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81,863 Ways to Set a Guiness World Record

81,863 Ways to Set a Guiness World Record

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Elementary school children in Shanghai from 40 elementary schools worked together to create 81,863 pinwheels and garner 81,863 yuan ($11+K) in donations for the Shanghai Haha Education Fund.

The thinking of the organizers – “It’s more meaningful to encourage children to show their love to others by doing what they can, rather than simply asking them to donate money.”

Agreed!

We organized events each year in Japan that we called ‘Walk-for-the-World.’ We asked for donations on a per-kilo basis (a totally foreign concept to the Japanese at that time). It took me three years to get my staff to understand what I was trying to accomplish.

At any rate, we felt it was better for us to make an effort to raise money, rather than just ask for donations.

Nearly $100K later, and the students in Japan were able to make a difference in the lives in many throughout Asia.

The Shanghai Committee of the Chinese Youth League are doing well to teach the kids the same mindset, I think.

Mother Theresa once said, “We don’t need to help everyone. We just need to help those we can.” If everyone did their part, it would be enough.

What’s your favorite charity and how do you support it?

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How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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lawyer salaries

Silicon Valley is the place to be if you want to make a lot of money, provided you can get the job, go to a great school, provided you can get in or just chill because you are close to the beach, provided you can get to Santa Cruz.

Techies make a lot of money. But so do lawyer dudes, and dudettes.

Especially lawyers in high-demand practice areas.

They are:

1. healthcare

2. litigation

3. commercial law.

In 2013, lawyers made from $118K – 172K!.

In 2014, the salaries are expected to jump to $124K – 179K.

Read: How much does Mark Zuckderberg make in one second?

It will be totally interesting to read this post in 10, 15 or 20 years – AFTER I know what these numbers mean.

At large firms, attorneys will make $174K –  264K!

Let’s see, I used $12 from my piggy bank to buy a Frozen Anna doll the last time we went to Disneyland.

For $264K I could buy 22,000 dolls!

That number is too big. If I were to play with one doll every day, then throw it away and get a new one each day after that, it would take me 60 years to play with all of them!

Yikes, that means my daddy could have started when he was born and he still wouldn’t be done yet. (Next Christmas he’d finish).

I wonder how much Jane in Drop Dead Diva makes.

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Landlord Sues Suicide Victim’s Wife for Depreciation of Apartment Value

Landlord Sues Suicide Victim’s Wife for Depreciation of Apartment Value

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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A court in Shanghai has ordered the wife of a suicide victim to pay 20,000 yuan ($2,600) in compensation to her landlord because her husband’s suicide caused the value of the apartments to depreciate.

The landlord wanted 10 times that amount.

Before going to court, the landlord gave the victim’s wife several options:

1. rent the apartment for two more years to “dilute the horror environment in it”

2. buy the apartment based on its market value

3. pay him the depreciated value of the property.

When the woman refused….the court stepped in.

The landlord said the couple had a history of quarreling and fighting which led up to the husband’s suicide by hanging.

The court one-tenth agreed.

So, why didn’t the landlord try to collect the money from the dead guy?

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Toyota Prius Gets 100+MPG

Toyota Prius Gets 100+MPG

There is now a version of Toyota’s Prius that can get more than 100mpg.

Some dude in California figured out how to put a bigger and longer lasting battery pack into his Prius, and then plug it in at night to get it charged up. After that…it’s smooth sailing and a long time between trips to shell out to SHELL $3.50/gallon for gas….or more than 1200 miles between fill ups.

He still can’t get any of the big car companies to take him and his technology on board. Why not!!! GM and Ford!!!!

Toyota says, that if he or anyone else messes with their current (pun intended) set up, the warranty of the car will be voided.

The cost of the conversion is about $12K….meaning it’ll take a long time to recover your investment + your electric bill is going to go up for car charging.

A do-it-yourselfer might be able to convert their Prius for about $3K, the inventor says.

That leaves me out. I can’t even change the battery in my flashlight.

For their part, Toyota is interested in talking to the man, Felix Kramer, about his idea. He says, Toyota could make the change before they market the car and add the price on up front.

That makes more sense. (GM, Ford…are you reading?)

Then I will have to wait 2 years instead of one to get a Prius, eh?

What do you think?