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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

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

(114) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:33 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?

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:03 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 | 7:01 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 | 9:00 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 | 6:27 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 | 4:03 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 | 8:03 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 | 1:49 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 | 6:22 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 | 5:00 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 | 11:39 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 | 12:31 PM

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 | 1:33 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 | 4:28 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 | 4:55 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 | 2:20 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 | 8:44 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 | 4:30 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 26, 2014 | 12:37 AM

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 | 3:47 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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