Most of us know that this week marks the celebration of Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. What is not so well known however, is that September marks the beginning of the Christian Church “ New Year” as well. It’s not surprising given the huge Judaic influence on the early Christian community that that a similar ecclesiastical calendar would be adopted. September 1, “ in the tradition” marks the beginning of Christ’s ministry as documented in the Gospel of Luke 4: 16-21. Imagine what it must have been like to be in the synagogue on that Sabbath. Wow.
 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.( Isaiah 61: 1-2)
 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jim Sinclair mentions MOPE often in his writings ( Management Of Perception Economics). It’s all about media and political spin to create the illusion that everything is under control. This NYTImes story about the dark clouds up ahead for the Chicago pension system tries bravely to plant a MOPE seed. Note the opening sentence:
Corporations are moving in, and housing prices are looking better across the region. There has been a slight uptick in population.
What does that have to do with a multi-billion dollar unfunded liability?
The ugly truth is that politicians promised future benefits to their constituents for years and years. They won votes. When tough budget choices needed to be made as far as actually funding these promises the proverbial can was kicked down the road. In effect,letting the next guy deal with the problem.
Well, we are at that stage where something has to give. In Chicago’s case they are $19+ billion underfunded. There is no money to pay these pension benefits. Do you think th population at large will stomach a 150% property tax hike? Not likely.
There is pain coming.I am no fan of Rahm Emmanuel, but one thing he says is true; ” What the system needs is a hard, cold dose of honesty,”
Let’s see if anyone is willing to deliver.
What a strange Friday afternoon in early August. I have had some interesting and strange customer interaction over the past 10 years or so, but my experience today has given me pause. I work for a digital publisher specializing in the materials science, nanotech and medical spaces. We strive to be a knowledge base for each community we serve.
Part of that involves having as complete a database of suppliers in our directory as possible. It’s really a service to our audience.If we find a supplier that is relevant to what we cover,we add a profile page for them. It is another point of contact for a potential customer…. and it is free.
Anyway, I was reprimanded this morning by a prospect because we had the wrong e-mail address listed for them on their Profile page. Here’s the bizarre part of this. I spent 5 minutes or so on their website looking for an e-mail address that a potential customer could use to reach out and engage with them. Guess what, there is none.
The only way a customer or potential customer can interact with them is via a Contact US form that has 4 or 5 required fields to fill in before you can even ask a question.I am amazed on a daily basis on how many companies i see in the B2B space that it make it so difficult for their customers to try to do business with them. What’s amazing is that there are people at the company who actually have the term “marketing” in their job title.
Shame on me for being fooled by Barack Obama and his slick talk. I believed him and his spiel about offering a new way of doing business in Washington.I know, how naive can I be. ( As a side note, shame on the Nobel Committee as well).
The State Department’s unwillingness to label the recent overthrow of the elected government in Egypt a Coup d’Etat is just another example of more of the same old, same old. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Coup d’etat Definition:
French: an often violent, always sudden and unlawful replacement of an existing government.
The 1961 Foreign Assistance Act requires that US aid to countries be suspended when a legally elected government is toppled via a coup. In the case of Egypt that would mean however that we wouldn’t be able to provide $1.3 billion in annual military aid. The Obama answer: just pretend nothing happened. Pathetic.
I noticed this Business Insider article this morning highlighting Corporate Tweets, post the Supreme Court Defense of Marriage Act decision. Is this just noise in the echo chamber or is there is a branding benefit to this?
I came across this snippet describing responsibilities for a recent VP of Business Development hire ( we always say, Biz Dev is sales without a quota).
XXXXXX will spend a lot of his time on the road to promote XXXXX at trade shows worldwide.
It doesn’t get too much more unimaginative in today’s digital world.
A very promising headline on the top of today’s NYTIMES website:
Unemployment at 4-Year Low as U.S. Hiring Gains Steam
The opening sentence in the article claims:
"Bolstered by a healthier private sector, the United States economy gained 236,000 jobs in February, well above what had been expected, "
It all sounds great. The economy must be recovering. More jobs were created than expected. Great stuff. Thank goodness for expectations. You would have to dig deep ( and you won’t find the inormation in the article ) to run a comparison between this jobs report and the jobs report for exactly the same time period a year ago. Kind of like a same store sales comparison. Using that kind of analysis we can get a handle on trend.
Well, non farm payrolls for February 2012 were 271,000. The expectations game gets to be a joke. Either economic growth is accelerating or it is decelerating… it’s not standing still. Non-farm payrolls came in this morning at 236,000. Maybe that beat “expecations” but it sure didn’t beat jobs growth from this time a year ago.
For a more detailed discussion, Zerohedge covers the issue well.
My Saturday morning began with a cup of coffee and a review of unopened e-mails. I opened one e-mail with a subject line: sad news, that had been sent by one of my fellow church parishioners..I got hit with some news I really wasn’t expecting or ready for. Our sister in the faith, Mother Theodora passed away yesterday at Saratoga Hospital.
I always referred to Mother Theodora as “my nun friend”. More often than not she was the first person I talked with at the conclusion of Sunday Liturgy. Our conversation would range from a discourse on that day’s Scripture reading, readings we had engaged in over the course of the previous week, to me sharing various epiphanies in my life and getting her feedback as to whether I ” way out there” or actually on to something.. In so many ways she was much more than ” my nun friend”.
Mother Theodora was a great teacher.Humble, serene and friendly, she taught by example. She carried with her a notebook of names. This was her prayer list and she would often break it out at the end of services and begin personal prayer.She would take the time to remember in prayer each person on her list. I remember of couple times I asked her if she would mind adding people in my life to her list; my wife’s step-daughter Suzie, my nephew John. I explained the various challenges that each were facing in their lives. Mother happily added them to her notebook.She went beyond that though. Six to eight months later she made sure to ask, ” how is Suzie doing” and ” how is John”… and you knew that she cared. Mother Theodora taught us by example how to live the commandment, ” Love Thy Neighbor”.
What a great gift to us all. May her memory be eternal.