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The Power of Vulnerability Introduces a New Kind of Leadership

You can't always be hands-on leading our company. As these insights on the power of vulnerability demonstrate, sometimes a step back is necessary.

Best theater in 2017: Our critic's top picks, including Midler, Metcalf and Bruuuuce

The power of individual performers redeemed 2017, a theatrical year overrun with flotsam and jetsam but one that at least gave us Bette Midler and Bruce Springsteen in unforgettable form on Broadway. Star charisma is nothing to be sneezed at. But how rare it is when actors and singers find roles...

Micron: Buy Any ‘Volatility,’ It’s a Cash Machine, Says Instinet

Micron shares should be bought if they come under pressure, which they probably will, around next Tuesday's earnings, writes Romit Shah of Instinet, given the company's going to generate more and more cash in quarters to come.

Bitcoin Is the Hottest Thing Around. So Why Is It So Hard to Use?

With the crypto currency surging in value, a number of people are trying to use it to pay for items and services. But Bitcoin has many pitfalls as a currency.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Beverlywood's postwar modesty has worn off

When famed real estate developer Walter J. Leimert stood on a bunting-festooned platform in 1940 to announce the opening of his company's newest housing tract, the gathered crowd could be forgiven if it found the site less than inspiring. The location of the ceremony was a nearly treeless expanse...

The 99-Seat Beat: A theater in fire-scarred Ventura makes its holiday wish

Our weekly report on the small-theater scene starts at the Rubicon in Ventura, which escaped the Thomas fire but was forced to cancel previews and opening weekend performances of "A Christmas Carol" - amounting to tens of thousands of dollars in lost ticket sales.

Tweets, sexual abuse and racial divides shook the entertainment industry and beyond in 2017

It was a year we couldn’t have fathomed, a year of strife and weirdness, a time of wild tweets and endless scandal, when movies gave us reflection, Ken Burns jolted us back to Vietnam, and the entertainment industry was shaken by sexual abuse accusations that raised disturbing questions about what’s...

Higher Wages Can Boost Productivity, but Wages Are Already Growing

Ryan Avent had a nice piece in the NYT this morning pushing the argument that Jared Bernstein, Josh Bivens, and I (among others) have been making for years, that higher wages can be a force driving more rapid productivity growth. The basic point is straightforward, when labor is expensive, employers have more incentive to find ways to use less of it. Show More Summary

FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comey's statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Show More Summary

NCEE is hiring

NCEE is hiring (yes, again, but we should be clear of the hiring freeze). We have permanent positions for research economists focusing on CGE modeling, electricity or energy market modeling, and applied microeconomic analysis and a position for a visiting scholar or postdoc on CGE modeling. NCEE is a pretty...

Fitbit: Sell, Says Stifel, Opportunities Squandered

Fitbit has squandered its opportunities, failing to inspire new consumer interest and failing to develop a business with the healthcare companies, writes Stifel analyst Jim Duffy, and things won't get better in 2018, he predicts, as he cuts the stock to Sell from Hold.

A father and son's La Jolla masterpiece wins top architectural award

What the eye doesn’t see — empty space — is correlative to what it does see. Architect Rudolph Schindler grasped this deceptively simple perceptual law in spades, creating buildings of pure grace. No wonder, then, that a La Jolla residence built by architect-developer Jonathan Segal has drawn so...

The Political Dumpster Fire Of Net Neutrality Is Just Heating Up

After the FCC’s vote to scrap its net neutrality regulations, activists will turn to lawsuits, Congress—and the 2018 election. American net neutrality policy, a decade-old dumpster fire, flared up again this week with the FCC’s party-line vote approving chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. Show More Summary

This Is How Becoming A Freelancer Made Me Better At Managing My Money

Nine months of freelancing has taught me more about money and time management than years of full-time employment. For the first few months of my freelance career, I said yes to everything. I was desperate to impress clients, establish a name for myself, and earn something resembling a living wage. Show More Summary

What will Disney theme parks do with Fox properties like X-Men and the Simpsons?

Not long after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, creator Walt Disney noticed a cowboy character from Frontierland strolling through the futuristic world of Tomorrowland. The clash of themes bothered Disney so much, according to theme park historians, that the subsequent design of Walt Disney World...

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