Saturday, March 12, 2011
If local mainstream television news could be molded into an internet blog, I think it would appear something like this:
Anchor 1: Thank you for tuning in this evening.. i'm Mike Hunt..
Anchor 2: And I am Cinnamon Appel.. and this is the news...
"An explosion at a nuclear power plant on Japan's devastated coast destroyed a building Saturday and made leaking radiation, or even outright meltdown, the central threat menacing a nation just beginning to grasp the scale of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami... The official count of the dead was 686, but the government said the figure could far exceed 1,000." (AP)
Anchor 1: Terrible, just terrible..
Anchor 2: Oh yes.. definitely.. really sad... in Local news...
It seems Mrs. Willard's naughty cat 'Marbles' keeps getting stuck in high places. First trees, and now today she was discovered on the roof of a neighbor's three-story house and fire rescuers had to be dispatched to rescue her. Mrs. Willard said in response to this, she is thinking of putting a little bell around Marbles' neck so she will know when her cat is moving about.
Anchor 2: Yes, scared but also a mischievous cat, I'd certainly say.. hee..hee~
Anchor 1: ~Smiles.. yes quite.. Now onto national news...
"Bankers are ratcheting up their rhetoric as they fight a mortgage-servicing settlement proposal, predicting lasting damage to the U.S. economy in an effort to force regulators to soften terms of any penalties. On Thursday, Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive John Stumpf said extensive loan principal reduction would increase the U.S. deficit if taxpayers are forced to pay for write-downs of loans held by government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac." (WSJ)
I don't know if its just me Cinnamon, and perhaps I'm just speaking for myself but why don't people just pay their mortgages?
Anchor 2: Yes Mike, really.. it makes total sense to me. Speaking of sense, here's finance reporter Candy Cartright to help us amateur investors out there understand what to make of the markets.
Candy Cartright: Thanks Cinnamon. Everyone knows about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan the other day. But you're probably thinking as I am- how can I make it work for me and my portfolio. Here's five things to look for when considering Japan as an investment opportunity...
1) "After Japan copes with its massive human and financial loss, the country will have to focus on rebuilding. That will take billions in private and public funds, a stimulative effort that... will generate some level of stimulus and recovery."
2) "The widely circulated Japanese currency is going to have to come home to help rebuild the country, meaning that the historically weak yen is going to start rising against its counterparts."
3) "Energy prices fell sharply Friday, partly in response to a likely drop in demand from Japan... How long the trend lasts is a matter for debate."
4) "On a normal day, a disaster on the scale of the Japan tragedy might send global investors into the safety of US Treasurys. Yet yields rose Friday."
5) "This isn't the kind of event that would create fear and uncertainty in the market"
~ source: CNBC
So it looks like all is well with the markets- there will be money-a-plenty to be made come Monday.. back to you Cinnamon
Anchor 2: Wheww, thats a relief.. Thanks Candy. We'll be right back....
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Anchor 1: Welcome back.. There's a new addition to the local zoo today..
Anchor 2: Yes, Timmy Tiger has a new play friend.. a piggy named Ploppy
Anchor 1: Heh Heh.. yes, the two seem to have become really good friends as the pictures show...
Anchor 2: Aww, yes that's quite adorable. Just hope Timmy Tiger doesn't get any tummy grumbles- that would cause much misery for Ploppy..hee hee
Anchor 1: HA HA.. Razor sharp wit as usual Cinnamon... In other news, is it possible you can be 'too smart' to join the police force?
"The Dayton (Ohio) Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits. It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam. Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test. Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two. The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’." (ABC News)
Any thoughts on that Cinnamon?
Anchor 2: Nice try, Mike.. heh..hehe.. Not touching that with ten-foot pole.. But coming up after the break- Butch Klondike with all the day's scores with Sportswrap, Trixie LeBeau has your Weather forecast using the latest technology, Super-Duper Doppler 14000X and time permitting, more information on the Japan nuclear situation including those affected by radiation. Be right back...
Posted by Susquehanna at Saturday, March 12, 2011