November 30, 2019
A little music for BrokeAndBroker.com readers still trying to find their way home from the holiday. Stuck in traffic. Delayed at the airport. Waiting for the train. Hang in there. You'll find the way.
Guest blogger Aegis Frumento is preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, and being the party animal and overall fun guy that he is, he muses that "nothing is ever as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it." When we contemplate a set of bad facts, Aegis believes that the act of contemplation makes us feel worse about the facts than they really are; and, likewise, pondering good happenings makes us feel better about them than they really are. It's a mind trick, Aegis says, and it screws us up all the time. Meanwhile, Aegis hasn't quite figured out why he never gets a lot of invitations for holiday dinners, and why folks, who know him, ask him to please not use the towels in their bathrooms.
The poet e. e. cummings famously asked what if a much of a which of a wind gives the truth to summer's lie; bloodies with dizzying leaves the sun and yanks immortal stars awry? The poet's dark question prompts us to muse about the wind that blows as so much hot air through a FINRA Arbitration Decision and a federal court's review. In the end, all is awry. We are left bloodied and dizzy for the experience.
We got this guy who defrauded elderly widows into buying annuities. It's tough to come up with a worse lead-in for an article, no? The good news is that he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The bad news . . . well, it just doesn't seem to stop.