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June 18, 2010



Thanks for the article.



this is amazing, but not a amazing as the fact that it doesn't happen frequently


It's both facinating and scary to see how much Wall Street controls so much of the consumables market now. It seems to be creating a paradigm shift that make the traditional economic models of a few years ago defunct.

With grain futures extended out so far hyperinflating both exchange and retail pricing, there seems to be an insurance built in against any fiscal decline whether times are feast or famine.

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I would imagine there are also those who want to trade the currency at a profit (you'd have to be pretty nerdy and obsessed to do this on this toy exchange, but you do find some people interested in that) who are deliberately parking low-priced packets to see how they move and then jumping in with more.

One thing to remember with markets is to take the long view. This period when the Lindens cut their forces by 30 percent and haven't explained yet what they intend to do with the burntasdf-out shell of the Viewer 2 marketing expedition is bad -- but it's NOTHING like the absolute desert of 2005,

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Frederick Kaufman

  • The food journalist who went looking for a slice of pizza and ended up on Wall Street.

  • I have written about American food culture and other subjects for Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, Gourmet, Gastronomica, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. I've been a freelancer for years, and published something like one-hundred magazine articles, along with four books. I'm a contributing editor at Harper's, and teach at the City University of New York and CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. Born in LA, I live in New York.

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