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JOSH MABUS: Thank you for letting me know you’re old

Anniversary sales are the worst. They’re the vestigial tail of marketing — outdated and unnecessary. Somehow they haven’t gotten the evolutionary hint that they’re no longer needed. This tactic leads the pack in a host of outdated practices that only benefit the media outlets where the ads are placed. What would you do if a […] [...]

Deepwater Horizon Five Years Later — Restoring the Mississippi coast starts with a strong foundation

Five years ago, on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and kicking off the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. When the well was finally capped 87 days later, the oil had already done unprecedented damage to Gulf of Mexico waters, wildlife, and fisheries, as well as the […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Loans disguised as government bonds (BOANs)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. Sir Thomas More, the obstinate attorney who — literally — lost his head over religion, is often misquoted as suggesting the profession of lawyers is “to […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Hope should spring eternal, not hate

In South Carolina last week, yet another unarmed, black man was killed by a white police officer. This slaying, as well as the officer’s planting of evidence, was caught on film. Somehow this is supposed to be different from other shootings of unarmed black men and boys in this country. The department has terminated the […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Share and share alike

When you hear the term “sharing economy,” you might think socialist plot, or more likely, you might not know what I’m talking about. Through my unique form of amateur polling (talking to everyone I meet), I’ve determined that Mississippians might not know a whole lot about the sharing economy. At its most basic, the sharing […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The culture wars and the cross we bear

As the nation comes to terms with the Religious Freedom Laws being promulgated, reconsidered and revised in states like Arkansas and Indiana, I am reminded of the Sanford and Son episode where Fred tries to avoid paying taxes by purchasing a mail-order clergy ordination. When he realizes the mail-order scam is a con to steal […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Facebook as media mogul? Hosting of Times, Buzzfeed News just around corner

Once, the idea that a reader would find a New York Times story without ever picking up a newspaper might have seemed preposterous. Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. In six months, though, you might read a […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Why I stayed?

I’m in love. I’m head-over-heels enchanted, enamored and enthralled. Who has such deep affection? It’s possibly an unexpected sweetheart: the great state of Mississippi. Does she have her blemishes? Sure, but love is blind, and any great love is worth working on. Much like my real-life-wife has extended much patience in our marriage, I choose […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Negotiating commercial loans — Is there an app for that?

» EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys.   This new digital world has re-wired us for instant gratification. We have no patience.  We want an “app” for everything.  Unfortunately, negotiating a […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Just how long can Dan stand?

Mississippi’s Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning, IHL, wants all of the Dan Jones hullabaloo to blow over. They are hoping spring will take its natural course on those protesting Ole Miss student bodies. Then the IHL Board can get back to operating in their usual anonymity where they are much safer. […] [...]

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