In members of the same class the average amount of change during long and equal periods of time, may, perhaps, be the same, but as the accumulation of the long-enduring formations depends upon great masses having been deposited on areas while subsiding, our formations have been almost necessarily accumulated at wide and irregularly intermittent intervals; consequently, the amount of change exhibited (embedded in consecutive formations) is not equal; each formation does not mark a new and complete act of creations but only an occasional scene, taken almost at hazard, in a slowly changing drama ...
27 September 2008
Turning for a very brief space to Van Winkle, and why we can clearly understand why some species, once lost, should never reappear
25 September 2008
N�38 rue des Martyrs Cocody
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
ATTN: DEAREST ONES OF GOD
I am the above-named person from Kuwait.
I am married to Mr. Anthony Solomon, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2004.
We were married for eleven years without a child.
He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born-again Christian.
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2. 5 million (two million five hundred US dollars) in the bank here in Abidjan in suspense account.
Presently, the fund is still with the bank.
Recently, my doctor told me that I have serious sickness, which is cancer problem.
The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God, and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers.
I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision.
I am not afraid of death—hence I know where I am going.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.
Exodus says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health—hence the presence of my husband relatives is around me always I don’t want them to know about this development.
With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan.
I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
24 September 2008
so I followed me
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear,
I was right there
on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream,
peace and glory ahead.
Why should I be standing in line
just waiting for some bread?
Once I built a railroad. I made it run,
made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad:
Now it's done,
can you spare a dime.
Once I built a tower to the sun—brick, rivet, and lime.
Once I built a tower.
Now it's done brother can you spare a dime.
Once in khaki suits I'm telling you we looked swell.
Full of that Yankee Doodle Dum—half a million boots through hell.
[And I, the kid with the drum.]
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al?
It was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember? I'm your pal, Buddy,
can you spare a dime?
1 Adapted From Harburg, Y. (1931) Brother, can you spare a dime? Retrieved 24 September 2008 from http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/cherries.html.
constitutionally, may I present to you the Paulson Plan, upon which we need to act quickly and decisively
LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL FOR TREASURY AUTHORITY
TO PURCHASE MORTGAGE-RELATED ASSETS
Section 1. Short Title.
This Act may be cited as $treason$ ???
Sec. 2. Purchases of Mortgage-Related Assets.
(a) Authority to Purchase.--The Secretary is authorized to purchase, and to make and fund commitments to purchase, on such terms and conditions as determined by the Secretary, mortgage-related assets from any financial institution having its headquarters in the United States.
(b) Necessary Actions.--The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation:
(1) appointing such employees as may be required to carry out the authorities in this Act and defining their duties;
(2) entering into contracts, including contracts for services authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, without regard to any other provision of law regarding public contracts;
(3) designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them;
(4) establishing vehicles that are authorized, subject to supervision by the Secretary, to purchase mortgage-related assets and issue obligations; and
(5) issuing such regulations and other guidance as may be necessary or appropriate to define terms or carry out the authorities of this Act.
Sec. 3. Considerations.
In exercising the authorities granted in this Act, the Secretary shall take into consideration means for--
(1) providing stability or preventing disruption to the financial markets or banking system; and
(2) protecting the taxpayer.
Sec. 4. Reports to Congress.
Within three months of the first exercise of the authority granted in section 2(a), and semiannually thereafter, the Secretary shall report to the Committees on the Budget, Financial Services, and Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committees on the Budget, Finance, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate with respect to the authorities exercised under this Act and the considerations required by section 3.
Sec. 5. Rights; Management; Sale of Mortgage-Related Assets.
(a) Exercise of Rights.--The Secretary may, at any time, exercise any rights received in connection with mortgage-related assets purchased under this Act.
(b) Management of Mortgage-Related Assets.--The Secretary shall have authority to manage mortgage-related assets purchased under this Act, including revenues and portfolio risks therefrom.
(c) Sale of Mortgage-Related Assets.--The Secretary may, at any time, upon terms and conditions and at prices determined by the Secretary, sell, or enter into securities loans, repurchase transactions or other financial transactions in regard to, any mortgage-related asset purchased under this Act.
(d) Application of Sunset to Mortgage-Related Assets.--The authority of the Secretary to hold any mortgage-related asset purchased under this Act before the termination date in section 9, or to purchase or fund the purchase of a mortgage-related asset under a commitment entered into before the termination date in section 9, is not subject to the provisions of section 9.
Sec. 6. Maximum Amount of Authorized Purchases.
The Secretary’s authority to purchase mortgage-related assets under this Act shall be limited to $700,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time
Sec. 7. Funding.
For the purpose of the authorities granted in this Act, and for the costs of administering those authorities, the Secretary may use the proceeds of the sale of any securities issued under chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, and the purposes for which securities may be issued under chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, are extended to include actions authorized by this Act, including the payment of administrative expenses. Any funds expended for actions authorized by this Act, including the payment of administrative expenses, shall be deemed appropriated at the time of such expenditure.
Sec. 8. Review.
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
[natal note: NON-REVIEWABLE, PEOPLES, BY ANY COURT OF LAW OR ANY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY! YES, ACT SWIFTLY, CONGRESS, SWIFTLY!]
Sec. 9. Termination of Authority.
The authorities under this Act, with the exception of authorities granted in sections 2(b)(5), 5 and 7, shall terminate two years from the date of enactment of this Act.
Sec. 10. Increase in Statutory Limit on the Public Debt.
Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting in lieu thereof $11,315,000,000,000.
Sec. 11. Credit Reform.
The costs of purchases of mortgage-related assets made under section 2(a) of this Act shall be determined as provided under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, as applicable.
Sec. 12. Definitions.
For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Mortgage-Related Assets.--The term “mortgage-related assets” means residential or commercial mortgages and any securities, obligations, or other instruments that are based on or related to such mortgages, that in each case was originated or issued on or before September 17, 2008.
(2) Secretary.--The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Treasury.1
(3) United States.--The term “United States” means the States, territories, and possessions of the United States and the District of Columbia.
22 September 2008
In some places, they are standard ... In others, a fourth dot is added. Yet in others, a fifth.
I've tried to catch them all.
Good night everyone, who, who, who ...
The doomed man wakes up before dawn—the hour for executions.
His need of tradition.
The doomed man is always concealing some fear.Self-deception is possible for a time, etc.
Primarily this is because rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and have abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence....The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
21 September 2008
20 September 2008
Probably should leave me be
and head elsewhere
if I were you and it’s my advice you want.
Pack you up!
your pretty green bags and get the hell on out
of dodge. Skedaddling now (you slippery devil)
would be optimal for all, you know—
because you done broke
Oh I’ve been told
your intentions were good
and your promises were clean,
but I just assume
you get right back on your horse
and flag tomorrow’s lottery
folks on down.
18 September 2008
17 September 2008
16 September 2008
15 September 2008
Gilbert is a part of my yore:
rivers, & speakers too, crocodiles—
Ss tonight ladies & gentlemen.
Not here, not here,
& so be it Heineken & me—
First of August 2008,
Dehydration mother, & gasping.
This life really is oh so cold & scary.
[How can one imagine otherwise?]
My friend, woebegone,
well, she doth play
She likes the looks of the shimmering pond
it’s true, but then there’s them goose droppings—
godforsaken goose droppings on a hot day in July
by the dock. Chalk. Stomp. Stump.
The best kind, splattered.
I can tell you that we have inattentive matters.
Thus, under its charm (and permaglow) I have come—
reasonably, proudly, and, I must say,
ultravioletly to adopt it.
Join me in this most earnest of underground lunar celebrations!
Join me on our march across the Vollmerhausen!
Let the procession begin as each and every natalnorg among you emerges—
brazen, courageous, intact.
And then, rising:
Fortinbras tossed me by the wayside he did—
[For the others
I dare say
he tossed them too]
You see—he was a drifter in those days,
& with a dash
of the Wildman in him
he lifted me up
by my balls
& chucked me over his head.
Hi there—I’m the Lasso from El Paso, he said—
[staring me down after each flip around,
preposterously cracking his whip]
Ya! Ya! Ya! Nice to meet you.
I’ve come here to give you
a little spinner, a little shine—
All right now? I ain’t gonʹ hurt you none.
Ya! There—you with me?
Oh, & I was dear brethren—I was.
[How could I not be?]
Then Fortinbras closed his eyes….
It was a sequel really.
It just went on.
Uno, this is uno, the Copeland design.
We feature a Ferris wheel cutout at the county as the wildcard
if you don’t mind,
a coil no more than 5.
You can slide if you want to—
slide if you want,
Draw the mad hatter my man!
It’ll be red or black—
one or the other
in due time.
That is my promise—
only $1 per game.
Dealer: We offer no other colors.
Skin us if you must, if you must, if you must.
We are ready for a scalping.
And as for you Ms. Cotton Candy?
there she went,
Note: Since it consisted mostly of air…
01 September 2008
Believe it or not,
the man, a troubled one,
a hummingbird once before,
sabotaged his own trajectory
by swimming in it.
Now I know that sounds like a bit of a fetch-feeder.
Truth: water sprinklers
tickling your fine-toothed fancy.
There mister, yourself sir,
older but human still, and ugly in this life,
bent, why, a coin, an old man, a cane, whiskers,
over, swinging, to pick it up presumably,
perhaps an analysis, a study, mirrors, a breeze (a bear),
and then back down.
Sadness is the steady thornbeat of our being.
Sadness comes again.
We revel homeward as manatee,
find comfort there as eggs,
dream don’t it whet your whistle,
sound the sirens—putrid, one—as dames.