Friday, October 31, 2014

Radical

CS Monitor: From Bacon's Rebellion to the Boston Bombings: How well do you know American extremism? A quiz.

Halloween Carpetbaggers

WaPo: Halloween carpetbaggers expose the fault lines between the haves and have-nots
Some of the carpetbaggers are poor kids whose parents are looking for safer, more affluent streets to take their kids.

Let’s be honest here. A lot of this is about race and class, about the haves and the have-nots.

Halloween Candy Buyback

NPR: Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

Happy Halloween


Have A Great Friday

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The Borowitz Report - Midterms Prediction: Billionaires To Retain Control Of Government

The New Yorker: Midterms Prediction: Billionaires to Retain Control of Government

Maddow - Manhunt Ends, Accused Cop Killer, Eric Frein, In Custody

MSNBC: Manhunt ends, accused cop killer, Eric Frein, in custody

TRNN - Baltimore Opens Section 8 Housing Waitlist For First Time In Decade, And One In Ten Residents Apply

The Drought

The Desert Sun: California drought: 'Exceptional' dryness unchanged

Your Digital Legacy

Guardian UK: What happens to your Facebook account when you die? When a Facebook user dies, there are two options: delete the account or memorialise it. How can people plan for their digital legacy?

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly Isis

Global Warming - Weather Channel Uproar

AFC.com: The Weather Channel disavows co-founder’s comments on climate change

More Tea

AlterNet: Why the GOP Is Going to Be in Deep Trouble If Their Crazy Tea Party Candidates Get into the Senate - The GOP is facing a serious problem.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is a chilly 35 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A sunny day is expected. Well, after being blown out of Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the Knicks rallied and beat the Cavaliers last night. Sports analysts will be wondering how this occurred for the next several days. The Knicks' bench was very good and outscored the Cavaliers' bench by around 40 points. That is huge. The Cavaliers played their team of exceptional starters for an ungodly number of minutes and I suspect those guys were exhausted. Maybe there is some hope. Personally I expected the Knicks to get blown out for a second time.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open higher and more than likely energy stocks will once again take a pounding.

  Investors are pleased to see that the Bank of Japan is picking up where the Fed left off in promoting it's own further version of quantitative easing. This is rallying this morning's futures. Regardless, it's been a strange week and now we can look forward to the weekend.

Reuters: Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus
"Investors have been watching for a while to see if the rest of the world would start to grow and help multinationals in the U.S.; this (BOJ stimulus) is a great step towards that..."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Unprecendented

CS Monitor: Why Islamic State threat is 'unprecedented,' but doesn't change much for US

No Comment

Daily News: Sex or ticket: Ex-Ohio cop pleads guilty to coercing women motorists into sex acts

The ISIS War

Reuters: Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

Have A Great Thursday

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The Onion - Traumatized Nation Terrified To Make Its Voice Heard In Another Election

The Onion: Traumatized Nation Terrified To Make Its Voice Heard In Another Election

Maddow - Ernst’s Extremist Remarks Become An Issue As Election Nears

MSNBC: Ernst’s extremist remarks become an issue as election nears

TRNN - The Stigma Of Welfare In White Working Class America

The Drought

LA Times: Prop. 1 aims to relieve drought — but not this one

American Apathy

Guardian UK: Republicans confident of midterm success as apathetic America switches off - GOP on course to retain the House and possibly snatch the Senate – but will the outcome really make any difference to Obama?

Global Warming - 'Global Warming Is A Lie'

The right has been running wild with the 'great' and 'profound' news from Weather Channel founder John Coleman that global warming does not exist. Well there ya have it, wasn't that simple and easy. Now onto something more challenging. No problemo.

HuffPo: Weather Channel Co-Founder Tells Fox News Host Global Warming Is A Myth

Keep It Unreal

AlterNet: 10 Most Insane Fear-Mongering GOP Lies in Time for Halloween - The GOP is pulling out its worst scaremongering tactics to get voters to the polls.
2. Obama Cut A Secret Deal To Bring Ebola To The United States

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 46 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Sunshine is predicted for today and tomorrow. Well last night's first game of the season was a disaster for my Knicks. It was so bad that I actually had to turn it off. The Knicks were not just bad, they were horrible. The Chicago Bulls literally ate them alive. Today they fly to Cleveland to get trounced once again in tonight's match-up. It's not our year Knicks fans, it's not our year.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  There are so many things happening in the economic realm at the moment, one wonder how anyone can make sense of it all. Fresh third quarter GDP number came in this morning with the US economy allegedly growing at a rate of 3.5% - whatever the hell that truly means, seriously it's a very profoundly flawed measure. Nevertheless, it's a solid number. First time layoff numbers for the last week were at 287,000 which still suggests an improving job market. Then the world as always is partially collapsing under the weight of immense hubris and greed. Plus quantitative easing is now officially over. Add it all up and the weekend can't come soon enough.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Investors are watching various European economic figures coming in on unemployment, inflation and consumer confidence.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Military Quarantine

CS Monitor: Why is Pentagon quarantining troops who had no contact with Ebola patients? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday signed off on a policy of 21-day quarantines for all troops deployed to West Africa on Ebola-related missions. It speaks to the military's 'ultra-cautious' culture.

Have A Great Wednesday

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The Onion - Pathetic, Washed-Up Rock Star On Fifth Decade Of Doing Exactly What He Always Wanted

The Onion: Pathetic, Washed-Up Rock Star On Fifth Decade Of Doing Exactly What He Always Wanted

Maddow - Colorado History Shows Rise Of Blue Tide

MSNBC: Colorado history shows rise of blue tide

TRNN - Ebola: A Disease Of Extraordinary Poverty

The Drought

Merced Sun-Star: California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

'10 Hours Of Walking In NYC As A Woman'

Global Warming - 21st Century Fox

Mother Jones: Fox News' Parent Company Is Really Worried About Global Warming - Rupert Murdoch's businesses lost millions during Superstorm Sandy—and they're warning that climate change could mean more extreme weather.

Distress

AlterNet: The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or Descent Into Chaos and Violence? Under present economic and government policy, more and more people will fall deeper into debt and extreme poverty.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 58 degrees and raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is now expected right through the weekend, so much for a sunny week. Well today is the big day, the Knicks' season opener is tonight in MSG against the Bulls. I don't really expect a whole lot from the team this year as they are clearly in transition but my number one source of entertainment is back. I look forward to sitting on the couch and playing my guitar, yelling at the players as they fumble through it all, and occasionally roaring in approval. Now we're talking.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET 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.

  Today the Fed is expected to announce the end of quantitative easing. This is a big deal and I have no idea how this will all shake out. One thing we do know is that it will shake out. The possibilities are endless and my curiosity about it all is high. Stay tuned.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
The Fed is expected to announce the conclusion of its massive stimulus program this afternoon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book - 'The Secret History Of Wonder Woman'

NPR: The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Oyster-Tecture

This is very cool and unfortunately also underscores our collective short-sightedness.

dogonews: How The Humble Oyster May Help Save Coastal Cities And Clean Polluted Waters

Large Offense

Reuters: U.S., allies stage 13 attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, Iraq

Free

Reuters: Texas nurse to leave Atlanta hospital free of Ebola virus

Have A Great Tuesday

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The Onion - 45-Year-Old To Help Candidate Understand Youth Vote

The Onion: 45-Year-Old To Help Candidate Understand Youth Vote

Maddow - Fear-Driven Governors Make Ebola Policy Mess

MSNBC: Fear-driven governors make Ebola policy mess

TRNN - Growing Rift Between US And Turkey Over Arming Kurds

The Drought

SF Gate: California drought squeezes olive oil makers

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Second Isis propaganda clip of Australian teen Abdullah Elmir appears – video

Global Warming - Women And Voting

Science 2.0: Don't Believe In Global Warming? Women Won't Vote For You

Polar

AlterNet: The Polar Vortex Controversy: Extreme Predictions Launch Debate Among Weather Experts - AccuWeather's weather model questioned.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 45 degrees and overcast yet sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected, we shall see. Jack Bruce has just passed away. All our Rock legend heroes are leaving us one by one. I always liked his voice, I thought he was a terrific singer on those early Cream albums. He had a lot of range and clarity to his singing. Rest in peace Jack Bruce.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Investors will be very interested to hear what the Fed says on Wednesday at the end of their two day meeting. The expectation that quantitative easing will have a final ending deadline is in the air. One wonders how that major news will affect equities around the world. Hold onto your hats, it could be a wild ride week.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
On Wednesday, the Fed is widely expected to announce the conclusion of its massive stimulus program. Known as quantitative easing, the program is credited for driving investors back into stocks in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Jack Bruce Dies

Rolling Stone: Cream's Jack Bruce, One of Rock & Roll's Modern Architects, 1943-2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kurds Advance

CS Monitor: As Iraqi Kurds advance against Islamic State, villagers return to looted homes - Kurdish officials are urging villagers to return to their homes in land recaptured from the Islamic State, alleviating the strain on Kurdish cities while asserting their hold on oil-rich land also claimed by Baghdad.

Freed

NY Times: Unapologetic, Christie Frees Nurse From Ebola Quarantine

Twittered Out

Reuters: Twitter user-engagement falls 7 percent, shares dive

Have A Great Monday

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The Onion - Crowd Outside White House Hoping To Catch Glimpse Of President Naked

The Onion: Crowd Outside White House Hoping To Catch Glimpse Of President Naked

TRNN - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People's History Of The United States Part 2

The Drought

The Weather Channel: Yosemite Black Bear Encounters on the Rise Amidst California Drought

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Isis is a monster created by many countries. It requires an international solution

Global Warming - Eurasia

Guardian UK: Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds - Severe winters are more likely over the next few decades due to climate change melting Arctic ice and sending freezing air south, according to new research

Authoritarianism

AlterNet: 9 Events Which Created the Environment for America's Emerging Police State - Authoritarianism creeps in slowly.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 50 degrees and hazy cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast is showing more sun this coming week after last week's daily rain pattern. I hope you had a good relaxing weekend. The Fall has kicked into a higher gear. My good news is that the rebuilt wall in my living room is now fully insulated and my heating system is back on line. The house is already much warmer from the insulation. Next comes sheetrock, taping, trim work, and painting. Eventually we'll put in a new replacement window as well. It's been an intense couple of weeks surrounding this project and now I can take a breather.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  I'm gathering from the morning's report that the economic conditions in the Eurozone are dragging on the world economy right now. That in addition to the glut of oil from the Saudi's is stressing equities. That's the most obvious culprit, regardless, third quarter corporate reports continue to come through and affect the mix.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
...the European Central Bank revealed that 25 financial firms failed an extensive health check.

...a new report out of Germany showing economic conditions in the nation continued to deteriorate in October.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Have A Great Sunday

work by Zinaida Serebriakova - Russian artist 1884 - 1967 - This is a self portrait.

The Onion - Midterm Candidates Distancing Selves From United States

The Onion: Midterm Candidates Distancing Selves From United States

TRNN - Port Authur Texas Residents Sues EPA For Neglect

The Drought

AlterNet: At Least One California Town Is Now Bone Dry as Megadrought Continues - A poor, rural community in Calfornia's agricultural belt has run out of water.

Ebola War

WaPo: U.S. Ebola fighters head to Africa, but will the military and civilian effort be enough?

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Kurdish and Iraqi government forces make gains against Isis insurgents - Coalition air strikes enable Kurds to recapture Zumar, while Iraqi army and Shia militias take strategic ground near Baghdad

Global Warming - South Florida Secession Movement

Daily Caller: Global Warming Fears Ignite South Florida Secession Movement

Recap

AlterNet: Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It Is Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics - We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here's what we need to do.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Quarantined Nurse

Reuters: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje On Conflict Resolution

Speaking Tree: Conflict Resolution Has To Begin With You

Have A Great Saturday

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The Onion - NYC Officials Assure Public Most Puddles Of Bodily Fluid On Streets Not Contaminated With Ebola

The Onion: NYC Officials Assure Public Most Puddles Of Bodily Fluid On Streets Not Contaminated With Ebola

Maddow - Republicans Push Panic Over Science In Ebola Response

MSNBC: Republicans push panic over science in Ebola response

TRNN - The Financialization Of Life Part 3

The Drought

  Man, talk about adding insult to injury. Here's where we pay the price for our previous actions. Politicians should take heed, as in a very similar way to the problem that this article addresses we are leaving future generations a much greater injury by dumping gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere thereby shifting the earth's climate for untold decades to come and for the worse.

NBC: Unsafe Drinking Water Adds to California's Drought Misery
The problem is that the groundwater it is using is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board, because of longtime contamination from nitrates and arsenic.

NY NJ Quarantine

Guardian UK: New York and New Jersey issue tough new Ebola quarantine measure - Aid workers flying in from west Africa to be held for 21 days - Governors: ‘We’re not comfortable with voluntary quarantine’ - Craig Spencer, 33, in hospital after becoming infected

Global Warming - The Midterm Election

CS Monitor: Midterm elections: Why environmental groups are backing Republicans - Hoping to make climate change a bipartisan issue, environmental groups are endorsing Republicans and moderate Democrats in the midterm elections. The strategy is a pragmatic shift for green groups, who have more money and clout in this election than ever before.

The Science Of Ebola

AlterNet: Inside the Fascinating and Terrifying Science of Ebola - Scientists are racing to find a cure, a vaccine and an answer to the question of how Ebola mutates.

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Comment

It's called 'Perfect Nose F39'. It is a beauty enhancement device.

Have A Great Friday

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The Onion - Report: Advertisers Threatening To Pull Money Now The Only Remaining Way To Effect Any Change

The Onion: Report: Advertisers Threatening To Pull Money Now The Only Remaining Way To Effect Any Change

Maddow - Extensive Preparation Seen In Ebola Response

MSNBC: Extensive preparation seen in Ebola response

TRNN - Kurdish Fighters Regain Kobani

The Drought

The article is about one of the hardest hit areas in California.

Reuters via Yahoo News: California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds - King’s College London has been keeping track of death toll from those Britons who have travelled to the region to join fighting

Global Warming - Chamois Goats

National Geographic: Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming - Chamois goats in the Italian Alps have gotten smaller over the past few decades.

Dream Over

AlterNet: 7 Facts That Show the American Dream Is Dead - The key elements of the American dream are unreachable for all but the wealthiest.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 45 degrees and rainy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The rain is expected to clear on Saturday. Well I rushed through all of the work on my house necessary for the plumber to come today and do his work in reconnecting the heating system. But there's a little problem, it's raining and the rain prevents the PVC pipe from fusing properly. Some of the work has to occur external to the house. I was rushing around through the early evening last night completely exhausting myself and it turns out I didn't have to do that. The plumber is now rescheduled for Saturday.

  At 9:00 a.. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Fear still seems to be dominating the market as investors now grapple with an Ebola case right down the road from Wall Street, literally. The fear from Ebola is of course at present over-stated but I did read an article last night which discusses how the virus could very well mutate into one that is in fact air born. I mean the virus has managed to get itself all around the world now, why not go through a few million quick mutations. Regardless, barring a late rally, it looks like Wall Street is in for a bummer day.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Investors are getting fed up with the constant stream of losses at Amazon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stocks Shaken By Ebola

Reuters: U.S. stock futures tumble on reports of Ebola case in NY

Stunning

Watch this.

Ebola Patient In NYC

He is the fourth Ebola patient in the USA.

NY Times: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola

Have A Great Thursday

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The Onion - Area Man Released After Being Wrongfully Employed For 9 Years

The Onion: Area Man Released After Being Wrongfully Employed For 9 Years

Maddow - Shooting Comes With Canada Already On Alert

MSNBC: Shooting comes with Canada already on alert

TRNN - Hedges And Wolin: Can Capitalism And Democracy Coexist? Pt 1

The Drought

NPR: Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

Guilty

Guardian UK: US jury convicts Blackwater guards in 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians - Security guards for private US contractor guilty of manslaughter for notorious 2007 incident that left 17 dead in Baghdad

Global Warming - Pseudoscience

HuffPo via AlterNet: Politicians Resort to Pseudoscience to Deny Climate Change - Our elected officials showcase an incredibly wide array of ignorant criticism directed at scientific research.

Propaganda

AlterNet: Why Conservatives Opt for Propaganda Over Reality - Conservatives are consuming a right-wing media full of lies and misinformation, whereas liberals are more interested in media that puts facts before ideology.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 45 degrees and raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected over the next 3 days. This is a bummer for me as I have exterior work to do to the house and it needs to be completed by tomorrow. Time to break out the rain gear. Maybe the clouds will part for a few hours later on.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  I just saw the weekly first time layoff number - 283,000. That's still pretty good and points to a little more opening in the job market. I was shocked to see the market take an extraordinary dive at the end of Wednesday's session. I haven't looked into the reasoning for it but I suspect the calamity in Canada might have been part of the it. Investors will continue to parse third quarter corporate results today and the market correction or rebound will take on more definition by closing.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Quarterly results are due to come thick and fast Thursday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

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The Onion - New Election Ruling Allows Candidates To Remain Completely Anonymous Throughout Campaign

The Onion: New Election Ruling Allows Candidates To Remain Completely Anonymous Throughout Campaign

Maddow - Just Show Up’ Becomes Key To 2014 Debates

MSNBC: Just show up’ becomes key to 2014 debates

TRNN - American Exceptionalism At Play In Interpreting The Convention On Torture

The Drought

Ft.com: Water: Thirst for life By Pilita Clark - In California farmers are pulling crops, residents are fearful and politicians looking for answers

S.S.I. Bump

Guardian UK: Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

Global Warming - Deniers Unrealistic Assumptions

Guardian UK: Another global warming contrarian paper found to be unrealistic and inaccurate - Abraham et al. show that a paper by ‘sceptics’ Spencer & Braswell is rife with unrealistic assumptions in an overly simple model

Cancer And Diet

AlterNet: Meet the Researcher Who Thinks Cancer Can be Prevented—Even Reversed—Through Diet - T. Colin Campbell has set off a war with the food industry.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 50 degrees and grey here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected through the rest of the week. My housework is proceeding nicely as I rebuild an exterior wall. The plan is to have it buttoned up and at least insulated by the end of Sunday. Then it's onto the next problem. I think many people own houses simply to keep themselves busy...

  At 8:50 a.m. ET 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.

  The barrage of corporate earnings continues and now the challenge is on. Will third quarter corporate results outweigh world economic turbulence and the threat of Ebola. Who knows. In the past few days the market has rebounded a bit but investor fear remains and because of that the market's direction is unclear. We have had a correction, then a slight reprieve, the next move is unknown.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
A slew of big companies are reporting earnings.
Reuters: U.S. consumer prices barely rise as energy costs fall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Have A Great Tuesday

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The Onion - After Careful Thought, Teen Applies To College Where Family Donated Building

The Onion: After Careful Thought, Teen Applies To College Where Family Donated Building

Maddow - Late ‘Churn’ In Voting Rules Sows Confusion

MSNBC: Late ‘churn’ in voting rules sows confusion

TRNN - Study Finds Sea Levels Rising At An Unprecedented Rate

The Drought

The article gets into one of the multitude of ways that the drought is affecting the California economy.

NBC News: 'Drought' Beer: California Breweries Hit a Dry Spell

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: BBC’s Mishal Husain calls for social media campaign to combat Isis - Today programme co-host wants Muslim scholars to use internet to refute arguments put forward by extremist group

Global Warming - US Oil Exports

Inside Climate News: U.S. Oil Exports Would Worsen Global Warming, Government Auditors Say - Looked at from the vantage point of the climate crisis, GAO report discussing several benefits of lifting the oil export ban is more disturbing.

Ebola Misinformation

AlterNet: 6 of America's Most Panicky, Misinformed Overreactions to the Ebola Virus - Imagine what would happen if Ebola was a widespread threat?

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 48 degrees and rainy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected throughout the week and that's a bummer for me because I have to do exterior work on the house. The activity level in the neighborhood is really picking up as people rush to get last minute work done to their houses before the snow flies. We see that Oscar Pistorius got 5 years for murdering his girlfriend. Seems pretty light to me, he can ask for parole in 10 months. That whole case seemed at best terribly sketchy and suspicious.

  At 7:50 am. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Allegedly some of the recent fear factors that have added to the recent market correction have for the time being slightly subsided. Emotion and especially fear play a large part in market activity. One suspects that the onslaught of third quarter corporate reports will be quite a bit to parse. The latest quarter Chinese GDP is being reported to show slower growth than anytime in the last 5 years, this could be a different mine field all together. The market has a lot to balance but today looks like there might be a stronger opening.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Concerns about a slowing global economy, deflation in Europe, spreading Ebola and Federal Reserve policy all contributed to concern and erratic trading in the markets over the past few days.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Have A Great Monday

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The Onion - New Carpet Cleaner Safe For Pets That Were Meant To Go On Living

The Onion: New Carpet Cleaner Safe For Pets That Were Meant To Go On Living

TRNN - U.S. Border Patrol Influence Expands Down To Mexican Southern Border

The Drought

Scientific American: Water Cops Seek Sprinkler Scofflaws in Drought-parched California - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Kobani: US drops weapons to Kurds in Syria - Kobani air drops likely to anger Turkish government, which opposes sending arms to Kurdish rebels in Syria

Global Warming - Australia

Brisbane Times: Threat of air pollution to worsen along with global warming, warns Climate Council

The Most Crippling Disease Of All

AlterNet: 10 Facts You Need to Know About the Devastating Disease You or Someone You Love Will Likely Get - In the future, you will likely get Alzheimer's or care for someone who has it.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a crisp 40 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Fall is really here, the leaves are raining down, and the colors are wonderful. I hope you had a good weekend. I spent the weekend working on this old house. I have to get a wall rebuilt by Friday when the plumber comes to do his thing. I really got a good chunk of work done but there's plenty more to do this week including a materials delivery today. My next vision is living in an apartment where I don't have to do anything!

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open lower.

  Well, what can we say, is the correction over? Who knows, but the morning is not looking too strong at all. Notice that the price of oil is up a small amount and oil's recent last few week price decline parallels the correction as it were. As it is third quarter corporate report period maybe the fundamentals of the US economy will start taking a more prominent position.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Apple, IBM, and Chipotle will report quarterly results at the close.

European markets are all declining in early trading after a slew of major European firms reported disappointing earnings.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Have A Great Sunday

work by Jean Dupas - French artist 1882 - 1964

The Onion - Populist Candidate Gaining Support Among Underrepresented Corporations

The Onion: Populist Candidate Gaining Support Among Underrepresented Corporations

TRNN - Why Are Republicans Linking Ebola And U.S-Mexican Border?

The Lactose Tolerant State

Reuters: New York makes yogurt official state snack

The Drought

NBC News: Trees vs. Humans: In California Drought, Nature Gets to Water First By Mark Koba

Our Environment

Guardian UK: Glimpses of extinction: the pictures that capture the stories - This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will again document the planet’s rarest animals and focus on the twists of fate that decide survival

Guardian UK: Death of white rhino in Kenya leaves only six animals alive in the world - Fears grow for future of northern white rhino species after loss of 34-year-old Suni, one of last two breeding males in the world

Weekly Quackery

Alternet: 6 Dumbest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ebola Stupidity Rages On - Trump ups the ante with an insane tweet about the president.

Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Health Benefits

Check this out - it was posted on a friend's wall on Facebook. The friend is a nurse.
   I'm reading a nurse CE about meditation. :" Data have shown that people who meditated 40 minutes a day had a thicker cerebral cortex (the area playing a critical role in decision-making) than people who did not meditate.17 This research suggests that daily meditation can alter the physical structure of the brain, and it may have positive applications related to aging, such as enhanced memory. Meditation has been shown to produce significant increases in left-sided anterior brain activity, which is associated with positive emotional states. Neuronal firings in the amygdala have been associated with positive emotions and have led researchers to discover and measure the connection between the brain’s lighted activity centers and mood.18 (Level B) Not only did this map brain activity, but it also took the concept of neuroplasticity a step further by showing that meditation may change the mapping of brain circuitry. In a recent review, researchers say that meditation may be of benefit to adults with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer disease, but more research is needed." also this: "Meditation is being incorporated into many clinical practices by teams of healthcare providers. By reducing stress and developing concentration, meditation can not only increase concentration but also may help prevent job burnout.36 (Level C) The result is a better relationship with patients and perhaps a method for self-healing."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Have A Great Saturday

work by Jean Dupas - French artist 1882 - 1964

The Borowitz Report - Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn To Science

New Yorker: Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science

Maddow - GOP Forgets Anti-Czar Nonsense, Calls For Ebola Czar

MSNBC: GOP forgets anti-czar nonsense, calls for Ebola czar

TRNN - Behind America's Store Fronts -- Drugs, Homelessness And Abandonment

The Drought

Discovery News: California Drought Resembles Worst in Millennium

Ebola As World Disaster

Guardian UK: Oxfam: World must do more to stop Ebola becoming ‘disaster of our time’ - Charity says international community has two months to curb deadly virus but laments crippling shortfall in military support

Global Warming - Dust Bowls

Market Watch: Opinion: 1,000 years of Dust Bowls now inevitable - Betting on capitalism to reverse global warming puts billions at risk

Buckle Up

AlterNet: America’s Looming Freak Show: How GOP Control in 2015 Will Terrorize a Nation – With No Political Repercussion - Yes, Republicans will shame themselves if they run Congress—but here's why it'll be torture for the rest of us.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Have A Great Friday

work by George Barbier 1882 - 1932 French illustrator

The Onion - Responsible Man Sets Aside Small Portion Of Every Paycheck For Bank To Gamble With

The Onion: Responsible Man Sets Aside Small Portion Of Every Paycheck For Bank To Gamble With

Maddow - VP Biden’s Son Kicked Out Of Navy Reserves Over Drug Test

MSNBC: VP Biden’s son kicked out of Navy Reserves over drug test

TRNN - Emissions Reduction Impossible Without Demilitarizing Foreign Policy

The Drought

SF Gate: Winter rains not likely to ease California drought

Nina Pham

Guardian UK: Ebola patient speaks from quarantined bed in Texas hospital – video

Global Warming - Multi-Celled Methane-Oxidizing Microbes

Voice Of America: Microbes in Deep Sea Rocks Eat Global Warming Gas

Unprepared

AlterNet: 6 Big Problems With America's Ebola Response, According to a Leading Infectious Disease Specialist - Why we are profoundly unprepared.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 55 degrees and scattered cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we could be in for a glorious Fall day, I hope. I'm back to working on this old house. Part of the work is about trying to rebuild an entire exterior wall before the temperatures turn unfriendly. I've got a really good jump on the work and plan to be good to go for the Winter in one week. It's good having enough health back so that I can do it as the project has been on hold for about a year.

  At 8:10 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Although the market has been in decline over the last few weeks, it appears to be more of a significant correction than another crash as in 2008. We hope that's true. Regardless, the morning is set to open strongly - how it finishes is another matter. Could it be time to actually start paying attention to the economic indicators rather than the fear index?

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Rolls-Royce (RYCEY) is having a tough day on the London markets.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NOAA Predicts Mild Winter

Live Science: Winter Forecast for US Nothing to Shiver About
Overall, forecasters expect mild winter conditions across much of the United States, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said...

High Crime

My Life: The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in New York State

Have A Great Thursday

work by George Barbier 1882 - 1932 French illustrator

The Onion - Report: More Americans Saving Money For Child’s Unemployment

The Onion: Report: More Americans Saving Money For Child’s Unemployment

Maddow - On Ebola, ‘It Is Better To Know Than No Not Know’

MSNBC: On Ebola, ‘It is better to know than to not know’

TRNN - Ebola - Myths And Reality

The Drought

CBS SF: Hydroelectric Power Cut In Half During California’s Drought, State Using More Natural Gas

Business As Usual

Guardian UK: Florida gubernatorial debate reflects nasty – and weird – campaign - Governor Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist fought over everything from self-defense laws to the use of an electric fan

Global Warming - The Fracking Boom

Guardian UK: Fracking boom will not tackle global warming, analysis warns - Nature paper shows abundant gas would squeeze out renewable energy and likely increase overall carbon emissions

Scary

AlterNet: Ebola Is Scary, But These 6 Things Are a Lot Scarier - Most Americans are just not at that much risk. Here are the real killers.
According to the CDC, nearly 48% of deaths in the U.S. are caused by cancer and heart disease. The leading cause of cancer is, by a country mile, smoking, yet 25% of American still smoke.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 68 degrees and rainy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The weather logos are predicting a lot of rain right through to next week. Ebola remains very high on the news chart. We are witnessing developments each day, apologies, a new case, how to combat the disease, etc. I think the dam has burst, it's going to be hard to eradicate Ebola.

  At 8:50 a.m. futures are massively lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market will tank at the opening bell.

  The good news first - US first time jobless claims from the past week are now at a record low not seen in 14 years - 264,000. The bad news - it's all bad news. The correction continues and depending on how low it goes, the jobless claims will begin to swell. I will make a bold prediction though - at some point, the bleeding will end.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Some major indexes in Europe are declining by more than 3%.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Key And Peele On Letterman

Have A Great Wednesday

work by George Barbier 1882 - 1932 French illustrator

The Onion - Genetics Emphatically Deny Playing Any Part In Area Man’s Body

The Onion: Genetics Emphatically Deny Playing Any Part In Area Man’s Body

Maddow - Texas Abortion Clinics Granted Reprieve By Supreme Court

MSNBC: Texas abortion clinics granted reprieve by Supreme Court

TRNN - Pollution Inequality And Income Inequality

The Drought

Watch the film at this link.

New Yorker: California: Paradise Burning

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: White House insists anti-Isis strategy is on track despite setbacks on the ground - Isis advances on Baghdad and Kobani despite 21 air strikes - Turkey bombs Kurdish targets in south-east of country

Global Warming - The Pentagon, Security, Terrorism, Food Shortages, Disease, Poverty

NYT: Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

LARCs

AlterNet: The Device That Can Help End Unplanned Pregnancies - If teens take to this device the way they’ve taken to cell phones, unplanned pregnancy could go the way of landlines.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 70 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected. The headlines point to another case of Ebola down in Texas. Let's get realistic, there's probably going to be many more cases and the disease is powerful and deadly as you know. We all feel the pressure of it because we all already exist with a certain amount of societal pressure - money, housing, politics, war, health care, aging etc etc etc. This unfortunately adds another layer of pressure to our existence. But the good news is that humanity is resilient and adaptive. I also think that humanity is fundamentally compassionate. We can adjust and figure it out. AIDS scared the hell out of us in the early 80s and now it's barely mentioned in the news.

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

  A few stocks seems to be keeping their heads above water like Intel which posted a strong third quarter but generally speaking with the price of oil tanking the market is still in correction mode. The DOW is on the verge of slipping below 16K and what exactly is there to stop it at this moment.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Investors are preparing for a slew of big earnings announcements Wednesday.

At 2 p.m., the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book, which is a compilation of anecdotal information about the state of the U.S. economy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mindful Training For The NY Knicks

Phil Jackson is basically teaching the NY Knicks to meditate. He's bringing in different instructors and the team likes it.

NY Post: Phil Jackson’s ‘brilliant’ plan for the Knicks that is very Zen

Have A Great Tuesday

work by George Barbier 1882 - 1932 French illustrator

The Onion - Voters Excited To Use Midterms To Put Country Back On Different Wrong Track

The Onion: Voters Excited To Use Midterms To Put Country Back On Different Wrong Track

Maddow - Democrats Turning On Obama Despite Legacy Of Achievement

MSNBC: Democrats turning on Obama despite legacy of achievement

TRNN - Fighting The Demonization Of Muslims - Deepa Kumar On Reality Asserts Itself Part 2

The Drought

NPR: How Too Many Trees Contribute To California's Drought

Ebola

Guardian UK: US hospitals' readiness to handle Ebola in doubt after Texas nurse's infection - It is not yet clear how Nina Pham became infected with deadly virus, but CDC chief said it was likely breach of protocol

Global Warming - The Pentagon

Guardian UK: Pentagon: global warming will change how US military trains and goes to war - Climate change to become immediate factor for all strategic, operational and planning decisions

Radioactively Dumb

AlterNet: Why Are Researchers Finding Traces of Radioactive Particles in Baby Teeth? Data indicates we still don't understand the dangers of nuclear energy.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and overcast here in the upper Hudson Valley. The weather logo is predicting sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s. Call it Indian Summer. The stories regarding the nurse who contracted Ebola down in Texas are all over the news. She looks so bright and very pretty, we hope she makes it. I wonder who enters nursing school and thinks they will get Ebola, yet this is a new reality. I just read where a man died from Ebola in Germany, so the disease is going global.

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

  The market as far as I can tell is still in a correction mode. We could have a reasonable day today, maybe, but let's string together several in a row before any pronouncements are made. Energy stocks are taking it hard and this is the result of billionaires screwing around in world markets bless their little tiny blackened greedy souls.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Looking at commodities, oil prices are declining and gold prices are rising in early trading.

Most Asian markets ended with losses...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Live

"Whatever you think matters - doesn't.
  Follow this rule, and you will add
  decades to your life." - Rodger Rosenblatt

Have A Great Monday

work by Erté - Russian-born French artist 1892 - 1990

The Onion - Ambitious New High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains

The Onion: Ambitious New High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains

TRNN - US And Iran Are Indirectly Coordinating Efforts Against IS

The Drought

NBC News: Not Just California: Droughts Extend Across Americas

The Second US Ebola Case

Guardian UK: Second US Ebola diagnosis deeply concerning, health officials admit

Global Warming - Israeli Agriculture

Haaretz.com: Study: Israeli plants can withstand global warming - All the species examined in the Holy Land can cope with climate change of ‘biblical’ dimensions, say researchers

Animal Cruelty

I say good, lock 'em up.

AlterNet: Zeroing In On Sociopaths: Feds Finally Make Animal Cruelty a Top-Tier Felony - The move will finally offer a way to track animal abuse and analyze crimes against animals.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 43 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we are in for a rainy week but the forecast is for the temperature to go up into the 80s on Wednesday. I hope you had a good weekend. I took a little respite from blogging and a respite from the news in general. However I did watch the Knicks' second preseason game on Saturday night and I must say they looked pretty good.

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

  As you know we are into a full market correction. Today's opening is really a big question mark. Allegedly investors are hitting the panic button and no one knows when the correction will subside. However, this week there will be a full contingency of third quarter corporate reports and I'm curious to see how those reports will fly in the face of a market correction. The stock market is a fascinating thing, not only is it affected by actual data but it's also greatly affected by emotion.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Markets are particularly unnerved by the Federal Reserve's plans to end its unprecedented stimulus and low interest rate policies.

Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are up to bat with third quarter earnings this week.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekend

I'm taking the weekend off from blogging. I'll see you bright and early on Monday morning and have an excellent weekend. Do check out Lorde singing with Nirvana at the band's 2014 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Have A Great Friday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Onion - Report: Many Companies Now Offering Women Permanent, Unpaid Maternity Leave

The Onion: Report: Many Companies Now Offering Women Permanent, Unpaid Maternity Leave

TRNN - Islamophobia And A Challenge To Bill Maher - Deepa Kumar On Reality Asserts Itself Part 1

The Drought

ABC Fresno: President Barack Obama's California trip drought in action

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: The fight for Kurdistan - the Guardian briefing - The Kurds are the world’s largest stateless ethnic group and find themselves on the frontline in the battle with Islamic State

Global Warming - Deniers

Opposing Views: Global Warming Deniers: Choosing Money Over The Future Of The Planet

No Problem

AlterNet: Corporations Are Trying to Take Your Right to Complain About Their Products Away - 'Non-disparagement' clauses are quietly being slipped into contracts to prevent negative reviews.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 46 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A sunny and pleasant Fall weekend is expected. What a day we had on Thursday. There was a multiple family murder in the area. Apparently the family was Asian and the police had a difficult time literally translating information. It's a tragedy in an otherwise extremely safe area. We all need the weekend right this instant.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  What can I say. It's the weekend enjoy it and try to forget about the fact that the market is shedding trillions of dollars of value over the last few weeks. The correction is here, the global economy is having a conniption, and the pain will probably continue till reason once again prevails. On the other hand, people who have been waiting on the sidelines to invest in the stock market, pay attention because when things get really ugly then you purchase equities.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
European markets were trading weaker as investors remain rattled by a string of poor economic numbers from Germany, and slower global growth. There was more disappointing data Friday, this time from Italy...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Jan Hooks Dies

CNN: Comedian Jan Hooks dies at age 57

Spare Parts

HuffPo: Lab-Grown Penises May Show Up Way Sooner Than You Thought

Guilderland Tragedy

Rather close to where I live.

NY Daily News: 'Whole family killed': 2 adults, 2 young boys found dead in upstate New York home - The Wednesday quadruple-homicide in Guilderland claimed four victims

Voting

CS Monitor: Supreme Court reinstates controversial North Carolina voting measures - The US Supreme Court’s order comes less than a month before the midterm elections, with North Carolina in the midst of a tight Senate race. Last week, an appeals court panel had blocked two of the voting measures.

Have A Great Thursday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Onion - Local Oaf Not Sure What Part Of Counter You Order At

The Onion: Local Oaf Not Sure What Part Of Counter You Order At

Maddow - Missed Opportunities Examined In Ebola Death

TRNN - Global Warming Reducing Fisheries And Destroying Livelihoods

The Drought

LA Times: California's drought is a national problem

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Isis air strikes limited without viable Syrian rebel force, says White House

Global Warming - Climate Moms

Scientific American: Climate Moms (and Dads) Fight Global Warming - How one environmentalist made combating climate change part of every parents' job description

Chomsky On Higher Education

AlterNet: Chomsky: Thinking Like Corporations is Harming American Universities - There’s been a very sharp increase in the proportion of administrators to faculty and students in the last 30-40 years.

287,000

Reuters: U.S. jobless claims fall, point to labor market strength

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 54 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we are in for one of those especially gorgeous early Fall days. We are very sorry to see Thomas Duncan pass away from Ebola in Texas and we feel for his family. Besides that grief, his death certainly opens up new fears about the disease and how well we can or cannot treat it. I mean if the USA offers the best treatment and he dies, what does this say.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  I can't explain today's pre-market numbers. Perhaps the day will take on the complexion of yesterdays massive rally or perhaps not. With the Fed practically guaranteeing low interest rates into the future and with Alcoa posting a significant third quarter profit, one might think that the fear could rest a bit.

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open
...a report from the U.S. Federal Reserve suggested it won't raise interest rates for a while.

Alcoa shares are climbing by about 4% premarket after the company announced much better than expected quarterly profits.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Onion - Man Only Has Himself To Blame For What’s In Targeted Banner Ad

The Onion: Man Only Has Himself To Blame For What’s In Targeted Banner Ad

Maddow - FBI Seeks Help Identifying Terrorist’s Voice With North American Accent

TRNN - Fall Of Kobani Reveals Failure Of U.S. Bombing Campaign

The Drought

Think Progress: California’s Drought Is So Bad, Even Its Hydropower Is Drying Up

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: New air strikes on Isis as pressure builds to win battle for Kobani - Renewed bombings follow urgent appeals to save Syrian Kurdish border town from jihadis as tension rises in Turkey

Global Warming - How To Lie With Data

Slate: How to Lie With Data

Paranoia Plus Ebola

AlterNet: Inside the Bizarre Right-Wing Panic over Ebola Virus Coming to the US - The conservative mindset is tailor-made for opportunities for paranoia and isolation.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 60 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It did rain through the night, maybe that's the end of the rain for a while. Well today is the big day. After enduring a painful several month absence, the NY Knicks resume basketball play tonight. It is a pre-season game, a test as it were, against the Boston Celtics. Not a real lot is expected from either team this year although it will be interesting to see the Knicks run the triangle offense under the direction of new team president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher. My evening is pretty well blocked out, I don't even answer the phone.

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

  As you know the market has tumbled a bit over the last few weeks. Today begins the third quarter corporate report season and as these reports come in perhaps there will be more of a sense of why, instead the present instability. Notice that the Fed will also be releasing a minutes report this afternoon and as the Fed sets monetary policy in so many ways, this is also a big deal.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The IMF slashed its forecast for eurozone growth Tuesday.

Alcoa and restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will report after the close.

The Federal Reserve is expected to release the minutes from its September meeting at 2 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Circle

If you squint at it, it simplifies.


Have A Great Tuesday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Onion - DC Attempts To Put Ebola Outbreak In Perspective By Releasing List Of Worse Ways To Die

The Onion: DC Attempts To Put Ebola Outbreak In Perspective By Releasing List Of Worse Ways To Die

‘Edie And Thea’ Lead Way To Marriage Equality, Argle-Bargle Notwithstanding

TRNN - Republicans Poised To Win The Senate By Narrow Margin

Col. Larry Wilkerson: We can expect corruption, massive misrepresentation, and disequilibrium of wealth

The Drought

I posted a similar link a few days ago, but it's worth taking another look.

Boing Boing: The California drought looks worse from space: shocking NASA satellite images of a drying West

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Air strikes hit Isis positions as jihadists push into Kobani - US-led coalition strikes as battles reported between Isis and Kurdish defenders in key Syrian border town

Global Warming - 2 Degrees Celsius Equals 35.6 Degrees Fahrenheit

Climate Progress: Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Realized, Making 2°C Limit For Global Warming More Urgent

Deep Breath

AlterNet: Shocking: New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality - If you are poor or non-white, inequality is in the air you breathe.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected. I've already been out there raking leaves and there's a ton more to come. How about that young teen heading over to join ISIS. Seriously, what an idiot, teens do stupid things but this is a topper for sure. I guess if a person has no prospects of a relationship, no real sense of getting a decent job, then the promise of a female sex slave and glory in battle might seems appealing. Want to fix the ISIS problem - figure out a way to decrease the testosterone in these young idiots.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Notice that the price of oil is now down below $90 per barrel. This can only mean one thing, that soon it's going to go up. Germany is beginning to show a little wear and tear with it's profoundly strong economy. This reality is affecting this morning's market direction. Like it or not, the market is having a correction of sorts, how long and how deep - that's another story. Still it will be third quarter corporate reports that will add depth to the conversation.

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open
Investors are feeling disgruntled after new data from Germany -- Europe's largest economy -- showed industrial production took a big hit in August, declining by 4% compared to the previous month.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Bombshell Vote






















CS Monitor: Gay marriage: How Supreme Court bombshell could affect midterm elections - Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases, a big move that changes the complexion of American politics on a divisive social issue. If a candidate is out of step with his or her state, it could sway critical votes.

He's Going 'Round The Bend Again And Again

  It's one thing that this individual each day stuffs this level of nonsense or worse into the fragile minds of the willfully ignorant in our country, I mean basically who the hell cares. But it's quite another thing that those same willfully ignorant people vote and that voting has an effect on you and me.

Think Progress: Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants Americans To Get Ebola As Payback For Slavery

Have A Great Monday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Onion - Archaeologists Discover Cave Where Ancient Humans First Had To Pretend To Like Friend’s Art

The Onion: Archaeologists Discover Cave Where Ancient Humans First Had To Pretend To Like Friend’s Art

TRNN - Why Has Turkey Decided To Join War Campaign Against The Islamic State?

The Drought

LA Times: In virtual mega-drought, California avoids defeat

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Australia launches first armed combat mission against Isis in Iraq - Planes were assigned to a combat air patrol over Iraq but did not strike targets, chief of defence force says

Global Warming - Ocean Temperatures

International Business Times: Global Warming: Ocean Temperatures Rising 'Up to 152% Faster than Thought'

Got Food

Alternet: It Happened Again: How 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget for 50,000,000 People - For the 2nd year in a row, America's 14 richest made more than all the money provided for those in need of food.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is a very cool 44 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast predicts a general lowering in the temperatures throughout the week and as you know, the daylight is shrinking noticeably. October is moving along and before you know it, we're into Halloween, I'm sure you're seeing the Halloween ornaments and signs all over. I hope you had a good relaxing weekend. This household is battling a severe cold, there's a lot of coughing and sneezing going on. Society has convinced us that money is our most important attribute so we struggle against that meme throughout our lives trying to recognize something that carries more meaning. In that struggle we tend to ignore the incredible assets we already have like our health, a sense of well being, and our love and compassion for others. Hopefully at some point we can give up the struggle and make a greater peace with these more meaningful attributes.

  At 7:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  Two major corporate developments appear to be positively influencing the market this morning. That would be HP dividing into two separate divisions and the big med merger between Becton and CareFusion. ISIS, Ebola, the Ukraine and Russia, plus a serious amount of risk fear remain in the background, but for the time being the market is buoyant this early morning.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Co is taking over CareFusion in a cash and stock deal that values CareFusion shares at $58 each.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

SNL - Sarah Silverman As Joan Rivers In Heaven

Kinshasa

Yahoo News: HIV's origins traced to Kinshasa in 1920s

Have A Great Sunday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Borowitz Report - Cheney: 'No Fair' That Obama Gets To Bomb Syria

New Yorker: Cheney: “No Fair” That Obama Gets to Bomb Syria

TRNN - New Evidence Links Global Heat Waves To Climate Change

The Drought

LA Times: California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought

Ben Affleck Vs Bill Maher Battle Over Radical Islam

The clip has created a stir.

Global Warming - Conservative Overreach

Salon: Politico’s dopey climate denial: Global warming might be fake because Neil deGrasse Tyson did something dumb - A conservative writer draws hilariously sweeping conclusions from a controversy involving Neil deGrasse Tyson

Hysteria Central

AlterNet: 6 Idiotic Right-Wing Moments This Week: War on Science and Knowledge Rages On - Because who needs science when you can have hysteria instead?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Daily Laugh


Wow!

Science Daily: Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders
As one example, in the case of the patient with the demanding job who was forgetting her way home, her therapeutic program consisted of some, but not all of the components involved with Bredesen's therapeutic program, and included:
(1) eliminating all simple carbohydrates, leading to a weight loss of 20 pounds;
(2) eliminating gluten and processed food from her diet, with increased vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish;
(3) to reduce stress, she began yoga;
(4) as a second measure to reduce the stress of her job, she began to meditate for 20 minutes twice per day;
(5) she took melatonin each night;
(6) she increased her sleep from 4-5 hours per night to 7-8 hours per night;
(7) she took methylcobalamin each day;
(8) she took vitamin D3 each day;
(9) fish oil each day;
(10) CoQ10 each day;
(11) she optimized her oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush;
(12) following discussion with her primary care provider, she reinstated hormone replacement therapy that had been discontinued;
(13) she fasted for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime;
(14) she exercised for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-6 days per week.

Have A Great Saturday

work by Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980

The Borowitz Report - Citing Security Concerns, Iraq’s Prime Minister Cancels Visit To White House

New Yorker: Citing Security Concerns, Iraq’s Prime Minister Cancels Visit to White House

Maddow - Breakdowns At Every Step In Ebola Response Despite US Protocols

TRNN - Corporate Media Is Destroying Democracy - Phil Donahue On Reality Asserts Itself Part 2

The Drought

USA Today: NASA images show California's drought deepening

The ISIS War

Guardian UK: Peter Kassig: Isis hostage threatened with death was captured on aid mission - Militants say Kassig, from Indiana, will be next western hostage to die unless US stops its bombing campaign against Isis

Global Warming - The Arctic Pleasue Cruise

Post Bulletin: Travel Scene: Global warming opens Northwest Passage to pleasure cruises