Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dubai Completes World’s Largest Middle Finger!

(Rooterz – Dubai)


Visible from space, Dubai has completed construction of the World’s largest structure,
The 110 story "Burj Dubai Middle Finger Tower".

The dedication festivities were hosted by Dubai’s Sovereign Ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
who took the opportunity to simultaneously announce he was suspending payments to the international lenders who financed it.

“ We wanted to show the world a great symbol” he said “ You gave us $59 Billion in loans and a payment schedule – and we give you this!”

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trompe L'Oeil illusions

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

787 ETFs Listed ? Every Exchange Traded Fund

ETF List of over over 700 Exchange Traded Funds covering all sectors and strategies from emerging markets and commodities to leveraged and short ETFs.  This ETF ticker symbol list is updated routinely so be sure to bookmark and utilize as a permanent reference.

Symbol    Name
CGW    Claymore S&P Global Water Index ETF
UBD    Claymore U.S. Capital Markets Bond ETF
ULQ    Claymore U.S. Capital Markets Micro-Term Fixed Income ETF
UEM    Claymore U.S.-1-The Capital Markets Index ETF
TAO    Claymore/AlphaShares China Real Estate ETF
HAO    Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap Index ETF
EXB    Claymore/Beacon Global Exchanges Brokers & Assets Mgr Index ETF
CUT    Claymore/Beacon Global Timber Index ETF
CSD    Claymore/Beacon Spin-Off ETF
EEB    Claymore/BNY Mellon BRIC ETF
EEN    Claymore/BNY Mellon EW Euro-Pacific LDRs ETF
FRN    Claymore/BNY Mellon Frontier Markets ETF
SEA    Claymore/Delta Global Shipping Index ETF
XGC    Claymore/Great Companies Large-Cap Growth Index ETF
TAN    Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF
MZN    Claymore/Morningstar Information Super Sector Index ETF
MZG    Claymore/Morningstar Manufacturing Super Sector Index ETF
MZO    Claymore/Morningstar Services Super Sector Index ETF
FAA    Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline ETF
OTR    Claymore/Ocean Tomo Growth Index ETF


To see a full list of 787 ETFs, go to Darwins Blog

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


HOW TO SING THE BLUES ... by Stretch Melon Clinton

 1.  Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning."

 2.  "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less you
 stick something nasty in the next line, like "I got a good woman, with the
 meanest face in town."

 3.  The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat
 it.  Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a good woman -
 with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher - and she
 weigh 500 pound."

 4.  The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in
   a ditch; ain't no way out.

 5.  Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broken-down trucks.  Blues
 don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles.  Most Blues
 transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet
 aircraft an' state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running.  Walkin'
 plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

 6.  Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet.
 Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get
 the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

 7.  Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any
 place in Canada.  Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson is just depression.
 Chicago, St.Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues.
 You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

 8.  A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with
 male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you skiing is not
 the blues. Breaking your leg cuz an alligator be chomping on it is.

 9.  You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The
 lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

 10.  Good places for the Blues:
            a.      highway
            b.      jailhouse
            c.      empty bed
            d.      bottom of a whiskey glass

            Bad places:
            a.      Ashrams
            b.      gallery openings
            c.      Ivy League institutions
            d.      golf courses

 11.  No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less
 you happen to be an old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

 12.  Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if:
             a.      you're older than dirt
             b.      you're blind
             c.      you shot a man in Memphis
                        d.      you can't be satisfied
             No, if:
             a.      you have all your teeth
             b.      you were once blind but now can see
             c.      the man in Memphis lived.
             d.      you have a retirement plan or trust fund.

 13.  Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck.
 Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people
 also got a leg up on the blues.

 14.  If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it's the Blues.
           Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
             a.      wine
             b.      whiskey or bourbon
             c.      muddy water
             d.      black coffee

       The following are NOT Blues beverages:
             a.      mixed drinks
             b.      kosher wine
             c.      Snapple
             d.      sparkling water

 15.  If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues
 death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way
 to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a
 broken down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis
 match or while getting liposuction.

 16.  Some Blues names for women:

             a.      Sadie
             b.      Big Mama
             c.      Bessie
             d.      Fat River Dumpling

 17.  Some Blues names for men:
              a.      Joe
              b.      Willie
              c.      Little Willie
              d.      Big Willie

 18.  Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, and Rainbow
     can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

 19.  Make your own Blues name (starter kit):
              a.      name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
              b.      first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime,
                      Kiwi, etc.)
              c.      last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore,
        For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.
                                       (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

 20.  I don't care how tragic your life: you own a computer, you
 cannot sing the blues. You best destroy it. Fire, a spilled bottle of
 Mad Dog, or get out a shotgun. Maybe your big woman just done sat on it. I don't care.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

When the Predator Becomes the Prey

Predators ...

Who become too cocky ...

Can become prey ...

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Face-Off With a Deadly Predator

Leopard seal teaches photographer how to catch penguins

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Random Thoughts for the Day:

I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

Did we ever learn how to fold a fitted sheet?

Was learning cursive really necessary?

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5.  Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

Bad decisions make good stories.

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray?   I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

"Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?"  How the hell do I respond to that?

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Zisler: What Causes Bubbles and Crashes, and What Can We Do to Prevent Them?

Zisler: What Causes Bubbles and Crashes, and What Can We Do to Prevent Them?

From Zisler Associates, included in a recent report on the state's finances issued by the California State Controller's Office:

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Friday, November 13, 2009