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Hello and welcome to this week’s roundup. Politics got right into full swing again this week following the Christmas break. But first thoughts should turn to the ongoing situation in Gaza. Caron shared the thoughts of a friend. Meanwhile, Stephen Glenn took up Iain Dale’s challenge to see events from an Israeli perspective [more...]

Date: 2009-01-11 18:54:38

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“The advanced price correction and rapidly falling interest rates in recent months have combined to make property much more affordable and attractive to those who need a home now.”“If you are buying a home and you can get it at a 20 or 30% reduction and the cost of financing it is similar to the rent you are paying, then it makes sense to purchase [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 10:08:00

Update: MCC increases aid, advocacy for Gaza

by Gladys Terichow In the midst of air strikes, ground battles and a rising death toll, Mennonite Central Committee ( ... , they are purchasing food, water and blankets on credit and distributing them to families whose homes ... to the Canadian government, MCC Canada writes: “MCC believes that peace and security for all people [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 22:56:33

Clinton's bailout statement

Hillary puts out the kind of harsh, skeptical statement on the Bush administration's plans that Obama —embracing a bipartisan moment — did not, ... was no. Now, the administration is turning to the American people for help, to rescue the credit ... a blank check. While the need to address the current crisis is clear, I will only support steps [more...]

Date: 2008-09-19 22:39:00

The Meaning of Life?

Copy the list below and bold all of the ones you have done. 1. Touched an iceberg2. Slept under the stars 3. Been a part of a hockey fight 4. Changed a baby’s diaper5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Swam with wild dolphins 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a tarantula10. Said “I love you” and meant it 11 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 09:22:00

GOP Target-->Barney Frank

Barney Frank and his Democratic friends have brought down the banking industry by forcing banks to give loans to people who couldn't afford them, ... . . . . According to the report below, Frank is FINALLY on the Republican Party hit list: McCain, GOP ... mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Saturday that an Obama presidency combined with Democratic [more...]

Date: 2008-10-26 00:56:56

How to Read Fashion

I think I've finally figured it out. High-fashion (as in, runway models, couture, fickle designers) is like really, uber-esotaric art ( ... with bonus material: The (Topshop-sponsored) Ultimate Catwalk Report. I was so excited! I eat this stuff ... with a designer coat to give it new life--that's some sharp credit crunch thinking [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 22:18:00

Howdy, Weekly Rampart organising meetings are held at Rampart every Monday from 7pm, feel free to come by to see how you can get involved ... /TERRASSA last week, and could give a report back on the evening if people are interested.** Groups ... to placate the revolt.For some people this is the first credit-crunch riot, a sign of things to come [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 12:46:48

Debbie Downer Is Alive And Depressed In New York City

You haven’t heard from me because I spent half the day with travel delays –it’s cold and rainy in NYC, ... Housing Report. The heads — Bob Shiller wants to see us trade real estate securities like stocks, thinks ... a financial physician that the government should subsidize. (Reality check: the government does provide [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 06:45:48

Trying to be Politically Correct.

In North Florida, we called them “Trailers”. In Maryland, I was corrected. They called them “Mobile Homes” ... to know the price ranges. We knew that our credit report would come up as “DANGER, DANGER!” so we figured ... : It seems, Mr. Our-Last-Name, you don’t have a credit report. Mark: Um. What? Salesman: Nothing [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 15:58:37

Whiplash Wednesday!

Currencies rebound VS the dollar…Aussie and kiwi lead the currencies higher…Data and Central Bank speeches today…Gold rebounds back to $1,000! And Now… Today’s Pfennig! Good day… And a Wonderful Wednesday to you… Instead of a “turn around Tuesday”, we’re seeing a whiplash Wednesday! And for once in a month of Sundays, the Big Dog, euro didn’t lead the other little dogs (currencies) off the porch to chase the dollar down the street! [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 19:07:48

Whiplash Wednesday!

Currencies rebound VS the dollar…Aussie and kiwi lead the currencies higher…Data and Central Bank speeches today…Gold rebounds back to $1,000! And Now… Today’s Pfennig! Good day… And a Wonderful Wednesday to you… Instead of a “turn around Tuesday”, we’re seeing a whiplash Wednesday! And for once in a month of Sundays, the Big Dog, euro didn’t lead the other little dogs (currencies) off the porch to chase the dollar down the street! [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 19:07:48


Sometimes in this blog business you receive a comment that is just so idiotic, that you have to take the time to not only point out their stupidity, ... that the report the mother made against the foster parents involved “just some scratches and a bump.”  My reasoning for this conclusion, is how would they know what was in the report if they were [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 20:14:42

Great Recession Roundup — January 12, 2009

Items of Interest:John Wasik, Bloomberg:U.S. Housing Market Still Offers Hidden Value -- Some of the most durable areas have shown lower volatility ... is almost always anchored by employment, above-average wealth and education...What Is Worse - Personal Bankruptcy Or Foreclosure? - Diana Olick / CNBC Realty Check----The Madoff PonziNY Post:MADOFF [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 03:06:00

The First To Fall And The Last To Rise

The Manteca Bulletin reports from California. “In the go-go days of stratospheric housing price increases some newer neighborhoods - such as Woodward Park, Diamond Oaks, and Villa Ticino - were seeing prices jump as much as $5,000 a month. Now those neighborhoods have returned back to earth as closed deals so far this month signal that banks are [more...]

Date: 2008-10-11 18:59:11

Tales of Technology

HAL, the fascinating computer from 2001: A Space OdysseyLast night Marshall and I went to pick out movies. It was snowing. We were tired ... the movie as a cheap imitation. It also bears some resemblance to the theories in Minority Report ... with me for many reasons. First and foremost, the movie has a news report that says the government can tap [more...]

Date: 2009-01-10 16:20:00

Guest Post: Financial Mistakes Couples should Avoid

Hi I’m Mary from Simply Forties! I write a blog about being a female in her 40s, finances, grown children, relationships, the environment, ... ). 2. Not taking credit-card debt seriously Carrying credit card debt is stressful. If one person ... on the other’s credit report. You do not want to find this information out when you are sitting [more...]

Date: 2008-12-22 14:00:07

How Fast Can You Get A Home Loan After Bankruptcy?

One of our readers, Desiree, had this question: Is there any possibility of getting a home loan sooner than 2 years after a bankruptcy discharge? ... in bankruptcy”. If it doesn’t, then it is still counting against your credit score each month. Challenge Any ... reports, the credit bureaus will freeze your credit score until the dispute is resolved [more...]

Date: 2009-01-06 16:28:19

The Pointless Pursuit of More: When is Enough Enough?

Photo by Andrea I hope you had a great holiday this past week, and that they were as restful as they were fun; ... report on a newly introduced concept called the “standard of living.” A new idea, this was developed soon ... t have much motivation to work. In this report, the government noted: “..The survey proved [more...]

Date: 2008-12-29 17:01:07

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/16/2008

A woman will lead Muslim prayers in Oxford. The EU bans incandescent bulbs. The FBI launches an investigation of ACORN.But the story about the subduing of the drunken hijacker on an airliner bound from Turkey to St. Petersburg is my favorite, because of this quote:“Surprisingly this hooligan was not British,” said an official at Pulkovo [more...]

Date: 2008-10-17 03:55:00


Submitted by: Clark Havard Fannie, Freddie And Now, Hannie By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009  Subprime Crisis: The media have pounded President Bush for a wave of Hispanic home foreclosures. But it was Democrats who launched a drive to loosen credit for Hispanics — many of them illegals.   Democrats [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 19:40:15

Use Online Surveys To Build Customer Trust And Loyalty And Thrive During The Recession

The ongoing financial crisis and talk of recession has left a lot of Internet marketers worried about whether they will be able to stay in business ... . Social network marketing sites, email, instant messaging and Skype all offer the Internet marketer ... with products first is not a great way to raise your credit rating with your prospects. One good way [more...]

Date: 2008-11-19 17:54:53

Girardi interview coming up

All of the managers attend the Winter Meetings and have scheduled times that they meet with the media. Joe Girardi’s session will be today at 6:30 p.m. (ET), so check back later to see what he had to say. Brian Cashman will meet with Yankees beat ... Feel free to post news you find on another site or blog. But credit the writer and provide a link [more...]

Date: 2008-12-09 21:39:09

A Cautionary Home-Buying Tale: Look Before You Leap

Here in Seattle it seems like we’re ground zero for real estate search websites, with Redfin, Estately, John L ... colors.” Agent names redacted. You’ve got great credit, a big cash downie, and pre-approved ... he has insurance and belongs to an inspector’s federation. He gives you a nice little report with digital [more...]

Date: 2008-09-18 14:08:40

Questions About Collections? Ask Melissa

Dear Melissa, My daughter is in the midst of a career move and has had a bill sent to a collection agency in the state she previously resided in ... can absolutely not affect your credit report in any way.  Consumer debt is not transferable ... the payment.  The agency will report to the credit bureaus that the account is paid, if applicable [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 13:00:17

Rachel explains: "The hidden perils of poorly-connected streets, or why I’m afraid of German Shepherds"

Today I am able to treat you to another guest post by my colleague Rachel Sohmer, who hits it out of the park: I grew up in a typical subdivision of detached single-family homes built in the 60s, where cul-de-sacs and long blocks ruled the day. On the plus side, our small houses and lot sizes made the neighborhood somewhat walkable, [more...]

Date: 2008-11-25 15:20:27

Stimulus structure and buying off the median voter

By Fester: Matthew Yglesias links to a Sebastian Mallaby column that attempts to discuss economics and falls flat on its face: ... provided an excellent technical report on what types of policy changes could increase short term economic activity. They produced this report to inform the debate on the first stimulus package [more...]

Date: 2008-10-10 19:12:07

Harriet Miers, Monica, etc.

Hump day, hump day. Almost made it to the weekend. Hold on, everybody. We'll get there. :DI got seven e-mails saying they enjoyed Isaiah's comic yesterday and encouraged me to highlight another one. Beau actually had one picked out. "A Flunky Scorned."That's Harriet Miers punking out the Democrats. They should have forced her to appear [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 03:47:00

Just Tricks…No Treats for Friday’s Rates

Mortgage rates continue to trend upwards like mummies crawling out of their graves.  (Sorry…bad reach. Booooo).  October has been terrible for rates! ... and FHA jumbo loans.    We’ll end next week with the goulish Jobs Report.  Most traders should ... credit score of 720-739, “full doc” purchase with a sales price of $500,000 and a loan amount [more...]

Date: 2008-10-31 19:48:17

On Credit Cards and Free Credit Reports.

Finally I was able to pay online my credit card dues yesterday. It’s not that I’m short on funds (since my bill is just a few hundred bucks) ... credit reports. If there are corrections, they should notify the agency to remove credit report ... so I was just lax about it. That’s how I am usually when our budget’s not that tight. My hubby insist [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 06:40:58

Best debt collection agency!!

I was the finance head for my department and I used to suffer a lot and it was a real pain when it comes to recovering money that is owned. You give out goods on credit and then they fail to pay the money back. That’s when my friend ... harder. They also provide report and status along with legal help involved in collection of debt [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 04:13:52

Is there any point going to university if you can't get a job afterwards?

John O'Leary writes... "Employment prospects for graduates are the worst for two decades, according to a new report ... undergraduate overdraft and the part-time work needed to keep it in check may both be harder to come ... into permanent employment for many of the graduates involved. Two of my own children got their first jobs [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 09:54:59

1-16-09 TAR Digest

The Weekly Membership Newsletter of the Tennessee Assn. of REALTORS Guest Editor: Buzz Steele _______________________________________________________ CONTENTS 1. 2009 Documented Form Changes 2. Notables About form  “F9 Purchase and Sale Agreement” 3. Changes to the inFORM tool 4. There are ONLY 2 Residential Listing Agreements in 2009 ? [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 00:36:02

Department of Homeland Lunacy

By Dave Lindorff I am not a terrorist. How can I prove this in these paranoid times? Easy ... agreement with neighboring New York to obtain my new Pennsylvania license), and to ask what the problem might be, I was told that they couldn’t tell me, because the federal report doesn’t say [more...]

Date: 2008-11-27 05:33:10

Recession Gets Worse - The Fix Won’t Kill Ya

Recessions have a ripple effect on countries. Problems that start in one sector quickly spread to another ... and the real estate bubble, is now affecting job (the highest unemployment level in 16 years), credit ... released a report today highlighting the crisis. Here’s the key finding: Nationally, to maintain [more...]

Date: 2009-01-09 22:08:39

Golden Globes - Live Post

FINAL PREDICTION TALLIES k - 9/14 DP - 9/14 Live commentary between DP and K during this year's Golden Globes... DP: I just got done emailing k about the SUPREME diss Brad Pitt gave Ryan Seacrest. Having spotted Brangelina, Ryan came down from that dumb podium type thing E! has set up, literally running after them, and Brad and Angie.. [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 01:20:20

Progress Report of Bayanihan Fund Drive as of 10/01/09, now over Php150k

I have just made another update on this listing to include the latest donation from Canada that propelled this Project’s donation to another mileston – over Php150k collection.~Reynz 5:34pm ESTLadies and gentlemen: we have just hit another milestone, with donations collected over one-hundred thousand pesos. When we started this, we thought we would be happy with Php50,000. Little did we know… that this will go far beyond that. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 16:19:45

Pocket Quicken by Landware

Quicken may very well be the most popular line of financial software on the market today ... the choice to install Pocket Quicken as a stand alone application or have it synchronize with a desktop copy ... warnings, budget and report creation, account reconciliation, payment/deposit scheduling, search [more...]

Date: 2008-10-16 12:34:36

Loose Lips Daily: Fenty Bids Dubya Farewell

As much local politics as humanly possible. Send your tips, releases, stories, events, etc. to lips@washingtoncitypaper.com. And get LL Daily sent straight to your inbox every morning! IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—”Man Dies at City Detox Facility“; “Wilson Building Gift Grab Begins” DATELINE CHICAGO—Morning all [more...]

Date: 2008-12-22 14:47:20

Yes, I dumped a post.

Yes, I dumped a post. 01-10-09 12:40 P GMT-08 I dumped a post in which I almost lauded Condi Rice for not making a statement about how the only ... states have been bitching about meeting guidelines on fair voting act rules and want them overturned ... to whites. To it's credit New Haven, Connecticut tried to stop using their racist test, but the [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 12:59:49

A 1988 Template Into The Future – Educational Trends

I was about 10 years old. I had just finished a science fiction story that had flying cars,food everywhere and dome housing ... change our society in the years to come. I have a copy of the 1988 report with some interesting ... go then read this report from George Mason University.Allison Ohle, gained experience working [more...]

Date: 2009-01-01 13:21:00

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2009

The latest word is that an agreement with Russia has been reached, and the flow through the gas pipeline will resume.Also, look for the storming of the Israeli consulate in Montreal, as well as other Gaza-inspired violence around the world.Thanks to AA, Abu Elvis, Insubria, JD, Tuan Jim, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in [more...]

Date: 2009-01-09 04:49:00

Hamilton’s Counterfeit Capitalism

Daily Article by George F. Smith | As we await Bush’s replacement to straighten our wayward lives, it’s crucial to understand how we got here and why policy makers are so determined to do the wrong thing. Austrian economics explains why their policies are flawed, but no one with a voice seems to care [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:36:00

Delta IV Heavy Readies for Launch Tonight

The weather forecast is excellent for today's planned 7:45 p.m. launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a secret national security satellite ... . Spaceflightnow.com will report that the satellite, named Advanced Mentor, will be used for electronic ... , in November 2007, was a success. Check out this Delta IV product card to learn more about the [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 08:06:34

Boehner Frets About What He Calls Republican "Knuckle-Draggers" Opposing The Bailout

The Bush Regime's Shock Doctrine strategy worked so well for them-- if not for us-- in the run up to the attack on Iraq ... is proceeding under (or around): today's monthly job report: The government is out with more bad economic ... the government conducted its survey during the week of Sept. 8, before the credit crisis took a new [more...]

Date: 2008-10-04 02:19:11

Credit report: check yours

Checking your credit reportAccording to the Federal Trade Commission, one in six Americans will be a victim of identity theft this year. It’s more important than ever to make sure you check your credit report often to make sure you are not a victim. It is also easier than ever to check your credit report and the best part, it’s free.A few years ago, Congress passed the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 19:27:34

History This Week

Valerie Hart: The Woman at the Heart of the Rupununi Uprising Introduction According to declassified Department of State Documents “At 8am EST Valerie Hart contacted US Ham radio operator and broadcast appeal for help from U.S. ‘or any other country listening’ on behalf Guyanese rebels. Mrs [more...]

Date: 2009-01-01 09:01:30

A Green Bailout: twice the bang, half the bucks (video)

***BOOK UPDATE: Van’s book is up to #20 on Amazon (ahead of Sarah Palin’s new laugher and Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World). Help us crack the top 10 on his opening night by ordering it now.*** Check out this blog post ... to our wind power industries and our solar power industries by extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC [more...]

Date: 2008-10-08 00:18:33

Friday wrap

Dem Congress to pump raw sewage into nation's workplaces ... The AFL-CIO advanced an argument detailing why a "majority sign-up" is the best option for preserving "the freedom of working people." Below is a syllogism that encapsulates an argument found on the AFL-CIO website.1. The workplace environment has been poisoned by browbeating employers.2 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 11:30:00

Fed calls West’s housing markets feeble

The Fed’s San Francisco unit had its harshest words to date to say about the West’s real estate markets in the first 2009 “Beige Book,” a Federal Reserve Board report on regional economic ... by the bay. (MAP HERE!) In this #1 regional “Beige Book” recap for 2009, (Read full REPORT HERE [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 08:20:07

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