I stumbled across this fascinating video yesterday, and wanted to share it with you. It would appear we have an issue, although the extent to which you feel that’s the case likely varies, depending upon your politics, beliefs and personal finances.
If you’re using a reader, the video may not appear; here’s a direct link: http://bit.ly/Wv6uIS
A few related articles:
The U.S. is Now More Unequal than Much of Latin America - @ Moyers & Co.
The Income Inequality Myth – @ National Review Online
Assessing Income Inequality, Mobility and Opportunity - from the Brookings Fellow Scott Winship’s Senate Budget Committee testimony
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A summary of the current offer:
- You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
- 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
- Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
Together that’s 100,000 bonus Avios, which is enough for a round-trip business class award flight. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply.
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In addition to the bonus, cardmembers earn 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
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Travel Together Ticket
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Enjoy bonus Avios and more British Airways Visa Signature® card benefits with an annual membership fee of $95.
The spending requirements on this card are a bit stout, but the benefits, if you use the card properly, are outstanding. Learn more about this card here: British Airways Visa Signature. I have no connection to BA or the issuing bank, by the way.
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I admit to a guilty pleasure: although I can barely tolerate Guy Fieri, his phony last name, his Insane Clown Posse haircut (the 80′s called and want their haircut back), and all his dullard, dumbass statements (“Welcome to flavortown,” “That right there is MONEY,” “Winner winner chicken dinner,” and so forth, ad nauseam), I in fact get a kick out of some of the joints he visits on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. This does not make me a bad person.
Last November The New York Times panned his Times Square mega restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, in a wonderfully vicious review. As did The New York Observer in an October, 2012 review; an excerpt:
But what makes Mr. Fieri truly reprehensible is that he’s exploited a mythology that appeals to the downtrodden to deliver unto them cholesterol and all its long-tail misery. By advocating an America in which the symbols of our salvation—manufacturing (embodied in those classic cars), rock ’n’ roll (the old guitars), and a return to the rough-hewn America of yore (the vintage flags, the faux taxidermy mounts)—becomes linked inseparably with a place in which pepperoni and mozzarella deserve to be rolled in panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried, where the quantity of sauce on a fry demands even more frying, where chicken alfredo has many thousands of calories, Guy Fieri is using patriotism as a Trojan Horse for his infectious and insidious garbage.
Given this as backdrop, some enterprising individual devised a fiendishly wonderful parody Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar menu; enjoy:
Thanks to Jason Kottke.
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I first stumbled upon S’well bottle in an airline magazine. Intrigued by the manufacturer’s claim of keeping cold beverages cold for 24 hours, and hot liquids hot for 12 hours, I visited their website and purchased a 17 oz. S’well. The claims are valid: these double-walled stainless steel bottles keep liquids at temperature for hours and hours, and are great looking to boot.
Lunchbox size = 9 oz/260ml = 8″ tall and 2-1/2″ wide
Original Size = 17 oz/500 ml = 10-1/4″ tall and 2-3/4″ at widest point
Larger Size= 25 oz/750 ml = 12″ tall and 3″ wide
S’well bottles are not dishwasher safe. The ThermaS’well™ technology can be compromised and the vacuum seal may fail. Also, the color wrap may become damaged due to dishwasher use. S’wells are happiest when hand-washed and air-dried.
S’well bottles are made of the highest quality stainless steel (18/8). Because stainless steel is safe, the bottles don’t need to be coated with a plastic liner as many aluminum bottles are. And better yet, stainless steel means that there is no metal taste to your water.
Will the S’well bottle sweat?
No. That’s the beauty of insulation. Your hands stay dry, as does your desk, the inside of your bag and everything else that comes in contact with your S’well bottle.
17 oz.: $35
26 oz.: $45
Wedding Collection $85
To learn more about the S’well collection of insulated bottles, visit their website: S’well I have no connection to S’well, by the way.
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My 3-1-1 liquids bag (above front) and “non-liquids” (razor, toothbrush, deodorant, floss, etc.) are always packed and ready to go. The two Tom Bihn bags I use are always handy on one of the shelves in our master closet; I’ll select whatever travel bag I want to use for a particular trip, and toss these two bags into the appropriate pockets. The only thing I ever need to do is to occasionally refill the travel sized toothpaste tube and contact solution bottle. The bags contain an extra razor, toothbrush, contact case, and pair of inexpensive eyeglasses.
This approach saves me a bit of time and worry – I know I’ll have what I need when I get to my destination. Give this technique a try if you find yourself constantly repacking your travel essentials.
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Final prep for a week long golf trip next week… 12 guys in southern Florida, 10 rounds in 6 days, unlimited trash talking, can’t wait. Here are a few interesting articles I’ve come across recently:
Seven Days on the Queen Mary 2 – @ The New York Times. Interesting, well written article that made me have utterly no interest in ever traveling on QM2.
How to Protect and Manage Your Personal Data in 50 Simple Steps – @ SixWise.com Fortunately, you can pick and choose among the 50 steps.
What is the Paleo Diet? – @FitBomb A great explanation of paleo. We’ve been on the “Wheat Belly” diet – similar to paleo – for about seven months, and I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in my cholesterol levels (w/o medication) and feel much better than I did prior to the diet.
8 reasons you should throw away your cash-back credit card if you love to travel – @ GetRichSlowly So-so article with some helpful reader comments.
The island where people forget to die – @ The NYT I bookmarked this a few weeks ago; fascinating article about the extraordinary longevity of the residents of Ikaria, an island off the western coast of Turkey.
Have a great week…
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Your personal data is all over the internet. Your age, place of birth, names of your relatives, address history, and much, much more…
Beyond the simple intrusiveness this involves, this phenomenon raises concerns from an identity theft and online security standpoint. With it so easy to get someone’s personal data, hacking a bank or other account becomes easier. Many of you have likely heard how a Wired writer named Mat Honan had his digital life destroyed in a matter of minutes; if you haven’t heard this story, it’s worth reading: it’s an eye opener. If you’re a Mac user, have a Gmail account, or shop at Amazon, read it.
What can you do to keep your data more secure?
First, all the basics you’ve probably heard in the past do in fact apply:
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a firewall: Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Keep them up-to-date and check to ensure that your firewall is turned on.
- Use two factor authentication wherever you can – Gmail, Dropbox, WordPress, Facebook, and other sites, as available.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple sites ( !)
- Change passwords periodically
- Use robust passwords, employing special characters if possible
- When setting up security questions/answers on sites, answer the question as your wife or husband would. (For example, in answering “What is your mother’s maiden name?” I’d use my wife’s mother’s maiden name, making it much more difficult for someone to guess my answers).
- Don’t assume public “hot spots” are secure: Café, hotel and airport “hot spots” are convenient, but they are not secure.
- Be careful about the information you access or send from a public wireless network: You should assume other people can see anything you see or send over a public wireless network.
- Log out of your email account. If you’re checking your email at a public computer, make sure that you log out of your account when you’re finished. The next person who visits that website may be directed to your inbox, if you don’t.
- Never store passwords on a public computer. If the computer prompts you to save the password, click “No.”
What can you do to avoid having your personal data so readily available?
Removing your personal data from the web can be a bit more difficult. There are so many sites that sell personal data – Intelius, Spokeo, 123people.com, Radaris, peoplelookup, the list is quite extensive, – cleaning your data from them can be tedious.
I’ve written about Abine before; I continue to use their DoNotTrackMe to foil advertisers from tracking my online activity. I also have used Abine’s DeleteMe product for about two years now. This service periodically scours personal data sharing sites like those mentioned above, and removes my data:
Once a quarter, I receive a “Privacy Report” which shows my current status on 21 such sites; a small excerpt is shown below:
I spot check these sites once in a while, and my data NEVER shows up. The service is $129 annually, BUT if you’d like to work with the personal info sites yourself, Abine provides a handy little primer which includes contact information and specific instructions; here’s an excerpt:
Click here for these opt out instructions: How Your DeleteMe Operator Removes Your Data
To learn more about DeleteMe including subscription options, click here: Abine DeleteMe
Whatever you do, please use some common sense when it comes to online security and protecting your data.