Weekend Reads: Week of December 17, 2016

Another weekend and another weekend reads! Here are the articles I enjoyed reading this week: Avoid Tax on Capital Gains, Dividends with These TipsFacebook: Social Network, Media Company – or Both?, “If We Made Contacts with Aliens, How Would Religions React“, and The Chilling Stories Behind Japan’s Evaporating People.

As usual, pour yourself a mug of your favorite coffee or tea, find your favorite spot in your house and get ready to enjoy the weekend reads.


Here are this weekend’s four articles. I hope you find them worthy of your time and enjoy them as much as I did. Have a great weekend.


Avoid Tax on Capital Gains, Dividends with These Tips

by PhysicianOnFire

Physician on Fire explores strategies to avoid taxes on capital gains and dividends. Both of these investment returns come in two flavors. Short-term capital gains and ordinary non-qualified dividends are taxed like income, so it’s awfully difficult to avoid taxes on those. Long-term capital gains (LTCG), realized when you sell an asset you’ve held for more than a year, and qualified dividends (QD) are a different variety. The tax treatment on them can be much more favorable.

Facebook: Social Network, Media Company – or Both?

by Amol Rajan

Is Facebook a media company?

This abstract question may strike you as the preserve of Palo Alto wannabes, Lower East Side podcasters, and media navel-gazers closer to home.

In fact the answer, while complex, goes to the very essence of democracy in our time.

And you cannot understand Thursday’s announcement from the company, about its clampdown on fake news, without answering the prior question above.

If We Made Contacts with Aliens, How Would Religions React

by Brandon Ambrosino

The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino.

The Chilling Stories Behind Japan’s ‘Evaporating People’

by Maureen Callahan

Of the many oddities that are culturally specific to Japan — from cat cafés to graveyard eviction notices to the infamous Suicide Forest, where an estimated 100 people per year take their own lives — perhaps none is as little known, and curious, as “the evaporated people.”

Since the mid-1990s, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 Japanese men and women vanish annually. They are the architects of their own disappearances, banishing themselves over indignities large and small: divorce, debt, job loss, failing an exam.



2 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: Week of December 17, 2016

  1. Hi,

    I love this part, all information at one place. It is creepy to learn that the people are vaporizing but how much of that is true? Still scary. Coming to the Aliens? Do they even exist? The only thing what I’m worried about that they don’t turn out to be ULTRON or some large space attack on the earth.

    I mean, my wildest imagination does not come right. There are also many people who claim Aliens are walking among us, only GOD knows.

    1. Japanese culture is different and fascinating. I understand the aspect of bringing shame to the family. But I don’t understand how throwing your whole life away and leaving everyone to wonder and worry about you make things any better. But, again, it is the culture thing.

      Aliens? They may or they may not exist. There are whole a lot of unknowns there. 🙂 But if they are it is possible that everything we perceive as reality, may in fact be a sophisticated simulation. Anything is possible. Several hundred years ago, if you told anyone you would put hundreds of people in an object made out of metal and fly them around the world they would dismiss your idea as crazy talk and call you crazy. So you never know.

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