Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Governor Fruitcake

  Liberals in Maine split their vote between the Dems and an Indie allowing LePage to get into power as governor with 38% of the vote. Should he resign? Yes, he's the type of person who should have a restraining order keeping him 10 miles away from the capital city of any state.

Politico: Maine Gov. LePage considers resigning By Louis Nelson

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Clovis Trouille

The Onion


Science Daily: Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of human speech
summary - Dogs have the ability to distinguish vocabulary words and the intonation of human speech through brain regions similar to those that humans use, a new study reports.

TRNN - Fighting For Whose Freedom? Police Unions, Veterans, And Colin Kaepernick

Vet Away

  Now it's sexual harassment for Bannon, adding to the list of voter fraud, domestic violence, anti-Semitism, and who knows what else. This is Trump's campaign manager and as we know Trump has called for serious vetting of immigrants, yet he can't even vet his own campaign manager.

MSNBC: Trump campaign CEO faces series of allegations by Steve Benen

How The Mighty Have Fallen

  The marriage of politics and meaningless entertainment continues full steam ahead. How we will relish Rick Perry facing off against Vanilla Ice.

Guardian UK: Dancing with the Stars: Rick Perry's latest attempt to shimmy up a poll - Ex-governor of Texas and two-time presidential hopeful will once again compete for nation’s favor alongside Ryan Lochte, Vanilla Ice and Calvin Johnson

Unprecedented Warming

Global Warming - One Glorious Map Shows The Future Of Animal Migrations



The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a sunny day with temperatures in the 80s this afternoon. Very interesting reading about the candidates preparation for the upcoming debates. This was reported in the NY Times last night and I have the link, posted late Monday night. Clinton relishes the detailed homework and Trump prefers to wing it. Trump is very good at getting in the one line zinger and in this respect he has the advantage. The media loves the one line zinger because somehow or other, that conveys an ability that is presidential. I do not believe that, but America loves the one line zinger too. "Where's the beef?"

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are ever so slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up now trading at $47.50. The market is poised to open slightly lower.

  Hard to find a specific thing happening to explain the market this morning but a series of numbers on US housing and consumer interests are coming out. As far as I know both of those metrics have been fine in recent months. Notice that Apple is getting walloped with a massive tax bill in Europe.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
The European Commission is demanding that Ireland recover up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in unpaid taxes from Apple.

The main U.S. economic reports out today will focus on housing and consumers.


Monday, August 29, 2016


Gene Wilder Dies


Monmouth Poll - Clinton 46%, Trump 39%

'North By Northwest'

  The soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock's salient film composed by Bernard Herrmann.

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Clovis Trouille

The Onion - ‘Why Can I Never Seem To Say The Right Thing?’ Weeps Trump Into Pillow

Gut Bacteria, Weight Gain

Science Daily: Targeting gut bacteria to reduce weight gain
summary - Adding engineered bacteria into the guts of mice both kept them from gaining weight and protected them against some of the negative health effects of obesity.

TRNN - How EU Policies Have Fueled Economic Stagnation

If The Shoe Fits

America On Edge

  This country is in serious need of a collective long slow deliberate deep breath. We are torqued to the gills.

Guardian UK: Panic at Los Angeles airport after noise mistaken for gunfire - People flee LAX and police storm building but search reveals no evidence of a gunman or shots fired

Nascar Country And Trump

Global Warming - The Anthropocene

Robert Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: After Trump

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a humid 77 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley, the forecast predicts a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 80s. I hope you had a good refreshing weekend and are ready to get back into the fight. Considering how off the wall the presidential campaign has been so far, mostly as a result of the orange guy, one can only imagine where we are going this week. I'm sure some stunning surprises are in store as the orange guy just can't seem to help himself. In truth this whole deal, this entire presidential campaign has been turned into a travesty with Trump's candidacy. It still strikes me beyond bizarre that the GOP would offer America this person as a choice for the presidency. If on the outside chance he does win, it really is time to pack it up, time to move away.

  At 9:10 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down now trading around $47. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Janet Yellen is offering the possibility that a base interest rate hike may occur this year. Otherwise the week is getting off to a tepid start.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open by Alanna Petroff
Market moves are still being influenced by a Friday speech from Fed chair Janet Yellen, who signaled that an interest rate hike is still on the table for this year.