Sunday, May 6, 2012

This should be a very interesting week ...

Though I don't blog about politics and economics anymore, I still follow events.

Wall Street Week Ahead: All eyes on European elections   Reuters - May 6, 2012
After Wall Street ended its worst week of the year on Friday, U.S. stock investors will look across the Atlantic next week to take their cue from Europe as France and Greece go to the polls. That could offer some respite from a string of weak U.S. economic data and the earnings season winding down. Markets worldwide have closely watched developments in Europe for the past several months, with calls for austerity seen as positive for stocks as they seek to prevent a credit crisis in the region that could take down or deeply hurt the global economic recovery.

Conservative rebel shakes up post-crisis Greece election   MSNBC - May 6, 2012
Conservative rebel Panos Kammenos has stormed out of nowhere to torpedo his old party's chances of winning outright victory in Sunday's Greek election and put himself in a strong position to be a power broker after the vote.

Sarkozy faces defeat as France heads to polls   Reuters - May 6, 2012
France votes in elections on Sunday which could make Nicolas Sarkozy the 11th European leader to be swept from office by the economic crisis and crown Francois Hollande as the nation's first Socialist president in nearly two decades.

Israeli leader expected to declare early elections   AP - May 6, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce Sunday night that he'll dissolve parliament to hold early elections, a move designed to fend off domestic critics and perhaps put him in a stronger position to act against Iran.

May 6, 2012

NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? Pat and I bet on Bodemeister because her new grandson's name is Bodhin. Bodemeister placed -- (came in second) and gave us a great race. The winner was I'll Have Another. Next stop the Preakness. The winning jockey was an unknown named Mario Gutierrez from Mexico - on Cinco de Mayo.

    Body found at Kentucky Derby track   MSNBC - May 6, 2012
    Police are investigating after a man's body was found at Churchill Downs, hours after the race track had hosted the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Pat and I also watched the Stanley Cup playoffs - not a good day for the Rangers. Yes... we love all kinds of sports. One of the perks about being married to Ralph was he could get tickets for just about anything. 27 July starts the summer Olympics from London.

Supermoon 2012 -- More Photos   AP - May 6, 2012

From (More Photos)

Saturday night's full Moon was as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012. The phenomenon, also known as a perigee moon, is caused by the elliptical shape of the Moon's orbit around Earth. Big, nearby moons like this come along about once a year. The moonlight was so intense in Veszprem, Hungary, "the birds started singing because they thought it was morning," reports Monika Landy-Gyebnar. "I went out at 2 AM in almost daylight conditions. The landscape was visible in full color, the sky was vivid blue and only the brightest stars were visible. The perigee Moon lit the world with its full brightness."

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