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23Jun/080

Fading memories

Occasionally, I have to remind myself about this period of post-9/11 insanity because it is easy to forget. Mandatory registration of Middle Eastern men, panic over "fear" boxes, random bag searches at subway stations, and TSA screeners sticking hands inside your underwear. Years later, an unarmed Brazilian is shot to death in a subway car by London police, which is followed by a great amount of misinformation in the press.

U.S. Will Seek To Fingerprint Visas' Holders. [NYT 2002/06/05]

The Justice Department will propose new regulations this week requiring tens of thousands of Muslim and Middle Eastern visa holders to register with the government and be fingerprinted, administration officials said today.

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8Jun/080

A taste of New York… in Sugar Land?

Construction is still ongoing, but over a year ago, a sign appeared near Cheesecake Factory announcing that Grimaldi's Pizzeria was coming to First Colony Mall. Having lived within walking distance of the Brooklyn location, I was intrigued but had doubts as to whether it was actually affiliated with the NY original. Not only is it the same, but there appear to be restaurants in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas as well. Gonna be a lot closer than Dolce Vita once it opens.

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5Jun/080

Better Banking Checking update

Not a major loss (current APY is a meager 0.02%) but worth noting:

BEGINNING 6/18/08 CHASE BETTER BANKING CHECKING ACCOUNTS WILL NO LONGER EARN INTEREST.

4Jun/080

Bonds in distress

My current fave, rated Caa1 (Moody's), matures in 2013 with a yield running just over 11%. Just noticed a Continental issue maturing in 2011, rated B3 (one notch higher), yielding close to 20%. Yikes. Can it survive for 3 1/2 years more? I've had success with CO in the past, but airlines look like a terrible risk now.

2Jun/083

Sharpies

claws uncut
cat kneads lap
pierces crotch
scream so loud
WTF?!
drew some blood

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