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“Recession Warning Signs? Nah, We Straight.”

Well, there’s this:  A few big companies took a beating last week as they reported earnings misses, among them Budweiser and Amazon. Most earnings are, across the board, decreasing a little bit. (I’ve previously lamented that no one seems concerned … Continue reading

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Gilbert’s Bedrock Is Beginning To Think Outside The Automobile

I attended an event last night hosted by Transportation Riders United in One Woodward. The second floor conference room has some great views of the city at sunset, thanks to Michigan legend Minoru Yamasaki‘s affinity for floor-to-ceiling windows. (Oh, I … Continue reading

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Ode on Michigan’s Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment

One day, I’d like to sit on my front steps with a cup of coffee, breathe deeply, and not catch a whiff of acrid diesel exhaust. One day, I’d like to come home in an evening and not see in … Continue reading

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Monopolies Kill My Dreams Of Better Things

Today a DTE representative uttered probably the least inspiring words that one can ever hear in a volunteer workgroup meeting. “We looked into that,” Mr. Randazzo said, “and we determined that it would be too expensive.” The place was Walker-Miller … Continue reading

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Canada Trip II – Montréal and Language

I arrived punctually in Montreal, relatively un-traumatized from a twelve hour train trip. I fell asleep for a power nap while listening to my audiobook on the birth of gangsta rap (highly recommended, by the way), checked into my improbably … Continue reading

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Canada Trip I – Via Rail to Toronto

I’m in Montreal and Toronto this week for a program through Kogod. The topic is marketing in a cross-cultural setting, and it’s been the first class whose content I’ve actually really enjoyed. One article– definitely the most conceptually interesting I’ve … Continue reading

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Well, World, We Had A Good Run

I guess this is it. The Amazon, the globe’s largest carbon sink, is burning, the yield curve has inverted, there are trillions of dollars of negative interest debt on global markets and even in corporate bonds, and the US government … Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day!

This Canada Day, I drove all the way from Detroit to celebrate in a foreign country (a.k.a. “across the river”)– to buy gas in a province where that gas is subjected to a carbon tax. This is admittedly mostly so … Continue reading

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The End Of Coal: A War Without Belligerents

News broke last week that coal producer Wyoming-based Cloud Peak Energy is filing for bankruptcy. Let’s face it: the future of the dirty power source hasn’t looked bright for a solid decade now. Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling through “fracking” … Continue reading

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The Ilitch Perfidy Makes It To The Media Majors– Now What?

With HBO now coming after Detroit’s second-favorite billionaire family in the city’s Holy Trinity– comprising the Ilitches, Dan Gilbert, and Matty Moroun- a city waits with bated breath to figure out what’s next. The Time Warner subsidiary, which is known … Continue reading

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