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.

Pop Culture Required

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Something occurred to me today when I saw these adjacent stories:


It seems assumed that every reader must know what the “red light/green light” reference is from Squid Game. And they know what Squid Game even is. Plus they understand the “Winter is Coming” reference, and they know it’s from Game of Thrones. Seriously, journalism seems to have become rather lazy, since it relies on all these pop culture memes are shorthand for any topic. C’mon, writers. Not ALL of us spend our waking hours watching this junk.

Happy 34th Deathday

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A moment of silence, please:


It was 34 years ago today that the market crashed, which prompted the government to “help” everyone and begin the slow, merciless strangulation of natural, organic, capitalist equity markets. People used to bitch and moan about how markets have always been manipulated, but pre-1987 traders honestly had no clue how good they had it. I would give anything to have a market like that again, instead of this clown-show we have every day. Amen.