Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Poll Results: Who Is Smarter? (Musical Tribute)

Poll: Who Is Smarter?

The Crow wins 28 to 2 based on a non-scientific sampling of potentially biased anonymous Internet users! Woohoo!

Ravens and Crows

Technically, since ravens belong to the crow (corvus) family of birds, they can be called crows - but not all crows are ravens.


MaxedOutMama said...

After thinking it over, I think even the sparrow is smarter.

watchtower said...

I'm still thinking that this could be considered a 'contrarian' indicator with only 2 out of 30 voting for Dennis - the bull market is dead, long live the bull market!


Stagflationary Mark said...


Sparrows solve problems more quickly in larger groups

Having ruled out these options, Liker and Bokony favour the idea that large groups succeed because they're more likely to contain a diverse range of individuals, some of whom will be very good at problem-solving.

Perhaps if Dennis Kneale had been part of a group and not acting alone, the words "cowardly" and "dickweed" would not have been used to describe blogger critics.

Just a thought!

Dennis Kneale Freaks Out At "Dickweed" Blogger Critics In Epic Rant (VIDEO)

Stagflationary Mark said...


I admire your contrarian stance on all of this. I don't think we can completely discount your theory either.

Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: A Baffling Rally (Final)

Cramer said he's baffled by today's market action, especially given that all the news of the day was bad. He said that everything from employment to home building, financial regulation to the oil stocks was going against the markets today, but it rallied anyway.

Never thought I'd see the day.

Bashing Dennis Kneale in public! Cramer baffled by the markets! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

Stagflationary Mark said...

For those interested, my recent comment moderation for posts older than 3 days has caught another victim.

Sorry Toronto! Not interested in sharing the wonders of your payday loan industry!

I will share this though.

Borrowers get their payback

Thousands of payday loan company customers in eastern Canada will be eligible for refunds or credits from a pool worth about $5 million after a class-action lawsuit was certified Wednesday.

EconomicDisconnect said...

Your question post inspired tonights blog Mark, thanks for the help!

mab said...


Core is still slowing!


I won't mention that housing is still rolling over. It wouldn't be sporting! ;)

Stagflationary Mark said...


From your link...

"The database is currently unavailable."

I wonder if the database was laid off today.

People keep flooding into TIPS though. The real rate on the 10-Year TIPS is close to the record low. Bloomberg shows 1.17%. US Treasury shows 1.22%.

3/20/08: 0.90%
11/21/08: 3.15%

Funny what deflation can do in just 8 months.

In my opinion, now is not the time to pile into TIP. All those inflationary gains are at risk of deflating.

TIPS themselves are still somewhat safe, if bought directly from the government and held until maturity though. At least something that has yet to inflate can't really deflate (since you get all your starting principal back at maturity).

I suspect most aren't doing that though. Nothing beats the thrill and exhilaration of inflation adjusted bond funds during times of crisis!

TIP Chart

Spot the crisis, win a prize!

Stagflationary Mark said...

I don't want people to think I'm ignoring GYSC. I posted an HP Lovecraft quote on his blog instead.

Now I am the One Asking Questions

"We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” - H.P. Lovecraft

Why Lovecraft?

I thought it fitting, considering the rocky terrain.

Hahaha! Name the movie with that quote, and win either $1 million OR an opportunity to learn more about time shares.

Fine Print: The @#$@$ is @$#%ing time shares. Value $#.@#.

Sorry, the fine print got a bit garbled.

EconomicDisconnect said...

Yeah, don't ignore me! LOL

Stagflationary Mark said...


No desire to learn more about time shares? ;)

EconomicDisconnect said...

Well, where are they.....wait, NO!

Stagflationary Mark said...

The time shares are located in Ada, Michigan. That means they are within walking distance of Amway's World Headquarters. Woohoo!