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http://www.spymuseumstore.org/

International Spy Museum Store Online

The International Spy Museum Store features all things-espionage! Real spies, Kid Spies, the Spy-curious, and spy-wannabes love our huge selection of books, gadgets, gear, games, toys, accessories, and tools of the trade – all with just the right combination of imagination, style, and intrigue. You’ll find unique designs, inspired by the International Spy Museum’s popular exhibits; equipment featuring state-of-the-art technology; plus an exclusive selection of fun Museum logo merchandise for agents of all ages, tastes, and sophistication. On a mission for spy gear? Find it here – where it’s fun to shop, fun to buy, and the gifts are to spy for.

Coordinates: Visit the International Spy Museum Store at 8th and F Streets, N.W. in downtown, Washington, DC. Enter on 8th Street – no codes, passwords, or admission to the Museum are required.

The Museum Store hours change seasonally. Click on spymuseum.org for current Museum hours of operation. The Museum and Store are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For directions visit spymuseum.org.

Questions: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) offer valuable intelligence about online shopping.

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http://www.spymuseumstore.org/

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My Note –

I just thought this was nifty. Haven’t checked to see if it is attached to an actual spy museum, but that would be great, too. I’ll have to go back and look. They have some T’Shirts and Coffee Mugs that say, “Deny Everything” which are pretty fun and some nifty spy toys for kids and grown-ups.

And, then I found this – which is really annoying about the delay of the sale of Chrysler to Fiat. I don’t know that the sale is the best thing or not, but to watch these butchers handling ownership of Chrysler debt like they are vulturous marauders is obscene. How much profit off that debt do they really need or deserve?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/business/09chrysler.html?hp

Supreme Court Delays Sale of Chrysler to Fiat

Published: June 8, 2009

The Supreme Court on Monday delayed the sale of most of Chrysler’s assets to Fiat pending further review of an appeal by three Indiana state funds and several consumer groups, a move that injects a new element of uncertainty over the carmaker’s fate.

[ . . . ]

And a lawyer for Chrysler argued in a recent court filing that the carmaker was losing $100 million a day while in bankruptcy.

Chrysler halted production at its factories in the United States after it sought bankruptcy protection on April 30. The company said it would restart the plants once the sale of its assets to Fiat was finalized.

Lawyers for the objectors, including Indiana funds representing teachers and police officers and several groups with product liability claims, filed their appeal to Justice Ginsburg late Saturday night, after the Second Circuit reaffirmed a lower court’s approval of the sale. The appeals court had delayed the closing of the deal until 4 p.m. Monday or until the Supreme Court declined to issue its own delay.

The Indiana funds have sought greater compensation for their portion of Chrysler’s $6.9 billion in secured debt. They have also argued that the Obama administration illegally used federal bailout money earmarked for financial institutions to help Chrysler. The Indiana funds bought their holdings in July 2008 for 43 cents on the dollar.

Lawyers for the funds have questioned whether Chrysler could have received a better deal than the Fiat transaction or through a liquidation. They have also objected on constitutional grounds, saying that the Obama administration was not allowed to give bailout money meant for financial institutions to Chrysler.

[ . . . ]

Adam Liptak in Washington and Micheline Maynard in Detroit contributed reporting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/business/09chrysler.html?hp

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My Note –

So at $100 million dollars a day, the hedge fund managers, pension fund managers / brokers and state funds managers / brokers are holding up the sale of Chrysler to Fiat and keeping those plants closed longer than they have to be. And, why?

When they bought the debt for 43 cents on the dollar and how much is the deal giving them as it is – 60 cents or 75 cents on the dollar or the same as they paid in the first place?

Teachers’ and police officers’ state funds in Indiana have fund managers that hired lawyers to do this while workers, share holders and maybe the whole deal goes to hell. What kind of idiots are running those funds?

That is what comes of playing with other people’s money. They get paid whether they have a conscience or not and the longer they extend this thing in the courts or force Chrysler into liquidation – the more money the brokers and fund managers make. It is a simplification, but basically that’s it.

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Cricket Diane C Phillips - original watercolor and acrylic miniature painting / trading card - 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches - on EBay today - "Bunny Hop Through the Garden" - 2007, 2009

Cricket Diane C Phillips - original watercolor and acrylic miniature painting / trading card - 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches - on EBay today - "Bunny Hop Through the Garden" - 2007, 2009

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=300320766955

This is an item I put on Ebay – well actually it is two items which almost made me sick to even make the listing. And, I knew it – an entire eleven people have looked at the listing.

This is the other miniature painting being offered for the same $5.00 – but no – it isn’t even worth anybody looking at it. I am so in the wrong country.

Cricket Diane C Phillips - acrylic miniature cat original painting / trading card - currently listed on Ebay with Bunny Hop - 2007, 2009 - titled: "Sir Lancelot - The Cat"

Cricket Diane C Phillips - acrylic miniature cat original painting / trading card - currently listed on Ebay with Bunny Hop - 2007, 2009 - titled: "Sir Lancelot - The Cat"

One of the things that Ebay did under the direction of some idiot, was to create a “best match” search which is the default when a buyer comes to Ebay. The listings I’ve paid to place on Ebay don’t even show up for an hour on the first page of the listings and the last time I listed anything, it was four pages back into the search within the last hour of ending.

Unless I can think inside the box that the buyers who are entering search terms and the “best match” search program are using, then it is uselessly wasting money to offer anything on Ebay. They have made it impossible for Ebay to be a fair, competitive playing field and whatever idiot sold them that search engine change (probably a consulting firm for some millions of dollars) cost Ebay both in buyers and sellers.

Whatever. I don’t own stock in Ebay and wouldn’t anyway because they have had that woman who is now running for governor of California do things that undermined the market share Ebay had, and drove the company into the ground. Now, she wants to do the same thing for California as if it isn’t in enough trouble already.

I should look up where she went to business school and see what they taught her which caused her to apply the policies that she did when she was at Ebay. – Don’t these people know they have to continue learning after business school in order to correct the wrong things taught to them from business school based in the trends of thought at the moment they were there which turn out to be faulty?

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The way I packaged my ocean art paintings trading cards miniatures sold in 2007 - Baby Crickets Inside - handcrafted

The way I packaged my ocean art paintings trading cards miniatures sold in 2007 - Baby Crickets Inside - handcrafted

Oh, yeah and putting the Ebay listing of two little paintings which are very cute as “ACEO” cards as they are called on Ebay, wasn’t the only thing I did – not only did I list a Lego house a month ago on this blog to use as a store display to attract customers (its about 3 feet high and a child can walk into it) – but I listed a post on this blog to give away ocean waves miniature paintings.

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/ocean-painting-trading-cards-hand-painted-aceo-artist-trading-cards-free-with-shipping-and-handling-reintroductory-offer-to-test-market-for-business-potential-and-to-offer-as-use-for-fund-ra/

I posted the coffee art card paintings about a month ago and The Got No Money Guide looking for stores, publishers or businesses that could use them where we could both make money from them. And, what? All of 16 people have seen any of those posts?

So, I gave each of my daughters about three hundred of the cards each to put in stores or sell or give home parties or sell online or however they wanted to do it – nothing happened, nothing sold, nothing was seen by anybody. I package them nice or with something really interesting and personable – with a bit of character, personality and theme. I sign them by hand individually – who cares? It doesn’t matter – means nothing.

Cricket Diane Coffee and Art - Days of the Week Collectible Trading Cards - each original - each unique - prints available sitting here doing nothing -

Cricket Diane Coffee and Art - Days of the Week Collectible Trading Cards - each original - each unique - prints available sitting here doing nothing -

Out of all the listings and offers and putting these unique items into the world – the results are nothing, zero, less than zero in fact because I spent money and effort to do it. This tells me that nothing, absolutely nothing that I know, or can create, or solutions I can generate, writings I can write or creative products that I create and produce, art that I can do, sculptures and product prototypes that I’ve designed and created and brought into existence are valuable to anybody.

They are apparently worthless because no one needs them, no one wants them and most of all because no one but a select few ever see them. An email can’t be sent about them without being spam. A post about them isn’t seen or read because it isn’t about Brittany Spears shoes.

And, listings on Ebay or other selling sites aren’t seen by even twenty people who really weren’t interested in the first place. That sucks. To get a business loan I would have to have equity in my own home to put up against the loan, the products, designs, writings, business knowledge, solutions, promotional and marketing plans are not tangible assets to use as collateral even though they are extensive and copyrighted by having been brought into tangible existence by me. I own them.

But, the SBA doesn’t look at those as collateral or as assets or as inventory, the only inventory they count is what has been manufactured in China or Siam and made by the quadrillions.

It doesn’t matter how many years, how many items I’ve created, how many promotional / marketing packages are sitting here complete, or how many paintings, products, solutions or business prototypes I have – it is not considered inventory, nor collateral when applying for a business loan. And, who would invest in it anyway if I haven’t made it into a billion-dollar empire already without their help? Investors only want guaranteed $3 return for every $1 they put into something with all things perfect and every likelihood that there is no risk whatsoever.

That’s how they get taken in by people who are in risky ventures. Those people simply make it look perfect and seem like it has no risk in order to take these investors to the cleaners, knowing that the investors have this weakness and vulnerability about wanting everything to be risk-free and perfect.

Serves them right, too. They don’t want a workable solutions package. Oh, no – that wouldn’t guarantee a return next month of 3:1 or 72:1 or whatever is considered the appropriate return to get the prize as the best of the best, ballsiest, slickest, winning-est, wonder investment whiz.

Don’t tell me that the United States wants innovative solutions, innovations, inventions, inventiveness, creativity, applied creative solutions and new things – because the only thing that our businesses and big corporations want is to exclude those from the marketplace where it might undermine their market share. It has taken down Chrysler, doing it that way. It has taken down General Motors doing it that way.

That attitude and policy has bankrupted more or our companies along the way than any other one thing and has put America behind the pack, rather than as the innovative leader we had been. It is the direct result of robust and innovative solutions and products NOT being brought into the marketplace, NOT being paid for by corporations to bring them into the market and NOT being allowed into the marketplace in the first place. That is stupid and now the economy is paying the price for that short-sighted stupidity./

You know, years ago the music industry would exclude all but a few genres and within those genres they would exclude all but a select few bands to participate because they believed it would slice into their comfortable little pie to do it any other way. It took the Japanese to come in and buy those companies in order for us to have access to all the rest of the music that had been available the whole time. The addition of these other genres and bands, musicians and creative products didn’t slice down the market, it actually awakened and renewed it.

American business schools are teaching something that prohibits that kind of thinking and then because everybody agrees that is the way to look at it or to do it – then it continues to be done that way until entire industries are driven into the ground. Once they are sold off to foreign interests, a new application of sound business principles without the current American business school blinders are put into place and we get to enjoy the fruits of creativity, invention, inventiveness and innovation that was ours in the first place. What kind of obscene nonsense is that?

– cricketdiane

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http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5583H120090609

U.S. bankruptcies highest since 2005

Tue Jun 9, 2009 11:09am EDT

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. bankruptcy filings rose in the first quarter to the highest since 2005, government data show, as rising unemployment, falling housing prices and tight credit made it harder for people to hold off their creditors.

There were 330,477 filings in the January-to-March period, up 10 percent from the previous quarter and up 35 percent from a year earlier, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said this week. Consumer bankruptcy filings rose 33 percent from a year earlier, while business filings rose 64 percent.

For the year ended March 31, bankruptcy filings rose 33 percent to 1,202,503. Experts expect further increases as the unemployment rate heads toward 10 percent and the economy struggles to emerge from an 18-month-old recession.

[Etc.]

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; editing by John Wallace)

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5583H120090609

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My Note –

I just thought this was too nifty –

After the Quake
Address: 2734 Taylor Street
Cross Street(s): Between Taylor and Mason Streets
Phone: 415-931-3624
Web: www.afterthequake.com

With a crumbling ceiling, overturned cars, a cable car crashing through a wall, and broken concrete columns, After The Quake® is proud to present a Disaster Sale to all customers who walk through its torn and ragged entrance. Almost everything is on sale in this 8000 square foot retail store which has barely survived one of the periodic earthquakes that shake, rattle and roll the beautiful city of San Francisco.
Days / Hours of Operation: After The Quake® shopping zone is open 365 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m
Directions: After the Quake is convenient to Fisherman’s Wharf parking lots and public transit. For more information, please visit the Parking or Public Transit pages.

[from – ]

http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/shopping/default.aspx

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My Note –

and I think this one is just too nifty also –

http://www.superherosupplies.com/

(Both online and in a brick and mortar store – Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

372 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
nr. 5th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-499-9884 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Specialty Shop

http://nymag.com/listings/stores/Brooklyn-Superhero-Co/

Profile

The brainchild of literary wonder boy Dave Eggers, this “costume shop” has a second, secret identity—like any good superhero. Beyond the platform on which young and old alike test capes while being blasted by a high-powered fan, and behind the shelves stocked with grappling hooks and invisibility paint is something infinitely less silly but no less stupendous: the headquarters for 826NYC, a not-for-profit writing program that focuses primarily on kids ages 6 to 18.

Encouraging writing in any and all forms—comics, fables, poetry, essays, songs, short stories, novels, and even teleplays—the organization seeks to help young people express themselves creatively and confidently through the written word.

The agency (accessed via a trick bookshelf) offers free after-school one-on-one tutoring on a drop-in, first-come-first-served basis, as well as weeknight and weekend workshops and help with school publications. They’ll also host class trips to 826 and help teachers with in-class, writing-based projects.

http://nymag.com/listings/stores/Brooklyn-Superhero-Co/

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[And this one is way cool too – ]

http://www.chess-shop.com/

The Village Chess Shop

The Village Chess Shop has been at the same location since 1972. We are in the heart of Greenwich Village, just one block below Washington Square Park.

We were the first to create a place where chess players could come and play as well as find a set to bring home. “The Chess Shop”, as we are commonly referred to, takes great pride in displaying hundreds of chess sets from all over the world. Many a tourist has come in smiling, saying how wonderful that such a “museum of chess” exists.

Our shop is open from eleven a.m. until midnight, E.S.T., seven days a week, 365 days a year. We do try and close a little early on major holidays (to please the families of some of our more dedicated players.)

We can be reached by phone at 212-475-9580, by fax at 212-995-9192, and by email at: info@chess-shop.com

Or write us at:

Village Chess Shop
230 Thompson Street
New York City, NY 10012

When in NYC, please come by to say hello, have some coffee, check out our chess sets, and of course, play a few games.

http://www.chess-shop.com/about.aspx

http://www.chess-shop.com/

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