Summary of “How Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Built a Shadowy Business Empire”

In 2007, Mr. Cohen started working for the Trump Organization.
While there are varying accounts of how he met his new boss, Mr. Trump said Mr. Cohen appeared on his radar after he began buying up properties in Trump buildings – by then, Mr. Cohen’s office addresses included tony Fifth Avenue locations.
For his part, Mr. Cohen has said that the job came after he helped resolve a board dispute at one of the Trump buildings where his family owned several units.
Mr. Cohen became a roving fixer for Mr. Trump.
During Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, Mr. Cohen pursued plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow with Felix Sater, a Russian immigrant and friend of Mr. Cohen, who had worked on other real estate development deals with Mr. Trump and had explored possible ventures in Russia.
While juggling his Trump duties, Mr. Cohen turned over management of his cabs to Mr. Garber in 2006 and received as much as $1 million per year, legal records show.
Moving MoneyFrom 2009 to 2014, Mr. Cohen – by then a trusted member of the Trump Organization – plowed $5.7 million into 22 Chicago taxi medallions, records show.
They added a new, unusual source of collateral: If Mr. Cohen were to default, Sterling would have the right to any money that Mr. Freidman owes Mr. Cohen.

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Summary of “You don’t need HIIT to get fit. Try this instead.”

LISS exercise is any repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes at 50 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate, according to sports medicine specialist and physical therapist Kevin McGuinness, who practices at Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.
Assuming your physician has approved your fitness plan, here’s how to practice LISS exercise.
If you can, you’re working within the optimal range for LISS. LISS is a great option for first-time exercisers, McGuinness says, especially those who might be intimidated or limited in their ability to engage in higher-intensity exercise.
“Whether it’s a more approachable form of exercise or whether their weight makes that type of exercise too painful to complete on a regular basis, low-intensity exercise is a much friendlier, easier to try, version of cardiovascular exercise for the uninitiated,” he says.
“Getting your heart rate up again and reintroducing some of the benefits of exercise without the potential pitfalls and risks that come with higher-intensity exercise make LISS an ideal option for people recovering and rehabbing injuries,” he says.
When her oral surgeon told Liza Himmelman of Chevy Chase, Md., that she would need to stop exercising for at least two weeks after an upcoming surgical procedure, she panicked.
Varying the level of intensity in any exercise program can help you avoid burnout and offer adequate time to recover while still being active, McGuinness says.
One of the physiological adaptations of exercise is that the body becomes more energy efficient and may not burn as many calories to do the same volume of exercise after the body adapted to it.

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Summary of “25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life – RyanHoliday.net”

So how do we keep this toxic ego and selfishness at bay? How do we prevent ego from “Sucking us down like the law of gravity?” The primary answer is simple: awareness.
Ego starts saying: it all must be done my way - even little things, even inconsequential things.
Martin Luther King understood that hate is like an “Eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life.” Hatred is when ego turns a minor insult into a massive sore and it lashes out.
If you let ego think that everyone is out to get you you will seem weakand then people will really try to take advantage of you.
Ego is sensitive about slights, insults and not getting their due.
One of the best strategists of the last century, John Boyd, would ask the promising young acolytes under him: “To be or to do? Which way will you go?” That is, will you choose to fall in love with the image of how success looks like or will you focus on a higher purpose? Will you pick obsessing over your title, number of fans, size of paycheck or on real, tangible accomplishment? You know which way ego wants to go.
If you can accept that you control only the effort that goes in and not the results which come out, you will be mastering your ego.
Ego wants to control everything - but it cannot control other people or their reactions.

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Summary of “Lyme disease vaccine: the frustrating reason there isn’t one for humans”

The Lyme vaccine was effective Lyme first appeared in the US seemingly out of nowhere, spreading between ticks and people in Connecticut.
Recognizing the increasing public health hazard, the drug manufacturer SmithKline Beecham developed a vaccine that targeted the outer protein of the bacteria that causes Lyme.
“The arthritis incidence in the patients receiving Lyme vaccine occurred at the same rate as the background in unvaccinated individuals,” a 2007 paper in Epidemiology and Infection explains.
“Although studies never adequately substantiated the safety concerns associated with LYMErix,” the Epidemiology and Infection article states, “The decline in public tolerance for risk and uncertainty combined with the relatively low morbidity of Lyme disease contributed to the inability of the vaccine to find a market niche.”
In 2000s, Lyme still didn’t infect that many people, and the public was more concerned about the Lyme vaccine than the disease itself.
Still, if you wanted to protect yourself with a Lyme disease vaccine, you couldn’t get one.
The Lyme vaccine for dogs works in a similar manner to LYMErix.
“Low demand for the vaccine and its subsequent withdrawal from the market represent a loss of a powerful tool for Lyme disease prevention,” the authors of the Epidemiology and Infection article state.

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Summary of “The Character-Building School of Parenthood”

Your capacity for dealing with disappointments and things outside your control, not just regarding parenting but with the world at large, will grow.
You’ll gain confidence over time, sure, but you’ll also almost constantly be reminded of the character traits you need to work on – be it your patience, flexibility, sense of humor, etc.
Parenting is chock-full of “Opportunities” to make quick decisions and figure things out on the fly.
Without the help of our own parents, friends, neighbors, daycare providers, teachers, random cooing and smiling strangers, us parents would be up a creek.
Hopefully in a healthy way – though it does take time to figure out the balance; one of the best pieces of advice my wife and I received as new parents was to learn how to “Pick battles that are big enough to matter, small enough to win.”
There are grumpy parents aplenty, but if they would just learn to laugh at things a bit more, they’d be much better off.
While plenty of activities will build your physical toughness more than parenting, few things build up one’s mental toughness and resilience more than being a parent.
No matter your position in life – CEO, cubicle automaton, day laborer, stay-at-home dad, entrepreneur, freelancer, trade worker, unemployed – it’s very possible, perhaps even probable, that your greatest, most important role in life will be that of parent.

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Summary of “Chicken Tzatziki Bowls”

Smoky yogurt-marinated grilled chicken served over quinoa and Mediterranean-inspired tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives with tzatziki and Feta.
We crave Greek and Mediterranean food, and eat it at least once a week! Some recipes in my rotation are this Chicken Kebab Salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma, Greek Turkey Meatballs, just to name a few!
Her book is gorgeous and filled with so many great recipes it was hard to pick which recipe I should try! I am glad I chose this dish, it will now be part of our rotation!! The seasoning and marinade are wonderful, and because it uses chicken thighs, the meat is tender and juicy.
Tommy said it’s better than any Greek take-out in my neighborhood, and I agree! I had mine in a bowl as pictured here, and Tommy skipped the quinoa and had it with a grilled pita instead. Cooks Notes: You’ll need eight wooden or metal skewers for this recipe.
Preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-low heat.
Thread the chicken pieces among 4 wooden or metal skewers, discarding the marinade in the bowl.
Grill the chicken, turning the skewers occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through in the center, about 15 minutes.
Add the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onion and toss to combine.

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Summary of “The World’s Youngest Billionaires Are Shadowed by a WWII Weapons Fortune”

Enough remained for Viktoria-Katharina Flick and twin brother Karl-Friedrich Flick to lay claim, at 19, to being the world’s youngest billionaires.
The Flicks’ wealth traces its roots to Friedrich Flick, who spent three years in prison after he was convicted by the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal of using slave labor to produce armaments for the Nazis, among other crimes.
“Leaving aside all moral standards, Friedrich Flick had the genius ability to become the richest person in Germany-twice,” said Thomas Ramge, author of “The Flicks,” a family history.
Friedrich Flick and his youngest son, who became sole owner of the conglomerate, never did.
“Although there was still plenty to leave to the twins and his two other daughters.” When Flick died, he left behind $1 billion for each child, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Today the twins’ fortune is overseen by the Flick Privatstiftung, a Vienna- and Velden am Woerthersee, Austria-based family office.
Ingrid Flick once said she withheld a credit card from her teenage daughter, telling Germany’s Bunte magazine: “The kids have to learn that they’re nothing special, but that the name Flick obliges.
Even in death, Friedrich Karl Flick couldn’t escape the family’s notoriety.

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Summary of “I am a data factory”

Am I a data mine, or am I a data factory? Is data extracted from me, or is data produced by me? Both metaphors are ugly, but the distinction between them is crucial.
If I am a data mine, then I am essentially a chunk of real estate, and control over my data becomes a matter of ownership.
Who owns me, and what happens to the economic value of the data extracted from me? Should I be my own owner – the sole proprietor of my data mine and its wealth? Should I be nationalized, my little mine becoming part of some sort of public collective? Or should ownership rights be transferred to a set of corporations that can efficiently aggregate the raw material from my mine and transform it into products and services that are useful to me? The questions raised here are questions of politics and economics.
Thinking of the platform companies as being in the extraction business, with personal data being analogous to a natural resource like iron or petroleum, brings a neatness and clarity to discussions of a new and complicated type of company.
We can use the recent data controversies to articulate a truly decentralised, emancipatory politics, whereby the institutions of the state will be deployed to recognise, create, and foster the creation of social rights to data.
When I upload a photo, I produce not only behavioral data but data that is itself a product.
I am, in other words, much more like a data factory than a data mine.
Beyond control of my data, the companies seek control of my actions, which to them are production processes, in order to optimize the efficiency, quality, and value of my data output.

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Summary of “From planking to pizzas: the new rules for a successful meeting”

The search for the perfect business meeting seems never-ending.
“Some have the clarity of angels singing. They are brilliant and thoughtful and set up the meeting for high-quality discussion. Sometimes they come in at the other end of the spectrum”.
Actually, says Emma Sinclair, the co-founder of EnterpriseAlumni, there is a lot to be said for the regular company-wide catchup, even if it comes in the form of a traditional meeting.
“One PayPal executive, David Sacks, used to burst into meeting rooms like a prohibition-era cop and ask what people were meeting about,” says Bruce Daisley, the European vice-president at Twitter and the host of the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast.
“If it wasn’t any good, he would stop the meeting right then and there. I love this idea of superhero-style vigilantes closing meetings down. Imagine if the burden of having a meeting was that at any point you’d have to explain what the meeting was about. Brilliant! If all of us knew we would be held to account for the cost of a meeting and the amount of people’s time we are taking up, our perspective would be different. The meeting is taking all the fun out of our jobs because we are so scared of not being busy. But sitting at your desk and thinking is an important part of the job.”
Ever sat in a meeting and wondered how much it was costing the company in terms of salaries? Tools such as Harvard Business Review’s business meeting cost calculator will put a figure on it.
Another Bezos rule: he won’t call a meeting, or even attend one, where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group.
“If you go into a meeting and somebody asks: ‘Has anyone got anything for today’s agenda?’, that should tell you that there is no point to it. We live in a world where the quality of our work is being appraised by others, by our bosses, so we never want to appear as if we’re not working hard. So when a meeting comes up that we are responsible for, we all want to show that we have packed agendas. We need to lose the fear of standing people down for meetings and cancel them.”

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Summary of “What is the true cost of eating meat?”

Throughout human history the hunting and farming of meat has been part of our stories and mythologies and some of our legal and religious systems; the fatted calf for the prodigal son; the medieval forest laws that created areas where no one but English royalty could hunt; the sacrifical sheep to mark the beginning of Eid Al-Adha; even the roasted wild boars consumed at the end of every adventure by Asterix and Obelix.
Many measurements look at agricultural impact without making a distinction between arable v livestock, or industrial v small farms.
An influential study in 2010 of the water footprints for meat estimated that while vegetables had a footprint of about 322 litres per kg, and fruits drank up 962, meat was far more thirsty: chicken came in at 4,325l/kg, pork at 5,988l/kg, sheep/goat meat at 8,763l/kg, and beef at a stupendous 15,415l/kg.
On some estimates farming accounts for about 70% of water used in the world today, but a 2013 study found that it uses up to 92% of our freshwater, with nearly one-third of that related to animal products.
Farms contribute to water pollution in a range of ways: some of those are associated more closely with arable farming, and some with livestock, but it’s worth remembering that one-third of the world’s grain is now fed to animals.
It’s hard to work out exactly what quantity of greenhouse gases is emitted by the meat industry from farm to fork; carbon emissions are not officially counted along entire chains in that way, and so a number of complicated studies and calculations have attempted to fill the gap.
Attempts to pick out the role of animal farming within that have come up with a huge range of numbers, from 6-32%: the difference, according to the Meat Atlas, “Depends on the basis of measurement”.
More recently some innovators have been fusing technology with environmental principles in the form of agroforestry, silvopasture, conservation farming, or regenerative agriculture to create farming methods which all encompass carbon sequestration, high biodiversity and good animal welfare.

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