Special Update: Dallas Meme Update

For several weeks now, I have been telling you about the odd way that Dallas, Texas has been cropping up in our data as a “hot” word…particularly in the work done by Chris McCleary over at the www.nationaldreamcenter.com.

There, using the technology that Grady developed for our www.nostdracodeus.com. members of the public have been contributing to something I cooked up several years back called “The DreamBase” – a database of dreams.

As frequently mentioned, in Chris’ unique application of the technology, instead of looking at general language on the Internet for hints about the future, his DreamBots look at the linguistics within dreams.  Those linguistics scream Dallas.… >>> Read More >>>

Zoot Suit Leadership: Policy? WHAT Policy?

I’m no fashion expert, but except for the tight cuffs (gathered) on the pants, I thought president Obama didn’t look the least-bit convincing in his press conference Thursday.  Wiki it:

zoot suit (occasionally spelled zuit suit) is a men’s suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing became popular among the African American, Chicano and Italian American communities during the 1940s…

Can someone please mail the White House a copy of John Malloy’s book on dressing for success?  And, while you’re in the book shop, how about some Harvey Mackay on negotiating?… >>> Read More >>>

Coping: A Most Unusual Golf Story

(Gig Harbor, WA) While the nature of UrbanSurvival is generally serious, we do (now and then) actually tear ourselves away from the computer long enough to have contact with the occasional human.

Such was the case Thursday when my friend, the retired Major-fellow who I’ve known for  60+ years and I decided we would hit the local driving range to hit a couple of buckets and then wolf Chinese food and talk about the ‘old days in the ‘hood; growing up.

The first indication that the day would be strange happened when I asked at the front desk where the drivers were to rent.… >>> Read More >>>

Nice, Obedient Little Market

Thanks to this morning’s technical issue, which delayed this morning’s post, mwe have the luxury of looking at the markets when open.

Remember a couple of days back, we had a libretto (short plot summary) that suggested what we would see would include:

* Market high around August 26th plus or minus a week or two

* Run-up into the holiday week

*  Sell off into the act5ual weekend of the holiday because “investors” are really a cowardly lot, who run at the first sign of trouble because in their world, interest and profit is not determined by time and risk, but rather by time only.  If there’s risk involved, they head for this hills.

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Coping: The Bigger Problem of Ferguson

A super short report this morning due to technical issues…all of which have now been solved.

But the most interesting – and thought-provoking – email in  a long time came in yesterday from my friend “warhammer”  who is the retired military war gamer.


The army is conducting an “intellectual exercise” that considers a future ‘mega city’ insurrection and how the military will deal with it.


While military leaders stress it is simply a simulation, the harsh reality is that a nation does not dedicate valuable time and resources to a scenario it does not consider to be plausible.

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A Team Approach to Job-Hunting

(Gig Harbor, WA)  Being in the Pacific Northwest to work but also spend time with our kids, one of the hard realities we’ve come across is that young people today often have no time to aggressively pursue new and improved job opportunities.

In response to this – because our kids aren’t the only ones in this “box” – we lay out how we’re working the problem and, along the way, you’ll probably learn a lot about the job-hunting process and learn to see it with “new eyes.”

More important to me?  I get to haul out one of the most useful management stories I’ve ever learned.  This one is right up there with “Everything is a process” and “Everything is a business model.”

First, though,  a review of what Peoplenomics is about:  How to make (and keep) more money and that slides us into this morning’s headlines…

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Housing Increases Again

Just out from Case Shiller/S&P, but despite the first chart, this is a very solid report:

New York, August 26, 2014 – Data through June 2014, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller1 Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show a sustained slowdown in price increases. The National Index gained 6.2% in the 12 months ending June 2014 while the 10-City and 20-City Composites gained 8.1%; all three indices saw their rates slow considerably from last month. Every city saw its year-over-year return worsen.

imageThe National Index, now being published monthly, gained 0.9% in June.

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