Withering Glance think tank issues first batch of pronouncements

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 23, 2013 - 1:55 PM
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Slow the pace of great TV until Rick can watch “Mr. Selfridge” (starring Jeremy Piven).

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

 

CP: Taking last week off was a great break, but even then we were hard at work, getting the WG Institute up and running.

 

RN: The funding came through, eh? See, I told you that Kickstarter campaign would work. Who knew it would be so easy to raise $1.50?

 

CP: Finally, our own independent think tank. We can do little or nothing, soak up foundation money, appear on cable TV and offer our high-minded, scantily researched prescriptions for social betterment.

 

RN: With the nation plagued with so many ills, it’s almost impossible to select the cause or causes we should embrace.

 

CP: First off, I call on magazine publishers to mail their “emergency cutoff” notices a month or so before the subscriber’s actual expiration date, as opposed to the six-month industry standard.

 

RN: I can’t wait to release my working paper titled “Loud Restaurants and Hearing Loss.”

 

CP: Everyone wins in a world where pundits do not start every gasbag oration with the useless and annoying “So.” A ban, too, on politicians using the word “folks” or the phrase “at the end of the day.”

 

RN: I just know that our collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations is going to affirm our premise that the Kardashian celebrity-industrial complex is weakening America’s standing in the global community.

 

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