Occupy Wall Street crowd's demands are incoherent
by Frank Beckmann
October 7, 2011
Say this much for the Occupy Wall Street protesters — they're no tea party.
The similarities between these groups starts and ends with one concept — disaffection.
The tea party sprang up spontaneously in 2009 in response to an overreaching government that was intent on saddling Americans with an oppressive and costly health care mandate — Obamacare — while spending the nation into economic oblivion. Tea partiers opposed bigger government and based protests on constitutional principles of limited government and economic freedom. This vast, previously silent, group of Americans turned their concerns over the nation's future, and their love of country, into a powerful political bloc in the 2010 elections and became the subject of slanderous attacks from Democrats/liberals/statists who have continued to respond fearfully to tea partiers by calling them everything from [....]
Patriots’ Eric Kettani leaves football for active duty in the Navy
By Doug Farrar
October 7, 2011
There are patriots, and there are Patriots. New England running back Eric Kettani has proven that by leaving the football version of the term, he's become even more the real thing. An active military member for the Navy Reserve, Kettani realized another dream this year as he made New England's practice squad.
That dream will be cut short for the time being — Kettani had requested leave for the last two weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. That request [....]
50 Warren Buffett Quotes to Inspire Your Investing
By Michael Cramton
March 15, 2011
Warren Buffett may be among the world's richest men, but you wouldn't know it if you met him. He wants to be liked far more than he wants to be famous, and his sense of humor is far more indicative of his personality than his ego. And they don't call him the “Oracle of Omaha” for nothing. By the age of 14, Buffett had purchased a small farm in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, using the profits from his paper route. By the time he graduated college, he had $90,000 in savings. In 1962, Buffett became a millionaire with his Omaha-based investment partnership, Buffett Partnership, Ltd. He began buying shares of a textile manufacturing company, Berkshire Hathaway, and eventually took control of the company. By 1990, he was a billionaire. Today, he’s the second-richest man in America -- just beneath Bill Gates -- with a net worth of $45 billion. But dinner isn't at expensive restaurants. Instead, he dines at Gorat's -- a local steakhouse in Omaha, and it's always the same: a rare T-bone with a double order of hash browns and a Cherry Coke. Buffett drives himself to work each day in a gold Cadillac. He's known for being humble, courteous and personable, and it’s not uncommon for him to take a visitor to McDonald's on the way to the airport. It's undeniable that Warren Buffett is smart. He absorbs reams of information and has an encyclopedic recall that amazes attendees at Berkshire's annual shareholder meeting -- where he takes questions without notes for several hours each year. But remarkably, his investing style is simple: buy great companies at a good price. Part of Buffett's appeal is the charm and charisma he brings to the normally pretentious world of finance. All the while, though, he's articulating some of the most practical investing advice available to individual investors like us. There’s a lot to be learned, so to get started, here are 50 classic quotes from one of the greatest investing minds of our time:
1. "Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1."
2. "A very rich person should leave [....]
Colleges Offering Tuition Discounts
September 30, 2011
A growing number of private colleges and universities are offering discounted tuition and other ways to save
To attract students and families turned off by the potential for six-figure tuition bills, a growing number of private colleges are taking a page out of the retail playbook: They are cutting their prices.
Most recently, Seton Hall University announced that it would offer tuition discounts of up to 66% for academically qualified students, joining more than a dozen schools across the country that have announced similar programs in the last few months. Some schools, like Seton Hall, are offering straight-up tuition discounts for qualified students. Others are rolling out three-year degree programs that [....]
Is this year the end for Cohocton's Fall Foliage Festival?
by Andrew Poole
The Evening Tribune
October 5, 2011
Cohocton, N.Y. — Unless things change, 2011 is probably the last year for the Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival, according to the festival chairman. Tom Cox, who is also the Cohocton village mayor along with being the chairman for the festival, said ongoing problems with Mike Santillo, a vendor from Prattsburgh, could force the festival to close. Santillo has attended the festival for eight years and owns property alongside the new village hall, but the village owns approximately 12 feet off a driveway leading up to the new offices. Every year, said Cox, the town and village negotiate so that Santillo will stay off the 12 feet of village property. And every year, Cox continued, Santillo violates the agreement. Cox said the village and town governments and local and state police have failed to either hold Santillo to agreements or to [....]
Michigan homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal
By Cameron Smith
October 3, 2011
Regardless of the outcome of Pinckney (Mich.) High's homecoming game against Grand Blanc (Mich.) High, Brianna Amat had already had a great night. The senior was named homecoming queen at halftime, and the two-sport varsity starter had also connected on a huge field goal, giving her team a 9-0 lead in the third quarter against highly regarded Grand Blanc, which has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the state of Michigan during the 2011 season. Eventually, a final stop ensured that Pinckney would emerge with its second win of the season with a score of 9-7 ... and that the game-winning points came off the boot of Amat, who also [....]
Dean's amateur sting at Valley school backfires
Concerned that a student was selling pot at a middle school, an administrator tries a novel approach. It could cost L.A. Unified more than $1 million.
By Jason Song,
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2011
Laura Custodio, dean of Porter Middle School in the San Fernando Valley, sprang into action after hearing that an eighth-grader was selling pot to other students. Without consulting police or parents, she asked a 12-year-old boy with a history of discipline problems to act as a decoy buyer and gave him a marked $5 bill. "I was pretty scared," the decoy, a seventh-grader, later testified in court. "She told me it was the right thing to do and I had to do it … and I didn't want to disappoint her." The sting roiled a suburban [....]
Chevrolet Corvette turns into speedboat
by Mike Wehner,
October 5, 2011
Custom boat features leather seats, Apple TV, a wifi hotspot
Seeing a Chevy Corvette tearing up a freeway is a common site all over the United States, but we never thought we'd see one riding the waves. Performance boat manufacturer Marine Technology, Inc. wanted to change that, and the result is an insanely powerful aquatic speed demon called the ZR48 — a boat that boasts neck-snapping speeds and a massive price tag. Built using parts from a genuine Corvette ZR1, the ZR48 oozes [....]
Traffic light camera scam steals your identity
This new scam will have you slamming on the brakes, not to mention seeing red
By Jessica Citizen
September 19, 2011
Traffic light cameras are annoying at the best of times, but while some people manage to escape the fines, most of us simply pay up without thinking about it or questioning whether the charge is valid. Tricky scammers are taking advantage of that lazy human tendency, making a handful of money and stealing identities in the process. The scam is simple. A no-good type picks your phone number at random and, once you answer, tells you that you have an overdue red light camera fine. The only way to avoid a significant late fee, a court case, or even jail time is to pay the bill right then and there over the phone. If you don't pay up [....]
Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable Credits
July 7, 2011
Reference Number: 2011-41-061
This report has cleared the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration disclosure review process and information determined to be restricted from public release has been redacted from this document.
Email Address: TIGTACommunications@tigta.treas.gov
Web Site: http://www.tigta.gov/
Highlights of Reference Number: 2011-41-061 to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner for the Wage and Investment Division and the Chief of Criminal Investigation.
IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS
Many individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States, and thus not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) for employment, earn income in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides such individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to facilitate their filing of tax returns. Although the law prohibits [....]
Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle
September 19, 2011
Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade. The exploit is published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where -- exceptionally in scientific publishing -- both gamers and researchers are honoured as co-authors. Their target was a monomeric protease enzyme, a cutting agent in the complex molecular tailoring of retroviruses, a family that includes HIV. Figuring out the structure [....]
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