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Starting something new
There is something special about starting something brand-new. First, there is the risk of failure which always brings about a jolt of energy. Then, there is the uncertainty of what will happen which creates wonder and curiosity. Finally, there is just the ...

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Nightcap 4-19-16
Stocks closed mixed and oil held at $41 a barrel. Interesting results in the New York State primary. Trump wins big, Clinton finally beats Sanders, and Cruz got crushed coming in third place. Maybe this will give Trump and Clinton the momentum change they n...

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Being different
I have found that the vast majority people claim they want to be different but in reality they want to be the same as everybody else. This is especially the case is a person perceives that they are lacking something somebody else has. I think this is unfort...

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Nightcap 4-18-16
Stocks rallied today and Oil hovered at $41 a barrel. It looks as if the president of Brazil is going to be impeached. My favorite quote from the whole ordeal was “I want to see all the corrupt politicians in jail,” said Gerivaldo Oliveira, a taxi driver in...

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Increasing the minimum-wage
People who want to increase the minimum wage have never taken an economics class. If they had taken in economics class they would realize that if you arbitrarily increased wages not much happens in the long run. In other words, if you increase minimum-wage ...

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Google maps
How does google maps know what the traffic is like? Where does it get the data? I find that fascinating. Are there sensors in our highways that send information to a server somewhere? Or is a gathering information from our cell phones? Wow, I have actually ...

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Nightcap 4-14-15
Stocks were flat today. Oil remained above $41. Today was even more uneventful than yesterday. Yes there was a debate between the Democratic contenders, but I had no desire to watch it. Will it change any ones opinion or vote? Maybe, but I have no interest ...

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What if?
What would our society be like if everybody actually did their jobs? I was just passing a street cleaner who is actually out cleaning the street. Wow, what a concept. What an amazing place we would live in if everyone did their jobs and did them well. Just ...

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Nightcap 4-13-16
Stocks were up today and oil is still above $40. It was another quiet day and not much happened (other than the usual stuff). Several unimportant stories from the presidential campaign. A Russian jet made a menacing pass over one of our Navy ships. The pict...

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California – gas prices
The price of gasoline has finally begun the fall here in Southern California. I was paying about $2.70 a gallon last week and today I paid $2.57 a gallon. So the switch to the summer formula is complete and inventory is starting to increase to the point whe...
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