You will enjoy this guest post from Jay Martini:

Had an interesting discussion with the youngest daughter over the weekend regarding college majors. She heads off in August to a high-quality public institution in a neighboring state, and we talked about the correlation between her deciding on a specific path at the university versus finding a decent job when spit out four (or more) years later.

My first inclination, of course, was journalism. The power of the press. Woodward & Bernstein. Cigar-smoking and those weird green visors. All that crap. Then I read that the Boston Globe, in business since 1872, (only seven years after that immortal line " how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"), may be closing their doors this week. Incredible. Ix-nay on that.

I would have suggested business as a major, but this daughter, while brilliant in many ways, finds what we do daily---the compiling of data, the 'strategerie', the thrill of the completed sale---distasteful almost to the point of ignorance. I think she'd be slam-dunk successful in whatever is the opposite of buying/selling--maybe pottery-making, not that there's anything wrong with that. After a bad day at Black Rock, I think I'd enjoy tossing something into a kiln, just to watch it incinerate.

So, as I was feverishly projecting four years out to the prospect of said daughter returning home, whining, "Da-a-a-ad, what do I do NOW?"---after her parents have transferred six figures plus from their coffers to the college's account---I had the revelation that the field of psychology is the common thread the binds us all.

Why? With almost any produce commodity, the real supply/demand ratio recently has had less & less effect on markets. Unfortunately, the sizzle, the BS, the hype, what may or may not happen in futuretime instead of what is taking place now, is what makes a price move. What makes the big players---the major wholesalers and foodservice monsters---decide on a block deal purchase on a whim? To a certain extent, it's the psychological aspects of this & the immediate rush of being 'right' in the end.

And it's not just produce. The sheep mentality that's pushed the Dow 30% higher since March 1 has little to do with the nasty financial numbers still being released. Conversely, a farmer friend of mine with hogs has endured a twenty percent pork market haircut solely because the formerly-called swine flu was incorrectly named.

I thought I made a good case to the daughter. She plans to be an education major.