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If You Were a Coupon, What Would You Offer?

It’s quite common to hear people at the checkout with their coupons ask, “I wonder what sign of the zodiac rules coupons?” With coupon redemption in the billions annually in the US, the very nature of the coupons is a … Continue reading

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Death, Taxes and Facebook

Benjamin Franklin famously spoke that there were no certainties in life but death and taxes. Two hundred and fifteen years later there is one more certainty – your Facebook profile. While talking to a friend about a recent fight I … Continue reading

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Mars in Capricorn – It’s Business Time

Hearing complaints of a ruined Thanksgiving due to an earlier and earlier Black “Friday,” which now is really Black Thanksgiving Evening, I have to note that the United States’ economy is based on shopping. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is calculated … Continue reading

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Michael Corbat: Citigroup’s New Top Banker

“If I can’t be a banker, I don’t want to live.” Cosmo Kramer, fake reason for fake suicide in effort to get Newman out of a speeding ticket on Seinfeld Cat Reads News My tuxedo cat, Lacy, learned that Citigroup … Continue reading

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The Tornado – America’s National Storm

At lunch the other day, my co-workers were talking about tornadoes and asking a European at the table about tornadoes in Europe. It seems there are few twisters on the Continent. Are tornadoes uniquely American, I wondered? My Google search … Continue reading

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War with Iran?

Having watched the election process more closely than ever before, especially the Republican debates, I’m now convinced that much of what is called “news” is actually a deliberate attempt to define the national dialogue. When you go to a party … Continue reading

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Mohamed Morsi – The Human Firecracker

Mohamed Morsi, the new President of Egypt, has sun conjunct Pluto in Leo, Mars in Leo and Jupiter conjunct moon in Aries. What does Morsi have in abundance? Fire and energy. What does Morsi lack completely? Self-control. The good news … Continue reading

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Diamonds are Not Forever

The former chief executive of Barclays, the bank accused of Libor rate fixing, is named Robert Diamond. The CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase is Jamie Dimon, which sounds a lot like Diamond. How did I not notice this sooner? Diamonds … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Criticize Americans

On NPR the other day, a journalist was talking about Pakistan, I think, and how there are factions in the country spreading “anti-American” sentiment. I thought then of the performance review that many Americans experience in corporate life and how … Continue reading

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Whiny Kleenex

The other day I read the bottom of my Kleenex box and discovered an interesting marketing message. “Take Care with Kleenex tissue. For life’s everyday joys, sorrows and sniffles, reach for the gentle comfort of Kleenex tissues. With the perfect … Continue reading

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