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.

Kompletely Klueless

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My feelings about celebrity culture are identical to those of the late George Carlin, esteemed patron saint of the Slope of Hope: he couldn’t stand it. As I was thumbing through the Palo Alto Daily Post this morning, there was a headline – “Kardashian mom files for divorce.”

The “mom” is that cow-like woman Kris Jenner who, after her own failed marriage to a sleazy lawyer that managed to get OJ to walk after a double-murder rap, married a man who, in the 1970s, was a big hero (Bruce Jenner) who had a failed marriage of his own. Now these two misfits have a 2nd wrecked marriage to add to each of their scorecards.

What made me heave is when I read the names of the various and sundry spawn from their marriages: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie. When George ranted about his dislike of “couples whose children’s names all start with the same initial”, I didn’t quite know what he meant…until now. The entire topic is a big load of Krap.

The Market Will Crash Next Month

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Heh. Just kidding. I figured I’d join the rest of the web in the act of shameless click-baiting.

I will say, however, that the Russell 2000 has broken important support and – importantly – is at the cusp of breaking another terribly-important trendline. Plus, if the market does crash next month, I’ll just show the headline of this post without the text and be a hero. I can’t lose!





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One of those “one that got away” stories for me is Herbalife, which I wanted to short when the insane Ackman/Icahn battle was raging away. I felt the urge to be short HLF only because I consider Carl Icahn to be repulsive, with the moral rectitude of Bill Clinton and the boyish good looks of Jack Ma. It was also icing on the cake that I considered the company itself exploitative and scummy. All the same, I couldn’t find a single share to short, and I’ve watched merely as an interested bystander as it has lost over half its value over the past nine months. Nice goin’, Master of the Universe.