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In The News – Friday, October 31st, 2014 Edition
Posted Oct 31 2014 7:00AM
  • As we near next week’s elections it’s getting harder and harder to put out in the news without diverging into politics. The news is just covered with the various races around the country and the campaigning going on. Turnout is likely to have a big effect on how things turn out, so please plan on voting. It counts.

  • The folks at Powerline have been on this story for a week or so and have been stonewalled by the White House while other media have pretty much ignored the story. It seems to me like it’s a pretty big deal. From the embarrassing rollout of Obamacare to this, it seems clear that government could use some private industry help with their IT resources.

  • With Halloween falling on a school night, here’s some scientific help to assist your child in increasing their candy haul. Zillow is an invaluable aid.

  • Here are some comments on Crude and Energy Stocks suggesting that there are some good buys out there. We tend to concur.

  • This is certainly encouraging, isn’t it? La Raza is promoting a Washington Post guide on where people can vote without an ID. Virtually all civilized nations have a requirement that voters prove citizenship before they are allowed to vote. Wonder why it’s important. Read this. A study in an obscure academic journal titled Do Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections? came to some interesting conclusions. Sample: [T]he analysis suggests that non-citizens’ votes have changed significant election outcomes including the assignment of North Carolina’s 2008 electoral votes, and the pivotal Minnesota Senate victory of Democrat Al Franken in 2008.” has some thoughts on the matter.

  • Didn’t know that being a Chippendale dancer was the path to public service. Arkansas candidate for Lieutenant Governor, John Burkhalter, apparently took a different path than most. Heck, we elected a President who was a member of the Choom Gang, why not?

  • The 20 Most Popular TED Talks Of All Time. Some interesting stuff. Holding your breath for 18 minutes? No big deal. I’ve done that plenty of times driving by a Bowater’s pulp plant. If you’re not familiar with TED, here’s their site. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.

  • Supposedly scientists have figured out what makes women attractive. How nice. I have my own criteria which I’m not sure I need to share. A good friend back from my bachelor days was asked what kind of women he liked? His answer was the ones that liked him. Not a bad answer.

  • I talked about this the other day. Here’s a follow-up on the IRS practice of Civil Forfeiture. It can’t get enough publicity.

  • 20 Extremely Dumb Celebrities. This barely scratches the surface!

  • This is one of the guys I like to know what he’s thinking. We’ve been pretty much on the same sheet of music about this market. He has some interesting comments on the effect hedge funds might have had on the recent volatility that mirror some comments I’ve made recently.

  • This would certainly be good news for an economy that is consumer driven. Considering that lower gas prices are like a tax break, it wouldn’t be surprising and could cause GDP to come in above the 3% estimates. The U.S. economy is 68% consumer driven.