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James Breakwell

James Breakwell is the pseudonym of a comedy writer and father of four girls, ages nine and under, best known for his comedy Twitter account XplodingUnicorn, which has over 1,100,000 followers, which went viral in April 2016. In April 2016, Breakwell appeared in many online magazines and news sites including profiles by USA Today, US Weekly, The Telegraph, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, The Chive, Bored Panda, 9gag and College Humor. Breakwell has 4 daughters: Betsy Mae Lucy Waffle - Her name was voted by Breakwell's Twitter followers in 2015Breakwell has penned articles that have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Federalist, AskMen, he has been a guest multiple times on HLN’s The Daily Share. Breakwell released his first book with BenBella Books October 10, 2017: Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, a mash-up of a traditional parenting advice book and a zombie survival guide. Breakwell has a YouTube channel where his family, including his pet pig Gilly make regular appearances.

Closer Magazine named Breakwell its 2016 Blogger Dad of the Year. In 2017, he was a finalist for a Shorty Award in the parenting category. James Breakwell on Twitter

John Gutfreund

John Halle Gutfreund was an American banker and investor. He was the CEO of an investment bank that gained prominence in the 1980s. Gutfreund turned Salomon Brothers from a private partnership into a publicly traded corporation which started a trend in Wall Street for investment companies to go public. In 1985, Business Week gave him the nickname "King of Wall Street". Gutfreund grew up in a Jewish family in a suburb of New York City, his father, Manuel Gutfreund, was the owner of a prosperous trucking company. He attended the Lawrenceville School. In 1951, Gutfreund graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a degree in English, he instead joined the Army. In 1953, he was discharged, his father belonged to the Century Country Club in Purchase, New York where he golfed with William Salomon, the son of Percy Salomon, one of the three founding brothers of Salomon Brothers. At Billy Salomon's invitation, the young Gutfreund joined Salomon Brothers as a trainee in the statistical department. After several months, Gutfreund became a clerk in the municipal bond department becoming a trader.

He rose through the company and became a full partner at the age of thirty four. In 1978, Billy Salomon named Gutfreund to succeed him as head of the firm, becoming the highest paid Wall Street executive at the time. Besides his executive office on the 43rd floor of 1 New York Plaza, Gutfreund occupied a two-person desk at the head of the massive, double-decker 41st floor fixed income trading floor, known as'the Room', where Gutfreund would give advice to individual traders; when Gutfreund was CEO of Salomon Brothers, a major scandal took place regarding the way Treasury bond trading was done by Salomon. Paul Mozer, head of the Government Bond desk, was submitting bids in excess of what was allowed by the Treasury rules; when this was discovered and brought to the attention of Gutfreund, he did not suspend Mr. Mozer; the exposure of Mr. Mozer's repeated violations of U. S. government bond auction rules resulted in a significant scandal during which regulators and some politicians called on the firm to be stripped of its Primary Dealer status.

This action would have threatened the survival of the firm the largest participant in the U. S. government and mortgage bond trading markets. Warren Buffett, who through Berkshire Hathaway had acquired a $700 million preferred equity position in Salomon intervened to protect his investment, including serving as CEO of Salomon Brothers; as a result of the scandal and other senior managers of Salomon were forced to resign in 1991. From January 2002, Gutfreund was Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee Member of the investment bank C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, he was President of Gutfreund & Company, a New York-based financial consulting firm that specialized in advising corporations and financial institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. Gutfreund was featured prominently in the 1989 book Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis, a former employee of Salomon. Gutfreund would tell Lewis that "Your fucking book destroyed my career, it made yours."The UJA-Federation of New York honored him for his charitable activities and contributions.

Gutfreund was married twice: In 1958, he married Jewish American Joyce Low, the daughter of Teddy Low, a partner at Bear Stearns. They had three sons: Nick and Owen. In 1981, he married flight attendant Susan Penn, the daughter of a Hungarian American, US Air Force pilot father and a Spanish American mother, they had John Peter. Gutfreund died on 9 March 2016, aged 86. John Gutfreund is the former CEO of Salomon Brothers John Gutfreund's video interview Nightly Business Report Interview -- John Gutfreund of Gutfreund & Company Examines The Financial Crisis

Kōji Fukada

Kōji Fukada is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Born in Tokyo, Fukada had a father, a film aficionado and he watched many films on VHS when he was young, it was when he was 19 years old studying at Taisho University and discovered the Film School of Tokyo that he began taking evening classes in filmmaking. One of his teachers was Kiyoshi Kurosawa, he made his first feature length film, The Chair, in 2002. He joined the Seinendan theater troupe, headed by Oriza Hirata, in 2005, has used their work and their actors in his films. Fukada has said that he was influenced by the films of Eric Rohmer The Green Ray, was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing Children of Paradise and The Spirit of the Beehive, his film Hospitalité won the Best Picture Award in the Japanese Eyes competition of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010. Au Revoir L'Été won the grand prize and the prize of the young jury at the Three Continents Festival in 2013, and his 2016 film Harmonium won the Prix du Jury in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Chair Hospitalité Au Revoir L'Été Sayonara Harmonium A Girl Missing Kōji Fukada on IMDb

John R. Eden

John Rice Eden was a U. S. Representative from Illinois. Born in Bath County, Eden moved with his parents to Indiana, he attended public schools, studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1853 at Shelbyville and commenced practice in Sullivan, Illinois, he served as prosecuting attorney for the seventeenth judicial district of Illinois 1856-1860. Eden was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress, he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois in 1868. Eden was elected to the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth Congresses, he served as chairman of the Committee on War Claims. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1878, he resumed the practice of law in Illinois. Eden was elected to the Forty-ninth Congress, he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1886. He again engaged in the practice of law, he died in Sullivan, June 9, 1909. He was interred in Greenhill Cemetery.

United States Congress. "John R. Eden". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; this article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

David Blume

David Blume is an American permaculture teacher and entrepreneur. He has been an prolific public speaker, is a vocal advocate for production of ethanol fuel at local and medium scales. Blume is the author of Alcohol Can Be A Gas!, a review of the history of alcohol used as a fuel, together with an extensive investigation of how to produce alcohol fuel from different crops, using a variety of tools and techniques, with an explanation of relevant laws and industry practices. The focus of the book is on how to set up and run crops and facilities for local ethanol use, as opposed to large-scale industrial or commercial use; the book was written in 1983 for release with Alcohol as Fuel, a 10-episode how-to series on PBS produced by KQED in San Francisco. Copies of the original book and TV series, only aired on KQED, have since been nearly impossible to obtain; the book was rewritten and expanded to 640 pages over several years and re-released with the same title on November 1, 2007. Blume's primary insight follows from that of Buckminster Fuller, who wrote the foreword to the book in 1983: that alcohol is a renewable variety of solar energy in liquid form, the cultivation of which can enhance soils, be used as a minimally- or non-polluting fuel, enable farmers and individuals at large to make fuel locally.

At one time or another Blume has been involved in the following projects. Employed by NASA, at an experimental solar self-sufficient energy, sewage treatment, desalinization plant in the Virgin Islands. Employed by Mother Earth News Eco Village in North Carolina, part of team practicing alternative building techniques. Founder, American Homegrown Fuel Co. an educational organization teaching farmers and others how to produce and use alcohol fuel. Founder, Planetary Movers Inc. Board member, field worker, Ecosites International. Board member, field worker, Vivamos Mejor. Board member, Committee for Sustainable Agriculture. Executive director, 1,600-acre Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve. Founder, executive director, International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, Santa Cruz, CA. Founder, Our Farm, a CSA in Woodside, CA. Alcohol fuel Ethanol fuel Food vs fuel Alcohol Can Be a Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century ISBN 978-0-9790437-7-2 Alcohol Can Be A Gas! ASIN B001E39L8Y "Food and Permaculture", a defense of permaculture by Blume, David Blume's main website Extended autobiography Review of ACBAG by Matthew Stein "'Farmer Dave' talks up permaculture", Daily Illini Kirkus review of Alcohol Can Be a Gas David Blume lecturing at Portland Peak Oil Short interview with David Blume on KPTV Interview on Wisconsin Public Radio with John Munson C-Realm Interviews with David Blume, episodes 77 and 78