$AMZN, 43% upside to become first Trillion Dollar Company

Amazon is poised to become the first Trillion Dollar Company by market capitalization. If this were to occur, it means $AMZN stock would sell for $2,076 per share. That’s a 43% upside from today’s current price per share of $1,451.

$ 1 T / 482 M Shares Outstanding = $2,076 per share

$AMZN has gained almost 50% in value over the last three months.


.@RayDalio on markets in 2018

“There is a lot cash on the sidelines. Not just investor cash…Banks have a lot cash. Corporations have a lot cash. We’re going to be inundated with cash. That’s going to produce a lot of stimulation and perhaps a market blowoff. That is, a situation where if you are holding any cash you’re going to feel pretty stupid. With that, everyone is going to be more deployed. Classically, this is late cycle behavior. As you get that movement, the question becomes how does the federal reserve react, or how do central banks react?”


.@JeffBezos – Recommendations for the U.S. Government

Starts at the 7:45 mark.

The U.S. Government should:

  1. Use commercial technologies wherever possible, saving tax payers trillions of dollars.
  2. Retrain and up-skill workers across the U.S.
  3. Invest in machine learning and artificial intelligence. That could be used in every part of government to improve services provided to its citizens.

.@JonHaidt @JordanBPeterson – Politics of Disgust

Borders can be concrete walls or intercellular membranes. In either case, disgust elicits feelings of maintaining one’s purity, of keeping others out.

Microbes killed millions more of our ancestors than did Tigers and Bears. Whoever can keep themselves and their children from being exposed to illness, wins the evolutionary game. Disgust is judging carefully about people. Is he dangerous? Is she dangerous? That is, our bodily interactions structure how we think about social issues.

Can twitter predict the outcome of the U.S. presidential election?

Finished reviewing the manuscript for my ‘Can Twitter predict the outcome of the U.S. Presidential Election?’ case study, which will be included in Dr. Kristen Sosulski’s forthcoming book Insights into Becoming Visual, out on Routledge Press this Spring 2018. Feeling the author vibe, and stoked! 💪💪💪

.@TFerriss – ‘Silicon Valley, a peculiar form of McCarthyism masquerading as liberal open-mindedness’

5) Silicon Valley also has an insidious infection that is spreading — a peculiar form of McCarthyism (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism) masquerading as liberal open-mindedness. I’m as socially liberal as you get, and I find it nauseating how many topics or dissenting opinions are simply out-of-bounds in Silicon Valley. These days, people with real jobs (unlike me) are risking their careers to even challenge collective delusions in SF. Isn’t this supposed to be where people change the world by challenging the consensus reality? By seeing the hidden realities behind the facades? That’s the whole reason I traveled west and started over in the Bay Area. Now, more and more, I feel like it’s a Russian nesting doll of facades — Washington DC with fewer neck ties, where people openly lie to one another out of fear of losing their jobs or being publicly crucified. It’s weird, unsettling, and, frankly, really dangerous. There’s way too much power here for politeness to be sustainable. If no one feels they can say “Hey, I know it makes everyone uncomfortable, but I think there’s a leak in the fuel rods in this nuclear submarine…” we’re headed for big trouble.

History does not repeat but it often rhymes

Mark Twain is often reputed as to have said, “History does not repeat but it often rhymes.” 

The French Revolution – The causes of the French Revolution are complex and are still debated among historians. Following the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolutionary War,[5] the French government was deeply in debt and attempted to restore its financial status through unpopular taxation schemes, which were heavily regressive. Years of bad harvests leading up to the Revolution also inflamed popular resentment of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Demands for change were formulated in terms of Enlightenment ideals and contributed to the convocation of the Estates-General in May 1789. The first year of the Revolution saw members of the Third Estate(commoners) taking control, the assault on the Bastille in July, the passage of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in August, and a women’s march on Versailles that forced the royal court back to Paris in October. A central event of the first stage, in August 1789, was the abolition of feudalism and the old rules and privileges left over from the Ancien Régime.