The cold weather is now moving into Little Falls. The temperature s have been in the 20F and may be as low as 10F. The landscape has changed to snow covered land and streets. The Mississippi River has frozen except in the more rapidly moving streams within the rivers movement which have not yet frozen. The cold weather brings a sense of peace in being in a warm spot in a cold area. I sliped in to a dreamy deep sleep last night finding myself on a well worn road near a old seemly unused bridge. As I walked on it and was looking it over , as a good Marine would, it turned over a void and I found myself traveling with a group of peolpe down a path on a horse drawn subway like system. As we traveled along I saw a statue of Confucius. My mindset was that I was being called to an invitation by Judy's grandmother in feudal times. Just as we were approaching a castle complex the alarm went off on my phone. I had to wake up and go to work at Pete & Joy's. This story may continue in my dreams as I walked to work looking at the almost full moon at 1:40 AM in the mornings chrisp cold air of Little Falls, through the snow. 1. The cost of the wars is now $1E12 to date from 2001. It costs $1.1E6 to support one service member in Afghanistan and $5.5E5 to support one service member in Iraq per year. Just where does this money go, as they cost more than the president of the U.S. in one year!. There on par with CEO's. Ref: USA Today 12/02/09 page 6A A clue where the money goes. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page A7 2. Government tests on beef to U.S. schools relies on a test sample of 0.001% of production. It is also segregated from common folk meat feed to the general public!. Ref: USA Today, 12/02/09 page 1A & 10 A 3. A good story about North Koreas money. They use U.S. money too!. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page A8 4. Buy a Hershey, build a school. Good lesson for UCSD. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page B1 & B6 5. A chirp in Japans economy. A talk with Bank of Japan's Governor Masaaki Shirakawa, Glenn Maguire, a Socie'te' Ge'ne'rale econonomist in Hong Kong and a stimulus package by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has lead to thought that a strong yen could chill the economy. A strong yen makes Japans exports more expensive and imports cheeper for Japans consumers, causing deflation. Deflation being a decline in the general level of prices for goods and services. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page A8 6. Hey Mable. On a spare moment you could visit a World War II military bunker on the South side of Hong Kong Island and have a glass of good wine. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page B9 7. I found a law man in the Islamic bonds or Sukuk. He's Isam Salah a partner in the law firm King & Spaulding in New York. Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page C2 8. Cluster-bombing of Wall street in 1920. A new book "The Day Wall Street Exploded". 9. Real-estate "grave dancer". Ref: The Wall Street Journal, 12/02/09 page C10 10. More on Dubai. Ref: The Wall Street Journal,12/04/ 09 page A1 & A 22 11. More on GM and China's SAIC Motor Corp and its new ventures in India. Ref: The Wall Street journal, 12/04/09 page B1 & B2


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