to the right to bear arms the constitution works just fine for them. 

Meanwhile the media is struggling to understand just how Donald Trump manages to remain the front runner in the Republican primaries, while anointing Marco Rubio as the establishment figure that could save the party! Unbelievable. The man can't handle his own finances and wants to scrap all income taxes, especially for the rich... I could go on. As for the media, they really need to shape up.

Anyway, in this month's newsletter you'll find an essay by David Byrneregarding the Trump phenomenon, Larry Sukernik on the private and public markets and how IPO's are a bad deal for the regular investors, Douglas Rushkoff on digital capitalism, Carrie Battan on the hidden wonders of Sia, Elizabeth Spiers on Conde Nast's struggles with digital media, Doc Searlson what if we don't need advertising at all (this warms my heart,) Scott Galloway in a 16 minute video about the Gang of Four, no, not my band - Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Michael Graziano, a neuroscientist at Princeton explains why dieting never works - it has nothing to do with hunger, it has everything to do with your mind. Sasha Frere-Jones has a great overview of the Grammys and how the Oscars should take note, Steven Soderbergh on How Necessity Is Just A Mother, Period. Roy Christopher takes a look at some books that are literally 'Other worldly...' And finally Apple answers your questions about security...

Here are the stories:

David Byrne is puzzled by Trump's support

Larry Sukernik on the reason IPOs are historically poor investments because the valuation is already at a peak prior to the IPO

Douglas Rushkoff on Digital Capitalism

Carrie Battan on the Hidden Wonders of Sia

Elizabeth Spiers on Conde Nast's struggles with digital media

Doc Searls - what if we don't need advertising at all

Scott Galloway, who is a professor of Marketing and Brand Strategy at the NYU Stern School of Business, discusses “The Gang of Four” (Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon), their victims, and the strategies that led them onto a path to a trillion dollar market cap.

Michael Graziano, a neuroscientist at Princeton explains why dieting never works

Sasha Frere-Jones has a great overview of the Grammys and how the Oscars should take note

Steven Soderbergh on How Necessity Is Just A Mother, Period. 

Roy Christopher takes a look at some books that are literally 'Other worldly...'

Apple answers your questions about security...

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