Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
His business acumen has never measured up to his athletic prowess however and that is the crux of this article in the WSJ. They say timing is everything in life and Pele had the unfortunate timing to be born in an era before the explosion of player salaries such as the recent stratospheric transfer fee of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. Nevertheless, Pele has never really helped himself out, opting for some questionable business ventures. In essence, he is still awaiting his payday and still trying to make it happen.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Yes, we have all heard the advice and still wondered what mistake we made when we didn't get a call-back or the job itself. Still, it is hard to believe some of the pearls in this article. It really is unfathomable that people actually said these things during the process of an interview. After all, since they were interviewing it is assumed they wanted the job, but who knows?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Well, enquiring minds want to know. At least United States Senator Jim DeMint wants to know. He is introducing an ammendment to the defense authorization bill that would, in the words of his release,
"Require the Director of National Intelligence to present a full report on any role that Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Cuba’s leaders played in the ongoing crisis in Honduras, leading up to and after the removal of former President Manuel Zelaya from office."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
From the article, his exact words were, "A million thanks to everyone,” said an emotional Baldivieso after the game, “I am the most happy man in the world.”
Well, happiest boy at least even though I am sure he felt like a man after that tackle.
Well, I could not resist linking to this article about songs used to interrogate suspects and induce them to confess. Please look at choice number 5 on the list.
People who know me well know that I have long maintained that playing the first few bars of this choice would be enough to get me to confess to anything. It is interesting to see that it has actually been used, albeit in New Zealand to protect a mall from misled youth. I firmly believe that repeated listening to this specific genre of music does eventually lead to cranial implosion and have said so in other writings.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Oh, and whatever you do, stay away from the Surströmming IMHO.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The money quote in the article,"Of all the agencies, the Bureau of Public Debt should know that there is very little that is funny about today's economic conditions," Dorgan said in a statement released Friday."
Senator Dorgan is the one who questioned the move.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
He ruled England from 1509 to 1547. His not always so lucky wives were as follows: Catherine of Aragon, whom he divorced; Anne Bolyen, whom he had beheaded; Jane Seymour, who died during childbirth; Anne of Cleves, divorced; Catherine Howard, another decapitation; and Catherine Parr, who somehow outlived him.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Citigroup, on the other hand, has a ticker symbol which is just a plain "C" and its last trade yesterday was at 3.17. It also still has 45 billion dollars of TARP money in its pockets.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A while back I posted a YouTube video of the record distance throw at the 2008 USDGC Distance Finals here. Here is a cool look at some of those throws set to music by someone on YouTube with the handle LUDAing. Kudos for a nice look at the power, grace and style of some of these bombers, including "Double G", who won the competition that night.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
From the article, "They include Omar Abdel-Rahman, the terrorist known as the "Blind Sheik" who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and former Adelphia Commmunications Chief Executive Officer John Rigas.
Also incarcerated there: former U.S. Naval Intelligence Analyst and convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard; former Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico; and Russell Weston, the perpetrator of a 1998 U.S. Capitol shooting that left two U.S. Capitol Police officers dead."
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In the three waves of the 1918-1919 flu epidemic, at least twenty million people succumbed. Indeed, many estimates run as high as thirty million dead. Coming on the heels of the First World War (in which only ten million perished), the pandemic spread more quickly and widely because of the large troop movements of the time.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Instead if you want to read something interesting about AIG click here.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I mention these two sites specifically because in my previous post about counterfeiting the concept of supernotes comes up. Many attribute the appearance of the supernote as a problem whose genesis is also North Korea, although this has never been validated. Two sites to hit if a rogue nation were interested in counterfeiting our currency would of course be the U.S. Treasury Department and the Secret Service websites. Coincidence? Perhaps.
To this day he would probably be passing phony notes had he not decided to look up his father and reunite with him after an extremely long absence. His search took him to a remote town in Alaska and in a twist reminiscent of a contemporary Greek tragedy, what transpired upon their rapprochement was his undoing. Today Williams is incarcerated and still proud of his master works of art.
Written by Jason Kersten, The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter is a fascinating read and an interesting look our currency in circulation, how the Secret Service, (whose two missions include guarding the president and the nation's currency), try to protect its integrity. There is no doubt that Williams is a master at his craft, but it just goes to show that even geniuses eventually slip up when involved in illicit activities.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Let us not fool ourselves. While the safety and sovereignty of Hondurans is in question, what is really at play here is the future of Latin America in general, essentially the rest of the countries that have yet to fall victim to Chavez's machinations. He has already sealed the deal in several other Latin American countries. His petrodollars allow him to do that. Honduras, a small country of approximately seven million people is the litmus test for the rest of the region. Chavez is a persona who views himself as the saviour of Latin America and the mentor for many others who would follow his example and end democracy there. The Hondurans have spoken and do not want his rule by proxy. That much is obvious.
Watch one gentleman, Senator Tom Coburn, who gets it.
In a related note, the Secretary of State is slated to meet with Mr. Zelaya. I am not holding my breath on any favorable outcome from that meeting even though I am hoping Mrs. Clinton heard Senator Tom Coburn's words and heeds them.
And read this Bloomberg.com story where Honduran Supreme Court Justice Rosalinda Cruz explains that what occurred was the execution of an arrest order and not a "coup."
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
How much longer until the world supports the Hondurans in their quest for democracy? The Honduran military acted entirely within the bounds of the Constitution. The military gained nothing but the respect of the nation by its actions and Micheletti, responsibly, wants to any avoid bloodshed of his countrymen. It is time to understand that Chavez and his ilk have no place in counties that want no part of his demagoguery. Let Hondurans decide their fate and don't sponsor any more plane trips for Zelaya originating from Washington. Enough is enough. Let the Hondurans decide.
And if you believe the findings of this article about Costa Rica, the Honduran military was even so nice to Zelaya that they exiled him to one of the "happiest" places on the planet. What's wrong with that you ask? Given what he is accused of, absolutely nothing. In fact, it's pretty benign treatment if you ask me.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
The sub-title is eloquently put, "Don't believe the myth. The arrest of President Zelaya represents the triumph of the rule of law."
The money quote from the author, "Don't believe the coup myth. The Honduran military acted entirely within the bounds of the Constitution. The military gained nothing but the respect of the nation by its actions."
Also, say what you will about the guy, but he could really sing as well as dance, unlike many performers out there today, are you listening Britney? Listen to this A Cappella (well, with only a drum machine as accompaniment) version of Billie Jean and see what you think. He really had that elusive it in spades, whatever it is.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
To: Employees on the 4th floor of 390 Greenwich St.
From: Citi Health Services
Sent: Wed Jul 01 13:18:27 2009
Subject: Probable H1N1 Case at 390 Greenwich St.
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* Staying home from work if you begin demonstrating flu-like symptoms.
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Last night we went out to eat and I used suggestion number 3. The result was this really good wine for a very good price. I probably would never have ordered it since I had never heard of it, let alone tried it. I'm glad I did.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
No, thank you for expressing your views. I couldn't put it any better myself.