Brooks Hilliard: ‘Speaking of wine, Happy Passover. I am convinced one of the major reasons Jews tend to be progressive or liberal is that we grew up with the story every year of how we, personally, were slaves in Egypt. It’s awful hard not to empathize with those who’ve emerged from slavery when […]
Some important follow-ups to yesterday’s column.
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE LESS YOU EARN
Ed: ‘Also, given a constant amount of Work, as your Knowledge increases, your Money decreases. I believe this is called ‘graduate school.”
NO, IT’S 177%
Brian Holdren: ‘Wenyu has assumed that one case of wine will last for […]
MORE REASON TO DIVERSIFY
Friday‘s column asked why you might want to put more than 20% of your 401(k) in your own company stock and offered four (very bad) reasons. Jonathan Levy read those four and added a fifth:
[ ] e) So that I can lose both my savings AND my salary […]
Tim Smith: ‘What stocks benefit from rising interest rates?’
This is not to say that the increased business activity often associated with rising rates may not lead to higher profits that could help some stocks if the economy takes off (though many stock prices, it seems to me, already discount significantly higher profits).
It was 43 years ago this day, or this week anyway, that Mr. Little assigned us to write a short essay on ‘Spring’ for our Seventh Grade English class. I remember this in part because I was so stymied by it – what on Earth would I have to say about Spring? What could I […]
Goldie Cohen, an elderly Jewish lady from New York, goes to her travel agent.
‘I vont to go to India,’ she says. (I’m sorry I don’t know whom to attribute this story to, or how to reach Ms. Cohen to verify its accuracy. It has been going around the Internet.)
‘Mrs. Cohen, […]
Not long ago, I subjected you to a column about Arianna Huffington and David Brock, two former right-wingers who now say that they were, well, Blinded By the Right (Brock’s title) and have become pretty ardent opponents of the right. Brock’s book argues that there really is a vast right-wing conspiracy, and that […]
72 VESTAL VIRGINS
Trudy Karlson: ‘Did you read in the NY Times (Saturday March 2) that new translations of the Koran suggest ‘vestal virgins’ has been mistranslated? Apparently, in Arabic it just requires an additional diacritical mark, and the original scribes were writing about 72 ‘white raisins.”
☞ Oh! That’s different. Never mind. No […]
March 15, 2002
IN LATEST MIX-UP, BIN LADEN RECEIVES MINNESOTA DRIVER’S LICENSE
☞ Ah, bureaucracy.
THE RELIGIOUS POLICE
From the BBC:
Friday, 15 March, 2002 – Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, […]
Steve Reynolds: ‘Given the current rate for 5 year CDs at my local bank (3.15%) and the current stock market climate, what should a 59-year-old do with qualified cash that will be needed in 5 years? Fixed 5 year annuities are at 5.15% with a 5 year surrender period (no loads). NOW should I buy […]
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He is richest who is content with the least.~Socrates
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