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David Fagin
David Fagin is a New York-based writer/producer/musician and the founder of indie-rock icons, The Rosenbergs, the first band credited with going 'viral.' His diverse resume includes testifying on Capitol Hill, lecturing at Harvard, and appearing on shows such as Dennis Miller, Carson Daly, and Howard Stern. His writing has been featured everywhere from Billboard, to The Onion, to AOL News. He's even worked with The Muppets. David's music can be heard on a variety of television shows and in retail stores around the country. These days, he can be found playing in The Counterfeiters, the best 80s/90s cover band in the New York area. He is also a food snob. Follow his blog on Tumblr.

Entries by David Fagin

A Brief Eulogy for Kenny Gorka: One of Music's True Greats

(8) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Kenny Gorka, one of the last remaining partners of the New York nightclub The Bitter End, just died.

I wanted to write something to mark his passing. Although he will be known for running the Greenwich Village landmark that developed and launched such artists as Bob Dylan,...

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Alabama Supreme Court Jesters Prove Discrimination is Alive and Well at the Highest Levels of Government

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 1:35 PM

It's one thing to surf the net and come across stories of the haplessly ignorant doing mind-bogglingly stupid things -- like accidentally shooting themselves in a Walmart or "locking" themselves in a closet (that wasn't locked) during a three day meth binge, then asking the police to let them out....

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House Republcians Looking Into Why Blackmail and Bribes Failed to Secure Net Neutrality Vote

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:54 PM

Washington D.C. -- Speaker of the House John Boehner announced today that his office will be launching an unprecedented probe into why bribes and kickbacks were not enough to secure a victory in the years-long, hotly contested, Net Neutrality issue.

Speaker Boehner stated, "Today's decision by the FCC allowing the...

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A Guide to Using Facebook on Valentine's Day... and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 3:51 PM

Let's "face" it. Whether we "like" it or not, Facebook is now a major part of our social media crazed culture, and even more disturbingly, the modern relationship.

Double entendre's aside, these days, there's no question, if you're one of the 80 billion people who now use Facebook, your...

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Let's Face It, Without Controversy, The Grammys -- and Probably The Music Business -- Would Be Done

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:58 AM

No doubt about it. The Grammys are in trouble. Aside from an occasional moment of actual artistry here and there - like Annie Lennox's recent performance - over the past decade, the barely credible awards show that celebrates, what it claims, are music's best and brightest, has made...

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Detroit Rocked City: The Land That Time, and Everyone Else, Forgot

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:19 PM

Almost 20,000 families are homeless. Over 50% are unemployed. Nearly half of the City is functionally illiterate. 40% of the homes are without Internet access. The City, itself, is over $5 billion in debt, putting each family in the hole to the tune of approximately $4,500. Houses are...

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Patriots Become First Team in NFL History to Earn Free Pass to Next Year's Super Bowl

(116) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:33 AM

The 45-7 beating the New England Patriots laid on the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday prompted the NFL to do something it's never done before.

In a rare, impromptu, behind-closed-doors meeting, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, met with other league officials and unanimously voted to allow the Patriots to take the...

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Did Tina and Amy Unknowingly Plagiarize Their Golden Globes Cosby Joke?

(7) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:03 AM

The other night, during The Golden Globes, a friend tagged me on Facebook and pointed me to comedian Barry Sobel's page. Sobel's been an icon on the stand-up scene for more than two decades. His accolades include writing jokes for Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey during their inaugural...

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Should Netflix Pull the Plug on Cosby?

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Wouldn't ya know it? Just when the boys at Netflix think they have HBO right where they want 'em (the online content giant is just days away from challenging HBO's dominance in the comedy arena with a stand-up special featuring the legendary Bill Cosby), yet another woman comes forward and...

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Taking Stock: Investors Seem as Interested in Reality as Willy Wonka

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Is it just me, or does the stock market seem to be tiptoeing through the tulips while all hell's breaking loose around us?

It wasn't too long ago that the mere mention of the word "terror" would send the market plunging 300 points. Today, it's a punchline in every late-night...

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What's Next? 5 Year-Olds with RPGs?

(9) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Like many kids in the late '70s/early '80s, I attended summer camp in the Catskills.

One of the activities for our group -- a group of about 20 rambunctious boys of 11-12 years-old-- was Riflery.

This was in the days before schools and shopping malls turned into the Wild...

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One Can Dream: Out of Work Actors Reply to EW's Message to Hollywood

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:03 PM

There's an old joke; "I just signed a six-picture deal with Universal. Now, I'm waiting for them to sign."

That old adage is pretty much right on the money when it comes to %99.9 of actors in Hollywood these days.

It's not news that it's hard to get work...

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Bachelor Parties for Guys Over 40 Should Be Against the Law

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 7:03 PM

The Bachelor Party. A time-honored tradition of male-bonding in which a group of friends wish "Bon Voyage" to their lucky - or unlucky - friend about to take the plunge into matrimony, by eating more than they ever have, drinking an ocean's worth of Mexico's finest national product, and spending...

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Setting Up Auto-Withdrawal Can Be Setting Yourself Up For a Fall

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

All it takes is the stroke of a pen. This simple action, in which you agree to give a specific entity unbridled access to your finances, and allow them to automatically debit your checking account (as well as your credit card) at will, every month until Doomsday, can be a...

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If Jagger or McCartney Hadn't Made It, Would They Be Playing in a Cover Band?

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:22 AM

Sting was a school teacher. Jagger studied economics. Gene simmons taught public school as well. Rod Stewart was well on his way to becoming a pro soccer player until a knee injury ended his career. Paul McCartney always played music.

But, what if they hadn't made it? What if...

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Car Wars: Why Uber's Main Competitor Takes a Back Seat

(8) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM

When Uber first burst onto the scene in the New York/New Jersey area, I decided to sign up and drive in order to find out what all the excitement was about surrounding this company that was pulling in over $20 million/week and had its New York offices swarming with more...

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If Corporations Are People, Why Aren't Their Executives Treated as Such When They Break the Law?

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 10:39 AM

You gotta love this country. If nothing else, we're original.

One on hand, the Supreme Court declares that, yes indeed, a corporation is, in fact, a person.

On the other, such as, -- oh, I don't know, choose any of the myriad of examples of fraud, mismanagement, breach...

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Declaring Our Independence Was a Mistake

(15) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Hooray, we're free! Screw you, England!

Now what?

Take a look around these days. We're not doing so hot.

Our bankers and politicians pretty much get away with murder -- We get involved in every armed conflict yet ignore the problems at home -- Everyone's fat due to...

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Why United's Jeff Smisek Is Perhaps the Worst CEO in the Business

(49) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:33 PM

What is the single most important ingredient in running a successful business? You might say sales, you might say customer service. Both are obviously very important factors. But, when you get right down to it, the one ingredient that's tantamount to a company's success, is arguably, trust.

Whether it's a...

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State of Missouri Offers Textbook Case on Abuse of Power

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Back in 2000, after he was convicted of armed robbery of a Burger King, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in prison and told to await further instructions on when and where to report. Those instructions never came.

Instead, Mr. Anderson, while patiently waiting, decided to turn...

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