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TTO In Perpetua

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It’s here again: Trade Talk Optimism. As you know, on Friday, the Chinese delegation in Montana decided to leave early. The market freaked out. Both China and the U.S. hastily issued announcements on Saturday that, no, no, everything is just peachy, and we’re still meeting. It sounds like the big days are around October 11/12 (hence, Trump’s tariff delay until October 15th). Thus, the ES has cheered up, and it higher by about 13 as I’m sitting here this evening.

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Clean-Up Crew

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What a crazy weekend this is. I drove the length of the state to come down to (God help me) Torrance, California for a fencing tournament, and I’ll drive all the way back whenever this thing ends. In the meanwhile, sitting on this little chair in this noisy facility, I wanted to let you know a couple of things we achieved in the midst of all my driving and trip prep.

First off, we recently discovered that our subscription page was malfunctioning. This was because the darlings over at Stripe changed their API, and we needed to make some changes over here. Since Slope is 100% supported by its paying members (God bless them, one and all), and we take no advertising dollars, this was what we in the sophisticated world of business call A Bad Thing. Because if a person wants to subscribe, it sure would be nice if they were able to do so.

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