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Reflection Attitude

Reflection Attitude published on August 22 and is now live on Amazon in both print and Kindle. The Kindle price remains at $9.99, but the printed version is now $11.99. Reflection Attitude is part of the “It’s All About Attitude” series. You can see the entire series with information about each of the six books here. I am running ads on Facebook and Amazon. Later, I will extend the ads to Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Too soon to say how the advertising is working. If you are in to Facebook, check out my new bookstore page here. I hope to get some discussion going in the Group.

Ukraine

The price tag for Russia to continue to destroy cities and towns in Ukraine continues to grow. Words from the great communicator this week about war crime were, “

The whole world should see this. A world in which there should be no cruelty and terrorism. But all this is there. And its name is Russia. More than 400 bodies were found at the mass burial site in Izyum. With signs of torture, children, those killed as a result of missile attacks, warriors of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Russia leaves only death and suffering. Murderers. Torturers. Deprived of everything human. You won’t run away. You won’t hide. Retribution will be justly dreadful. For every Ukrainian, for every tortured soul.

Space

 

According to T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert, there are more than 500,000 square miles (nearly twice the area of Texas) of dead zones, areas not covered by any cell phone network, across the country. Many of these dead zones are in topographically diverse landscapes where cell phone signals are obstructed or in remote areas of the country. Not places you’d want to be if there is an emergency. Without a terrestrial signal from a tower the only way to communicate electronically, provided you have a clear view of the sky, is via satellite. This has long been possible from providers like Iridium, which currently operates a constellation of satellites, but only with a specialized phone that has a bulky antenna.

In late August, T-Mobile announced they’ve partnered with SpaceX to provide satellite coverage to all T-Mobile subscribers starting next year using the Starlink v2 constellation, which will be launched into orbit on the yet to fly Starship currently in development. This is quite extraordinary as this capability will work with existing phones, no special antenna required, effectively eliminating the dead zone. Other satellite operators, cell phone manufacturers, and mobile carriers are working to provide the same type of capability. The recently announced iPhone 14 has a feature called “Emergency SOS via satellite”, which uses a similar service provided by Globalstar, which currently operates their own constellation. Initially, these services will only support brief text messages for emergency use, but maybe one day you’ll be able to send a selfie from the top of a mountain or in the remote wilderness.

– Aaron J. Patrick

Crypto

Crypto had a bad week but I believe it will recover. The ethereum merge demonstrated it is possible to operate blockchains in a highly energy-efficient manner. The price of ETH has gone down probably because of security uncertainly. Some experts believe it will be better than before while others think it will be worse.

Wall Street

What a nice rally underway before this week.  Nice to see green pretty much across the board. Gammat stocks down to $8.3 trillion. Apple is at $2.5T after a great set of product announcements. My deep purple iPhone 14 Pro Max arrived and works great. With a few exceptions, all tech was down. I remain bullish on tech and bearish on abilities of Congress. The GAMMAT spreadsheet is not included this week due to a problem at GoogleFinance.