I Should have made Small-Scale Investment Risks (in Myself) long ago

Several years ago, I converted a small academic pension into a decade long annual annuity. I used to be a teacher and an academic adviser many years ago. So, I had a small pension that I could have looked forward to in old age. A mini-retirement nest egg. When I converted my pension into an annuity, the investment and pension company created a contract where I would receive an annual payment for a...

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Countries Where you can buy a Second Passport

One of my favorite plot tropes in action films is when the agent/spy/hero goes to a safe deposit box in a secure location, pulls out numerous documents, the currency of multiple countries, and plots their next move. I would always imagine that it was I who was shuffling multiple passports of various countries and contemplating my next move. Well, you can’t own a dozen passports like Jason Bourne...

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I Recognize Charity Scams now – Giving Blindly is like Burning $

Charity scams are always successful because people are always willing to give trust on demand, and ignore flaming warning signs, for causes they want to believe in. When I talk about charity or donation scams, this can refer to large scale charity corporations all the way down to street buskers yodeling off-key in the hopes of getting your spare bucks. I used to give money to people on the street...

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$2,245 For A Peloton Bike? Here Are Affordable Ways To Stay In Shape

  (Image by Steve Jurvetson via CC BY 2.0 ) I don’t think outrage culture is a new concept at all. It has only become more instantaneously recognizable in the age of the internet. I think outrage culture is just weaponized procrastination by any other name. Or, a celebration of procrastination culture. It’s one thing to offer constructive criticism, and culturally time-sensitive smart-aleck...

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