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EVERETT, WA - APRIL 05: A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares for landing after a certification flight April 5, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The flight was the final certification test for the new battery system on 787, which has been grounded since January. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
EVERETT, WA - APRIL 05: A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares for landing after a certification flight April 5, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The flight was the final certification test for the new battery system on 787, which has been grounded since January. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Flying

If you’ve been following the news you’ve heard of three planes being diverted to alternate airports when passengers got into to fights over reclining seats.

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(Photo by David De Lossy • Source: ThinkStock)
(Photo by David De Lossy • Source: ThinkStock)
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“Flying” Off The Handle

Three recent flights have been diverted to other airports because passengers got into physical fights over reclining seats.

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 07: Employees walk below automated conveyors moving partially-assembled Volkswagen Touran and Tiguan cars at the Volkswagen factory on March 7, 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2011 Volkswagen achieved record results, with profits of EUR 15.8 million and production of over 8 million cars worldwide. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 07: Employees walk below automated conveyors moving partially-assembled Volkswagen Touran and Tiguan cars at the Volkswagen factory on March 7, 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany. In 2011 Volkswagen achieved record results, with profits of EUR 15.8 million and production of over 8 million cars worldwide. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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If Automation Reduces Payroll, Why Aren’t Things Cheaper?

A single farmer can till and plant several times the acreage of a farmer 20 ago. But consider the cost of the equipment making that possible.

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COCONUT CREEK, FL - DECEMBER 17: A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The site offers up an additional 400-plus gaming positions, a new restaurant and a new venue with more space to gamble, dine and party. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
COCONUT CREEK, FL - DECEMBER 17: A dealer works the blackjack table during the grand opening of the newest building at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on December 17, 2010 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The site offers up an additional 400-plus gaming positions, a new restaurant and a new venue with more space to gamble, dine and party. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Was P.T. Barnum Talking About You?

Famous showman and circus promoter, P.T. Barnum, once supposedly remarked, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Acting U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office; Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board; Deputy Education Secretary Anthony Wilder Miller and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari are sworn in before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Tracking the Money: How Recovery Act Recipients Account for their Use of Stimulus Dollars. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Transparency? Are You Kidding Me?

What exactly is transparency? In government and business terms it means you can only see through the parts we want you to see through.

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Saturday Swap Meet Hosted by Tom Egelhoff
Saturday Swap Meet Hosted by Tom Egelhoff
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New Items on Saturday Swap Meet Aug 30, 2014

Latest free listing of bargains from our listeners. What do you have to sell?

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Magician David Copperfield launches his first Australian tour in 10 years, 'David Copperfield � An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion', at Sheraton On The Park on August 8, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Magician David Copperfield launches his first Australian tour in 10 years, 'David Copperfield � An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion', at Sheraton On The Park on August 8, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Magic

How does David Copperfield make a jet plane disappear or walk through the Great Wall of China?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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What Stuff In This World is Worth Knowing?

We don’t know what we don’t know and we don’t know that we don’t know it. I better quit while I’m ahead.

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(Photo by Helder Almeida • Source: ThinkStock)
(Photo by Helder Almeida • Source: ThinkStock)
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How Fast Is Knowledge Doubling?

Current numbers show that all of human knowledge is doubling about every 13 months. So whatever you knew last June is obsolete.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Do You See A Pattern Here?

Robert Reich is fighting a so-called war he perceives that conservatives (I guess that would be Republicans) have on the middle class and poor.

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