Toyota, Clean Teeth, Expensive Comics and More Trouble For Tiger


*That was an unfortunate choice. You’ve got to feel sorry for Anna Bernasek, a writer who labored for months over a new book on the importance of trust in building a business. The company she used as her prime example in The Economics of Integrity? Toyota. Bet that one won’t make the best-seller list.

*Big Brusher is watching. The Department of Early Education & Care in Massachusetts is taking a bold stand in favor of proper oral hygiene. As of the first of the year, any child who spends more than four hours in day care, and/or is given a meal there is required to brush his teeth on site. Wonder how long before some busy-body adds flossing to the list?

*Bet you wish you’d saved yours. Did you see the news that two different comic books just sold for $1 million each? Twelve days ago a private buyer paid $1 million for a pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 comic that introduced the world to Superman. Five days later, another anonymous buyer snatched up Detective Comics No. 27 for $1,075,000. That’s the one in 1939 where Batman made his first appearance.

*Tiger’s troubles continue. His much ballyhooed public apology hasn’t been enough to stem the defections for Tiger Woods. Gatorade has dropped him as a sponsor. And even General Motors has said it will no longer provide free automobiles to the superstar golfer. At least Nike hasn’t stripped him of his swoosh … yet.

—Chip Wood

Personal Liberty

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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