The $38,000 Handbag And Ms. Oprah Winfrey

The whole world knows about the incident by now. But on the freaky chance you don”t, here is what happened. Oprah Winfrey was in a department store somewhere in Switzerland and asked a clerk to take down a certain handbag from a high shelf for her examination. The clerk refused, telling her she couldn’t afford it because it cost $38,000. To no avail, Ms. Winfrey protested but did not identify herself. Later, using the power of...

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Good Anarchism And Bad Anarchy

ANARCHISM is a philosophical view about how the world should be structured. It preaches; it does not act. On the other hand, ANARCHY may be the more or less successful collection of reflective and violent efforts to disrupt a state it suspects of apropriating the status quo by such weak-willed philosophies as the preaching of anarchism. Anarchists who preach ANARCHISM are mild mannered members of conventionally ordered capitalistic...

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Rich Or Poor It s Nice To Have Money

Many pseudo-liberals are very unhappy about lotteries. They believe the very poor, who are the principal buyers of lottery tickets, are squandering money they can’t afford. We are talking as much as $20-30 per play from people who are on welfare. The lottery, in their ill-considered view, is a drug that is sucking the blood out of the poor. NONSENSE! The pseudo-liberals, most of whom have income above $90,000 regard playing the lottery...

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The College Presidents

In the world of college presidents, nothing beats being forced out of your job under a cloud of suspicion that you are incompetent and probably a crook. When these suspicions are attached to your base salary you get a severance package that beats what you the readers will earn over the next 10 years. In the 2011-12 fiscal year, the nation’s highest paid public university president was Graham B. Spanier, the president of Pennsylvania State...

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Suicide By Death

GOOD NEWS! Suicide has taken over from car crashes and other accidents as the third leading cause of the permanent ending of the vital processes in cells and tissues, what the squeamish call being dead as a doornail. Only those two bores, cancer and heart disease top it. In 1999, suicide was mired in 8th place but it has made a respectable surge among those in the 35-64 cohort thanks to the worst recession in decades that wiped out stock...

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Charities You May Like

Neither Charity Evaluator nor Charity Navigator considers salaries when evaluating the quality of a charity. There are many better ways to judge a charity, for example, the pct. of its revenues that goes directly to programs. Salaries should be considered only as tie-breakers. Many charities spend 60% or less on programs. From my perspective, whatever the explanation, these are not worth donating to. None of the charities listed belwo...

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