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July 2008

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Decide First; Don't Let Facts Get in the Way

July 31, 2008 – Comments (11)

There are a ton of people out there convinced that Vista is a horrible flop, like, say, Tim Beyers, here at the Fool. Having used Vista for months now, I could never understand why folks who don't use it would continue to bash it the way they due, and I was pretty sure this was just an example of common knowledge being pretty unknowledgeable. Between those smarmy Mac/PC ads telling blatant fibs about the intrusiveness of Vista's security features like UAC, and the feedback loop you get from a know-little, knee-jerk media in the states, I figured people were making up their minds having never even seen it.  [more]

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Chris Cox: There's Always A Job for You in China

July 30, 2008 – Comments (1)

If Chris Cox's ridiculous lip-service to stop naked shorting on 19 lousy financials (that he admits haven't been naked shorted anyway) doesn't work out (as it hasn't), then there's always a stock pumping job for him waiting in Beijing.  [more]

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Why Home Prices Are Still Probably Overinflated

July 30, 2008 – Comments (3)

The amount of fraud out there is simply stunning.

Look at what passes for business as usual among the slugs who conducted this transaction in the O.C.

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SEC Let's Enron Baddies Off Easy

July 29, 2008 – Comments (11)

Remember Lou Pai?  [more]

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Pride of Alaska

July 29, 2008 – Comments (2)

Looks like Mr. "The Internet is Not a Big Truck" finally got what's coming to him.

Good riddance to one of the smarmiest pork-barrel politicos the country has evern known.

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Sign O' The Times

July 28, 2008 – Comments (1)

LA Times no longer runs a Sunday Real Estate section.

The 6-percenters can't afford to advertise enough to keep it up and running, it appears.

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New Linens 'n' Things competitor...

July 28, 2008 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: BBBY , TGT , SHLD

Don't click this unless you can handle the vulgarity.

Sj 

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Customer Service 101

July 15, 2008 – Comments (4)

This is not a joke... Dude put this on the front page of his business's web page. Reportedly the same dude who wasn't paying his sales taxes in DC... Crazy. Full thread of nuttiness here.  [more]

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SEC to Investigate Lies, Rumors, Attempted Market Manipulation...

July 15, 2008 – Comments (3)

"I understand there is a lot of nervousness," Bush said. "But the economy is growing. Trade is up. To the extent we find weakness, we will move."

Oh no, wait, they're worried about this stuff.

So long as your fluffage is designed to pump a market, I guess you're free and clear...

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Shoulda Just Taken a Liar's Loan...

July 15, 2008 – Comments (0)

and refused to pay, then waited for the gobn'ment bailout.

This way, there's Jail Time.

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Welcome to Stagflation

July 15, 2008 – Comments (6)

retail sales barely move, but wholesale inflation jump 1.8%.

Cardigan sweaters, double nickels and malaise, anyone?

 

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Which Is the Joke?

July 14, 2008 – Comments (4)

SP32-20080714-125542  [more]

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Congratulations, Bagholders...

July 13, 2008 – Comments (14)

Pay taxes in the U.S.?  [more]

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Mayhem in the Capital

July 12, 2008 – Comments (3)

You'd think these chuckleheads would get their messages straight, especially since at a time like this, perception is everything.  [more]

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Another reason governments should get out of business

July 11, 2008 – Comments (1)

Plan for a major-league baseball operation.  [more]

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Fannie and Freddie Insolvent?

July 10, 2008 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: FNMA , FMCC

(Reuters) - Mortgage lenders Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM - News) and Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE - News) are "insolvent" and may need a U.S. government bailout, former St. Louis Federal Reserve President William Poole was quoted as saying in an interview with Bloomberg.  [more]

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Someone Get Americans a Math Class Please...

July 09, 2008 – Comments (12)

This just plain strikes me as funny, and indicative of the woeful state of U.S. math and logic skills. Or maybe it's more of an indictment of the sad state of priorities of us, our media, or both.  [more]

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Welcome to Amateur Hour

July 09, 2008 – Comments (2)

Welcome to Amateur Hour

A little something on the current state of the markets, and why now is not the time to freak out.

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Jerry Yang Has Lost His Marbles

July 09, 2008 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: YHOO , MSFT

"To trust Mr. Icahn and his board is really a bad choice," Mr. Yang said in an interview.  [more]

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Google's Latest "Innovation" err... Ripoff...

July 08, 2008 – Comments (5)

Google, which has failed to produce any biz that makes money except for selling ads, decides it's time to copy yet another business: virtual worlds.

So, just as Second Life's 15 minutes is finally over, Google introduces its own version.

Here's hoping it's every bit a major success as, ohh, YouTube... Picasa... The Writely and other software it "innovated" by buying, etc.

Sj

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Whew!

July 08, 2008 – Comments (0)

I'm sure glad this is taken care of:  [more]

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Excellent news for America

July 07, 2008 – Comments (4)

The Wealth Report
A new study shows that splurging on overpriced items can be good for your health in the long run.

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It's Not a Lie if You Believe It's Funny

July 07, 2008 – Comments (6)

More hilarious nonsense from "the decider."  [more]

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N. Va. Politicians Have No Faith in Markets

July 05, 2008 – Comments (3)

If they did, they wouldn't be planning to waste taxpayer money trying to make the entire public into real-estate bagholders in some of the nations wealthiest communities -- where real estate is insanely overpriced and long overdue for a correction.  [more]

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Dumbest thing I've ever read in the WSJ

July 03, 2008 – Comments (7)

Wow. In an otherwise OK piece, Brett Arends finishes up W-E-A-K.  [more]

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Bernanke Picking Your Pocket?

July 03, 2008 – Comments (5)

Stop Bernanke From Swiping Your Savings

I've been buying. And I'm prepared to buy more, now that everyone is finally freaking out over the same old bad economic news.

Sj

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Tougher to Cheat in China

July 03, 2008 – Comments (0)

I recently read an interesting Economist article ((Hot and bothered   Despite strict capital controls, China is being flooded by the biggest wave of speculative capital ever to hit an emerging economy)) about the difficulty of tracking speculative cash rushing into China. Basically, the problem is that it looks too easy to cheat on invoices and sneak money in as if it were part of a regular business transaction.  [more]

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