Friday, November 30, 2007

"Why warlords won't have women on their teams?"

See article about Swanee Hunt in the March issue of Worth Magazine for the answer and an interesting brief story about a remarkable woman.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Good Summary

“Everybody at Annapolis has something in common.  It’s not love of Israel or the Palestinians. It’s fear of Iran. Everyone needs a relative to protect them from Iran.”

- Gary Ackerman, Democratic Member in the House of Representatives, from Flushing, Queens, New York

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Alice Schwarzer's Insight

For an informative discussion of the Moslem culture of male violence, see a translation of Alice Schwarzer's article .

Schwarzer is a foremost European feminist and publisher of an excellent magazine named "Emma" which unfortunately is available only in German.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Baby Boomers Are Saving, but Not Enough

Saving, but Not Enough

See original diagram from the NYTimes at

Thursday, November 22, 2007

New Way to Transport Little Kids

Click on this:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More About the Short (Bear) ETFs

Check out the performance of EEV, SKF and SRS.  See what they did yesterday.

"Illegal" Immigrants

We need to do some serious thinking and discussing about "illegal" immigrants. We also need hard data.

We need reliable information on:

1. Total number of illegal immigrants.
2. How many are working?
3. What kinds of work they do.
4. How much they are being paid.
5. Amount of taxes they pay, classified by Social Security, Medicare, Federal income tax, state and local income tax.

I suspect that "illegal" immigrants fill very important needs in our economy at a very low cost. In other words, they are extremely valuable to the rest of us.

If that is true, we should stop saying nasty things about them and accept them as valuable members of our society and legalize them. 

What's the problem with that?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Alternative Stock Market Strategy

When real estate and financials are down and the outlook for other segments is not pretty, what can you do?

Buy short and/or ultra short Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's).

Google "short ETF" or "bear ETF" for an education.