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” I Am A Victim!” Card

Many of you know that I drive a school bus four hours a day. I’m a dad and have two great girls. I thought maybe driving a school bus in retirement could be a way to give something back to the community.

You sure wouldn’t drive a bus for the money. $11.53 an hour is not much when you consider the responsibility we shoulder.

Today I wrote a referral on a 1st grader for violating Rule 7: Pupils shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.

I have written this child up before, I have rewarded her for good behavior, praised her in front of her peers for sitting correctly and I have warned her repeatedly each morning to remain seated. She will turn around and face the back while on her knees, she will stand up, she will sit sideways in the seat with her feet in the aisle.

Some days, she will fight her mother or grandmother. They will want her to get on the bus; she refuses. They will want her to sit down; she refuses. I do not look forward to her antics each morning.

With that as history, today I started the morning with a reading of Rule 7, before we left her stop. I told her if she didn’t remain seated I would write her up. I warned her twice. Finally, I pulled out a referral slip and told her I was writing her up. She begged me not to. “Her mother”, she said, “would be very angry with her.” I wrote her up. Even after I wrote her up, I still had to tell her to sit down.

Now here’s the topper. She called me a meanie! She’s only six and already she’s learned how to play the “victim” card.

Long Bond Update!

I posted four times about a treasury market that was acting strangely:

In Long Bond Could Trade At 4% And Below!, I posted about the $USB, the chart of the 30 year Treasury (see chart)

…it appears that the Percentage Price Oscillator (PPO) is about to cross over reulting in a BUY signal. In January, 2008, the $USB went to the highest level since before 1999. Recently, the pullback from 122 to 115, looks like a correction to the main bull market. The chart looks like the rise is ready to resume.

The PPO did cross over, resulting in a buy signal, however today it reversed and crossed back AND the 200-day moving average was broken. The buy signal is voided!

No change in outlook for the Two Year Treasury Yield ($UST2Y).
However, the Ten Year Treasury Yield ($UST10Y) has rallied back to the 200-day moving average instead of breaking down.

In Strange Market, I wrote:

DJIA is down because of fears about inflation worsening, Oil hits new high, USD down and CRB Index up, yet interest rates down; U.S. 10-Year Treasury at 3.78 -0.05%

Today, the strangeness continues: Bill Murphy writes US interest rates are on the rise, reflecting the growing inflation in our country.”

Gasoline, here, is now at $4.099; oil rose $2.18 to $131.18, yet the USD rose and Gold fell and Norman Fosback gets a buy signal based on his Recession Buy Indicator.

I once had a client ask me, “Why does it have to be so hard?” I responded with the Tom Hanks baseball cliche, “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it!” My friend Bill says it best:

The entire financial & investment situation – individually and collectively – is one huge puzzle.

Maybe the toughest I’ve seen. One better be darn flexible, and very disciplined.

Bonds hit the fan says the The Wall Street Examiner


Oregon Quakes

map 2.6 2008/05/27 03:04:02 44.241N 118.249W 0.7 23 km (15 mi) S of Unity, OR

map 1.5 2008/05/26 22:26:07 45.754N 120.637W 15.7 10 km ( 6 mi) NE of Rufus, OR (50 miles NNE of Maupin)

map 2.2 2008/05/26 20:37:14 45.130N 120.946W 14.7 12 km ( 7 mi) ESE of Maupin, OR

map 1.6 2008/05/25 23:34:01 45.123N 120.931W 18.5 13 km ( 8 mi) ESE of Maupin, OR

map 1.8 2008/05/25 03:50:09 45.122N 120.923W 17.2 14 km ( 9 mi) ESE of Maupin, OR

map 2.0 2008/05/25 01:00:08 44.248N 118.204W 8.0 22 km (14 mi) S of Unity, OR

map 1.5 2008/05/23 08:44:17 43.398N 123.147W 5.7 11 km ( 7 mi) NW of Glide, OR

Oregon Earthquake Mover Mike

Tremor and Slip Underway

I received a note from Bob Somerville saying that the Tremor and Slip event that occurs every 15 months or so is now underway:

The forecast 2008 Episodic Tremor and Slip (ETS) event is now underway beneath southern Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast. Tremor is observed on the seismographs and GPS instruments are moving to the west. ETS events happen about every 15 months beneath southern Vancouver Island. They are so regular they can be forecast. ETS events cannot be felt, and pose no threat to the public. Click here for technical details.

The Vietnam Memorial 1991

It was 1991 and I finally worked up the courage to visit the memorial in Portland. I wrote down these observations back then and thought it appropriate on this day and another war.

I walked that circular path to 1968-1969
With my arms around me,
Barely holding on.

There between Lonnie D. Moore and Gary B. Hogson in white letters
Is the name of my fraternity brother Max F. DeSully, Jr.
And I lost control.

I stared through tears at the black-mirrored surface
Filled with death.

Life came walking near and reflected color through the pain:

A couple walked up and picked out Edward L.Handy.
“Please tell me about him.”
“He’s from Salem”, she said.
”He wouldn’t back down from anybody”, said he.
“Do you have someone here?”

Two young boys stared at the dead boys’ names.
“I’m 13 and he’s 11”. He said to my question.

The couple walked up together, hand in hand.
He stood silently and stiffly as he captured the name
from the wall.
And then walked off alone.

Terry L. Thompson

“I went to school with him”, he said.
And he squatted and ran his fingers across his name.
He was quiet as if in silent prayer.
When at last he walked away, he stopped and briefly
looked back and remembered.

Soon enough, as I sat alone and saw my reflection amidst the names
The tears came no more.
I said goodbye to Max for now.

Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst

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Storm Large To Hammer Mississippi Studio

What a good gig for Storm and the (Wrecking) Balls! She hammered me into submission long time ago.

Gold, Oil and the USD

It was last August that I posted about the Price of Gold and the action of GLD, the ETF. I noticed that the ETF had acquired 50 tons of gold yet the price of gold had declined. It seemed strange that the price would go down.

Irevisited the issue and one again The Mess That Greenspan Made has the goods.

Here’s the most recent activity. A lot of buying came in at the recent low of $850.

Jim Willie CB, editor of the HAT TRICK LETTER shows with charts that Gold has broken out of a falling wedge pattern

And what is happening to the USD and Oil?

The USD is sick and appears ready to break down again:

Jesse’s Café Américain has a target of 68.

Looking at the chart of Oil, from THE GOLD FORECASTER by Julian D.W. Phillips, it sure looks like traders need a rest:

The relationship between Oil and Gold is totally out of whack and down at the lowest I can recall. My strategy would be to move money from oil to gold.

Where Does All That CO2 Come From?

Today’s Oregonian has a front page story whose headline reads: Acidity levels on West Coast rising faster than scientists had estimated.

Scientists have known for a while that greenhouse gases associated with global warming steadily make ocean water more acidic, a threat to coral, shellfish and smaller shell-forming creatures that serve as food for young salmon and other fish.

On Thursday, a team of researchers from the Northwest and elsewhere delivered worse news: The acidity is much higher than expected in the ocean just off the West Coast, hitting the relatively shallow waters of the fruitful continental shelf during spring and summer.

I am sure the scientists are referring to carbon dioxide, which has been steadily rising and now constitutes 38 parts per 100.000. Man, the main contributor to this increase by burning fossil fuels, is increasing the CO2 level one (1) part per 100,000 every 5 years. Soon, by the year 2018 CO2 levels will reach 40 parts per 100,000! Scary isn’t it? That’s a 5.2% increase every 10 years. Don’t you wish you could get that kind of return on your CD? What, you are getting 5% per year? Well 5.2% every 10 years isn’t very good is it?

When I read the article I recalled that volcanoes emit CO2 in large quantities, but certainly global warming activists will argue that the amounts don’t equal anthropomorphic contributions. But hold on a moment. 70% of the earth is underwater and NewScientist Environment reported in July, 2007 Thousand of new volcanoes revealed beneath the waves

The true extent to which the ocean bed is dotted with volcanoes has been revealed by researchers who have counted 201,055 underwater cones. This is over 10 times more than have been found before.

The team estimates that in total there could be about 3 million submarine volcanoes, 39,000 of which rise more than 1000 metres over the sea bed.

Maybe, we should reassess the impact of all these volcanoes on the CO2 levels of the seas that is changing the acidity levels.

In February, 2007 The USGS wrote on this topic and said

Our studies show that globally, volcanoes on land and under the sea release a total of about 200 million tonnes of CO2 annually (compared to the global fossil fuel CO2 emissions of 26.8 billion tonnes).

Does that study take into account the new estimate of 3,000,000 undersea volcanoes. If not that 200 Million tonnes could be too low by at least an order of magnitude!


What is Hillary Clinton doing? Does she think someone is gunning for Obama?

I think it is sick that she should raise the assassination issue!


TIME says this not the first time she’s referred to the RFK assassination.

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