rich people ~ Sage, Working Washington

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Here's exactly how much money you need

Town & Country Magazine recently did some research to find out how much money wealthy people truly needed to be happy and sustain their lifestyles. They calculated some basic needs and broke down various expenses to come up with a “happiness number.” It incorporated baseline costs of being happy like:

  • 12-room apartment on Central Park and a couple vacation homes
  • Collection of “trophy art”
  • Elite private boarding schools for the children plus a solid inheritance
  • A chef, a chauffeur, and a housekeeper on staff
  • Appropriate wardrobe & cosmetic expenses
  • Tickets for key social functions
  • And more! (Yup, there’s more.)

So they took the cost of those “basics” and they totaled them all up.

And they got their “happiness number.”

See if you can guess what that all adds up to. How much money do rich people need in order to be happy?

Hint: it’s a bit more than $15/hour. (Apparently that’s too much for us… but not enough for them.)

Click here to make your guess… and then find out the answer.

Feeling thankful I don’t thank a chauffer is a basic cost of living,

Sage, Working Washington

Source: Here’s Exactly How Much Money You Need To Be Happy, Town & Country Magazine, 11/16/2017

on this day 11/28

1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.

1582 – William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married.

1757 – English poet, painter and engraver William Blake was born. Two of his best known works are “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience.”

1919 – American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.

1922 – Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square.

1925 – The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.

1929 – Ernie Nevers (St. Louis Cardinals) became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.

1942 – In Boston, MA, 491 people died in a fire that destroyed the Coconut Grove.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II.

1953 – New York City began 11 days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.

1958 – The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.

1963 – U.S. President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.

1964 – The U.S. launched the space probe Mariner IV from Cape Kennedy on a course set for Mars.

1977 – Larry Bird was introduced as “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon” with a cover story in Sports Illustrated. (NBA)

1978 – The Iranian government banned religious marches.

1979 – An Air New Zealand DC-10 flying to the South Pole crashed in Antarctica killing all 257 people aboard.

1983 – The space shuttle Columbia took off with the STS-9 Spacelab in its cargo bay.

1985 – The Irish Senate approved the Anglo-Irish accord concerning Northern Ireland.

1987 – A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean. All 159 people aboard were killed.

1989 – Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.

1990 – Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain.

1992 – In Bosnia-Herzegovina, 137 tons of food and supplies were to be delivered to the isolated town of Srebrenica.

1992 – In King William’s Town, South Africa, black militant gunmen attacked a country club killing four people and injuring 20.

1994 – Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.

1994 – Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership.

1995 – U.S. President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.

2010 – WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked “secret” or “confidential.”

Democracy Needs You on #GivingTuesday

Safeguarding Elections In The Digital Age
Dear Friends,

The 2016 election revealed the power of cyber interference to undermine our democracy. Elections in 47 states remain at risk, either because the states need paper-based voting systems, or state law lacks robust ballot audits, or both. There are simple, easily implementable solutions:·

Voter-marked Paper Ballots – Electronic voting systems that count votes by scanning voter-marked paper ballots leverage technology to quickly count votes but also preserve the ability to check that votes were counted as cast.
Routine post-election audits – Statistically meaningful manual counts of paper ballots are the best way, given current technology, to verify electronic tallies and ensure that votes are counted as cast and the election outcome is correct.
Improved security practices for all electoral systems – Cyber security practices, crafted by Verified Voting’s team of renowned experts, are needed to protect voter registration databases and epollbooks from error and malicious interference.

Generations have fought to expand the right to vote, and millions of charitable dollars are spent ensuring access to the vote. Now it’s up to us to honor those sacrifices and investments by ensuring your vote not only counts, but is counted as cast!

We ask you to vote with your dollars today and give what you can to safeguard our democracy.

To learn more about Verified Voting, the states at risk and what we are doing to ensure your vote counts go to

Thank you for donating now and making this a great #GivingTuesday!

Marian K. Schneider, President
Verified Voting



This week is make or break for the Trump/Ryan Tax Scam. So this #GivingTuesday, instead of asking for a donation, we’re asking for you to Take Action and stop this latest volley in the GOP war on seniors. We’re calling it #TakeActionTuesday.

This Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on a giant tax giveaway for corporations and billionaires, while also destroying our earned benefits. This bill takes away tax deductions that help seniors manage out-of-control prescription drug costs, and triggers $400 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare over the next decade.

This is a critical moment. Write to your Senators right now and demand they reject a Republican tax scam that would trigger $400 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare.

Just like with Trumpcare, this bill could come down to a single Senator’s vote. But unlike with Trumpcare, our allies in Senate offices are saying that they aren’t overwhelmed by public opposition. Today is the day to remind them: We didn’t send you to Washington to destroy Medicare, and we will throw you out if you vote for this horrible bill.

Write to your Senators on this #TakeActionTuesday and tell them to reject the GOP tax scam that cuts billions of dollars from Medicare while handing trillions in tax breaks to the top 1% and big corporations.

We will not stand by as Donald Trump and Republican leaders attempt to cut our earned benefits while falsely claiming their tax plan is anything but a massive handout to the rich and powerful. Take action today!

Thank you,

Michael Phelan
Social Security Works

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They gave us their legacy ~ Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the NMAAHC

Dear Friend,

It’s #GivingTuesday and, in recognition of this special day of kindness and generosity, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating the thousands of individuals and families who have donated over 36,000 objects, photographs, and heirlooms that have become the Museum’s prized collection.

We’re also thanking friends like you for all you’ve done to make the Museum possible. I invite you to help the Museum tell the full American story through its collections and exhibitions bybecoming a Charter Member on #GivingTuesday.

Donated Artifacts

Help bring the African American story to the country and world this #GivingTuesday.


December 31, 2017 will be the last day to join the Museum and enjoy Charter Member status, so I encourage you to join now on this special day of giving.

And in honor of #GivingTuesday, we are giving away vintage NMAAHC baseball caps to anyone who joins at the $100 level, while supplies last.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the first Smithsonian museum to build its own collection from scratch. It was a huge task that we took on by going city to city, town to town and putting out a call to people to look in their basements and attic trunks to see what treasures they had and what they might be willing to give.

The enthusiastic response brought the Museum priceless items such as Harriet Tubman’s hymn book, Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, and shards of stained glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

Thousands of people have moved precious items from their family’s legacy to our nation’s legacy. Today, on #GivingTuesday, I ask that you recognize their gifts with a gift of your own. Join as a Charter Member on #GivingTuesday and receive a vintage NMAAHC baseball cap when you give at the $100 level.

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Founding Director

Building Photograph by Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Image 1: Ten shards of stained glass from the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, September 1963. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Trumpauer-Mulholland Collection.

Image 2: Gospel Hymns No. 2, by P. P. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey, Harriet Tubman’s personal book of hymns. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson.

Image 3: Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong, 1946. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.