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September 15, 2017 | The Lighter Side of Kim Jong Un-Sane

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.


You’ve got to hand it to Fox News for daring to show us the lighter side of Kim Jong Un. The photo (click on inset to enlarge) is featured this evening at Fox online, and one can only surmise that the Korean dictator and his generals are having great fun, whatever it is they are doing. It’s not difficult to imagine that they have just watched a firing squad turn some some hapless leaker of some trivial state secret — the royal family’s recipe for Limoncello, say  — into suet.  The news story accompanying the picture concerns the latest missile lobbed by North Korea at Japan.  This was not having much effect on Wall Street or index futures Thursday night, traders evidently having conspired not to panic unless a mushroom cloud is seen billowing over Los Angeles. At press time there was no word on any response on Twitter from President Trump, but you can bet he’s not going to take this latest affront to time-honored protocols of statesmanship lying down.

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September 15th, 2017

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