Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paul Wolfowitz, Jeb's Foreign Policy Adviser

  My apologies for missing this, as it is roughly 10 days old. Paul Wolfowitz is back as Jeb's foreign policy adviser. This is about as unreal as it gets. The neocons are back and Jeb is leading the charge. Since they already brought the US into the debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan, where will Paul lead us now. My guess is Iran, I mean what country is left from the Project For A New American Century policy, and what a mess that will be. One wonders what the national provocation, no doubt already being planned, will be to get this one started...

Think Progress: The Same People Who Lied To You About Iraq Are Now In Charge Of Jeb Bush’s Foreign Policy by Igor Volsky
The list of advisers provided to Reuters by a campaign aide includes Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley, as well as former George W. Bush Homeland Security Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Bush adviser Meghan O’Sullivan.

Reuters: Jeb Bush enters the lion's den, touts conservative credentials

Have A Great Saturday

work by Niki de Saint Phalle

The Onion - Study: Boyfriends Who Aren’t Speaking Are Thinking About Ending Relationship 90% Of Time

Ugh...

TRNN - Is FCC Approval Of Net Neutrality A Real Win For Consumers?

The Drought

The Goods

Global Warming - Direct Observation Of CO2 Trapping Heat

Danger Danger

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Dies

Simple And Tasty

I'm on a ginger and horseradish kick.

Food52: Carrot-Fennel Salad with Ginger-Horseradish Dressing

Have A Great Friday

photo by Jim circa 2002

The Onion - Once-Loyal Enabler Betrays Man By Suggesting Therapy

No Comment

Press TV: ISIL releases video showing destruction of Iraq artifacts
The video shows the Takfiri terrorists barbarically pounding 3,000-year-old sculptures with hammers. Tens of militants are seen in the footage using pickaxes, ladders, drills and hammers to destroy every single piece of artifact in the museum.

A precious Assyrian protective deity, dating back to 7th century BC is also shattered by the militants in the video.

TRNN - Guardian UK Exposes Detailing Horrific Abuses At Police 'Black Sites'

The Drought

HuffPo: Alarming Consequences Of The California Drought You May Not Have Expected
In some cases, less water means a higher likelihood of coming in contact with contaminated water. Californians who rely on private wells for water, often in the state’s poor, rural areas, are at particular risk, Reuters reports, because there’s a higher concentration of contaminants when there's less water.

PKN

Global Warming - Inhofe, Need We Say More

BHT And Additives In Your Food

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 8 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. February 2015 is on pace to be the coldest or next to coldest February on record for this area. My god has it been relentlessly cold and the cold has taken a toll on people's bodies and I suspect minds as well. I've heard many incidences of broken bones from slips on ice and the flu and colds, ugh. Yours truly is fighting off a cold. The forecasters are trying to keep people's spirits up with a prediction for a break from the extreme cold into plain old usual cold starting on Sunday, we shall see.

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

  I just read where the GDP for the 4th quarter of 2014 has been revised downward from 2.6% to 2.2%. The new number already comes with a - don't worry, no problemo - semi caveat. For equities outside of the energy sector, February has been an amazing month, record highs and money galore.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
German lawmakers approved Europe's four-month debt extension for Greece on Friday.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Horseradish

lef.org: Horseradish - Protection Against Cancer and More
Horseradish contains significant amounts of cancer-fighting compounds called glucosinolates, which increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and may suppress the growth of tumors. Although broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables also contain these compounds, horseradish has up to 10 times more glucosinolates than broccoli.

A New Public Utility

SDSS J010013.021280225.8

Net

NPR: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'
The dissenting votes came from Michael O'Rielly and Ajut Pai, Republicans who warned that the FCC was overstepping its authority and interfering in commerce to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Have A Great Thursday

photo by Jim circa 2002

The Onion - Long-Silent Facebook Friend Comes Out Of Woodwork With Post Asking About Insulating Windows

Oil

TRNN - Greece On A Path To Negotiate From A Position Of Democratic Strength

The Drought

Mohammed Emwazi

Global Warming - Say Hi

Un-Sugared

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 13 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast is continuing to describe next week as the break in the extremely cold relentless weather we've had around here right through February. I have been slow getting out of the starting gate this morning. Colds and sore throats are floating around in my house and I am feeling the symptoms as well. Blah...

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

  Is it just me or does the news really seem to be getting crazier and crazier with each passing day. I'm all for getting Jihadi John indeed. I suspect the consensus out there is that Morgan Stanley is getting off on the super cheap for its role in destabilizing the economy back in 2007. $2.6 B for helping to wreck the lives of millions upon millions of people globally, sounds pretty cheap to me, it's a cheap fine. A real fine fine would be dismantling the entire bank, distributing all the assets to all of us, and throwing the top tier execs in jail for a lifetime or two.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Shares in Morgan Stanley (MS) could be on the move Thursday after it agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle a case over mortgage-backed securities.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to approve new rules Thursday that -- depending on which side you believe -- either ensure a fair Internet or smother it with unnecessary regulation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oil

Mariupol

Same

Have A Great Wednesday

photo by Jim circa 2002 - I'm fascinated by this house because it was built in the image of the archetypal house plans we drew when we were little children.

The Onion - College Freshman From Florida Has Never Seen People Complain About Snow For 5 Months Before

Joyce Alexander Facing Child Abuse Charge

Chomsky On IS And Putin

TRNN - No Media Outrage Over O'Reilly Covering Up El Mozote Massacre

The Drought

Just Great...

Global Warming - Disposition

WaPo: Can only Republicans help Republicans on climate change?
“Those whose cultural commitments predispose them to be concerned about climate change become even more so as their level of science comprehension increases,” the study reads. “Those whose commitments predispose them to be less concerned become all the more skeptical.”

Education

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 18 degrees and very sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Allegedly we go into the high 20s today and that will seem remarkable. As you know, it's been a relentlessly cold and brutal February, and yes it is trying. I look forward to walking outside without 20 pounds of clothing on to keep me slightly warm. We see that another Cosby accuser has stepped forward. Unfortunately our great comic is a brutal serial sociopath, too many people saying the same unfortunate things.

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

  When the Fed talks, investors listen. Today Janet Yellen will continue to testify before the House, not sure testify is the correct word here. Regardless her words from Tuesday helped to spark a small rally. Notice that oil is presently hovering around $50 a barrel.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will continue to testify before Congress. This time she's speaking in front of the House. She gave a mostly upbeat report about the economy to the Senate on Tuesday, which gave markets a boost.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OPEC

Keystone Veto Message


Affordability

Cs Monitor: Home prices accelerate nationwide, fueling affordability concerns
All 20 cities on the index saw prices rise in December, with the fastest pace of increase reported in Denver and the slowest in Las Vegas. All cities also saw prices accelerate year-over-year, led by a 9.3 percent price jump in San Francisco and an 8.4 percent increase in Miami.

Have A Great Tuesday

photo by Jim circa 2002

The Onion - Departing Employee Not Quite Important Enough For Send-Off

Jon Stewart Rips Giuliani

TRNN - Capitalism's War On Democracy

The Drought

ISIS Garbage

New Emoji

Global Warming - Recap

L. Brent Bozell

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 0 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The beat down February of 2015 continues, and I've been considering T-shirts that say "I survived February 2015" - needs some sort of freezing/snowy snappy logo. Regardless, the weather predictors are taunting us with the suggestion that next week, not this week, but next week there will be a break with days in the 30s. Are they just doing this to make us all fall in line, place a carrot in front of our collective nose, and then numb out? Paranoia raises it's ugly little head...

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

  Three things caught my attention this morning. The first is Janet Yellen's upcoming monetary policy report to Congress. This is huge, end of story. It's the most significant financial piece for today. Second would be the emergency meeting being arranged by OPEC to discuss the drop in oil prices that is adversely affecting said OPEC country members, excluding the Saudis, and also notice the Saudis have no interest in attending said emergency meeting. If you've been following the oil story you know why. Third would be Putin's utterly ignorant and obnoxious talk of Armageddon concerning Ukrainian warring. What an a-hole of the first order. Let's politely say diplomacy is not his strong suit.

CNN: Stocks: 6 things to know before the open
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will give her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress this week. She will first testify before the Senate on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. Then she'll appear before the House on Wednesday at the same time.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Have A Great Monday

photo by Jim circa 2002

The Onion - Nation Delighted As Many Famous People In Same Room Together

TRNN - Will Quantitative Easing Solve The European Economic Crisis?

The Drought

  Adding insult to injury, as the water lines recede all the garbage that people have been dumping over the years is starting to be noticeable. Maybe the bright spot is that there could be a movement to take care of the garbage properly and clean up the water beds.

NPR: California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus
As the water level has dropped, sunken treasures, trash and forgotten boats have risen above the surface.

More Tragedy In Bangladesh

Re-Freeze

Global Warming - Deniers' Biggest Tool

WaPo: Things just got very hot for climate deniers’ favorite scientist
And he’s become something of a personal hero to conservative Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R), who maintains that climate change is a hoax. Soon is his evidence. “These are scientists that cannot be challenged,” Inhofe intoned last month.

...Soon received more than $1.2 million from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Soon didn’t disclose the money on at least 11 papers since 2008...

By Scott

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 12 degrees and partly sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Actually we were expecting it to be much colder. I hope you had a good reviving weekend. We finally got above freezing for the first time in about a decade yesterday and now we have the frozen results of that brief melting period all over the roads. I watched the pitiful Knicks get trounced by Cleveland on TV yesterday. Following the Knicks this year has been a real trial, from expecting the team to make the finals, to accepting their rebuilding activity, to now simply watching to see if they can execute at least one decent play fulling knowing that they will lose the game. It's a lesson in humility.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower and energy equities will get walloped.

  Investors are cheering on a new deal that keeps Greece afloat in the eurozone for a little longer. That whole general ongoing deal is simply a mess but I suspect there is a strong desire to keep Greece in the eurozone and prop the country up.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
...investors welcome a new conditional deal that should see Greece stay in the eurozone, at least for the next four months.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jeb

Above

Finally, the temperature went above 32 degrees for an afternoon, it's presently 34 degrees outside. It's been a long stretch of freezing and super freezing temperatures something like 24 days in a row.

CS Monitor: Warmer temperatures bring respite to Northeast, for a day - Saturday's snow gave way to a warmer Sunday. Is this the start of the long thaw or a temporary break from the freezing conditions?

Have A Great Sunday

photo by Jim circa 2002

The Borowitz Report - Obama Says He Even Loves America’s Idiots

TRNN - The Rich Hide An Estimated 21 Trillion In Offshore Accounts

The Drought

Stooge A Or Stooge B

Global Warming - Willie Soon's Energy Industry Sponsors

Interest

Unhinged

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Obesity

Maher Mercilessly Mocks Rudy

Get Ready For Jeb - 'Inspire Fear'

Let's make a guess - more military spending?

Quoting Jeb Bush - "...inspire fear...". Sounds apocalyptic to me as inspire means to "fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative" and fear, well we know what that means. It is a very strange word pairing. Jeb Bush wants the US to inspire fear.

Chicago Tribune: Jeb Bush mistakes slogans for reality
"Under this administration, we are inconsistent and indecisive. We have lost the trust and confidence of our friends. We definitely no longer inspire fear in our enemies."

Have A Great Saturday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Onion - ‘You Are Not Your Job,’ Obama Reminds Himself Throughout Shower

TRNN - Walmart Wage Raise A Win For Workers, Yet Falls Short Of Their Demands

The Drought

Superbug

ALEC And ACCE

Global Warming - New York State Assembly Creates Working Group To Review The State's Response To Climate Change

America's Diet

AlterNet: USDA: Americans Are Eating Dangerous Amounts of Sugar, Not Enough Healthy Food - The USDA just published its 2015 Report of Dietary Guidelines
"About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable, chronic diseases, and about two-thirds of U.S. adults—nearly 155 million individuals—are overweight or obese."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Have A Great Friday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Onion - Guy Washing Hands For Full 5 Seconds Like He’s Going Into Surgery

Fighting ISIL

TRNN - Jeb Bush's First Foreign Policy Speech Emphasizes Militarism

The Drought

Global Warming - NYC

NYT: Global Warming Could Make the Super-Rich Jealous of Rowhouse Residents
Its report projects that sea levels will probably rise four to eight inches in New York City in the 2020s and perhaps up to 75 inches by the beginning of the 22nd century. By 2080, mean temperature in New York City during a typical year “may bear similarities to those of a city like Norfolk, Va.,” the report states.

Sickening

Matter Of Fact

Guardian UK: Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot - They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself by Gary Younge
Half of Republicans still believe the US did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, over half believe climate change is a hoax, and almost half do not believe in evolution. There is a limit to how much agreement you can reach with people with whom you disagree on fundamental matters of fact, let alone principle.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 0 degrees and cloudy with some blue peaking through in spots here in the Upper Hudson Valley. If we are lucky it goes into the teens today. Then, it's a virtual heat wave with Sunday allegedly going above 32 for the first time in decades. Actually up to last Saturday we had 17 days in a row with temperatures below 32, and on that Saturday for 1 solid hour it got above 32 degrees. Otherwise all that time which is now approaching 4 continuous weeks, we've been below 32 degrees and most of it has hovered around 0. Without a doubt this is the harshest February I've ever experienced in the 40 some odd years I've lived around here. Could we say ironically, but, ironically the Sun keeps getting higher in the sky and we are approaching 2 weeks till we move the clocks ahead.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher now trading around $51.50 for light crude. The market is poised to open lower and energy equities should stay put.

  It is the Greek bailout that is coming into full view as Greece is in serious jeopardy with a Feb 28th deadline approaching. What a mess. Look on the bright side, it's the weekend.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Greece doesn't want to continue the bailout under its current strict terms, but if it can't reach a deal with European creditors it risks running out of money, defaulting on its debts and stumbling out of the eurozone very soon.

In Summation

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chomsky On ISIL

PressTV: US policy on Iraq led to creation of ISIL: Chomsky
The ISIL terrorists, many of whom were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large parts Iraq and Syria. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

Christian Woman Connecting Monster Energy Drink With The Devil

no comment...

Have A Great Thursday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Onion - Lucrative New Oil Extraction Method Involves Drilling Directly Into Gas Stations

TRNN - Israeli High Court Rules Against Family Of Slain American Peace Activist Rachel Corrie

Monstrous

ISIS has determined that there's just not enough misery, suffering, and chaos in the world and needs to raise the bar on those metrics.

CNN: ISIS burned up to 40 people alive in Iraq, official says

Non Cease Fire

Global Warming - Weather Vs Climate

Dumb Be Good

AlterNet: Scott Walker Ably Demonstrates GOP Is Still the Party of Stupid - Why 2016 hopefuls must appease wing nut base. By Heather Digby Parton
The sad fact is that polling shows fewer and fewer Republicans believe in evolution.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 15 degrees and very lightly snowing here in the Upper Hudson Valley. I'm still looking ahead to Sunday where the temperature is predicted to go above freezing for the first time in possibly years, or at least weeks. It certainly seems like years as this is the part of Winter that is a real trial unless of course one really likes the cold and the snow. I would have to admit that in a particular way I do like the Winter. It's a very contemplative period of the year - color is gone, it's all white out there and so there's less to get caught up in visually, we become a little housebound and quieter or at least some of us do.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open lower and once again energy equities will get pounded.

  Oil is once again trading below $50 after trading between $50 and $55 for almost two weeks. There is a big change going on with a large oversupply of oil on the market. One might expect to see the numbers tumble even more around 11 a.m. with the release of the U.S. Energy Information Administration report on oil supplies.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
This comes ahead of the closely-watched U.S. Energy Information Administration report due out 11 a.m. ET, which is also expected to show oil inventories have risen.

Investors generally focused on a line indicating the U.S. Fed would keep interest rates at record-low levels for "a longer time".

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bizarre

What can we say, it's a tragedy, yet people want to be armed. This could very well be the first tragedy of its kind.

mlive.com: Woman who fatally shot herself in eye was adjusting her bra holster, St. Joseph police say

Next

Pure misery...

HuffPo: What's Next for ISIS?

Loon

My Middle Name Is Safety

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Onion - Man’s Neuroses Really Putting Genuine Compliment Through The Wringer

Maddow - ND Oil Train Safeguards Too Little, Too Late

TRNN - Libyan Chaos And The Islamic State

The Drought

I suspect California is not quite ready to give up its golf courses. I would also suspect such talk is forbidden.

CBS Sacramento: California Drought May Force New Limits On Restaurants, Hotels, Decorative Fountains

Improve The Gray

Global Warming - The Truth Only Matters

Getting To Know You

  One of the more onerous policy slants of both Jeb and Walker from Wisconsin is the elimination of public education. Walker is slashing budgets in Wisconsin, it's unprecedented and so destructive.

AlterNet: 9 Ridiculous Jeb Bush Quotes Turned into Hilarious Motivational Posters - Jeb Bush is a silly person. By Justin Carissimo

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 2 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are getting pummeled with cold temperatures and the trend continues. The forecast is predicting that we get into the upper 20s today which would literally represent a warming trend. One thing that cannot be denied though is that the Sun is getting higher and higher in the sky. Sunset around here occurs at 5:30 and sunrise is at 6:46, add in the 1/2 hour of daylight before and after sunrise and sunset and we are close to 12 hours of daylight now.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down with light crude trading around $52.33. The market is poised to open lower.

  In my estimation it is Warren Buffet dumping his shares of Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips that is the morning's salient news. I suspect panic mode is setting in surrounding energy equities in some sections of the investment world. There is so much speculation about oil prices going on it's wild. Yesterday I read a Bloomberg article predicting oil as low as $10 a barrel. There is a big shake out going on and lots of economies both personal and national are struggling, yet recall that in investment often times when someone loses someone else gains.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Investors are reacting to new filings that show famed investor Warren Buffett dumped his stakes in oil companies Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips.

At 2 p.m. the Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its latest monetary policy meeting.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cooked

It could just be me, but this is a riot.

The Awl: How To Cook A Fucking Steak by Alex Balk

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Onion - Officials Urge Americans To Sort Plastics, Glass Into Separate Oceans

Maddow - SCOTUS Poised To Rule On Consequential Cases

TRNN - Why Build The Green Party? - Jill Stein On Reality Asserts Itself Part 3

I wish TRNN would allow more embedding, don't they want more exposure?

Youtube: Why Build the Green Party? - Jill Stein on Reality Asserts Itself

The Drought

The mega-drought article keeps reverberating through the news, this is from yesterday.

Guardian UK: Nasa climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought - We need to cut carbon pollution to avoid North American mega-droughts

Halt

Guardian UK: Federal judge blocks Obama's plan to shield millions from deportation - Decision by federal judge in Texas gives coalition of 26 states time to pursue lawsuit aimed at stopping president’s executive action on immigration

From Wikipedia - In 1992, Hanen was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to be a United States District Judge, but the nomination lapsed.[1] On January 23, 2002, he was again nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated by Filemon Vela...

Global Warming - More Disease

Austere

By Scott

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 3 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Our very extreme February weather continues although it might get slightly less cold today. Perhaps I can take the dog for a walk this afternoon, that is a walk that lasts more than 5 minutes. It's way too cold for a long dog walk. The forecast tends to always be wrong and the long range forecast is more wrong than that but there is presently the notion that it will get up to 50 degrees on Sunday. If through some miracle that actually happens, I will be out there in shorts and t-shirt, it will seem like a heat wave at this point.

  At 8:40 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower to flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher trading near $53 a barrel. The market is poised to open in the flat area.

  We can only say that corporate returns have been good because the DOW went over 18K for the first time last week. That is an unheard of number. Notice that Transocean is planning to slash its dividend. When oil companies begin to slash their dividends, let's just say a lot of retirement plans go straight out the window. Hold onto your hats.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Watch trading in oil services company Transocean Tuesday. Trading volume could be higher than normal after the company announced its CEO is leaving and it's planning to slash its dividend payments.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Zach Lavine, 19 Yrs Old, Wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Have A Great Monday

work by Ashley Bickerton



The Onion - Benadryl Introduces New Non-Drowsy Allergy Dart

TRNN - Why Build The Green Party? - Jill Stein On Reality Asserts Itself Part 2

The Drought

Revenge

Global Warming - Let's Try This One More Time

The Sydney Morning Herald: Australian scientists make fresh attempt at explaining climate change
The academy report notes global carbon dioxide emissions rose at an average annual rate of 3.2 per cent between 2000 and 2012, at the top end of previous projections. These emissions, though, will have to start falling at a pace between 5.5 and 8 per cent for the planet to have a 50-50 chance of keeping temperature increases to within 2 degrees of pre-industrial levels.

Off The Cliff Politics

No Market Today, Closed For The Holiday

  Good morning. It is -5 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. There is a wind chill warning in effect for the area, the wind chill brings the temperature down around -30 to -50. Needless to say, be careful out there, if possible stay home, it is a holiday. The forecast doesn't get too much better either, as the long range forecast doesn't show much change till the weekend and that's a long way off.

NASDAQ: Stock Market Closed Today for Washington’s Birthday – Not “Presidents’ Day”

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Have A Great Sunday

work by Ashley Bickerton

The Borowitz Report - U.S. Orders Alabama To Grow Up

TRNN - Why Build The Green Party? - Jill Stein On RAI Part 1

The Drought

Clearly there are innumerable economic repercussions from the drought.

Skift.com: Small California Ski Resorts Struggle After 4 Years of Droughts

Sensible Idea

Global Warming - Geneva Talks

Political Nonsense

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Have A Great Valentine's Day

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Man Basks In Triumphant Glory After Purchases Line Up To Exact Value Of Gift Card

TRNN - Breaking Up With Fossil Fuels On Valentines

The Drought

  The news of the megadrought which came out earlier in the week appears to be spreading into the main stream. Here it's linked from Newsweek. I think that's a good move considering it might wake up some people, on the other hand, many people often need to be literally at death's door before changes are made.

Newsweek: U.S. Soon to Face Worst “Megadroughts” in a Millennium, Scientists Predict

De-Evolution

  Utah's GOP is legislating pro-active policy. That state is now advancing how it will execute the death penalty when the hard to secure lethal injection drugs are not available. Utah's GOP has come up with a perfectly insane solution - reinstalling the firing squad. I'm surprised they didn't go for the medieval all day whipping, torturing, blinding, and finally drawn and quartered spectacle especially given how something of that nature could draw a huge pay per view crowd. Popcorn anyone...

Guardian UK: Utah inches closer to resurrecting firing squad as GOP leaders pass key vote - Proposal advances in state legislature by a handful of votes – bill would call for a firing squad if Utah cannot get lethal injection drugs 30 days before an execution

And...

Guardian UK: Chapel Hill suspect owned huge arsenal - Stephen Hicks, facing murder charges over deaths of three Muslim students, had two shotguns, seven rifles and four handguns

Guardian UK - Global Divestment Day

Cultivating Pain And Suffering

AlterNet: Shaping Young Minds: Meet the New Racists at a Campus Near You - A growing number of racist organizations targeting youth are sprouting up at universities. By Keegan Hankes / Southern Poverty Law
In recent years, groups like Youth for Western Civilization, formed by Kevin DeAnna, and the Traditionalist Youth Network, which emerged from a chapter of YWC founded on Towson University’s campus by Matthew Heimbach, have dominated the campus extremism landscape. At one point, YWC boasted 13 chapters, and TYN was making regular headlines for its racist activism at Towson and Indiana University.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sarah

Pick it up at 1:57 to see Sarah Palin's most amazing moment ever. This clip has been highlighted in recent weeks as you know but here's a refresher. Unbelievable, and the GOP wanted her as the VP.

Tops

Reuters: Oil tops $60 for first time in 2015; oversupply persists
"Naturally, when prices fall that much within that short a time, you're likely to have a severe rebound as well, though speculators are possibly adding more fuel on the way up now," said Phil Flynn, analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.

Have A Great Friday

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Man’s Food Poisoning Could Realistically Be Traced Back To Any Meal From Past Week

Chemical Plant Explosion In Spain Sends Massive Orange Cloud Into The Sky

Maddow - Calls For Resignation Teeter Oregon Governor

TRNN - President’s Request For The Re-Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIS

Walker

God help us...

Chicago Tribune: 6 questions as Scott Walker eyes a 2016 campaign

The Drought

Latvia

Climate Change - US Droughts

Women

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is -3 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Yes that is negative 3. It looks like it might get right on up to 5 degrees later today. I guess outside activities will not be high up on my list of priorities for Friday. Speaking of Friday, it's Friday the 13th too. I suspect to a certain degree, give or take, we're all a little superstitious. We all have rituals that we use to ensure that all goes well or to try to break out of a slump. Wish I could ritual away the cold.

  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.

  Oil is now trading between $50 and $55 a barrel and it appears that the greater recent range is now $45 to $55 per barrel over a period of weeks. The good news this morning comes from the eurozone with talk of assistance to Greece from the ECB and with some higher GDP numbers here and there. The eurozone has been in trouble and today there is a bright moment so to speak.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
And the European Central Bank is reportedly providing further emergency financing to Greek banks to ensure they can continue functioning smoothly even as fears remain that Greece could stumble out of the eurozone.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

'The Last Of The Mohicans - The Kiss Theme'

Cheaper

The Dark Side

Yahoo: Why The FDA Is Warning People About Dark Chocolate
But the FDA test of more than 100 dark chocolate bars revealed that many of them contained undeclared milk.

...failure to warn consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies’ chocolate products.

Shelf Help

Fifty Shades Of Meh

BBC: Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey is hardcore corn
Unlike the characters, the film never reaches a satisfying climax.

Have A Great Thursday

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Last Line Of Obama’s Military Force Request Briefly Mentions Possibility Of 25-Year Quagmire

Maddow - Jeb Bush Flubs New Tech Image, Publishes Constituents’ Private Data

TRNN - Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War Against ISIS

The Drought

Dubious Record

Global Warming - Fiddling As Rome Burns

Searching

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 25 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Snow is expected today and a period of extreme cold is due to come through later today. Cheer up Upper Hudson Valley-ites, take a look at these numbers. Upper Hudson Valley sunrise is 6:55 AM, and the sunset is at 5:22 PM, that's for today. If you add in the half hour daylight before and after those times, we are closing in on 12 hours of daylight real fast. The light is coming back.

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

  The big news of the morning is the agreed upon cease fire in the Ukraine. That act of peace is warming up the morning's investment activity. One thing I would like to point out is that Putin is not a particularly tall man, just look at him standing next to Merkel who seems like she could take him easily. One wonders if he has some sort of related overachieving inferiority. Weird dude, that's for sure. Don't get me wrong short is fine, I'm not all that tall, but I definitely don't want to start wars either.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Leaders from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have agreed on a ceasefire that's due to start Sunday. Those involved in the bloody conflict in Eastern Ukraine have agreed to pull back heavy weapons.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saudi Arabia

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Dubai Unveils Plans For World’s Largest Human Rights Violation

Maddow - NBC News Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months

TRNN - Illinois Governor Rauner Moves Against State Unions

The Drought

AgWeb: Drought Concerns Mounting in New Zealand and California
Recently, dry conditions over both New Zealand islands have raised drought concerns. According to USDA-AMS, conditions are more severe on the South Island of New Zealand, where some irrigation systems are being shut down due to low river levels.

Violent Stupidity Has Its Moment

Global Warming - Paul Singer

GOP Sites On SSI

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is a very cold 10 degrees with sunshine here in the Upper Hudson Valley. There's no way out of it, we are in the dead of Winter. A friend told me yesterday - "There's a reason why they call it the dead of Winter, and this is it." The next week is forecast to be more of the same - very cold and more snow. Actually two times yesterday and for the first time this season, two separate individuals said to me - "Spring is right around the corner." Otherwise it seems that big change is in the air, Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show and man are we going to miss him.

  At 8:15 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  The economic mess in Greece and how that mess will or won't be resolved in a timely manner is pressing on the market this morning. We must assume that corporate reports are coming in strong because the DOW remains in the high 17K range. Against all this oil continues to be priced on the cheap and when I just looked it had dipped below $50 a barrel once again.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
"Markets are priced for some kind of stop-gap deal which allows the European Central Bank to continue financing Greek banks and lets talks continue..."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jon Leaves

Gray Re-Hab

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Gay Alabama Couple Always Dreamed Of Getting Married Surrounded By Hostility

TRNN Replay - Why Would Saudi Arabia Support The 9/11 Conspirators, Why Would The US Gov. Cover It Up?

The Drought

NASA We Have A Problem...

The Environment - Straw Houses

Selfie Surveillance

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 23 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The logo is suggesting we might see some sun today. Well we really got pelted with snow and the future does not look much brighter. The forecast is indicating more snow and very cold temperatures, the unfriendly brother and sister act of the Winter. This is the part of the Winter where people just give up. We are running out of places to put the snow. One thing I do know is that we are looking at an extremely lush Spring. It's going to be very green around here, we got a lot of water.

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

  I can't lie I've been very singularly focused on the price of oil. Right now it appears to be priced in the $50 to $55 per barrel range and I could fully believe or accept that the price will go much lower, stay where it is for a period, or even wiggle it's way higher. It's also extremely easy to find talking heads who will offer an opinion on oil pricing and the opinions are wide ranging. So choose your poison wisely.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Reports indicate that Greek officials may propose a bridge funding plan that gives them more time to negotiate -- but there is no sign that creditors will back down.

Monday, February 09, 2015

'Peaches, The Cockatoo, Mimicking A Couple Arguing'

NASA - The Other Side Of The Moon

Have A Great Monday

work by Peter Halley

The Onion - Teen Crafting Marketable Persona In Garage Hoping To One Day Win Grammy

TRNN - Why Are The U.S. And EU Split On Providing Lethal Aid To Ukraine?

The Drought

Merkel And Obama

Global Warming - Notable Experiment

Barely There

AlterNet: 5 Facts That Show Half of America Is Seriously Struggling - The media celebrates "economic growth," while new data shows most Americans are barely surviving.
A related Pew survey concluded that over half of U.S. households have less than one month's income in readily available savings, and that ALL their savings -- including retirement funds -- amounted to only about four months of income.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 17 degrees and snowing here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are getting hammered with snow not just today but over the last few weeks. I am running behind my schedule mostly because I spent a good part of the morning clearing the driveway and I will need to do that again soon. It looks beautiful I must say, and it's great that we have plenty of water in this part of the world, but our mobility is somewhat limited unless you've got a snow hungry four wheeler type vehicle. Regardless, I hope you had a good weekend, we did.

  At 9:20 a.m. ET futures a significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open lower yet energy stocks might be a little more buoyant.

  The financial drama in Greece continues to weigh on the world market. Notice that oil has been more steady between $50 and $55 per barrel rather than the sub $50 low of a short time ago. Does this mean oil is on the rise? Who knows, it could very well drop if or when the glut synopsis is revisited. Meanwhile keep your snow shovels handy.

CNN: Stocks: Five things to know before the open
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reaffirmed his rejection of the terms of an international bailout, putting the country on course for a showdown with its European creditors at an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sentient

Have A Great Sunday

work by Jim Sande




The Onion - Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back

TRNN - Google Gagged And Ordered By NSA And FBI To Release Personal Data Of Wikileaks Staffers

The Drought

A Lot Of Baby

Global Warming - Tornadoes

Right Of Right Of Right

  I want to take issue with West Virginia GOP-er Brian Kurcaba who has stated that pregnancy can be a marvelous silver lining to being raped. First off there are so many things wrong with this statement that it's difficult to start taking it apart. I will focus on only one aspect though. The GOP-er is actually inadvertently exposing his salacious mind because he is imagining rape occurring to a woman of child bearing age. I would like to point out that rape unfortunately happens to male and female infants, male and female children, male and female teens, male and female adults, and male and female seniors. Let me also point out that among people who are raped that would include those who are physically and mentally incapacitated. The senator is actually exposing his salacious mind by focusing on healthy women of child bearing age only. Consequently what is the 'silver lining' for all the other people male and female who are raped. When taken in full context on this one single point Brian Kurcaba arises as someone with a sick mind or he is simply hopelessly stupid and tactless. Rise up West Virginia.

AlterNet: 6 Nutjob Right-Wing Moments This Week: GOP Senator Outdoes Ayn Rand - Plus, don't forget those silver linings of rape! By Janet Allon
2.West Virginia GOP-er: Pregnancy can be a marvelous silver lining to being raped.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Filthy

Who knew rain could even be filthy. I hope rain is female...

CNN: Wild West weather: Filthy, ashy rain and mountain 'hurricane'

Have A Great Saturday

work by Philip Taaffe

The Onion - Venus Added To Registry Of Historically Significant Planets

TRNN - Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World

The Drought

  Strikes me that the reporting on the California drought is very shifty, it really changes from it's getting worse to it's getting better almost turning on a dime from day to day. Hopefully this article is on the money.

LA Times: Patch of California emerges from drought, experts say

Investigating The Source

Putin Fear

Global Warming - Slugs

Robert Reich's Latest Article

Good article from Mr. Reich -

Robert Reich: The Share-the-Scraps Economy

Friday, February 06, 2015

Have A Great Friday

work by Philip Taaffe



The Onion

Maddow - Most Interesting News In The US Today: Oregon

TRNN - A Very Dark Chapter Of Globalization

World Economy Snap

Global Warming - CO2

Scrap Tax Or Compost

AlterNet: In Seattle, Throwing Away Food May Cost You - A new tax on food waste will make Seattle residents compost their extra food. By Melissa Kravitz
In October 2014, National Geographic reported that 31% of food goes uneaten, with 2.8 trillion pounds, valued at $162 billion, of food going to waste. While composting food waste will not solve this issue, it will at least keep landfills from filling up with food waste and help the environment by providing healthy soil.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 4 degrees and hazy cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are truly in the thick of Winter with very cold temperatures and lots of snow. There is a strong possibility that we get more snow through the weekend possibly Saturday and Sunday. We are up to our eyeballs in snow but one thing that cannot be denied is that the sun is getting higher and stronger in the sky.

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

  The government report on January job creation shows a gain of 257,000 jobs, however the unemployment rate is slightly up now to 5.7%. So far this news is being accepted favorably. Notice that oil is now trending more towards the $50 to $55 per barrel range, but this could just be this week, we shall see. Regardless the weekend is at hand and now we can let it all go for a few days.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
In commodities, crude futures are rising by about 3% to trade around $52 per barrel. This marks a big comeback since oil was trading below $44 in late January. Last year, oil averaged about $93 per barrel.