Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gingham Dress




Gingham Dress
http://www.rense.com/general96/gingham.html


A True Story By Malcolm Forbes
11-6-13

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office.

 The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge ..

 "We'd like to see the president," the man said softly.

 "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.

 "We'll wait," the lady replied.

 For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.

 They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

 "Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him!

 He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.

 The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

 The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus."

 The president wasn't touched. He was shocked.

 "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

 "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

 The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

 For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.

 The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it cost to start a university? Why don't we just start our own? "

 Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

 Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

 You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.

 _____

 "People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

 Amen

Bizarre Asteroid with Six Tails Spotted by Hubble Telescope



What if its not an asteroid? -Bill

Bizarre Asteroid with Six Tails Spotted by Hubble Telescope
By Megan Gannon, News Editor   |   November 07, 2013 03:49pm ET
http://www.space.com/23506-asteroid-six-tails-hubble-telescope-photos.html

Astronomers have spotted a never-before-seen phenomenon in our solar system's asteroid belt: a space rock with six tails, spewing dust from its nucleus like spouts of water radiating from a lawn sprinkler.

Scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope at the summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano in Hawaii first detected the six-tailed asteroid in August. They dubbed it P/2013 P5 and noted that it looked fuzzier than typical asteroids, which usually appear as tiny points of light. More detailed observations with the powerful Hubble Space Telescope in September revealed a clearer picture of asteroid, showing it had six comet-like tails.

An asteroid with six tails is shown in images from Hubble.Pin It Named P/2013 P5, this object is the first body in the asteroid belt to be spotted with multiple tails. The tails seem to have swung around in the time between the initial images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on Sept. 10, 2013 and the second observations on Sept. 23, 2013.

"We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," researcher David Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles said in a statement from NASA. "Even more amazing, its tail structures change dramatically in just 13 days as it belches out dust. That also caught us by surprise. It's hard to believe we're looking at an asteroid." [The Strangest Asteroids in the Solar System]

Exposing Wall Street's Hidden "Code"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-04/exposing-wall-streets-hidden-code


Exposing Wall Street's Hidden "Code"

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Having been the first to warn the world about the perils of high frequency trading nearly 5 years ago, when momentum ignition, layering and quote stuffing were still incomprehensible buzzwords to all but a select few algo traders from Citadel, GETCO and DE Shaw, and warning about such top-down systemic lock ups like flash-crash over a year in advance; as well as the bottom-up impacts of 20 year old math PhDs being in charge of market topology, our crusade from the micro has since shifted to the macro and the primary nemesis of all that is free and fair, the Federal Reserve. In the intervening years,traders such as Haim Bodek opened the HFT kimono even more publicly a few years ago. The following is a must-watch documentary for every investor and trader to comprehend just what it is (and who it is) that drives stock prices day in and day out.

“I’ll show you how it works.”

The rep told Bodek about the kind of orders he should use - orders that wouldn’t get abused like the plain vanilla limit orders; orders that seemed to Bodek specifically designed to abuse the limit orders by exploiting complex loopholes in the market’s plumbing. The orders Bodek had been using were child’s play, simple declarative sentences sent to exchanges such as “Buy up to $20.” These new order types were compound sentences, with multiple clauses, virtually Faulknerian in their rambling complexity.

The end result, however, was simple: Everyday investors and even sophisticated firms like Trading Machines were buying stocks for a slightly higher price than they should, and selling for a slightly lower price and paying billions in “take” fees along the way.

Bodek felt sick to his stomach. “How can you do that?” he said.

The rep laughed. “If we changed things, the high-frequency traders wouldn’t send us their orders,” he said.



The game had changed. Bodek became increasingly convinced that the stock market—the United States stock market—was rigged. Exchanges appeared to be providing mechanisms to favored clients that allowed them to circumvent Reg NMS rules in ways that abused regular investors. It was complicated, a fact that helped hide the abuses, just as giant banks used complex mortgage trades to bilk clients out of billions, in the process triggering a global financial panic in 2008. Bodek wasn’t sure if it was an outright conspiracy or simply an ecosystem that had evolved to protect a single type of organism that had become critical to the survival of the pools themselves.

Whatever it was, he thought, it was wrong.


The Wall Street Code

Merkabas Caught Cutting a Crop Circle at Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, UK




This crop circle is very interesting!  Grain tied up into sheaves by Merkabas! Sheaves of grain is a symbol of a harvest.  This crop circle sits about 1/2 mile from where I used to live in England from 1988-1989.  I know this location well.

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