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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(HOROSCOPE – LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)


(HOROSCOPE – LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)

Origin – Libra represents the transition from light to dark, from spring and summer to fall and winter. It comes at the time of the Autumnal Equinox when the lengths of day and night are equal. The scales represent balance not only in the seasons but in individuals. With Libra, the ‘night force’ begins to increase and symbolizes a growing awareness of the needs of others.

Controlling Body – Venus
Lucky Day – Friday
Color – Blue
Element – Air
Symbol – Scales
Lucky Number - Six

Compatible Signs – Gemini, Aquarius
Incompatible Signs – Scorpio, Capricorn

Famous Libras – Bob Geldolf, Eugene O’Neill, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Faulkner, Heinrich Himmler, David Ben-Gurion, Johnny Carson, Margot Fontaine, Dwight Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mahatma Ghandi, Eddie Rickenbacker, Lillie Langtry, Desmond Tutu

Libra Quote (Male) – Michael Crichton: “We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us hold these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.”

Libra Quote (Male) – William O Douglas: “No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied use than the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Libra Quote (Male) – Oscar Wilde: “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Libra Quote (Male) – Gore Vidal: “The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. “

Libra Quote (Female) – Katherine Mansfield: “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.”

Libra Quote (Female) – Deborah Kerr: “Personally, I think if a woman hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky.”

Libra Quote (Female) – Margaret Thatcher: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

Attributes – Diplomatic, urbane, romantic, charming, easygoing, sociable, idealistic, peaceable, graceful, poised, generous, loving, affectionate, indecisive, changeable, gullible, flirtatious, self-indulgent, at times selfish and self-willed.

An ancient Irish/Italian seeress and astrologer has been quoted as saying: “While Librans are charming and elegant and captivating no one is that perfect. They are unreliable and not trustworthy. They will break your heart in second. They are also fickle. They are self-centered and only think of themselves.” (One has to question whether she was speaking from an astrological or a personal perspective.)

At any rate, while all that may be true, you also have the other side of the Libra, the idealistic side, the romantic side, the side that loves society, beauty, and other people, the side that wants to avoid confrontation, the side that is always looking for the compromise that will make everyone happy. However, the Libra does not like criticism in any form and the compromise they seek and will ultimately accept will have to reflect the Libra’s own enlightened thinking on the subject.

Most Libras tend to be progressives. Many are Democrats. The entire population of Canadian consists primarily of Libras. Because of their liberal tendencies, many Libras are into wife swapping.

Libras are tolerant and strong supporters of equality. Most are PC and practice moral relativism. They abhor conflict of any kind. Libras tend to be sissies.

In truth, the Libra is often loved for his gentleness, consideration, intellect, poise, and graciousness right up to the point that he is hated for his indecision, self-centeredness, and shallowness.
Most Libras also tend to be bi-polar.

In most relationships, the Libra is a diplomat. He tries to find something to like in everybody. As noted above, he hates conflict and tries avoiding arguments at all cost. For this reason, he is generally well-liked and has a lot of friends. However, taking diplomacy to the extremes can oft times turn people off as in the following exchange:

You: “Waiter, could we have separate checks please?”
Libra: “No. No. I’ve got it.”
You: “I can’t let you do that.”
Libra: “You got it last time. It’s my turn.”
You: “No I didn’t.”
Libra: “I insist.”
You: “Very well. Thank you very much.”
Libra: “Not at all. Now, you’re sure you don’t mind?’
You: “No, that’s fine.”
Libra: “OK. Cause I don’t want it to look like I’m forcing you into this.”
You: “I’m fine with…”
Libra: “I mean, you did say we should…”
You: “Look why don’t we just split the bill?’
Libra: “Oh. Well sure, if you insist on it.”
Libra: “Waiter could we get separate checks please?”

The Libra is usually considered one of the most attractive signs of the Zodiac and is generally blessed with stunning good looks. This combined with their natural propensity to flatter and cajole makes them popular. They love the “better things in life.” When it comes to love they are in love with the idea of love. They like to discuss every aspect of love and are truly romantic. With the Libra, it is always the right setting, the right words, the right music, and the right flowers. There is no sweaty love making with the Libra.

Montgomery Clift, Michael Douglas, and Marcello Mastroianni are all Libras. Brigitte Bardot, Melina Mercouri, and Cheryl Tiegs are all Libras. Moammar Khadafy, Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, and Septimius Severus are all Libyans; however, one or more of them could possibly be a Libra too.

Libras usually follow one of two paths when deciding upon an occupation. They can either fall back on their good looks, taste, and pleasant personalities to enter fields like acting, modeling, decorating, or designing. Or they can they can pursue occupations that take advantage of their diplomacy, idealism, and tendency to be fair and balanced. Many are judges, diplomats, concierges, and Fox News contributors. Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Judge Crater, and King Solomon were all Libras.

Appropriate Libra Pets – Libra pets should reflect the personality of their owner. They should be outgoing, fun-loving, and gregarious. Otters, dolphins, and Irish Setters are appropriate pets for Libras.

-Your 2010-2011 Horoscope (Libra)–

This year is expected to offer a mixed bag for the typical Libra.

• Sparks will fly when in an attempt to impress you commission a well known cartoonist to draw a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad to pass out as gifts to your Muslim friends.

• People always seem to fall in love with the wrong person, a fact that will work to your advantage this year.

• Once again, you will be called out on your misuse of the words tortuous and torturous. Remember, a winding road is tortuous while a painful ordeal is torturous.

• Your skill as seer and trendsetter is highlighted when early on you are the first to recognize the commercial promise in linking the simple vuvuzela with the manic crowds that attend World Cup soccer events. Unfortunately, due to your own indecisiveness, you will delay acting on this insight until well after the point when the phenomena has become a past fad and merely another answer in a future game of Trivial Pursuit.

• The new pet you get next month will bring you immense satisfaction, a fact that will be highlighted in the SPCA’s lawsuit against you.

Next Month: Scorpio (monthly personalized horoscopes available by request)

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  1. I love nekkid Libras.

  2. From wretchard's Spy vs Spy thread:

    28. Victor

    I smell a rat, or rather self promoting writers with flagging careers.
    Both Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Molly Norris are both socialists.

    Hirsis behavior is pretty low class in breaking up Niall Fergusons marriage so publicly, talking to the sleaze press to get into the limelight.
    She also has a long history of bending the truth to embellish her image as a victim.
    Ferguson @ Harvard is a great Conservative historian/economist and a strong anti-socialist and Hoover Senior Fellow, but he has dumped his wife and 2 young sons.
    Hirsi has not produced anything in years since her script for “Submission”.
    There are more than enough laws in place to deal with threats, new legislation like against ” hate crimes” are fiascos.
    Huff has been discredited by the FBI and others—an opportunistic scam I believe– and it will not be the last.


    I don't know that Ferguson is a "great" historian. Still got some chops to earn/defend I think.

    The whole deal reminds me of Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda.

  3. Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda.

    Relationship made in hell.

  4. Produced a good looking son.

    Not sure how that happened.

  5. Politics and persecution.

    Better than vodka and orange juice.

  6. You've got to think you're special.

    I'll take the Vodka and orange juice, and a ripping girl, a dog and shotgun, and the transitor radio. And the hell with politics.

    What do I care about Italian, Russian or Spanish politics, when that girl is sitting over there?, wrote Yeats.

    I agree with that.

    Hayden was at the University of Washington, back in the day.

    Listened to his rant.

    Some of the kids yelled, "get a job, get a job".

    "This is my job" was the reply.

  7. Don't ever mix politics, imaginary persecution, and Vodka and orange juice.

  8. Did you ever read The Port Huron Statement?

  9. Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember ..

    Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks.

    'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?'


    'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks.

    'No, I can remember it.'

    'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?'

    He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.'

    'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks.

    Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!'

    Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, The old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs..

    She stares at the plate for a moment. 'Where's my toast ?'

  10. Cleaning Lady, did I tell the homily about the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, while you have been around? Flying into Fargo on a private plane with the Steiger guy from here, we went through a private gate, and there she was, the most beautiful woman in the world. Sioux. Or mostly, aqnyway. Years later, I was working with one of the guys on that trip, helping him get his harvest in, and he mentioned it. So I know it wasn't a private perception. He too said, the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. You can grow 'em out there. She might have been a bloody horror to live with, she might have been a witch, my moral here. But the looks of that eternal feminine drew us all on, the memory branded in our minds.

  11. Yes, I read it. But it's dimmed.

    Everything is wrong with Amerika.

    Find meaning in life through political commitment or some such.

    Written by a bunch of spoiled brats.

    The kind that might turn this place into a Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Iran.

  12. Time to see if Bristol Palin made the cut to the next level. Supposed to be a popular vote, the wife says.

    I say the fix is in.

  13. Abbreviated Version:

    Elderly couple got in the car after dining out and drove several miles down the road before the woman noticed she forgot her purse at the restaurant.

    The husband cursed all the way as they turned around and drove back.

    When they finally reached the restaurant, the husband said, get my hat while you're in there too.


    I think we're on the same mailing list.

  14. I caught that story during an earlier telling.

    While some people (male and female) "wear" their physicality better than others (ahem, Heidi), it's sometimes tempting to see something more. I think of it as the same neurological impulse that charges the mind with a personal epiphany or a religious experience or some vital 'thing' that reaches an extraordinary threshold of cognition.

    And then it goes away.

  15. Much better to have an old geezer who'll bring you toast when you need it.

  16. I'm guessing that's not what you thought at the time? 1962?

  17. No, I've always been pretty much like I am now, on politics.

    I've voted for democrats. I voted for Frank Church, as I wanted the wilderness area around the Snake.

    One of my wayward cousins was a card carrying member of the CPUSA, for awhile, moved to Berkeley, the whole thing. He gave it up.

    Bristol moved on up.

    I caught Florence Henderson saying she is 76.

    She moved up too.

    I'm rooting for Florence.


    That's what geezers are for.

  18. I think of it as the same neurological impulse that charges the mind with a personal epiphany or a religious experience or some vital 'thing' that reaches an extraordinary threshold of cognition.

    And then it goes away.

    Nope. Not if it's authentic.

    From faulty memory--

    "I didn't have to remember my vision all these years. It remembered itself.

    Black Elk Speaks

  19. No, that one wasn't on my list, lady. But yes, similar.

  20. Song Most Likely To Make Grown Men Cry

    According to an article in Sun Magazine noted at Hot Air.

  21. I don't think so.


  22. That's what the article said.

    Nother Version

    Bedtime for bobbo.

  23. Romeo was a damned fool. Wasn't about love, but character. Romeo is always Romeo. Ahab Ahab.

    Great movie, some say covers many of Roman's sins.

  24. I didn't have to remember my vision all these years. It remembered itself.

    Cogent description of self awareness.

    I've read about experiments that claim to have detected a measurable weight difference before and after death which seems a creatively limited way to approach the subject.

  25. Sam - I don't know how he did it but my father has a crackerjack list of email buddies. I get all the best stuff through him.

  26. I've read about experiments that claim to have detected a measurable weight difference before and after death which seems a creatively limited way to approach the subject.

    So have I and I don't give them much weight.

  27. Cogent description of self awareness.

    Cogent description of Self awareness.

  28. I'm guessing that's not what you thought at the time? 1962?

    Winter 68-69.

  29. Cogent description of Self awareness.

    You need some Trish Therapy.

    I don't lean in that direction.

  30. I almost feel sorry for Hayden.

    But not quite.

    I can't convict him for the hubris of his college days but he could have redeemed himself in the CA legislature which from all appearances he did not.

  31. I convict him of idiocy for falling in with that moron Fonda.

    I just ate two most delicious yellowish frozen cream bars with coconut in them never tried before.

    And this latest moth was a really hard kill, maybe 12 whaps. I don't mess with them if they don't mess with me.

  32. You need a cardiac arrest for three or four minutes :)

    You may well float out of yourself "like you take a fine silk handkerchief out of your breast pocket, wave it around, and then slip it back in, and you will be back"

    That you would remember the rest of your life. Or it will remember itself.

  33. It's 6:30. Who has the morning shift?

    Trish Therapy...I take it that has something to do with punctuation.

    Minor quibble (but that's redundant, isn't it?): I don't think Libra stretches clear to almost the end of November.

    I don't know any Libras. That I am aware of. Sound like reasonably fine human beings. Even in the absence of sweaty sex, which clearly not everyone is cut out for.

    Also, tramp stamps and other body "art": I'll never understand.

    Cold morning.

  34. Cold morning.

    Or so it seems.

    Good catch on the Libra.

    Perhaps Whit will change it to October 22.

    Of course the error, now noted, has cast me into a deep funk; however, I take solace in the fact that you actually read it so closely.


  35. Not a minor quibble, a major fuck up.

    Shows what a stupid fraud Quirk really is.

    I'm Scorpio, noticed it immediately.

    Hell, 'Quirk' says he's Scorpio too.

    He obviously doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground.

    I know more horoscope than he does.

    Worst horoscope ever.

    I'm so excited about my trip I haven't slept all night. I don't do the driving.

  36. The time sense is the first to go.

    It's like a farmer harvesting at Christmas, or something.

    In horoscopes, timing is everything.

    People all across America will be confused by this.

    It's like not knowing the difference between the waxing and waning moon.

    Some psychopomp. Might lead you straight to hell.

    I want my money back.

    It might be the final stake in the heart of Souls R Us.

  37. Sweaty sex on a cold morning

    That should be a title to something, book, movie, play, blog or ???

  38. Bob, you trying to put Q into intensive care?

  39. There shouldn't be a retraction. It would amount to a cover up. This should stand for all to see, and as a warning.

    Incompetence should not be rewarded in that way, with a retraction and a switcheroo.

  40. There is no proof that it ever happened.

  41. Eyewitness testimony is very suspect.

  42. Thanks Ruf, but that's ok.

    When Bob uses the term "doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground" it naturally always sounds like projection coming from him, but in this case he is right.

    Whether through carelessness, inattention, or the debilitating effects of the drugs I have been taking to overcome the constant and excruciating pain (not complaining or looking for sympathy or anything) I screwed up.

    Bob is right to kick me when I am down, my resources diminished. I should thank him and Trish for pointing out my shortcomings in such a public way. What can you expect in the politicized society we live in today.

    In times past, many may have noticed the mistake but few would have thought to point it out. But that was a country long gone. Today it is a cut throat, stick-it to-your-neighbor world where honest intent means nothing.

    I expect to be in a deep funk until at least 11:30, disappointed not so much at my own inadequacy as at the abuse I have encountered at the hands of those I thought my friends.


  43. Thanks Deuce.

    I've been thoroughly embarrassed among my peers; but at least when the little kids get up and check in at the EB before going to school they won't be thoroughly disillusioned.

    They get enough of that everyday anyway.


  44. "Sweaty sex on a cold morning"

    Does have a certain ring to it.

    Also strikes me as wildly funny.

    Sleep-deprived, buzzing with caffeine and feeling snippy, I should thank you.

  45. Don't mention it, but you already did, so, you are welcome.

  46. Many argue that the UN is the perfect body to act as world representative to alien cultures.

    It would take the aliens so long to find the right UN office and so long to find the right service line, then so much longer still to fill out all the paperwork to register their first contact and, finally, weeks to verify their claim and issue the necessary UN visitor permits, that the aliens would just give up in frustration, get back in their flying saucers and fly home without having their multi-tentacled ways with our women or levelling our cities with their death rays.

    Take Me To Your Assigned leader


  47. " least when the little kids get up and check in at the EB before going to school..."

    Oh, now I'm going to be ill.

  48. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting.

    This place has the integrity of Dancing With The Stars.

    Or, the Holder Justice Department.

    How much, 'Quirk', how much, how much went under the table for this fraud on the people?

    There was a report earlier this morning out of Las Angeles, about one poor man, whose bride to be, who had agreed to marry him, based on your representations, she took off when she learned he wasn't what he said he was; well, he threw himself under a train.

    All one can do is turn away in from the shame.

  49. from the shame

    I am so upset, I'm shaking.


  50. Bob is right to kick me when I am down

    See there?

    There it is.

    Pure Quirk.

    Pure sympathy sucking.

    Always the tables get turned.

    Always innocence is crucified by the guilty.

    And that's all I'm going to say.

  51. There is no law that tells people whom they can and cannot love in this world Bobbo (although by some of your actions you seem to be doing everything in your power to convince legislators to change that. Just saying. Peel off tattoos? Come on.)


  52. yawn

    We were waiting for you to show up with a serious subject WiO.

    I shot my wad with the lady from the UN that is going to be appointed greeter to the stars.

    Something new happening in the Mid East?


  53. And that's all I'm going to say.

    If I weren't still in a deep funk, I would celebrate. You faux St. Francis, aledged defender of the elk and fishes.

    I can see into your heart.

    Being able to understand the language of the birds and beasts sounded great didn't it? Until you found out what self-centered little shits they really are.

    I remember your indifference at the tragic death of the rabbit caught up in the machinery.

    It is you sir who are the fraud, not I.


  54. "...alledged..."

    Though you sir do not deserve two "L's".


  55. Yea nice work Q, you turned snippy sweaty sex into "Oh, now I'm going to be ill."

  56. How did I know she would be eavesdropping on a personal conversation?


  57. Besides I discount the opinion of anyone who thinks that hot sweaty sex is wildly funny.

    Might as well be a Libra.


  58. "Sweaty sex on a cold morning"

    Does have a certain ring to it.

    Yeah, the same ring as sweaty sex on a cold evening.

  59. "Yea nice work Q, you turned snippy sweaty sex into "Oh, now I'm going to be ill."

    And she thinks I have multiple personalities.

    Might as well be a Libra.

  60. Good catch on the Libra.

    Which of course means Hirsi is not a Libra.

    Never mind then.

    Try to start a conversation.

    All that spleen for nothing more than a decimal.


  62. I always know Libras were sissies. Every single one of them.
    Except my dad, of course.

  63. Well I've gone through the usual newspapers this morning looking for something 'new' and 'serious' to talk about but I'm coming up short.

    The left side of my brain is currently atrophying.

    I hope you have something CL otherwise we will have to wait a few hours for Sam to show up.

    Rufus is probably running up some numbers somewhere. Even the rat has disappeared.

    The choice is coming down to trying out my new x-box game or doing some actual work.


  64. Hey, Gag.

    My dad was a Libra too.

    He was a pilot in WWII and raised six kids so I cut him a little slack on the sissy thing.

    Probably should have put "...most Libras..."


  65. Bill Gross: Say Goodbye to Double-Digit Returns

    In his investment outlook, Gross wrote that future investment returns will be "far lower" than the historical averages and a less levered hedge fund community, faced with lower yielding assets, will likely resign itself to "a high single-digit future."

    "Some characterize it in biblical terms – seven fat years to be followed by seven years of lean," he wrote.

    I was discussing 2008 with a friend and told him about Pimco's New Normal theme of single digit market returns. My friend said he never understood the double digit returns - how they could be considered realistic in the present, let alone sustainable.

    Which of course they couldn't, Massive fraud right out of the gate.

  66. Two bubbles in 10 years.

    I'm basically where I was 10 years ago (except that I've paid down debt).

    Even when stocks are moving up wildly, you get the feeling you are standing still.

    When the value of other assets are also dropping...



  67. CL, I am impressed with your contributions to the EB. Let us know if you want to serve some topside duty.

  68. Ten years of wealth accumulation. Down the toilet.

    I am progressing along Kubler-Ross's Five Steps.

  69. Thanks Deuce. Nicest thing I've heard in awhile. Have to consider it and get back with you. Thanks.

  70. Adios Tanja.

    Hard to figure out how a young girl like that gets caught up in a movement that can justify the kidnapping and murder of innocents in the name of a 'greater cause".

    From articles I've seen lately, it looks like FARC is on it's last legs. (Although I guess there are still some of the Shining Light guys floating around Peru.)

    From the tape, it sounded like the leader of the band had taken Tanja "under his wing". The Colombian jungle. Now I would imagine that would result in some hot, sweaty sex.


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  72. I'm sorry, but "Sweaty Sex On A Cold Morning" would indeed be a marvelously funny title for a movie, book, or blog.

    Might as well be a Libra.

    Might as well be a Libra.

    Well, at least I'm no Scorpio.

  73. "Got the neighbor's Cosmopolitan delivered by mistake."

    Come onnn...You can do better than that.


  74. The left side of my brain is currently atrophying.

    Soon it should match the right side.

    Well, at least I'm no Scorpio.

    Quirk isn't either. He's no noble Scorpio. He just got confused. The dates on the charts he bought at the fire sale at Goodwill Industries were wrong. That was when he bought the long grey raincoat, and the box of cheap cigars, too.

  75. The Cosmopolitan a step up for the Quirk. His usual literature comes in brown paper wrappings.

    Life is a bitch and then you die

    Leben ist schwer und sterben ist nicht licht.

    old German saying

  76. Bob, if anyone is lying about being a Scorpio it's you.

    No Scorpio could be that dumb.

    I doubt if you even realized it was unnecessary to try to rearrange that rabbit to make it look like an accident.


  77. Heck Bob, filing off the numbers and reselling the hot goods would have been a workable plan if you weren't dealing in stolen credit cards.

    What a numb nutz.


  78. Ten years of wealth accumulation. Down the toilet.

    I am progressing along Kubler-Ross's Five Steps.

    I told ya, throw darts if you're compelled to buy stocks and bonds, but better to stay in real estate.

  79. How long you give his left side to catch up to his right, Melody?

    I estimate it may take over a year, the right being so far gone.

  80. Bob, you are not noble in reason, infinite in faculty, like an angel in your actions, or moving in form; but you sure as hell are one piece of work.


  81. What a numb nutz.

    Only when fishing cold streams like the Boise.

  82. After many years of indecision, you will finally make it to Las Vegas where you will lose everything on Red 17.


  83. I've got to go drill four holes in the bed rails of a pickup truck. Must bolt the new tool box down. Nice tool box, can hold rifles, and multitude of other things. Even an illegal alien, if one were into that.

    I take that as some kind of compliment Quirk, but unsure why.

  84. Let's face it, you have never been much of an athlete; however, it will still hurt a lot when the Vandals make a special point of stating there was no way you could have ever made the team.


  85. I don't bet odd numbers, forgetful one.

  86. You have done endless reading on the subject and participated in hundreds of simulations, but you will still find yourself unprepared for actual sex.


  87. I'm getting tired.

    Think I'll grab a beer and read Cosmo on the deck.


  88. I told ya, throw darts if you're compelled to buy stocks and bonds, but better to stay in real estate.

    Or pay attention and do your homework.

    Did I mention I have a real estate equity fund returning 16% YTD?

  89. Did I mention I have a real estate equity fund returning 16% YTD?

    Yea, and I bought Apple at $96 and Google at just under $300 but I'm still not any better off than I was 10 years ago.


  90. So do I take it you are one of the retail investors who got out in 2008 and isn't going back in?

  91. Quirk said...

    We were waiting for you to show up with a serious subject WiO.

    Something new happening in the Mid East?


    So very many juicy cool things...

    but why post them just to have the resident nazi pounce?

    I will say this...

    There are things HAPPENING as we speak.. (and i'm not being a smart ass)

    So VERY BIG things...

    Some bad, some good...

    But NOTHING GOOD from Obama...

  92. The 'peace talks' have about collapsed, haven't they, WiO?

    Did I mention my wife just came in and showed me where in the development agreement the City is trying to slip in us giving a pedestrian pathway to the park?

    They have become totally overbearing, but bob is not going to do this.

    What are the sidewalks for?

    If they want more land, they can fucking buy it, the bastards.

    The Idaho Supreme Court has let them get away with the park shit, but this is too much.

    And you think you got problems.

  93. So do I take it you are one of the retail investors who got out in 2008 and isn't going back in?


    I am too stupid.

    However, at least, I am no longer a buy and hold investor. There is nothing of me personally invested in anything I hold. I'd kick any one of them to the curb in a second if it looked like things were going south.

    That may prove stupid also. Who the heck knows?


  94. The rat must be on vacation.

    Or just catching his breath.



  96. Who the heck knows?

    No truer words have ever been spoken about the markets.

    Any info I'd ever get would be days late, and hours is too much late.

    As for mega-trends, forget it.

    Darts is as good as anything.

    Beaten only by the inside trader.

  97. Bob-al-Harb said...
    The 'peace talks' have about collapsed, haven't they, WiO?

    Peace Talks?

    I didnt know there were actually any REAL peace talks...

  98. Quirk said...
    The rat must be on vacation.

    Or just catching his breath.

    Maybe he's passed away...

    To quote Martha Stewart?

    That would be a GOOD THING

  99. I am too stupid.


    The markets are being talked down for reasons ranging from TV ratings, to ego to technical fundamentals to 'structural' deficiencies, all of which can be parsed to achieve any array of objective-driven agendas. It's more than ever becoming a Jerry Springer/Rikki Lake theme show that creates an architectural homunculus of disproportion and unbalance.

    Beyond the hoohah and media hoopla, solid market investments are out there - including and especially in equities - even if the time horizon is only five years. One year ago I was never going back in. Now I am fully invested.

    My real estate equity will not end the year at 16% since it tumbles twice as fast as the Dow drops. But I'm keeping it (under close supervision) for a variety of reasons that don't belong here.

  100. It's why I put it in quotes, WiO

    Agree, there are no real peace talks.

  101. Beaten only by the inside trader.

    I was once indicted for 'outsider' trading.

    I eventually learned that it wasn't actually illegal and that they just wanted to fuck with me.


  102. Well, at least I'm no Libra.

    Pretty close.


  103. I am however considering slowly selling into the mini-rallies. I can't help but think that Roubini is correct about this being a decade of "systemic" crises even though my main go-to guy, Jim Paulson sees the slow steady market response that PIMCO has embraced.(They've opened a line of equity funds, did you see that?).

    Roubini is still relatively isolated in his economic forecasting which suggests - to me - that the macro trends are as damaged as the tempestuous day-to-day flash trading moves.

    Bottom line: I keep checking to see if Rufus has figured it out yet.

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  105. Just stay home, in some closet or other.