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David Fagin is a New York-based writer/producer/musician and the founder of indie-rock icons, The Rosenbergs, the first band to go 'viral' back in the 1800's when the term still meant 'infection.' Partnering with legendary progressive rock master, Robert Fripp, The Rosenbergs were instrumental in paving the way for artists to begin partnering with labels, thus giving them a share in the ownership of their masters and better control of their financial futures. An artists' rights advocate, David has testified on Capitol Hill, lectured at Harvard, appeared on Howard Stern alongside Kiss' Gene Simmons, made Dennis Miller laugh, and shared the stage w/ artists such as No Doubt, The Strokes, and Duran Duran. He's contributed to Billboard and AOL News, and even worked with The Muppets. David's music can be heard on dozens of television shows and in retail stores around the country. His song 'Birds of a Feather' was recently used as the theme to the sitcom 'Accidentally on Purpose' on CBS. He is also a food snob. Follow his blog @ http://thenoshpitblog.blogspot.com/

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

(8) 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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A Hashtag Passover

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Growing up in New Jersey in the mid-70s and 80s, Passover in my house was one of the only remaining Jewish holidays done with some semblance of reverence and tradition.

Celebrated by the simultaneous arrival of two dozen relatives (most of whom I'd hadn't seen since the last Passover),...

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The Supreme Court Are the Lead Architects of the Next Financial Collapse

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:20 AM

As if we needed more proof to see, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the nation's highest court is infested with those who are nothing more than partisan lackeys with political agendas and loyalties in direct contrast to the people they're supposed to represent:

By ruling this week that...

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A Note From My Parents to Reed Hastings

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:44 AM

My folks are retired and live in Florida. All they do is watch T.V., so I thought I'd pass this note they wrote to Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, along:

Dear. Mr. Hastings:

Just a note to say we love watching House of Cards. Both Season 1 and Season 2 were...

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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Could Impact Straight Couples As Well

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:30 PM

According to the Central Organization for Marriage Equality, or "C.O.M.E.," if right-wing conservatives are successful in their decade-long battle to ban same-sex marriages, a failure to clarify who, exactly, the latest version of the bill is specifically seeking to target could mean the new laws would affect straight couples as...

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Legal or Not, Uber's Giving Taxi Companies Everywhere a Sorely Needed "Kalanick"

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:37 PM

Remember when Napster was single handedly dismantling the record business? Remember when Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, was going door to door threatening to beat up old ladies because their granddaughter's computer downloaded his music? Well, like it or not, Uber is having the exact same effect on the car service...

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Life as an Uber Driver: It's Just Not Fare

(12) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:47 PM

If you haven't yet heard of Uber, the app which allows you to summon a driver basically at will and be taken anywhere you want to go at rates way cheaper than your local car/taxi service, you're living under a rock.

Being a resident of Hoboken, and hearing numerous folks...

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Super Bowl's Halftime Entertainment Committee on Mars

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Think about the weirdest combinations you can think of:

A peanut butter and mustard sandwich, tequila and peppermint schnapps, Oprah and Stedman. As crazy as these may be, they can't hold a candle to the decision to combine Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the halftime entertainment...

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A&E to Replace Duck Dynasty With Schmuck Dynasty

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Buckling under intense pressure from Gay and Lesbian rights groups nationwide, executives at A&E have reluctantly agreed to cancel Duck Dynasty -- the networks highest rated and most profitable show -- after the show's star, Phil Robertson, spewed forth a slew of anti-gay remarks in a recent GQ interview.

Recognizing...

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What's Next? Heroin Tax? Making the Illegal Legal Is Simply a Question of Dollars

(12) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:07 AM

Let's be real. When it comes to drugs, "public safety" is the last thing on the minds of our elected officials.

You don't think pot has been illegal all these years because it's "dangerous," do you? One look at the main groups continuing to lobby to keep possession of marijuana...

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The Entourage Movie Is a 'Go' -- But Will Anyone Go?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:50 AM

I liked Entourage as much as the next guy. But, let's face it. At the end of the day, if "Ari" isn't there, all you have is a group of cute, horny guys going from place to place looking to get laid.

Having said that, Hollywood has demonstrated, time...

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