Highest Honor Delivered to British Military Dog

By Michael Haynes | November 17, 2017

A display of bravery, courage, and loyalty earns dog top military honor in Britain. Mali, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, and is proof you don’t need to be human to showcase leadership and courage. He has also been rightly named a war hero. Today, he received the Dickin Medal, which is the equivalent to the Victoria Cross. The highest possible military award. Mali is being recognized for his work in Afganistan, twice entering a building in Kabul which was filled with Taliban fighters. He successfully sniffed out explosives and saved lives in the process. “There was a massive gun battle with British Forces against the Taliban and Mali was sent into…

Tax Haven Paradise Papers: Secrets of the Ultra-Rich Exposed

By Michael Haynes | November 1, 2017

God save the Queen…lots and lots of money. In a new round of leaked documents it has been revealed how the ultra-powerful and rich, including the Queen and her private estate. How do they invest millions in cash in offshore tax havens? While tax avoidance is not illegal it can be seen as quite controversial. It can create quite the political discussion, including should the government do more to curtail the use of tax havens. And one of the most used tax havens is located in Bermuda, where the rich go there not for the sandy beaches, but for the tax havens which gives them complete secrecy and zero percent…

Steve Jobs’ Genius Marketing Strategy

By Michael Haynes | October 25, 2017

When it comes to marketing, there is very little which is actually invented. Just as Mick Jagger of the Stones so poignantly summarized, “There is no future in rock ‘n roll music, it is all only recycled past. Jobs, in seeing the brilliance of Nike, in showcasing star athletes of the 80s such as Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Lester Hayes, and slapping their logo next to them. Nike knew the psychology would take over, and take over it did. Jobs’ did the same, but instead of star athletes, he created sexy products and used psychology to build an “elite brand.” He knew with just 5% of the market share…

Black Monday – 30 Years Later, What Have We Learned?

By Michael Haynes | October 23, 2017

There was one word that best described Oct. 19, 1987: “Panic.” It was real money. It was real fear. It was real panic. What shocked financial analysts is how it happened. On that autumn morning, stocks were up 15% for the year, and the forecast looked bright. In just one day, the DOW dropped more than 500 points, nearly 23% and global markets followed the crash sending the world into a financial tailspin. There was pushing, shoving, screaming, profane words, rage, and how there wasn’t an all-out brawl is shocking, to say the least. Orders were coming through faster than they could be handled. Phones were ringing off the hook, and chaos…

Ogilvy: The Search for the World’s Greatest Salesman

By Michael Haynes | October 18, 2017

David Ogilvy is considered “The Grandfather of Modern Advertising.” His style is often copied but never to the actual greatness that was Ogilvy. He learned his leadership qualities from good old-fashioned hard work and unrelenting determination. Lesson One: Perfection At All Costs When Ogilvy left Oxford, he took a job in one of France’s top kitchens, at the Majestic Hotel. David’s wife, Herta, recalls that is where David learned the importance of perfection, and what drove him to become a perfectionist. “Everything that left that kitchen to go out had to be perfect. The way the plate looked, the presentation, the taste, everything.” Along with hard work, excellence, discipline, Ogilvy…

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The Real Smell of Success

October 12, 2017

This is Belgium. Bruges to be exact. I’d like to say I took the picture. I’ve taken some great pictures in my day, but I think this one is a little too good and perfect. But I will tell you; I have stood at this very spot. It is as awesome as this picture looks. And it was at this moment; I loved what I did because I was able to stand there at that very moment and soak in an entirely different culture. And the Belgian beer. Seriously, the Westmal Triple. You have to have one before you die. Trust me. So, the title of this piece is “The…

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Colin Kaepernick protests police violence and murder against blacks in America.

US VP Pence Walks Out of NFL Game Under Protest

October 9, 2017

Our look at the American protests continuing in the game of football, which is not our brand of football, but while that does amuse us, nothing delights us quite like a staged protest paid for by the American taxpayers. And that is precisely what happened yesterday. First, Mike Pence, the US Vice-President tweeted a picture of himself and his wife at the Indianapolis Colts game honoring QB Peyton Manning. The problem was, the image was one that was taken years earlier. In what was an apparent staged “protest” to the NFL players protest, Pence left the game before it even started. He explained his actions in a tweet: Was this…

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AIM Finally Bites The Dust

October 6, 2017

In March of 2012, AOL declared it was killing AIM and canning the 40 employees that worked on the project. So…it’s just been limping along with no updates for the last five years? Those 40 employees must be proud because no one really noticed about the zero updates. It is clear that Facebook Messenger completely killed off any real reason to keep using AIM. Will there be anything that will be missed? Maybe a few things… The “Away Message” was a thing of art back when modems were king of the connection. Once broadband came into play you were “always logged in” so an away message was a way to…

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