S2 E30 — It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?

Was it triggered by all our neighbors working remotely and their kids attending “zoom school”?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 30 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 17th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Cox WiFi kept dropping — it’s been off more than it’s been on — so yesterday I worked on correcting bogus “Contacts” emails one-by-one via LinkedIn changing them in my “Friends of Steves” master spreadsheet.  

    • I still required online capabilities for copying and pasting them through the hot spot feature on my iPhone — as my sister showed Emma the Baroness and me when we last visited months ago in Michigan.  
    • Later in the evening I  tested Internet access with Apple TV.  Why did Amazon Prime work, but Netflix didn’t?  Maybe it wasn’t WiFi in that case, but Netflix popularity and T-Mobile capacity?  Netflix is free on T-Mobile as a perk for signing up.

Meanwhile I wasn’t looking forward to my next call with BC (which turned out fine as a Zoom video session) and, to be honest, my mild anxiety compounded my low-ebb feelings from the mind-numbing WiFi work arounds.

Sure, BC lashed out about his favorite local restaurant’s forced closing potentially for good.  

He dropped by for lunch in the charming plaza in La Quinta where he moved from Newport Beach.  

His move was longer go than I realized triggered by two events, his mother passed away and he had heart by-pass surgery.  

“What happened? I don’t recognize my country,” he said.

His local La Quinta gym closed where he treated his ailing back in its jacuzzi and swam laps. 

For as long as I knew him he competed in the Masters program at the University before his relocation to the exclusive California desert.  

Once we got past our rants and reactions to coronavirus business closures, it only took a couple of minutes to find our conversational groove like old times.  

Mostly through his love of rock and roll and former training in anthropology from Stanford and my wondering aloud if there was a half-life for wisdom.  

He thanked me at the end of the call for realizing as an executive coach, why I had recruited him in the first place, he found an angle for approaching the local restaurant owner and offering business advice.

I should have thanked him for the boost in energy I felt from reestablishing a common ground in our personal and professional relationship.

Enough to slog though the excruciatingly slow process of listing emails of my 1840 LinkedIn 1st degree network in my “Contacts” once again.   

But the boost dissipated as I realized it will take 4 or 5 weeks at 5 days a week just to complete my LinkedIn updates.  

Ouch.  Yawn. 

So, somehow I need to schedule that without stopping Patreon postings and with adding consistent email messaging to Proteges, Mentors and Friends.  

Yawn again.

Evidence

How about a Holiday Tau boost?  Game. Set. Match.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Visualizing alone can’t make things true, but it can motivate action that feels natural and familiar instead of labored and difficult. As you visualize the future, you lay its groundwork.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I know this is Friday, so Steve is this a randy suggestion — your Holiday Tau — one I should whisper to Emma the Baroness tonight?  Or are you hinting at something else entirely?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’ve been thinking about how to get what you want, and it’s clear you’ll need to make a special request. Timing is everything. It will be better to ask after nightfall or tomorrow.” Aries

So, Smithy I’ve tried several attempts to understand the gist of your Holiday Tau.  I stood up, stared at the middle ground out my office window, walked to our front lawn, bent down and pulled a dozen weeds, came back to my office and reread it, but I can’t quite grog it.  Sorry.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You are coming back to a part of yourself that has been long abroad. It’s not that you outgrew or rejected this aspect of you, but you have not been able to prioritize it. That will change.  Gemini

Aha.  Funny this is your Holiday Tau, Howey.  As I was walking, staring and weeding while contemplating Smithy’s TauBit of Wisdom I settled on the essence of your’s instead.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life has its own set of navigational rules. To understand it, you have to look backward; to live it, you can only go forward. Also, you can only feel what it’s like to be inside it when you’re standing still.” Cancer

Wait guys.  Is this all about the time I was out of work for almost a year?  That stretch defined a long, very long learning curve about transferrable skills and understanding new careers operationally, but most importantly by learning new jargon for describing what I had accomplished in previous jobs — you know like how long it takes to learn a new language.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: There was a time you didn’t believe that you could actually change your circumstances by merely observing them differently. Now you believe it, and you do it on a daily basis. Today brings proof.  Leo

Okay G&G your Holiday Tau can be taken two ways.  The last part about knowing and enjoying another’s mess intimately is about our life long love affair — me and Emma the Baroness.  The second could be about what I took away from a chapter in “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives” about how Brian Eno lives his life like and art form developing several passion projects at the same time.  If one doesn’t work out he jumps to another.  Either way, it works.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Here’s how I’m relating to your Holiday Tau couch Kerr, I mean coach Kerr.  I’m trying to squeeze about 1840 people into a room through that small Interned door when Cox WiFi keeps shutting it on and off all day.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It’s like you’re trying to move a couch into a room with a small door. Once inside, everything will work out nicely. But getting through this tight squeeze will take some doing. What needs to be released in order to move forward?” Libra

Ha.  Easy for your Holiday Tau to say.  I realized it will take me four or five weeks of swimming trying to keep my head above water once I dive in to get it done!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Why return to projects that were not enormously successful the first time around? You’d rather move on, and move on you will, after a brief bit of business is handled. Dive in and get it done.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S1 E175 — Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End?

Today’s one of those low ebb kind of days after trading in my friend of 20 years for a new model.  Except the sexy new thing didn’t perform as expected.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 175 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I couldn’t get CarPlay functioning.  Nobody at the dealership could either after troubleshooting my iPhone 8 power cord with their power cords and newer model iPhone.

Look it said so in the features on this vehicle when I conducted my comparison searches.  I asked Siri for a solution.  She was no help.  I typed in the problem statement a variety of ways into the Google browser.  

Lot’s of similar problems, but not with an iPhone 8.  

Story of my life.  

I returned to making sense out of publishing articles to Patreon, desperately trying to reference posts like about Dave McCoy, the entrepreneur who build Mammoth Mountain. Well, the mountain was already there, but you get the picture.

Didn’t complete any goals for the week, except for meeting with Steve B, but I didn’t follow up with him. I gave up and returned to the LA Times.

So I turned to Michael Hiltzik who wrote about a 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,”

Evidence

Yesterday turned out to shine as far as our legitimate Holiday Tau — Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  How about today? I wonder why I’m so reluctant to follow today’s TauBit?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Every stage and room of life is different.  What plays well on one doesn’t look so great on another.  Get help setting things up.  Another eye on things won’t be a bad idea.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Most of this is true for me except for the last sentence, but the least amount of truthiness is this is my birthday.  You already know it’s not.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll discover secrets inside yourself and others.  Knowing how things work makes you more powerful in the world.  You’ll love what it feels like to go where you only dreamed of going before.  A relationship grows more dear to you.  And this team will create interesting things together.”

Rooms, what’s with rooms today?  A cage?  Sorry Jobs, I don’t get it.  But, you certainly did at Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Center) when Larry Tesler hosted their GUI interface.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): As beautiful or gilded as a room may be, if you can’t get out when you want to, it’s still a cage.  It’s a day to test and protect your freedom.” Pisces

Don’t I wish your Holiday Tau rang true during this low ebb day.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To know you’re getting something good even when the indicators are mixed — this is the art and talent you’ll have today.”  Taurus

Okay, my mother behaved in a way consistent she said with our heritage — neither one of us wants to throw money at something if we can get it cheaper or figure out a better way.  Thanks for your TauBit of Wisdom guys.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Making room, a room can be a cage, every room and stage of life is different.  Is that the theme for today’s Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: There are things you have but no longer need, things you need but don’t have.  Get rid of the excess to make room for the new.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 
    • Michael Hiltzik wrote about 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,” 

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.
    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept. 
    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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S4 E13 — Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?

Today, the shadow of that scandal lingers. How much did Trump’s toying with Ukraine, cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and, ultimately, Trump’s acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress influence Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Prescient information pops to mind. What’s the difference between intuition and imagination? You’ll get the sense of knowing something immediately without understanding how you could. That’s intuition.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thurday’s 13th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 24th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?; S4 E11Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?; S4 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell?; 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

And of course, questions swirled about Trump’s real relationship with Putin leading up to the famous holding up of funds Congress had earmarked for Ukraine in his Quid Pro Quo phone call with Ukraine’s newly elected President Zelensky.

His acquittal in the sham Senate impeachment (1.0) trial was another such reward for bad behavior.  And a clue that no guard rails could contain his lust for clinching a second term in the White House. —  David Enrich

Tracy Wilkinson and Sarah D. Wire probe the question most on my mind from witnessing the daily streaming of the Putin’s Ukraine invasion and from reading “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman and more recently, “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.

Given that Trump delayed weapons to Ukraine and praised Putin, did that trigger Putin’s war? 

Wilkinson and Wire remind us that, 

Trump in 2019 threatened to withhold weapons deliveries to Ukraine — caught even then in a simmering war with Russian proxies — unless President Zelensky helped him dig up political dirt on probable 2020 election rival, Joe Biden. 

Today, the shadow of that scandal lingers. How much did Trump’s toying with Ukraine, cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and, ultimately, Trump’s acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress influence Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine?

Numerous experts and current and former officials say Putin was emboldened by the Trump years. The former KGB officer turned president ably manipulated Trump into publicly backing his denials of having interfered — to Trump’s benefit — in U.S. elections. And, according to former aides, Putin convinced Trump to accept his claim that Ukraine was part of Russia. 

By most accounts, Putin stewed in grievances for years — the expansion of NATO farther east into his sphere of influence, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and a post-Cold War world order that marginalized Russia — waiting for an opportunity to build back his vision of a grand Russian superpower empire.

Marie Yovanovitch, a former US ambassador to Ukraine said Putin saw “that we had an administration that was willing to trade our national security for personal and political gain.” 

Fiona Hill, a highly regarded Russia expert who served on Trump’s National Security Council noted at a “critical period,” when Ukraine was fighting Russia and needed weapons, Trump had his own political future in mind. It sent “a message to Putin that Ukraine is a plaything for him … and for the United States.”

During the Obama administration, Putin invaded parts of eastern Ukraine, annexing the Crimean peninsula and installing Russian proxies to fight Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region — with minimal US or international rebuke.

Still, Trump’s actions, and the lack of significant consequences he faced, represented a unique opening, a bright green light for Putin in Ukraine. 

According to Adam Schiff, 

What that told Putin, tragically, is the United States doesn’t care about Ukraine, it doesn’t care about its people, it doesn’t care about its democratic aspirations. It doesn’t care if Ukrainians get killed by Russians. I think that’s the message Trump’s conduct sent, that we would use Ukraine as a political plaything

Schiff added “that Putin anticipated if he started a broader invasion of Ukraine, he could count on Trump either to praise him or to criticize Biden.”

Trump has done both.”

Evidence

Turning away from Trump’s and Putin’s consequential relationship to today’s TauBits of Wisdom shifts my gears a little.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Prescient information pops to mind. What’s the difference between intuition and imagination? You’ll get the sense of knowing something immediately without understanding how you could. That’s intuition.” Scorpio

And, that’s me.  Elsewhere I described what happens during one of my advisory sessions.  I’ll listen to what my client or executive or MBA executive student describes about a current situation until pieces of their stories click into knowing something that’s the difference maker in their dilemma.  Sometimes it arrives as a mind-video, sometimes it takes a probing question to trigger it with their answer.  Sometimes it arrives a sentence or two at the beginning of the session.  The imagination part kicks in when together we consider scenarios and strategies to solve what’s blocked their success.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “If you’re not sure why you’re so popular lately, it could be the charmingly unpredictable element you bring to conversation. Quite the opposite of the usual interactions, your contributions are unexpected.” Sagittarius

When it’s not about helping someone else to help me to help them — I so hated that expression — and it’s just a conversation I look for the pun.  Something somebody just said in the middle of the conversation sparks a slight smile and then there it is, an unexpected twist that tickled me and causes laughter.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “A lot of people have ideas, but far fewer have the bold determination to follow through. Consider yourself among the elite. Planning is a pleasure. Get as much on paper as you can now while you’re thinking clearly  Capricorn

So Emma the Baroness threw a party for two of her closest non-sorority sister long-time friends last night. She hosted a Bachelor Party Viewing night — that either just ended or just began — as an excuse like a book club to drink wine, or in this case lemon tear drops, catch up, eat and drink and eat and talk in that Experiencing Self space all close friends occupy when they get together.

I volunteered my banishment to our upstairs master bedroom and somehow stumbled across an PBS documentary that inspired me.  I wonder if Aldwyth is still alive, because the show aired a few years ago. 

But, here’s her official story that played out and moved me — 

Aldwyth is a single-named South Carolina artist who defies categorization. She is a painter, a sculptor, a box constructionist, and an intricate collagist. Like her artwork, the trajectory of Aldwyth’s artistic life has been anything but simple. ALDWYTH: FULLY ASSEMBLED follows her remarkable creative journey, documenting her challenges and obstacles and telling the story of her inspiring “second act.” 

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

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S2 E28 — Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April

We’re all self-quarantined before the tribal Norwegian Zoom event, after staging and technical trouble shooting. But today I lost my website access, which not until hours later did I discover I needed to point my DMS IP to the new Google Cloud address. Say what?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Life’s path may be smooth, but people can stumble over even the smoothest of surfaces. Pause. Regroup. And make some decisions about the course ahead.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 28 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 12th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

They’re back up and running.

But, on Patreon I published and shared to both LinkedIn and Facebook, “Sometimes It Feels Like Postcards from Another World”. 

“Join 1594 followers of “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.” See what you may have been missing. Here’s a sample of headlines from a week’s worth of our digests bringing you our “Top 30” stories and trends daily.”

Evidence

Forget Zahnny and the Fonz, this Holiday Tau is just for Emma the Baroness and me.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There’s the one who witnesses your emotions when no one else seems to. That person is special to you. Not a lot has to pass between you in order for everything to be shared.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

If you picked Emma the Baroness or me as deserving of this birthday message you’d be wrong (it’s not our birthday), but right (both of us keep confidential secrets to ourselves).

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

The space between a private and public self is deeply personal. You decide what you want people to know. You write your story and present it however you please. You’ll have fun with this, using it as an opportunity for creativity, empowerment and drawing lucky people and situations to you as you thrive on every front.”

Thanks to our Patron Saint for his Holiday Tau rings true for many of our friends and acquaintances enduring these challenging times.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Lots of people are thinking of you. Keep up with relationships, as the benefits of staying social will far outweigh any inconvenience you endure trying to get together.”  Aries

Hopefully, as the President insists this virus will disappear in April and life will return to normal.  However comma Emma the Baroness and I feel blessed that our decisions made along our path have taken us to this place together.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Life’s path may be smooth, but people can stumble over even the smoothest of surfaces. Pause. Regroup. And make some decisions about the course ahead.”  Taurus

Look I was trying to be diplomatic, coach.  But the whole political expediency and strong hints of corruption stretch my skeptical self too. 

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:Your instinct to morally decide what’s wrong and right may be challenged by those who give priority to what works and what makes things easier. This could cause a quandary.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1581  to 1594.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S4 E10 — Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell?

Deutsche Bank had a very big problem. For years they’d been engaged in money-laundering activity in Russia. And a decade earlier had connected Trump with wealthy Russians to build his resorts in Hawaii and Mexico.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Some people prefer sweet lies over harsh truths. Even so, you may be able to tell the truth in a softer way, or compassionately reframe the story to highlight a different part of it.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 10th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 18th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E9Did the Luck of the Irish Run Out This Time for Old Orange Hair? ; S4 E8A Suicide and an Epic Trail of DestructionS4 E7And What’s Up with the Justice Department?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Follow the money is what David Enrich tracks in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction”

During the summer of 2016, some suspicious Jared Kushner transactions landed in her inspection queue.

A veteran anti-money-laundering compliance officer at the private bank had been inspecting dozens of accounts for and was lending money to Jeffrey Epstein. 

Vrablic’s super-rich clients, didn’t have the proper documentation.”

Epstein had been cut off from his previous bank, JPMorgan, after being convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor, so he switched to Deutsche, as a lucrative client. 

He would remain a client until June 2019.

The anti-money-laundering compliance officer inherited a caseload of more than a hundred clients classified as “politically exposed” including Donald Trump and his family members. 

They required extra vetting because of the heightened risk in bribery or other public corruption.

What was at stake when during the summer of 2016, Trump clinched the Republican nomination with Kushner serving as his adviser?

It turns out Kushner’s real estate company was moving money to a number of Russian individuals.

Oops.

The private bank trying to preserve its lucrative relationship with the Kushners (therefore the Trumps), the compliance officer was transferred to another division and then, in April 2018, was fired, according to Enrich.

But, the Kushners did have ties to the Bank Leumi, which had its own problematic history of doing business with Russians—while Russia was interfering in the American presidential election.

A tilt  in favor of Jared Kushner’s father-in-law.

By November 8, 2016, when Donald Trump won the presidency.

Deutsche had a very big problem. They had for years been engaged in money-laundering activity in Russia. And a decade earlier had connected Trump with wealthy Russians to build his resorts in Hawaii and Mexico.

As Eric Trump said at the time they had all the funding they needed out of Russia.

The acorn didn’t fall far from the tree Trump. Deutsch extended outstanding loans to the Trumps and Kushners.  It was like Rosemary Vrablic’s bosses had been star-struck, but now tried to hide the entire institution’s culpability to Russian intelligence, 

Deutsche executives were scared about what might happen if it became public, according to Enrich so the bankers raced to get the loan off Deutsche’s books, by selling a large chunk of it to another Russian bank at a discounted price.

Trump had given his personal guarantees on hundreds of millions of dollars. Deutsche would be left with the ugly choice seizing the president’s personal assets or not enforcing the loan terms — dispensing a very lucrative gift to the American president.

So much for them, what about me?

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Some people prefer sweet lies over harsh truths. Even so, you may be able to tell the truth in a softer way, or compassionately reframe the story to highlight a different part of it.” Scorpio

How’s it going so far retelling the story behind what has been unfolding over the last few weeks, a year ago during the first week of January, the four years leading up to the insurrection and all that transpired behind closed doors in the years leading up to the 2016 presidential election?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You have vision, and the talent to flesh it out. Consciously build your support system and you’ll move faster and be more fulfilled. A fun relationship is featured. You connect like a great comedy duo, clashing and meshing with exciting, amusing tension. Upgrades in the name of efficiency will pay you back for years.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When things happen in your life, who’s the first one you want to tell? This person is your No. 1 for a reason and will benefit from hearing you articulate the reason today.” Taurus

If you’ve been following along for the last three years, you already know who’d I nominate for numero uno, Emma the Baroness.  

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Are you showing your love? Since other people cannot technically feel your feelings, you make sure to express them well and give plenty of evidence of the emotions you want to share.” Cancer

So this is how loved ones feel they’re taken for granted?  Wow, I’d better check in with the Baroness.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54: “A dream is your subconscious trying to get your attention. The emotion of a dream is one of your best interpretive clues. To understand what it means, dive into the feeling of it.” Libra

I may have to ask my muse, Leonardo da V about this one.  I don’t remember what I was dreaming last night.  Maybe, that’s the real message here.  Your Experiencing Self doesn’t remember from moment to moment and beyond.  It’s Your Remembering Self that narrates, edits and recalls the highlights in your working memory.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Is it possible that a song understands you in a way that other people in your life don’t seem to? You’ll be motivated, inspired and even healed by the magic of music.” Sagittarius

I pop my earbuds in.  Grab my trekking poles. Find the rhythm and dance-walk nearly everyday in the mornings smelling the freshly cut grass in the Little League fields.  That’s when my subconscious, Experiencing Self, notes something about songs and lyrics and titles and forgets all about the incidents until now when my Narrative Self reminds me.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12148 this week to 12252 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 236 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

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S2 E26 — Rethinking the N-Word

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up. Not quite awake, I found myself swimming in “introversion,” “thinkers,” “INTP” and idea packaging. But, mostly intuition, the “N-word” in INTP, not to be confused with the “I-word” meaning introverted.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 26 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 10th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere AtollS2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up.  

It was paper day, but maybe an hour before I could reasonably expect one to arrive, if at all, on this continuing COVID-19 day for the delivery guy to maneuver through the storm surge.

What I’d been writing about was how well my idea packaging description (113 SPIP) syncs with my Myers-Briggs Temperament, INTP.  

But, why should you care? 

If you know your MBTI type already — one of 16 — as my Executive MBA students do, then you translate it into my Talent Profile system — one of 16 — and can identify the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

The MBTI is the theory of psychological type as originally developed by Carl Jung and “operationalized” by two American mother and daughters, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

A quick Google search finds:

“The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).”

Add to Google with a quick Wikipedia inquiry and you find more about “P”.

Sensing and intuition are the information-gathering (perceiving) functions. Those who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. For them, the meaning is in the underlying theory and principles which are manifested in the data.

For most of my last career, I realized intuition and the process of visualizing something in advisory sessions helped me gain a perspective or framework for offering recommendations and original connections. 

Further, except for the I or the E, the NTP mirrored each other as did the other sets of 8 combinations I identified yesterday. 

According to a dictionary thinkers conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea. Somehow an idea enters your mind “… with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.” 

Ideas stimulate or challenge your intellect or mind.  If you’re thinking you have an idea, belief, or thought about something.

Intuition I believe is more influential.

The two combine for me when I hear enough in a 1-hour advisory session or in a Starbucks conversation over coffee or breakfast (remember those) to trigger a picture which frames my response and quickly captures a solution to a problem they bring.  

Or how in sitting and reflecting on trends and combinations until, like during this rain storm, a picture emerges and triggers an “aha” moment. 

My brain unconsciously keeps chewing on the noise, data, information, knowledge and wisdom I’ve been exposed to — thinking — for a long time until the insight arrives.

    • Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge from direct access without the need for conscious reasoning, likely from an instinctive feeling. 
    • You know, like in those detective books, TV shows and the Harry Bosch Amazon Prime series — hunches and assumptions formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. 
    • Intuitive hunches arrive wholly formed and quickly, without conscious awareness of the underlying mental process of information. 
    • Intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it, more like a direct perception of truth, fact, who a person really is, how a situation will play out, what the future has in store for us.

Evidence

So what does the immediate future have in store for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me?  Oh, great like all the tasks required for managing a self-publishing pipeline?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Whatever you accomplish, no matter how difficult or improbable it may be, it will be added to your regular duties. Consider the expectation you’ll be setting up and manage accordingly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On intuition I grabbed this even though it’s not my birthday.  I don’t know why.  If it’s your birthday, enjoy.  Or just drink Red Bull, because it gives you wiings, eh?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A bird’s first flying lessons are really about how to get pushed out of a nest and fall without getting too hurt. You’ve had those. This is the year you’ll take to the sky. There will be no competition for what you want. You’ll be driven by a hunger for accomplishment and adventure. You’ll swoop up a new role.

Okay.  This is one lesson I need to cultivate, so thank you for your Holiday Tau.

“5” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s good to know where the natural endings are. Sense them and get out while the getting is good. You’ll avoid the ruin and waste that can come with overworking things.”   Aries

If only Smithy.  I’m not getting out that much these day and it’s not because of my introverted temperament.  So, sorry you receive a lower ranking for you Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll be socially adventurous and gain great benefits from mixing in different circles. New situations are a chance to try out roles you don’t normally get a chance to play.” Gemini

Hi Howey.  I get it.  Life life like an art form! I might include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report on the 1-year experiment.  Or, not.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:As you decide moment to moment how you’d like to live, you’re forming who you are. This process is so immersive that there’s no time, reason or room for worry.” Cancer

Again, this what I’m talking about.  And as usual, it takes two comedians and a founder to spell it out for me.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hey G&G, your Holiday Tau hooked me at “experiment” and “tools”.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:In light of the day’s attitudes, it’s important to remember that the version of yourself that is measured in likes is not the real you; it’s a clever projection, an experiment and, at best, a tool for learning about yourself.” Virgo

You know for a TV gameshow host, I learn a lot from your Holiday Tau, Steve.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You appreciate those who express themselves with great originality, and you strive to be such a person. It’s accomplished by listening to your thoughts and feelings and relaying them with specificity.  Capricorn

So, I’m piggy-backing your TauBit of Wisdom with your co-founder’s, the Woz!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’ll seek a sense of accomplishment and completion, as well as the confirmation of certain ideas and beliefs. What you won’t seek is happiness, which is a byproduct of a goal, not the goal itself.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S4 E9 — Did the Luck of the Irish Run Out This Time for Old Orange Hair?

Enter Deutsch’s rainmaker, Rosemary Vrablic. In 2014, Trump and Ivanka sat down with Vrablic. DBTCA—soon agreed to lend $170 million to the Trump Old Post Office LLC, a newly incorporated company in Delaware. But, Trump was personally on the hook for most of the money, this time.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Evidence tells the story of the detective who collected it. True facts can be arranged to form untrue stories. Just because a thing can be proven doesn’t mean it’s the only or the fullest version of the truth.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 9th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 17th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E8A Suicide and an Epic Trail of DestructionS4 E7And What’s Up with the Justice Department?S4 E6Hey Listen Up. Is This What You Need to Succeed?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Follow the money is what David Enrich does in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction”

Remember the controversy over that castle-like structure which had been the U.S. Postal Service Building? Back before Trump had fake questioned President Obama’s place of birth the Trump Organization felt, “(T)he National Historic Landmark was a colossal waste of a beautiful property in a prime location.”

Enrich explains how in 2011 the Trump Organization proposed transforming the building into a luxury hotel to the U.S. General Services Administration with:

260 rooms, a ballroom, a spa, restaurants, shops, 315-foot clock tower afforded panoramic views of the entire capital.

Trump had been in negotiations with Deutsche for two other loans — Doral and Chicago — when in February 2012, the GSA named him the winner.  Trump took on a business partner, billionaire Tom Barrack running Colony Capital.

The deal called for the partners to pony up with $200 million.  Enrich details the transaction — invest $200 million, sixty-year lease, and pay $3 million a year.

Penciling it out, it became clear that the hotel …

… would have to charge an exorbitant $700 a night Colony Capital, with its deep well of funds from private investors, soon backed out. That left Trump on the hook for the $200 million

Remember all the speculation about how indebted Trump was during and after his time in office?

Enter Deutsch’s rainmaker, Rosemary Vrablic.

    • In 2014, Trump and Ivanka sat down with Vrablic. DBTCA—soon agreed to lend $170 million to the Trump Old Post Office LLC, a newly incorporated company in Delaware.
    • But, Trump was personally on the hook for most of the money, this time.
    • As far back as 2009, Trump’s son Don Jr. had started a company,
    • By 2011, the business was unraveling — $4 million mortgage, repayable in three years.

Maybe not money laundering, but more like a shell game using LLC’s instead of cups and a ball. 

Elder Trump used a specially created LLC—DB Pace Acquisitions—to buy the loan from Deutsche Bank (hence the DB).  Don Jr. predictably defaulted, DB Pace foreclosed on the warehouse, keeping it in the hands out of reach of Titan Atlas’s other creditors.

Meanwhile, Jared had worked with Vrablic’s group.

He owned The New York Observer, an influential weekly tabloid,

In 2015, Vrablic’s group extended a $15 million personal credit line to Jared and his mother, largest lending facility they had, (But, they) quickly borrowed $10 million at a very favorable interest rate, because the loan was coming due. 

Which brings the story up to the presidential campaign.

Trump was pumping huge sums of his own money into his presidential campaign, and rustling up the cash to repay Deutsche for the maturing loan.  On August 7, an entity called Trump Endeavor 12 LLC took out a new $19 million loan from Deutsche.

Evidence

Aside from wearing green and engaging in a fun pup crawl we might draw inspiration from the Holiday Tau curated for today.

Holiday Theme for The Day:

Saint Patrick of Ireland was kidnapped, enslaved and starved before finally being reunited with his family and ultimately leading his people to overcome horrific circumstances. With such heroic grit at the heart of the story, the role of luck is debatable here. In celebrating the luck of the Irish, we also celebrate fortune’s favoritism of perseverance.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The backup plan is taking up too much room. It’s like an unused computer program occupying valuable megabytes that could be spent on a program you do use.” Scorpio

So are you saying the effort I’ve made to lay down the links to stories, before I launch the real plan, doesn’t yield the return on effort I’ve spent?  Hmm.  I may need to take your Holiday Tau and combine it with Winwood, Wonder, and Colbert’s to form a more meaningful TauBit of Wisdom I can use.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Anger is a searing emotion that is dangerous to wield yet hurts to hold on to. Sometimes you just have to drop it like it’s hot. It is! Don’t get burned. What would it take to cool this off?” Aries

I see somebody in a red hat and a scruffy beard from 100 yards away and I’m triggered.  My anger begins to boil.  It’s not until I can name it as I walk along in rhythm on Olympia bordering the north shore of our lake, that I can detach from it and drop it.  In almost every case I cool down as we meet and pass with a smile and a nod.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The challenge gets harder. This is happening right on time — you were in danger of becoming bored, or worse, letting your skills get dull. Now you have something to sharpen yourself on and exciting reason to try your best.” Taurus

Look, three seasons between 2019 to 2022 turned out to be such a long haul, that yes I became dangerously bored.  If I can keep up my daily publishing commitment in such away that the lyrics keep on coming efficiently that I can now turn to the rhyming and rhythms.  More to come.  And hum.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As you are well-aware, things are not always what you expect. Anticipation can be half the fun — sometimes it’s 90% of it. For this reason, you savor these moments of not knowing what’s coming next.” Gemini

Sure, I’d say you nailed it for me on a professional career level and in my personal life, but on the national and now international stage, I’m not amused or savoring what comes next.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Evidence tells the story of the detective who collected it. True facts can be arranged to form untrue stories. Just because a thing can be proven doesn’t mean it’s the only or the fullest version of the truth.” Libra

I believe this is exactly what stories about the mafia and the twice impeached, disgraced former president lead us to believe.  At least political operatives spin so much untrue stories about the facts and repeat them over and over again that roughly half of our population believes the opposite of what can be proven.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12148 this week to 12252 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 236 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

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S1 E161— Secret Combinations only Life Hacking Marketeers Know

I’m under review.  It’s not like the FBI is watching or the IRS is auditing or anything like that.  But, I still feel in limbo.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 161 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context  

Yes, it’s true with one day left in the first month of what my horoscope said will be my best year yet I checked off all the Patreon boxes and submitted my page into the virtual unknown.

What would Leo da V do?  Imagine what a Patreon day-in-the-life would be.  

Why?  

I’m starting with zero fans and followers.  But, it’s a chicken and egg thing I already wrote about in Knowledge ATMs.  So, it is what it is.  I have promotional tasks to initiate and maintain on a weekly and monthly basis.

Why?  

Here’s my feeling about LinkedIn.  My absence has resulted in fewer followers.  Maybe under 1850 after I had tried while at UCI to top it off at 2000 which “they” say you need as a fan base to support your Lifestyle Business (LifeStyleBiz).  I conclude that those followers are more career or self-promoting themselves and won’t necessarily be interested in supporting me. All of a sudden my Flipboard followers jumped to 1010 now.  It’s not clear how to entice both “audience”  sets to visit my Patreon page.  And then move them through awareness, interest, liking, desire and buying. However, I’m not in a desperately, urgent financial situation and don’t have to depend on the income stream.  But I feel I need to meet a certain level of competence, especially for those who pay me $1, $3 and $5 dollars a month, right?

Why? 

I don’t know how to Patreon.  I don’t know how to promote via other LinkedIn tools.  I don’t know how to activate a Flipboard link to Patreon. I don’t know how to Facebook.  I don’t know how to Apple Books (Amazon). I don’t know how to WooCommerce and badge up on my websites.

Why? 

My strategy depended on a) enticing a % of 2000 curious acquaintances to become patrons; b) my patrons loving my first of 5-books enough to review, share and recommend them; c) writing what I wanted and picking up with vacations where I left off, but getting paid to blog; d) gaining experience of self-publishing to Apple Books in ebook form and publishing multi-touch reports, itineraries, and guides; e) activating book reviews as part of the Apple Affiliate program and adding the Patreon, my Apple Books links and descriptions and affiliate badges on my websites; f) following up with Amazon.

Why? 

My self-publishing pipeline would be build and tested with each book one at a time, then bundled in different configurations in the Volume One series.  It would become more efficient to me while concurrently I’d be writing Volume Two and Volume Three series books which is what I want to do.  

How? 

I’d continue to spend my mornings flipping and cascading, so the top 30 “Fresh from the Labs” digest would be updated with each flip and reflip cascaded; I compose a weekly and then a monthly Patreon post loosely following Taylor Pearson’s email topics highlighting the best stuff I’ve come across — articles, books, papers, podcasts, etc. before I publish to the public.  The public versions have Pearson’s and Sam Harris’ ways of supporting as a Call to Action and link to my Patreon; sprinkled with Patreon-only drafts of Volumes Two and Three and ways they can help — especially tied to bonus reasons to increase $ and — the Facebook launch of “The Tau of Steves”.

Evidence

But, a noun is a noun unless it’s not known then it’s what … none? I should say nouns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I’m only interested in tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways. 

I collect nouns, zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays just appropriating predictions and sayings I want to believe in. 

Life-hacking marketeers and insiders know zip codes reveal the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  

But, they are harder to steal with a straight face.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “One person, place or thing is not inherently more important than another person, place or thing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

This is literally music to my ears — I know cheap shot.  But, hey your Holiday Tau for even on a Thursday is actually why I let my muse loose and asked “What would Leo da V do?” in the first place.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Usually, your to-do list is a mighty fine thing to keep track of, just not today; as you might get discouraged by the mountain that it is.”  Taurus

So you’re talking about my second “Why”, yes?  I like this attitude.  It’s so swipe-able.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: One way to look at it is that they either want what you’re dishing or they don’t.  If they don’t you gain little by having them as a customer.” Gemini

Why?

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:That spinning, centrifugal ride at the fair might be fun at first, but if you stay on it too long, you’ll get sick.  It’s the same with circular thought processes.”  Cancer

Two thoughts, why and which is it?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Some things seem like good ideas in the dark and terrible ideas in the light of day.  Artists try to look at things in lots of different lighting.” Leo

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S4 E8 — A Suicide and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Deutsche Bank like others changed their lending practices.  They became less likely to finance oligarchs or tobacco and gun companies or Malaysian billionaire playboys or genocidal governments. Add to this change of heart, Trump’s “… rich history of defaults and his increasingly polarizing politics were becoming a ‘reputational problem’” even though Ivanka Trump, thanked Deutsche for being so easy to do business with.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Though your past has a lot to do with your present, it doesn’t have to impact your future. There are many reasons to interrupt a pattern. You’ve outgrown it; it doesn’t feel right; it’s boring… The list goes on.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 8th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 13th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E7And What’s Up with the Justice Department?; S4 E6Hey Listen Up.  Is This What You Need to Succeed?; S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.”

Around the time of Broeksmit’s suicide, Hellenic Bank in Cyprus, grew suspicious.

It took a lot to make a Cypriot banker queasy, but nearly $700 million had flooded into these particular Russian bank accounts.”

They forwarded their concerns on to Tim Wiswell in Moscow (the source was Deutsche Bank), but he knew all about these mirror trades.

In fact, Wis’ wife had offshore bank accounts too. 

Meanwhile back in the states Bob Roach’s Senate committee had been investigating how Deutsche had enabled giant hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies to avoid billions in taxes.

“… Senate’s report was unveiled with fanfare in July 2014, congressional hearings—just as co-head of Renaissance, Robert Mercer, was beginning to bankroll right-wing initiatives, such as Breitbart News, and Trump declared his candidacy to be the forty-fifth president.”

Trump had been spreading the lie about Barack Obama’s citizenship as a way to grab attention and to inflame passions,

“Trump had recognized that there was nothing stopping him from mining the potent seams of race and ethnicity for his political advantage.”

On the downside, even Deutsche Bank like other banks started evaluating reputational risks as an important factor. 

…less likely to finance oligarchs or tobacco and gun companies or Malaysian billionaire playboys or genocidal governments”.

Add to this change of heart, Trump’s “… rich history of defaults and his increasingly polarizing politics were becoming a reputational problem,” even though Ivanka Trump, thanked Deutsche for being so easy to do business with.

In 2014, the Buffalo Bills football team came up for sale for $1 billion, and Trump wasn’t about to pony up his own money, so would Deutsche be willing to front him some cash?

It was supposed to be business as usual.  Use other people’s money (OPM) standard real estate transactional arrangements.  

But, Trump’s bid for the Bills was rejected.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You can’t become mighty, clever or confident without fortifying your weaknesses. And you don’t know what your weaknesses are until you make mistakes. This is why it’s better to take on the harder challenges.” Scorpio

So this TauBit of Wisdom goes against what’s been taught in leadership classes forever.  Sure, take calculated risks, but focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses to talented people you’ve hired and groomed.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Creativity is one of your love languages. You’ll be inventive and make things for people. These contributions mean so much more than anything that can be bought at a store. Often the thing you make is not a physical item, rather it’s an exchange or an experience, every bit as alive as something you can hold.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Though your past has a lot to do with your present, it doesn’t have to impact your future. There are many reasons to interrupt a pattern. You’ve outgrown it; it doesn’t feel right; it’s boring… The list goes on.” Aries

This has been running through my mind over the last 30-days as I was overtaken by events — the anniversary of the launch dates for the past three seasons.  

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Just when you think you have it all figured out, experience will bring you something baffling and new. You won’t mind today’s pickle, especially since you’re in it with an interesting someone.” Leo

Can’t say Emma the Baroness would appreciate the last sentence, but over the course of this passion project just as a I finished “The Normal Year” the COVID pandemic hit and I just had to see what if any difference in the corresponding TauBits of Wisdom would show up for “The Pandemic Year.”  And then, who didn’t ask if the pandemic was over and we would return to the original normal or a new normal?  So, as we just finished the “Paradoxically Normal Year,” here we are with something baffling and new.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You make friends easily, yet good friendships are still hard to come by. You’re about to encounter that magical blend of mutual interest, logistical convenience and the indescribable X-factor.” Virgo

Okay, yes I do.  Yes, they are, Yes, I look forward to that magical blend — maybe I will find it by serendipity or synchronicity or as my next stealth enterprise unfolds as Phase Two. 

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12148 this week to 12252 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 236 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

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S1 E 153 — Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True.

Yesterday morning I woke up with Neil Young’s song lyric, “Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you …” running through my dream.  Makes me want to  compose something about his song.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 153 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 16th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

Evidence  

Now, what I’m realizing is why it stuck in my mind.  The original “Journal of 2020 Foresight” blog written at midlife, could be rewritten as a road trip for finding the best place for you to live, which begins and ends with Neil Young.  

For me, Greendale and It’s a Long Road … (“The Painter”) bookend that journey.  

“Greendale. We’re going on a little trip, folks…. So these songs are about a place called Greendale and it’s a green dale…. There’s a lot going on in town. It seems to be a pretty mellow place, really. In town there’s about 20 to 25,000 people and it’s not a very big place at all… “

“If there is a huge map, which there is, that just shows Greendale, very little over here, there’s mountains and farms, over there, there’s an ocean…. Well, Greendale is a nice town, but it has its quirks….“ 

Now put all that into perspective with “Old Man” and it might drive what I’m calling “Volume Three Manuscript” about legacy. 

I can’t say why, but for some reason these small pieces begin to flow together. And, finally, I just rediscovered “Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True,” in an updated chapter from 2009 co-authored book, “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work”.

But, Young’s chorus from “The Painter” still sums it up

It’s a long road 

Behind me 

It’s a long road 

Ahead 

If you follow every dream You might get lost” 

Exhilarating for me, how was it for you? Haha. Let’s check in with the rest of the Steves 

Hmm.  No nightmares for me.  So, sorry Zahn I’ll pass.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While you’re trying to improve, don’t turn your internal world into a battlefield where the you of your dreams fights the you of your nightmares.  Accept yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

God, I hope not.  If I do, just shoot me.  Sorry Steve you can keep yours too.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Questioning your beliefs regularly is important.  You’ll ask ‘is this true? at least 10 times today.  Aries

It only makes sense that two iconic musicians would have any TauBit of Wisdom that resonates with me today, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

So, how’d I do today Steve?  I didn’t ask Leo da V anything other than what was that lyric that played in my head.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It’s important to keep to one story for everyone today when consistency matters.” Gemini

I’m sorry G&G, but when I ask Leo da V what I should do I hope for genius, but often I fall susceptible to distractions and side trips taking me away from the tasks at hand.  Leonardo turned out okay, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Most bad habits can be more easily bent than broken.  Perhaps what’s needed isn’t blunt force but a twist.” Virgo

Wait, what?  Coach Kerr are you in on this too?  Thousands of years, eh?  I’m only traveling back about 500 years to Leo and his gang during the Italian Renaissance.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It is likely that the very particular and unique feelings you are having have been processed by humans for thousands of years.” Libra

Don’t worry, Steve I won’t.  Emma the Baroness is all I need in the love department.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: When you act out of curiosity, a need for a challenge or a desire to grow yourself, all works well.  Don’t take action because you think it will bring you love.” Sagittarius

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