Mike Eisner: 'Hey. How Did I Get Dragged Into This?'

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Barry Diller took home $469 million last year and Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, for one, is not happy about it. Which is why he's awarding Mr. Diller with an 'Eisner,' an idea we're pretty sure he stole from the people that brought you the Razzies.

Just think! If you’re capable of running a company only a little worse than the average C.E.O., then Mr. Diller thinks you’re worth almost half a billion dollars!
So I’m delighted to announce that Mr. Diller is this year’s winner of my Michael Eisner Award, given annually to commemorate the former Disney chairman’s pathbreaking achievements in corporate rapacity. The winner of the Eisner award receives a shower curtain — this year it’s a lovely pink floral model costing $5 — in honor of the $6,000 one that Tyco’s shareholders purchased for their former C.E.O.

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Former Morgan Stanley Employee Turned Fish Farmer Didn't Go Into This Business So People Could Tell Him When And Where He Can Drag His Aquarium

Sorry he's not sorry about working 'round the clock to get this business off the ground. A Bronx man who runs a fish farm in his 14th floor apartment is being sued by his landlord in a building where neighbors claim the tanks leak and stink up their homes. The landlord claims Christopher Toole, 47, is violating his lease at the Riverdale building by illegally breeding fish and running the Society of Aquaponic Values and Education from the home...He has "refused to refrain" from making noises and causing odors, the lawsuit says. Neighbors say Toole is responsible for several large leaks and drags his fish farming materials across the floor through the night. “It’s irritating because you hear noise all the time. It’s 3:30 in the morning, and you hear him dragging his aquarium or whatever it is across the floor. It has changed my life,” said resident Roch McDowell, who lives directly below Toole...Toole formerly worked at Morgan Stanley and served as a vice president for Sovereign Bank. He now teaches kids about fish farming and sells his tilapia. He told the New York Post he was not aware of the suit, but said "any publicity is good publicity." Apartment Fish Farm Stinks: Suit [NBCNY]