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Good news. Tax rebates again! But wait? Where’s the money coming from? Oh right, we’ll just add it to our national debt.

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Rather apt considering the economy’s current state. Let’s just hope none of our debtors decide to do anything with our…er…their property.

Here is the fascinating book that I mentioned earlier that discusses the business of movies. Mr. Epstein’s equally fascinating weekly column can be found here. This week, he discusses why Blockbuster is going down the toilet (answer: it made some astoundingly stupid decisions).

Speaking of economics, here‘s another story ostensibly about Starbucks, but really about the way that companies market name-brand products. Fascinating stuff.

And, for good measure, here‘s why you ought to tidy up more often.

Update: All right, I promise to not use the word fascinating again for at least three posts.

I came across a story in the World Magazine from Aug 6th. Apparently a Councilman from Kenya has offered Mr. Bill Clinton 40 goats and 20 cows as a dowry for his daughter Chelsea. Mr. Clinton has not responded yet. And, a mormon in Utah has a team of ceo’s etc who have formed team date Lance. Included in their marketing is a billboard that says, “I’m Lance, Let’s go out!”. Maybe that would be a good idea for a Moscow business.