Anybody concerned our president may have seriously damaged the market this week with tariffs against China?
Also, because of my ownership in real estate hybrid trusts, I’m questioning the increase in fed rates.
I know there are quite a few members here who must harbor very definitive opinions on these subjects. I’m looking for some analytical comfort or at the very least a succinct review of the possible repercussions.
As a successful investor in FB, I’m annoyed with the careless people who opened accounts thereby exposing their personal life to a world of G-d knows whom.
Yeah, Mark Z ran with this one and who wouldn’t? His stockholders made a lot of money and were smart enough to avoid using the product. (Myself included.)
I took my profits and ran and will cautiously re-enter when the Z fixes the privacy issue.
He’s smart and savvy and very politically connected, so I’d advise investors to watch this comeback very carefully. I have my buy orders analyzed, staggered, and placed and am merely waiting to push that button.
I still believe in his incredible ability. Steve Jobs made far more serious mistakes and died one of the richest men in the world.
The Oscar winning film Bridge Over the River Kwai is an instructive metaphor for aspects of today’s political dynamic on the Republican side.
The Japanese captors, personified by the commander Seiko, are the democramedia, holding Republicans and/or conservatives hostage to their public attacks. Consider the notion that we have been in a virtual concentration camp. The media has placed guard towers and barbed wire keeping us from going where we are not allowed and punishing those who try to escape.
An interesting dilemma.
Colonel Nicholson grew attached to his project and found himself defending his bridge against allied sabotage. Personal and cultural pride came before the defeat of a mortal enemy. He simply lost perspective. His cultural narcissism manifested in the primitive bridge his system built.
The war is larger than wagging our fingers at violations of Geneva Convention edicts:
Our Nicholson Republicans have been doing their best, but their hands were tied. They allowed themselves to settle for keeping the troops morale up, and trying to prove by example the superior code of ethics and moral conduct by defiant example. And this war rages on.
We are roughly at this point in the story:
The film is sympathetic to the Nicholson character, however in our real-life metaphor someone may be forced to say “Kill him!”
Extra Credit A very interesting encyclopedic report of film:
First, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for being involved in an investment scandal that was colossal. Poor people lost their savings.
Second, he charged people money just to see his work so much that he recouped more than 50% of his initial investment. People died because of his work.
Third, he made the United States seem second rate. After they were number one for 6 years.
Guess in the comments. The answer is below. Let me know if you guessed right.
Who is he?
After the French debacle in Panama building the canal he was sentenced to 2 years in prison. He was later acquitted.
In the first six months of the Eiffel Tower people paid enough to pay over half the costs to put it up. (I can’t remember if it was 60% or 75%.) This is unfair but people committed suicide jumping off the tower. Buildings kill people. Let’s outlaw elevators. 😉
The Eiffel Tower took the world record for the tallest structure from the Washington Monument. Those Frenchies had it in for us. (I am part French.)
The March equinox occurs this year at 16:15 UTC on March 20. This is the moment when the subsolar point crosses the equator headed north. The line of day and night as seen on a map as above (produced by Earth and Moon Viewer using NASA imagery with snow and ice cover representative of March) is vertical, indicating that day and night are of equal duration everywhere on Earth. The terminator (day/night line, not killer robots from the future) appears to curve near the poles because of the projection of the spherical Earth onto a flat map. Here is a view of the Earth above the terminator at the moment of equinox.
Astronomers reckon sidereal time (time measured by the positions of the fixed stars as opposed to the Sun) as starting at the March equinox. Due to precession, the date of the equinox, measured in absolute terms by Julian date, changes slowly over time, completing one full revolution every 26,000 years. The date and time of the equinox measured by civil calendars varies from year to year and can occur on March 19, 20, or 21. This is due to slippage caused by leap year adjustment in the Gregorian calendar.
Aside from the stupid moniker – I am all for jihadis feeling terror – we are not at war with anyone. There is no commitment to defeat an enemy, and no mobilization of resources.
After 9-11, there was an opportunity to launch a war. W told us to go to the mall. No one but our brave military and intelligence forces actual got involved. There was no option for civilians to get involved without enlisting, and I know even Boss Mongo would thr0w up his hands at making me into a marginally competent soldier.
Where were the War Bonds? Where were the education efforts to show the nature of our enemy? Where were the campaigns to train and arm citizens to fight against terrorists? Where did we toss out groups like CAIR that support the enemy?
I watched an excellent and very early WWII documentary (Crusade in the Pacific) Aside from learning a lot about the war, more than I did in school or watching the history channel, I was struck by the power of America mobilized. People had a stake in the battle, and the civilians, even kids, participated.
W had the rage of a nation at his disposal. He focused on trying to get back to normal, and keeping us from killing random Muslims.
Thus, America is not a war. The military is at war. America is at the mall, drunk on social media.
In the old cowboy movies the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats. Cheers for the ones and boos for the other. Low down rats and good men making the town safe. Of course this was fiction and an easy way for the audience to understand the story but we do some of the same things. We look for the marks of virtue and vice in people. We are Pavlovian at times in our reactions.
The thing I want to discuss is are we thinking critically. Are we judging fairly or are we showing our biases for the “home team”? Or are we the type that is harder on “friends” more than on “foes”?
This topic comes from a discussion I had with DocLor. The point I was trying to make is accepting things can be just as bad as disagreeing with things. That as a third party reading the news we make judgments. We believe the story or not. We decide who is credible. The issue this discussion came from is not the best example of this and I don’t want to rehash that.
What type are you? Too hard or too soft? And are you upset with people doing the opposite of how you are?