Thursday, July 05, 2012

Thursday Randomosity (Plus Steve Nash and Lakers Point Guard Tryouts!)

To the Lakers: Steve Nash and a Player to be Named Later

  • The stock market, Steve Nash, and a video of the Lakers point guard tryouts (NSFW). $$
  • Apple ($AAPL) prepping an iPad mini, a 7” tablet?  Might as well hold off on that Google Nexus 7 purchase and wait to see what Apple has in mind.  You know it will be better than anything else out there.
  • Okay, the video is a bit Not Safe For Work, but who doesn’t want to see Yukie Kawamura’s skillz?  I say sign her to a multi-year contract!
  • The Vatican posts a $19 million deficit.  Yeah, nobody is running a surplus anymore.  The Vatican on Thursday blamed the poor outcome on high personnel and communications costs and adverse market conditions, particularly for its real estate holdings.  Furlough days for the Vatican?
  • It was the best of timesBetter employment numbers today ahead of the big'un tomorrow.  U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in June and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits last week fell by the most in two months, hopeful signs for the struggling labor market.
  • It was the worst of times (next paragraph in same article and here):  But dark clouds continue to gather over the U.S. economy, with growth in the vast services sector crawling to its slowest in nearly 2-1/2 years in June and retailers reporting sales below expectations, other data showed on Thursday.
  • Here they say that the way to improve the economy is to improve the housing market.  Basically, addressing mortgage debt.   But…  I think we need rising wages to see improvement in real estate.
  • My thoughts on the Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise divorce?  I think he’s crazy.  But he makes good movies.  Katie says she’s entering a new phase in her life.
  • I get this feeling Obama is going to win by a very large margin in November.  He’s leading in the polls in a pretty lackluster economy and with an unpopular health care program.  Seems like destiny.
  • To the gym!

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