Archive for February 28th, 2016

The S & P Downgrade “Game”

In the spirit of tonight’s Academy Awards Show I’m reposting this piece from August 2011. Why? Because The Big Short is one of the Oscar contenders for Best Picture. I think there might be a Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor from that film as well. Anyway, it’s a great movie! I also saw Bridge of Spies and The Martian. Both great Best Picture contenders. Plus, I also saw Trumbo. Another fine movie that probably would have benefited from a little more editing. Anyway, enjoy! — YUR

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AKA:  JUST MORE WALL STREET SHENANIGANS!

Hopefully, you haven’t been running around with your hair on fire, screaming THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!  Because, guess what?  It ain’t!  Standard and Poors is just another Wall Street “institution” that says, and does, what it wants to, in order to suit their own – and certain benefactors’ – needs. 

A great article on AlterNet explains:

“Most people believe that the ratings agencies base their analyses on some set of cold, objective criteria, but that’s not the case.  A group of Wall Street analysts . . . get together and discuss various factors, including, in this case, the political scene, and come to a consensus.”

And, that: “According to a Senate investigation concluded earlier this year — a probe that was greeted with a collective “ho-hum” by the corporate media — S&P and Moody’s, another leading agency…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/16

English: Marquis de Sade investigated by polic...

English: Marquis de Sade investigated by policemen Ελληνικά: Ο Σαντ ανακρινόμενος (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Dad, laying down the law.

PIRGNS  =  SPRING,  DENRGE  =  GENDER,  MURSEE  =  RESUME,  SVIHAN  =  VANISH,  TORATH  =  THROAT,  CIPTAM  =  IMPACT   —   Giving us:  SNGERSEAISTRIT

Clue/Question:  The policeman’s infant son didn’t want to sleep and was – – –

Pre-Answer:  3 Words —  (9-letters) (1-letter) (4-letters)

Georgian policemen on duty.

Georgian policemen on duty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  RESISTING A REST

(Ooh!  Could be a tough one for those who don’t have the benefit of the cartoon!  Was the Pre-Answer set up enough?  I guess we’ll see.  There were no new clue words today.  ralis95 can get back to chasing the scorpions out of the pool shed!  I don’t know.  It sounds like something he might do!  Four of today’s jumbles came up as new, however we have seen both “mursee” and”ciptam” in the past.  The answer letter layout was a marvelous jumble.  It gave nothing away.  I did not see the answer instantly.  I didn’t struggle, but I did have to look at the cartoon a few times before the answer came to me.  Boy, that mom looks tired!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/16

KNUSPER! Die 3 Glorreichen 7

KNUSPER! Die 3 Glorreichen 7 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just played a horse yesterday that was so slow the jockey kept a diary of the trip.”   —   Henny Youngman

(Funny and clean!  I don’t have a problem with the occasional F-bomb and assorted cursing.  Many great comedians play blue.  But, there’s a whole world of funny out there that can get by without it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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