Category Archives: Risk Management
Look for the New “Nurture Nature” T-Shirts to be available for purchase, with a large portion of proceeds going to protect our Earthly environment and conservation efforts from Florida west to Hawai’i.
The relationship I had with my father left much to be desired. He was always a distant and troubled man and, after his divorce from our mother, a largely absent figure in my life. By the time he died in 1988, we were virtually estranged.
He responded to this sorry situation by designating me as his executor and left me with a neatly organized file drawer of materials as a legacy of his life, as well as a bundle of cash and mementos to distribute fairly between me, my sister, and brother. As I studied the contents of these files, it was as if my father were speaking to me from beyond the grave, summing up his life for me and its meaning. It was a spare, meticulous, and eloquent presentation which left me free to draw my own conclusions, as if being drawn into a give-and-take conversation.
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Needed U. S. Gun Policy [with Justice Stevens op-ed, written ’18] included with The Dailey Sun~Chronicles Volume VII, Issue 31, Fall 2018
U. S. Gun Policy [with Justice Stevens op-ed, written ’18] included with The Dailey Sun~Chronicles Volume VII, Issue 31, Fall 2018
Refer to these articles…
If the President did the right thing:
- He would have apologized for his racist language
- He would have called Congress (today) for a special session on Gun Controls and Impeachment proceedings
- Trump would stop lying
This week, the market has been demonstrating “corrections.” It is time to implement ideas from Shark Tank’s Mister Wonderful Dennis O’Leary.
“Never cry when the market goes down, because it’s not crying for you,” he says. “You should never get emotional about the stock market.”
Here are O’Leary’s top three tips to survive the market’s ups and downs:
- Don’t panic
“The truth about markets is that they never go straight up,” O’Leary tells CNBC.
For the last few years, the market has been less volatile, he says, so young people “are not used to major corrections, and so now we’re starting to get them,” he says. “These are normal phenomena.”
You have to think long term.
“You’ll see the markets go up and down,” says O’Leary, “but over a long period of time — and this has been consistent since the beginning of stocks in America — they grow over time because the companies and the economy grows over time.” The S&P 500 index, for example, has earned an annual average return of 9.8 percent over the past 90 years.
“You want a piece of that for your future.”
- Buy for value
If you “buy companies that are profitable and that have good balance sheets that pay
dividends,” says O’Leary, “you can sustain yourself through these massive corrections.”
You can still do this, he says, “even if you only have $50 to invest or $100.”
O’Leary, who owns O’Shares ETFs, recommends exchange traded funds because they are inexpensive and tax efficient. These ETFs are buckets of securities that track an index.
Similarly, other experts, including O’Leary’s fellow Shark Mark Cuban and investor Warren Buffett, recommend index funds, which you can think of as low-risk, low-cost baskets of stocks.
You may also consider using an app that allows you to buy fractional shares, says O’Leary. His app, Beanstox, and others like Stockpile do this.
“You shouldn’t have all of your money invested in stocks — that’s too risky,” says O’Leary. “You also need some fixed-income like bonds.”
And “Keep some cash around,” he says. “You feel much better if you have cash, even though your portfolio may be [temporarily] down 20 percent.”
“Diversification is the only free lunch,” adds O’Leary.
On Friday, the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal complaint accusing a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of conspiring to interfere in the US political system. The document maintains that as a financial officer, Khusyaynova was part of the effort mounted by the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm in St. Petersburg funded by a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, to use Facebook and Twitter accounts to influence politics in the United States. The IRA’s role in Putin’s attack on the 2016 election—a scheme that was part of what’s known as “Project Lakhta”—has already been revealed. But the complaint highlights a less-known fact: that the Russian attack “continues to this day” and is partially aimed at the 2018 midterm campaign. That is, the United States, as it heads toward a crucial election, remains under assault by the Kremlin.
President Donald Trump, whose election, according to a 2017 US intelligence community assessment, was one goal of the Russian plot, has refused to seriously address Russia’s covert exploitation of US social media to undermine American politics. For instance, on September 27, 2017, after Facebook revealed that Russian government operatives had secretly placed political ads on the site during the 2016 campaign, Trump dismissed the matter and tweeted that the “hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook.” Yet his own Justice Department now says Russia “to this day” is conducting what Project Lakhta has internally called “information warfare against the United States of America.”
The DOJ contends that the “strategic goal” of the Russian operation is to “sow division and discord in the US political system, including by creating social and political polarization, undermining faith in democratic institutions, and influencing US elections, including the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.” According to the criminal complaint, the monthly budget of Project Lakhta, which does not focus exclusively on the United States, is generally between $1 million and $2 million. In a press release, the DOJ states that “The conspirators’ alleged activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological view.” But most of the examples cited in the criminal complaint—which is full of details indicating the FBI obtained copies of the internal records of several Russian companies involved with the IRA—are actions that bolster Trump and conservatives.
As the complaint puts it, the Russian operation aimed to “inflame passions on a wide variety of topics, including immigration, gun control and the Second Amendment, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women’s March, and the NFL national anthem debate,” and that it sought to exploit specific events in the United States, including the Las Vegas mass shooting and the “Unite the Right” rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville.
^^^ first published by Mother Jones – October 20, 2018 ^^^
That Was the Week That Was in America
“Let It Be” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyOs2abOYXg
In the North American Wild West . . .
Dateline: Las Vegas, Nevada [Carson City is the state capital]
Now the Golden Knights are down 1-3 in the Stanley Cup Finals. A backyard fire spread to three homes causing over $650K in damage. A winning $2 bet on Las Vegas will only recover (500 to 1) $1,000.
Dateline: Hobbs, New Mexico
The Catholic Church is investigating reports that a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is weeping.
Dateline: Fairbanks, Alaska [ JEW-no is the state capital ]
State animal control have released a plan to reduce the number of fornicating rabbits since their population increased by 1,000%.
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Along the North Atlantic Coast . . .
Dateline: Columbia, South Carolina [state capital]
Lottery officials state that Christmas Day winners will not be paid $35 million in prizes because there was a glitch whereby everyone was made a winner.
Dateline: Orono, Maine
A new genetic strain is being released by the University of Maine of a gourmet item, “Pinto Gold.” Speculation is that it tastes more like pinto beans than potatoes.
Dateline: Richmond, Virginia [state capital]
Another month has been given to a commission that is deciding what to do with dozens of Confederate monuments.
Dateline: Sarasota, Florida
The On Eternal Patrol Memorial Reef will be constructed on the ocean floor off the Gulf of Mexico to honor more than 4,000 submarine crewman, who have died since 1900. Critics wonder if the Trump Administration did the math underestimating the total number of human deaths.
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In the American Heartland . .
Dateline: Oswego, Illinois [ no Chicago is not the state capital ]
The school principal issued a stout apology of a yearbook picture of cheerleaders under a banner headline “No one ugly allowed.”
Dateline: Lansing, Michigan [state capital]
Gasoline prices have risen 32 cents a gallon during the last month. State officials don’t realize that drivers in California have been paying more than $4.00 per gallon for many more months.
Dateline: Cleveland, Tennessee
Feds acknowledged that the did a DEA raid on a family’s home erroneously.
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Elsewhere in the United State of America . . .
Dateline: Grand Junction, Colorado
A local state college – Colorado Mesa University – plans to build a campus specializing in culinary and hospitality programs for $15.7 million or less. Observers wonder why it will be located so far west within the state of Colorado and why it will be situated next to the region’s mental hospital.
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“The San Dailey Sun~Chronicles”
Maryssa Wanless performed the one-woman play “Natural Shocks” on Monday night at PianoFIght in San Francisco. Produced by Utopia Theatre Project, Wanless’ performance was part of a nationwide participation of theatre activism to end gun violence. Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of today’s most prolific and successful screenwriters, “Natural Shocks” is based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and that famous question of “to be or not to be.”
Gunderson was so shocked by the recent outburst of gun violence at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that it brought to mind the gun violence almost 20 years ago at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado. She dedicated “Natural Shocks” play to be used as vehicle to help put an end to gun violence. All royalties and fees have been waived so that any theatre group or community who wanted to put on the 65-minute monologue could do so for free.
Making this as an opportunity for Utopia Theatre Project to not only raise funds for EveryTown for Gun Safety, a non-profit working to end gun violence, but also as a way for people to discuss this pressing issue.
The mood on Monday night at PianoFight was intense as the audience hung on every word that Wanlass powerfully delivered. Despite the play’s serious subject matter, humor at times prevailed.
Since Gunderson’s release of her play, performances and staged readings of “Natural Shocks” have been performed in many places all over the nation. Gunderson’s aim was to have it performed in all 50 states.
Wanless is the Artistic Director of Utopia Theatre Project and she has this to say, “I believe theatre is transformative because it has transformed me and the people I work with on a daily basis. Theatre asks its audiences and participants to extend their thinking beyond themselves and step into the experience of another person.”
After Wanlass was finished her thought-provoking performance there was a “Q & A” with the audience in which also included Director, Laura Jane Bailey.
While the venue at PianoFight only holds 50 people, the ability for important subjects and issues to be presented in an intimate theatrical space makes an impact.
Utopia Theatre Project was founded in 2014 by emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection using the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories.
Natural Shocks at San Francisco’s PianoFight – Monday, April 23, 2018
National Campaign To End Gun Violence
Reported by Tony
Photography by Tasi Alabastro
“Natural Shocks” is the fourth production (“Seeds” was the third) in Utopia’s inaugural season and is certainly a unique theatrical experience. Yet, even more so is the fact that this was history in the making using theater as a form of social activism.
For more information about “Natural Shocks” at Utopia Theatre Project visit: UtopiaTheatreProject.com and for more about the project, “Natural Shocks” visit: https://www.naturalshocks.org
Just a Thought: A Reflection on Republican History – Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis, Preserving the Republic, and Fostering World Peace
Could the Republican Party do the U.S. and the world a favor?
May we take a lesson from history?
It was done during the 1970’s.
In the name of the party of Abraham Lincoln and by the grace of God, can it happen again?
(1) The Speaker of the House of Representatives changed prior to the mid-term election of 1974, with a presidential election looming in 1976.
(2) The dishonorable Vice President (Spiro Agnew / like Mike Pence) was replaced.
(3) The sitting President (RMN) resigned with some dignity and many accomplishments.
(4) The Vice President (Gerald Ford) seamlessly assumed the Presidency.
(5) A respectable Vice President (former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller) was selected.
(6) The U. S. House of Representatives democratically elected a new Speaker of the House (who follows the VP as next in-line to succeed the President of the United States of America (POTUS)).
Given the Trade War, military conflicts, resignation of today’s Speaker, and recent alliance of Russia – China – Syria, perhaps Americans should pursue the best options.
So help US God.
~ Max’s Scout Services & Communications of the Americas, LLC ~
[ not necessarily for musement only ]
FBI / NSA Fail to Sanction Clinton Cronies – Repeat the Same Misfeasance – Security Clearances Should Have Been Revoked for HRC’s Guilty Staffers
Back in July, if it was anyone else security clearances would have been yanked.
Today, federal agencies did not act differently.