Saturday, June 21, 2008

Two Simple Steps To Feel Like You're Making An Extra $110,000 Per Year

Are you ready?

1) Get enough sleep
2) Have more sex.

The University of Michigan reports that getting an extra hour of sleep per night has more impact on your happiness than an extra $60,000 per year. I guess I'm on to something when I tell people that if I were a billionaire, I'd take more naps!

Meanwhile, Dartmouth and the University of Warwick estimate that getting busy once a week instead of once a month increases your happiness as much as an extra $50,000 per year.

Start living a richer life. Put down that remote and start hitting the sack.

Quote of the Day: Waiting for the River to Drain Away

"Dare to be wise! Begin now. The man who puts off the day when he will live rightly is like the peasant who waits for the river to drain away. But it flows on, and will flow on for ever."

--Horace

(Hat tip: Gretchen Rubin)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Capitalism Finally Triumphs In The Last Redoubt Of Socialism--The US Senate


Kudos to Senator Dianne Feinstein for striking a blow for capitalism. After seven months of wrangling, the U.S. Senate finally agreed to privatize The Senate Dining Room.
Since 1993, the Senate's restaurants have lost more than $18 million, including an estimated $2 million in 2008. Ironically, staffers from the senior branch of Congress prefer the House of Representative's basement cafeteria.
In contrast to the Iron Curtain-esque performance of the Senate restaurant (only 20 new items in the past 10 YEARS), the House restaurant was privatized in the 1980s, and turns a hefty profit, some of which goes to the House.
As one would expect, the apparatchiks did not go quietly:
"I know what happens with privatization. Workers lose jobs, and the next generation of workers make less in wages. These are some of the lowest-paid workers in our country, and I want to help them," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a staunch labor union ally, said recently. The wages of the approximately 100 Senate food service workers average $37,000 annually.
However, when Feinstein warned senators that their choices were privatization or a 25% hike in prices, the glorious proletarian revolution was shoved aside in favor of cheaper sushi.
As an American, I'm ashamed that these morons are running our country.