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.

A Tale Of Two Cities

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My last three posts have been a coronavirus series, so I’m going to be putting in the links here so as to refer back to them easily for now. These are the three posts so far.

18th February – Peering Through The Fog Around Coronavirus COVID-19

24th February – Some Genuine Coronavirus Numbers Coming Through

28th February – Falling Down The Steps

I live in Chester in the UK, and the government here has been gearing up heavily for a coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. There have been dedicated facilities set up to test and treat those affected for several weeks now, and the government has made it very clear that it will take strong measures to combat any COVID-19 outbreak here, up to and including shutting down travel and quarantining entire cities if necessary. As the evidence so far worldwide suggests that a strong response can contain an outbreak this is very reassuring.


Magical Arbitrary Numbers

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This afternoon, after the market closed, I wanted as absolutely little stimulus as possible. I had an appointment at the vet for one of my dogs, and I drove in complete silence. I passed by the headquarters of Robinhood Trading on the way, expecting there to be people with torches outside, but it was completely vacant.

Once I was done with the vet, my nerves had calmed down enough, and I clicked on the radio. They were talking about the crash today, of course, and the NPR commentator stated that we were down 19%, “not quite a bear market yet, but you can hear the bears rustling.”