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The daily Minyanville take on news, commentary and opinion from around the world:

"Since last year's poverty rate of 12.7% was essentially equal to the 1968 rate of 12.8%, it seems that little progress has been made," writes Douglas Besharov in the Wall Street Journal. But, he notes, "by many other measures, poor people's physical and material well-being is considerably better now than in the late '60s. How else to explain why so many poor now have color TV (93%) and air conditioning (50%), and own their own homes (46%)?"

  • Bottom Line: Just give me a color TV, some cool air conditioning and a tenement house to call my own and it's all good, baby!
  • Corrollary: Won't someone please help those most in need - namely, those with tiny black & white TVs, no air conditioning and forced to rent a tenement house?

Fancy, air-conditioned
Appalachian Outhouse!


"The NASD and the New York Stock Exchange both recently proposed rules that would force firms to adopt business entertainment policies that cap amounts and specify appropriate venues. The move is expected to rule out company-paid or work-related strip club jaunts at the more than 5,000 brokerage firms in the USA," USA Today says.

  • Bottom Line: Prediction for 2007: Lil Mynx debuts new office conference room stripper pole, enjoys hugely successful initial public offering.

Lil Mynx Conference Room Stripper Pole


Former Secreatary of State Madeleine Albright writes in today's Financial Times that that foreign policy of "Good vs. Evil does not work."

  • Bottom Line: Of course we can't have a policy of Good vs. Evil. The categories below work better.

Countries Bombed
China
Korea
Guatemala
Indonesia
Cuba
Congo
Peru
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Lebanon
Grenada
Libya
El Salvador
Nicaragua
Panama
Iraq
Somalia
Bosnia (Republic of Srpska)
Sudan
Yugoslavia
Afghanistan
Germany
Belgium
Netherlands
Luxembourg
Hungary
Italy
Tunisia
Greece
Austria
Romania
Japan
Thailand
Nauru
Solomon Islands
Papua New Guinea
the Marshall Islands
Singapore
Phillipines

Countries Not Yet Bombed
Egypt
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Pakistan
India
Malaysia
Venezuela
Brazil
Australia
Canada
Ireland
Norway
Sweden
Mexico
Spain

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