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The Warren Buffett-does-Walter White Christmas Card will get two days of buzz

You can be sure Warren Buffett is not the only guy who used a Walter White (Breaking Bad) persona on his 2013 Christmas Card.

(He posted it on www.instragram recently.)

While others probably did the same, few will get the attention the Oracle of Omaha will reap.  Two things first off: Buffett represents the vast horde of older white guys (I'm in that group) who are chronically late and usually unable to raise their hipness score.

And second, doesn't he have a media handler who should be smarter than him, who would discourage stuff like this? 

Still, it's not the worst thing Buffett might have tried to generate some buzz.  Worse would have been Warren trying to coax some likes by adding Keyboard Cat to his  Xmas card.

GU professor will read from his book on notable entrepreneurs

A new book on entrepreneurs by Gonzaga University's Todd Finkle includes lessons drawn from Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin and Warren Buffett.

Finkle is GU's Pigott Professor in Entrepreneurship. He recently arranged a trip by GU business and Hogan Program students to meet with Buffeet in Omaha.

Finkle's new book is "Lessons Learned from Leading Entrepreneurs: Case Studies in Business and Entrepreneurship."

He'll read from the book on Saturday Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at Auntie's Bookstore, in downtown Spokane.


Warren Buffett: Stop coddling the super-rich

In the NY Times Warren Buffett writes: Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.

These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places.


Generous News

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett have encouraged other billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.

SEATTLE – Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.

Six weeks after launching a campaign to get other billionaires to donate most of their fortunes, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. released the first list Wednesday of people who have signed what he and Gates call the “giving pledge.” AP Read more.

What percentage of your wealth would you give away, if you could?