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12.20.17
“I love America, but I can't spend the whole year here. I can't afford the taxes.”
-Mick Jagger



 

U.S. House to vote again on tax bill  The Senate approved the bill in the wee hours of Wednesday morning on a 51-48 vote, but had to send it back to the House, which had passed it on Tuesday, for a re-vote due to a procedural foul-up that embarrassed Republicans, but was not expected to change the outcome. - Reuters

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX’s almost fully-assembled Falcon Heavy rocket  Elon Musk has tweeted out photos of SpaceX’s almost fully assembled Falcon Heavy rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida — the biggest and best glimpse so far into what the final iteration will look like. - The Verge

University of Glasgow student team creates a functional 3d printed jet engine model  3D hubs student grant finalist jetX are a team of aerospace engineering students working with Rolls Royce to create the world’s first functional 3D printed jet engine model that will provide instant design feedback and show people studying engineering doesn’t mean your glued to a textbook. - Design Boom

“Amazontube” might be about to take on YouTube  Amazon has filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something called “Opentube” and “Amazontube”. The trademark requests describe the services as “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual, and audiovisual works via wireless networks,” suggesting that they are similar to Google’s YouTube. - Fast Company

A 17-Hour Chronological Playlist of Beatles Songs: 338 Tracks Let You Hear the Musical Evolution of the Iconic Band  The Beatles have seemingly never been just a band; they’ve been a brand, a history, an institution, a genre, a generational soundtrack, a merchandising empire, and so much more—possessed of the kind of cultural importance that makes it impossible to think of them as only musicians. - Open Culture

Wells Fargo CEO promises to spend not one cent of the GOP tax gift on investment or wages  Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan -- who inherited the most scandal-haunted bank of them all this year -- reassured his investors in a CNN Money interview that not one dime of the tax savings the GOP will deliver to his company will be reinvested or used to increase wages: instead, it will all go to buy-backs and dividends. - Boing Boing

Netflix vs. cable: Subscribers are neck and neck now, says PwC  According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the number of Americans who subscribe to cable TV is now on par with the number who subscribe to Netflix, and it’s only a matter of time before Reed Hastings and company pull ahead of the pack. - Fast Company

Saudi Arabia's 2018 Budget Is The Country's Largest Ever  Saudi Arabia announced its budget and other financial data for 2018, which demonstrates the government’s great optimism for its economic diversification and expansion plans. - Forbes
 
  The Japanese Concept ‘Ikigai’ is a Formula for Happiness and Meaning
We're always down for investigating words in foreign languages that are too complex to be expressed or translated perfectly to English. Mystery? Deeper meanings? Tell us more. Ikigai can be used as a compass for both career and life decisions, and we're all about that... life. 
  Hacking the Government: Ways to Profit Off the New Tax Plan
Some of these tips are useful (not waiting to donate), others not so much (not waiting to upgrade your private jet). Either way, best to hack, rather than to be hacked.
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