People Are Like Buffalo, Major Financial Trends,

Who knows what Congress will do about the existing laws for qualified dividends now at 15 percent. These were 70% in the 1960’s.


“In the last twelve years, there have been two wars, two recessions and the market has gone down 50% twice,” Sr. Vice President Carl Platou of American Funds told investors in Colville, WA., who were dining on one of Lori Robert’s fine lunches with several meat selections and sides.

We dined and heard market trends and issues, several encouraging, but as Mr. Platou said, “No one knows what Congress will do about the expiring laws for qualified dividends in January 2013, now at 15 percent. In the l960’s these were taxed at 70 percent. His company suggests including qualified tax-exempt dividend stocks in IRA accounts.

“People are no different than buffalo,” he said and pointed to an illustration of Native Americans hunting buffalo by fooling them to jump off cliffs, a safer and faster way to hunt than going eye-ball to eye-ball with a bow and arrow than the speeding buffalo. “Humans have the uncanny instinct to herd, too. Twelve years ago it was investing in technology. Today, although it’s gold and bonds, it is imperative to invest in dividend-paying companies. We foresee the trend for companies to increase theirs.”

Major trends: “In ten years the U.S. will no longer need to import oil.” He pointed to the new oil discoveries in the U.S., the use of LNG gas, and the fact that four new chemical plants are now being in the U.S. Fuel efficient 4 and 3 cylinder engines are on the horizon.

In agriculture, “More nations want to eat better. Eighty percent more apples have been exported this year by Wenatchee growers and this has an impact all the way through the food-distribution system in increased sales of seeds, fertilizer, farm equipment.

“People around the world want better health care. One of the largest suppliers of insulin is offering a new, less painful product for diabetes which helps weight loss. Diabetes does not have recessions.

“The big housing issues, where many mortgages are under water and need to be righted, the cost of money is cheap and it’s an opportune time to buy up these houses now during the lowest creation of new homes in our lifetime. Interest rates should remain low for some time.”

“The threat of inflation is real. Costs are going up particularly in education, health care, food and fuel.

One woman said, “I’d rather be optimistic than pessimistic. It takes the same kind of energy.”

For me, the foremost investment philosophy is NOT to lose money Trends and issues ARE important. These matter. I must be a pessimist. Are we are heading over a financial cliff, just like buffalo?

Rewards to Find a Nazi Criminal

Amazingly there are still Nazi criminals. The Simon Wiesenthal Center last year launched Operation last Chance II offering rewards of up to $32.500 for information that leads to the prosecution and punishment of war criminals.

The wish to obtain justice for surviving victims of Nazi crimes also serves as a reminder for younger generations of the horrors of WWII.

This blog recently reported that Australia had been asked to extradite a man to his native Hungry for war-time charges of murdering a Jewish teenager. The High Court of Australia decided not to extradite the man.

The Center’s program for tracking down remaining suspects says in its last report that in the ten years ending last year in March that 89 legal decisions have been won against Nazi war criminals and their collaborators in seven countries.

The U.S. is said to have a good record of pursuing suspects and two members of the House of Representatives are proposing legislation which will ban weapons sales to any country that harbored Nazis or modern-day war criminals.

It has been seventy years since the end of WWII. The hunt continues. The history of WWII and the Holocaust has not been erased.

Nazi-Era Fashions

Nazi public relations tentacles are shown in a museum exhibit . A professor of German recently wrote an article for National Public Radio News and tells of her visit to see “Glamour and Horror.”

The showing of the 600 items may be in the new Hitler Museum in Berlin, but she didn’t say.

People usually think of the Nazis as being particularly fashionable in their uniforms, medals and awards, which were prolific and the most
remarkable. My research for Lebensborn learned from a top war weapons collector in the U.S. that once the war began, the German SS officers decided as a group to put away the black “party” uniform. Himmler asked that they be turned in and he sent some to other countries and to be used by the Gestapo.

Folkloric clothing became the “thing” for many during this time in history. . . the alpine life represented by tight-formed waists, flowing skirts, aprons and often seen worn by women who came out to welcome Hitler in parades, or even by Eva Braun, his mistress.

Linda Schutz-Sasse, who wrote the piece, points out that the regime never lost sight of the demands of its wealthier women who wanted to be internationally chic. In Lebensborn, the fiance of the SS Officer Major Hurst dresses to compete with the French and wants always to look “fresh” and wears the latest international fashions.

Glamour became more elusive as the war progressed so even the wealthy had to resort to sewing new dresses out of remnants. The only party-affiliated women’s journal, NS Franenwarte, told its readers that the use of two kinds of material were not only practical but it saved on points (a reference to their clothing ration).

One horrific example of horror in the exhibit was the consumer research conducted in the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. A “Shoe Testing Track” had nine different walking surfaces for the “Shoe Walking Commandos” who were forced to walk miles in boots and civilian shoes in newly-designed synthetic fabrics to replace leather which had grown scarce. Conservative estimates suggest l5-20 of the walkers died daily.

There was no aspect of life under the Nazi that was free or private, especially clothing.

Disciplining E-Mails

    People are now establishing rules for when to read their e-mail.  They want to corral their messages and pen them up like meandering cattle, to view them only at a specified time they have set each day. 

    Gretchen Rubin, the happiness researcher and author of the best-selling Happiness Project, was tempted to read hers at all hours until she realized that she would have more time to write her blogs, articles and the new book IF she would set a specific hour and hold to it.

    Craig Ballantyne, author of Rise and Shine, professional motivational speaker, never wants to see his e-mail until noon.  When he decided to set the time he’d spend with e-mails, the first ‘no-e-mail until’ hour he set was 9 a.m.  He also learned that he NEVER reads any over a weekend.  He must be like the older gentleman who fussed and fumed when the post man was late.  When asked why, he said, “There might be something in it that would spoil my dinner.”

    Yesterday, to see how e-mails influence my time, I discovered that responses to e-mails chipped away the time which might have been spent on other things, primarily because they led down paths not on my to-do list.  Here are a few that arrived yesterday to consume the morning:

               .  International Tracing Center sent information and cover photo for the “Evacuation” l945 death marches . . . but it was written in German which necessitated an e-mail to request a copy in English.

                . The three-page update about international Asian book expos from Strategic, my publisher, in which Lebensborn is included with books of 434 other authors, contained a link to all the books being shown in the catalog at the Beijing book Expo.  The company reports not only China but Latin America and India are increasingly becoming the hub of great opportunities with their ever-growing hunger for quality books in English.  “Looking forward more of our authors are getting published in China, large online sales volumes, and huge mobile downloads of our content.”

        E-mail continues to be a powerful tool.  It can contain unexpected personal and professional news but can also become an exciting, unnoticed addiction..







Chosen to Win 1/2 million dollars

This scam is the-all-time winner for creativity. Like all scams, it draws you in. Is it believable? It has all the aspects of being authentic.

Suppose you respond. Then, you’ll be asked for more personal information, until suddenly you’re like the ACCOUNTANT in nearby Idaho who did bite on a scam like this and lost all his retirement
income when he made many trips abroad to collect.

Here is today’s email scam: RWG wishes to notify you that your email account has been picked as a winner in the results of the September Royal Wings Gold Strike Email Program held in Bolton, Lancashire – United Kingdom on Saturday 8th, Sept. 2012.

Collect 620,093.71 Pounds Sterling:
Cheque collections at Royal Wings UK Collection Center at 32 Ormrod St., Bolton, Lancashire, BL2 3D4 United Kingdom, Mon-Fr. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding public holidays.

Or, call to collect in person at our office due to your location or another reason, please send an email with details to
(and here they show a fax number)

In this scam, THEY will call you if you leave your full name address, phone number and best time to call.

If you do call, please note, they will know they have a sucker on the hook.

All participating emails were picked out from World Wide Web on a random basis. This program was held in conjunction with major email providers in over 120 countries worldwide.

Can you top this e-mail scam?

Chet O’Keefe, a Name to Remember

Newport, a little town bordering Idaho, is just now wrapping up a Bluegrass Music Festival.

Fall is in the air. A nice crowd placed their chairs in front of the bandstand to hear a variety of performers. Soon the sun’s rays, which were shining in the eyes of the musicians, would no longer be in their eyes and folks would snuggle into jackets.

A 21-year-old kid from Texas got our vote for best guitar player; a man playing the mandolin from Flintwood in Sandpoint, ID., was top choice for that instruments, but best singer was the tall, lanky guy Chet O’Keefe who announced that after nine years in Nashville, he had relocated to Kettle Falls in NE Washington.

He found the area when he had come to help his parents build their off-the-grid residence.

Remember the name: Hopefully he’ll be the lead performer during the upcoming Rotary Chili Cook Off next Sept. 21 at the fairgrounds in Colville. The event won’t be topless as the one Texas offers, but it will offer lots of good eating, cooking, entertainment and camping out.

Bavaria May Send 87-Year-old to Germany for Nazi Charges

“Germans are not as patriotic as you Americans,” reported a young Rotary exchange student from Germany recently.”

His impressions later prompted a discussion among those who had heard him give his impressions of America. One woman said, “I think Germans are still atoning for their past. No wonder they aren’t patriotic.”

Perhaps that is true because a woman from Washington State has been requested by sons of former SS men to come to Germany to help them reconcile their Nazi past.

This blog has pointed out that since WWII has ended, Germany has been giving one-time outright payments to holocaust survivors and then continuing to send them monthly compensations, as well as maintaining museums and providing education about the Nazi era to German students as well as others.

In fact, we were in Dachau when a class of German high school students were in tour. We learned from their teacher that the German need for extreme order existed even in the death camps. If even a speck of straw were found on the floor, the entire building was put outside to stand for 24-hours at attention.

In a recent Associated Press report, an international news story points out that the German special prosecutors’ office, which pursues Nazi-era crimes, reports it has recommended charges be filed against an 87-year-old man on the allegations that he served as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

The case has been turned over to prosecutors in Weiden, Bavaria, who will determine whether or not to file charges against the man who was thought to live there and return him to Germany for trial.

One of the top Nazi hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Center said that although he welcomed the news of the Bavarian investigation, he cautioned that even if the suspect were charged, bringing him to Germany for trial could present challenges.

He noted that the Australian high court just last week ruled that a 90-year-old man could not be extradited to Hungary to face accusations that he tortured and killed a Jewish teenager during WWII.

“A lot will depend on whether or not his country of residence has the political will to extradite him to Germany.”

The pain of Nazi-era atoning continues to haunt history and to remind Americans to stand up and protect our Constitution and freedoms.