I think John Oliver is on to something with the disconnect between the Wall Street guys and the rest of the economy. [more]
Pardon me, but I’m just getting back to blogging. Just got back from a week’s vacation to Puerto Vallarta, and my mind is certainly not on investing matters. It’s still back there in the sun, sand and surf. Yeah, back there in the “Pork Chop Death” zone commonly known as Mexico. Mrs. Gar & I left early on Sunday, April 26th, just a day after the national media got a hold of this story and started fanning the flames. We got concerned calls from family & friends, asking us to take precautions and be careful and to think about postponing the trip. For fun (and just in case things got really wacky), we brought along a pair of blue surgical hospital masks like you’ve seen WHO workers wearing. I didn’t put a lot of faith in the epidemic story. Just over a hundred people in Mexico City were infected when we were packing up to leave. So? I thought. More than that are infected each year with regular influenza virus. Not a big deal. Then the death counts started rolling in. Still, I didn’t put a lot of stock in the story. Here’s why. [more]
Last week, Rep. Paul Hodes (D-New Hampshire) famously quipped the answer to the question “What does AIG stand for?” as: “Arrogance, Incompetence & Greed”. That got me thinking about how mad I’ve been about this whole financial sector bailout thing, simmering just under the brim of my thinking cauldron. First, I’m gonna do some complaining. Then, I’ll get to some answers to that question myself. [more]
This is just too cool not to blog about, and I hope you’ll pardon me for a little display of pride, for this blog has nothing to do with investing, but when connections like this are made, each of us can realize how we can affect literally billions of people on this planet and all of their future generations. My contribution to that affectation is infinitely small compared to others nearer the project, but I still feel a tiny connection there, and am excited to have contributed my itsy-bitsy tiny portion to achieving something so great, something that may impact countless generations ahead of me. Let me explain. [more]
Are you just Marvin the Robot depressed?
I've been ordered to take you down to the bridge. Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cos I don't. – Marvin the Robot, HHGTTG. [more]