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Things will be wrapping up here sometime before the 1st of December.

Along with the investment website (which has been closed to new subscribers for well over a year now), this blog will soon go the way of the dodo bird.

It’s been a fun 11+ years (can’t believe this all started way back in March 2005) and I thank anyone still around for reading, but it’s kind of time to move on…

Truth be told, ahead of this ski season, I’ve been hobbling around on crutches (between pain pills) for the last week or so after surgery on my ankle and I go in for knee surgery in a couple weeks, so, at this point, I don’t expect anything more to appear here.

I’ve not decided yet, but I may continue to post links or somesuch over at the old blog which still appears to operational. We’ll see…

Art Bubble Bursts?

Well, it looks like the art bubble has gone kaput, at least according to this Bloomberg report that begins by detailing the hoped-for only-80 percent haircut expected by one Niels Kantor on a $100,000 abstract canvas by Hugh Scott-Douglas shown below.

Kantor opines: “I feel like it can go to zero.” Well put.

Tulips anyone?

The Troops are Fast Getting Fatter

The Pentagon grudgingly revealed to the Military Times that the nation’s armed forces are not immune to the obesity epidemic that has been sweeping the nation in recent years, the charts below illustrating a trend that, hopefully will not (well, can’t) continue.

It is no coincidence that recently discovered documents from the 1960s that also showed up in the news yesterday indicate the sugar industry paid for research that would depict fat as the bad actor in the nation’s big health concern at the time – heart disease.

This thinking has become so ingrained in the American psyche – fat makes you fat and, therefore, it is bad – that it will be difficult to undo before the country collapses under its own weight. The latest evidence of just how difficult is found in the first article above:

“This is about the national security of the United States,” said retired Army Lt.  Gen.  John  Bednarek, who was the highest ranking American general in Iraq in 2014. “It’s a long term trend and we cannot turn a blind eye. The bottom line is that our commanders and senior enlisted leaders have to take a look at what we are serving, whether it’s in the [dining facility] or aboard a ship in the mess. Are we providing healthy choices? Are we providing fruits and vegetable options up front? As opposed to the first thing they see in the morning is the grill with a 22-grams-of-fat sausage patty?”

Climate Change, Spinal Tap, Pi, etc.

Contained in this supremely fascinating, quite humorous, and, sadly, pretty disturbing long-term perspective on today’s climate change predicament is this little segment that includes a reference to everyone’s favorite Rob Reiner offering from 1984.

Yes, as in the movie, the miniature Stonehenge looks more like the symbol Pi which happened to be the least of the concerns for band members who noted:

David St. Hubbins: I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem *may* have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being *crushed* by a *dwarf*. Alright? That tended to understate the hugeness of the object.

Ian Faith: I really think you’re just making much too big a thing out of it.

Derek Smalls: Making a big thing out of it would have been a good idea.

A Different Kind of Product Tester

The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT is about the only place where it’s fun to watch grizzly bears. Here, we learn that they also serve as product testers.

From the Lewis and Clark journals:

On May 5, William Clark and George Droulliard killed an enormous grizzly bear, with some effort. Clark described it as a “verry large and a turrible looking animal, which we found verry hard to kill we Shot ten Balls into him before we killed him, & 5 of those Balls through his lights.” Lewis estimated the weight of the bear at 500-600 pounds, about twice the size of the average black bear. He noted that after the bear was shot, “he swam more than half the distance across the river to a sandbar & it was at least twenty minutes before he died; he did not attempt to attack, but fled and made the most tremendous roaring from the moment he was shot.” Once the bear finally died, they butchered it for meat and its thick furry skin. Sobered by the size and ferocity of the bear, Lewis wrote, “I find that the curiossity of our party is pretty well satisfyed with rispect to this anamal.”

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