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Tue Jan 3

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:19 PM

OT: Outta here

See you guys/gals after first 100 days burn off.

Heading to fresh sushi and dim sum - and cool technology which our consumers don't even bother dreaming about.

Jeff

Sat Dec 31

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:07 PM

Santa attacks in Turkish night club

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38481521

A man in a Santa Clause suit shot up a high end nightclub in Istanbul.

No rest for the weary.

Jeff

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:46 PM

Re: Human-looking Robots big thing at CES

I saw a demonstration of human-looking robots demonstrating AI by talking to each other. They had been developed by a Japanese outfit to talk to the chronically ill stuck in hospital beds. While one was "male" and the other [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:11 PM

Re: Globalization & Inequality

I find it interesting that the US encourages other nations to strive to have their populations ascend to the Middle Class, we find it upsetting when they do it by shifting our jobs to their shores.

When I was young, my mother would tell me [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:48 PM

Re: New sanctions on Russia

In the same vein that the "easy" smoking gun was meant to be found by someone who decided to dig, the methodology which may have been used to ferret out the serious hack may not be techniques or tools our security agencies feel comfortable [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:03 PM

Re: Effects of currency on vacation costs

Always go for the "native" currency (assuming you're using a card which doesn't charge for the conversion). I documented in my travel book a differential of $60 in what a stay at a posh hotel in India would have cost me if I had [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:14 AM

Effects of currency on vacation costs

As some might remember, I like to fool around with currency theories which affect equity prices. For those who travel, there's another opportunity - if handled properly.

A US cruise company whose itinerary you choose this year will not [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:59 AM

Re: Stronger economy NOT save obsolete jobs !

But only the man counts in the productivity figures :-)

Fri Dec 30

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:45 PM

Re: Did YOU get an iPhone for Christmas?

N'Hound,

My portfolio is in end of year, pre-trip transition and would be highly misleading to post as a template for anyone at this time.

Right or wrong, I have (a few days ago) lightened the load substantially to offset [more]

Thu Dec 29

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:35 PM

Re: OT:Syria Ceasefire

Last April/May, I was intending to take a month's drive around western Turkey. The US Dept. of State (with whom I frequently register my itineraries) was emailing me daily with dire warnings that they had "credible evidence" that US [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:33 PM

Re: New sanctions on Russia

bjchip has it right - these are not the perpetrators, but rather Russian intelligence officers who happen to be in the US who are being asked to leave. Pretty standard Cold War procedure, but the number involved indicates the level that we're [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:08 PM

Re: OT:Syria Ceasefire

Just a couple of corrections:

Some of the groups the US has been supporting are the same Islamist's who are exempted from the ceasefire (it's not the first time we've supported our nation's enemies)

The US has been [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:03 PM

New sanctions on Russia

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-expels-russians-takes...

"WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- President Obama on Thursday [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:49 AM

Re: The puzzle of motivation

The best incentives (from a corporate standpoint) are those which align the interests of the employee with the business's.

The problem arises, as Wells Fargo found out, when the interpretation of "the interests of the [more]

Tue Dec 27

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:32 PM

Re: A Brief History of Basic Income

As we are forced to choose between increased productivity (presumably using "smart" automation) and seeing jobs migrate to less expensive venues - especially as our youth refuse to concentrate their studies on engineering, math and science, [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:19 AM

Re: OT: Editing a new book

Yeah - guess I have to go through it again and make it pretty :-)

Mon Dec 26

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:13 PM

OT: Editing a new book

As some may be aware, I fill a bit of my traveling time with writing travel books (the most successful of which is "Take the High Road - A Primer for the Independent Traveler").

I've been treating the style as a section of the [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:17 PM

OT: Definitions

Definition: Nanosecond – the period of time from when a traffic light turns green that a NYC taxi driver starts impatiently honking his horn.

Definition: Minute – the period of time before the light turns green that a Mumbai taxi driver [more]

Sun Dec 25

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:16 AM

OT: Book review

From the The York Times:

"In 2002, Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel in economic science. What made this unusual is that Kahneman is a psychologist. Specifically, he is one-half of a pair of psychologists who, beginning in the early 1970s, [more]

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