Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good Night

'Indovista'

INDOVISTA - one trip. two perspectives. from David Bertschinger Karg on Vimeo.

Neil deGrasse - Mars

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Play

CNN: Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?

Syrian Oil

AlterNet: Why Syria Intervention Plan Is Being Pushed by Oil Interests, Not Concern About Chemical Weapons - Massacres of civilians are being exploited for narrow geopolitical competition to control Mideast oil, gas pipelines

'Birdmen'

trailer

Saturday.

  Good morning. It is 70 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. We had thunder and rain throughout the night. The new dog got scared and spent the night in the bathroom hunkered down with her nose under the little kick plate area under the vanity. Now she is out retrieving a ball, so the damage isn't permanent. I am going to relax a bit with the blogging through the long weekend so if you see a little less attention here that's why. I will be back on Tuesday.

  Looking through the news I think this article merits attention beyond the upcoming bombing of Syria. CNN: Why Fukushima is worse than you think

  After all, there's pollution but then there's pollution that will very quickly kill you. Speaking of killing, the thought is going around questioning why it's better to kill people using bombs than to kill them using chemical gas weapons. Good point there - I think. Of course in America the mechanism to make bombs is a strong part of our tradition and economy, our economy being the leading economy in the world, and consequently the best, right, because the biggest is the best and the holiest. We are humane, we don't gas people, we just blow them to kingdom come. I would point to Nagasaki and Hiroshima as highlights of that mechanism. Unfortunately it's too easy to be sarcastic, sarcasm strikes me as a symptom of ignorance so when I find something intelligent to type I will.

'Every Single Night'

Fiona Apple

Friday, August 30, 2013

Good Night

See you bright and early Saturday morning. Enjoy the evening.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 14,810.31 dropping 30.64 points.

CNN: Investors say good riddance to August

Maddow - GOP Rejects MLK Anniversary

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,785.63 down 55.32 points.

CNN: 7 Fastest-Growing techs

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Report: Millions Of Courageous Americans Overcoming Media Pressure To Be Thin

The Onion: Report: Millions Of Courageous Americans Overcoming Media Pressure To Be Thin

TRNN - Fool Me Twice, Shame On US

Global Warming - Pacific 2

Guardian UK: Cooling Pacific has dampened global warming, research shows - Research explains why changes in tropical waters could be responsible for recent 'pause' in rising temperatures

The Jerk Class

AlterNet: Are We Being Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks? What New Studies Reveals About the Ultra Wealthy - And why increasing economic disparities will make it worse.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 67 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The weather logo shows sunshine, go figure because it sure seems like rain is on the way. Hey the long weekend awaits, nothing like a three day weekend to help boost just about anything. It looks like the US is going to go it alone and eventually start raining bombs on Syrian military assets as they are so coldly and objectively stated. Maybe it won't happen at all, as Britain wised up real fast. It's been a strange week as usual with the threat of a new war oscillating with MLK 50th anniversary of the "dream speech." Turns out the I have a dream part was spoken extemporaneously, and a wow to that.

  At 8:10 a.m. futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is lower. The market is poised to open in the mixed to flat area.

  One would suspect that many floor traders are resting on ocean related beaches as the holiday weekend is taken early. Consequently on days like today trading is volume is lower but things can become a little more volatile. The interest is in a steady as she goes type of day heading into September. That is the hope.

CNN: Stocks: Steady ahead for now
...the University of Michigan will release its latest consumer confidence survey...

'Sarabande'

Wenn Sing Yang performs the exquisite music of JS Bach

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good Night

Obama's MLK speech

HNG

planetsave.com: Swedish Engineers Invent ‘Nano Gas’ That ‘Instantly Neutralizes’ Carbon Pollution

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 14,840.95 gaining 16.44 points.

CNN: Wave of fast food strikes hits 60 cities

Assad

Guardian UK: Syria: UK intelligence blames Assad regime for chemical attacks - No 10 publishes assessment as MPs are put on notice they may have to return to Commons for weekend vote on military action

Maddow - MLK Alabama History

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,909.76 up 85.25 point.

CNN: U.S. economic growth stronger than thought

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Study: 25-Foot-Tall Asian Women Remain Underrepresented In Media

The Onion: Study: 25-Foot-Tall Asian Women Remain Underrepresented In Media

TRNN - No Solution In Syria

Global Warming - The Pacific

NPR: A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

Quality Vs Junk

AlterNet: Annie Leonard: We Should Not Buy Artifacts of Indulgence and Disposability: How About Well-Made, and Doesn't Trash the Planet? The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY . The weather logo is once again showing rain and lightning for today. Perhaps today will be the day. We watched the full MLK 'I Have A Dream' speech last night on MSNBC at 8 pm. It truly is the most amazing speech of the 20th Century, this is true. We've heard the speech so many times at this point and yet it doesn't lose any of it's impact, in fact just the opposite, the words seem to gain in meaning and relevancy. The most stunning part is that King was only 34 at the time, 34 can you imagine. Most people can barely tie a shoe lace at 34, and King presents the model of maturity and wisdom for this country at 34.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the mixed area.

Just as we had good eurozone days and bad eurozone days a few months ago, today we have a good Syria day with investors setting aside their fears of a new war in the Middle East. We are not so sure about their appeasement but this is out of our control. In a few minutes the government will release data on first time weekly layoffs along with a revision of the second quarter GDP. Add it all together and that is the force on the indexes this morning.

CNN: Stocks edge up as Syria fears recede
...the prospect of imminent U.S.-led military action against Syria appears to recede.

Also at 8:30 a.m. ET, the Commerce Department will update its estimate for second-quarter gross domestic product.

'Improvisation No 1'

Stochelo Rosenberg

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good Night

'Japanese Dinosaur Prank'

MLK

Guardian UK: March on Washington: Barack Obama leads 50th anniversary celebrations - US president urges crowd to follow Martin Luther King's inspiration to combat racism and act against minority rights

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 14,824.51 gaining 48.38 points.

Remember, opinions about the future of the stock market from the famous and infamous are literally a dime a dozen.

CNN: Market volatility is back and here to stay

Miley

This is from The Onion circa 2008.

Don't Do It

Guardian UK: US and UK under pressure to delay military intervention in Syria - UN secretary general says more time should be allowed for inspectors to investigate chemical weapons attack

Maddow - Syria

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,833.04 up 56.91 points.

CNN: Extra cost to make Google phone in U.S: $4

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Experts Point To Long, Glorious History Of Successful U.S. Bombing Campaigns

The Onion: Experts Point To Long, Glorious History Of Successful U.S. Bombing Campaigns

TRNN - Syria

Global Warming - Plankton

CS Monitor: How tiny plankton could give global warming a significant boost - A new study suggests that as oceans become more acidic, plankton could produce less of a compound that is key to cloud formation. Clouds help keep earth cool.

Know Thy Food

AlterNet: Nutrition Labels Aimed to Dupe Consumers—And How to Tell What You're Really Eating - When a sugary cereal like Count Chocula appears to be a healthy choice, you know something has gone terribly wrong with nutrition labels.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and foggy here in Upstate NY. The weather logo is suggesting rain. Like you I've been keeping my eye on the news about Syria. Looks like a new war is brewing with promises of a "quick" involvement and no troops on the ground. America knows how to bomb, that's for damn sure. So bombing it will probably be. Hard to imagine any person going about their daily activity with bombs falling all around, it's got to be an instantaneous heaping of trauma and disorientation. It's just horrible, yet the powers that be seem to demand revenge for this savage gassing, savagery heaped on top of savagery all around with plenty to spare. I wonder why America didn't bomb the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq war where millions died, many from gassing. I guess we were saving it for later.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the mixed area although the elevated price of oil will push some equities into the black.

  The immediate fear of the Syrian war is subsiding for the moment and the market is more stable this morning. Notice that the price of oil is shooting up to extreme highs. Say hello to even higher gas prices. Also notice that there is a rupture occurring in the economy of India. This is one to keep track of, India being a key BRIC country with it's gigantic population and formerly growing economy. In some respects, India's economic destabilization if it were to come to that would be far more reaching than a war in Syria.

CNN: Stocks steadier after sell-off
The world seems increasingly convinced that the U.S. -- and its allies -- will make a military strike against Syrian government forces in the coming days.

In India, the rupee extended losses to another record low on Wednesday as investors continued to pull money out of the country.

'Je Suis Seul Ce Soir'

Fapy Lafertin

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Disaster

From Reuters:
Breaking News: Japan has officially decided to raise severity of Fukushima leak to level 3 on international scale: agency

'Climate Name Change'

51

LA Times: Area 51: The real cover-up - The secret base didn't house UFOs, but that doesn't mean the government had nothing to hide. by Jonathan Turley

Good Night

Clip from 'Napolean Dynamite' - 'Tina Eat The Food'

China

This is not especially good news in light of the fact that we are rapidly moving to 450ppm. Let's see by 2027, we'll be seeing a lot more extreme weather as a result of a continuous increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.

Guardian UK: China power sector emissions 'to peak in 2027' – report - Bloomberg New Energy Finance says renewable energy will make up half of new Chinese power capacity in coming years

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 14,776.13 dropping 170.33 points.

CNN: Stocks slump on Syria fears

'Ready To Go'

Guardian UK: US strike on Syria could come within days as military assets 'ready to go' - Defence secretary says US military has moved resources into place dependent on decision from President Obama

Maddow - US Military And Syria

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,833.82 down 112.64 points.

And predictably...

CNN: Oil jumps as Syria conflict heats up

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Person Sitting In Parked Car At 2:00 A.M. Probably Upstanding Member Of Community

The Onion: Person Sitting In Parked Car At 2:00 A.M. Probably Upstanding Member Of Community

TRNN - Ways Privatization Failed America - Part 2

RT News - Syria

Global Warming - We Did It

WaPo: Humans’ complicity in climate change can’t be ignored

Real News

AlterNet: 10 Fascinating Things About Sex, Lust and Love You Probably Didn't Know - Science has come a long way in understand sexuality. Here are some very interesting facts.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 67 degrees and rainy here in Upstate NY. The weather logo is predicting rain and lightning today. In my opinion the dominating news is a probable US attack on Syria. John Kerry's statements are the best indication of the newest war approaching. Certainly the hawks are loving it, because after all what could possibly be better than a new war for the war monger. Recall that back as the US invaded Iraq, the neocons were calling for a continuation of the attack into Syria. Their wish is coming true, better late than never. As usual the relevant news is sketchy, unclear, and stamped with monstrous guilt.

  At 8:10 a.m. futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is higher. The market is poised to open lower although some energy stocks may benefit.

  The world news of an imminent US attack on Syria is shaking world markets and is the main trigger for today's lower futures. Investors will see data on housing and our favorite, consumer confidence, today. The struggle between world events and US economic news will push today's losses deeper or will modify the negative effect of the pre-Syria attack atmosphere.

CNN: Stocks fall on talk of strike on Syria
Investors have grown increasingly concerned that the U.S. and its allies are preparing for military action against Syria...

'The One'

Kylie Minogue

Monday, August 26, 2013

Good Night

Police in North Carolina threaten volunteers for feeding the homeless.

Here Comes Another War

Guardian UK: Syria crisis: US signals intent to take action against Assad regime - UN inspection begins as John Kerry says it is 'undeniable' that government was behind 'obscene' chemical weapon attack

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 14,946.46 dropping 64.05 points.

CNN: Facebook friends could change your credit score

Canada Feminist Protest

Brr

NPR: If You Believe The Farmer's Almanac, Get A Good Coat

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,036.87 up 26.36 points.

CNN: Trump defends his school, prosecutor calls it 'a scam'

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Nate Silver Vows To Teach Chris Berman How To Read

The Onion: Nate Silver Vows To Teach Chris Berman How To Read

TRRN - Cornel West On The Civil Rights Movement

RT News - Hungarian Farmers' Collapse

Global Warming - New Alarming Study On Oceans

ABC News Au.: Climate study adds more heat to global warming
...one effect of global warming is that the oceans will release less of a gas which helps shield the Earth from the sun's radiation.

Filth

We are noticing an explosion in the number of articles that take on the filthy rich. I think this might very well be a byproduct of OWS.

AlterNet: 6 Filthy Facts About the Rich - The filthiest fact is that Congress wants to cut the food benefit to hungry Americans, almost half of them children, so that money can keep flowing to the top.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. It sure looks like the rain is coming out there. I hope your weekend was outstanding, restful, and re-energizing. We are up to our ears in cucumbers. For our garden this is the year of the cucumber and that means that with every meal I get a cucumber and tomato salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt. Truth is that is something I really enjoy and will eat a few times a day. Throw in some crushed almonds or currants or carrots and a side of a small piece of salmon, it's the best.

  At 8:10 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil is slightly higher. The market is poised to open in the mixed area.

  Investors are back to pondering the fate of quantitative easing as a rather prestigious meeting on monetary policy with big names from all over the world took place over the weekend . Just as we saw a few months ago when every day was linked to the fate of the eurozone which incidentally seems to have been neatly and magically factored into the equation, the abatement of quantitative easing is in the constant foreground. It's going to happen, it's just a matter of when and how much. Most feel it will occur this Fall.

CNN: Stocks: Wary investors keeping tabs on Fed
Tapering by the Fed was the focus of weekend discussions as central bankers from around the world took part in the Fed's annual monetary policy symposium in Wyoming.

'You Don't Know What Love Is'

Sonny Rollins

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Good Night

Extraordinary day here on Sunday, see you bright and early Monday morning. What stunning news awaits us this coming week...

The Last Remaining GOP Moderate

Raw Story: Colin Powell: Voting restrictions ‘are going to backfire’ on Republicans

Ocean Acidification Gathering Pace

Guardian UK: Rising levels of acids in seas may endanger marine life, says study - Experts claim current rate of change is likely to be more than 10 times faster than it has ever been in Earth's history

Yosemite

Guardian UK: Wildfire threatens Yosemite national park – in pictures - Firefighters struggle to contain a huge wildfire that has crossed into California's Yosemite national park. The part of the park frequented by tourists remains open, but a state of emergency has been declared for San Fransisco, because of the threat to the city's power and water supplies

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Report: Last Time Anyone Actually Rose To The Occasion Was 2002

The Onion: Report: Last Time Anyone Actually Rose To The Occasion Was 2002

The Resistance Report

RT News - Syria

MLK

Al Jazeera: Tens of thousands rally to honor March on Washington by Naureen Khan - On anniversary of MLK's iconic address, attendees demand social and economic justice

Global Warming - Another Threat To Wildlife

Guardian UK: Fears for seabirds as global warming affects coastline - National Trust study warns of threat to wildlife as rising sea levels and changing weather patterns transform UK coastlines

Pushing The Boundaries

AlterNet: 7 Outrageous and Downright Horrific Statements From the Right-Wing Fringe Just This Week - “I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married." Will the homophobic, racist, sexist conservative noise never cease?

'All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down'

The Mavericks

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Good Night

Passer Passer from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

Desktop 3D Scanner

When I first saw this I thought, what's the big deal, if you want a two dimensional image of anything take a picture of it. The difference here is that the 3D scanner is used in conjunction with a 3D printer. You get the scanned image, manipulate it, and pass on the new file to the 3D printer. Take a 3D scan of a horse statue, change the horse's head to GWB, and let the 3D printer make your new art piece.

BBC News: Makerbot Digitizer: Desktop 3D scanner goes on sale

Maddow - GOP Overreach

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Attack

CBS News: U.S. preps for possible cruise missile attack on Syrian gov't forces

Have A Good Morning

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The Borowitz Report: Christie Forced Out Of G.O.P. Race By Empathy Scandal

The Borowitz Report: Christie Forced Out of G.O.P. Race by Empathy Scandal

The Onion: Goldman Sachs Announces They’re Blowing Up A Nursing Home And There’s Nothing Anyone Can Do About It

The Onion: Goldman Sachs Announces They’re Blowing Up A Nursing Home And There’s Nothing Anyone Can Do About It

TRNN - Cash Hoarders Devastate Economy

RT News: 'Al-Qaeda Metastasize In Mid-East Due To US War On Terror'

Al Jazeera - Massive Sinkhole Makes Louisiana Town Uninhabitable

Al Jazeera: Massive sinkhole makes Louisiana town uninhabitable

Global Warming - Ezra Klein Interviews Al Gore

WaPo: Al Gore explains why he’s optimistic about stopping global warming
"A lot of Republicans have shared with me privately their growing discomfort with the statements of some of the deniers in their ranks. Even though they’re not yet willing to come back to advocate constructive policies, there is definitely movement."

Snakes

Be aware, the ultra rich want SSI.

AlterNet: Plutocrats' New Pitch: Let Us Rob You Now So You Can Plan Ahead for Poverty - Pete Peterson & Co. kindly want to take your Social Security away to prevent you from imagining a dignified future.

'Hot Corner'

B-52s

Friday, August 23, 2013

Good Night

'Shorts On Sundays'

NOWNESS Presents - Shorts on Sundays: Spring Summer from NOWNESS on Vimeo.

Hate

Raw Story: ‘Vitriolic coverage’: Study examines why Fox News viewers hate Obama

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,010.51 gaining 46.77 points.

CNN: Microsoft pushes Nasdaq to weekly win

Greenwald's Latest

Guardian UK: Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself - The NSA whistleblower says: 'I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent' by Glenn Greenwald

Maddow - North Carolina Voting

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,972.64 up 8.90 points.

CNN: Why the Japanese still love music CDs

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Study: People Far Away From You Not Actually Smaller

The Onion: Study: People Far Away From You Not Actually Smaller

TRNN - Kevin Gosztola On Bradley Manning Being Sentenced To 35 Years

RT News - Hellfire As Flames Engulf Oil Tank In Eastern Siberia

Global Warming - Coastlines

NYT: Can Cities Adjust to a Retreating Coastline? By ANDREW C. REVKIN

Inequality And Stress

AlterNet: The Surprising Reason Americans Are Far Less Healthy Than Others in Developed Nations - Americans are losing ground globally “by every” health measure, and it's not why you might think.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 63 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY, it looks like a gorgeous day awaits. Racism is very much in the news right now, as you know. My overall impression is that discussion is good, yet much of it regarding racism is negative and enforces racism itself. So separating out the worst we are left with a conversation that is still very difficult to have. In some ways there doesn't appear to be a common language or lexicon that we have surrounding the discussion on racism. We can use some words but not others, we can talk about some tendencies and patterns but not others. It is a sensitive subject, like an exposed nerve that sets off intense feeling and suffering. I don't have a solution here but I do know and trust that fundamentally all humans are capable of great wisdom, compassion, and understanding.

  At 8:20 a.m. futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat to slightly higher area.

  Wall street is abuzz with the fact that a technical glitch shut down trading on Thursday for several hours. That's a big deal, the economic hub of the world falls prey to a faulty electronic path. It appears that this event has had a sobering effect, when will it happen again and then what, etc. Otherwise, the articles are indicating a quiet day.

CNN: Investors ready for Nasdaq dust to settle
Investors are just waiting on new home sales data for July, which will be released at 10 a.m. ET.

In Asia, markets in China ended with narrow losses, but Japan's Nikkei rallied by 2.2%.

Poison

True Activist: 9 Natural Ways to offset the Damage of Radiation Poisoning

'Rebel Rebel'

David Bowie

Thursday, August 22, 2013

2013 SOBA

Good Night

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 14,963.74 gaining 66.19 points.

CNN: Stocks higher after Nasdaq's 3-hour halt

Read The Transcript

George W. Bush's SOTU address September 20, 2001. See what you think of it 12 years later.

CNN: Transcript of President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night, September 20, 2001.

'Sounds Of Rain'

A repost oldie but goodie.


Maddow - Syrian Gas Attack

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,940.23 up 42.68 points.

CNN: It's comeback Thursday for stocks

The Teens

As you know this tragic murder occurred a few days ago. This clip shows the faces of the killers, three teens ages 15, 16, and 17. Two kids are black, one kid is white. The victim was a young 22 year old man from Australia here on a college scholarship. He was white. There is an uproar in the right concerning Obama not making a statement on this shooting while he did make a well known statement on the Zimmerman/Martin murder.

No More Trolls At HuffPo

I like it, anonymity has become the shield of the bully. I hope other outfits do the same.

Guardian UK: Huffington Post ends commenter anonymity

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - BREAKING: Middle East Conflict Not Solved Today

The Onion: BREAKING: Middle East Conflict Not Solved Today

TRNN - FBI Partners With Banks And Blames Mortgage Fraud On Poor Borrowers

RT - Bradley Manning

Global Warming - Deniers Respond

The right is once again working OT to counter the recent UN report that pretty much unequivocally states that global warming is man made. Forbes Magazine is a leading mouthpiece for the deniers.

Forbes: The New York Times' Global Warming Hysteria Ignores 17 Years Of Flat Global Temperatures

The Great Eye

AlterNet: 13 Things the Government Is Trying to Hide from You - Our government is intentionally keeping massive amounts of information secret from voters.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is foggy and 63 degrees here in Upstate NY. The forecast logo is showing thunder storms later on. The news remains focused on Antoinette Tuff, the school clerk in Atlanta that thwarted a potentially horrific school shooting by another utterly distraught and despondent young man. The amazing part is that she used her words, words of kindness and compassion, to talk him out of it. It was not a matter of the only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good guy with a gun. One suspects NRA people are furious over this - talk about another tragedy. Hopefully we will be hearing more about Antoinette Tuff and people will learn some valuable lessons here.

  At 7:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the mixed area.

  I can't explain why futures are higher this morning, perhaps investors are taking a break from the market's last two week drop. A person of interest is emerging. Janet Yellen is a candidate for the Fed director's job and she will be at a symposium on monetary policy. Perhaps investors like her record.

CNN: Stocks: Ready for a comeback?
"If Yellen is indeed chosen to take the reins next year, it will be up to her to manage the Fed's move toward monetary policy normalization. With that in mind, traders will be keen to hear what she has to say on the matter of QE 'tapering'..."

Asian markets ended with mixed numbers.

'One Thing Leads To Another'

The Fixx

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This Is A Hero

WaPo: Atlanta school shooting averted; clerk Antoinette Tuff describes confrontation

Good Night

See you bright and early on Thursday morning.

Guardian UK: NSA illegally collected thousands of emails before Fisa court halted program - Declassified court ruling from 2011 found government 'disclosed substantial misrepresentation' of data collection program

Tapering

Bloomberg: FOMC Minutes Show Broad Support for Bernanke Taper Timeline

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 14,897.55 dropping 105.44 points.

As predicted, it looks like the Fed news was not impressive to investors.

CNN: Federal Reserve divided on when to taper

Saturated

BBC: European forests near 'carbon saturation poin

Lewis Black Gets After Rick Perry

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Pema's Advice

I'm on Pema Chodron's weekly advice email, this came in today.
THIS IS NOT A FAILURE

You can cruise through life not letting anything touch you, but if you really want to live fully, if you want to enter into life, enter into genuine relationships with other people, with animals, with the world situation, you’re definitely going to have the experience of feeling provoked, of getting hooked, of shenpa. You’re not just going to feel bliss. The message is that when those feelings emerge, this is not a failure. This is the chance to cultivate maitri, unconditional friendliness toward your perfect and imperfect self.

Maddow - GOP War On Voting Pushback

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 14,929.09 down 73.90 points.

CNN: Investors nervously await the Fed

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Obama Family Adopts 44-Year-Old Portuguese Water Man

The Onion: Obama Family Adopts 44-Year-Old Portuguese Water Man

TRNN - Arrests Following Chicago Bulldozing Of Community Center

RT - Snowden's Data Destruction

Global Warming - Duh

Please, can we get to action yet. It's incredulous that we still have to prove it.

CNN: U.N. panel says it's more certain that humans drive global warming

Booze

The article is written more as an attempt to legitimize pot but that does not interest me in the very least. Alcohol really is problematic in a major way and it's dominance in our society is disastrous. In truth I'm equally down on pot too. You don't need either.

AlterNet: 7 Ways Booze Is More Dangerous Than Pot - Pot is statistically less harmful than alcohol, and it's time to treat it that way.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 60 degrees and hazy here in Upstate NY. The forecast is predicting a rather hot day. It's been a little more like Summer lately so maybe we'll get some more strong heat. If you get a chance please watch the clip I've posted titled 'Lily'. This is a very compelling three minute documentary on a young woman from Jamestown NY. She possibly is in her late teens or early 20s. Through no fault of her own she is now living in a car, plus she is handicapped but her attitude is amazing. I mean it caught me in my tracks seeing her resiliency. I would take in a person like this in an instant, take a room in the house, settle in, have some food, don't worry take your time, figure out what to do next with a little support behind you.

  At 8:00 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the mixed to lower area.

  Take a breath because the potential for today going south real bad this afternoon is very high. The Fed will release notes on monetary policy at 2 p.m. ET and if the smell of quantitative easing abatement is in there, the market is dropping. All the bad elements are in place, the Summer doldrums, low volume with many traders on vacation, and the threat of quantitative easing stopping. On the positive side, well, maybe there's a miracle in there somewhere.

CNN: Stocks: Waiting on the Fed
The minutes are slated to come out at 2 p.m. ET...

'Dark Eyes'

Bireli and gang

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good Night

'LILLY' - 4 stars **** Sande. We should all get together and figure out how to put together a 'human rescue' group because this young woman really needs some help and assistance. This one really got to me.

LILY from david m. helman on Vimeo.

Power Struggle Over Keystone XL

Guardian UK: US Department of Interior criticises State over Keystone XL impact report - Letter calls draft environmental impact statement on controversial transnational oil-sands project 'inaccurate'

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,002.99 dropping 7.75 points.

CNN: Where U.S. aid to Egypt goes

Fukushima Leak

BBC: Fukushima nuclear plant: Radioactive water leak found

Plasmoid

BBC: New insights into creating ball lightning in the lab

Maddow - Surprising CIA Secrets

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,067.15 up 56.41 points.

CNN: Fire sale in Gary, Indiana: Homes for $1

Have A Good Morning

work by Leonor Fini

The Onion - Political Cartoonist Not Sure How To Convey That Large Sack In Senator’s Hand Is Full Of Money

The Onion: Political Cartoonist Not Sure How To Convey That Large Sack In Senator’s Hand Is Full Of Money

Al Jazeera - Khushboo's Deadline

TRNN - Military In Crisis: Sexual Assault, Soldier Suicides And Excess Spending

Global Warming - Wired For Inaction

NYT: A Closer Look at the Technical and Behavioral Barriers to Action on Global Warming By ANDREW C. REVKIN

The Other Reality

AlterNet: $75 For Ice Cubes? The Absurd Things Rich People Are Blowing Their Cash on - A small group of Americans is now sitting on more wealth than they could possibly know what to do with as growing numbers of ordinary families struggle.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 58 degrees and foggy here in Upstate NY. You get the sense of anticipation in the air as students prepare to go back to school and the relaxation of the Summer yields to the business of Fall. I think the entire energy of this period culminates with Christmas and New Year's Day. It's like we are stoking the energy to carry us right up to those holidays. I see that the Obama's have gotten another Portuguese Water Dog. Beautiful looking dog too and a female to join their same breed male dog. Talk about a lucky dog, what a charmed life for an animal, the President's Dog.

  At 8:00 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open in the flat to lower area.

  With the DOW on the edge of 15,000 and the projection of more losses, the market is in at the least a mini correction. Investors are adjusting to the abatement of quantitative easing, and so are we. On Wednesday the Fed will release more info on their monetary policy and this will be a big deal. This is where we are at, the market is on a bear run. More than likely this continues until there is an adjustment to the end of quantitative easing.

CNN: Stocks heading for 5th day of losses
"No new news, just the same fear..."

'There Will Never Be Another You'

Angelo Debarre

Monday, August 19, 2013

Good Night

't.o.m.'

t.o.m. from holbrooks on Vimeo.

Coastal Flooding

Guardian UK: Coastal cities face $1 trillion floods by 2050: study - In less than 40 years from now the cost to the world's biggest coastal cities from flooding is expected to have risen to $1tn – 0.7% of the value of the entire world economy in 2012

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,010.74 dropping 70.73 points.

CNN: Funding cuts hit 57,000 preschoolers

MSNBC - Chuck Todd

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,076.32 down 5.15 points.

CNN: A sobering gut check for the market

Have A Good Morning

work by Leonor Fini


The Onion - It Says Here On Your Résumé, Mr. Zimmerman, That You Shot A Boy?

The Onion: It Says Here On Your Résumé, Mr. Zimmerman, That You Shot A Boy?

RT - Sen. Wyden Almost Exposed NSA Surveillance Before Snowden Leaks

TRNN - Egyptian Military Creating Conditions For Dictatorship

This is 3 days old

Al Jazeera's Videos

It looks like Al Jazeera is reformatting it's news for the American market. Right now I can't embed anything from their site onto this blog. Bummer. Maybe this will change, maybe not. Right now you can watch the Al Jazeera channel on Youtube but even there many of the clips are unavailable in the USA. Bummer again.

Global Warming - Bill McKibben And Rebecca Solnit's Latest

AlterNet: Can We Pull the Planet from the Brink of Catastrophe? - It can only happen if engaged citizenry create a widespread but thoroughly interconnected movement.

A Part

AlterNet: Is Living Apart Good for Marriage? For More Americans, Two Roofs May Be Better Than One - Sharing a marriage no longer means sharing an address.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 61 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY on this fine Monday morning. The weather logo is not indicating rain but I would not take that to the bank. I hope you had a good weekend. I had a recently productive weekend where I put some time into cleaning up the yard, sweeping the driveway, and trying to polish up the old street appeal. I'm hoping to take another Coursera course on finance and upgrade my understanding of the world's money flow. The last course was a basic finance course, it was interesting. It was mostly about understanding how interest rates are calculated. It's good stuff to know.

  At 7:57 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat to slightly lower area.

  The article is predicting a calm day. The last two weeks on Wall Street have been anything but calm with the DOW dropping roughly 500 points. Trading is often volatile when many investors are on vacation and trading volume is low, plus August is historically a bearish month. Appreciate a calm day but do not be surprised with something less.

CNN: Stocks calmer after two weeks of losses
...no major corporate or economic reports on the agenda.

Asian markets ended mixed results.

'Dark Sky'

Gerald Garcia conducts his original composition.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Unaffiliated

Good Night

The Dupont Nomade

'Ruuuun!!'

nice animation with an extremely long and generous list of contributors to the project

Ruuuun!! from BingTangHuLuer on Vimeo.

Smartwatch

The wearable electronic high tech gadget market is heating up.

Guardian UK: Samsung v Apple: Galaxy Gear release brings time for smartwatch rivalry - Samsung's smartwatch going to market in September may set off new battle after wrangles with Apple over tablets and mobiles

Out Of Sight

Guardian UK: Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system? - Scientists split over whether Nasa probe has finally left the solar system after 36 years

Wal Mart

Recall that last week Cisco and WalMart both showed poor second quarter reports. As a result the DOW dropped over 220 points in one day. This article is about one expert's thoughts on these implications, and also recall that it is very easy to find experts who will trumpet an imminent economic collapse at virtually any point in history.

MoneyNews: Retail Expert Davidowitz: Wal-Mart's Woes Stem From Economy in 'State of Collapse'

TRNN - Why Are Egyptian Liberals Celebrating A Massacre?

Have A Good Morning

work by Unica Zurn

The Onion - Chinese Newlyweds Wondering What They’re Going To Do With All This Medicinal Bear Bile

The Onion: Chinese Newlyweds Wondering What They’re Going To Do With All This Medicinal Bear Bile

RT - Germany Under Fire As Arm Exports To Gulf Nations Triple

Al Jazeera - Egypt FM Says Government Fights Acts Of Terror

Global Warming - Japanese Apples

LA Times: Change in Japanese apples blamed on global warming

Amped Up

Some GOP leader or group of leaders needs to step up and somehow push their political party back into the real world.

AlterNet: 7 Idiotic and Dangerous Statements From Right-Wing Nut-Jobs Just Last Week - "We can't have a woman president until every other country has a woman leader"...and much more.

'Gypsy Jazz Guitar Rhythm Lesson'

Hono Winterstein - master rhythm gypsy guitarist. When Hono plays guitar it sounds like there's an extra drummer sitting in as well as a rhythm guitar.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Good Night

Another gorgeous day here in paradise. I've been awb - away from the blog - all day. Who cares about the news....

Wow, I see that the British are re-examining the death of Princess Di. What can we say.

See you bright and early on Sunday morning.

Like, Sorta Like, Kinda Like

Copyblogger: Metaphor, Simile and Analogy: What’s the Difference?

Soda

Reuters: Soda drinking tied to kids' behavior problems: study

Have A Good Morning

work by Hans Bellmer

The Onion - Group Of Friends Engage In Passionate, Incoherent Discussion About Current Events

The Onion: Group Of Friends Engage In Passionate, Incoherent Discussion About Current Events

Al Jazeera - Protesters Besieged In Cairo Mosque

Al Jazeera - Meet The 'Olinguito' The World's Newest Mammal

Global Warming - One GOP

Slate: George Shultz: A Republican Who Accepts the Reality of Global Warming

Fear Factory

AlterNet: 5 Companies That Make Money By Keeping Americans Terrified of Terror Attacks - A massive industry profits off the government-induced fear of terrorism.

'Making Believe'

Emmylou Harris

Friday, August 16, 2013

Good Night

Reuters: Seattle police to give Doritos to pot-party revelers

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,081.47 dropping 30.72 points.

CNN: Driving an ultra rare $4m Lamborghini

The Daily Show - Final Silly Show Of The Summer

Maddow - Egypt

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All Year

TreeHugger.com: Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,116.80 up 4.61 points.

CNN: Shrimp shortage leads to record high prices

Have A Good Morning

Willy Verginer

The Onion - Report: There Only 17 Total Square Miles On Earth Where Gays Not Discriminated Against

The Onion: Report: There Only 17 Total Square Miles On Earth Where Gays Not Discriminated Against

Al Jazeera - Guatemala Builds Eco-Friendly School

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Global Warming - China

Guardian UK: China to invest in energy saving industries to tackle pollution - China's State Council announces plans to make green industries central to the economy by 2015

Global Warming - Heat Waves

This will occur even if CO2 emissions are somehow magically curtailed now. The problem is that the CO2 we've already put into the atmosphere hangs around for 100 years. Also, it is a well known scientific fact understood since the 19th century actually that CO2 holds heat.

NBC News: Extreme heat waves to quadruple by 2040, study says

The Market On Friday

  Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 53 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The forecast has the temperatures going into the 80s in the next week, we shall see. This would mean a return of Summer because lately it's been early Fall. It's difficult watching reports out of Egypt. All manner of civility is gone and chaos has taken over with many senseless murders and suffering. It's hard to imagine how one could maintain their sense of sanity in the midst of it, the mental suffering of the ordinary person which never comes across on TV reports is off the chart. People want contentment and peace, everybody wants that, doesn't matter where you live on Earth. Here we loose our stuff when our usual road is closed for repairs and we are forced to detour.

  At 7:55 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  It's been a harder week on Wall St. On Thursday the DOW dropped 225 points and that is a lot considering how buoyant the market has been in recent months. This drop was due to WalMart and Cisco showing poor second quarter results. Regardless even though the market is set to open higher, where is closes is a different story. When trading volume is low and investors are on vacation, volatility sometimes is higher. This week it's higher.

CNN: Stocks set to stop slide
On Thursday, indexes were dragged down by disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart and Cisco.

...data on July housing starts and building permits at 8:30 a.m.

'Corcovado'

Antonio Carlos Jobim