Dec 14, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Friday Menu Good afternoon, I’m trying a slightly different approach today, providing a quick survey of articles we’ve recently put out, which might interest you, skipping – just this once – the snarky preamble. Bon appetite! Appetizer: For starters,...
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OK, now what?

Dec 01, 2021 |Mark Ryan
As we approach the close of November, the breath of winter’s crisp night crystalizes, and a post-pandemic parliament looms like sinkhole waiting for unsuspecting traffic. All those free lunches must now find a benefactor other than my unborn grandchildren...
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The Breakfast Indicator is Here

Nov 10, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Some questions that have been looming this year have included: “I’m feeling dizzy at these heights. Should we get off this balloon, or maybe at least hover closer to the ground?” And; “Who’s that lady sitting on that cloud over there putting...
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Wants and Needles

Oct 29, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Another gloriously sunny fall day in the central interior, as markets continue to stutter upward, despite political wrangling. In this week's issue of Global Insights: Fiscal Policy Progress – Congress looks poised to pass a combination...
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On a hot tin roof

Oct 23, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Good afternoon, Stuff my dad would have brought home in a tabloid… in the 70’s: With apologies – the kids are gone, and I’m all backed-up with dad jokes. It’s reported that sometime in the middle-ages a nun in a French convent began meowing one day for...
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Oct 19, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Go Boldly This week, the man best known as Captain James T. Kirk joined a small crew and boldly went to the sky inside a really and truly spaceship. The privately built, New Shepard spacecraft took the 90 year old William Shatner AKA “Geezer-pants,” over...
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Try this at home

Oct 09, 2021 |Mark Ryan
The leaves -- those bright, glorious hangers-on -- are making their way toward composting dirt, our potatoes are harvested, and our tomatoes are salsa for another day. The fall pause in stock values has… well, paused, for the week at least. Meanwhile...
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Where's the Omelette?

Sep 28, 2021 |Mark Ryan
The problem with the Chinese market, or any market, is when it isn’t one. By 1978, China’s determined effort at egalitarianism had resulted in tens of millions victims, all equally dead. Faced with starvation, farmers in the tiny village of Xiaogang gathered...
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Men in Tights

Sep 21, 2021 |Mark Ryan
Happy election day. At the final whistle of my first official soccer game, the goaltender on my own team must have felt threatened by the new kid. He stormed over, unprovoked, and tried to bump me to the ground, announcing: “I knocked the wind out a guy...
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Cat's in the Cradle

Sep 14, 2021 |Mark Ryan
By October 1, 1988, Justin Trudeau’s daddy had been PM for 13 of the boy’s 16 years. Reagan was US president, Thatcher was the UK Prime Minister, and on that very day Gorbachev was sworn in as the Soviet head of state. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney called...
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