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One year ago, an “unknown viral pneumonia” began roiling our world. Michael’s latest book, “LOCKDOWN – True Story: How the novel coronavirus escaped Wuhan, China and terrorized the world” is a new “poli-sci” thriller that explains what happened behind the scenes.

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Recent Innovations and Trends

lululemon Acquired this Interactive Mirror Startup for $500 million Mirror acquired

Mirror positions itself as the “world’s first nearly invisible, interactive home gym that brings live and on-demand fitness classes right to your home.” It does so for $1,500 plus, just like Peloton, a monthly $40 fee. At least with Peloton you get an exercise bike. Wouldn’t your connected flat screen TV be a better and cheaper choice?

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Live Roaches and Bloody Pig Face

They say truth is stranger than fiction and that’s certainly true of the strange case of six former eBay employees, who are accused of intimidating a blogger and her husband to keep them from writing “bad things online about eBay,” including sending boxes of live cockroaches and a Halloween mask of a bloody pig’s face. You will be forgiven if visions of Al Pacino muttering “You ‘cock-a-roaches’” immediately spring to mind. 🤯  We all know eBay deserves the critiscm, having spent the past 15 years repeatedly ignoring calls for innovation, instead giving Amazon free rein in...

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China disavows the Wuhan virus. Here’s a timeline.

The Chinese government claims that naming China as the origin of the novel coronavirus is “hasty and reckless and totally irresponsible.“ As this timeline shows, however, there is a 23-year history that lends credence to the theory that China is actually experimenting with coronaviruses for use in biological weapons.

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The Collapse of Business Ethics

There is no question that moral behavior among business executives is on the decline. This trend was accentuated by the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program, a forgivable loan plan, which was designed to let small businesses pay employees during the Covid-19 crisis but drew the greedy attention of multi-billion organizations, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, AutoNation, Penske Automotive Group, Shake Shack and many others. It continues a long tradition of business scams that have accelerated over these two past decades.

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Eight Reasons Why Worker Wages Are Stagnant

After adjusting for inflation, average hourly earnings peaked more than 45 years ago. The $4.03-an-hour rate earned in January 1973 had the same purchasing power that $23.68 did in 2018. There are seven reasons why wages continue to stagnate to this day, including disappearing blue-collar jobs, China, the declining role of unions, a growing skills mismatch, process automation and the rising power of the female worker class.

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Rich Americans Have Grown Their Share of U.S. Wealth by $19 Trillion Since 1989

How are you spending your time? Standing in line to buy groceries? Huddled at home sewing masks? While you try to survive, the rich are cleaning up due the Federal Reserve’s new “limitless” bond and ETF purchasing power. Between 1983 and 2016, the share of U.S. aggregate wealth held by upper-income families increased from 60% to 79%. In comparison, the share of wealth held by middle-income families has been cut nearly in half, falling from 32% to 17%.

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