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From: sense2/28/2012 4:20:01 PM
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Natural-Gas Futures Drop; Warm Weather Expected To Continue

Pretty soon they'll be paying you to take it off their hands

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From: sense2/29/2012 12:34:11 AM
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Here's a couple of recent "news" items on the relative state of affairs in China - U.S. relations seen through the eyes of... ahhh... hmmm...

I have no idea how best to describe the point of view these two articles have... without pointing out that they're both total nonsense... that they both "support" the "arguments" they make with evidence that proves the opposite of what they assert... while the two articles are not self consistent... but also disagree with each other...

It ends up arguing that you should short China... because, if the global economy implodes, it will hurt the U.S. and China equally, but the U.S. less, while China will still triple its growth in the next few years... ???

Both are two pages long, and worth reading to the end to capture the full... ah... "effect"...

The first one reports on a World Bank warning... oddly, without ever linking us to somewhere we can see it:

World Bank warns: China is a ticking time bomb Commentary: Will Super Rich in China or U.S. be first to trigger meltdown?


The second one... seems to argue that greed driven excess in the U.S. is of a better quality than greed driven excess in China... because they are the same ?

Short China: Its commodities bubble is set to pop Commentary: Empire-building, overpopulation, greed, hoarding


The combined impact... of these together with others... seems to suggest that now is probable a pretty good time to be looking for timely picks among Chinese focused plays...

I'll continue to temper my interest in China with an awareness of the risks... both in the global economy, and in the issue specific factors related to the focus...

China will continue to grow... because... they have a lot of people, the population is young and growing, and their economy is still only just beginning to recover some of the ground they lost due to half a century of communist economics... It's not that China is "better" than the U.S. is now... It's that in relative terms they're still worse... but, the truth is that they're improving rapidly... and becoming more like the U.S. (of, hopefully, more like Hong Kong) while the U.S. is deteriorating rapidly, and becoming more like China...

Will that change ? I hope so... as we'll all be better off for having both the U.S. and China making the good choice to fix what's broken, but, thus far, it's only the Chinese we can see choosing to change and improve... while the U.S. continues to sustain its failures...

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From: sense2/29/2012 2:47:44 PM
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Heavy rare earths - the 16 most advanced projects

Rare Metal Blog

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From: sense3/2/2012 1:10:03 PM
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This is well worth noting... and puzzling about...

otcmarkets.com

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To: sense who wrote (49)3/2/2012 1:10:58 PM
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Another... must read....

huffingtonpost.com

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From: sense3/3/2012 8:53:15 PM
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Greek default looms as voluntary debt deal looks set to fail European leaders are braced for the eurozone’s first ever sovereign default this week as Greece’s efforts to secure a €206bn (£172bn) “voluntary” bond swap looks increasingly unlikely.

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From: sense3/3/2012 8:57:36 PM
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Oil prices could soar to $440 a barrel if Strait of Hormuz closed - Tehran Times

Here's a link to the ShippingNewsDaily mention of broken Google News link

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From: sense3/4/2012 6:36:25 PM
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Recent Big Picture View from Nouriel Roubini

A number of things in this I disagree with, but, well worth the read... it's clearly the right conversation to be having, even if there are good reasons to disagree with some of the conclusions...

‘We’ve Got Bigger Problems Right Now’ – Roubini and Bremmer Reveal the Surprising Winners and Losers of the Coming Year, and Debate Whether the Big Brains at Davos Can Rescue a Global Economy in Crisis

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From: sense3/6/2012 1:18:34 PM
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Green Firms Get Fed Cash, Give Execs Bonuses, Fail

Socialism Doesn't Work ? Who'd A Thunk That ?

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From: sense3/9/2012 1:51:23 AM
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In a random bit of frivolity, tonight... while composting (not a typo) a post at/for another site I thought about Googling the phrase "what happens when the ...... runs out".

The result fascinated me... and I spent more time on it than I expected.

A bit of poking around appears to show that what people most fear is "the U.S. government running out of money" followed closely by "the world running out of oil". Water is pretty high on the list... but apparently running out of water is not nearly as important to the internet community as running out of IP addresses. Social Security farther down the list than either of those. Oddly, food doesn't rate very high as a concern... even with my initially using "bread" as the variable search term.

I'm sure there must be some obvious ways to make more and better use of this... fear monitoring and ranking concept...

Wonder who's doing what with it already... ? Will consider the search terms needed to find out.





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