Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Night Ramblings

Three day weekend! The Daytona 500 on Sunday! Valentines Day is tomorrow ladies and gentlemen. In our house I do all the cooking anyway, but the wife has requested breakfast tomorrow morning for her Valentine present. I never eat breakfast, but I will do my part and grant her request. Make sure you do a little something for the significant other, besides if you buy something you are stimulating the economy!

Odyssey Marine Exploration Update
A while back I shared my position in the stock OMEX. I bought in at $3 and the stock trades now at $4. The latest television series show chronicling the exploits of the company called "Treasure Quest" on the Discovery Channel aired last night. I must say that while the technology and innovation displayed has been pretty amazing, the next segment of shows should try and flesh out some real treasure finds.

The company has shown the ability to find all kinds of ships and recover items with consistency. As of last night's show we have yet to see some real finds that can pay dividends. The footage is already a year old, and the company has been amazing with keeping things quiet. Here is one shareholder hoping for a little more excitement in the coming months!
Full Disclosure: I have a position in OMEX stock.

Poetic Justice
There is something positively hilarious about the drama surrounding the passage of the "Stimulus Bill". Late to circulate the final bill, and weighing in at over 1000 pages long, it seems no member of Congress will really have a chance to read even half of the bill. How on earth is that funny you ask? Well I'll tell you.

The reason the credit debacle happened is due in no small part because clueless mortgage borrowers, seduced with dreams of becoming rich, signed for mortgages they neither read nor understood. It seems perfect that the very bill that tries to fix the mess is receiving the same treatment from our elected officials. "Just sign here please". The US Congress is the perfect "mark" for a used car dealer, or a mortgage originator. Funny and sad at the same time.

Best of the Web
I try and make my reading rounds as I compile ideas to present on the blog. Sometimes I run across writings that are so powerful that I find I think about them most of the day. This happens a few times a week on average and I try and make you, the readers, aware of those pieces. Today I was amazed by the great insight and sharp writing of two separate articles in the same day! It is like a two for one day!

The first gem is from the great site "The Automatic Earth". The host who's pen name is Ilargi has the best take on the "toxic asset" question that has Treasury Timmy G all confused. Opening paragraph from this article:
Ilargi: Prior to a sudden surge on Wall Street just after 3 PM EST today, US financials were losing a lot of money. Undoubtedly, many "experts" will say the financials are hurting because of uncertainty about the Geithner plan. Me, I would turn it around, and say they drop like stones because of certainty, the sort that says there's no way the largest banks in the US and the UK can be saved. There's no shortage of smart voices declaring that it's so very hard to put a pricetag on toxic assets. In reality, it's very easy. All you need to do is put them on sale and see what offers you get. And there's no excuse or reason for a government to enter the bidding process with money that belongs to its taxpayers. If the people themselves want to buy the paper with their own money, fine. But no-one else should have the right to spend it for them

In one paragraph the writer encapsulates my position exactly. Simple, clear, and intellectually solid one wonders why normal joes that write blogs "get it" while the upper echelon of academia is so confused.

The second wonderful read covers two major complaints of mine: Big government and Keynesian clown theory. I hate them both. It should be clear to anyone with a brain why both are terrible, yet both are favored by many still.

Paul Mladjenovic, writing in the Gold Eagle editorial section, skewers both big government and Keynesian theory in one piece! I strongly recommend reading the entire article, but here are the two excerpts I like.

On big government:
The $1 trillion dollar stimulus plan will not stimulate growth in the economy. It will only stimulate the growth of government bureaucracy. Please understand that government doesn't invest in the economy; it SIPHONS resources from the economy. Think of the private economy as a "runner" and the government as the "backpack". Can you really make the runner perform better by loading more and more weight into the backpack? Of course not; you just make it worse for the runner.

I wish I had written that!

On Keynesian Theory:
History clearly tells us that Keynesian economics does not work. At best, it can be a short-term bandage but it is not a long-term solution. Even Keynes admitted that his ideas have flaws that are problematic over the longer term. When someone pointed out the flaws and how they would become realized over the long run , he famously retorted "in the long run we are all dead". Well…he is dead and we are now in "the long run".

I REALLY wish I had written that! Awesome.

Friday Night Entertainment
After a super busy week at work, and a government pork spending hurricane during the week that made me want to puke, I need a little entertainment.

Can We Be Friends?
New friend does not taste like bacon!:
funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

Great Combat Scene
One of my guilty pleasures is the film "Troy". All star cast, great story, and great action. This clip is from the epic battle between Hector of Troy (Eric Bana) and Achilles of Greece (Brad Pitt). Spears, shields, swords; what else could be more exciting!:

Friday Night Rock Blogging
Again, no requests so I guess nobody checks this section out, or you trust my taste! Either way, away we go!

What do you get when you combine raspy, powerful vocals, piano, great background music, and plenty of rhythm changes? You might wind up with Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart":

In general I hate most new music. Only a few songs here or there, or a great band like Audioslave will catch my interest. This one song from Hoobastank has a thunderous baseline and pretty good vocals. The drums are excellent as well. Enough, check out "The Reason":

Before long I will have loaded every song from the Randy Rhoades Tribute Album on this blog. With good reason of course! Here is "Believer" which features some of the best lead guitar work you are ever likley to hear:

From the old school MTV days of cheap videos, take a stroll back in time with Flaco's "Rock Me Amadeus":

Have a good night.


Anonymous said...


"The footage is already a year old, and the company has been amazing with keeping things quiet."

'Secrecy Is Key in Our Business',1518,605306,00.html

That's what OMEX"s CEO said about a week ago. Heck GYSC at least you guy's are on the same page.

The job of Government is too transfers wealth from one party to anouther, grows bigger, consume more and produce nothing.
Any questions?


watchtower said...

Here is something that caught my eye today from Financial Sense:

“We’re certainly in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime set of economic conditions. The perspective I would bring is not one of recession. Rather, the economy is resetting to a lower level of business and consumer spending based largely on the reduced leverage in the economy.”

The above quote is by Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and was in an article titled "We've Only Just Begun?" by Brian Pretti

Lisa said...

I'm plead guilty to trusting your judgement on Friday Rock night. You have great selections and they are most welcome after a long week. Thanks!

Lisa said...

I meant "I'm pleading guilty"...:)

Lisa said...

Now, if only Ken Lewis or Madoff would say the same thing....

Have a great weekend everybody.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love Doug Noland

A CNBC commentator likened the process to watching sausage being made. I would counter that at least you have a decent idea what the end product is going to look and taste like. And following the theme that the greatest policy blunders were committed during the inflationary Bubble period, I’ll suggest to readers that there is essentially no possibility of “good” policymaking in this especially unsettled post-Bubble period. Today’s policymakers - of all stripes and persuasions - are poised to become forever tarred and feathered. As much as booms create genius, busts are an absolute cinch for breeding contagious boneheadedness.


GawainsGhost said...

Hey, GYC, it'll probably be too late before you read this, but if you want to make your wife something special for Valentine's Day, I have the perfect breakfast. Maybe you can surprise her with it on Sunday or next year.

Take a grapefruit (ruby red is the best). Slice it in half. Sprinkle brown sugar on the pulp, then place in a broiler until slightly glazed. Serve with 7 grain whole wheat toast, with melted butter (sweet cream, lightly salted), orange marmalade and/or cream cheese, and fresh ground coffee.

I ought to patent that. I just gave you gold, buddy. If she's never eaten grapefruit with glazed brown sugar, she will absolutely freak! Guaranteed.

getyourselfconnected said...

That certainly does sound very good! Maybe I will make the grapefruit tomorrow morning as a special bonus! Thanks for the tip.

GawainsGhost said...

Here is an absolute must read article.

GYC, you should spend some time reading it.

GawainsGhost said...

Oh, and you're welcome for the grapefruit tip. I've never known a woman who didn't love it.