Archive for October, 2009

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Guest Post: The 10 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

Guest Post:  Today’s post is a guest post from Tom Becker, an Australian entrepreneur  building a website that allows Ozzies to easily and quickly compare credit cards from top banks such as ANZ and Aussie among others.  When he isn’t working, which doesn’t happen often, Tom enjoys the outdoor life, good food and travel. The […]

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Dow 10,000! Time To Cash Out 401k

Regular readers know that I have a great disdain for 401k plans and the mutual funds companies that offer them so whenever an opportunity arises to cash out my 401k from one of these horrible companies I usually jump at the chance.  Unfortunately, I was unable to do so when I left my last employer […]

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The Magical Transformation

Can someone please explain to me the magical transformation that occurs when a person (a.k.a human being) enters the workforce as a government employee?   I ask because I frequently seem to find myself arguing with people that don’t seem to have any capacity for logic. In my most recent discussion and deliberation with a collegue, […]

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The Collapse of Dubai

Wow, what a difference a couple of years makes, I was in Dubai a year or two ago and I remember thinking the whole place was in a giant bubble.   Some fellow colleagues that had been working there as expats agreed and they all wondered when the bubble would burst. When I got back to […]

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Monday, October 12th, 2009

Can I Beat The Dentist? And How To Get High Legally and Safely

So I went to the dentist recently and I LOVE going to the dentist.   I affectionately call the dentist “the torture chamber” but I love going there because its only one of two ways where you can legally get high for a few bucks.    My dental hygienist knows the only way she’s getting in my […]

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Why Are American Workers So Vain?

Here’s a story…Over the last few years I’ve traveled all over the world on business and not once while I was in India, West Africa, South America, Mexico or anywhere else I traveled did I encounter workers at our branch offices that had this mentality, “My job is so unique and I’m so special(ized) that […]

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Fiddling While Rome Burns

Do you want to know what the major problem with the economy really is right now?  No, not the Fed nor sub-prime lending nor jobs nor any government statistics coming out of any government agency. No, the real problem with the economy right now is that we have approximately 50% of the population rooting for […]

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Generation X’ers Feeling The Pressure

As a generation X’er, I’m starting to feel the pressure of the double conundrum.   As my kids get older and older, I’m starting to realize that in a few years, my kids will want to own (want) cars, they’ll want to go to college and will need to be supported heavily in just a few […]

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

How To Fix The Post Office

The US Post office seems to be in perpetual red ink and I’ve been wondering how to fix this institution.  I came up with a three step process to fix the postal service. Step 1. Outsource/contract all package delivery to UPS or Fed-Ex.   These two companies already do a better faster way of delivering packages […]

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Wow, The Super Hard Sell on Swine Flu Vaccine

Are you freaked out about swine flu yet?  It seems every time I log on to the net there is something about the swine flu.  Evertime I watch the TV news there’s something about the swine flu.   At work, I’m being offered FREE swine flu vaccine and now when I come home I have a […]

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