Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Second Life gets a Bay State boost - The Boston Globe

Second Life gets a Bay State boost - The Boston Globe
Look for improvement in the quality of the graphics within a few weeks.

Propaganda slogans on walls of buildings

Asia Times Online :: China News - The writing is on the wall:
"" "Mao had revolutionary slogans painted on walls, and billboards were used to promote the party's line and policy, just like outdoor advertising for commodities. Under Mao, both in the civil war leading up to the taking of power and afterward, outdoor slogans were a highly effective propaganda instrument.

In the Mao era, the use of outdoor slogans reached its climax"........

Nevertheless, one of Mao's legacies is that outdoor slogans are still widely used as propaganda tools, though most prime outdoor space in large cities has been sold for revenue-generating advertising. For the political messages, the difference nowadays is that the slogans are much more diversified and largely address local affairs. "

This might be a good idea for Second Life.

Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist - New York Times

Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist - New York Times: "As Mr. Guthrie sat home alone — surrounded by his Purple Heart medal, photos of eight children and mementos of a wife who was buried nine years earlier — the telephone rang day and night. After criminals tricked him into revealing his banking information, they went to Wachovia, the nation’s fourth-largest bank, and raided his account, according to banking records.

“I loved getting those calls,” Mr. Guthrie said in an interview. “Since my wife passed away, I don’t have many people to talk with. I didn’t even know they were stealing from me until everything was gone.”"

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Determine your stop position before you enter a trade

An excerpt from the following:
Tune In ConocoPhillips' Predictable Channel
By Dan Fitzpatrick
RealMoney.com Contributor

5/15/2007 11:00 AM EDT

URL: http://www.thestreet.com/p/rmoney/technicalanalysis/10356847.html
Rather than determining your stop after you decide to buy, I think you should decide to buy only after you have determined where your stop is. As a function of discipline, most traders define risk before entering a position rather than saying, "If it's flyin', I'm buyin'!" and blindly jumping in. They'll base the position's stop on a known parameter such as congestion or a key moving average. The method of setting a stop differs for each trade but however you do it, you're determining the price where you believe sufficient buying interest exists to halt any decline. But by starting with the stop, you can decide before you even enter the trade whether the stock is in a good position to buy. Is there a trade? If the market price is too far away from the best stop level, the trade isn't likely to work -- so don't take it. Instead, remain patient and wait for a better entry or move on to the next trading opportunity. Only take the trade if the price is sufficiently close to your predetermined stop level to present an acceptable risk profile. .....................................
The next time you consider buying a stock, take some time to make an unbiased determination of what price level the stock must trade to in order to put the uptrend in serious doubt. Then compare that level with the current price of the stock. If the difference between the two is small enough to warrant a trade, take it. If not, then respect your trading capital and take a pass.

CHI-TOWN Rain Benches Yanks & White Sox

Game may start at 9:00

Friday, May 11, 2007

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Fresh violence in France after Sarkozy election - Forbes.com

Fresh violence in France after Sarkozy election - Forbes.com: "PARIS (Thomson Financial) - Youths fought police and burned cars in cities across France for a second night after Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential victory, prompting the leader of the defeated Socialists to appeal for calm.

Some 500 youths shouting 'Sarko, fascist!' went on a rampage in the Bastille district of eastern Paris on Monday night, burning 10 cars, looting two stores including a supermarket and smashing windows, police said."

Monday, May 07, 2007

Hugh Coveney

An excerpt of material found in a post Politics.ie Forum
Sunday April 8th 2007

""HUGH Coveney concluded his business chat with publican Denis Quinn - the last man to see him alive - and went for his usual walk with his dogs at Robert's Cove in Cork.

It was shortly after 11am on Saturday March 14, 1998, six months after the Moriarty tribunal was set up, and just five months after Flood was established. It's unlikely these matters were on the mind of the 62-year-old former Fine Gael minister as he negotiated the familiar sheer cliff edge he had walked so many times before.

Eight hours later, when her husband had failed to return for a scheduled dinner party with friends, his wife Pauline raised the alarm. Some time later his body was found. His loyal Scottish terrier, Sasha, had remained below the cliff site, where Mr Coveney is believed to have fallen. By torchlight, they had found the dog barking near the base of Robert's Head.

"She was in a very distressed condition," it was later reported.

The previous day the gentleman politician had changed his last will and testament - a curiously timed act which, when it was revealed, led to speculation that the politician of a merchant prince family had taken his own life.

If the tribunals were not on his mind, then maybe, it was speculated, his imminent unmasking as the holder of a notorious Ansbacher account might have been. Or was he perhaps still ruminating on his fall from grace just three years earlier?""

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The queen of England goes to the Kentucky Derby - BFD

Marc Fisher - Shameful Bowing Before the Crown - washingtonpost.com:

Marc Fisher and Thomas Paine explain why Americans shouldn't care.

"In our country, all men are created equal. 'Exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature,' Thomas Paine wrote in 'Common Sense,' the 46-page tract that called on colonial Americans to revolt.

Our revolution was not against King George III so much as the concept of the monarch, the notion that power and status are inherited from one generation to the next. Paine called this idea 'unwise, unjust, unnatural -- an insult and an imposition on posterity.'

Every word of Paine's booklet applies as much today as it did in 1776, when he warned that people who believe they are born to be in charge of others 'are early poisoned by importance. . . . The world they act in differs so materially from the world at large that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests.'"