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Today, a short history note on an obscure little company with a long history, surprisingly capable and agile management team and uncertain future. LiveWorld, Inc. (LVWD), which now trades in Pink Sheets, is one of the very few remaining survivors of the 2001 dot com bust. The company got started from the ashes of Apple's short-lived eWorld, the successor of Apple's original 9 year adventure into online services, AppleLink.

Live World logo

Last Saturday I finally got my long awaited Extech EC400 ExStik Waterproof Conductivity, TDS, Salinity, and Temperature Meter from Amazon. (I ordered it on November 11th with the free Super Saver shipping.) I needed it to test the Salinity of a soil sample. Well, it would not turn on. I measured the four CR2032 batteries that it came with - they were of three different brands and as Billy Crystal in his role of Miracle Max in The Princess Bride would say, "mostly dead."

Extech EC400 ExStik Waterproof Conductivity, TDS, Salinity, and Temperature Meter

SEC Charges Promoters of "Green" Investments With Operating $30 Million Ponzi Scheme Based in Denver Area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2009-247

Washington, D.C., Nov. 16, 2009 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged four individuals and two companies involved in perpetrating a $30 million Ponzi scheme in which they persuaded more than 300 investors nationwide to participate in purported environmentally-friendly investment opportunities.

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Five years ago I identified this as the most likely scenario for the next decade and moved to the wheat country (Colorado Eastern Plains) shortly thereafter. Under every scenario I can imagine for the next decade (short of Socialism), productive wheat farm ground bought to currently yield at least 3% after expenses will be a good and defensive investment.

Wheat cent - a penny thought

We have eight cute little kittens that were born in the chicken house house / greenhouse about six months ago. Their mother was a farm barn cat and she perished before she could teach them how to hunt for mice. We were hoping that they would come around to learning it on their own, but they prefer to come begging us for food, instead.

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The question on many stock market participants' minds these days is how much longer will the current rally last. Most of us are sane enough to realize that the good fortunes bestowed upon us by the markets since March will be taken away again at some point in the not too distant future.

West Texas Intermediate Spot Prices (Sorce: US Energy Information Administration)

My darling little daughter somehow messed up the dishwasher - pressing all the wrong buttons at all the right times and it went into a fault state - flashing "clean" light. The manual only says to call service. Well, a service call is not cheap, they only come out this way once a week and that means having to do dishes by hand for at least two weeks - forget that! Not to mention that the last time they came out a couple of years ago for this same problem, all they did was push a couple of buttons. Now, which buttons were those, again?!

Sears Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher

Kroger reported its second quarter earnings on Tuesday morning, September 15th, 2009. Earnings were 39 cents vs. 42 cents a year ago, disappointing analysts whose consensus view was 4 cents higher. Sales for the quarter were fractionally lower, as well - $17.74 billion vs. $18.09 billion in the year ago quarter. Here again, analysts expected a slight improvement vs. last year. Kroger also trimmed its profit projections for the year down to $1.90 - $2.00 range. Predictably, market players punished the stock trimming its value by 8%.

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When I last looked at clothing companies on May 3, 2007, it was already rather clear that these apparel makers were in for hard times. I called for mid tear brands like Liz Claiborne Inc. (LIZ) and Jones Apparel Group Inc. (JNY) to disappoint, while the more upscale Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. (KCP) and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL) to be less affected. Indeed, over the next two years, as the recession deepened, KCP and RL handily outperformed LIZ and JNY.

Kenneth Cole New York - Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. - KCP logo

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