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The World In Which We Live: Business Is Getting Harry

I'm sure you've heard the story: somewhere-in-line-for-the-throne Prince Harry and wife Meghan are leaving Britain and stepping back from their Royal duties for a new life in the US. And one can be sympathetic, considering her merciless treatment by the British press. With the popularity of the royal family riding high partly in thanks to the popularity of such shows as The Crown, trendy America will be more than happy to welcome a real live prince to its shores.

Look a bit closer and things get interesting.


Not only is Harry a member of the Royal Family, he's also a Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, Major of the British Army and Squadron Leader of the Royal Air Force; if such qualifications were applied to someone else, that person would immediately be considered a spy.He is married to an American (bonus point) actress (double bonus point) of multicultural heritage (21st century trifecta). They may hope for a quiet life, but the American public (nor media) will allo…

Quote Of The Day, Hoover Edition

To go fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men — for all men are equal before fish. - Herbert Hoover

Futureproofing: Crypto Remains A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma

Bitcoin is going to (insert 6 or 7 figure number here) by 2020!

or

Bitcoin is a scam/fraud/only useful to criminals/going to zero in 2020!

Digital currency is the future, like it or not (I prefer the anonymity of cash, myself). Whether Bitcoin or any of the thousand or so other crytpocurrencies will survive central and commercial banks developing their own digital coins remains to be seen. In the meantime, the major cryptos remain actively traded.

But how does one trade an ephemeral yet seemingly permanent asset?

It doesn't help when articles like this appear on the same website, on the same day:

Bitcoin and crypto in general rose in price during the recent US/Iran exchange of hostilities, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good hedge against chaos, as price fluctuation is a mainstay of crypto at this time.

As always, invest only what you can afford to lose, should you decide to enter the market. And, as always, what your reading is merely opinion and not to be taken as fi…

In Praise Of "The Old Man And The Sea"

The book that won Hemingway a Nobel prize in literature, "The Old Man And The Sea" tells the story of a down on his luck fisherman in Cuba. After going a month without a catch, Santiago, the story's protagonist, hooks the largest fish of his life, only to have fate cruelly step in. The novella is  a simple masterpiece and justifiably listed as one of the 20th century's greatest works.

I've often said I am more a fan of Hemingway's method of writing than his actual works, but this book hits all the right notes. Even when re-reading the story, I find myself wishing victory for Santiago, although I know it isn't his fate.

The Old Man And The Sea has been adapted for film at least a couple of times. As a fan of animation, I recommend a short and beautiful version of the book, found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ih1IRIRxI&list=WL&index=8&t=16s

Quote Of The Day, LeDuff Edition

The American man has been taught that while it is better to avoid a fight; that honor cannot always be defended with reason. He should never admit fear. He should always strive to put the blade in his adversary’s chest, not his back. An American man should know how to load and fire a gun. He should know how to ride a horse, bet on a horse, bet on the stock market, and bet on the cards. A good man should know a woman’s body and know how to please her. His woman, in turn, should never speak anything but well of him in public. An American man should have been raised in the church, rejected the church and eventually found virtue in the church.The American man should be educated. He should work. He should honor his debts and live within his means. He should be able to recite poetry and have bits of true philosophy at his fingertips. He should be able to play an instrument and know how to help a rose grow. An American man should know how to dress and speak his language well. He should be ha…

Quote Of The Day, Intercept Edition

Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and America betraying the Kurds. The U.S. has now betrayed the Kurds a minimum of eight times over the past 100 years. The reasons for this are straightforward. The Kurds are an ethnic group of about 40 million people centered at the intersection of Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq. Many naturally want their own state. The four countries in which they live naturally do not want that to happen.  — The Intercept