Election buzzwords: Goodbye and good riddance

Looking at the bright side of the past eight years, if either Gore or Kerry had been named King of America, then the chance of the U.S. electing someone as dynamic and sophisticated as Barack Obama in 2008 – from either party – would have been greatly diminished. And we’d still be in a [...]

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Halloween election and financial conspiracy theory

Well, Halloween officially ended a few minutes ago. So, Happy Belated All Hallows’ Eve.
With the November election imminent, I hope everyone has either voted or will be voting by Tuesday (well, unless you are a moron). If you’re an Oregon resident, hopefully you voted against all five measures put on the ballot (again) by [...]

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Bipolar stock market, pandemic flu, Alaska

Are you ready for three sarcastic statements, each with a supporting chart or graph?
All right, hold on. Let me channel my inner Comical Ali (AKA Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, former Information Minister of Iraq). Some called him Baghdad Bob. Ready?
Here we go:
1. The stock market is not exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder.
That’s right. A violent [...]

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Mail Goggles and late night talk show hosts

I have a couple of amusing email-related links to share. If you have a problem with late-night drunk emailing, Google has a solution for you: “Mail Goggles: A breathalyzer test for your Gmail.” Similarly, do you know people who overuse smilies and exclamation points in emails? Do they happen to worship cats? Are you aware [...]

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Wall Street failure, rainbow pantsuits, Nintendo

I don’t really have a coherent theme for the dump of random content below, except it all amuses me. I’ll start by saying there’s really no better media venue to consume the latest political “news” than through The Daily Show, and the opening skits of Saturday Night Live. They’ve both been especially good lately.
This [...]

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Financial services collapse, SNL premiere, salad dressing

What a week (so far) in the financial services industry! We’ve had Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch’s sale, AIG’s $85 billion bailout by the Federal Reserve, the SEC’s new rules against naked short-selling (thus reining in that particular criminal playground), and other fantastic economic disasters.
Question: Are corporate bailouts the new rate cuts? Can this [...]

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Conspiratorial ramblings: Fanta, Coke, Big Pharma and Monsanto

What makes for good Friday night conversation among friends? Some MSG-laden take-out Chinese and a few cans of orange Fanta.
Here’s a summary of some bits of yesterday’s conversation and associated (plagiarized) Internet research:
Q. Wasn’t Fanta invented by Nazis? Isn’t this a Nazi drink?
A. No, but kind of. Fanta was invented in Nazi [...]

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