Trading, life, war, heck it's all the same. Do you want the crowd to follow? Easy! Keep on repeating the same. Every hour on the hour. It won't be too long until perceptions start to form and believed as truths. "WASHINGTON â In his prime-time press conference last week, which focused almost solely on Iraq, President Bush mentioned Sept. 11 eight times. He referred to Saddam Hussein many more times than that, often in the same breath with Sept. 11. Bush never pinned blame for the attacks directly on the Iraqi president. Still, the overall effect was to reinforce an impression that persists among much of the American public: that the Iraqi dictator did play a direct role in the attacks. A New York Times/CBS poll this week shows that 45 percent of Americans believe Mr. Hussein was "personally involved" in Sept. 11, about the same figure as a month ago. The administration has succeeded in creating a sense that there is some connection [between Sept. 11 and Saddam Hussein]," says Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. Polling data show that right after Sept. 11, 2001, when Americans were asked open-ended questions about who was behind the attacks, only 3 percent mentioned Iraq or Hussein. But by January of this year, attitudes had been transformed. In a Knight Ridder poll, 44 percent of Americans reported that either "most" or "some" of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Iraqi citizens. The answer is zero. According to Mr. Kull of PIPA, there is a strong correlation between those who see the Sept. 11-Iraq connection and those who support going to war." http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.html Don't forget the markets. Pay attention to the puppeteers behind the curtains. They can be our best friends or worst enemies. Tape reading is king, follow the $$$$ trail. Offers, bids, sizes, may help or may deceive. It's the printed size and price that tells the story.