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ABSOLUTE POVERTY LEVEL: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer a relative poverty level.

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by Orley M. Amos, Jr.
Professor of Economics
Oklahoma State University
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Professor
Chapter Two: A Kind, Loving Instructor
Chapter Three: Some Yummy Purple Fruit
Chapter Four: Tyler's Second Test
Chapter Five: Cali O'Toole
Chapter Six: The Hideous Monster
Chapter Seven: Crunch Water
Chapter Eight: The Quest
Chapter Nine: The Valley Of Red
Chapter Ten: The Purple Village
Chapter Eleven: Leonardo Da Vinci
Chapter Twelve: The Estoffe Flow
Chapter Thirteen: The Evil Professor
Chapter Fourteen: Adam
Chapter Fifteen: The Caves
Chapter Sixteen: Mark Twain
Chapter Seventeen: Leonardo's Place
Chapter Eighteen: Return From Leornia
Chapter Nineteen: The Source Of Water
Chapter Twenty: The Real World

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A Tycoon Of The MUTUAL FUNDS

Winston Smythe Kennsington III -- our second-estate financial maestro -- has given me a hot, and I mean REALLY HOT, investment tip. Waldo Industries, the parent company of Waldo's TexMex Taco World, is making plans to expand its franchises. Marketing studies show that people are ripe and ready for Waldo's Super Deluxe TexMex Gargantuan Tacos beyond the confines of Shady Valley. For a minimal investment, I can grab a share of this money-making opportunity. A minimal investment to our Ivy-League friend Winnie is $500,000. Unfortunately my bank account, including recent deposits of loose change found on our pedestrian trek, is a few zeros short. Is this another sure-fire financial opportunity that will pass me by?
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