De Doh Doh Doh , De Dah Dah Dah , Is All I Want To Say To You.... 

"The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself."
-John Kenneth Galbraith





Saw 'em @ The Uptown. Definitely an uptown experience. I ain't the only grey haired geezer still out der...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W1jn0ZAjU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPfgazmuC24


Klick Onna Video Tab. Racer Porn.
http://www.rushmovie.com/










http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ ... story.html

My tax dollar at work;
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-2 ... ogram.html
Yours too, if yer old enough....


Syria War 401 news;

Volatility is gonna be up bigtime. The potential for things to go wrong is huge. Russia and Iran vs Saudi, Israel, France, US, Turkey. The actual arena of war is small and isolated by US standards. But it is in the mideast, there are oil powers involved, chemical weapons too, and it is like a barfight where there exists the possibility of the loser grabbing an oil lamp and screaming "The Guy Next To You Is A Child Molester!!!" and throwing the lamp into a mountain of bottles behind the bar. This could get messy.

That said, going into Labor Day is the slowest time of the year, markets get whipped around, This PROLLY gets dealt wit', and a month down the rad things look cool. That said, ya can take some off the table and get a little conservative, it wouldn't hurt much. But, things stay rocky for a coupla three weeks, then clear up, STAND BACK!!! We come into the end of the year, seasonality is in our favor, Wall Street DESPERATELY needs to run stocks up, and we could come back up like that garden rake you stepped on when you were a kid. Or we go to hell inna handbasket and we got bigger problems than the 401. I'm standing pat. Fer Now...


http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... -fear.html

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... -of-humor/
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/08/one-party-state/
http://www.mauldineconomics.com/outside ... t-schmexit










Stay Tooned...











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Pretty Cool....... I'm So Excited I Can Barely Keep My Eyes Open.... 

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Dare I Say It Out Loud? ................ Ya Know.....I Really Don't Care Much For Long Emotional Goodbyes........... SO....... ADIOS, MOTHERFUCKERS!! ... THIS IS IT!!!! .....I'M PULLING THE PIN!!!... I'M OUTAHERE!!!!!!! I'm Retiring As Of This Week. The Paperwork Is Inna Works. Now....About The Blog And Whom So Ever Read Or Might Wanna Continue To Read It... Hmmm.... Stay Tooned. 

One of the most difficult investing skills to master is being persistent and confident while not crossing the line to being stubborn and obstinate. It is a very fine line and you will never get it quite right now matter how hard you try.
Reverend Shark



Hey! If Yer A Member Of 342 And Need Some Help With The 401, Get In Touch With Me.
If You Are Using The Blog To Run Yer 401 Outa Another Local, And Would Like To See The COFG Continue, Lemme Know Through The "Contact Me" Link Above.
If You Just Like Comics And Music, Lemme Know That Too.
If All These Hits Onna My Blog Are Issues W/ Fat Fingers, And You Don't Give A Fuck.... Turn Around And Go Quietly, Nothing To See Here..... Move On....








Monetary Musical Hi Jinks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xD-XOVUaNQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW9mDyFgh1o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3geBEc2cJGs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8PwqQ5guYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-10i8-mtCw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj86Ysao ... r_embedded



"Are You Experienced?" Have You Seen The "Silver White Light"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEkoxVUl2RA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS1ncEkIeQ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnzuyR2iT3I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=updTFU9I ... =endscreen
Back Inna Day, It Was All Hair 'N No Studs Or Hoops And Only The Occasional Tat'.






Here's Where I've Gotten To... Grant Me A Victory Lap....

Here's Ever Since I Started Self Managing My Account.




Here's YTD.




Here's During The Bad Year...






Not A Bad Place To Close De Do'. Up 11% Plus In 8 Months... A Little Short Of 10% A Year Over The Last 9 Years.



























Note:

I'm moving a substantial proportion of my money from my 401 to an account managed by a professional money manager in the near future. I will retain money in my 401 account and manage it as I have always done. I will be able to measure what my fees are getting me and roll the money back into the 401 should I decide to. But in the meantime, the distribution of funds among the investment options is mostly about easy tracking and transfer. I'll keep you posted on when that changes.









Don't Tell Me Wells Don't Run Dry An' It's All A Liberal Socialist Conspiracy. I Was On The Sahara Forest Logging Project Back Inna Day....
http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/drough ... us-aquifer


TUESDAY

http://pragcap.com/4-questions-for-a-fe ... y-a-nobody
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... f-the-fed/
http://fundamentalis.com/?p=2378
http://www.businessinsider.com/fred-wil ... ger-2013-8
http://pragcap.com/quite-the-qe-conundrum

Thursday:

http://business.time.com/2013/08/15/ame ... nt-advice/






Stay Tooned...





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Dem Changes .... Again 

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Been Real Busy. Normal Service To Resume....Inna Week Or Two 

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'Nother Day...'Nother Dollar. 

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I Do NOT Like What I See Inna Charts.... Been Lookin' At Some Bond Charts. Prolly Cover It At Some Point Below..... 

It makes me cringe to have 'experts' tell us not to fear the Fed. You don't fear the Fed but you do fear a market that fears the Fed. If the rest of the world is selling because they are afraid, justified or not, you respect the price action and move out of the way.
-- James “Reverend Shark” DePorre



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I bought both DVDs.
Clapton said that Freddie was the most challenging to play live with. "He'd tear you up."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTU6cffChsU
Clapton told JJ Cale that he loved his song, "Cocaine." Cale laughed and said, "You should! It's your song!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVl-oXi-TpY
Think "Sunshine Of Your Love".










A month or two ago I reduced stock exposure into risk. I reduced bond exposure into risk about 6 weeks ago. I've been re-establishing stock exposure into rising prices. Some of this I got pretty extreme about. It Appears To Be Working. Real Well. I Like The Numbers.
So Far, So Good....



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/opini ... e&_r=0


http://www.stonekettle.com/2013/07/and- ... ation.html




Here's The Chart Alluded To Inna Title...


This is a 10 year Treasury Note chart. Yields (pay out) have been dropping for the whole duration of the chart. If, in late '94, you'd bought a new 10 Year Note, you'd have gotton a yield of say, 80. By late 2002, the new 10 year yields were down to around 40. Your old note's US government rate was twice the yield of the new notes. That meant that not only was it throwing off interest payments at a fabulous rate, if you had to sell it, it yielded as highly as very risky bonds... with none of the risk. Much higher interest rate than the equivalent 2 year note, which is what ya got left onna original 10 year note.
Now it looks like the run is starting to unwind. Every bond you hold in yer bond fund will prolly yield less or equal to one you can buy next month or next year. Want ta get out of the bonds you hold, like to get into something else that's doin' better or pay the groceries? That means dropping the price you get to where it looks like a value to somebody who will get a better deal the longer they wait. Lookit the first chart.
The best way to invest in bonds is the buy them outright. Which I did inna 80's. I bought bonds paying 12% double tax free. Every year bond interest paid by new bonds dropped and while my bonds became worth less because they got one year closer to being called, they became worth more because they paid better than newer bonds. Pretty cool. I held them until they were called and got all the interest and more than my money back. (I bought them at a discount). When you invest in a bond fund, you go in with all the other investors. If they bail wholesale,the fund sells inventory into a falling market and you lose despite holding firm.

That's why I'm inna stable value. For now... 'Course I'm just an old broke down pipefitter and this is just only what I'm doin' wit my own money. Someone smart 'll tell ya something else. YMMV.







http://www.debka.com/article/23101/Obam ... otherhood-

The pain trade...
http://www.businessinsider.com/treasuri ... ade-2013-7


http://noahpinionblog.blogspot.com.au/2 ... -what.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-0 ... actor.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/its-up-t ... omy-2013-7
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... g-volumes/

http://www.businessinsider.com/rosenber ... ger-2013-7


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-1 ... sales.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-1 ... sales.html


http://pragcap.com/so-this-is-happening ... ate-market


http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francis ... -never-get






Another "V" shaped recovery. Bounce off the 50 day ma, chatter along it, power dive through it, flush out the cautious and profit takers, drop through another level of resistance, close below it for almost a week, suck in the bears, AND TURN AROUND AND GO ALMOST UP FOR 11 DAYS OUT OF TWELVE. Then to add insult to injury, gap open a buncha days and hold that level all day, so that all the gains come overnight, so they tell you nothing about the health of the market.

The best way to make money in this market is to be insanely aggressive, mostly oblivious of risk, too unsophisticated to realize that markets devour the unsophisticated, and too lazy to take profits on the way up. Sometimes, fate and the markets play into my strengths.










Stay Tooned




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"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain."

--Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815






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Dem Changes. Not Who You'd Expect....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAMVyBCHvU4
Voodoo Child. Kinda the same....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88Jj6wsHxTs
Dear Mr Fantasy.... More Of The Same...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5eniCCccPw







MAKES SENSE TO ME......
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... g-edition/

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/06/bls-and-sequester/
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/06/bi ... s-numbers/


The 60's and early 70's were a middle class revoulution in this country. De Ja Vu All Over Again...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eur ... story.html


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-0 ... -cuts.html


http://www.businessinsider.com/the-brok ... ica-2013-7

Gawd, It Makes My Brain Hurt....
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/arc ... ps/277213/






STAY TOONED...













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Somethi' Inna News 'bout Interest Rates Goin' Up... Maybe The 401 Was Payin' Attention.... Check It Out. Ya Think?  

The purpose of fixed income in a portfolio is for ballast. It is not there to increase returns, it is there to reduce risk, hence you should keep the fixed income portion of a portfolio relatively short term, high quality, and currency hedged (if using international fixed income).
-- David E. Hultstrom



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It wasn't a typical week. Kinda exceptional. Like da music...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP3vlayxGmw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGWfDkx4zyY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5WcW7An4u4




He-man adventure with the flavor of white hot steel....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXR8Df_Bml0





http://www.businessinsider.com/the-infl ... ple-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/we-swear ... ver-2013-6

http://www.businessinsider.com/we-swear ... ver-2013-6
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... -stimulus/


http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... e-factory/




Not A Good Week...Looks Worse If Ya Go Back To Da Start O Da Month...









Lightening Up On Stocks Worked Out OK. Didn't Lose Much. Now I Gotta See Which Way Monday Goes.... Don't Let This Week's Heading Fool Ya. I Paid My Attention During The Last Two Weeks Ratcheting Down Risk... The Balanced Pooled Fund Is My Benchmark. The Work I've Done At Getting A Few Percent Here And There, And Big Numbers Like This Week, Becomes A Serious Advantage The Closer I Get To Pulling The Pin...Especially When It Gets So Crazy That Bonds Act Like Stocks. A Brand New Journeyman W/ $15K Inna 401 Sees 5% As Chump Change. A 40 Year Guys Sees It As A Year's Contribution... I'm Big Time Inna Stable Value. Outta Bonds. Return Free Risk? Thank You, But No Thanks....










http://twl.sh/1053j9Z



This might be right... or it might be wrong... Stay Tooned... If It's Right It's IMPORTANT...
http://www.businessinsider.com/bis-says ... art-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/controll ... ory-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/market-c ... gns-2013-6




Been der, lived troo dat inna 70's...
http://www.businessinsider.com/david-gr ... ime-2013-6
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130 ... -?gcheck=1
Kinda Nixonian... And I Don't Mean Gary....




Look At Treasuries; Think Gov Bond Fund Inna 401.
Look At Corp Bonds; Think American/Vanguard Bond Funds Inna 401.
That's Why I'm Inna Stable Value. For Now Anyway...

http://stocktwits.com/message/14250979



http://pragcap.com/qe-myths-and-the-expectations-fairy

WHOA!!!!!! http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... note-ever/



FUBAR. This Will Take Some Some Serious Time And Work To Get Past...
http://www.businessinsider.com/russian- ... nfo-2013-6
Chapter Two
http://www.businessinsider.com/snowden- ... ple-2013-6


http://www.businessinsider.com/what-too ... arn-2013-6
http://pragcap.com/bursting-bernankes-bubble
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/06/th ... cal-fable/





Stay Tooned...















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A Poor Memory Is All I Can Afford..... 

“I’m always thinking about losing money as opposed to making money. Don’t focus on making money; focus on protecting what you have.”
—Paul Tudor Jones




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Dutch Symphony Metal Which I Found Stuck Onna Isle Of Man TT video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGdzgcDllYE
IOM Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmhPwFkRtCo









http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... n-ppi.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/in-2-cha ... ets-2013-6
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... n-no-rush/

Ooopps!! Fucked That Up!!!!!
http://www.businessinsider.com/60-minut ... 000-2013-6
What I'm thinkin' of thinkin'...
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... ightening/

http://fundamentalis.com/?p=1956
http://www.businessinsider.com/fitch-ch ... ord-2013-6
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=30 ... amp;play=1












Got Conservative... Big Time Inna Stable Value
.. Less'n 50% Stocks...



Hugely Important For 401 Holders. There is a subscription requirement. But see in the comments; you can find your way to the article through Google and get a look at it there or possible find it on other sites...
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/06/sh ... unds-suck/



Wanna know how it's goin'?
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-pu ... ria-2013-6


Pretty lady and her bathtub. Prolly not what you think....
http://vimeo.com/891838

http://www.theonion.com/articles/financ ... -wo,32865/



http://www.businessinsider.com/picture- ... ole-2013-6







NOTE THAT AS HORRIBLE AS THE STOCK FUNDS LOOK, BOND FUNDS HAVE LOST BETWEEN 1.2% AND 2% SINCE JUNE 1ST. LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF RETURN FREE RISK... I'M 56% STABLE VALUE/STOCKS AND MAY NOT STAY THERE...










Stay Tooned....











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I Speak Of A Life Lived In Quiet Desperation, And My Wife Says, "Yeah, Right!!! Quiet For How Long??" 

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There's Something Goin' On.... 

“Vision without execution is a hallucination.”
-- Thomas Edison




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Something Goin' On...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrsH4GJ0oQM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3LEhfbKCSc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq3NwCHm-4U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoqG3hif ... =endscreen
There was a time when Butterfield, Electric Flag, and B,S,& T were the first to blend horns with rock. I'd forgotten how much I'd enjoyed it...










If it goes really bad, there's still a lot to salvage. If it turns right back up... Drive On!

http://www.businessinsider.com/wal-mart ... ges-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/real-wag ... ces-2013-6

http://fundamentalis.com/?p=1848


I enjoyed this speech, but Bernanke's comment that "careful economic analysis ... can help kill ideas that are completely logically inconsistent or wildly at variance with the data" is at odds with the sequestration budget cuts, "debt ceiling" nonsense, expansionary austerity, and more. I wish data and careful analysis could actually kill bad ideas, but I'm not sure what Paul Ryan would do with his life.
Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/#BMiAPZdjkGJgeRBy.99

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... allon.html

Marc Faber Is Glad He Owned Stocks, Even As He Warned Everyone Of Stock Market Doom
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marc-fab ... z2V5iZoyyU
http://www.businessinsider.com/marc-fab ... oom-2013-6


Monday...
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... one-ahead/












Images For The Ages...
http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese- ... uck-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-lady ... key-2013-6



In my own life time, the Kent State stuff and pix of shotguns being fired down side streets during the Berkeley FSM. Powerful stuff.




HUGE
http://www.businessinsider.com/huffingt ... age-2013-6
http://www.businessinsider.com/prism-sp ... wer-2013-6






http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... tary-fail/










Stay Tooned...









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Memorial Day.... 'Cuz There Is So Damn Much Built On The Sacrifice Of Others, That As Important As It Is To Remember Those Who Are Gone, It Is Even More Important To Do Something For Those Who Are Still Here And Who We Can Still Help.  

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Rock 'n Roll. From 5% Of The Music Market(Top 40/Pop), To The Very First Album Rock Show (An Hour A Day On A Foreign Language Station), To A Major Socio/Political Force, To Elevator Music, To Something Receding In The Rear View Mirror.... 

"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith




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Beau Brummels from "Shindig"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_GeYgT58d0
What Sal Did After...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Qoom2gvSQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfB2N7F7CqY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80TUy-z-E4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGIwmxu8dbM
I used to hang out at the bar at the Boarding House in SF. It was 10' from the door to the dining room/stage/music hall. I "attended" some kickass shows for the price of a half dozen beers. Stoneground was a favorite and is a treasured memory.... Later the shows moved upstairs. Nothing lasts forever, but if you miss it while it's there, it's yer own fault....





http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... g-run.html









How The Fuck Did My Vote For A Democrat End Up Giving Me A Republican???!/








http://www.businessinsider.com/wrong-in ... sts-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/morgan-s ... ain-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/deutsche ... gin-2013-5





http://www.salon.com/2013/05/12/jaron_l ... dle_class/
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dear-c ... 2013-05-17


Nothin' Helps Ya Keep Da Money You Make Better'n Making It By The Bale.....
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... ashington/



Wednesday...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/busin ... ;_r=1&







http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... eekly.html



http://www.businessinsider.com/googles- ... war-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/america- ... mps-2013-5
http://pragcap.com/the-great-american-divide
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/05/dy ... able-news/


http://www.businessinsider.com/japans-l ... ent-2013-5










Stay Tooned...
















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Nutria Is Not A Nutritional Supplement And Ear Wigs Are Not What They Sound Like.... 

LOGIC, n.: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
-- Ambrose Bierce





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Top 40 Stuff I Used To Listen To On My Candle 8 Transistor Radio...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYh5oMDlWwQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efpp03h_Ja8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ4WE0GviLg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7uC5m-IRns
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjuW-hYs17w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeolH-kzx4c






http://www.businessinsider.com/10-reaso ... job-2013-5
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/05/brown-mms/










http://www.businessinsider.com/bloomber ... ner-2013-5
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/ma ... th-catalog


http://fundamentalis.com/


http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... using.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-th ... nce-2013-5


http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/05/na ... satellite/

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... april.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/stocks-h ... get-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-ric ... nia-2013-5

http://www.businessinsider.com/david-te ... rat-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-triu ... 968-2013-5




http://www.businessinsider.com/why-gold ... her-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/man-give ... ple-2013-5


Thursday
http://www.businessinsider.com/bad-data ... -16-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/michael- ... ity-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/dear-mic ... ach-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/stock-ma ... ion-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/wal-mart ... oke-2013-5
http://pragcap.com/signposts-a-daily-ba ... -investors
Crazy Talk. My Kinda Crazy Talk.
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... is-moment/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/busin ... l&_r=0
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... ree-years/



A commercial from 1999/2000.
http://www.youtube.com/v/aO9Mx5IcdJQ&am ... ;fs=1&









http://www.businessinsider.com/pyromani ... erm-2013-5

http://csen.tumblr.com/post/50605103715 ... -different














Stay Tooned....














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Hangin' Out With Iron Man In The Late 60's And Early 70's.... 

The one great certainty about the market is that things will always change. When we lose sight of that fact and dig in our heels on a particular viewpoint or thesis, it can create tremendous stress as we deal with an environment that may not appreciate our great insight.
Reverend Shark






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It was way early inna 70's and my squeeze and I were in Santa Cruz checking out the U. We were walking the Boardwalk and just for S&G's
I bought a Marvel Captain America comic from the magazine rack, my first comic book in a decade and my first Marvel comic ever. I was blown away by the art. I was used to newspaper comic's little linear squares and here was something completely different. At that time in my life, I inhaled science fiction and fantasy at a prodigious rate, and the disconnect between the vistas in my imagination and the reality of then current film and TV was huge. Oh, you had yer Harryhausen and yer 2001, but the first was a few minutes of a two hour movie, and the second was an outlier. On TV, ya had yer Star Trek silver painted salt shaker medical tricorder and yer radio shack experimenter box with one switch and three lights, all shot inna studio with all the sweep and grandeur of a large closet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kmjW73-v4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8TABIFAN4o


The one comic book purchase led to a decade long run collecting comics and comix driven primarily by the art. One exception to that, was that I collected Iron Man books. I saw a huge potential to the title, but it was hardly ever even close to realized. The book seemed to get the second string if not the third string writers and artists. It drove me up the wall. Check out these covers, where Iron Man is in a unitard with lines on the boots, trunks and gloves, indicating segments. Not armor, not anything to Marvel over... A metallic suit with all the opportunities that reflections and detail allowed.... Not there. Nothing.





The one exception to this was when IM crossed over to a book with a first line artist in place. There he got a better treatment. Check out this page from an Avengers book, as drawn by Barry Smith, an incredible artist. Even in a book that starred as many as a dozen main characters, where the artist had to spread himself thin over all dozen, IM got a better treatment than in his own mag. There are pages to that book that I can't access that are even better...




IIRC, someone wrote to Marvel about this time asking about this issue, prolly inna Avengers book and over this story, and the letter caught my eye. The explanation was simple. IM was one of Marvel's better selling books, regardless of the resources allocated and almost independent of the quality. Why put a quality artist on it if it made no difference? Put them on another book where they would make a difference. IM always sold well. Not only that, but the book generated one of the largest monthly piles of letters and surprisingly, included one of the largest proportions of letters from females. There was clearly something at work beyond the book itself.

Finally 40 years later, IM is getting it's due on the big screen. Serious writing, serious graphics, an inspired actor, it all came together. I am not surprised. There was/is something beyond a comic book. It's nice to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSFjFGUZGIg

Incidentally, Marvel put the word out that they wanted nothing to do with Downey; too much prison time, bad rap for behavior on set, too many drug busts. He INSISTED on a screen test. This looks to be part of it...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxXgTLvL ... =endscreen







As an aside, here's Barry Windsor Smith's work on a Conan story. LOVE his Conan stuff. Click It And Dig It.











http://pragcap.com/10-classic-failed-tech-predictions
http://pragcap.com/theres-even-bigger-p ... f-thinking
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/05/st ... -disaster/



http://www.businessinsider.com/australi ... ing-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-gun ... all-2013-5
http://www.businessinsider.com/to-save- ... -55-2013-5







HUGE
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... there.html



More Huge
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... -bark.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/david-ko ... ket-2013-5
http://www.theonion.com/articles/everyo ... -no,32346/
http://www.businessinsider.com/viral-ja ... nes-2013-5






http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/jobs/pos ... one-looney










Stay tooned....













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beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...beep.. 

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What A Week.... And The Market Sez, "Ya Had A Change To Get Comfortable And Feel Good. Now Let's See If We Can Change That."..." 

Retail sales themselves are the best indicator of consumer sentiment as no device peers so deeply into the recesses of the human soul as the cash register.
--Howard Simons




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Boston, Yer My Home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5apEctKwiD8









Warning!!!! Wonkish....
http://www.businessinsider.com/herndon- ... off-2013-4







Stay Tooned...















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I'd Be Happy To Work Another 40 Years If I Got To Be 23 Again. Of Course, The Only Party Making Offers Like That Has A Pretty Bad Rep.... Maybe I'm Better Off Calling It Quitz. 

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
-- John Kenneth Galbraith






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Old And New...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNr1QQIoxDc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmh0AcrKczc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe767OgdOa0







http://www.businessinsider.com/everyone ... old-2013-4
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... nings.html



Food For Thought; Not That I Necessarily Agree...
http://www.businessinsider.com/larry-su ... ock-2013-4


TUES...Wonk Bombshell WED... It Continues...
http://www.businessinsider.com/thomas-h ... off-2013-4
http://www.businessinsider.com/reinhart ... der-2013-4
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-best ... udy-2013-4
Debt Crisis or Well....YEAH!










Down a little from 80% stocks.... I lightened up a touch. I'll wait and see if the top is in...


WED

Kinda putting a crimp in stuff at the moment....
http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman- ... ack-2013-4
More "As the US straightens out and lights it up, the rest of the world goes sideways...
http://www.businessinsider.com/earnings ... sis-2013-4
http://www.businessinsider.com/deep-instability-2013-4

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/arc ... on/275014/






http://www.businessinsider.com/retireme ... ons-2013-4
http://pragcap.com/goldman-sachs-a-consumption-setback
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... ooks-like/

http://www.businessinsider.com/signs-wo ... own-2013-4



Friday
http://www.businessinsider.com/evidence ... own-2013-4
http://pragcap.com/rail-traffic-continu ... rend-lower

http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/201 ... dless-fog/




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opini ... ef=opinion






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Onna Cusp....I'm So Excited, I Can Almost Stay Awake.... 

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Life Inna Past Lane... 

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
-- James Baldwin




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Our Gourmet Offering For The Day ....
Baked 'tater ala Bonna Massa.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AZc0QiCNf4





The Next Big Thing.... http://www.businessinsider.com/the-euro ... ion-2013-3




Two Things... Lookin' Like Around 9% Annual Return Over Around 9 Years. Not Half Shabby Being That It Includes 2008.
An'... I'm Looking At Investment Returns Being 75% Of Total Returns For The First Three Months Of 2013. Things Are Good Right Now And I Won't Be Able To Do That Kinda Return When Things Go South... But It Augurs Well For When I Retire (Lemme Check My Watch). I've Got Critical Mass And I'll Be Able To Maintain/Grow My Account Even When I'm Not Working...


http://www.businessinsider.com/opnorthk ... tes-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/bernd-lu ... rus-2013-3






http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... -last.html

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... -last.html

YA GOTCHUR ONE SIDE AN' YA GOTCHUR OTHERSIDE...
http://www.businessinsider.com/david-st ... med-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/krugman- ... man-2013-3


eNUF sAID... http://www.funnyordie.com/slideshows/cd ... _and_words

Well, Yeah.... But When? It Don't Matter 'till It Does...
http://www.businessinsider.com/martin-f ... ise-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/china-wa ... ion-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-wich ... ers-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/total-du ... oss-2013-3
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... sings.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-cash ... ble-2013-3
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/vi ... ife.462258





The Trend Has Been My Friend. Treated Me Well. But I Have No Illusions Who His Ultimate Loyalty Is To. Keepin' A Sharp Eye Out. When He Does Go Bad...And He Will, He Can Go On Without Me.


As a Journeyman UA Mechanic, 38 years and counting..., I have the utmost respect for anyone who is the Master Of His Trade. And NOTHING for someone who doesn't even know how much he doesn't know...
http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/showt ... ost1732703
Enjoy...









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Contrast. A Beautiful Sunny Saturday And Two Cars Wadded Up In Front Of My House, Neither Is Mine. Cypus Circling The Drain And Plywood Shortages In The US As We Scrape The Bottom Of The Financial Crisis On The Way To Starting Back Up. Be Thankful For Whatcha Got And Work To Keep It.  

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
– Sigmund Freud




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From A Long Time Ago... I Saw Them Open With The Original And Run With It For 82 minutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toHlMD50 ... 2RNe2jwHE0
I saw the earliest version of J Tull, this line up, about this time. Clive Bunker was awesome. Self Taught....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC9GLav_bcM







Sticking With The Long View. Strategically, it looks good for the future. Tactically, I will lighten up if risk gets significantly higher and more directly threatening. Until then ......



Light in the midst of darkness....for some.
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-euro ... ent-2013-3
And On The Horizon, Storm Clouds Gather....
http://www.businessinsider.com/europes- ... rus-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-the- ... ead-2013-3



http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... uy-cyprus/

Monday Eve...

http://www.businessinsider.com/italy-is ... now-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/tyler-co ... uro-2013-3





Still Balls To The Wall. Nothing Lasts Forever, But Opportunities Need To Be Taken Advantage Of. And An Eye Needs To Be Kept On the Door....






http://www.businessinsider.com/tiger-wo ... ing-2013-3







Stay Tooned...













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Trust That It All Works Out. You Just Gotta Mostly Do The Right Things Mostly At The Right Time.  

"Economic history is a never-ending series of episodes based on falsehoods and lies, not truths. It represents the path to big money. The object is to recognize the trend whose premise is false, ride that trend and step off before it is discredited."
-- George Soros



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Kinda Randy .... If You Know Whut Ah Mean!! Some Of That Sweet, Sweet, Cooder, In Der Too. A Nod Anna Wink To All Ya All!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIjkfSnwl00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp-5Oa7Qvqk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vntx1htKRQA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHh6wOFKymU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUust5QQlU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug1XU-XvjBI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBux4AlGQzM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... E&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFmv22ghzQw






Speakin' of Doin' Mostly The Right Thing At Mostly The Right Time...


I'm Contributin'To The 401 @ The Max And 80% Of The Gains YTD Are Investment Returns. Pretty Cool....


http://www.businessinsider.com/cyprus-b ... uns-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/europe-j ... rus-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/of-cours ... eat-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/zervos-t ... lth-2013-3






http://www.minyanville.com/special-feat ... 1?page=ful











http://www.businessinsider.com/cyprus-t ... ter-2013-3









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Change Of Seasons, Change Of Outlook. Bright Sunny Saturday. Time To Work On My Scooter. 

"Being shot out of a cannon is always better than being squeezed out of a tube,
that's why God invented fast motorcycles bubba..."
-- Hunter S Thompson




http://www.latexnet.org/~csmith/sausage.html








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I Hear There's Top 100 Guitarists Lists Out There Without Alvin Lee. He's On My List. RIP
Everyone Knows Him From The Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5M5xljdCI
He Played Jazz...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuVUgdNn ... 14619D8258
And Blues...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQSFNgzuUwI&list=PL83DC0014619D8258
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuVUgdNn ... 14619D8258
RIP Alvin.




Two Kinds Of Music... Country AND Western
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAvDM4BNKuI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x0P2xje ... 14619D8258




SMOKIN' start to the year. There was the sense that the risk was off the charts. That's when you can either lose a lot of money or make a lot of money. Good money management and a sense of what direction the markets will actually go minimizes the risk and maximizes the opportunity. It pretty much worked this time. The next task is to make it work as well onna downside.







http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... bs-report/









Wonky... But Damn!!!
http://advisorperspectives.com/dshort/c ... -Worth.php
http://www.businessweek.com/printer/art ... uestration






http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... y-on-ipos/




Tuesday...


Fuckin' "A" Tweety Bird... http://www.businessinsider.com/why-paul ... ous-2013-3


http://www.businessinsider.com/more-imp ... dow-2013-3




http://www.businessinsider.com/martin-w ... ron-2013-3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DnKOc6F ... r_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5mHPo2y ... detailpage

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/03/mu ... th-warren/















Stay tooned...











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Doin' What Has Worked And Prolly Will Continue To Work. Apologies To Maynard G. Krebs. 

"Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common."
-- Satchel Paige




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Stadium Rock To Bring Yer Kid To Work Day.....What A Strange Long Trip It's Been.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7rFYbMhcG8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liEU5a2RPtk
Something From Back Inna Day....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2FWhq2 ... =endscreen



Two Bottoms. Prolly Not Whatcha Think.....
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... ttoms.html



















http://www.businessinsider.com/ben-bern ... tes-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/citi-on- ... ons-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/matt-bus ... ism-2013-3
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-sequ ... all-2013-3
Jeff is one of my main men when it comes to money: data driven. "Make sense or make tracks..."
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... t-top.html


Wed...
Whoa... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-0 ... ation.html




Thurs...


I'm back to 75/25 Stocks To Bonds. It's working so far.... As of today, up 9%+ YTD, more or less.







Stay Tooned....















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Short Timer's Attitude Since 1980. Brought To You By A Large Dose Of Reality.... Not The Kind Seen On TV. 

"The majority of unskilled investors stubbornly hold onto their losses when the losses are small and reasonable. They could get out cheaply, but being emotionally involved and human, they keep waiting and hoping until their loss gets much bigger and costs them dearly."
-- William O’Neil



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Lemme check and see if the local Ford dealer can get me one...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDkEbo324Dk








GIMME A BREAK!!!!!
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50926760/ns/b ... SpZHx0snSh












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Dem Changes.... 

One of the most difficult investing skills to master is being persistent and confident while not crossing the line to being stubborn and obstinate. It is a very fine line and you will never get it quite right now matter how hard you try.
Reverend Shark



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I wuz listening to the first Electric Flag LP one evening and my wife sez, "Who are all these white guys, trying so hard to sound black?" Well, that was pretty much true of Nick, Michael, and Barry. But it was Buddy Miles singing that particular song at that time... so I handed her the jacket so's she could look at the pitchur...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w05CYrXe4p4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc5cwnTV ... detailpage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omNPPv6mhJY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDbKX_KlNcE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAMVyBCHvU4















http://www.businessinsider.com/finally- ... ics-2013-2
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-barr ... ece-2013-2













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Dem Changes..... 

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NINERS!!!!!!!!.........Good Game To Watch. Both Teams Lacked Consistency. Both Teams Came Up Short Big Time. Niners Came Up Shorter Laster. Congrats Ravens. 

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
—Calvin Coolidge



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Yet more from the "IF ONLY" file... An SF guitar band, predating 'most everybody....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_FlNwQlBmU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM87rI-sR7o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioKodbNTljg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b8utHBk3aQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce10B7Dydr4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNqPwL2jbhU








Eighty eight% stocks; 12% bonds. Not all in... but close. Going with the trend, eyes open, just like always. I know where the door is, but I'm not leaning toward it yet. Working the 401, 'cuz the money works for me.




http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/to ... 9567.story





A close look at the republican claptrap about "The hidden wealth of the poor" and "Mitt ain't really leaving anybody behind".
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/20 ... -the-poor/

http://www.crossingwallstreet.com/archi ... -hurt.html
http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive ... py/266805/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-0 ... rices.html











Stay tooned....



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"Analog Man" In A Digital World. Joe Walsh. See The Guitar Center Special. Count me In...  

"Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting; that is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience."
-- Unknown


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkcrLaf5Sac
JEEZUZ!!!! Gallagher And Lindley Together! Unfortunately Eric Burdon's Their Cross To Bear... The Burdon Is Too Much For Them To Carry...


http://www.businessinsider.com/video-bi ... nbc-2013-1
Piss Fight.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/busin ... ;_r=1&
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... verything/
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/01/my-hometown/

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/01/pe ... cy-debate/


http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/01/pr ... more-88798




4+% Gain In A Month. Something To Protect. There Will Be Down Periods This Year. More Up Than Down Is The Goal. 80%/20% Stocks/Bonds. It's Worked So Far....












Bloomberg visits my world...
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/what-it- ... YqfVg.html




http://www.all-about-portugal.com/mcnam ... -portugal/












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