With the markets and our offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day yesterday, I thought his letter could provide some perspective – some 50 years later.
As for my Ravens it turns out that ‘Blood Is Thicker Than Water: Except on Super Bowl Sunday.’ From the SI.com archives, this is not the first match-up of the Harbaugh brothers. At any rate, get set for Super Bowl XLVII with 10 stats to know leading up to the big game.
It was a tough time for Major League baseball greats with the passing of Stan “The Man” Musial and a hometown hero – Earl Weaver. Here are a few tidbits for next weekend’s cocktail party. The Earl of Baltimore was ejected from both games of a doubleheader – on three different occasions. He managed Baltimore for 17 seasons, winning 4 AL pennants & the 1970 World Series. If you want a good laugh YouTube search Earl Weaver and you will get some great entertainment via intimate conversations between he and a few umps! Being a family friendly blog I couldn’t directly link to the post!
As far as Stan Musial is concerned here were the two stats that impressed me the most. First, only 2 members of 400+ Home Run Club had twice as many walks as strikeout’s. One was Ted Williams. The other? Stan Musial/ My favorite of all is he and his wife Lillian were married for 71 years.
As far as the apocalypse is concerned here are four for the road:
- Snowmaggedon in Russia
- What 150 of the World’s Smartest Scientist Worry About
- Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin indicted on 21 charges including bribery, wire fraud & money laundering
- Beyonce lip-synched the National Anthem at the Inauguration
Fed Joins Retirees In Worrying About Record Low Interest Rates | BusinessWeek
Federal Reserve officials are voicing increased concern that record-low interest rates are overheating markets for assets from farmland to junk bonds, which could heighten risks when they reverse their unprecedented bond purchases. Investors have been snapping up riskier assets since the Fed boosted its bond buying to reduce long-term borrowing costs. Enthusiasm for speculative-grade bonds is at unprecedented levels, driving a Credit Suisse index that tracks the yield on more than 1,500 issues to a record-low 5.9% last week. Now, as central bankers boost their stimulus with additional bond purchases, policy makers from Chairman Ben S. Bernanke to Kansas City Fed President Esther George are on the lookout for financial distortions that may reverse abruptly when the Fed stops adding to its portfolio and eventually shrinks it.
Currency Wars Continue To Brew
Germany’s central bank will relocate 54,000 solid gold bars, worth about $36 billion, from deep underneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Banque de France in Paris to the safe confines of German soil — vaults at the Bundesbank’s Frankfurt headquarters. ~Washington Post
The world’s leading economies are on the brink of a “currency war” to keep up with Japan and use devaluation to boost their competitiveness, Russia’s central bank said. “Japan is weakening the yen and other countries may follow,” Bank Rossii First Deputy Chairman Alexei Ulyukayev said at a conference in Moscow today. The yen touched its lowest level in two years this week against the dollar on bets the Bank of Japan will raise its 1 percent inflation target and introduce more monetary stimulus at its January meeting. The euro remained lower following a drop yesterday after Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the group of euro-area finance ministers, said the currency shared by 17 nations is “dangerously high.” ~Bloomberg
Cold Snap in the Northeast May Hurt Sales | Bloomberg
Oil traded near the highest level in almost four months in New York before reports that may show the economy recovering in the U.S. and as lower temperatures buoy demand for heating fuels. West Texas Intermediate was little changed after climbing 0.6 percent yesterday. The U.S. East Coast and Midwest will be 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 Celsius) below normal from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, according to Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Retail sales probably rose for a second month in December, a Bloomberg News survey of economists predicted before Commerce Department data today.
Renewable Energy Facing Winds of Change | Bloomberg
Private equity companies and venture capitalists including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Braemar Energy Ventures reduced renewable-energy investment to the lowest since 2006 as once-promising companies failed or were sold at a loss. Private equity and venture-capital investors provided $5.8 billion to solar, biofuel, wind and smart-grid startups worldwide last year, down 34 percent from 2011, according to an annual ranking by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The decline was part of an 11 percent drop to $268.7 billion in total investment for renewable energy last year from a record $302.3 billion the year before.
Have your Desk Make A Good First Impression | Entrepreneur.com
Look at your desk. Is it scattered with unread papers? Adorned with family photos? Do you have toys that help you think? The way you organize and decorate your desk reveals a surprising amount of information about who you are. At the office, we arrange our spaces to communicate our attitudes, goals, and values. As a business leader, your employees’ desks can help you understand and motivate them more effectively. “People want to be known,” says Sam Gosling, psychologist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Basic Books, 2009). “You’re healthier, happier, and more productive when others see you as you are.”
Bring Back Handwriting (But Then No One Would Read This Blog) | Theweek.com
Like millions of other people who have spent the better part of the past decade tapping at a keyboard, swiping various screens, and staring into a monitor of one kind or another, my handwriting has slowly mutated into a vaguely familiar assemblage of sticks and circles that, on a good day, might be able to pass for a third grader’s. There’s evidence, however, that writing the old-fashioned way is really good for us.
Beware of Body Language | Psypost.org
Be it triumph or crushing defeat, exhilaration or agony, body language more accurately conveys intense emotions, according to recent research that challenges the predominance of facial expressions as an indicator of how a person feels. Princeton University researchers report in the journal Science that facial expressions can be ambiguous and subjective when viewed independently.
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