Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why Disney’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Could Be Bigger Than “The Avengers”

By Steve Symington | The Motley Fool And yep, that’s Clark Gregg in the middle, reprising his role as the beloved Agent Phil Coulson — you know, the guy Thor’s brother Loki so shockingly stabbed to death in The Avengers, … Continue reading

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Japan eyes defence budget increase, Marines-like unit

AFP Soldiers from Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force patrol near a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher deployed at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on April 11, 2013. Japan’s defence ministry is looking for its biggest budget hike in two … Continue reading

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China Minsheng Banking Turns to Small-Business Loans — Strategy Puts Lender at Ground Zero as Nation Tries to Overhaul Financial System

By WILLIAM KAZER | The Wall Street Journal BEIJING—Xue Ming, a dairy farmer from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, used a loan of a million yuan from China Minsheng Banking Corp. 600016.SH -0.22% to expand his business. He added 100 cows … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 41]

Located on the grounds of Fort Meade, the headquarters for the nation’s premier covert intelligence gathering organization are housed in two high-rise office structures, built and dedicated by Ronald Reagan in 1986, and in other structures on the base, including … Continue reading

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China Military Officer: ‘Pacific Rim’ Degrades Chinese as Monster-Eaters

By Brent Lang | The Wrap A Chinese military officer argues that “Pacific Rim” is nothing more than U.S. propaganda that shows Americans using smarts and technology to battle giant monsters — while the Chinese only seem interested in eating … Continue reading

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‘The Grandmaster’: Romantic Kung Fu Movie Touts ‘Love at First Fight’

By CASSIUS KIM via Nightline The latest kung-fu movie import hitting American theaters is a love letter to the man who trained Bruce Lee and is tapping into a new generation of kung fu movie lovers. Directed by Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz outlines strategic plan for China growth

By Norihiko Shirouzu | Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – Daimler AG’s (DAI.DE) Mercedes-Benz will launch around 20 new or upgraded car models in China over the next two years, part of a broader turnaround effort aimed at reversing the brand’s recent … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 40]

The murderers in question, whoever and whatever they might be, are a seamless tandem: Two perps working in concert—killing as if they are one—each murderer looking out for any clues that the other might have missed—forensics that would aid in … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 39]

They could also show no emotion, no celebrations of victory, no pangs of disappointment. After one young player left, another sent me to go get him a sandwich at Quiznos [health and an active lifestyle are not high priorities in … Continue reading

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Independent Box Office: Chinese Import ‘The Grandmaster’ Connects in Debut

By Todd Cunningham | The Wrap The Weinstein Company debuted Chinese director Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts action film “The Grandmaster” in seven theaters this weekend and it took in $132,259 for a $18,894 average — the highest average of any … Continue reading

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Sorry Coffee Snobs, America’s Favorite Is Still Folgers

By Venessa Wong | BusinessWeek Getty Images/Getty Images – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 24: Packages of Folgers coffee are displayed on a shelf at Cal-Mart Market on May 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Smuckers, who makes Folgers and … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day, Friday August 23, 2013

“You MIGHT bullshit your way to the top, but it damn sure won’t keep you there”

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 38]

I ran into a former boss of mine from a nightclub I had bartended in. I had never seen him out of a suit before and used to be terrified of him, but here he was with sour cream on … Continue reading

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, dollar for dollar: Motoramic Drives

By Justin Hyde | Motoramic Upon its launch in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette’s sticker price of $3,490 was high but not outlandish for a two-seat sports car — slightly more than a median family’s annual income, and well below the … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 37]

The second club was nicer, a converted two-bedroom apartment in a luxury high rise. On the way over he informed me that it was poor etiquette to ever mention another one of these rooms. At the second room, if anyone … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 36]

He was much older than me—in his 40s—and used to play in a room on 14th street that he was sure was rigged. He’d call me up griping that he had lost $1,000 in one evening, and that never would … Continue reading

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Dr. Zimmerman’s TUESDAY TIP: You can’t do the wrong thing and expect the right result.

Dr. Zimmerman’s TUESDAY TIP: You can’t do the wrong thing and expect the right result. Dr. Alan Zimmerman’s Personal Commentary: In the process of writing my new book … “Payoff:  Clarify Your Purpose, Prove Your Passion, Master the Process, Produce … Continue reading

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Code Dead – The intermission between “Glenda” and “I, The Jury” [Chapter 2, Part 35]

They take place in apartments, tenement basements in the East Village, luxury high-rise condos on Lexington Avenue, and lofts in the Meatpacking District. You can go at almost any hour of the day. As long as you know the right … Continue reading

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