Wry & Dry


Last words...

"It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee."

-  Bernie Sanders, candidate for Democratic Party nomination for US president.

No, Bernie, don't admit defeat yet!  

First Samuel client events calendar

Wed-27- Jul Art Series

Degas: A New Vision.  

Reception and private viewing

National Gallery of Victoria
Tue-16-Aug Investment Forum & cocktail party

Saul Eslake.  

"The New World of Economic Disrupters: From Turnbull to Trump"

Presentation by leading economist and First Samuel client

Leonda by the Yarra
Aug - Nov (dates TBC) FY-17 CIO Investment Dinner Series A series of intimate client dinners with investment presentations by Dennison Hambling, First Samuel's Chief Investment Officer Various restaurants in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney


Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

In the most recent instance of a landlord ordering a resident to make his home safe for burglars, Kevin Sheehan of Abingdon, England, was told by his housing association in May that he would be evicted unless he removed his above-ground backyard fish pond (and relocated the 80 koi carp and goldfish).

The landlord was concerned that if a trespasser jumped the property wall, he could not anticipate that he would land in the pond and might hurt himself.


Can't possibly be true

A watchdog agency monitoring US charities revealed in May its choice for “worst” among those “helping” U.S. veterans: The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation raised more than $29 million from 2010-2014.

But the NVVF wound up donating about two cents of every dollar toward actual help. The other ninety-eight cents went to administration and fund-raising.

(Fox News)

And the Australian equivalent watchdog, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, keeps a similar eye in Australia.  Much to the chagrin of Shane Warne.

The continuing crisis

The US Government Accounting Office reported that, yet again, the federal workforce is wonderful.

78% of middle managers are "outstanding." And precisely 1% are performing poorly.

(Washington Post)


Have a wry and dry weekend