If it quacks like a duck PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2008 10:14

Oil Price ManipulationIf it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck. 

With this respite in the seemingly inexorable climb in crude oil prices, let's pause to give yet another opinion.  The question that continues to confound and cause arguments between the so-called analysts deals with source of the price run-up in oil.  Many theories abound including the weakening dollar, global demand and big oil companies propping up the price.  One idea that has been floated is plain and simple manipulation by speculators.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 17:01
 
Chicken Little strikes again PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008 09:43

In some ways writing these articles evokes the story of Chicken Little.  The fable has many interpretations depending on whether you are a "happy ending" person or not.  The politically themed moral of the story warns of those who jump to conclusions and then provoke the populace into seemingly mass hysteria.  The Clinton campaign has managed to convince many that having Obama as the Democratic nominee that a loss in November is all but assured.



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Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2008 12:53
 
Let's skip to the end PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008 15:51

Depending on the type of person you are, skipping to the end of a book is quite normal.  Some studies have suggested, however, that skipping to the end of a book may correlate with "impulse control".  For example, if you offer a child one marshmallow now or two marshmallows if they are willing to wait a short while.  According to research, the child that waits for the two marshmallows will demonstrate greater self-discipline and persistence later in life.



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Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2008 16:46
 
There's a sucker born every search PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 10:44

Certainly you have heard the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."  Most people mistakenly attribute the quote to P.T. Barnum, however P.T. never really made the exact statement.  The renown showman was a successful marketer and was deeply tuned-in to his customer base and would not refer to them as suckers.   Regardless of who coined the phrase, it seems to be synonymous with many folks hawking goods on the internet these days.



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2008 14:50
 
Road Rage is now part of common vernacular PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2008 10:49

Road RageHow many times has it happened to you, maybe on the same car ride.  The person driving an inch off your bumper only to swerve in front of you and slow down to a crawl.  A car pulls into your lane, cutting you off, without even so much as a glance into their mirrors or a flick of the turn signal arm.  The multi-tasker swerving down the road listening to their cell phone, punching their blackberry and eating his breakfast simultaneously.

What used to be the exception is now the norm and incidences of road rage have become all too common.  An interesting survey was recently commissioned by AutoVantage, a national autoclub.  The "In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey" found that the least courteous city in the country is Miami while the most courteous drivers are found in Pittsburg.  See if your city made the list:



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 09:05
 
Is Hillary running for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 May 2008 05:39

Conspiracy theories are difficult to advocate.  Whether it's the grassy knoll, the lunar landing or little green men at Roswell, the tendency to rely on Ockham's razor prevails: "All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best".  In order for any of these massive conspiracy theories to actually have happened, the immense amount of people and level of complexity involved is staggering.

However, with both Hillary and Barack still engaged in mortal combat, it leaves one to question why this contest continues and perhaps a sweeping conspiracy does exist or perhaps a simpler answer is available.  In recent days the momentum has shifted even more in favor of Barack Obama obtaining the Democratic nomination for President.



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Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2008 14:18
 
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