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Rags to Riches

Jack Ma is an amiable fellow.  Back in 1994, while visiting the United States he decided to give that newfangled internet thing a whirl.  At a moment of peak inspiration, he executed his first search engine request by typing in the word beer.

 

Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce firm. Once he was a school teacher, but it turned out that he had enormous entrepreneurial talent and that the world of wheelers, dealers, movers and shakers was more his speed. Today he is one of the world’s small number of genuine self-made multi-billionaires.

Photo credit: DFIC

 

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Nowhere City California

There are places in Southern California where, although the sun always shines, they haven’t seen a ray of light for over 50-years.  There’s a no man’s land of urban blight along Interstate 10, from East Los Angeles through the San Gabriel Valley, where cities you’ve never heard of and would never go to, are jumbled together like shipping containers on Terminal Island.  El Monte, California, is one of those places.

 

Advice dispensed on Interstate 10. We agree with it. Better don’t.

Photo credit: Rob Hann

 

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Conjuring Up Visions

Today’s a day for considering new hopes, new dreams, and new hallucinations.  The New Year is here, after all.  Now is the time to turn over a new leaf and start afresh. Naturally, 2017 will be the year you get exactly what’s coming to you. Both good and bad.  But what else will happen?

 

Image of a recently discarded vision…

Image by Michael Del Mundo

 

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Arrested Development

Despite the best efforts of the bulls to make history happen, they’ve been unable to ‘git-r-done.’  At the time of this writing, the Dow is facing another bout of arrested development; it has yet to notch 20,000 for the very first time.

 

The venerable Industrial Average has finally bubbled its way close to 20,000. No-one know as yet from whence the transition from comedy & farce to total horror-show will occur, but the eventual denouement of the post-GFC echo bubble promises to be quite a riveting experience as well – perhaps even more so than last time – click to enlarge.

 

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Juiced

Stimulus, in a general sense, is something that causes an action or response.  A ringing alarm clock may prompt someone to exit their slumber.  Or a fist to the gut may force someone to gasp for breath.

 

A classic case of gut-punch stimulus application. Now, all you have to do is imagine that the big person being stimulated is the economy. What should be your next question? Right! Will it achieve escape velocity?

 

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Too Smart to Think

These days everything must be smart.  There are smart cities, smart grids, smart policies, smart TVs, smart cars, smart phones, smart watches, smart shoes, and smart glasses.  There’s even something called smart underwear.

 

Modern-day wedgie-proof thinking drawers. How was life even possible before them? An area of the body not usually known for its thinking prowess is suddenly smarting up!

 

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Bad Monday

Some Monday mornings are better than others.  Others are worse than some.  For one Amazon employee, this past Monday morning was particularly bad.

No doubt, the poor fellow would have been better off he’d called in sick to work.  Such a simple decision would have saved him from extreme agony.  But, unfortunately, he showed up at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and put on a public and painful display of madness.

 

jumpGood-bye cruel world! On this our planet, ignoring air friction, wind and other buoyancy-enhancing obstacles for the sake of this example, someone jumping off a building that is high enough will eventually attain a terminal velocity of 122 miles per hour. The acceleration is 32.2 feet per second², which is why one has to start from an appropriate height (a skydiver in a spread-eagle position will typically reach terminal velocity after about 12 seconds, traversing a distance of 1,483 feet). Jumping without a parachute may provide an especially pronounced adrenaline high, but is generally not advisable; more often than not it will be a one-off experience.

 

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Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Ordinary ideals of Americana range as far and wide as the North American continent.  The valued conviction of one American vastly differs from that of another.  Joe from Santa Fe may have little connection with Joe in South Bend or Joe in South Boston.

 

hhHeaven and Hell

Illustration credit: Black Sabbath

 

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Gross Regulatory Overburden

Corporate life in America these days is fraught with tedium.  First the MBAs imposed their silly six sigma processes and reduced workers to mere widgets. Then the regulators went through and squashed out any fun that remained.

Gone are the days when shrewd eccentrics could get rich using techno-babble to hawk the Turbo Encabulator.  Alas, there are rules and regulations stymieing all creativity.  In fact, as a matter of law, such restrictions are shoved in the workers’ face each morning as they fill up their morning cup of coffee.

 

Bud Haggert presents the ground-breaking Turbo Encabulator! This thing has practically everything. Unilateral phase detractors! Automatically synchronized cardinal grammeters! Need farescent skor motion? No problem! Now you can finally do it in conjunction with a drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce soinasodial repleneration!

 

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Ticking Time Bomb

 

“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

The American populace counts down to Election Day with impatient intent.  Will their party man occupy the White House come January 21, 2017?  Or will their party woman occupy a federal prison cell?

 

branco-trump-and-hillaryDon “Groper” Trump and Hillary “Private Position” Lincoln.

 

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Red Ink

Growth and profits mask a variety of problems.  They hide business inefficiencies and the money suck of corporate adminis-trivia.  They also conceal unproductive staff.

 

leapThe final career leap

 

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March Towards Midnight

The march towards midnight is both stirring and foreboding.  Like a death row inmate sitting down to savor his last meal, a grim excitement greets the reality of impending doom.  Thoughts of imminent mortality haunt each bite.

 

doomsday1Tic-toc, tic-toc…

 

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