Saturday, January 31, 2015

Have A Great Saturday

work by Donald Baechler

The Borowitz Report - Romney Incredibly Relieved That He Can Keep All His Houses

The New Enbridge Pipeline

 Another pipeline and it's not even on the radar.

Global Research: Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL
On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

TRNN - The Story Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments

The Drought

Global Warming - Iceland

Guardian UK: Climate change is lifting Iceland – and it could mean more volcanic eruptions - Land moving upward faster than researchers expected at 1.4in every year, allowing ‘hot potato’ rocks to rise
The entire chain reaction of melting ice caps, rising earth surface and volcanic activity is still not entirely understood, Bennett said. But as the surface of the earth rises, so do rocks at depth, released from the pressure of the ice.

Global Warming - The GOP Tide Is Turning

  I did a double take when I first read this.

NYT: Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds By CORAL DAVENPORT and MARJORIE CONNELLY
Among Republicans, 48 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change...


Good Morning

  On this fine Saturday morning at 8 a.m. it is 1 degree and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It is cold as f*ck. I was just out with the new dog and I had on 4 lower layers and 8 upper layers plus a face mask, body armor hat, and ultra frigid LL Bean gloves, I endured the cold just fine. Congratulate yourself Upper Hudson Valley residents, you are one tough breed, and we are about to put a notch in for the month of January. It's going to be cold in the beginning of February but now we are used to it, we barely shiver anymore, our blood is conditioned and raring to go. February is the month when the light really returns and love is in the air. The future is bright. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Unholy Alliance


No Comment

Have A Great Friday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - Man Figures He Has 2 More Bites Of Roommate’s Leftovers Before It Noticeable

Maddow - Religious Bigotry Haunts Group Hosting RNC

TRNN - Dirty Link Between Senators And Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

The Drought

One Of Many Reasons Why I Oppose The Death Penalty

Global Warming - What People Think

Just The Facts

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 29 degrees and it is snowing here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are expecting 1 to 3 inches of snow today and this would be the second snowstorm of the week. Looks like we are still in for a real cold patch in the upcoming days and I would say we are in the dead of Winter. We see that Romney is dusting off his presidential aspirations publicly once again. Perhaps three is the charm for the mega billionaire, the perfect candidate and champion of the utterly oblivious 1% who seem to believe that poor people have it incredibly easy and are actually wealthy. Romney doesn't have rose colored glasses, his are colored gold - gold is everywhere...

  At 9:00 a.m ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is set to tank at the opening bell.

  What can I say, it's been a miserable week on Wall Street and the streak is going to continue this morning. Oil is at a bargain basement price and this gas price convenience is driving a devaluation of equities or at least some equities, Apple not included. The US economy grew at a slower pace than desired in the fourth quarter and that's a problem as well. My advice is to make relaxing plans for the weekend and forget about it...

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Greek stocks were steady, with banks continuing to recover after slumping earlier this week on fears about the future of the country's international bailout.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Have A Great Thursday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - Receipt Brazenly Placed In Bag Without Permission

Maddow - GOP Uses Loretta Lynch Hearing To Vent About Eric Holder

TRNN - As Obama Expands Offshore Drilling, A Look At The Health Of The Oceans Today

The Drought

Car Surveillance

Global Warming - Extreme Weather

Cricket Meal

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 8 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we are in for a stretch of extremely cold temperatures after today. Get out the extra layers.

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

  Mixed news from the Fed yesterday. The good news is that there is demonstrable evidence that the US economy is improving and job growth appears to be steady. The bad news is that interest rate hikes are soon to follow. So, grab that cheap re-fi while you can.

Reuters: Fed upbeat on U.S. economy, cites strong job gains
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding "at a solid pace" with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year.
Reuters: U.S. jobless claims drop sharply to near 15-year low
...unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended Jan. 24...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Transient Flash

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain. - Buddha

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - Family Lets Cars Come Inside House During Snowstorm

Maddow - Courting Big Money Key As GOP 2016 Field Takes Shape

TRNN - Marxist Economists, Academics And Philosophers Sworn In To The Greek Cabinet

The Drought

The Storm

Global Warming - Andes Glaciers

Sustainable Happiness

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 12 degrees and cloudy with a little bit of sunshine here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we are in for a week of real Winter, lots of deep cold and some more snow. We survived Juno just fine. I'm guessing we got about 6 inches of snow and the roads are just fine. Now it's a matter of dressing with lots of layers because it is cold out there.

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

  Man do we wish we bought shares of Apple way back in 2008 when the price of one share was below $100. I do not have the exact number but that share would be worth approximately $1,000 give or take right now - not bad, not bad at all. It is corporate report time and on top of that the Fed is issuing a statement - it's open season.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Shares in Apple are expected to jump at the open after the company posted the biggest profit in corporate history in the last quarter, when it sold 74.5 million iPhones.

The Fed is concluding its two-day meeting Wednesday and investors will be parsing through the Fed's new statement to guess when the central bank may be ready to raise interest rates.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Daily Show - Sarah Is Incoherent

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - NYC Mayor: ‘Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest’

TRNN - New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Swearing-In To Fight Austerity

The Drought

Juno Pounds New England, Only Touches NYC

Global Warming - The Storm


You know, it's overcast here, it's cold, we were expecting Armageddon, why not...

AlterNet: 10 of the Weirdest Sex Toys for Women - Artificial hymen, anyone? By Carrie Weisman

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 14 degrees, overcast, and very very lightly snowing here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The weather report has modified it's forecast for this area and right now we are expected to get only 2 to 6 inches of snow today. That's down quite a bit from the 8 to 14 inches we were expecting. What can we say, we dodged the bullet. Apparently Boston is getting pounded but NYC missed the bulk of Juno. I woke up expecting to see a wall of white stuff and low and behold, nada.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to tank at the opening bell.

  Allegedly it is corporate results or should we say disappointing corporate results that are dragging on the market today. There is a boatload of results coming up today and after the closing bell, let's see what happens. Either way, the waves have gotten a lot choppier.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
...traders express disappointment over some quarterly results.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Here

  It started to very lightly snow here just before 3 PM and it is gradually picking up. I was out walking the dog around 1:30 and the cold was bone chilling. It was difficult to stay out even with my many layers of clothing. I'm figuring to give 36 hours of time completely over to Mother Nature and I've dusted off the generator just in case.

Massachusetts Travel Ban

Have A Great Monday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - First-Term Congressman Brings Fresh Roadblocks To Table

TRNN - Historic Victory For SYRIZA Greece



Global Warming - Population Growth

Less Creative

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 10 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. As you know we are expecting 8 to 10 inches of snow starting this afternoon and through Tuesday. It is NYC that is going to really get the brunt of this one with up to 3 feet of snow and winds gushing around 60 MPH. It is the blizzard of 2015. It's been a heck of a year so far.

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

  Check out the Greek people, they did in fact vote into power the left leaning Syriza Party. This has naturally freaked out the investment world. Just like the blizzard, let's see what happens in Greece and also like the blizzard, we don't have much of a choice.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The left-wing Syriza party swept to victory in elections on Sunday, fueled by populist anger over years of severe austerity measures in Greece.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stay Home

Channel 10 Albany: Cuomo asks commuters to consider staying home
“The incoming winter storm is forecasted to hit the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island beginning first thing tomorrow, with the heaviest snow starting in the afternoon at a rate of 1-4 inches an hour. As a result, commuters should consider working from home on Monday if possible to avoid disruptions from likely road and public transportation closures,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State is taking all necessary precautions to prepare for this storm, and I urge residents to put safety first and plan ahead to protect themselves and others throughout the duration of this snowstorm.”

Huge Snowstorm Coming

Looks like we are going to get pounded with snow, and NYC is presently expected to get the brunt of it.

CNN: New York City mayor: 'Don't underestimate this storm'
A monster snowstorm is expected to slam into the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday, dumping what could be up to 3 feet of snow in Boston and New York, along with freezing rain and strong gusts possibly reaching hurricane level. The storm is expected to hit northern New Jersey through southern Connecticut and freeze Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts.
For the Albany NY area
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 1 pm Monday to 1 am EST Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 1 pm Monday to 1 am EST Wednesday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Locations: greater capital region, Helderbergs, Schoharie County, Saratoga region, Glens Falls area and northern Washington County.
Hazard types: Heavy snow.
Snow accumulations: 8 to 14 inches.

Have A Great Sunday

work by Donald Baechler

The Onion - Postal Service Unveils New Line Of Stamps Honoring Americans Who Still Use Postal Service

Before Not After

NYT: Ask Well: The Best Time to Exercise to Lose Weight
"...early-morning exercise in the fasted state is more potent than an identical amount of exercise in the fed state” for maintaining healthy waistlines.






Good Clean Love: Organic Personal Lubricants

Saturday, January 24, 2015

'American Sniper'

Ernie Banks Dies

Have A Great Saturday

Random photo

The Onion - Nation’s Historians Warn The Past Is Expanding At Alarming Rate

The Daily Show - Majority Retort

Maddow - Questionable Characters To Join Jindal For Prayer Rally

TRNN - Greek Right Fears First Left Government In Greek History

The Drought

Clinton Watch

Global Warming - Obama In India

Global Warming - Closer To Midnight

Toxic Myths

AlterNet: Why the Toxic Myths Rich People Believe About the Poor Are So Dangerous - Inequality and regressive tax policies hurt everyone, even rich people. By David Sirota
...a comprehensive analysis by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that the poorest 20 percent of households pay on average more than twice the effective state and local tax rate (10.9 percent) as the richest 1 percent of taxpayers (5.4 percent).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Have A Great Friday

work by John Heartfield - German artist 1891 - 1968, anti-Nazi illustrator.

'blood and iron'

The Onion - Republicans Address Income Inequality By Offering Middle Class Hot Stock Tip

Maddow - Students Fight To Expose Koch Influence

TRNN - How Obama Can Reduce Carbon Emissions Without Congress

Continue The Policies

  Great, just what the world needs, a continuation of Saudi policies. After all, they truly are so just and humane especially towards women, dissidents, the poor, immigrants, and foreigners...

Guardian UK: Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman moves quickly to settle future succession - Salman bin Abdulaziz also promises to continue the policies of his predecessors after death of Abdullah after nearly two decades in power

Global Warming - Geophysical Karma

WaPo: The U.S. has caused more global warming than any other country. Here’s how the Earth will get its revenge.
The United States will actually get a lot more sea level rise than many other parts of the world — possibly over 14 feet. Call it geophysical karma — we’re the nation most responsible for global warming and, at least in this particular case, we’ll get more of the consequences.

The Joke News

  Fundamentally speaking, FOX is a joke. Unfortunately they also inspire millions of ditto head Americans to be a willfully stupid electorate.

AlterNet: “This Guy’s Clearly a Complete Idiot”: How Fox News Became a Joke in Paris - The news channel has been roasted for its erroneous depiction of Muslim-linked no-go zones.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 23 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We might even get above freezing today and tomorrow and then it's back to the super cold stuff. Well we are in the middle of Winter. I don't like the crust of ice all over the backyard, I can't play catch with the new dog as she'd go flying and tear up a leg or something. We see that the Saudi king has passed away. As I am not a fan of Saudi culture and especially Saudi social policy, law, and justice, I would have to say I hope his passing somehow helps redefine that culture in a better, more humane way.

  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 area.

  The death of the Saudi king is a big deal with Saudi Arabia still the world's top oil producer. No doubt all will get worked out over the next period. Right now oil is floating between $45 and $50 a barrel and at that price the oil boom in the Dakotas is already starting to close up shop. That price does not support the desired profit level.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
"I think that given the dramatic drop in oil prices, the Saudis might be taking a closer look at their options but if a change is made, it will likely be a function of economics, not because of the change in leadership..."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Clobber-er

Have A Great Thursday

work by John Heartfield - German artist 1891 - 1968

The Onion - Man Too Deep Into Sentence To Avoid Saying Word He Can’t Pronounce

Maddow - Obama Prioritizing Foreign Policy Agenda

TRNN - Climate Change Crisis Buried In The State Of The Union

The Drought

Global Warming - A Dunce Cap For The GOP Led Senate - Willful Stupidity

  As I have said many times before in response to Senator James Inhofe's 'ascertion' that: ‘Man can’t change climate', we need to remind the senator that mankind has already conceded to the fact that mankind can in fact change the climate when mankind recognized that nuclear weapons could scorch the earth of virtually everything. I worry that the senator may be suffering from dementia.

Guardian UK: US Senate fails to accept humanity's role in climate change, again - Senators accept global warming is not a hoax but fail to recognize human activity is to blame, nearly 27 years after scientists laid out man’s role
James Inhofe: ‘Man can’t change climate’.

Global Warming - US Politics

Viva La Revolución!

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 20 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like the temperatures may get above freezing here over the next few days and it could be sunny. That's good for me and my long afternoon walk. The month is flying by.

  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.

  All you need to know for today is right here - CNN Breaking News: European Central Bank takes dramatic step to stimulate troubled economy, unveiling massive bond-buying program. I've been wrong many times predicting the outcome of the markets on a particular day, but I would suspect this major announcement from the ECB will at least grease the morning's market activity. To say the ECB announcement is welcome news is an understatement.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
...a huge stimulus program that could inject as much as one trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) into the eurozone economy by the end of 2016.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Danger Danger


Have A Great Wednesday

work by John Heartfield - German artist 1891 - 1968

Hurrah , the butter is gone !

The Onion - ‘Well, Here’s What Won’t Pass,’ Obama Says Before Listing 35 Proposals

Maddow - SOTU Address Comes With Subtext For 2016

TRNN - Can The Union Be Strong Amidst Global Recession?

The Drought

SOTU Recap

Global Warming - Terrifying

The Daily Show - Jon Stewart Sets His Sights On Mitt Romney And Chris Christie

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 14 degrees, cloudy, but still a little sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like a week of 20s during the day. We can handle it in our sleep. I did not watch Obama last night as I know a few things about it. First it was a purely political speech in that he is attempting to somehow open the door for a democratic president in 2016 by creating space between democratic ideas and the GOP. Second I know that none of his proposals will get through the House or Senate and there's no point in explaining that. On the other hand I am still somewhat amused by the mayor of Paris seeking to sue FOX News for their heaping of BS on that fair city. I will be keenly watching although I suspect nothing will come of it, still it's fun.

  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.

  I think the announcement of the ECB throwing out some quantitative easing measures for the eurozone on Thursday will be met with a roar. Otherwise notice that energy company Baker Hughes is cutting jobs in the light of cheaper oil. They are not the first nor will they be the last company to do this as the oil shakeout continues into the future.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
The European Central Bank is widely expected to unveil plans for massive bond purchases when it meets on Thursday.

Baker Hughes shares sank in extended trading after the energy company said it was slashing 7,000 jobs and cutting spending by 20%.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Consequences Of BS

Have A Great Tuesday

work by John Heartfield - German artist 1891 - 1968. He was a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Wikipedia 

The Onion - Chicago Introduces New Citywide Gun-Sharing Stations

Maddow - Day Honoring King Passed Reluctantly By Reagan After 15-Year Struggle

TRNN - Removing The Social Security Tax Cap Would Benefit Most Workers

The Drought

OrovilleMR News: Forecasts show drought continuing in California, Southwest
...won’t be enough snow to boost water supplies.

SOTU Tonight

Global Warming - New GOP Talking Points Coming

Daily Caller: Are Republicans Preparing To Surrender The Global Warming Debate?
Republicans have hired consultants to help them come up with unified talking points on global warming, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

Stolen Dream

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 23 degrees with a little bit of sunshine here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast is predicting temperatures in the 20s over the next few days. Not that it matters much as they change the forecast so often. My forecast is better and more reliable - it's Winter, it's cold. The light is indeed improving, the Sun is a little bit stronger in the sky and it's noticeable. Yeah for that. I had a good productive day on Monday and managed to listen to a long historical piece on Dr Martin Luther King, what a man. He is a model for anybody, amazing. And did I mention that the Knicks won a game, that would be after a record 16 losses in a row.

  At 9 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market will open higher and energy stocks will get nailed, again.

  The IMF forecast for the world economy is in the headlines this morning. That forecast is - it sucks and will suck next year too. What's the big deal, the world is always falling apart. It falls apart as fast as something that causes improvement occurs, maybe faster. We learn from our suffering, that's the human condition.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Still, there was plenty of gloom shrouding the world economy as the International Monetary Fund cut its forecasts for global growth for this year and next.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Have A Great Martin Luther King Day

The Onion - FDA Approves New Drug For Treating Pill Deficiencies

TRNN - MLK: Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam

The Drought

Half Down, Half To Go

Global Warming - Why GOP Why

Mr Happy

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 34 degrees and slightly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The temperatures in the region are playing havoc with driving as the temperature dips above and below freezing following yesterday's rain. Drive carefully, the pictures of the massive car pileups are all about black ice. The ground is once again starting to reappear in this area. January is flying by. We've managed to accumulate around 1/2 hour of more daylight and in the next 30 days we'll gain another hour. Right now we are gaining around 2 minutes of daylight per day and the sunrise is even starting to kick back a little.

  The market is closed for the holiday.

Reuters: Europe holds on to ECB hope, shrugs off China slump
...investors shrugged off the steepest fall in Chinese shares for over six years and bet the European Central Bank will unveil a bond-buying economic stimulus package later this week.

Anticipation the ECB will announce such quantitative easing, or QE, at its Thursday policy meeting...

Sunday, January 18, 2015



Have A Great Sunday

work by John Heartfield - German artist 1891 - 1968. He was a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Wikipedia 

Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung or AIZ (in English, The Workers Pictorial Newspaper) was a German illustrated magazine published between 1924 and March 1933 in Berlin, and afterward in Prague and finally Paris until 1938. Anti-Fascism and pro-Communism in stance, it was published by Willi Münzenberg and is best remembered for the propagandistic photomontages of John Heartfield. Wikipedia


The Onion - Report: Reuben Rated Top Midsize Sandwich In Its Class

TRNN - Climate Change Denier To Take Over Senate Committee

The Drought


  Another purely political move by Obama designed to erode the credibility of the GOP as a party that is concerned about the working and middle class. The present GOP Congress and Senate would never ever ever pass such a measure and if it were to pass, it would be watered down and blurred of the original intent yet the name of the bill would sound fantastic - 'The American Tax Freedom Act' for example. In reality the GOP version of the bill would tax the middle class even more and lower the taxes of the ultra-rich even more.

Guardian UK: Obama to propose $325bn plan to provide tax cuts for the middle class - President seeks to provide middle-class tax breaks by levying higher fees on banks, closing loopholes for trust funds, and raising the capital gains threshold

Global Warming - Oceans

WaPo: Scientists react to warmest year: 2014 underscores ‘undeniable fact’ of human-caused climate change
Ocean temperatures were more than 1 F above average, NOAA said.

Oh The Outrage

AlterNet: 5 Outrageous Right-Wing Moments This Week: Red-Faced Fox Actually Admits It Made a Mistake - Turns out even Rupert Murdoch can be shamed.
3. Fox guest invents concept of Muslim no-go zones, for which Fox apologizes, since all of Europe is laughing at it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

trailer - I watched this on Netflix last night and really enjoyed the movie. There is a line from the movie that caught my attention, I think it's spot on - "He's a fanatic. And the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt."



I give the police the benefit of the doubt and support their work. It's a very hard job and they deserve credit and then some. However, pump five rounds into a 95 year old WW2 vet and kill him. Sorry, that's criminal, that's a psycho.

Chicago Tribune: Officer's trial in death of Wrana, 95, ends with prosecutor holding shotgun

Have A Great Saturday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Preschooler Asks To Borrow Classmate’s Notes On Shapes

Maddow - Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Gay Marriage

TRNN - What Is Causing Market Volatility?

The Drought

The Daily Show - Alabama Fetus Lawyers Law - HB 494

Global Warming - Another New Record

  The title of this article - "2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics" - irks me. It's as if authority is in the hands of dimwits and science is a little goofy puppy begging for attention and this is from the New York Times no less, they should know better. On the level of government, nothing will happen with global warming policy. Forget about it. Global warming is a humankind, vast, and deathly serious problem and must be addressed by all of us. The deniers can do whatever the hell they please, nature doesn't really care what the hell deniers think or do. Stop trying to convince anyone of global warming and getting upset about it. Use that mental or physical energy for making your own life lighter on the CO2 footprint and do the same for the life of anybody else that wants it. End of story.

NYT: 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics By JUSTIN GILLIS

Drop It, Buy Used

New Rules

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amazing Indeed

Hey Sarah, where's the Daisy Dukes...

Have A Great Friday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Area Man Willing To Give Up Any Of Muslims’ Rights Necessary To Feel Safe

Maddow - Terror Raid In Belgium As Attack Investigation Expands

TRNN - House Passes Bill Further Weakening Financial Regulation

The Drought

Greetings From Mars

Global Warming - The Pope

Global Warming - Keystone XL

Can You Spare Some Change

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is a whopping 29 degrees and it is relatively sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like it's going to get pretty dang cold tonight. Well my day is starting off with a bang as one of my work duties is calling with an emergency. Friday is starting off with a bang.

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

  Is it just me or does is seem like the world is going through a major conniption right now. The stock market is a mess as the price of oil attempts to find a point of stability. Add to this a new monetary floating of the Swiss currency and deflation in the eurozone. I must say though I do thank the Saudis for not flogging that blogger. Now this is why I am beginning to become less and less supportive of the notion of a moderate Muslim 'center'. I am doubting its existence. Flogging really, WTF?

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The Swiss stock market is still tumbling Friday, with the benchmark index off by more than 5% as investors consider the long-term implications of Switzerland's surprise decision to let its currency float freely instead of pinning it to the euro.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pope - Free Speech Has Limits

To me it sounds like the Pope is being a mediator.

BBC: Paris attacks: Pope Francis says freedom of speech has limits
"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. There is a limit."

French TV Ridicules FOX News Reporting On Paris

FOX is simply ridiculous.

'How Whales Change Climate'

Have A Great Thursday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Report: Only 2% Of Internet Worth Sitting Through 15-Second Ad

Maddow - US Terror Plot Foiled By FBI Arrest Of Ohio Man

I consider myself a relatively tolerant moderate, but this is truly getting ridiculous. These fundamentalists are a huge problem and more power to the FBI for tracking these idiots down.

MSNBC: US terror plot foiled by FBI arrest of Ohio man

TRNN - Baltimore Students Stage Die-In Calling For An End To The School-To-Prison Pipeline

The Drought

Global Warming - Methane

Global Warming - Coral Reefs


The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 10 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like the temperatures will be gradually climbing up from the sub zero mark. That 10 degrees is the warmest it's been around here in the early morning for a few days. Yesterday I had the distinct 'pleasure' of having to do clean up after some drain pipes erupted from stoppages no doubt caused by the cold. This was at an apartment complex where I perform some property management duties. The drain guy fixed the flow of the waste water and all is now well but I had the chore of cleaning up the mess. Waste water is a pleasant way of describing what it in fact is. And there you have my Wednesday afternoon. I came home and went directly to the clothes washer to throw everything in for de-mucking, then from there to a long shower. Amazingly I feel fine today. Go figure.

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

  I am still parsing this move by the Swiss, it seems like a big deal. What I did notice in the article is that Radio Shack is planning to file for bankruptcy. Is this the end of the chain? You tell me. I do know that I have gone to Radio Shack for eons and that I will miss it if and when it goes.

CNN: Swiss currency bombshell stuns markets
The Swiss central bank removed its exchange rate ceiling of 1.2 Swiss francs to the euro, a cap introduced in 2011 during the eurozone crisis to limit the flow of cash into the traditional safe-haven economy.

The franc surged against the euro, U.S. dollar and U.K. pound on the news, despite a simultaneous announcement that key Swiss interest rates were being cut to minus 0.75%.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Supreme Court Gathers To Watch Baby Justices Hatch

Extra Right

Maddow - France Votes To Keep Fighting ISIS In Iraq

TRNN - Paris Attacks: Rage Of The Dispossessed - Chris Hedges

The Drought

Measles - Again

Global Warming - The Senate

Mashable: Senate to vote on existence of manmade global warming, again
In short, the amendment, offered by Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, asks senators to agree or disagree that "climate change is real" and is "caused by human activities," among other findings.

Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: Why Wages Won’t Rise

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is -4 degrees and it is hazy cloudy with a patina of sun here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Allegedly the temperature gets into the high 20s today with sunshine too and that will seem like a heatwave. January is just plain out flying by as we are into the middle of the month. I'm starting to notice the slight growth in daylight as my 5p.m. appointments now begin in a little bit of light. Hang on, the light and warmth are coming.

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

  Hang on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, the sky is partially falling. What can I say, it's -4 degrees and everybody is getting poorer in the stroke of a pen swipe. Rather than dwell on the inevitable may I suggest that the day is good for a long soak in the tub followed by a nap.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
The World Bank has slashed its forecast for the global economy over the next two years, predicting growth of 3% this year and 3.3% in 2016.

At 2 p.m. the U.S. Federal Reserve will release its latest Beige Book.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Scientific Break

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Woman Celebrates 4th Year Of Weaning Self Off Facebook

Maddow - Terror War Plays Out In Parallel Online

TRNN - Making Sense Of Boko Haram Attacks On Nigerian Civilians

The Drought

Sierra Leone

Global Warming - NYS

Common Crises

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 6 degrees and hazy cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Sunshine is expected through the day and a gradual rising in temperatures is also expected through the week. We see that the Saudi blogger is now being flogged. Of all the horrible things that go on in the world this is utterly unnecessary and cruel. It literally makes me sick to read about it, that poor man.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is now down below $45 a barrel. The market is poised to open higher and energy stocks will once again lose value.

  What can we say, it's the beginning of earnings season and simultaneously the economy of the world is rearranging as the oil glut continues. It's a time of big changes and countries on the fringe with oil as their main export like Venezuela are in big trouble. 2015 is revving up for some huge changes.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
U.S. crude futures are down another 3% this morning, trading at roughly $44.50 per barrel. Oil prices fell by more than 5% on Monday.

Monday, January 12, 2015


The American Witch Hunt

Have A Great Monday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - World Unites In Desire To Have A Little More Time Between Terrorist Attacks

TRNN - Towards A Green Economy: Fighting At The Local Level - Robert Pollin On RAI Part 6

The Drought


Global Warming - Affordable And Green

Indeed It Is

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 28 degrees and lightly snowing here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we are in for a burst of extreme cold tonight and tomorrow but then it will get a little warmer. I hope you had a good weekend. I deliberately tried to stay away from the normal harsh news yesterday, and the intent is to make that the norm for Sunday. As we know the news is usually bleak, it's always bleak.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market will open higher and yet again energy equities will take it on the chin.

  Oil continues to get cheaper now floating close to $45 a barrel. The pressure is on more and more for fringe oil companies to stop production as this price per barrel does not even support production costs let alone a profit. Of course this is the intent, as the oil war continues. Today marks the beginning of earnings reports for the fourth quarter of 2014. It will be interesting to see how the price of oil has affected the reports.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
This week sees the start of earnings season, when a deluge of quarterly reports hit the market. A key company reporting earnings Monday is Alcoa.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Maher - On Charlie Hebdo

The clip has been causing a stir.

To Fall


Have A Great Sunday

work by R Crumb - This is Crumb's response to the Paris Charlie Hebdo attack.

Plus 16

January 11, 2015: sunrise 7:24, sunset 4:42

December 22, 2014: sunrise 7:23, sunset 4:25

The Onion - Apartment Completely Flooded With Disgusting Sunlight

'How To Make Your Own Oil Paints'

'Growing Food With Zero Heating In Massachusetts' Winter'

Good Stuff Too

This Has To Change

Cadmium Exposure

Environmental Health News: Feeling old? It might be from heavy metal - A national study links cadmium exposure to premature aging of cells – even at concentrations well below current safety standards.
Cadmium is naturally occurring on Earth, but it is also produced to make batteries and coat iron and steel. People are exposed to cadmium through contaminated food, tobacco smoke and polluted air near industrial areas.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Joe Sacco: On Satire

Get Fit

Have A Great Saturday

work by Hannah Höch, German Dadaist 1889 - 1978

The Onion - Man Looks On Helplessly As Friend Tells Him Story He’s Already Heard

What It's About

'Hardwiring Happiness'

TRNN - Elk River Chemical Spill One Year Later

California Drought

Hayat Boumeddiene

Global Warming - 1,100 Gigatonnes Of Carbon Dioxide Limit


Friday, January 09, 2015

Late Friday Surprise News

If it comes out late on Friday, it's usually extra strong and with an interest in keeping it quiet..

NYT: Prosecutors Said to Recommend Charges Against Former Gen. David Petraeus

Ahmed Merabet And Franck Brinsolaro

They're Dead

Have A Great Friday

work by Charlie Hebdo

  I'm not buying this meme that's going around that Charlie Hebdo was all about disguising eurozone Islamaphobia. Take a look at this cartoon. It is a satirical depiction of the Catholic belief of three gods in one god - the father, son, and holy spirit. Admittedly the drawing is incredibly juvenile and to any strict Catholic this would be an outrage. I suspect it's about the pedophile priest scandals that rock the Catholic Church. So, they were not going after Muslims exclusively. I mean France is very Catholic, much more so than it is Muslim. Charlie Hebdo is an equal opportunity juvenile satirist publication. The question that remains is why are a very few Muslims more willing to go on a murderous rampage about it.

The Onion - Woman Fulfills Manifest Destiny Of Hardwood Floor Throughout Home

Maddow - Terrorist Manhunt In France As Details Emerge

TRNN - Towards A Green Economy: Is Clean Coal And Carbon Capture An Option? - Robert Pollin On RAI Part 4

The Drought

Hostage Situation

This mess is going through all the horrible and disturbing natural requisites that idiot terrorists do so enjoy. Such stupidity.

Guardian UK: Charlie Hebdo attack: new hostage situation at Paris grocery – live updates

Global Warming - Top Denyer

  I've always liked the way Inhofe says that scientists are arrogant to think that mankind could possibly cause global warming and thereby wreck something created by god. Inhofe conveniently forgets that over the last few decades mankind had learned to easily destroy the world with nuclear weapons. This is the essence of the Inhofe mind, say what's convenient for the moment, and let's forget about recent history and those nasty little facts.

WaPo: Jim Inhofe is a small-plane-flying, global-warming-denying senator. And now he’s got a gavel.

Apocalypse Architecture

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 17 degrees and I think it just stopped snowing for the moment here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We got a solid dusting of snow overnight. As I look out my window while typing this it's really quite beautiful and a classic winter wonderland scene outside. Winter is like a huge freezer where everything in nature is being preserved, just like you'd freeze ice cream to preserve it. The land is being preserved for the new growth and all life including people are more or less huddled conserving energy and trying to stay warm.

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

  Checking the articles this morning it looks like the falling unemployment rate and the addition of 252,000 jobs in the month of December is positive news. However the alarm that deflation is occurring in the eurozone is balancing the positive with negative. Yet the Fed on Thursday predicted a few years of upward trending economic activity. So what wins the day? Enjoy the weekend.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Germany and France, the eurozone's two biggest economies, reported a drop in industrial production in November. That follows an initial reading of eurozone December inflation earlier this week that showed consumer prices fell.

U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, making 2014 best year since 1999. Unemployment declined to 5.6%.

Thursday, January 08, 2015


New Antibiotics

Have A Great Thursday

work by 'Charlie Hebdo'

The Onion - Humble Ascetic Declines In-Flight Beverage Service

Maddow - French Police Name Suspects In Deadly Attack

TRNN - Towards A Green Economy: Models That Are Working - Robert Pollin On RAI Part 3

The Drought

Satirists On Trial

Global Warming - Immediate Action Needed

Hunger In America

AlterNet: The Hunger Capital of America: 10 Cities Where an Appalling Number of Americans Don't Have Enough Food - It'll get worse if the Republicans continue their attacks on anti-hunger programs.
1. Memphis ...26% of its residents had suffered from food insecurity at some point during the previous 12 months.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is -3 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley and with the wild chill factor it's much colder. Hey, remember, it's January and January is like this. Sometimes the weather forecast likes to lull us into a sense of a warmer future but that is what is expected. In fact it may even get above freezing by Monday. That's called a lot of carrot and no stick. I just read where the two brothers that allegedly slaughtered cartoonists in Paris yesterday have been located. I'm sure you saw their mug shots. What can we say. We know that fundamentalism has it's drawbacks, that's for damn sure. What is further troubling is that this type of very disturbing news tends to camouflage much greater misdeeds perpetrated by much more stealth operators, like governments for example. Now is the time to check some of the back page stories that may in fact be even more heinous in nature then some dumb as a bag of hammers blockheads have unfortunately committed.

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

  It is comments made by the Fed which suggests a strong period of economic development over the next few years that has investors in a happy mood. Weekly first time layoffs came in at 294,000 and that number suggests an improving job market, not to the people who were laid off of course, but to number crunchers and political operatives.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
According to minutes released Wednesday from the Fed's December meeting, the central bank is predicting solid economic momentum in the coming year, despite concerns about global risks.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cartoon Response


Charlie Hebdo Implications