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How would YOU spend $25 billion dollars?

My brother, Tim DeLaney, has a habit of posing interesting questions to twist my brain into knots.  For example, when I was 14 years old he asked me this one: If I created a clone of you that was your exact duplicate in every way including all your thoughts and memories and emotions and experiences, and then I killed the clone, would that be murder?  No?  Well then, what if I killed you and left your double alive...would THAT be murder? My adolescent brain hurt for days afterwards working that one out.

At any rate.  Tim just pointed out to me that Romney contributor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is 78 years old and is worth $25 BILLION dollars.  He then asked me to suppose what I would do if I were that age and had that kind of money.  We agreed that meeting one's creature comforts would be simple enough.  Just tuck a billion or so away in a checking account and you'd be reasonably comfortable. But what to do with all the rest?  And what if you actually had to spend it all or give it all away before you died...then what?

So, I'm going to ask you to go with the first thing that pops into your head.  Don't over think it...just go with your first impulse.

The very first thing that popped into my head was that, after meeting my own creature comforts, I would spend all the rest on educating young women and girls to be leaders, and part of their required curriculum would be sex education.  In addition to their political and social education they would be taught everything about human sexuality, from contraception to conception to prevention of STD's and unwanted pregnancy. They would know that abortion is neither a sacrament nor a sin. All of their children, if they chose to have any, would be wanted and loved.  They would learn how to be healthy in their physical bodies and in their attitudes towards their own and other people's sexuality.  They would pass this knowledge on through their families and friends.  I'm not sure how many future female leaders I could educate in this way, but I sure could make a nice start!

YOUR TURN: How would YOU spend $25 billion dollars before you died?
I'm listening.


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Saturday, September 15th

Central Valley Kossacks Lunch!

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Ket Mo Ree Thai Restaurant & Bar
238 G St.
Davis, CA

HOST: tgypsy

RSVPs So Far:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned (Mr cooper888)
4. SallyCat
5. Mr. Cat
6. mrsgoo
7. Kestrel - tentative (Maybe)

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Saturday, September 15th

New England Kossak Meet Up!

TIME: Noon - 3pm
LOCATION: Bangkok Cafe
369 Central Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
508-543-THAI (8424)
HOST: Clytemnestra

Affirmative RSVPs thus far:
1. Clytemnestra
2. Rick DeVille (husband of SadieSue)
3. SadieSue (they will be coming from Western Mass willing to carpool)
4. GreyHawk
5. Hawkwife
6. thankgodforairamerica (coming from central, CT willing to carpool)
7. 8. 9. Moody Loner,  mommyp00ka, and the Little
10. jarbyus
11. bjedward

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Common Sense Mainer
Phil S 33
Samantha Clemens (progressive radio talk show host)

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Cheers & Jeers Meet-Up

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LOCATION: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

HOSTS: Common Sense Mainer and Bill in Portland Maine

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Friday, October 19th

SFKossack Red Carpet Rollout for Dave in Northridge

TIME: 1:00 PM
Rincon Center
101 Spear St.
San Francisco

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1. Dave in Northridge
2. navajo
3. Lorikeet
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