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.


CP: A further stipulation on the entertainment front: No movie sequel shall go past No. 2. This will encourage Hollywood studios to, I dunno, use their imagination.


RN: Which is currently being funneled into television and Web series. Perhaps a moratorium on brilliant shows until I’m able to catch up with “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “Mr. Selfridge” and “House of Cards.”


CP: Whistleblowers and document leakers must be punished severely, even if Congress moves swiftly on a bipartisan basis (insert chortle here) to enact reforms based on their leaks.


RN: It’s going to be an uphill climb, but we must encourage Congress to boost its approval rating by five points. That’ll get it to 20. Out of 100.


CP: Heck, let’s lower the cost of health care, Rick. Because we can.


RN: While we’re at it, I recommend our policy institute make a major advocacy push, urging slow drivers to keep out of the left lane.


CP: We should mellow down the entire nation by piping NPR into all public spaces, around-the- clock. Volume can be left quite low.


RN: Our newfound expertise could land us on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” I long to hear Carl Kasell’s baritone on your voice-mail greeting.


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