Category: The Ledlie Letter - Year: 2012

December 2012

That’s one bad cold.  Norwegian scientists suggest that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system, a condition commonly found in reindeers. They have not reached a conclusion about Santa’s metabolism. Sleigh Pull, Title IX.   Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid may sound like dudes, …

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November 2012

World news wrap-up.  Professional firms using news in their marketing efforts can enjoy this advice from the enlightening Matthias Lichtblau, Ph.D., of Frankfurt, Germany: “Remember news has to be new. Only the fresh-caught fish makes it into the fish-wrapper.”   Red state, blue states, and Palmer Method states.  Maybe you never had …

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August 2012

Toppling the ivory towers. Last year, Sebastian Thrun taught 165 students in his classroom at Stanford University. This year the Nobel laureate in artificial intelligence is teaching a phenomenal 160,000 students. He and his colleagues simply moved it to the Web. Online learning suddenly looms larger. And right on time. Meanwhile, …

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June/July 2012

Just tea for me, please. Selling for $10 a cup, Jacu bird coffee beans are derived from the routine operations of the rare South American Jacu bird.  It reportedly eats only the best, ripest Arabica berries and then courteously deposits them under the coffee trees for collection, washing, drying and …

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May 2012

For platinum members only.  A follow-up letter to a speeding ticket arrives from the office of the sheriff of Boone County, Indiana. Instead of paying $150 for your recent citation, says the letter, please pay us $250 and we’ll keep it right here. No notice to your home state or …

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April 2012

What’s that noise? The spreading fear of 2013 tax hikes and the economic uncertainty in general is moving many business owners to the exits. The M&A industry – corporate attorneys, investment bankers, CPAs – is clocking overtime. “If you’re going to sell in the next four years,” one banker tells …

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March 2012

Ash Wednesday (with apologies to T. S. Eliot). Publix grocery bagger to customer: “What’s that?” (touching her forehead) Customer: “Ashes. It’s Ash Wednesday.” Grocery bagger: “Ash Wednesday? Oh. Is it also Toothpaste Wednesday?” Customer: “Whu…?” Grocery bagger (pointing to her lip): “You have a little toothpaste on your mouth right here.” No-fault government (yours).  So a federal …

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February 2012

Course-Changer.  Political scientist Charles Murray is back, and mere weeks after publication, Coming Apart has already set off cannonades, right and left. No surprise, since his most famous book, Losing Ground, brought, as no less a figure than Tom Wolfe reminds us, “a complete restructuring of America’s welfare system.” Recession-buster. …

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January 2012

Rite of passage?  Pediatrics says 30.2 percent of babies will be arrested by age 23, almost one-third of those cute little packets lined up in the hospital bassinettes. Trial by puppet.  In Ohio, the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County commissioner Jimmy Dimora was re-enacted nightly on TV by a …

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December 2011

Contest. Almost as old as the Christmas story is something that originated at the other end of the Roman Empire about the same time. It is heavy, it is ugly and it is used daily by billions around the world without their knowing it. A book and global recognition of …

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November 2011

Set your lineup and call your lawyer. The term “unlawful business activity” covers a wide range of crimes, from hijacking to hooch. But Fantasy Football!? The massive Internet pastime involving millions of people “has gained legitimacy over the years,” says gaming attorney Anthony N. Cabot. Still, there is official concern …

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