The Travels Of ‘The Greyhoiund Diaries’ Continue For Doug Levitt

Inequality and poverty have been a major theme for politicians across the U.S. for a number of years, but very few people have looked as closely at this problem as singer songwriter Doug Levitt has in ‘The Greyhound Diaries’. Levitt has a long history as a journalist and broadcaster with major U.S. news networks that saw him based in London; after turning his back on the life of a journalist Levitt set out to explore why 37 million people in the U.S. were living below the poverty line in 2004.


Doug Levitt had always felt as though he was an artist trapped in a career as a journalist and broadcaster; the death of his own father is often cited by Levitt as a driving force he tried to ignore that has led him back to life as a working artist. It was in London during his stint as a foreign correspondent that Doug Levitt began playing with bands and decided to seek a new career as an artist working with multiple media options that would eventually lead to him beginning his journey of ‘The Greyhound Diaries’.


For Doug Levitt the WPA era recordings and writings that brought news of The Great Depression to the people of the U.S. and the world have been an influence and inspiration as he has traveled the U.S. as a bus passenger talking to his fellow travelers on lengthy journeys. Doug Levitt believes the problem many people have with news about poverty and inequality is the fact many facts and figures are quoted, but the stories behind the numbers are rarely told as the lives of those in the greatest need are often ignored by the global media.


Doug Levitt has looked to use ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ to create a new level of understanding he hopes will bring a greater level of empathy between people on each side of the poverty line. One aspect of his travels that has given Levitt much encouragement is the way the people of America can come together in even the hardest of times to look for a better future that often begins on a long distance bus journey.

Magnises CEO Bily McFarland Succeeds By Addressing His Millennial Niche Market

When Billy McFarland, of the black Magnises card went about in devising a product, he knew his niche market. He knew precisely what his niche market—that being, the Millennials desired. One thing is certain: professional Millennials were interested in being locked into varying areas of the city. They wished to be connected to the cultural aspect of the city.

They enjoy great dining and entertainment experiences. They prefer a sense of theme or ambience when they visit their preferred venues. They like to socially connect with persons which they can easily relate.

Billy McFarland, also knew his niche carried with them a bank card or debit card. He wanted to add a magnetic strip to his product-offering so his niche market could easily tie it to a debit or bank card in order to pay for purchases. He sent his card to China wherein he found a place that put this idea into motion.

Next, he wanted to connect his co-peers to activities in the city. He came up with a host of ideas. He was able to partner with the city’s trendiest venues.

The partners agreed to provide McFarland’s with great discounts; and McFarland promised to bring these partners the business and disposable income of the Millennial.

Billy McFarland then looked at the competition: Was there competition? Well, sort of. . . he thought of the Amex black card with an annual fee of $2,500. Of course, the Amex card was a credit card, and his card provided a handy pay option with the tie-in of the user’s bank account card or debit card.

According to Fortune, since Billy McFarland was thinking of making his card as economical as possible: he came up with a membership fee of $250.00 annually. Two-hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) compared to $2,500.00–Yeah: he was on the right track here.

He next considered his discounting opportunities: his idea was to make the entertainment provided to his niche audience as cool as possible–since his theme-based card was all about cool. He eventually provided a penthouse location with an open bar and a means for his Millennial audience to easily connect, within a high-end hotel.

He next arranged for custom discounted packages for some of the city’s most premier and trendiest locations, in the way of dining, live entertainment, late night DJ sets, private concerts and more.

McFarland mentioned that the Magnises company is constantly thinking about ways to expand upon the amenities they provide. He wants to assure the Millennial set, which he is dedicated in serving, receives the best, benefit-wise, in the way of unique social and cultural activities–activities that may have a price sticker too high for some–if they did not carry a cool metal Magnises bold black card.

The amenities list is endless and there is truly something for each and every “cool” enthusiast: thanks to Magnises CEO, McFarland, and his vision.

Thor Halvorssen: A Renowned Human Rights Lawyer

Thor Halvorssen is a film producer, and human rights advocate with contributions in the areas of individual rights, public interest advocacy, public policy and pro-democracy advocacy. Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum, a yearly gathering depicted by The Economist as being a “spectacular human-rights festival that is almost becoming a human-rights version of Davos economic forum. Thor is the principal at the Human Rights Foundation. He founded the Moving Picture Institute, and he is a patron at a Czech-based Children’s Peace forum.

Halvorssen has aired his opinions in The New York Times, National Public Radio, National Journal, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and The Washington Post. Some of the television outlets he has appeared on include BBC News, Al-Jazeera, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor- a Fox News Channel, CNN and HBO among others. In October 2010, Thor was a speaker at the Pennsylvania University. The New York Times describes Thor Halvorssen as an advocate for the underdog as well as the powerless.

Thor began his career as a human rights lawyer while still an adolescent in 1989 by organizing opposition to the South African apartheid. Thor has a background in Norway and Venezuela. He became fully involved in individual rights after his dad’s political imprisonment in Venezuela.

In 2004 he established a Human Rights Foundation in New York after his mom got shot during a political demonstration. The foundation is committed to freeing political prisoners as well as fostering democracy and tolerance across Latin America. Since its inception, the organization has managed to provide evidence to Truth Commissions, release seven prisoners of conscience and submit amicus briefs in international human rights lawsuits.

Thor has two published books, one on individual rights and the other one on the responsibilities of the state. He has specialized in matters regarding human trafficking, slavery, dictatorships and threats to democracy.

Thor has lectured extensively on the topic of human rights. Some of the places he has taught include the Harvard Law School, the New York’s United Nations Association, the American Enterprise Institute and the New York City’s Junto. for more.