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.

Chilly Musings

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The winter cold has set in hard around the San Francisco Bay Area (even though we’re technically still in autumn), and, now that all the day’s tasks are done, I finally have some time for a proper post.

Looking at the big equity indexes, things kind of stalled from the vicious upsurge at the point I’ve marked in green. We’re in a (very!) modest down-channel right now, and the real moment-of-truth comes if and when the price can penetrate the level I’ve marked in magenta. (more…)

This is a City for the Right People

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In the post I did last night, I mentioned how “the new form of segregation is wealth distribution.” Well, the very next day provides us with a superb example of what I’m talking about. In the short clip below, you see a Google employee (who is very well-paid and, as all other San Francisco-based Googlers, whisked comfortably, for free, in a private bus each day from San Francisco to his company half an hour away) in a shouting match with a woman who is part of a protest of all the rich high-tech types that have taken over SF. He slips early on by revealing his true feelings, proclaming that “this is a city for the right people” (which means guys who are rewarded salaries well into the six figures straight out of the “right” college.) With Twitter nailing a new high today, the “right” people are more “right” than ever. (more…)