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Enjoy these helpful lists for poor people!

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"Blue Country Heart" Jorma Kaukonen
Playlist

At 99 a pop, even Poor Folk can rock to depressing tunes(click title for lyrics):


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So THAT'S what youre doing wrong!

Book Review

Ten best-selling financial self-help books NOT likely to help the poor:

MAD MONEY: WATCH TV, GET RICH by Jim Cramer
PAY IT DOWN! FROM DEBT TO WEALTH ON $10 A DAY! by Jean Chatzky
DON'T WASTE MONEY, SPEND IT! by Lisa Wysocki
THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill
WEALTHY CHOICES by Penelope Tzougros
THE ONE-MINUTE MILLIONAIRE by Mark Victor Hansen
THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH by the unfortunately named Wallace D. Wattles
WEALTH BEYOND REASON by Bob Doyle
THINK LIKE A BILLIONAIRE by Donald Trump
100 BEST STOCKS YOU CAN BUY, 2006 EDITION

5 poor literary characters who make your sad little life seem positively brimming with hope

PIP, "Great Expectations"
TOM JOAD, "The Grapes of Wrath"
JEAN VALJEAN, "Les Miserables"
MOTORCYCLE BOY, "Rumblefish"
SPUD, "Trainspotting"

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POORFLIX: 7 films for the poor to rent and enjoy on their plasma TVs:

THE KID (1921)
Not too many comedies open with a suicidal unwed mother abandoning her newborn (he winds up in a garbage can), who is then taken in by a homeless guy -- Chaplin’s beloved “little tramp” (code for “bum”). Creepy, when you think about it.

MY MAN GODFREY (1936)
William Powell plays a “forgotten man” (code for “bum”) with dignity as he teaches the spoiled rich how to be happy, winning the love of an heiress in the process. Adding to the implausibility, he does a lot less drinking than his “Thin Man” persona.

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941)
A successful film director searches for meaning disguised as a “hobo” (code for “bum”). He experiences his epihany as a prisoner on a chain gang doubled-up with laughter at the cartoon antics of Pluto the dog. (Woody Allen would later steal that chestnut for “Hannah And Her Sisters.”)

DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS (1986)
A half century after “Godfrey,” wealthy Hollywood producers are still pushing the hoary notion that most rich people are unhappy and it takes a “bum” (no code here) to show them the way. Notable for Nick Nolte’s uncanny resemblance to his future police mug shot.

THE JERK (1979)
Steve Martin as a “poor black child” who goes from rags to riches and back to rags, but learns a valuable lesson: no matter how good life is, there may always be snails on the plate.

TRADING PLACES (1983)
A nature-versus-nurture argument about wealth and breeding that acknowledges that "race" is really about "class." Also notable for its casual display of Jamie Lee Curtis's naked breasts. Why we love the 80s.

WALL STREET (1987)
All you need to know about how far we've fallen is that when this came out 20 years ago, Gordon Gekko was considered a bad guy.


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