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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Rain in Spain (Cuts Revenue)

I remember commercials about "naming" stars with the International Star Registry. I understood the sentimental significance, but I really questioned how it could be a better gift than, let's say, jewelry. Finally, though, a Spanish woman has made an investment claiming a star - and her ROI will be fan-tastic if she can figure out a way to enforce it.

"Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September.... There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added ... She now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government and 20 percent to the nation's pension fund."

What will she do with the remaining amount? Well, 10% will go to research, 10% to end world hunger, and of course, 10% will go to Ms. Duran. Finally, the Spanish government will cure its ills in an eco-friendly way!


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  1. Wasn't Don Quixote was from Spain, too?

  2. And the first medical liability lawyer in America prepares his class action suit on behalf of melanoma victims throughout the USA. His split is simpler: 1/3 to him, a bit for costs, and a pittance for each victim.

  3. Isn't Al Gore doing this already?

  4. Doesn't our EPA claim that they control all CO2 now and that we need to pay a tax on it as well?

  5. That's either the best idea ever, or one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

    Can't decide which.