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Throughout his life, Anthony Petrello, often called Tony, has moved from success to success. He was doing genius-level work in mathematics when he was just a teenager. He had an outstanding career as a corporate tax attorney at Baker McKenzie, a major global law firm. He then turned his attention to the energy business, where under his talented leadership, Nabors Industries became a powerful force in the new century.
The ever eccentric Elon Musk now has something else to say this time as a forewarning to a technology area he himself is highly invested in. That area would be artificial intelligence where the scientific community is already making heavy strides. Artificial intelligence has already been on display in 3D printers, including one that students at MIT have been working on that can even build a building in 14 hours though it is still well only in prototype phase. But IBM’s Watson AI program isn’t the only big one out there as Musk has been working on AIs of his own through his new Neuralink company.
To paraphrase the old adage, death and taxes are the only two certain things in life. Apparently the law is clear on this issue and you still have to pay taxes even if you’re a famous rapper. This is something that hip hop star DMX is now finding out the hard way after federal prosecutors charged him with tax fraud this past week.
Venus Williams lost to 23-year old Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday, July 15, 2017. This was Williams’ 16th attempt at a Grand Slam title, having won eight titles already, including five Wimbledon championships. If Williams had won, she would have been the oldest Grand Slam winner in the open era, at age 37. Muguruza defeated williams 7-5, 6-0.
In a July 14, 2017 New York Times online article, Katie Rogers wrote an article titled “All the President’s Handshakes“. As leader of our country President Trump is meeting many world leaders for the first time. How he greets them can set the stage for how they get along in the future. Rogers based her article on two experts who analyze President Trump’s handshakes with other world leaders. Jacqueline Whitmore is an author and etiquette instructor, while Chris Ulrich is an expert in body language and presentation skills. Two of their analyses of President Trump are related below.
The most recent was July 14th in Paris, when President and Mrs. Trump met President and Mrs. Macron. Whitmore and Ulrich’s take on the encounter sounds like a wrestling match, so that is the analogy I use. I will paraphrase Whitmore and Ulrich.
Whitmore: Macron and Trump meet and Macron immediately goes for a dominance play by putting his right hand on top of Trump’s hand while putting his left hand on Trump’s back. But Trump instantly responds by patronizingly patting Macron’s hand and pulling him close to him. Then to further establish control Trump puts his hand on the shoulders of Macron’s wife, a clear violation of intimacy for a first-time meeting.
Ulrich: Macron won’t give in or let go. He pats Trump (a power play) and Trump returns the pat. They walk off together and Trump offers his open palm (beggar’s pose) and Trump grabs Macron’s hand and knocks him off balance by pulling Macron into his own body. Trump then adds further dominance by pulling Macron’s wife into the handshake, leaving Melania looking like an outsider.
Now let’s move on to President Trump and President Putin at the July 7th G-20 Summit Meeting.
Whitmore: President Trump’s handshake with Putin shows sincerity but Trump adds to it by putting his left hand underneath Putin’s left arm. The higher up the arm the more desire to forge a bond, but the hand goes under the arm instead of on top because Putin hasn’t affirmed his desire to also form a bond.
Ulrich: Trump initially gives up power by approaching Putin first, but Trump established his own power by grabbing Putin’s elbow. Then Trump re-established the power with a touch and a pat on Putin’s back.
In closing, I think presidential handshakes are fascinating because a lot of politics can be expressed without saying a word. I think you will agree.