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Wall Street Must Be Clueless—Bonuses At Big 3 Set To Be $30 Billion

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s investment bank, survivors of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, are set to pay record bonuses this year.

The firms — the three biggest banks to exit the Troubled Asset Relief Program — will hand out $29.7 billion in bonuses, according to analysts’ estimates. That’s up 60 percent from last year and more than the previous high of $26.8 billion in 2007. The money, split among 119,000 employees, equals $250,400 each, almost five times the $50,303 median household income in the U.S. last year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

When will these people figure out that if for no other reason the PR on this is stupid.  I don’t care if it’s in stocks, in promises of later pay…I don’t care if it’s in bubble gum. These folfs just don’t get it.

Pay and benefits for the executive suite has gotten totally out of hand. The claim keeps being made that you have to pay this much to keep the talent…From the evidence, the only talent these folks seem to really have is to justify their pay rate…badly.

via Wall Street Bonuses Rise as Big 3 May Pay $30 Billion (Update1) – Bloomberg.com.

Friday Morning Muse, Nine October, Twenty O’Nine

Please, let it be true…

Fri 7PM Sat 1AM Sat 7AM Sat 1PM Sat 7PM
Sky T-Stm Rain Chc Rain Ptly Clear Clear
Chance of
Likely Moderate Slight Slight Slight
Temp (F) 67° 63° 61° 69° 69°

The weather prognosticators have been promising us cooler weather all week…They promised it last week, too. Last week it fizzled. The radar images this morning look promising. The image above, from my morning email, makes me hopeful. Again this morning, the temperature before sunup was already at the 80° level. These are summer temperatures, as in August temperatures, not autumn temperatures…But for all my friends on the right, this is not proof of anything…Except that it’s hyot outside…Just like the cool summer in the Midwest disproved nothing.

And in the news this morning…

Congratulations Mr. President…

OSLO — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.

Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline.

via Obama surprise winner of Nobel Peace Prize | World | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.

The fourth American President to be so honored. A very select group of honorees. The fact that the nomination happened so soon after his election is just proof of how much this election meant to the entire world. May the man live up to the dream…

What A Way To Start A Fall Day…

Currently (on Thu 5:53AM CDT from Pearland Regional Airport)

Mostly Cloudy Temp: 82° (Heat Index 90°)
Dewpoint: 77°
Wind: S 6 MPH

And so starts my morning here before the sun even rises…Come on…Feels like 90° and the sun hasn’t even broached the horizon!

This should be a glorious day to follow the advice of the US Chamber of Commerce and fire up the AC unit. That’s what I read yesterday they were offering as a reason to not worry about global warming…It didn’t really matter ’cause we all have air conditioning now…At least they all do. I don’t see too many air conditioners in Sub Saharan Africa…Or the Amazon region of South America. Must be nice to be so oblivious.

For any non-weather geeks out there (from more temperate climes, I’m sure) here’s what the heat index is all about…

The heat index (HI) is an index that combines air temperature and relative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature — how hot it feels, termed the felt air temperature. The human body normally cools itself by perspiration, or sweating, which evaporates and carries heat away from the body. However, when the relative humidity is high, the evaporation rate is reduced, so heat is removed from the body at a lower rate causing it to retain more heat than it would in dry air. Measurements have been taken based on subjective descriptions of how hot subjects feel for a given temperature and humidity, allowing an index to be made which relates one temperature and humidity combination to another at a higher temperature in drier air.

The heat index is derived from work carried out by Robert G. Steadman. Like the wind chill index, the heat index contains assumptions about the human body mass and height, clothing, and the wind speed. Significant deviations from these will result in heat index values which do not accurately reflect the perceived temperature.

via Heat index – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Aren’t the internets just great for having the answer to almost any question right there almost as fast as you can articulate it?

I spent my afternoon yesterday meditating on the “Deere”. I have to say this has been a topsy turvy year. Winter was about the warmest I can remember followed by a very hot and dry spring. The predominate color last spring was brown…June was a scorcher and July wasn’t much better. We finally had a bit of rain in August, but still the color of or world was brown. September brought more rains and now as October makes it way we are starting to actually look springlike.

For the past week I have been noticing more and more greens in the environment. The trees even look to be putting on fresh leaves. Yesterday I noticed the apple trees out back were blooming…Again. Now don’t take these apple blooms in fall as a full blown sign of anything. These trees have always been a little off. Since, by any stretch of the imagination, no one in there right mind would try and raise apples in this climate in the best of years, the fact that they continue to try and produce a crop is amazing.

I bought these trees from Stark Bro’s back when we first moved to this place. They were advertised for southern gardens. I think both of the remaining trees originated in Australia. Both trees were supposed to be semi dwarfs but in the 15 years they have been in the ground they have barely made it past head high. Most years our lack of cold weather has left them with leaves all winter long…So their continued confusion as to what season they are in can be understood…In their genes it is the beginning of spring…Down Under…

Oh well, time to finish the email and get ready for the Grandson…He should be up and running around soon…Besides, I need a second cup of coffee…

I hope your day is more of a seasonal nature.

There Is Change In The Air

This morning feels different outside. For the first time in a long while the outside temperature almost matches the inside temperature. Walking out on the back stoop, for the first time since spring, you are not slapped in the face with the heat.

While the coffee brewed, I reintroduced myself to the morning of my backyard.

It’s quite for 7am…It’s Sunday…Not many cars on the highway bypass just a quarter mile down the road. Tire sounds on the highway are muted. The weekday roar is absent. The constant kerplunk on the expansion joints down to just an occasional thump.

It’s quite also with few bird sounds this morning. Only the cawing of a few crows down in the woods along the bayou…A single “kree-ing” of a hawk on the wing…Not much else to be heard.

Even the dogs, rounding the house, are muted…They don’t jump up to greet me. They just sit and wait…Waiting to see if I will walk off down the trail to the woods…Not yet do I feel that call. Maybe later girls…

The house is quite yet. No one else is stirring. Coffee’s made. Smell of fresh coffee filters through the air…My wife wanders in…Pours two cups…Puts one down beside me and sits at her end of the table…She sips and glances at the thermometer on the shelf…”It’s only 74?” she asks in amazement…”Yes.” I answer…”It feels great out”…She takes her coffee and a cigarette and wanders out to the front porch…And again I am alone in the quite…With my muses.