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  • Friday Fancies; Trees, Tech, Terrestrial Cultivation

    Land speculation is a very old investment activity per se. Discussions of land its productivity and "optimal" uses are as old as economics its self perhaps. The rents gathered from it, or its tenants per se, lined the coffers of Monte Carlo Casinos and others for centuries, as young heirs from "Landed Gentry" families would often gamble away the rough equivalent of vast estates.

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    Today however, LAND(Nasdaq)may pose as an interesting play. Its been getting sort of hammered as of late. Its down pretty far a couple bucks at least below most "estimates". Its also perhaps subject to negative speculation and perhaps rightly so(in the short to mid term) concerning some of its properties near the pacific ocean aka around California, which is not really a good place to be farming presumably at the moment with the droughts and what-not.

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    Today we wouldn't exactly be catching a falling knife quite like NRP the other day, but today we'd be kind of more leisurely catching (LAND) potentially on the rebound. Land has really been kind of drooping as of late though so may be a grab bag, but it might be also be a good time to grab it if one wants it for diversification or growth reasons per se, at potentially a couple bucks below what it should be equal to potentially.

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    Hence, this may be a more potentially personal investment choice for each individual if they think its a good addition to their portfolio or not.

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    As universal good buys of the day, one might want to look at HTGC, which is a great investment, it has short term "moments" of droopiness but also rebounds stronger from them usually, its down about 3%+ today, and also this might be a good time to snatch up some Rayonier(RYN), or Plum Creek Timber(PCL), because they both look a little rough today aswell.

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    Either way, if one had to throw money somewhere today, these interesting timber plays, or farm-land plays, or technology plays per se, could all be decent candidates.

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    Since this is "Friday Fancies" there's got to be some Scrooge action so here's that;

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    merry investing, and, thanks again for reading.

    Tags: LAND, HTGC, RYN, PCL
    Mar 07 1:11 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Interesting Nuclear "Situation" Map App.

    Whenever people think of Russia and the US coming into conflict perhaps movies like Dr. Strangelove or the like come to mind, and hence, nuclear wars etc. After studying this topic a little, I found that all it would take is ~12 or so modern nuclear bombs, in carbon rich areas, (cities or forests) to essentially reduce to ash enough carbon via which said carbon ash would then enter the atmosphere(via the "wind" current generated by the heat of the nuclear reaction/explosion)and causing a "nuclear winter" presumably killing most of the world(people) in several years. There's a variety of books on this topic, and I believe a major "study" per se, was conducted on said topic in the 80's.

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    Perhaps however, this is a little too vague for one's imagination per se, or sense of curiosity, and hence one wants to know exactly what might happen(height of detonation, weather presumed etc.) if a variety of different types of "nuclear" bombs were dropped near their homes. Perhaps it is somewhat macabre but interesting potentially, I mean who wouldn't be curious right, its intriguing perhaps.

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    Anyway, this is a cool website, I believe featured in an online version of "The Guardian" or something several years ago, and of course I couldn't help but rechecking out of curiosity given this most recent spate of disagreements between these two countries. Hence without further adieu here is the website, where one can check this out for one's self. Its pretty customizable per se, and could be interesting. It can be kind of fun to know in sort of a strange hopefully "bizarro" world kind of way.

    http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

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    Merry trading and investing. Thanks again for reading.

    Mar 05 12:34 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Saturday Sillyness(TSUKY)

    Perhaps you too have wondered what the ticker is for a company that produces some sort of obscure good. Well, I had just such an inkling earlier tonight, and did a quick search for the ticker or the name of the company that makes "ramen noodles." I was searching for a distributor, but came across the makers instead.

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    What I have found is interesting to say the least. Maruchan the company that makes Ramen Noodles, was previously owned by Fukushima Foods, who were bought out via stock per se, by Toyo Suisan Kaisha inc. I guess. Fukushima interestingly enough being the site of the infamous nuclear reactor melt-down surely would have lead to presumably a name change hopefully at some point, but this bit of info pales dramatically beside what I found next.

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    In the world of malarkey internet ads, one often comes across ads, "subscribe to news-letter X to find out which stock will go up 50% in the next year" etc etc. Well, it seems that I have accidentally stumbled upon just this situation.

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    Perhaps by some peculiar twist of fate, I've sort of locked myself out of whatever news outlet it is that reports on TSUKY(otc), but to be honest, this is the first time I've ever heard of this company. Why I'm surprised that I haven't is that it is literally up ~50% this year. This in my humble opinion is one of the more shocking bits of news I've heard personally in a long time. Not good shocking or bad shocking, but just almost surreal, who would have thought that the Ramen Noodle company is up ~50% this year. Its all quite surreal perhaps and surely there's something belying this, but I just thought I should share this with the people kind enough to read my instablog here, perhaps it will be as somewhat humorous to you as it was to me.

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    Thank you again for reading,

    side note; 1 year means a span of 12 months not year as in starting on Jan or whenever 1st.

    Tags: TSUKY
    Mar 01 7:55 PM | Link | 1 Comment
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