In the wake of hurricanes, crisis investors see opportunity

In the wake of hurricanes, crisis investors see opportunity

Source:  The Wall Street Journal

As the frequency of costly natural disasters rises in the U.S., real-estate speculators are seeing opportunity.

One such investor has found a profitable niche in the region hit hardest by Hurricane Michael.

The Wall Street Journal recently followed Eugene Ursu as he drove around Panama City, Florida searching for damaged homes to flip.

Watch the video above and read the story at The Wall Street Journal.

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The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

Source:  CNBC on YouTube

Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S.  Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through its Prime service  in 2017.

But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers, the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout.

Watch “The Business of Amazon Shipping Boxes” above and read the story at CNBC on YouTube. 

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Meet the vigilantes filling in the potholes in Oakland, California

Meet the vigilantes filling in the potholes in Oakland, California

Source:  VICE

For a state where the car is king, California’s roads are in pretty terrible shape.  This is particularly true in Oakland, California where tens of thousands of unfilled potholes wreak havoc on San Francisco Bay Area drivers every day.

“You can’t can’t go one block without hitting a massive pothole and having your coffee jump out of the coffee holder,” Brian, who asked that his last name be withheld, told VICE News.  “After so many years, we just decided to do something about it.”

At the end of April, Brian and his friend Eric bought a tamper and some asphalt, watched a few YouTube videos, and went out in the middle of the night and filled a particularly bad pothole.

They kept at it over the following weeks, documenting their exploits on Instagram and getting a lot of likes.

Calling themselves the Pothole Vigilantes, the duo struck a chord in the scarred city.

Read the story at VICE.

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“Framing John DeLorean” is a multi-faceted portrait of an American automotive maverick

“Framing John DeLorean” is a multi-faceted portrait of an American automotive maverick

Source:  Slant

John DeLorean has a biography that could have been reverse-engineered from a Hollywood epic about the rise and fall of an auto industry titan.

The story of Delorean’s life suggests Citizen Kane set in the world of the automotive industry, so it’s no wonder there have been dozens of attempts to turn his life into a biopic.

That’s information we learn right away from “Framing John DeLorean,” a documentary that uses reenactments (featuring Alec Baldwin as Delorean) and archival footage to dramatize Delorean’s flamboyant life and spectacular downfall.

Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce understand that DeLorean’s appeal lies in his glamorous life and tragic demise, and they have made a fast-paced, richly designed, sprightly edited work about their ostentatious and irresistible subject.

“Framing John Delorean” arrives in theaters and Video on Demand on June 7.

Read the story at Slant.

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