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Dear Santa...


I know who's been naughty and nice!

I know I am sending this letter late, but you know I've been powerful busy lately. Anyway, this is probably the billionth letter or so you've received so I'll keep the chit-chat short and get to the stuff I want under my tree. Oh, and Santa? I know some of this stuff could take some time to arrange so you can go ahead and send the packages any time in 2006.

1. I wish the SEC would do its job. Doctors are being paid thousands of dollars per year for providing inside information to hedge funds. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) send out material science data to favored people in advance while contractually preventing companies from adhering to Regulation FD. People with inside knowledge of upcoming PIPEs and secondaries are still shorting ahead of the public release of the news.

2. I wish short interest would be disclosed in the same manner long positions are disclosed in SEC filings. Short interest should be published weekly, not monthly.

3. I wish someone would tell television viewing guide editors the 1951 version of the Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim is a horror flick with a happy ending and not a Christmas movie.

4. I wish every investor would decide when to sell a stock before he/she buys it.

5. I wish the Mariners would have pursued Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson instead of Carl Everett and Jarrod Washburn. It would be fitting for Griffey to solidify the revolving door that has been left field or to take over Edgar's DH spot. Randy has a couple more years of rotation left in him and then he'd be the ultimate closer.

6. I wish market bears would share what would make them change their minds and become bullish on the market.

7. I wish our site and DRM technology upgrades go exactly as planned

8. I wish I had the cash to buy the distribution rights to It's A Wonderful Life. I would make it available to any TV station that wanted to run it during the holiday season for a token fee. The holidays have not seemed the same since Republic Pictures gained control of the rights in 1993 and it largely disappeared from the TV.

9. I wish a pox on the network executives who cancelled Firefly. Alternately, I wish I had new episodes of anything written by Joss Whedon to TiVo each week.

10. I wish all my friends and family (that includes you!) to have a safe, happy, and prosperous 2006.

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