Hedge Fund Frankenstein Algorithm Stalks Robert Harris Thriller
By Laurie Muchnick - Jan 31, 2012
Dr. Victor Frankenstein thought it would be a good idea
to bring an inanimate body to life.
We all know how that turned out.
Now Robert Harris -- bestselling author of novels
about Nazi Germany (“Fatherland”), ancient Rome (“Pompeii”)
and modern Britain (“The Ghost”) -- has updated Mary Shelley’s classic tale of hubris in “The Fear Index,”
a brisk new thriller set at a Geneva hedge fund.
Instead of a lumbering giant,
the monster is a computer algorithm that makes a killing
on the stock market by sensing fear and trading on this information...
Fans of AMC’s Mad Men are rabidly anticipating the long-delayed fifth season of the show, and their interest was predictably stoked by the recent release of a “mysterious” promo ad, which seems designed to provoke deep questions:
“What does it represent?” “Is it a meditation on Don Draper’s empty soul?”
“Why does Dr. Pepper taste like that?”
But the most relevant question here might be,
“What’s going through Draper’s giant, Brylcreemed head?”
As always, we’re here with the answers.
-- The Editors
55-year-old Everard Cunion, from Dorset, UK
couldn’t seem to be able to get a real woman,
so at one point in his life he decided to get an artificial one.
He had always been fond of shop mannequins,
but since they’re as hard as rock, he decided to go for something that looked as good as that, but was more flexible. He now lives with nine realistic dolls…
-- Sumitra, OddityCentral
Oh, You Beautiful Doll
'With Lucille Norman and George Murphy.'
"Oh, You Beautiful Doll" is a ragtime love song published in 1911
Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:42 pm Post subject: wayback when the dinosaurs roamed [NSFW]
Not all album covers are created equal.
Some are so incredible that they can’t now be explained
by the people who originally conceived of them.
Here we look at 30 of the worst,
most strange and downright ridiculous album covers ever made.
Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:29 pm Post subject: [not satire] gooberment BRFSS
The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment called today…
I received this from a friend of a friend,
whom this actually happened to.
I received a call today from the above State office.
They are conducting a “random survey” called
The Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS),
yes, you read that right, Behavioral Risk Surveillance.
This is not a joke.
I looked up the State of Colorado website which has the entire survey listed (see below).
They asked some very strange questions such as
“Is this a land line phone or cell phone?”
If it’s a cell they thank you and hang up.
They only do surveys on landlines??
They also slip a question in later that asks if you have other landlines at your house??
They ask if you are former military or current and if you were in the Gulf War (I’m not joking. Go to the link below and read it.).
They ask how many bad days (mentally) you’ve had this month??
(Seriously, I’m not joking.).
They ask 6 questions regarding the number of phones you have in your house and if you share them with anyone.
See questions 8.15 through 8.20.
Of course they ask if you’ve had flu shots.
They ask how many days you’ve been depressed??
(See Module 3 about 1/3 of the way down.). Module 23 asks if you store food, water, batteries, etc…. for an emergency.
It also asks if you “trust government officials…”
(I’m not making this up. Please read just this one section if nothing else.). Module 24 is strictly about Veterans, psychiatric counseling and depression?? Module 25 is titled (no joke) “Reactions to Race”.
You have to read this one for yourself.
There is obviously a survey within a survey here.
And using only land lines shows they’re doing exact locations since they ask for Counties and Zip Codes in the questions and won’t do interviews over cellphones.
And they’re very interested in military service (skills maybe?).
If you choose to participate you can “pass” on any and/or all questions and they’ll keep going to the end.
Click here to see the survey questions:
Click here to see the State of Colorado website where this is located:
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
is a system of telephone surveys sponsored
by the Centers for Disease Control to monitor lifestyles and behaviors related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.
In recent years, health professionals and the public have become increasingly aware of the role of such lifestyle factors as cigarette smoking, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, and the nonuse of seat belts in contributing to injury, illness and death.
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control began using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System as a method of estimating the prevalence of high risk behaviors and lifestyle factors that contribute to death and disease. Colorado participated in this project with point in time surveys in 1982 and 1987.
The Survey Research Unit of the Health Statistics Section of the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment began collecting data on a monthly basis in January 1990. The Survey Research Unit now completes over 1,000 BRFSS surveys a months with adult residents of Colorado.
Link to CDC’s Online Prevalence Data
and compare Colorado 1995-2007 to other States BRFSS coordinators and web sites in other states can be found at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CDC State Coordinator Listing
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Tel. #: (303)692-2160
E-mail: health.statistics DeleteThis @state.co.us
What The %#@!$*
Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger
The following link was sent to me by Otteray Scribe,
who is among the most erudite and respected people among those who frequently comment on this blog.
He is an extremely well educated man, with masterful writing ability and a creatively active mind.
The title of his E mail to me and the other guest bloggers was
and this is what he wrote:
“This is beyond strange. Horace Boothroyd III is disabled and apparently has nothing to do but sit at his computer.
He monitors everything going on regarding OWS and police misconduct. I won't try to describe this, but it is more than passing strange.
Might be worth following up.”
When someone who I like and respect as much as I do Otteray Scribe,
is at a loss for words to describe something, I take notice.
When I clicked the link and read this story from Daily Kos,
my own reaction mirrored his: WTF?
It took me more than twelve hours to respond to his E mail
because I needed to let it gestate in my own mind
and figure out just what to write about.
Rather than me regurgitating the story I think it is an important one
for the readers to view for themselves and present their own take
on the why, wherefore and implications inherent in the story.
While allowing you make your own judgments,
let me give my bottom line opinion on all of the issues and questions the story raises and let’s see what you the reader makes of it on your own.
I believe that the actions detailed in this story are indicative
of our beloved America fast moving towards becoming a police state,
in the same manner that the USSR, its successor Russia and China are police states.
That is that all protest against the status quo is to be repressed.
The police/security/intelligence/military forces
are not only to act as agents of this repression,
in many instances on their own volition without sanction,
but also are taking part in the use of counter-insurgency techniques towards those elements within the society deemed dangerous
to the status quo.
In the minds of those in power openly and behind the scenes the question of what is threatening to the country is in most instances a self-serving rationale for what is politically/economically threatening to them.
We must ask ourselves are we to be mere observers meekly silent for fear of our own security, or will we act openly to oppose the destruction of the Constitution of the United States and with it our rights and freedoms?
Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:36 pm Post subject: cats-are-evil-and-plan-world-domination
...The youth wing of KITCAT must be taken seriously,
perhaps even more than their full grown counterparts
because it is among the kitten population that true fanaticism exists.
Trained as expert snipers,
these kittens regularly take pot shots as dogs as they are walked,
showing true disregard for the equality of species
as laid down by the Aquaviva Convention.
If you own a dog and the poor things yelp suddenly (for no apparent reason) whilst being walked then you can be sure that
a member of the youth wing of KITCAT is sniggering on a window ledge nearby...
After all of this evidence,
do you need any further proof that cats are extending their shadow of evil
and plan to take over the world?
Run, run I tell you, and don’t look back!
-- RJ Evans,
Cats are Evil and Plan World Domination - Photographic Proof
Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:17 pm Post subject: Harry Lime was wrong about the Swiss
The Third Man (Carol Reed)
Orson Welles' famous Cuckoo Clock Speech
Hidden snipers... everywhere, watching every tourist.
They're disguised as gnomes and cuckoo clocks.
-- Matt Popke
..a quick look at the system of self-demolition that is literally built into the Swiss national infrastructure:
To interrupt the utility of bridges, tunnels, highways, railroads, Switzerland has established three thousand points of demolition.
That is the number officially printed. ..
Various forms of lithic disguise,
quoting John McPhee's book La Place de la Concorde Suisse
Adding FDA-Approved Viruses to Meat
-Michael Greger, M.D.
Bacteria-eating viruses (bacteriophages) have been approved as meat additives to reduce the food safety risks associated with processed meat and poultry products. There is a concern, however, that viruses fed to chickens could spread toxin genes between bacteria,
the subject of my 3-min. video Viral Meat Spray
In my book Bird Flu I have a chapter about more of these creative meat industry “technofixes.” Rectal poultry superglue anyone?
In the video I talk about Listeria, the third leading cause of food poisoning related death. For more about leading causes #1 and #2 see my videos Total Recall and Brain Parasites in Meat, and for what Campylobacter can do, Poultry and Paralysis.
For videos on other risks associated with processed meat consumption, see Preventing COPD with Diet, Prevention Is Better Than Cured Meat, and Hot Dogs & Leukemia.
Additional feed additives of questionable safety in chicken are depicted in my videos Arsenic in Chicken and Drug Residues in Meat.
The meat industry is concerned that consumers might be wary of the meat sprayed with bacteria-eating viruses: “[C]onsumer acceptance of bacteriophage usage may present something of a challenge to the food industry.”
If they think they’re going to have consumer acceptance issues with spreading viruses on meat,
that’s nothing compared to an even more novel technique to preserve meat
I profile in my video Maggot Meat Spray.
Think about it. Maggots thrive on rotting meat, yet there have been no reports that housefly larvae have any serious diseases, indicating that they may have a strong immune system.
They must be packed with some sort of antibacterial properties—otherwise they’d presumably get infected and die themselves.
So… researchers took 3-day-old maggots, blended them up, and voilà’—good grub! Or shall I say grubs?
Other videos liable to bug you include
Cheese Mites and Maggots, Are Artificial Colors Harmful?..
Marshall Teller's family moves to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana
(Pop. 16,661). There, Marshall discovers that Eerie, as he puts it,
"is the center of weirdness for the universe".
Elvis lives there, so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware, and many other strange things.
Each episode, Marshall and his friend Simon
collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there.
-- Jonathan D. Parshall, "Eerie, Indiana" (1991) IMDb
Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:29 pm Post subject: Boyz-with-boobs
G is for Gynecomastia (males growing breasts and producing milk)
--Ben Hansen,aka, Methodius Isaac Bonkers
Dr Blau - Gynecomastia Surgery - Severe - Male Breast reduction surgery - Male Breast Treatment
Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle a Risperdal lawsuit this week,
resolving a case that claimed their antipsychotic drugs
can cause substantial male breast growth.
The settlement came as trial was about to begin for a lawsuit
brought by 21-year-old Aaron Banks,
who alleged that he grew breast due to Risperdal side effects,
causing him to suffer psychological trauma
and undergo surgery to have the breasts removed...
In some cases,
boys grew breasts measuring as large as a 38D cup
after using the medications...
-- Irvin Jackson
Risperdal Male Breast Growth Lawsuit Settles as Trial Begins
Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:11 pm Post subject: 'no-necks-allowed'?
Fred Flintstone and George Jetson are iconic comic characters
from the Hanna-Barbera universe.
While Fred is a pre-historic guy with a pet dinosaur
and George lives in the year 2062 (and has a flying car!),
they’re nonetheless similiar in other ways...
And, by design, neither has a visible neck. And it isn’t just them.
The same is true for most Hanna-Barbera characters at the time.
Take, for example, Yogi Bear (and Boo Boo) and Huckleberry Hound...
South Park‘s Stan, Kenny, Cartman and Kyle don’t just lack manners — they’re also lacking necks...
-- Dan Lewis,
No Necks Allowed
- - -
After she turned 10, Lyudmila’s parents noticed that their daughter’s body began developing at an accelerated growth rate.
She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age,
but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
...Photos of Lyumidla are currently making the rounds on the Japanese internet, with netizens praising her for—you guessed it—her beauty.
That’s actually not a bad response considering how the internet has a way of turning people into monsters...
Beautiful 16-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl
with Disproportionately Long Neck
Teaches Internet About Marfan Syndrome
In what can only be described as an absolute smack
in the face of this once free country,
Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein
and her running mate have been arrested
while attempting to gain access to tonight’s debate.
Stein was attempting to gain access and protesting
not just her parties exclusion from the debates
but the fact that NO third party, i
ncluding Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson,
is being allowed inside the “corporate” debate...
-- Alex Thomas,
Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Arrested
Trying to Gain Access to Presidential Debate
Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:04 pm Post subject: ' Explosive Employment '
Take a look at the latest economic theory
that doesn't increase the deficit
and stimulates the economy by creating jobs!
Forget that leftie government stimulus of the civilian sector.
Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:24 am Post subject: Natty Bumppo takes a Trip
It is the 7th of the month and according to the Dept. of Homeland Security’s
new “Travel Now” program. This is the 1st of 2 days your family is permitted to visit the grocery store for the week...as soon as you arrive at your destination,
the local Pigly Wigly grocery.
You then must walk through a body scanner with a retina scan to determine you really are what your National I.D. card says...
-- Natty Bumppo
A Trip to the Grocery in the Near Future
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