- me, 2005-ish
I live for that moment where you feel you've finally 'gotten' something.
You figured it out... you might not have totally solved the problem yet, but you're on the way there and you can taste it. Finishing up is important, but is nearly a foregone conclusion once you've actually _clicked_
And you do that again, and again, and again, and again.
If Obama is really the incorruptible visionary leader he's supposed to be he will be assassinated.
An assassination attempt would legitimize Obama.
Disgusting? Yeah, pretty much.
Knowing very little about Christian theology (or most theology for that matter) I would never, ever, understand this reference without some serious help. Apparently, I'm not part of the target audience.
Check out the video for yourself. The end segment with the Obama seal is weird and unsettling. Cracks me up.
I think it's likely any US president is a rough approximation of the Antichrist (oh my god think about Hillary as president). I wonder what percentage of politicians rate as psychopaths.
So according to my box of Frosted Mini-Wheats it
has been clinically shown to improve kids' attentiveness by nearly 20%!
wowzers! that's probably better than 40mg of methylphenidate for those little munchkins!
The footnote is where it all comes together though.
I have to say I'm floored. They even tell you it's all a bunch of garbage, if you're willing to read between the lines EVER SO SLIGHTLY AS IN NOT AT ALL.
Wow, being hungry and starving makes it hard to concentrate. I'm glad I have my mini-wheats!
The little Asian kid with his hand raised is too much for me. Can you handle it?
April 1, 2008
1. Short 200 OWW at $7.02
April 2, 2008
3. Short 300 COT at $3.4801
April 4, 2008
5. Buy 100 GU at $15.15
April 8, 2008
6. Sell 100 GU at $14.21 loss: -94.01
This one was particularly frustrating due to the fact I could have easily sold at several points for a profit, and possibly even over $80 profit. You can see some of my thoughts in this post: Anatomy of Failure, a bad GU trade.
April 9, 2008
7. Short 100 CRY at $10.1701
April 10, 2008
I should have made this trade in my SogoTrade account... I ended up paying $9 commissions...
now back to SogoTrade...
April 11, 2008
13. Short 300 NTZ at $4.00
April 15, 2008
14. Buy 500 MNKD at $2.00
April 18, 2008
16. Short 200 NXTM at $6.46
This NTZ trade was silly on my part; this stock was going absolutely nowhere and just trading within a range. I should have taken an early profit and gotten out.
19. Short 500 EDEN at $2.59
April 22, 2008
21. Buy 500 MNKD at $2.08
Hmmm... just about out of free SogoTrade trades by now ain't I?
In order to avoid the SEC pattern day trader rule in case I want to liquidate my position intra-day, I do the next trade with Zecco, paying $9 roundtrip commissions...
April 23, 2008
23. Buy 500 CPSL at $3.66
This trade was annoying, because I should have done 1 of 2 things: either sold into an early spike for gains closer to $50, or waited it out for a later spike, which did come despite the fact I got scared out of the trade.
April 24, 2008
25. Buy 500 CPSL at $3.6999
Back in CPSL again, and too close to the middle of its current range.
April 25, 2008
26. Sell 500 CPSL at $3.65 loss: -$34
April 28, 2008
27. Short 300 NXTM at $6.36
This NXTM cover is where my free trades in my SogoTrade account ran out. It was good while it lasted, and I'd be down an extra $75 without those free trades!
April 30, 2008
29. Buy 500 MNKD at $2.25
My net change for the month of April was +309.64, which despite having some good luck, was largely because of a better definition and application of my strategy. However, please note that without the copious free trades from SogoTrade and Zecco, I would probably be sitting at a loss simply due to transaction costs. I have made well over 60 individual trades since opening my brokerage accounts; even if all of those were $3 SogoTrade commissions, I'd be sitting at +$0 and likely be posting a negative return.
It's kind of funny that most of my good trades have ended up in my SogoTrade account. Of course, since my SogoTrade account was opened much later, and I didn't start getting a strategy together until early last month, it's not surprising. Also, SogoTrade has much better short inventory than Zecco, so sometimes I am unable to make profitable short trades in my Zecco account purely because I can't borrow the shares I need from Penson.
Doesn't just seeing Anthony Hopkins make you feel warm and fuzzy?
After George Ingram himself appeared to comment on my article about him I started following up privately with some of the people that left comments.
One individual wanted to get into contact with another commenter, and so I helped him do so, and he also supplied me with some more information about Ingram.
Apparently, the guy that left a comment about having lunch with George in Chicago sparked the interest of the gentleman I was in contact with. According to him, George is violating the terms of his probation and he should still be under house arrest in San Antonio, TX.
He also led me to this write-up on George Ingram III in an oil industry newspaper. It's very revealing to say the least, but you'll have to pay five bucks if you want to read it. It discusses his attempt to take control of Petroecuador, Ecuador's state-run oil company, through some sort of ridiculous scheme where he would put 'no money down.' He also made very ambitious claims regarding potential future increases in oil production. Of course, if the deal went through, Ingram's Denver-based company Global Intelligence Corporation would receive a $155-mil contract to provide "data systems [based on] secretive decision software software supposedly in use by the US Department of Defense."
Central to all of his schemes are his ready promises of vast amounts of cash. However, this is cash that he doesn't have access to at the moment - because according to him it is tied up in illiquid foreign investments.
Edward C. Bahl
One commenter named 'Denis Robinson' with an e-mail address tied to globalintelcorp.com is most likely Ingram himself. Global Intelligence Corporation (GIC) is the fraud shell company that Ingram set up in order to facilitate the 'investments' he attempts to con out of people. The most amusing part as far as I am concerned is that the company purports to be an expert in 'Business Intelligence' - something I know more about than I would like.
This 'Denis Robinson' attempts to slag the name of a one Edward C. Bahl, who apparently was just another one of George's victims, along with such information-age stalwarts as Verizon and IBM.
Ingram is often lucky in that his victims would rather not admit to their being conned out of lock, stock, and barrel and thus sometimes do not file formal complaints.
Oh yea, what about good old American PureTex Water Corporation that had such big plans to open the 'World's Largest Bottled Water Plant' in Texas?
White Collar Psychopath? (a clinical definition)
some consider the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be a dyed-in-the-wool psychopath
I found an excellent article by Jerry Russell and Richard Stanley titled Psychopaths, Secret Societies, and the New World Order that discusses some salient features of our neighborhood sociopaths.
Does this remind you of anyone? If it's someone in your personal life, run!
Essentially, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a psychopath.
Here is a link to a Google search on the word 'psychopath', and I also leave you this tidbit on the prevalance of anti-social personality disorder in the general population.
My article on George Ingram III has been one of my favorite bits of this website to date. It was just a random and idle afternoon that led me to post the story, but little did I know about the effect that this slimy individual has had on people.
Commenter after commenter has come out of the woodwork to tell us about the lies and shady deals that George Ingram has perpetrated. Interestingly, it would appear that George Ingram himself has now commented on my story about him.
It appears George left a huge pile of pure hogwash under the name of 'mhjacks2' - an obvious attempt at appearing to be the author of the website. Note the title of the comment 'I was wrong about George'. Who is this guy trying to fool?
so why do I think it's George himself?
When I looked to see the e-mail attached to this comment that attempts to do damage control, it was email@example.com!!
Here is a link to the WHOIS query for georgeingram.net - it's not very informative. Private registration under 1&1 Internet, Inc. located in Chesterbrook, PA.
The lengths this guy will go to are amazing. Nice try Georgie-boy. Spamming my comments will get you nowhere, except perhaps an IP ban if you get really annoying.
Update 4/15/2008: Zecco has people griping in their own forums now - and they said it better than I ever could have: (reprinted for perpetuity)
and also from the same forum thread:
Zecco is completely unresponsive and I have not been able to log in for over an hour since the markets opened today!
I thought SogoTrade was fine - until it decided to do this to me while I was watching my NTZ position:
At least I didn't have an open position in Zecco... unfortunately I do have a somewhat precarious position of 300 short shares of NTZ that I'm holding in my SogoTrade account, which is sitting at a minor loss, but if it moves against me even more... I'd like to at least have a stop order in place. If I would have known SogoTrade was so worthless I would have put my stupid protective stop in, jeebus!
I guess with Zecco and SogoTrade you get what you pay for. Maybe one of these days I might be able to get an actually worthwhile broker that I can rely on. These have not been my first connectivity issues with either broker, and Zecco has proven itself to be particularly unreliable.
Is this their way of sticking you for the cost of 'broker-assisted' trades that you can make by calling them up?
At least some brokerages have the integrity to not make you pay more for a phoned-in trade; maybe because they realize that a lot of those phone-ins will be because their web-platform is COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WORTHLESS?
I was finally able to get to the Zecco homepage without simply being unable to connect - they say the site is down for scheduled maintenance!
SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ON MONDAY MORNING RIGHT WHEN THE MARKETS OPEN
Scheduled maintenance my butt - what broker would be so dumb as to schedule maintenance at possibly one of the most crucial trading times? Sounds like someone puked all over their servers, or they're using IT slave labor from foreign countries that have no clue about market hours.
Wow Zecco, you got my vote - you have such an awesome sense of how to run your business and please your customers!
Cost for Zecco phone-in trade: $20
Long story short - if you're more active than you are completely and utterly dead, you might not want to choose either of these brokers.