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“The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.” Benjamin Franklin, Necessary Hints to Those that would be Rich (1736). While I was talking with friends who were playing an online game, one boasted about how rich he was with virtual currency. He had incredibly amounts of money in this game […]

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Fox and others have pulled Trump’s ads on the caravan and that scumbag copkiller, due to liberal outrage. So, did he get his money back? Inquiring minds want to know! More

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I’ve long been a believer that you ante up for things you believe in. If you liked a restaurant but never went back, you can’t be sad when it closes. Same thing with a show, a band, a product, or company. Ideas and thinkers, which are the basis for political persuasion, take on an even […]

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This is a good pitch. In order to make this happen, (& I think the founders have acknowledged this) Ricochet needs to expand the style of programming available. And in order to make THAT happen, Ricochet needs more money coming in (hence, this pitch to those not already members). More

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Need a break from the memo frenzy? Have some martinis with us! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of seeing the Democratic National Committee with less than half a million dollars on hand heading into the midterms while Republicans have $40 million ready to go. They […]

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The Money Tree

 

“Wanna buy some greeting cards?” With sales technique like that, how could I possibly fail? Turns out… thoroughly. Didn’t sell a single card. Or a single seed. Or a single anything else I ever tried selling door to door, after reading about how much money I could make in the back of Boy’s Life. And I tried them all. Well, except Grit. I had never actually seen a copy of Grit, and I had the idea that it might be tough to sell.

I was a kid-sized Ralph Kramden, always pursuing one get-rich-quick scheme after another. But unlike Ralph, I was occasionally successful, which is one of the reasons that I tried selling so many things door to door. Because my first time out had been such a success.

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At least that’s what caller ID said. The guy was very cordial (more so than I was I’m afraid – why do those calls always seem come when I’m in the middle of something else?). I found it interesting that the pitch was about how unfair the media was being to Donald Trump and that […]

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As you all know by now because I love to talk about myself, I am a mom. (Want to hear about my childhood? Okay! Want to see 1200 pictures of me? Okay!) Anyway, now that my child is in college, I’ve been looking back on things. Being a mom changes a person. It makes you […]

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Dem Money Dilemma, Berkeley Buckles Again, Left’s Red Scare

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the pressure mounting on the Democratic National Committee to spend big on every special House election, despite long odds in most of them. They also unload on University of California-Berkeley administrators for cancelling a speech by Ann Coulter over security concerns instead of cracking down on students and faculty threatening to disrupt the event. And they address the latest twist in leftist conspiracy theories, as liberals contend Rep. Jason Chaffetz decided not to seek re-election because he’s being blackmailed by Russia.

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Hillie Sutton: “Go Where the Money Is”

 

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for Tuesday, October 11, 2016. It’s the “Hillie Sutton: Go Where the Money Is” edition with our exclusive interview with Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone. We come to you in the wake of the second presidential debate in which Donald Trump is viewed by many as having calmed the outrage connected to the release Friday of his Crotch Grab interview – which had the media in a feeding frenzy and scared Republicans running away from Donald anew. We’ll talk about the debate and we’ll discuss the Crotch Grab interview released Friday.

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The Fed Waits, Impatiently

 
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Janet Yellen.

The Federal Reserve meeting ending today has been discussed, chewed on, and predicted by just about everyone with any knowledge of the identity of Ben Bernanke or Janet Yellen. Let’s dissect the run-up, and see what they did.

The Washington Post ran a Wonkblog article titled “The Federal Reserve confronts a possibility it never expected: No exit.” When Chair Yellen began her post, the author writes, they developed a blueprint for lifting up from the zero boundary of short-term interest rates and reducing the Fed’s now-massive balance sheet. The two-year-old strategy has not really been enacted, with only one rate rise since its adoption and no shrinking of the balance sheet. So, says Wonkblog, the Fed must be stuck.

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Competition Will Not Be Tolerated

 

HigherEdFellow member Dave S. posted a short note this morning about the government forcing ITT to shut down its technical school operation. In it he asks “Do they actually hold other private ‘not-for-profit’ institutions to the same standard or I am just falling in to the trap of ‘this administration can do no right?'”

The reality is that Progressives really do not care whether an organization is “for profit” or not. What they care about is getting their cut, both of control and money. They have turned the Federal government into an organized crime extortion ring. The Department of “Education” goes after trade schools and charter schools. The Department of “Justice” goes after churches and other religious organizations who don’t play ball on abortion or ObamaCare. The IRS harasses conservative political organizations.

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Have you ever wondered what you would do if someone offered you a small fortune? We’re not talking Bill Gates money, or Donald Trump Money, and certainly not Clinton Foundation level cash. Just imagine if you somehow cleared around $5 – $10 million. What would you do with it? Would you quit your job? Would […]

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An excerpt, translated from the Spanish original: Luis Calvo used to say that, if the Spaniard is the man of “suffer it”, the Englishman is the man of “fix it”. Thus it happened, for instance, when the English went up to the hill of regicide, revolution, and dictatorship with Cromwell, rectifying it afterwards with a […]

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The losers in government want to change our money. It’s not politically correct! They want more women! It’s not enough for them that Barbara Bush is on the $1 bill. They don’t want so many dead white men. Now, I love money. I’m huge with money. And when I’m president, America will have the greatest money, I […]

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Since we’ve all had fun with RightAngles post about fame, and so many people here seem to have a wealth of great stories, I thought I’d try to come up with something that will inspire people again. Were you the fat kid who ate paste? Or were you the bully who picked on him? Were […]

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The Deep Myth at the Heart of the Gold Standard

 

shutterstock_126878537_goldOne political/policy fallout from the Global Financial Crisis — and the accompanying monetary easing and rise in public debt — has been the reemergence of the gold standard as something the center-right talks about. Unlike the fiat money US dollar, a gold-backed dollar — a dollar linked to something tangible — would prevent monetary mischief by government.

On a recent EconTalk podcast, this issue came up as host Russ Roberts chatted with Yuval Harari of Hebrew University, the author of Sapiens.

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Kids Are too Expensive, Here and in China

 

shutterstock_223628806Consider two data points. The first is from China, which recently “relaxed” its One Child Only policy. For years, the official government position on families was, the smaller the better. This led to a large and ugly number of infanticides, mostly of infant girls. But relaxing the policy doesn’t mean there’s a baby boom on the way. In China, kids are expensive. From Shanghai Daily:

THE changes to China’s family planning regulations are unlikely to result in a baby boom in Shanghai, a local expert said yesterday. Zhang Zhen, a professor at Fudan University who specializes in demographics, said that based on his research, “most couples simply haven’t thought about having a second child.” As well as the financial implications, they worry about the broader social issues associated with expanding their families, he said.

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Resolved: It Is Immoral to Pursue Extravagant Wealth

 

800px-3D_Judges_GavelLeah Libresco is one of the most interesting writers in the blogosphere. After graduating from Yale with a degree in mathematics, she matriculated into the real world. She started a blog on the Patheos atheist channel that shot to the top of the charts. Libresco was quickly hired by the Huffington Post. She rose to prominence because of her unique way of arguing for the atheist position.

After several years of challenging believers with tough questions, Libresco shocked the blogosphere with her conversion to Catholicism. She now runs the blog Unequally Yoked and writes at FiveThirtyEight. She runs the podcast Fights in Good Faith for Real Life Radio.

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Greece Gets the Worst of Both Worlds

 

greek facepalm-225x300It appears Greece has ended up paying two costs. It chose first to spurn the EU through a referendum and has suffered a banking system shuttered and a major contraction in its economy. It then spins around and takes a deal that is to most observers worse than the one it turned down the previous week. So it pays for a financial crisis and for more austerity.

Heckuva job, Alexis.

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