Saturday, 16 February 2013

Simply Observations

It doesn't amount to much....but out around Guam....just a few minutes before the President did his big State of the Union speech this week....the Russians had two TU-95 Bears circle the island.  The Bears....are the Russian version of the B-52.  To be honest....back in the 1970s, the Russians would fly their Bears around both coasts of the US on a regular basis.  I'm guessing that the Pentagon alerted the President like they were supposed....five minutes before the speech....and he just flipped them off because he's got other priorities. Putin, by my testing the President.  It'd be hard to really rattle the President....mostly because he's working with other priorities.  So I suspect, by next year's State of the Union address....Putin might be able to put twenty Bears and see if that does anything.  It's a game....and you ought to expect something, and when you don't see simply double the wager.

Just a humble opinion, but this Senator Ted Cruz character....a rookie surprising folks in just his first month on the job.  The media typically doesn't pay attention to rookie senators, and I suspect that they now will have quotes and video each week from Senator Ted's actions.  The old-time Democratic Senators?  Well...they really don't like Ted.  He just doesn't grasp his position in the Senate is the usual observation you see when the media asks the older Senators their opinion.

You had to expect this.  Since drug companies can't react fast enough....when you suddenly need drug X and the company can't get it pumped out the door, then fake companies make up fake drugs and do it for them.  So the FDA is finally realizing that there really is a fair amount of flu medications coming into the market that demands them.....but they are fake.  They want the pharmacy guys to be on the watch for these, and stop them.  The odds?  If you have a chance to make an additional $15k of sales this week with the fake flu stuff because the real company can't deliver their stuff to you....will you do the right thing?  I don't think so.  So prepare yourself.....when you think you ought to get the flu might be fake and not even work.

It won't make into your regular CNN or Fox News reports....but when that big sale of Heinz ketchup came up in the last week or two.....with Warren Buffet buying up $23 billion of the Heinz folks (John Kerry's wife owns the company).....some oddball guys apparently found out about the deal a day or two before, and bought up a massive amount of futures.  Their money? Hid up in a Swiss account.  The guys made $1.7 million in a matter of hours.  The SEC noticed this deal.  So they've ordered the Swiss account frozen until they can figure out who the guys are and how they made the deal.  The comic side of that if they'd merely bought $100k of options....the $100k profit wouldn't have bothered the SEC at all.  For the guys in the deal?  It'll take the SEC at least a year to take this apart and say if charges will be noted or not.  Who are the guys?  Don't know.  They might not even be American.

Finally, among all the news on this Russian meteor episode....there's Russian news reports that the Russian military actually shot the meteor down.  They won't say what missile did it, or how they tracked it, but they shot it down.  Course, if this were'd have forty Russian generals lined up today and getting medals from Putin.  I haven't noticed this yet.

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