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Werd: Bailout - Part Five

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, Taxes, US Economy,

The history of the word “bailout” is spotty at best.  My handy not-quite-the-real-OED has no etymological definition.  Merriam-Webster, who chose “bailout” as the word of 2008, gives a lame definition with a general reference to the year 1951: Date: 1951 : a rescue from financial distress So I went to the vast Google books resources and noticed that bailout in 1951 referred to pilots, bailing out of their cockpits [see also, Popular Mechanics in 1947 …

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Werd: Bailout - Part Four

We’re bailing Thursday out with some videos.  Sit back, listen, and we can explore inner and outer space together, forever. “A working class hero is something to be.” ...

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Werd: Bailout - Part Three

So the much belabored point of Part Two was that, in my opinion, we all realize that a bailout is needed. There are some dissenters that would argue that no taxpayer money should rescue financial organizations or our American auto makers.  But anyone that seriously supports this philosophy is following the terrible advice that pushed us into the Great Depression: Even today, with an economy much less dependent on bank loans than it was in …

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Werd: Bailout - Part Two

I am not a master of finance, to say the very least.  [You can find my full opinion on debt and credit here.]  While 80% of the freshman when I was a senior at the University of Richmond in 2000 would go on to earn a major or minor degree from our Business School, I never took a single class at the School, and only ever held disdain for those that did. It should be …

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Werd: Bailout - Part One

In honor of Merriam-Webster’s 2008 word of the year, bailout, we will focus this week’s efforts of The Werd on the big story of the year.  To start the discussion, I will suggest these two great charts: A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis - Part One A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis - Part Two Part One explains the many reasons for the financial crisis; Part Two suggests an alternative bailout that punishes …

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Why Nice Guys Shouldn’t Finish Last

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Posted by Vicky Lane
Categories: Advice, Humor, Marriage, Relationships, Sex,

I have to admit that at one point in my life I snubbed the “nice guy”. I was young, immature, and not sure what I really wanted. I actually said to my girlfriends “I don’t know, he’s just too nice”. What did that mean exactly? If I try to analyze it maybe I believed that the guy who acted tough, arrogant, and selfish would in the long run be a better mate. Or maybe I …

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The Gays and their Heirarchy

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Posted by Shawn Harris
Categories: Editorials, Humor, Media, Videos,

Oh gay, gay, gays. What to do with your wacky wacky ways?  As much as you would like to consider yourself open and an accepting group of people, I beg to differ. Take a look at these two examples: Where do I begin? How do you accept this? ...

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Werd: Pirate - Part Five

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, History, US Economy,

This week’s werd pirate, as told by the other OED: pirate (n.)   1254, from O.Fr. pirate, from L. pirata “sailor, sea robber,” from Gk. peirates “brigand, pirate,” lit. “one who attacks,” from peiran “to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try,” from peira “trial, an attempt, attack,” from PIE base *per- “try” (cf. L. peritus “experienced,” periculum “trial, experiment, risk, danger,” see peril). Meaning “one who takes another’s work without permission” first recorded 1701; …

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Werd: Pirate - Part Four

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Posted by Patrick Snajder
Categories: Editorials, History, US Economy,

So in case some of you didn’t get the subtle satire, Part Three of this week’s Werd said that pirates can’t exist without capitalists.  If we want capitalism, we should expect pirates; if we want to rid ourselves of pirates, all of the laws and security in the world won’t ever get rid of them, so long as we still cling to capitalism.  Today I received my copy of the January issue of Harper’s Magazine.  …

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To burn or not to burn:  What to do with pictures of your ex

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Posted by Vicky Lane
Categories: Advice, Humor, Marriage, Relationships,

This is a tough one for me because I never, EVER throw away pictures. I am a big believer in holding on to memories, even if they aren’t always pleasant. A lot of people disagree with me and believe that once the relationship is over, any and all photos, concert tickets, t-shirts, and whatever else was saved goes into the trash and set aflame never to be seen again. Well, I can agree with the …

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