Money isn't real: it's just a mutual agreement to keep track of what we've promised to each other. Frequent Flyer Miles are even less real. But trading the two, until today, could get you travel around the world at no cost.
Here's how it works. Get one of those credit cards that gets you frequent flyer points for your purchse. Then, go to the US Mint and buy dollar coins, charged to your credit card. The Mint would ship you the coins for free. You deposit the coins in your bank, pay off your credit card, and pocket the Frequent Flyer points. Voila. Something fo nothing.
Michael Moore has a new movie coming out Friday called "Capitalism: A Love Story." NPR's Neal Conan interviews Moore on "Talk of the Nation."
Moore has a definite point of view and usually makes some points that catch my attention. I'll pull two quotes from this interview.
First, Moore suggests things in the US started getting difficult "around the time of Ronald Reagan." Here's one piece of supporting evidence. A 2005 UCLA…
Talk about nervous. Assistant Treasury Secretary Phillip Swagel seems to have been the only guy in town the other day after the latest bad employment report came out. So he had to give the press conference. Watch the video associated with the Washington Post column by Dana Milbank. Couldn't have been more nervous if he was 16 at his first job interview.
A Washington Post article today anticipates Bush will call for a balanced budget by 2012 in his upcoming State of the Union address. Many are called but few are balanced.
Stephen Colbert: “Do they give a Noble Prize for throwing your own feces?”
Dr. Peter Agre: “That's the Economics prize.”
- Oct. 19, 2006 episode of the Colbert Report
The NY Times ran an article the other day on the home value bubble, the gist being that home prices really are way up:
The website byline speaks for itself: "A website devoted to tracking the whereabouts of the former Enron CEO."