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● It was Irish author Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.” ● The sun is one million times the size of the earth. ● Coffee was first discovered around 1000 A.D. by Arabs. At the time, it was used strictly for medicinal or religious purposes. ● Harper Lee’s iconic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” celebrated the 50th anniversary of its publication last year. The film will celebrate its anniversary next year, marking 50 years since Gregory Peck portrayed Atticus Finch, whom the American Film Institute named the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. Harper Lee was so impressed with Gregory Peck’s performance, in fact, that she gave the actor her deceased father’s pocket watch. Peck, however, lost it. ● Before the roller coaster was invented, some inspired entrepreneur began building deliberately undulating tracks for cars. Early thrill-seekers would pay a fee to drive on them. ● Those who calculate such things say that the odds of the same number coming out on top in eight successive rolls of a six-sided die are 1 in 1,679,616.

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Fact Sheet Explains Social Security Financing I’m probably going to be sorry I did this, but I’ve written another Social Security fact sheet that I’m offering free of charge to my readers. I’m feeling sorry for myself because as many of you know, I’m a oneman show sitting alone at my computer in the corner of the family room in our little retirement cottage. In other words, I don’t have a staff to help answer all my e-mail requests (other than my wife who occasionally pats me on the shoulder and says, “Can I get you something to drink?”). But frankly, I don’t think I’ll be inundated with requests because this latest fact sheet deals with the political and financial side of Social Security. After working with Social Security issues for over 40 years, I’ve learned that people are mildly interested in those aspects of the program, whereas they are keenly concerned about how Social Security personally impacts them. In other words, they’d much rather know “What’s in it for me?” as opposed to “What’s in it for the country?” I call this fact sheet, “The Sacred Cow, the Cash Cow, Holy Cow ... The Politics, Financing and Future of Social Security.” I wrote it because there is so much confusion and misinformation out there about these subjects. Here are examples of the kinds of rumors, false accusations and half-truths the fact sheet clears up. I’ll bet you’ve heard (and possibly even have spread) some of this aggravating gossip: -- “President Johnson moved Social Security money into the general funds to spend it.”

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-- “President Bush spent the Social Security surplus to help finance the war in Iraq!” -- “Social Security money has been used to pay for other government programs.” -- “Congress has stolen every nickel of Social Security money and never paid it back!” -- “Social Security’s trust funds are stocked with worthless IOUs!” Some of those “half truths” are just that. The little kernels of fact they contain have been so distorted over the years that no one knows what to believe. So, the fact sheet cuts through all the muck and misinformation, explains how Social Security really works, describes what’s happened to all the money the system has taken in over the years, and lays out the problems facing its near and long-term future. But then the fact sheet offers proposals for reforming Social Security by giving arguments for and against each possible solution and, more importantly, indicating how effective each proposal is. So if you would like an electronic copy of this fact sheet, just send an e-mail to thomas.margenau@ comcast.net. And as long as my wife keeps those drinks coming, I should be able to get the fact sheet to you within a few days of your request. * * *

vast majority of Social Security payments. Disability benefits were added in 1956. But what makes you think of them as “welfare”? People getting Social Security disability have to work and pay taxes to qualify for benefits, just like someone getting retirement benefits. Actually, the Social Security disability program is really just an early retirement benefit for someone who has to stop working prematurely because of a physical or mental impairment. However, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, added in 1973, is indeed a welfare program. But SSI is not a Social Security program, and its benefits are funded out of general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes. After the SSI law was passed, the government handed the program over to the Social Security Administration to manage because they had experience dealing with similar beneficiaries and they had a vast network of field offices. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast. net. To find out more about Tom Margenau and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM.

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Do you want to know how we can fix Social Security? We can force congressmen to pay into the system just like ever yone else. If they had to pay Social Security taxes and then someday collect Social Security benefits instead of their cushy government pension, they would fix Social Security tomorrow!

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This is why I wrote the fact sheet. It’s just one more example of the many misunderstandings people have about Social Security. Members of Congress, along with the president, top government officials and all other federal government employees, have paid into Social Security since 1983. But their Social Security benefit can be supplemented with a federal pension -- just like my wife’s Social Security benefit is supplemented by a pension from the county library system she used to work for, and my neighbor’s Social Security benefit is supplemented by his AIR pension from the company heBEL used to GREENS work for. 6th pg. * * *

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1887 to 1951. They produced decorative pieces, dinnerware, hotel and railroad china and utilitarian ware. Your vase is decorated with the portrait of Madame Lebrun when she was a child. She was a famous 18th-century French artist. Your vase was made in the early 1900s and would probably be worth $175 to $250.

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PHOBIAS (continued): • Some phobias relate to what’s up above, such as the sun (heliophobia), the clouds (nephophobia), the moon (selenophobia), and the stars (siderophobia). Some folks are just afraid of looking up – they are called anablephobes. • Not all phobias seem that abnormal or uncommon. Lots of people might have a fear of death, known as necrophobia. But those with an extreme form might be terrified of being buried alive. A nosocomephobe has a fear of hospitals, a verminophobe is afraid of germs, and a hydrophobe has an irrational fear of water. • Individuals suffering from extreme agoraphobia rarely leave their homes, due to their fear of public or open spaces and the inescapable situations that may occur there. Only home is safe. • Some phobias can be a learned behavior that comes from listening to others describe a traumatic event. An individual in one’s life can trigger a phobia, such as peladophobia, the fear Proof created by: of bald people. Those with nosto-phobia, a fear Proof created by: be able to contribute of returning home, may Property of Phone: 320.0997 Fax: 320.1630 their panic to a specific incident. valleybits@msn.com • People who are afraid of looking into mirrors ������������������� 760.320.0997 760.320.1630 havePhone: cataptrophobia, while those with 320.0997Fax: Fax: 320.1630 valleybits@msn.com cyberphobia have a fear of working with valleybits@msn.com All Rights Reserved computers. A person with an anxiety about memories is a mnemophobe. • Don’t confuse levophobia, the fear of objects to a person’s left, with dextrophobia, the fear of objects to the right. • Although some of us fear the possibility of cancer, an extreme carcinophobe will convince himself he has cancer because he touched someone who has it.

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• Because our eyes work harder when viewing objects up close, particularly on a computer monitor, it is the proximity of the VDT screen to the eyes that causes eyestrain, not “radiation” emitted from the screen. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, using a computer or video display terminal will not harm your eyes as long as it’s viewed from the proper distance.

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• Have you ever been told you have “eagle eyes?” If so, you must have great vision. For example, an average person can identify the form of a rabbit from about 550 yards, while an eagle can see it sharply from over a mile away.

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