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More to MF Than Meets the Eye?
At least so far: Got a heads-up from either a reader of, or author of, a
report at the Realist News site
claims that as part of the MF Global blow up, $80 million bucks worth of
customer warehouse receipts for (gold & silver, of course!) and what makes it
also interesting is that (this article claims) there's some financial outfit, or
other, which made a loan up around $300 - $400 million...and since the
purported gold and silver were worth $700 million, guess who made out like [fill
in your own bankstah term]. Not sure what to make of it yet....
Holiday Rally Due
That major rally we were talking about yesterday, which I predicted would be
+144 points at some point during the day's trading, happened, although things
backed off a bit to close up only 112 and change.
This morning, using the same technique explained to Peoplenomics subscribers in
the Wednesday column, we should see the Dow pop up 87.2 points, plus or minus a
ham sandwich with a side of fries.
Asia was up a bit overnight (0.9% on
the Hang Seng ain't a bad thing). The most buoyant part of Ure-Up was
Germany which was also up about 0.9% when I looked.
So, does this mean peace and harmony are breaking out, once again?
Heavens no! It's only because the holiday. As far as the bankster
class is concerned, what would be more ideal than
having banks and federal regulators taking the day off while the
are open; as you kidding me? Of course we should be 80-90 points up
today at some point.
Next week, we'll be back into the "heavy money numbers" with the PPI Tuesday
along with retail sales, and then Wednesday the Consumer Price Index is due -
not that the hole in your household finances doesn't indicate something above
the claimed rates...
Speaking of Rates
Did you happen to notice
the weekly M1/M2 numbers in the Feds weekly H.6 Money Stocks measure?
Land o' Goshen! M1 creation is down to only 29% annualized while M2
has dropped to 13.2%.
Over at Trader Bart's place, we notice that M3b (reconstructed since the Fed
under Greenspan played hide-the-sausage on this statistic) is now going up at
an annualized rate of
around 7-7½ percent.
Which means what, presactly? Well, a dart
would put the CPI inflation rate at about 4 percent (it was
3.9% in the October report).
I'll resist the impulse to roll out the whiteboard
this morning (with that delightful solvent smell from our markers). Coffee
is safer, but the point [well hidden in here] is that if money printing is going
up 7-7½ percent and prices at the store have gone up 4.2 percent annualized -
which is my CPI dart throw - then somebody ought to be seeing the
missing/implied 3% systemic deflation rate showing up.
Here's a laggard which hints: Thursday's Import and Export price reports
both showed (the missing deflationary declines):
U.S. import prices declined 0.6 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today, after recording no change in September.
Decreasing prices for both nonfuel and fuel imports contributed to the
Export prices fell 2.1 percent in October, the largest monthly decline since
a 2.2 percent decrease in December 2008.
You have to keep in mind when looking at Ex/Im figures that there's all kinds of
hysterisis (time lag, but hysterisis is the lingo-lango if you have initials
after Ure name) in the number. By the time orders are placed, raw
materials show up, and boxes hit the dock, there's time lag, right?
The Downgrade That Wasn't
A little "Oops" from
S&P as they accidentally downgraded French bonds, not to be confused with
Veteran's Day Notes
First, a moment of deep appreciation for our best and bravest who put on
uniforms and protect Fortune 500 interests globally. The military is a
victim to the systemic hijack of the Republic's foundations by lobbying
A Slate article (back in 2006 here) showed that at that time lobbying in
Washington came to $2 billion, and I'd put it closer to $3 billion now.
And, of this, remember we're only talking "reportable" spending. Doing
busses to get seniors out of their nursing homes after being well-schooled on
which lever to push? That's not necessarily reportable: That's "community
service." yeah, sure, you bet'cha.
So, if we use
the 535 number for Congress That works out to $5.6 million per year,
or $11-million in a congressman's term, or $30+ million for the longer
So as we hoist the coffee to those who serve, we're reminded that they really
deserve better leadership.
Maybe I'm just being curmudgeonly: Seems to me we elect "best fund
raisers" and not "best thinkers" which is either appalling, or it's the
"American way" depending on whether you're on the giving or getting end of the
income return proceeds. Obviously, I don't get invites to play with
I notice that some retailers are having Veteran's Day sales which, pardon me for
saying, seems like it misses the point, but only by the distance from Earth to
YU55, or so.
Serendipitous event for one reader though who spied this:
Mornin; First thing this morning ( 06.00 AM) my puter indicated that
microsoft had finished an update and needed to restart. Figured do it now
and not suffer the constant notices. Well as that finished a notice to
update Adobe flash player appeared, and as I was not in a hurry I also did
that update. As it finished I was notified that it was edition or update or
whatever ( # 11.1 ) Got a chuckle out of that.
Couch Potato Warning
Don't be like
the lady who sat so long in a vinyl recliner that she has to be pried out to be
taken to hospital...
Adventures of the Geezer Bandit
Continue in LaJolla. Wonder if this is someone trying out my theory
that if your retirement account goes bust, you could always do some crimes, and
thus get three hots and a cot...
New Tourism Destination
a new island has popped into the Canary Islands group, I've put a note in
the "news tickler file" to report back when it's large enough (and cooled off
enough) to support tourism. 10-centuries ought to do it.
Talk of the....er.......
Elaine and I went to a nice dinner last night and Rick Perry's slip of
the....er....where were we?
Oh, yeah, this means the best the repubicorps can field will be a pizza
man/banker, a disgraced former House speaker and I don't know what we call
More after this.....
Coping: With the Worldwide WuJo Outbreak
We have a little tsunami problem to look forward to, it seems. But let's
get everyone up to speed first.
The "Wujo" as any long-term reader knows, is a heavily built, old cedar log
beams with fancy white paper dividers in the Asian dojo tradition, where we show
up with coffee and do mental aikido with what seems to be an increasing number
of woo-woo events. Everything from space alien abductions to time-slips,
to disappearing/reappearing objects is fair game, as are prophetic dreams.
So we begin today's working trying to digest the latest dispatch from our
Jakarta, Indonesia Bureau, which dislocated former Texan (the original Oilman1
before he shanghaied himself) hangs out with his bride and playing Let's Make a
Deal with everything from metals to energy products, while pursuing a spiritual
"Hiya chief! This is a weird one, even for someone well-versed in the Far
Side. Yesterday morning, I woke up. My wife brought coffee, as usual, but
instead of going about her business, she sat down beside me. I could see
that she was troubled, so I inquired as to why. She mentioned that she had
had a bad dream in the night. About what, I asked. She told me about
dreaming of a terrible tsunami and she was among a bunch of folks running up
the side of a hill or mountain. It was non-specific on location, and one of
those dreams where the harder you run, the behinder you get.
A couple of hours later, my driver picked me up, and on the way to the
office, I mentioned that he looked tired. Yes, he said, he had been kept
awake by a dream about a terrible tsunami. (!!!)
He went on to describe it almost word-for-word the same as my wife. Later in
the day, a colleague came into my office to drop off some papers and plunked
down in the chair, looking tuckered out. I, now regretfully, asked if he was
Yes, he said, a bad dream had kept him awake last night. What was it, I
asked reticently, now starting to make a link between these people.
He had a bad dream about a giant tsunami, and he was one of a bunch
of people scrambling up a hill or mountain, but it seemed like the harder he
ran, the slower he went.
At this point, I was plumb freaked out. None of them reported a specific
location, even as to country or other identifier. Nor could they really
identify race or other clearly unique markers about the other people. Just
that there were a bunch of them Not sure what to make of all this, but I do
know that none of the three had contact before or after, I did not prompt in
any way that would lead the conversation towards dreams or tsunamis, and all
described more or less the exact same dream on the same night.
Here all I dreamed about was trying to save a midget transvestite having a
heart attack backstage after a performance as Judy Garland. Yes, I’m
serious, and no, I don’t particularly like show tunes or frilly underwear
(at least on me).
Strange times in Casablanca…
Hmmm...got me to wondering if I should check our little WuJo project - the
National Dream Center Database - see if anything had changed in the past couple
General "calamity" is actually down here, but surreality/wujo kinds of dreams
seem to be spiking, which is what when we get "surreal" reports we find them so
Speaking of which, here's a good example of the kind of woo-woo that pops into
the inbox around here:
I enjoy people's confusion in the wujo stories, but the other day it was
my turn. My wife was scheduled to go on a very early morning balloon ride.
She was told to call beforehand to ensure that the ride wasn't cancelled due
to bad weather. We both went to sleep around midnight. I woke up at 3:00 AM,
and decided to call on her behalf. If the ride were cancelled, I would turn
off the alarm. I picked up the cell phone, went into the other bedroom so as
not to wake her, and called the number. An answering machine picked up and
informed me that the early morning ride was cancelled due to rain. At that
point, she walks past the door. I call out, and she immediately says, "I
know, the ride was cancelled. There is too much fog". I say, "How do you
know?". She says, "You told me already". Since I had just awakened, I knew I
had definitely not told her.
My first thought was that she had dreamed what she remembered, but she
insisted she hadn't. The only other explanation I could come up with was
that we must have each veered off into different time-lines sometime between
midnight and 3:00 AM. In her time-line, I had called and heard that the ride
was cancelled due to fog. I so informed her by leaning over her while she
was still in bed. In the time-line I remember, I had called and heard that
the ride had been cancelled due to rain. I told her this after she got up
and after she had already had her experience. It may be worth noting that
the important stuff was the same in the two versions. I had made the call
and informed her of the cancellation. The differences between the versions
were the reason for the cancellation, where she was when I told her, and my
intention to wake her up to tell her.
Don't know quite what to make of this one.
Case of the WuJo Clock
Several answers to the "clock spinning" problem reported in yesterday's column:
I guess you never had one of those in your classroom as a kid? Two versions.
One run slightly fast and stops when it gets to a certain time. A GO signal
is sent out by the main clock in the school office. Other one runs slightly
slow and when it gets a signal fast forwards to the time lock. Sounds like
this was #2 and for some reason wasn't stopping (worn latch? it's all
Maybe. But, how would you explain this one?
For back ground I was a radarman in the USN from 68 to 73. Since then I
worked as a marine geophysical survey ship navigator on quite a few ships
for about 18 years. So I think I know a bit about radar! About 15 years ago
(shows how much it affected me that I still remember it) I was sitting in
the instrument room on one survey ship that I had working on for over a
year. I happened to look at the radar repeater and was stunned! The sweep
was going the wrong way! As I was reaching for the intercom to call the
bridge and ask about it I paused. And just watched it for a few more
minutes. Finally I decided that the bridge would call me if there were
really anything wrong. After about 10 minutes more I thought, but the sweep
always goes clockwise! Nope, I KNOW it had always gone counter-clockwise!
Only explanation I could come up with then or now is that I had a reality
slip. Since that time I have had a few other such slips, none for the last
few years that I know of. On one road that I drove for years as I was
approaching a corner where I turned I did not recognize the intersection.
There were trees and brush that were grown up that I had never seen before.
They were not recently planted, or else someone did a heck of a job of
hiding the fact! Also many times along that road I would be totally lost, I
couldn't recognize where I was or tell you what was ahead, if anything! I
just decided to call them another reality slip and let it go, my brain (or
self?) would eventually accept that those things were always like that.
So the WuJo stuff has been going on for many years, probably even before
I noticed it.
This wasn't by chance
on the USS Eldridge, was it?
The Veteran's Day Existentialist Report
Long, but I hope worth it: Our quest for the answer to the question "What
is the meaning of Life?" continues to elicit suggestions:
I thought you might appreciate this story that a friend told me many
years ago regarding the meaning of life. To set the scene, two friends are
sitting on the porch one evening discussing the nature of existence. It's
been a long time since I first heard the story but the conversation goes
something like this...
John: "I just wish I knew what it all meant. Why are we here? What's the
Bob: "Yeah, I know what you mean. I've discovered the answer to that
question many times and I still don't understand it."
John: "So what's the answer?"
Bob: "I can't remember. I never wrote it down."
John: "What?! Why wouldn't you write it down? And how could you possibly
Bob: "There's no point in trying to remember the answer to the single
most asked question in the world. I'll ask it again and I'll discover the
John: "How can you live with yourself knowing that you have discovered
and then forgotten the answer to the ultimate question?"
Bob: "What's the point of living if you no longer have to ask the
question, "What does it all mean?" ....oh....son of a....I just remembered."
Ah, just so!
And as usual, our "I-Ching Inbox" reported this interesting story which makes a
finer and quite timely point so as to be worth a cup of coffee with:
The Skunk and the Dog
Two weeks ago my husband and I noticed a skunk in our
yard that was severely wounded and hobbling around in the middle of the day
looking for food. As we watched the skunk we realized it was the one that
lived in the drainage pipe that ran underneath our driveway. For several
days the skunk would come out of it's burrow each day to hunt for food. At
times the skunk would lay out in the sun in our yard for hours at a
time panting heavily. Just when we thought it had died it would be up and
hobbling around again looking for food. This behavior was totally unlike the
normal behavior of a skunk. Skunks usually sleep during the day and feed at
night. As the skunk struggled to get around during the daytime hours we
would watch it's struggle with compassion and cry.
Feeling sorry for the skunk we discussed our
options. "Should we intervene, and rescue the skunk, or put it down so it
would not suffer?" We decided to call the Division of Wildlife and found out
that skunks are one of the two animals that are not allowed to be rescued or
rehabilitated in Colorado because of Rabies (#2 is a Bat). We called the
Sheriff's Department to see if they could come and put the skunk down, but
they aren't allowed to shoot a firearm in city limits. Because of it being
hunting season there were no wildlife officers available to do the task. My
son even offered to come hit it with a shovel, but couldn't bring himself to
follow through with it, especially since it was very likely he would get
sprayed. So we decided to let nature take its course and left food and water
out for the skunk, just in case it would be able to heal from its wounds on
We found out a couple of days later from two different
neighbors that Brian, who lived two doors down from us, had been out
shooting at a skunk. We put two-and-two together that this was how the skunk
became wounded. Brian has a dog named T-Bone. He is a beautiful one-year-old
Akita with the cutest personality to match. T-Bone has taken to us and comes
down to our house every day for the nibble of food we leave out for him. He
likes us so much that he sleeps on the dog bed and blankets we left out for
him on our front porch. This has been his routine for months. We really love
T-Bone and his sweet spirit.
Because T-Bone makes frequent trips to our house for
some loving and a few dog biscuits, he would often encounter the wounded
skunk. In his puppy like manner he'd bark at the skunk and yes he would get
sprayed. We tried diligently to intervene on the skunks behalf and redirect
T-Bone away. After a few days T-Bone began to realize that encounters with
skunks was not pleasant and began to leave the skunk alone.
continue to watch the skunk with care and hoped for the best. After about
five days of watching over the skunk, that evening the skunk did something
very unusual. Instead of going back to it's burrow it crawled on to our
porch and burrowed itself into the blankets on T-Bones bed. It burrowed so
far under the blankets that all you could see was it's tail. We didn't want
want to disturb the skunk, but also wondered what would happen when T-Bone
came to bed down for the night. We left the skunk alone and would allow
T-Bone and the skunk to figure out their sleeping arrangements.
next morning we peeked out the window to find that the skunk was still on
the porch under the blankets. T-Bone was no where to be found so we figured
T-Bone had come and found someone sleeping in his bed and went to go find
another cozy spot for the evening. At about noon the skunk left the porch
and hobbled out to the field next door. That was the last we saw the skunk.
It had moved on and we hoped that it had died was finally out of pain.
T-Bone did not show up to visit us that day, or the
next day, or the next. We began to worry. We went to speak with Brian,
T-Bone's owner, only to find out that T-Bone had wandered to the other side
of town a few days earlier and was shot and killed by a man because T-Bone
was in his yard. We cried. Brian couldn't understand why the man who shot
him just didn't shoo him away. The man who shot T-Bone was ticketed for
firing a weapon in city limits. The owner of T-Bone was ticketed for having
a dog at-large.
My husband and I ran the gamut of emotions that day,
from anger to grief, at the lost of our good friend T-Bone. The questions
swirled in their minds of "Why, did this have to happen?" The Universe
didn't supply the answer all that day. We went to bed weary with our grief.
At 11:30 pm I woke up from a deep sleep with the answer. It was Karma. Brian
had shot an innocent skunk in his yard without disregard for its life,
therefore the dog that he loved was killed in like manner. Then the thought
went through my head, "Be careful of your actions and what you send out into
the Universe, because time is speeding up so are the effects of Karma. What
goes around comes around."
The question that remains:
What was my husband's and my roll as the compassionate
observers of someone else's karma? Seems we were the one that felt the most
It would be interesting to see if others have
experienced, or observed, the speeding up of Karma.
Perhaps the lesson for you and your husband isn't obvious because of your pain,
having watched this lesson in Karma.
Might I suggest to you that a review of the old koan which asks "If a tree falls
in the woods, but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?" is in
Seems to me Universe rather gracefully enrolled you as witnesses to these events
- and thus to appreciate - how Universe goes about its work...
Perhaps, in the some way, there's a larger context to be shared on this Veterans
Day about violence and the role of observers, since the suffering of
noncombatants seems somehow correlated to the scale of violence by the parties
to war - who may themselves not be aware of the larger context of their
actions. Indeed, "What goes around, comes around."
Damn shame, too. I wonder how many centuries we're going to drag this
simple lesson out?
I ask you in all sincerity: As with the Dog and the Skunk, without victims
to watch, would wars have a point? Would they make a sound?
Figure out how to cast off that demon and maybe we could get off this rock.
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Knowledge Engineering for the End of the World
our usual dance through the morning headlines and review of the week's
charts we'll be off with our usual light-hearted look at something
related to the longer term prospects. In today's case, it's
knowledge engineering for the end of the world. Say what?
Yeah, strange how many people prep for "the usual" (gun, grub, and gold)
but forget that the whole point of surviving [come what may] is not
simply to die after everyone else, but to get the world back
rolling in a positive direction [if the survivors leave anyone alive].
But first, the economic week in perspective....including the possibility
of a nuclear Monday for metals...
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Dickens with it.
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Thursday November 10, 2011
Big Bounce Thursday
So, like it comes as a surprise,
Lucas Papademos, who's is a former European Center Prank dude, is going to
run Greece with a coalition government. So the Dow will - according to a
daily update of my spreadsheet using "Ure's Semi-constant" described in
yesterday's Peoplenomics update should (as of 75-minute old pricing) pop up
about 144 points shortly after the open. The futures are simply
wrong...either that or I am, which is nearly incomprehensible.
Losing Their Fannie
I suppose some mention could be made of the FannieMae press release out on
Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) today reported a net loss of $5.1 billion in the
third quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $2.9 billion in the second
quarter of the year. The company’s third-quarter loss was driven primarily
by two factors: $4.9 billion in credit-related expenses, the substantial
majority of which were related to its legacy (pre-2009) book of business;
and $4.5 billion in fair value losses driven primarily by losses on risk
management derivatives due to a significant decline in swap interest rates
during the quarter. These losses were partially offset by $5.5 billion in
net revenues. The decline in net revenues.
None of which would too worrisome,
except that foreclosures are picking up steam to a 7-month high per MSNBC
which means (see if you can figure this out without help) what could happen to
FannieMae losses going forward? You don't really need a hint here,
The Ultimate "Put-Down"
...is now showing up
in the Netherlands as the first severe Alzheimer's patient has been euthanized,
or is that Eurothenized? Rather than eulogize the euthanized, we'll
proselytize...the....uh...what were we talking about?
Speaking of Which
You did see Rick Perry's
blank-out in the Michigan debate last night?
Roll the Queen
Iran War in the Wings?
Calm before the storm, maybe? A
from the supreme leader of Iran was down at #4 position on the Jerusalem
Post's front page when I looked.
Debka is quoting a UK expert who
is saying the attack will come next month...again, I look at timing and
wonder "settling down the rhetoric before launch?" No point in saying
"We're coming next Tuesday at 9:17 AM" is there?
Latest message out Wednesday
Anonymous seems to threaten Oakland, but in a non-specific way. Since
the theme was, if I recognized it was "Scotland the Brave" played on pipes,
perhaps a invasion of bagpipes in the learning stage would teach everyone a
thing or two?...
The (Drug) War with Mexico
Reports of all kinds of abuses are coming to light.
Fortunately, reading reports like the one above are actually easy once you have
the larger context in hand: The US is sending de facto support (gunwalkers,
Fast & Spurious, etc) while the Mexican dirt weed (and worse) comes in,
tarnishing the good name of ganja, which keeps the liquor lobby going and high
tech alternatives to real fencing coming from defense contractors.
FTM (follow the money) here lately cures WTF-itis.
So, there was no outbreak of nuclear war, Israel didn't pop Iran, and other than
the stock market playing "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up..." it was just
another Wednesday around here. But, our ever-alert New Zealand Bureau did
notice one oddity:
"I thought you may find it interesting in hearing that at 11:00am this
(Thursday) morning the local city council here in New Zealand sent a truck
around with a loudspeaker saying:
"The next time you hear this it could be a real emergency. ..."
I asked in the office and no one has a recollection of anyone in
authority ever communicating in the same manner.
Of course, our Bureau Chief in Kiwiland is a migrant IT whiz, so he does notice
Meantime a reader suggests a quick rewrite of the EANS message:
"Attention ... we're boned. Prepare for hard landing That is all"
Oilman2 On Fracking
A number of readers have asked me if the recent very out-of-place earthquake up
in Oklahoma was caused by oil and gas work. So here's some valuable input
to dial into your thinking on such matters from Oilman2 who has forgotten more
about really getting oil and gas out of the ground than most folks ever learn...
The title of the link here ["Experts:
Okla. quakes too powerful to be man-made'"] should give you pause with
the use of the word ‘experts’….
While I do agree with the general premise that they follow (slim chance
that large quakes are related), what needs to be stated here is that both
the oil exploration companies and ANY federal administration (composed of
career politicians) DO NOT WANT oilfield hydraulic fracturing linked to
small earthquakes and/or changes in the water table or anything else. It is
VERY important for both of these groups to maintain that the events are
separate and unrelated.
If they are allowed to link, then there will be legal action by local
populace, drilling activity will be slowed and local/state/federal agencies
will have to retract statements, change plans, and lose control. Jobs will
be lost, as will money flowing to land owners and into local coffers. There
is scads of anecdotal evidence concerning polluted water tables, changes in
water tables and recent small quake activity in certain areas where
hydraulic fracturing is being done. Unfortunately, most issues are bought
off at the landowner level by the companies exploiting the oil. It is far
easier to buy a man’s land, make him sorta rich and shut the issue down than
to have the linkage made.
As a rule, a fault requires a change in the angle of the rock facies.
This means that they are rare in sedimentary basins (think flat areas, like
plains and river basins), but more likely in areas where the rock facies
have abrupt angle changes (think old hilly areas and old mountain zones,
i.e. Arkansas). If you read the statements, the ‘experts’ refer to the
energy expended in creating the frac (fractures) and not to the potential of
lubricating an existing fault which is under geologic pressures. They are
not lying, but are side-stepping the real issue, as it is unknown at this
time what the outcome will be.
Remember the San Andreas – if it is lubricated, then it slides.
If it isn’t, it locks up and stores energy. Locked faults HOLD energy, so
what do you think will result if water is allowed to enter a locked fault? I
would think readjustment to a lower energy level, which means a release of
energy, i.e. quakes.
MILLIONS of gallons of water and sand or proppant are squeezed into these
wells, across an area miles in lateral extent if we look at things in terms
of an oil ‘field’. The zone they inject the frac into is roughly the same
depth across this area, and they have no control on what direction the
fractures generated run, or what formerly disconnected fractures become
connected. Where the water goes is anyone’s guess, and the more they inject,
the greater the chance of water slipping into a stressed fracture, and
making a small quake. Of higher concern is the readjustment of rocks that
might screw up the flow of shallow surface aquifers, or vertical links to
the oil rock where it can (and will – oil and gas rise to surface, being
lighter than water) contaminate aquifers.
OK – said it again, and since I believe that ANY TIME experts are paraded
into the news it is by a very interested party, well, there has to be a
reason to spend the money. Right?
Another 3.2 aftershock up near Robin Landry's place in Shawnee, OK overnight.
Coping: Outbreak at the WuJo
Say, don't mean to disturb your (for now) firm grip (a death-grip, usually) on
the apparent "firmness" of reality, but we've just been slammed with reports
from the WuJo World of incidents that argue the "here and now" may not be so
much here, or so much now, as hard science would have us believe.
Read some of these and think about the trend we've been talking about:
You are more familiar with paranormal experiences than I am and I wanted
to share with you an experience I had two weeks ago.
I live in a lovely townhouse within a forested setting, with many trails
nearby. Every morning I take my dog out for about an hour walk on some of
the trails. We usually walk in the same direction, as there are neighbors
and their dogs we typically run into. So, here we leave for our walk. We are
walking down the street, turning a slight corner, and my dog is walking up a
slight hill towards one of my neighbors. He relieves himself, and appears to
be heading towards my neighbor's house, which is our usual route. I follow
him, walking up the hill, and bend down for a few seconds to pick up his
I continue walking towards my neighbors house, and do not see my dog. I
call for him, and continue walking. I am perplexed since I do not see or
hear my dog around, and this is just within a short distance, and wondered,
where did he go? We are always together, and he does not run off. There is a
pathway which is towards my brother's townhouse, and I walk over there and
don't see him there, either. I begin to feel a slight panic since I have no
idea where he is -- he does not disappear like this. I call for him, and I
cannot hear him around (from the jingle on his collar). Where the heck did
I stop over at my neighbor's house, and ask him if he has seen my dog,
and he said he had not and brought his dog out to see if he could find him.
No such luck. Then I really start to feel afraid. Did he pass out someplace
nearby? Did he run off someplace? But this behavior is too unusual to
I told my neighbor I was going to walk back home since that would seem
like the most logical place he would be, but he's never turned around to
walk back home by himself since we are always within close proximity to each
other. So, I start walking home, and as I was walking down the block, I
could hear him barking and knew he was home. I called him, and he continued
barking. As I got home, he was within my patio area, and appeared somewhat
spooked but glad to see me.
How one earth did he get there? He was just out of my sight for a few
seconds while I bent down to pick up his relieved remains, and that's it.
Through the periphery of my vision he was heading towards my neighbor's
residence, and somehow, vanished.
What do you think of this?"
Assuming you're not have temporary global amnesia from statins, no telling how
this happened. Maybe just lost site of him. But then again, here's
another little oddity:
Just thought I would pass on a bit of WuJu. I'm a nursing student and when I
was in lab on 11/8/11, myself, 14 of my classmates, and my instructor had a
rather strange experience. In the lab, we a very typical wall-mounted,
battery operated clock. At 2:11pm, both the hour hand and the minute hand
began to move very fast around the entire face of the clock. We all just
stared at it, as if in a stupor. Both hands of the clock, rotated around the
entire face several times, and it stopped again at exactly 2:11pm. After
wards, we all just looked at each other for a few seconds as if we were all
mentally agreeing that we were just not going to discuss what just happened.
No one said a word and we all went back to doing our lab right where we left
off. Has anyone else reported this type of phenomena?
Yes, although check the clock and tell me what country it was made in...or maybe
there's a high powered radio signal that somehow.....
On Monday I went to a friend's home and we decided to watch a British TV
series on The Tudors on Netflix on his laptop. We selected Season 1: Part 1.
Close to the end the server crashed and we were not able to finish the film
as the server just played dead. The next afternoon I decided to watch the
last part of the film on my laptop at my home. So I pulled up Netflix, typed
in The Tudors and the screen popped up at the same exact place where the
server had crashed on my friend's laptop. So I watched the end of the film.
We live 12 miles or so from each other and do not use the same server. My
friend is a techie guy and he says there is no way that can happen. So my
guess is there must have been some type of "space" slippage for the film to
end up at the same exact place on my laptop from his the night before. I am
pretty certain that my computer was turned off all night while I visited my
firend. Keep on doing what you do, George. We need to see through the chaos.
This one is easy! If you logged in with the same username and
password at both locations, the "place" was logged in the user cache and simply
picked up from there. One the other hand, if he had logged in with
a different username and password, then take some tranks and don't get weirded
out. Because things go on and get stranger...
Another fine day at the wujo. So much so, that I had to drop you a line.
I must say this wujo thing is starting to get a bit out of hand ,considering
I’m now starting to expect its occurrence.
Soooo, I needed to replace my dishwasher handle. Ordered the part. It
arrived in timely fashion. Watched a video to see how its installed. The vid
stressed turning off the power. Well, that’s not something I normally do.
I’m perfectly happy to roll the dice vs. trying to figure what breaker does
what. So much so, that I’ve seen “the fog” that results from wiring yourself
from power to ground. An interesting sensation of disconnection from reality
To say the least.
Back to the dishwasher. Before I ordered the part I secured the proper
T-10 torx bit that fit the door fasteners and removed a couple to get a
sense of the task at hand. The wife then used the same driver to break Down
the old computer. When it came time to put the handle in, I quickly located
the T-10 driver….and it was too small. Flashed thru my head that the wujo
wanted the power off before I’d find the right driver. I hunted
everywhere..garage, kitchen drawer, all the usual tool haunts. No driver.
In disgust at this point, I said screw it and went to the fuse panel to
find the breaker for the dishwasher. Maybe now I’ll find the driver. Well,
the only marked breaker in the entire panel says “dishwasher”. Figures. And
the proper driver? Now, lying 8 inches from the T-10 on the counter in the
kitchen. Right next to where I put the T-10 when it didn’t fit. Whats truly
strange to me is how much I had expected this from the moment I watched the
vid. I knew I had used a T-10. The video said it was a T-20. A torx driver
is just not something that gets used in the house very often. I knew I had
handed that same T-10 that fit, directly to my wife to break down that old
computer. My tools, and I have A LOT of tools, are in complete disarray.
Finding a driver of any sort these days is a serious task. It is
impossible to have jumbled this up, or forgotten and somehow moved around
these tools. It would have been a hide and seek type task to get out two
different drivers…and to leave the right one on the counter and forget it?
No way. Just not possible. I have cleaned that counter, prepared food and
dog meals. Just no way to miss it. Part two of this tale is the timewarp.
Wife left @9:30 am. The usual time. I read your column. Followed two links.
Did the dishwasher thing. Played fetch with the dog. Charged the tractor
battery. Finished winterizing the hot tub. Mowed the lawn. Broke down the
vacuum and figured out the part it needed. Test ran the dishwasher on a two
hour cycle. Made myself a chicken parmesan on wheat, and ate it. Feeling
like it had to be about 3:30. Looked at the clock to discover it was
Freakin time warp. All those tasks take time, and I wasn’t feeling ‘super
efficient’, the day to that point went really slowly apparently. I feel like
there is some sort of ‘intentions’ thing going on in the background, and
that whole ‘co-creating’ your universe thing. Like I interacted with it the
way it wanted me to in some fashion. And as a reward, more time in the day?
My expectations seemed to affect the day in inordinate fashion and
proportion. Does that make any sense? Has anyone else ever felt that way?
yes...this is a typical abduction/run-in with The Adjustment Bureau. Might
check to see if you have any odd sore spots around the neck, shoulders, back,
and sinus problems...be on the lookout for an implant.
What time is it?
George, I’ve followed your site for a long time now and have read with
passing interest of people’s experiences with ‘time slip’. I haven’t
experienced anything like that myself, until this morning. It’s Wednesday
November 9th a couple of days passed the end of daylight saving time. That
day passed uneventfully as our clocks were turned back and everybody was on
time. This morning however was different. I woke up a couple of hours early,
did some work on the computer then woke my 6 year old up at 6:30 to get
ready for school. I fixed her breakfast and made her lunch as I always do
then sat back down at my computer to check the financial news and the
pre-markets until 7:00 am which is the deadline for getting dressed and
ready to go to school.
This is the part that I can’t explain: As my clock was approaching 7:00 I
finished up and looked again as it turned to 8:00. I had a long minute of
disorientation as I checked the clock again then double checked my
wristwatch. The watch corroborated the time; it was indeed 8:00 am. I
thought for a minute that I had forgotten what time she was supposed to go
to school (in an Alzheimer’s kind of way). Then I felt really disoriented;
thinking that maybe I had forgotten the whole schedule of everything. It was
one of the worst mind f*#k moments I can remember having in my adult life.
Upon arriving at her school fairly late, I saw quite a number of adults
walking out of the school to their cars as if it was the normal time to drop
their children off. When I reached the office there was a long line of other
parents who were bringing their children in late (If late, we have to check
our children in at the office for safety reasons). The office staff seemed
mystified. I heard the school principal mention to another person that there
were no cars in the circle this morning to drop their children off (which is
usually a long parade). The woman who checked my daughter in told me that I
was not alone, everyone in line was late. This caused me a little anxiety as
I lost one hour in the blink of an eye and it seems I may not have been
alone. I have no way to explain this, nor have I any theory. I simply don’t
know what happened.
See above...run in with The Adjustment Bureau...OR time, like shared reality, is
a community/mass consciousness thing, perhaps. And, if it is, as the
Internet frees more and more people to agree differently there would be a
division of realities since we are all co-creators.
And, I somehow suspect that's why there are groups within the PTB that are so
anxious to defend the paradigm - which is to say more precisely, they
have a major incentive (control, money, emotion harvesting) to maintain their
"deal" with the dark side. So, when considered as a template, shared reality
bifurcating reduces their concentration of power and maybe - just thinking out
loud here - if they don't produce enough "hot emotions for the emotion-eating
"other" to eat" the "other" comes along as something like a race of fallen
angels until a new deal is struck and....then to make the emotions go
off, the PTB at some high (Grove?) level keep the emotions going by perpetrating
war and increasing the divisions amongst people.
Divide, conquer, war & suffer and keep power, money, and sexual perversions as a
payoff. It's a kind of grand unifying theory, at least. Why did
people sacrifice goats or other living/sentient entities, do you think?
Deal time! And it continues today under various symbols like stars, bars,
circles, yada, yada...
Of course you get to have your own theories...and there's the danger of the
On OWS Support
Mixed reaction from readers on our little banner in support of OWS - because
there's a lot wrong and screwing taxpayers over in order to save
bankster-bastards while they write themselves bone-us checks ain't my idea of
how to run a railroad, and since government can't seem to figure out who's
screwing the pooch here, the People may have to make a statement. As one
reader put it:
"When you can't even get a two bit joke job in your hometown where you were
born and raised but they'll repeatedly give the job your trying to get to
some illegal immigrant who broke into your country then you know the game
has been rigged against you and you need to make the one's who rigged the
game against you pay even if it costs you your life because the only thing
worse than death is a wasted life. Remember that for the future because
that's the reason many people are going to do what they'll going to do."
Tree of Liberty has been poisoned with excessive cash flows in Washington yet no
one seems to notice. ViseGrips, please?
Elaine and I are going down to Fredericksburg, TX for lunch today in the 2200
pound thing I talk too much about. Figure on leaving Monday for our Half
Around America tour, meetings with clients along the way (flight plans daily
starting with next Monday.
If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, my friend Roger Reynolds is holding a
lunch you might pencil in a week from now:
TRADERS LUNCH AT MAXWELL'S TAVERN IN DOWNTOWN WAXHAW ON THURSDAY NOV 17 AT
11:30. MARKET DISCUSSION AT CROSSROADS COFFEE SHOP,UPSTAIRS, AFTERWARDS.
Roger's been kind enough to send us his commentary over the years - bright guy,
so this one would be worth crashing if we were closer.
Best Meaning of Life Answer So Far
Kilgore Trout's unwritten reply (per Kurt Vonnegut's work):
"T^o be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you
Hard to top that.
Thursday's Thinkerings: The Memo
Say, here's a good one...a "Memo from Accounting" that reads like thus and so...
"It has come
to our attention recently that many of you have been turning in timesheets
that specify large amounts of "Miscellaneous Unproductive Time" (Codes
5300-8999). However, we need to know exactly what you are doing during your
below is a sheet specifying a tentative extended job code list based on our
observations of employee activities.
will allow you to specify with a fair amount of precision what you are doing
during your unproductive time. Please begin using this job-code list
immediately and let us know about any difficulties you encounter.
Attached: Extended Account Code List
Obstructing Communications at Meeting
to Sound Knowledgeable While in Meeting
for End of Day
Verbal Attacks Directed at Coworker
Verbal Attacks Directed at Coworker While Coworker is Not Present
Covering for Incompetence of Coworker Friend
to Explain Concept to Coworker Who is Not Interested in Learning
to Explain Concept to Coworker Who is Stupid
to Explain Concept to Coworker Who Hates You
Inventing Timesheet Entries
for Something to Happen
Watching porn on line (straight)
Watching porn online (bay)
Watching porn online (bi)
Watching other sports online
Complaining About Lousy Job
Complaining About Low Pay
Complaining About Long Hours
Complaining About Coworker (See Codes #5322 & #5323)
Complaining About Boss
Complaining About Personal Problems
Miscellaneous Unproductive Complaining
Actually Present At Job
Suffering from Eight-Hour Flu
for Food Delivery to Arrive
It Easy While Digesting Food
Company Resources for Personal Profit
Stealing Company Goods
Excuses After Accidentally Destroying Company Goods
Company Phone to Make Long-Distance Personal Calls
Company Phone to Make Long-Distance Personal Calls to Sell Stolen Company
Planning a Social Event (e.g. vacation, wedding, etc.)
Sorry For Yourself
Resume to Another Employer/Headhunter
6213 Out of
Office on Interview
Pretending to Work While Boss Is Watching
Pretending to Enjoy Your Job
Pretending You Like Coworker
Pretending You Like Important People When in Reality They are Jerks
Miscellaneous Unproductive Fantasizing
Pranks on the New Guy/Girl
your own Business on Company Time (See Code #6603)
a Book on Company Time
At Computer Screen
off in Broom Closet
Extended Visit to the Bathroom (at least 10 minutes)
With Divorce Lawyer on Phone (1 hour minimum)
With Plumber on Phone
With Dentist on Phone
With Doctor on Phone
With Masseuse on Phone
With House Painter on Phone
With Personal Therapist on Phone
With Miscellaneous Paid Professional on Phone
With Mistress/Boy-Toy on Phone
Trolling other match sites
Coworker to Aid You in an Illicit Activity
Recreational Drug Use on company time
Non-recreational Drug Use like we care
Lunch with alcohol
Laughing while reading e-mail
Installing software updates
Installing antivirus updates
jerked around by IT
productive work (may trigger audit!)
Aha! Now corporate life makes sense...
Wednesday November 9, 2011
Wednesday reports are available at our
www.peoplenomics.com site, which you
can access for just $40 for an entire year, including archives back to 2001.
Europe, News Media, Currency Affairs
The Hair-Trigger is now in motion: Although when we looked this
morning, the markets in Europe were down a bit (OK, more than one
percent, then) on the latest zig-sag in the "balance of idiots" game, we
nevertheless may be seeing something much more nefarious going on:
The global push for a layer of "un-elected" government, which
schematically is like the global body politic "giving birth to a new
layer of the cake." Which, and we'll explain, is a major challenge - if
not outright death knell - for freedom worldwide. But first we
discuss "Ure's Semi-Constant" which explains why the Dow should close
between 12,025 and 11,953 today if the Dollar/Euro ratio ends at
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More tomorrow here in our usual 07:55 Central Time posting. 200 points
lower from here...
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The situation in Greece continues to remind me of a bad riddle: What
country has spent far beyond its means, has just about bankrupted Europe, and
now has a former central banker (Lucas Papademos) ready to take up as prime
minister? It's Greece, of course, but near as I can figure this is just a
re-spun train wreck in the making. Here's why:
You've got a likely prime minister who's a banker
The finance minister is a socialist
The conservatives control most major ministries
The communists will be in the streets Thursday rallying against this blatant
push to "save the monopolies"
All that's missing is the kitchen sink, a few rabid dogs, some stray cats, and
the on-switch for the big headline-making blender.
Mind you, we're coming up later today on what should be (+/- 3 days) on what
should - according to predictive linguistics - be a major release period of 22½
hours and certainly, Greece falling apart is right up near the top of our watch
Then There's Italy
where PM Silvio Berlusconi is trying to keep his job in order to work out a
Euro-deal which will keep Italy from going technically bankrupt.
Iran: Flash Goggles Ready?
The web side of the San Francisco Chronicle this morning reports
"U.N. Iran nuclear report could leverage sanctions." We should be so
lucky things stay quiet that long.
Not only is the US reported becoming more concerned, the the maraschino cherry
on this but the well-connected Debka news service reports that
"Obama flips on new sanctions, leaves Israel, Saudis heard to head with Iran."
Of course, at the G20 we have the classic "mic's on boner" with
prez Sarkozy and president Obama trashing Benjamin Netanyahu....
Wanna bet the trash-talk is a factor in Israel going it alone?
With Haaretz headlining "Barak: Israel has not
yet decided on military operation against Iran" and the Jerusalem Post only
slightly more menacing with ""Barak
not optimistic about int'l will to stop Iranian nukes" I'd be the least
surprised guy in the world to read by this time tomorrow that Israel has
Also: Keep your flash goggles ready in Korea where the Yonhap news agency
Korea's uranium program close to being operational:source."
Down in the details, parallel stories off other news sources hint NK may have as
many as 2000 centrifuges operating and you know they're not making salt water
taffy with 'em. The US has plenty of reason to take out the Yongbyon
development site now. Wouldn't it be interesting to see both NK and
Iran attacked in the same week?
Nuclear proliferation continues to be one of the triggers that could set
The "War is Business"
website has a list of the Topo 150 warcorps. Lockheed and Boeing are
1,2. #8 at $6.7 billion is a British corporation, though the work
is done here...
Don't know if you saw the latest Federal Reserve Consumer Credit (it's really
debt, but you know how central bankers are...) which came out Monday.
It's the classic finish to a good news/ bad news Monday.
On the one hand,
revolving credit was down only 1% for the month after being down 3.4% the
previous month. The real flip was in non-revolving debt: Which
includes automobile loans and all other loans not included in revolving credit,
such as loans for mobile homes, education, boats, trailers, or vacations. These
loans may be secured or unsecured.
This key number went from down 5.4% in the previous month to up 5.8% this
month...much of which I'd attribute to back-to-school-itis. Some of
the higher ed / private college roll-ups ought to have a pretty good quarter and
retail didn't sail off the edge of the Earth, either.
Still, the numbers give enough of a time-series that we not that total consumer
spending measure by the bankers "their-selves" was $1.662.4 and the most
noteworthy part to me was revolving credit was still declining at an annualized
3¼ percent rate, meaning people are sitting on
their wallets. Just as a reality check, compared to 2008 (the good
old days, huh?) revolving credit use is down more than 17%.
Which explains why you can expect a lot more "free
credit card" offers in the mail as the competition for remaining spending
becomes more keen.
You might take a gander at how much money creation
is going on behind the curtain over at the Fed. In
last week's H.6 Money Stocks report, the annual rate of increase in M1 (cash
and equivalents) the annualized money-printing frenzy was rocketing upward at
38.9% (3 mo. annualized) while the broader M2 report showed an annual rate of
increase of 21.1 percent on a 3-month basis.
At some point, perhaps the mainstream financial
press will get around to mentioning that the Fed is going nuts on the M1 and M2
to keep M3 going up at a decent enough clip to counter incipient deflation.
The reason we're not reading about this is
that M3b (from Trader
Bart's fine work here) is only going up 7 percent on a 4 week moving average
annualized basis. And I'd bet almost anyone the reason St. Greenspan
shit-canned M3 was so the sheep would not see through the central bankster's
So far, he's been right. But, if you're
wondering where your standard of living was flushed, there you have it.
With so much money sloshing around,
do you think banks are massively easing business borrowing? No chance.
Quakes du Jour
6.9 near Taiwan. Then
there was a 5.9 in Nicaragua.
A little 2.5 up in the Seattle area,
just a couple of
miles from the state reformatory near Monroe... and a reader up there had
Today I saw 3 distinct lenticular cloud formations over the Gig Harbor and
Vashon Island area. I see lenticular clouds over Mt. Ranier, occasionally, a
common site, acctually. I am both a mountaineer and sailor so i know what
clouds look like. My office window is oriented 22 degrees N magnetic, When
looking in that direction it intersects with Manzanita just East to the
entrance of Quarter Master Harbor. To see lenticular clouds there is not a
normal site by any means.
Pure coincidence, I tell yah...
Passings: Smokin' Joe
Joe Frazier - boxing great - cancer at 67.
Coping: Support of OWS
You may notice this morning that there's an "I support the Occupy Movement"
banner at the top of UrbanSurvival. I pondered this a bit, but eventually
supporting OWS is the right thing to do. Just so we're clear, there are
very simple reasons why...and a lot of this goes beyond OWS:
High frequency trading: Once upon a time the stock market
represented a reasonable approximation of the bid/auction process. High
frequency trading as changed all that. Today, the people who bought up
most of the online brokerage outfits didn't do so because of their love of
good service: Most are in cahoots or have their own HFT operation.
Essentially, when I place a trade, I am not only having to size up a
counterparty who actually owns the stock somewhere, I also have to size up
how many computers are going to do what after I press the enter key.
Offshored Accounting: Major transnational corporations are
screwing America by putting their "corporate headquarters" in offshore tax
havens beyond the enforcement mechanisms designed to protect Americans.
Go through the Dow 30, look at revenue and then look at taxes paid to the US
and then compare that with your personal income tax rate.
Jobjacking: Neither of the corrupt political parties has had
the gumption (balls if you will) to call BS on taking well-paying jobs and
sending them to India. Anyone in their right mind would improve a
leveling system of tariffs in order to either fund unemployment which has
resulted from jobjacking OR give domestic producers a chance to compete.
Third world crap holes pay less than a buck-an-hour. Transnationals
play the spread and then cry "Poor!" as they skate on income tax.
Bullshit, pure and simple.
Mexican Trucks: Once again, American jobs are being jobjacked
by the Mexican trucks that are now sailing up US highways from Mexico.
Again, I point out that BOTH political parties are slurping at the trough of
the lobbying groups that have hijacked what was once a Constitutional
Republic for which we stand, yada, yada, yada...
Pandering to voter blocks: For the first 200-years and
immigration from umpteen countries, Americans were held together by a common
language. Now, with poor (or mostly "show") border enforcement, the
same trough-hoggers are pandering to the latest large (and many times
illegal) arrivals in order to get blocks of votes. What? Did
someone say bullshit? Where is the spending on Danish as a Second
Language in the upper Midwest? Where's my Scottish flag to fly?
Words like double-standards mean something? Oh, and the NAFTA Highway
and North American Union aren't dead...they're still in the works, it's just
going to be a slow frog-boil is all.
As long as corporations have taken over, anything that will fatten the corporate
purse gets a green light (and a bunch of greenbacks to make it so) while
anything that gets back to common language, well-informed population gets
stomped. Yes, this is why Michael Jackson's doc is bigger news than our
own government sending guns into Mexico which then get used on Mexicans and US
citizens alike. Where's my blood pressure monitor?
It's comforting to know that there's
"No evidence for extraterrestrials, says White House."
The point of OWS is that there's also no intelligent life in Washington, either.
Too many people have seen the signs: "I'll believe corporations are equal to
humans when Texas hangs one." Cat's out of the bag...Mussolini has one
World War II posthumously, with his government/corporation merger and see how
well Italy is doing?
The roots of the Tree of Liberty have been poisoned by excessive cash flows.
And on that, I stand in solidarity with OWS. We need to demonetized
Being open minded, though, I will drop the rants when...
HF trading is banned
When the Federal Reserve is audited (including the gold in Ft. Knox!)
When all entrants for political contests have equal funding
When transnational corporations are taxed to the extent they've outsourced
When Mexican truckers and their rigs are off American highways. Who's
country is this, right?
When Texas permanently gives up on NAFTA highways and ends the sale of toll
roads, paid for by public money, being leased to foreign corporations
When naked shorting is ended
When the silver shorting manipulation yields big name crooks
When MF Global's bust yields big name arrests and what about the clearing
When the US balances its budget with tariffs on foreign goods
When politicians turn down money and start voting what they promised back in
the home district and
When politicians come back from Washington no richer than when they
left for DC....
Then, and only then, will I shut up and stop calling for change.
OWS is a catalyst for open discussion and finding a new way forward because the
one the corporatists are buying for their sole pleasure and profit through
"buying politicians" is NOT the road Americans are going down.
So help us God.
The Meaning of Life
Sounded a bit Monty Pythonesque when I posed the question, but some of the
answers to our "What is the meaning of Life?" question were pretty
"I have been an avid reader/subscriber to your site for the past few
years and enjoy your perspectives thoroughly.
With regard to the meaning of life... I had a 20 year career as a
scientist, engineer, technical manager... I was dragged “kicking and
screaming” into the spiritual/healing arena some 17 years ago... and am now
a published author of two books on awakening consciousness, a
motivational/empowerment speaker, and a health consultant working in
cutting-edge arenas of alternative healing. I work with clients globally,
teach nationally… and I have practiced meditation for over 25 years.
In teaching classes on alternative healing, I generally ask if there are
any questions... and “what is the meaning of life does not qualify as a
question”. I would [and still do] get many chuckles in response. However in
one class I had three “smart asses" [like myself :-)] who responded with:
Yes, what IS the meaning of life? Tell us, what is the meaning of life?
Really, what is the meaning of life? [almost in unison].
I have learned to recognize an importance of/in
seeing/hearing/experiencing things in groups of threes… so I took a deep
breath, connected within, and asked: What is the meaning of life? What I
received in return was:
~“to discover our own magnificence". ~
Rather humbling… yet incredibly insightful in terms of each of us being
creators in-body. I thought I would share that with you.
Have a wonderful day…
The answer to your question “ What is the point of Life “ was on
Ellie Crystal’s web
“The bottom line ... we are projected illusion in a biogenetic experiment
created in space and time - to study emotions.”
The point of life? Simple. To give and receive Love.
No faith required to get that one. That's why televangelists and other
money-based religions (but i repeat myself) never come out and mention it.
Hard to to do bi-weekly fundraising , build infrastructure, etc. if you
spill the beans on the simple truth.
Like they say, if you can't stand the answer, don't ask the question.
The simplest answer is that it is a complex scenario never to be grasped
by the human brain mind. Add a little noise, and not even that much will be
discovered. Throw a small bone of truth to a human, and they parade it
around like they have the whole animal. Give them evidence that one of their
socially accepted limitations is a lie, and they start asking for "miracles"
for entertainment. Prove to them they are no less of a food source than the
steak on their plate and....
So from where you are, considering 'the point of life' has the value of
chicken and egg. Explaining it is 'l.kin' to teaching a pig to sing, because
the mindset for which this information is inappropriate demands proof. Just
make something up and move on, this has worked for millennia. It has worked
for you as well for quite a while. Maybe not as well as before?
You know the Indian gurus would only teach certain students because their
knowledge could cause harm? Try reading Pied Pipers quickly and you will
either go into cognitive dissonance, or it will harm you. So not much chance
you will 'get' 'it.' The book includes a disclaimer.
The two rights of a Thetan. 1) the right to self determination 2) the
right to leave the game at any time
Still afflicted with (the) numbers (game), I see. At least the rampant
mental illness, including your own, is not anguishing you quite as much.
Chiappalone recently posted on Rense again, quite revealing as usual.
"What is the point of Life?" is one of my favorites. Try answering it
without a faith-based reference and it becomes a little bit challenging.
Maybe we should ask that question this morning, since, if we get a good
enough answer, we could market it and all become zillionaires...
Actually, you would become sane and have no desire to market anything,
because everything is already yours.
Off to the Bunker
Well, no time for humor this morning - time to finish cleaning under the bed to
make room for all of us there when YU55 shows up. Speaking of which,
Nostradamus expert G.A. Stewart sends this:
No doubt you have seen the info on the NASA 11133 kml that will lead you to
what some are claiming may be an impact site for YU55.
Interesting coincidences that have struck me about YU55.
1) It is almost exactly the size I had interpreted from a Nostradamus
2) That particular prediction said it would crash in Artois, a province in
northern France that is roughly at 50 degrees of latitude.
3) The alleged Aleutian Islands Impact Zone is at 50 degrees of latitude.
4) The NASA designation for Elenin and the kml: 11133:
a) The Japan earthquake 3/11/2011.
b) The Nostradamus Code Number for World War III was 311.
c) The dream that woke me up at 3:11 AM.
Pretty weird all the way around. But this is my big test of the Psy-Op
factor. How so you ask?
Suppose 11/9/2011 passes uneventful, think of the enormous coordination and
gears that turned to create what would be a planetary mind f***.
1) Someone engineered the NASA numbers to get Richard Hoagland in a rant and
start the Internet chatter going.
2) Someone created the 11133 kml to lead people to the Aleutian Island
3) Someone convinced a young military policeman stationed at Elmendorf in
Alaska to undergo house arrest and submit to embarrassing news articles
about his character.
4) Someone first conceived of all of this to run in conjunction with a full
up test of FEMA and the emergency broadcast system, concurrent with a
military exercise simulating a tsunami in the Pacific, all during the
closest approach of an asteroid in over thirty years.
Wow, that's a lot of bucks dedicated to a planetary mind f**. Let's hope it
Tomorrow's Peoplenomics report will be written on the Android under the bed and
if there's a net at posting time, all will be well. And, assuming there's
no EMP, we'll be back here Thursday to clear up the debris....
Monday November 7, 2011
Good News/Bad News Monday
The good news is we made it to Monday. The bad news is that it's only
this Monday and we have a wide range of threats coming up this week which
may upset the financial apple cart.
To begin with, there's the little problem of Iranian nukes. The
International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report this week on
Iranian nuclear development but already out of Israel are coming reports include
"An inside look at the base where Iran is developing nuclear weapons."
With purported plans to "go" against Iran this week already outed, the move now
seems to be to put all the intel out for the court of public opinion and then
launch anyway since time is running out. The idea of a nuclear Iran not
only scares the bejeezus out of Israel, but oil states as well. So that
one could pop any time, maybe toward the end of the week, still nearly full moon
conditions and nightvision gear's advantage is best at the dark of the moon.
Well, looks like Italy is moving into the position of too big to fail and too
big to save, all at the same time as
their prime minister says he will not resign, thus leaving another country to
auger in. This
hasn't exactly given markets much cheer.
politicals have agreed to share the helm of that Titanic which, near
as we can figure, will result in a future political blamefest when the ship of
state sinks. But for now, Europe is slightly up; a sure indication there's
still a drug problem in the EU.
I had a flood of phone calls Saturday from people asking me if there was really
going to be a 100 percent (as in no margining allowed) by the CME Group come
this morning. "No," I explained in a Peoplenomics posting, it was just a
change in how the margin rules were being changed slightly, no doubt due to the
moving around of MF Global accounts.
CME Group today is clarifying its notice to clearing firms regarding
margins. In light of the issues customers transferring out of MF Global are
facing, while still maintaining appropriate risk management protections for
the market, CME Clearing is setting the "initial" margin upcharge to zero.
This upcharge is normally applied to customer accounts when they are
receiving a margin call.
The intention and effect of these changes are to decrease the size of any
margin calls resulting from the bulk transfer of MF Global customers to new
clearing members not to increase them.
This is a short term accommodation to maintain market integrity and
provide temporary relief to customers whose accounts have been disrupted by
We apologize for any confusion our initial advisory may have created.
Essentially, the old CME rules had one level of margin required for
maintaining a margined position ($8,500 for a gold contract, for example) but
they had a higher premium ($11,500 in the case of gold) to set up
the initial margined position. With their explanation this weekend, what
we seem to be seeing is a [perhaps temporary] end of that initial set up
CME is not the only one doing this, so is
the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
So no meltup or meltdown today just on this point alone.
Fed's Consumer debt figs out this afternoon - grist for tomorrow's column...
WTF is "Justice"?
I tend to keep score on how we humans are doing by simply watching the
headlines. As of this morning here's the score:
So, to repeat the headline: WTF is "Justice"?
YU55 is Coming!!!
...and we're clearing things out from under the bed (shoe boxes, mostly) in
order to have plenty of room to hide on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll be the
guy with the Android looking at streaming vids, since "How
to spot the huge asteroid 2005 YU55'sw close encounter with Earth" would
mean being outside and investing in a telescope. ( And paying off the Weather
Service since it's going to be cloudy.)
I'll be staying under the bed till Fearless Leader says it's OK to come
out when the big
emergency broadcast system test is over with Wednesday.
Someone said they will not be saying the classic words "This is only a
But lookie here: If they don't say it, I'll be writing Thursday's column
under the bed because I'm not coming out if Fearless Leader (or one of the
minions) doesn't call it a "test." I mean, maybe it's NOT....right?
Maybe the end of the world is in play and we're just doing a smooth transition
As the global seismic monitors are
lighting up (example here) we have to say that the weekend quake up 20-miles
northeast of Shawnee, Oklahoma was certainly an "out of the blue" event.
No, there's no fracking around there...you don't get out much, or have many
friends in the oil biz, do you?
No worries? Well, hold up and take a gander at the latest long-term
earthquake trends run out by contributor Tony Ring, who kindly shares is monthly
long-term crunch of the USGS database with us. No hints here...just think
about what you're seeing...
I won't tell you anything you can't see here, BUT seems to me that someone in
government should get off the dime and start pouring a whole lot of brainpower
into just what's going on, here. True, we use a 5th order polynomial to
project this stuff, but look where the current 5th order projection takes us
24-months out: About six 7.0 or larger quakes per month.
Several people have written long and involved mathematical calculations showing
that our barycenter concerns with the passage of YU55 this week are "over the
top" and that nothing will happen. I'll just sit here with my seatbelt on
in my big roll-around chair, thanks.
Apple a Day
Says here in this press release from Whataburger that they're adding apple
slices as an option instead of french fries...
"Moms and dads will cheer for Whataburger's new apple slices, available
with any Kid's Meal as a substitute for French fries and offered at no extra
cost. Parents can rest easy as the apple slices substitution provides a good
source of fiber and Vitamin C, and 90% fewer calories than French Fries.
The two-ounce portion of apple slices is also available for adults
looking to cut calories and fat or add a serving of fruit to their daily
diet. The 30-calorie apple slice side can be substituted for fries in
Whatameals 1-8 at no charge, or for hash browns in Breakfast Whatameals for
a small charge. They can also be purchased a la carte for a quick snack or
breakfast on the go. "
Isn't it like sacrilege or something to have a burger without fries, though?
Why this kind of eating decision could ruin the Big Pharma pill pushing....
Cutting Edge Surgery
Don't know how we got onto the topic, but the other day Elaine mentioned to me
that Panama Bates had been reading some old book, or other, and had uncovered
the fact that women used to put bees wax on their faces as part of "make up"
back in pre drugstore days. Turns out, explained the book, that when a
woman's face got hot some of the bees wax would melt, turning what had been
beauty moments before into something from a Saturday horror show...hence the
term "saving face." Chilling is good, chill'uns...
A little more complicated is word ( rummaging through the press release bin this
"In their November issue, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal published a new
breakthrough facelifting technique which gives superior results with fewer
complications than current techniques in practice. The pioneer of this new
Minimal Access Deep Plane Extended Vertical "MADE" Facelift is NY Facial
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono. The study, out this
month, reveals that combining the optimal features of the deep plane
facelift and those of the short-scar minimal access cranial suspension lift,
result in a more significant vertical motion of the mid-face and jaw line
with a more natural-looking result. Additional benefits include greater neck
rejuvenation with a significant decrease in the need for additional tucks
and completely hidden scars."
No details in the press release about the maxillofacial economics of this, but
I'm just guessing it really/still/always comes down to "You can save face, or
you can save money, but not both..."
Flying to the Future
Our Canadian reader up near Winnipeg has been following flying headlines here
lately and shares this:
My curiosity was piqued with the
Japanese media's coverage
of a B787 missed approach sunday morning at Okiyama and a generalized
reference to the type being heavy along with separate reports of maximum
takeoff weight being boosted for the future international variant. Further
inquiries led to
this article noting the excess weight is measured in tons and the
overage is planned to be eliminated by the ninetieth airframe. One aspect I
don't understand is why Boeing would sell this cutting edge technology plane
to a Chinese airline without an expectation of it to be reverse-engineered
given the laxity of patent and copyright protections in that region.
Hmmm...not sure why we'd do that...except for all the money involved.
Maybe we're geniuses, though. You did see
the report over on Jeff
Rense's site about the difference in lightning performance between
composites and aluminum?
Meantime, for our upcoming "Half Around America" tour in the plane I've been
calculating the sweet spot for full fuel, baggage, and high altitude flying.
Figure that with max fuel, Elaine, and me, the ideal baggage weight
would be 75-80 pounds in the back of the plane.
Damned if I can figure how to break that to her, though...since my flight gear
is about 25 of that (charts, books, flight computer, oxygen huffers, spare this
and thats) which leaves her just....maybe I'll just email it to her....
Coping: With Mr. Ure's "Pricing Theory"
Say, not to talk too much about flying, or what I do in real-life when
I'm not ranting about this economic item, or that, but a reader has brought to
my attention how much fun it would be if any other industry in the whole
wide world ran their sales and marketing operations like an airline does.
Maybe it's because I have had to worry about city-pair load factors and
squeezing every dime I could from a interline partners (read: other airlines
trying to screw us on connecting (through) fares) or, maybe it's because it
reveals just how stupid/f.u'ed the whole airline pricing model is. It's
funny because....well....it's true.. N o imagine you've walked into this paint
Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?
Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things.
Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price?
Clerk: Our lowest price is $12 a gallon, and we have 60 different prices
up to $200 a gallon.
Customer: What's the difference in the paint?
Clerk: Oh, there isn't any difference; it's all the same paint.
Customer: Well, then I'd like some of that $12 paint.
Clerk: When do you intend to use the paint?
Customer: I want to paint tomorrow. It's my day off.
Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint.
Customer: When would I have to paint to get the $12 paint?
Clerk: You would have to start very late at night in about 3 weeks. But
you will have to agree to start painting before Friday of that week and
continue painting until at least Sunday. And you have to promise to paint on
Saturday night, especially.
Customer: You've got to be *&%^#@* kidding!
Clerk: I'll check and see if we have any paint available.
Customer: You have shelves FULL of paint! I can see it!
Clerk: But it doesn't mean that we have paint available. We sell
only a certain number of gallons on any given weekend. Oh, and by the way,
the price per gallon just went to $16. We don't have any more $12 paint.
Customer: The price went up as we were talking?
Clerk: Yes, sir. We change the prices and rules hundreds of times a day,
and since you haven't actually walked out of the store with your paint yet,
we just decided to change. I suggest you purchase your paint as soon as
possible. How many gallons do you want?
Customer: Well, maybe five gallons. Make that six, so I'll have enough.
Clerk: Oh no, sir, you can't do that. If you buy paint and don't use it,
there are penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you already have.
Clerk: We can sell enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom, hall and
north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the bedroom, you will
lose your remaining gallons of paint.
Customer: What does it matter whether I use all the paint? I already paid
you for it!
Clerk: We make plans based upon the idea that all our paint is used,
every drop. If you don't, it causes us all sorts of problems.
Customer: This is crazy!! I suppose something terrible happens if I don't
keep painting until after Saturday night!
Clerk: Oh yes! Every gallon you bought automatically becomes the $200
Customer: But what are all these, "Paint on sale from $10 a liter" signs?
Clerk: Well that's for our budget paint. It only comes in half- gallons.
One $5 half-gallon will do half a room. The second half- gallon to complete
the room is $20. None of the cans have labels, some are empty and there are
no refunds, even on the empty cans.
Customer: To hell with this! I'll buy what I need somewhere else!
Clerk: I don't think so, sir. You may be able to buy paint for your
bathroom and bedrooms, and your kitchen and dining room from someone else,
but you won't be able to paint your connecting hall and stairway from anyone
but us. And I should point out, sir, that if you paint in only one
direction, it will be $300 a gallon.
Customer: I thought your most expensive paint was $200!
Clerk: That's if you paint around the room to the point at which you
started. A hallway is different.
Customer: And if I buy $200 paint for the hall, but only paint in one
direction, you'll confiscate the remaining paint.
Clerk: No, we'll charge you an extra use fee plus the difference on your
next gallon of paint. But I believe you're getting it now, sir.
Customer: You're insane!
Clerk: Thanks for painting with [fill in any airline name].
Remember, if you try to throw out half your paint, we have to information
Homeland Security, too....
As funny as it is, airlines really do have a perishable product, which is
why the business model is so wonky: An airline seat is a "perishable"
What this means in B-school theory, or from the practical side as someone who's
been through it, is that once the doors shut on the airplane at the gate and the
bird pushes back, the amount of revenue that's ever going to come in for that
flight is sealed in stone. The seat "perishes" at that point...you can't
fill an empty seat halfway between MIA and GCM, just for example. (Halfway
is about over Cuba and they from on mid-air passenger changes...did I mention
Millennium is on Netflix streaming today? Great flick...where we we?
Paint would see the same pricing issue - with a hosed-up time/distributed
pricing curve - IF the paint was all going to spoil as soon as you walked out
the door of the paint store. As the clock counts down to spoilage (and
thus, the odds of spoilage of paint go up) then price comes down.
Not unlike how options prices are a mix of time and intrinsic value. When
an option has a year to run, there's a lot of "time premium". But, when
it's the day before options expiration, you're going to pay about whatever the
price premium is.
While this doesn't answer all pricing issues that you'll come across in life, it
does explain why there are only a certain number of price and time models.
Everything has some aspect of "perishability" to it. Consider:
A new car that's a hot seller begins the model year with dealers able to put
in a premium because some damn fool will pay more for this year's model than
you. By year end, as soon as the new models hit the showroom, the
price of the previous model year's inventory drops. And as soon as you
drive it off the curb, the price continues to drop at a nonlinear rate until
it's fully depreciated. A few cars, Cords, Porsches, Gull Wing
Mercedes, etc. can actually go up as their collector value kicks in, so the
price curve exercise becomes one of the finest "get ahead" tools there
is...it's just we don't explain it thoroughly to everyone. Ask
Howard about his Cyclone or
his Typhoon sometime...
Persons of the opposite sex go through a similar pricing/value change over
time. For men, the looks-over-time may fall, but if it's more than
covered by an increase in income, then "it's all good." Women usually
begin with a "looks" premium that (in the eyes of some) declines over time
or at least so goes average thinking, hence the whole "costmedics" industry
is built on a sound sociological foundation. I've been luckier the
most, I reckon...
Stereos and computers drop to half their value the day you buy them, as the
planned obsolescence business model reigns supreme.
And watch things like cellphone plans - you'll see that bandwidth, like
airline seats, depends on what the "other guy" is charging, but for telecom
providers, as soon as each second goes by, any unsold units of airtime
become extinct on the spot. Same thing happens in the produce section
of the local Safeway, but there, the pricing happens slow enough, and
there's plenty of opportunity to review the cauliflower and carrots, that
the "perishable" aspect of pricing actually appears reasonable.
And we end this morning's pricing discussion with a class problem: What is
the pricing curve of candidates for political office? I have sketched it
out this way, but the MBA and PhD students are required to perform nested
nonlinear equations to solve for any political candidates worth, at any point in
the curve, in which can I can get you into a lobbying outfit:
Where it gets to be an interesting contest - and where we actually can get some
insight as to how a political candidate will perform, once in office, is to
track the spread between position, estimated money raised, and who will actually
be into the finals. (This may account for the high impact of faith-based
contributions because there's so much praying for money by on by would-be office
The most important side of the curve is the post-election value, which is a
longer discussion and depends on how much the lobbyistas value their causes and
how much they are willing to pay for them.
By the way, a more comprehensive look at the ultimate corporatization of America
forms the backdrop for the movie "Hardwired" with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Val
Kilmer with the lead villain being the corporate entity called "Hope
Industries". Just watching the corporate manipulations just one more notch
more than now shows the absurdity....and the villain-corp "Hope Industries" is
ever such a fine jab. (Related artwork:
Catherine Savage's Facebook Photo...)
Thus ends our discussion of valuing items over time, but if you happen to bump
into me at a political meeting of some sort, and I nod at the local wannabe and
mutter "he's an airline seat"....you'll follow the drift of what I'm getting at.
Monday at the WuJo
You know how we've been talking about things just popping in - out- and back in
to existence? Well here's a dandy report:
This is a second hand account so I'm not sure it'll pass the double blind
placebo control, but here goes:
Spending Sunday afternoon at a friends place away from the city just
chilling by the pool, discussing life, the universe and everything, and I
mentioned your site and the reports of things moving or disappearing then
re-appearing, and how it looks like we're switching realities constantly,
and how our (brains? or whatever this thing is that is having the experience
of being) manages to massage all the data coming in, into one contiguous
movie that appears to be coherant. He's a fairly conventional guy, not known
for dropping microdots or anything. He said "get this - I was talking with
my mum back in Oz yesterday, and she told me that both her and dad fell out
of bed at the same time" (not sure if they make a habit of that, but he went
on to say) "as she fell she knocked her glasses of the side unit, and one of
the lenses popped out. They both looked for the lense, and turned over
everything, looking under bed clothes, under the mattress, the whole lot.
About 3 weeks later dad opened the dish washer to remove the contents and
there was the lense". Maybe you could read something into that, cleaning the
thing that helps you to see, maybe not and I'm just reading too much into
it, but an interesting story non the less, and observed by two people whose
observations were in agreement. Allegedly."
Elaine had a similar thing happen in the kitchen: Was looking for
something or other - looked all over for it - only to see it smack dab in the
middle of the counter not 15-minutes later. It was impacting enough that
she mentioned it.
I just nodded knowingly, like this kind of thing happened all the time.
I was still pondering my discussion with Clif about Andy Rooney's death, since I
(and some others I know) that he had died earlier this year. "Nope," said
Due to information overload, Rooney's retirement was wrongly interpreted
by the long term memory as "dead."
Makes sense, but doesn't explain the lens in the dishwasher, or Elaine's having
something "pop back" from wherever it was...so on to a second cuppa WuJo
Monday at the WuJo 2
Now that we're into the gray zone between what makes sense (and what doesn't,
which is the more interesting part) we return to the mystery of the
spelling of Fukushima/Fukishima which some people saw, while others didn't...
Having been a high school English teacher in my distant past, my curiosity
about language and how language changes over time was peeked by the whole
“Timeslip” conversation around “Fuk (?) shima”. So I broke the word down
into parts and looked them up. It seems the part that hasn’t been messed
with is the “Shima”; and it means “Island”.
Now I’m sure because this is a Japanese word, the Japanese are referring to
their own Island. But we are all living on an Island called Earth in the
cosmos as well. So there is something rather prophetic about a phrase that
could be read this way:
We are All FUKED! Or, better yet. Maybe it’s a, not so funny, cosmic joke
FUK U and the Island you live on.
But that’s not the interesting part. That just got me started with this
The interesting part is the translation of “Fuki” and “Fuku”.
According to many sources “Fuki” refers to a kind of Japanese vegetable
called a Butterbur. So the full (and I admit crude) translation of
“Fukishima” is “Butterbur Island” as apparently a lot of these vegetables
grow in the area.
But here’s where it gets really, really interesting. What does “Fuku”
translate into? When
I found it
here: (link) under “Word of the Day”, I was amazed.
“Fuku” means “to wipe; to mop”.
Suddenly the whole “WuJo Timeslip” thing starts to make sense. If you
believe we are the creators of our own reality here in the hologram, then
you also understand the power of words. Our Judeo-Christian heritage starts
with that concept. “In the beginning was the Word . . . .” Word comes
before manifestation in this 3D reality. So it’s important the word
“Fukishima” turn into “Fukushima” so we can effectively “mop” (Fuku) up our
Happy to report, in this case, it looks like we’re actually headed in the
Thanks, George, for providing this sweet forum for thought, which precedes
word, which creates 3D reality.
Strange as all get-out and it may be telling us something about the future.
Maybe (this is a wild dart, admittedly) but is it possible that the people
who notice such little time slips are the people who will notice when bigger
shifts occur and won't be so "wonked out by them?"
Just wanted to let you know I looked at some material I'd printed out
several months ago about Fukishima and it now also reads Fukushima. In a
hard copy of a web page. Off my printer. From 5/28/11.
Yeah, well, maybe we're just getting "long adjustment time, like I was sayin'...
Getting Tanked on Monday
We were wondering last week what the definitive answer was to the issue of which
side of a car, or truck, the gas filler cap would be on. Amazingly, our
other reader (besides you) is a fellow who does gas tank filler products!
I have enjoyed reading your writing for the past few years. (the man
needs help - G) I have been meaning to subscribe to get all of your
content but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I am a mechanical engineer
with 16 years of experience in the auto industry and 2 terms as a city
councilman here in Troy. I am jealous of your new airplane – my high school
economics teacher had a Mooney that was unbelievable beautiful. Currently, I
have put a retreat home as a higher priority goal. The thumb area of
Michigan is very appealing for bugout.
The company I work for makes some of the most hidden components on cars.
We make check valves that allows fuel to go down the fill pipe and not out
the fill pipe, vent valves that allow fuel vapors to exit the fuel tank but
also contains liquid fuel during slosh (driving the 911 aggressively) and
when a vehicle has the tires up instead of down. We also make brake booster
vacuum check valves and pneumatic lumbar supports and massage systems for
seats. I have worked directly with Chrysler, GM, Ford, Hyundai, BMW, and
Mercedes for many years.
If a car is going to be sold only in North America, GM/Ford/Chrysler
places the fill pipe on the driver’s side. That makes it easier for the
driver to align the gas cap with the fill nozzle at gas stations. If the car
is going to be sold in Europe the fill pipe is placed on the right side of
the car because there are many curbside fuel stations in Europe that can’t
easily reach across the vehicle for refueling. When I say curbside, I mean
that the gas station is a pump or two on the side of the road - no driveway
or turnaround available. You will see every
Volvo/Saab/BMW/Porsche/Audi/VW/Vauxhall/Opel/Jaguar with the fill pipe on
the right side of the vehicle for this same reason. I miss having the gas
caps hidden under the license plate or taillight – these concepts were
killed by high speed rear impact crash testing and the subsequent relocation
of fuel tanks in front of the rear axle.
Keep up the good work! With your reader base you can get any question
imaginable answered in a couple hours.
Thanks....and it's true, most of the time I can get great answers in no
time. But when it comes to the biggest questions, real answers which pass
all the smell tests are hard to come by.
"What is the point of Life?" is one of my favorites. Try answering it
without a faith-based reference and it becomes a little bit challenging.
Maybe we should ask that question this morning, since, if we get a good enough
answer, we could market it and all become zillionaires...
Last But Not Leasts
A Monday observatoid from a shaken Okie-lahoman...
"Despite the recent quake, why won't Texas ever fall off into the gulf?
Because Oklahoma sucks."
Unless, of course, you hang at the river walk in OKC, in which case it rocks and
this weekend, rolls, too. But if you want to talk about sucks, how about
another state? (nominees and justifications welcome).
If Earth is moving along at 67,000 miles an hour, how come 10-over is an excuse
to raise insurance?
I'm doing tax planning for this year and I'll be damned if I can find the IRS
publication which spells out whether the wages of sin are taxable.
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.