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Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Alibaba’s [BABA’s] incoming IPO really seems to have a head of steam going into its scheduled Thursday evening (September 18) pricing and Friday morning opening trading which will likely start quite late. But the Maven still doesn’t think you and I are going to get any of these shares, whatever

The Alibaba logo.

Want shares of the Alibaba [BABA] IPO? Good luck with that…

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – Warning: Long article ahead. If you’ll forgive the vulgar analogy, trading the market this week has been a little like getting sloppy seconds. No matter what position you undertake, it’s increasingly likely to disappoint. News past, present and future has been converging into a messy and indistinct picture for those


From Ray Rice to lap dancing teachers, America needs pastoral guidance

Violence purposely overlooked has affected at least 20,000 former pro-football players… a man used a dog “shock collar” on his 7-year-old daughter… Ray Rice welcomed at his old high school… anti-abortionists persist in back-door tactics


Back to school: Challenges for parents and children

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 — This is the time of year when our children begin school or return to school. It is the time in which parents are overwhelmed with conflicting roles and responsibilities. For example, many parents have a job. Their first pressure is transporting their child to and from school. Once the child returns

Screen shot of Trivago pitchman on CNBC.

The Trivago Man: Rumpled pitchman helps website gain following among travelers

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2014 – You read our rant about the Trivago Man in our previous article. (Or should have.) Not only is this one of the weirdest ad campaigns we can remember. It turns out there’s actually some method to the madness. Just what is Trivago? After our initial, wildly negative reaction to the

David Gregory on NBC News

NBC let David Gregory go, no explanation needed

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 — Firing personnel is the hardest action any supervisor must take. The act of firing personnel in private industry is very different than it is in government. In government, the merit system protects employees from being fired unless the justification for doing so is extremely persuasive. The documentation of how an employee