Monday, June 30, 2014

Dump Facebook

Blackwater Shooting

Have A Great Monday

work by A.R.Penck

The Onion - Public Opinion On Net Neutrality Fiercely Divided Into One Side

TRNN - End To Violence Unlikely As Ceasefire Extended In Ukraine

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - New NASA Satellite

Dump Facebook

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 69 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It sure feels like rain. I hope you had a good weekend. We are about to head into July with the first of the month tomorrow. I can't say it enough but time certainly flies. Well it's the beginning of a new week, one wonders what humanity can do to itself over the next 5 days that will no doubt be surprising on some level. Hopefully there will be a lot more on the positive side than negative.

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

  I must admit that I found the social experiment perpetrated by Facebook to be somewhat disconcerting. Right now I am ready to exit the social networking platform. Regardless, my interest in it has dwindled significantly. Facebook has shown me that I prefer human contact in the face to face way where many words can be exchanged rather than the Facebook way with a one sentence reaction or a 'like'. Today is of course the technical end of the second quarter and so expect July's corporate reprots to reflect whether or not the country is sliding back into recession, which I doubt, or growing its economy.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Facebook is in hot water after people learned the company conducted a 'mood' experiment on users without their knowledge or explicit consent.

Asian markets ended mixed.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kristol Gets Flipped

Rally

Bloomberg: S&P 500 Heads for Longest Rally Since 1998 on Economy, Global Stimulus
Volatility is evaporating amid stock gains. The S&P 500 has failed to post a gain or loss exceeding 1 percent for 50 straight days, the longest stretch since 1995.

Spring

Have A Great Sunday

work by A.R.Penck

The Onion - 3 Dozen Chemical, Emotional Responses Activated By Phrase ‘Pigs In A Blanket’

TRNN - There's A Class Basis To Sectarian Strife In Iraq

Shoot First

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Conservative Lenar Witney Explains 'Global Warming Is A Hoax'

  She's running for Congress out of New Orleans and this is one of her promotional campaign videos. Lots of interesting quotes in this one including global warming is a hoax used to expand the power of the presidency. The GOP needs to retool, America needs a smarter and useful GOP.

The Weekly Bonkers

AlterNet: 6 Totally Bonkers Right-Wing Utterances This Week—World Cup Evil Obama Plot - It's "a sign of the nation's moral decay."
1. Ann Coulter: Soccer represents everything that is wrong with the world and now America.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lab Book

Explain

The sentence below is true.

The sentence above is false.

Maher On Mississippi GOP Runoff

Have A Great Saturday

work by A.R.Penck

The Onion - New Report Suggests It Kind Of Weird Baseball Uniforms Have Belts

TRNN - Low Wages And Unemployment Are Factors That Lead To Violence

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The EU

Bite Me

Friday, June 27, 2014

Have A Great Friday

work by Georg Baselitz



The Onion - Astronomers Discover Massive Asteroid That Could Wipe Out Life On Earth, Force Nordstrom Out Of Business

Maddow - Court Not Swayed By Violent Threat To Clinics

TRNN - Why Did Economy Shrink So Dramatically During The First Quarter Of 2014?

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Chickens

Not Cool

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The logos are indicating a hot and sunny weekend. Sounds like Summer to me. I am carefully following the NY Knicks as Phil Jackson goes about the business of rebuilding the team. Last night they selected some picks in the second round of the draft and in a few weeks we get to see them in action as Summer league play begins in July.

  At 7:30 a.m ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open lower.

  The gist I am getting from the sentiment expressed in the article is that the market is more or less in a holding pattern with no compelling reason to jump in or to jump out. I believe the market will trade relatively close to it's present lofty range until the second quarter ends and those corporate reports start piling up in July. Enjoy the weekend.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
The University of Michigan will report its consumer sentiment index at 9:55 a.m. ET.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maddow - Disaffected Tea Party Eyes Third Party Option

Have A Great Thursday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Humanity Surprised It Still Hasn’t Figured Out Better Alternative To Letting Power-Hungry Assholes Decide Everything

TRNN - Fate Of Al-Maliki Depends Not On Sunnis Or Kurds, But Shi'ite Political Forces

The Drought

Christie Watch

Before and After

Global Warming - Three Solid Reasons Why It Exists

Free To Me

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 68 degrees and rainy but presently not raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley. There is a 90% chance of rain today according to the basic report. I see where the Knicks, my favorite sports team, traded away Chandler and Felton. I'm not sorry to see Felton go but I am sorry to see Chandler go. All in all it's a good move for the Knicks as Phil Jackson goes about the business of putting his stamp on the team and I do like Calderon. It will be interesting to see what happens by October when the season resumes.

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

  In attempting to look at the big picture, we have the DOW perched on the brink of its all time record high and we have June winding down. The end of June represents the end of the second quarter and then we have the onslaught of second quarter corporate reports. I suspect the DOW stays within its present range until those reports indicate the condition of the corporate world. At that point the DOW crosses the 17K finish line or we go in reverse. This is simply my opinion.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
The U.S. government will post weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET. At the same time, it will also issue data on personal spending and income.

...Asian markets mostly ended with gains. (on Thursday)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Report Finds More Americans Putting Off Children Until Companies Are Ready

Maddow - Desperate Republican Resorts To Praising Government

TRNN - SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Recent Denial Run

As I search for articles on global warming I have noticed that the easily available volume of articles denying global warming at this time are greater in number than the articles articulating global warming in some way. There is a tremendous amount of push back going on out there. The article that I have posted here is from Breitbart which should not come as a big surprise, Brietbart was of course a major conservative figure. Some of the strongest denying voices remain the same - FOX, Forbes, and the usual conservative based suspects.

Breitbart: Global Warming 'Fabricated' by NASA and NOAA

Sleep

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 70 degrees and at the moment somewhat sunny and hazy here in Upstate NY. People are expecting rain today. I am doing better and better each day as I move away from kidney stone week which began one week ago today. One week ago I literally thought my number had come up that is what kidney stone pain feels can make you think. Today I already did some yoga, feel fine, and I'm looking forward to breakfast and my morning work. What is the lesson here - something about how everything is constantly changing. Regardless, I am very happy to be here for now.

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

  I just read the damning news released just a few minutes ago that has the US GDP shrinking in the first quarter by a revised -2.9%. That is roughly double the first projection. Personally I do not think we are slipping back into a technical recession which is two quarters in a row of negative GDP non growth. This is just the way our economy works, it grows and recedes. That is not going to change in the foreseeable future.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
...revised first quarter GDP numbers at 8:30 a.m.

...concerns about continued turmoil in Iraq damaged investor confidence.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Too Hot For The Outdoors

I was surprised to see this article in Reuters because their editor is known to take climate change lightly. Something is different.

Reuters: With heat and humidity, areas will be 'unsuited for outdoor activity'
"It will be functionally impossible to be outside, including for things like construction work and farming, as well as recreation," said climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.

The Daily Show - Cheney On Iraq

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - U.S. Government Sets Aside 600,000 Acres Of Pristine Land For Future Generations To Pollute

Maddow - Racist Tactic Emerges In GOP Primary Fight

TRNN - Why The Tea Party And European Right Are Winning Elections

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The Toll On The Economy

Meaty

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 69 degrees and hazy but sunny here in Upstate NY. We are in a real gorgeous temperature sweet spot. I'm much recovered from my kidney stone episode that began 7 days ago. I was thinking about how we face these challenging moments when in an instant one's life starts moving quickly to being upside down. Not all bad news comes that way some comes gradually, but often we face the surprise change - the accident, the sudden onset of some type of pain. I used to think that car accidents were strictly a malady of modern times but it's in keeping with the suddenness that we often experience a disaster. Pain is a challenge, it wants to pull you out of your stability an into a free fall mentally.

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

  Investors will be parsing lots of economic reports today including ones on housing and my favorite - consumer confidence. The fighting and deterioration of Iraq continues to weigh in on the minds of the corporate world which as we know is completely reliant on oil for energy. We might add that this is one of the fundamental reasons why a reduction in the use of oil is virtually impossible as oil is built into the infrastructure of our global economy especially in the production and manufacturing corporate end. How does that magically change? It can only happen in a piece by piece one at a time way. This is why I have lost my optimism about a change in the global warming course that the world is on.

CNN: Stocks: Six things to know before the open
The S&P/Case-Shiller index measuring the value of residential real estate in 20 U.S. cities comes out at 9 a.m. ET. The U.S. government will post May data on new home sales at 10 a.m. and the Conference Board will release its monthly consumer confidence index, also at 10 a.m.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Have A Great Monday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Report: Average Male 4,000% Less Effective In Fights Than They Imagine

TRNN - The Respectable Face Of Terror - Robert Moses On Reality Asserts Itself Part 3

The Drought

California will have no other choice than to use processed Ocean water and reuse waste-water.

Public CEO: What Drought? California Has Plenty of Water - Looking to a Future Where We Drink More Wastewater and Ocean Water—Treated, Of Course

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Weeds

At 50

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 65 degrees, clear, and pleasing here in Upstate NY. We have been in a golden segment of temperature and weather conditions since the first day of Summer. I am back so to speak after having spent several days since last Wednesday morning working through a kidney stone. I'm going to take it all lightly today and then return to modest action on Tuesday that is provided everything goes okay. We see that Iraq is steadily falling to ISIS and that the headlines indicate more mass murders and extremely foul play by ISIS in their quest. Iraq as a defined country has essentially been in a state of shambles or near a state of shambles ever since the British carved the country out of the Middle East. History does not bode well in that area of the world for a stable political entity. Whatever the hell the neocons and Cheney Bush were thinking was about as off kilter as it could be.

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

  Investors are looking over all the usual suspects and how those suspects fall in the context of world events. Home sales in May and the rising price of oil which is connected to the latest Iraq mess are on the table. Speaking of oil it is worth mentioning that the price of it is expected to significantly rise. Just saying, that might not happen, on the other hand it just might.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Investors are awaiting U.S. existing home sales figures to be posted at 10 a.m. ET. The monthly data will give an indication of how the real estate market fared in May.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nuke Count

Reasons

  I put together this small compendium of quotes in order to demonstrate how the conservative response to and reasoning against important social change has essentially remained the same over the issues of slavery in the 19th Century, women's suffrage in the early 20th Century, and gay marriage as it is occurring now. It was reading about Rick Santorum equating gay marriage to economic collapse just last week that got me intrigued here. Obviously this is a tiny collection and the range over which the idea could be examined is enormous.

It's always been there, it's the way they are:
Slavery - "Defenders of slavery argued that slavery had existed throughout history and was the natural state of mankind. The Greeks had slaves, the Romans had slaves, and the English had slavery until very recently." source

Woman's right to vote - "Women were emotional creatures, and incapable of making a sound political decision." "It is dangerous to change a system that works." source

Gay Marriage - "Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses." source

It will ruin the economy or Armageddon:
Slavery - "Defenders of slavery argued that the sudden end to the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy. The cotton economy would collapse. The tobacco crop would dry in the fields. Rice would cease being profitable. Defenders of slavery argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and chaos. This would lead to uprisings, bloodshed, and anarchy." source

Woman's right to vote - "If women became involved in politics, they would stop marrying, having children, and the human race would die out" source

Gay Marriage - "It’s also about a unity of men and women, for the purposes of having and raising children, and giving the child their birthright, which is to be raised by their natural mother and natural father. When we have less of that in America — then society struggles and suffers. Economically, it suffers; socially, it suffers; morally, it suffers — and children are harmed." Rick Santorum 6-20-14 source

Enjoy Sunday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Borowitz Report - Bush Creates Painting Of What He Imagines Iraq Is Like Today

TRNN - The Contradictions Of The U.S. Riding The Jihadist Tiger

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Australia

Right Check

Saturday, June 21, 2014

'Nebraska'

trailer - 5 stars ***** This movie is phenomenal, it's right up there as one of all time great American movies. I could probably write endless paragraphs about why it's so good, but I will mention only one aspect. The great American poet Gary Snyder writes about the trickster. Without going into detail, the trickster part of the American psyche is on full display here in about as understanding, compassionate, and thorough a way as I have ever seen or read or heard. It doesn't hurt that the music score is equally as strong either and that the acting is seemless.

Matching Ability To Career

Reuters: Louisiana's Edwards, after eight years in prison, leads poll in House bid
...served eight years in prison for racketeering...

...86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison in 2011...

Ebola

Al Jazeera: West Africa Ebola crisis 'out of control' Doctors without Borders say the outbreak is likely to spread if world leaders do not step up assistance.

WHO: Ebola virus disease
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.

EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.

Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

New Telescope

Kidney Stone

  Wednesday morning I was going about my usual routines when suddenly I was hit with a back pain so severe that I literally began moaning. This is unusual for me as I generally handle pain okay. Having done quite a bit of physical labor my entire life I assumed I had hurt my back moving a pile of bricks around the previous day.

  I'll skip to 8:00 Wednesday evening where the pain had become so severe that I thought I must be dying. I'm serious here. At the hospital E.R. a CAT scan revealed a kidney stone was moving through my ureter on a long and very painful journey through my urinary track. I was actually given morphine twice within an hour to cut the pain and it didn't even affect the pain I experienced. I was discharged from the hospital on Thursday at noon with prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers and a drug that helps the urinary track relax. This drug is also giving to older men with enlarged prostates. I had virtually no interest in food except for a few grapes and I was implored to drink lots and lots of water which I did do, going off to the loo every 40 minutes or so right through the night.

  I'll skip to Friday night when I finally passed a small stone like a little pebble. One has to literally strain their urine for stone particles that the urologist will in turn examine and then make suggestions about how to change one's diet to prevent another episode. So at the moment I feel like I've been through the ringer as it were and have nothing planned today except relaxing.

  At the hospital a nurse relayed the story to me about women who have had both given birth and kidney stones. Every one said they would prefer to experience the pain of giving birth to a baby than the pain of going through a kidney stone.

Have A Great First Day Of Summer

work by Jim Sande

The Onion - Anthropologists Classify 43 New Species Of Weirdo Within Subway Ecosystem

Maddow - Obama Keeps Busy While Do-Nothing Congress Dithers

TRNN - Destroy Their Economic Livelihoods, And They Will Come

The Drought

I could have missed it, but I'm not reading anything that suggests this drought is going to somehow improve. I think this is heading towards a very telling year for California.

LA Times: As California drought gets worse, water use dips modestly

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Weekly Snapshot

Mitt Or Jeb

Friday, June 20, 2014

Have A Great Friday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Study Finds Americans Lead World In Ability To Justify Unnecessary Purchases

Maddow - Civil Rights Tested On Freedom Summer’s 50th

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Begging

Colbert

The War On Rationality

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Enjoy Thursday

A medical emergency has prevented me from posting today. I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Market On Wednesday

Time constraints prevented me from writing my daily market report. Have a great day.

Reuters: Wall Street opens flat ahead of Fed meeting

Have A Great Wednesday

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The Onion - Employee Executes Daring 3:30 P.M. Escape From Office

Maddow - Americans Poorly Served By Media On Iraq, Benghazi

TRNN - Iraq Likely To See Violence Worse Than 2006-2007 Civil War

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Gas Pump Warning

Unaware

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Daily Show - 'Johnny Rotten Judgment' McCain

Have A Great Tuesday

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The Onion - Man Has No Idea What To Do With Good Mood

Maddow - Iraq Conflict Makes For Strange US Bedfellows

TRNN - As Violence Escalates, US Prepares To Join Forces With Iran To Stabilize Iraq

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Antarctic Animals

Florida

AlterNet: 10 Reasons You Should Not Move to Florida—From Floridians Who Know! The state is sinking in more ways than one.
1. “Ground zero” for health care fraud.

2. Most identity theft in the nation.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 70 degrees and hazy but sunny here in Upstate NY. We really had an exceptionally nice day on Monday, pleasantly warm, no humidity, sunny - maybe we'll get a repeat today. I see where the media is traipsing out all of the usual demented suspects in the mess that we call the Iraq War. Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, they are all making TV appearances and damned if they are not offering nothing but criticism and advice. Well, they can essentially all go to hell ASAP. I've seen and heard enough of their nonsense for multiple lifetimes. I think America understands this point.

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

  The calamity in Iraq or rather the calamity that is Iraq has caught everyone's attention including investors. There is of course a fear of the disruption of the flow of oil. That's always good for a boost in oil prices. Meanwhile investors will be parsing data on housing today and as always, may calmer minds prevail.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
...a recent spike in oil prices was driven by "fear of disruption of supply, rather than actual disruption of supply.

Monday, June 16, 2014

PBS - Secret Ocean 300 Miles Below The Earth

Have A Great Monday

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The Onion - Woman Who Changed Self To Please Boyfriend Enjoying Happy Long-Term Relationship

TRNN - Child Detainees Victims Of US Immigration Policy Based On Mass Incarceration And Detention

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Presidential Slam

Gluten

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 65 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The weather logos are indicating more sunny days than rainy ones for the week. I still feel pretty soggy from last week. As a fan of basketball I am very much enjoying seeing San Antonio win the finals championship series over Miami. This was a case where strong fundamental basketball and a squad of confident players beat a team consisting of super star athletic talent, in short - fundamentals versus extraordinary athleticism. It is proven over and over again, basketball is a team sport.

  At 8:35 a.m. futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is higher. The market is poised to open lower.

  Investors are somewhat rattled by the deterioration and warring going on in Iraq. Thank the neocons, GW Bush, and Cheney for that one, as the Bush administration used the foresight of a flea when invading Iraq back in 2003. Mission accomplished indeed. The latest war in Iraq is affecting the price of oil. One would expect to see this reflected at the pump eventually.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
...oil prices were on the rise as militants extended their control in Iraq.

The Federal Reserve will discuss monetary policy on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shooting

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Zumwalt

Have A Great Sunday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Cantor Resignation Leaves Void In Leadership Vacuum

TRNN - Did The U.S. Bargain On ISIS Undermine Al-Maliki?

The Drought

Christie Watch

Is this newsworthy? Christie disagrees with an utter moron and it makes the news? Considering 1 in 4 Americans is unaware of the fact that the Earth circles the Sun, if Christie points this out he still makes headlines.

LA Times: Chris Christie disagrees with Rick Perry comparing gays, alcoholics

Global Warming - Obama At UC Irvine

Pushing Poverty

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lounging

I shit you not, this is the latest in men's swimwear. It's called the 'String Latéral Flash Noir'.

Brilliant

Have A Great Saturday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - More Corporations Using Tag And Release Programs To Study American Consumers

The Borowitz Report - Morning After Tea Party Win, House G.O.P. Proposes End To Social Security, Return To Child Labor, Gun Rights For Pets

Maddow - Re-invade Iraq? The US Has Been Here Before

TRNN - Heads, Finance Wins, Tails, Society Loses - Robert Johnson On Reality Asserts Itself Part 5

The Drought

Christie Watch

Asbury Park Press: The lesson for Chris Christie in Eric Cantor’s defeat
In New Jersey, there are those who feel that Christie spends more time promoting a possible run for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 than on New Jersey problems. His critics say he spends way too much time on the road as part of his role of chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Global Warming - Carbon Tax

Rand

Remedy

Friday, June 13, 2014

Warp Speed

Have A Great Friday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Resigning House Leader Cantor Reflects On All The Accomplishments He Thwarted

TRNN - How We Broke The Bank Of England - Robert Johnson On Reality Asserts Itself Part 4

Shooting In America

The Drought

Christie Watch

This should dispel any doubts whatsoever about Christie's Presidential aspirations. He is running in 2016, and what is Jimmy Fallon thinking...

MSNBC: Christie makes first post-Bridgegate ‘Tonight Show’ appearance

Global Warming - Climatologist Michael Mann

Bill Moyers: Six Things Michael Mann Wants You to Know About the Science of Global Warming
4. If Anything, Global Warming is Probably Worse Than Scientists Say

Rein It In

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 66 degrees and raining here in Upstate NY. The forecast appears to be changing from yesterday's with more sun than rain over the next week. We certainly have earned it. It looks like Iraq is falling apart at the seems. What a misguided mess the neocons and Bush Cheney made in that god forsaken place. Is anyone surprised here? Can you imagine where the US would be if McCain were president now, war upon war upon war.

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

  In my opinion it is the rising price of oil and the Bank of England's announcement of an interest rate hike that are capturing the morning's attention. We certainly could see another day of gains keeping in mind that the market's opening direction and closing direction have consistently been utterly unpredictable in recent times.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Crude oil prices continue to trade at nine-month highs, pushing higher by roughly 1% to above $107 per barrel, as commodity traders worry about increasing instability in Iraq.

...the Bank of England said overnight that U.K. interest rates could rise sooner than markets expect.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

'Kishtwar Kailash - Road To Basecamp'

This is unreal.

Have A Great Thursday

work by Georg Baselitz

The Onion - Impoverished Child In Third World Dreams About One Day Leaving Light On For No Reason

Maddow - Lesson In Eric Cantor’s Loss: Tea Party Is Here To Stay

TRNN - Tenants And Workers Speak Out Against Plans To Sell Off Baltimore's Public Housing

Shooting

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The Indian Ocean

The Hindu: Extreme events in Indian Ocean region
Thanks to global warming, we can expect more frequent torrential rains and floods in east coast of Africa and cold dry conditions and drought in Indonesia.

Behind Brat

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 60 degrees and rainy here in Upstate NY. It's really something, when I look at the forecast it predicts rain on most of the days in the upcoming week. This is climate change. If you watched the news yesterday you saw how Cantor's defeat was the main topic all day long. I have to reiterate, Cantor was horrible, downright sadistic in the worst sense of sadism. His replacement could truly be worse, but at this point those policy positions (and that is putting it politely as it's more like outright stupidity) are utterly out of the main stream. I listened to Obama's talk on American shootings and I thought he articulated the tragedy of it very well along with the inability of Congress to do anything to improve the situation. The NRA is too powerful and can sway elections, and the politicians are spineless up against it. So, let's place the blame where it belongs - the NRA and our spineless government. Seriously, you can't even get background checks put into place - disgraceful.

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

  It is the violence in Iraq, AKA the tragedy of Bush, Cheney, and the neocons, that is pulling on the price of oil. Some investors are expecting the price to rise as high as $150 per barrel. Do you think that's going to raise the price of gas...

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Commodity experts are worrying about how developments in Iraq could affect the oil market.

At 8:30 a.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its weekly report on initial unemployment claims...data on import and export prices from May...the U.S. Census Bureau will release May's retail sales numbers.

'You've Got Time'

Regina Spektor

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Francesco Clemente

The Borowitz Report - Virginians Choose Even Bigger Tool

The Onion - Passion With Which Child Demanding Balloon Actually Kind Of Inspiring

Maddow - Cantor Shocked In Surprise Primary Loss

TRNN - The Consequences Of Climate Change (In Our Lifetimes)

The Drought

Christie Watch

Meaningless Victory

Global Warming - EPA

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 61 degrees and raining here in Upstate NY. The rain continues in what appears to be the rainiest Spring ever in these parts. Rainforest it is, okay it beats an endless drought. We see that the Tea Party has beaten Eric Cantor. I wish I could find that dramatic or interesting but it isn't. We replace one knuckle-dragger with another more seriously impeded knuckle-dragger. The halls of Congress have never been so pointlessly graced or would that be disgraced.

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

  If I didn't know better I would say we are into a mini-correction. Investors need to get to the beginning of July for a new round of corporate reports, this time for the second quarter. Personally it strikes me that the pointed news right now is not the stock market, it's about all the shootings that are going on. It's all over the US and the trend feels like it's increasing. This is very ugly, society needs an intervention.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
At 8:30 a.m. ET, a report on U.S. state GDP growth will come out, revealing the health of the 50 states.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Francesco Clemente



The Onion - States Now Offering Millions In Tax Breaks To Any Person Who Says ‘High-Tech Jobs’

Maddow - Extremist Killers Leave Political Breadcrumbs

TRNN - Finance Is Building The Architecture Of Their Own Rules - Robert Johnson On RAI Part 3

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Now That's Just Plain Stupid

Home Grown

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 65 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The dampness and cloudiness continues with the weather logos predicting rain virtually every single day in the next week excluding Sunday. Climate change is turning this area into a rain forest.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET futures are lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  The DOW continues to impress with record highs seemingly being set on a daily basis. The article seems to suggest a softness or even a complacency today whatever the hell that means, but we might interpret it to saying there is no real strong compelling factors at this instant. Hey, Apple stock is now below $100 a share...

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open
The S&P500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both closed at new record highs Monday, in what was the ninth record close for the DOW this year. But the gains were slim and market volatility, as measured by the VIX index, is at its lowest level in well over seven years.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Artificial Intelligence Milestone

PC World: An AI milestone: Chatbot passes Turing Test by posing as 13-year-old boy
The Turing Test is an experiment that focuses on whether people can tell whether they are communicating with a person or a machine. If the machine is able to fool people into thinking it’s human during a series of text conversations, it’s considered to have passed the test.

John Oliver - Right Said Fred Takes On Assad

Have A Great Monday

work by Francesco Clemente

The Onion - New Law Enforcement Robot Can Wield Excessive Force Of 5 Human Officers

TRNN - Reaganomics Was Crazy - Robert Johnson On Reality Asserts Itself Part 2

The Drought

Christie Watch

NJ.com: Chris Christie's record on civil liberties blasted in ACLU report card
The report, which grades Christie in 12 categories, slams the Republican governor for his record on same-sex marriage, government transparency, the war on drugs and judicial independence.

It also accuses Christie — a potential 2016 presidential candidate — of frequently making sweeping statements in support of civil liberties but rarely following through.

Global Warming - New EPA Rules

The GOP War On Science And Basic Intelligence

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 64 degrees and rainy here in Upstate NY. The weather logos indicate rain all week long, and we are beginning to think we are turning into a rain forest up here. I hope you had a good weekend. We see that the weekend brought it's usual spate of mass shootings and misery. What can we say, what emotion or hope that has been expressed for as long as I can remember can be repeated to somehow or other attempt to placate the situation. May we should be realistic, the mass random shootings will continue and we hope we are not in the vicinity of them when they do occur.

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

  The market continues to roll fed by cheap money and reasonable economic data that supports growth. Today Apple will split its stock 7 for every 1. The idea being to bring down the $600+ price per share to under $100 per share and entice more people to buy into the company.

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open
The level of fear and volatility in the markets has fallen sharply, helped by the continued flow of cheap central bank money and steady economic data.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

'Waterfalls'

TLC

'Clear History'

trailer

Have A Great Sunday

Francesco Clemente documentary

The Onion - God Wonders What Happens To Humans After They Die

TRNN - Senate Debates Constitutional Amendment To Rein In Outside Cash

The Drought

Christie Watch

KPBS: Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie’s Next Campaign Roadblock
New Jersey has recovered less than half of the jobs it lost in the recession. A report by the Star-Ledger found the state is tied for 48th in private-sector job creation since 2010. Wall Street ratings agencies have slashed the state's credit rating six times.

Global Warming - Coral

Toxic

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Teledildonics

Exploring Titan

NASA.gov: Titan Aerial Daughtercraft

Image - An artist's conception shows Saturn in the sky above a hydrocarbon lake on Titan. 

 

Friends, Romans, Countrymen


Have A Great Saturday

work by Nicola De Maria

The Onion - Report: Half Of All Americans Probably Should Have Thought Of That Before They Opened Their Mouth

Maddow - June 6, 1944, Breaking News: ‘Invasion!’

TRNN - A Brief History Of GI Resistance During The Vietnam War

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - Australia's Record Heat

Dumb America

Friday, June 06, 2014

Advice From Rick Hanson

  Much of life is about two great needs: intimacy and autonomy, connecting and distancing, dependence and independence. You step in and then you step back. Often, these two needs are set at odds with each other, as if you have to choose between them: If I give to you, will there be anything left for me? If I take for myself, will anyone love me?

  But in fact, intimacy and autonomy support each other. Connections with others build up resources inside you that enable you to live as an independent person. Knowing in your bones that you have the right to get your own needs met in a relationship makes it safer to get closer.

  So this week's practice is about recognizing the intertwining of intimacy and autonomy, seeing that: kindness to you is kindness to me; kindness to me is kindness to you. We may know this intellectually, but registering this emotionally in little ways in everyday life is really powerful. It makes you feel calmer and happier, more connected to others and more at home in yourself. source

Have A Great Friday

work by Nicola De Maria

The Onion - World’s Supercomputers Release Study Confirming They Are Not Powerful Enough

Maddow - Returning Prisoners At War’s End Not A New Idea

TRNN - Workers Strike In 20 Cities As Study Finds Walmart Can Pay More

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The Rhetoric

Addicts

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 59 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The weather logo is predicting Sun for the weekend. One of the articles is indicating that Americans believe the recovery from the Great Recession will take years, that seems real. Can we put the entire notion of a trickle down economy to rest for good now. Wall Street has made the elite incredibly wealthy in the past few years and that has not translated to improvement on Main Street in the littlest bit. People are stretched, jobs are tight, medical coverage is more expensive with higher co-pays, and there are many pockets in the country that are in very rough shape.

  At 8:00 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET the government will release the important jobs report for the month of May. One suspects that the numbers will have some weight on how the market opens this morning. As usual expect the report to be applauded by the administration and ridiculed by the GOP. As the GOP Congress has done virtually nothing to help job creation and has mostly done things to inhibit job creation, who cares what they say.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
As long as at least 113,000 jobs were created, the U.S. will have now finally recovered all the jobs lost in the financial crisis. Still, most Americans think the economy won't fully recover for years.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Moments In American History - Man Throws Shoes At Bush

Have A Great Thursday

work by Enzo Cucchi

The Onion - NYPD Offering No-Questions-Asked DVD Drop-Off

Maddow - Tea Party Extremism Could Mean 2014 Surprises

TRNN - Is The U.S. Headed Toward Another Recession?

The Drought

Christie Watch

Hmm, do ya think that parenthood group has some political ties...

NJ.com: Gov. Chris Christie receives Father of the Year award from national parenthood group

Global Warming - Hot

Public Unsafety

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 62 degrees, overcast, and rainy here in Upstate NY. Rain through the day is a strong possibility. I am following the Bergdahl case. Of interest is how the right initially wanted him back and now that he's back, he a traitor and it was a bad move. I don't think I've ever seen a right wing about face talking point come through so obviously and ridiculously. But the American public is relatively dumb and these sorts of improprieties go through the system without any problem.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open higher.

  In my opinion it is the action of the European Central Bank that is the eye catching info this morning. Investors are pleased to see a cut in interest rates by the ECB. This means cheaper money used for refinancing higher interest rate debt for large corporations and a host of other goodies. One might expect to see equities remain fluffy as this refinancing makes ledger books look fantastic.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
The ECB is widely expected to cut interest rates at 7:45 a.m. ET in an effort to help the European recovery.
CNN: ECB cuts rates to head off deflation risk

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Enzo Cucchi

The Onion - New Facebook Feature Scans Profile To Pinpoint Exactly When Things Went Wrong

Maddow - Right Wing Organizes Bashing Of American POW

TRNN - Debating The New EPA Rules For Carbon Emissions From Coal

The Drought

Christie Watch

Global Warming - The Antarctic

Our New Champion

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The forecast is predicting a hot one in the 80s. We had a really good thunderstorm yesterday and my dog did well in the storm, first time she did not cower in the bathroom. My little dog is growing up. We see where the headline is announcing that most believe the American dream is out of reach. I know that readers of this blog are well aware of the trend but it's curious to see that the news is catching up to the main stream.

  At 8:15 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open flat.

  It is being described as a short period of sluggishness until investors get some big news on Thursday and Friday. Thursday it's a monetary policy from the European Central Bank which is the European equivalent to our Fed, and Friday it's the monthly anticipated data on jobs in May. I would not be surprised if today goes the way of Tuesday.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
... a highly-anticipated monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank on Thursday, and U.S. employment numbers on Friday.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Daily Show - Robert De Niro

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Enzo Cucchi

The Onion - 49-Year-Old Nearly Back To Pre-Middle-School Confidence Levels

Maddow - New Pollution Rules Bring Chicken Littles

TRNN - Left Makes Few Gains In EU Elections

Europe is going right again, watch out.

The Drought

Christie Watch

He's getting the old image ready for a Presidential run. He'll definitely get the dieting vote...

Politico: Experts: Chris Christie’s dropped 85 pounds

Global Warming - Reacting To Obama's Plan

Chomsky On Our Growing Surveillance State

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 71 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. We are expecting temperatures in the high 80s and probably a thunderstorm at some point. I think it's going to be a scorching hot summer. We see where Seattle has approved a $15 per hour minimum wage. Now that is more like it. That is a decent wage to enter into the workforce.

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

  The article points to a lack of direction for the opening. Be that as it may investors will be parsing data on manufacturing and vehicles sales. Sounds sort of boring, would you agree. Regardless, the market continues to percolate with new records set regularly. I'm not reading anything about present conditions that indicates a change to this pattern, but do remember that Friday is the big day for data of jobs created in the month of May.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
At 10 a.m. ET the U.S. Census Bureau will release its latest data on monthly factory orders. Later in the day investors will get a sense of how the auto sector is performing as data on vehicle sales is released for May.