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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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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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'Credit Score and Seven Years Ago:' How a Simple Mistake on Your Credit Report Can Turn Into a Multi-Year Fiasco

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:16 AM

It takes up to seven years for a piece of negative information to be removed from your credit report. Even a single, innocent "late payment" to Saks can haunt you well into your adult life. Why this is is beyond me.

A three or four year limit on a...

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The N.Y.C. Tow Pound: The Land That Time Forgot

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 10:20 AM

If you've ever had your car towed in New York City, you're amongst an elite group of people who've experienced, first hand, what real bureaucracy is all about.

This ridiculous experience -- which fits the Kubler-Ross model like a glove, e.g. --

1. Denial -- "No way,...

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Congress Only Succeeds in Failing: A Simple Election Is not Enough to Fix What's Wrong With our Government

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Can you imagine a world in which there were no consequences for your actions? Or, better yet, one in which you were rewarded for doing nothing?

Imagine if, like Peter Gibbons -- the main character in Mike Judge's 9-5 classic Office Space -- you could simply decide not to...

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iOS7 -- S.O.S.!

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Note to self: Before updating any software on any device in the future, make sure to research the major changes to make sure going forward isn't going backwards.

I've used the iPhone's new iOS7 operating system for less than an hour and all I want to do is click...

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Why Lordes' Royals Is so Successful; A Brief Analysis

(5) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 11:45 AM

When a song written by a teenage girl from New Zealand, who's never even been to America, manages to top the Billboard Alternative charts for a record-breaking six straight weeks and counting, it causes one to wonder, "WTF?"

Why is a song, which, aside from a few...

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Who Wants to Be a Jew? Now Accepting Applications

(6) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Let's face it. With Yom Kippur, the holiest of the Jewish holidays approaching, there's little doubt the Jews are The Chosen Ones.

Sure, we have our issues. We're a whiney, over-bearing, guilt-ridden race. But nobody's perfect.

Compared to whatever religion you may be, if you're not Jewish, you're missing...

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Thank You, Kevin Spacey

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Within the first 60 seconds of watching Kevin Spacey give his speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival, I exhaled as if I had been on trial for five years and the jury just found me not guilty.

Hearing the things you've been saying to everyone you know, for...

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Even if You Have Health Insurance, You May Not Have Health Insurance

(5) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Health insurance companies are a lot like friends; you never know what they're really like until the chips are down.

Odds are, if you've never had a serious reason to call on your "friends" at your health insurance company, you're still "buddy buddy." But, God forbid you ever end...

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Suspensions for Drug Use, Banned for Life for Gambling? What Kind of Message Is Baseball Sending?

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:58 PM

I'm no expert on the inner workings of the game of baseball, like Peter Gammons or Buster Olney. But when the Commissioner's office -- as well as the United States Congress -- spends years, and millions of taxpayer dollars, investigating what is no doubt the worst scandal in the game's...

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'How to Write a Pop Hit in 7 Days': A Sure-Fire Formula for a Chart-Topping Smash in Today's Music Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Are you a struggling band/singer-songwriter trying to make it in today's music scene?

Have you got what you feel is a unique sound and look that you believe will, "one day," catapult you to the top of the charts? Is one day not coming fast enough? Well then, why...

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