Monthly Archives: November 2011

Who is Mariano Rajoy?

Last weekend, The “Conservative” People’s Party in Spain won control of the Parliament, and Mariano Rajoy will become the new Prime Minister. Why did the socialists lose control and who is Mariano Rajoy? Spain has a long history of cultural … Continue reading

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France: We need to protect “Civilians” in Syria

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45426952/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Ts5Jy1az6uI War-mongering France now wants international action to “protect civilians” from their government with direct military intervention. France has a bit more of a history with Syria than in Libya.   Following World War 1, the League of Nations turned over … Continue reading

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A new sports low for radio

Thom Hartmann is supposed to be on WXXM-FM at the moment. I’ve been listening for about 10 minutes and still can’t figure out which sport I’m listening to – the hosts are giving no hints at what sport this is … Continue reading

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The list of German Bond buyers

In order to buy bonds directly from the German Bank (the “Primary” market), you have to be on their accredited list.    The Primary buyers then resell the bonds to the “Secondary” market, hopefully for a profit. Well, the buyers stayed … Continue reading

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EU banks to Germany: So you want war?

A curious thing happened today.    Nobody showed up to buy German debt. There is little chance of a German default – in the secondary market, German debt carries a lower interest rate than US Debt, and lower than most of … Continue reading

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Dubai’s bankruptcy law almost ready

http://www.dubaichronicle.com/2011/11/23/uaes-bankruptcy-and-financial-restructuring-law-almost-ready/ A couple years ago, Dubai World was about to unravel as the real estate swindle it is, but there was a problem. Sharia law prohibits the paying of interest (usury) on borrowed money. Bankruptcy law doesn’t exist in Islam … Continue reading

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The Arab Winter arrives in Egypt

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/world/middleeast/egypts-cabinet-offers-to-quit-as-activists-urge-wider-protests.html Tahrir square is again full of 10s of thousands of protestors, urged there by the Muslim Brotherhood.   The temporary government picked by the military to run the country until elections are held has offered to resign. Allah Ahkbar. Peace … Continue reading

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State of your State

I was the Treasurer of the Student Government Association in college.  That’s where I learned that government entities use accounting that is completely different than what a business uses – something I wasn’t taught in any of my accounting classes. … Continue reading

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Ted Forstmann has died

The name sounded familiar.. Following the deregulation of radio in 1996 during the Bill & Hillary Clinton administration, there was a “land rush” of people running around buying up radio stations as fast as they could.   One of the people … Continue reading

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100% “spin free” News arrives in Houston

http://news92fm.com/ Radio One, the company that employs Al Sharpton for its “urban talk” network has its new non-political no-spin 24 hours a day news station on the air in Houston Texas (KROI-FM) http://news92fm.com/?get-streaming-audio-player=1 I’m not sure why, but it took … Continue reading

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