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

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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.

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 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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S3 E4 — What a Fool Believes She Sees

Brook’s anger and frustration surfaced “as a former social scientist” when he described how unbelievable it was to him that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 4 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in 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 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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.”   Aries

Evidence

It was great finally talking by phone with Brook, one of my longer time friends, colleague and co-conspirator.  I told him I felt I’d been returning full cycle to my psychology days to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”. 

We talked a little about books and how much I’m really appreciating a connection to logic and both inductive and deductive reasoning passages in Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s “Mycroft Holmes” book.  

Is that an example of one of the “good old days” yearning which Kurt Andersen says used to hold sway, but now conspiracy theories reign supreme? 

Brook said he now finds himself saying more frequently, “At least I won’t be around long enough to witness how this will ultimately play out,” like the older last generation.

Okay, I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today: 

      1. Stories are a staple of humanity.
      2. Humans organize the world through stories. Perceptions are ordered through them, and roles are defined by them.
      3. The collective and individual human identity is forged in narrative — stories told to each other and stories told by each human to his or herself. 
      4. A string of facts is not a story. A string of facts is the raw material for endless stories.
      5. What makes a story is not what’s in it, but how it’s told.
      6. If you ever want to change who you are, then change your story. Don’t make things up; rather, use what’s there and think of it in another way.
      7. The first step in changing a story is in realizing that it is one.
      8. Humans tell themselves stories all the time (often unhelpful and fear-inducing stories) without realizing that is what they are doing.
      9. The best way to test a story is to tell it to different audiences.

So, our Holiday Tau might have been influenced by Oprah’s interview with her neighbors in Montecito, California — the Royals who fled Buckingham Palace.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “No one is born with the stuff that will automatically make them popular or rich. Even those born to the monarchy must earn their status in the eyes of their court and country. You rise to the challenge of creating yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is that the dynamic Brook and I discussed?  Someone who knows what they are doing incites our inner animal bypassing any critical thoughts?  Are some of us just too gullible? Do we have so much invested in our magical thinking that the mere possibility of disproof feels like the loss of a loved one or a divorce?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.” Aries

Funny, Brook told me how he devotes his morning to reading books that challenge his intelligence. Not only is Howey’s Holiday Tau for me, but it’s relevant for him as well

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Anything that pays off intellectually pays off — period. If you’re wondering if you’re going to make money, consider that may be an irrelevant question when it comes to pursuits likely to polish your mind and soul.” Cancer

Now comes the two comedians and the technology company founder.  Their Holiday Tau colored the professional leadership portion of my discussion with Brook since coaching and advising often boils down to better decision-making.  

But in our back and forth — me as psychologically trained experimental and clinical professional and he as a social scientist — we both set a date to continue our understanding about how context and culture help or hurt what’s been going on.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Context and culture play a huge part in people’s decision-making. Your work goes better when you dive deeper into understanding the values and challenges of the people you’re trying to serve.” Leo

We discussed my writing projects and Brook offered to help me bring them to completion as a cooperative “entity” which would require bridge building through trial and error to sharpen my clarity.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “To bring the vision of your mind into a form that others can see, too, you must build a bridge. It will require trial, error and excellent communication with cooperative entities.” Sagittarius

I’m down with the trees and mushrooms.  If you were to compare the slightly edited version which appeared in the print edition of the Los Angeles Times — I know, remember newspapers — you got the productivity cycle part, but not the nature lesson.  Just saying.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t forget about the part in the cycle of productivity in which nothing happens. This dormancy is as crucial as sleep, which all living things do in their own way, even the trees and the mushrooms.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

    • “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.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

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S1 E102 — Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print?

Oh my god. I came this close to disaster.  I almost lost all of the work that’s taken me well over a decade to test and write for my “Volume Two Manuscript” about “Work”. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 102 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 13th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Apple is updating their operating system.   According to the fine print, which my eyes normally glass over,  my favorite creative software, Inspiration, no longer worked after the update.

At stake were 16 talent profiles cross-linked interactively to Myers-Briggs (MBTI ) temperaments, aligned to organization types and growth stages – applied original research for identifying employers and customers which would be the best fit or worst fit for you.

If I hadn’t aborted the download, I’d never be able to access all that hard work. 

It freaked me out so much I returned to the Famous Steves website I saved back in September in my Pinboard Knowledge Bank while I left it to my unconscious brain to come up with an Apple work around.  

To my surprise I discovered a feature that allowed me to list 120 Steves by their sign — or the top 10 by each horoscope’s range of birthdays.  

For instance here’s what I found for Aquarius (January 21 – February 19):

Top Ten: Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77 and Steve Hackett, 69

With a little extra research on Wikipedia I produced the following table choosing the most famous I recognize:

      • Capricorns (December 22 – January 20) Steve Harvey, 62
      • Aquarius (January 21 — February 19) Steve Nash, 45
      • Pisces (February 20 — March 20) Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011)
      • Aries (March 21 – April 20) Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980)
      • Taurus (April 21 – May 21) Steve Winwood, 71
      • Geminis (May 22 – June 21) Steve Smith, 30
      • Cancers (June 22 – July 22) Steve Howey, 42
      • Leos(July 23 – August 22) Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69
      • Virgos (August 23 – September 23) Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61
      • Libras (September 24 – October 23) Steve Kerr, 54
      • Scorpios (October 24 – November 22) Steve Zahn, 51
      • Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) Steve Aoki, 41

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate disruptions when you are so used to following recommended updates — it’s such a habit followed unconsciously.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):“Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Yeah, I hope this secret art of thinking isn’t pathological, haha.  It’s certainly original research — 64 lifestyle profiles defining neighborhoods you can find by age, stage, status and population density and then 16 talent profiles you can use to identify the best and worst fit for working for an employer.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You’ll get a stretch of beautiful mental clarity.  It’s like you’re developing your own secret art of thinking.” Gemini

Like so many things in life, you hate to learn a lesson out of episodes of extreme change and disruption, figure out how to accommodate the impacts in your life, and swear an oath that you’ve learned your lesson … only to fall back into your old ways. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “In the process of reorganizing, everything will be taken out and examined.  You’ll see a vast improvement.” Cancer

I frequently say Steve Jobs killed me.  As a knowledge worker in the broadest sense, I’ve become sedentary which is not that healthy, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Intellectual study seems passive because it requires little movement.” Capricorn

I’m sure Mr. Jobs’ Holiday Tau is important, but not necessarily for me today.  Feel free to apply it to your life.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “An endeavor will not only bring you money but will also bring you other kinds of riches that matter to you.” Pisces

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S1 E67 — Don’t Misunderstand Me

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

Summer July 2019

Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

We’d have to travel back in time — Day 64 — to catch a Holiday Tau break for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  So, let’s consider swiping from the rest of the Steves, shall we?

Hi and welcome to Episode 67 in our First Season on this fine July 27th.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Emma the Baroness and I are between trips.  Our last one to Italy ending in Rome shifted my perspective after absorbing history, civilizations, art, religion and made me consider legacies. Maybe, I’m not appreciating my status quo, but I’m diving into my life.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

As I’ve done before — so I’ve set a precedent — I’m going twist Harvey’s Holiday Taubits to suit what I’ve been authoring.  Not only are words important, but a community and a neighborhood contribute to happiness.  And, here’s my twist, you can identify your next home by following 11 simple steps and by selecting from 66 kinds of neighborhoods personalized by age, stage, status and affluence and population density.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Words signal to culture, status, age and more.  You’ll note with interest the evolution of your own vocabulary.” Capricorn

Diffusion.  I like that from Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Often the membrane between my inner and outer worlds feel more like confusion until a pattern emerges.  Then I can visualize a path forward.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “The emotions live inside of you, the circumstances live outside, and diffusion has to happen for you to move comfortably in the outside realm.” Aquarius

So diffuse my emotions and environment with sufficient time to see clear to the right decision.  Maybe I can combine the Holiday Tau for Nash and Smith.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: “Once you’ve made up your mind, you’ll be unstoppable.  Take your time: Deciding on the right goal is more important than what follows.” Gemini

Don’t misunderstand me.  Integrity and respect should be the top of the line.  But, for me today I have to pass on Aoki’s Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “As far as improvement tools go, integrity and respect are top of the line.” Sagittarius

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S1 E58 — Judging a Stroll from the Hotel Santa Barbara to the Lobero Theater

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

Summer June 2019

This just in.  I get me some mighty fine comments.  I received an action alert to approve, trash, or call it spam.  

Many like this show up months after the fact.  

I’d been writing a series about Santa Barbara, California on my website, Western Skies and Island Currents:  From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between. 

Welcome to this edition, Day 58 of My 1-Year Experiment, on June 3oth.

Emma the Baroness and I met some friends, who share the same Holiday Tau as Zahn, Winkler and us,  a short walking distance from the Hotel Santa Barbara, attended a benefit concert at the Lobero Theatre after wine tasting and dinner and a night out on the town.  

Here’s the comment attached to “Night TRAPS — Walk. Drink. Eat. Groove.” You be the judge.

I precisely wanted to appreciate you once more. I am not sure what I might have used in the absence of the methods documented by you regarding that area.It was before a real frustrating concern in my opinion, but discovering a specialised form you solved it made me to weep with fulfillment. I will be grateful for this work as well as pray you are aware of a great job you are doing teaching other individuals by way of a site. Most probably you’ve never met any of us.

Not if I receive more of those comments.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Do what it takes to remain flexible, strong and ready.  Success will soon be yours.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I’m doubting it.

“2” Steve Smith, 30:You have an elaborate (though mostly subconscious) way to process information, and it’s right on the money today.” Gemini

I’ll say.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “There comes a point in every venture when there’s nothing more you can do or are willing to do to influence the outcome.” Libra

And keep their written comments to themselves?

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “As you relate to more people, you’ll figure out how to put yourself across so they learn quickly who you are.” Sagittarius

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12 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two

The first 30-days describe figuring out rules of the road, shifting decisions with implications for the whole 1-year time frame. Here are the “Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom” for the Second 30-day period.

“Evidence” highlights what I actually did on a day that influenced a rating from 1 to 5. “Experiment Methodology” highlights decisions made along the way about what’s changed.

Top 12 TauBit of Wisdom

Legitimate Holiday TauBits of Wisdom

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Self-doubt is the enemy of imagination.  Trust and lean further into your creativity.  Agree with and build on the goodness there.” Scorpio

 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ve got a secret that helps you move through events with grace: Change itself doesn’t hurt.  What hurts is our resistance to change.” Scorpio

TauBits Begged, Borrowed and Stolen from Steves

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Project yourself to the far future.  What you see there will help you create your best strategy.” Pisces

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem.  Rather, it’s a circumstance.  Change what you can; accept the rest.” Libra

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Think of all of life as an experiment.  If this person’s not right, try that person.  Don’t take the outcome personally.” Capricorn

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Questions such as ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘what is important about this?’ will bring you past the symptoms and right to the root issue.” Taurus

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.” Gemini

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Little thoughts come and go.  Write them down; record them somehow.” Aries

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Imagined problems can have as much impact (if not more) as real problems can have.  The good part about imagined problems is that they can be solved the instant you see reality.” Aquarius

Funny, reviewing them now only shows how in some cases I needed to twist and stretch the TauBits to fill my need to write about what I worked on.  

On Day 60  I rediscovered succinct descriptions for the knowledge path volumes one and two!! I can include the descriptions in the beginning of “Volume Two Manuscript“.  

And, for a couple of days leading up to it the ratings four the TauBits really sucked, I’ll point out a change in “Experiment Methodology” no longer including those I didn’t curate initially and those that didn’t score a “2” or “1” for relevance.

Evidence 

Topics of the Day

  • Analytics of shared articles on LinkedIn
  • Sharing political economic news from the day
  • Feeling shock about election interference, obstruction of justice while reading Volume One and Two of the redacted Mueller Report
  • Deeper dives into the negative aspects of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter

Following my intuition today, July 5th, on Day 60 of My 1-Year Experiment, I pulled up a pdf of “New Lenses Field Guide” and reviewed the last two topics, 

Topics illustrating My Passions and Life Over the Last Few Days

What’s been going on?  I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

“What does an Idea Packager do?  That’s what I’m answering in Volume Two of the Knowledge Path Series.  The first volume answers the question, “If I can live and work anywhere in the world, then which community should I choose as the best fit for my inspiration, satisfaction and happiness?” 

The second series answers the question, “If I could work for any company or type of organization either as an employee, consultant or independent contractor which type or stage of growth brings out the best and worst in me?” Given the choice, which should I pursue and which should I avoid like the plague?”

In my original field research about “work” which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named “Paradoxy-Morons” and at a specific stage of growth companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention. 

Focus on conceptualizing a second manuscript about talent cultures, profiles, organization types and stages of growth

Recalling 5-year passage of time building a climate for innovation

Steve Jobs, mostly for his brand of disruptive innovation — creating new rules for an older industry.  His Holiday Tau reminds me of a quote, I believe came from Joel Barker originally:

Mastering new rules is like trying to cross a white-water river. If you can anticipate the whirlpools and the changes in the current, if you can anticipate the landing on the other shore, you have a much better chance of getting across that river successfully.

Recalling specific challenges a downsizing crisis presented to our team of internal consultants

I rediscovered my “CareerVentures DRAFT” which encapsulated what I branded as “Secrets for turning your passions into profits. 

The world was changing dramatically.  I wanted to document it, extract lessons learned and offer the best practices to clients. 

During the six years of moonlighting — getting up every morning at 5 am and writing for two hours before working in my day job as a Senior Vice President coaching executives how to find another job in the Southern California region, I realized that journal could be used another way. 

Through sophisticated “knowledge chunking,” something I had learned as a Chief Knowledge Officer and a Chief Learning Officer, the journal emerged as one of the first ebooks. 

While researching the top 10 trends everyone should plan their career around, I fell into a venture guidance contract where I coached entrepreneurs with start up ideas and products. 

That ebook also opened the door for co-authoring “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work” 

And that book, opened the door for the 2-year curriculum of online tools, tips and templates for my Executive MBA clients, as I advise them to change careers, buy a business or franchise and launch a start-up, consulting or coaching practice.  

And, for the more adventurous of them, to take advantage of the Mobile Knowledge Company opportunities.

Topics Which are Really True About Me Over a Long Time

  • Writing devises like the use of Holiday Tau and asking “What Would Leo da V Do?”
  • Sampling writing styles of several authors for sentence construction growth

From the Kindle version of “The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr. 

What appeals to me is her description of life-story writers like me:

“… a fiction writer starts with meaning and then manufactures events to represent it; a memoirist starts with events, then derives meaning from them.”

(A) memoir uses novelistic devices like cobbling together dialogue you failed to record at the time.

A fierce urge to try re-experiencing your own mind and body and throbbing heart alive inside the most vivid stories from your past is step one.

Methodology Changes 

6/6/19 

Researcher’s Note:  While curating raw TauBits of Wisdom for inclusion it dawned on me I needed to calculate the total number of possibilities for final results and comparisons. Total potential horoscopes / potential between 4536 and 4548.

6/16/19

Researchers Note: The previous day returned “5” rankings for each of the Steves curated TauBits of Wisdom.  Out of today’s three of the 6 identified scored a “3” and just as many rated a “2”.  Is there any value in including “2’s” and “1’s”?

6/22/19 

Researcher’s Note:  By this time, Day 53 of my 1-year experiment, I began saving a little time in my process of reading Holiday Mathis sayings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times, by typing into a previously copied saying, like yesterday’s Steve Zahn.  It meant I’d have to search through a half a dozen statements.  I found by bolding the Tau, it made it easier to locate one to copy and then type over.  It wouldn’t be the last time I sought efficiencies.

Researcher’s Note:  At the end of the 30 days (Days 58 and 59) the rankings topped  under “2” again, so I decided going forward I won’t record any score under “3”.

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Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Sure, I’ll admit it.  I can’t keep my eyes from being glued to the screen, figuratively.  There’s just so much drama with Trump in the White House for today, June 14,  Day 48 of My 1-Year Experiment. Can you believe all those lies and rumors flying around about Russian interference and obstruction of justice and the unsatisfactory results contained in the Mueller Report.  

Is it too much to pine for a Holiday TauBit that lifts Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me from this funk?  Guess so for today. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The gist of G&G’s Holiday Tau reminds me of a story I told over and over again in workshops trying to get across a “reverse engineering” approach to finding a job that brings out the best in you and matches the value you have to offer. 

Steve Guttenberg

By being laser focused on what you love and is also highly marketable, you attract opportunities no one else sees.  It’s like you don’t notice how may white Audi’s are on the road until you buy one. Then you notice them everywhere.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Yo, Steve.  Does your Holiday Tau mean what was revealed to me by reading the Mueller Report line by line?  And synching it up with books about him and Putin I’ve read?  

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You’ll stumble across information that perhaps wasn’t intended for you.  But of course it was meant for you.” Aries

Thanks, Steve this feels a little better when I apply it the drudgery of wading through articles like, “My “Hero’s Journey” Through the Dark Underworld of WordPress Hosting” or “The 4 Questions You Need to Answer in Everything You Write.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30:Why would you expect yourself to do the work of a master when you’ve only just begun to learn the craft?  Because someone has made it look easy.” Gemini

Let’s just consider the Holiday Tau meant for Aoki, Harvey and Nash as stages I’m experiencing right now working on my passion projects. 

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Making things is the fun part, especially in the beginning stages when you’re full of hope.  It’s exciting to think about what could be.” Sagittarius

“4” Steve Harvey, 62: You’re growing irritated by that activity that eats your hours and doesn’t give back in terms of pleasure or productivity.” Capricorn

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s as though something opens in you and the hard work becomes effortless.  This could have to do with the adrenaline released in a high-pressure situation.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate