Read it and weep: The pay of 200 top CEOs
You know who’s really hurting? Phillippe Dauman, the CEO of Viacom. His compensation in 2011 was down 49% from the year before. Slashed by half — can you imagine? When you count up his salary, bonuses, perks, stocks awards and options, Mr. Dauman’s total pay for the year had tumbled to $43,077,942. Somebody get this man a tin cup.
You'll be relieved to know Dauman’s chump change still positions him nicely among the most highly compensated executives at work today.
A radical — and reasonable — way to finance sky-high college costs
Three things you could do with the money it currently costs to go to college:
• Feed a family of four for over a decade
• Make a line 12 miles long out of dollar bills
• Buy five new mid-sized cars (floor mats included)
That’s based on the aorta-clenching cost of four years of higher ed. For the academic year 2011–2012, the price tag for college averaged $21,447 per year for an in-state public school and $42,224 for a private college, according to CollegeData.
The insane rate of paying for college keeps going up while the American family’s ability to pay for it keeps going down.
Critics of Obama health care law say Supreme Court ruling may give Congress more control over our lives
Remember when your mother said you had to eat your vegetables? Well, suddenly everyone from conservative and libertarian pundits to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) seems convinced that the federal government could end up telling you the same thing—and forcing you to eat the vegetables it chooses—if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Obama administration’s health care law is not unconstitutional.
See how your salary standards stack up
How much money do you need to be successful? Depends on your definition of success. See how your standards stack up against today’s survey of fellow American workers.
A Saudi Arabian woman is driven to protest archaic rules
On each birthday, Manal al-Sharif challenges herself to do something she never would or could do before. One year she parachuted from an airplane. But for her 32nd birthday, she decided to do something even crazier: Drive a car.
Living in Saudia Arabia, where women are banned from driving by religious edict, al-Sharif’s decision to get behind the wheel was one part protest and one part self-empowerment.
Verbal vandalism in the 'burbs
Recently, my wife and I were walking to our car from dinner out when three teenagers shouted “PENIS!” and ran past us. It was alarming not only because we hadn’t seen the three boys behind us but because we hadn’t anticipated any outbursts about penises on our way to the parking lot. Dinner had seemed so normal.
Memorable quotes from our favorite neighbor
Mr. Rogers went viral this weekend. How’s that for a sentence you never thought you’d read? Fred McFeely Rogers (1928–2003), the world’s bestest neighbor, makes for an unexpected hero of the Web. And yet there he is, tucked in among the bad news and the LiLo’s and the Madonna’s and the political bickering, making a beeline for the heart with just a quick stop to change his shoes.
Gay acceptance in America is trending up
When President Obama said in a speech last night that the U.S. has seen a "constant progression toward including more and more people in the American dream," his opponents were quick to charge him with pandering to the evening's audience. His campaign stop at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom was, after all, sponsored by deep-pocketed gay and lesbian donors.
But the results of a CNN poll released just yesterday bear him out: American acceptance of gay lifestyle is on the rise.