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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Laughing at Wall Street

Chris Camillo’s keen observations have been realized again. Chris is the author who wrote the book, “Laughing at Wall Street.” In his book, Chris intimates anyone can beat the Wall Street professionals at investing by just reading tabloids, shopping at the mall, paying attention to pop culture and connecting on Facebook and LinkedIn. While reading Chris’ tome, I discovered if I was more observant I could have made lots of money a few years ago by investing in the Uggs boots, True Religion jeans or Crocs. When these products were launched in the marketplace, they were relatively unknown commodities. Three to five years later, these commodities are omnipresent. Seems like every young woman I know owns a pair of Uggs. Because of the brand’s success, the company is now making Uggs boots for men and they have recruited Tom Brady, the celebrated National Football League Quarterback of the New England Patriots, as their pitchman. And, Uggs stock price has risen significantly.

If I was paying attention and acted when First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the “Tonight Show” and told Jay Leno that she and her kids love to shop at J. Crew, I could have profited from the 186% stock (J.Crew) price increase because of Ms. Obama’s remarks. I was again caught off guard recently when Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s trusted advisors, remarked that Mr. Romney’s campaign policy positions taken during the Republican presidential primary can be wiped away like a drawing on the child’s toy “Etch A Sketch.” His comment resulted in a national media frenzy which caused Ohio Art Company, the maker of Etch A Sketch, stock price to rise over 125% to date.

As money becomes scarce in our current economy, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what are the trends in society. We don’t have to be Hedge Fund Managers or Wall Street Stock Brokers to increase the wealth in our financial portfolios. All we have to do is diligently pay attention to the game changing information hidden in everyday life. I plan on taking Chris’ advice more seriously and become more vigilant in “trend-spotting.” My hope is you too will pay attention.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Bullying

the picture consist of articles on bullying, I...
The picture consist of articles on bullying.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese-born Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace and social justice activist who helped originate the “Engaged Buddhism” movement, quoted “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”  As I reflected on Mr. Hanh’s remark, I thought of the ailment that must be present in the mind of a bully. Having been a victim of bullying, I can related to the notion of “bullies need help.” Whenever someone tries to bully me, I am first angry then after some contemplation I have empathy for the bully, because it doesn’t take long to realize they (bullies) are usually very unhappy individuals.

The recent increased media coverage of bullying in the United States of America school system revealed nearly half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. The instigators who use bullying as a form of intimidation are usually cowards. Bullies thrive on attempting to dominate and control individuals who they believe are vulnerable. I grew up with a childhood friend who was the neighborhood bully. He was rough, tough, bitter and academically inept. I remembered avoiding conflicts with him on many occasions.  Presently, whenever I see him he’s always apologizing for his behavior when we were children. I have forgiven him for all of his wrongdoings, because I do believe in karma and, moreover, it’s not my responsibility to judge him. As a result of his misguided behavior, his life has been very difficult.

Individuals who bully others have often been the victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves.  Their lives are analogous with being in a vicious cycle. My hope is bullies would seek out professional mental health to develop a strategy to curb their bad behavior and stop attempting to hurt others.

 

 

 

 

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Press Pause

The first page of the Voting Rights Act.
First Page of Voting Rights Act

The recent Voter Identification Law controversy has given me reason to pause about the present state of our country. Not too long ago encouraging citizens to vote was the rave. What happened to that notion? Why are some individuals attempting to roll back the advancements that were made in the United States of America (USA) regarding voting rights? I heard one report mentioned several countries around the world are amazed at what’s occurring in the USA. Is the majority of the USA, leader of the free world, behaving badly? I say no. It’s just the sector of the country’s citizens who is trying to camouflage that there is voting fraud in our country. Why are these individuals so angry? It’s time for them to pause.

The unnecessary forthcoming debate heightened recently when a veteran, who recently fought in the Mideast War, was not allowed to vote in a Republican Primary. This snafu was down right ridiculous. Can you imagine the brewing outrage when other veterans are confronted with the same issue.  I understand the issue is not a simple one, but my question is since when has voting become such a difficult exercise for a USA citizen.

My resolve on this issue is since citizens have more than seven (7) months to obtain the correct identification to vote, they should continue to agitate while simultaneously devising a plan to have their voting credentials by the next election. Do fix the leaky roof, which was created by a sudden storm, before  the rain falls.There is still time.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/War Is Hell

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minis...
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United States of America President Barack Obama

“War is hell, when will it end. When will people start gettin together again. Are things really gettin better like the newspaper said. What else is new my friend besides what I read.” These are lyrics from the song “What’s Happening Brother” written by the prophetic and legendary singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye. The current international discussion taking place between United States of America President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding whether Israel should attack Iran and destroy the nuclear system Iran is building has caused a great debate concerning if the sanctions that are currently in place should be given a chance to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions or attack Iran and destroy their nuclear program.

I am concerned that a war between Israel and Iran and thus the United States of America (USA) will create another world crisis. There is nothing wonderful about two countries killing each other citizens. The collateral damage from wars are always devastating to the families whose loved ones are killed. Also, the cost of oil will increase if Iran, the world’s third largest oil-producing country, is attacked. Thus, another world financial crisis looms with a Mideast war. Have the individuals sanctioning the promotion of war thought about what has taken place during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Thousands of USA soldiers have been killed and tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans have been fatally wounded as well. Is anyone keeping score of the increasing lost of lives? Does the USA have to be engaged in a third war? Are our soldiers, courageous and patriotic as they are, not weary from all the fighting?

I don’t have the answers to any of the questions above, but this I know. There is no “do over” once the first bomb is launched. As Slim Charles, a character from the highly successful HBO drama series “The Wire,” said, “Once you start a war, there’s no going back. Once you in it, you in it. If it’s lie, you fight on that lie.” I trust Iran’s religious and political leaders will ponder their behavior and consider the damages which will be levied against their citizens if a war is started. Juxtaposition this scenario with Israel’s belief of their sovereign right to protect their citizens by proactively destroying a nuclear systems, which is being built by an enemy that hates them, in their backyard. War is hell. When will it end?

 

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