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Posts about being frugal, getting out of debt, staying out of debt, spending practically and splurging joyfully. This category may also contain posts about hard money and what the government is doing to all that “soft money” it creates.

Friday miscellany

First thing: Many thanks to K. and M. whose PayPal donations made my day. And — I don’t know whom to thank for this because Amazon isn’t yet telling — but I see apricots in my future. 🙂 I’ve had too few apricots in my recent past — and one can never have too many of the little beauties in one’s future. Now on with the ranting, raving, giggling, snorting, news reporting, and other distractions of the day: Did you hear the one about the anti-gun legislator who shot an intruder in his home? (Yes, another one of those hypocritical…

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Christmas giving

It’s that time again. If you’ve got a few spare FRNs, it might be nice to stop right now while you’re thinking about it and throw a few in one or more of these directions: WikiLeaks: You know why they need — and deserve — it. For now this URL and these methods still work — although your credit card may not cooperate thanks to government terror tactics and general cravenness. ADDED: The Bradley Manning Defense Fund. He’s being treated monstrously. Rational Review News, the freedom movement’s daily newspaper. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Though they’re located in Utah, they help…

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Merry Christmas to me

A couple of people asked how they can give me a Christmas present. So I’m posting some ways: 1. My Amazon.com wish list. Other Claire Wolfes (Wolves?) have Amazon wish lists. But if you see the one that has California dried apricots, DVDs, knitting books, dog books, anarchist books, and (of course) cool flashlights … you can be pretty sure you’ve got the right one. 2. Send money via PayPal. Click the button, and fill in any amount you wish. “Donate” was the most appropriate button they had. While I’m not a charity, I am a good cause. 🙂 3.…

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Tuesday miscellany

Geez, they could at least have shouted, “Drop that hose nozzle, m******f*****!!!” before they shot the guy. Dontcha think? Abandoning a city. Now, will we see Mad Max in America? Or will the abandoned residents develop their own voluntary institutions? Oh. Wait. We’re talking about Detroit. It’s already Mad Max in America. This is pure skulduggery. And it’s brought to you by Dodd-Frank financial “reform.” Like, don’t faint from surprise or anything. Privacy alert, courtesy of Bigjack who posted a link about web photo geotags while commenting on my Christmas tree post: Your camera might be revealing your location. Not…

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Underearners Anonymous???

Reader Pat sent me this link to a Wall Street Journal article about — of all things, Underearners Anonymous. Seriously: Can’t earn enough dough to pay the rent? A tiny but growing fellowship of New Yorkers might suggest that the problem isn’t the economy. The problem is you. You may have a disease—a compulsive addiction to low-paying work. And they have a 12-step program to help you recover: Underearners Anonymous. At a recent meeting, two-dozen men and women gathered in a windowless, rented room, squeezing themselves into a tight circle around a faded oriental carpet. After saying a prayer and…

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Thursday miscellany

Uh oh. The Fibbies have done it again. And the R-party will, too. Of course. But you’ve gotta admit, the rapidity with which they tap-dance around their own alleged principles is dazzling. Now that’s a headline. “Finding My Spending Identity. Because New Years is coming up and a lot of us are thinking about that sort of thing. More zero-intelligence school policy on guns. This time the victim is an honor-roll girl. But this time the place is … urk! — Montana??? (Tip o’ hat to PT.) No surprise. All the serious thinking about Assange and WikiLeaks (and “CyberWar I”)…

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Shopping/E.T.

Shopping? Shopping? Did somebody say it’s time to go shopping? Well, I’m all for frugality, and these days most of my splurges occur at thrift stores or garage sales. But I do love me some online shopping via eBay or Amazon.com. I get the impression from the comments section that a lot of you are in the same mode. Going to shop at Amazon.com this season? If you’ll use one of these links: Living Free or ClaireWolfe … you’ll be doing me a favor while not costing yourself one dime extra. Either link is good. —– Did anybody else watch…

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The Curse of the 1-800 Number

Okay, maybe it’s not scary enough to make a great horror film. But is there anybody else around here who trembles and quakes as I do at the prospect of trying to solve a problem when the only contact a company will allow you is the Dreaded 800 Number? I’m not against 800 numbers in general. Obviously, they can be handy for signing up for a service, checking a balance, or asking a minor question. I’d rather do all that online, if I have to do it at all. But the 800 number is a quick and easy alternative for…

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A Saturday compilation of useful, useless, and generally interesting stuff

Just going through the motions. Even more moronic than we thought. (Tip o’ hat to Joel and Jim B.) But they sure do seem to enjoy their jobs. Man lets house go into foreclosure over $25 fee. Cutting off face to spite nose? Or method to his madness? Me, I think it’s clear he’s not doing it over the fee, but for the principle of the thing: because the bank did him wrong and now won’t even acknowledge him as a human being and a customer. Companion piece: Just when you thought you understood mortgage securitization. A few months ago,…

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Tales from a third-world state of America

In these once-great united States of America, one state long ago led the way toward freedom. (No offense to you, Virginia; you produced magnificent radicals. But Massachusetts was first to kick ass.) More recently, that state has been leading the way toward third-world status — beginning with plundering the productive and promoting corrupt cronyism. I have friends who are unfortunate enough to live in Massachusetts and who, for various reasons, can’t leave. One of those, a small business owner, wrote me two doleful emails last week about his problems with both the local plunderers and those national vandals, the IRS.…

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