In St. Thomas Real Estate News, a Virgin Islands realtor has run off with millions of dollars of other people's money. Apparently she cleared out escrow accounts and her office and disappeared in early February.

You can read earlier accounts here:

St Thomas Real Estate: The Shady Side of Realtors

Why one person can cause so much havoc with St. Thomas Real Estate

One month later, Rosemary Sauter is still missing... and so is the approximately 2.5 million dollars. Where does one flee when fleeing paradise? Another paradise in the South Pacific? Sunny California? Canada? And how is it that RE/MAX is not responsible for these missing funds?

Who knows... but here's a picture of her in case somebody spots her. Her "dream properties" website still exists and so does her LinkedIn profile.

Subscribers to global warming theory will be happy to know that Australia is going to combat the emissions gushing out of their livestock.

Cow, goat, and sheep farts release substantial amounts of carbon into the air... estimated to be about 1,500 kg of carbon per cow per year. Enjoying your steak dinner tonight, Mr. Gore?

Livestock down under outnumber human residents 5.7 to 1. The Gov't is going to invest about $27mm researching dietary supplements, bacterial agents, and genetic engineering to minimize the fumes.

Hopefully, this will lead to better falafel.

I usually kick off the week reading James Howard Kunstler, my favorite peak oil curmudgeon. This week, he laid off perverse driving habits and lightens up (for him) w/ a discussion on how modern Americans present themselves. I think it's funny -- you might think it's a twisted rant.

" The fashion and body language of male youth in 2007 comes from three sources: prison, the nursery, and the pimpmobile. "

One of his usual rants is amazingly never discussed elsewhere. It has to do w/ the war in Iraq and our motoring lifestyle. We are so quick to blame Bush and not ourselves for the predicament we are in. We'll drive around in our SUV's and call into talk shows about how we should get out of Iraq.

Folks, we aren't leaving Iraq anytime soon. Yes, I think Bush is a bad man walking. To be more exact, I'm no fan of the Cheney Administration. But we will be there as long as we Americans insist on running America the way we run it, because we run it all on oil. Believe it or not, it's all for you!!

I think Kunstler is right about too many things on his blog (published every Monday) and his book: "The Long Emergency". It's downright frightening when you add it all up and look at the big picture, but I can't help agreeing with him.

Good ole St. Louis has a lot to celebrate... my original hometown is #1 in baseball and #1 in danger too!! Take THAT and THAT, Detroit. It took serious work and perseverence to edge out The Motor City in both contests.

But if there is gonna be double-winner next year, I'm putting my $$$ on Oakland.

To be fair, statistics are unkind to the Gateway of the West as only the city core is counted, and white flight has been going on for 5 decades leaving a depopulated urban wasteland. I wonder what percentage of hardcore Cardinals fans actually live within the city limits where games are played? Regardless, Cardinals fans deserved this baseball title since they are obviously risking their lives each and every gameday.