Floyd of Rosedale


Tim S. wandered into our Facebook site from straight out of left field the other day and proudly announced, for no apparent reason, that Floyd the Barber was his all time favorite Floyd.


What's the matter with Pretty Boy we wondered, or better yet Floyd of Rosedale?

Which caused some number of you to wonder, "Who the hell is Floyd of Rosedale?"

This ...............

............... is Floyd of Rosedale.

His is one of the great stories in College Football, and since today happens to be Floyd's day, you should click on the photo to read it.


More Rare Earths, which makes them less rare


We were bombed with Rare Earths material after yesterdays post.

The most complete and still easy to read was this here  Daily Reckoning.au (that's the Daily Reckoning's Australian page) post from 2008.

Evidently Carol K. is even more anal about saving links than even we are.

Which makes us both pleased for ourselves and worried for Carol.

Tony K. (no relation) sent a very nice piece from InvestmentU.com and Tony D'Altorio on how to invest in Rare Earth elements, which seemingly blows up Byron King's premise that you can't.

What Byron actually said is that there are no publicly traded Western companies for Rare Earth investing with an up and running mine.

We had forgotten about  InvestmentU.com.

Shame on us.

Click on the photo below for the entire piece.

Thanks to all for all the links, we're on it.



Rare Earths


Byron King at Outstanding Investments researches all things saleable coming out of the ground.
I've subscribed to Outstanding Investments on and off for a good long time now, and recommend it.
Here is his analysis of "rare earths" their availability and China.
“All of the rare earth elements have one or more excellent atomic properties. These include incomparable chemical, electrical, magnetic and/or optical properties. For example, neodymium (Nd) makes strong magnets even stronger. Europium (Eu) is necessary for television screens to show color images. Lanthanum (La) is useful in high energy- density batteries, as well as being critical in petroleum refining.

“Now think about all the rhetoric you've heard about how ‘we’ are going to transition to a high tech/clean tech future of solar panels, windmills, electric cars, smart grid, wired-world. Oh yeah? Problem is, most of these technologies simply WILL NOT WORK without large amounts of rare earths.

“That is, the electric cars, wind turbines, solar panels, miniature electronics, smart grid, etc. will not get built in the US (or Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia, etc., for that matter) if industries cannot secure long-term supplies of rare earth minerals. And, oh by the way, that goes double for advanced defense technologies. For example, EVERY missile in the US arsenal uses some quantity of rare earths - every single one!
“What's the problem? In the past 15 years or so, the West closed down essentially all of its rare earths refining capability. The entire market (well, 97% of it) was conceded to the Chinese, for a lot of reasons - economic, wages, resource-base, environmental and much more. Now that the West wants to build out a different energy and technology future, the Chinese control critical substances from ore bodies through to final oxides and metals.

“It's as if somebody (the West) wants to set up a fancy, Napa Valley- style winery (new, clean, high tech), but doesn't have any grapes (rare earths). This vintner-wannabe will have to buy the grapes from a producer in China. Do you really think that the Chinese will sell the guy the best grapes, and help him create a world-class brand of wine?

“What do the Chinese say? They say that they're just acting rationally. They're closing down unsafe mines and controlling past environmental pollution. They're consolidating the industry, as most other industries consolidate over time.

“The Chinese say that they're just encountering natural issues of depletion, from mining their ore bodies over the years. They say that they just don't have ‘more’ rare earths to export, because of natural economic and market forces.

“Of course, the Chinese also say that if you move your factory to China, they'll put you on an allocation for rare earths. You'll have enough to operate. That is, you'll have enough raw materials as long as you set up a joint venture with a Chinese firm and share all your technology. Of course.

“Right now, there is NO publicly traded Western company that has a mine, refinery or plant up and running, let alone producing commercial amounts of rare earths for sale as useable end product.” 


A sick and wrong Thanksgiving story


 After you get done minding your MSGs, mind the TSA.


My Baby Thinks He's A Train


Gotta go pick up the Roanboy and bring him home for Thanksgiving.

I'm probably going to be scarce for a day or two thereafter.

Meanwhile, this is Roseanne Cash having just been introduced by Carl Perkins, performing Leroy Preston's country classic, My Baby Thinks He's A Train.

That's Steuart Smith on guitar, and the Jordanaires providing backup vocals.

Live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tenessee.

Have a safe Thanksgiving.

Mind your MSGs. 


The Fed, The Ben Bernanke and The Goldman Sachs


I haven't skulked Zero Hedge for a couple of weeks or more.

Big mistake.

For about the first 90 seconds here, you're gonna wish you could throttle either or both of these little bears.

Hang in there.

By the end you'll know for damn sure who needs strangling.

Trust me on this one.



Cut the Deficit


The much maligned New York Times has come up with some wonderful and instructive interactives over the past several months, this one stands among the best.

You are in charge.

Enact your plan to cut the deficit, the interactive does the math for you.

Click the image below to link up the site.




The True Size of Africa


From Good.is.

Thanks to Charley D. for this one.


 You Have No Idea How Big Africa Really Is (But This Map Does)

It's about 11.7 million square miles, which is really big—big enough to fit the United States, China, India, Japan, and much of Europe within its borders. And that's precisely what Kai Krause did with this inventive map, "The True Size of Africa," which he describes as his contribution to "the fight against rampant Immappacy."




Click on the above map for the entire piece.


Support Your Local Superhero


This one showed up first on my friend Richard Nolle's Facebook page.

I came in to the office early to study for my Tuesday Algebra 2 and Physics exams and had three emails from my loyal minions, with links to two different versions of the story.

I'm lovin' it.

Click on the photo below for the entire story


Police alerted to 'superheroes' patrolling Seattle


A man who identifies himself as Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle, part of the Rain City Superhero Movement, poses with an unidentified Seattle police officer. Department officials alerted officers to the self-described superhero, who said his new costume will be more elaborate.


Vigilante justice has come to Seattle, and the caped crusaders drive a Kia.

Seattle police say a group of self-described superheroes have been patrolling the streets at night trying to save people from crime. They call themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement and say they're part of a nationwide movement of real-life crime fighters.


Thank you minions for an outstanding find.


To quote Edward R. Murrow



I believe we have isolated the problem.


From John Maudlin's Frontline Weekly Newsletter.

A quote from Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan taken from his speech to the Irish Parliment last Tuesday.


If this country and this parliament fails to make the necessary adjustments, then we put at risk the funding of the State after July of next year and what will happen then is that we will be faced with a situation where we will only be able to spend EUR 31 billion.

The State could not go on spending EUR 50 billion a year, when it was only taking in EUR 31 billion.

Being only able to spend EUR 31 billion would involve a serious adjustment in the level of (government) services that could be provided.

No responsible government, therefore, could contemplate that approach.' 


Ok, think this one through for just a second.

What the Prime Minister of Ireland just said here is that no responsible government could contemplate spending a sum of money equal to what it is taking in.




See Jean Monnet'.


To quote Jean Monnet'



It had to happen.


From our dear friend David Michaels who clearly isn't near as busy as he pretends to be.
The Times of London
Suicide Bombers On Strike
Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife.
Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement. The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25% this December from 72 to only 60.

The rationale for the cut was the increase in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a  subsequent shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bomber's union, the British Organization of Occupational Martyrs (BOOM) responded with a statement that this was unacceptable to its members and immediately balloted for strike action.
General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, "Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad.  We don't ask for much in return, and to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth."
Speaking from a cave in Tipton in the West Midlands, in which he currently resides, Al Qaeda chief executive Osama bin Laden explained, "We sympathize with our workers’ concerns, but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands.
They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace.
Thanks to Western depravity there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It's a straight choice between reducing expenditure and laying people off. I don't like cutting wages but I'd hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won't be able to blow themselves up."
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