TUESDAY 5-8-18

1.      Game four of the Cavs-Raptors series is in the books.   What are your thoughts on the game?

 

2.      Here are some stats from the lava flows from the erupting Hawaiian volcano:  The temperature of the lava reaches 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit when it erupts, yellow lava can reach 2,192 degrees, orange 1,832 degrees and red up to 1,472 degrees; 35 buildings have been destroyed; more than 1,700 people have been evacuated; the area is averaging one earthquake per hour and the biggest tremor registered 6.9 on the Richter scale.   Are you following the lava flow news?  Who do you think measures the temperature of lava?

 

3.      President Trump will announce his Iran decision today on whether to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement.  Trump tweeted, "I will be announcing my decision from the White House at 2:00 p.m.”   Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the U.S abandoning the nuclear deal would be a historic mistake. What’s your prediction on what will happen?

 

4.      Some new rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, went into effect this week. The rules require chain restaurants to post calorie counts on all menus and menu boards.  The law is intended to nudge Americans to eat healthier and will apply to chains with at least 20 stores.  Do you count your calories?  How many calories are in the calamari at Triv’s restaurant in Strongsville?

 

5.      Sylvia Bloom, who recently passed worked at the same law firm as a secretary for 67 years until she retired at 96, amassed more than $9 million dollars simply by observing how the lawyers she worked for invested their money.  Bloom made her money, according to family members, by taking note of which stocks her managers purchased and then buying the same things in smaller amounts. In her will, she directed $6.24 million for a program that helps children in need prepare and attend college.  She donated most of her millions to charity without telling even her closest friends and relatives.  Would you consider giving away your millions?

 

6.       Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet said bitcoin was "probably rat poison squared."  Buffet has often compared the cryptocurrency to gold, saying that both assets are strictly speculative and don't produce earnings and dividends like stocks do.  Do you think bitcoin is like rat poison?

 

7.      The nation's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in more than 17 years.   The Labor Department says the unemployment rate for April was 3.9%, the lowest since December of 2000.  How much do you think the Trump Administration's new tax laws play into these stats? 

 

8.      Multiple reports suggest that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and retired NFL player Herschel Walker will soon join President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The Council encourages Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Can you think Belichick would be a good spokesman?

 

9.      Warren Buffett seems to have a lot of faith in Apple and it shows in the 75 million shares he purchased in the first quarter. That's in addition to the 165.3 million shares Berkshire Hathaway already owned at the end of 2017. Buffett calls Apple an unbelievable company and said: "If you look at Apple, I think it earns almost twice as much as the second most profitable company in the United States." Do you share the same confidence in Apple as Warren Buffett? 

 

10.   President Trump has asked the Pentagon to look into reducing American troops in South Korea.  Should we pull all troops out of South Korea after the Kim Jong-un meeting?

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