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Conversation Topics & The Art of Conversation — Gentleman's Gazette

Whether you are attending a formal dinner, a cocktail party or hosting an informal dinner, the art of conversation is a skill that can be mastered. …

8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire

Is our republic coming to an unceremonious end? History may not be on America’s side<p>Steven Strauss<p>December 26, 2012 9:32pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Lawrence Lessig's <i>Republic Lost</i> documents the corrosive effect of money on our political process. Lessig persuasively makes the …

This is the atheist capital of America

A previous version of this story misstated the percentage of people in the 2015 Gallup poll who identified as Christian. The story has been corrected.<p>…

Religion

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

The index that timed the 2008 crash perfectly just slumped to a 3-decade low

The index measures shipping costs for dry bulk commodities (minerals and metals like coal and iron, as well as grain and other food).<p>It plunged by more than 90% in just a few months in 2008 as the global crisis unrolled. Then, it was an impressive bellwether for the global situation.<p>Shipping costs …

Oil

8 steps to a more productive you

When we make resolutions, “be more productive” usually ranks a few levels below lose weight, get a raise and travel more.<p>But if you switch it up and …

Portland, Oregon: Great Day Trips for Nature-Lovers

People flock to Portland, Oregon, for the foodie scene and creative culture. But the city’s proximity to an endless bounty of wild and rural destinations makes for some award-winning, wheels-required day trips. Here are 15 of our favorites.<p>Kiwa Trail<p>Bonneville Dam<p>Oregon Wine Country<p>Astoria<p>Deschutes …

The 8 best coffee-based cocktails in Portland

If there are two things Portland is really, really good at, it's drinking coffee, and... um, well, drinking. It also turns out that we're pretty good …

The Day Marissa Mayer's Honeymoon At Yahoo Ended

Nearly 4,000 Yahoo employees sat and waited for Marissa Mayer to explain herself.<p>It was around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.<p>Some of the employees, those in Yahoo's Santa Monica and New York offices, sat at their desks watching a video feed on their computer monitors.<p>At Yahoo's headquarters …

Employment

7 Bad Speaking Habits That Turn People Off

Speaker and author Julian Treasure gave a popular TED Talk last year that explained how anyone can speak effectively, whether in a conversation or in front of a crowd. How well you influence others is as much about you do say as what you don't.<p>Here are the bad habits you need to avoid if you want …

Public Speaking

The California Drought Is So Bad It’s Literally Moving Mountains

Brian Resnick @b_resnick<p>Oct. 8, 2014, 10:11 a.m.<p>The California drought is so bad that…<p>â—† Since 2013, the Western United States has lost 240 gigatons …

College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators

<b>(f11photo, Krivosheev Vitaly via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Higher ed is sold as the key to an affluent life. It’s really a big business designed to leave you buried in debt<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 1, 2014 7:59pm (UTC)<p>This piece was originally published in The Baffler, and is reprinted with permission.<p>This …

Video shows white S.C. state trooper shooting unarmed black man

On Sept. 4, Levar Edward Jones was stopped by a South Carolina state trooper in Columbia, S.C., and asked to produce his driver's license.<p>As Jones reached inside the open driver's door of his SUV to retrieve the license and then turned back toward the trooper, the officer shot at him four times.<p>"I …

BlackRock: The $4.3 trillion force

Larry Fink, 61, tall and outgoing and passionate about his business, is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of the largest asset-management company in …

10 things rich people know that you don’t

As a financial adviser, I have occasionally found myself feeling envious of certain clients. Not because of their wealth — but because they were …

Clare Boothe Luce’s Struggle: Ambassadorship, LSD, and Marriage to Henry Luce

What Clare Boothe Luce wanted, Clare Boothe Luce got: a man, a seat in Congress, an ambassadorship. A literary star in her own right, she had become half of America’s premier power couple when the Time-empire founder Henry Luce left his wife to marry her in 1935. But, reveals Sylvia Jukes Morris, …

How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy.<p>It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of college, broke and in debt, and by the time I …

Personal Finance

You can blame student debt for America’s inequality and shrinking middle class

There is a tendency among elite opinion makers to believe that debt accrued while gaining a college degree is “good debt” that isn’t problematic because, as the thought goes, those with college degrees tend to make enough money to recoup their debt over a lifetime. Student debt is supposedly an …

Income Inequality

How to Enter a Room with Confidence and Authority | The Art of Manliness

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” –Will Rogers<p>Charlie Dresow knew when he entered the courtroom that every eyeball would be …

Brain Injury That Turned Jason Padgett Into Math Genius Suggests Dormant Skills May Be Common

In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But the incident also turned Padgett into a mathematical genius who sees the world through the lens of geometry.<p>Padgett, a furniture salesman from Tacoma, …

Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means

A new political science study that’s gone viral finds that majority-rule democracy exists only in theory in the United States — not so much in …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

A Primer on Nootropics: Supplements to Boost Your Brain | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mans Denton.</i><p>For all the discussion about health and fitness, the primary driver of the human organism is …

Corporate raiders and activist investors: a field guide

Slide 1 of 10<p>Swashbuckling, value-destroying “corporate raider” or shareholder-friendly “activist investor?”<p>A case can be made for either term. But …

Hedge Funds

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FORTUNE — A big challenge for investors is piercing management’s feel-good, “it’s all great if you leave out the bad stuff” earnings metrics to measure a company’s true profitability. Even the official GAAP accounting numbers frequently need plenty of scrubbing to reveal the real picture. For …

\’I had a farm in Omaha\’: Warren Buffett dishes out investment advice

Personal Finance Lessons from Benjamin Franklin | The Art of Manliness

Benjamin Franklin rose from 17-year-old runaway to successful printer, newspaperman, author, inventor, diplomat, and statesman. His great success …

Why The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Worse Than 2008

Last year the Federal Reserve celebrated its 100th birthday. Only two days before Christmas in 1913, deep into the night when many legislators had already left for the holidays, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act, creating a “non-governmental” central bank – a bankers bank if you will – and …