ENTROPY UPDATE The Progressive Review
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.
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 Princes 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.
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.
Reason - A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.
What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents).
Those are the results of a Reason/Rupe poll confirming that we have not only lost all confidence in our kids and our communitieswe have lost all touch with reality.
"I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, anytime, that underestimates children's abilities more than we North Americans do today," says Boston College psychology professor emeritus Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, a book that advocates for more unsupervised play, not less.
In his book, Gray writes about a group of 13 kids who played several hours a day for four months without supervision, though they were observed by an anthropologist. "They organized activities, settled disputes, avoided danger, dealt with injuries, distributed goods... without adult intervention," he writes.
Manischewitz now owned by Mitt Romney's old firm, Bain Capital
PAUL SHIINKMAN, WTOP
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.
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,
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."
Teach your kid to be a TSA agent