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August 19, 2010 by terpfan1980
According to some news reports the stock market is diving (at least a little) because of an unexpected jump in jobless claims.

I'm left to ask just who the heck was doing what expecting?!

Seriously, the jump in unemployment claims is surprising someone?!  Really?!?  I'm not sure that I should say this, but I think I'd like to meet whomever had the expectations that aren't being met so I can perhaps knock a little sense into their heads (and please note, this isn't meant as a thre...
August 4, 2010 by terpfan1980
Why, oh why couldn't that attempt on the certiably insane president of Iran be successful?

I try not to wish ill upon others, but that is one loony individual that the world would be a lot better without.  Sadly, losing him probably wouldn't change things all that much in Iran unless there were to be another radical takeover of the place, but a successful assassination just might have helped push them towards a revolution and perhaps back towards civilized status rather than militant nut...
May 27, 2010 by terpfan1980
Having grown up on the water and seen the life of the waterman up close (thanks granddad!), I really feel for the people of the gulfcoast region that are seeing their lives turned completely upside down from the blown oil well there.  The damage that has been done to the environment there is, obviously, going to have an impact for years to come.

My co-worker mentioned that it seems to him that he won't be eating shrimp -- at least not gulf shrimp (excluding farm raised) -- for many years...
February 2, 2009 by terpfan1980
I know it might be a little early to be doing the post-mortem on the U.S. (and the world for that matter) economy, but I'm gonna try anyway and would also, of course, like your input on what you think was the main cause of the slowdown we're all now experiencing.

Now I'm sure that some will say it all started with the housing industry and the below prime mortgage debacle, but personally, I don't think that was the cause.  If you disagree, please take the space below to offer your reaso...
January 27, 2009 by terpfan1980
Is it wrong of me to think that perhaps it might not be such a bad idea for there to be a holocaust for the Iranians (primarily their psychotic leadership) that think the Holocaust was all a great big lie?

Uh, yeah, I'm sure that the world would believe that a bunch of Iranian wacko fanatics were all wiped out via some holocaust type effort.  I mean why would anyone ever lie about genocide or efforts to wipe out large populations of peoples that others consider to be lower class human be...
November 10, 2008 by terpfan1980
Here's that article I was trying to remember to write.  At least I remembered the topic, so I can get this complete thought out of my brain.

There's talk once again that the economy is in need of more stimulation.  Hey, I'm no prude and the thought of stimulation is actually appealing to me, or at least it would be if the stimulation is appropriate.

The thing is, I really don't believe that I'm one of the ones that needs stimulation.  Sure I'd like to have some $$ to sp...
September 14, 2008 by terpfan1980
Please forgive my arm-twisting, but this article is going to be nothing more than a simple request to please give what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief fund so they may use the donations to help victims of Hurricane Ike, along with victims of other disasters.

Visit RedCross.org to make a donation.  Minimum donation accepted is $10.00, but anything helps.
September 12, 2008 by terpfan1980
As Hurricane Ike seems to be headed on a path towards Houston and the Texas gulf coast, I again wish for the best for anyone in it's path and hope that it's bark is worse than it's bite.
August 31, 2008 by terpfan1980
Not much to actually say other than that I hope for the best for the gulf coast and hope that Gustav expends it's energy well before land fall in the gulf coastal region.
June 7, 2008 by terpfan1980

Broadcaster Jim McKaySadly news hit today that long time sports broadcaster Jim McKay passed away today (Saturday, June 7, 2008), thankfully of 'natural causes.' 

Throughout my youth, Jim McKay, mostly

April 30, 2008 by terpfan1980

Time for shock treatmentWith the U.S. economy apparently (gee, you think?) in the crapper, several politicians are falling all over themselves (and falling all over others -- example, see McCain followed by Clinton, somewhat countered by Obama on the idea of a gasoline tax holiday) to come up with ideas to help out the U.S. consumers (read that as: VOTERS) by putting more money into their pockets (see economic stimulus bribes, I mean prebates...) or by letting us keep more of the money we make (again, see that proposed gasoline tax holiday).

What the politicians seem to be missing is the idea of finding things to spend money on (i.e., stimulate the economy) that will have long term positive effects on the economy as a whole.

April 23, 2008 by terpfan1980

Normally I'd probably be hard pressed to agree with a New York court decision, but... I'm with the school system on this one...

April 20, 2008 by terpfan1980

In the future, hopefully not too distant future, there's going to come a day when the oil rich nations of the world look back at their stupidity, much as I hope we (the U.S.A.) look back at our own stupidity in how we handle our energy needs. 

March 22, 2008 by terpfan1980

Demand facts and then enjoy the results (headline is linked to source article):

Climate facts to warm to

CATASTROPHIC predictions of global warming usually conjure with the notion of a tipping point, a point of no return.

Last Monday - on ABC Radio National, of all places - there was a tipping point of a different kind in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril.

More material after the jump... please read on for more on this issue.

March 21, 2008 by terpfan1980

So the once mighty Alan Greenspan is apparently taking some hits and being seen as potentially having caused the current mess in the housing markets and economy.  Gee, others apparently can take notice!

Read the news here (from The Washington Post, via MSNBC): ‘Maestro’ Greenspan stands his ground Ex-chairman says Fed policies didn’t cause current woes

Perhaps the Maestro composed some discordant notes after all.

The record of longtime Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan -- worshipped by business leaders and dubbed "Maestro" in a 2000 biography by The Post's Bob Woodward -- is getting a critical look as his successor Ben S. Bernanke wrestles with problems that began on the Maestro's watch.

Many economists blame Greenspan for lax bank supervision and for keeping interest rates too low, too long from mid-2003 to mid-2004. That, the theory goes, fueled the housing bubble and spawned subprime and adjustable-rate mortgages for low-income people, vast numbers of whom can't make their payments now. Banks bought those mortgages in bundles that are worth far less than they originally were. That has led to big write-offs, shaking the entire financial system.