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23 июня, 22:42

Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings - Week 3

Obviously, Republic Report is super-busy and doesn't have time to do its regular job and still publish Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings every week, but there's been so much disgracefulness this week that we don't have time to think about that. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its dream mate with the kleptocratic administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with serious bigotry, disrespect for constitutional freedoms, and know-nothing ignorance, can really, really corrupt democracy. Hence, Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings, counting down the week's ten most disgraceful figures in the Trump administration. Crack open an entire bottle of bourbon and wind down with us. This week another Trump lawyer marks his territory, the Interior Secretary stashes career staff in the interior of his building, and Mitch McConnell's Senate Republicans take their own whack at sick people. Permanent spoiler alert: We simply can't imagine anyone other than Donald J. Trump ever occupying the top spot. But we won't get tired of him winning. Believe me. This Week’s Rankings 10. Sean Spicer,White House Press Secretary, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary (two weeks ago ranking  for her: 10). For devising, or more likely acquiescing in, daily press briefings with cameras banned, thus restricting access to us visual learners. 9. Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. Last week's ranking: -- The Washington Post reported that Zinke is reassigning dozens of the Interior Department's most senior career officials, seemingly placing them in new positions at random, at a speed and scale that experts described as unprecedented and troubling. One example: "Interior’s top climate policy official, Joel Clement, who directs the Office of Policy Analysis... was informed that he would go to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, which collects royalty payments." Someone needs to investigate this particular example further, because it sounds like the time diligent Major Daniels from The Wire got reassigned to be a clerk in the evidence room. 8. Jay Sekulow, personal lawyer for Donald Trump.  Last week's ranking: -- He's part of a growing Trump family legal squad that includes boundary-free New York mouthpiece Marc Kasowitz (last week's ranking: 8), mercenary DC lobbyist Jamie Gorelick (last week's ranking: 9), and actually appropriate criminal lawyer John Dowd. But highly-compensated religious attorney Jay Sekulow brought his own brand of disgracefulness this week, appearing on three Sunday shows and attempting to push back on his client's tweet reading "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director...." Sekulow insisted over and over that Trump in fact is not being investigated, even though Trump said he is. Then Sekulow slipped and complained to both CNN's Jake Tapper and to Fox's Chris Wallace that Trump is being investigated. Confronted by Wallace that he'd made that admission, Sekulow denied it, before eventually admitting that he didn't actually know if Trump is under investigation. Attempting to be smooth, while playing fast and loose with the facts, even the facts about what he himself had just said live on TV, Sekulow was a total and complete disaster, as well as a disgrace. 7. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General. Last week's ranking: 6 Sessions sensibly got his own private Russiagate lawyer this week -- perennial Federalist Society stalwart Chuck Cooper -- rather than being inspired by Marc Kasowitz's reported suggestion to White House staff that they needn't bother. That's fine. But opposition is growing, including among judges and prosecutors, to Sessions' absurdly wrongheaded approach to crime and justice issues, which includes heavy prison sentences for non-violent offenders, a strategy that appeals mostly to Trump donors who own for-profit prisons. 6. Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States. Last week's ranking: 2 For his rapturous gazes at Trump, like he's looking at the Lord Himself. Also for the same reasons as Mitch McConnell, see 2 below. 5. Stephen Bannon, White House Chief Strategist. Last week's ranking: 5 Again this week, we have almost no idea what Bannon did, beyond making marks on his  white (supremacy) board. Whatever he did, he's a disgraceful bigot.  Extra disgraceful points this week for texting a reporter that the White House was moving Sean Spicer's press briefings off-camera because “Sean got fatter." 4. Scott Pruitt,  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. Last week's ranking: 4 The Washington Post this week published an email revealing that Pruitt's EPA has told dozens of respected scientists who have been advising the agency that their services are no longer needed, accelerating actions to purge serious scientists from EPA's ranks. Although renewal for a second term had been standard practice in the past, Pruitt's EPA told members of the Board of Scientific Counselors whose terms are expiring that they won't be renewed, although they can reapply. Upcoming board meetings will be cancelled -- because there won't be enough members.  EPA officials, according to the Post, say the action provides "an opportunity to reach out to a broad array of applicants and draw on their expertise." A lobbyist for the chemical industry made clear what they meant, calling the previous board "biased," meaning biased against chemical manufacturers. Elena Craft, an Environmental Defense Fund researcher and one of the dumped board members, said, “It’s just, yet another example of the administration’s disregard for independent scientific counsel, on issues that are critically important to the nation." Meanwhile, a scientist who managed the EPA's climate change website wrote this week that the agency's decision to shut down that site "signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt." EPA records show that Administrator Pruitt, just as he did as Oklahoma's attorney general, is spending a lot of time meeting with fossil fuel industry executives and lobbyists, the kind of folks who have funded his political activities in the past. But such information has been slow in coming. Pruitt's EPA has been stingy with Freedom of Information  Act disclosures, just as Pruitt was stingy with the truth regarding his emails. 3. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education. Last week's ranking: 2 Having last week announced her plan to trash the Obama gainful employment and borrower defense rules, measures created to provide students and taxpayers with basic protections from predatory for-profit colleges -- an industry to which Trump, DeVos, and Devos staff have been financially tied -- DeVos this week escalated her attack on her own department's own accountability rules for schools. She announced that her Regulatory Reform Task Force would be making recommendations "on which regulations to repeal, modify or keep" and she asked the public to comment. She also released a memo from her task force, which is co-chaired by lawyer Robert S. Eitel, who works for DeVos at the Department but previously worked for predatory for-profit college company Bridgepoint Education. The memo includes a boring, but telling, passage about how Department staff will gather views on regulatory changes from "the higher education community": they will meet with "higher education associations," "financial aid administrators," state officials, "representatives of independent and religious schools." Not named on this wish list of people to meet with in the higher education community: they're called students and teachers. 2. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader. Last week's ranking: -- Not technically on the Trump team and often looking frightened about Trump will do next, McConnell is a symbol of how the traditional corporate-controlled Republican Party is prepared to endure a four to eight year deal with the Devil (see #1, below): Trump gives the congressional GOP what its donors want -- tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of corporations -- and the congressional GOP abandons all integrity in allowing Trump to act disgracefully. This week McConnell unveiled the Senate version of Obamacare repeal, crafted in secret and in large measure a tax cut for the rich, as well as an abandonment of millions of Americans who need health care. 1. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States.  Last week's ranking: duh Trump was once again his own MDP (Most Disgraceful Player) this week, and let's start with Trump's disgraceful remarks at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, campaign rally. After pledging at the same kind of rallies list year to take on Wall Street and Goldman Sachs, Trump bragged to the Iowans that he had hired as Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, “the legendary Wall Street genius,” and as National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, "the president of Goldman Sachs." Then Trump showed the crowd even more love: "I love all people -- rich or poor -- but in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense?" It sure does make sense -- if your government is focused on making yourself and other billionaires richer, as Trump's surely is, if it's focused on anything. It doesn't make sense to rule out "a poor person" if you have some interest in creating well-paid, steady jobs for working people, as Trump claimed during the election, in which case you might want the leadership of a poor person like a Nobel Laureate economist, a governor, or heaven forbid a labor or consumer advocate. Even more disgraceful than that starkly elitist declaration was Trump's conclusion of his Comey tapes cliffhanger. Trump booster and public relations disaster Newt Gingrich (last week's ranking: 7) offered a solid description of what most sane folks think Trump was doing when he tweeted on May 12 that James Comey "better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" According to Newt, "I think he was in his way instinctively trying to rattle Comey.... His instinct is: 'I'll outbluff you.'" That's right, and also he hoped to convince his supporters, in advance of Comey's Senate testimony, that Comey was lying. But Comey wasn't rattled, and Comey couldn't be bluffed, because Comey wasn't lying, and he knew -- Lordy! -- that any tape would support him. So Comey told the Senate the truth, and congressional lawyers had to spend a weekend drafting a letter demanding tapes that didn't exist, with a June 22 deadline. Meanwhile Trump had teased the reality show reveal at a June 9 press conference, standing alongside Romania's president: "I'll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future... I'll tell you about it over a short period of time. I'm not hinting at anything... You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer." He also denied Comey's account of their dealings and said he was "100%" willing to testify under oath, something he no doubt will agree to "in the very near future." When June 22 arrived, Trump handed his phone to a lawyer to type the reveal into Twitter using lawyerish language: "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings." Despite the more precise prose, it was vintage Trump, and vintage disgracefulness, similar to his September 2016 announcement to the world, as if we didn't know, that President Obama was born in the United States -- no apology, no reflection, no acknowledgment that he had made up the story he was now formally debunking. Trump is again this week's number one in Republic Report's Trump Team Disgracefulness Power Rankings. Trump is not merely a disgrace; he's a total and complete disgrace. This article also appears on Republic Report. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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16 июня, 19:07

American whiskey a go go: UK downing record amounts of US spirit

Britons consume more than 1m litres of bourbon, rye and other American whiskeys a month, with sales passing £1bn in 2016Forget gin, British drinkers are now drinking record amounts of American whiskey, with sales topping more than a £1bn for the first time. Whiskey is the UK’s fastest growing tipple as Britons drink more than 1m litres of the spirit every month. As a result sales grew 9% in 2016, compared with 7% for gin and a decline of 1% for scotch, the domestic rival to Jack Daniels, Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam. Continue reading...

15 июня, 15:31

Castle Brands (ROX) Q4 Earnings Break Even, Revenues Beat

Castle Brands Inc.'s (ROX) earnings broke even in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well as with the year-ago figure.

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12 июня, 19:03

Buy These Fine Bottles of Wine Or Pick A Bourbon For Dad on Father's Day

Looking to toast a special father or two on Fathers Day? I’ve found a few unique bottles of wine and a bourbon you should consider for the occasion.

07 июня, 18:22

Brown-Forman (BF.B) Declines as Q4 Earnings Lag Estimates

Brown-Forman Corporation (BF.B) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2017, wherein adjusted earnings of 38 cents lagged both the year-ago figure and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 40 cents.

30 мая, 18:26

The High Price of Presidential Impeachment

President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment shows how removing a president can inflame tensions in an already divided nation.

29 мая, 19:30

Франц фон Ленбах (Franz von Lenbach), 1836-1904. Германия.

 Franz von Lenbach Франц Сераф Ленбах, с 1882 г. Франц фон Ленбах (нем. Franz Seraph Lenbach, Franz von Lenbach) (13 декабря 1836, Шробенхаузен — 6 мая 1904, Мюнхен) — немецкий художник. Вместе с Францем фон Штуком и Фридрихом Августом фон Каульбахом считается значительным представителем мюнхенской школы изобразительного искусства. В 1853 г. Ленбах был принят в Мюнхенскую академию художеств. В 1860 г. его пригласили в новую художественную школу в Веймаре, где он преподавал до 1862 г. К концу XIX в. Ленбах становится ведущим персонажем в жизни художественного Мюнхена, а круг друзей-художников Ленбаха, в который входили Вильгельм Буш, Франц Дефреггер и Рудольф Эпп, доминировал в культурной жизни города. Портрет девочки, возможно, дочери художника Габриэль (A portrait of a young girl, thought to be the artist's daughter Gabriele)_78 x 68.6_д.,м._Частное собрание 1903_Семья Ленбаха (Family von Lenbach)_96 х 122_картон, масло_Мюнхен, Городская галерея в доме Ленбаха 1874_Рупрехт, кронпринц Баварии (Kronprinzen Rupprecht von Bayern)_47.5 х 33.5_д.,м._Частное собрание Признанный и востребованный высшими кругами общества портретист, Ленбах достиг богатства. Он мог себе позволить нанять архитектора Габриэля фон Зайдля для постройки своей огромной виллы в 1887—1891 гг., получившей ныне название «Ленбаххаус». Вилла в эклектическом стиле на основе итальянского Ренессанса вместе с садом по своим размерам может сравниться с небольшим замком. В настоящее время в «Ленбаххаусе» находится Городская галерея в доме Ленбаха. Помимо картин Ленбаха и других художников XIX в. в галерее размещена значительная коллекция произведений художественной группы «Синий всадник». Фон Ленбах похоронен на мюнхенском кладбище Вестфридхоф. 1859 (ок)_Пастушок на травянистом холме (Hirtenknabe auf einem Grashugel)_35.5 х 48_картон, масло_Мюнхен, Городская галерея в доме Ленбаха 1860_Пастушок (Hirtenknabe)_107.6 x 154.4_х.,м._Мюнхен, Галерея Шака 1870 (ок)_Портрет Рихарда Вагнера (Portrait of Richard Wagner)_55 х 38_Берлин, Музей Берггрюна 1875_Портрет Арнольда Бёклина (Portrait of Arnold Bocklin)_62 х 50_х.,м._Варшава, Национальный музей 1876_Портрет молодой женщины (Portrait of a Young Woman)_55.2 х 45.1_х.,м._Индианополис, Художественный музей 1877 (ок)_Портрет Вильгельма Буша (Portrait of Wilhelm Busch)_54 x 47.5_картон, масло_Санкт-Петербург, Эрмитаж 1879_Уильям Гладстон, английский государственный деятель и писатель (William Ewart Gladstone. Liberal statesman and author)_108.6 х 86.4_х.,м._Эдинбург, Национальная галерея Шотландии 1880-1890_Жозефина или Франциска Вертхаймштайн (Josefine or Franziska Wertheimstein)_Вена, Еврейский музей 1884_Отто фон Бисмарк (Portrait of Otto von Bismarck)_124 x 89_Берлин, Музей Берггрюна 1888_Портрет дамы (Portrait of a lady)_77.5 х 59.7_х.,м._Частное собрание 1890_Отто Бисмарк (Portrait of Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck)_х.,м._Вена, Музей истории искусств 1890 (ок)_Рыжеволосая красавица (A Red-Haired Beauty)_99.1 x 73.7_д.,м._Частное собрание 1890-е_Портрет госпожи Ландау (Mrs Consul Landau)_108.5 х 81.5_х.,м._Частное собрание 1892_Портрет Сары Бернар, в роли леди Макбет (Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, as Lady Macbeth)_88.9 х 75.2_картон, масло_Частное собрание 1893_Портрет офицера в профиль, возможно, кайзера Вильгельма II (A portrait of a military officer in profile, thought to be Kaiser Wilhelm II)_81 x 66_х.,м._Частное собрание 1894_Автопортрет с дочерью Марион (Selbstportrait mit Tochter Marion)_81.5 х 65.5_х.,м._Частное собрание 1894_Инфанта Мария-де-ла-Пас-де-Бурбон, дочь Изабеллы II (The Infanta Maria de la Paz de Bourbon, daughter of Isabel II)_100 х 83_х.,м._Мадрид, Музей Прадо 1894_Портрет Марии Фирмен Каффнер (Portrait of Maria Firmian Kuffner)_96 х 83_картон, масло_Музей современного и современного искусства Тренто и Роверето 1895_Портрет Марии Фирмен Каффнер (Portrait of Maria Firmian Kuffner)_106 х 81_х.,м._Музей современного и современного искусства Тренто и Роверето 1896 (ок)_Князь Хлодвиг Карл Виктор цу Гогенлоэ-Шиллингсфюрст (Chlodwig Furst zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfurst)_106 х 87_х.,м._Частное собрание 1896_Герр Кох (Mr Koch)_129 х 103_Берлин, Музей Берггрюна 1896_Женщина с лютней (Woman with a lute)_84.5 х 102.5_х.,м._Частное собрание 1896_Портрет канцлера князя Гогенлоэ (Portrait of the Chancellor Prince Hohenlohe)_73.5 х 60.5_х.,м._Мюнхен, Старая пинакотека 1898_Портрет дирижера Германа Леви (Portrait Hermann Levi)_57 х 48_Берлин, Музей Берггрюна 1900 (ок)_Портрет дамы с жемчужным ожерельем (Portrait of a lady with pearl necklace)_89.5 х 43.7_х.,м._Частное собрание 1900_Марион Ленбах, дочь художника (Marion Lenbach, the Artist's Daughter)_149.5 x 105.4_х.,м._Нью-Йорк, Музей Метрополитен 1900_Портрет танцовщицы Росарио Геррера (Portrait of the Dancer Rosario Guerrero)_67.5 х 56.8_картон, масло_Частное собрание 1901_Портрет дамы (Portrait of a lady)_74 х 67_д.,м._Частное собрание 1901_Портрет женщины в профиль, вероятно, жены художника Лоло (A portrait of a woman in profile thought to be the artist's wife, Lolo)_70 x 54.5_д.,м._Частное собрание 1901_Портрет Марион Ленбах (Portrait of Marion Lenbach)_93 х 70.5_х.,м._Санкт-Петербург, Эрмитаж 1902_Лили Мерк (Lily Merk)_122 х 102.5_х.,м._Аахен, Музей Сюрмонда-Людвига 1902_Портрет Эльзы Мотвурф (Bildnis Frau Elsa Mothwurf)_107,5 х 81_картон, масло_Частное собрание 1902_Портрет Эльзы Мотвурф (Bildnis Frau Elsa Mothwurf)_107,5 х 81_картон, масло_Частное собрание Архитектор Лоренц Гедеон (The Architect Lorenz Gedon)_59 х 47_бумага, масло_Стокгольм, Национальный музей Женский портрет (Ladies portrait)_117 x 84_д.,м._Частное собрание Лили Мерк (Lily Merk)_130 х 98_х.,м._Частное собрание. Мадонна Иммакулата (Непорочная) (Maria Immaculata) (копия с Мурильо) (атр)_72.2 х 37.5 холст на картоне, масло_Частное собрание Мужской портрет (Portrait of a Gentleman)_50.8 x 40.6_х.,м._Частное собрание Отто фон Бисмарк (Portrait of Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck)_81.3 х 66_х.,м._Индианополис, Художественный музей Отто фон Бисмарк (Portrait of Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck)_121 х 86.5_х.,м._Частное собране Портрет вдовы Марион Кнапп (урожд Грэм, позже баронесса Бейтман) (Portrait of the Widow Marion Knapp (nee Graham, later Baroness Bateman))_Филадельфия, Художественный музей Портрет дамы (Portrait of a Lady)_77.1 х 69.9_картон, масло_Частное собрание Портрет дамы в белой шляпе (Portrait of a lady with white hat)_78 x 72.5_картон, масло_Частное собрание Портрет Фридриха Августа фон Каульбаха (Portrait Of Friedrich August Von Kaulbach)_100 x 70_картон, масло_Частное собрание Рихард Вагнер (Richard Wagner)_71 х 55_Берлин, Музей Берггрюна  Фотографии в альбоме «Франц фон Ленбах (Franz von Lenbach), 1836-1904. Германия», автор lyuschina.natalya на Яндекс.Фотках      

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24 мая, 16:06

SAPVoice: Big Data Is Life Of The Party: This Is What Data-Driven Tastes Like

Guests at the swanky, big data-powered SAP Leonardo & Analytics Smart-Bar reception last week enjoyed deftly crafted drinks with names like Mojito of Things, BI Bourbon, Analytics Ale, Cloud Chardonnay and AI Sauvignon. This is what the innovation buzz is all about.

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20 мая, 17:25

15 of the Healthiest Meals You Can Order at Applebee’s

Heading to Applebee's for dinner tonight? These are the healthiest meals you'll find on the menu, based on calories, fat, and sodium.

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18 мая, 17:45

Drink Whisky All Day. Stay Healthy. Here's How.

How do professionals in the beverage industry stay healthy, when it's their job to drink alcohol pretty much all day? It's a tricky question. Today, Maker’s Mark Bourbon's VP of Operations offers her perspective on some answers to that question.

13 мая, 14:28

How William F. Buckley, Jr., Changed His Mind on Civil Rights

The man who boasted he purged the conservative movement of ‘kooks’ and bigots was once a strong defender of racial discrimination—even violence. What changed?

09 мая, 18:18

17 Must-See Factory Tours in the United States

Learn all about the American manufacturing process and score some amazing free samples by embarking on some of these factory tours.

06 мая, 20:23

America’s Bourbon Boom

American whiskey is experiencing an impressive resurgence, but the road to the current bourbon boom hasn’t always been smooth. The post America’s Bourbon Boom appeared first on Visual Capitalist.

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05 мая, 21:47

A Bourbon-Drinker's Guide To Cinco De Mayo

Añejo tequila is aged in a barrel, providing the bridge for bourbon drinkers to cross over while enjoying the unique flavor of tequila.

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04 мая, 02:00

The 15 Worst States to Retire In

Which states will do the most harm to your retirement savings and laid-back lifestyle? If you're in one of these 15, you might want to move.

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02 мая, 15:05

Coming To Next Year's Kentucky Derby: A Top-Shelf Partnership Between Bar And Bourbon-Maker

Next year at this time, a massive craft distillery in Louisville will boast a bar run by the team behind some of the world’s best cocktail programs.

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01 мая, 18:41

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Partners With Old Forester For Truly Unique Movie Marketing

20th Century Fox wanted to have marketing for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' that was as unique as the movie itself. It partnered with Brown-Forester, legendary makers of Old Forester, to create a bourbon that jumped off the screen and into audience's hands.

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25 апреля, 15:43

'I Dream OF Jeannie' Home, A Jim Beam Whiskey Bourbon Bottle, Expected to Fetch $100,000 At Auction

The Jim Beam whiskey bourbon decanter bottle that was the original prop in the NBC TV series, "I Dream of Jeannie" starring Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman, goes up for auction this week by Juliens.

25 апреля, 13:00

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Maybe you also dream about switching to a career that’s drastically different from your current job. But in my experience, it’s rare for such people to actually make the leap. The costs of switching seem too high, and the possibility of success seems too remote. But the answer isn’t to plug away in your current job, unfulfilled and slowly burning out. I think the answer is to do both. Two careers are better than one. And by committing to two careers, you will produce benefits for both. In my case, I have four vocations: I’m a corporate strategist at a Fortune 500 company, US Navy Reserve officer, author of several books, and record producer. The two questions that people ask me most frequently are “How much do you sleep?” and “How do you find time to do it all?” (my answers: “plenty” and “I make the time”). Yet these “process” questions don’t get to the heart of my reasons and motivations. Instead, a more revealing query would be, “Why do you have multiple careers?” Quite simply, working many jobs makes me happier and leaves me more fulfilled. It also helps me perform better at each job. Here’s how. Subsidize Your Skill Development My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career. With no track record as a producer, nobody was going to pay me to produce his or her music, and it wasn’t money that motivated me to become a producer in the first place — it was my passion for jazz and classical music. Therefore, I volunteered so that I could gain experience in this new industry. My day job not only afforded me the capital to make albums, but it taught me the skills to succeed as a producer. A good producer should be someone who knows how to create a vision, recruit personnel, establish a timeline, raise money, and deliver products. After producing over a dozen albums and winning a few Grammys, record labels and musicians have started to reach out to see if they can hire me as a producer. I still refuse payment because making music, something that is everlasting, is reward enough for me. At the same time, I typically invite my corporate clients to recording sessions. For someone who works at an office all day, it’s exciting to go “behind-the-scenes” and interact with singers, musicians, and other creative professionals. While I was in Cuba making an album, one of my clients observed about the dancing musicians, “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” That my clients have a phenomenal experience only helps me drive revenue at work, so my corporate and recording careers are mutually beneficial. You and Your Team Series Career Transitions Free Yourself from What You “Should” Be Doing Andy Molinsky How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition Jane Heifetz Change Your Career Without Having to Start All Over Again Dorie Clark Make Friends in Different Circles When I worked on Wall Street, my professional circle was initially limited to other folks in the financial services sector: bankers, traders, analysts, economists. Taken together, all of us establish a “consensus” view on the markets. And most of my asset manager clients were looking for something different: “Give me a contrarian perspective.” In other words, they didn’t want to hear the groupthink. I took this as marching orders to tap my rolodex for people who could provide my clients a differentiated perspective. For example, one of my clients wanted to understand what Chinese citizens were saying to each other. Because I am an author, I have gotten to know other writers, so I reached out to my friend who was a journalist at a periodical that monitors chatter in China. Not restricted by the compliance department of a bank, he was able to give an unbridled perspective to my client, who was most appreciative. My client got a new idea. I got a trade. My friend got a new subscriber. By being in different circles, you can selectively introduce people who would typically never meet and unlock value for everyone. Discover Real Innovations When you work different jobs, you can identify where ideas interact — and more significantly, where they should interact. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing,” said Steve Jobs, who was the embodiment of interdisciplinary thinking. Because of Hurricane Katrina, many musicians left New Orleans. In order to generate funds to help musicians in the city, I could have created a typical nonprofit organization that solicits people for money. Instead, I helped create a more sustainable solution: a brokerage for musicians that I described as Wall Street meets Bourbon Street. People wanting to book a musician for a party in New York could find a band on my organization’s website, which would then ask the booker to add a “tip” which would be allocated to a New Orleans-based charity. The booker (who in some cases were my corporate clients) easily found a band for the party, the New York City-based musician got a gig, and the charity in New Orleans got a small donation. Because of my time working at a bank, I was able to create a different type of organization, one which has since merged with an even larger charitable organization. When you follow your curiosities, you will bring passion to your new careers, which will leave you more fulfilled. And by doing more than one job, you may end up doing all of them better.