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Comments
Future Schlock
08/17/12, 02:48

No idea what this show is but thank you for turning me on to it... it's weird.
Hopper Appreciation Week -- Trannies in my daughters history book?
08/16/12, 15:54

Budget cuts.
Hopper Appreciation Week -- Trannies in my daughters history book?
08/16/12, 15:53

Aynd of the whirrrl.
Music Video For Emily
08/16/12, 15:35

Holy accidental tag activation!
The LIBOR scandal: what it means for you
08/16/12, 15:33

And to sort of answer your question. When big banks adopt a buy-only stance on food futures as if they were stocks, it makes no difference how long the actual contract terms are.

"This imbalance undermined the innate structure of the commodities markets, requiring bankers to buy and keep buying -- no matter what the price. Every time the due date of a long-only commodity index futures contract neared, bankers were required to "roll" their multi-billion dollar backlog of buy orders over into the next futures contract, two or three months down the line. And since the deflationary impact of shorting a position simply wasn't part of the GSCI, professional grain traders could make a killing by anticipating the market fluctuations these "rolls" would inevitably cause. "I make a living off the dumb money," commodity trader Emil van Essen told Businessweek last year. Commodity traders employed by the banks that had created the commodity index funds in the first place rode the tides of profit."
The LIBOR scandal: what it means for you
08/16/12, 15:23

I don't think people really understand the issues ... That's why OWS fragmented into a wild index of independent and liberal antipathy and the Tea Party decided to become a fossil record of Republicans with amnesia.
The LIBOR scandal: what it means for you
08/16/12, 15:15

Yes, I am recently recovered from a failed small business. I know firsthand what it means to get credit or to be denied loans, to have to grovel to the government for a low interest "bailout," to see managerial incompetence at its worst. The fact that assholes, as you put them, rise to positions of great power is reason why assholedom should be regulated. And actually, regulations have traditionally had a pretty amazing effect on putting giant caps on assholedom before the 1980's watered them down. Goldman Sachs manipulating foreign currencies and massaging the books so that they are in a more powerful position to take over, say, Greece, is far more terrifying to me then Pfizer using plants in the FDA to slip a new chemical into our fertilizers without 2 more years of monkey testing, and it's a lot more terrifying than Microsoft buying off a Mississippi representative in an anti-trust trial.

As for your contract question, I'm not sure what you hope to win here. Are you saying you know the answer to the bigger question of, say, "Did the futures market have a role in artificially increasing food prices in 2008?" If you have an answer to this, you're far ahead of me, I haven't been able to find a definitive answer but I'm leaning toward a big fat YES.

Maybe the clearing houses founded over a century ago to create the first class of middlemen were valid when those interested in trading food commodity futures were those involved in the food industry itself. One such man was my grandfather, who inherited an exec position in the family business, at the time New York City's largest produce distribution company. He made a million dollars (in 1940's money) hedging orange futures on margin and lost it all. He had a nervous breakdown in his office, an empty Miami hotel room filled with phones which he used to hustle the market. My dad recalls moving from 5th Ave. to East Flatbush when he was 6 years old. Anyway...

We now have things like The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. From 2003 to 2008, the amount of money exchanged in commodity index funds increased from $13B to an excess of $300B. To imply that this speculation did not have a deleterious effect on normal working people is wishful thinking.

http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/al296e/al296e00.pdf
A Portland cop got thrown out of an anarchist cafe
08/16/12, 13:37

Portland "anarchists" are themselves from the burbs... Of Wisconsin or wherever. They are a fat fucking joke and are generally complete assholes.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror
08/15/12, 04:18

I watched this movie for the first time several months ago.
The "scientist's" monolog about global warming that drones on for several minutes is one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life. We were literally laughing with tears running down our cheeks.
The LIBOR scandal: what it means for you
08/13/12, 21:18

Gmol, neither Microsoft, groupon, nor big pharma are directly responsible for making the economy work at its most fundamental level. I am not sure if I follow your logic, but I think I do remember you saying something alone the lines that the food commodities futures markets helped farmers sell their food all year around and keep their machinery running, which makes me think that you rest on the side of "Leave the Poor Banks Alone!!!" BTW, if I am remembering your position on food futures correctly, I have to completely disagree.

The idea that massive government connected banks are not worthy of universal disdain is just silly, but maybe I am fundamentally misunderstanding your position.
Eric Clapton racist speech 1976
08/13/12, 00:04

I'm very impressed. You have convinced me that this is not real.
Dog terrified of low-fat lamb jerky
08/13/12, 00:03

I like snopes but if you give a dog any chocolate at all, prepare for a river of shit. If you don't believe me, try it out on some dogs.
Cat answering the phone
08/12/12, 23:58

I am a cat and that sound irritated me so I made it stop by tapping into my natural hunting instinct and hitting it until the sound that irritated me stopped.
World's heaviest woman drops pounds by marathon sex
08/12/12, 22:30

Just laying there like a wounded walrus is not having sex.
Beautiful Young Chinese Girls Executed
08/12/12, 22:28

Thanks, I was in a really good mood today and needed a reason to hate the world again.
The Mona Lisa Curse - Full Documentary
08/12/12, 00:12

Velasquez could paint circles around almost any realist working today. Talent like that is transcendental and comes once in a century from outer space.
Pussy Riot: Opposition saints or spawn of Satan?
08/12/12, 00:09

RT is a complete joke run by eccentric, anti-intellectual oil moguls and Putinistas. They are nothing more than neo-Cheka apparatchiks. I feel bad for ever liking some of the features I've seen on their channel.
Little Baby's Ice Cream
08/03/12, 19:04

I think people will love this self-effacing underdog strategy.
100 sharks eating a dead whale close to shore
08/03/12, 18:37

I just watched this to continue laughing at what people consider to be a "hipster" on this website.
CFO of Vante, Adam Smith, visits Chick-fil-a
08/03/12, 18:19

Poorly played.

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