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Charlie Harper's Death and Other Ways of Dealing with the Departure of Lead Actors

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 10:59AM Friday August 5, 2011
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In March, popular CBS comedy Two and a Half Men canned leading actor Charlie Sheen due to a series of egomania incidents. Since then, there has been much speculation about how the show will proceed without its lead actor. We now know that the character of Charlie Harper will be killed off-- although we don't know how--and that the season premiere of Two and a Half Men will include Harper's funeral. Read More »

Will Budget Cuts Lead to a Balanced Budget by Some Guy You Never Heard Of...?

By (view all posts by brwood)
at 11:57AM Tuesday August 2, 2011
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No, that is the answer I came up with.  But if you have been following the back and forth from both parties, neither can anyone in Washington.

Last week I balanced the federal budget quite easily with a few adjustments to the tax code, closing of loop holes and expiring the Bush tax cuts above $350k a year or so.  This week I tried to do it with all cuts.  I must admit I failed at this exercise. But here's the thing, I got closer than anyone who we elected to do this job. 

Slashing with a machete I managed to cut our Federal Budget by over $800b this year alone. Read More »

Herding Cats: More on Debt Ceiling Negotiations, NFL Lockout News and Food Labels

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 11:58AM Friday July 29, 2011
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This week we cover the debt ceiling debate (because it won't go away), the NFL lockout, relieving stress, financial challenges faced by women, better food labels, dubious product labels, and a dog that doesn't do a very good dog paddle. Read More »

55% Unaware Their Credit Card Offers Benefits Beyond Payment

By (view all posts by aksekar)
at 12:59PM Thursday July 28, 2011
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Nearly every credit card carries a set of benefits, ranging from the mandated fraud protection to the concierge service found with higher-end credit cards. MasterCard, in particular, has a tiered system of benefits. The lowest level is the Standard MasterCard, which offers bare-bones accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and will, for a fee, give you emergency cash advances or replace a stolen credit card. Read More »

Concerns Regarding Possible Groupon Insolvency Inspires Tips for Buying Daily Deals

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 6:58AM Thursday July 28, 2011
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Last month the popular daily deal site Groupon submitted its paperwork to the SEC so it could become a publicly traded company. Since then the controversy hasn't let up for a second. Read More »

MillerCoors Discontinues MGD 64 Lemonade and Other Short-Lived Products

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 8:55AM Wednesday July 27, 2011
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MGD 64 Lemonade, a lemonade-flavored light beer, or lemonade/ light beer hybrid, or something, is no more. MillerCoors has discontinued MGD 64 Lemonade after less than a year on the market. Some said it was refreshing, some said it tasted like dishwater, but most said, "I've never heard of that."

Read on to discover 5 other products that barely saw the light of day before they were discontinued. Read More »

A Balanced Budget by Some Guy You Never Heard of with Just a Liberal Arts Degree

By (view all posts by brwood)
at 8:56AM Tuesday July 26, 2011
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Inspired by an article that P.J. O'Rourke (the funniest conservative Republican ever) wrote for Rolling Stone magazine back in the 1990s, I decided to try my hand a balancing the federal budget. (P.J.'s article is not online, but you can buy it as part of "Parliament of Whores" on Amazon or Google E-book

What qualifications do I have for the job?  Well, I own a calculator and have access to the internet--but most importantly all my Republican friends think I am a bleeding heart socialist and my Democrat friend think I am some sort of neo-con.  Lacking any dogmatic allegiance I am free to step on everyone's toes and swing at sacred cows as if they were pinatas full of candy.

Here goes nothing... Read More »

Missed Out on the Spotify US Launch? Try These Alternatives

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 7:56AM Thursday July 21, 2011
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It's been about a week since the much-celebrated US launch date of the streaming music service Spotify. In that time, countless reviewers have gushed about how awesome it is, with some even claiming it will single-handedly save the music industry. Read More »

Borders Closing and Other Stores Bested by the Internet

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 7:58AM Wednesday July 20, 2011
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After trying in vain to find a buyer, the struggling Borders Books has announced that it will be closing. The former bookstore chain will close the roughly 400 retail stores still in operation and some 11,000 people will lose their jobs.

Although competition from rival Barnes and Noble played a part, a larger hurdle that Borders was ultimately unable to overcome was competition from huge online retailers like Amazon, specifically in the world of e-readers. Read More »

Steamed About the Netflix Price Increase? Try these Money Saving Alternatives!

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 7:55AM Thursday July 14, 2011
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Netflix subscribers were shocked and horrified to discover that their cherished unlimited-streaming and unlimited-DVD plans had been split in two; Now, if you want both, you have to pay Netflix roughly 60% more.
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Carmageddon Deals in the Los Angeles Area

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 7:54AM Wednesday July 13, 2011
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If you live in southern California, you've no doubt heard about next weekend's "Carmageddon," when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101. Read More »

Fast Food Food Stamps, Booze on the Burger King Menu and Other Marketing Mistakes

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 10:54AM Thursday July 7, 2011
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Last week, blogger Allegra clued us into KFC's misguided attempt to do something nice: selling huge sodas for a diabetes charity. Needless to say, their move did not not create the desired reaction, and laughs were had by (nearly) all.

Well, it's another week, and the trend continues as various purveyors of junk foods run afoul of the media. Read on to discover my personal favorites. Read More »