Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
The rich have been paying big bucks to have surgeons inject cow collagen -- which enlarges lips and smoothes wrinkles --directly into their lips and faces.Now that Mad Cow Disease is a threat, panic has stricken.
When you call your phone, insurance, or credit card company about a billing mistake and reach someone who says "my name is Susan Sanders, and I'm from Chicago," you could actually be talking to C.R. Suman in Bangalore, India.
CEOs of downsizing companies get all jittery about how stock market analysts will take the firings, fearful that Wall Street will see mass layoffs as a sign of a sick company. So they call in the spin doctors, who, to paraphrase Shakespeare ask, "How do I fire thee?  Let me count the ways."
Today's feature is about a matter you probably haven't spent much time worrying about: The food difficulties of the wealthy. For example, are you aware of the disturbing trend toward dim lighting in four-star restaurants?
To become a US ambassador usually requires an advance degree in international studies, fluency in one or more foreign languages, and expertise in the history and culture of a region. Or you can simply be a rich person who raised a bunch of dough for the Bush's election.
The new, world's largest SUV which once-billed itself as the off-road vehicle of wealthy suburbanites has had to re-vamp its PR efforts. Public backlash has caused Daimler-Chrysler, who built the Unimog, to re-package the SUV as the vehicle for businesses, fire departments, and rescue services.
Through Nike, you're free to choose and express who you are by having the company stitch any name, word, or phrase you want under the Nike swoosh. Unless, as Jonah Peretti learned, the word is "sweatshop."
Today, Spaceship Hightower takes you into the nightmarish world of ever-bigger Sports Utility Vehicles. These road hogs have been steadily expanding in size and silliness,but now DaimlerChrysler has now come out with a gargantuan monster of a machine: The "Unimog!"
"We must leave no one behind," is the compassionate-conservative mantra of George W. But in his first chance to put his compassionate-conservative rhetoric into action, through his prescription drug plan, Bush leaves more than 3 out of 4 Americans behind.
Newt is back on the scene -- not as a politico, but (get this) as a "corporate strategic consultant." How appropriate. This is the guy who literally waved corporate lobbyists directly into the lawmaking process when he was Speaker of the House.
The WTO claims that it really wants to be more open to the world's majority, which has been excluded from WTO decision-making process. So why is it holding its next international meeting in Qatar, the Persian Gulf nation that does not allow political demonstrations or government opposition?
You can buy a dog, but you can't buy the wag of its tail. Anyone who believes that has not bought an Aibo, Sony's $1500 virtual pet. In addition to a color camera for eyes, stereo microphones for its ears, and a synthesizer for making sounds, Aibo has a small motor that wags its tail.
Sincere emotion used to be the only thing left in our crass commercial world that had not been reduced to a commodity and put up for sale. But not anymore. The Chinese have figured out a way to sell apologies.
Time for another "Gooberhead Award," presented periodically by Hightower Radio to someone whose mouth is running 100 miles and hour, but whose brain is not quite in gear. Today's Goober goes to Mr. Bruce Tulgan, a management consultant who wrote a happy piece in the New York Times explaining that downsizing is good for you!
Ahh, progress! Thanks to the digital revolution, our society has made enormous advances in just the past few years. Yes, we still have that pesky problem of poverty in the midst of plenty; yes, there's still the nagging matter of racism running through our society -- BUT ... we now have digital dolls!
As every child knows, "Old MacDonald had a farm," but industrialized agribusiness is rapidly displacing Old Mac, replacing our family farmers with corporate pharmacists who fatten their livestock not with grass and corn, but with antibiotics. E-I-E-I-O!.
The Air Force Exchange Service, which runs 1,400 stores on U.S. military bases around the world, has been getting much of the apparel that it sells in its stores from a notorious sweatshop in Nicaragua.
There's a new product out there that tries to mask the fact that poisons are being spread on our lawns. It's called "Masker-Aid Odour Concentrate" -- a bubble gum or cherry flavored scent that covers up the noxious smell of pesticides.
Shopping for your pet-ferret this Christmas? Theferretstore.com claims to have the "largest selection of ferret supplies on the planet," including such dress-up outfits as a tuxedo shirt, a sailor hat, a santa suit, and even a ferret biker jacket.
The cold war is over, the Ruskies are now our buddies, the Butchers of Beijing have become our business partners...so where's a spy to go to get a job? Try Motorola, where spying isn't just spying -- it's competitive intelligence.