Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Excellent Article to Comprehend the Valley

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This morning, a thoughtful Sloper sent me this excellent article about the Silicon Valley and how it has broken into two sweeping classes: the rich (Zuck, Sandberg, et. al.) and those who mow their lawns, wash their cars, watch their kids, get their groceries, and otherwise deal with the mundane aspects of life as a human. (I’m not sure where I am into this dichotomy; I will assign myself a special category of Disgruntled Misanthropes Writing Jeremiads). (more…)

The Future K-Mart

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In early 2007, JC Penney (which had already been out of style for many, many years) was nearly an $80 stock and was one of the darlings of the retail sector. Lately, of course, things haven’t looked so good for the erstwhile purveyor of polyester, and it got as low at $6.24. It has risen mightily recently, but I think this bounce will run out of gas soon, and this year’s lows will be taken out in early 2014. (more…)

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