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Most Americans Wouldn’t Sleep With Donald Trump For $1 Million

Donald Trump likes to brag about how he’s doing in the polls, but this is one he probably won’t mention.

A new “indecent proposal” poll of 1,000 adult Americans by reveals that 53.1 percent of women wouldn’t have sex with the Donald for $1 million.

According to the sex survey, conducted May 26-27, nearly 55 percent of men wouldn’t hump Trump for a million bucks either.

However, that doesn’t mean the respondents aren’t open to negotiation. 

According to the poll, Trump would have to offer an average of $1,354,830.83 before the women respondents would agree to sex. Men would settle, on average, for $1,099,872.67 to do the deed.

Trump isn’t the only politician who respondents wouldn’t do for $1 million.

Nearly 41 percent of women and 36 percent of men wouldn’t have sex with Hillary Clinton for $1 million.

The average price to get them to sex up with Hillary: $1,267,732.96 (women) and $1,168,052.81 (men).

Meanwhile, 44 percent of women and 46 percent of men wouldn’t have sex with Bernie Sanders for $1 million, but the survey didn’t ask respondents to name their price.

Mike Meade of said the survey suggests that some Americans do have their standards.

“We know that Americans like to make money but there are some things that just go too far,” he said. “We prefer to offer Americans ways of saving money with our easy coupon codes – and for the record — I wouldn’t sleep with Donald Trump for $1 million either.” 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. 

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11 Truths All Interns Have To Accept To Get The Most Out Of The Job

In today’s world, a college degree has the equivalent value of a high school diploma 20years ago. It seems like everyone goes to college. Why not? It seems like a blast; it’s a rite of passage; it’s thebest four years of your life, and it’s the one last hoorah of your youth until the dreaded real world starts.

I never got the real college experience. For the most part, that’s because I didn’t really want one. I couldn’t have been readier for the real world since the day I walked on campus. The parties, the sororities, the clubs and dorms — none of that excited me.

I knew if I took part in the typical college experience, when I walked across a stage in my cap and gown four years later, I would be on the same playing field as the thousands of new graduates around me.

But I didn’t want that.

Too many college graduates I knew were still waiting tables or filing papers, even years after the student loan payments started. They went to college, graduated and expected to get these amazing job offers, but hadn’t even landed one interview. All that time and money didn’t do anything for them; they were on their own and had no idea what to do.

I wanted to be ahead of the curve. I had an ambition that made sitting in a lecture hall torturous for me. So the first thing I did after settling in on campus was find myself an internship.

Here are 11 lessons I’ve learned from being a long-time intern:

1.A lot of internships are free labor for companies. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it.

I did not have a car during my first semester of college. I lived right next to campus and could walk everywhere I needed to go, so my parents didn’t see the importance of me having one right away. So when I got an internship at the Charlotte Motor Speedway a few miles away from my apartment, it made things difficult. What made things even worse was the position required eight hours of work, three days a week, at absolutely no pay other thana stipend at the end of the term. But, I made it work.

I took a taxi some days, bribed my roommate with free food to drive me on others and eventually guilted co-workers into picking me up. Thinking back on it now, I don’t know how, but I did it, on top of 15-credit hours during my first semester of college.

If it hadn’t been for a few kind-hearted people on the staff offering me paid hours to work events after my internship day was over, I don’t know how I would have afforded my life. It wasn’t easy, but I was convinced it would be worth it, so I chose to do it anyway.

2.Interns are often disposable, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t a valuable professional.

I was heartbroken when my first internship ended. I thought for sure that all my hard work, eagerness to do even more work and positive attitude would have given the company reason to keep me around. But when the end of my internship period came, I returnedmy access badge.

I realize it was crazy for me to think they would have hired a college freshman right away, but I actually did think that was going to happen. Everyone kept telling me that the best part of internships wasmany of them turned into full-time jobs.

So, why couldn’t minebecome one?When it didn’t happen, I was devastated. I felt like all that work had been for nothing. But in the following weeks, I realized that though I enjoyed my time there, that type of work wasn’t really what I saw myself doing forever anyway. It would be more beneficial for me to find a new internship more relevant to my interests.

3. Internships are about testing the waters of particular fields of work, and it’s important to figure out what careers you are and aren’t interested in.

I quickly gathered my pride and went in search of another internship. I was majoring in public relations, so I wanted to find something in that field as opposed to sales, which was my previousinternship.It didn’t even take me two weeks to find my next opportunity.

This new internship (with a company I will leave unnamed) was a ton more work and more time-consuming, but I was just excited it was paid. It wasn’t much, but at least it was something.

The problem was this company made me do the job of a full-time public relations representative for not just one, but three different clients. My employer was making out like a bandit getting so much free work for very little money by slapping the internship title on it.

4. Be cautious of how much advantage is being taken of you.

Luckily, it didn’t take long for me to figure out I was being used. I was lucky enough to know some public relations representatives and wasable to compare the work I was doing with their workloads. Every single one of them cautioned me to stick to my job description. The problem was, I didn’t have one.

Upon confronting my boss, I was fed a strongly-worded raging lecture on respecting authority and being appreciative, then was suggested I find employment elsewhere. Though I had experienced another heartbreak professionally, I reminded myself that every learning experience was valuable and chalked it up to another well-learned lesson.

But, it did feel good when I found out this company folded a fewmonths later.

5. There are such things as jobs that add more value to your life than any salary they could pay you.

Where I wound up next was interning for a company that changed my perspective on the professional world entirely. I was offered an opportunity to be the social media intern for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team. I knew right away that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime, but I had no way of knowing just how much that job was going to benefit my life.

What was supposed to be a summer internship ended up continuing on for nearly two years. On top of being an invaluable learning experience, it really was the most fun I have ever had working.

I was able to travel the country and went toSonoma, California, Daytona Beach, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona. I worked directly with successful professional athletes, documenting moments of their careers that would leave a mark on history. I took part in meetings and presentations with some of the largest and most successful companies in world. I met and interacted with hundreds of fascinating people who followed the team’s social media accounts. It gave me motivation to provide them with the very best content I could, and it made me really love my job.

Not every moment was perfect. I still made my rookie mistakes, got frustrated at times and had to do some daunting tasks I would rather not have done. But every morning, I woke up genuinely wanting to go to work. The good moments outweighed any slightly bad ones.

They became more than just my employers; they were my family.But unfortunately, I began taking it for granted.

6. Money is important, but don’t let its monetary value diminish the value of other things that matter to you.

After a year and a half as the social media intern for this race team, I was starting to feel jaded. My responsibilities had definitely increased since I started, but my pay had not. I became more involved with my colleagues in the NASCAR industry and watched as they got promotions, salary raises and opportunities. I began to desire even more.

I knew the amount of work I was doing was not much less than what they were doing, so why wasn’t I beingoffered a full-time job? I began to let my ambition and eagerness take a negative turn toward entitlement and cockiness.

7. Don’t let positive steps toward your goal convince you that you can skip over other important responsibilities.

I cut back even more on hours at school, convincing myself that the more time I dedicated to my internship, the more likely they would move me into a full-time position. So, where I was focusing on the assumption that my hard work would pay off, I was putting off getting my degree. Unfortunately, therecognition I hoped for was not there. Any hints I thought I was dropping toward wanting a full-time position were being ignored.

As time went on, I became convinced that no matter how many hours I worked or how much responsibility I took on, my employers were not going to raise my title or my pay. But even more so, I convinced myself that I deserved that to happen. I was scared of being taken advantage of again, so I started looking for other opportunities elsewhere.

Things were good, and I was on the right track, but it’s amazing how quickly a few accomplishments can give you a falsely based ego.

8. Ambition is a great quality, but it can be a weakness.

I walked away from the best thing I had going for myself because I let my ambition get the best of me. In retrospect, I quickly realized how greedy of a mistake I had made. Had I not chosen to leavethat internship, I highly doubt I would have been asked to. I could have continued that great opportunity until I completed my degree. Then, maybe I would have deserved that full-time job I was after.

Looking back now, I totally lost sight of theresponsibilities I needed to focus on to get me where I wanted to go.Soon, the focus became entirely on career opportunities and gradually less on school until I reached a point where I was only taking six credit hours at a time.

9. All of the internships in the world cannot make up for a college degree.

I could go on and on for hours about how completely ridiculous the value society puts on college degrees really is. To me, it’s a money-making machinethat thrives off the population of young adults whoeither have the financial means to afford college or the lack of knowledge to know how much it is really going to cost them.

In my opinion, whatcollegeactually does for students is nowhere near the amount of money it actually costs.I became resentful toward the higher education industry, as I called it, and went on a mission to prove I could get a job without that expensive piece of paper.Three more internships later, I didn’t and I won’t.

10. David (the intern) doesn’t always beat Goliath (the real world), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t reward in going to battle anyway.

Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson here. I’m not going to change the importance society has put on a college degree. Yes, internships are valuable, but they don’t give you a leg-up onthe competition unless it’s paired with a cap and gown. If I’m not willing to change my career goals, I will have to go back to college.

The good news is I’m only a year from graduating. But the bad news is I have found myself in a set of uncontrollable circumstances that are making it very difficult for my family and I to pay for me to finish. I have moments whenthe stress of it all makes meangryover how so many people have to make money to afford to go to college, but can’t get good jobs because they aren’t finished college.

It can be a lose-lose situation. Even so, I’m not letting everything I’ve done so far go to waste.

11. There really is no surefire way to land that dream job.

You can get the internships, but you’ll probably struggle to afford ramen noodles for every meal. You can get your degree, but you may still wind up doing a ridiculous amount work for minimal pay for a couple years.No matter what route you take, the real world is about learning who you are.

My path has been difficult and financially straining, but valuable nonetheless. I learned more about myself by taking these crazy chances than anything I would have learned in a lecture hall. The mistakes you make in this quarter-life time period are just as important as the accomplishments.

Sometimes it won’t be easy to convince yourself of it, but hard work alwayshas some type of reward, even if it’s just aboutfeeling good about yourself.My advice is to go to college and pick a major that won’t bore you to death for four years. Whether or not it’s the career path you want, the goal is to graduate, and you’re going to need to stay interested.

Take at least one internship, preferably two, and don’t have any expectations of them besides learning. It may be awful, or it may be a dream come true. It may turn into a full-time job, or it may not. Focus on enjoying the experience, and don’t lose sight of your responsibilities.

But more than anything, don’t let even the biggest setbacks outweigh the work you’ve put into the life you’re building for yourself. In the real world, there are so many unanticipated things that will throw you off whatever plan you may have for yourself.Maybe you won’t get that job offer; maybe you’ll invest in a company that makes you billions of dollars, or maybe you’ll find yourself in a financial crisis you have to dig your way out of. Maybe you don’t get in to that medical school you’ve always had your sights set on, or maybe you will and you’ll realize you hate it.

That’s what the real world is — totally out of your control. If college is about preparing you for the real world, it’s better for you to find that out sooner than later.

You have to make money, but you also need to focus on living a happy life.Never settle until you have found a way to do both, even if it takes longer than expected.

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How "Blog Mothers" Became The Unsung Heroes Of The Blogosphere – Refinery29


How "Blog Mothers" Became The Unsung Heroes Of The Blogosphere
Mothers keep the best secrets: They have the ingredient that completely transforms the family red sauce recipe, and are inherently aware of when any child lies. The best mothers know the power of secrets, too, and just the right moment to share them

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‘No ghosts. No gay love stories. No nudity’: tales of film-making in China

As Hollywood continues its courtship of China, it can learn all about cultural differences and censorship from the Hong Kong film-makers who went there first

China is the future in cinema terms at least. As Hollywood expansionist strategy makes clear, most film-industry insiders believe that China is where the money is, and will be. Despite a recent dip in takings, the Chinese box office is expected to outgross the USs in 2017 for the first time: projections suggest that Chinese cinemas will earn $10.4bn, as opposed to $10.2bn in the US. In February, the huge totals for the Stephen Chow film The Mermaid helped Chinas monthly gross $1.05bn surpass that of all of North America (including Canada), which was $790m for the same period.

China is moving towards Hollywood, too. In an effort spearheaded by billionaire Wang Jianlin, the Dalian Wanda Group has been investing in anything that is for sale in Tinseltown, including Batman producers Legendary Entertainment and the cinema chain AMC, and is currently angling to acquire Paramount. Meanwhile, Hollywood increasingly has to comply with Chinas written and unwritten regulations, and make countless compromises, to produce audience-pleasing blockbusters that satisfy the censors. And in order to bypass the quota that China sets for foreign movies (34 a year), US studios have started to make co-productions with Chinese ones adapting further to Chinas requests, censorship and regulations in order to do so.

Trailer for the box office record-breaking Stephen Chow film The Mermaid.

It is an exercise fraught with unexpected consequences, as the Hong Kong film industry until recently one of the most productive and vibrant in the world knows only too well. If Hong Kongs experience is anything to go by, it will mean that, according to the director Johnnie To, the type of films that the public will be able to see will shrink. To, one of Hong Kongs most famous and established film-makers, who is best known in the west for his Election series, adds: Everyone who makes expensive films will have to make compromises, because China is where the money is. Its that simple.

Hong Kongs pre-eminent position in the Chinese-language film industry dates back to Chinas civil war in the 1930s and 40s, between Mao Zedongs communist forces and Chiang Kai-sheks nationalists. Whole studios emigrated from Shanghai (formerly Chinas film-making centre) and settled in what was then a British colony. Hong Kong produced Mandarin- and Cantonese-language movies until the 1960s; gradually thereafter, Cantonese began to dominate. But language seemed almost irrelevant: Hong Kong cinema had entered its golden era, and, as Shu Kei, film critic and professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong, recalls, actors would be busy on nearly 10 sets in a single day.

The golden era had an output of up to 250 films a year, and the slowdown only started in the 90s, says Kei. Quality was problematic, but the craze was such that cinemas were screening movies at a slightly faster pace, in order to squeeze in one extra show, while film directors and actors just improvised with no script. Profits were so high that organised crime became an active part of the industry.

Brigitte Lin in Chungking Express (1994) Photograph: Ronald Grant

But in the late 90s, just at the point at which audiences became more discriminating and DVDs started to eat into profits, China began opening up, changing the game entirely. Hong Kongs movie stars were highly attractive and recognisable, but to remain relevant, Hong Kong cinema had to shift its attention to mainland audiences, and cut back on some of its more eccentric traits. When Wong Kar Wai shot Chungking Express in 1994, Brigitte Lin was dressed up in a wig, sunglasses and a raincoat because she was busy on a period movie set, and had no time to go through makeup and costume again. But it worked! says Shu Kei with a giggle. That era was soon over.

The first movie I shot in China was in the 80s, and I required no permits to film there. I didnt need to submit my script either, recalls Mabel Cheung, another of Hong Kongs most important auteur film makers. I needed to shoot in China for my trilogy on illegal migrants, and the only issue was people crowding the set as they were so excited to see Hong Kong film stars. Sammo Hung was the male lead, and that meant we were followed around all the way into the hotel, and filming was a challenge.

Some years later, Cheung was back in China filming a major historical drama, The Soong Sisters (1997), based on the real-life story of three sisters married to three of the most important men in modern Chinese history the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, Chinas first president Sun Yat-sen, and HH Kung, Chinas first finance minister. It was a co-production with the Beijing Film Studio. I had to submit the script and get permission, but the Chinese film industry at the time was not strong: money had to be entirely provided by us, and they supplied the crew and the film studio. But when we submitted the film to the censorship bureau, we were told we had to go to the Important Affairs Commission, since it was a historical movie.

It ended up with Cheung losing the last 18 minutes of her movie, in spite of her long pleadings with the censors office: I never got my ending back. I had to reconstruct an ending I could live with from leftover material they agreed to return. They said it was not possible for Soong Mei-ling and Soong Ai-ling to hug, because one was married to a nationalist and the other to the father of the nation; so we had an argument about history. But I managed to get my film, and [Chinese] mainland distribution. While waiting however, Cheung filmed Beijing Rocks (2001), about the Chinese capitals booming underground music scene. That got banned, she says, but I could take it to Hong Kong, and after that I could go back to China. At the time they banned the movie, not the person.

Like any foreign territory, Hong Kong was also subject to a yearly quota. Then, while the former colony was recovering from the devastating economic effects of the Sars epidemic in 2003, Beijing announced the establishment of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, or CEPA, a free-trade agreement which granted preferential access for Hong Kong films to the Chinese market. It proved a watershed moment for Hong Kong cinema.

Infernal Affairs (2002), directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak.

However, as Chinas economic clout grew, the censors got more confident. In 2002, Hong Kongs filmgoers were queuing up to see Infernal Affairs, co-directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak the beginning of a double-agent cop trilogy in the greatest tradition, with an exhilarating succession of twists. To break into the mainland market, it had three different endings for the censors to choose from. In a mainland China movie, you cannot have a bad guy who gets away with his crimes, explains film-maker Jevons Au. Multiple endings to suit the mainland market used to be OK. No more. Now, if you want to distribute in China, you must have only one approved ending worldwide. You can step on the line. But you cannot cross it.

Au knows all about being banned: he is one of the five co-directors of Ten Years, a politically uncompromising dystopian tale which imagines Hong Kong under an ever-more repressive regime. All five have been banned from China, despite Ten Years winning best film at the Hong Kong film awards and being feted in critics circles as the harbinger of a local renaissance in small-budget productions that talk to local audiences, and are not geared to grossing millions in China.

For us, it is complicated, says Au. The uniqueness of Hong Kong is our freedom of speech, of creativity, of expression. You can do and say anything you want. To make a co-production with China, you have to follow ever stricter rules: half of the cast and crew has to be Chinese. The censors have the last word. Crime stories cannot have too many details. Stories of corruption must end with the bad guy behind bars. No ghosts. No gay love stories. No religion. No nudity. No politics He counts on his fingers. Its kind of a trap. The moment you fall into it, you change. You hurt your creativity.

Other films suggest, however, that obstacles can stimulate creativity, and not necessarily crush it. Director Stephen Chow shifted his operation to China, and had enormous box office success. The Mermaid became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. And it got around the prohibition of films about the supernatural by reclassifying itself as a science-fiction movie. Likewise, Barbara Wong Chun-Chun, who started her career as an independent film-maker with thought-provoking movies such as Womens Private Parts (2000), a documentary discussion of female sexuality, has now abandoned small-budget productions to make some of the most successful Chinese movies. Her film The Secret (2016) is a love story among what seem to be ghosts, but could get into theatres thanks to its final line: when one of the characters wakes up from a coma, she asks if she dreamed it all.

Was it all just a dream? The Secret (2016), directed by Barbara Wong Chun-Chun.

You have to try to understand Chinas censorship, says Wong. In Hong Kong you have category I, II and III movies. In China, there is no such system. So you must make movies that a five year old can watch without feeling scared. Can you make a movie with a bad cop in it in China? Of course. But then he has to end up in jail. Can you have much blood? No. A kid is going to see it. Foreigners who want to make movies in China need to understand the country first.

Say you want to make a film about corruption, Wong continues. Its a sensitive theme. But the regulations are blurry, you can tackle things in a different way: shoot a film where the corruption is in America, not in China. Then its OK. As an artist, you must find ways of getting around it.

Another limitation is established by Chinese moviegoers own tastes. Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong film festival, says: In China, you are making either a romance or a big special-effects movie. If you want to do horror, or other genres, you cannot be in China. You can make a budget sci-fi movie in Hollywood, but Chinese audiences will not like that. They like huge, costly productions. So I think that China should not be the total sum of everything, it is a mistake. It is limiting. For Hong Kong, it was a mistake to obsess about China. And things are changing now that Hollywood is doing the same.

Johnnie To agrees that film-makers are presented with a difficult choice: You have to recognise that China is way more open now. The first film I shot there was in 1978 the change is obvious, very big. Milkyway Image, his production company in Kwun Tong, the movie district of Hong Kong, has produced films that have been allowed into the mainland, as well as others that were banned like the recent Trivisa (2016), co-directed by Ten Years Jevons Au.

First of all, says To, you must ask yourself: can China accept this movie? We are different in Hong Kong, we are free, we can do and say what we want. Not them. So, you must be prepared to accept their point of view. But you cannot escape this fact: today, if you want to make a big budget movie, you can no longer make it only for Hong Kong.

Trivisia (2016), directed by Johnny To and Jevons Au, has been banned in China.

Does it mean compromises? Yes, very many. But the alternative is no movie in China. There are many political issues that China is still stuck with, because it has an old-fashioned system of government, and even if there is more freedom than there used to be, the Communist party is unable to relax. Yet you see it very clearly everybody is ready to shut up to make money.

Despite Tos high profile, some of his films were denied a release in China. Neither Election (2005) nor Election 2 (2006), which deal with power struggles in a triad gang, made it. I am going to wait until I am 65 to make Election 3, says To, now 61, as I already know that, after that, I will be banned from China. But it will be OK: Ill be able to really describe the rot in our government through that film.

While film industries from Hollywood and Italy to the UK and India continue to court this booming source of revenue, To is not optimistic about cinema. To make it really big, a film has to be one the Chinese censors can approve, he says. The range of films that the world will get to see will be restricted.

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Simple Ways To Start Your Own Blog – TG Daily (blog)

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Simple Ways To Start Your Own Blog
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Earning money is not easy. A lot of hard work and struggle is required. But there are some easy ways through which you can make money even by sitting at home. This thing might be new for many people. Well, this is true that you can earn money by

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Revamping The Secondary Is Now The Cowboys' Most Important Need – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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Revamping The Secondary Is Now The Cowboys' Most Important Need
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Most fans are focused on adding along the defensive line, and it's important, but the secondary is the position group that is dangerously thin at the moment. by VAfan@vafanbtb Mar 16, 2017, 5:30pm CDT. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Photo by Otto Greule Jr

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8 important jobs that people should be paid a lot more to do.

There’s nothing like a hard day’s work to give someone a sense of purpose.

Sure, you may come home feeling like a puddle of a human, drained from long hours…

GIF from “Arrested Development.”

…but if you take pride in your work, you can plop down at home with a feeling of triumph from all you were able to achieve for the day.

And maybe some cheese as a bonus. (#TreatYoSelf). GIF from “30 Rock.”

Unfortunately, self-worth is not an accepted form of payment for your creditors and bill collectors. So your paycheck really matters.

But in this age of gaping inequality, many aren’t earning fair wages for their labor. That’s especially the case in certain lines of work. Every day, millions of people clock into jobs that both support our daily lives and are critical to the country’s future.

They may not be developing the latest and greatest apps and gadgets or performing Wall Street wizardry to make money out of thin air, but they do make important contributions. And they’re being grossly underpaid for it.

If you work in one of these eight jobs, here’s to the prospect of a well-deserved raise:

1. Public school teachers

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Retire With $3 Million at 30, Start A Law Practice – Above the Law

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Retire With $3 Million at 30, Start A Law Practice
Above the Law
Recently a Facebook friend of mine turned me on to the vast number of early retirement / frugality-on-steroids blogs that teach readers how to save money like crazy so they can retire in their early 30s. … All of the lawyers described in this piece

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BTB Cowboys Podcast: Making Sense Of The Dallas Free Agency Strategy – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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BTB Cowboys Podcast: Making Sense Of The Dallas Free Agency Strategy
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Make sure you are following Landon (@mccoolBTB), as well as BTB (@bloggingtheboys), on Twitter, and Like BTB on Facebook (Blogging The Boys). To get easy access to every episode of this BTB podcast and other great Cowboys podcasts from places …

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