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Science Will Consume Us All, Literally

Science is the quest to know, to evolve the communal intelligence of mankind. When we dislike the dark, we invent a light bulb to see. When we dislike too much light from light bulbs (or the sun), we develop sunglasses. When our sunglasses don’t make us look trendy enough, we invent ironic trucker hats. When

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Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing 12-28-2008

Published on December 28, 2008 by in Quotes

Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up

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Fool Him Twice: Jerome Fisher

I’ve found the worst investor ever. I mean this has to be him right? His name is Jerome Fisher, the name may be slightly familiar as the founder of shoe-company Nine West. But he has done so much more than that. He lost a significant chunk of change in not one, but two of the

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Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing 12-21-2008

Published on December 21, 2008 by in Quotes

Even if they never got anything for it, it was cheap at that price. Without malice aforethought I had given them the best show that was ever staged in their territory since the landing of the Pilgrims! It was easily worth fifteen million bucks to watch me put the thing over. – Charles Ponzi, on

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Translating Corporate Speak: Grab Bag Edition

Corporate Speak: “No one in the marketplace knew how swiftly the housing market would fall — not the Federal Reserve, not the Treasury,” said Ted Eliopoulos, head of Calpers’s real-estate portfolio, in an interview. Translation: I have just invested tons of money at the absolute top and lost 103% of what I put into the

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What Quality Due Diligence Looks Like

As a follow-on to my previous post, I wanted to give investors an idea of what quality due diligence looks like in a handy to read chart. This is exactly the kind of process that would ensure that investors are the victims of neither investment mismanagement nor fraud. Hat tip for the picture to a

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Doing Diligence

The Affair de Madoff offers many lessons to potential investors, lessons that should have already been widely known and obvious, but apparently are not. As masters of the obvious, we have provided a handy check list to aid in doing diligence on whom you trust your money with. If your investment manager has almost no

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Johnny Debacle’s Debacle Plan for California

California is the home of honey and milk, but soon to be the home of fiscal crisis. Oh but it’s so beautiful there, and progressive, and they are forward thinkers, and green too, and don’t forget multicultural and don’t forget they hate the gays! Who doesn’t love California! All things to all people. Well, it’s

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Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing 12-14-2008

Published on December 14, 2008 by in Quotes

Jenny. I believe God made me for a purpose. But he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. -Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire Past Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing

 
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Today Followed by Tonight on NBC

NBC has taken a page from the Hills and gone fully post-modern. Their plan for the network over the last several years is now fully formed — Expand the Today show, expand the Tonight show, so eventually there is nothing else, no other reality, nothing to actually talk about on Today or Tonight except Today

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Quotes Entirely Relevant to Investing 12-07-2008

Published on December 7, 2008 by in Quotes

[W]e do know something – at least abstractly – about the future. We know that other great crises will come. Whether they will be occasioned by foreign wars, economic collapse, or rampant terrorism, no one can predict with assurances. Yet in one form of another, great crises will surely come again… When they do, governments

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Long Optimism

Thanksgiving at its core is about two things. First, killing the Indians with pox blankets and the strong anglo-saxon desire for rapine. Second, being able to give thanks for the things that you do have. As such, these things continue to be my frame. In the current climate, where doom and gloom lurk in the

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