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A desultory day. Honeywell bounces. Amazon drops a little.

Amazon did better — but not good enough for Wall Street.

Poohey. The company is doing just great — especially in AWS its cloud business, which had revenues of $7.4 billion in the fourth quarter. Not bad for a little business that Bezos thought up one day when he was trying to figure out a way to keep his site from ever crashing.

I bought some more Amazon on the big dip this morning. And then bought some more stuff from Amazon which I don’t need. See below.

Amazon’s growth will slow — the ultimate nightmare on Wall Street. It’s very large already.

And there are weird things going on with it overseas. This is a doozey:

The sales guidance from Amazon reflects uncertainty over new rules for foreign ecommerce companies in India that went into effect this week, forcing India insists that foreign companies act only as marketplaces for third-party products, rather than selling their own products, and closed a loophole by also banning goods from businesses in which the company holds an equity stake.

You gotta admit that is among the stupider government ideas. Only to be eclipsed by what’s going on in Italy, Britain (Brexit), Venezuela, Zimbabwe, South Africa and others that give depressing a whole new meaning.

Stay with investing in the U.S., Canada and Australia — still going strong for 26+ years without a recession.

Stupid useful tips

+ Make your office phone number ring simultaneously on your cell phone. This saves me calling all over the universe searching for you.

+ Please put your phone number at the bottom your emails.

+ If you’re getting a long vertical line on your scans, it’s because you’ve got schmutz on one of the two glass sheets inside the scanner. use a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean them. Thanks Fujitsu for your help on that.

+ Back your work up onto a couple of thumb drives. More reliable than the cloud.

Technology in action

The first picture shows what happened when the post holding my front tooth broke. My dentist removed the remains of the old post, holllowed it out and stuck some dead bone and a titanium implant in.

Then we waited six months for my body to think the implant is really me. Then we opened the implant, screwed in a metal post and glued on my new white tooth.

I now look like a million dollars. Here’s the miracle worker. He’s called Dr. Jonathan C. Berkowitz. His office is on Manhattan’s upper west wide.

The greatest clock ever

Amazon calls it American Lifetime Day Clock – Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock with Battery Backup & 5 Alarm Options (Black Finish). It costs $44.95. Since I’m always looking for date and time, this LARGE mother is perfect. Click here.

Bad cartoons I got sent today

How to defeat the Chinese

The commanding officer at the Russian military academy gave a lecture on Potential Problems and Military Strategy. At the end of the lecture, he asked if there were any questions. An officer stood up and asked, “Will there be a third world war? And, will Russia take part in it?”

The general answered both questions in the affirmative.

Another officer asked, “Who will be the enemy?”

The general replied, “All indications point to China.”

Everyone in the audience was shocked. A third officer remarked, “General, we are a nation of only 150 million, compared to the 1.5 billion Chinese. Can we win at all, or even survive?”

The general answered, “Just think about this for a moment. In modern warfare, it is not the quantity of soldiers that matters but the quality of an army’s capabilities. For example, in the Middle East, we have had a few wars recently where 5 Jews fought against 150 million Arabs, and Israel was always victorious.”

After a small pause, yet another officer – from the back of the auditorium asked, “Do we have enough Jews?”

Harry Newton, who feels positive, despite the financial press.