Some Gun Nuts ARE Nuts

I support our constitution but people should use common sense and not bring guns to political or any other public gathering. All it would take for people to get hurt, or worse, is for somebody lighting off a string of firecrackers and pandemonium breaks out.

Consequently, I believe these Gun Nuts showing up at recent political events if not legally crazy then have an agenda to provoke chaos which goes way over the line of having an open discussion on health insurance reform.
Therefore, these people are agent provocateur’s.

Look at the video.

Look Before You Park

On Saturday I attended a workshop at the Boston Public Library. The workshop started at 9:30 am and I didn’t leave myself enough time to take the subway in so I chose to drive my car. Parking can be difficult (understatement) in Boston. My A plan was to search for on street metered parking, B plan was to park in a lot. I arrived with 15 minutes to spare so onward with plan A. During my quest I noticed a hand painted billboard at the entrance to Prudential Center Parking boldly informing everyone

$16 Park All Day

As I sort of expected plan A was a no go, all spaces were taken. Enter plan B. I parked at Prudential Center Parking and got to the workshop on time. I figured even if they charge me for a half day $8 will be OK. Three hours later, workshop is over, I hand the cashier my ticket, in the card reader it goes and he turns to me smiling and says, $35.00 please. I immediately had an out-of-body WTF moment of shock like when you realize you’ve just been sucker-punched, hard. Regaining my voice I asked what about the sign out front, $16 all day? You need a stamp, he said, again with the smile. At that point I knew that I was trapped. I surrendered my $35.00 got my receipt and grumbled all the way home. So, as a result a lesson was learned. I will not park at Prudential Center Parking again.

U.S. Marshals Seize Skin Sanitizer, Protectant Products Made by Clarcon Biological Chemical Laboratory Inc.

The FDA is warning consumers not to use any Clarcon products because they contain harmful bacteria and are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.

Examples of products that should be discarded are:

  • Citrushield Lotion
  • Dermasentials DermaBarrier
  • Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
  • Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment
  • Skin Shield Restaurant
  • Skin Shield Industrial
  • Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
  • Total Skin Care Beauty
  • Total Skin Care Work

Two Federal Agencies Take Steps to Improve Food Safety

Strengthening its efforts to keep a deadly strain of E. coli out of meat sold to consumers, the Department of Agriculture said Friday that it would begin regular testing of meat trimmings used to make ground beef.

At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration said it was working to develop mandatory standards for growing, harvesting and processing fruits and vegetables, going well beyond the rules in place today.

The announcements were the latest signs that Washington was moving forward with efforts to overhaul the food safety system. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to strengthen the F.D.A.’s oversight of food safety by giving it added powers and mandating more frequent inspections of food processing plants. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation this autumn.

Ron Insana On HFT

High-Frequency Distraction

By Ron Insana

Portfolio Manager

7/27/2009 11:40 AM EDT

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are taking aim at a new form of computerized trading known as ‘High Frequency’ trading. The algorithm-based trading is allegedly an illegal form of front-running, as high-frequency traders hook into exchange computers and use ‘flash trades’ to suss out incoming order flow and use the lightning speed of their own programs to jump ahead of customer orders. Critics argue that individual investors are at a distinct disadvantage for this reason and a variety of others. The proximity of high-frequency computers, which can be placed next to exchange computers for a fee, allows for an almost-osmotic transfer of information. Senator Charles Schumer (D, N.Y.) is asking the SEC to ban ‘flash trades,’ which are phony orders placed by high-frequency programs that aim to fool market participants into entering orders. The programs jump in front of customer orders and gain a trading advantage. If that is indeed what is happening, it qualifies as ‘front-running,’ an illegal practice on Wall Street. If high-frequency traders are just faster than everyone else and not illegally jumping in front of others or paying off the exchanges to get preferential trading treatment, then this new area of technology-based trading is no less legitimate than the use of the telegraph, the telephone, the ticker, computers, handheld devices or older-style ‘black box’ or ‘dark pool’ programs that give sophisticated traders the ability to simply trade faster. I’d prefer that regulators look into whether a firm like Goldman Sachs (GS) — whose former executives continue to run the New York Stock Exchange (NYX) ; advised on the merger between NYSE and Archipelago, and formerly owned a portion of the combined entity; own Speer, Leeds & Kellogg, the largest specialist firm on the Big Board floor; and control the greatest number of seats in the equity markets — unfairly view order and information flow ahead of its customers and clients. I am far more concerned about that than I am about the emergence of ‘high-frequency’ trading. But the press won’t touch that topic. It’s easier to go after the dreaded speculators and dark pool traders than lose access to the most profitable and prestigious firm on Wall Street.