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How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm?

It’s Friday, August 9th, money nerds and (as always) we have some top money stories to share with you. Are you ready?

Ordinary Americans are using “phone farms” to get free stuff through ad fraud. [Vice] — “Hobbyists and those looking to make a bit of money across the U.S. have been doing the same, buying dozens or hundreds of phones to generate revenue so they can afford some extra household goods, cover a bill, buy a case of beer, or earn more income without driving for Uber or delivering for Grubhub.”

Speaking of farms…here’s an interesting story about how young adults are actually moving back to the farm instead of leaving it nowadays…

Can the Prairie Generation save rural America? [The Christian Science Monitor] — “Never mind ‘keeping ‘em down on the farm’. The youths in this story are showing a deep commitment to their region, coming home as skilled agriculturalists and entrepreneurs, and injecting a much-needed dynamism.”

The art of living life wide rather than long. [Brain Pickings] — “Being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being. Despite a steadily swelling human life expectancy, these concerns seem more urgent than ever — and yet they are hardly unique to our age.”

To send you into the weekend, here’s a non-financial article that Jim enjoyed recently.

How Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman. [Mental Floss] — “Brown — a bookstore clerk, writer, and fanzine publisher — had read enough King novels to recognize that Bachman’s latest book, Thinner, was unequivocally a King work. After some additional investigation, Brown wrote a letter to King’s agent sharing his discovery and asked how they’d like to proceed. It marked the beginning of the end for Bachman, who would soon perish, King wrote, owing to ‘cancer of the pseudonym’.”

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