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Taylor Swift Vs. Spotify

Taylor Swift makes millions upon millions every year, so it’s no surprise to see her name in the headlines, especially after her new album, 1989 just dropped this October.

But Swift has recently made the decision to pull herself out of Spotify, which means her music will no longer be available for streaming for the people who want to listen to it there. Her whole catalog is now off of the site, and she wasn’t expecting this large of a reaction, or much of a negative one, either. She talked about the incident when she sat down with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone,” Swift said. “With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about.”

After all the articles Dan Newlin keeps forwarding me, it sure seems like anything the new pop singer does ends up getting her name at the top of hundreds and articles and headlines.

Luckily for T-Swift, not all the comments made on her decision to remove herself from the popular online streaming option was all negative. She did end up getting a ton of support and respect from many other artists that are in the industry.

“I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Why No Sex In Harry Potter?

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are fans of the Harry Potter books and movies. The series of movies ended in the year 2011, and the books had stopped being written years before the Harry Potter Books. Although Harry Potter books are for children, many adults like Vijay Eswaran of QI Group love them as well. Many have analyzed the books, and wonder why there is no sex at all in the Harry Potter books. The books are about many children that are in a school together all the time, but it never mentions sex at all.

Although it’s not unusual for sex to be left out of adolescent, or children’s books, the fact that Harry Potter grew up through the different books, makes it even more strange. Many have the theory that because the characters were pure and genuinely good characters, that sex was never added to the books. Sex would somehow ruin their purity, even though crushes, attractions, and ultimately sex, are a part of life, and sometimes a part of adolescence. Although sex may have also ruined the likability of the Harry Potter books, it would’ve made it more realistic.

The author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling’s has recently stated that she will be releasing 12 new Harry Potter stories leading up towards Christmas. One story will be released each day, all the way up until Christmas day. Of course, many are excited about the recent news of upcoming Harry Potter tales.

The Potter Christmas Revival

Over the last few years there has been few stories that just take the world by storm. I’ll go even further and say, that in my lifetime there has not ever been a story or series of stories that have come even close to the success of the epic world of Harry Potter. Now, while Harry Potter did not enchant everyone that came in contact with him and his friends, it was pretty close.

Even though there is no longer the heart pumping thrill of a new book being released, nor the giant crowds of Harry Potter and Hagrid look-a-likes waiting for the magical midnight hour. Mark Ahn is very happy to see that all is not gone for this truly unique set of characters.  J.K Rowling has managed to revive a little of that thrill, even if it is just a few small stories via Twelve more to be exact. It sounds as if we will be introduced to one or two characters that did not get to make much of an impact in the novels as well as new trouble for the old favorites.

I can not wait to read the new adventures of Harry and the gang. You can join me and the other millions of fans starting December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am everyday until Christmas Day. See you at Hogwarts!

J.K Rowling to Debut 12 More Harry Potter Stories for Christmas

Harry Potter has been a worldwide sensation ever since the publication of the first book. With both the movie and the book series over, fans are constantly scrapping for every morsel of new story or information that they can get. So the announcement that J.K Rowling is going to write and publish 12 new stories in the days leading up to Christmas is big news for fans. Made me so excited that I just want to go to a AWC wine tour with Stephen Williams then cuddle up with a book after.

The stories will be published on Pottermore, an interactive media site that is a re imagining and an exploration of the Harry Potter series and its world. J.K Rowling has been releasing stories and bits of information about the series since the site was opened up to select fans in 2011 and later to the public in April 2012. Since then, interactive experiences of the books have been released piece by piece and book by book. The most recent book, the Order of Phoenix was released on October 31st, 2014

There have been some hints about what these new stories will be about. Previously the stories released were about an adult Harry and his friends at the Quiddich World cup, which was a tie in to the World Cup in Brazil. Likewise, these new stories will probably be Christmas themed as they are being released in the 12 days leading up to Christmas. According to an e-mail to Pottermore members, they will feature the stories about Fortean Fescue, and Slytherin Draco Malfoy.

New Harry Potter Coming Soon

For those who are fans of  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, they will be pleased to know that there are 12 upcoming stories from the writer. As pointed out by Darius Fisher, they will be released online. New Harry Potter Stories. The 12 stories will be released starting December 12, 2014 and they will come out at 8 AM every day, going up towards Christmas. This is great news for Harry Potter fans, as the movies ended in 2011, and the books stopped coming in 2007. With the release of the upcoming Harry Potter stories, the J.K. Rowling website Pottermore, will be abuzz.

The website features several different stories, as well as updates about anything that has to do with Harry Potter. It’s not certain if any movies are planned for the future, or full-length books, but it’s not as if the writer needs to pen another book in her lifetime. J.K. Rowling is the first writer in history to become a billionaire, simply from writing books. It doesn’t hurt that the Harry Potter movies based on her books, have also made billions of dollars as well.

Sometimes it’s the love of your work, not the love of the money, that drives you to create new additions to your work such as music, books, and movies. It’s obvious that Rowling is in love with what she does, and will continue to put out works at one point or another, just to please her fans

J.K. Rowling to Rlelease 12 more ‘Harry Potter’ Stories


Christmas comes early for Harry Potter fans this year with the announcement that J.K. Rowling, the British writer behind the blockbuster fantasy series, is planning to debut 12 more ‘Harry Potter’ short stories this year, just in time for the holidays, Starting December 12th and John Textor could not be more excited. Rowling plans to release a new story each day up until Christmas as a special treat for avid fans on her social media site, Pottermore.

Since the last book was published in 2007 and the last film wrapped up the franchise in 2011, updates to the infamous ‘Harry Potter’ series have been few and far between. J.K. Rowling does keep Pottermore, a fan-led social media site dedicated to the series, updated with Harry Potter news, and even wrote a short story in mid-2014 that focused on the boy wizard all grown up at 34 years old and attending the Quidditch World Cup Final. These new Christmas stories are rumored to feature more scenes from ‘Half-Blood Prince’ and new magi

The Satanic Temple Gets to Put Up Christmas Display at the Florida State Capitol

Reknowned videographer and digital genius, John Textor, knows that the best way to illustrate the absurdity of a practice is through the use of absurdity in a related manner. This is certainly the case with the atheist organization called “The Satanic Temple” or TST. Again, it should be properly disclosed that the TST does not believe in the dark arts, or bow in worship to the Biblical Father of all Lies. Rather, the group doesn’t believe in the existence the devil any more than they ascribe to a belief in deity. Then why choose a name such as “The Satanic Temple”? The simple answer is to annoy Christians.

TST believes that the Constitutional Separation of Church and State implies that government should not reference religion in any manner. So when the Florida legislature allowed religious groups to put up nativity displays or displays of their faith at the state capitol building, TST saw this as a violation of the Separation of Church and State. Rather than challenge the state on those grounds, The Satanic Temple fought for and won the right to put up a display of their own. The display is a scene from hell replete with flames burning and an angel falling into the pit. Their point isn’t to display faith promoting symbols, but rather underscore what they view is the absurdity of people of faith putting up their religious symbols on public grounds. TST was backed up in their legal challenge by another atheist group called “Americans United for the Separation of Church and State”.

Christian Broda: Accomplished Economist and Author

Christian Broda, an accomplished economist and writer, with numerous books and articles on national and international finance/trade, is a Managing Director at Duquesne Capital Management in New York City.

Broda earned his B.A. with Summa Cum Laude honors from Universidad de Andres in January 1997. From there, he went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his M.A. in Economics in May 1999, and his Ph.D in Economics in June 2001.

His first big experience in the world of high finance came in September 2001, when he would become a member of the International Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, holding this position until 2004.

In 2005, he brought his talents to the University of Chicago, becoming an Associate Professor of Economics, a post he held until 2008. That year, he was promoted to Tenured Professor of Economics at the Univ. of Chicago, while taking a position as Chief International Economist at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital. He would remain in this position until 2009.

In 2010, Broda left his position as professor, moving back to New York, taking his Managing Director position at Duquesne Capital Management, where he’s currently employed.

Broda’s experience includes being Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economies, from 2006 to present. Also in 2006, he became a Faculty Research Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a position he currently holds. In addition, he is an Associate Editor with IMF Economic Review, and is a member of the Latin American Association Economica journal.

Broda, a married father of 2 sons, is a member of the Society for Economic Dynamics, the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, and the Economia Journal.

He has a featured profile in ValueWalk and his research, which has been published in leading economic journals like the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review, has earned him 2 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to support his research, in 2005 and 2008. In 2006, he was named the James S. Kemperer Scholar.

Kenneth Griffin: Famous Financial Executive

Being a business major myself, I’ve always been interested in what makes successful people tick.  Seeing how they became successful, and the work that was required to travel down that path.  Feel like it’s inspirational for people like me, in hopes that someday I’ll be able to echo the achievements of someone like Ken Griffin.

Kenneth Griffin started his first investment fund with money he gathered from family and friends. He took this $265 million and made a profit by shorting the stock market crash of 1987. One thing made Griffin different from the many other fund managers that were investing at that time: Kenneth Griffin was a student at Harvard University who was trading in his dorm room in between classes. Griffin graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree.

Frank C. Meyer of Glenwood Capital noticed the success that Griffin was having in the investment industry. After Griffin’s graduation, Meyer gave him $1 million. He was expecting Griffin to provide him with a sizeable return on his investment, but he was surprised to learn that Griffin managed to offer him a 70 percent profit.

Founder and CEO of Citadel LLC

On November 1, 1990, Griffin’s next step was to found Citadel LLC in Chicago, Illinois with $4.2 million. Citadel LLC consists of at least three different entities, including the following:

Citadel – The asset manager
Citadel Securities – A liquidity provider for the capital markets
Citadel Technology – A solutions provider for investment management technology

Griffin’s hedge funds are amongst the largest and most lucrative funds in the industry. The company has $14 billion in assets, and Griffin earned several billions of dollars from his involvement with the company. To be exact, his net worth has been estimated to be equal to $5.3 billion.

Forbes 400

Griffin’s financial successes landed him on several lists of the wealthiest people in America. One is the Forbes 400 list of 2003. At 34, he was the second-youngest person to be placed on this list with a net worth that was estimated to be $650,000. In 2014, Griffin’s rank on the Forbes 400 increased when he became the 89th richest person in America with a net worth of $5.5 billion.

Political Interests

Griffin has also offered his time and money to benefit causes that are outside of the investment arena. He is a “Reagan Republican” who believes that large government will not lead to prosperity and has donated large sums of money to Republican causes and candidates. He broke records with his $2.5 million donation to GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. In total, Griffin donated $3.7 million to Rauner’s campaign.

The Importance of Education

Griffin serves as director of the Chicago Public Education Fund. He also partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to open charter school Woodlawn High School. According to Griffin, the future of the United States depends on public education. In February of this year, he gave $150 million to Harvard University to benefit students in need of financial aid.

The Arts

Griffin is also interested in the arts. For this reason, he donated $19 million to the Art Institute of Chicago. A Cezanne painting and a Degas bronze sculpture currently on display at this school belong to Griffin.


When the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago needed $38.2 million to build a new chapel, Griffin donated $11 million toward the venture. The chapel bears the name of Griffin’s grandparents and is known as “The Gratz Center.”

The Laurene Powell Jobs Effect

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Internet mogul Steve Jobs,  is fast becoming a dynamic American business woman. She was recently ranked 29th on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list for 2014.

Laurene Jobs shares a philosophy espoused by many people, including Oprah Winfrey, that we are here on Planet Earth to do as much as we can for as many as we can as often as we can as quietly as we can.

As co-founder of Emerson Collective, Jobs works tirelessly to advance this entities mission dedicated to social entrepreneurship, immigration reform, educational advancement and social justice.  The fact that this organization maintains a non-tax exempt status acts as a shroud allowing philanthropic funding to occur behind the scenes as opposed to foundations which, by law, must disclose all funding sources and expenditures.

This unsung, private, non-publicity seeker was recently touted for her endeavors to insure Emerson’s capacity to channel investments and grants for educational improvement and to focus on teachers and their efforts in classrooms around the globe.

Founded in 1997, College Track is an outgrowth of Emerson. This after-school program focuses on low-income high school youth and their dreams to pursue a college education. The primary goal of College Track is to assist undocumented, foreign-born young people who are otherwise deemed ineligible for federal and state scholarship and tuition assistance programs.

Ms. Jobs serves as a patron of Dream Act, an ordinance designed to provide a legal pathway for these aforementioned youth.  She is credited with having tapped the talents of documentary film giant, David Guggenheim to bring this issue to center stage via a 30-minute presentation entitled “The Dream Is Now” that is available for online viewing.

As a champion of African causes, Laurene Jobs accompanied Hollywood legend Ben Aflack to The Congo and later visited Botswana to further educational opportunities and life-betterment.

As a stepping stone to College Track, New Schools Venture Fund , patronized by Ms. Jobs,, has a goal to close the achievement gap for English as a Second Languaage students at the elementay and middle school level. NSVF assists educators to use grading online software and with the development and implementation of cyberspace teaching tools.

Ms. Jobs’ seat on the Udacity Advisory Board stands as one more proof of her dedication to education.  Udacity is one of many college online programs. According to 2012 statistics, 42 percent of the student body was composed of U.S-born citizens.

On the political scenario, Laurene Powell Jobs is quickly becoming highly-regarded and recognized on The Hill and in other Washington, D.C., sites for her sanctioning of Democratic initiatives including Obamacare and Obama Immigration Reform.  According to Politico, Ms. Jobs is a super-PAC donor for the “Ready for Hillary” pre-presidential campaign activities. Official records indicate that she recently made a maximum $25,000 contribution to this effort.

During a Spring 2013 interview with Brian Williams,  Ms. Jobs spoke about immigration issues and their impact on the future of applicants qualified for  Dream Act assistance. At one point, Ms. Jobs voiced comments made by an un-named lawmaker who said he could not support any policy that would have denied his grandparents the right to immigrate into the American, “The Land of Opportunity.”