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Pinch-hit randoms


Happy Holidays!

• So how do you think it would go over if I tell my mother-in-law we're not coming for Christmas because it is too bloody cold!?!

• When a trade goes against a retail long, too often you hear accusations of manipulation. The fact that there is occasionally a nugget of truth in this doesn't seem to dissuade folks from the occasional guffaw. I wonder if the same thing will come to be true when retail shorts blame their bad positions on "too much liquidity."

• The "problem" at the FDA is not lack of attention, lack of authority, or anything else. The problem at the FDA is an over reliance on biostatistics. More on this later.

• From the "it's about damn time" file, the makers of Sudafed are issuing a reformulation that prevents the cough syrup from being converted into methamphetamine. Meth is a scourge in towns large and small across the U.S. and I can't believe it's taken this long to come up with a reformulation.

• Rice Krispies with water, hold the sugar, is proven to be gentle to Festivus-stressed stomachs unable to keep down anything else.

• If you have room for kind thoughts for inanimate objects, send some the way of the Cassini space probe and its hitchhiker, the Huygens probe. The latter is due to descend to Saturn's moon Titan expending its brief 3 hours of battery life in an effort to send back atmospheric and, if we're lucky, ground data about this mysterious celestial body. We get the data back here January 14.

• I was watching the BBC last night as a Russian woman said she was comfortable with President Putin eliminating elections in favor of personal appointments of governors. Her reasoning? "We have better things to spend money on than democracy." Yes, that is the hair standing up on the back of my neck.

• Props to Toddo for practicing what he preaches and unplugging for a few days. Any bets on whether he'll be able to manage it ?

• I'm not done with my Christmas shopping and don't mind that one bit. I like going out in the day or two before Christmas. Yes, my wife thinks I'm odd.

• I'm not sure whether this is more disturbing because of all the countries claiming him or because of the environmental groups using him to advance their causes.

• Could our gubernatorial race in Washington really be decided by 10 votes?
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