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February 2009

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Much Needed Humor

February 20, 2009 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: FUN , NY

- The market may be bad, but I slept like a baby last night. I woke up every hour and cried.- An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. -  The changing face of capitalism
Traditional capitalism:
* You have two cows.
* You sell one and buy a bull.
* Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
* You sell them and retire on the income.

American capitalism (or enro-capitalism):
* You have two cows.
* You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Sell one cow to buy influence with a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.

An australian corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You sell one, accept an LAW tax promised credit payable in 4 year's time, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
* You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A french corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You go on strike because you want three cows.

A japanese corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce 20 times the milk.
* You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them worldwide.

A german corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

A british corporation:
* You have two cows.
* Both are mad.

An italian corporation:
* You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
* You break for lunch.

A russian corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You count them and learn you have five cows.
* You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
* You count them again and learn you have 12 cows.
* You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A swiss corporation:
* You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you.
* You charge others for storing them.

A chinese corporation:
* You have two cows.
* You have 300 people milking them.
* You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers. 
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IMF, World Bank & U.N. to Referee All Nations-or not? You decide

February 19, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: BIG , BRO , THR

I read yesterday that The IMF is ramping up their funds in advance of additional aid to countries in need. It got me to thinking about what countries are going to do in order to resolve what could easily be a huge protectionism sentiment. There is great fear and little trust among nations right now and yet also great need for them to get cooperation and to keep free trade moving in whatever sluggish fashion we will (hopefully) find. I see nations angling to have their trade cake and eat it too by trying to finagle advantages internally while decrying the identical actions of their trading partners. Just as the U.S. is doing under intense domestic pressure from (short sighted IMHO) interest groups.  [more]

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Substantial Up-Tick in Foreign R.E. Investment Expected in 2009

February 18, 2009 – Comments (1)

For some reason I only just recieved this article. I have personal experience through my own real estate business that this is occuring as well. This is one way we may see a little daylight in the real estate downturn. It's definitely got a downside for the economy here but the alternative is worse, IMO
Substantial Up-Tick in Foreign R.E. Investment Expected in 2009

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Darwin's Evolution Theory Not The "Fittest" in the U.S.

February 14, 2009 – Comments (27) | RELATED TICKERS: DAR , WIN

 This a link & opening paragraph and chart from of a facinating and sobering article in The Economist 2/5/09. I strongly recommend reading it fully if you have time. There is no fee to register to read The Economist or to get daily updates from them, as I do.   [more]

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Are We Worse Off Than Japan Was before They Crashed?

February 12, 2009 – Comments (2)

Below is a link to an intresting article in The Economist. In it they compare Americas current banking crisis to several other "rich-county" (Sweden, S.Korea) banking crises over the last couple of decades, the major conditions unique to each, the steps taken and the relative success or failure. At the end they discuss the possibility of focusing on revitalizing the real estate market by directly helping balance household debt rather than by trying to restructure corporate debt! I haven't read anything quite like this article of the dozens I read each week on the US and world financial crises.    [more]

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Virtual Worlds Not so virtual-Who says online gaming is all fantasy

February 12, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EA , GIGM

From Sovereign Society newslaetter 2/9/09  [more]

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Cancer fighting supplement-personal story

February 09, 2009 – Comments (12)

Hi All,  [more]

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Commercial Real Estate market shows some thaw

February 08, 2009 – Comments (6)

Hi Caps,  [more]

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Blog Etiquette

February 06, 2009 – Comments (27)

Hello to all the blog posters, readers and contributors,  [more]

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