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.

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…)

Spock’s Wisest Words

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I have been a fan of Star Trek (the original series) ever since I was a child. The show means a lot to me on multiple levels, and I spent many hours in my youth watch and re-watching every episode. (And this is before we had these here newfangled VCRs and DVDs. You actually had to wait for a certain time of day when an episode, which you couldn’t control, would appear. Get off my lawn!) (more…)

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