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ROIC?

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For those of you who have been invested in GE for years, mostly because of its generous dividend, the times have changed. No longer will GE be providing a 4 to 5% return on your stock holdings. No, it now will be closer to a 2% dividend rate. Which is among the several reasons the stock price has tanked recently.

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O, Chanuka, O Chanuka, Come light the menora…

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Tonight will be the first night of Chanuka, the 25th day of Kislev.  For those of you who celebrate Christmas, you might recognize that number- 25. That date wasn’t chosen by accident by the first Christians. (It also explains why this is one of the few- the very few- holidays Christians celebrate on the “eve”- because it derives from the Jewish rule that a day is one evening and one morning….)

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Running amok?

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You have to be carefully taught.  Being given a green light makes the situation worse.

What am i talking about?  Racism.  Nazism.  Fascism.  And, I know a bunch of you are going to switch sites now, because you hate being preached to.  Because you want to keep onto your hate.

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Vocalese

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Way, way back when I was about 7 years old, I was mesmerized with a new arrangement of Count Basie’s music. Not done by the Count himself, but a group (that I learned much later on) was called Lambert, Henricks, & Ross (LHR). What they had done was overdub all the Basie Project’s music, recreating the concept of the big band sound using only their voices. By the time I knew the group’s name, the album had been redone- with Count Basie playing along. LHR was generally considered to be the most influential singing group in jazz history. (It was also one of the first integrated groups, to boot!)

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