Monday, July 28, 2008

The Seventh Seal

http://www.moviemartyr.com/1957/seventhseal.htm

It occurs to me that Nietzsche distorted many elemental truths...

Yes.  Particles contend for space.

But there are orbits as well as collisions.  And life is as much dance as riot.

Bergman, Fellini, Truffaut, Kurosawa, et al. portend that, for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, nature is not so much clumsy brute or witless whore as cunning and occasionally beneficent dictator.

Suck on it, baby! Suck on it!

Capitalism – you gotta love it!?

UPDATE: Paulson Tops Hedge-Fund Pay List At $3.7B
Last update: 4/16/2008 10:05:22 AM

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

John Paulson, who earned $3.7 billion in 2007 shorting the subprime-mortgage market, was the highest-paid hedge fund manager in 2007, according to Alpha magazine.
George Soros and James Simons were second and third, respectively, each earning nearly $3 billion last year.
The three are among five managers who earned more than $1 billion.
Paulson, a former Bear Stearns Cos. (BSC) investment banker, runs New York-based Paulson & Co., which oversees $32 billion in assets. The fund pocketed a whopping $15 billion last year on bets that the housing market would crumble and the value of subprime mortgages would shrink.
Simons, who led the 2006 list with $1.7 billion, is head of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a leading quantitative hedge-fund firm that oversees more than $30 billion. He earned $2.8 million last year.
Soros runs Soros Fund Management and took home $2.9 million in 2007. He was the top earner on Alpha's inaugural list in 2002, with $700 million.
In fourth place was Philip Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners who earned $1.7 billion, and Kenneth Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was fifth with $1.5 billion.
The top 25 managers earned, on average, $877 million in 2007, up 65% from 2006. Alpha doubled the list to 50 this year, and eight people from the U.K. made the cut. Managers needed to earn $210 million to qualify for the ranking.
-By Kathy Shwiff, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5975; Kathy.Shwiff@dowjones.com
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
April 16, 2008 10:05 ET (14:05 GMT)

And his tax rate was 15%.  It's so refreshing to see Democracy in action!

 

And now for something completely different…

Merill Lynch today offloaded $30B in toxic mortgages for $7B (that’s $0.23 on the dollar) and raised $8.5B in new capital issuing another 320M shares – a mere 20% dilution for current shareholders already down ~40% YTD.  The stock is up after hours.  Priceless!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

There Will Be Blood

I just watched the movie – it's a poem really – about America’s twin diseases: God and Capitalism.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/

And the moral of the poem is that Greed is not good and God, despite all legends to the contrary, provides no absolution from all-too-human selfishness.

In other words, one might say that want and starvation are the two sides of Satan’s coinage – surely one side kills the body, but the other kills the soul!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fuck You Grandpa War

Grandpa War, you ugly, old, pot-bellied, infected, cancerous, $300M cuckold. 

What the fuck would you know about change(?) -- when you've done nothing but suck the tit of the STATUS QUO for 72 years. 

You lying, evil fucking pig!

Grandpa War, you war-mongering, shriveled, old, idiot-Bush, offshore-drilling, senior-citizen, Socialism-for-the-Rich, Capitalism-for-Everyone-Else, dissipated, dissipative, hurry-up-and-run-this-planet-into-the-ground-before-I-die fucking pig. 

What the fuck would you know about anything -- except RUIN?

RUIN -- that is your Reagan-Bush-Pig legacy!  And now it's time for you to get down on your knees and suck on it!

You and your fucking Republican pigs have ruined this planet.  Ruined this country.  Ruined every living and dead thing.

You are EVIL.  You are CORRUPTION.  You are DEATH.  You are DISSIPATION.  And you are RUIN.

You wouldn't know change if it was shot up your catheter on the end of a silver bullet you fucking Bush-Pig!

And I pray to God that one day soon you filthy, lying pigs will know that EVEN THE STUPID, DELUDED, MIS-EDUCATED AND DEFECTIVE ARE CAPABLE OF WISING UP!