He built a real estate empire and wrote 12 books -- but, there is something he hasn't done.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, Trump admitted he wanted to give authoring a kids' book a try, but hadn't yet. Fortunately, host Jimmy Kimmel revealed he ghostwrote one for the presidential hopeful.
Authored and illustrated in the style of a Dr. Seuss book, Winners Aren't Losers tells the story of an inspiring Trump trying to direct children and animals to be winners instead of—you guessed it—losers.
"Winners aren't losers. They're winners—like me! A loser's a loser. Which one will you be?" Kimmel read from the book. "Winners do deals and winners get rich, while sad little losers just sit there and bitch."
While he didn’t come out on top in the Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump surely has proven he knows how to make the biggest bang for the buck. While he isn’t even in the top ten of the best funded candidates (of both parties) ... He still achieved a second place showing in the Republican candidates in Iowa.
The Republican winner was Ted Cruz, who is the second best funded in the GOP camp.
In contrast, while Jeb Bush is the best funded Republican candidate (second overall after Democrat Hillary Clinton), he only managed a sixth place finish against the Republicans in the Iowa caucus.
While Cruz has a comfortable lead over Trump in the caucus in the Republican camp, Democratic hopeful Clinton has the most money of all candidates, democratic and overall. She virtually tied with second best funded Democrat Bernie Sanders in the caucus, who’s only in fifth place of the best funded overall.
This week, my son had knee surgery. It made me remember my knee surgery from three years ago ... And, it reminded me about what technology makes possible.
Before my knee surgery, I wasn't enjoying the prospect of the needles, the knock-out drugs, the cutting, or the recovery process. Frankly, I was scared.
History is littered with tales of once-rare resources made plentiful by innovation. The reason is pretty straightforward ... scarcity is often contextual.
Imagine a giant orange tree packed with fruit. If you pluck all the oranges from the lower branches, you are effectively out of accessible fruit. From that limited perspective, oranges are now scarce. But once someone invents a piece of technology called a ladder, the problem is solved.
Here is a picture from inside my knee (unlike years ago, they didn't have to rip me open to gain access for the picture or the repair). Less damage, less time, less drugs, less recovery.
Bottom-Line: I walked over 2,500 steps the day after the surgery. This time, my son and I had a burger on the way home from his surgery.
Whether it is minimally invasive surgical instruments, or linking big data and elastic computing ... Technology is a resource-liberating mechanism. It can make the 'once scarce' the 'now abundant' (or 'readily accessible') ... and a lot less painful.
If you are looking for insight into global supply and demand trends, the Baltic Dry Index is one of the purest leading indicators of economic activity. It offers a real-time glimpse at global raw material and infrastructure demand, as well as the supply of ships available to move this type of cargo.
Bad news sells. All the talk of bombings, health scares, and obituaries can make a person contemplate their impending death.
Good news ... There is an infographic for that.
Flowing Data has previously visualized when we'll die and how our loved ones will die. Now, they have put together an interactive infographic that charts out how you will likely die, based on how many years you've lived.
Here's how it works: go to the infographic on the Flowing Data page and enter your sex, race, and age into the blanks at the top of the infographic. On the left side, each dot represents the death of a simulated self, and the color of each dot corresponds to a cause of death (infection, cancer, circulatory problems, external causes, etc.). As each year passes, more of your simulated selves die. On the right side, a bar graph keeps tabs on your cumulative percentages. When the animation ends (at year 100), you're left with the percent likelihood that you will die of each cause.
It's an interesting way to visualize the data because it shows not only your chances of dying from a certain disease but your likelihood of dying in general during certain phases of your life.
The results have one pretty obvious takeaway—your chances of dying increase as you age—but it's fascinating to watch how the chances change in different age groups. Shift the age to 0, and you'll see that once you get past year one, the dots accumulate slowly over the next few decades (chances of death, from anything, are low). Past 30, the dots change color more quickly (you get the point).
Some dogs run fast; other dogs do tricks … my 100 pound lab, Duke's best talent is his ability to remain immobile in almost any situation (some call it "laziness" … I prefer "calm" or "even-tempered").
At the other end of the spectrum is Boo, our 20 pound mix between a Beagle and a Boston terrier. Let's just say that he has higher metabolism than Duke.
When Boo hears a noise, he lets out an involuntary, barely audible, sound. His body becomes rigid and his head cocks. He becomes alert and carefully tunes his ears to their most sensitive setting, seeking any information that will help identify the "danger." And now he's waiting for the next intrusion.
Usually there are no other disturbances to follow, and the noise is cataloged and soon forgotten. His alertness level slowly subsides over the next 10-15 minutes or so. He'll go back to napping, a little more fitfully this time … and just a little bit on edge.
Things get a little more interesting when another noise surfaces shortly after the first one. What could once be dismissed now must be treated as a threat - and just to be safe, a threat of the highest order. Now the appropriate response is a series of barks, nervous glances, pacing, rushing off in the direction of the noise to investigate, and a barrage of barks meant to sound more menacing than the source of the noise. Who or what is it? How much harm can they cause? How grave is the threat?
Duke is a different story. Nothing upsets Duke more than Boo. The same noise that prompted Boo to become alert does nothing to Duke. However the first time that Boo makes noise, that makes Duke alert. And the second time Boo makes noise, Duke starts vocalizing, and the third time, well now both of them start yapping and when they both start yapping, then other dogs in the neighborhood start yapping.
I realized that the same thing happens in the market with people.
In the market, it is the second noise - and subsequent noises - that creates the equivalent of the Homeland Security "Red Alert." Once an elevated level of alertness has been established, it takes a long period of relative calm for it to subside. And when on "Red Alert" … any additional noises (for example, the responses of the other market participants) - big or small - will highlight, magnify and further validate the issue.
But, like in the story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," even legitimate threats are ignored after too many false alarms (or prolonged periods of constant alert). So, bad news about the economy isn't as likely to get people excited after the past few weeks.