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ENTROPY UPDATE

The Progressive Review

WHEN THE TOP CAVES IN

THE CRASH OF AMERICA

APOLOGY TO YOUNGER AMERICANS

THE QUIET STORM: BLOWIN' IN THE WIND OF CULTURAL DECAY

THE AUTISTIC CONFEDERACY

THE WORST & THE DUMBEST

Conrad Hilton III is accused of causing a ruckus aboard a more than 10-hour British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles... After turning himself in, the 20-year-old, very wealthy man-child appeared in court, accused of threatening the flight crew, smoking aboard the plane, making children cry with his profanity-laced tirades and calling everyone who dared be annoyed by his antics “peasants.”

“After 12 years, Brian Williams is coming clean, admitting the helicopter he traveled in during NBC’s coverage of the 2003 Iraq invasion never once came under fire, despite Williams’ story to the contrary,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

After sending Roger Vanderklok for jail for the audacity of asking to file a complaint, Philadelphia International Airport TSA supervisor Charles Kieser then lied about what happened on the stand in court. He fabricated an aggressive confrontation and a bomb threat, neither of which are in evidence on the CCTV footage or in the police report. His victim was help incommunicado in jail, panicking his wife who had no idea where he'd gone. Kieser gets to keep his job.

Group doctor visits

Blomberg - According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, around 10 percent of family doctors offer shared medical appointments, sessions that bring together a dozen or more patients with similar medical conditions to meet with a doctor for 90 minutes. With pressure from the government and insurers to bring down the cost of care while treating the increasing number of people with health insurance, patients can expect group visits to become more common. "It’s efficient. It’s economical. It’s high-quality care when it’s done right," says Edward Noffsinger, a California psychologist who created the model in the 1990s at Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest health maintenance organization.

US billionaire arrives in Davos in private jet to tell Americans that their "lifestyle expectations are far too high"

Daily Mail, Uk - A U.S. billionaire who made his fortune betting against sub-prime mortgage securities has told Americans to lower their expectations so they have 'less things' in life.

Jeff Greene made his remarks after flying into Switzerland on a private jet with his 19-year younger wife, Mei Sze, children and two nannies.

The businessman, 60, who is worth around $3 billion through his investments and real estate development projects, said: 'America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence.

'The 60-year-old founder of Florida-based Florida Sunshine Investments was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Mr Greene was in the news just last week as his sprawling Beverly Hills compound 'Palazzo di Amore' hit the market with a $195 million asking price - making it the highest listing currently on the U.S. market...

In 2013, he spoke of owning a $2million Cessna Caravan seaplane that he said saved him valuable time commuting between his homes in Palm Beach and the Hamptons and New York where he conducts much of his business. He told The Real Deal that the plane cut a journey of more than three hours to just 35 minutes, employing two full-time pilots.

Davos greedsters feature Prince Andrew

Daily Mail, UK - Prince Andrew arrived in Davos to meet the world's most rich and powerful people as he faced growing pressure to testify on oath about his contacts with an alleged underage ‘sex slave'.

Virginia Roberts claims she had sex three times with the Duke of York including at an orgy on a Caribbean island involving eight other young girls.

Buckingham Palace has issued strong denials on the Prince’s behalf - but he is expected to address the sex allegations for the first time in a speech to business leaders tonight.

Today the Prince arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos, nine miles from his chalet in Klosters, and will give a keynote speech at an event for entrepreneurs this evening.

The Duke is due to host a reception tonight at the exclusive gathering of the rich and powerful in the Swiss ski resort.

2014

Entropy update:British Air's war on cellos

Slipped Disc - BA have now changed the rules, so any cello in the cabin has a minimum fee of £300 long haul. So now the cello is paying almost the same as I am, with no meal, no baggage allowance, no airmiles, no online checkin, no upgrades possible etc.

Helicopter parenting out of control

Torture terrorist gets endowed law school chair at Berkeley

Social media prenup

Divorce parties

Some DC restaurants stop taking reservations

Manischewitz now owned by Mitt Romney's old firm, Bain Capital

$250 hamburger in NYC

Justin Beiber gives a a deposition

You could be fined $3 million for gossiping about that Bieber party you attended

Remembering our veterans in the Hamptons

Wealthy Manhattenites hiring disabled people to be fake family members and move kids to head of Disney World line

Being Donald Trump's son

Emails tell you you're not invited to a wedding

Get yourself a social media butler for the Obama inauguration

2012

Donald Trump wins $5 million case against Miss Pensylvania

Life in the 1%

The hazards of not having a Facebook page

Media invitation

The rules aboard the plane of Abercrombie's CE0

New and historic

PAUL SHIINKMAN, WTOP

Why vision statements should be vague and ambiguous

Boing Boing - Hammacher Schlemmer's Human Bowling Ball is a $4,500 amusement for children aged 5-12: it consists of a giant, inflatable hamster ball and an inflated bowling lane. You insert your progeny into the former and entice them to run quickly at the latter, caroming off the sides to the amusement of all.

Divorced couple fighting over 1200 designer shoe collection

More than a third of British 16 to 23-year-olds (36%) do not know bacon comes from pigs and four in 10 (40%) failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow, with 7% linking it to wheat,

Celebrity poker circle

NYC private school to charge $40k a year...

Chicago selling naming rights to everything

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch said it would offer "substantial payment" to MTV's The Jersey Shore's cast members to stop wearing the brand on air. "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson said in a statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."

High school seniors spending up to $5000 for professional photos of themselves

ALGONQUIN HOTEL TO BECOME JUST ANOTHER MARRIOTT

PRO FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE DROPS THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

NEARLY A QUARTER OF AMERICANS WOULDN'T MIND BEING PLUGGED IN DURING SEX

ELITE ETHNOGRAPHY: AUSTERITY CHIC

Teach your kid to be a TSA agent

What Americans have been taught: from a Gallup poll

2010

TWELVE REASONS THE US IS NOT NUMBER ONE

GAO FINDS DELIVERING MAIL 'NOT VIABLE'

COMPLETE GUIDE TO DRIVING A TOYOTA WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE A CAR IS MEANT TO

NYC SCHOOL PANEL MAY APPROVE POP TARTS, BUT BAN BROWNIES AND ZUCCHINI BREAD

PARENTS BANNED FROM PLAYGROUND BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T HAD CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS

BRITISH SCOUTS NO LONGER ALLOWED TO HAVE PENKNIVES

BRITISH CHILDREN BEING DISCOURAGED FROM RIDING BIKES