Monday, May 31, 2010

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Vendredi 11 Juin 2010 pluie

Pluie par averses pour ce Vendredi 11 Juin 2010 ?

Matin :
L'anticyclone se positionnerait sur le proche Atlantique pour y rester un bon moment.
Les basses pressions domineraient la Scandinavie.
En France, aucun système ne prendrait le dessus sur l'autre.
Du coup, il faudrait s'attendre au passage de perturbations faiblement actives donnant une forte couverture nuageuse sur un grand quart Nord-Est.
Localement quelques précipitations seraient possibles alors que Mistral et Tramontane souffleraient sur le pourtour méditerranéen.

Les températures minimales oscilleraient entre 9°C à Grenoble et 17°C à Nice en passant par 11°C à Lille, 12°C à Paris et 14°C à La Rochelle.

Après midi :
Le soleil percerait plus facilement sur le littoral Atlantique alors qu'il resterait aux abonnés absents sur l'Alsace, Lorraine et Franche Comté.
Ailleurs, peu ou pas de changement : soleil et vent au programment normalement.

Les températures maximales seraient assez fraiches pour la saison : elles partiraient de 18°C à Lille pour aller à 19°C à Strasbourg et 20°C à Nantes.
Au Sud, entre 19°C à Saint Gervais et 24°C à Perpignan en passant par 23°C à Bordeaux et 22°C à Bastia.
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UCD Condemns Lobo Sosa

The right-wing, coup-supporting Unión Civica Democratica (UCD) has awakened from its deep sleep (tired, no doubt, from all that marching to support Micheletti) only to condemn Porfirio Lobo Sosa for interfering in the Public Prosecutor's office and with the Supreme Court's autonomy.

It seems they don't like Lobo Sosa's announcement that he is willing to go to the Dominican Republic and bring Manuel Zelaya Rosales back, and to guarantee he will not be arrested on the spot once he returns to Honduras. After all, Jimmy Dacaret, the UCD president, reminds us, there are 3, count them 3, separate arrest orders for Zelaya; one for political crimes, and two for corruption.

Lobo's announcement caused an emergency meeting of the UCD governance. Dacaret, a rotary member, member of the administrative council of ANDI, and a bread magnate, complained that Lobo Sosa was interfering in the institutional independence of the Supreme Court and the Public Prosecutor since he was going to guarantee Zelaya would not be arrested.
"It would appear as if there is a pact or arrangement between the people related to the case of Zelaya, to give him freedom without him presenting himself to the corresponding courts."

Dacaret continued
"The statements of the President leave a great preoccupation in the society because the primordial reason for the founding of the UCD is to protect the Constitution of the Republic, the respect for the laws in all senses."

The UCD is funded in part by the US State Department.

The UCD also requested that the Supreme Court hand over its decision on the four judges and one magistrate dismissed for anti-coup activity to the Inspector General of the government so that the international community can see the basis on which the court dismissed those individuals.
"With this we can determine if they proceeded on the basis of law, or if there was some kind of mistake that the Court could rectify, but not with pressure from the Executive branch or interference from foreigners because Honduras needs to proceed on the basis of respect for its laws."

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Economic Data Summary: Week Ending May 28th, 2010

We've finally gotten to a point where I think all data series have had some level of explanation or are at least straightforward enough that we can cut right through them. In any case, the data this week were somewhat of a mixed bag, though still show that the economic recovery remains intact. Without further ado:

April New and Existing Home Sales

As expected both new and existing home sales had very strong months in April. New home sales were up 14.8% at an annual rate and existing home sales were up 7.6%. However, this was largely due to the homebuyer tax credit. As we have discussed previously, that is likely to distort the data going forward for some time to come. How much the distortion will be has yet to be seen, but my guess is that it will be significant. The depressed home sales in the coming months will probably weigh on prices that have otherwise firmed recently, which takes us to our next data...

March S&P Case Shiller House Price Index

Sputtering. That is the appropriate word to use for what had been some decent house price increases in mid through late 2009. Seasonally adjusted, house prices did edge up somewhat in March in the markets followed by the 10-city index, but the broader 20-city index fell slightly from 146.0 to 145.93. Not a huge decline, but still it does indicate that house prices are likely to remain moribund for some time to come.

One thing to watch for is if home prices actually start falling dramatically again. If that happens, the banks could come under some degree of pressure. However, it is more likely that home prices more or less stagnate for some time to come ranging between a few percent higher than this and a few percent lower. I would not be all that surprised if house prices are not materially higher than today five years from now on an inflation adjusted basis.

The FHA house price index showed a quarterly drop of 1.3%, by comparison. It's basically the same story, but a different version. Housing is still not a bright spot in the economy.

April Durable Goods Orders 

The headline number was pretty solid with a 2.9% increase over an upwardly revised March. In the last year, durable goods orders are up 16.8%, which is quite robust even given the pounding orders took in the recession. The components were not as strong as ex-transportation orders were down 1.0%, but that's after a 4.8% increase in March and a 2.1% increase in February. If there wasn't any pull back after those two months, that would have been surprising. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, the primary indicator used to gauge what business investment is doing, were down 2.4% after 6.5% and 3.0% increases in March and February respectively.

So, while not the best number in April in some of the component areas, there is still every indication that the recovery in manufacturing remains intact.

Chicago PMI, Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index, Kansas City Manufacturing Index, New York ISM

Because we have beaten these to death in the past, I will give an abbreviated version and then a general sense after looking at all of them.

Chicago PMI: Very strong, but not as strong as April
Richmond Fed:  Very strong and only slightly weaker than April
Kansas City Fed: Barely growing, but businesses more optimistic about the future
New York ISM: Off the charts strong. How strong? On a scale that only goes to 100, where that indicates every business is seeing growth, it was 89.9.

With the exception of the Kansas City survey, these were all quite strong reports even if the Chicago and Richmond surveys were a little softer than April. The New York survey was so strong that I almost question the survey methods.

April Personal Income and Spending

Here, personal income was strong, but spending was weaker than expected. However, personal consumption grew very strongly in February and March so this may be just a breather as consumption is probably growing at closer to a 3% annual rate rather than a 5-6% annual rate as the previous two months would have suggested.

Personal income grew 0.4% and wage and salary growth is actually becoming a meaningful part of this. That is important because up until now virtually all growth had been coming from government transfer payments and reduced taxes which are not sustainable.

If the May employment report is strong, which it appears it will be, the outlook for consumer spending may not be strong, but it is stable and that is probably enough.

And the rest....

The revision to first quarter GDP shaved a little bit off the headline number at 3.0% compared to 3.2%. A little worrisome is that final consumption growth was revised down. Overall, it was still a strong quarter.

Jobless claims did fall as I had expected, but still remain in this ambiguous range where it is difficult to ascertain what the employment picture is from this series. Seasonal adjustments continue to be unreliable at this time of year so be cautious with anything you see out of this series. They still remain in the range of the last few months which would indicate strong headline employment growth.

Weekly retail sales were sluggish yet again and with a few warnings from some retailers my antennae are officially up in monitoring progress on retail sales. If we have a few more bad weeks strung together, then it is worth re-examining the outlook for consumer spending.

Finally, mortgage purchase applications fell slightly, but after the huge falls of the previous two weeks there was not much room left to go down. Once again, the homebuyer tax credit so distorted sales patterns that these data will be very troublesome to interpret for months to come.

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Jeudi 10 Juin 2010 instable

Fraicheur et instabilité pour ce Jeudi 10 Juin 2010 ?

Matin :
Les basses pressions n'auraient décidément pas l'intention de quitter le ciel français !
En effet, un système orageux règnerait toujours notamment sur la façade Ouest de la France : du coup, des remontées instables pourraient se manifester.
Cette configuration se traduirait par de nombreuses averses avec parfois de l'orage sur pratiquement l'ensemble des régions : seul un petit quart Nord-Est pourrait échapper à la pluie (et encore, ce ne serait pas sûr !).

Les températures minimales oscilleraient entre 10°C à Aurillac et 17°C à Nice en passant par 11°C à Lille, 12°C à Paris et 14°C à La Rochelle.

Après midi :
Comme la veille probablement, un renforcement des précipitations de par leur caractère convective !
Concrètement, les orages seraient plus nombreux et prendraient une ampleur importante : grosse activité électrique, précipitations diluviennes, malgré la fraicheur ambiante.

Les températures maximales seraient assez fraiches pour la saison : elles partiraient de 15°C à Cherbourg pour aller à 19°C à Lille, 20°C à Nantes et 21°C à Strasbourg.
Au Sud, entre 18°C à Bourg Saint Maurice et 24°C à Perpignan en passant par 23°C à Bordeaux et 22°C à Bastia.
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Symposium de Gand et actions simultanées - Avalanche de nouveaux éléments

LE film-documentaire de Patrick Pasin, une pièce maîtresse,

Le film a été retiré du site à la demande de l'auteur, d'autant qu'il ne s'agit que d'une version intermédiaire

Par respect pour lui et dans l'attente d'une autorisation de diffusion de sa part, merci de retirer vos éventuelles copies du net. 

  • Dites STOP à la géo-ingéniérie

Hands Off Mother Earth (H.O.M.E) est une campagne mondiale pour défendre notre précieuse demeure, la Terre, contre la menace des expérimentations de géoingéniérie. Rejoignez nous pour envoyer aux "géo-ingénieurs" et aux gouvernements du monde entier, un message disant clairement que notre planète n'est pas un laboratoire. 


  • Case Orange  

- 300 Page Document - Concrete Scientific Facts & Evidence addressing Chemtrail 

Document PDF de 300 pages en anglais sur les preuves scientifiques concrètes et l'évidence concernant les chemtrails, présenté au Symposium de Gand ce 29 mai par le Dr Coen Vermeeren (Voir vidéo - début: minute 35)  

Téléchargeable sur le site du Belfort Group (site en flamand, mais intro en anglais; il suffit de cliquer sur l'icône PDF en bas de l'intro pour le télécharger 

Bonnes volontés traductrices bienvenues

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DigiWheather Vremea pe calculator Meteo pe Desktop

Instalare DigiWheather: mai intai descarcati si instalati engine-ul Yahoo! Widgets - Free Download - apoi dublu click pt activare pe DigiWeather creat de


temperatura actuala a aerului pentru localitatea de interes si tendinta temperaturii, informatie afisata in partea dreapta sus insotita de o reprezentare grafica a starii generale a vremii, afisata in partea stanga sus;
localitatea pentru care sunt afisate informatiile si ora la care au fost actualizate informatiile sunt afisate in bara situata deasupra prognozei;
prognoza este afisata pentru urmatoarele trei zile si cuprinde minimele si maximele prognozate precum si un icon cu caracterizarea generala a vremii;
pentru ziua in curs sunt afisate si informatii referitoare la temperatura aerului si tendinta evolutiei acesteia, presiunea atmosferica, viteza si directia vantului;
in partea de jos se afla un camp cu informatii , unde pot fi afisate atat bannere publicitare cat si informatii referitoare la starea vremii sau la widget. De asemenea, aici se afiseaza si alarmele, semnalate grafic printr-un semn de exclamare afisat intr-un triunghi.


Dupa descarcarea si instalarea widget-ului, aveti posibilitatea sa il personalizati. Dati click dreapta pe fereastra si aveti optiunile:

Alege localitatea
tastati numele localitatii pentru care doriti sa fie afisate valorile indicilor meteorologici sau prima/primele litere pentru afisarea localitatilor care incep cu litera/literele respective, alegeti localitatea de interes si apoi selectati OK. Puteti schimba localitatea aleasa ulterior.

Localitatea de interes poate fi selectata si printr-un click pe numele localitatii afisate in partea dreapta sus.

Widget preferences cu optiunile: general si window

general: aveti optiunile:
alerta sonora la venimente critice: pentru a primi o avertizare de fiecare data cand are loc un eveniment care necesita atentia dumneavoastra imediata
utilizare culori personalizate: pentru a folosi propriile culoril de fundal. Aveti posibilitatea sa alegeti culoarea de fundal care sa apara in timpul zilei si culoarea de fundal pentru noapte. Selectia culorilor se face in casutele din partea de jos a ferestrei.

window: aveti optiunile:
Level of window: unde si cum sa fie pozitionata fereastra:
floating (pentru ca fereastra sa fie afisata deasupra altor ferestre deschise pe desktop si sa fie blocata in loc)
topmost (pentru ca fereastra sa fie afisata deasupra altor ferestre deschise pe desktop dar fara a fi blocata in loc)
normal (pentru ca fereastra sa poata fi pozitionata oriunde pe desktop)
below (pentru ca fereastra sa fie afisata sub celelalte ferestre deschise pe desktop)
show only in heads up display (pentru ca fereastra sa nu apara decat cand se alege optiunea heads up display din cardul Yahoo! Widget Engine
Opacity: va permite sa selectati gradul de transparenta al ferestrei.

Daca alegeti optiunea Lock in position fereastra va fi blocata in loc, pentru a o muta fiind necesara accesarea widget preferences din cadrul Yahoo! Widget Engine si deselectarea optiunii.

Refresh: alegeti optiunea refresh daca doriti sa fortati descarcarea ultimelor informatii actualizate pe server, inainte actualizarea in mod automat care are loc o data la 10 minute.
Dupa alegerea optiunilor de personalizare ale modului de afisare al ferestrei, selectati Save pentru a salva noile setari sau Cancel pentru a folosi in continuare setarile anterioare.
Pentru a inchide aplicatia selectati Close widget.Any source

Harta Turciei Harta politica Harta rutiera Turcia

Harta politica Harta rutiera Turcia

Turcia este impartita in 81 de provincii, cele mai mari provincii fiind: Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Konya si Adana. Capitala Turciei este orasul Ankara, dar capitala istorica İstanbul ramane centrul financiar, economic și cultural al tarii. Alte orașe importante sunt Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Trabzon, Malatya, Gaziantep, Erzurum, Kayseri, Konya, Mersin, Antalya si Samsun.Any source

Harta rutiera Turcia Harta rutiera Istanbul

Harta rutiera Turcia

Turcia, se intinde pe două continente, Asia și Europa, si se invecineaza cu Grecia și Bulgaria la nord-vest, Georgia, Armenia și Azerbaidjan la nord-est, Iran la est și Irak și Siria la sud.

Capitala Turciei este orasul Ankara, dar cel mai mare oras si centru financiar al Turciei este capitala istorica Istanbul.Any source

Constanta live webcam Vremea Meteo Harta rutiera Constanta

Municipiul Constanta este situat pe coasta Marii Negre, partea de nord a municipiului, Mamaia, se află pe malul unei lagune, având o plaja de 7 km lungime, plaja care se continuă cu alţi 6 km pe teritoriul oraşului Navodari. Cele mai renumite cartiere sunt Mamaia şi Tomis Nord, fara ca acestea să aiba autonomie administrativă. Constanta se afla la o distanta de 232 km fata de capitala Romaniei - Bucuresti, distante rutiere fata de alte orase din Romania: Alba Iulia - 612 km, Brasov - 380 km, Iasi - 434 km, Oradea - 792 km, Satu Mare - 814 km, Suceava - 520 km, Sibiu - 507 km.

Harta strazi RATC Constanta

Constanta live web cam Piata Ovidiu
Vremea pe 5 zile - Meteo Constanta

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La bussola di Google punta alla crescita

Sono in Google da alcuni mesi ed è un privilegio poter fare un primo intervento sul nostro blog con un bilancio davvero positivo.

Il nuovo anno è iniziato da quasi cinque mesi, lasciandosi alle spalle un 2009 caratterizzato da una forte contrazione dei consumi e degli investimenti, almeno nei paesi occidentali. Il dato a consuntivo della pubblicità digitale negli USA è stato altalenante, conseguenza di un calo iniziale seguito da un recupero negli ultimi mesi. Il ‘New Normal’ per molte aziende ha abbracciato nel tempo definizioni quali dapprima ‘down is the new flat’, poi ‘flat is the new up’ e infine ‘stabilization’, quali sintetici indicatori dell’andamento del business.

In questo contesto, però, strumenti mirati e fortemente misurabili come la search hanno mostrato una controtendenza. A supporto di questo quadro positivo e incoraggiante, la società di ricerca IDC ha appena comunicato le stime previsionali per i prossimi anni indicando nella search il driver principale della crescita nella pubblicità digitale, stimata in 18 punti percentuali per un totale di $72 miliardi in tutto il mondo. In particolare, Google ha registrato una crescita a livello mondiale nel primo trimestre del 2010 superiore al 23% (anno su anno), evento accompagnato da un’impennata nelle assunzioni (768 nuovi Googlers per un totale di 20.621 in tutto il mondo). E anche in Italia i risultati sono perfettamente in linea con la crescita registrata a livello internazionale; motivo di orgoglio, certo, ma anche indicatore di una sempre maggiore penetrazione di Internet nelle vite degli italiani.

E’ con soddisfazione che stiamo registrando un trend simile a quello internazionale anche sul piano occupazionale e abbiamo infatti una ventina di posizioni aperte da inizio anno e altre che si aggiungeranno nel secondo semestre. Trovate la descrizione delle figure che stiamo cercando nella sezione Jobs del nostro sito. Se il numero può essere contenuto inteso come valore assoluto, non va scordato come alla crescita di Google segua uno sviluppo di parte dell’ecosistema Internet, nella forma di professionisti e aziende certificate (oltre 200 fino a oggi), uno sviluppo nella competenza nel marketing digitale a tutto tondo e un’effettiva creazione di valore economico per migliaia di aziende italiane.

Per il prossimo futuro uno degli obiettivi consiste nel cooperare ancora più attivamente con le organizzazioni di categoria italiane e le istituzioni per contribuire all’accelerazione dell’adozione del digitale come elemento permeante della società italiana.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Is Your Stomach Making You Stinky?

If you battle body odor, the answer may be in your gut. A study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that the same bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers can also cause certain types of body odor.

Helicobacter pylori is found in the stomachs of about 50% of the population in the Western world. Out of these 50%, 80% show no symptoms.  This bacteria seeks out a neutral place to thrive away from stomach acid and it adheres to the stomach's internal wall. When an overgrowth of this bacteria occurs, it causes gastritis and ulcers. It can also infect the intestinal tract, leading to IBS.

So, now, what does this have to do with body odor?

When H pylori thrives in the stomach, it produces high amounts of an enzyme called urease, which breaks down urea (which exists naturally in the stomach). Urea then breaks down in to carbon dioxide and ammonia, which then is released in to the bloodstream, and then released through sweat. Most people have ammonia in their sweat, however people infected with H pylori will have higher amounts of it.

So, if you're one of those people that has a hard time with pungent odors, or experience odor shortly after cleansing, it may be ammonia in your sweat caused by H pylori in your stomach.

If you suspect that you have H pylori and have symptoms of ulcers or other gastric symptoms, visit your doctor for a complete diagnosis and treatment options.  Probiotics have been found to help ease the symptoms and control the growth of H pylori, so you may look at this as an option with your doctor.

(High levels of ammonia in sweat can also be caused by the body's inability to fully break down protein, a condition called proteinuria. Low-carb, high protein diets can also be the cause, as consuming more protein than the body can metabolize can also lead to elevated serum levels of ammonia, and thus in sweat. If you suspect that you have proteinurea, it is a serious condition; please seek medical attention.)


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Bury Your Money Like Kimchi!

We've touched on South Korea here already recently, but I wanted to come back after some reading I happened upon. Here on the downside of that bull market peak in the beginning of this year, it appears that market recovery may not be as quick as once predicted. This is not unusual, as the recoveries from 1929 and 1980 sputtered and fell several times before more stable growth trends took hold. The Star Tribune from this morning, from a Wall Street Journal article that I have since been unable to locate, theorized that the real value of the market may be as low as 50% of where we are hovering now. We could continue to see short bull markets, but I'm thinking that an overall downward trend may continue for sometime now.

That being said, the New York Times postulates that the uncertainty in the Korean peninsula is not particularly so. Kim Jong Il is an unwell man, but the Korean memory is a long one, and avoiding military conflict is likely to be the ultimate goal here. Kim is the crack baby misbehaving for attention.

So, between the Event Risk and uncertainty of the professionals in the face of it, and the (potentially totally wrong) prediction that the market will continue to roll downward, and the overall terrific environment South Korea has been and will continue to be as its vast rural population enters the modern world, I think we should be on the lookout of Korean opportunity.

Is this a fair follow-up to BQ's first post on Korea?
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BookExpo, Digital Book 2010, and eBook Messes

When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be either a doctor or a garbage man. When I got my Ph. D., I thought that I had checked off the first option; that was stretching a 5-year-old's conception of a doctor pretty far. Looking back on my career so far, however, I see that using machines to get rid of dirt is a much more consistent theme. In graduate school, I used high vacuum systems to remove impurities from semiconductors; at Openly Informatics, we built software systems to clean up electronic resource metadata.

This week at IDPF's DigitalBook2010 Conference and BookExpo America, I was reminded over and over again how messy the so-called "supply chain" for books had become, and how the transition to ebooks from print is just making everything that much messier. I had known about the ebook ISBN mess, the book metadata mess, the territorial rights mess and of course the orphan works mess, but the presentations at IDPF on the "agency model" staggered me with the realization that big publishers were dumping a huge load of local sales-tax excrement on their channel partners. The last straw for me was a BISG presentation on rights standards. The speaker was trying to convince the audience that huge piles of money were to be made if only content rights could be efficiently chopped into smaller, more insidious pieces.

I hit the floor of the expo hoping to find solace in some shiny clean gizmos. I found all sorts of reader devices that I hadn't seen before, along with the alluring iPads and the competant Sony readers that I'd seen before. I didn't see a single Kindle on the entire show floor.

Well maybe I wasn't looking too hard. But it was hard not to get the impression that IDPF and BookExpo was a gathering of the anti-Amazon forces of Openness.

It's easy to swallow the story line that Amazon is building a closed, sterile system with its Kindle and that B&N, Sony, and all the others are unleashing a torrent of innovation with their open ePUB standards and promises of interoperability. This story line usually makes an analogy with the early days of the PC, in which Apple's proprietary Mac system was swamped a wave of innovation fostered by the PC's open design and Microsoft software that worked with all the hardware. The irony of Apple using ePUB for their iBookstore on the iPad is dutifully noted and left unexamined.

Somehow, BEA failed to sell me on the open vs. closed story line for ebooks. I don't see how open standards are going to clean up the scrapheaps on which the current book industry is built and in which the ebook industry is stuck.

I've mentioned that I've been reading about the early days of Intel. The Windows-Intel platform was never an open one; it was designed to sell Intel chips and Microsoft software. Apple's strategy, in contrast, was designed to sell computers, and avoid all the mess of keeping the hardware compatible.

After a day to reflect on Book Expo (and some time to sleep off a very nice party!) I came to a different story line that I find more useful in giving insight into the future course of the ebook industry. I think the key to understanding the different entrants in the ebook race is to understand which messes they're trying to tidy.

Amazon, with its Kindle, has focused on maintaining a clean shopping experience and a clean reading environment. By eliminating the computer tether with wireless Whispernet, they avoid a hardware compatibility mess. By choosing a proprietary file format, they avoid a document compatibility mess. By launching only in the US and extending to other territories slowly, they avoid all the territorial mess. Since their online bookstore had already addressed all the messy details of e-commerce for a huge catalog, the execution of Kindle was in large part an exercise in avoiding having to deal with any new messes.

Overdrive had a surprisingly large presence at BEA- they had two separate booths. Working with hardware makers such as Sony, Overdrive has attacked the problems of messy distribution channels- libraries and bricks and mortar retailers, in particular. The work of Overdrive has allowed publishers to pretty much forget that libraries use ebooks- the only place that libraries were mentioned on the show flow in connection with ebooks was in the Sony booth- they work directly with Overdrive to surface the library channel to consumers through their Library Finder feature.
The company that made the biggest impression on me this week was Kobo, the ebook seller that spun out of Canada's Indigo Books. More than any of the current ebook players, Kobo is emphasizing an any-screen strategy. Unlike Amazon, Kobo is not afraid to takle the mess of making a consumer's ebook work on all the devices they own. Kobo's $150 ebook reader device, which launches in the US on June 17, looks and feels like the device that Apple would have designed if Steve Jobs  bothered to reads books anymore. Perhaps most significantly, Kobo is tackling the ebook territorial rights mess. At IDPF, Michael Tamblyn, Kobo's Executive Vice President for Content, Sales and Merchandising, described Kobo's global reach. On one day last month, Kobo sold books to customers in 174 countries. Kobo does business in 6 different currencies and has agreements to sell books from 1600 publishers.

Apple's Disneyfied approach, as expressed in the iPad, is to sweep all sorts of application messes into app sandboxes. Apple has done very little, though, to clean up ebook messes, and their complicity in letting the big 6 agencies dump on the supply chain suggests that they want to be like Target and Walmart and just skim the blockbuster cream off the incumbent publishing ecosystem. I agree with Mike Cane that Apple will open the digital book floodgates by targeting the ebook creation tools mess.

There are still a lot of ebook messes looking for entrepreneurial sorts to show up with a broom, or perhaps a tsunami to just wash away the whole rickety shantytown. It should be an interesting couple of years.

I hope this piece has cleaned up the picture for you a bit!
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Gestione delle posizioni aperte - utilizzo del RWI bp

Verso la chiusura del RWI di LP, il RWI di BP è ottimo per poter chiudere la quando il RWILP tende achiudersi e qundo non è un falso segnale?

RSI, MACD e 4% ind. tendono ad abbassarsi verso i valori per il momento di più non c'è

Verso la chiusura del Random Walk di lungo periodo, il RWI di BP è utileAny source

Cicli del Vortex Indicator - osservazioni

Generalmente se un ciclo Vortex a 11 periodi si chiude, segna la fine della tendenza. Nei grafici passati si sono visti un paio di incroci e poi si apre il nuovo ciclo di segno contrario (azzeramento del gradiente della funzione di profitto e poi comunque ritorni positivi sull'investimento).

Tuttavia in certi periodi, si assiste a più chiusure del Vortex con riapertura di trend dello stesso segno. Per questo conviene sempre effettuare il test di ingresso (vedi uso degli strumenti).

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Are we more self absorbed or is it a case of rose tinted spectacles?

Travel writer Bill Bryson speaking at the Hay Festival yesterday said that we Brits are more self absorbed now than in the 1970’s when he first came to the UK and we’re in more of a hurry and less willing to think that rules apply to us.

According to BBC Wales He told the audience that he felt the Britain he first discovered as a young backpacker in the 1970s was in some ways richer than today, although "poor and economically struggling".

"People's lives were actually still quite simple compared with today but it seemed like a really enriched country," he said.

By comparison, now "people in general have a lot more money in their pockets.

"But we act all the time now like we are really poor when people are really rich.

"America is about individual wealth and collective poverty and we have moved into that camp."

He added: "One thing that is different, and has changed here, is the self-absorption, not just greed. Everybody is in a hurry now and there is a 'the rules don't apply to me' sort of thing."

Bryson has spent most of his life in Yorkshire and Norfolk since the mid 1970s, apart from returning to the US for a few years from the mid 1990s.

"When I first came to Britain it really was all about fair play and queuing."

Bill certainly raises some interesting points especially as we enter a period of slow economic growth, falling wealth and more reliance on our local communities and family networks even if you don’t agree with all he says.Any source

Mercredi 9 Juin 2010 pluvieux

Pas mal de pluie en ce Mercredi 9 Juin 2010 ?

Matin :
Encore et toujours une dépression sur la France !
Un temps déprimant (le moins qu'on puisse dire !) serait à prévoir pour cette journée !
Beaucoup d'averses dès le début de la journée avec localement des orages.
Alors que se profilent les épreuves du bac et le premier match de la Coupe du Monde de football, il y aurait de quoi rester chez soi.

Les températures minimales oscilleraient entre 11°C à Grenoble et 19°C à Nice en passant par 13°C à Lille, 15°C à Paris et 16°C à La Rochelle.

Après midi :
On ne change pas un temps qui gagne.
En l'occurrence, les grains seraient nettement plus nombreux du fait de l'ensoleillement.
Du coup, le risque orageux s'étalerait sur toutes les régions de France et pays voisins !

Les températures maximales seraient plus ou moins conformes aux normes de saison : elles partiraient de 18°C à Cherbourg pour aller à 20°C à Boulogne sur mer, 21°C à Nantes et 22°C à Strasbourg.
Au Sud, entre 20°C à Bourg Saint Maurice et 25°C à Perpignan en passant par 23°C à Bordeaux et 24°C à Ajaccio.
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ADR (Average Daily Range) "devstop" - Formula pro real time

==> see S&C june 2010

inutile come l'indicatore di K. Case's Devstop

for i = 1 to 7 do

//un po' pesante come media

if RSI[13]>=50 then
// a seconda della posizione long o short le posizioni si invertono
return stop1, stop2

non molte utile ai fini pratici in ottica daily. Tende ad avere comportamenti ed andamenti similari al DevStop di Cinthya Kase. La sua costruzione è tutta per frame intraday

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Zone Euro, nouvelle pyramide de PONZI? Par Didier REMER

"La zone euro en pleine recherche de sens!"

Il était bien lourd le climat dans les couloirs de la Commission européenne de Bruxelles, ce fameux dimanche quand certains chefs d’états et autres conseillers s’étaient passés le mot: PONZI… Plus précisément « Pyramide de PONZI», risque qui allait résister au plan de sauvetage de la zone Euro qui devait « pourtant » marquer la fin d’une incertitude grandissante sur le devenir d’un Pacte de stabilité toujours plus… instable! CONTAGION était bien cet autre mot qui avait poussé les dirigeants de la zone Euro à prendre le dossier très au sérieux, les agences de notations brandissaient toujours plus un « ajustement technique rendu indispensable» des notes des fameux états de l’Union Européenne enfermés dans la dure réalité de la dette publique abyssale… Un responsable d’une agence précisera même: « Il faut beaucoup d’imagination et de positivisme pour croire au doux rêve du F.M.I sur la capacité de la Grèce pour relever un défi aussi grand, le risque est poussé à l’extrême car les Etats membres de l’Union Européenne doivent acheter les dettes à risques de leurs voisins, solidarité de circonstance oblige! Le plan de sauvetage est en trompe-l’œil, il devra trouver sa place entre une possible relance du fait de l’affaiblissement même de l’Euro, situation qui devrait profiter aux groupes européens qui exportent, la parité avec la monnaie américaine peut se révéler comme un atout. Mais le problème est de savoir ce que la BCE va pouvoir ajouter au panier en plus pour assurer la croissance en zone Euro, et sur ce point il y a un blanc total! » (…) « On pourrait se rassurer après cet élan tardif d’une prise de conscience du réalisme économique, pourtant l’hésitation de nos amis Allemands prend tout son sens quand il nous faut regarder ce mauvais « diable », celui qui se cache dans les détails de l’accord européen. Angela Merkel, une défaite électorale plus tard (NDLR: perte de la majorité de la région la plus peuplée d‘Allemagne, la région « matricielle » de la Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie ,NRW), chancelière qui mesure encore plus l’inquiétude persistante. » Car le bon peuple voit ce qu‘il nous faut présenter comme « la nouvelle combine européenne » pour faire voler en éclat les accords signés en leur temps, ceux qui portèrent l’Allemagne, première puissance économique de l’Europe Continentale pour intégrer l’union monétaire européenne, le principal détail était bien celui qui intégrait dans le traité « un refus total d’une contribution de l’Allemagne à mettre la « main au panier » dans le cas précis ou un autre membre de l’Union ne jouait pas ou plus carte sur table», disons-le clairement, se mettrait dans une situation de banqueroute « aujourd’hui acquise… à la Grecque!». Peuple allemand légaliste et constitutionaliste qui s’affirme par un recours pendant devant la Cour Constitutionnelle de Karlsruhe… (Porté par Roland Koch, ministre président de la région de la Hesse). Histoire de marquer encore plus « l’ingéniosité relative de la vieille Europe » pour contourner le paraphe allemand du traité et ses constituants ainsi remisés par l’entrée en scène du FMI, jadis encore notifié comme « la pire humiliation possible par le gouverneur de la Banque Centrale Européenne, Jean-Claude TRICHET, qui se refusait fermement à telle éventualité, une nouvelle crise plus tard, la communication de la BCE est revenue sur ses fondamentaux, on parle volontiers d’un « signal fort pour rassurer le reste du monde », prioritairement les Etats-Unis qui marquent toujours plus d’exigences et d’impatiences sur la zone Euro, en pleine tourmente… Las des hésitations et autres réticences germaniques , le président français Nicolas Sarkozy, aurait posé la question: « Mais ils veulent vraiment quoi au juste? Voir la France sortir de l’Euro? » . Le téléphone aura même était utilisé entre Obama et Merkel, la contagion était bien la plus grande inquiétude! Mais alors que vient faire notre pyramide de PONZI dans le réalisme économique européen si ce n’est renforcer l’idée d’une fragilité sans précèdent de la zone Euro? En fait c’est bien l’effet « DOMINO » que redoutent les agences de notations qui pourtant ne font que le constat amère de la réelle incapacité des gouvernements européens pour réduire les déficits publics généralisés, ceux qui sont à l’origine des dérives sur les marchés. Le doute est d’autant plus grand que les mesures d’austérité des différents plans de rigueur annoncés et à venir sont autant de signaux pour anéantir toutes bonnes chances de retour à la croissance, celle qui permet l’ajustement de la consommation, la création d’emplois, les bons fondamentaux du libéralisme économique que doit conjuguer le capitalisme « équitable ». 750 Milliards dans un « pot commun » que nombreux jugent déjà comme un futur véritable… panier percé! On le sait tous ici, c'est bien l’arrivée à terme cette semaine de certains emprunts d’Etat grecques qui viennent de mobiliser la « première tranche de 20 Milliards d’Euros » de l’aide européenne pour Athènes. Première salve d’une série qui doit permettre au plan de s’inscrire comme une opération salvatrice. Le FMI dans un rapport interne qui se devait « secret » hypothèque une reprise vers 2015 de la croissance grecque... Perspective qui n’intègre pas les dégradations futures des autres Etats de la zone Euro comme l’Espagne, le Portugal, l’Italie dans une moindre mesure, son PIB n‘est en rien affecté en comparaison avec l‘Espagne qui ne l‘oublions pas, coule sa barque avec son béton! En effet l‘Espagne était bien ce plus gros consommateur de béton de l‘Union Européenne durant ces deux dernières années… La crise de l’immobilier et de l’endettement catastrophique des ménages reste bien moins porteuse de potentiels signes positifs, aujourd’hui indispensables. La Grèce en s’attaquant à l’économie souterraine et en passant au rang de bon élève des dépenses publiques peut escompter sortir la tête de l’eau courant 2015 pour les plus optimistes comme le FMI! On se berce d’illusions pour mieux faire avaler le plan de sauvetage pour se dire que devant l’ampleur de la faillite de la Grèce, l’Union Européenne doit passer cette épreuve tout comme pour de vertueux observateurs à l’image de Stiglitz, prix Nobel d’économie qui précise: « -Si l’Europe ne règle pas ses problèmes institutionnels fondamentaux , l’avenir de l’euro sera peut-être très bref »… Rejoint dans son analyse par un autre « nouvel eurosceptique de circonstance » comme le vénérable Paul Krugman, cet autre fameux prix Nobel d’Economie qui est à l’origine des analyses les plus pointues sur les questions monétaires. Car une réflexion s’impose aujourd’hui, être européen, c’est être responsable, disent les allemands alors que les français rétorquent, c’est être… solidaire! Nicolas Sarkozy va « diriger » le prochain G20 qui aura bien lieu en France, au menu la « nouvelle gouvernance économique et sa refonte » que certains acteurs comme le président de l’OCDE, Angel GURRIA souhaitent comme une occasion de mettre sur la table « solidarité et devoir », histoire de nous dire que les erreurs du passé comme refuser de parler des craintes, nier nos réalités sont autant de pratiques qui doivent cesser dans l’idéal de la vieille Europe avec ses 60 années que la maturité devrait toujours plus imposer comme une force face au risque d’une pyramide de PONZI qui s’installe toujours plus dans de nombreux esprits, eux, n’en doutons plus, matures, mais toujours plus inquiets! Mais rassurons-nous, Jean-Claude Juncker vient de nous l’annoncer, « l’Euro est crédible! » Le président de l’Eurogroupe sait que les marchés sont très réactifs à son analyse toujours plus pointue… que celle du président du Conseil de l’Europe?

Photographie: Finance Offshore Télévision 2010
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Fractdal Dimension - Pro Real Time formula - by John Ehlers


//for references, see S&C, giugno 2010
// primo intervallo
//secondo intervallo
for i = t to v do
//terzo intervallo
return D

Osservazione: c'è poca differenza con indicatori di ADX bassi...Any source

CFD e trading intraday: rispolverare force index

e confrontare coi random walk (di breve e di lungo periodo)Any source


L'RSI (<>50 e nelle bande estreme) funziona bene nei tranding markets

E' anche vero che se anche oscilla intorno a 50 prima o poi, nel giro di qualche gg, una direzione la prende

==> vedi S&C aprile 2010Any source

TD Sequential setup

Ottiene dei risultati molto simili ai Vortex ed ai Random Walk di Breve Periodo (per chiusura posizioni)

fomule al link:

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Force index di alexander Elder

Una bella idea, ma poco utile per trading di medio periodo:

Anche col periodo a 13 gg, è comunque troppo isterico


Formula già presente nell'interfaccia di default di pro real time, comunque è

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OBERLAND DIA 4 (20 mayo)

Jorge abriendo huella a la brecha del Grünegghorn para cambiar de vertiente. Los últimos metros se empinaban y tuve que meter todo el regatón del piolet para poder traccionar de mi cuerpo hacia arriba. Me encantó este tramo... Quiero más!!

Oberland, día 4

20 mayo 2010

Edesio Vidal, Donato Molina y Jorge Gª-Dihinx

Nuestro 4º día en el Oberland. Salimos del ref del Finsteraarhorn y comprobamos que sigue el flujo de norte trayendo nubes de la zona del Monch. La idea es subir al Grunegghorn y luego volver a Konkordia. Pero una vez bajando del grunegghorn decidimos ir hasta hollandia para acortar media jornada del último día y así poder llegar a comprar a Chamonix. Conm esto, tras bajar a konkordia platz aún nos quedarían 3 horas de actividad para sumar un total de 11 horas de día maratoniano. La última hora fue mental como en una maratón, apurando las últimas fuerzas y avanzando como autómatas (Edesio tenía su música en el mp3 y lo llevó muy bien). Lo conseguimos, llengando a las 6 de la tarde a Hollandi y tomando a las 7 la mayor cena que jamás he comido. Comí y bebí sin parar y no fui al baño desde la cima del grunegghorn hasta las 2 AM. Necesitaba todo ese combustilbe. Una jornada épica. Me encantó

En el collado del Grunegghorn lucke, nos asomamos de nuevo a la vertiente de Konkordia

Donato, con la pared norte del imponente Chamm

Acercándonos a la brecha o paso clave del día. Había cornisa, pero se podía evitar trazando una digonal hacia la izquierda

Últimos metros a la brecha para Edesio

Últimos metros para Donato

Detrás de Donato, la afilada arista con cornisas que lleva al Grünegghorn. Por prudencia no nos aventuramos a llegar allí.

Vista de la arista en la que nos encontrábamosw, mirando hacia atrás. Patio a ambos lados...

Bajamos entre nubes y claros hacia Konkordia, con prudencia para no caer en las grietas

Edesio esquiando cerca de la cascada de seracs

En vez de subir las 200 escaleras de nuevo al ref de Konkordia, decidimos alargar la ruta 3 horas más, subiendo directamente al ref de Hollandia y así acortar media jornada para mañana. Fue una paliza, aunque bellísima

Recorriendo el Grosser Aletsch Firm, con las murallas del Grosser Aletschhorn a nuestra izda

Un serac que se desprende provoca un inmenso alud. Desde nuestra posición no sabemos si echar a correr o sólo observar la inmensa nube de nieve polvo. Menudo estruendo causó. Qué emocionante.
Para ver el vídeo del alud, que grabó a mitad Donato, pinchar aquí

Tras reponer fuerzas en el ref de Hollandia. Menuda jornada de 11 horas nos habíamos metido!

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OBERLAND DIA 3 (19 mayo)

Edesio y Donato rumbo al Wysnollen, en nuestro 3º día de alta ruta por el Oberland Bernés suizo

Oberland, día 3

19 mayo 2010

Donato Molina, Edesio Vidal y Jorge Gª-Dihinx

Salimos del refuigio de Konkordia siguiendo la huella de Michel y Anne, que tras subir al collado del Grunegghorn-Lucke, bajarán para subir al Wysnollen. Nosotros queremos bajar y dejar el peso en el refugio del Finsteraarhorn, para subir al más lejano y algo Gross Wanerhorn. El día amanece de nuevo con flujo de norte y frío. Bajando del collado vemos lo lejos que queda el refugio y, teniendo huella hecha, decidimos por unanimidad, seguir la traza de Michel y Anne y subir al Wysnollen, más cercano. Bajada de nieve polvo desde el collado, de las mejores de la semana, suelta y rápida. Subimos con la huella agresiva de Anne, que se hace mejor con la "super alza". Tras cima fría y con viento bajamos y nos dirigimos al Finsteraarhorn Hutte, un moderno y precioso refugio en el que estaremos de nuevo solos. Esa tarde llegaron dos ingleses (de esos que se pegan esquiando en Chamonix de diciembre a abril y luego se vuelven a UK).Qué terraza y qué vistas tiene este refugio. Estamos encantados.

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