There was much to like in the President’s State of the Union address last night — just as there was much to like in his campaign speeches. Who would not be for “great health care for everybody at a tiny fraction of the cost”?
It’s not clear to me how much of the good stuff […]
But first: Paul Manafort. The Atlantic cover story everyone’s reading.
. . .When it comes to serving the interests of the world’s autocrats, he’s been a great innovator. His indictment in October after investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges money laundering, false statements, and other acts of personal corruption. (He has pleaded […]
Today: Steven Pinker on Why Progressives Hate Progress. An upbeat 10 minutes in case you found Friday’s post too depressing.
It shows how things have for decades gotten steadily better even as the headlines have grown more bleak.
Of course, if the last 446 days have shown us anything it’s that progress is not […]
I don’t think it’s as bad as Umair Haque says (read on). Americans do smile. But his perspective merits our attention.
He’s working to destroy trust in the free press, FBI, and intelligence community . . . has ended “The American Century” . . . coarsened the national dialog . . . deepened divisions and inequality . . . and cost us our hard-earned world leadership — all to Putin’s doubtless delight.
Also: exalted coal, exited […]
One reason I bought it was that a very smart guy who’d done lots of research told me it had $8.50 in cash, so you got the shares […]
Remember Hal, the father in “Malcolm in the Middle”? Bryan Cranston.
Remember Walter White in “Breaking Bad”? Bryan Cranston.
Did you get to see LBJ on Broadway in “All the Way”? Bryan Cranston.
Well, he’s written a really good autobiography, and I think you shouldn’t read it — you should let him read it […]
DON’T BUY TOO MUCH SPRT. Suggested here and here a year ago at $2.37 and $2.16 — and closing Friday at $2.79, which sounds good but actually trails the Dow — the company now seems to trade at about the value of its cash . . . giving us whatever the company’s business […]
In case you’re one of those readers blessed with inexhaustible patience and money you can truly afford to lose — i.e., a fellow BOREF shareholder — check out these 140 patents, more than a dozen of them issued in the last year alone. Of course, they’re mostly Greek to me. “Space-maximizing clutch arrangement […]
Joe Cherner: “How did President Trump grow an inch this year? Does anyone in his 70s actually get taller? Or could it be that if he were still six two (as he was measured at his last physical), he would be considered obese (he’s only borderline at 6’3″)? Do you think he was trying to […]
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Years ago, in the Carter term, a stockbroker tried to explain what Schlumberger did. 'It goes to 100,' the broker said, exaggerating only a little bit. 'Then it splits three-for-two and goes back to 100 again.'~GRANT'S Interest Rate Observer
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