Bespoke’s Sunday Linkfest — The Most Interesting Articles We Read This Week

Dear Friend,

Every Sunday morning we publish a list of the articles we found most interesting over the last week. The links are mostly market related, but there are some other interesting subjects covered as well. The links are in no particular order.  Enjoy!

Nixon’s Daylight Saving Time Still Controversial After 43 Years by Chriss W.  Street (Brietbart News)

Back in the 1970s, President Nixon signed into law a measure that was intended to save energy. Over four decades later, the measure is still viewed with skepticism. [Link]

Russians can’t wait to get their hands on the drug that tarnished Maria Sharapova’s career by Michael Birnbaum (Washington Post)

From the “seriously?!?” file, the over-the-counter (but banned) substance that Maria Sharpova tested positive for earlier this month is flying off the shelves in the Eastern bloc. [Link]

Wall Street Tours the Tesla Factory – And Loves What It Sees by Tom Randall (Bloomberg)

The hottest manufacturing facility in America belongs to Tesla; full of capacity upgrades, efficiency, and high-productivity machinery. [Link]

China Drafts Rules for Tobin Tax on Currency Transactions (Bloomberg)

A “Tobin Tax” is a tax on transactions in financial markets. It’s designed to tamp down speculation, but whether China’s efforts to restrain currency speculators are successful is a very open question. [Link]

Many Shale Companies Are Unable to Ramp Up Oil Output by Alison Sider, Chester Dawson, and Erin Ailworth (WSJ)

A company with a marginal cost closest to the aggregate market’s marginal cost is referred to as a “swing” producer. US shale producers were once viewed as the “swing” producer for the global oil market but the lag times and inefficiencies inherent in their business model may make them less helpful in that regard. [Link, paywall]

Hurdles to Multigenerational Living: Kitchens and Visible Second Entrances by Chris Kirkham (WSJ)

While combining three generations under one roof may seem like a nice way to save on housing costs, the hurdles to combined living are significant and often lurk deep within an inflexible and frankly absurd zoning code. [Link, paywall]

Cable A La Carte Is Becoming a Reality – Outside the U.S. by Lucas Shaw (Bloomberg)

Unbundling the bundle is closer to a full reality in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Mobile and over-the-top services are becoming increasingly common for international consumers. [Link]

Self-Driving Cars Won’t Work Until We Change Our Roads – And Attitudes by Andrew Ng and Yuanqing Lin (Wired)

In an interesting op-ed, two Baidu engineers make the case that the end of traditional human-driven cars is more about norms and laws standing in the way than it is about the need for major technical leaps. [Link]

Defaulted Cuban loans appeal to frontier investors by Madison Marriage (FT)

As Cuba slowly opens up to the US, decades-old loans that were defaulted on 30 years ago more than doubled, in a sign that the market may be warming up to Cuban assets. [Link, paywall]

Ted Cruz Aims to Beat Donald “The American dream is dead” Trump’s Earned Media With Data (Observer)

While Donald “The American dream is dead” Trump gets lots of free press, Ted Cruz is hoping that a smart targeting strategy for messages on social media and elsewhere hit the right chord. [Link]

The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online by Dune Lawrence (Bloomberg)

We’re shocked by this story, which details the years of abuse that a journalist was subjected to for doing her job. [Link]

Why Clothing Startups Are Returning To American Factories by Elizabeth Segran (Fast Company)

Tight fights, high workloads, and discerning customers are all helping to push the manufacture of clothing back towards the United States. [Link]

Citigroup to Millennial Bankers: Take a Year Off by Christina Rexrode (WSJ)

Financial firms are competing head-on for talent with the tech sector, home to much laxer work codes and flexibility.  Some are responding. [Link, paywall]

California dog presumed drowned found safe 5 weeks later (AP)

In the first of two stories of canine loyalty, we bring you Luna, who fell off a fishing boat in February and returned home earlier this week. [Link]

Devoted dog won’t leave spot where his owner was killed by Sophia Rosenbaum (NY Post)

After the owner of a Siberian animal was killed in 2014, his four-legged friend has sat watch over where he disappeared, with the support of the local community. [Link]

Unmasking Startup L. Jackson, Silicon Valley’s Favorite Twitter Persona by Ellen Huet and Brad Stone (Bloomberg)

For years, a pseudonymous Twitter user adopted the tone of Samuel Jackson, resulting in some very, very high quality commentary on the tech world. His author unmasked himself this week. [Link]

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends by Christopher Ingraham (Washington Post)

New research suggests that there’s an inverse relationship between happiness and dense population, and that more social interactions led to more happiness.  However, both effects were diminished or reversed for those with high intelligence. [Link]

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