Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"We are extremely concerned about this continuing pattern," health department director David R. Gifford said in a statement Monday.
'extremely concerned'.. no shit.
CIC has come up with a simple but tasteful website to recruit professionals and graduates around the world. Even more unusual, it is in both English and Chinese.
But a quick glance at the recruitment website gives an intriguing glimpse into just how widely CIC’s ambitions may range.
Among numerous other positions are jobs for European, North American, Japan and emerging market equities portfolio managers, public relations managers, fixed income and structured products managers and so on.
However, while you can take the website out of China, however, you can’t really take the China out of an organisation like CIC.
So despite the clear, and correct, English language translations, the Chinese-language job descriptions contain an appeal to mainland Chinese financial professionals who have worked abroad. The pay scale, they warn, is “not internationally competitive” but overseas Chinese are exhorted to show some patriotic spirit."
They put a Christmas tree in the lobby downstairs. Nice touch. Not that they will actually celebrate Chrimble here. Good at decorations and lights though. Picture(s) to follow.
Monday, November 26, 2007
However, Mr Lahde (the fund mananger), whose fund is one of the smallest specialists shorting subprime, has now begun to return money to investors.
“Our entire banking system is a complete disaster,” he wrote. “In my opinion, nearly every major bank would be insolvent if they marked their assets to market.” He also said he would be putting some of his own profits into gold and other precious metals."
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
"On one of the frequent-flier blogs, an airline pilot writes that only moments after informing his passengers of a weather-related ground hold affecting their flight to Memphis, Tenn., he and his captain received a call from one of the flight attendants. Seems an iPhone-wielding customer in the back had a challenge. "Some guy with an iPhone says the weather is good," the flight attendant says, "and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?"
Reportedly, the captain responded with a public address announcement that was sharp enough to elicit audible laughter from the cabin.
"If the passenger with the iPhone would be kind enough," he began, "to use it to check the weather at our alternate airport, then calculate our revised fuel burn due to being rerouted, then call our dispatcher to arrange our amended release, then make a call to the nearest traffic control center to arrange a new slot time (among all the other aircraft carrying passengers with iPhones), we'll then be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the flight attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multimillion-dollar aircraft and its 84 passengers to safely leave."
"The reason they make music is because they're damaged goods and they're generally not that bright when it comes to making business decisions." Ouch..
"So eventually the vampires that survive the aftermath of the industry collapse will figure out a way to get their fingers back into these guys." Blood sucking.. nice.
Maynard James Keenan, Tool frontman on Radiohead's recent 'In Rainbows' internet release.
I like both bands. A lot.
post, unrecorded and unregistered. HMRC said the staff member who sent the CDs assumed they had gone missing in the postal strike or in an office move by the NAO and kept quiet “hoping that it would turn up”. The missing details account for almost half the entire UK population. It confirmed that every parent in the country with children under 16 - even the Prime Minister himself - was affected."
Will you be affected?
Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says that your details are at risk only if someone in your family is claiming child benefit (£18.10 a week for the eldest child and £12.10 a week for each additional child). If all your children are over the age of 19 it is unlikely that your or their details are on the discs that have been lost.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So come to Tokyo for great food, but remember it has 8 times more restaurants and 3 stars less than Paris.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn't gone more than a mile down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband's help. When I got home I couldn't believe my eyes. He was in the bedroom with a neighbor lady making mad passionate love to her. I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted that he'd been having an affair for the past six months.
I told him to stop or I would leave him. He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant. I don't feel I can get through to him anymore.
Can you please help?
Mrs. Sheila Usk
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber.
I hope this helps.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
“Britain: my country, my home”, “I respect who you are”, “Great people, great country, Great Britain”, “Hail Great Britain! Live, develop and flower”, “A country so brave and true”, “Fairness for all”. “For honour and for freedom”, “Pride, passion, history, monarchy, exploration”, “Courage, reason, humanity, democracy, monarchy”, “Promoting ahistorical unity myths since 1066”, “West Lothian was my undoing”, “Britain will always be England”, “Britain is dead. Long live England”, “Once Great: Britain”, “Once mighty empire, slightly used”, “Your nation, ruined by Labour”, and “Going down with Brown”, “Americans who missed the boat,”, “At least we’re not France”, “My other car’s a Porche [sic]”, “Britain is great without a motto”,"Yeah, but no, but yeah", "We strive for valiant defeat", "Let’s discuss it down the pub", "Pride, passion, history, monarchy & exploration", "Robbin' hoodie and Jade Goody", "Britain; Live wrong and prosper", "Care, responsibility and fun", "Great people, Great country, Great Britain", "Land of yobs and morons", "Ave Britannia! Vivat, Crescat, Floreat! (Hail Great Britain, live, develop and flourish)", "Great once, and great again", "Oggie, oggie, oi, oi, oi!", "Sorry, is this the queue?", "Drinking continues till morale improves", "In America we trust", "At least we’re not American", "At least we’re not French", "National mottos are for wimps".
Sounds like a lovely place to live.
"The notion that bag checking at major stations could be carried out on all but a handful of people, making the exercise futile, is completely fanciful." guardian
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"People who commute by bike have a certain pop culture image to overcome. It's geeky." Bicycling.com
I have been 'commuting by bike' since the summer. I started with fitness and health in mind, and a nod to the
environment, but recently it has hit me that it is rather geeky (or quirky). Why is it geeky though? I would agree that it is. But why? It's not enough of a reason to stop though.
The weather now is a lot more conducive than it was in August when the humidity was so high! In fact it is a great start to the day to ride into central Tokyo on a crisp autumn morning (usually in the sunshine). I hope to ride in year round. Weather permitting (the car is in the basement carpark for all those rainy evenings!). It's about 10C to 15C first thing at the moment which is a bit chilly for the first few minutes, but I soon warm-up. It's difficult to dress correctly in fact.
Tokyo is a bike friendly place. In so much as a lot of people use bikes as transport. The city's taxis are not so friendly.. but great fun to annoy in traffic - the rearview mirrors perched on the front of the bonnet (hood for you Americans) make an exceptionally easy target after you have been cut-up, cut-off, nearly sideswiped by an 80yr old nutter swooping from 7 lanes away to pick up a curbside patron. Surprisingly they dont seem to like it much. About as much as I like to feel hunted on two wheels. Two-wheel urban hunting - how is that geeky?
Monday, November 12, 2007
"The title of the essay, incidentally, is a play on "The Economic Consequences of the Peace," the bestseller written by John Maynard Keynes in 1920, in which the economist argued that the Treaty of Versailles imposed unduly harsh conditions on Germany. If you take the line of argument that holds that the Treaty of Versailles enabled the rise of Adolph Hitler, well, then, you'd have to concede that the winners of World War I monumentally screwed up. And so, implies Stiglitz, did the voters (and Supreme Court justices) who elected George Bush president of the United States."
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
"To be sure, the US economy is likely to have a hard landing over the next four quarters. But that essentially premature — and at that point unnecessary — easing has almost certainly ensured the landing will be harder."
Beijing should revalue
Thursday, November 08, 2007
But it was not the surprise gift that she had intended when she booked a man dressed in a gorilla suit."
I can't remember what I got for my sixteenth.. bet he'll remember what he got!
- Always buy Railroads; never buy Utilities.
- At the beginning of the game, focus on acquiring a complete CG (Color Group) in Sides 1+2, even if it means trading away properties on Sides 2+3. After acquiring one of these CGs, build 3 houses as quickly as possible: no more houses, no less!
- Once your first CG starts to generate some cash, focus on completing a CG and building 3 houses in Sides 3+4.
- Single properties are the least good investment if you don't build on them.
- The only exception to the above rules are when you need to acquire stray properties to prevent your opponents from completing their CGs to accomplish the above strategy.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Descriptions of the Levels in shorthand:
- Mark to market.
- Mark to model.
- Mark to meth. :) - thanks Altus
For those who hold dollar savings, to borrow from the classic line from the movie “Romeo Must Die” by the Kung Fu master Jet Li to his brother who betrayed him – “That was a mistake.” “It is like the Dark Ages.”
"No one can deny that in recent years the need to "save the planet" from global warming has become one of the most pervasive issues of our time.. "a far greater threat to the world than international terrorism".. by the end of this century the only habitable continent left will be Antarctica.People have been bemused by this somewhat one-sided debate.. if so many experts are agreed, then there must be something in it. But if we set the story of how this fear was promoted in the context of other scares before it, the parallels which emerge might leave any honest believer in global warming feeling uncomfortable.
The story of the panic over climate change falls into five main stages. Stage one came in the 1970s when many scientists expressed alarm over what they saw as a disastrous change in the earth's climate. Their fear was not of warming but global cooling, of "a new Ice Age".
The one thing certain about climate is that it is always changing. Around 1300 began "the Little Ice Age", that did not end until 200 years ago, when we entered what is known as the "Modern Warming". But even this has been chequered by colder periods, such as the "Little Cooling" between 1940 and 1975. Then, in the late 1970s, the world began warming again.
When two things are observed together and scientists suggest one must have been caused by the other. In this case, thanks to readings commissioned by Dr Roger Revelle, a distinguished American oceanographer, it was observed that since the late 1950s levels of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere had been rising. Perhaps it was this increase that was causing the new warming in the 1980s?
Stage two of the story began in 1988 when, with remarkable speed, the global warming story was elevated into a ruling orthodoxy, partly due to hearings in Washington chaired by Senator Al Gore, who had studied under Dr Revelle in the 1960s.
Global warming hit centre stage in 1988 with the commission of a huge scientific report, which might have included all sorts of doubts and reservations. But was to prefaced by a Summary for Policymakers, drafted in consultation with governments and officials in which most of the caveats contained in the experts' report would not appear.
A second report in 1996 gave prominence to a study by a US government scientist claiming that the evidence for a connection between global warming and rising CO2 levels was now firmly established. This study came under fire from for the way it manipulated the evidence. But it was claimed that there was now complete scientific consensus behind the CO2 thesis, and the Summary for Policy-makers, paved the way in 1997 for the famous Kyoto Protocol.
Kyoto initiated stage three of the story, by formally committing governments to drastic reductions in their CO2 emissions.
An article co-authored by Dr Revelle just before his death urged that the global warming thesis should be viewed with more caution.
In 1998 a new temperature chart,devised by a young American physicist, Michael Mann, became known as the "hockey stick" because it showed historic temperatures running in an almost flat line over the past 1,000 years, then suddenly flicking up at the end to record levels.
But then academics began to raise doubts about Mann and his graph. This culminated in 2003 showing Mann had used an algorithm that would produce a hockey stick graph whatever evidence was fed into the computer.
The global warming juggernaut rolled on, now led by the European Union. In 2004, stage four of the story began when the Kyoto treaty was finally ratified.
All this has rested on the assumption that global temperatures will continue to rise in tandem with CO2.
Yet, stage five of the story has seen all sorts of question marks raised. Despite the continuing rise in CO2 levels, global temperatures in the years since 1998 have no longer been rising.
In August, a revision of US surface temperatures shows that the past decade had seen the that the hottest year of the 20th century was not 1998 but 1934, and that four of the 10 warmest years in the past 100 were in the 1930s.
Scientists and academics have been pointing out that fluctuations in global temperatures correlate more consistently with patterns of radiation from the sun than with any rise in CO2 levels, and that after a century of high solar activity, the sun's effect is now weakening, presaging a likely drop in temperatures.
If global warming does turn out to have been a scare like all the others, it will certainly represent as great a collective flight from reality as history has ever recorded. The evidence of the next 10 years will be very interesting."
Cribbed from an article on timesonline by Christopher Booker and Richard North who have written a book "From BSE To Global Warming — How Scares Are Costing Us The Earth".
So which is it? Beats me. Are these guys just against Gore and his 'school of thought' because it sells books and pays bills? I precis'd and (re-)edited the article here because I thought it summarised the global warming story quite well. I do agree with their 'state of fear' concept. Fear is used to sell advertising. Its pathetic. Whatever you do out there, remember, don't ask questions, just turn the TV on and be afraid of what they tell you to be afraid of. Twaddle. As for Global Warming, the world's climate is an incredibly complex model that cannot be forecast. We should be kinder to the environment with recycling and more intelligent use of energy etc. We should hope that the doom-tards are wrong but listen to the environmentaltwits in order to try and live in harmony with our surroundings.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
"First, bald men - because of our superior intellect and virility - are seen as threatening; this is why they are often cast as baddies, such as the evil Hood in Thunderbirds. (Perhaps the childhood trauma he caused is itself part of the explanation). But what the public want from politicians is comfort and the illusion of security. Hairy boys, being blander, offer this.
Secondly, the people who report on politics want politics to be a vacuous, glamorous business. They don't want to think their job consists of no more than talk about who can best empty our dustbins. And they certainly don't want to investigate substantive questions of who is genuinely competent to run the country."
The Bald Truth - Time
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Or a nice beach house in Shimoda :)
All elements in place for an equity bull-run
"China's oil and gas investments in 50 countries clearly signal its worries over its ability to fuel an economic growth rate taking it towards mass car and air-con ownership. China now has a target of 10 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and India (quickly acquiring similar problems) has a target of 10 per cent by 2012. A score of big private equity funds are actively searching for renewable and clean technology opportunities in Asia."
Hmm.. shame it doesn't say what opportunites they have found.
'Wall of money' set to flow into Asian renewable energy