Who the hell is Ted Williams I hear you say? (I mean that, too – why do you think that free usb cup warmer turned up in your mail the other day?)
Well, Cleveland’s Ted Williams is the star of a viral video that you may have seen by now, the homeless man with the sign telling people about his golden voice. Someone videoed Williams doing some radio style announcements, uploaded it to YouTube and now Williams has been offered a job with Basketball team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Williams seems under the impression that god has something to do with his current good fortune, I on the other hand am inclined to believe that if God really cared he would have dropped him into a million dollar mansion instead. Either way, this is good news for one of the many men living on America’s streets, so here it is.
Let’s not kid ourselves though, few homeless men will have this kind of luck as few homeless men have that kind of voice. What most guys in Williams’ situation need is what America is least willing to give its homeless – a little fucking help.
More at the Guardian.
And yes, that is my manager Michael in the comments…
And I’m not just talking about the way she hoards the cheesecake and baked ham at the Christmas party either.
At the urging of filthy rich philanthropists Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, dozens of America’s biggest moneybags have pledged to give away at least 50 % of their fortunes to worthy causes.
Since most of the seriously rich are men it comes as no surprise that there are so few women on the list, what does come as a surprise is the absence of supposed do-gooder Oprah Winfrey!
Apart from Gates and Buffett, other well known billionaires taking part include Michael Bloomberg, George Lucas, Ted Turner (who I’m glad to say has recovered from his disappointment at not being cast as the Mad Hatter in the recent Alice in Wonderland movie) and Barron Hilton, who it would seem is a far better person than his notorious granddaughter.
Yet despite having to a great extent built her fortune on her image as someone who cares about humanity and helping others, no Oprah. Clearly what Winfrey does with her ill-gotten gains is her own business, but if she isn’t willing to put her money where her mouth is she should drop all pretense to moral superiority and stop telling everybody how bloody wonderful she is!
Winfrey was a prominent guest at the billionaire’s dinner at which the initiative was launched in May of 2009. Here we are more than a year later and she still hasn’t signed on to the list, so it is starting to look as if America’s richest manatee isn’t about to give up any more of her moolah than is necessary for PR purposes.
List of apparently decent rich people (did I mention Oprah isn’t on it?) here