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Most Americans accept without question the founding principles of the United States are ones of rugged individualism. Possibly this is the reason taking care of each other has not been as ardently embraced by a similar number of Americans. There is a common, but erroneous suspicion it is socialist to care about each other through collective action in government. That somehow caring for each other violates the principles of rugged individualism.

In truth, America took off as a global superpower once we really started taking care of the less fortunate in our society. The United States has a complex relationship…


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There were many bad things about the pandemic. There has been a lot of human suffering. It has not been all bad though. There are positives to be taken away from this trial the global human community has been experiencing. The United States is being tested as a country and a people. It may be we will look back on this time as when we learned or RELEARNED these valuable lessons and took away these positives to conquer an uncertain future.

The Indisputable Positives of this Pandemic

We started prioritizing people. For the first time, capitalism ground to a halt. When making money collided with the…


Laker was an angel who looked like a hound from Hell!

If a loving God was to send down an ambassador would not the form of the dog be useful? A dog is literally an “angel” incarnate. Dogs are so immediately trusted by humans, they are brought into the home without a second thought. There at our feet, the dog can teach us so much about compassion, understanding, love and loyalty.

Perhaps it is why dog is god spelled backward. Somehow we suspect this connection…at least we English-speakers. We all understand if we were as good a person as our dogs think we are, the world would be a much better…


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Understanding physical money is paramount to understanding how currency will evolve into the future. Physical money has to be retired if for no other reason than the logistics of keeping pallets of dollars in warehouses to do business. The “green” debate around cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin rarely accurately measures the enormous carbon footprint of physical money.

Physical money will be retired, but there may be a reason to keep it around a bit longer. Physical money represents the status quo. Physical money represents stability. Physical money also represents transparency. The fact it exists in the physical world helps bring some transparency…


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There have been a lot of ransomware attacks lately. It is big news when vital infrastructure in your country is shown to be vulnerable to hackers. The United States government often attributes these hacks to hostile nation states. Unfortunately, the US expertise in this field appears to be a bit weak. The United States is hunkered down behind a Digital Maginot Line.

Given the aforementioned lack of expertise here, I am skeptical when nation state actors are fingered. I really cast a jaundiced eye on “hacks” when the hackers ask for their ransom in Bitcoin. Why am I skeptical? Well…


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The big push to return to normalcy has begun. This means remote work must end, at least for some leaders and managers. They cannot fathom the business world might not need them. As the business world became more and more complicated, they knew in their hearts the 21st century had left them behind.

The babysitter manager clung to power as we entered the new century. As tech became more and more ubiquitous and doing business became ever more complicated, the babysitter manager seemed a necessity. Leadership was unable to truly grasp what was happening in the trenches. How could they…


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The European Super League seemed like a foregone conclusion. Once announced it seemed to only be a matter of time before FIFA would die. Perhaps that is still the outcome but for now the opposite and surprising turn of events has put the European Super League on the shelf.

As an American, I am well aware of my nation’s capitalist corruptions of most everything we touch. We monetize everything. It is in our basic nature to put dollar signs on everything. …


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Frankly, most of the dogecoin community are probably quite happy with Musk’s involvement, but it is not as unified as you might think.

There is even a petition to get him to divest from dogecoin. I put myself in neither camp, but I do find his involvement kind of a big pain in my @$$. I got into dogecoin for a much different reason than following Elon Musk’s Twitter feed. I got involved for all the reasons I originally listed here in dogecoin’s value proposition.

Note how I make no mention of Elon Musk at all in that essay. I…


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Paul never knew how little control over his day he would have after rising to the position of vice president. He was on the way out for a round of golf with other vice-presidents at Brookings Institute only to be waylaid by a frantic phone call from Sacramento. Brookings appeared to have lost track of ten million dollars.

“The Bank of Alex Brown? Brookings put money in an institution called the Bank of Alex Brown? If we put money in the institution and it is not there, then why are you calling me, Joe? Call legal.” Paul was getting annoyed…

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