Watching the Headlines: R-i-p-p-p

RIPPED! from the Headlines

Fuel Cells for the Smart Car? and The Euro and the US Stock Market

Two things that need to be noted that I noticed in the headlines

The first one MAY involve the future of the Smart Car.  Diamler just released to the media more pictures of fuel cells…  Hmm…  That’d be nice, huh?

The second one is the about the Euro and the market.  The European currency is expected to weaken against the dollar because “the downturn in the European economy is expected to turn out to be worse than that of the U.S.”    Maybe the people, read Bush Admininstration and Associates, have it right that they are for a strong dollar but against “temporary” fixes like Japan did more than a decade ago and to some degree still doing.

Make note if you’re in stock market, expect to be in the stock market, short in the stock market, or anything inbetween.  What do you think this means?  Hint, hint?

Patrick Lalande

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Its too late for us. Save yourself!

One more chance to save yourself

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS

It’s been a long time coming.  On the news that the Federal government is backing the the economy with 100% aggression the stock market boomed. Up 400+ points yesterday (3/18) and currently (delayed price) up another 54. Gold plunged, financial stocks popped, and optimism has re-entered the dance. 

Yesterday was a nice sunny day here where I live. Through observation, it seemed that the weather couldn’t wait for spring and decided that it would give us a preview.  And then the Feds cute their interest rate by 3/4 of a point.  Hugh. HUGH!  How hugh?  That cut amounts to a 25%.  You didn’t get that on your credit card interest. I’d say that the big boys have a new big toy.  No, not a new maserati or a new corporate jet.  Not the new, 10,000 sq. ft. summer house that they live in for 6 weeks a year.  Not the physical trapping of wealth that you might think.  No.  Not those.  I’m talking about the game piece the financial crisis threatened to take away from them.  I’m talking BIG!  I’m talking the Federal government and the American economy. Continue reading

People lie. Prices don’t.

Recession mystery deepens, Plot thickens, Clues in Headlines 

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS

Hey! NOT JUST  a heads-up for the market watchers.  

After the DOW dropped 155 points yesterday somebody might think that today could be a dead-cat bounce sort of day.

Here is something to think about.  Of the two headlines I read today, I get suspicious.  Continue reading

Testing, Testing 12,000? Cruise passengers and market soon to get wet

Beauty is everywhere, if you know how to look

PATRICK LALANDE ON WORDPRESS

A funny thing happened while the economy was cruising towards a recession

Another passenger on the same cruise ship I’m on, looked over the rail and said,

“I think I see the bottom of the water.  Look at all the pretty fish.  I like how the sunlight being filtered by the water, creates a texture on the ocean floor.”

I didn’t believe what I was hearing.  I turned to look and saw a younger man eerily unperturbed with the way the ship has been acting.  Didn’t he know that we were in imminent danger of running aground?

I composed myself by physically closing my mouth and making sure I was standing as erect as possible.  Turning completely to face my fellow passenger I had to ask him; “You don’t seem too concerned.  Aren’t you worried that we may not get off this ship alive?” 

To that he replied, “The ship isn’t going to sink if we run aground.  Besides, I just learned how to swim just because I was going on this cruise and I took out travel insurance.”

My thoughts wandered as I absorbed what he was telling me.  He was right.  For those that plan ahead, the most that should be a concern is getting a little wet and the inconvenience of the risks.

And then I caught myself thinking,..You know?  It really was cool, how the sunlight being filtered by the water, creates a texture on the ocean floor.”

Trials and tribulations of the early tech adapter

Early Adapters/Early Pioneers – The laws vs human nature

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

In today’s capitalist society, some early adapters of today’s cutting edge technologies could be compared with early pioneers.  Rather than trudging across some unexplored far-distant tundra, they are navigating the unknown economics of solar power, wind power, and fuel cells.   Instead of facing the dangers of ferocious meat-eating animals and braving the harshness of an unknown climate these people face economic uncertainties and big government.  Back then, it was human nature that pressed them on just as today’s early tech adapters?  What forces will win?  Human nature or our laws?

Fuel cells make power for homes in Japan  makes the case for the difficulties and doubt that early adapters have but also states a case for integration of these types of technologies into our daily lives. 

The benefits expand past the economics as far-reaching and different as global warming and ego with bragging rights.  Those benefits also include better educating of future generations.  

When we of the current generation engage our fellow citizens in the enabling of emerging technologies we should not forget to analyze the roadblocks that past generations have put in place.  Continue reading

Hillary, Obama; Facts, Headlines and a Story

Hillary vs Obama,  The Truth is where you find it

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

I’m a firm believer that the majority of the headlines will give up a story before the story actually breaks.  Go ahead.  Ask me what headlines I’m talking about.

Well…?

First, in my own defence, I don’t normally go to political blogs or anything close.  I’m to partisan for that.  It just gets the old blood pressure up.  Nope, I don’t normally read them so I don’t normally write them. But just yet now, I don’t have a dog in that fight so fair being fair, I’ll just let the tree’s fall. 

Headlines are headlines, though, and going back to my boyhood, I was told, “…all the work …’s b’tween the rows.  Heh, heh.  They were talking ’bout corn an’ beans (soy) there, folks.

But I started reading some WordPress post…jumped to a link that landed me to another post, for another blog, went through several news stories… seemed to be about health…, and lo and behold, I ended up on HillaryClinton.com.  That wasn’t the weird part. Go ahead.  Ask me what the weird part was.

Well…? Continue reading

Spending, Inflation, data, hit – This story is written by the headline

Another headline, another day.

Patrick Lalande on WordPress

photo_2808_20070815-crumpled-dollar-bill-2_400x180.jpg  Do you remember  “Recession headline: Bears like sinking ships“?  Keep it in mind when you read the rest of this story.

I awoke from a fitful sleep to read a headline that pretty much says it all.

Spending, inflation data to hit Wall St.  I would add “this week”. Continue reading