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Walk Theme: Door Knockers in San Miguel de Allende.

**A Poster in the Women's Restroom at Hank's Restaurant**
Okay, this isn’t the door knocker variety I’m referring to, but I couldn’t resist…
**A Hand Style Door Knocker on a Very Old Door**
Door knockers are an old tradition in San Miguel de Allende _centro_ , many on ancient doors. They are good subjects for interesting photographs while exploring. Yesterday, during our one-mile walk downtown, I made it my ‘Walk Theme’, trying to see how many different styles I could find.
We continued our walk onward toward Hank’s restaurant, enjoying the Spanish colonial architecture along the way. Then we each enjoyed grilled salmon and fresh green salad with our wine, a perfect ending for a lovely walk.
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Published by Retirement Before the Age of 59 at August 31, 2020 2:41 pm.

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MiB: How to Manage 4 Trillion Dollars.

How do you track trillions of dollars in indices and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) accurately and precisely? That is one part of the financial engineering challenges facing BlackRock Senior Managing Director Salim Ramji, Head of iShares Index and ETFs. His division manages more than $4 trillion of Blackrock’s $7 plus trillion in assets. He also a member of the firm’s…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 31, 2020 11:00 am.

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How Technology Moves From Disruption to Invisibility.

Source: Our World In Data I love this Our World In Data chart spotted by Invictus. It tells quite an amazing story. It took nearly a century for the flush toilet to approach 80% household penetration. Electricity took 30 years to get to 80%; Refrigerators 20 years; cell phones 15 years; Social media…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 31, 2020 8:30 am.

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10 Monday AM Reads.

My back to work morning train WFH reads: • Bull Case / Bear Case: You could make a compelling bull and bear care for every asset class or market right now. What you believe about these cases depends on how you’re positioned or what you believe about investing. (Wealth of Common Sense) • Insider Trading…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 31, 2020 5:30 am.

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THE WOLF STREET REPORT: Second Wave of Layoffs is Here, Now Hitting Well-Paid Jobs.

A sort of sector rotation of layoffs, and it’s not a good sign, even as millions of lower-wage workers are being hired back.

Published by Wolf Street at August 30, 2020 8:54 pm.

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State of yellow.

Beginning tomorrow, Oaxaca’s Covid-19 status moves down to Semáforo Amarillo (yellow traffic light) — meaning that in the state of Oaxaca one is now at medium risk for contracting the virus. The methodology used by the federal government to go from one color traffic light to another has expanded and is now based on criteria ...

Published by View From Casita Colibrí at August 30, 2020 1:57 pm.

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Weekly Covid-19 News Round-Up for 8.30.20.

My helpful collection of resources and information for your easy like Sunday morning reads: How to Stay Safe: • The Theory that Could Explain Asymptomatic Cases of COVID-19: According to various estimates, between 20 and 45 percent of the people who get COVID-19 — and possibly more, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 30, 2020 9:00 am.

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10 Sunday Reads.

Avert your eyes! Our Sunday morning reads sequesters all of the weekly examples of failures, incompetency, and corruption in one terrible, horrible, no very good, single location: • Kellyanne Conway undermined the truth like no other Trump official. And journalists enabled her. Leaking and lying. Lying and leaking. It’s been the Kellyanne way, and the…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 30, 2020 5:55 am.

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Broke.

Is this the new “Blurred Lines”? I’d say it’s a one listen smash, but that’s not an accurate description, IT’S A FIFTEEN SECOND SMASH! Oh, it’s not much of a song. A groove, that really doesn’t go much of anywhere. But it’s so infectious. It makes you move, it brightens your day. Yes, there…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 30, 2020 5:00 am.

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The State of the American Restaurants, City by City.

New York City, San Francisco, Honolulu are still down over 80% from a year ago in terms of “seated diners.” Then there is the “LN-shaped” recovery in Pittsburgh.

Published by Wolf Street at August 29, 2020 9:28 pm.

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Now’s Not a Good Time to Sell Office Towers in Hong Kong Apparently.

Big haircuts for investors amid falling rents and rising vacancies. As so often, this started well before Covid, but Covid is speeding up the process.

Published by Wolf Street at August 29, 2020 12:07 pm.

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floating home.

I am on my way home. For the past month I have been in Oregon assisting my mother in moving from her house into a retirement apartment. That sounds simple -- except to the people who have participated in this rather esoteric form of torture. Things accumulated during a 92-year life that have been stored in a house do not easily fit into a one-bedroom apartment any more than my 72-year old body can fit into my first Air Force uniform. The analogy is not apt, though. I simply threw away my old Air Force uniforms. My brother and I did not have that luxury with our mother's life. About ten years ago, I went through a similar exercise when my house in Salem sold. Most of my clothes, my art collection, years of correspondence, my library, my record collection, my kitchen filled with every cooking device known to man, and assorted furniture and memorabilia purchased on my travels -- all had to go. A few items went to family and friends. But most were passed either to

Published by mexpatriate at August 29, 2020 11:03 am.

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MiB: BlackRock’s Salim Ramji.

This week, we speak with BlackRock Senior Managing Director Salim Ramji, Head of iShares Index and ETFs. Ramji’s division manages more than $4 trillion of Blackrock’s $7.1 trillion in assets. He a member of the firm’s global executive committee. Before joining BlackRock, he was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company where he led the asset and…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 29, 2020 8:00 am.

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10 Weekend Reads.

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Peet’s Major Dickasons coffee, grab a seat on the couch, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing: Blockchain technology is going to change everything: the shipping industry, the financial system, government … in fact, what won’t…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 29, 2020 5:00 am.

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Evil counts on the public to stop trying.

It is government that built the highways and bridges, managed the airwaves, created law enforcement to keep the peace, raised military to protect the nation, educated the workers and business people, created order out of chaos, kept the air and water clean — without which the selfish bastards who cling to their cash and say ...

Published by Musings, Magic, SMA at August 28, 2020 9:24 pm.

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In solidarity with Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, México Evalúa, Animal Político and others.

We are living gray days for the media and for civil society in Mexico.

Published by Nexos at August 28, 2020 8:09 pm.

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Succinct Summation of Week’s Events for 8.28.20.

Succinct Summations for the week ending August 28th, 2020 Positives: 1. Rates are never, ever, ever going to go higher again! 2. New home sales came in at an annual rate of 901k for July, above expectations. 3. Durable goods orders rose 11.2% m/o/m, above last month. 4. Pending home sales rose 5.9% m/o/m, above…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 28, 2020 3:30 pm.

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Twisted Picture of a Consumer Economy Running on Fumes of Stimulus.

Incomes from wages, interest, and dividends sagged from pre-Pandemic era. But stuffed with stimulus, Americans broke records splurging on Goods, as spending on Services, the biggie, lagged far behind.

Published by Wolf Street at August 28, 2020 2:10 pm.

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Zoom the Music: San Miguel de Allende.

Escucha música vía Zoom y apoya a artistas locales. Este es un evento GRATUITO pero también se aceptarán donativos para los artistas. Sábado 29 de agosto de 2020 7:00 p.m. Comparte el enlace: https://zoomthemusic.wixsite.com/2020 O visitanos en Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/zoomthemusic...

Published by San Miguel FAQ at August 28, 2020 1:39 pm.

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Market Timing for Fun & Profit.

So You Think You Can Time the Market? All it takes is a couple of lucky trades to end up with a false belief in one’s ability to jump in and out at the right times. Bloomberg, August 25, 2020 How are your market timing skills? Quite a few investors imagine themselves…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 28, 2020 8:00 am.

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Inside doors.

Inside doors

Published by Nexos at August 28, 2020 7:47 am.

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Surround Sound in the Quarantine Home Gym.

One of my goals way back in January was to lose some weight this year. Age and hypothyroidism mean Ive packed on a few more pounds than I am comfortable with. Then quarantine happened, and that regular exercise routine never ...

Published by Surviving Mexico at August 28, 2020 6:42 am.

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10 Friday AM Reads.

My “new era of Fed-approved inflation,” end of week morning train WFH reads: • Busting the Myth That Active Funds Do Better in Difficult Markets: Investors should focus on the long-term signals, pick their spots, and keep a close eye on costs, based on analysis from Morningstar’s midyear Active/Passive Barometer. (Morningstar) • The Rise of…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 28, 2020 5:45 am.

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1949 Delahaye Type 175 Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi.

Delahaye was a automotive manufacturing company founded in 1894, in Tours, France, by Émile Delahaye. The firm’s post-war cars were notable for their beautiful, deco-inspired designs: Flowing graceful lines, artful use of chrome, and overall beauty. Power is provided by a Type 183 engine, a 4.5-litre overhead-valve inline-six fed by triple Solex carburetors and paired…
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Published by The Big Picture at August 28, 2020 5:00 am.

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Subprime Mortgages Fall Massively Delinquent. Taxpayers on Hook. Housing Market Splits in Two.

On one side, a land rush by a few hundred thousand home buyers. On the other side, millions of homeowners delinquent on their mortgages. Here are the metros by FHA delinquency rate. Two top out at 27%.

Published by Wolf Street at August 27, 2020 9:53 pm.

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Health Alert – Mexico COVID-19 Update.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (August 27, 2020) Location: Mexico Event: Mexico COVID-19 Update (August 27, 2020) The number of confirmed and suspected cases is still increasing daily in several regions of Mexico. Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico State, and Coahuila currently report the highest number of active cases for the preceding two-week period. The states currently reporting ...

Published by U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico at August 27, 2020 6:17 pm.

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Fed’s Total Assets Fall Again, Week 11 Since Peak-QE: Crazy Charts for Crazy Times.

“Two steps forward, two steps back”: Fed’s new song and dance, no?

Published by Wolf Street at August 27, 2020 6:13 pm.

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