Time for some global news. Updates on local Amsterdam pubs are dull.

Rick Santorum is a Republican presidential candidate in the USA. Depending on the outcome of the primary election, he could eventually be running against Obama later this year. I’m used to skip intro and tune in when the real action starts in the States. However, this silly Santorum reached the Dutch press last week – something about the elderly murdered by numbers in this country. The story backfired at him.

His religious conservative views can be characterized as opposed to abortion, euthanasia and even against something as commonplace as birth control. Father of eight children himself. And supporting God, Jezus and families. In addition, he’s also terribly worried about gay sex. In short, not the kind of guy people in Amsterdam take very seriously.

Liquid Capital was founded in 2000 in London by Chris and Gregg Siepman. Having worked for several firms earlier (Saratoga, Paine Webber), they succeeded in building a worldwide market maker. Their positions now and then profit from the pain God causes by natural disasters. Last year the Japan tsunami landed nicely on their Japanese long vega positions.

Apart from the weekly church donations, it was time to thank the Lord in other ways. This is where Santorum enters the picture. The brothers decided to support the Christian Conservative by sending him $50.000. Alas, the American law prohibits the fundraising in politics by foreign individuals or companies. Thanks but no thanks, the fundraising committee returned the cash. Guess the American brothers will have to send the cash personally. Less tax friendly. But well timed natural disasters don’t come for free.

Jack
Jack