Jules Rabin

Executive Pay Is Out Of Control In Big Media

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Executive Pay Is Out Of Control In Big Media

FOOTLOOSE AND... It is true. Discovery Communications pays its boss man, David Zaslav, $156 million a year to run the company. Wow! I am impressed. I wonder what his daily diary looks like? But wait, there are a cadre of other media head men who make out rather well, too. For example, Les Moonves, the CBS mogul, rides into second place in the top pay parade at a more...

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Drunk? Soon You Won’t Be Able To Drive A Car

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Drunk? Soon You Won’t Be Able To Drive A Car

FOOTLOOSE AND... Drunken driving kills 10,000 Americans each year. Now a technological breakthrough may virtually eliminate this horrendous problem. How to achieve this momentous breakthrough? Either touch-sensitive contact points on a starter button or gear-shift or a set of breath sensors at these locations will immediately register the level of alcohol in the more...

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Social Security Paid Millions To Former Nazis!

By at June 5, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Social Security Paid Millions To Former Nazis!

FOOTLOOSE AND... Yes, you read the headline correctly. Some of the payments, believe it or not, were made in 2015! In a new report, the Social Security Administration’s inspector general claims that all of the payments were legal under policies in place when they took place. Until the early 1980s, after pressure from Congress, the Justice Department finally more...

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Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Has Turned 90!

By at May 29, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Has Turned 90!

FOOTLOOSE AND... We come across 90th birthday celebrations for celebrities on a semi-regular basis. A glance at the headline, a split-second reaction… and move on. But Yogi Berra reaching 90 — that is special. OK. Let’s start with the most notable of “Yogi-isms” — “It ain’t over until it’s over.” Then it is almost mandatory to mention Yogi’s more...

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$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

FOOTLOOSE AND... Math was never my favorite subject in school. So when you buy something for $20 and sell it for $137,000, I can’t figure out what the true profit margin is. Well, let’s see. This gentleman, surely my new hero, named James Tumblin, worked in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios in the early 1960s. That’s when he decided to buy a more...

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Diamond Tidbits To Welcome Baseball Season

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Diamond Tidbits To Welcome Baseball Season

FOOTLOOSE AND... Now that the 2015 baseball season is officially underway, let’s take a look at some interesting diamond tidbits. For example, do you know who pitched the only opening game no-hitter in baseball history? It was that remarkable Cleveland pitching icon Bob Feller in 1940. Back in 1910, William Howard Taft was the first president to throw out the more...

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Is Air Travel Getting Worse? You Be The Judge

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Is Air Travel Getting Worse? You Be The Judge

FOOTLOOSE AND... Is air travel getting worse? I certainly think so. “I’ve had it with air travel,” said a friend recently. “Fun it never was… now it usually is frustrating.” Well, latest statistics do show that more flights are late, more bags are being lost and customers are complaining more. Passenger complaints rose more than 22 percent in 2014. more...

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ID Protection Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

By at April 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

ID Protection Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

FOOTLOOSE AND... Increasingly important in this day and age, here are some ways to fight the scourge of identity theft. Check your annual credit report for suspect activity. Only about 25 percent of the population does it — and it’s free. Also, keep on top of Trans Union, Equifax and Experion by initiating a security freeze… for those over 65, or past identity more...

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The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

FOOTLOOSE AND...  Yes, it took two iconic American music masters, Kate Smith and Irving Berlin to produce America’s number one patriotic song, “God Bless America.” Smith, the nation’s No. 1 songstress in 1940, dreamed about finding a highly patriotic song in the days before the country’s entry into World War II. Finally, she contacted Irving Berlin and more...

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Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

FOOTLOOSE AND... Tom Brady, recent MVP of the 2015 Super Bowl, makes a very nice living quarterbacking the New England Patriots. But even he has to keep a wary eye on his taxes. Brady’s Super Bowl bonus was a handsome $97,000. Since he pays in the top income tax bracket, his immediate tax hit was $38,412. His top Medicare rate of $2,280 brought the figure up to more...

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