"The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists."
--Joan Robinson

No New Chartz, No New Table Zup... I'm RE TAHRD!

http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-kru ... ts-2013-10

History Lesson..
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-2 ... ateur.html
Alternative Views To The Accepted Misunderstanding Of How Thing Work In This Country...
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... story.html

Lower Left To Upper Right.
All long/all in inna 401. (The remnant I still have there). This will end and I will reallocate. But for now it looks good.

http://pragcap.com/first-fall-in-us-man ... ulls-ahead
http://philosophicaleconomics.wordpress ... rgin-debt/

Found That Alternative Investment, That Collectable That'll Hold it Value Regardless. Like Say Mark MacGuire's Home Run Record Breaking Ball... Or Maybe A Painting?
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... rt-market/


Girl Doing Crazy Stuff...
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-2 ... le-go.html

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Just Another Old Broke Down Ree-Tahrd Pipe Fitter.... 

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Gone Fishing... Got my Trout Grenades and my net. 

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."
-John Maynard Keynes

Interesting... But I didn't read the last coupla paragraphs... Too long; Lost interest.
http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2013/09/ ... ate_t.html

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/1 ... the-taper/
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial ... um=twitter

Twelve years ago, I asked the General Contractor at the Cell Genesis job for the MSDS on the epoxy floor coating being installed. The rep brought back a one page copy from what was supposed to be a multi page document, indicating that the product was benign. The page was from the MSDS for latex paint. The box holding the flooring epoxy components said "Do Not Open Product Unless You Are Wearing A Respirator Suitable To The Chemistry Of The Product." I can relate it to this NFL riff. There were dollars involved vs health and safety. I know what some people think takes precedence.

Anybody else have a problem with this?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ ... story.html

Schedule for Armageddon...
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/0 ... -due-when/

Bill McBride is da man...
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... o-see.html
Shutdown/Non Default Porn
http://www.businessinsider.com/debt-cei ... lt-2013-10
Something Pleasant Instead
http://www.businessinsider.com/marvin-g ... on-2013-10
No Shit
http://www.businessinsider.com/mike-row ... on-2013-10

http://pragcap.com/goldman-sachs-shutdo ... gdp-by-0-5
http://pragcap.com/demand-for-a-third-p ... -new-highs
http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/1 ... owth-rate/

Huge... http://www.pionline.com/article/2013101 ... etirement#

http://larrysummers.com/the-battle-over ... ong-fight/

Here's Grover Norquist on Ted Cruz:
"He pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/won ... s-failing/
Fires don't reverse and burn backwards...
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... ady-begun/


http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/20 ... think?lite

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/debt-cl ... 8C11390916
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-1 ... dgame.html

But sometimes, it’s been said, the greatest courage is displayed in standing before a crowd and affirming that two plus two equals four — now the main Republican challenge. Political morality is determined not simply, or even mostly, by intentions, but rather by results. There is a virtue in achieving what is achievable — in actually making things better than they are.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/analyst- ... z2hoSM3GLo

http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman- ... 17-2013-10
http://pragcap.com/can-we-stop-with-the ... se-already

I'm an ex Catholic. And there ain't no ex quite as ex as an ex Catholic. And I can't even imagine what kinda load the enslaved and molested Catholics are carrying. But I check out what's happening every so often... and I find that I like the new Pope's modus operandi.
Boston College theology professor Thomas Groome said, "I think it will be a real test for conservative Catholics," he said. "They have always pointed the finger, quoting the pope for the last 35 years. Suddenly, will they stop quoting the pope? It'll be a good test of whether or not they're really Catholics."

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-cong ... wn-2013-10
http://ibankcoin.com/mr_cain_thaler/201 ... ment-72109

http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2013/ ... sting.html
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/ ... goal/?_r=0

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/ ... goal/?_r=0

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-1 ... -lost.html

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Pretty Much Ree Tahred.... 

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DUDE!!! Way Retired! Knarly! 

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
--Mary Pickford

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-2 ... drugs.html
Fuckin' "A" Tweetiebird... http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... ve-ramsey/
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1148 ... bt-default

I've read Cramer's site sine 1999 and it is amazing how many very significant investment pro's have passed through. I've followed the keepers. Jeff is one of them. How can you make any money without qualified information?
http://oldprof.typepad.com/a_dash_of_in ... l#comments

Why Am I not Surprised? http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/ne ... s-20130926

http://www.businessinsider.com/not-rais ... sis-2013-9

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/won ... heres-why/

Light My Fire...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/opini ... Ggsb5Ba0Jw

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... s-arrived/
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/arc ... ay/280107/

Fuckin' True Believers. Do you know why the old Dutch word "sabot" is the root of a contemporary English/ American word?
http://www.businessinsider.com/governme ... er-2013-10
http://www.businessinsider.com/top-repu ... re-2013-10
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/c ... raphy.html
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/c ... raphy.html

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/1 ... o&_r=1
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/S ... c=soc_twtr
Morons. As Was Explained To Me By A Lawyer; "That what you wrote was True is considered an acceptable defense."
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/S ... c=soc_twtr
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/s ... ns#slide-1

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STILL Retired.... 

If I say Nike Hercules and Mount Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay, do you know what I'm talking about? And do you know the intended purpose of the Nike's?
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09 ... veals?lite

http://www.thereformedbroker.com/2013/0 ... the-storm/

Huge: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/j ... ed-up.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-wa ... und-2013-9

Twisted Sifter:
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/02/pencil ... rkahegyzo/

Lower Left To Upper Right. Above the 50 DMA, But Way Extended W/O A Correction
And Counting On Congress Not To Fuck It Up. Staying Wary....

'Nother Day Onna Bay...
http://www.businessinsider.com/24-stunn ... 013-9?op=1

From The Fabulous Furry Freak Bros To This...
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-grea ... 011-2013-9

My God... http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09 ... uptcy?lite

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"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
--Sir Winston Churchill

In Yo Dreams.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfnLewb7 ... =endscreen


Cheap and Easy Self-directed Investment Options

Congress provides US taxpayers with many different tax-advantaged options for retirement saving. Qualified self-directed employer sponsored retirement plans are some of those options. They included 401(k), 403(b) 457 plans, SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, and others. There are trillions of dollars invested in these plans. This is a good thing for workers and for America.

What Congress didn’t provide was a short list of investments that plan participants could put their money into. That was a mistake. As a result, many plans are load up the a wide range of costly investment products that pay Wall Street billions of dollars in annual fees and, to make matters worse, kick-back some of those fees to the employers in the form of administrative services.

My radical idea is for Congress to create a very short list of three (3), government approved, low-cost, diversified index fund options for participants in qualified self-directed plans – and that is it. Every plan in the country were employees are able to save tax deferred would be required to offer these three funds, and only these three funds in their plan to keep their tax exempt status:

Conservative growth: 25% total global stock index fund + 75% total US bond index fund.
Moderate growth: 50% total global stock index fund + 50% total US bond index fund.
Aggressive growth: 75% total global stock index fund + 25% total US bond index fund.
The default for all employees would be the moderate growth fund. They would then have the option to invest in Conservative Growth or Aggressive Growth. Fund providers would compete for then qualified plan business on cost only because the funds would be all the same. There would be no incentive to compete based on performance of their funds. This will drive investment costs down to only a few basis points, a level enjoyed by participants in the government’s own Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

There would be no need for middle-men such consultants who earn fees by recommending investment products. It will also end the flow of cash from fund companies back to plan sponsors. Administrative costs would be paid fully by either the employer or employees. All costs would be fully disclosed. Finally, this idea will end most lawsuits against plan sponsors for impudent investment decisions.

The government created qualified self-directed employer sponsored plans with the thought of helping Americans save and investment for retirement. They did not do it so that Wall Street could get rich. Limiting all plans to these three extremely low-cost portfolios is a prudent move for employees and their beneficiaries, and it’s also prudent for employers who wish to have safe harbor from litigation due to bad investment decisions.

Rick Ferri

Somebody Should Do Something...

More food for thought:

http://www.streettalklive.com/daily-x-c ... g-bet.html

Sunday Night

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/09/tr ... wing-name/

Here’s what President Barack Obama‘s statement on Lawrence Summers‘s decision to withdraw his name from consideration to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve would have looked like after 40 milligrams of Sodium thiopental:

“Earlier today, I spoke with Larry Summers and accepted his decision to withdraw his name from consideration for Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Larry was a critical contributor to the radical deregulation that was one of many causes of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. It was in no small part because of his lack of expertise, false wisdom, and inept leadership that the economy crashed and burned and even today is still failing to be to back to its full growth potential.......


http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... -treasury/

Coming up outa the dark...
http://www.businessinsider.com/obamacar ... nts-2013-9

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-enti ... aph-2013-9

Thurday... Bummer. Get Used To It.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/busin ... l&_r=0

A needed slap up alongside da head. A click whore post.


http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/Ar ... jtEMdKTiSo

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/09/we ... ns-shadow/

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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...

Klick Onna Video Tab. Racer Porn.

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.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=hj86Ysao ... r_embedded

"Are You Experienced?" Have You Seen The "Silver White Light"?
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.


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


http://pragcap.com/4-questions-for-a-fe ... y-a-nobody
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... f-the-fed/
http://www.businessinsider.com/fred-wil ... ger-2013-8


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

Chartz And Table Zup @ www.joefacer.com

I bought both DVDs.
Clapton said that Freddie was the most challenging to play live with. "He'd tear you up."
Clapton told JJ Cale that he loved his song, "Cocaine." Cale laughed and said, "You should! It's your song!"
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

Chartz And Table Zonna Way @

Dem Changes. Not Who You'd Expect....
Voodoo Child. Kinda the same....
Dear Mr Fantasy.... More Of The Same...

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2 ... g-edition/

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/


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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

Chartz And Table Zup @ www.joefacer.com

It wasn't a typical week. Kinda exceptional. Like da music...

He-man adventure with the flavor of white hot steel....

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....


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...



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://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

Chartz And Table Zup...@ www.joefacer.com

Dutch Symphony Metal Which I Found Stuck Onna Isle Of Man TT video.
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://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://www.theonion.com/articles/financ ... -wo,32865/

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


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=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!

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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

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

Images For The Ages...
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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.

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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"
What Sal Did After...
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???!/

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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/

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

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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...

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

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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

http://www.businessinsider.com/bad-data ... -16-2013-5
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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

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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.


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.


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.

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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/
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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.

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

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

TUES...Wonk Bombshell WED... It Continues...
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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...


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.theatlantic.com/national/arc ... on/275014/

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

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...

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

Well, Yeah.... But When? It Don't Matter 'till It Does...
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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...
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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....

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

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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?feature=en ... E&NR=1

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
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