Ukip rows back on Mark Reckless immigration comments ahead of Rochester & Strood by-elecion

first_img whatsapp Ukip has sought to distance itself from comments made by its Rochester & Strood candidate Mark Reckless, after he suggested certain European migrants could be asked to leave Britain if the party came to power.  Speaking yesterday at a hustings with other Rochester & Strood by-election candidates, Reckless said a Ukip government would have to implement a short-term “transitional period” allowing “people who are currently here to have a work permit at least for a fixed period”.  The suggestion that migrants would be sent back to their country of origin sparked outrage from Rochester & Strood’s Labour candidate Naushabah Khan. “Where would you stop Mark? My family are migrants, are we going to say they need to go back as well?,” she said.  But it wasn’t only Khan who bristled at the comments – Ukip itself has issued a statement clarifying its position. A Ukip spokesman said: “We need to sort out our borders, and we cannot do so whilst we remain in the European Union. Those who are in this country lawfully, such as those from EU nations would have the right to remain. Those who are here illegally would have to apply for work permits.”  They added: “It is absolutely not our policy to round up EU migrants and put them on a boat at Dover and send them back to wherever they came from.” With just one day to go until the by-election, this is the sort of thing that most parties would be spooked by – but all the polls and bookies suggest Reckless will be a clear winner. And it’s not as if Ukip is unused to gaffes. Here are four of the most recent: Earlier this year Councillor Donna Edmunds said businesses should be allowed to refuse services to women and gay people.  Presumably a view shared by Councillor David Silvester, who blamed the storms and floods affecting the UK on gay marriage laws. He was later suspended by the party.  Godfrey Bloom – also no longer with the party – was the master of the gaffe. Not content with saying aid was being sent to “bongo bongo land” he also called a room full of women “sluts” and then hit Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick around the head with a rolled up party brochure. Even Nigel Farage has had his own foot-in-mouth occasions, not least the gotcha moment from the BBC’s Nick Robinson when he wanted an explanation over why Farage had employed his German wife over other British candidates. whatsapp Catherine Neilan Wednesday 19 November 2014 9:06 am Ukip rows back on Mark Reckless immigration comments ahead of Rochester & Strood by-elecion center_img Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: UK immigrationlast_img read more

Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois

first_img Pinterest Gardai in Laois are warning about a Sextortian scam – the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.This scam email is actually quite common and is very threatening in nature.Crime Prevention Officer for Laois-Offaly Sergeant Graham Kavanagh advises if you should receive an email such as this either mark the email as spam/phishing (if available) or delete the email is the best course of action. By Megan Shiel – 14th January 2020 Home News Crime Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois NewsCrime Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory News 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin “If you are not familiar with this, I will explain. Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.“This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.“I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence. Why your antivirus did not detect malware?“Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.“I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.“With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks.“I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.“If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $500 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).“After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.“I give you 50 hours (more than 2 days) to pay. I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.“Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address. I do not make any mistakes.“If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.”So the safest course of action is to delete.SEE ALSO – Man arrested after Laois church vandalised in sickening attack WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSSergeant Graham Kavanagh Pinterest Garda warning over ‘Sextortion scam email’ doing the rounds in Laois Previous articleEmo turn to club stalwart ahead of 2020 seasonNext articleWEATHER WARS: Local forecaster hits out at Met Eireann ‘fake’ weather claims Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook Facebook GAA He said: “There should be no interaction with the sender at all. The criminal has no video.“Do not ever send money to these people. If you receive a similar email and it is causing you worry then please talk to someone you trust.“The emails typically go as follows:“I am a hacker who has access to your operating system. I also have full access to your account.“I’ve been watching you for a few months now. The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited. GAA Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

“No Dating during College Education”

first_img Facebook Twitter [imText1]The university admission process is so difficult that you have to obtain recommendations and pass the national exam. The departments and majors are determined at the university. Classes are divided like military divisions; the university as a solidarity, departments as platoons, and majors as companies. Colleges or local universities with a small number of students usually call the entire class of the year a company, and departments and majors as platoons. After making divisions, the campus life then really begins. You have to enter the university by 8 in the morning, and for thirty minutes go though forced walking and inspection. During the inspection, military trainers inspect how a student is dressed, they check students’ haircuts, and determine whether or not they are prepared to enter the classrooms. After the inspection comes the forced walking. The divided groups walk the school’s sports field and practice marching. They do this walking exercise every Monday morning. The first class starts at 8:30 am, and a class is 90 minutes long. After three classes in the morning, lunch time begins at 1:30 pm. Those living in the dorms receive meal tickets issued by the university administration office, and walk to the cafeteria singing in class groups. Usually they sing the song, “We will win together.” Those students who commute bring lunch from home and eat in the classroom with other students. In the afternoon, there are two classes. All classes come to an end at 5:30 pm. When school is out, the student leader (or class leader) criticizes student behavior in the classrooms for ten minutes and the students go to their extracurricular activities. There is also a “student patrol” who guides and controls the students. They are upperclassmen, and mainly keep control of the love affairs between the male and female students. It is said that many students are expelled for violating this rule. This is due to Kim Il Sung’s speech on the 5th Conference of the Socialist Worker’s Youth Alliance in which he said, “When the youth marry early, they become devoted to family and lose the thought of revolution and become lazy and weak in everything they do.” After the speech it became a law that university students do not get married, let alone date. University Students Marriage Prohibited by Kim Il Sung’s TeachingsIt is impossible to control love between a man and a woman. Most of the students fall in love secretly, promise marriage in secret, act as if they do not know each other during the college years and get married as soon as they graduate, of course, by obtaining permission.Political organizations are also formed in the universities. Organizations such as the University Worker’s Party Committee, University Socialist Worker’s Youth Alliance, University Chosun Employment General Alliance, and University Democratic Women’s Alliance are all great examples. Students join a university party committee or socialist committee as extracurricular activities. University students in North Korea spend most of their extracurricular time in military training, labor involvement, and conferences, gatherings, and meetings for various kinds of political propaganda and agitation movement. Extracurricular activities for university students in North Korea are an important part of life. Under the principle of “unity of theory and practice,” students are to “volunteer” in the areas where the state needs human labor–exemplifying obligatory labor.The areas where students contribute obligatory labor are in assistance to farms, economic, and construction areas. Assistance to farms includes planting, pulling weeds, irrigation, and harvesting. Economic and construction areas include city construction, power plant construction, railroad construction, school construction, machine building, and mining. Obligatory labor must be done approximately 12 to 14 weeks annually. Anyone who complains receives harsh criticisms for “expressing anti-movement ideology.” If the person still does not participate in the labor “voluntarily” even after such criticisms, he is punished and in extreme cases is expelled from the party. Students work because they do not want to risk their own lives. They shout out propagandistic slogans because they are being watched. By Daily NK – 2005.11.22 5:00pm NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) “No Dating during College Education” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHAREcenter_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Business School Invites Media To Expanded Koelbel Building

first_img Published: Aug. 1, 2007 MEDIA ADVISORY The University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business will open its newly expanded and renovated home, the Koelbel Building, to media on Monday, Aug. 6. Reporters and photographers are invited to tour the building with Leeds School Dean Dennis A. Ahlburg at 10:30 a.m. The tour will start in the building’s Centers Board Room, located on the first floor off the main entrance on the south side of Koebel Building facing Regent Drive. Ahlburg will discuss the advantages of the new building for Leeds School students and the impact the school already has experienced in student recruitment. The Koelbel Building opens Monday for faculty and staff to move into their offices. Construction of the $38-million Leeds School expansion and renovation began in spring 2006. The building is named in honor of the Koelbel family, leaders in the Colorado real estate industry. The expansion adds 65,000 square feet to the existing 100,000-square-foot building. The renovated building includes new MBA and undergraduate classrooms, student “team rooms,” offices and an “information commons” attached to the renovated business library. Media are invited to the tour, which is not open to the public. The Koelbel Building is located on Regent Drive on the CU-Boulder campus. Visitor parking is available in the lot in front of the main entrance. A map is available at For more information contact Greg Swenson in the CU-Boulder Office of News Services at (303) 492-3113. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Ehlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade…

first_imgFacebook Advertisement(July 11, 2019; Saint Helena, Calif.)—Ehlers Estate, a 42-acre contiguous organically farmed estate vineyard in Napa Valley’s Saint Helena AVA, announced today that Katrina Van Aller has been hired as California direct to trade manager.Katrina comes to Ehlers with over 20 years of experience in luxury wine and spirits sales for California-based wineries. She joins Ehlers from Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, where she was regional sales manager from 2011 through 2019. During her tenure there, she achieved territory growth by 35% in accounts sold, and hosted numerous brand building events such as winemaker dinners, charity fundraisers, and private country club member tastings. Before that, she served as district sales manager for Treasury Wine Estates where she represented more than 23 brands. From 1999-2005, she was an account sales manager with Robert Mondavi Winery.Born and raised in the metro-D.C. area, Katrina first discovered wine through her love of food, and her eventual work in restaurants while studying at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.“I am thrilled to help Ehlers grow its presence in California. Ehlers has always resonated with me—from the elegant wines to the amazing story of the Leducqs’ journey to St. Helena. I’m truly honored to be a part of the winery team and to work with winemaker and GM Laura Diaz Muñoz,” says Katrina.In her free time, Katrina enjoys traveling, playing golf, spending time with her significant other, Russell, and enjoying their two rescue dogs Bella (Golden Retriever) and Haley (Border Collie Mix).About Ehlers EstateJust off Highway 29 in Saint Helena, in the midst of the prestige, showmanship and glitz that define many of the surrounding wineries, lies Ehlers Estate: a picturesque organically farmed 42-acre vineyard with a stone barn winery dating back to 1886, and a small, devoted winemaking and hospitality staff. At Ehlers Estate, a quiet presence and dedicated team speak loudly of its founding principles: a passion for wine, dedication to quality, and a commitment to a legacy.The winery is owned by the Leducq Foundation, a trust established by Jean and Sylviane Leducq in 1996. The Leducqs’ love for all things food and wine brought them to the Napa Valley where they modeled the property after a traditional Bordeaux chateau. All of the wines are 100% estate-grown and produced. The vineyards, which are planted to Bordeaux varietals, are all certified organic by the CCOF.In July of 2018 Laura Díaz Muñoz joined Ehlers Estate as winemaker and director of operations. Originally from Madrid, Spain, her old-world roots align with the Leducq vision to create a timeless and classic estate, while also maintaining the highest standards of excellence in winemaking through continuous exploration and refinement of vineyard and cellar practices.Advertisement Pinterest ReddIt TAGSEhlers EstateKatrina Van Allerpeople Twitter Share Linkedin Email Home Industry News Releases Ehlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade ManagerIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessEhlers Estate Hires Katrina Van Aller as California Direct to Trade ManagerBy Press Release – July 11, 2019 375 0 Previous articleRabo Agrifinance Establishes Collegiate Wine Scholarship Fund Established in Partnership with Sonoma State UniversityNext articleOpici Wines’ Market St. Spirits Expands World-Renowned Meletti Range with Distinctive, New Fernet! Press Releaselast_img read more

Ministry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy

first_imgRelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy Ministry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy EnvironmentJuly 13, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Water and Housing has received the final draft of a housing policy document from a group of experts, who were hired to formulate the document, last year.Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace (right), having a light discussion with Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), Gentle Wallace, at the Council’s 50th anniversary banquet, held on July 10 at the Morgan’s Harbor Hotel, in Port Royal. Minister Chang was the guest speaker at the event.This was announced by Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was speaking at the 50th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) of Jamaica, at the Morgan’s Harbour Hotel, in Port Royal, on July 10.“We are finally on the verge of putting in place a National Housing Policy, to bring order and cohesiveness to the sector. The Ministry is in possession of the final draft of the document, which will be considered by the Cabinet shortly and then tabled in Parliament,” Dr. Chang said.The Minister pointed out that the policy has embraced a number of new and innovative approaches to construction, while reiterating that the construction sector will play a key role in the implementation of the housing policy.Dr. Chang said that the policy embraces, among other things, the application of technological innovations to all aspects of the building industry; an expansion of the facilities within existing tertiary institutions to accelerate the skills training and capacity building of construction workers to enhance their productivity; and the use of low energy-consuming construction techniques and materials in all segments of the construction industry.He added that the housing policy also addresses appropriate construction practices to mitigate the adverse effects of potential hazardous events and encourage the use of cheaper alternative building materials.At the same time, the Housing Minister reminded his audience that the government was committed to working with players in the private sector, as it moves to serve the housing and construction needs of the population.“I believe that we stand to benefit significantly from collaboration with private sector entities such as the CIC,” he told the members.He singled out the work being done by one agency of the Ministry and the superiority of block and steel construction over other forms.“The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is exploring the efficient use of block and steel technology. Although building systems have been widely used in Jamaica for more than 35 years, block and steel is still the preferred choice for the general population. While in the traditional approach, it is no match for system building, it provides the greatest stimulus to our construction industry and is the most effective way to boost sales of construction material,” Dr. Chang said.And, while systems building is often thought to be a cheaper alternative, the Minister said there have been recent instances in which block and steel contractors are tendering on a competitive level and in some cases giving a better price.“In fact, for projects with less than 150 units, the efficient use of block and steel construction should prove effective and competitive when compared with system building as currently priced by our contractors,” he said.“The HAJ is now delivering a 270 sq. ft. studio unit on 3000 square feet of land with full infrastructure constructed from six-inch reinforced concrete blocks and a timber frame, aluminum sheet covered roof at Luana, in St. Elizabeth, for $2.5 million. The project has 49 units and will be completed in September 2010,” Dr. Chang said.He said the HAJ is also now in the process of constructing 100 similarly finished units with a reinforced concrete roof at Portmore Villas in Portmore, for a selling price of $3 million. He noted that both projects have been sold out and that construction is way ahead of the schedule dates given for completion.The housing policy was crafted by a group of experts from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, following the signing of a $21.6 million contract with the Ministry of Water and Housing to formulate a National Housing Policy and Implementation plan, on June 17, 2008. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policy RelatedMinistry Receives Final Draft of Housing Policylast_img read more

Wanted fugitive found in Santa Monica

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeWanted fugitive found in Santa Monica Nov. 14, 2016 at 9:15 amCrimeWanted fugitive found in Santa Monicaeditor5 years agoCrime WatchSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Department On November 3, at about 1:56 p.m.Officers conducted a traffic stop in 300 block of Santa Monica Blvd for an equipment violation. A computer check of the driver revealed the subject was a wanted fugitive from Arkansas and had an outstanding felony warrant from Beverly Hills Police Department. The subject was placed under arrest. A search of the subject’s vehicle revealed numerous identifications and items under another’s name. The subject was transported to SMPD Jail for booking.Miesha Lashone Graham, 40, homeless, was arrested for possession of identification with an intent to defraud and an out of state felony warrant. No bail was set.Tags :Crime WatchSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchSanta Monica Police Departmentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDowntown development taking center stage at Planning CommissionHistory Has Its Eyes On Trump NowYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Hur (62) surges into lead at Ladies Scottish Open

first_imgNORTH BERWICK, Scotland — Mi Jung Hur surged into a two-shot lead Friday in the rain-delayed second round of the Ladies Scottish Open, getting the best of the draw and finishing in the early evening with a 9-under 62. Players with morning tee times dealt with heavy wind and rain at The Renaissance Club, and play was suspended in the early afternoon, delaying the start times for half of the field and giving them a huge advantage as the sun came out and the wind died. The second round could not be completed Friday because of darkness. Hur, who started on No. 10, made only one par over her first 12 holes. The South Korean began with two birdies and then holed a 25-yard pitch-and-run from the rough for eagle on the par-5 12th. She made six more birdies, along with two bogeys, over her next nine, and added one more birdie to post a two-day total of 14-under 128. ”I got a really lucky draw for this week. I had the morning yesterday and afternoon today,” Hur said. ”I know it was really tough this morning, but sometimes I need luck for those things.” None of the players who started in the morning was inside the top 20. Moriya Jutanugarn was 12 under after a 66. Sharing third at 10 under were U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 (65) and Anne van Dam, who followed her opening-round 63 with a 69. Full-field scores from the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open ”I think if we get decent weather, low scores are out there,” van Dam said. ”If it will get rainy and more windy, maybe two rounds around par will be fine. So I have no clue.” Muni He was 9 under with three holes to play, the best score among those who did not finish. Former U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi, who has struggled with back injuries for the past four years, was 6 under after a 64. She tied for third in her previous tournament, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, her best finish since 2016. Laura Davies matched the best round of the morning wave with a 68. The 55-year-old Hall of Famer aced the 152-yard fifth hole, her 12th career hole-in-one. ”Lovely wedge, never left the pin,” Davies said. ”It seemed to roll for ages and just dropped in.” Only two of the 78 players with morning tee times broke 70. ”It’s probably the second-best round I’ve probably ever shot because obviously needed to have a good round to make the cut,” said Davies, who opened with a 72 and was 2 under. ”I had a 6-under 66 in Canada years ago in similar conditions, but that’s as close as I can get to it. It was horrific out there. … I hit two 1-irons into the fourth, 1-iron off the tee and 1-iron into the green. I’ve never done that before.” It was Davies’ first made cut in 11 LPGA Tour starts this year. She has been working part-time as a TV commentator and joined the Sky Sports broadcast booth after her round on Friday. ”People say, ‘Oh, should you give up and commentate, you’re a rubbish golfer now,’ but I still know I can hit shots and play like that,” Davies said. ”I’ve just got to do it and prove it, and that’s the only thing. But you can only prove to yourself if you hit the good shots.”last_img read more

J. Korda keeps LA lead on day of big swings

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jessica Korda rode out a series of big momentum shifts Friday at historic Wilshire Country Club to hold onto the lead in the Hugel Air Premia LA Open. Six strokes ahead after three holes, tied with top-ranked Jin Young Ko at the turn and two shots back with three to play, Korda birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead into the final round. Korda shot a 3-under 68 to break the tournament 54-hole record at 16 under. She matched the event course record with a 64 on Wednesday and shot a bogey-free 65 on Thursday to break the 36-hole scoring record at 13 under. Ko shot a 66, making a 30-foot bogey putt on the par-3 18th after driving over the green and watching her second bang into the bank and roll back to her feet. Highlights: HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open, Round 3 Korda matched Ko with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th, then hit to 3 feet for a birdie on the par-4 17th and to 2 feet on 18. She won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title. Korda birdied the first three holes to open the six-stroke lead, hitting to a foot on Nos. 2 and 3. She parred the next five and bogeyed the par-4 ninth to fall into a tie with Ko. Korda also bogeyed Nos. 11 and 13 before rallying late. Ko had six birdies and a bogey in a front-nine 30. She bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and birdied Nos. 13-15. The seven-time LPGA Tour winner is coming off a two-week break after finishing seventh in the major ANA Inspiration. Full-field scores from the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open Brooke Henderson got a spot alongside Korda and Ko in the final group Saturday, shooting a 67 to get to 12 under. The Canadian birdied Nos. 15-17, then had a 7-foot birdie try slide left on 18. Angela Stanford was 11 under after a 68, and So Yeon Ryu and Hannah Green each shot 69 to get to 9 under. Morgan Pressel had a 66 to match Tiffany Chan (70) at 8 under. Sei Young Kim, playing alongside Ko and Korda in the final group, had a 76 to fall into a tie for 18th at 4 under. She closed with her second double bogey of the day. Korda broke the 54-hole mark of 11 under set by Minjee Lee in her 2019 victory. Lee holds the 72-hole mark of 14 under in the event that was first played in 2018 and was canceled last year.last_img read more


first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email When I was producing movies, which I did for 55 years, every time I was able to show a profit I invested it in my own company rather than the stock market. However, I do enjoy watching the numbers go up and down.But I have developed my own indicator of how healthy the American economy really is and it is easy to track inflation as well. It is simply the cost of a stack of pancakes in a restaurant. I will present some concrete evidence to substantiate my claim. I have been working on my autobiography and last night I uncovered a 1930 newspaper grocery store advertisement:Flour, 10-pound sack, 25 cents.Oleomargarine, two pounds, 15 cents.Butter, 28 cents a pound.Peanut butter, two pounds, 19 cents.Hamburger, 5 cents a poundBread, 6 cents a loafAs a child this pretty well constituted the ingredients for my meals except for the occasional liver on Fridays. But let’s get to the restaurant pancakes. I first became aware of what they cost in the café at San Onofre when I started surfing there in 1940. You could get a stack of pancakes with plenty of butter and syrup for 25 cents. I settled for a short stack because two pancakes only cost 20 cents. This left me a nickel to buy a Snickers.By 1950 pancakes were at the unbelievable price of $1 for three, but they gave me the strength to keep my right foot on the throttle and my eyes on the road until I got to my next show several hundred miles away.It seemed that overnight a stack of pancakes doubled once again to $2 a stack and they have been spiraling upwards ever since I bought my first stack in a restaurant 70 years ago.So I guess it should not have been surprising last weekend when my wife had gone to Seattle to the symphony and I stopped by a local restaurant for a Sunday morning stack of pancakes. I was casual about ordering and did not even look at the menu. When the bill came the stack was $13.75! Fortunately I had my credit card with me but that stack cost 55 times as much as the one I bought in the cafe at San Onofre in 1940! I am certainly not an economist or an accountant but a 1940 bottle of Root Beer cost 5 cents, and now costs $2, which is 40 times as much. At this current rate, my grandchildren, when they are my age, will be paying $40 for a candy bar, maybe even more? It doesn’t really matter. If you want it, put your money or your credit card on the counter and buy your brief moments of enjoyment.In the early years that I have written about, when things were a lot cheaper, those prices were burned into our brains and I almost subconsciously compare them to everything I purchase. I reluctantly come to the conclusion that prices are 40 or 50 times what they were. Then, the take-home pay of most families was between a $1,000 and $3,000 a year.Happiness is not counting the cost of stuff; rather it is in the amount of fun and freedom we are able to earn. Time to catch a fish, fly a kite, sail a boat, do any manner of things without a score or a court. Which of course is why I play a lot of golf and I don’t keep my score and I don’t waste a lot of time looking around in the pucker brush for a used golf ball I only paid 25 cents for. Am I a cheapskate? I don’t know. I rather think that I, and millions like me, grew up with the absolute necessity of being frugal so that is what I call it. What I have left has to last until I am ready to leave and I plan to spend the very last dollar on my very last day!last_img read more