S4 E11 — Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?

In 2017, some headway from outside Deutsche took hold.  New York prosecutors accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation of operating as a political slush fund as it was associated with the new president and his dozens of legal entities and shut it down.

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

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Belief is a first step. But if you don’t or can’t believe, it’s fine. Then stepping is the first step. Your mind will catch up later. It does help to have good people around you.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 11th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 19th 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 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell?; S4 E9Did the Luck of the Irish Run Out This Time for Old Orange Hair?S4 E8A Suicide and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; 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? 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; 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?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

David Enrich puts the pieces together in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction”

On one particular day in the fall of 2013 a spreadsheet captured a network revealing the matrix of money laundering.

In the one DBTCA unit of Deutsche. tens of millions of dollars outstanding with VTB. Alfa-Bank—another large, oligarch-controlled Russian lender—was on Deutsche’s list, too. (VTB and Alfa both were under American sanctions.) Also, Russian International Bank and Russian Joint-Stock Commercial Roads Bank and Russian Mortgage Bank and Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Limited

Was this the rumored evidence exposing how Trump was supposedly being in Putin’s clutches? Maybe Deutsche was what connected Trump to the Russia rumor.

    • Deutsche acting as a conduit for dirty money. Deutsche was the only reliable connection that Trump had to the mainstream banking world.
    • Deutsche’s Russian oligarchs and other Putin cronies routinely practiced the Russian mirror-trading scheme.
    • Deutsche Bank’s money had built the Trump International Hotel.
    • Deutsche Bank  had helped stabilize Trump’s floundering business and indirectly, helped stabilize his floundering presidency.

After leaving Zurich Insurance in 2014 in shame, according to Enrich, Joe Ackermann took a new job opportunity in Cyprus.

Bank of Cyprus, new owners: Wilbur Ross, Trump’s future Commerce secretary, Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin.  Even after the collapse of its economy and financial system, Cyprus was a portal for Russians to launder money into the European Union and the eurozone.

Deutsche’s Cypriot work in general lasted much longer. Well into Trump’s presidency,

Deutsche’s anti-money-laundering offices in Florida on behalf of various Cypriot lenders had been pushing uphill with their internal investigation.

Days before Trump was sworn in as president, the Obama administration’s Justice Department pummeled Deutsche Bank with a $7 billion penalty—among them MortgageIT, tricking investors and misleading customers.

In early 2017, the previously undisclosed Russian money-laundering scheme was revealed by British and German journalists.

The internal watchdogs were reaching the breaking point. 

They’d been chafing for years under a succession of regional executives whom many staff members perceived as imperious and incompetent. And, instructed to stop highlighting transactions involving companies exposed in the massive leak known as the Panama Papers.

In 2017, some headway from outside Deutsche took hold.  

New York prosecutors accused the Donald J. Trump Foundation of operating as a political slush fund as it was associated with the new president and his dozens of legal entities and shut it down.

Evidence

But enough, what about you and me?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Focusing too intently and too small is a danger now that can prevent you from seeing the many opportunities that exist around you. For perspective, talk to people who are different from you.” Scorpio

I suppose, but my weakness stems from focusing too intently on the macro picture and struggling with making those opportunities more concrete and practical for others to take.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

It’s no accident when your life falls into beautiful balance, it’s a direct result of your choices. The most important one is to surround yourself with people who are good for you. You’ll approach basic needs like nutrition, exercise and sleep with an intelligent response. Work will be stimulating and empowering.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You could easily take on something small and finish it by the day’s end. However, things get exciting when you go bigger. What’s worth doing can’t be done alone. Tasks that force you to reach out are favored.” Virgo

Does research count?  I’ve collected so much documentation and data that most often getting excited about big things tend to confuse me in the moment.

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Belief is a first step. But if you don’t or can’t believe, it’s fine. Then stepping is the first step. Your mind will catch up later. It does help to have good people around you.” Libra

Emma the Baroness and I engage in an ongoing conversation about the playbooks Trump and Putin follow.  She asks how people who seem so smart fall for these cult-like lies and misinformation.  And, I try to explain what I’m understanding about how susceptible we humans are.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “You’ll accomplish what needs doing if you disallow distraction. It’s time to crack down. Don’t let yourself do anything else until the main thing is finished.” Sagittarius

Thanks for the permission to put everything else on hold until I finish this 11th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year”.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “What happened long ago is still part of your inner scenery, drifting on a lake of thought. Eventually it will wash up on a far shore. But for now, you have better things to think about. Direct your mind to do just that.” Aquarius

Emma the Baroness and I viewed Jane Fonda in Five Acts last night.  Reflecting on it helps me organize my “Volume Three Manuscript.” One comment so true about me remained with me. Each time Jane entered a new act, she moved on leaving those she knew in a previous act without looking back as she transformed into the start up of a new life. Guilty here, too.

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

    • “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.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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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.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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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S4 E7 — And What’s Up with the Justice Department?

I can’t say it looks that way — unless justice comes so delayed.  With Putin’s war in Ukraine sucking up all of the headlines and hours upon hours of on the streaming coverage on the ground, the congressional committee investigating The January 6th Insurrection seems to be relegated to a back burner status.  And what’s up with the Justice Department?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There will be evidence that, contrary to popular belief, life may really be fair after all. Justice comes in many forms, including poetic or delayed. Things turn out the best way possible.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 7th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 12th 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 E6Hey Listen Up.  Is This What You Need to Succeed?; S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos; S4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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; S1 E4Day 4 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” and then meticulously details its 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.

By 2014, tens of billions cycle through the Laundromat, according to Enrich. 

Looking for desperately needed profits Tim Wiswell, Enrich identified, cooked up a new scheme to help Russians secretly whisk their money out of the country. Deutsche engaged in a practice known as Mirror Trades.

A Russian customer paying in rubles at a Russian brokerage firm buys shares of a blue-chip stock offered through Deutsche’s Moscow office.

That same brokerage—using a legal entity like Cyprus—would sell the same quantity back to Deutsche’s London arm, which would pay the Russian brokerage in dollars.”

The trades canceled each other out, but now Russian currency was in dollars rather than rubles.

The next step was to transfer to a bank account in a Western democracy in the original Russian customer’s name.

Enrich said, “… more than $10 billion, would flow from Moscow to London, through DBTCA in New York, converted into dollars and transferred back to Cyprus’s customers who were Putin’s relatives and close friends.

To add another layer of opaqueness to these transactions, Deutsche computer systems in Moscow and London and New York didn’t communicate with each other at all.

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

…all the reason you really need. Love, art, exploration and many other endeavors can seem, on their face, to be pointless. There is no logical purpose for embarking, only a magnetic pull where the logic should be. Maybe you only do the thing because you can’t not do it.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There will be evidence that, contrary to popular belief, life may really be fair after all. Justice comes in many forms, including poetic or delayed. Things turn out the best way possible.” Scorpio

I can’t say it looks that way — unless justice comes so delayed.  With Putin’s war in Ukraine sucking all of the headlines and hours upon hours of on the ground streaming coverage, the congressional committee investigating the January 6th insurrection seems to be taking a back burner status.  And what’s up with the Justice Department?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Success is not an award, a number on a chart or an amount in the bank. Success is a feeling, and one you’ll cultivate and recreate many times over. You’ll revel in certain aspects of your work and tend to details that elevate you to excellence. A study will thrill you and you’ll travel to pursue deeper knowledge.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Uninspiring work makes you lethargic. Perhaps it has to be done, but does it have to be done by you? Once you get into an interesting project, it will be like you’re plugged into a power plant.” Aries

So, is this another delay like justice being served?  So far today I’m not feeling the power plant juice. 

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “People everywhere are engaged in their own internal battles. Sometimes these conflicts go undetected to even their nearest and dearest. Whether you are on the giving or receiving side of help, things are improving.” Gemini

Why is it that we all know this, but forget about it.  Introverts seem to be at the top of his list with their internal battles.  But, obviously it ain’t easy to detect the conflicts lying beneath the surface when just the iceberg tip is what we see.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “There’s an ace up your sleeve and you’re about to play it. Once you do, the game is yours. Apply your winnings to improving your favorite thing. It will be a thrill to watch something go from good to fabulous.” Leo

It may be too early to publicize my stealth project — other than to say it’s a work in progress known simply as Phase Two.  Stay tuned.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 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.”

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S4 E6 — Hey Listen Up. Is This What You Need to Succeed?

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World War as Putin acts on the old saying, “Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”

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

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 6th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 11th 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 E5New Season of Domestic and Global ChaosS4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All;

Related from Season Three, the 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!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” what it was like being on the call between Trump and Ukraine’s newly elected President Zelensky.

Veering completely away from the talking points Vindman had prepared the topic changed to Burisma,

Vindman writes, he “looked quickly around the table. Were others tracking this?”

By phone, Trump told Zelensky, 

So whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it.

He was extorting Ukraine to damage a political challenger at home and boost his own political fortunes.

Vindman couldn’t believe it at first.  

The duty to report is a critical component of U.S. Army values and of the oath I’d taken to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.

He had an obligation to report misconduct.

It was one thing to put up with the high frequency of lies, something that reminded himself of he and his twin brother’s upbringing — when they were three or four years old, he had his mouth washed out with soap for lying. 

The office alone makes him the most powerful individual in the world. This particular president is notorious for personal vindictiveness.

For anyone whom he deems loyal he’ll pardon them if they commit crimes.

But, he attacks those whom he considers disloyal with firing, vilification, lies, and every kind of illegitimate attempt at reprisal. 

As a little background, now which helps us understand Putin’s invasion of Ukraine here’s a little history.

Soviet Union was carrying on the ancient Russian domination of Ukraine.

Joseph Stalin carried out the Great Purge, killing and imprisoning millions in Ukraine and demolishing the world-class intelligentsia of the city of Kyiv. Germany, in a pact with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland, Ukraine’s neighbor to the West, launching the Second World War.”

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World Way as Putin acts on the old saying, 

Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day:

In the early days of the word “sarcasm,” the term referred to a bitter, harsh mockery. In its modern usage, sarcasm is softened by a touch of irony, humor or both. Still, communicating in this way comes with risks to be aware of, especially with today’s climate of sensitivity. Avoid dry or ambiguous humor. Stick with warmth and authenticity.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “Some people listen; others just wait for the chance to talk again. You’re an attentive listener who deserves the same. Today it’s better to just avoid the known offenders who can’t or won’t connect.” Cancer

This TauBit of Wisdom got me wondering if we witness more people fitting this description because of the number of selfies taken.  It seems to be a one way street.  Most of my advice over the past decade for Executive MBA students came naturally from attentive listening.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The potential for tedium is too high for your liking, so whatever you can do to keep things interesting is strongly favored. Elements of humor, mischief, creativity… even chaos… can help.” Virgo

If today was a couple of days ago I would have rated this a “5”, but I’ve worked through the tedious catchup and am down for more mischief …

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “People say it’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them — not entirely true. Good cards win. Bad cards can win too, but only if you bluff. Today’s game will be tricky; perform and prevail.  Capricorn

Not so much for me, but applied to the chaos and threats let loose on Ukraine by Putin.  Is he getting away with murder, literally, because of his extraordinary bluffing?

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hey listen up.  If this is what you need, you know where to find me.  On KnowWhere Atoll, haha.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 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.”

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S4 E5 — New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

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

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 5th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 10th 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 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

The history of this passion project begins to emerge when you dip back into each of the publications a year earlier by each season.  Reviewing the four related episodes in Season One — the Normal Year — demonstrates that I plunged right in totally unprepared for translating what it is to create a natural experiment for living like an art form.  

But, at least towards the end of Season One, I needed not only to include evidence of how each of the curated TauBits of Wisdom was relevant to my day, but I needed to consider adding the context — what was going on — which would also steer me into selecting one and not another.  It all became more real, like:

What’s going on in the real world — criticisms of the Trump Presidency, speculation about California’s Internet Privacy law, an opinion piece about how Milton Friedman’s take on capitalism doesn’t work anymore and in the “who knew category” — retiring to Vietnam.

By Season Three — the Post Pandemic Year — in the second episode an article about brain researchers found a “conscious switch” deep in the brain caught my attention. 

Together with finding out San Francisco’s City Lights and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at age 101,  reminded me of :

Living life as an artist, synchronicity — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — and getting a break from when you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake.

But, it was the list of unraveling events in Season Two that unnerved me and a lot of you if you can recall where you were and what you felt on February 28th, a Friday in 2020.  

Here’s how I called it just to jog your working memory.

This being a closing day for the stock market week leads to guessing over the weekend where the market will open, it’s not quite surprising that investors would be spooked.  

Which is why “What If That, Then This” logic should include second and third order implications.  

        • Like what is emerging just below the surface that might negatively impact the coronavirus virus efforts and stock market correction and recession fears. 
        • How can you account for the surprising ripple effects cascading in different directions like dominoes tipped over?

But in this season in episode one I hadn’t expected the mood shift into something else entirely.  So I started the new season with basic questions:

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Our ancestors had limited options for entertainment, whereas our options are endless, so each choice we make is more significant. Entertainment has become a matter of identity. How we amuse ourselves says something about who we are.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

On a national scale we’re witnessing newer rippling effects beyond supply-chain congestion at ports on the coast.  Putin’s invasion like Trump’s Big Lie mirror each other  by controlling the propaganda with False Flags, misinformation, and egging on domestic extremists. Hidden costs over how long a time which feed on each other create surprises which no-one enjoys.  

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “You may worry whether your work is good enough, and you can take that as a sign that you’ll excel. Because you care, you’ll learn what matters.”  Capricorn

Yes, definitely I am insecure and timid. I’m a sucker for original research and long trial and error applications of knowledge which put me at risk for boosting sales.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Searching for shortcuts is a waste of time. You’ll make the most progress by hoofing the known road, making people comfortable by doing the expected things, and keeping operations running smoothly by checking all the boxes.” Aquarius

Most of these statements apply, but not for me for today.  Shortcuts come through experience over time mainly by accident which speeds up efficiency in my operations — daily blogging, curating content, and composing manuscript chapters.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The frivolous things, the jokes, the celebrations, the details that no one seems to care about but you… these are worthy pursuits. Silly triviality will be the key to unlock a wondrous rush.” Pisces

So does this one close the loop about how few entertainment opportunities were abundant back in the way back days and now we’re being entertained to death?  Or is fun to have fun, whether you meant to or not?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 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.”

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S4 E4 — Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Usually it began with, if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 4th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 6th 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 uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection SeasonS4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

This morning another reminder that time flies more rapidly than you notice. Jazzy stopped by to pick up a check for settling wedding budget accounts that he and Delta Girl would hand deliver to Surf Doc and Jasmine.  

I toasted Jazzy and Delta Girl during the rehearsal lunch at The Privateer in Oceanside 30 days ago.  I don’t have to remind you about the wear and tear we suffered over the Pandemic Year and just when we felt certain COVID was past us another variant spread like the California wildfires in the Los Padre National Forest.  

Their destination wedding gave pause to and cancellations from grandparents who baby sat their little darlings and couldn’t risk infecting them with the Omicron strain. 

However comma the window of opportunity opened on that magical weekend — 70s temperature, no Santa Ana high velocity winds or rain nor any shutdown CDC recommendations.

Standing in the far corner from the door and opposite the long bar I told a more recent story about Jazzy who 365 days ago, on February 5th, 2021, schemed just how things would play out according to his plan:

Jazzy had been rehearsing in his head how he was going to trick Delta Girl into trudging through deep snow at Hot Springs the next day on their way up to Mammoth for a long weekend. 

If you’ve ever driven to Mammoth and gotten stuck behind semis and long lines of cars, then you might have not have noticed the dirt road exit from Highway 395

It’s usually when you’re speeding past it at 70 or 80 mph under normal conditions on the last leg of a 5 hour drive

So there was that, he’d have to come up with a reason …

As they both packed for their trip, he had to be asking himself, 

Does she already know?  

What am I going to tell her? 

 I better not forget the ring.  

She’ll say Yes won’t she?  

What if she doesn’t?

Or if I drop the ring in the snow?

It worked, she fell for it, she said yes and then “I do” a year later — according to her plan.

Oh, and Delta Girl is a great planner.  

Who would have known that their wedding day would take place 365 days from the day of their engagement and more importantly —between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl — so no conflicts there.   

But now we find ourselves here, only 30 days later.  The pandemic fear window had closed as their magical wedding opened our feelings of joy and then … Putin’s invasion tosses our feelings of normalcy back up into the air for probable landing on hard ground.

Evidence

Any TauBits of Wisdom we can count on Steves?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Well, there’s Jazzy and Delta Girl’s magical moments in the late afternoon on a lush green lawn exchanging their vows before their honeymoon along California’s Central Coast in Big Sur and Santa Barbara.  And there’s this new beginning of Season Four while at the same time looking back at the past three years through so many disruptions that who can tell what’s normal anymore?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Charming and spontaneous, you’ll prove your mastery of the art of living in the moment. Your improvisations will make memories and sometimes money. Summer sees you serious about a goal and dropping the distractions that compete for your focus. You’ll step up as your own boss, call shots and claim rewards.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Solving new problems often takes a while as you fumble around to figure out what’s going to work. It’s not so today; you’ll get lucky early on with a good and graceful option.” Libra

Yours is a perfect description for what it was like over the first 4 episodes in Season 1 for getting the natural experiment off the ground headed for some sort of a destination.  I always like getting lucky …

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Ever since you went looking for your happiness and didn’t find it, you’ve been wondering if someone moved it, stole it, scared it off… or what? It’s waiting inside a job you can take on to help someone.” Sagittarius

Your Holiday Tau as far as TauBits of Wisdom go just isn’t relevant for me today.  I discovered happiness can’t be pursued as being out there, so I didn’t wonder if someone swiped it — like what is happening to your astrology signs today.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’re sly as a spy. You’re paying attention to more than you appear to be. Sights in your periphery will inform. You’ll learn something crucial as you pretend not to notice it at all.” Aquarius 

I’m well into my Will Robey novel character who as it turns out is a white hat assassin working for one of those three-letter secret agencies.  And this is exactly what he’s doing right now in the chapter I’m now going to finish after I finish this.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you knew it was impossible for you to lose anything that was essentially yours, how would you play it? Would you relax? Would you gain tremendous confidence? Would you take a risk?” Pisces

Over the length of one of my careers, I almost always asked a version of your Holiday Tau, Steve.  Usually it began with if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

Is it?  

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

The need to feel powerful is universal  … (Two) different paths to power. One involves taking on more, while the other involves cutting down. Whether you decide to grow and reach or simplify and shrink your environment to a more manageable size is a matter of individual choice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 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. 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.”

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S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars. “Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 3rd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 5th 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 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season; S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Evidence

In the first episode of Season 4 I rediscovered a section about money laundering written by Ben Lewis in his “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting”. 

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s, Dmitry Rybolovlev,  assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” that he knew the president had clear and straightforward talking points: 

“Because I’d written them. Congratulate Zelensky on his victory, show support for Ukraine’s reform anticorruption agenda, and urge caution regarding the Russians. Trump began speaking, and I knew right away that everything was going wrong.”

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.

“Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

In the infamous “Quid pro quo” phone call, Vindman documented the conversation.

“The president didn’t miss a beat: ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ he said. I paused in my note taking. What was this?”

To counter the evidence about Russian email hacking assistance, the president  worked into their conversation the conspiracy theory that Rudy Giuliani had recently been promoting publicly.

Not only didn’t the president stick to the call script Vendman has prepared,  but he substituted his own fabrications.

“Ukrainian actors were supposedly behind the DNC server hack. To that end, he asked Zelensky to cooperate with the U.S. attorney general, William Barr.”

The president’s administration actively blamed actors in Ukraine for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, commonly named “The Witch Hunt” in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And, then the president drove off the road at high speed careening up and over a guard rail.

“‘The other thing,’ the president continued, ‘there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son.’”

Unlike our former president, Zelensky transformed from a rookie, having been a former comedian, to an authentic leader. 

Many of our Ukraine ambassadors and diplomats called before congress during the hearings leading up to the impeachment 1.0, now years later, admit to wondering how Zelensky would meet the crisis unfolding in front of him and daily streamed to our screens. 

“Rocky-like” and against all odds he masterfully inspires his citizens to resist the brutal attacks and has managed to turn the narrative (Putin propaganda) to Ukraine’s advantage.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Struggle and frustration seem like common states that are part and parcel of being alive, when in fact they are entirely optional. These states are caused by resisting change or attempting to control the uncontrollable… What do you really have control over? Where will your effort make a difference?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “For reasons unapparent, someone keeps popping into your mind. This is your intuition connecting on invisible wavelengths. Follow through. In retrospect, this will all make sense.” Aries

Okay, I look forward to it.  My first guess is Jazzy.  But, I think I know why. 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “As much as you’d like to catch up on people’s lives, you feel pulled to catch up on something internal first. Unplug and get back to being the sort of human that existed for thousands of years before pocket information streams.” Taurus

Really, I should go all Neanderthal?  But, wasn’t it very cold then?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The heroes of yesteryear paved a trail for you. Maybe they weren’t thinking of you when they did it. They were looking out for their own well-being. When you do the same, you never know who you’ll end up helping.” Leo

I’m getting older and even reconsidering donating my DNA to pinpoint more clearly who is and who isn’t a yesteryear trailblazer in my family’s ancestory.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There’s a decision to make. The risk is minimal, and the upside is obvious, yet this is not an easy “yes.” There are other unseen complexities at work here. Trust your intuition.” Virgo

I would, but which decision did you have in mind?  Adding expenses into a Schedule C since we owe way too much on our taxes?  Lot’s of taxing complexities at work, for sure.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Exercise helps with moods, stress, sleep, energy, circulation and just about anything that could ail you now. When you think about the many benefits, you’ll wonder how you don’t make this a more sacred part of your life.” Libra

Especially now that it’s been about 6 weeks since my last physical therapy session for building back my artificial knee better.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Sorting, organizing and planning are in order. The tough part is deciding what stays and what goes. To say yes to your desire is to say no to something else. You’re ready.” Sagittarius

Why is it I can always find it easy to sort and organize what Emma the Baroness finds difficult, especially deciding what goes and what remains?  As she can for me?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Well, the opportunity to pivot presents itself here in Season 4.  I guess the one question I must ask myself is if this path still has a heart for me.  Stay tuned.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “There’s a wall of privacy and an aura of mystery surrounding you. Some struggle with knowing what information should be kept private, but you understand the appropriateness of sharing information.  Aquarius

Both Emma the Baroness and I value privacy.  For most of my careers I advised clients in confidential settings and relationships.  So are you saying bottling messages and setting them adrift from KnowWhere Atoll is too opaque?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 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. 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.”

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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S4 E2 — Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Emma the Baroness and I have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promote by followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines. 

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 2nd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 4th 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 with domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

Evidence

Something was afoot in the beginning of Season Two, but we didn’t see coming.  

Oh sure, there were the five global risks:

  • failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • extreme weather events;
  • major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse;
  • food crises and
  • water crises stuff I’d been tracking already. 

Was the next season shaping up to be a repeat financial disaster? 

I’d learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor. 

I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

In the second episode of Season One a year earlier Steve Harvey’s TauBit of Wisdom triggered a memory.

All day we sat through hour long presentations from Trump University-like Real Estate promoters highlighting their expensive tips from their exclusive, guaranteed, limited seating “Flipping Real Estate Secrets” training programs.  

And, Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.  

During the growing recession, we did quick calculations multiplying the price for the training, the number of people willingly giving up their credit card information, and it didn’t take long to figure some made as much as $75,000 at the room’s back table — which is where the money was made. 

But it was this time last Season in one of my more relevant reads described in Long Form that threads fueled my suspicious mind.

“Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

Now I have to ask, wasn’t Trump following Putin’s playbook?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’re a relatable visionary. People easily connect to your train of thought and will be gladly pulled along wherever you want to take them. Hone your leadership qualities and you’ll shape the future. Financial horizons will broaden with plain ol’ good luck. New additions to your world will hasten the pace.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “‘Location, location, location,’ they say. They’re not wrong. The number of lucky happenings and significant events occurring today will be entirely dependent on where you go.” Aries

Emma the Baroness and I feel enormously fortunate to live in our little suburban neighborhood for so long that, while this generation of homebuyers struggle for down payments as we did, we lucked into a nest egg (well after three lotteries) but compared to what our parents paid for the homes we grew up in, you couldn’t buy a car for the same mortgage.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When up against unwieldy forces or currents too strong to fight, the only grace available is the act of surrender. You’ll give yourself over, but not completely. When the time is right, a dormant kernel will reactivate.” Leo

I highlighted your TauBit of Wisdom, more for the brave citizens of Ukraine, than for us here.

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “In spite of your desire not to draw attention to yourself, your goals cannot be achieved unless certain people take notice. So how will you make your pitch? Chances are it will be subtle and bundled into a service you’ll offer.” Virgo

Okay Batman riddle me this — just how do I go about doing just that?  

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Life is not random; rather, it’s an intricate orchestration of mixed events, some random, others curated, some haphazardly tossed in, others painstakingly crafted according to your preference.” Libra

Wow, your TauBit of Wisdom may be just the one to revisit where I left off in my memoir.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Don’t be shy. The task at hand is too big for one person to handle alone. No one will know you need help until you ask for it. And when you do, you’ll find out that people really love to help you.” Aquarius

So first comes the pitch and then the ask.  Funny after completing 95% of the Report about my Natural Experiment — Phase One — I’ve been noodling how to roll out Phase Two.  Stay tuned.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

As we strive for security, we think a lot. Our minds race to predict what will happen next so we can respond with the right choices. But what if we knew there was no right choice? Instead of overthinking, it would be smarter to choose something convenient and make the most of it — which … describes the path to joy.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 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?”

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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