There is a special point to the anagram today, which i will get to at the end of today’s blog.
The latest news I have says that in Mexico there are 68 dead, and 1,300 ill from a swine flu outbreak. And while the CDC says the outbreak in America is limited to California and Texas, there is information out there that says there are possible cases in both Kansas and New York City.
Now this doesn’t mean that there is a pandemic on our hands in the United States, but that there is a threat of unknown size in a few spots. I’ll keep you posted when I learn more. In Mexico things have gotten hairy enough were the locals are staying indoors, bars and restaurants are closed, and streets are empty in a city of 20,000,000 people. Fùtbol games have been moved to stadiums outside the city, and will be played in empty stadiums. The government is handing out masks to people who are outside, and the few that are out, from what I have heard say they are out only because they have to be.
Mexico City is paralyzed with fear. A city of 20,000,000 brought to a standstill by a virus. In a curious side note, A man by the name of Felipe Solis, an archaeologist from Mexico city, met with President Obama in Mexico City during his trip to Mexico. Mr. Solis died the next day from “symptoms similar to flu” though there is no news yet on whether he actually had swine flu or not.
A quick blurb for the AIG and Bear Stearns haters out there. Apparently between the two of them, they managed to drop approximately $74,000,000,000 in debt on the Fed. The debt is apparently in the form of sub-prime mortgages, depreciating commercial leases and CDOs. A quote from the story by bloomberg:
The losses on securities backed by assets such as home loans in Florida and California signal that U.S. taxpayers may be forced to reimburse the central bank through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to Christopher Whalen, managing director of Torrance, California-based Institutional Risk Analytics.
Mr. Whalen goes on to say that it will be up to the Treasury to bail out the fed.
That’s it for me, except the second viddy, the quotes, and that thing I mentioned about the Anagram having a special point today.
The second viddy from Bloomberg, talking about the myth that stocks bottom out a few months before the economy.
And now for the Personal news/anagram thing. My wife missed her period by a few days. I figured it was just stress from me being out of work affecting it. Stress does sometimes affect a woman’s period. I thought this was the case, but she asked me to go out and buy pregnancy tests, just to check. I agreed and went out and spent the $12 or whatever it was, came back, she tested. One line = not pregnant, two lines = Pregnant. She does the test.
2 lines. But the second line, the important one, looks a little on the faint side, but I go WOOOHOOOO and make similar happy noises(POKE A BABY). But I was also somewhat skeptical, so I asked her to test again the next day(today).
2 lines, this time it was a stronger line. Apparently I’m gonna be a daddy!(POKE A BABY) Now she is also going to go to a clinic and get tested there as well, just to make sure I guess, but…
I’M GONNA BE A DADDY! HOLY SH*T IT’S CHRISTMAS! BTW, (POKE A BABY) there’s a reason I toss out ”Christmas” there. She went on to some website yesterday and checked the due date. I just went to a few and checked, and usually the average date comes out as….
December 25th. Mind you I also got a December 27th and a 28th, but still, it looks like a Christmas baby! I AM Mr. Christmas, ain’t I? And the Poke a baby thing, don’t worry about it, that’s just me touching my wifes stomach with one finger and saying POKE A BABY!
On That note, I am out. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in just the way in which our visual field has no limits. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Train them to virtue; habituate them to industry, activity, and spirit. Make them consider every vice as shameful and unmanly. Fire them with ambition to be useful. Make them disdain to be destitute of any useful knowledge. Fix their ambition upon great and solid objects, and their contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones. John Adams