Monday, March 31, 2014

Innocent

Have A Good Monday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Devastated Family Struggling To Cope After Losing Everything On DVR

TRNN - How The Ecuadorian Economy Grew In A Global Recession

The Drought

Amazing, the article is hinging on a hope.

SF Gate: California drought: Cold spell likely to bring rain this week

Christie Watch

Not another Bush, come on GOP think outside the box, anything but another Bush.

CBS News: 2016: Will Chris Christie's pain be Jeb Bush's gain?

Global Warming - UN IPCC Report

New Precedent

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 33 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The lamb part of March has not really arrived, it's more like the wild penguin. The weather logos are promising temperatures in the 50s in the next week and that will indeed feel like a heat wave. We are under duress here in this part of the country, the relentless winter of '14 has pounded us into a frigid delirium.

  At 8:40 a.m. futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in a mixed area.

  Turmoil is the highlight of March think Ukraine. The market has gone down and up and right now appears modestly stable for a day or two. The big news arrives on Friday when the job creation numbers for the month of March are revealed by the Federal government. That is always a milestone report. Many times the market remains relatively flat until that data arrives but there is always room for a modifying factor to suddenly arise and shake it all up.

CNN: Stocks: Ending the quarter on the up
There is little economic or corporate news on the docket Monday, but investors are gearing up for a busy week which concludes with jobless data Friday.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Have A Great Sunday

work by Michael Borremans

The Borowitz Report - Putin Announces Historic G1 Summit

TRNN - Too-Big-To-Fail Advantage Remains Intact For Big Banks

The Drought

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Coffee

Global Warming - Oil Spill In Galveston, Texas

Wing Nut Moments

Saturday, March 29, 2014

'Habit'

Yours truly working on my solo guitar playing.

Have A Great Saturday

work by Neo Rauch

The Onion - G7 Unable To Get Deposit Back On Shipment Of ‘G8 Summer Getaway’ T-Shirts

Maddow - Christie Works Press With Report’s Absolution

TRNN - BC Pipeline Fight And Quebec Elections -- The Canada Panel

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The List

Filled

Friday, March 28, 2014

'Noah'

trailer

Mark My Words


Have A Good Friday

work by Glenn Klotz

The Onion - American Obesity Epidemic Traced To Single Heavyset ‘Mayflower’ Passenger

Maddow - ‘Glitter And Smiley Faces’ For Christie In New Report

TRNN - The Iraq War's Real Legacy

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - 'Noah'

Gay-Noia

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 34 degrees and raining here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are promising temperatures in the 40s and 50s into the near future. I can't say for certain but it's beginning to look like Spring might be taking hold. I'd say about 70% of the snow has melted away and the ground is looking raw, brown, and soggy. Maybe the lamb is here although no one would be surprised to see Winter come back in some short form.

  At 8:40 a.m. futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  It's been a tepid period for the indexes right from the start of the year up to the present. This morning investors are pleased to see that consumer spending and income rose in February, yes that would be right through the heart of the relentless Winter of '14. Also they are predicting that the E.C.B. will make a positive calculated move next week to counter potential deflation in Europe. It could be a good day.

CNN: Stocks: A strong end to a 'meh' March?
The first three months of 2014 have been bumpy and it's possible all the major indexes could end the quarter in the red. The Dow Jones industrial average has declined by 1.9% since the start of the year.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Have A Good Thursday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - White House Sends Obama To 3-Day Management Seminar At Washington Marriott

Maddow - Mudslide Tragedy Prompts Review Of Past Studies

TRNN - Connecticut Poised To Be First State With $10.10 Minimum Wage

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Australia

Criminalizing Poor Women

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 20 degrees and partly sunny here in Upstate NY. Winter continues. The weather logo is promising above freezing temperatures during the day for the next week with today going up into the 40s. Could this possibly be it? Could we possibly be at the toehold beginning taste of Spring? Last night a few friends were over and everyone was saying the same thing. This Winter has been relentless and we are worn out and worn down from it. I know you are too.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are ever so slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Even though the market is set to open flat to higher, don't trust it. It could be a rough day. There's a lot of data out there about the banks that failed the Fed stability test including Citi. On the other hand, the TBTF banks exist in their own private but vast global economy, one which does indeed trickle down to how money flows in and out of our hands. Perhaps that is the real intent of Reagan's nonsense trickle. It means that the economic points of power - TBTF banks and shadow banks control our money flow.

CNN: Stocks could shrug off banking blues
Citi was among 30 large banks required to submit capital plans for an annual stress tests. The Fed approved 25 plans. Citi and four other banks faced rejections.

'Fire And Swimming'

One of my pieces with archival footage.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Inner Oort Cloud Object 2012 VP113

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Michael Borremans



The Onion - Report: 95% Of Grandfathers Got Job By Walking Right Up And Just Asking

Maddow - Suspect Killed In Self-Defense: FBI Report

TRNN - What's Driving Putin And Obama's Posturing On Ukraine?

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - 2 Vs 10,853

Unfortunately, none of this matters as carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise and with no end in sight. The climate change mechanism is operating and there's no stopping it. Summing it up, not only is there climate change, but it's irreversible at this point.

Salon: 10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame - Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change

Debunk

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 26 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The logos keep promising warmer temperatures in the future. Meanwhile it's still cold, what else is there to say. Everyone I talk with mentions the same thing about how this Winter has taken it's toll, we are weary of the cold. Here's my prediction - no Spring, just a jump to strong heat.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Investors are examining several IPOs and tech companies on this fine cold morning. Who could have imagined that the game that people irritatingly keep asking you to play on Facebook, is so highly valued. I am not interested in computer games. Admittedly I have played Scrabble and chess, I guess that's my level. On the other hand I do use the computer for entertainment, so yes there is hypocrisy. Are my pixels any more qualitatively better than the other guy's. I think not.

CNN: Stocks: Tech companies take center stage
Shares in King, maker of the popular online game Candy Crush Saga, begin trading after its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange was priced at $22.50 a share, raising nearly $500 million and valuing the company at about $7.6 billion.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reich's Latest

Maddow - GOP Ties US Hands On Ukraine With Odd Demands

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - 87% Of Man’s Memories Shame-Based

TRNN - Being The 'Other' In America - Andy Shallal on Reality Asserts Itself

The Drought

Christie Watch

Stunning revelation!! Especially since it comes from Christie's own select 'probe'.

The Daily News: Chris Christie-ordered probe finds governor didn't know about Bridgegate: report

Global Warming - Just Getting Started

Koch

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 17 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. Yet another day in the unrelenting Winter of '14 as the frigid cold remains. The weather logos seem to keep adjusting by promising warmer temperatures in the next week as if to try to maintain our withered spirits. We will believe it when we see it. I am beginning to think that this year we might skip over Spring and go directly into Summer. It could happen in our new world of climate change.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  The market is allegedly in a March doldrum period. It seems to equate to the stagnant and unrelenting Winter somehow. Today investors will parse data on housing and consumer confidence. We are confident, are we not.

CNN: Stocks: A case of March mediocrity
The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index will come out at 9 a.m. ET. The U.S. government will also report February new home sales at 10 a.m.

...the Conference Board will publish its consumer confidence index at 10 a.m.

Monday, March 24, 2014

U.N. Points The Finger

Have A Good Monday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Monsanto Develops Hardier Strain Of Corn That Yields 4 Times Normal Litigation

TRNN - How Fallujah Became The Iraqi Government's New Battleground

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The Bible

Poverty In The USA

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 16 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The weather logos promise a week of warming temperatures with next Monday allegedly hitting the 60s. I'll believe it when I see it. Most everyone around here has had it with the cold. Meanwhile the relentless Winter of '14 continues, unabated.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  I am reading that the overall mood of the market today is neutral. I've read that many times before and do not trust it. On the days when stagnation is predicted you often get big swings. Several initial public offerings are coming up this week. It's hard to get involved with those if you are a small time investor, on the other hand, the unproven nature of the IPO is volatile so why bother.

CNN: Stocks: Preparing for a rush of IPOs
The company behind the popular Candy Crush Saga online game is one of 14 companies set to go public this week.

There's little economic or corporate news on the docket Monday that could influence market sentiment.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Audio Recording Basics From RØDE

No Comment

These people are better than me.

Enjoy Sunday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Mischievous Koch Brothers Trick Beautiful Woman Into Thinking There’s Only One Of Them

TRNN - NATO Climate Channel Predictions Prove Climate Change Serious Threat

Nice to see Dahr Jamail back and now reporting on climate change. He did good work during the Bush 2/Iraq war mess.

The Drought

I do so love almond butter and it's already prohibitively expensive. I can get a jar on sale at the local supermarket for $7.99. That price will not remain, not even close, I bet it doubles in price, minimum.

SFGate: California drought: How water crisis is worse for almonds

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Asia

Fringe Watch

AlterNet: 10 Lunacies From the Right-Wing Fringe This Week: Women Want Malls, Not Equal Pay Edition - First women whined to get the vote, now they want equal pay. Where does it end?
6. Rush Limbaugh: 'We already have museums for women—they’re called malls." “Hey, I could have said brothel.”

'Cupcake'

Yours truly playing one of my tunes on solo guitar along with some recent 'Fowl' paintings. The paintings: house paint on paper, roughly 3 feet by 4 feet.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Enjoy Saturday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Bank Of America Introduces New Existential Rewards Credit Card Program

INET - Christian Belabed And Thomas Theobald: Inequality And The Current Account

Al Jazeera - Do Arab Men Hate Women?

TRNN - Industries Across The U.S. Are Stealing Wages From Their Lowest Paid Workers

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Tech Giants Going Green

Send Them Packing

Friday, March 21, 2014

Close To Home

Where's the box of donuts, the pack of cigarettes, the bottle of beer, and the xanax?


Have A Good Friday

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84

(I don't like to say bad things about dead people but in this guy's case I'll make an exception - Fred Phelps was something beneath vermin.)

The Onion: Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84

The Daily Show?

  I have enjoyed embedding videos of the Daily Show. Unfortunately The Daily Show has redesigned their website and let me politely say - it is one of the most confusing and awful redesigns I have ever seen. The designers seem to have neglected the point of presenting the video as they occur in chronological order. You will go to the site now, and click on a video thinking you will be watching last night's show and you will watch something from weeks ago. Terrible design, the old format was superior in every way. I'm still scratching my head when I go to the site. WTF is it?

TRNN - Universities Offering Tuition Breaks To Combat High Student Debt, Low Graduation Rates

The Drought

Global Warming - 'What We Know'

Christie Watch

Neil - Thank You

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 33 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are predicting a day in the 40s and a string of similar temperature days in the next week. Here we are on the second day of Spring and as I look out the window of my work studio it still looks like Winter out there although some brown frozen ground is starting to emerge here and there. The snow from a massive storm in early February remains and is very slowly melting away.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  After a week of turbulence surrounding the Fed's monetary policy, the Crimea mess, and a trip up of the massive Chinese economy, the market appears to be poised for a day of gains. And here we were thinking that a correction was underway. Perhaps it is but for the opening bell it's clear sailing

CNN: Stocks: Set to close week with a gain
... quadruple witching.

"...there was some good news out there last night on the (Federal Reserve's) stress test: 29 of the 30 big banks passed."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Climate Change 1958 - The Bell Telephone Science Hour

It's Thursday, It's Spring

work by Michael Borremans

The Onion - Nation Demands More Mind-Blowing Guitar Solos

TRNN - Residents Still Not Drinking Tap Water Three Months After West Virginia Spill

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - As Predicted In 1972

We Love Him

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning and hurray, it's the first day of Spring. It is 35 degrees and lightly raining here in Upstate NY. It's pretty soggy out there as the remaining snow melts away on top of the rain. But hey, it's the first day of Spring, the air is filled with the promise of warmer days ahead.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Yellen spoke on Wednesday and the market immediately went into a tumble. That downfall continues this morning and for the same reason. Investors did not like what Yellen had to say - coming interest rate hikes and the end of q.e. Now we get to see how this coming reality is factored in - it could be fast as in one day or not as in a many months. Who knows?

CNN: Stocks: Fragile on U.S. rate hike talk
U.S. stock futures were looking soft Thursday morning, after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen warned Wednesday that the Fed stimulus program would most likely be finished by the fall and an interest rate hike could follow in early 2015.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have A Good Wednesday

work by Michael Borremans


The Onion - Man Just Having One Of Those Decades Where He Doesn't Feel Like Doing Anything

The Daily Show - Slumdogs Vs Millionaires

TRNN - Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Strikes Back Against Austerity

The Drought

This is more or less a repeat of my post on the drought from yesterday. I reiterate that this drought is one of the major stories going on right now. If you listen to NPR you have noticed that the news stories on food prices and vegetable shortages in the USA are more common. With the price of food already beyond many people's means, one might expect that that situation will worsen, food will become pricier and more people will not be able to get it. Throw into that equation the right wing's insistence on cutting out food aid and with a possible return to a GOP Senate in 2014 you have the means for more starvation in the wealthiest country on the planet.

HuffPo: California Drought Worsens After State's Warmest Winter On Record

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Abrupt Changes

Crazy S**t People Are Believing

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 28 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The 'heat wave' continues as the temperature is expected to go up into the 40s later today. Check this out - A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  Investors are focusing their attention on the Fed. A Fed policy meeting wraps up today and investors will be intently and I do mean intently looking to hear what Yellen has to say about the tapering off of Q.E. Q.E. has been the everything in the market over the past few years and the post q.e. world is on the near horizon.

CNN: Stocks: Refocusing on the Fed
The Fed's Open Market Committee concludes its two-day policy meeting Wednesday afternoon...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Tale Of Arrogance, Irony, And Stupidity

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Luc Tuymans


The Onion - John Kerry Poses As Masseuse To Get Few Minutes With Putin

The Daily Show - Kimberly Marten Pt 1

TRNN - Crimea Referendum: Self Determination Or Big Power Manipulation? (1/2)

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - More On The UN Report

Robert Reich's Latest Article

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 15 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are promising a steady stream of days above freezing starting with today. A tiny hint of Spring temperature-wise is here. Yes we are completely exhausted from the unrelenting bitter cold. I can't recall a more extreme February and March. We've gone through a period of beyond tenacious cold.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Investors are weighing two major world events - the annexation of Crimea by Russia and how that will affect Russian and virtually all Western countries, and Janet Yellen's first meeting as head of the Fed. How you might ask can we equate these two things. The answer is that this is viewed strictly from the investment and world economy point of view AKA how does this effect profits. It looks like there is a little more uplift to go after Monday's intense rebound. Of course how it all shakes out at the closing bell is another issue.

CNN: Stocks: Investors hope for more gains
But concerns remain that the situation in Ukraine will continue to dominate the headlines, putting further strains on Russia's relationship with the U.S. and Europe.

Investors are also monitoring Janet Yellen's first meeting as head of the Fed.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Have A Good Monday

R.I.P. David Brenner

The Onion - Boston Mayor Throws Out First Punch At St. Patrick’s Day Parade

TRNN - Manufacturing A Narrative for War - Gareth Porter On Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

The Drought

Interesting short piece written by real scientists on the link between the drought and global warming.

NYT: What to Do About California’s Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Greenland

SSI

The Market On Monday

  Good morning and Happy Saint Patrick's Day. It is 12 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The relentless Winter of '14 continues to suppress the common good and hope of the ordinary people for a warm Spring. Some of the snow cover melted away on Friday and Saturday leaving small sections of brown frozen lawn exposed. Because of the melting on those days and the super cold at present we have lots of hard ice. It's not really a snow covering although it looks like it, it's really hard crusty ice at this point. Persevere in the face of cold, Northeastern people of America, we will see Spring in time. We will prevail.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to pop at the opening bell although some energy stocks might lag or head into the red.

  Investors seems to have somehow put the Crimea-Russia-Ukraine mess on the back burner. They are not worrying about it at the moment. They have factored the mess into the equation and now it's time to trade. Meanwhile the news about Flight 370 continues to baffle and confuse. It certainly smells fishy and I'm thinking funny business along the lines of a highjacking/terrorist plot, you probably are too.

CNN: Stocks set to bounce after Crimea drama
"The referendum outcome was widely expected and so did not yield a sustained response from investors..."

There's little U.S. economic or corporate news set for Monday.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Study

Sorry to post something so utterly damning as it were. We see these types of articles anywhere and often, but what caught my attention was 'NASA.'

Guardian UK: Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

Have A Good Sunday

work by Luc Tuymans

The Onion - Researchers Find Human Beings Naturally Evolved Toward Monogamy And Carrying On Fun Little Flings On Side

TRNN - Hammer: 'Moral Bankruptcy' Behind Massive GM Recall

The Drought

Christie Watch - Hecklers

Global Warming - EU US Free Trade

Wing Nut Watch

Crimea

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Have A Good Saturday

work by Luc Tuymans

The Borowitz Report - Obama’s Plan To Pay People Enough To Eat Stirs Controversy

TRNN - What's Driving Inflation In Venezuela?

The Drought 101

Christie Watch - No Tesla In Jersey

Global Warming - Biogas

Exploit

Friday, March 14, 2014

Have A Good Friday

work by Luc Tuymans

The Onion - Malaysia Airlines Expands Investigation To Include General Scope Of Space, Time

The Daily Show - Anita Hill Extended Interview Pt. 1

TRNN - CIA Vs. Senate: Who Is Obama Protecting?

Christie Watch - The Bully Is Back

The Drought

Santa Barbara Independent: Uncharted Territory in California Drought: Difficult Decisions Weigh on Ranchers
Almost half of the fruits and nuts grown in the United States come from California. The state leads the country in the production of many different crops, including almonds, artichokes, grapes, kiwi, olives, peaches, pomegranates, rice and walnuts.

Global Warming - Clean Energy: Simple, Effective, Overdue

Neocons Drooling Over A Ukraine Escalation

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 16 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are promising a "warmer" day with temperatures above freezing and mostly above freezing temps in near future days. No matter how you cut it, it still really looks like winter and feels like winter. Yet we know that the party has to end soon, it has to doesn't it? Put another way, winter has overextended it's invitation. Okay, time to leave now winter, just scoot on out of here and see you later.

  At 8:45 a.m. futures are slightly higher and the price per barrel of oil is slightly higher too. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  If I had to really trim down the concern swarming around Wall Street lately to two words, the words would be - China, Ukraine. We got a mess in the Ukraine with all sorts of temperatures rising among various countries especially in the E.U. over Russia's imperialistic drive and with it all seemingly reaching a head this weekend. Then we have soft economic data out of investor dream economy China. Regardless, it's Friday, so put it to bed and have a great weekend.

CNN: Stocks: Global risks take center stage
Investors are bracing themselves for Sunday's referendum in Crimea...

Recent poor export figures from China and signs that the government may let more companies go to the wall have sparked worries about the pace of growth in the world's second biggest economy.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

1,300 Times Larger Than The Sun

Have A Good Thursday

work by Luc Tuymans

The Onion - Obama Spends Afternoon In Garage Restoring Classic Drone

The Daily Show - The Covert Report

TRNN - How Right-Wing Nationalists Rose To Power In Ukraine

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The Drought - Higher Food Prices

Eating is soon to become a luxury...

San Joe Mercury News: California drought to drive up food prices in the long term

Christie Watch - Tanking Popularity

Global Warming - New NASA Study

Bigger And Worse

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 12 degrees and snowing here in Upstate NY. The new snow is on top of ice as the temperatures over the last two days rose above 32 and started melting the huge piles of snow heaped by the sides of all roads. That melt water is now ice. Please drive carefully and give yourself plenty of room between you and the next guy. The weather logo is promising a return to slightly warmer temperatures tomorrow. Hey, this freezing misery can't last too much longer, be patient.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  It's been a rough week in stocks as China's rare unsteady economic news along with the Ukraine mess have pressured investors into gold and away from equities. Who knows why the market is presently poised to open higher, but it could be a sign of steady as she goes. On the other hand, I am going to take a serious look at Plug Power. Also with first time weekly layoff claims at a rare low number there is something here to hang one's hat on.

CNN: Stocks: Edging higher but caution remains
On the corporate side, Plug Power will report earnings before the open. It's a highly speculative stock that's enjoyed a massive run as of late and was continuing to climb in premarket trading.
Reuters: U.S. jobless claims fall to new three-month low
315,000

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Have A Good Wednesday

work by Luc Tuymans

The Onion - It’s Sad Seeing How Much My Hometown Has Changed Since That Level 7 Nuclear Accident

The Daily Show - Andrew Napolitano Extended Interview Pt. 1

TRNN - Is The Democrats Talkathon On Climate Change Just Talk?

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The Drought

Global Warming - The American Oil Boom

Pop

Reviewing Boston

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 36 degrees and lightly raining here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are promising warmer temperatures from the radical freezing February and early March temperature jail except for tomorrow when it will get bitter cold once again. We are beginning to see the brown ground here and there as the thick layer of snow very gradually recedes. Every season and area has its bright spots and downfalls. One thing that Upstate NY has in abundance is water.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are moderately down and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

  Investors are juggling weaker economic and new monetary policy news out of China. As we know China is a big hit in the investment world with its incredible year in year out GDP as the world's producer of "goods". When China's economy is lightly rattled the markets react negatively and this is today's pre-market situation.

CNN: Stocks: China concerns hitting sentiment
(China) had experienced its first-ever corporate debt default. Some analysts believe more defaults could be in the pipeline.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Have A Good Tuesday

work by Peter Doig

The Onion - Expectant Parents Throw Some Values Together At Last Minute

The Daily Show - The Amazing Base

TRNN - Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Three Years Later, Who Is Responsible?

The Drought

Global Warming - Democrats

The Plutocracy

Time For A Fast

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The weather logo is promising a temperature later today approaching the 50 degree mark. Okay, okay we'll take that. Certainly the spring birds who are chirping like its mid May will enjoy that too. The thing of it is when I look out the window of the dining room where I'm presently sitting and typing, I see a world of snow out there. If you took a picture and labeled it late December, it would work.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is flat. The market is poised to open in the slightly lower to flat area.

  Investors appear to have digested the Ukraine mess for the time being. Now that we are into it a few weeks, it's old news, more like a troubling split made apparent and with concerned observers just wanting to see the official divorce decree made public. The CNN article suggests calm in the markets, we like that, we like calm. We could use calm as an answer for all sorts of economic and political problems for a few days. Imagine Washington DC and the word calm associated with it especially in light of the screaming partisan crazed divide. DC take the cue from Wall St, embrace calm for a few days.

CNN: Stocks: Is the market calm here to stay?
But Tuesday sees little scheduled economic and corporate news that could drive markets.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Christie Watch

Bloomberg - Why Do So Many Oil Trains Keep Blowing Up

Call For Artists

I want to start featuring more artist's work on this blog - music, 2 and 3 dimensional art, and animation.

Send digital images/files/clips to jimsande@hotmail.com

Have A Good Morning

work by Glenn Klotz


The Onion - John Kerry Sits In Shadows Of Kiev Café Awaiting Woman Known Only As Dasha

Ukraine Troops

TRNN - The Butcher Of Attica - Michael Ratner On Reality Asserts Itself

The Drought

Global Warming - More Support For Apple

Bike

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The weather logos continue to show a very modest warming trend in this part of the world. We are beginning to see bare spots on the ground where snow has melted away but we are still looking at quite a bit of white out there. I hope you had a good restoring weekend as we all ponder what type of week this one will be and what new outrages and revelations the world will provide.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Global economic fear fallout from the Ukraine mess along with the monstrous calamity of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have brought a slight chill over the five year bull market. We shall see how the markets digest and respond to this prominent news over the course of the day and the week.

CNN: Stocks: Are the bulls hungover
Otherwise, there's little U.S. economic or corporate news on the docket Monday.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Enjoy Your Sunday

work by Chris Ofili

The Onion - National Endowment For The Arts Provides $80 Million To Discourage Talentless Hacks

TRNN - A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs In Ukraine Pt.2

Crimea

The Drought

Christie Watch - CPAC Response

Global Warming - More Solar

Colossal

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Set Clocks Ahead

Have A Great Saturday

work by Ed Atkeson

The Onion - Papa John’s Now Offering 3-Day Home Delivery

TRNN - Obama's Budget Cuts Millions From CFTC (Financial Regulation) Budget

The Drought - 100 Years Long

Christie Watch - President

Global Warming - Keystone

CPAC Report

AlterNet: Disastrous State of Conservative Movement on Full Display at CPAC - Party leaders stay focused on appealing to their rabid Christian evangelical base, at the expense of the majority of the public.
...party leaders seem hell-bent on continuing the trend of demonizing the poor, gays, atheists, liberals, Muslims, and women in an effort to appeal to its rabid Christian evangelical base.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Have A Good Friday

work by Rachel Whiteread


The Onion - First-Time Carjacker Wasn’t Expecting A Stick Shift

The Daily Show - Third World Health Care - Knoxville, Tennessee Edition

TRNN - Crimean-Russian Connection To Be Tested In Referendum Vote Pt.1

The Drought

Christie Watch - At CPAC

Global Warming - The GWPF Report

Satisfaction

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is a frigid 10 degrees with grey clouds here in Upstate NY. The polar lock down freeze continues. The weather logo is promising above freezing temperatures later today and if that occurs that will be the first time we've felt it above 32 degrees in a long time. I've got my shorts and t-shirt ready because I expect it to feel like a heat wave. We've got the light back, we could now use a little warmth.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  This just in - U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, Labor Department says. Unemployment rate was 6.7%. In my opinion this is a miserable number however it beats the paltry expectations of "chief economists." As usual the number will be rung up the flagpole and either praised or eviscerated depending on one's political leaning. How the markets react is as of yet unknown.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Have A Great Thursday

work by Rachel Whiteread

The Onion - Study Links Meat, Sugar Consumption To Early Death Among Those Who Choose To Be Happy In Life

The Daily Show - No Money For Bold Men

TRNN - L.A. Moves Towards Ratifying Fracking Ban, But Is Federal Regulation Possible?

The Drought

Christie Watch - At CPAC

Global Warming - Heritage Threats

Gut Check

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 8 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The frigid polar air mass remains planted over the northern US, and it remains, remains, remains...Okay, it completely blows and everyone is going crazy over the temperature plant, but the logo is promising warmer temps in the future. Are these logos really just false info intentionally placed there just to somehow or other make us feel better. I guess cold brings out the paranoia too.

  At 8:40 a.m ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is lower. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Investors have eased up their weighty concern over the Ukraine mess. This is allegedly causing some temporary stability and less volatility. Okay that's good. The big deal now is seeing how the ECB floats it's interest rate. Ah yes, mundanity has temporarily returned.

CNN: Stocks: Cool, calm and collected
While the crisis in Ukraine remains unresolved, U.S. investors now seem to feel relatively insulated, believing the worst-case scenario of a full-fledged war is unlikely.

Investors and traders in Europe are waiting for the latest interest rate decision from the European Central Bank.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Have A Good Wednesday

work by Chris Ofili

The Onion - Report: Good Thing World Has Unlimited Quantity Of Oil

The Daily Show - What Not To Buy

TRNN - Is Russian-Ukraine Intervention Illegal?

Christie Watch - Make Me President

The Drought

Global Warming - Guacamole

If this doesn't turn around the denier crowd's view on climate change, nothing can...

CNN: Chipotle: Guacamole at risk from global warming

Rich And Clueless

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 19 degrees and lightly snowing here in Upstate NY. The Bull Winter of 2014 continues on. I am startled, amazed I tell you, to see the weather logo suggesting that the temperature will go into the 50s on Monday 5 days from now. It will be like a scene from an Apocalypse movie, with millions of people coming out of deep dark shelters, squinting their eyes at the sun - a perplexing peace has suddenly arisen throughout the land. On cue, everyone kneels and prays, the celebration, dancing, and merriment soon follow...

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open flat to lower.

  It's not bad enough that the global economy is rattled by the Ukraine - Russian mess. There's more. ADP has just reported a less than stellar creation of jobs in the month of February. Recall that ADP puts out their report a few days before the all official government jobs report in February due on this Friday. Double whammy day - Ukraine is bad, jobs are bad. Initially the markets might dip but hope always springs eternal.

CNN: Stocks: Uncertainty over Ukraine lingers
The tense situation between Russia and Ukraine has left investors and traders uncertain about how to proceed after two days of extreme market volatility.
Reuters: Futures trim gains after ADP data
U.S. stock index futures trimmed gains after the ADP employment report showed private employers added fewer jobs than expected in February.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Chris Ofili

The Onion - Ukrainian-Russian Tensions Dividing U.S. Citizens Along Ignorant, Apathetic Lines

The Daily Show - It's A Vlad, Vlad, Vlad, Vlad World

TRNN - Did The U.S. Carry Out A Ukrainian Coup?

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Ocean Dynamics

The Ignoramat

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 11 degrees and hazy sunny here in Upstate NY. We are raring to go into spring, and that is an understatement. The one thing holding us back is the frigid abnormally cold temperatures day after day. Talk about being stuck in a rut, it's like Ground Hog's Day around here with each day cold and colder. The ten day forecast isn't all that much better either. But something has got to change this month, I just know it.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to take off at the opening bell though some energy stocks may lag.

  The morning is so far shaping up to be a rebound from yesterday's sharp sell off. Putin has issued some statements that are appeasing to the investment world however it has been noted that this appeasement is fragile. There are two wars going on - Russia and the Ukraine and Russia and the global economy. Both are intimately linked as it were. As we have mentioned before one hopes that the efforts of calm stable minds will prevail.

CNN: Stocks: Poised for a rebound
...Putin said Russia has no intention of annexing Ukraine's Crimea region...

Investors are closely watching developments in Ukraine...

'Frambois'

My first live solo performance YouTube video. It's one of my songs and I'm playing it on a nylon string guitar. The camera work is outstanding, my production crew went to great lengths to piece this thing together and they did it all yesterday afternoon...

Monday, March 03, 2014

Have A Good Monday

work by Chris Ofili

The Onion - Friend Attempting To Provide Comfort Has No Clue What The Fuck She’s Talking About

TRNN - Hundreds Of Keystone XL Protestors Arrested, Look To Influence Obama's Final Decision On Pipeline

Christie Watch

The Drought

Crimea

Ukraine

Global Warming - UK Playing Both Sides

Intolerant

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 11 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The frigid relentless temperatures continue in the Northeast. What can we say, we cope, we deal with it as best as we can in spite of cabin fever. Personally I'm looking forward to wearing shorts in the summer. Why you might ask? Well having spent the last several months in layers of long johns and lined pants, the old body is drying out. Seriously, is anybody else dealing with ultra dry skin, not just dry by dehydrated dry. One undeniable fact remains, it may be cold but the light is returning as we are now gaining close to 3 minutes of daylight per day - the spring birds are totally into it.

  At 8:35 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is significantly higher. The market is poised to tank at the opening bell although some energy stocks might rise.

  This latest market setback is totally related to the crisis in the Ukraine. World markets are tanking and investors are concerned about a disruption in the oil market hence the rising price of oil. On the face of it all, it's a serious crisis. As in all such scenarios we hope that calmer minds will prevail and the road to peacefully settling the mess somehow occurs sooner rather than later.

CNN: Stocks: Hit by rising turmoil in Ukraine
Political risk expert Ian Bremmer from Eurasia Group is calling this (Ukraine) crisis "the most seismic geopolitical events since 9/11."

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Universities, Vultures, Intelligentsia

I wanted to post this exchange between GK and myself over Chomsky's article - Chomsky: How America's Great University System Is Getting Destroyed - Faculty are increasingly hired on the Wal-Mart model as temps.. I think it's good grass roots stuff. It occurs to me that vulture capitalism is too tame a word, 'zombie capitalism' might be better. Join in the discussion.

GK - I'm sorry I have little sympathy for the US Higher education establishment. They should be ashamed at putting an entire generation in debt to feed their huge egos. Screw em. Million dollar football coaches, endless building sprees huge salaries for the administrations. Oh yea and then there's the students whose families are paying for this Bullshit. If the system wasn't just another bunch of greedy bastards I might feel sorry for it, but its just part of the bigger rip off passing for what's left of our sorry ass economy.

JS - Exactly and this model for education is the problem. Like so many other ventures including the arts, music, and culture everything is now run on a corporate model, universities as well. The greed always starts with the people on the top who run the show to rake in the profits and make the venture a source of growth capitalism aka vulture capitalism. Romney was essentially the chosen one to come in and spread the vulture capitalist model to as much of the public and private economy as he possibly could in an 8 year period. He even said as much with his percentage remark which run parallel to what Chomsky labels the "precariat" - those of us in a precarious financial situation who are happy to remain politically docile out of the very favor that we have been granted a crappy under-payed job. The universities now use this same model where education is not the goal, the goal is maximizing brand name profit. So they grant temporary jobs to highly educated individuals and rarely tenure a few. The problem is that long sustained scholarship and study gets whittled down to a fewer and fewer select group. This is the erosion that is occurring.

GK - What they don't want is a secure stable Intelligentsia. They want the intellectual class on a short leash. The best way to have this situation, is as you say keeping them all in temp. positions without benefits or tenure. To keep them moving from one temp. position after another.

JS - Take away the intelligentsia and now the head of the enemy is at least partly if not completely decapitated. Especially given that it's not in the least bit possible for there to be anything even remotely like a mass movement that gains steady traction. Just look and see how they easily disbanded Occupy. See how the Tea Party is now also completely co-opted by the Koch Brothers and such. Without intelligentsia there's no global warming, out of sight out of mind. Global warming becomes an "extra hot winter or summer", or see there's no global warming because it's been zero degrees through February and March so it's cold.