New York Stock Exchange Sold To German Boerse

The NYSE was sold out yesterday to the German Boerse exchange in a merger deal.  A major icon of our American ingenuity and capitalist structure has truly been sold out to a foreign entity.  Even if they try to say Americans still have an interest in it, it’s like you owning one share of Walmart and thinking you can control the company; not enough votes.

We may as well take all the stuff out of the Smithsonian and put it all on Ebay.  How about if we give a patent and copyright to China for the American Flag?  The amazing thing is the press isn’t reporting that we’ve been sold out and it’s just being treated like the sale of a bank branch.  Much of the world’s economy, the real and free part, was exchanged through the NYSE.  The name will even disappear soon.  The NYSE was created in 1792.

Being a member of the NYSE was prestigious.  I really don’t know what it will mean now that descendants of Prussia will be in control.   The amazing thing is the sale price was only $10 Billion.  Shall we sell our bridges and canals to India or how about give them as a gift to Iran?

We have such an incredibly failed government…

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Dallas Ice Dome; Is There Winter Anymore?

Dallas, TX, home of the Super Bowl this weekend, and home of the avalanche roof over the stadium.  Did you watch the video of the avalanche?  Maybe they should rename the stadium or the bowl as the Avalanche Stadium.  It’s just another sign, this frigid winter, that it is all Green Bay, the Packer’s Stadium and not Cowboys Stadium!  Go Packers!  I was glad to see all legacy teams in the championship games this year and would have been happy with any of the four final teams in the Super Bowl.

Back to the weather.  I have really been stunned by how the weather and news media represented this recent storm, as if nothing like it had ever been seen before.  We went through a period of time when winters were very light, with few blizzards, and this has caused our often short-memoried citizens to completely forget reality.  Weren’t we supposed to have record hurricanes this last season?

In the 1980’s, the last decade with real winters, it was common to drive on snow-packed or icy roads.  18-Wheelers carried chains on racks under the trailers so they could put on the chains when snow became too packed or there were icy conditions which required them.  People kept candles, snacks, water, and pocket heaters in their cars and trucks, just in case.  Remember snow tires?  Remember studded tires?  They weren’t just for Alaska, North Dakota, and Montana, we used them in much of the northern half of the country prior to the “global warming” of the 90’s and 00’s.  Ski areas didn’t make their own snow back then, not just because of the technology, but because there was no reason for it, since it snowed.

We are snowed by our own short-mindedness.  There are not enough lessons in a modestly educated life span to allow for people to know what to do as the longer-term cycles of planetary change take place.  We are fooled into believing nonsense like global warming, even as we know that such things have happened repeatedly over time.  We are fooled into believing nonsense like “personal carbon footprint” is destructive and yet the evidence of the falseness of the presumption occurs frequently enough as volcanos erupt more toxic waste into the atmosphere than all of humanity combined.

We have forgotten that it snows, even in Dallas.  The engineers who designed Cowboys Stadium should have known to prepare for potential heavy snows.  It’s easy to forget the power of weather.  If we know that the only manmade object visible from space is the Great Wall of China, then we should realize how much more powerful the planet is.

How should we have known all this history of previous hot and cold climate changes, the power of weather, and how to be ready?  What’s missing in our thinking, in our education system, which allows us to remember only the last 10 years or less?

No wonder we end up with the political leadership we have, since we can’t seem to remember the ones we had before.  It’s snowing.  It still snows.  You have to think long-term enough to weather the storms.