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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mystery of DB Cooper...Solved?

Close to be caught? Artists sketches of America's most elusive fugitive DB Cooper who hijacked an aeroplane and extorted $200,000 from the FBI before escaping by parachute in 1971

The FBI today revealed that it believes it has America's most elusive fugitive finally in its sights 40 years after famed hijacker DB Cooper disappeared when he jumped out of a plane over Washington.
Investigators said that they are testing the fingerprints of a new suspect after what they said is the 'most promising' lead to date in its bid to crack America's only unsolved hijacking.
A mystery hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper, also known as DB Cooper, boarded a Northwest flight in Portland for a flight to Seattle on the night of November 24 1971, and commandeered the plane, claiming he had dynamite.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Who Says We Are Losing Out to China! Eat Me Chicoms!

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s largest restaurant chain, should open an outlet a day in China as it challenges Yum! Brands for dominance in Asia’s largest economy as rising salaries boost spending on fast food.
“We should be opening a restaurant every day in the next three to four years” in China, Peter Rodwell, company president for Asia excludingJapanAustralia and New Zealand, said in an interview in Singapore today. “We’re now opening a restaurant every other day.”
McDonald’s franchised outlets in China may account for as much as 20 percent of the total within six years, Rodwell said, as the hamburger chain aims to increase its stores from 1,300 to 2,000 by 2013. While its website says more than 75 percent of restaurants worldwide are operated by franchisees, only six McDonald’s shops in the world’s most-populous nation are franchised, said Vivian Zhang, a Shanghai-based spokeswoman.

Container-Ship Plunge Signals U.S. Slowdown

Plunging rates for chartering container vessels that carry sneakers, furniture and flat-screen TVs may signal a U.S. consumer slowdown and losses for shipping lines in what is traditionally their busiest time of the year.
Fees for hiring vessels have fallen 9.3 percent since the end of April, according to the Howe Robinson Container Index, which tracks charter rates for a range of vessels. Last year, the index surged 56 percent in the period, as lines added ships on demand from U.S. and European retailers restocking for the back-to-school and holiday shopping periods.
“The troubling part is that charter rates are falling in the peak season,” said Johnson Leung, head of regional transport at Jefferies Group Inc. in Hong Kong. “Sentiment among consumers and retailers isn’t very strong.”

Thursday, July 28, 2011

C'est Parfait!

Patricia Beck


  • Scouring for confirming views: Jason Zweig once wrote that, “…people are twice as likely to seek information that confirms their beliefs then they are to consider evidence that contradicts them.”  Do you carefully considering opposing views?

  • Easily shaken out by fluctuations:  How can you have faith to ride out short-term fluctuations without the confidence of a full vetted idea?  While there is nothing wrong with having tight stops and loss disciplines, it is a whole lot easier to be shaken out if you don’t trust the idea.

  • Lack of conviction: What is the point of holding a stock that you don’t have high conviction in?  I’d rather own an index fund than a stock I don’t love.  Investors lukewarm on a holding end up becoming “long-term investors” as they are inevitably under water.

  • Loss Aversion:  Does your original investment thesis still hold?  If not are you only holding as you are reluctant to take a loss?  Cut bait and get out.  These situations lead to investors taking on more risk due to their loss aversion.

  • Thursday, July 21, 2011

    I Wish For A Titanic Moment For Yacht

    History Supreme yacht

    NOW that's how you bling up a yacht.
    A gold-plated super-yacht that is claimed to be worth a staggering £3 billion ($4.5 billion) has taken the title of the most expensive in the world.
    UK designer Stuart Hughes claims that the 30-metre long History Supreme yacht is adorned with 100,000 kilograms of gold and platinum that covers more than half its surface and even comes with a statue made from the bone of a T-Rex dinosaur.
    The base of the yacht as well as the deck, dining areas, rails and anchor are wrapped in solid gold and the sleeping areas are covered in platinum.
    There is also a wall feature in the master bedroom that is made from meteoric stone and an aquarium made from 68kg of 24 carat gold.
    Also on board is a luxury liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, one of the world’s rarest.

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    Heat Wave In Slow Motion

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Foot Fetish Lovers Are In Luck

    Startled researchers believe the 22-year-old's case is the first of its kind.
    Between one to five per cent of the population are believed to suffer from the condition, which is clinically referred to as supernumerary breast tissue.
    If present, extra nipples tend to be found above the waist.
    Pop star Lily Allen famously has an extra nipple on her left breast. Bond baddie Scaramanga also suffered from a similar condition.

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    Sunday, July 17, 2011


    Long Term Haurlan Index

    In his Trade Levels Report, Haurlan included an indicator he called the Haurlan Index.  There were actually 3 versions of this indicator, for short, intermediate, and long term timing purposes.  Each one looked at the daily Advance-Decline (A-D) difference, and used different smoothing factors to incorporate that data into an indicator.

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Real Estate Genius

    FLOWER MOUND — A little-known Texas law and a foreclosure could have a man in Flower Mound living on Easy Street.

    Flower Mound's Waterford Drive is lined with well-manicured $300,000 homes. So, when a new neighbor moved in without the usual sale, mortgage-paying homeowners had a few questions.

    "What paperwork is it and how is it legally binding if he doesn't legally own the house?" said Leigh Lowrie, a neighboring resident. "He just squats there."

    Lowrie and her husband said the house down the street was in foreclosure for more than a year and the owner walked away. Then, the mortgage company went out of business.

    Apparently, that opened the door for someone to take advantage of the situation. But, Kenneth Robinson said he's no squatter. He said he moved in on June 17 after months of research about a Texas law called "adverse possession."

    "This is not a normal process, but it is not a process that is not known," he said. "It's just not known to everybody."

    He says an online form he printed out and filed at the Denton County courthouse for $16 gave him rights to the house. The paper says the house was abandoned and he's claiming ownership.

    "I added some things here for my own protection," Robinson said.

    The house is virtually empty, with just a few pieces of furniture. There is no running water or electricity.

    But, Robinson said just by setting up camp in the living room, Texas law gives him exclusive negotiating rights with the original owner. If the owner wants him out, he would have to pay off his massive mortgage debt and the bank would have to file a complicated lawsuit.

    Robinson believes because of the cost, neither is likely. The law says if he stays in the house, after three years he can ask the court for the title.

    He told News 8 his goal is to eventually have the title of the home and be named the legal owner of the home.
    "Absolutely," he said. "I want to be owner of record. At this point, because I possess it, I am the owner."

    Robinson posted "no trespassing" signs after neighbors asked police to arrest him for breaking in.

    Flower mound officers say they can't remove him from the property because home ownership is a civil matter, not criminal.

    Lowrie and her neighbors continue to look for legal ways to get him out. They are talking to the mortgage company, real estate agents and attorneys. They're convinced he broke into the house to take possession, but Robinson told News 8 he found a key and he gained access legally.

    "If he wants the house, buy the house like everyone else had to," Lowrie said. "Get the money, buy the house."

    Robinson said he's not buying anything. As far as he's concerned, the $330,000 house is already his and he has the paperwork to prove it.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Top For Year?

    "An upward crossing through zero often (but not always) marks an important top for stock prices.  These seem to be better top signals when the upward crossing through zero occurs after a longer period below zero." 

    You Can't Make This Shit Up!

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Death By Dog

    A 43-year-old woman died after suffering a massive allergic reaction brought on after she had sex with a dog in Limerick.

    The woman, a mother of four children, suffered the reaction to the dog’s semen after willingly engaging in sex acts with the Alsatian dog in a house in the Patrickswell area of the county.

    The woman passed away in October 2008, shortly after intercourse with the dog, and after a three-year investigation it was confirmed that her death occurred due to an adverse reaction suffered after having sex with the animal.

    An ambulance was called to an address in Patickswell at approximately 7.30pm on the night that she died and rushed the woman to the Mid-Western Hospital, where she passed away shortly after 8pm.

    A source told The Star last night that the unfortunate woman involved came in contact with a man who provided the dog on an internet chatroom. . . .

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Inspirational...Invest The Time and Watch It!

    Hollywood gets a bad rap, much of it deserved, but give credit where credit is due.  Denzel Washington is a fine example of a true role model and what he has to say has grit, honesty and a real bite.  Watch and share...We can all learn from it!

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    I Charge For My Shitty Advice

    Makes Sense Being A Contrarian

    “Weak consumer confidence good for stocks … huh?
    I want to transition back to the macro landscape now. Let’s take a look at what has been one of the stickiest of weak indicators—consumer confidence.
    As you can see in the chart below, the Conference Board’s measure of Consumer Confidence hit an all-time low in March of 2009. It has since risen, but the latest dip puts it back in extreme pessimism territory—a territory in which it’s resided less than 15% of the time.”

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Me likey!

    Chart forTanzanian Royalty Exploration Corp.  (TRX)

    Very simple...TRX is now positively diverging from GLD...SLO STO looks good as well...volume is weak though...but i like how this is looking....

    Conjugal Visit Just Wasn't Enough

    In this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011, prison inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina is curled inside a suitcase after he tried to escape from prison with the help of his girlfriend following a conjugal visit in Chetumal, Mexico. Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 conviction for illegal weapons possession. His girlfriend was arrested and charges are pending. (AP Photo/SIPSE)

    CHETUMAL, Mexico (AP) — Police say a woman was caught trying to sneak her common-law-husband out of a Mexican prison in a suitcase following a conjugal visit.
    A spokesman for police in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo says staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that the woman seemed nervous and was pulling a black, wheeled suitcase that looked bulky.
    Spokesman Gerardo Campos said Monday that prison guards checked the bag of 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the fetal position.
    Ramirez is serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 conviction for illegal weapons possession.
    Arjona was arrested and charges are pending.

    Sunday, July 3, 2011

    Borrowing from the rich to keep socialism going

    Understanding Capital Flows is the Key

    When the model accurately forecast the collapse of Russia that is when the CIA came and wanted me to build the model for them. They acknowledged that  CAPITAL FLOW ANALYSIS that we developed at Princeton Economics was a new technology and important even to understand from a geopolitical perspective. The model accurately predicted the Lebanon War, the Iran-Iraq War and probably even 911. How? It turned out that someone has knowledge of the invasion and as such they move money accordingly. This was being picked up by our computer is monitoring global capital flows. It could not tell you WHO or precisely WHY, just that the shit would hit the fan.

    It is absolutely critical to understand International Capital Flows. The Dow rose between 1932 and 1937 and unemployment exploded to 25% going into 1935, the Dust Bowl tore the economy apart, and the economy was far from booming. There was a lift due to the devaluation of the dollar. This is also the famous bank holiday. Much of the news between 1932 and 1937 was  BEARISH. Yet the stock market rallied as a HEDGE AGAINST untrustworthy public debt. Even the city of Detroit suspended all payment on its debt. It made good in 1963 with the help of inflation. 

    We face similar crisis in the state and local governments. Unemployment will rise as the local governments (WHO CANNOT PRINT MONEY LIKE THE FEDS NOR BORROW FROM THEM) are forced into reality. Greece  MUST default or it will go into revolution. The lesson from the Great Depression is that the gold standard created DEFLATION because you could not increase the amount of gold in proportion to economic and population growth. The EURO is doing the same thing. By holding Greece to the Euro, their obligations are rising in REAL value terms forcing DEFLATION upon the country. The gold standard was abandoned (defaults) in 1931 and that was the key.  This is a battle between the investment bankers and the people. The debts have to be devalued or we will be looking a massive civil unrest by 2016. It is time to make a choice. It is them against us! Stop taking advice from the  banking  Primary Dealers for they have a vested interest in bankrupting society for their gain! Julius Caesar understood this. Are we just brain-dead?

    Blast From The Past