Welcome to the 40th edition of The Weekly Bull Report.
Here’s a short list of content we found interesting and informative over the past 7 days…
💡 Interesting Articles & News:
- Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has promised that women who have four or more children will never pay income tax again.
- President Trump announced the upcoming summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb 27 and 28. 🚀
- Will billionaire Michael Bloomberg throw his hat in the ring and make a run to become President?
- Haiti protests sweep the country: Missionaries and nurses trapped.
- Nigerian elections 2019: The spread of false information.
- How many national emergencies have been called by presidents?
- El Chapo, once the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, convicted of all charges. More here. 👨🌾
- 45 Statistics on Millennial Spending Habits in 2019. Very interesting read.
- Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways.
- The case for capping all prison sentences at 20 years. 📆
- NASA’s history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead. 🚀
- Clues to chinese strategic thinking on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.
MEDICINE & SCIENCE
- Scientists have shown that a blood-clotting protein is responsible for a series of events that destroy connections between neurons in the brain and result in cognitive decline.
- The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has claimed the lives of nearly 100 children.
- Scientists are totally rethinking animal cognition. More here. 🦅
- An early study ‘infuses hope’ back into attempts to use immunotherapy to treat brain cancer. 🧠
- Rare black leopard captured in new images from Kenya. 🐆
- Why does it feel like everyone has more money than you? 💰
- Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: The ‘pencil towers’ of New York’s super-rich. 🏗
- Millennial life: How young adulthood today compares with prior generations.
- Cannabis regulations could be relaxed around the world as evidence builds of its medicinal benefits.
- Stanford Researchers seek a solution to Crohn’s with new cannabis-focused biotech company.
- European Parliament passes Cannabis Resolution, Joins WHO In Supporting Medical Marijuana.
- With his 28 Emmys and eight National Sportscaster of the Year awards, Bob Costas had become the most-respected broadcaster of his generation. Why did NBC toss him? 🔥
- Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout. 🏈
- The most-popular race in America is Sunday, as the 2019 Daytona 500 hits the Daytona International Speedway. 🏎
- Be like Mike: LeBron James wants to own an NBA team. 🏀
- Hong Kong Marathon: 50 years of the event that has grown from just 28 runners to over 74,000.
📈 Noteworthy Stocks & Assets:
- Levi’s to go public again. This IPO will be very hot. We have visited a number of their stores in different countries. Always busy with buyers. (Levi’s is cool again) 👖📈
- The first cryptocurrency created by a major U.S. bank is here — and it’s from J.P. Morgan Chase. 👛
- Lawyer In charge of Apple’s Insider-Trading Policy accused of insider trading. 🍎
- Two large chinese borrowers miss bond payments. This is just the beginning in our opinion of massive chinese defaults to come.
💬 Quotes That Inspire Us:
- “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder
- “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn
🔠 Word Of The Week:
- Tangential adj. Superficially relevant; divergent. Diverging from a previous course or line; erratic.
E.g. “He took credit for anything tangentially related to their work.”
❔ Did You Know:
- Fact: Bananas are more effective in replenishing electrolytes than Gatorade. They also have serotonin and dopamine—chemicals that help you feel happy. 🍌
- On this day in history: February 17, 1992: Jeffrey Dahmer, was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences and will never be eligible for parole by a Wisconsin court, he had practiced necrophilia and cannibalism on 15 young men and boys. On November 28th 1994 he was murdered by a fellow inmate, who bludgeoned him to death with a metal bar.
👓 A Must Watch & Listen:
- Paul Volcker & Ray Dalio | State of the US Economy & Government. Video here. (Brilliant)
- The Dying Art of Conversation: Interview with Author and Speaker Celeste Headlee.
- Private Mossad for hire. Great read or listen.
- Patricia Lockwood travels through the internet. The lecture was part of the London Review of Books 2019 Winter Lecture series, delivered at the British Museum on 8 February 2019. Watch or read it here.
📚 Books We Are Reading:
- Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
By Jill Abramson
The book everyone’s been waiting for — former Times executive editor Jill Abramson on her time heading the newspaper.
Buy this book for yourself or as a gift here.
- The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
By Jon Gertner
A sweeping, atmospheric history of Bell Labs that highlights its unparalleled role as an incubator of innovation and birthplace of the century’s most influential technologies.
Get this book here.
- The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America As the Global Superpower
By Michael Pillsbury
One of the U.S. government’s leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country’s rise.
Buy it here.
👌 Feel Good Sunday:
- 23 pictures that will make you smile. 😀
🐦 One Liners:
- “My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.” – Stewart Francis 🤣
Our very best wishes for a brilliant upcoming week and a very happy Presidents’ Day! 📈
The IBR Team