February 26th, 2009


Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash

The Man In Black would've been 77 today.

It's foggy and rainy here in S.E. MI, a perfect day for some sad or dark music, if you've got any links to share. I'll start:

Google Fu -- er, Flu

This is so clever, I can't believe it. As David Pogue in the NY Times puts it:
One of Google’s geniuses figured out that whenever people get sick, they use Google to search for more information. By collating these searches, Google has created an early-warning system for flu outbreaks in your area, with color-coded graphs. Google says that Flu Trends has recognized outbreaks two weeks sooner than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has.
Obviously, not perfect, but... damn, that's clever. Thanks to tristero at Hullabaloo for the heads-up.

Have you been sick this year? I tend to avoid the flu, but I've had stomach problems, a few allergies I didn't have a few years ago, and a little too much stress-related ick.

Are You Heartbroken For Them? I'm Heartbroken For Them

Stocks declined Wednesday as a late warning from President Obama about stricter oversight for Wall Street knocked major indexes off their highs for the day.

Stocks had pared losses earlier after comments by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke assuaged concerns about nationalization of major banks but pulled back in the finally hour after Obama's remarks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 80.05, or 1.1 percent, to close at 7,270.89. The S&P 500 shed 1.1 percent to end at 764.89, and the Nasdaq dropped 1.1 percent to close at 1,425.43.

Obama said financial institutions that pose a serious risk to markets should be subject to serious government oversight, in remarks after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Geithner and others on financial regulation.

"Whenever there is a question about how large the government role will be ... the market doesn't like that," Peter Kenny, managing director at Knight Equity Markets, told Reuters. "As we came close to the bell we got the curveball: Our president came on TV," he said. [Emphasis mine.]
The market doesn't like that? Awww, doesums widdle Wall Stweet not want to be weguwated after FUCKING UP THE ENTIRE NATIONAL ECONOMY?
Too fucking bad. Bluntly, I think a lot of you, if not the lot of you, should be thrown in prison. Greedy bastards just can't stop thinking of profit, can you? If everything collapses, all your "profit" will be worth nothing. Not even tinder -- much of it's electronic.

So. Nationalize the banks, or not? At the very least, I say throw out the CEOs and the two levels of corporate structure beneath them.