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I Won't Back Down - Powell and Yellen versus Wall Street

Jerome Powell Janet Yellen Wall Street

Well, I won’t back down

No, I won’t back down

You can stand me up at the gates of hell

But I won’t back down

No,

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"I'll See You on Tour"

Gary surgery

I first want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the people of Texas who have experienced an incredible shock to their lives with the loss of electricity and water during the polar vortex. I know we have employees and residents affected by this and virtually every property we own in the state has some form of damage.

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A Very Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart

This blog post was written earlier than usual. If it is posted as written then it’s good news for me. Why is it good news you might be wondering? It’s because I’m alive. If not, then I guess I’ll never know. Last week I had surgery to repair a leaky mitral valve in my heart.

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Elon Musk and The Real Them

Elon Musk interview job candidate

Hiring people can definitely be a crapshoot. After all, people are putting on their best game faces when they are being interviewed because the stakes can be quite high since it involves people’s livelihoods and careers. With such large stakes many people will unsurprisingly go to great lengths to prepare for interviews and,

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GamePop and the Lollapalooza Effect

Gamestop r_wallstreetbets Robinhood

Here is GameStop’s stock price chart for one month. Setting aside that it was up 62% for the time and day when I captured this screenshot, it’s up over six times during this one month period. And at its peak, it was up about 10 times!

GameStop Robin Hood 5 Day Stock

Now let’s look at a three-month view and the meteoric rise can be put in more perspective.

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A Race Against the Variant(s)

COVID Variants

When it comes to tracking Covid trends there are a few indicators to which I pay close attention. The first is hospitalizations as this is the variable that Governors are most closely watching (as well as ICU capacity) when it comes to implementing restrictions on businesses and personal behavior.

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Don't Be a Useful Idiot!

Useful Idiot

Warning: This post will probably upset just about everybody.

The election of 1800 was a bitterly contested one in which Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams. According to History.com,

Jefferson Adams Useful Idiot

Though Jefferson and his running mate,

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Lessons from King Lear with a Little Kurt Vonnegut Thrown In

King Lear

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”

William Shakespeare, King Lear 

Last week’s events made me think about how important it is to understand people’s personality profiles if you are going to be relying on them.

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Feliz Covidad - My End of 2020 Rant!

“Oh what a tangled web we weave.”

-Sir Walter Scott

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we would all love to put Covid behind us. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t work on a calendar.

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Learning from 9/11 to Speculate on the Future of Offices

Office air quality

Before action is taken it first must manifest as a thought, however fleeting. And, if actions are part of a more strategic thought process seeking to produce longer-term results, then thoughts are almost always translated into speech and/or writing in order to communicate the thinking and desired outcomes to others who may be necessary or valuable to help bring the desired outcome(s) about.

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