Heavy heart this morning with all things surrounding this date.
A lot of people apparently had a bad 2016 year. Post after post, pops up on my Facebook timeline. “Fuck 2016”, “2016 has been the worst year ever”, “I can’t wait for 2016 to be over”, “2016 has been a nightmare”. At the same time some of the same people can’t wait until 2017! These one’s leave me a bit baffled.
Okay…So I purposefully try to support small business–mom pop shops. Many are awesome, but occasionally I run into stores with a dearth of civility and the lack of common decency to train or hire people with at least marginal customer service skills.
Three managers fired for fulfilling the request. Meanwhile…she sits back filing her nails not giving a darn AND enjoying her package.
I pose one question: “heritage of what”? I wasn’t going to go there, but I am. People can defend the great and mighty “Battle Flag” until they are blue in the face. The fact of the matter is no one gives a hill of beans about the historical perspective people regurgitating to sound intelligent, unbiased and to belittle others. It is more important, RIGHT NOW, because of what it has come to symbolize to A LOT of people, not just you.
I recently read an article by Gene Marks, a Contributor to Forbes. In his article, he discusses ideas that poor black kids should adopt if they want to succeed. Some of the things are inarguable. I agree that hard work, knowledge and a luck are a few keys to success. This is undeniable. But this is old news! This is nothing new. Many have tried and have not seen success, so they end up regressing to basic survival mode.
Following rise of the phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch was questioned by the British Parliament. Rather than accept harsh criticism of his leadership, Murdoch indicated it was not he who let the citizens down, but the people he trusted who let him down. When asked why he did not step down, he responded quite frankly that “I’m the best person to lead this company.” I can’t argue with him there. He did, however, create an enterprise. A more accurate statement would have been he is not the best person to lead this company out of this crisis. He should not be so haughty to imply that it is not his fault. This scandal happened on his watch.
Like most, I was pissed to hear that Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder. Her not guilty verdict was all based on the premise that the prosecution did not prove how Caylee died. Hundreds crowded outside the jail where Casey Anthony was released Sunday morning shortly after midnight. Yet, many more spectators-millions perhaps- crowded around their television sets with anticipation to see someone who many still call a killer, despite her not guilty verdict, walk out of Orange County jail. Jose Baez led the way with his head held high. Casey Anthony walked behind him followed by one armed police officer. Reactions were tense. The crowds rush toward the barricade, snapping photos, and chanting “Killer, Killer” as she walked to an SUV, accompanied by a caravan of cars waiting outside the front door. Police on horseback lined the path they were to exit. A cold chill runs through me as I recall how she is whisked off into the night. I tell you, my emotions are mixed at the moment. I am not going to recount the case specifics, but I admit “shock and awe” because she was acquitted. Anger because she walked out of the front door for the world to see that she was free and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Disgust because Baez is making deals for her to share her story– for profit–and knowing someone will pay for it. I’m done…
Many of you watched the President’s speech on the Economy on Wednesday. This press conference reiterated what needs to be done to get the economy moving again. Most importantly, he scolded Congress for not taking these issues seriously and opting to take vacations in lieu of discussing the issues.
About a month ago, people were whining about the gas prices going higher. Some were making Harold-Camping-like prophesies about the gas prices reaching $6.00 per gallon by the mid summer. Our beloved citizens were complaining and getting red-faced about how Obama needs to act…..it’s his fault the prices are so high……blah blah…………..blah. Admittedly, I began to be a little concerned about the prices, caught up in the hoop-la and the uninformed hearsay about the causes of an increased percentage rate of change. Over time, for me it began to blow over and not much attention was given to the amount that I was paying at the pump because I had to pay it anyhow. Besides, I had too much on my plate to worry about it much less try to lobby against it.
Harvard Business Review Turns a Page
Purchasers of the coveted Harvard Business Review will see changes in the January/February Issue of the review. Adi Ignatius, the new editor in chief, is repositioning of the magazine is becoming more contemporary in content and in style. Ignatius comes from Time magazine, and is bringing a touch of the Time culture. The cover will no longer have a list of articles. The logo has been redesigned and the stories contained within will have more graphical features and columnists, in addition to the thought-provoking cases studies and stories. The number of issues will reduce to 10, with two double issues during the year. While the graphical content and number of issues will change, the prices, however, will remain the same.
Citi Presses to Pay Back Bailout Aid
It has been a year and Citigroup has not been able to pay back the remaining $20 billion of its government bailout money. Funds were loaned to the Wall Street giant under the Trouble Asset Relief Program. The company is increasing its efforts to pay the debt to demonstrate its ability to stand alone without the governments oversight. The government currently has a one-third stake in the enterprise, approximately 7.2 billion shares. Citigroup executives must find a way to persuade the government to sell. It is also attempting to encourage shareholders to purchase more shares. Analysts are skeptical that Citigroup will be able to pay back the funds in a reasonable amount of time. It is even further skeptical if the company will be allowed. Regulators will come to an agreement in the new few days.