Sunday 30 December 2007

Thursday 20 December 2007

Authors@Google: Paul Krugman

In "The Conscience of a Liberal", Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis.

Paul Krugman, who was named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine, writes a twice-weekly column for the op-ed page of the New York Times. He is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, and the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 professional journal articles. In recognition of his work, he has received the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association, an award given every two years to the top economist under the age of 40. The Economist said he is "the most celebrated economist of his generation."

THE REINDEER SING - holiday song parody from

Woo Hooo

Sir Arthur C Clarke: 90th Birthday Reflections

I always liked Arthur's work.

Canada has gone to pot

Canada likes weed.

The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See 2

Video re Global Warming Issues. Risk Management.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Drawing on the exclusive cooperation of more than one hundred senior military officers, many of whom are going on-the-record for the first time, Fiasco is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Ricks' ground-breaking account of America's military operations in Iraq. With unprecedented access to over thirty thousand pages of official documents, many never before released to the public, Ricks takes the reader inside the minds of some of the highest-ranking military officials.

Throughout Fiasco, Ricks argues there was never any question that the U.S. military would topple Saddam Hussein; however, there was little thought by the military as to what would come next. According to Ricks, the Iraq War has been nothing short of an absolute fiasco - World Affairs Council Washington, D.C.

Monday 10 December 2007

Friday 7 December 2007

Thursday 6 December 2007

U.S. Headed For Fiscal Crisis?

Says the Comtroller General.

Sunday 2 December 2007

Thursday 29 November 2007

Wednesday 28 November 2007

Saturday 24 November 2007

Rihanna shut up and drive official video!

I've been lookin' for a driver who is qualified
So if you think that you're the one step into my ride
I'm a fine-tuned supersonic speed machine
With a sunroof top and a gangster lean

So if you feel me let me know, know, know
Come on now what you waitin' for, for, for
My engine's ready to explode, explode, explode
So start me up and watch me go, go, go

Get you where you wanna go if you know what I mean
Got a ride that's smoother than a limousine
Can you handle the curves? Can you run out the last?
If you can baby boy then we can go all night

Goes from 0 to 60 in three point five
Baby you got the keys
Now shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)
Shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)

I got class like a '57 Cadillac
Got all the drive with a whole lot of boom in the back.
You look like you can handle whats under my hood
You keep saying that you will boy I wish you would

So if you feel me let me know, know, know
Come on now what you waitin' for, for, for
My engine's ready to explode, explode, explode
So start me up and watch me go, go, go, go

Get you where you wanna go if you know what I mean
Got a ride that's smoother than a limousine
Can you handle the curves? Can you run out the last?

[Shut Up and Drive lyrics on]

If you can baby boy then we can go all night

Goes from 0 to 60 in three point five
Baby you got the keys
Now shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)
Shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)

Cause' you play that game, got what I got (get it get it)
Don't Stop, It's a sure shot
Aint no Ferrari, huh boy, I'm sorry
I ain't even worried
So step inside and ride

So if you feel me let me know, know, know
Come on now what you waitin' for, for, for
My engine's ready to explode, explode, explode
So start me up and watch me go, go, go, go

Get you where you wanna go if you know what I mean
Got a ride that's smoother than a limousine
Can you handle the curves? Can you run out the last?
If you can baby boy then we can go all night

Goes from 0 to 60 in three point five
Baby you got the keys
Now shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)
Shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)
Shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)
Shut up and drive
(Drive, drive, drive)

Thursday 22 November 2007

NOVA | The Elegant Universe | PBS

NOVA | The Elegant Universe | PBS: "All three hours of The Elegant Universe are available to watch online here."

Russian Fighter SU-30MK

hot fighter

Wednesday 21 November 2007

Monday 12 November 2007

Tuesday 6 November 2007

Ron Paul: A New Hope

Nice to see traditional american virtues in politics for a change.

Wednesday 31 October 2007

Could Nuclear Power Save the Planet?

The Long Now Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Sep 14th, 2007

Can Nuclear Power Save the World with Gwyneth Cravens in conversation with Rip Anderson as part of The Long Now Foundation's Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Poison or Cure? Religious Belief in the Modern World

A debate, dialogue, and discussion with Christopher Hitchens and Alister McGrath.

The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University host a debate between writer Christopher Hitchens and Oxford University professor Alister McGrath on the role of religious belief in the modern world.

The Genie in Your Genes

Dawson Church talks about The Genie in Your Genes.

Dawson Church, Ph.D., decided to investigate the scientific basis of so-called medical miracles and the role of consciousness in healing. This book summarizes scientific studies that could revolutionize the way we think about the link between consciousness and health

Tuesday 30 October 2007

The inevitable collapse of the dollar

Yes, this is inevitable. The dollar will crash.

Economic update October 17th

The financial crisis just has started. New indicators are available. Size and scope of problem hit the street now.

Monday 29 October 2007

New Zealand Energy Strategy Going Forward

good item, a surprise..

Jeanette Fitzsimons and Richard Heinberg

Peak oil

T. Boone Pickens: we peaked last year, globally

Peak oil the real deal

Petrodollar warfare

a 30-minute interview with "Petrodollar Warfare" author William Clark, in which he discusses his thesis that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was launched by the Bush Administration in order to protect the U.S. dollar as the World Reserve Currency

Thursday 25 October 2007

Inside Story- Oil Production- 23 Oct 07- Part 2

Reports of declining oil production has stirred debates, amid fears/hopes of the consequences. Its the real deal.

Inside Story- Oil Production- 23 Oct 07- Part 1

Aljazera does peak oil. Well.

Real Estate Predictions 2007

talk about shills and clowns.

FOX Business Experts Bash Market Bear Peter Schiff, Pt.2

And example of crap forecasting.

Thursday 18 October 2007

US changes reporting on Gold to include "swaps"

Is the U.S. government sneaking gold out of Fort Knox? This may be exactly the case, as evidenced by a very curious change in U. S. Treasury reporting on gold supplies.

Up until April 27th of this year, the U. S. Treasury reported on a weekly basis its international reserve position on this form:

On this form, the gold supply (valued at the old fixed price of $42.22 per ounce) is reported as $11,041 million.

The following week, the Treasury changed the form and, as first spotted by Bill Rummel and reported in the Free Market Gold and Money Report, the new form has a change to its reporting of the gold supply. No longer is the gold supply listed as simply 'gold stock', it is now reported as "gold stock including gold deposits and, if appropriate, gold swapped” (our emphasis).

See the new report here:

Very interesting. This is a strong indication the Treasury may be sneaking gold out the back door.

A 'gold swap' is really pushing gold out the back door. It is not sold, it is, ahem, loaned for the value of the gold. Generally, it is loaned to bullion banks who then do the selling on the open market. If this is going on, the current climb in the price of gold is even more remarkable, given that it is occurring when, literally, Fort Knox gold may be in play and being sold.

The new report from the Treasury is sufficiently vague, which makes it difficult to know exactly what is going on as far as specifics of gold swaps, it is just enough cover your butt info so that if anyone ever does an audit at Fort Knox and the gold at Fort Knox doesn't equal what the Treasury is reporting, the Treasury's reply can be "Oh yeah, that's part of the gold we loaned out," and then point to the "gold swap" clause on the new form and say, "Oh yeah, this is where we report the gold swaps."

Sounds like a good time for Congress to demand an audit of just how much gold actually is in Fort Knox.

Yoga for Men

OT but remarkable

Inside Story- Putin's Iran visit- 16 Oct 07- Part 1

Putin and Iran Al Jazeera

Tuesday 16 October 2007

Wednesday 10 October 2007

Friday 5 October 2007 Directory Directory: " is the media division of Aegean Capital Group, Inc., a research and asset management company. Its flagship program 'Market Views with Ike Iossif and friends' and its host, Ike Iossif, critically examines the technical, fundamental, and quantitative underpinnings of the financial markets by interviewing some of the best known, most respected analysts, newsletter writers, market timers, market strategists, and portfolio managers on Wall Street. "

Saturday 29 September 2007

Sunday 23 September 2007

The Love song of B Bernanke (2)

Well, I tried. What do you reckon.

Friday 21 September 2007

Ron Paul Addresses Banking Hearing on Moral Hazard

we is doomed, dudes. Got Gold.

Chief strategist at CLSA predicts record gold run - Times Online

Chief strategist at CLSA predicts record gold run - Times Online: "t would be the biggest run on gold since the attempted French invasion of Britain of 1797 that sent prices through the roof. The precious metal, long a safe haven for investors, yesterday was predicted by a leading analyst to quadruple within three years as buyers seek shelter from prolonged turmoil in mainstream financial markets. According to Christopher Wood, chief strategist at the broker CLSA, market ructions and a collapse of the dollar could send gold prices to more than $3,400 an ounce within the next three years. Gold futures last night hit a 28-year high at $733 an ounce, but are more than $100 short of the record. Mr Wood said that the sub-prime conflagration would be the catalyst for a wider breakdown in markets. However, Wood predicted that investors would soon realise that the sub-prime crisis is simply the catalyst of a much wider breakdown, arguing that it has been the “Archduke Ferdinand assassination event” that sparks a bigger calamity. “This is not a sub-prime crisis. Sub-prime has merely exposed the bigger scam of structured finance; a scam that is about pretending that bad credit is good credit,” he said"

Welcome to the new economy

you just crossed over into the twilight zone.

Thursday 20 September 2007

Glenn Beck - US Economy - 09.18.2007

We are doomed dudes. Bonfire of the currencies.

Saturday 15 September 2007

Financial Sense "Liquid Energy" by Elliott Gue 09/14/2007

Financial Sense "Liquid Energy" by Elliott Gue 09/14/2007: "In the most recent issue of The Energy Strategist, I took a detailed look at the Asian coal markets and how Australia is a key beneficiary of growing Asian coal trade. Much of the same is true for natural gas: Australia is fast becoming a major exporter of LNG to Asia. The nation is politically stable, and unlike many other resource rich countries, the government has been fair and transparent in its treatment of resource access and taxation. As a result, Australia has benefited from a massive increase in investment on the part of global energy firms. Source: EIA Australia’s natural gas production is set to increase at an annualized pace of 4.3 percent out to 2030. This is the fastest production growth projected for any country, anywhere in the world. The vast majority of that gas will be exported. In fact, Australia alone accounts for all the gas production growth forecast for the developed world out to 2030. I’ve studied the Australian market in recent years because the country's geographic proximity to Asia makes it an obvious beneficiary of rising Asian energy demand. The only problem is that Australian stocks have been tough for most US and Canada-based investors to access. But that's changing. Interactive Brokers recently gave account holders direct access to Australian stocks for a tiny commission.

Other brokers are considering following that move. And I've noticed that some of the US shares of Australian firms traded on the over-the-counter market have begun to pick up volume lately.

There are a number of ways to play the gas growth theme. One is to buy into the companies that supply compression equipment and provide engineering services necessary to build out LNG infrastructure--mainly gas liquefaction and regasification terminals. And I'm also looking more carefully at a number of Australian and US firms that will be big producers of LNG in coming years.

Thursday 13 September 2007

Saturday 8 September 2007

Friday 7 September 2007

Thursday 6 September 2007

Tuesday 4 September 2007

Bernanke's Pledge Fails to Dispel Pessimism U.S.: "Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's pledge to stop the credit-market rout from wrecking the economy failed to quell concern at the Fed's Wyoming summer retreat that the U.S. is heading for recession. ``I came to Jackson Hole thinking there would be no recession, but I'm leaving thinking we could well have one,'' said Susan Wachter, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, who co-wrote the first academic paper presented at the conference. This year's theme -- Bernanke said organizers had ``outdone themselves'' with a relevant topic -- was housing and monetary policy, eliciting forecasts of sliding home prices and criticism the Fed should have done more. Martin Feldstein of Harvard University warned of a ``very serious downturn'' and called on policy makers to cut interest rates by 1 percentage point. The normally academic tone of the Kansas City Fed's symposium was replaced this year by concern that the sudden increase in the cost of credit to people and companies will hurt spending and investment. Consumer confidence dropped by the most in two years in August, the Conference Board reported on Aug. 28."

Monday 3 September 2007

Tuesday 21 August 2007

Sunday 19 August 2007

Monday 13 August 2007

Björn and Benny say 'congatulations!'

I'm a fan!

BEARISH - song parody from about THE ECONOMY

Beautifull Stuff! I thought the quants had it wrong. When I saw money "falling from the sky", I knew the gig was almost up.

Sunday 12 August 2007

Runnin 1976 Suzuki GT-750 in my house

This is the model I owned.

GT 750

That's the note!


I owned one of these. A GT750L model, 1974.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

A Great performance.

Art is good..

Women In Film

A great flick from the women in art crowd.

Thursday 9 August 2007

Gore Vidal on the media

Gore Vidal is a great American

Wednesday 8 August 2007

Battle at Kruger

Crash hot stuff == just watch.

Sunday 5 August 2007

Wednesday 1 August 2007

US sub-prime loan crisis claims first victim

IKB surprised the markets by announcing a profit-warning linked to problems in the US sub-prime market.

Mortgage worries plague Wall St.

Party is over. Buy Gold stocks at the bottom, the relics will be fashionable soon.

Stocks sink on credit worries

I knew this would happen. I was early with my trades, but I knew this would happen.

Saturday 28 July 2007

Relax the market always goes up..

It's called a conflict of interest at global century, our advice is often deceitful

Monday 23 July 2007

in the year 2525

Great song. A real classic.

Friday 13 July 2007

PBS NewsHour 20070619 - National Housing Slump, 1of2

n the face of falling housing starts, falling home prices, falling construction, and a 15-year low in homebuilder confidence, PBS Newshour's Ray Suarez discusses the continuing national housing slump with four experts from Massachusetts, California, Michigan, and Texas. [Part 1 of 2]

Bill Moyers 20070630 - Housing Market Meltdown 1of2

Bill Moyers discusses the "housing market meltdown", the ongoing subprime mortgage and hedge fund crisis, and the "housing bubble" and "homebuying mania" with the New York Times' Pulitzer-prize winning business reporter Gretchen Morgenson.

subprime derivatives

The big blow up is happening. Closer to a top than a bottom, for sure.

Australia's Greatest Prime Minister Part 1

It's the truth, after that comes Curtin.

Workplace Democracy - SEMCO Part 1 of 2

Workplace democracy can work far better than toxic CEO's and the madness of current compensation agreements.

Global Credit Crash - Lateline

It has been as clear as the nose on my face for years to me. Thank god I aint a quant, hey.

Real Estate: The Bubble Burst!

A year on the problems have just begun. "Nothing can save people depermined to grow suddenly rich". This mess will eventually break the whole securitisation of risk scam. You can remove risk from the home buyer and seller equation, but all you do is fuel a bubble that creates a giant systemic risk down the line. Today subprime CDO's, tomorrow commercial real estate CDO's and the day after LBO's of public companies. Main problem, money isn't money anymore..

Krugman on the US housing bubble

Paul Krugman from Princeton University predicts the biggest housing bust in history. It's international and its the real deal.

Real Estate Predictions 2007

Basis Capital should have watched this. The CDO/ARM/ disaster is just getting moving.

The Crash

It can happen. The bust is the backside of the boom.

Thursday 12 July 2007

Classic Science Fiction

Blade Runner: Final Cut will arrive in 2007 for a limited 25th-anniversary theatrical run, followed by a special-edition DVD with the three previous versions offered as alternate viewing. Besides the original theatrical version and director's cut, the expanded international theatrical version (Final Cut) will be included. The set will also contain additional bonus materials. FC will include added & extended scenes, added lines of dialogue, new SFX, and it will also contain newly shot scenes.

Saturday 7 July 2007

One on One - The Dalai Lama - 30 Jun 2007 - Part 1

The Nobel Peace Laureate talks to Riz Khan about being a 'simple Tibetan monk'.

The Fabulous Picture Show -Scorsese Special- 30Jun07 -Part 1

The director of Taxi Driver and Goodfellas talks about his life in filmmaking.

India slum girl 'makes good' - 09-Jun-07

Most of the high-paying jobs in India's IT industry go to the privileged elite. But, with the help of her husband, one woman has managed to earn her university degree as well as a job at on of India's top IT companies. Rajesh Sundaram travelled to Visakhapatnam to meet her. AlJazeeraEnglish

Venezuela displays its military build-up - 6 July 07

Lots of hardware, but tilted toward heavy stuff to keep the armed forces onside. several hundred thousand light arms and shoulder fired missles might be the better bet.

Exeter Resource Corporation

The discovery and advancement of numerous gold and silver projects, including our La Cabeza Project in Mendoza Province, Argentina, has resulted in under-explored Patagonia becoming a favoured destination for North American explorers. Exeter is well positioned in Patagonia with alliances for exploration projects in Argentinean Patagonia with Cerro Vanguardia S.A.(CVSA) (AngloGold Ashanti subsidiary), and Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration Chile (Rio Tinto) in Chilean Patagonia. The major miner's respect for Exeter's exploration expertise is further exemplified by the Agreement completed in late 2006 with Anglo American Chile Limitada covering seven gold projects in the rich Maricunga Belt in Chile.

Richards Bay Minerals mine

Rio Tinto's approach to Social and environmental stewardship at Richards Bay, according to Rio.

Rössing uranium mine in Namibia

Piece on the mine and the local story.

Israeli solar power - Tel Aviv roofs

Legally required in every new house.

Is Solar Power Good Business? - VOA Story


Invisible side of India

Nice Vid of the High Tech side of India

Al Gore/Avaaz/Live Earth Message

Commit to the pledge.

Quantum Mechanics for Dummies - Electrons Are Weird

interesting stuff..

iTulip Select Preview: Janszen interviews John Challenger

bankruptcy after private equity

Saturday 23 June 2007

Knut Song Video

Get with it dudes, Kleiner Eisbaer.

BBC Worldwide: Top Gear: Atom

29K British Pounds will buy you speed. This is true..

Friday 22 June 2007

Stock Market Charts - the Broad Market Indices

three weeks delayed..

The love song of Ben Benanke

Bought to you my yours truely. Thanks to Jesse of Jesse's charts for the original creative insight and forgive please my minor changes.

Thursday 21 June 2007

Business Going Green

Business response to global warming from pbs.

Why Silver is Ready to Double

Homel is a strange dude, but he is right about Silver.

Ranger Mine, Energy Resources of Australia (ERA)

A puff peice on the mine that's worth a look.

Uranium under water: TFN 60-Second Buzz 05/23/07

Uranium is a big bull. Cameo and the cigar lake mine. It will never open, IMO.

Monday 18 June 2007

Essential Solar: MIT Clean Tech/GABA

Hermann Scheer will discuss how policy models fostering renewable energy can pave the way for energy autonomy. He will also discuss the current trends regarding the upcoming review of the German EEG (feed-in-tariff) which is due by the end of 2007 / beginning 2008 and which has created the largest solar energy market in the world.

Hometown Baghdad

Great VBLOG for anyone who wants to know the real deal in Iraq.

Friday 15 June 2007

Wednesday 13 June 2007

Women In Art

Breathtaking, alluring, spellbinding - a bravura collection of world class art and tribute to female pulchritude, spiritual purity and sex appeal.

Scary Jap robotic tech....

Hmmm.... I'm in favour of research, I gurss.

Profiting when Insiders Trade at Extremes - Part 2

Some good trading ideas here. nothing fancy, oversold and insider buying as a buy indicator.

The Coming Financial Collapse of America_1

Israeli Video. It's going to pan out different this time.

No way to win heart's and minds -- Afghanistan marine

Monday 11 June 2007

Every Breath Bernanke Takes

A classic of course..

Ron Paul

Nice to hear classic american values, which are timeless in my view, espressed so well.

Saturday 9 June 2007

The Simpsons: Evolution Intro

Cute to the max. That's how it was..

Thursday 7 June 2007

Freiburg Solar Village

Chris Gardner "The Pursuit of Happyness" guy.

James Mann - Three Scenarios for China's Future

James Mann is the senior writer in residence at the CSIS International Security Program and the author of two critically acclaimed books: About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton and Beijing Jeep. Previously, he was a long-time correspondent with the Los Angeles Times, and his writing has also appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly.

Disaster at Chernobyl part 1 of 6

How not to run a reactor.

Let's Do It Like France Does It: Nuclear Power

Works in france!

Dr. Yujie Dong Washington, DC Visit (Part 1)

Dr. Yujie Dong is the Director of the High Temperature Reactor Design Division, Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Dr. Dong is leading the team that is developing the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). His team has built a functioning PBMR research reactor about 40 miles northwest of Beijing near the Great Wall.


Like to see the "Elephant's Foot". Once molten fuel/debris mixture that dripped down through the floors of the exploded RBMK-1000 reactor at Chernobyl. It was so radioactive and solid, they had to use a rifle to chip a piece of it off

TreeHuggerTV: Plug-in Prius

These Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) shift pollution from a tailpipe to a power-plant. Even charging off the national grid.

Solucar Solar Tower

Solar thermal power generator tower in Seville,

SolarPlaza China PV Business Tour 2006

Short overview of the SolarPlaza China PV Business Tour 2006. With a visit to Suntech power, Yingli and brokerage events at Beijing and Shanghai

New Fiber Optic Technology

By twisting fiber optic strands into helical shapes, researchers have created unique structures that can precisely filter, polarize or scatter light. Compatible with standard fiber optic lines, these hair-like structures may replace bulky components in sensors, gyroscopes and other devices.

While researchers are still probing the unusual properties of the new fibers, tests show the strands impart a chiral, or "handed," character to light by polarizing photons according to certain physical properties.

France Relies on Nuclear Power

Energy independence was a crucial factor in the decision by French political leaders to embark on an ambitious nuclear energy program back in 1973, during the Middle East oil embargo. France now has 58 nuclear power plants and derives nearly 80 percent of its electricity from them. All of the plants are operated by the national electricity company, EDF

epr areva

France EPR.

New Finnish Nuclear Power Plant

Finns new nuclear power plant in Europe. The first one in 15 years. Only China and India are building such units. Built by AREVA, the PWR is a new generation reactor.

Tuesday 5 June 2007

The Future of Austrian Economics

This is the famous speech by Murray Rothbard given in the days following the collapse of the Soviet empire. His exuberance is palpable has he explains the meaning of it all for the place of liberty in the history of civilization.
A brilliant scholar and passionate defender of Liberty, Professor Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) was dean of the Austrian School of economics, holder of the S.J. Hall Chair at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Academic Vice President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

The end of credit expansion ...the bust..

Wednesday 30 May 2007

Time Trip 1 of 3

Time Trip is a thrilling journey deep into the strangeness of cutting-edge physics

God On The Brain (part 1 of 5)

These people suffer from one of the strangest of all brain disorders. It makes them think they have been touched by god. But their unusual condition is giving scientists a unique insight into faith and the human mind.

The Shadows In The Cave (1 of 6)

The Power of Nightmares assesses whether the threat from a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. In the concluding part of the series, the programme explains how the illusion was created and who benefits from it.

SUPERMARKET SECRETS - dispatch #1 (5 of 5)

How and what we eat has radically changed over the past few decades with the all-consuming rise of the supermarket.