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Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:16 AM PDT

The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:15 AM PDT

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  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • This week includes Netflix's "Altered Carbon" and Disney Plus' "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
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"Altered Carbon" is back with its second season on Netflix and it's one of the top streaming shows right now.

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.

The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or a download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or a comment on social media, for instance.

Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

9. "Altered Carbon" (Netflix)

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Average demand expressions: 36,345,185

Description: "After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom: by solving a mind-bending murder."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 83%

What critics said: "It's no secret Mackie is a Hollywood veteran, but this is the first time he has had eight hours of screen time to stretch his legs as one character — and he is fantastic." — Daily Express (season 2)

Season 2 premiered February 27 on Netflix. See more insights here.



8. "Star Trek: Picard" (CBS All Access)

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Average demand expressions: 42,226,708

Description: "'Star Trek: Picard' features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 90%

What critics said: "It helps that Star Trek: Picard seems leaner and less episodic than previous series, playing like a straight mystery action-thriller with fewer flourishes of philosophy and wardrobe." — Sydney Morning Herald (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on January 23 on CBS All Access. See more insights here.



7. "Harley Quinn" (DC Universe)

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Average demand expressions: 43,283,039

Description: "Harley Quinn has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this adult animated action-comedy series which also features Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 86%

What critics said: "Harley Quinn is both entertaining, insightful and inspiring, and opens doors to great possibilities for DC Comics animation." — Film Inquiry (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on November 29 on DC Universe. See more insights here.




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Bernie Sanders needs his hotel rooms to be 60 degrees, close to the ice machine but not too far from the elevator

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:01 AM PDT

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  • Bernie Sanders is a workaholic and ball of energy both in the Senate and on the trail, but has a hard time falling asleep, according to a recent New York Times story titled "The Bernie Sanders Personality Test."
  • When on the road, Sanders has been known to keep a detailed and rather quirky list of "hotel dos and don'ts," the Times reports. 
  • The campaign would show the list to some staff and hotel employees to ensure Sanders' room — among other things — would have the thermostat set at 60 degrees in addition to an oscillating fan.
  • Other requests have included that "the room must be at least five doors away from the ice machine and from the elevator, though the walk to the elevator must not be too long."
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After a long day on the road getting voters to feel the Bern, Bernie Sanders reportedly needs to chill out. 

When traveling, the 78-year-old senator from Vermont has long deployed a list of "hotel dos and don'ts," according to a New York Times profile titled "The Bernie Sanders Personality Test."

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THE RISE OF BANKING-AS-A-SERVICE: The most innovative banks are taking advantage of disruption by inventing a new revenue stream — here's how incumbents can follow suit

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:01 AM PDT

This is a preview of The Rise of Banking-as-a-Service research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more insights like this with our brand new Banking coverage. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing banking news and analysis to your inbox. Banking as a Service 4x3Fintechs are encroaching on incumbents' share in the banking game, forcing them to explore new business models — but tech-savvy legacy banks can treat this as an opportunity rather than a threat by moving into the Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) space.

BaaS platforms enable fintechs and other third parties to connect with banks' systems via APIs to build banking offerings on top of the providers' regulated infrastructure. This means banks that launch BaaS platforms can actually benefit from fintechs entering the finance space, as it turns fintechs into customers rather than just competitors. Other benefits from launching a BaaS platform include being able to monetize such platforms, establishing strong relationships with fintechs, getting ahead of the curve in terms of open banking, and accumulating additional data from third parties.

In The Rise of Banking-as-a-Service, Business Insider Intelligence looks at the benefits banks stand to gain by offering BaaS platforms, discusses key players in the industry that have already successfully launched BaaS platforms, and recommends strategies for FIs looking to move into BaaS.

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The rapid rise of Sanna Marin, the 34-year-old Finnish woman who is the youngest serving world leader

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:01 AM PDT

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  • Finland's Sanna Marin is the youngest serving prime minister in the world. 
  • At just 34, she has risen through the ranks of Finnish politics rapidly.
  • Formerly Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications, Marin entered politics at age 27 and became an MP in 2015 at 30. 
  • On December 10, she was chosen by the Social Democratic Party to take over from former prime minister Antti Rinne, following criticism over the way he handled a postal strike.
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On December 10, Sanna Marin became the prime minister of Finland, making the 34-year-old the youngest prime minister the country has ever had, and the third woman to lead the country. 

Marin is also the youngest serving prime minister in the world.

Formerly Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications, Marin entered politics aged just 27 and became an MP in 2015 at 30. 

She was chosen by the Social Democratic Party to take over from Antti Rinne, following criticism over the way he handled a postal strike, according to Reuters.

Take a look at the life of the woman who is the world's youngest serving prime minister.

Marin was born in Finland's capital city Helsinki in 1985 and lived in various cities around the country before her family settled in the southern city of Tampere.

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In Tampere, Marin was brought up in a same-sex family with her mother and her mother's female partner.

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Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family," and in 2015 she told Finnish media how growing up she felt "invisible" because her family members "weren't recognized as a real family."

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Are women or men more likely to lie when it comes to negotiations? It's complicated.

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 07:00 AM PDT

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  • Studies have shown that men are more likely to lie during business negotiations than their female colleagues.
  • This may be because men tend to view negotiations as competitions with winners and losers, while women tend to view them as relationships, with opportunities for everyone to win.
  • Plus, women are judged much more harshly than men do when they break the rules.
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During negotiations, studies have found that men are considerably more likely to lie than women — and men are more tolerant of lying as a strategy. But why?

It's a bit of a puzzle, according to Leigh Thompson. Generally speaking, men and women tend to approach ethical decision-making fairly similarly. So it seems to be something about negotiations in particular that causes large gender differences to emerge.

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I love filing a joint tax return with my wife because it saves us a ton of money — and affirms our legal relationship

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:58 AM PDT

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Most married couples choose to file a joint tax return. It's easier and cheaper (if you use a tax preparer, as I do) to complete one return than two. In addition, the IRS grants numerous benefits to married couples who file jointly that spouses who file separately can't claim. 

After my wife and I were finally able to get legally married, we were ready to reap the benefits of filing a joint tax return as a married couple.

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How American churches are dealing with coronavirus panic just weeks before Easter

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:54 AM PDT

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  • The spread of coronavirus in various parts of the US comes just weeks before Easter Sunday, an important and well-attended holiday for many churches.
  • Church leaders are stepping up their own rules, including bans on drinking from the shared chalice of wine during the Eucharist ceremony, as well as discouraging handshaking.
  • Some church leaders have even started thinking about what they will do if the government forces them to stop offering masses.
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The new threat of novel coronavirus in the US comes right before one of the busiest times for many Christian churches: Easter Sunday.

The holiday, in which worshippers across Christian denominations mark the resurrection of Jesus, falls on April 12 this year. It's also one of the most well-attended celebrations in churches and houses of worship across the US. With 65% of US adults (about 160 million) saying they belong to a church, that's a lot of people potentially headed into communal worship soon.

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JPMorgan's succession plans are in the spotlight. Here's everything you need to know about what's been going on inside biggest US bank.

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:35 AM PDT

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  • JPMorgan, the biggest US bank by assets, is closely watched as a bellwether for the entire financial industry. 
  • JPMorgan said on Thursday that CEO Jamie Dimon underwent emergency heart surgery. Dimon is currently recuperating after the operation. 
  • Dimon had been shaking up executive ranks over the past year. The bank is meanwhile trying to find new ways to use its monster tech budget to better serve clients and compete with rivals. 
  • Dimon had recently said that JPMorgan was looking to be more aggressive when it came to M&A. 
  • Business Insider reports regularly on the latest developments at JPMorgan. You can read our stories by subscribing to BI Prime.

JPMorgan is the biggest bank in the US and a bellwether for the global financial system. So when it comes to the bank's most senior leaders, and particularly those in position to replace CEO Jamie Dimon, Wall Street pays attention.

Wall Street is paying even closer attention to who might succeed Dimon after JPMorgan said on Thursday that he underwent emergency heart surgery. Dimon is currently recuperating after the operation. 

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Samsung's new Galaxy S20 Ultra costs twice as much as Apple's iPhone 11 — and it feels out of touch at a time when smartphones are finally getting cheaper

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:12 AM PDT

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  • Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra, which launched on Friday, is among the most expensive phones on the market at $1,400.
  • The launch comes as other industry giants like Apple and Google are making more affordable smartphones, like the less expensive iPhone 11 and Pixel 3a.
  • Samsung also offers cheaper smartphones, but by pricing the high-end model of its newest Galaxy phone so high it's sending the message that you have to shell out top dollar for the latest cutting-edge technology.
  • That differs from the strategy employed by Apple, which positioned its lower-end new iPhone as the main model for 2019.  That phone, the iPhone 11, costs half the price of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
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If 2019 was the year of the foldable phone, then 2020 may very well be the year cheap smartphones make a big comeback.

Unless you're eyeballing Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra, that is.

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This design firm turns mansions into $45,000 vehicle showrooms by parking luxury supercars in the living room — see how it's done

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:09 AM PDT

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  • Supercar Capsule creates bespoke private showrooms and garages to turn a supercar into a work of art meant to be displayed as such.
  • The company can do so by either designing and constructing a showcase villa or tower, or modifying an already existing room or garage.
  • The United Arab Emirates-based company was created by ASZarchitetti Group, the collective of ASZarchitetti and SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*.
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Supercar Capsule wants to create bespoke private showrooms and garages to display supercars right in its owners' homes.

The United Arab Emirates-based team's goal is to allow a customer's supercar to have a "distinct aesthetic experience at home," according to the company. Supercar Capsule can either design and construct separate villas or towers to showcase the vehicles, or modify existing garages and rooms in a home to turn a supercar into a piece of art meant to be displayed as such.

The Supercar Capsule team is comprised of a group of engineers, designers, and architects. The bespoke garage project and its concept was created by ASZarchitetti Group, which is the collective of architecture firms ASZarchitetti and SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*. Combined, the group has already created over 400 projects around the world. 

The pricing of the capsule depends on what the client wants. However, a single glass showroom "pod" starts at $45,000.

Keep scrolling to see designs of the bespoke showrooms:

Each Supercar Capsule is individually customized and created from the "ground up."

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The Supercar Capsule design team can customize the space based off of the customer's property, design sense, and requirements…

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...with a focus on the car and its needs.

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2 empty-nesters bought an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania for $220,000, and they've spent nearly 2 years and $150,000 renovating it. Here's what it looks like now.

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 06:00 AM PDT

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  • In 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul moved from their home in Las Vegas to an abandoned 31-acre farm in Pennsylvania that they bought for $220,000.
  • The property includes 6 structures: 2 small barns, a large barn, a small house, the main house, and a garage/workshop.
  • The first and largest structure they decided to renovate was the main house.
  • They moved into the house 3 days after they purchased the property and immediately began renovating it.
  • Business Insider caught up with DeWitt to find out what their journey has been like so far and how they were able to transform the main house into their dream home.
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In May 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul packed their bags and moved from their suburban home in Las Vegas to an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania.

The couple had been living in Vegas, where they raised 4 children and ran a business for about 15 years. But after the kids moved out, they were eager to start a new adventure. So, in March 2018, they sold their businesses and bought another one across the country in Easton, Pennsylvania. After a few months traveling back and forth, they decided to move there permanently. 

On the hunt for a renovation project, the couple came across a rundown 31-acre farm in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania — a village about 30 minutes from Easton. After some back-and-forth bidding, they won the property for $220,000.

The farm includes six structures, some of which needed more repairs than others. Those structures include two small barns, a large barn, a small house, the main house, and a garage/workshop.

The first and biggest project the couple tackled was the main house, which spans over 5,000 square feet. They moved into it just 3 days after they bought the property, and have spent the past 18 months transforming it from a rundown house into a dream home. They've documented the transformation on their website and Instagram and plan on repairing the other 5 structures on the farm by May 2021. 

Business Insider caught up with DeWitt to find out how they were able to do most of the renovation work themselves, and to get an idea of what their plans are for the rest of the property.

Do you have a similar home-renovation story you'd like to share? Get in touch with this reporter at Lbrandt@businessinsider.com.

In May 2018, DeWitt and Jean Paul moved from their suburban home in Las Vegas to an abandoned farm in Pennsylvania.

DeWitt Paul

They lived in Las Vegas for about 15 years. There, they raised 4 children and ran a business. But after the kids moved out, they were eager to start a new adventure.

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So, in March 2018, they sold their businesses in Las Vegas and purchased another, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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The couple owns a Foot Solutions store — a franchise organization that, according to the website, specializes in personalized assessments, high performance footwear, and custom-crafted arch supports




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The US military operates a fleet of modified civilian Boeing and Gulfstream VIP private jets — here's what they do

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:57 AM PDT

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  • The US military operates a fleet of VIP civilian aircraft converted to military use in addition to its warfighting, troop transport, and cargo planes.
  • The most notable user of the fleet is the President of the United States who flies on a modified Boeing 747 under the call sign Air Force One when the president is on board.
  • Other aircraft include modified Boeing, Gulfstream, and Bombardier aircraft that fly high-ranking officials in the government and military. 
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Private aircraft are often tools of the rich and famous to travel the world luxuriously without hindrance, but they also have a major role in the United States Armed Forces

In addition to its warfighting, troop transport, and cargo aircraft, the military operates a fleet of converted civilian aircraft for use by VIP government officials, military leaders, and in combat zones.

The most notable user of the fleet is the President of the United States, who flies primarily in a modified Boeing 747 that bears the name Air Force One when the president is on board, though that represents a fraction of the private jets currently enlisted in military service. 

On the home-front, the fleet is accessible by cabinet secretaries, top military officials, and even high-ranking elected officials. Private travel on these aircraft is often the most convenient and secure way to transport government officials as they are often outfitted with communication suites providing a vital link to the outside world should an incident occur.

On the battlefield, the aircraft serve as lifelines to troops fighting on the front line, with some providing vital intelligence and others relaying critical communications. 

Take a look at the private jet aircraft converted for military use. 

The most notable converted civilian aircraft in the military's fleet is a VC-25 used by the president of the United States, known to many as Air Force One.

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The most iconic aircraft to currently roam the skies, the VC-25 is used exclusively by the president and operated under the famous call sign when the commander-in-chief is onboard. It's the military variant of the Boeing 747-200, used primarily as a passenger liner in its peak and can now be seen flying cargo around the world. 

Though its full amenities and capabilities are classified, the aircraft has a private office for the president, a conference room, passenger seating section, medical suite, and a communications hub upgraded after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the Air Force. The modified 747 can also be refueled while in the air to remain flying for as long as the Air Force can keep it fueled and until the food runs out. 



The aircraft features the blue-and-white livery with a gold cheatline that is the hallmark of the US Air Force's VIP fleet.

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The unmistakable livery has even gotten the aircraft in trouble, with a plane spotter photographing the plane while it was flying over the UK and ruining the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan.  With the words "United States of America" emblazoned on both sides in all caps and two American flags on the tail, there's no question of what the plane represents. 

The Air Force has two of the aircraft in its fleet to ensure the president can always access his flagship plane. The two VC-25s are identical on the inside and travel together frequently on presidential missions. 



When the VC-25 is too big for the mission, the next largest jet in the military's stable is the VC-32A, a modified Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

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Similarly dressed in blue-and-white, the VC-32 occasionally flies the president but is one of the aircraft of choice for high-ranking government officials. Though not as iconic as the VC-25, the modified Boeing 757 is frequently tasked with high-profile missions as it frequently flies the vice president and secretary of state around the world. 

The president will typically use the VC-32 when the modified Boeing 747 is too big for the task. President Obama used the aircraft to visit smaller cities during his re-election campaign and President Trump used the aircraft for a quick hop between the Indian cities Delhi to Agra when touring the Taj Mahal during his visit.

Though the aircraft doesn't feature all the same amenities as Air Force One, the VC-32 does feature a stateroom for its primary flyer, communications suite, and a range of 5,500 nautical miles, according to the Air Force




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At least 10 people dead after a coronavirus quarantine hotel collapsed in China

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:50 AM PDT

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  • A hotel being used as a coronavirus quarantine center collapsed Saturday night in southeastern China, according to CNN. 
  • 80 people were inside the building when it came down. Nine escaped, but 71 people were trapped.
  • As of 8:30 a.m. EST, 10 were confirmed dead.
  • The hotel was in Quanzhou, which is about 600 miles from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan.
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A hotel that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center in southeastern China collapsed Saturday, killing at least ten people, the Ministry of Emergency Management told CNN. 

There were approximately 80 people inside the building when it came down, 58 of whom were under quarantine. Nine people escaped on their own, but 71 were trapped, CNN reported. 

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We smashed things at Break Bar, one of a growing number of 'rage rooms' taking over the US — and found a cathartic retreat from reality

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:44 AM PDT

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  • We visited Break Bar, a "rage room" in New York City, where visitors can come to enjoy a cocktail before smashing everything from their empty glass to printers and computers. 
  • Break Bar is one of a growing number of rage rooms in the US. Today, there are 60 of these venues, where visitors can come blow off steam by destroying household items. 
  • We found the experience extremely cathartic. Here's what it was like. 
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In the heart of Midtown Manhattan there's a bar where patrons are not just allowed, but actively encouraged, to shatter their empty beer bottles and hurl cocktail glasses against the wall. 

The more adventurous — or perhaps more wrathful — can opt to rent out time in The Wrecking Room to smash household items of their choosing. At Break Bar, destroying things is the entire point.

Break Bar is among the growing number of "rage rooms" proliferating across the country in recent years. In the US, there are an estimated 60 of these venues, places designated for destroying household items, according to CNN

Tom Daly, founder and owner of Break Bar, said he knew he needed to create something unique if he was truly going to carve out a niche in the Manhattan nightlife scene. While the timing of Break Bar's 2016 opening just so happened to coincide with the rise of a particularly fraught and divisive political climate, he said he doesn't view the bar as "tied to anger or rage at all."

While it can offer catharsis in uncertain times, Daly said he views it more as an off-the-beaten path, refreshing experience. 

"I think of it as game," he said. "It's a fun activity that's outside of the box and new. It's a different experience and it's something unique."

I visited Break Bar on a recent Friday night and experienced the pure, unmitigated joy of smashing bottles firsthand. So cue up The Vaccines, revisit this moment from Freeform's "The Bold Type," and join me for an inside look at what it's like inside a rage room:

Break Bar is located in Midtown Manhattan, on a bustling street in the heart of the city and a prime tourist location.

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Daly comped our visit to the bar for the purpose of this review. 



As a single lady, I had initially asked to come on Valentine's Day. However, Daly asked that I come the following week because February 14 is one of his busiest days of the year.

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Daly said visitors can arrange to print photos of former flames or sources of contempt to use as targets for smashing.

"We get a ton of bachelorette parties," he said. 



In addition to jilted lovers, Break Bar brings in a steady stream of young professionals and regularly hosts corporate events, celebrity meet-and-greets, and office happy hours.

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"Sometimes we hang up some targets that a corporate culture doesn't like," Daly said, declining to share any specifics.




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Trump was asked how he would protect health coverage for pre-existing conditions if Obamacare was wiped out. Here's his full answer.

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:41 AM PDT

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  • Trump was asked at a Fox News town hall how he would protect pre-existing conditions since his administration supports a lawsuit that would do away with Obamacare, which guarantees those protections.
  • At a recent town hall organized by Fox News, anchor Martha MacCallum asked Trump how he would protect pre-existing insurance protections for patients.
  • Obamacare is about to turn 10 years old this month, but Trump has tried weakening the law throughout his presidency.
  • Trump's answer to Fox News was erratic and offered scant detail.
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In a headspinning week with President Trump making misleading claims as the nation wrestles with the outbreak of coronavirus, he also weighed in on an issue that could upend the lives of nearly 54 million Americans.

At a recent town hall organized by Fox News, anchor Martha MacCallum asked Trump how he would protect people with pre-existing conditions, which are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. President Obama signed it into law in March 2010 and it's his signature legislative achievement.

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I'm a financial planner, and I can tell you most people need help investing — the only question is whether that help should be algorithm or human

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:35 AM PDT

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  • The automated investing platforms known as robo-advisers are a good option for beginners without a complicated financial situation.
  • They make it quick and easy to get started investing, and they don't require much (if any) oversight from the investor.
  • For most people, the question isn't whether they need help managing investments — it's whether the help of an algorithm is enough, or if they need a human to weigh in.
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Robo-advisers (automated investing platforms that manage your money via algorithm) aim to give you the guidance you need to grow your wealth with none of the downsides that come with hiring an actual human to help you — namely, the costs involved with having a one-on-one relationship with a pro.

These platforms also make it much easier to get started with investing.

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The coronavirus is setting the US economy on a path to blow up Trump's reelection bid

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:28 AM PDT

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  • The economic shock from coronavirus will hit the US just as Americans are deciding who to vote for in November 2020. It's not a question of "if." It's a question of "how hard?" 
  • This will be a complicated problem to fix too. It's both a supply and a demand shock, and it will hit the US economy where it already hurts — manufacturing — while slowing its strongest part as well — consumer demand.
  • This is also not a good time for Americans to be holding the most household debt in history, but here we are.
  • The shock could hurt President Trump' reelection chances since his strongest campaign message to swing voters is the strength of the economy.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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The coronavirus has arrived in the United States, and it is set to put the economy on a downward trajectory just as Americans are deciding who to vote for in November. 

This is bad news for Donald Trump. The president's strongest approval ratings are in his handling of the economy. His basic pitch to ambivalent voters is that they should stick with him because the economy is "the best it's ever been." An economic downturn would undermine this entire argument.

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Here's how much the typical American has saved for retirement at every age

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:20 AM PDT

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  • The typical American's retirement account looks very different depending on their age, according to data gathered by Personal Capital
  • The wealth management company analyzed 337,000 linked retirement accounts and sorted users into 10-year age brackets to find the median balance of each age group's retirement accounts.
  • The typical 20-something has about $34,000 in their retirement account, while the typical 60-something has $642,000.
  • But, the typical 60-something still doesn't have all that much saved when considering that Americans are living longer. To live on $65,000 per year, it would actually take about $1 million more. 
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Retirement savings need plenty of time to grow, and younger people appear to be taking this to heart.

New data from Personal Capital looks at the median retirement account balances of about 337,000 Personal Capital users ages 20 to 69. The data includes all types of retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k)s, but does not consider any other linked accounts — like checking or savings — and excludes spousal accounts. 

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This $150,000 'Beast Mode' off-roading camper van built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter can stay off the grid for 7 days — see inside

Posted: 08 Mar 2020 05:08 AM PDT

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  • Alabama-based Storyteller Overland has unveiled the Beast Mode, a camper van built on a 144-inch Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 chassis.
  • The Beast MODE can stay off-road and off the grid for up to six or seven days.
  • The converted camper van, which can sit and sleep up to four people, has two convertible beds, a kitchen, a toilet, and a 10-foot awning for outdoor lounging.
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Alabama-based Storyteller Overland, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van conversion company, has unveiled the next iteration of its flagship Mode four-by-four camper van: the Beast Mode.

Founder and CEO of Storyteller Overland Jeffrey C. Hunter told Business Insider that the four seasons-capable Beast Mode has multiple uses.

He calls it a "daily driver meets weekend warrior": while it's small enough to fit in a normal parking space, Beast Mode has the ability to go more off-grid and off-road than most class B RVs and four-wheel-drive trucks like Jeeps. 

"Our involvement in this particular segment is really driven by a passion and love for that community," Hunter said. "And when we listened [to that community], we tried to develop solutions that really did offer the end-user a very flexible way of having a safe experience."

Instead of creating custom Sprinter van conversions, Storyteller Overland focuses solely on its Mode build, and the original Mode four-by-four serves as the inspiration and base for the new Beast upgrade.

"We've been able to capture an economy of scale and a quality tolerance by turning [our builds] into a repeat build assembly through our manufacturing facilities," Hunter said.

Take a peek inside Beast Mode, which can sit and sleep four #VanLifers:

Beast MODE is built on a 144-inch Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 chassis that has four-by-four capabilities.

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It has multiple upgrades — such as new suspension, shocks, and springs — that make it more off-road friendly than the original Mode.

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The conversion can stay off-road and off-grid for six to seven days by using the van's 3,600-watt inverter and an eight-kilowatt-hour auxiliary alternator.

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