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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Aloha, Danno !

Excerpts from the AP Report :

Stage and screen actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-O," died Thursday at age 72.

In a career that spanned more than four decades, MacArthur was most recognized for his role as detective Danny "Danno" Williams on "Hawaii Five-O," which aired from 1968 to 1980. Episodes often ended with detective Steve McGarrett, the lead character, uttering what became a pop culture catch phrase: "Book 'em, Danno."

Space Dragon--a Baby Step for NASA's COTS Program --Waits on FAA Re-entry License


SpaceX Dragon
..reports Irene Klotz in AVIATION WEEK.  Some excerpts :

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is awaiting an FAA license to fly its Dragon capsule through the atmosphere, following launch on a Falcon 9 rocket targeted for Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.

The launch license was granted Oct. 15. The pending re-entry license will be the first ever issued by FAA, according to George Nield, FAA’s associate administrator for Commercial Space Transportation.

“As we go forward [with NASA Commercial Crew Development and other programs] we expect to see a lot more of those,” Nield tells AVIATION WEEK.

Building on the Falcon 9’s successful June 4 debut (Aerospace DAILY, June 7), SpaceX plans to put Dragon into a 34.5-deg.-inclination, 300-km. (190-mi.) orbit, where it will remain for less than 4 hr. before re-entering the atmosphere and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean near Southern California.

The mission is a demonstration flight for NASA under its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. Both SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. have contracts to develop and demonstrate launch vehicles and to fly cargo to the International Space Station.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OVER-THE-TOP TV : What is 'OTT' and Why Does It Scare the Cable Companies ?

Over-the-top TV is TV delivered via IP. It promises to provide almost limitless choice of video entertainment. Products such as PlayOn and Boxee already allow customers to watch OTT and toss their expensive cable subscription.

As an article at In-Stat puts it, Web TV will change everything.
Consumers are increasingly viewing TV content online. The on-demand, Web-user experience fits our busy lifestyles more than broadcast TV. What consumers really want is the online video viewing experience on their HDTVs. A wide variety of devices and technologies are making the Web-to-TV market a reality.
For more information on OTT and its implications for Cable, see Jon Orlin's "  Internet TV and the Death of Cable, Really " in TECH CRUNCH  and his " Comcast Reports Drop in Cable Subscribers, Blames Economy " in SEEKING ALPHA.  See also ECN MAG " Over-the-Top Video and Content Delivery Networks Will Transform Video-On-Demand Provisioning ".

Tuesday Night R&B/Soul Blast !!!

Ruby & The Romantics - Our Day Will Come
The Shirelles - Mamma Said
The Shirelles Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow ?
Ronettes - Be My baby
Mary Wells - My Guy
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Martha and  the Vandellas - Heatwave
Martha and The Vandellas - Dancing in the Streets
Martha and The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack
The Drifters - On Broadway
The Drifters - Up On The Roof
Ben E. King - Stand by me
Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves A Woman
Otis Redding - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
The Temptations - My Girl
The Temptations - The Way You Do the Things You Do
The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin'
The Four Tops - Reach Out I´ll be there
The Four Tops - It´s the same old song
Smokey Robinson - The Tracks Of My Tears Live (1965)
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Mercy, Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
The Supremes-You Keep Me Hangin' On
The Supremes - Come See About Me   
The Supremes-Stop! In The Name Of Love
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love (lyrics)

Taliban and Al Qaeda Joined at the hip ? No, claims Arnaud de Borchgrave...

...who met with Tailban supreme Mullah Mohammed Omar in Kandahar and listened to the Mullah piss and moan about Osama bin Laden.

According to Borchgrave...
The ideological and personality differences between the two leaders have long been misunderstood. Taliban is an indigenous movement made up of mostly ethnic Pashtuns, midwifed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency to put an end to the civil war and fill a vacuum left by the Soviet retreat from Afghanistan in February 1989.
Mullah Omar and his immediate entourage made clear to Mr. Turabi, a multilinguist, and me that any fatwa issued by bin Laden declaring jihad, or holy war, was "null and void." He explained that bin Laden hadn't completed his 12 years of mandatory Koranic studies to qualify for the position of mufti.
Is it possible the U.S. could strike a deal with Mullah Omar that would end the war in Afghanistan and at the same time contain Al Qaeda/bin Laden  ?

Read on !

Karzai's Iranian Baksheesh and American Irresolution

Our bud Hamid, with some other guy.
In the WSJ, Fouad Ajami paints a picture of President Hamid Karzai as a man who's known all along that the U.S. would drop its Afghanistan project like a bad habit, asap, and that, before the party was over, he should grab all the goods he could, including any from Iran.

Some excerpts :
The idealism has drained out of this project. Say what you will about the Iraq war—and there was disappointment and heartbreak aplenty—there always ran through that war the promise of a decent outcome: deliverance for the Kurds, an Iraqi democratic example in the heart of a despotic Arab world, the promise of a decent Shiite alternative in the holy city of Najaf that would compete with the influence of Qom. No such nobility, no such illusions now attend our war in Afghanistan. By latest cruel count, more than 1,300 American service members have fallen in Afghanistan. For these sacrifices, Mr. Karzai shows little, if any, regard.
Mr. Karzai didn't need to be a grand strategist. He had, as is necessary in his world of treachery and betrayal, his ear to the ground, his scent for the irresolution of the Obama administration. He saw the scorn of Iran's cruel leaders for America's diplomatic approaches. He could see Iranian power extend all the way to the Mediterranean, right up to Israel's borders with Lebanon and to Gaza. The Iranians were next door and the Americans were giving away their fatigue. Why not accept the entreaties from Tehran?
A year ago, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, Karl Eikenberry, laid out the truth about Mr. Karzai and his regime in a secret cable that of course made its way into the public domain. "President Karzai is not an adequate strategic partner," Mr. Eikenberry wrote. The Karzai regime could not bear the weight of a counterinsurgency doctrine that would win the loyalty of the populace. There were monumental problems of governance but "Karzai continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden, whether defense, governance, or development. He and much of his circle do not want the U.S. to leave and are only too happy to see us invest further. They assume we covet their territory for a never-ending war on terror and for military bases to use against surrounding powers." In Mr. Eikenberry's cable, Mr. Karzai is a man beyond redemption, who was unlikely to "change fundamentally this late in his life and in our relationship."

A big American project, our longest war, is now waged with doubt and hesitation, and our ally on the scene has gone rogue, taking the coin of our enemies and scoffing at our purposes. Unlike the Third World clients of old, this one does not even bother to pay us the tribute of double-speak and hypocrisy. He is a different kind of client, but then, too, our authority today is but a shadow of what it once was.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Change of Pace : Great articles by ESPN's Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, and an Homage to the Ward-Gatti Fights

Irish Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti - Brothers in Arms
An excerpt from Simmons on Ward-Gatti:
When boxing is working -- when it's really working, which isn't often anymore -- it's still the most exciting sport in the world. Warts and all.
* * *
We were reminded of this again last Saturday night, when Irish Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti re-enacted the Drago-Balboa fight [ from ROCKY IV ] at the Mohegan Sun, with Ward prevailing in a dramatic majority decision that left everyone breathless, including me. Boxing needed one of these old-school battles, just two guys pounding the crap out of one another, utterly fearless, pushing themselves toward that sacred place where skills don't matter anymore, when it's all about determination and heart and nothing else.

I had the privilege of watching one of the three epic matches between these two warriors on HBO. To say that it was phenomenal, that it was electrifying,  is merely to give it its due.    

For additional testimonials, click on these links to Boxing Scene, and The New York Times, plus Sports Illustrated's Obit on Arturo Gatti.

For info on the Paramount Pictures biopic on Ward, THE FIGHTER,  to be released in December, and to see a trailer, click on this IMDb link.

NETFLIX's Free Lunch is Over !, says Karl Denninger.

It's all about Netflix's customers' eating cable bandwidth, and who's going to pay for the buffet, going forward.

Monday, October 25, 2010

View from Brasilia : THE ECONOMIST surveys the state of Brazil as Lula departs

Some excerpts :

Lula’s choice, Dilma Rousseff, [ is ] a colourless technocrat who was Lula’s chief of staff but has never held elected office...

Where Ms Rousseff herself stands nobody bar her closest associates knows. Her early appointments and announcements will be scrutinised with unusual eagerness. Will she surround herself with austere economists, or party hacks, or believers in the state’s power to boost growth? Or a mix of all three? Does she plan to trim the budget deficit—or does she, like many on the left of her party, believe that growth makes such tedious rectitude unnecessary? Will she take some steps that Lula shirked, because of a desire to smooth her path to the throne, such as inviting private companies to run Brazil’s overstretched state-owned airports?

Ms Rousseff may have cause to wish that her predecessor had been bolder. But she is inheriting a better Brazil than he did, and that is in good part because of him. If one of Lula’s finest moments came right at the start of his presidency, another will come at the end, when he stands down after two terms, rather than changing the constitution to allow himself a third. “A popular left-winger but not a populist,” concludes Carlos Melo of Insper, a São Paulo business school. “This is something completely new and an example to the rest of Latin America.”

Monday Night Music : Fire up !

Jimi Hendrix - Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire
The Doors - Light My Fire
Arthur Brown - Fire
Elvis - Burning Love
The Pointer Sisters: Fire - Live on Midnight Special 1979
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Martha and the Vandellas - Heatwave
Robert Palmer - Some Like it Hot
Jimi Hendrix - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
Glenn Frey - The Heat is On
Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water

iPhone/Apple in Eclipse ?


In a SEEKING ALPHA article, Garrick Hileman contends that innovation is slowing at Apple. Competitors are leapfrogging Apple's iPhone  not only in terms of software, e.g., Microsoft's Windows 7 Phone OS and its user interface, but also in terms of hardware, e.g., the superior Samsung Super AMOLED video display. Currently iPhone leads in the sheer number of apps, but MS has the resources to close that gap.

For the view from atop Mount Apple, offered by Steve Jobs during a conference call with analysts last week, see Reuters' report

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Check out the RCMP's Common-sense Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

in English, and of course, Conseils de sécurité pour la cueillette de bonbons, en français.

Turkey too important to ignore, says THE ECONOMIST...

...a notion which is as obvious as it is unexceptionable.  But the rest of the article-- ?

The Economist downplays Turkey's Islamist tilt, its provocative involvement in trying to break Israeli's blockade of weapons intended for Hamas in Gaza,  its near half-century of foot-dragging on Cyprus, and the legitimate fears of Western European countries about being overwhelmed by immigration from Turkey if it were admitted to the EU.  All of that is bad enough, but The Economist's disingenuous comparison of Turkey's adventurist foreign policy with that of Brazil under Lula--"Brazil was nice to Iran, without anyone doubting its Western credentials " is as ludicrous as it is meaningless.

For an investment perspective on Turkey, read Frank Holmes' brief article in SEEKING ALPHA.

Culture Vulture Day-Trip : Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For CV and Mrs. CV,  Portsmouth, New Hampshire is less than an hour's drive-time. It's well worth the trip.

Take Exit 7 off US95, and head right at the end of the ramp onto Market Street toward the downtown. There's lots of on-street metered parking ($.75/hr), but it's no cheaper than the commodious municipal garage. Take a right off Market onto Hanover Street, and you'll see the garage, up the street on the left.

Even when the weather turns cold and the lure of Strawberry Banke and Portsmouth Harbor Cruises diminishes, there are  galleries, shops, and restaurants aplenty.  

Yesterday, for a change, we ventured off Market Street to Penhallow, and visited Portsmouth Fabric Company, where Mrs. CV checked out fabrics and quilting supplies, and where sewing and quilting classes are available.

From there, it was a short walk to the Ceres Bakery, for sandwiches on homemade bread , delectable desserts, and excellent coffee.  Steps away, on Daniel Street, we found Scallops, a shop cock-full of shells of every shape and size, as well as crystals, minerals, jewelry, New Age books and CD's. Kitty corner from Scallops, at City and Country Speciality Housewares, Mrs. CV found some bargains.

Returning to Market Street, we by-passed by LeRoux Kitchen and its formidable selection of housewares and kitchen-things, for no better reason than that the CV was pooped out.

By the way, if outlet shopping is your thing-- The Kittery, Maine outlet malls are just up the road. And the CV and Mrs. CV heartily recommend the Weathervane Restaurant in Kittery, a casual fish-fry place that deservedly attracts huge crowds in summer, for the Weathervane's fare is consistently well-prepared and reasonably-priced.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Night Sixties' Blast !

Check out the Blogger DJ Page,  for new Bee Gees,  Beatles, Turtles,  Monkees,  Righteous Bros and Spanky and Our Gang links !

The 10 Commandments of ETF Investing, according to Michael Johnston, in SEEKING ALPHA

XBRL : What is it, and why did IBM buy Clarity Systems to get into it ?

XBRL stands for Extensible Business Reporting Language, which offers "a standards-based way to communicate and exchange business information between business systems".

As Miles Jennings suggests in SEEKING ALPHA,  Big Blue must see big bucks in XBRL-based systems. Its purchase of Clarity makes it the one publicly-held company in this market (hence the only XBRL investing play). 

For more info on XBRL, click on XRBL.org or this Wikipedia link.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween DJ - Haunting And Haunted Realms, Spirits, and Dreams

And remember kids... DON'T CROSS THE BEAMS !

Ghostbusters - Theme Song
Eagles - Hotel California
Eagles - Witchy Woman
Traffic - 40,000 Headmen
Procol Harum - Salty Dog
Procol Harum - Juicy John Pink
Procol Harum - The Devil Came from Kansas
Frankie Laine - Ghost Riders in the Sky

The Ghost in You - Psychedelic Furs
Classics IV - Spooky
Romantics - Talking in Your Sleep
Roy Orbison - In Dreams
Roy Orbison - Dream Baby
Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
Mama Cass - Dream A Little Dream Of Me
The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin'

Up Solar Power !

From an article on the world's most $$$ bras...


" Japan's Solar Power Bra is expensive—but not because it's encrusted with diamonds. The bra, which debuted in Tokyo last February, uses solar panels on the stomach to generate electricity. And good news for women on the go: it can reportedly charge a mobile phone or an iPod. Unfortunately, however, it's not yet on the market—and a spokesperson said that "people usually cannot go outside without wearing clothes over it."

ObamaCare Lawsuit On Fast-track to Fed Appeals Court

Excerpts :
A Christian legal group's lawsuit against President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law is on a fast track for a federal appeals court, after a judge's order Thursday.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh in Detroit issued the first definitive ruling on the constitutionality of the new health care legislation when he rejected claims from the Thomas More Law Center that the law exceeds Congress's powers under the Commerce Clause and that a penalty for failing to buy or acquire insurance amounts to an unconstitutional tax. Steeh accepted the Justice Department's arguments that individuals can't really sit out of the market for medical services, so the federal government has the power to mandate insurance to prevent freeloading.
...the case is now clear to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which the plaintiffs have promised to do.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Brazil's Foreign Policy Post-Lula is the title...

but the article by Jaime Daremblum--former Costa Rican Ambasssador to the U.S. and current director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Hudson Institute--dwells on the past.

As Daremblum reports , Lula saw no problems with the 2009 Iranian elections ( Lula : "I don't know anyone, other than the opposition, who has disagreed with the elections in Iran ") or with the current regime's brutal suppression of protest, or apparently with its nuclear ambitions ; that while refusing to acknowledge Honduras's duly elected president, Lula excused human rights abuses in Cuba and Venezuela, whose President Chavez Lula called, "the best president of Venezuela in the last 100 years."

As for the Post-Lula future,  the author suggests :
Expunging the vestiges of that anti-Americanism should be a top priority of the next Brazilian government. Rather than cozying up to dictators in Iran and Cuba, Brazil should focus on stimulating positive cooperation among its fellow rising democracies, such as Mexico, India, Indonesia and South Africa. It is difficult to become a constructive, responsible actor in global affairs when your president is cavorting with the likes of Ahmadinejad and Castro.

Al-Qaeda Condos in Pakistan ?

Bin Laden and his buds aren't roughing it in Tora Bora caves, a NATO official tells CNN.  And apparently, Pak Intelligence is keeping them safe.  Too bad they can't do the same for their own innocent countrymen who've been blown up by terrorist bombs.

"Green China" a Myth, says Ethan Epstein, in THE WEEKLY STANDARD

" China, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman assures us, is undergoing a “Green Leap Forward,” one that the United States should aim to emulate...  Yet the facts on the ground paint a starkly different picture..."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Blues - A New Blog Page

Celebrate by listening to The Electric Flag, covering KILLING FLOOR, then go to the new Blues Page.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stock Market Rally's a Mirage, Retail Investors believe...

They're redeeming their Equity Fund investments and reinvesting same in Fixed Income instruments. Want numbers ? Check out 'Equity Fund Outflows Accelerate as Stock Market Rallies'.

Why ? I think it's because they no longer trust the Stock Market. The Flash Crash of May 2010 was the straw that broke their collective backs, convincing them that thr Market is merely a casino, run for the benefit of Wall Street, to the detriment of Main Street. And thus far, both our government and the so-called financial industry regulators have done nothing to challenge this notion, let alone restore their own tattered credibility. Bernie Madoff's in prison, but still casts a long shadow...

More on Florida's ObamaCare Challenge, from Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSBlog

According to Denniston, in ' Deep doubts on health mandate'  : 
A federal judge in Florida rules it is “not even a close call” that there are serious constitutionali questions surrounding the new federal law’s requirement that all Americans must buy health insurance by 2014, or pay a penalty. This case thus goes on.
Read the text of Judge Vinson's decision here.

ObamaCare Challenge OK'ed in Florida

An excerpt from the Politico article, 'Judge disses Dems' 'Alice in Wonderland' health defense'. 
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson allowed two major counts to proceed: the states’ challenge to the controversial requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance and a required expansion of the Medicaid program.
Vinson ruled that it's [i.e., Obamacare's requirement that individuals purchase health coverage ] a penalty, not a tax, and must be defended under the Commerce Clause and not Congress’s taxing authority.
A Dec. 16 trial date is planned in the lawsuit, brought by 20 state attorneys general and governors. Many legal experts expect it to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tonight's Music : CRAZY LOVE by Poco

This and other smooth Country songs can be found on the Blooger DJ Page.
POCO

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Recollection, Flashback, and Epiphany in Narrative : Part One

In a writers' group meeting, one of the readings raised the issue--at least in my mind--of using extended recollection in narrative. At the issue's core is the writer's intent,  i.e.,  what purpose the recollection serves within a subsection of the work or the narrative as a whole.

Sometimes the intent is clear, namely to  :
  • provide backstory, or
  • illuminate aspects of plot or character integral to the reader's understanding of events, and/or 
  • set up dramatic ironies ( i.e.,  reveal to the reader something the character doesn't know or doesn't understand )

Me and mah fren Yorick
Sometimes intent is less clear. Sometimes, extended recollection might be used as an element of pacing,  deliberately suspending or slowing the unfolding of the plot.  For what purpose ?  I can think of a few, namely to
  • provide the reader a respite or even a release when the preceding episode has been extremely taxing or intense
  • allow characters to contemplate their respective situations (and expose their inner thoughts to the reader ) before taking action ( e.g., Hamlet )
  • ratchet up the tension or suspense,  especially when a character must wait on another character or some external event before he can do anything to resolve his dilemma ( e.g., the arrival of the train in High Noon ).
More, or less, on this subject later. My wife reminds me, it's time for me to make the meat loaf...

Zimbabwe Update : Morgan Tsvangirai's hopeful. Why ?

" Can Robert  Mugabe ever be persuaded to give up ? " THE ECONOMIST asks.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai

Elections are coming up in the former Rhodesia, still firmly in the hands of tyrant Robert Mugabe.

President Mugabe has very selectively observed provisions of his power-sharing agreement with the actual victor in the previous election, trade unionist and current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

But when all is said and done,  won't the ballot boxes be stuffed, and the results rigged,  and the old boss remain in power ? Who's to stop him ?


An excerpt from THE ECONOMIST article :

Although the terror of mid-2008 subsided once it was clear that Mr Mugabe was still pretty much in charge, many leading human-rights campaigners have fled the country: Jestina Mukoko, abducted in late 2008 and held in secret for several months; Noel Kututwa, director of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, whose band of 8,000-odd brave volunteer monitors prevented Zanu-PF from wholesale ballot-stuffing at the polling stations; Gertrude Hambira of the farm workers’ union; and, most recently, Roy Bennett, the MDC’s white treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-designate, re-elected as an MP in a landslide in an entirely black constituency, whom, for that very reason, Mr Mugabe still refuses to appoint. After Mr Bennett’s eventual acquittal this year on a trumped-up charge of terrorism, for which he spent months in prison, the police say they want to interrogate him on new unspecified charges; he is in hiding abroad.

Flash Crash Redux : Exchanges Deny High-Frequency Traders to Blame

...reports Bloomberg Online.
[ Stock Exchange ] executives disputed speculation by Winnetka, Illinois- based market-data provider Nanex LLC, which said high-frequency traders who submitted and then canceled thousands of rapid-fire quotations on the New York Stock Exchange destabilized trading. A report by federal regulators said the plunge was triggered by the sale of futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that set off a chain of selling that bled into stocks and exchange-traded funds. 
In rebuttal... 
 “I’m less interested in whether someone is doing it intentionally or not,” Nanex founder Eric Hunsader said in an interview yesterday. Rather, Nanex is trying to highlight the danger posed by rapidly canceled orders on exchanges’ ability to produce timely data. “The system can’t handle the growth we’re seeing,” he said.
“If it’s not intentional, it sure is one heck of an accidental problem that no one seems to be learning from or doing anything about,” Hunsader said yesterday. He added that the quoting behavior he identified has stopped and started again on different exchanges since May 6 and also occurred before then. “It looks like somebody is aware of it,” he said.
Hunsader added that the reports his company produces are neutral and based on facts. “No one has said, ‘Your data is wrong,’” he said.

Hunsader and other critics of U.S. market structure have urged exchanges to adopt a fee for quote cancellations that exceed a certain rate and said bids and offers should remain available to investors for a minimum amount of time. Such initiatives may curtail the ability of firms to submit and cancel orders rapidly, Hunsader said.

Riding to the Rescue of Religious Liberty... Justice Kagan ?

Justice Kagan may well be the deciding vote to reverse the SCOTUS's disastrous course, ever since Scalia's ill-advised majority decision in Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith (1990).

Monday, October 11, 2010

Goodbye Songs for the Autumn...

Folk artists Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Rush capture the melancholy we feel at the sun's retreat, at the leaves' change of color and fall,  and the changing seasons of life.

Tuesday October 12 Update :

Can't believe I forgot OCTOBER SONG, performed by The Incredible String Band, and by The Corries respectively.  Or that I omitted The Band's moving King Harvest, about a farm family's hardships during the season of plenty.

Baskin Financial Blog offers, '3 Ways to Protect Your Portfolio From Inflation'

Shelburne Musuem closes Oct. 24, so hurry down

Ansel Adams
Current exhibits include Ansel Adams, American Maritime painting and both beautiful and moving Altzheimer's Quilts. The admission fee allows you 2 days of viewing.  After that,  check out the shops in Shelburne,  then stop off at Klinger's for coffee and dessert  (it's off Route 7 in Burlington). Or head to Church Street in downtown Burlington, grab a cup of joe  at Uncommon Grounds, peruse the intriguing selection of new and used books at the Crow Bookstore. or Vermont crafts at Frog's Lane and the nearby Bennington Potters outlet. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CULTURE VULTURE CHEAP TREAT : The renovated Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA

...profiled by Sebastian Smee in a recent GLOBE article.

Stock Market Top Near, says Colin Peterson...

based on his reading of certain market indicators. 

Which ones ? Well, among them is the fact that the CBOE Weekly Put-to-Call Ratio is 10:1, and in the past week, Corporate Insiders have sold massive amounts of stock compared to what they've purchased. 

Click link for more on the Put-to-Call Ratio.

Israel's Huge Oil and Gas Discovery...

is great news, except for one thing : part of the discovery may belong to Lebanon.  Just what the world needed, eh ? Yet another issue for these guys to quarrel over.

STUXNET Computer Virus : What is it... ?

And why should we worry ? Read this article in  THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tonight's Song : ALL OF YOU, by Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross

REVENGE OF THE SON OF THE CULTURE VULTURE, IN 2-D !!!

New Chinese Exhiibit at the Peabody Essex, closes January 2011
The CULTURE VULTURE page has returned, providing links to Museums, Galleries, and sundry attractions that are worth the visit ( i.e., the CV has visited them and thinks they're okay).

Orgasms Faked, According to Survey

Poster Child Meg Ryan
The Survey was sponsored by the makers of Trojan condoms, who had some influence over the design of questions, particularly those covering condom use. Which reminds me of the old African Diplomat Story... 
On second thought, never mind.