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FACTS ABOUT THE "OPIOID CRISIS" CONTINUE TO POUR OUT The Washington Post is doing fine work exposing who is behind the explosion of available opioid pills in this country. Trillions spent. Millions in prison. Tens of thousands dead every year. What can we do about this? And, more importantly, what should we do about this?

Little-known makers of generic drugs played central role in opioid crisis, records show -- The Washington Post

Ending the War on Drugs: By the Numbers -- The Center for American Progress

Tell Tom what you think: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

HOW MANY 101 RULES DID THIS GUY BREAK, ANYWAY? An NBA basketball star of the 90s inadvertently provides today's Leykis 101 lesson. Hear Your Professor lambaste him for seeming to break every rule in the book. And what does this mean for you?

Here's the story to which Tom refers in this episode.

Here's the information on the Illinois statute of limitations for a lawsuit such as this one.

What do you think? Got a Leykis 101 question for Your Professor? Let us have it: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

 

WOMAN MOANS THAT SHE AND HER MAN AREN'T "FINANCIALLY COMPATIBLE" Need new evidence of why you shouldn't get married? How about this financial advice column in which a woman "wants to get more serious" with her boyfriend but he has all this credit card debt, child support payments, and nothing in savings. What, oh what, can she do?

What do you think? Got a Leykis 101 topic you'd like Your Professor to address? Write Tom: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

DEADBEAT NATION: FIRST EPISODE Creeping deadbeatism has become such a national phenomenon, it deserves its own segment. In this episode, a Pennsylvania school district causes an uproar when it demands overdue payment of more than $22,000 for student breakfasts and lunches that were eaten, yet the parents never paid. The district is threatening to put the kids of deadbeat families into foster care and to feed them nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if they don't pay up. They're calling it "lunch shaming". Can you imagine? Offering taxpayer-subsidized low-cost hot meals on credit to deadbeat parents and then actually expecting them to pay for what their kids have eaten? The nerve!

Click here for the CNN story that originally set Tom off.

Should parents have to pay their deliquent school meal bills? Tell Tom: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

TURNING COFFEE INTO WEALTH This could be one of the most valuable money episodes we've ever done. Tom has done the hard numbers. That cup of Starbucks could be worth as much as $700,000. Literally. Would you like to have $700,000 when you retire, despite student loans or the cost of housing? No gimmicks involved. Think like Tom and get rich. Listen now to get started. 

Click here to see the first spreadsheet that shows the least you're likely to end up with if you follow Tom's advice.

Click here to see the second spreadsheet that shows the most you're likely to end up with if you follow Tom's advice.

If you're a hardcore latte or espresso drinker, here is one way you can save a ton of money. Ditch your local coffee house and order a one-touch espresso machine like the one Tom owns. There are many similar units that will make you a cup of coffee just as good as your favorite coffeee shop. Click on the photo below to see it.

So? When will you start on your road to wealth without gimmicks? Write Tom now: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

THE DEATH OF TYLER SKAGGS It's so sad when an apparently healthy 27-year-old in the prime of his life dies all alone in a faraway hotel room. But now that all the tributes and the combined no-hitter and the numerical coincidences are through, Tom takes a look at the possibilities which no one seems to want to consider.

Here is the Lee Goodwin column Tom read aloud on this episode.

Here's a London Daily Mail piece on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Police, LA Angels Blast Santa Monica Observer Report That Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Died Of Opioid Abuse

The Santa Monica Observer explains why they scrubbed the column they had published speculating on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Agree or disagree? Be heard: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

401(k) CONTRIBUTIONS AND HURRICANE INVESTING Many interesting emails since our last money episode! What do you do if your company match puts you up against the annual contribution limit? What's the best way to buy a used car? What kind of mutual funds should you invest in on a low military salary of $23,000? If your credit score has gone all the way up to 818, is there anything you can do to get it up to 850? And plenty more!

Tips on Maximizing Your 401(k) Match

Social media is spoiling Millennial and Gen Z finances, survey finds

Money questions? Topic suggestions? Let's hear 'em: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS JUST A BUNCH OF FRAUDULENT FREELOADERS? Meet LA ice cream truck owner Joe Nicchi of CVT Soft Serve. Joe took a stand online and couldn't believe the response he got!

Here is the piece that drew Tom's attention to the story.

All about CVT Soft Serve.

What do you think? tom@blowmeuptom.com

Joe Nicchi CVT Instagram post:

 

FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS AND THEIR FANS WANT THEM TO GET "EQUAL PAY" US women won the 2019 World Cup. Men did not. And now women across America are demanding that women players get paid commensurate with what men get. Do they deserve it?  Tom gets away from all the emotional screeching and sorts out the numbers.

Here are some of the materials Tom read to prepare for this episode: 

Should male or female athletes be paid more? Tom wants to know: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

JUMPING INTO THE QUICKSAND We all know people sometimes who are in deep trouble. Friends, relatives, even our parents. Is it a good idea to jump in and help? Usually, no.

Agree or disagree? Tom is listening: tom@blowmeuptom.com.

 

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