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Tim Moore’s MIND MUSINGS June 12, 2021

Snowflakes

Regular readers of these MUSINGS might be surprised to see me recommend a rap song, but isn’t that one of the things that makes America great?! Diversity.

I found out about this video (weeks after the rest of the world, apparently) from one of the 3 or 4 dozen daily newsletters I get on my desktop. Apparently the song is near or at the top of iTunes and it was listed as the #6 ranked music video on YouTube when I watched it.

The artist is a fellow named Tom MacDonald, and the song is: Snowflakes.

To say the least, Tom does not like them or what they represent—and he has had enough of them.

Yes, ever since the French Revolution the Jacobins and their historical children over-reach and either destroy the society at large (The Terror in France) or provoke a (sometimes catastrophic) backlash (Napoleon following The Terror). Tom is working on his own pushback, it seems.

As the philosopher, George Santayana, once said: Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

And as Mark Twain (I think) said, and I paraphrase: History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

Here is a snippet of MacDonald’s lyric:

There’s a race war here, elections based on fear
Black lives only matter once every four years
Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits
Give welfare to the bums and forget about the veterans
Black folks and white folks divided by the news
But we’re all the same, we are red, white, and blue
Ashamed to be American? Okay, that’s cool
‘Cause honestly, we are all ashamed of you too

And for those who want to hear the song and see the video (which is really well produced), it is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCMwlorNEZk

A Flurry of Factoids

  • May inflation came in at 5+%, the highest monthly figure since August 2008. April was a record now superseded by May. Will there be a return to the Carter Misery Index? We shall see. Let’s hope not.

  • 180,000 people crossed the US southern border in May, a record going back 21 years. April and March’s crossings of 178,000 and 172,000 respectively were records now superseded by May. (Source: CBP)

  • Since 2000 the US has reduced its carbon emissions by 22%, the only country on earth that met the Kyoto Agreements 17% reduction goal. We did it by replacing coal with natural gas. (Source: M. Shellenberger)

  • China currently makes the cheapest solar panels in the world and—depending on the month—produces 71-97% of the panels in the world. They are produced more cheaply for two principal reasons: use of cheap polluting coal and slave labor in western China. Hey, but they’re green!? (Source: M. Shellenberger)

  • Ever been to McSorley’s Tavern on 7th Street in lower Manhattan? Great place. Known as the country’s oldest CONTINUOUSLY operating saloon. How so? How did they stay operating during Prohibition? In fact, they didn’t close a day and were NEVER raided by police.

McSorleys was the preferred drinking establishment of the Tammany Hall blokes who ran NY, and they instructed the police to leave it alone. (Source: John Mitchell, McSorley’s Wonderful Tavern, the New Yorker, 1939)

You can’t make it up.   Tim

Rick Tocquigny’s Success to Significance   June 14th

The Height of Delight

This past week was highlighted by a singular podcast interview, a book and seeing a new movie. All three proved significant.

Favorite Podcast of the Week: Listen to Eric Benhamou on Legends of Business.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/successmadetolast/2021/06/08/success-made-to-last-legends-with-eric-benhamou-former-chairman-of-3com

Here’s a leader, born in France, entering the nascent tech industry after graduating from Stanford. He realized his dream of building a company that being 3 Com, Palm Pilot and BGV (Global Venture Capital firm)

When asked to redefine success in our post Covid-19 era, Ben stated- “The Covid experience has caused us to reevaluate what really matters in our lives. For me, Covid has been a traumatic experience helping me value my time, and valuing my relationships. Today, success is now measured in the quality of the relationships, both professional and personal, that I have and can nurture. For an entrepreneur, if I can help a founder accomplish more than he or she could do on their own, then I feel extremely gratified. On a personal side, when I’m building trust and relationships with my spouse, children and have a loving relationship with my grandchildren…to watch them grow and learn…all to enjoy life. This becomes a source of great reward to me.”

Best Book I Read: Aligning the Dots by Philippe Bouissou, Ph.D. If you run a business, of any size, you will enjoy reading and applying the principles of this very useful book. I loved Philippe’s story about Gordon Segal, the very significant founder of Crate & Barrel that aligned his team with curious customers that desired a curated furniture experience. From this story and many others, we learned about the importance of alignment with pain and claim that ultimately drives the pace of growth for your enterprise. According to Dr. Boulssou, “the key to alignment is to clearly define and control the expected delight of your customers.” Purchase this seminal book at-

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Aligning%20the%20Dots

Most Significant Movie of the Summer In the Heights.   Lin-Manuel Miranda’s exuberant pre- Hamilton genius is on display! In contrast to Tim’s Musings on Snowflake comes the story of a mostly Dominican community in Washington Heights, near the George Washington Bridge in New York City. Centered on a street corner bodega, the young, dreamy owner is Usnavi and also features the triumphant stories of Vanessa (a neighborhood nail technician) and Grace (the neighborhood success story who went to Stanford)  Speaking of hip hop, what makes this musical feature film a smash is the contemporary percussive songs performed in trilingual…English, Spanish and hip-hop. What’s significant? The story line is powerful.  Good old fashioned core values of working hard, saving money and dreaming of a better future still matter.

Podcasts, books and films that take us to the height of delight are all too rare these days.

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