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Best of the Web: December 3, 2010.
An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange; Stand-up comedy doing serious business across Middle East; Here's How We Bring Down USA’s $1.3 Trillion Deficit.
December 3, 2010 12:24 by Rasha Reslan
An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
The Wikileaks; it seems everyone is talking about them. First, there was the buildup to the leaks, when reports emerged of the supposed thousands and thousands of documents that were going to be posted. And then, they were leaked. For our part, Kipp wasn’t too amazed by the revelations. Sure, it was an interesting insight into some of the finer details of the world of diplomacy, but that’s about it. But, in this rare 2 hour interview with Forbes, Julian Assange says he is sitting on a “trove of secret documents,” half of which have to do with issues related to the public sector. But according to Julian, the next target will be a major American bank. Speaking to Forbes, Assange said, “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume (…). For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails.” Kipp cannot wait.
Take a risk to boost your income
For years the proactive and investment-savvy have been planting their cash in stocks, shares, real estate, dot-coms, and pretty much anything they could, making the rest of us (who have been too lazy to do anything further than get a couple of National Bonds with our savings) feel like financial outcasts. And then there was the crash. Investors lost thousands and thousands, and for once we felt like our laziness “paid” off. But as the economy slowly recovers, experts say this the perfect time for the newly cautious and the established lazy to start looking to invest. In this article The Telegraph lists 10 investments that appear relatively safe and are likely to be a rewarding experience.
Stand-up comedy doing serious business across Middle East
There was a time when the only way “Middle East” and “stand up comedy” could be uttered in the same breath, was if there was a “there isn’t enough” prefacing the sentence. But all that has changed. Stand up comedy in the Middle East has come a long way. CNN reports: “Though little heard of just a few years ago, stand-up comedy is now serious business in Cairo and other cities across the Middle East, drawing huge crowds, according to comics in the region. And while western acts may have paved the way for this new enthusiasm for solo stage comics, the format has proved so popular that the region is now witnessing the rise of home-grown talent.” Whether it is Dean Obeidallah, Maha Hosny, or Nabil Sawalha that tickles you breathless, read through this article to catch up on the latest developments in the funny field.
10 Common Arrogance Traps Entrepreneurs Need To Avoid
“If we build it, they will come” is one of the most arrogant mistakes entrepreneurs make, says Businessinsider.com. Why? Because the notion of using “viral marketing”—that is, depending on word of mouth, social networking sites and the absolute fantasticness of your product – to get you the money is just plain unrealistic. The real effect of viral marketing is likely to occur only after you have invested a couple of thousands, or even millions, into your business. If this is a valuable insight to you, then check out BusinessInsider’s 10 Common Arrogance Traps Entrepreneurs Need To Avoid. And don’t give us the old, “Arrogant? Moi?” look. We practically invented it.
Here’s How We Bring Down USA’s $1.3 Trillion Deficit
The US has a $1.3 trillion deficit. Kipp feels we need to take some Prozac just from typing out the words. It’s a pretty frightening figure when you think about it. Thinking about solving the issue, however, is another question altogether. What do the experts say? Watch this video to find out. For one, Quadrangle co-founder Steve Rattner says he thinks the Bush tax cuts need to eventually expire.”We have to make tough choices,” Rattner told BusinessInsider.com. “You cannot have this level of taxes and this level of spending and ever close the gap.” Obvious stuff, or so you’d think.