Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
PrezEl Corp audited results for the years 2016 and 2020 have been published. According to information available to the public at this time the results for the two years compare as follows:
1) For the year 2016, total revenue from core business was ~ $62.9 million. After announcement of results PrezEl Corp stock experienced a bump despite a loss of ~ $2.8 million. This was attributed to the better than expected revenue and mention about steps to cut down expenses in the earnings call. Per PrezEl management the full benefit of the measures would be visible in the years ahead with profit being forecast from 2020 onwards
2) For the year 2020, total revenue from core business was ~ $74.2 million. Per guidance in earlier earnings call/s, profit was expected for the year 2020. Even though revenue increased ~ $11.3 million from 2016, losses widened to ~ $7 million instead. This was attributed to unexpected adverse market conditions by PrezEl management. PrezEl stock slumped after the announcement of 2020 result as the market was disappointed by PrezEl management inability to adapt to changing market conditions. The company had projected profit as recently as the 3Q earnings call just a few months earlier.
Substitute the above fictional PrezEl Corp with Presidential Election. Total revenue represent the actual total votes cast for Republican Party Presidential candidate and Total expense represent the actual total votes cast for Democratic Party Presidential candidate, for the years 2016 and 2020. It’s clear as day Republican Party has been hemorrhaging votes to the benefit of Democratic Party. Gain of 11.3 million votes in 2020 is illusory as it masks the greater shift in support to Democratic Party in 2020. It’s the equivalent of brick-and-mortar stores seeing more foot traffic but still losing shoppers to online retailers. With no available evidence of widespread fraud there was no chance to boost other income (line item# 5) to totally offset the difference. If at least a few of the party leaders had forcefully stated, publicly and firmly, to stop the baseless election fraud allegations even as late as last weekend the mess that was witnessed in US Capitol earlier this week could have been avoided. The question then becomes why were they either silent or supporting the effort? Based on what we have seen over the past few years fear of career destruction trumped the acceptance of reality, I can think of no other explanation
2020 is firmly in the rear view mirror now. As difficult and challenging a year as any many have seen or experienced in their lifetime. This piece is not about the difficulties and miseries that were witnessed throughout the year. It’s about my positive, uplifting experience on the last day of 2020. Three to be specific and one more later in the afternoon yesterday that was like chocolate on top of cookie!
Wikipedia is my go to website when I seek information about people, process, events etc in one place. When I think of Wikipedia I feel it must be one of the foremost agile projects of all time. Self-organized and highly motivated volunteers add information all the time. Remarkably most of the information is accurate and if there is something incorrect or erroneous governance kicks in and corrections are made based on feedback received. For the past weeks when I landed on a Wikipedia page after a search I was greeted by plea from Wikimedia foundation to donate to their cause for keeping the effort running and available for free for the general public. Finally I donated a nominal amount yesterday.🙏
Then my thoughts turned to United Way, another not-for-profit organization for good causes. Mea culpa: I have got more out of United Way than I have contributed. Let me explain. I keep getting calls repeatedly from folks claiming to be from organizations representing cops and asking for money. I am appreciative of the good work by cops to ensure safety and security of citizens. But the calls I get appear to be from individuals of dubious value. In times past whenever I got a call my usual response went something polite like “We donate to United Way and would prefer to continue with it” before hanging up. Nowadays I just go “We are not interested. Thank you”. As I checked my Email it appears United Way read my thoughts about donating to their cause: Sure enough there was an Email! I donated a nominal amount.
In earlier posts I have lauded PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) as a favorite place for information and news. I consider PBS as equivalent of comfort food. When shows in other TV channels offer fare that is not appealing I check out PBS and many a times I have learned something from the documentaries and other shows they have on. I was thinking about PBS after donating to United Way. When I checked my personal Email lo and behold! there was Email from PBS too. Donated a nominal amount to PBS.
Hip hip hooray! Three cheers for Wikipedia, United Way and PBS. Three organizations that do good work and share useful information.
Later in the afternoon I got a text from next door neighbor who is a nice, retired lady. When there is a heavy snow I sometimes help out by blowing away snow from her driveway and sidewalk. Not a big deal and it’s the snowblower doing the hard work. Mind you she has helped out a few times by lending her lawn mower when has behaved like a recalcitrant teen and refused to start. I checked my text and she thanked me for taking care of her snow the day before. She is profusely thankful when I help and feels guilty that I do it for free. If not cash there are other ways of paying and she has found out the right one! On Christmas eve she gave us fresh, home-baked cookies that were just delicious. She offered to bake some more of the goodies and gave it to us. While that offer was like chocolate on top of a cookie and kinda unrefusable I wanted her not to go through the effort of making them just for us. That’s when “the wise one”, my wife, offered her take. Neighbor is thankful and wants to express her thanks, don’t refuse it. That’s all a sugar-craving dude, yours truly, needed to say yes.
For wisdom there is always wife!
P.S. Sorry for not donating to other good causes my friends and other organizations may have reached out for. I wish I were more generous and had donated to all. This year the focus has been on food banks
It’s the final weekend of 2020. Boy oh boy, the year of COVID has been incredible. This is the year we all learned to value some of the things below that may be taken for granted during good times
At the start of the year if that was the prediction of what we would learn the consensus reaction would have been “Deal!”. Little did we know learning the value for many would come from loss of food security/home/job/health/life of a family member or through forced separation/forced time together at home or with the risk of their vote not counting.
2020 has not been real, it’s been surreal. Nothing illustrates this better than long lines of people outside food banks contrasting with booming fortunes of a few at the same time. Misery and prosperity coexisting together. Yes, that’s how it’s been.
Even 20/20 now sounds like a dystopian vision, not perfect vision.With all the pain and general misery the year is coming to an end with hopes of glimmer. All the folks in their lab coats, the scientists, doctors and nurses have been simply magnificent.
People have been generous donating their time, money and food to those in need. This time of crisis has brought out the best in many.
Hopefully 2021 will witness humans reaching Olympian heights in their achievements and at the same time it’s a safer and gentler world.
Three qualities, with all their connotations, will be needed most for that:
Hope, Faith, Resolve
Longer read than I am used to these days, I found it fascinating and absolutely riveting. Combines science, history, automobile and oil industries, tragedies and Government for context and makes it a must read. 👌
Have to agree Clair Patterson most likely was one the most important scientists who might now be relatively unknown. Role of his doctoral advisor is important and interesting for the lies he told to get funding for Clair Patterson’s important research. Truly, in search of truth a thousand lies is worth it if it means countless lives saved! This article also probably offers explanation why America might be one of the most admired (courage, creativity, tenacity and sagacity of individuals determined to do good without fear of consequences) and most reviled nations (power of corporations/industries to ignore safety in pursuing profits). The ultimate triumph of a noble soul, pitted against very powerful forces, is gratifying to read. 👏
Kudos to the writer Lucas Reilly who has done a masterful job of bringing in all the elements for a great piece. 👍
P.S. Having seen “Unleaded Gasoline” label on gas station pumps I was wondering if leaded gasoline is still sold. As of 2017 only Algeria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar, North Korea, and Afghanistan had not banned leaded gasoline. Was thinking perhaps the “Unleaded” label should be removed too just to remove any traces of lead that might have been used to paint the labels 😂
The defense bests prosecution after prosecution rests the case
When Honest Abe practiced law
Interesting! Cuts some slack while cautioning about Slack 🙏
Such has been the year
The world is gripped by fear
Miseries and pain aplenty
Such has been the year 2020.
As the page turns to 2021
We have to unite as one
For the planet to heal
And give all a better deal.
Hope the shot in the arm
Works like a charm
Consider this to be a prayer
To bring back some cheer 🙏
👆 Font of information!
Not me but my fashion bible: GQ magazine 😉😃
Spirit of the holidays lives on and angels are still around in the form of anonymous people who may seem ordinary and yet perform incredible acts of generosity
This news follows another incredible act of generosity by Indian school teacher, Ranjitsinh Disale, who announced he would like to share half of his $ one million Global Teacher prize with other nine finalists couple of days ago
May their likes inspire all of us to do our best