2008 ESSC

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AIG

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Let’s show the world more of corporate America’s greed. The government has decided to bail out AIG on the brink of bankruptcy by loaning the company $82.9 billion. Guess what AIG decided to do with taxpayers money? They spend $442,000 on spa treatments and a getaway for executives. Fast-forward to today and AIG makes the news again by spending $86,000 on a hunting trip in England after requesting an additional $37.8 billion from the government. AIG, you have lost ALL credibility with Americans. Do you expect the company will prosper after we get out of this financial crisis? If I was congress, I would either a) retract all the money loaned to AIG and let them sink or b) start firing people starting at the CEO and get someone in there to fix this mess.

Congress needs to do something with these white-collar crimes. These CEO’s destroy millions of people’s lives and all they get is a slap on the wrist.

Recession?

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This morning I’m tuned to 104.1 KRBE’s morning show when this so called Money Magazine author is being interviewed. The economy has been quite a concern for the whole nation including myself because my 401k is affected by this downturn. Roula proceeds to interview this guy as he mentioned we are in a recession not once but over 5 times. Look, I realize how bad the situation is. The economy is in the dumps. Our biggest financial institutions have been so overcomed with greed they’ve created these gimmicky mortgages to get people into homes they can’t afford. And in turn the people were dumb enough to take these loans but worst of all buy more house than they can afford. To make things worse CEO’s are paid hundreds of millions of dollars for sinking a company. The affects has trickled down to the average American who’s 401k has shrank by at least 15% since this whole thing bellied up. I am sick and tired of turning on the news, listening to radio stations over and over say we are in a recession. STOP SAYING WE ARE IN A RECESSION. WE ARE NOT IN A RECESSION.

Wikipedia and all economic classes teach:
American newspapers often quote the rule of thumb that a recession occurs when real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is negative for two or more consecutive quarters. This measure fails to register several official (NBER defined) US recessions.

It says TWO or MORE consecutive quarters of negative growth. More than likely we will be in a recession, but for now the media and all these self proclaimed financial guru’s has failed basic economics class in defining a recession. Stop freaking spreading the panic. The media is our worst enemy escalating an already bad situation and creating unnecessary panic. I say the $700 billion bailout should include these media figures that continue to say we’re in a recession to take economics class again. By that time they finish class we will be in a recession and then they can report the correct state of the economy.

Facebook

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I almost swore I would never give into social networking websites because I’ve always felt like it’s a huge trend and a few years later the trend will pass. I can’t say Facebook will last but so far it’s been quite easy to find and talk to people I haven’t talked to since high school. It’s definitely taken away from the ricefarm blogging and time I waste doing other things. There are also many apps I don’t understand in Facebook. Oh well…. Guess I’ll keep clicking till I figure it out.

5D

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I’ve had to eat my words, and it looks like I’m doing it again.

I swore and cursed Canon for the late release of the next version of the 5D to the point I decided to purchase the 50D instead. Guess what? It wasn’t long after Canon introduced the 50D did they introduce the 5D Mark II at Photokina. Why torment me like this? After reading Dpreview.com’s review of the 5D Mark II I was about sold. Every single spec has improved from the original 5D. The only thing that didn’t improve was the 9 autofocus cross points the original 5D had. Nikon’s first full-framed D700 that directly competes with the 5D was loaded with 51 autofocus points. Canon, did you guys goof or did you guys choose not to put the 45 autofocus points the 1D Mark III has to compete with Nikon? Is it a deal breaker? No, but it would be nice to have more focus points since you guys took forever to upgrade the 5D only to miss something like this. I did preorder the 5D Mark II after some people convinced me to do it. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time now and after working Ike I can say it’s courtesy of Ike.

Thanks Ike.

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