Weekend OT
August 6, 2011 7:45 AM - BoerumHillScott

August 6, 2011 7:46 AM - BoerumHillScott
We were going to have a relaxing weekend with no real plans, but at the last minute a wonderful friend and former college roommate whom we had not seen in several years let us know he was in the area and asked if he could visit for a few days.

August 6, 2011 8:17 AM - Arkady
More is best!
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August 6, 2011 11:45 AM - DeadCatBounce
The US must:

.....Move from a consumption based economy to an investment based economy.
.....Change from a culture of entitlements to a culture of personal initiative.
.....Transition our government budget from one of near indebtedness to fiscal responsibility.

If the first two don't happen, the third one never will.
August 6, 2011 11:46 AM - DeadCatBounce
meant to say infinite indebtedness, as in John Meynard Keynes' formulation.
Edited at August 6, 2011 11:46 AM
August 6, 2011 11:50 AM - DeadCatBounce
And now the wife and I are on our way to kayak through the Mangroves and an Iguana sanctuary.

August 6, 2011 12:49 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: It's an awful shame you're having such a terrible time with nothing to do there, DCB. ; )
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August 6, 2011 12:50 PM - cobblehiller
Ooops, that was me/cobble ^^^^^, forgot to login. : (
August 6, 2011 1:27 PM - Donatella
Well, D-Cat, don't be jealous. I am off to Brighton Beach/Coney Island.

Enjoy yourself D-Cat! Go outside cobble!
Edited at August 6, 2011 1:27 PM
August 6, 2011 3:12 PM - wendybear1
After a death in the family (stepmother), I am looking up flights to Alabama. DAMN, but they're expensive.
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August 6, 2011 4:31 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
:-( sorry for your loss, wendy. did you try to get bereavement fares? not sure if step-parents are counted among the acceptable family members for airlines, but may be worth a shot. let us know if you need anything.
August 6, 2011 4:59 PM - wendybear1
Thanks, Snappy. I haven't booked yet. I'm waiting on Scott to help me.
August 6, 2011 5:32 PM - Donatella
Sorry, Wendy....
August 6, 2011 7:07 PM - wendybear1
Thanks, Donatella.
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August 6, 2011 10:07 PM - rf
Is DIBS here? A friend is looking for a recipe to pickle stringbeans.
August 7, 2011 9:17 AM - DeadCatBounce
Another 3 or 4 weeks here would be wonderful. Unfortunately, we are returning to reality on Monday.
Judging by the downgrade of US debt, that reality is likely to be harsh!
Edited at August 7, 2011 9:17 AM
August 7, 2011 2:21 PM - Not_Logged_In
The Return of me: Hiya Assholes..

I hope you retards enjoying your weekend..
In two hours the FX Markets open and it's going to be a bllodbath..
@ 8:00PM Asia opens and that my friends will tell the story.
I think we're fucker, eh no You're fucked!
Say buh bye the the asshole lifestyle...

The What

Someday this war is gonna end..
Edited at August 7, 2011 2:21 PM
August 7, 2011 2:33 PM - dibs
As usual, whatever the What thinks will happen will not.

August 7, 2011 2:40 PM - dibs
Sorry to hear about your loss, Wendy.
Edited at August 7, 2011 2:40 PM
August 7, 2011 2:49 PM - DeadCatBounce
I sure hope you are right Dave.
I think we could be in for a very rough time tomorrow.
However, I don't expect a massive sell off of the dollar as Mr. What suggests.
Edited at August 7, 2011 2:49 PM
August 7, 2011 2:58 PM - dibs
Currency is relatively flat, only slightly down vs Yen and EUR.
Edited at August 7, 2011 2:58 PM
August 7, 2011 3:06 PM - dibs
Also, the downgrade only applied to long term treasuries, not short term, where all of the funding currently takes place.
Edited at August 7, 2011 3:06 PM
August 7, 2011 3:59 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: Ruh Roh....
Dollar Tumbling To Record Low Against Swiss Franc, New Lows Against Yen
Yep Dave you better get up[ here, witness the collapse of the Mutant Asset Bubble!!!
Buh Bye Assholes..

The What

Someday this war is gonna end..
August 7, 2011 4:52 PM - rf
So Dave, do you have a recipe for pickled stringbeans?
August 7, 2011 5:36 PM - denton
hey all:

don't think the downgrade will rattle equities much. We'll see.

DCB, we have the least amount of 'entitlement culture' in the western world. But to that list I might add 'an end the the US' rampant militarism'.

Unless of course the US taxpayer wants to pay for it.

I hope y'all saw the absolutely scathing indictment of Obama today in the NYT week in review. I couldn't agree more.
Edited at August 7, 2011 5:36 PM
August 7, 2011 5:59 PM - dibs
rf...we have one for pickled wax (yellow) beans. I's a dill recipe, hence the name Dilly Beans. I think you can find lots of them online. I think most people use the recipe in the Ball (Mason Jar brand) recipe book.
August 7, 2011 6:02 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: So Dave, do you have a recipe for pickled Assholes?
You better stay up tonight Fucktard!
May you can earn that 2/20, MUAH!

The What (Is that napalm?????)

Someday this war is gonna end..
August 7, 2011 6:23 PM - rf
Thanks Dave. I think I found it here:
August 7, 2011 6:27 PM - dibs
denton, you don't think that the US needs to maintain military superiority???
August 7, 2011 6:32 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: Ruh roh...
DJIA INDEX 11,090.00 -312.00
S&P 500 1,164.20 -33.60
NASDAQ 100 2,128.75 -58.25

Hey Dave I hope you're stock up on some Ass Cream!

The What (Yep that's napalm)
ASomeday this war is gonna end..

August 7, 2011 6:46 PM - DeadCatBounce
Hi Denton
You wrote: DCB, we have the least amount of 'entitlement culture' in the western world.
Even if true, that would only comparatively better, not actually good.
But I don't think it is true. I am speaking about culture, not govt programs. Admittedly a matter of opinion.
I am in another Western country right now (the tiny Turks and Caicos), and I see people taking the initiative and getting things done.
Not waiting around for somebody else to do something for them. In the last 2 years I've traveled to Poland and to Turkey. In both those countries people are ambitious and proactive.

August 7, 2011 7:49 PM - dibs
I usually look for advice fromWhat before listening to that of Bill gross, Warren Buffet and a few others.
August 7, 2011 7:58 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: Hey Dave..
The What
Someday this war is gonna end..

August 7, 2011 8:01 PM - dibs
Hi What.
August 7, 2011 8:08 PM - cobblehiller
Maintain Military superiority? We already are/were. And we got into 2.5 useless fake wars that served no purpose except to drive up the debt and create MORE anger at the US/policies and enrich corporations. We treat our veterans like crap, because we are unwilling to truly support our troops! It's criminal.

Sigh. Don't get me started.... I had a nice day at Shea 2, in the not-so-cheap cheap seats, even though the Mets lost. (Curse you, Chipper!)
August 7, 2011 8:10 PM - cobblehiller
And curse you, DCB for posting these lovely photos of a gorgeous Caribbean locale! : P
August 7, 2011 8:16 PM - minard lafever
Here's a photo of a lovely Brooklyn locale taken today in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Edited at August 7, 2011 8:16 PM
August 7, 2011 8:18 PM - dibs
Cobble, the Chinese aren't to be trusted. Right now they have virtually no Navy to compete with ours, but in the long run, they can't be trusted.

I agree, ground troops are basically obsolete these days and we can't seem to win a ground war in either Asia or the Middle East.. warheads are the answer.
August 7, 2011 8:20 PM - cobblehiller
Don't you love the landscaping they're doing over there, Minard? I think it's great! I've been really impressed.
August 7, 2011 8:22 PM - cobblehiller
DIBS, Well then, if we're sooo worried about the Chinese, then we should get the hell out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya!! We prolly should have been putting all that money into our Military infrastructure instead of bleeding it dry to pay for these stupid stupid stupid wars!! (Was I emphatic enough? : P )
Edited at August 7, 2011 8:22 PM
August 7, 2011 8:25 PM - minard lafever
yes Cobble, the landscaping is tops. I like that they planted a whole grove of dawn redwoods. Imagine that, redwoods in Brooklyn.

August 7, 2011 8:28 PM - cobblehiller
"they planted a whole grove of dawn redwoods"

Oh, have they? I didn't realize this. Whereabouts? I just like that they're using reeds near the water, and all sorts of native plants, and the design really super! The Hydrangeas down by the kids park were just fabulous!
August 7, 2011 8:35 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, here are some of the baby redwoods. They could grow a hundred feet high.
Edited at August 7, 2011 8:35 PM
August 7, 2011 8:46 PM - cobblehiller
Oh my goodness! That's so exciting! I used to go to Muir Woods, when I lived out there, to see them. So spectacular! Did you ever read the article in the New Yorker about the "Tree Walkers"? There are climbers and scientists that climb up into the tree canopies in the Redwoods to study the life forms/micro climates up there. Really amazing. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/02/14/050214fa_fact_preston
Edited at August 7, 2011 8:47 PM
August 7, 2011 8:55 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, no I haven't read about that. It sounds unbelievable.
These are not California redwoods. they are a different specie that was thought to be extinct until several small groves were found in China in 1947. Unlike California redwoods these are deciduous. Their needles drop in the winter. There are a couple of huge specimens in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden planted in the early fifties when they were first brought from China.
There are also bald cypress in BBP, they are very similar, also deciduous conifers. Its a great park.

August 7, 2011 9:06 PM - cobblehiller
If you're interested and can get your hands on the whole article online, read it! If not, let me know, and I'll get you copy.

Ah, thank you, good to know! And yes, I've seen the ones in the BBG. But you're just reminding me that I need to get over there more often! I usually try to go for the Blue Bells and Peonies my faves.

August 7, 2011 9:06 PM - denton
The US needs to be able to defend the US, not the rest of the world. That's what the UN is for. However, if we want to wage all war all the time, that's fine too. All I'm saying is that them the taxpayer needs to agree with that and pay for it.
August 7, 2011 9:13 PM - DeadCatBounce
Stock index futures down 2.4%
I will feel very grateful if that is as bad as it gets.

August 7, 2011 9:24 PM - minard lafever
denton, If there is any silver lining to this unbelievably bad, and I think, increasingly dire financial meltdown, it is that we are going to have to cut back on our humongous military spending and recalculate our policeman status in the Middle East.

Edited at August 7, 2011 9:24 PM