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Some of this week';s highlights include the latest death march
of banks worked over (and out) by FDIC, Robin Landry's latest
update and in the in-depth section Sunday a look at what 'must
go right' in order for the global economy not to wind up
with a big flushing sound. If $40 a year is too
much dough, come on back Monday for more of our free
reports here - and if you get some time, try my 'burgundy beef'
recipe laid out in the Friday column.
Man (or woman, for that matter) doesn't live by money alone and,
like Pappy used to say "You stomach doesn't have to know you're
ABC: SEC's Porn
Oh yeah - credit
where due on this one. ABC's Good Morning America site
has a story
Officials Surfing Porn During Financial Crisis, Report Finds".
How long have I
been telling you "We're screwed!"? Now, seems
there's evidence that someone was
at least fantasizing about it...
Worth a read:
Michael Barone's piece at
Real Clear Politics: "Big Government in Bed with Big Business".
It details how the SEC Goldman case was used to push through the
Dodd 'financial reform bill' which as Barone writes "Its
provisions promise to give us one episode of Gangster Government
aside, what I'm not clear about how "one episode of Gangster
Government after another" would vary with what's already been
in play since the Reagan era? Somewhere, waaaay down my
reading list is David Stockman's book Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed
since I think I already know the answer.
Theory was (for
for about 10 minutes until disproven) that there would be some
kind of free lunch for capitalism with tax reductions,
outsourcing and globalism. But, no, instead a system that
was working has gotten broken to the point where we're now in
this purple haze land where "All the king's horse and all the
king's men..." can't put Humpty Dumpty's Constitution and
Runaway Corporate Fascists together back in the same bottle
orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased
$2.2 billion or 1.3 percent to $176.7 billion, the U.S.
Census Bureau announced today. This decrease followed three
consecutive monthly increases, including a 1.1 percent
February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders
increased 2.8 percent. Excluding defense, new orders
decreased 1.2 percent.
Transportation equipment, down two consecutive months, had
the largest decrease, $5.9 billion or 12.9 percent to $40.2
billion. This was due to nondefense aircraft and parts which
decreased $6.5 billion.
Not to ruin
Friday for you...BUT...this is sure as hell looking like the
start of the double-dip recession tipping its hand to me.
But does the market see things as I do? Never! In
seems the futures are still up on hopes about Greece's debt
I don't know if
it has occurred to any of the reptilian spawn down on the street
that even if Greece was solved this would still portend a
further drop in employment in the US, so what's this happy talk
about rising markets, huh?
Not that it
matters, since there's virtually no retail business - and what
little there is is probably
still front-run anyway. All acceptable of course,
since the Fed's right role is no longer sound money.
Nossir, they're in the 'stability business' which is freakin
dandy, ain't it? So it means loaded markets...don't you
worry, just trust US...heard that from Madoff I think, too.
Don't know if
you remember reading one of Cliff's ALTA reports from several
years back, but there was a really scary entry about the "fungus
amungus" in one of the predictive linguistic reports.
There was also - very shortly after that report - a 'hit'
(fulfillment of linguistic attributes) when some kind of fungus
(think it was of Asian origin best I can remember) and it was
killing people who lived near forests in the Pacific
We'll, like a
bad horror movie (hand me the hockey mask or chain saw,
wouldja?) It's baaack! "Potentially
deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada."
The article calls 'em this way: "The spore-forming fungus can
cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after
exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest
pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and
UrbanSurvival secondary screening protocol? Test for
alcohol abuse since this sounds like the mudderlode (sic) of all
Already six dead from it (the fungus, not the hangovers,
probably more from that) but still notable and coming on strong
Catching up with the Nazis
Oh, here's a
plot for a novel, if there ever was one: "Pentagon
Plans to revive Nazi space-bomber plan".
Polish Plane Crash Echoes
correspondent in the EU says there's still political fallout all
over the place in Polish media: "
"Someone has very quickly
changed date and hour of publication of Komorowski's speech
I mentioned in the earlier mail...
even smarter got a screencaps.Gotcha,liars;)
I tell yeah...sure makes the case for cracking down on the web
this year, doesn't it? I mean, how can the PowersThatBe
operate when there's such obvious truth-leaking going on?
Why, next thing you know whole populations might call bullsh*t
on their leaders who ain't telling all. And then what we
we have? I mean besides freedom and honest government...
The "Freedom as a Business"
developments up in Campbell Ohio, where we hear that gun rights
activists may have succeeded in getting a ban on firearm sales
in the city rolled back.
as I was watching this video off WFMJ I couldn't help but
notice that the city wanted to charge $2,000 for a permit and
then more than $400 for 'police protection' for people to merely
exercise their (supposed Constitutional right) to assemble
council there rolled back the gun sales ban, what they
haven't done (least as far as my research has found thus far) is
where freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution get
gun sales aside, I think the larger issue is governments
charging anything for exercise of Constitutionally
protected rights - which gets me around to free speech and the
corporate attack on Net neutrality. We know
(as so does 'the Hill') that a major fight on net neutrality is
coming since free ought to cost more...or least so it's
Falling Mass Storage Prices
Bullwinkle: TigerDirect's got a
1.5 terabyte hard drive for $70 after rebates.
Kinda makes me want to start downloading movies, you know it?
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Reach Out and Dutch
a fair number of books and techniques on Dutch Oven cooking,
which I expect we'll get around to this weekend. The last
of my cooking implements showed up yesterday; a lid lifter.
cooking, there's nothing to lifting a lid, unless you're doing a
casserole in the oven, in which case a mitt of some kind makes
sense. But, since the search "dutch over" +"burned
fingers" came up with 104,000 hits, I decided that lifting a lid
which could have up to 14 pieces of charcoal blazing away on it,
was maybe something best done with the right tool, hence the lid
with the "made in China" sticker, which was disappointing.
Not that Chinese can't weld and bend metal...they do that just
fine. But isn't there anything made for the masses
coming out of these Untied (sic) States anymore?
Since you may be
tempted to try some Dutch Ovening yourself, there are a couple
of handy pointers on
how to judge Dutch temperatures on this page here. See
"Hand Method" (which may not be too accurate, depending on
how much cooking wine the chef has taken in and his/her
tolerance to pain). The other thing on the page is a
calculator, based on oven size and desired temp seems more
accurate, but I'm not sure how plain old East Texas hardwood
sawn up and coaled translates into briquettes.
Not sure how
people ever 'made it West' a hundred & fiddy-odd years ago
without Java runtimes, but that's another problem for another
of the day which has me reaching for Hildebrandt's "Inorganic
Chemistry" (an oldie but goodie) which can still be found on
Amazon for under $5-bucks.
My beef bourguignon (recipe follows) is made with a liter bottle
of cheap jug wine which is what?
A hand goes up
in the back of the class and a small voice says "Acids leach out
impurities from metal?" Bingo, bongo! Gold star for
hungry just thinking about this...
A pound or two of stew
meat per person. Elaine usually insists on getting a
roast (even with some fat on it) and cutting it up for me
since she doesn't trust butchers to put anything other than
trimmed leftover into stew meat. near as I got it
figured, Elaine read
Upton Sinclair as a kid, or if not that, maybe she
skipped the parts in Hildebrand's on effects of extended
high temperatures, as in stewing of meats. Or, there's
always the chance that she
read up on
Prions and wants nothing to do with most meats anyway,
but that gets into a whole other column and it's not nearly
as satisfying to carnivores likes (ahem) you-know-who.
About here, though, you can get to the heart of why my
shopping trips take 10-minutes (max) at the store while hers
are more like science field trips - we discovered about
10-years ago that we were partially 'shopping incompatible'
but the rest makes up for it. Where was I? Oh
getting unstuck from the meat section of the store) a romp
through the veggies is fun: A bag (2 pounds) of
carrots, a good assortment of potatoes (red or Yukon Golds
are best since they stew without falling apart like Russets
and other types with a fluffy constitution), a couple of
white onions - large (which paradoxically have a higher
sugar content than yellow onions, which sounds wrong, but I
read that somewhere. A few stalks of celery, a large
box of fresh mushrooms, and for fun you can throw in other
items, like sliced up yellow squash, but only in the last
half-hour of cooking, otherwise soft veggies tend to mush
up, too much---or did I say too mush?
Bakery section pick up
a loaf of Fresh french bread.
Last stop is the
beverage aisle where you're looking for two bottles of wine.
One liter is for the stew, the other for the cook.
There's a huge debate here about whether when cooking with
wine the outcome is dependent on the quality of wine used.
I've tried just about everything and frankly, the quality of
the meat makes more difference than anything. Just
about any red wine works, just so long as it's not a sweet
(or fortified wine like Night Train). If you've been
appalled by the Upton Sinclair reference earlier and you're
doing this with chicken, cut the stewing time to one hour
and use a white wine. Don't even think about it with
seafood. I tend to get the cheapest wine for the stew,
the better wine for the cook.
Brown meat, throw in all
the cut up veggies in whatever size you want. Usually I
don't cut up very much at all - the nature of being lazy, I
suppose. Hell: If the meats cut up, the onions are
quartered, and the celery is cut into 1½
" hunks, that's about all the honest work I'm good for.
The pre-cleaned carrots get a quick rinse with a splash of
vinegar (which drains off upon rinsing) which may (or may not)
kill off some pesticides. Cut up the 'taters" Nope.
Too much work. Same with the mushrooms. Those the
damn things in whole and be done with it.
Seasoning is another matter.
3/8th's of a teaspoon each of Rosemary, Parsley, Sage, and 3-5
Bay leaves (whole) spaced evenly throughout. A half
teaspoon of fresh-cracked black pepper and then dump the whole
bottle of wine in.
Bring to boil, simmer for 3½ hours
to 6-weeks on low/simmer but still the odd bubble, until the
meat falls apart with a harsh look or the mere proximity of a
Two things ruin this dish: adding
salt in the cooking process - this makes the meat tough-as-nails
and there's no hope once that happens. The other thing is
using meat that is too lean. If you use a really
lean cut of round steak, for example, your cardiologist will
love you because it's a low fat meal with high fiber.
However, your guests may rebel and remark on the dry - sometimes
as much as near powdery texture the meat gets. The only
cure for this is more wine (or other liquids) at dinner.
Serve with fresh French bread and
unsalted butter (keeps the cardio crowd somewhat in check) and
give away prizes, like a new car, trip to Jamaica, or whatever's
laying around the house as door prizes for the guests who get
the Bay leaves. Since we're in a Depression, instead of
new cars and vacations, we've been reduced to first dibs on
dessert. Oh, and I fish out the Bay leaves ahead of time
just to be safe. Haven't given away a car or vacation
since I figured that out.
Don't remember if I put this in the
Second Depression cookbook, or not, but that was probably too
many pages to print off and do anything with, besides, don't
think I linked it to the leaching from the Dutch Oven.
think the two I put in that cookbook
(free PDF, here, scroll down to "Reader Recipes and Such")
was the firehouse noodle dish and the SST Sandwich.
This stew is definitely worth
trying, I promise...and if I'm repeating myself, its because I'm
so hungry this morning my stomach has been sending questions to
my brain like "Have you been gagged and bound by gunmen or
something? Where's my chow?" Shhh!!! That'll have to
wait until we get back from a trip to you know where...
Friday at the WuJo
interesting - and true near as I can figure - report out of
husband retired he took a part time job reading gas meters
in a town called Squamish, north of Vancouver. He took his
bicycle in the back of his truck, it was a 30 minute ride
from our home on the north shore of Vancouver. He either
walked or rode his bicycle to read the meters, only nine
days a month. During the course of a year he began to find
either a dime, or change adding to ten cents in the most
unusual areas. The clinchers were on top of a Hollyburn
mountain trail at the base of a tree , a nickel and five
pennies and at the Aberdeen Mall in Richmond, a place we had
never been before or since, in the parking lot as he opened
the car door, a dime.
I immediately opened my I Ching
and "Synchronicithy as Spiritual Guidance" by Mark Thurston
to learn that 10 or 1 means new beginnings.
We lived on the North Shore, at
the edge of the forest, with a spectacular view for 40 years
with no intentions of moving. One day my husband was outside
gardening when a new neighbour approached and asked if we
would be interested in selling our home, his daughter was
getting married and they would like to have her near. We
thought well, let them look at the home, see what happens.
The young man said this house has good karma and offered us
cash, no real estate fee, no subjects to! We said yes! We
found a house, near our friends, on the Sechelt Inlet and
needless to say we feel were placed here and have had no
regrets. Incidentally, my grandfather and father logged here
in 1912. Oh, and my husband has not found a dime since
I suggested a
couple of possible reasons to the writer: One was that
Universe was simply "dropping a dime" on them, to put it in the
parlance of an old-time detective movie; as in "If you see, or
hear anything, drop a dime onh me" (meaning to call from a
payphone). However, I don't think Universe would risk
that, since although the couple involved may be old enough to
remember pay phones and dimes, Universe has to be a lot hipper
than that so I offered explanation #2.
choice was that Universe was telling them in so many hints "here
comes change...now get off the dime and change..." That's my
The third choice
is that whoever was buying their morning coffee and going for a
walk after getting 10-cents worth of change repeatedly,
eventually discovered the hole in the pocket of that pair of
pants at about the same time as the house deals closed.
Least favorite explanation, but there it is. A nod to the
"science rules crowd" which should keep them happy over the
Irwin Allen's Dreams, Redux
Oh, nothing of
particular note in the theater of the dreams last night except
that I was somehow engaged in a conversation/trying to help a
teacher who was trying to teach a classroom full of 'regular
students' all about 'commerce'. This teacher (mid 30's
type, short cropped hair) had problems with his vehicle which we
left the class to go out and work on and to pick up some
classroom supplies. Of course, the 'Vette wasn't starting,
and we didn't get the school supplies, so when we got back to
the class, this teacher tried to get up and explain commerce and
I remember rolling up my sleeves and thinking "my
much folksier and will be much more interesting to this
crowd..." I remember a feeling that a lot of these
students would somehow catch on.
Obviously, not a
roomful of economic policy-makers.
Dying to Know What's Next
(sort of interwoven through the week) on "The Law", "What
happens when we die?" and such, brought in some nice emails to
Having read, enjoyed, and learned much (thank you very much)
from your site for some time now, I feel compelled to write
concerning your latest postings on NDE's, dreams, and so
forth. I just finished reading a most compelling book on
death and dying:
Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris.
years as a hospice R.N., she tells of just some of her first
hand accounts of those who have passed from this life to the
next. I am very particular about which books I add to my
personal library (depending upon the local library for most
of my reading material...lots cheaper and more convenient in
the long run). But after reading this one, I decided to add
it to my collection.
As to your
"Irwin Allen" dreams - please keep us posted. As far back as
I can remember, my own dreams are as vivid as waking life,
in that details, smells, tastes, and all of my senses are
involved while I am dreaming. Sometimes, I learn from my
dreams, too. Thanks again for all of your efforts.
isn't exactly effort - labor of love is more like it.
I had a brief exchange with Dr. Reece Manley (whose
books I referenced in yesterday's report) and asked him "How
would you advise people who are about to die? I mean, what
- based on your best research - should they expect and what
should those bedside maybe offer in support?
hospice clients to simply be aware. They will know the time
when things fade and a cool grey mist descends. I have been
on the phone and at the bedside of clients as they begin the
crossing. There is no fear, it's almost immediately gone as
they approach the crossing. I tell them to be prepared for
their emotions to be overwhelmed. The love we love with is
only a small piece of the Universe's love for us. It is
overwhelming no matter how you prepare yourself, but I know
the tears I've seen cried as people passed were not tears of
fear or regret but simply tears of amazement.
Death is a beautiful, peaceful
experience if planned for and if preparation is possible. Of
course, the lads over in the wars being blown away by
shrapnel may enter into it in a very different matter. But
the AIDS and cancer deaths I have attended have all been
peaceful. And, beautiful.
Live right, die right. But
first I think I'd like to make stew this weekend and get a few
more things off my to-do list.
While none of us knows the hour,
predictive linguistics work I've been involved in (peripherally)
since spring 2001 seems to point to a less than pleasant
November of this year and for several years on from there.
Curtain down, kind of November through 2012 period.
If you haven't read
Cliff's report "Wolf and the other Blitzers, the new War Season,
a terrible choice" which begins "World War 3 is here..."
may be worth a read but it's sobering stuff. Curdle the
I grant you that the linguistics
seem often to overstate things, but eventually, as was the case
in the August read on the December following Banda Aceh quake,
the numbers in the linguistics ("300,000 dead or driven back to
a previous age") eventually showed up in media.
Unless things change dramatically
from the WW 3 track, an alien attack on earth leaving only a
billion dead, would be comparatively a happy ending. Yeah,
the numbers are staggering and never seen a tipping point like
this ever. 9/11 was impact measures minutes worth
of change. This is months and months of that level,
although the main thrust seems like four days.
Which, if you've been paying
attention these past few weeks, explains why we've been talking
so much about ancient roots, the lost Laws of The Way, the path
ahead, and the right way to go in case you're not around a year
I'm figuring our odds are only 60%
of seeing 2011 flip over to 2012 and we're in the boonies out
here - for some reasons that at times seem to verge on paranoia.
And then I read the headlines which only confirm it's the
world's gone crazy, not us sensible humans.
See you Monday (or tomorrow if
you're a Peoplenomics subscriber).
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Implications of a Self Defining Hebrew System
Several times over the
past few weeks, I have made reference to a group I call simply the Jewish
studies group in Canada. Although not composed of highly papered Hebrew
scholars, the group has spent several years refining a discovery they call the
Self Defining Hebrew system. At the core of the system is the concept that
within the basis of Hebrew, there is a definite structure of how words and
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The National Sales Tax Cometh
government has its hand a little too far into your wallet and
your personal life now? Whoa, pahdnah...we've got
us a whole new can of worms this morning as "Obama
suggests value-added tax may be an option" which means...you
guessed it...it's in the works.
explains the principle of the VAT this way:
standard way to implement a VAT is to say a business owes
some percentage on the price of the product minus all taxes
previously paid on the good. If VAT rates were 10%, an
orange juice maker would pay 10% of the £5 per litre price
(£0.50) minus taxes previously paid by the orange farmer
(maybe £0.20). In this example, the orange juice maker would
have a £0.30 tax liability. Each business has a strong
incentive for its suppliers to pay their taxes, allowing VAT
rates to be higher with less tax evasion than a retail sales
tax. Behind this simple principle are the variations in its
implementations, as discussed in the next section."
Which is here if you've managed to keep your
breakfast down after reading this far.
Want to know my
problem with the VAT? No telling yet if it would
replace the income tax, or if this is just a new way to suck
more money out of regular working folks for the elite class who
live on the leverage of money instead of working.
Where this all
goes is simple (and the topic of the Sunday in-depth
Peoplenomics) report this weekend: corporate feudalism.
And if you wonder what that means,
go look up
the history of the old coal-mining song "16 Tons" and you'll
get the idea. But more on that for subscribers this
hear my great idea for a free press? I figure under a VAT
there are few new words and so if we count all the
previous uses of words upon which tax has been paid, how could
there possibly be anything but no VAT on words??? Just
thinking aloud here - and no way that'll ever happen.
would seem to accumulate over time, so maybe there's a new kind
of accounting business that could spring up": Tax regression
analysis - which would go way back in history to see how much
was previously paid in taxes up to some limit, say 4,000 years
But, of course,
ownership of America came at gunpoint, something we tend to wash
over in our thinking, and so too, comes tax enforcement.
It's got to be more than coincidence that VAT and BAD both have
three letters to them, doesn't it? But that gets us to...
Journal post from Wednesday: "The
U.S.’s Least Capitalized Big Bank: The Fed". Of
course, when you can still get ink and paper, I don't see any
Say, you're not
really worried about
the US Buck arriving at its "Havenstein Moment", are you?
are out about how the new US $100 bill unveiled to much pomp and
circumstance looks a little too much like someone else's
currency. See if you can figure this out without too much
new $100 bill might as well be a Euro".
Here's my free -
multimillion dollar - marketing idea of the day. We
declare some kind of fixed exchange to the Euro and call the new
bill the "Hundred Buckaroo". (groans,
faint rim shot heard from the bored drummer)
The (Latest) Big Lie?
Price Index figures are out from the Labor Department this
Producer Price Index for Finished Goods rose 0.7 percent in
March, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. This advance followed a
0.6-percent decline in February and a 1.4-percent increase
in January. At the earlier stages of processing, prices
received by manufacturers of intermediate goods climbed 0.6
percent in March and the crude goods index rose 3.2 percent.
On an unadjusted basis, prices for finished goods advanced
6.0 percent for the 12 months ended March 2010, their
largest year-over-year gain since an 8.8-percent rise in
Let me see here:
finished goods up 6% Year on Year (YoY) and now we have 0.7%
which annualized to 8.73%.
Now here's where
you'll want to keep
Razor away from your wrists: On the one hand, we see
the prices of finished goods are up 6.0% by official figures out
this morning - right?
But on the
other, the same folks in Labor Stats argue in those Consumer
Price Index numbers out last week that (let's quote to be sure I
get this right...):
a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for
All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in March,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the
last 12 months, the index increased 2.3 percent before
So, OK, follow
the logic here: If the prices paid for finished goods are
up 6% and the CPI is up only 2.3%, then the only place I can
figure the money is going is into thinner margins of
retailers...who should be going in the hole 3.7% compared with
year ago earnings levels.
They're not. In fact, some report actual increases.
In fact, the Census Bureau showed this in the March
Census Bureau announced today that
advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for
March, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and
trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were
$363.2 billion, an increase of 1.6 percent (±0.5%) from the
previous month and 7.6 percent (±0.5%) above March 2009.
Total sales for the January through March 2010 period were
up 5.5 percent (±0.3%) from the same period a year ago. The
January to February 2010 percent change was revised from
+0.3 percent (±0.5%)* to +0.5 percent (±0.3%). "
these numbers hang together?
In two words or
less? They don't. At least not superficially.
Goods are up 6%,
CPI is up only 2.3%, and sales of retail are up strongly.
Is there an explanation? Why sure: We are only
seeing the bulk of increases in things that don't translate
immediately/directly into the CPI figures. Either that, or
retailers are generously continuing to cut their margins: NOT.
Maybe I should
maybe go into a treatment program and not come out till
government figures all tie together.
Suggest that the Obama administration to set up a Cabinet
Level "Office of Common Sense dot GOV" to explain a few things
that thinking people worry about...numbers that don't seem to
tie together might be a good starting point.
A PS: Did
I mention that crude goods are up 33.4% - so what's in the
pipeline could be massively inflationary? Yet, despite
that, gold is down, so I can only guess the market will move
lower from the open.
futures are pointing downward...well, I guess that's
reassuring since some things hang together. Inflation
getting to be a good long-term bet? Have to look at gold
and silver options again, maybe...speaking of which...
my commodity guy's blog
were given dates/times of the silver/gold market
manipulations and years worth of score cards which entailed
options expiration of the respected metals. Next week will
be the time when May options in Silver expire. It is noted
that the call options at $18 strike are the most within the
price range of Silver’s current price. The market has
stalled here almost all week. Regardless of dollar upward
movement, silver has been stuck in this rut all week long.
Here is our silver Limbo. We are betting that after the
options expire (4-27). that Silver will take off and blow
Polish Plane Crash Follow-Up
I suppose you've
heard by now that the fellow who shot the video which was
reportedly shot at the crash site -
video which caught what could be gunfire - has been
reportedly killed by assailants.
the Czech report that runway lights were removed after the crash...(You
find the translation site and run it).
Czech'ing on that, a reader sends this:
reporting here from Reuters of the Polish President's plane
posted on the Swissinfo site at 9:02 am April 10, Zurich
time. The plane had crashed at 08:56 am Zurich time that
morning (10:56 am in Smolensk). Here is a
link to Bloomberg noting that Russian Gazprom wishes to
lock Poland into no-recourse fixed gas pricing until 2037
while USA oil companies are attempting to evaluate Poland's
potential for having up to 1.4 trillion cubic meters of
shale gas underground.
coincidental, I tell yah! Oil/gas resources, oppose the
international banksters and not buying enough flu vaccine?
Why that's enough to make any airplane stop flying especially
with landing lights changed out....oh-oh...forgot: this is all
coincidental. Yep...of course. Coincidental.
Mexico's New Economy
Not sure how
this will play out, but
reports are coming out this morning that a hotel in Monterrey
Mexico has been attacked by up to 50 gunmen and many people have
Want to cut off
the Mexican drug gangs? Legalize drugs in the US - get
people counseling and that will take the narcobiz money off the
table. But, of course, this won't happen because there is
too much dough and a fair chunk of it is laundered and sent to
the people who make laws and...well, you know how them dots
connect. Toss in prisons as a growth industry
Pimp My Site Department
Facebook users got some new features rolled out yesterday
including a clickable "like" button - which I'd appreciate
you adding for UrbanSurvival. A little shameless
self-promotion never hurt, just ask Bernie....uhhh...next?
Lots of press
popping up about a topic we covered on Peoplenomics several
weeks back. In the new book Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
has been getting a fair amount of press recently.
Book website is here, but the key thing pointed out by the
subject line from a friend of mine (whose initials are Bob
Bronson) is the question "Do you identify with curiously-based
learning vs. going to school to get educated?"
Gee, bet you
could never guess which way we lean around here.
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Irwin Allen's Newsroom
So, if you read
the post earlier this week about "Irwin Allen's Dream", in which
I laid out dreaming about something having to do with warehouse,
cook, fire, deaths (2), and near someplace called "the Wall" in
the oil services business, things got sorta half-way interesting
on Wednesday when, in the aftermath of the rig fire in Louisiana
when emails like this one started to come in:
a note, I used to work in the oil fields (boat captain) in
LA down by Fourchon and just outside of Fourchon as you come
out is a section of oil wells called "the wall" because on
the radar, there are so many wells it looks like a wall or
line on your radar. There is a section where boats can pass
called the "hole in the wall". When I read about the oil
platform explosion in LA, it rang a bell! Take care,,, Capt.
About here, I
got to wondering, so how did my 'dream' come up specifically
with a 'cook' being involved/prominent?
And then along
comes the story out of Associate Press coverage here...
Eugene waited with nine family members for husband Kevin
Eugene, 46, a cook on the Deepwater Horizon. A catering
company operating on the rig notified her he was safe."
Maybe the reason
that dream didn't contain any fear was that seems
the cook is OK... But still, very
interesting, but whether it's meaningful to have a dream
like this and then have an event come along which hits on some
of the key words within 24-hours, well, that's
interesting, but of course Junior Scientist in my asks "Is it
So I went back
to my private "Irwin Allen" theater (sleep) last night to see
what else could be captured in the way of approaching events.
segments, one in particular seems to have the same 'flavor'
(similar-production values for a lack of a better ways of
putting it...) of the "cook/fire/arson/the wall" dream.
I think the mistake I made with my first Irwin Allen Dream post
was I reported on my sense of what was behind the dream -
in other words, I should stick to noting only those items which
are visible & significant and try not to 'see beyond' the actual contents
for contexts. Being a time monk in training helps a lot,
it turns out, trying to understand the subtle ways of the future.
distinctly recallable elements of one segment from last night
A woman is
involved and she's not a young woman; rather she's
approaching social security age, but not there yet.
to grapple with what/how much information is to put onto a
single card - like an identity card.
was quite specific about the three elements that were being
grappled with in terms of what's going on the card:
Social Security information, military service information,
and driver's license data. Some - but just a hint - of
(floating around in the dream) the concept of 'holes' and
somehow computers/computer systems were tied into this.
was wearing tan/light brown/camel-colored cloths - a woman's
also some air of controversy and pressure being felt
by the woman on how to get the right information to fit just
figured (with waking/logical mind) that this means sometime in
the near future, say between now and Monday) we might get
treated to a woman figure somewhere unveiling a national ID card
concept, or that maybe the whole national ID controversy will
spring back into the public mindset over the next few days....at
least, that'd be the nickel bet down at the Casino of Life.
recallable portion of last night's dream dealt with a former
co-worker - someone I haven't thought about for years - going
into the hospital and knowing the outcome of that. I'll
try to track him down today and inquire as to how things are
going...but if he's in a hospital and planning to go in for
surgery, I'll let you know.
There was enough
of a 'fit' around what I saw in my dream (Sunday night) and the
oil/gas rig explosion and fire Monday night that I'm back to
pondering how thin the veil might be between the 'here and now'
and the 'then and there'.
As usual, when
I'm on the 'right path' in any of my "coping section" writings,
Universe drops hints that this is somehow the right thing
to be writing about. Don't know how much you've gotten
into the Self-Defining Hebrew Project at
www.thechronicleproject.org which I referenced yesterday, or
how far you've gotten into tracking back to times before Egypt
with the Austine Waddell books I recommended a while back which
traced the history of the Sumeria/Aryans (which we have
foreshortened to 'Sumarians') but there seems to be a continuum
One of the big
"Oh, so that's how things might work...", for
example, is that has become
evident to me is that at some 'level-above-humans' in the here
and now, there is a huge emphasis on The Law. All
of which has me wondering if The Law, which in the Old Testament
was lost in Egyptian times (prior to Exodus) may not have
been lost considerably earlier and it just got
're-issued/reminded' on the mountain with Moses.
So my two
questions for the studies group is whether the time reference
was specifically to Egypt (the place) or whether the loss
of The Law from the original terraforming crew was actually lost
over a longer period than 70-odd years - maybe back to
Vedic, Chaldean, Sanskrit times?
At any rate,
Universe seems bound by whatever The Law is to only
drop hints about things. Not sure why that is, but
both sides of the Big/Cosmic rulebook (and Dance) seem to say that The
Law must be followed which would neatly explain why when (in
this case, the bad/evil side) do something, there are always
hints laid out in plain sight about what's coming - and often
far enough in advance that few people see the "Due Notice"
function. Not sure how it all works, but it seems to be part of The Law.
Universe/The Ruler of All, and The Supremes (Malak) are mostly
limited to dropping hints, when hints are really obvious - like
an email popping in as I write on a particular subject - and I
mean at the exact moment I'm writing it - then I figure
there must be something significant to be passed on. (Or,
it's the bad side/evil) Nakhash/Luciferian side...again, no
telling how this works, since I may have missed some fine print
in The Law somewhere along the way.)
Don't mean to get too long-winded about this, but it's really
both complicated and simple, how Universe seems to work.
The underlying principal is that The Laws are only now
coming into focus and the laws of physics are a fine
example. We've gone from basic theory, to Newton, to
Einstein to Schrodinger to CERN and at each step along the way
the real (i.e. underlying) Law comes closer into view -
except of course, it gets fuzzier, too...which may be part of
the grand joke (or is it the challenge?) of Total Law for
everything, everywhere, every time, every dimension.
Not sure if
that's a fasting, abstinence, roast a bowl, pour-me-another-one,
or back to Irwin Allen's newsroom kind of problem to sort out.
The (serendipitous) mail that
popped in this morning was from Advocate Publishing, and this
particular hint/slap/reminder timed so gracefully by Universe
was to mention the book "Crossing Twice" by Dr. Reece Manley,
which according to this email which popped in:
Twice first gained fame by winning Top Book of November from
Pacific Book Review, a general book review. The book was
then brought to the attention of IANDS and they ran it in
their journal. Next, Rev. Dick Dinges endorsed it as "the
most descriptive and inspiring" NDE on record."
The books (two
volumes worth) are available from Amazon as Crossing Twice: Answers from the Source: The Journey to the After Life and the Wisdom Brought Back (Volume 1)
Crossing Twice: Answers from the Source (Volume 2).
(for a couple of buck more) offers autographed versions, too.
mind goes off wondering, what is IANDS that's referred to in yon
email? I sort of suspected it would be something like the
International Association for Near-Death Studies" and sure
enough, that's what it is and their website is located here.
A quick view of
the site says, yep, plenty of additional reading to be done here
including discovering that a 2-part documentary on the
near-death experience is about to his New Tang Dynasty
Television (in China) with a potential for 200-milloion
So, not sure if
Universe wanted me to pass on the book or whether just a
news item to be tucked away that some porti8on of up to
200-million more humans may be partially awakened to the larger
reality (within which this little one operates, apparently) as
part 1 goes on tomorrow and seems like part two goes on a week
interesting stuff, however still taken with a healthy dose of
skepticism. After all, I remember the book How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life.
publication of the breakthrough book on the subject, Dr. Raymond
Moody's Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death
(circa 1976 or so is when I interviewed Moody) there has been
all kinds of scientific explanation of why Life After Life may
be a kind of hallucinogenic kind of event.
brain cranks out DMT, for example, would seem to fit. The
leading edge on this is probably still near
DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences.
That offered, there's another one of those pesky Laws
that we seem to be slowly sorting out that has to do with the
conservation of energy - and that gets us back to where does
human energy go at the time of death. Way? Away,
Regardless, I have
had plenty of dreams of a very personal and specific nature
(like knowing when my youngest daughter was in the
hospital as a dream/vision when I was hundreds of miles away and
not near any telephone or communications device) and the odd
semi-fitted segment that seems to fit following events, that I
find myself still groping around in the dark looking for more of
Jung's synchronicity. From personal experience, there's a
seldom-used, but still workable 'phone line' between humans that
comes to life (for now) mainly at times of extreme stress...but
with enough tension and pressure in our lives (not to mention
EMF field densities and such) that seems to be a kind of
'personal 9/11' that works only between connected humans.
If you haven't
read up on that, there's a fine (not overly academic read) in
Chapter 4 of "Synchronicity : Through the Eyes of Science, Myth and the Trickster
has part posted at
books.Google./com has a good snip of online here, depending
on your personal library budget.
As we get on
toward the weekend, I'll be the guy surfing channels trying to
woman in the light brown outfit trying to figure out stacking of
Social Security, military service, and driving records/license
info onto a single card. Maybe she'll be on the Sunday
news channel talking-head circuit defending National ID
cards...but something like that. She seems quite worried
about the balancing act.
Oh, and if you
happen to catch a better glimpse of Jung's
and how to
dime in that Wurlitzer, please send it along. Trying
to feel along the path slowly is lots of work and painfully
Son, George II,
not finding an EMT gig in the Seattle area, for now, is planning
in a month to do a couple of weeks of public service time in
Haiti. Says it will be a chance to test his skills to
their limits. Plans to rent a satphone and send
pix...which we'll post if it happens. Never know about
Greeced and Ready?
Can't help but
notice a good chunk of the headlines in financial sources today
deal with the "Euro
drops against Dollar as talks being on aid for Greece" and
other such maneuverings as efforts continue to find the right
One of the
possibilities is hitting up some EU countries, but
the German Economy Minster says they haven't requested aid yet.
Off in the
people holding Greek paper seem to be searchin g for the next
greater fools... and no, I sort of doubt the
Bulgarian/Greek plans to copromote tourism to
Rhodopes will solve a lot, although looks like a spot worth
Air travel is turning back on in Europe today, but slowly
and the losses are largish.
much going on other than crude inventories coming out at 10:30
this morning and this could be just one boring-as-hell day in
the markets barring some actual news happening.
best Greece'd and ready for whatever comes next, besides a
possible backslide after yesterday's rally. The real
action for the week will have to wait for tomorrow when
president O (oh, not zero) comes out with his "defining
finance reform speech" tomorrow. Oh goodie.
finance...Howard Hill's latest posting (I get up earlier than
Howard) is another chapter from his book and this
one is called "Invisible Leverage" and you absolutely have to
read it or go wandering around economically ignorant...which
doesn't seem to bother 306.4 million Americans much...
even if you scroll down to the bottom of the entry for
definitions of terms like prime broker, notional, and side
pocket investments, you'd be far ahead of most.
But that gets us
around to the great fleecing and something we can sink our teeth
into a little bit today as the
futures are even to down slightly...
Best Gov't Money Can Buy Department
Once upon a
time, the republicorps a/k/a the GOP stood for smaller central
government and strong of Constitutional issues including 'that
piece of paper' and civil rights. Once upon a time it was
worth supporting, but then I liked Ike. However, the latest headlines that "GOP
seeks SEC records on Goldman" seem to leave a bad taste in
my mouth. Why, it's almost like the GOP is coming
to the defense of Goldman by just asking such questions.
Must be an election nearby, huh?
But then again,
this ain't Pappy's Republican Party. This one gave up on
small central government long ago, balanced budgets were off'ed long
before Bush (you figure out if I'm talking I or II, too early
for me), and once pro Constitution leanings seem to have been replaced by the
realization that regular little folks (like you & me) don't part with
their dough as easily as some big name corporations some of which gave
around a million to each side of the last presidential
contest (if my memory is not completely gone) which gets
cheerfully accepted as a down payment for later 'access'.
I couldn't help
but notice that cong. Darrell Issa's contributions to his campaign are about
52% from political action committees of late, but more
interestingly, I don't see a lot of dough coming into to his
campaign here lately from insurance, finance, and banking
top dollars seem to be coming from Defense Electronics and
Casinos & Gambling interests. However there
doesn't seem to be much from real estate, finance, and banking types.
Seeing as this
is an election year - and thanks to
giving the public an eyes-on view of this stuff, question is,
will that change?
Want to see someone
working over the wallets of the bankster class more effectively? Go check
"financial reformer" Chris Dodd.
OpenSecrets shows in his top five industries for support over
the past five years have been 1) Securities and investment
(a/k/a/ Wall St.), 2) Lawyers and Law firms (representing whom?
Or, do lawyers just give away money and do lots of pro bono
inside the Beltway? 3) Insurance, 4) real estate, and 5
(you'll love this...) Commercial banks. Wonder what
Dodd will do with that $3.7 million cash-on-hand when he
leaves office? Be fun to watch where that goes, huh? Issa
should make notes on Dodd's stable of
supporters...er....check-writers...or has he already?
So while some on
the right may ask for documents about Goldman's contacts with
the White House and elsewhere, near as I can figure, this is
just two sides to the same old political (protection racket)
coin: Contribute or headlines will come.
I've said it before, and
I'll say it again: Elections in the USA should be limited
only money from inside congressional districts or inside
states for senators and no corporate or special interest/PAC money.
changes, we might as well put elections on eBay and let the
corporate bidders and the PAC rats spend away in plain sight/realtime.
I'm pretty sure a few million thinking Americans see the
bidding process for what it is and have stepped aside in
disgust.... which is why around here, we, call that whole pile
of people inside the Beltway "corpgov".
Recrudescent is a medical term which goes to the idea of
'becoming raw again' after a period of quiescence. Like
politics becomes raw again as we get closer to E day now.
Domestic Terrorism Front?
23-people arrested (so far) in the Hemet California area
suspected of attacks against police. Not sure if this
is a white supremacist group or just gangs trying to lay blame
off on the people who want less porous borders...I suppose
that'll come out over time. Office pool?
Good News/Bad News
US cars are better than Asian cars now claims a poll.
Bhe bad? Didn't stop
Chrysler from bleeding $187 mil Q1.
I'd buy another
Chrysler product, but the local dealership in Palestine, Texas
was one of those which lost its dealership rights and I'm still
pissed about that. Can't get my truck serviced...end up
doing it myself and that cuts into beer time.
Irwin Allen's Dreams, Redux
Cornwall (Fal Ria) yet, but there
was an oil platform explosion and 11 or 12 are missing in a
Louisiana oil rig blast about 10 PM last night. Has me
rereading my dream notes from Monday.
Or, is it Bond
Whoa's!? The BBC reporting the "James
Bond film suspended amid MGM uncertainty".
Yes, I've told the readers who sent in that tip "Indicates more
serious trouble in the Bond market, doesn't it?"
(rim shot, groans)
Gotta wonder what the
impact of political correctness and inflation would have been on
Ian Flemming's series if written today? Character names
would have to be changed to cope with inflation, for sure.
Octopussy would have to be updated to Fiddypussy, and Moneypenny
would have to be Moneydime. But this gets us off into a
discussion of what (pardon this) these inflatable dolls ought to
be named in current times, and somehow that just seems, oh, you
know...tacky. And we never do that, around here, do
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Alien Wars' Start Tomorrow
Say, not to ruin
your day early on (although that's never stopped me before) but
seems as though one of the long-term web bot hits is about to
smack us upside the head tomorrow. And that is? The
Alien Wars meme.
Oh yeah, for
more than a year (two or three I think it is, not all of it
published) there's been this part of predictive linguistics that
points (within the SpaceGoatFart entity/bit bucket
where all non-Earthly stuff lands) this meta set that is
encapsulated under the term "alien wars".
I refer to this
because of the headline from
Debka.com this morning which announces "Secret US Air Force
unmanned space plane set for launch" which we note isn't
much of a 'secret" anymore and has been pushed back to tomorrow
due to weather.
Not exactly 'alien wars'?
Well, there's the one sentence in particular I'd draw your
attention to that's has me worried I've tripped over one of
those 'truth-hidden-in-plain-sight" kind of things:
military experts describe the X-37B as the first unmanned
space craft able to carry out combat missions outside
Don't know if
you have looked at
some of the raw footage over at Ed Grimsley's site but it
seems there's a whole bunch of activity going on overhead which
is acting non-terrestrial. Oh sure, there's speculation
that it's either an off-planet breakaway civilization from
here or it's an off-planet group from elsewhere.
But, as one of the Star Trek characters used to say
"Insufficient data, Capt'n".
I'm sure you've
followed the exploits of various writers who have claimed that
we never went to the moon in what, 1969 wasn't it?
Moreover, there are plenty of people on the net lately who have
been speculating that the first moon missions actually saw
something on the backside of the moon (as in once inhabited
speculation that 'reptilians' who have had us warming up the
planet to make it a little more hospitable (global warming) have
instructed us not to go back to the moon, which - say
current conspiracy theories floating about - is why president
Obama scrubbed the US going back to the Moon although curiously
China is moving aggressively ahead with Moon missions.
Moon real estate for bonds? You tell me.
I won't kid you:
Stories under headlines like ""Figures.
Obama's NASA Speech Completely Staged - No NASA Employees
Allowed to Attend" last week was extremely interesting.
Especially when read back-to-back with "Neil
Armstrong blasts Obama's 'devastating' NASA cuts".
And this has
what to do, exactly, with the Economy and longwave economics?
we've been sinking into a second Depression since the Dow (and
other averages) peaked (on a purchasing power/inflation adjusted
basis) in early 2000, here we are 10-years later needing some
kind of major economic stimulus to drag the country back into
production and growth. While the Healthscare Bill night do
part of it, there's a lot more since the economy can't get
completely circular (shoemakers selling shoes to other
shoemakers, or in this case, doctors doctoring doctors) so we
need a good off-planet enemy.
And to do that,
we need war-fighting machinery.
Which is why
tomorrow's launch of the X-37B is so cool. It starts
to fill a linguistic set that has all kinds of alien wars (e.g.
off planet militarization) going on. I assume you had
enough school and enough curiosity to figure out the asteroid
belt was from a planet which was blown up the last time 'alien
wars' went hot?
Now, go click
www.thechronicleproject.org (very slow loading) which is the
little Jewish studies group up in Canada which has been busy
rediscovering the Self Defining Hebrew System. Not saying
they're right, but their work (reconstructing Genesis
from the 22 letters of SDHS Hebrew) seems to indicate that
Earth was a terraforming project way back when. And that
fits with what? Oh, how about alien wars?
The go read "Disclosure:
Aryans, Mars, and the End of Days" an interview with Jay
Of course, all
this started to get traction in the 1990's when Graham Hancock's
book Fingerprints of the Gods
came out raising all kinds of questions about conventional/peer
reviewed archeology worked. We saw recently how well peer
review worked out in climate studies...
So is there
really going to be 'alien wars'? Well, time wise, now's
about when we should be seeing a prequel/pre-echo of what's to
come later on this year. And there's your off planet
combat talk starting up.
While I'm not
going to tell you that something like this will happen,
let's just say that the linguistic fill has begunst (sic) and
things are looking up, more than ever.
Great Balls of Fire?
Wisconsin fireball last weekend?
believe they're calling it a meteor--that's exactly what I
saw lo these many moons ago as a sophomore coming home from
the University of Wyoming late one night...
I tend to think it's Jay
Weidner's 'tall white pre-apocalypse terrestrials' getting
the hell out of Dodge...or ferrying their ilk out..."
So sayeth a
reader from her days at U Wyoming. Don't let her read
about the alien wars timing... say, that wasn't wreckage from a
shoot-down, was it?
Ure Advertising Policy
If you're really
wide awake this morning, you'll notice that there's a link to
Emergency Essentials down at the bottom of the few ads that this
site sports. The small number of folks that actually buy
anything from advertisers actually contributes to keeping the
lights on around here. But, unlike some site where ads
come from fancy servers and such, this one comes from the heart.
The reason is I
did a lot of shopping around for long-term storable foods about
4-years ago...wanted to have enough to last a full season.
Beside planting our own garden (and having a year or two 'in the
can' with heritage seeds from Everlasting Seeds), a sun oven,
and so on, we also wanted a store of both red and white wheat,
rolled oats, and some MRE's and freeze-dried foods....so we got
them from Emergency Essentials. Don't know if Scotty is
still there - forgot to ask, but just darned good people.
At the moment,
they're having a sale on Mountain House freeze-dried products
and they've got some pretty good deals. Back when I was
living on my sailboat (pre-Elaine) I kept a stock of
freeze-dried beef stroganoff on the boat. All it takes to
prepare is hot water and on a sailboat, especially when
single-handing a boat, there's not much better than a hot meal
with not much effort.
Yeah, we can go
into the discussion about how fresh-cooked meals are this or
that, but if you have a boat or RV, seems to me that having a
good stock of meals-on-the-fly is a good thing. And at the
house, we have 220 gallons of water in those blue water barrels.
Now and then I
get inquiries from folks (often in financial services) who will
ask me "Would you consider selling me ad space on your site?"
Answer is no. Reason? This site is about finance and
the second Depression and about being prepared.
straightforward about advertising...if it's on the right side of
the page, it's people I've done business with, or in the case of
the Open ECG Project, it's people who are doing so much good as
to deserve broad public support.
people ask now and then, I thought I should write it
down...these are people we personally use. We got our
radiation survey meter from Shane over at
www.KI4u.com and so forth.
I call my
approach the "reputational filter". May be quirky, but
that's how things are around here.
about mentioning the Silly Con Valley lost
Apple 4G iPhone prototype that's been getting so much ink (or is
that pixels?) in the tech-blogosphere.
"How can I cover
the event, so as to have people fully informed of what's going
on and yet, not also become a me-too writer on a topic only of
interest to people who insist on carrying electric dog leashes
(cell phones) around?"
Universe came through with the one word (from the
UrbanDictionary.com word of the day email) that tells the whole
story in one word:
Good News for Lawyers
The story that "Goldman
Tops Forecast, With $3.46 Billion in Earnings" means
something really simple to me: They ought to have the
dough to buy good lawyers for their SEC showdown.
But it's not
just Goldman. Why, all those lawyers ostensibly
representing We the People are
busily arguing about 'financial reform' and I have no idea
how many lawyers that will keep busy.
But, now we come
to the latest of Ure's New Economic theories. After
careful study, I have concluded that Lawyers are going to lead
the economic recovery!
Sure! A search of Google's news items shows 58,748 hits on
the word "lawyer" and 88,100 for the word "attorney". By
comparison, there were only 97.330 hits for "workers" but since
most lawyers have at least one paralegal, I figure right
there we have a huge boost coming for the economy.
Of course, the
reason is obvious when I think it through. There are
147,500 stories in the Googlemeister's news box this morning
related to "law"
while there were only 9 hits for the phrase "common
Peace scores 52,937 stories. War scores
169,753 when I looked.
On Monday, The
Conference Board released its monthly report on leading economic
indicators and it points to a recovery:
But wait - check
Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board:
“The U.S. LEI has risen steadily for a year, and its
six-month growth rate has remained fairly stable in recent
months – led by improvements in financial and labor market
indicators. Payroll employment made its first substantial
contribution to the coincident economic index, suggesting a
recovery that is beginning to gain traction.”
Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board: “The
indicators point to a slow recovery that should continue
over the next few months. The leading, coincident and
lagging series are rising. Strength of demand remains the
big question going forward. Improvement in employment and
income will be the key factors in whether consumers push the
recovery on a stronger path.”
I don't want to
suggest that Leading Economic Indicators might be a little
misleading (or off base), but the LEI has been recovering nicely
since 13-months ago and I'm not seeing the improvement in the
jobs picture and last time I checked, foreclosures were heading
Oh - and
improvement in the jobs picture? 'Scuse me? 167,000
Census workers, was it? Still 9.x percent unemployment?
Worse, the "U.S.
Housing Program Fails to Stem Foreclosures, Watchdog Says"
headlines a BusinessWeek story this morning. But it goes
deeper than that.
doesn't measure your well-being. It measures numbers, but
as my deflationist pal Jas Jain keeps reminding: In a
credit based economy, if credit creation isn't stable to
increasing, you're not going to have a recovery.
considered are building permits... but little growth there, and
things like new durable goods order? That impacts Japan,
Korea, Mexico, and India more than here, the way I figure it.
The whole handbook of how LEI is figured is 156 pages and is
online here. skip to page 75 for 1996 Indicators Close
Up and you can see other areas where distortion might occur -
counting initial unemployment claims, but what about the
long-term unemployed who haven't gotten a job yet?
Things like that
bother me. Not saying LEI is wrong, just saying it
doesn't completely square with street-level economics or my
vastly simpler: family unemployment index which although it has
improved, has done so at on average, about 17% lower pay.
LEI might improve...but where the pull through spending?
Don't bet too much on it being there are previous levels.
So when I read
through the remarks of Fed governor Elizabeth Duke on Monday
where she said...
the best efforts of bankers and regulators, small
businesses are still finding it difficult to obtain credit.
A recent study conducted by the National Federation of
Independent Business (NFIB) found that only about half of
the small employers who attempted to borrow in 2009 received
all the credit they wanted. Nearly one-quarter received no
credit at all. A similar study in 2005 found nearly 90
percent of small employers had most or all their credit
needs met, and only 8 percent obtained no credit. Even
though conditions in financial markets have continued to
improve this year, access to credit remains restricted for
many smaller businesses.
Several factors are contributing
to the reduced supply of bank loans. For instance, in
response to an increase in the number of delinquent and
nonperforming loans, many banks have reduced existing lines
of credit sharply and have tightened their standards and
terms for new credit. In other cases, banks whose capital
has been eroded by losses or who have limited access to
capital markets may be reducing risk assets to improve their
capital positions, especially amid continued uncertainty
about the economic outlook and possible future loan losses.
But the reduction in the
availability of credit is not the whole story. There is also
less demand for credit by sound firms. As businesses reduced
inventory levels and capital spending, they tended to pay
down debt and build cash positions. Indeed, in the most
recent NFIB study, 34 percent of businesses reported lower
sales as their biggest problem while only 3 percent cited
lack of credit. And while some potential borrowers seek less
credit, others are no longer qualified to borrow. Weakened
balance sheets, reduced income, falling real estate
collateral values, and in some cases, a recent history of
payment problems have made it difficult for some businesses
and consumers to qualify for loans, especially under the
current stricter standards. "
...it says to me
"Is there a gap between LEI (which could be respelled a little
differently, I think) and what the real world is foretelling?"
seem blinded by numbers and here's the news flash:
Exported jobs making imported goods is not a growing economy.
It's further collapse waiting to happen. LEI or spelled some
other way....time oughta tell on this one, but my money's still
on double dip, even once the market gets up to our best case Dow
11,245 expectations for the Big La Bouncsky.
figure at best, we have a recovery lead by lawyers, repo men,
and government employees. This is change, huh?
Jerry Brown is trying to get Moody's - the rating outfit - to
comply with a state subpoena which seeks to find out how they
were involved in the state's housing meltdown.
I have a great
sense of humor and all, but airline bailouts?
OMG, not another bailout plan...
Not that I'm
completely insensitive to this...I suppose we could recover the
whole of the world's economy if we'd all just open bed &
breakfasts that operate 6-months out of the year and all go
traveling.... but then we get almost to "Dr Ron's Leisure Class"
idea...which is where we seem to be headed anyway.
I assume you saw
the headline that the "Ash
fallout worse than 9/11: official"? With all due
respect to IATA, the volcano is not going to spawn a
whole new security/war-making industry...and no, no one at the
airport is going to ask "Anyone shove any hot lava into your
luggage when you weren't looking?"
Besides, laws of
physics are still in place: It's a lot more energy
efficient to push a ton of cargo (11.76 average 170 pound air
passengers) across a state on steel rails and steel wheels than
it is to launch half a million pounds of aluminum into the sky
on the pretext that the difference between lower pressure on the
upper side of a wing compared with the lower side is worth it.
Is there that
much to be in such a damn hurry for? There's an art to
sailing ships and trains get to the heart of the city (as any
New Yorker knows) so if volcanoes remind us to keep our feet on
the ground, well, that's ain't all bad.
Unless you own
or have an airline, car rental, airplane, airplane engine maker,
restaurant, or an aircraft electronics job (mostly exported, I
Developing world is running out, says a new report.
The planet, meantime, is happily screwing its way into
oblivion...food, water... I think it was Jay Hanson who wrote on
the Dieoff.org site a long
time ago. Something to the effect that we don't have a
shortage of resources, what we have is a longage of
reason, the US
Drought Monitor (here) hasn't been looking bad lately.
However, an alert reader says
in the UK the whole issue of sustainable food seems to have
gotten politicized a couple of months back. Amazing,
The Bigger Problem Is....
A number of
readers are back to sending me websites claiming that the real
problem of 2012 will be something really big - and earth
impacting - flying by our little rock.
Not saying they
are wrong because another reader sends this 'blast from the
remember those huge - 250,000 occupant - Chinese shelters
were all scheduled to be finished by December this year?
The one press article said ten
were to be completed in the Beijing area, while another
article did not give any total for those being built in
Yeah - and what
about those huge civil defense shelters the Russians built?
Why do I have the feeling there's so much more to 2012 than
we're being told, huh?
Oh, Look Surprised
Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission member
seem likely to place the recently dead in a plane crash
president of Poland. Gee...who would ever have suspected?
Of course the
crash was an accident -- a brilliantly timed, massively
inconvenient accident but.....gosh, why question the Matrix?
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Spring Ranch Chores
onto the office is finally mostly done - a light fixture to add
today but it adds a couple of hundred square feet of space and
looks like part of the building - which was the intent.
never been a big fan of additions with too much of a 'cobbled on
But that gets me
to the question of what this year's property tax bill should
look like, and near as I can reckon, that should be about
the same amount as last year's. However, governments being
governments, there are
plenty of stories starting to pop up like this one, that inform
us "Property tax bills rise even as home values fall".
county commissioner I know here in Texas (of a different county)
explained the process to me...although this year, our home's
assessed valuation here is down 3.1% and our adjoining land is
down almost 15%, so I can't really kick.
But, my point is
that in some places around the country, the real economics of
property are being distorted so I decided to jot down a list
some of the property tax arguments you might want to consider if
your tax bill goes up this year, instead of down like
it should most places:
Sale Prices: Although a few piece of property will
increase in sales price (fool's and their gold theory), what
has the countyh-wide change in property prices been?
(This ought to expand the boundaries beyond simply my
adjoining piece of land).
of Bank Owned Property: The way I look at it,
property which is owned by a bank and has been repo'ed, or
is in foreclosure shouldn't be counted as part of the
comparables ('comps') since the banks are in a quiet (wink
wink) relationship with the government. In other
words, state banking regulators haven't told banks to sell
off property they have repo'ed, and neither are the feds
likely too, since this would cause a glut of homes on the
market. However, in allowing banks to hold more
property than they traditionally do (like near zero) the
government (all levels) have in effect artificially added a
whole new class of property owner which has in effect
'bought property' (foreclosure and deed in lieu of
foreclosures). Since I don't have a loan on most of
our property, the banks can not be 'buyers' via this route,
and thus, I would hold, that any property owned by banks
either in foreclosure or even substantially late in payments
(or on a negotiated interest only or service fee only basis)
can not be compared to my property.
of Property Tax Sales in the Costs: In order to
reflect the actual sales price, I would demand that all
sales in the county of property tax foreclosures be included
in the averages. These, I would argue represent the
real price of property in a given area. Since I
know for a fact that people have been buying uo property on
the courthouse steps around here for literally 5-years of
back taxes, I'd demand that these are 'sales' and in fact
sales to the county which since they represent what
the county figures is fair, should be used as the cost basis
- not some out-of-towner's baseline price.
Sales Only: Another interesting thought is that I
might argue that any sales to people who reside outside of
the county should be exempted from the base since these
people are absentee owners and as such I would argue
they are speculators and therefore should have their
property assessed and treated differently than a resident
homesteaded property owner.
county commissioner from another county would no doubt question
my logic on a couple of these points, but in particular, I'd
argue that all tax sales of similar property would have
to be included in the base.
One thing seems
like a pretty safe bet (the only kind I take): Real estate
valuation workers ought to have a bumper crop of appeals this
It may be
headline grabbing to be a birther or a tea partier, or open
carry demonstrator (three stories that non-USA media are
currently playing up) but when comes down to practicalities, the
real blocking and tackling is in real estate assessments that go
up when the economy (and home sales prices are down).
Seems like a reasonable area of focus and one of the most
practical means there is to keep the size of government
proportionate to the population.
Of course, over
the longer term, it hasn't worked. My friends who are
defenders of big government point out that "How are you going to
pay for fire and police?" To which I point out that the
local sales tax was 6.5% when I moved here and it's now 8.5% (or
so such). In some states, the sales tax is north of 9%.
My point being
what? Government shouldn't cost more than a 5% sales tax
and property shouldn't be taxed as more than
½ of 1% of net market value.
That's plenty of money for schools,
fire and police services. What it won't fund is the
plethora of new county agencies which most places have spawned
over the last 50-years. Frogs don't jump being brought
slowly to a boil, I suppose.
I seem to be scheduled as a guest
on Beyond the Ordinary - an internet radio show on Friday.
The fun thing on their schedule is
the ham radio code on the list, LOL.
SOC's and Like-Minded Folks
Not sure how to deal with this one,
but a reader has a bone to pick:
"Several times, while reading
your site I have heard people ask for information on
contacting other like minded people in their local areas. I
have also thought about the same idea. I am willing to
provide an email address that you could publish that allows
people to post an "Alias" their "email address"
(Gmail/hotmail etc) and area of the world they live in
(state/province and/or city only). I would only be involved
in putting people in an area in contact with each other (by
email with alias) and then deleting the information. Please
think about all the twists this would involve and only post
the email address if you feel comfortable with the service.
Things possibly being issues to consider are -
I am doing this free as a
public service - don't expect instant reply people should be
warned to create a new email account just for this purpose
and don't include their real names, make everyone aware,
before revealing the information, that I cannot guarantee
total security, so their own diligence is required when
making contact with other people (i.e. no screening will be
done). this is a limited time offer (1 week or 2 weeks to
provide information only), then information will be compiled
and sent. Then my email account will not be used again.
I've thought about these kinds of
things several times. In fact, if you think back a year or
two, I actually set up a user forum where people could post
their ideas on this, or that.
The reason I got rid of it was
pretty simple: it's too easily abused and the last thing I need
would be baddies posting notes back and forth on an open forum.
Since this kind of thing inevitably leads to some kind of
registration process, I thought "Do I want to wade into this?"
Since there's little return ( just a lot more work ) in forums -
especially when even with profanity filters, people can still
get pretty ornery and offensive, I've just put that all into the
"Nice, but too hard for now..." pile and let it go.
I guess one approach would be to
set up a FaceBook 'group' or twitter or whatever, but again,
I've got plenty to do around here as is, so I can't get excited
about more web space and time.
Besides, I figure the folks that
will really matter most will be those who are
nearby...and I mean really nearby - like within walking
distance. For these people, you can just make up some
excuse and go knock on their door and that's how you get to know
'em. "Say, I see you just put in a such-and-such...and I
live just over there and was wondering where you found...."
Got that? When the crappola hits the roundy thing, these
are the local connections you'll need to have - so the time to
get acquainted with your neighbors is, oh, I don't
Picture a world with no power, no
municipal water, and then ask yourself "What good are friends
50-miles away?" nice now, maybe, but are they trading
partners in a worst case outcome? Nope.
Irwin Allen's Dream, Redux
No question about it: the place
that meets all my dream requirements and could be somehow called
"the wall" and fits with my bizarre dream about the oil
services/warehouse fire, etc
Cornwall England's "Fal Ria"
It's be interesting to see how many
warehouse fires there have been in the past 10-years or so
around there. disembodied spirits visiting dreams
department, maybe? No clue...but just coincidentally,
a strange number of brush fires in that part of Cornwall lately.
Back to pondering an ruminating on this one.
Gorse which they talk about in the article being local
Monday April 19,
Public Economic Hangings?
With all the
moves in CDS related news last week, I found myself wondering
how soon we'd be hearing calls for capital punishment of
financial offenders. Yeah, yeah, I know....not gonna
happen, right? But there are countries (Switzerland among
them) which in the past have sent bank presidents to jail
for misdeeds even of their underlings and even if they weren't
aware of the events. An example might be the late
Erdman, who I got to know after he'd done a stretch in the Swiss
Big House because some folks in his bank got into a currency
Jail time is all
it was...but with the growing size of the problems in high
finance, one has to wonder if the problems become so severe that
they can actually take down whole countries whether
adverse trading couldn't be likened to treason and we know what
level of punishments come with that, right?
Pop forward a
few months to world going toward nuclear war this fall - partly
because of dwindling resources but more than likely driven by
the extremes of people being stiffed on serious debts. Got
to imagine that China and other once-big buyers of US debt
wouldn't be too happy with devaluation of the dollar over the
long term, yet I don't see how that'll be avoided as the size of
our debt makes the printing press the only long-term 'out'.
Why bring this
up on what's a beautiful spring morning? Well, first it
ain't beautiful - when I checked
time all the European markets were bleeding red numbers. And
a savvy reader thinks maybe the top is in":
think we have reached the top in the bull market run –
consider – “Greece of course is never too far away from
action with the CDS spread blowing out another 30bps to an
all time high today. Portugal has also caught the wobbles
leading to fresh fears of contagion. The UK opinion polls
have changed dramatically since the televised debate last
Thursday leaving GBP/USD vulnerable on a “no clear majority”
outcome. – copied from forexlive.com”
The volcanic ash that is hurting
the airlines and business (somewhat). The Goldman fraud
charges are likely to draw in 9 more banks. The Shanghai was
down 5% this AM.
You’ll destroy you trading
account trying to pick tops and bottoms, but I am calling
this the TOP!
Therefore, I am shorting with
small positions which I will add to over time - AUD/USD (it
has rallied the most since the summer of ’08 and has the
most ground to give up), EUR/USD (safe haven trade) and the
GPY/JPY (I have a love/hate relationship with this pair and
if Risk Trades are OFF, then this pair will fall fast).
I'm in no hurry
to go making such pronouncements, but I've been short in my own
account for more than a month. I expect this week Robin
Landry will have something to say as his model of things is
looking "toppish", but then again,
he's also been looking at things like this national unemployment
video - which if you take the time to watch it - raises a
really good question or two. Like "How do you get a
'recovery' outa that?"
All of which
gets me to my first thought of the morning. Suppose we
actually are to experience a global economic meltdown.
I mean, seems to me we're in the middle of that right now...just
in such slow enough motion that most people don't get it.
And suppose that
we see a couple of more countries push over the economic brink
to become wholly owned subsidiaries of (whatever).
How soon before
the global population starts thinking in terms of "public
hangings/executions"? I mean, if there's a group of people
who are systematically running things into the gutter for
private profit (or sovereign profit) then how long before the
public mood turns really ugly and pissy and in effect says
"100-years ago people got shot for horse thieving" What
not do a little of that for country busting today?
Seems to me at
some level (which we're well past) high economic crimes cross
over from being 'civil events' to 'criminal events' to becoming
crimes' (spelled both ways if you insist) for which people
can be tried and if convicted pay the ultimate price.
So here's the
ponder point: How bad does a crime/fraud/scam have to be -
how many people does it have to destroy - before it scales
beyond going to jail and means instead going to the gallows?
What's that threshold?
If enough of the
country-busting crimes happen, yeah, we may get a small economic
ruling class, but if it drives the world into WW III by stiffing
whole countries and trading blocks with bad paper and broken
promises, isn't it just possible that some of the perps
ought to be exited politely offstage and step up on this thing
here, before the flashes of light start melting cities?
Just a thought.
But one worth pondering because ultimately I think what starts
as economic gamesmanship and then leads to cornered markets and
diminished resources is well on a path to war.
How many dollars
of crime does it take before capitol (sic) pilfering becomes
capital crime? $1-million? $10-million?
$100-billion? Losses from WW III? If I sound like
deliberate economic losses (including those SOB's that create
computer viruses that cause millions of economic damage, too)
should be capital offenses, gee...your coffee must be sinking
Famous Howard Department
How long have I
been telling you my friend Howard Hill is the dude when
it comes to understanding the ins and outs of Hi Fi (no, not
stereos, you dolt, although he's into classic hifi gear as it
happens....) No, we're talking high finance and this
morning HH hisself was on Bloomberg talking about GS and some of
the implications of kettle of fish/can of worms.
But, as the
clock is an evil beasty, Howard didn't get to finish his whole
thought on how "You can put any financial business into
bankruptcy by denying them credit. And you can deny any company
credit by buying enough protection in the CDS market."
That - and a lot more -
over at Howard's site which you can think of as "The Daily
I figure if you
know everything Howard writes in a year (plus comprehend
the formulas when he rolls them into the conversation) then you
should just skip the undergrad degree and go right down to the
Street where they need help. Oh,
boy, do they need help...
The Future Dims
Say, you don't
think this will be a break-the-pattern of Monday rallies day, do
Futures are initially down...my commodity guy is
also watching a broad decline in almost everything but the softs...
Wanna see some
dirty pictures? Then
flip over to the Mount Unpronounceable video came out of Iceland.
People is Europe are learning an old lesson: Smoking is bad for
you. Duh....especially if it's volcanic.
Say, you don't
want to hear me rant for the umpteenth time about gardening, do
you? Food prices are going to ripple globally over time
from this, or so I'd wager...which is what I do when I call my
Half of flights over the EU should be back today. so,
if you were going to send us tickets for Europe this summer,
that's back on now...go ahead and send them...
Brown Makes an Ash of Himself
- a/k/a Gordo the Gold Seller,
is planning or trying anyway to give Brit tax money to
airlines and other travel firms impacted by the volcano is
You go, Gordo!
And soon, please.
No, it hasn't
escaped my notice that the linguistics hot date of May 6 happens
to fall when? On the day of the Brit elections - which leaves me
thinking "Aha! An Englishmen's version of Florida!"
we shall see....
Last chance to register in the UK is tomorrow for the fun
and frivolity of it all.
Am I the only
one who has figured that turning Mr. Brown's hot air to the
northwest would keep the ash at bay?
that the UK economy could languish for another year - or longer
- doesn't seem to matter to the Brits. Must be nice to
be rich...or is that dumb?
But Today's Biggest Worry?
should mention Anthony Ring's work that shows there has been a
LARGE increase in the amount of energy released by earthquakes
this year in April - and when the data was snapped we were only
halfway through the month.
Now, don't go
getting upset, or anything, but if you notice there was a broad
peak in the 1992 area...then another in the 2002 area....and if
I'm reading this right, then the ramp-up we're no now, given
some kind of cyclical (10-year periodicity) to this would seem
to imply the coming several years could be all-time (at least
since written English) which gives a little credence to what?
2012 fears, maybe?
The red line is
a 5th order polynomial trend line, and 6th order just moves the
peaks to mid/late 1994 and late 2005 which means an even longer
period of global bump & grind...that is, if the chart is
anything other than seeing trends in noise.
Ask me after our
next 8.0 soon enough. 21st and 28th I still have the ham radio
beam pointed out west...
which, purely anecdotal but a guy I was talking (on 20 meters)
to in Belgium this weekend thought radio propagation has
changed slightly for the better without all the jet
traffic...which would make sense, I suppose. Know anyone
involved with HAARP? Ask 'em if they are probing this....
We'll Grant You That
A reader sends
in a link to www.grants.gov
we read this one in particular which reads in part:
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds
provided to the NIH and AHRQ under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act or ARRA), Public Law
111-5, invites applications to study how the principles of
behavioral economics could be used to enhance the uptake of
the results of comparative effectiveness research (CER)
among health care providers in their practice. (For this FOA,
applications should be thought of as large pilot or
preliminary studies rather than definitive trials.) This
funding opportunity seeks applications that will investigate
whether the principles of behavioral economics could be used
to enhance the uptake of the results CER among health care
providers and also enhance the maintenance of such
treatments in patient populations. Research to foster the
uptake of CER is seen to be necessary given the surprisingly
modest behavioral response of health care providers and
health care systems to information concerning treatments or
procedures judged to be superior in CER trials. An
additional possible benefit is that some behavioral economic
interventions to promote the uptake of CER could be far more
cost effective than other approaches including some pay for
performance schemes (P4P).
I think this is
a "Do we need to bribe 'em?" study, in which case the
complaining reader and I have co-authored a simply reply:
Yes and we'd now like our cut of the "Total costs are limited to
$1,250,000 throughout the grant period." Right, then....we
jointly promise to use at least $200,000 in gambling
establishments to test comparative effectiveness research at
blackjack tables since
Carlo Analysis is already taken. We're thinking along
the lines of 'Ure-Kidding" analysis would work...
grant needed: "How filling is gobbledygook and can it solve the
world's hunger crisis?" Oughta be worth millions.
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Irwin Allen's Dreams
I wish I could
figure out what it is in either my diet, exercise, daily
activities, or general state of restfulness that sets off what I
call my "Irwin Allen Dreams" that I have several times a week.
And who's Irwin Allen, you're wondering? Hand me that
Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a
television and film producer nicknamed "The Master of
Disaster" for his work in the disaster film genre. He was
also notable for creating a number of television series."
Some of his
credits include the series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"
along with "The Time Tunnel", Code Red" and others. But on
the big screen, he was the genius behind epic films like "The
Poseidon Adventure" and "Towering Inferno" which had an amazing
cast including Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, Richard
Chamberlain, OJ Simpson, Robert Vaughn and event Robert Wagoner.
Quite the flick.
I mention this
because I periodically get treated to dreams that are of
similar proportion in their (for lack of a better word) epic-ness.
was another amazing dream, which will go into my novel. Yep,
everyone's got at least one good book in their head, and I've
Cussler, too, that capturing the dreams is pretty easy and
I'm hoping to get the flavor of them right, since on morning's
after a particularly intense dream (sound, colors, smells,
tactile sensations and such), that waking up in the here and now
is almost like walking into a...well.....movie!
get around to finishing the book - and may publish it as an
ebook, since I heard that getting fiction published is akin to
winning a progressive slot in Las Vegas, although the odds there
are better,. Besides, non-fiction is where the money
is for writers; something like 95% of the money in book-writing
is fact-based, although including political confessionals in the
'fact-based' category seems to stretch the definition of
nonfiction all out of shape.
But back to my
question of the morning: A couple of nights ago I woke up
as Elaine was coming to bed and insisted that she write down the
world "faleria"....no...and I was quite insistent about the
spelling of this... "falria". It was somehow very
important, yet at the same time, when I fully awakened, I had no
idea why it was so important to capture and bring back
over to "this side".
You'll have to
wait for the book, of course, but its working title "Dimension
Barrier" hasn't changed and if you've read L'Amour's The Haunted Mesa
it's along those lines, except instead of descending into
a kiva in
a forgotten Indian holy place (portal to another
world) on a desolate mesa in the middle of nowhere (although
four corners area), the descent is via vivid dreams.
So far, not much
to go on. My insistent spelling hasn't turned up much, and
the three syllable variants only turn up a place outside Rome
and the first person singular of the Portuguese word "falar" (to
chat/converse). Hmmm...is my subconscious talking to me in
Not sure where
this is coming from, spiritual balancing rituals, too much time
trying to sort out C.G. Jung's posthumously published
The Red Book,
or just if it was nothing more than tryptophan overload from
having a turkey on croissant as a light dinner, but if that's
the case, I'll start
eating dried Atlantic cod laced with Parmesan cheese.
"movie" involved a witness to something - some ill doings - in a
warehouse which served the (offshore) oil services industry.
A cook who worked on a farthest out oil platform on a formation
the industry called "The Wall" was involved and the warehouse
was set ablaze to cover a murder. What was so interesting
was that the two perps used two sources of ignition. One
was a syrupy kind of adhesive (semi-clear --construction
adhesive?) and then they went back
and splashed something like gasoline (or other clear volatile)
on top of it.
Wasn't a scary
movie...it was just a movie... but real enough that I
went through the headlines this morning looking for a warehouse
fire. A series of warehouse fires were fought over the
weekend up in the Flint, Michigan area, but no word of any
deaths there, and I don't see how these would be related to an
oil services operation or well-drilling, or a cook, so far as I
Might have just
been an "Irwin Allen" night at the movies but fascinating, to be
sure. Never have a problem going to sleep, since that
whole 'other world' is a fascinating place with the wide range
of tactile inputs, though no sound tracks yet.
What Deals on LCD Monitors
Noticed in the
flood of emails this morning that both TigerDirect and
CompUSA have 20" LCD monitors for $99. Both HDMI, too.
If you don't use dual monitors, and extended desktop you are
sooo in the Dark Ages of computing. Even works on most
UFO's at the WuJo
A reader is
why China gets all the really cool UFO pictures like these.
Gee, I don't know - maybe they aren't as deeply mortgaged to the
reptilians, or something?
Go over to G.A.
Stewart's site and scroll a bit more than halfway down until you
come to "April
19, 2010: Two Days to Remember?" In it, Stewart outlines
why he expects today - or tomorrow - for there to be some major
events here in the Age of Desolation...murder & mayhem kind
of headlines by close of business tomorrow likely.
Bad as Aprils
have a reputation as being, I've always figured that luck
doesn't pile all the molecules on one side of the room very
I'm buying a
lotto ticket today. Even in April, all those molecules
have to go somewhere.
Once upon a time, a long while ago, I observed during my quest for
'truth' in economics, that the PowersThatBe, the talking heads on
the teeve, and the other information sources that actively engage in
the programming of humans not to think, had conveniently swept
several trillions of dollars that disappeared in the Internet
Bubble's bursting (since spring 2000) under the rug. Surely,
it wasn't unnoticed by the thousands of people who called brokers
and said "Where is my money?" "Gone, but hang in there as
you're a long term investor!" was about all they heard back.
So one of our
charts for Peoplenomics subscribers oughta be widely circulated - it
shows that if you line up the peak of the Dow in January 2000 with
the peak in early September of 1929, we're on a very very close
replay track. Much closer than even the chart shows if you
were to back out inflation, and put in the effects of 1929
deflation, but that'd be real work, and I'm sort of lazy if the
truth be told.