April 29, 2010

White collar thuggism….The SEC accuses Tourre of creating and selling a series of complex mortgage-backed bonds — dubbed Abacus 2007-AC1 — that were designed to fail, costing some investors large sums of money.
Tourre says a fellow Goldman employee dubbed him “Fabulous Fab,” but he used the nickname himself, most notoriously in a 2007 email to a friend: “The whole building is about to collapse anytime now…Only potential survivor, the fabulous Fab…standing in the middle of all these complex, highly leveraged, exotic trades he created without necessarily understanding all of the implications of those monstruosities!!!”
He is the only person named in the SEC’s civil lawsuit against Goldman. Also, his released emails make him sound a bit callous — in one, he told of selling some doomed Abacus bonds to “widows and orphans that I ran into at the airport” in Belgium; in another, he wrote, in French, that poor little subprime borrowers won’t last long; a third described his “Frankenstein” CDOs as “a product of pure intellectual masturbation” that “has no purpose…is absolutely conceptual and highly theoretical and which nobody knows how to price.”
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April 12, 2010

Blame it on Vanity

April 3, 2010

The Autobiography of
Evangelist Denise Matthews
formerly known as ‘Vanity’
All I had become was thus painted on my face-vanity-and what i had thus spoken from my vile tongue spewed forth from my juvenile breast of disdain.But this was just the beginning of my surrealistic journey, my make believe “i am the new hoopla” squeezed appropriately, sufficiently, distended in your black box, televising all my oddities up close and effectual. With each new, methodical, despicable movement of my being, i closed my fists around a wretched lie which sought to eradicate my life at an impromptu time and i had built no stomach for the fight. With each new bitterness dispelled formulated by this cruel cold world of which i had become its strange kind, i shut my eyes and with deep complaint muttered words of death and despair, while the hot flames seeped, boiled and burned ablaze under my bottle. I was molding to the likes of mediocrity, vulnerability, having had all the experience of a trained seal, being pushed to the brink of hopelessness,and helpless to perpetuate a flawless, ruinous end.

The devil’s perversities snatched up what little strength that lay within me, seeping and sneaking through, preferably choosing their way into my joints, branding and searing my lungs and oh so much torment from scraping away at my own flesh. He waited patiently for the reading of my obituary. I was unrelenting, unreasonably lost, suffocating in dumbfoundedness, further seeking pleasure in a round glass bottle full of vitriolic venom, which slid me into depression beyond blockades. I should have been thoroughly engulfed in an ocean of careful wondrous dreams with the whole Kingdom beset before me, however my ocean thrust me against the rocks and ripped my sour soul in two, thus rendering my upper half to a tornado and with my lower, i lowered myself to that of a squatting dog, dare i say sucking up his own vomit.

This is my story………..DENISE.

Blasted

February 24, 2010

Check out this playwright I learned about in my playwriting class at City College San Francisco.

Toyota Technology

February 4, 2010


Toyota announced February 1 it has a solution to fix the more than 6 million vehicles affected by a recall caused by “sudden unintended acceleration” (SUA). Toyota will insert a steel bar on the accelerator pedal assembly to eliminate excess friction that could cause the pedal to stick. Vehicle owners will be notified by mail to schedule an appointment with a Toyota dealer which will make the “sticky pedal” fix and take care of the floor mat recall also affecting certain models.

While there have been incidents with other auto manufacturers vehicles unexpectedly accelerating on their own, incidents involving Toyota vehicles have been far higher. At least 19 deaths and over 1,000 accidents have been reported since 2001 involving Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. The NHTSA has largely dismissed most of these incidents, outlining in a March 2004 memo its position that a vehicle’s braking system would always overcome an engine and stop a car.

If this were actually true in the age of drive by wire, the computer software would stop acceleration the minute that the brake is tapped. A vehicle’s braking system was never designed to overpower the engine. In the days when manual transmissions prevailed, the driver could simply press the clutch which would disengage the engine from the transmission and no tragedies would have occurred. Electronic sensors have replaced the mechanical connection between the pedal and the engine to control acceleration.

Just as each part of the human body is ruled by a certain planetary energy, so are the parts of a motor vehicle. Mars rules the accelerator as it represents moving forward. The braking system is ruled by Saturn, a cautious and slow moving energy whose giant rings represents boundaries and constraints. The Sun rules the engine, the heart of the vehicle. Uranus rules the vehicle’s electronics and computer systems. Because computers control and coordinate the engine’s activities, Uranus has usurped the Sun as the center of the vehicle’s “solar system.”

Uranus describes events that occur unexpectedly, giving a strong indication that the source of the problem revolves around the vehicle’s computer systems and software. Jim Lentz, the president of Toyota USA told reporters Monday that “we have done exhaustive testing, and we have found no evidence of problems with the electronics.” The House Committee on Energy & Commerce which will hold a hearing on February 25, sent a letter to Lentz yesterday requesting full documentation to substantiate Toyota’s claims that the problem was not the result of a computer glitch. Reps. Waxman and Stupak’s letter notes that Toyota officials told committee staffers on January 27 that the causes of unintended acceleration are “very, very hard to identify” and sticky accelerator pedals are “unlikely to be responsible” in cases where cars accelerated above 60mph.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that Toyota issued the recalls after transportation officials flew to Japan in December “to remind Toyota about its legal obligations” and in January followed up with Toyota “to insist they address the accelerator issue.” The department is considering seeking a civil penalty from Toyota. So how did Toyota suddenly go from being the world’s most respected carmaker to fueling the public’s suspicions and apprehensions that they’re not being told the whole story?

Toyota’s series of recent recalls related to unexpected acceleration were spurred by the death of a California Highway Patrol officer and three family members in a 2009 Lexus ES350 that suddenly accelerated out of control on August 28, 2009. Toyota attributed the problem to floor mats. Mars (acceleration; accidents) was opposing Pluto then, indicating that the cause of the problem was deeper and more involved than Toyota’s explanation. During the previous Mars/Pluto opposition, Toyota issued a recall on September 26, 2007 for 2007-08 Lexus ES and 2007-08 Camry floor mats for possibly interfering with the accelerator returning to the idle position.

At the time of the 2007 recall Mars and Pluto were squaring Toyota’s founding chart’s Mercury in Virgo (communication and transportation), Saturn in Virgo conjoined Toyota’s Sun, and the Sun opposed Toyota’s Saturn in Mars-ruled Aries. At the time of the Lexus crash on August 28, Mercury, Mars and Pluto (death)were impacting Toyota’s Saturn in Aries. Two weeks later when Mercury was retrograde, the media leaked the family member’s 911 call made just before the fatal crash. These transits to Toyota’s founding chart reflect that normal braking (Saturn) was not able to control the vehicle’s sudden acceleration. Mercury describes a communications deficiency between the brake and the accelerator. Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn was conjoining the progressed Sun* in the chart for the founding of Toyota USA indicating that the US market would be the primary source of Toyota’s troubles.

On September 29, 2009 Mercury stationed direct, conjoining Saturn in Virgo and opposing Uranus in Pisces, once again impacting Toyota’s Mercury while the Sun opposed Toyota’s Saturn. This was a wakeup call for Toyota to come clean what information it knew about potential electronics problems. Toyota announced an advisory affecting 3.8 million vehicles, telling owners to remove the driver’s floor mat until the company found a solution to the problem.

In October 2009 Saturn shifted into Libra and was about to make its first square to Pluto while both planets were affecting the Toyota founding chart’s Mercury/Saturn opposition and the Toyota’s USA chart’s progressed Sun in Capricorn. Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota and the founder’s grandson, told reporters that “the days when you could classify Toyota as one of the winners are over” as Toyota had entered the fourth of the five stages of corporate decline described in Jim Collins’ book “How the Mighty Fall.”

Saturn and Pluto affecting Toyota’s Mercury and Mars and the Toyota USA’s progressed Sun reflects Toyoda’s remark that the company stood on the brink of “capitulation to irrelevance or death.” Saturn is about taking responsibility and being held accountable for actions taken. Pluto describes the decline and death that must occur in order to bring about transformation.

Despite Toyoda’s public admission, Toyota’s natal Mercury/Saturn opposition reflects the company’s rigid denial that the unexpected acceleration problem was caused by anything beyond floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals. Toyota issued a press release addressing “the growing suspicion by some Toyota and Lexus owners, that a glitch of some kind in the electronic engine management system was the cause of reports of unintended acceleration.” Toyota pointed out that this issue had been “one of the most thoroughly and repeatedly investigated issues by Toyota” and the NHTSA who denied a petition to investigate “unintended acceleration not caused by accelerator pedal interference.”

On November 25, Toyota announced it would alter the accelerator pedals on 4.26 million vehicles, provide new floor mats, and install a brake override system for certain Toyota and Lexus models beginning in early 2010.

Eclipses are harbingers of major change, and Saturn’s energies were particularly potent at the time of the January 15 Capricorn Solar Eclipse. As Saturn in Libra stationed retrograde and Mercury in Capricorn turned direct, both planets impacted Toyota’s natal Saturn in Aries. The eclipse squared Toyota’s founding chart Venus in Cancer and progressed Mars in Capricorn as well as Toyota USA’s Mars in Libra, indicating Toyota needed to take additional action to maintain consumer relations despite the cost. Toyota announced it was recalling an additional 2.3 million vehicles as part of its original recall of the sticky accelerator pedals.

Saturn and Capricorn represent freezing conditions and describe Toyota’s January 26 order freezing U.S. sales of eight Toyota models affected by the sticky accelerator pedal recall. Saturn and Pluto were about to exactly align for the second time on January 31 impacting Toyota’s Saturn in Aries and Toyota USA’s progressed Sun, affecting 1200 U.S. dealers. Pluto represents problems on a massive scale, reflecting there are more Toyota and Lexus models with the problem than Toyota is acknowledging in its current recalls.

These planetary energies affecting Toyota’s charts leading up to the second alignment of Saturn square Pluto describe Toyota’s fear of alarming the public if it acknowledged the possibility that the root cause of the unexpected acceleration could be emanating from a software bug that might still remain elusive to Toyota engineers. Saturn represents blockages and delays that tend to backfire as Pluto will dig deep to expose what’s being kept under the surface. It also describes various government investigations of Toyota now underway.

Pluto represents the massive scale of the problem and costly fallout from Toyota’s emphasis on global expansion over Toyota quality that began in 1995 under the leadership of Hiroshi Okuda. This was when Pluto entered the expansive and global sign Sagittarius. Toyota’s goal was to usurp GM’s status as the world’s biggest automaker by building a better Buick. Toyota succeeded in 2008 just as Pluto shifted from expansive Sagittarius to contracting Capricorn. The excesses of those years forced GM into bankruptcy and majority government ownership. And now Toyota is learning a costly lesson for being too dependent on computer simulations and rushing out products during those years without building prototypes.

“Why did we decide to take action now so suddenly? That’s because, to be honest, there was fear that if we continued our study on this any longer (our credibility could be questioned).” – Toyota chief quality officer Shinichi Sasaki to reporters in Japan February 2

Mars acts like a trigger, accelerating and accentuating other planetary energies. With Mars retrograde in Leo opposing the Sun and Venus last week leading up to the January 30 Leo Full Moon with Saturn square Pluto, Toyota’s acceleration problem was accelerating. Mars retrograde in Leo was squaring Toyota’s founding Uranus in Taurus, conjoining Toyota’s USA’s Uranus in Leo, and conjoining the sector of Toyota’s (TM) NYSE ADR chart representing its reputation and opposing Uranus in Aquarius. Beyond reflecting the minor selloff in Toyota’s stock, Mars in Leo to natal Uranus in these charts suggest action needs to be taken to investigate the engine’s (Leo) computer control system (Uranus). Mars and Uranus in fixed signs can make the problem difficult and slow to diagnose.

Saturn and Pluto reflect that Toyota faces a long road ahead under harsh weather conditions during 2010-11. These two planets are impacting Toyota’s stock chart Sun in Libra, keeping the stock under pressure. The stock’s reaction to these events reminds me of how the financials held up for awhile before collapsing into the single digits during the financial crisis. Saturn/Pluto and other planetary influences confirm James B. Stewart’s assessment of the stock in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Jupiter in Pisces opposing Toyota’s founding Sun in Virgo now describes the growing legal cases against the company. There could be a major announcement about the accelerator issue around the time of the February 28 Virgo Full Moon which squares Toyota’s founding Mars. The problems could expand to more countries. (This also coincides with the House Committee’s hearing.)

The Aries New Moon on April 14 squares the January 15 Solar Eclipse, reactivating the issues that led to the late January recalls and sales freeze. Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus on April 18, affecting Uranus in the three charts described above. This could represent a breakthrough in solving the problem or there could be a recurrence of sudden acceleration incidents in vehicles that underwent the recall fix. With Mercury in Taurus, the news will come at great cost to Toyota. Saturn opposes Uranus on April 26; both planets affect Toyota’s founding Mercury. This could represent a new recall to make the software fix that instructs the computer to override the accelerator and cut power to the engine so the brake will work if the vehicle unexpectedly accelerates. Other new developments in this saga could occur around the June 26 Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn.

Saturn square Pluto also reflects the NHTSA’s failure to recognize that computer problems with automobiles are just as serious a problem as mechanical issues. A positive outcome of Jupiter and Uranus conjoining in Aries in June would be for the government to require that all new vehicles have a brake override of acceleration to prevent loss of control in the event of a computer or mechanical malfunction. Another alternative would be to have a device similar to the mechanical clutch in cars with an automatic transmission. Following the lead of the commercial aviation industry, I believe that all new vehicles should have a black box so that investigators could examine the causes of mechanical or electrical failures.

*A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time as a method of prediction.

Toyota Founded: August 28, 1937 time unknown Toyota, Japan
Toyota Motor Sales USA Founded: October 31, 1957 Torrance, CA
Toyota (TM) NYSE ADR: September 29, 1999 9:30 AM New York City

Thank you wallstreetweather.net

ZEN DWELLING

February 3, 2010


Jennifer renovated her home and she can now entertain on a grand scale! I bet she’ll do tons of fundraisers, not to mention just plain ole fun parties. Haerkens back to the grand ole party givers of Hollywood lore!

Mysterious Lovely Lady

January 28, 2010

We all fallen in love with the Grand Canyon of Colorado River – depth 2,682m (8,799 ft), length 440 km. It was one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world.

However since 1994, we learned from the American Geography Committee and Guinness Book of World Records that the crown of the “world’s largest canyon” went to the Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River in Himalayas (Tibet). Its depth reaches 5,382m (17,657 ft) and it has a total length of 496.3km.

However very little information about this new Queen of Canyons is available to the world. Because very few people have reached that remote region in Tibet. (some regions are forbidden for the foreigners to access). What is the features of this mysterious new Queen of the world’s canyons? Is she beautiful? attractive? or is she dangerous with bad temper?
To satisfy the curiosity of world public, we piled the major facts here.

Himalayas & Tibet Plateau – the miracle of Plate-Tectonic Force:
The collision of India into Asia some 50 million years ago caused the Eurasian Plate to crumple up and override the Indian Plate. It pushed up the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau to their present heights. The Himalayas, towering as high as Mt. Everest’s 8,850 m (29,035 ft) elevation, forming the highest mountain range in the world. Moreover, the neighboring Tibetan Plateau, at an average elevation of about 4,600 m (15,091 ft), is higher than all the peaks in the Alps except for Mt. Blanc and Monte Rosa, and is well above the summits of most mountains in the United States.

Where is the Yarlung Tsangpo River and the Largest Canyon of the world?
The largest canyon of the world is located at the South end of the Himalayas range in Tibet.
Originating in middle Himalayas, countless tiny drops from the 5,590 meters high Jima Yangzong Glacier source come down and converge into the river. It keeps flowing eastward and getting bigger and bigger as the Nyang Chu, Kyi Chu, Yarlung, Ni Yang and other streams join in.
The Yarlung Tsangpo River, known as the Brahmaputra river in India, the Siang or Dihang in Arunachal Pradesh and the Jammu in Bangladesh, is one of the largest rivers of the world.
The 2,057 km traverse of Yarlung Tsangpo River on the world’s roof, with an average altitude of >3,000 meters, is the highest rive in the world. Then it drops down to the Indoa plain, after 918 km in India and 337 km in Bangladesh, ended into the Bay of Bengal

Two High Peaks, Two Big Bends at the Two ends of the Himalayas range – the frontier of the plate-tectonic force:
The red line in the left figure shows the collide border of Eurasian continent and India sub-continents. It is interesting that there are two big bends of rivers formed at the east and the west ends of the Himalayas range. The Yarlung Tsangpo River made a U turn when it reached the highest peak of east Himalayas – the Mt. Namcha Barwa (7,782m). The Indus River made a U turn when it reached the high peak of west Himalayas – the Mt. Nanga Parbat (8,125m).
These high peaks and deep valleys were formed along the narrow frontier zones between the Eurasian and India sub-continent where the results of plate-tectonic forces are most evident.
The geological characters of this region is extremely rich, complex and unique. This rock (left last photo) came from the core (about 40 km depth) of |Earth. Its red component can be used to make red diamond.

The Beauty of the new Queen of Canyons:

The Yarlung Tsangpo Great Canyon is a wonderful area with all the fascinating features. And it’s still waiting for world expeditors and scientists to explore its extreme beauty.
In the Great Canyon region, it has the complete 9 natural zones of the Earth. From snow mountain, glaciers to tropical rain forests. This remote region is not disturbed by mankind.
No matter who you are – Scientist in geology, geophysics, seismology, geography, glaciology, paleoecology, botany, zoology, hydrology, ecology and anthropology . . ., or professional expeditor, photographer, amateur & young adventurer, you will always be attracted by the treasures and inspirations of the Great Canyon here.

“Garden of Eden” on World’s Roof:
Unlike other dry regions of the Tibet Plateau, the Great Canyon is the major path of wet wind which flows from India plain through the Himalayas enter the Tibet Plateau. Nature built a fantastic “Garden of Eden” on the World’s Roof here. It;s wet, green, it’s a heaven of plants and animals, with a perfect undisturbed ecosystem.
Ten thousands plants are hidden in this region. A professor said that even working only on the plants in a single small branch of the canyon, it will be excellent for the Ph.D. thesis’s.
It has tropical rain forests growing on North latitude 27 – 29.30 degree, (Normal north zone of tropical rain forests is up to 23.30 degree only.)
Many ancient tropical plants (living fossils) have been reserved here.
During the Himalayas arise, there are many unique plants generated. These plants are existed in the Himalayas only

Wildlife in the Great Canyon:
It was a debate about the existence of Cobra on Tibet Plateau. Now there is no doubt that the King Cobra found a comfortable home in the Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo River.

There are 6 geographic zones of wildlife on the Earth. The north of Himalayas belongs to the Old North Zone, and the south of Himalayas belongs to East Ocean Zone. However in the Great Canyon region, the dominate animals were immigrated from the East Ocean Zone, plus many animals of the Old North Zone staying here as well. The complex geographic and climate conditions here formed many small kingdoms for different types of wildlife.

Tiger, Bear, King Cobra, Red Panda, Leopard, Musk Deer, Monkey . . . countless birds, insects . . . all happily living here. There are butterfly valley, snake valley . . . Even the residents in the glaciers – Ice mouse (see right last photo) and Ice Earthworm and Ice Flea. Many unique species you could not found anywhere else in the world.

The wonderful crystal world of the Glaciers:
There are 4,800 square kilometers glaciers in this region . One of the largest area of the season wind type modern glaciers in the world.

The snowfields at the originates of the glaciers are as large as 70 – 100 sq.km. The ice waterfalls as high as 700 meters. The wonderful Ice waves of the glaciers. The ice hall is a fantastic ice world with its roof thickness reached several hundreds meters. The ice mushroom is the favored table of the geologists. These ice mushrooms can be several hundreds tons in weight. The glaciers, the forests, the wildlife consist together to form a wonderful world here.

A special type of glaciers – the “jumping glaciers”. So far there are two glaciers in the Great Canyon region have had periodical long distance and high speed jumping movements. The ZheLongLong Glacier and the MiDui Glacier. During the jumping period, the glaciers’ moving speed reached 1.5 km per day. It reflects the geological extreme active of this region.

Natural Mysteries and Great Challenges:
Very rare combination of the highest mountain range, the deepest valley, the richest source of glaciers and rivers, the ice waterfall and hot waterfalls, the virgin forests, the mysterious kingdoms of the rare plants and animals, and after all the extreme active plate-tectonic force . . . The World’s Roof is a special place on the Earth. The discovery of the Great Canyon add a brilliant diamond onto its crown .

Walking through the Great Canyon is a life time adventure experience. There is an area of mystery remains as the greatest challenge – about 100 km length of the Great Canyon , no one ever be able to through, either by mountain climbing or by river boating. This world record is still waiting for the bravest explorer to break it!

The natural wonders of the Great Canyon is the precious treasure of the whole world. It welcomes world scientists of all disciplines to explore this wonderland on the Earth..

American Anthropological Association States:

January 28, 2010


With the vast expansion of scientific knowledge in this century, … it has become clear that human populations are not unambiguous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups. […] Given what we know about the capacity of normal humans to achieve and function within any culture, we conclude that present-day inequalities between so-called “racial” groups are not consequences of their biological inheritance but products of historical and contemporary social, economic, educational, and political circumstances.[10]

January 28, 2010


The persistence of Individualism as observed from within a Salvador Dali Landscape
work in progress readers
Whaaaaa!
You say No!!!??
I stand here
My foot attached to my ear
My ear attached to a cactus
Lil Iguana tongue!
Ooh Cactus fruit is good
A glass bubble gently bounces off my forehead
Telescopic lens carves the universe into sections
Desert Speed Demon
next stop Saturn!
A Moon’s shadow golden orb
Cliff dwellers!
BUTTErFLY WINGS ENVELOPE MY HEAD
EARDRUMS REVERBeRATE
Ting a ling ting a ling
Am I in??
Why why yeeeessss
My usb thumb drive whirs to attention
I am
Thoughts of Camus & the fall
and then the call
This is it!
I stride forth
Confidence in a burlap bag readjusted.

Avatar Evolves Us as a Race

January 25, 2010

James Cameron along with the grace of universal consciouness has created Avatar. This movie’s influence because of its themes can evolve us as a Race (human race.)