Daily Archives: August 6, 2013

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Communist Party makes a comeback … in Japan

By: Gavin Blair

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A smiling, smartly attired 30-year-old woman sits at an expansive table in a meeting room decorated with simple elegance on the fourth floor of a modern office building in central Tokyo.

Only the sunflower broach – an anti-nuclear symbol – on the woman’s suit, and perhaps that the large calligraphy scroll on the wall behind her that isn’t hung perfectly straight, betray the fact that this isn’t a scene from corporate Japan. Yoshiko Kira doesn’t look like she intends to dismantle capitalism, but this is the headquarters of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), and she is one of its rising stars, and that’s her plan. Continue reading

How Magic Johnson Uses His Name To Exploit Low-Income Consumers

The former Lakers star has made a business out of his reputation for being a good guy — most notably as the new face of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ownership group. But he’s also got a history of endorsing dodgy products for the working poor.

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With his Los Angeles Dodgers up five games in the National League West, Magic Johnson — also a sought-after motivational speaker and bestselling author — is getting more press than he has in two decades. He says he paid $25 million for his stake in the team, making him one of its smaller equity holders, but he’s still the public face of the franchise, prominent at the ballpark and press conferences announcing big signings. It’s the peak of the entrepreneurial rise that Johnson embarked on when he retired from the NBA for the first time in 1991. He’s done it all with his good guy reputation intact: he’s received accolades for bringing Starbucks into urban areas the company had previously thought would be unprofitable, and he has, of course, done more than anyone to raise awareness about HIV. His company frames its mission statement this way: “Magic Johnson Enterprises serves as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for our partners and fostering community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities.” Continue reading

What Steroids, HGH, And Other Popular PEDs Do To Your Body

Juicing has been commonplace in sports culture for more than 25 years, but not every performance enhancer is created equal.

By: Erik Malinowski

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Now that Major League Baseball has finally come down with its expected suspensions in the ongoing Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, let’s take a look at some of the more popular PEDs. What do they do, and how potentially harmful are they? Continue reading