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Archive for January 2018

President Trump has a chance to save mucho money if he just takes my amateur purchasing agent advice

Dark coat waving, tie curling, eyes focused in imperial triumph, what could be more awesome than the American Don alighting from Air Force One? This is not the Don of The Godfather, who measured his might in mere horse heads and bedposts. This is our President Don, who commands the mightiest military in history. But Don has a problem. The fridges are acting up on both Presidential Boeings, not being […]

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Everyone was watching the girl in the teeny bikini, just like the public is now looking for a big tax cut

As I entered the general manager’s office in the Gimbel’s Cheltenham department store, the mood was surly. Picking up an ad for my Philadelphia newspaper was usually pleasant. Sometimes conversation about merchandising for the 250,000 square foot emporium. Other times small talk and smiles, but not today. It was a Spring afternoon in the late 1970s, and two hours earlier a tall blonde, wearing only a string bikini and high […]

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If your family was as rich as the Waltons, you could easily buy Buckingham Palace over and over again

Some one million Walmart employees in the United States will have their meager pay supplemented this year with a bonus averaging $400, thanks to the lapse of usual parsimony by the owners of the world’s largest retailer – the Walton family. That total $400 million is $71 million less than the cost of the bottom two estates ($222 million and $249 million) in the above video of the five most […]

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Grenfell Tower of despair forces inspections that find most similar structures are just as dangerous

Do some underpaid public officials and greedy politicians take money from developers to look the other way? Do fish swim? The result of such official larceny can be tragedy. A horrible example is Grenfell Tower, where 71 London residents died on June 14, last year. Gas pipes were not insulated – bare invitation to sparks. No sprinklers were installed. The gravest defect was the Tower’s deadly cladding, according to The […]

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Trickle, trickle, fools we are, to trust the rich, now flush with cash, will share with us their bounty

The inlaid walnut table in the corporate boardroom held 12 on either side and two or three at each end, and the execs were all perched, prepped to pounce, when I dragged in my 2001 budget – 1015 pages of spreadsheet and other sheet. As division CEO of a NYSE-listed publishing company with nearly a billion dollars sales, my pitch was explain how I would increase sales, restrain costs and […]

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