Category: Investing

One universal fact in life is that you can only get so far being an asshole. Travis Kalanick found that out this week. This whole brow beat employees into slavery thing is so very Walmart, most likely the next company to have an Uber fail. CEOs who decide they want more for themselves arbitrarily slashing wages will always suffer a backlash and leave the company with a stigma. Let’s face it, the video of the CEO arguing (really attempting to beat into submission by hollering) is never going away. Competitors have seen the unwashed rectal sphincter manner of Uber and are launching their companies sans most of those flaws.  

Experience Investing Thank You Sir May I Have Another

Some number of years ago I wrote articles for Fool.com or some blog portion of it. I don’t even know if they have that site or any portion of it anymore. I actually got along with one of the people I reported to, so not a bad experience. Then, one day, when management was changing hands or some such thing, I created and submitted a post saying Google made a lot of money on click fraud. I had dutifully found all of these message boards with people claiming they were making $15K, $30K or more per month with a series of parked domains and some convoluted method of getting them indexed which caused impressions and clicks to happen. What was striking was I didn’t find any corresponding posts from advertisers…

Experience Investing Politics Thank You Sir May I Have Another

I don’t often run a stock I hold into the ground, but, you know, sometimes they piss you off so bad you just have to. When is the IRS going to start putting in prison the CEO and board of directors when companies don’t get required tax documents to tax paying citizens by the required dates? I mean, like most Americans I’ve given up on the U.S. Department of InJustice every putting a Wall Street criminal in prison. If Jamie Dimon isn’t serving double life for his role in the global mortgage fraud which triggered a global recession, justice will never be served, bought yes, but served no. This rant starts back in February. On the 8th I see a 1099 document listed in my on-line brokerage account. I quickly…

Investing Politics Thank You Sir May I Have Another

If you do even the tiniest bit of research you will find no end to the horror stories associated with this product. I mean, just how could Western Digital hose this so completely? All they had to do was strip down or build up a Linux distro with a few Web pages to serve up for the Web interface. With lots of time to go outside and smoke ciggies, the software part of this should have been done in under a month. The connect your MyCloud to the WD Internet cloud service so you could access your files from anywhere seems to have gone well and truly south as well. I just don’t understand how something so simple could become such a train wreck. I have had network file storage…

Information Technology Investing

I have recently finished reading the Time magazine article on Oklahoma quakes. (Yes, I’m a bit behind on reading.) It was probably a good thing I didn’t read the article when it first came out as now most of the news shows are starting to talk about this same subject. Once again we have lobbyists passing out bribes so nothing has to change when the massive increase in earthquake activity tells anyone with a pulse things have to change. So, lawmakers and the industry pay lip service to a “solution.” They offer to “limit or reduce” the amount of waste water disposal pumped under high pressure well below the drinking water table. I was actually somewhat disappointed that the Time article didn’t provide speculative solutions, especially since Time has done…

Investing Politics Thank You Sir May I Have Another