Thursday, March 31, 2016

'You Don't Get Do-Overs'

CNN: John Kasich lists reasons not to vote for Donald Trump
"As a commander in chief and leader of the free world, you don't get do-overs. You need to be able to get it right the first time."

Perfect Sense

Suspense And Intrigue

  Let me speculate on the substance of the meeting. Here's my guess. Trump walks into the RNC headquarters, sits down,  and then in a loud unison voice everyone in the room yells at Trump, "S.T.F.U.".

MSNBC: Donald Trump holds surprise meeting with RNC in D.C.

Bernie With Rachel

  The full transcript of Bernie's town hall one on one with Rachel Maddow.

Raw Story: Bernie Sanders blasts GOP: ‘The Republican Party today is a joke maintained by the media’

Wisconsin

  Consider the sequence, Wisconsin has somehow or other managed to pick in their primary the eventual nominee of both parties in every election cycle since 1968, and that Cruz and Sanders are now leading in Wisconsin.

Five Thirty Eight: Wisconsin Could Be Trouble For Trump By Harry Enten

Colbert - Elizabeth Warren Goes Off On 'Loser' Trump

Have A Great Thursday

work by Aniela Sobieski

The Onion - Obama Announces Plan To Store Nation’s Extra Stuff In Large Plastic Crate

Idmonarachne Brasieri

Science Daily: Fossil of 'early spider' discovered; 305 million years old
summary - Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 305-million-year-old arachnid, which will help scientists to understand more about the early origins of modern-day spiders.

TRNN - Is Arizona Voting Chaos A Warning For Upcoming Elections?

Feticide

MSNBC: Women are already being prosecuted for having abortions
Just ask Purvi Patel, who is appealing a 30-year prison sentence for her conviction for feticide in Indiana. Prosecutors said she had ordered abortion pills online and charged her with feticide, which had been initially touted as a way to prosecute people who attack pregnant women.

Overdosing On Pure Fentanyl

Guardian UK: California alert as six people die from suspected counterfeit painkillers - 22 people in Sacramento suffer overdoses of drug believed to be fentanyl - Opioid up 50 times stronger than heroin is potentially lethal in small doses
Dr Olivia Kasirye, the county health officer, said that some of the Sacramento overdoses have been linked to a white oblong pill marked M367 on one side, resembling a generic version of the name-brand drugs Vicodin, Lortab and Norco, which contain hydrocodone. But the counterfeits showing up in Sacramento may actually be made of pure fentanyl.

Fentanyl can be 25-50 times more potent than heroin and 50-100 times stronger than morphine, Rettig said, making a small amount potentially lethal.

Of Course

Guardian UK: Donald Trump retracts call for women who have abortions to be 'punished' - Republican frontrunner tells MSNBC there needs to be ‘some form of punishment’ for women, though he later disavowed controversial remarks
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton wrote in a Twitter post soon after the remarks emerged: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Horrific and telling."

Global Warming - West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Bottom-Feeder

AlterNet: Donald Trump Is Dangerous to Women - His vision of America is one in which women have no rights—and it's not far from becoming a reality. By Kali Hollowa
...even as we have come to expect Donald Trump to say and be the absolute worst—to burrow beneath what previously seemed to be the garbage-strewn bottom—he continues to unashamedly dive to once unthinkable depths, outdistancing even the scavengers and bottom-feeders who preceded him.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 54 degrees and it's sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The weather forecast is predicting a warmer day in the high 60s, we might even hit 70 degrees this afternoon. Plant life is perking up all over the place, the little purple, yellow, and white flowers are everywhere. It's the last day of March and time is not stopping for you or me, time is flying.

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

  After a very strong day in the stock market on Wednesday, Thursday is beginning with a breather as it were, it's time out. Notice that in spite of a very rough January, the DOW is slightly up over the year to date.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The Dow is currently up 1.7% for the year after enduring steep losses in January. The S&P 500 has also notched a 1% gain.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cooked And Heading To The Toast Pile

Politico: Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch - As he inches toward the GOP nomination, Donald Trump is becoming more and more disliked among American voters. By Steven Shepard
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said that even if those attacks don’t crush Trump in the primary, it could be difficult for him to hold female Republicans in a general election. “For women, Trump is like your worst date ever,” Lake said.

Game Over

  With Trump telling Chris Matthews in a town hall one on one interview that women who have abortions should be punished, it's game over, Trump will never win the presidency. He said it, he will try to walk it back, talk it back, but the words are on tape and women everywhere will hear it.

BuzzFeed: Trump Says Any Ban On Abortion Should Include A Punishment For Women

Poor Baby

  He's treated so unfairly, time for a pity party.

"I have been treated very unfairly."

NPR: Why Donald Trump Reversed His Pledge To Support The GOP Nominee
These aren't new or unfair rules created for Trump. But for someone who's an outsider, who doesn't like the system and is fueled by support from people who also don't thoroughly understand, like or accept the system, he thinks they're unfair.

Tornado Alerts

Must Read

  Check this out - Wisconsin has picked virtually every winner of both party's eventual nominee for the presidency since 1968!

Wisconsin State Journal: Here are the winners of every Wisconsin presidential primary since 1968

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Aniela Sobieski

The Onion - New Religious Freedom Bill Gives Small Business Owners Right To Annul Any Gay Marriage

Diet And Human Evolution

Science Daily: How diet shaped human evolution - The Neanderthal rib-cage and pelvis expanded to adapt to a high-protein diet in Ice-Age Europe
summary - A new study finds that the Ice-Age diet -- a high-protein intake of large animals -- triggered physical changes in Neanderthals, namely a larger ribcage and a wider pelvis.

TRNN - Scalia's Death Clears The Way For Union Win In Supreme Court

  Ha!!!!!

In Way Over His Head

MSNBC: Donald Trump’s rapidly changing policy positions
...Donald Trump sometimes takes up two or three contradictory policy positions in the same week or even the same interview.

Poor Baby

Guardian UK: Donald Trump revokes pledge to support Republican nominee - The frontrunner says he has been treated ‘very unfairly’ by the party establishment as Lewandowski controversy swirls
The statement came as Trump stood by Corey Lewandowski, his embattled campaign manager, who was captured on tape forcibly grabbing a reporter for the right-wing website Breitbart after a press conference. Trump suggested that the reporter, who had been screened by the secret service in order to be allowed in the candidate’s vicinity, may have been carrying a bomb.

Disgrace

Guardian UK: Failed prosecution in US underscores uphill battle to end horse slaughter - Animal welfare advocates left exasperated with Proposition 6, a law that has done nothing to stop California horses from ending up on foreign dinner plates
Welfare was the deciding factor in the ban. Frequently on long journeys to slaughter, horses were crammed tightly without food and water into trucks ill-equipped to haul horses great distances. Many were found fallen and trampled during transit, often resulting in terrible injuries including broken bones. Some died even before they reached the slaughter plants. Other studies linked slaughter plants to high local crime levels and environmental pollution.

Global Warming - Fracking

Can There Be Any Doubt

AlterNet: Dissecting Donald Trump's Terrifying Interview with the NY Times - Can there be any doubt about how dangerous it would be to elect this man as commander in chief? By Heather Digby Parton
He constantly berates George W. Bush for “destabilizing” the Middle East (which is correct) but it never occurs to him that the consequences of say, telling Japan and South Korea to go build their own nukes or putting NATO in mothballs because it costs too much money might just have the effect of “destabilizing” the entire planet.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 36 and very sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast predicts a fine day in the high 50s and then on Thursday the prediction is that the temperature goes up around 70 degrees. That sounds all nice and rosy except the forecast is also predicting a significant cooling trend starting on Sunday and by significant I mean temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Go figure. It's interesting, Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley is in the midst of a sex scandal that may force him to resign. Recall that Trump won the Alabama primary easily, and also recall that Trump is fond of bragging about his many affairs, marriages, and publicly refers to women with degrading terms like "piece of ass" and the rest. So what gives Alabama? Your governor's behavior is rather mild compared to the person that you want to run the country and gleefully just voted for. How do you explain such a disconnect?

  At 9:10 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up now trading around $39. The market is poised to open higher.

  Janet Yellen's comments about cautiously raising the base interest rate yesterday appears to be sparking this morning's rise. Enjoy it while it lasts.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
The rally was inspired by Yellen, who said on Tuesday afternoon that the Fed would "proceed cautiously" with future monetary policy moves, which suggests a lack of appetite for an interest rate hike in April.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Women

  Check out the article's comment section where Trump support is high.

Real Clear Politics: Trump's Problem With Women Will Tar the GOP by Ann Corkery

Ed Schultz - Australia's Great Barrier Reef

'Less Safe'

Milwaukee's Largest Newspaper On Trump

  I don't think you will find an article that goes beyond the distaste for Trump that the editorial board at the Journal Sentinel expressed today. Read it for yourself.

Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: By any measure, Donald Trump is unfit to be president
His policy ideas, such as they can be divined, show a man with no political center who has given the hardest problems facing the nation no more than a passing glance.

The Former

Garland

No Reagan

Five Thirty Eight: Donald Trump Is No Ronald Reagan By Harry Enten
The main reason Reagan came back to beat President Jimmy Carter in 1980 was that Carter was very unpopular.

This year, the opposite is happening. Obama’s approval rating, 53 percent according to Gallup, is the highest it has been in more than two years.

Assault

  Curious, the most violent campaign setting in recent presidential history, has at its core a person who is now charged with battery.

CNBC: Trump campaign manager Lewandowski charged with battery
"Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge," Trump said in a statement. "He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated."

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Aniela Sobieski

The Onion - Advisors Tell Trump, Cruz To Stick To Just Attacking All Women In General

Ursa Major's Jupiter

Science Daily: Oddball planet raises questions about origins of 'hot Jupiters' - Observations of an extreme-weather planet raise questions about hot Jupiters' origins
summary - Scientists have observed an exoplanet by the name of HD 80606 b. This planet is about the size of Jupiter, though four times as massive, and resides in a system 190 light years from Earth, in the constellation Ursa Major.

TRNN - What Trump's Campaign Reveals About Race And Voting

Here We Go

Parasite

Guardian UK: Don't blame it all on Donald Trump – politics has entered uncharted territory - In a world where the government is paralyzed, except for the part that conducts surveillance and an undeclared drone war, The Donald doesn’t look so unusual
In these first years of the 21st century, we may be witnessing a new world being born inside the hollowed-out shell of the American system. As yet, though we live with this reality every day, we evidently just can’t bear to recognize it for what it might be.

The New Epidemic

  Even I think this is probably a massive waste of money. People on heroin need physical help indeed but the root is the mind, it is an extremely confused, sad, and hopeless individual that gets into drug addiction.

Guardian UK: White House to commit $116m to heroin and opioid abuse epidemic - Obama administration will announce new measures centered on prevention and treatment, not crime-fighting, as part of wider roll-back of ‘war on drugs’
The White House is committing $116m to support treatment, with nine actions that include expanding access to care and drugs for combatting overdoses. It also proposed $7m in US justice department funding to increase community policing.

Global Warming - The Arctic

USA Today: Arctic sea ice sets wintertime record low thanks to global warming
Arctic temperatures this winter were up to 15 degrees higher than average, according to NASA.

Who Is Angry

AlterNet: The Truth About Donald Trump’s Angry White Men - Members of the establishment press wonder how they got Trump so wrong. Here's one big way. By Heather Digby Parton
And their concerns are always the same: They believe they are personally getting screwed because immigrants and welfare queens and gays and feminists and foreigners are all taking what they aren’t entitled to and America is weaker and less significant because of it.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 38 degrees, somewhat overcast, and it is windy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Looks like the temperatures stay in the high 40s this afternoon, but the forecast has the temperatures near 70 degrees on Sunday. The Egyptian hijacking has been resolved, that's good. I was thinking about the Trump contingency of angry white male supporters. It has occurred to me that Trump's presence in the presidential race has created a larger group of angry voters, that would be the majority of GOPers who hate Trump, plus all Democrats who find Trump distasteful in so many ways. So this repeated meme about the angry white Trump supporter needs a little more investigation.

  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.

  In my opinion it is Janet Yellen's appearance at the Economic Club of New York which will carry a lot of weight later this morning. As we know, when the head of the Fed speaks, investors are focused and intensely listening to her words for hints or signs of things to come.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Investors are also looking ahead to a major speech from Fed chair Janet Yellen, who is scheduled to appear at the Economic Club of New York at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Shots Fired

Dr James Hanson - Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise And Superstorms

  Watch this.

From The Archives

On June 9th 2008, Gallup: Gallup Daily: Obama Takes Lead Over McCain, 48% to 42%

The final result, Obama won the popular vote 52.9% to McCain's 45.7%, and Obama won with 365 electoral votes to McCain's 173.

Senate

Turning

Brutal Interview

'Absolute Destruction'

John Oliver - Conspiracies

Presidential

  'President Porno' appears to be a website started by rightwing women. The website has multiple links to Trump's many many degrading vocal gestures towards women. For example, Trump once said - "You know, it really doesn't matter what [the media] write, as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." Get the idea.

President Porno: TRUMPING WOMEN: PRESIDENT PORNO

Have A Great Monday

work by Aniela Sobieski

The Borowitz Report - Obama Plans To Take Nuclear Launch Codes With Him When He Leaves Office

Curcumin

Science Daily: Curcumin may help overcome drug-resistant tuberculosis
summary - New research indicates that curcumin -- a substance in turmeric that is best known as one of the main components of curry powder -- may help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis.

TRNN - Brazil's President Faces Impeachment

Delgate Fight

MSNBC: The behind-the-scenes delegate fight that could stop Donald Trump
But experts give Cruz an early edge, thanks to his extensive grassroots network and (in comparison to Trump) closer ties with party leaders, who often have an outsized role in the selection process.

'America's Fukishima'

  Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down - possibly the world's stupidest and simultaneously most dangerous structure, literally.

Guardian UK: Indian Point nuclear plant reeks of troubled history but village is conflicted - As New York’s governor and other critics wage an ongoing campaign to shut the facility down citing leaks and old age, nearby residents explain complicated tale
Indian Point’s two working reactors opened in the early 1970s and have had a lot of people worried for a long time. Five years ago the New York Times wondered if it was "America’s Fukushima"...

An Embarrassment Indeed

Guardian UK: John Kerry: election campaign descending into 'embarrassment' for US - Secretary of state says world leaders are ‘shocked’ as Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump defend plans to combat terror and focus on Muslims
“It upsets people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability,” Kerry said. “And to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me, it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country.”

Global Warming - In Plain English

Scientific American: How to Talk Global Warming in Plain English - Scientists struggle to convey the risks of climate change simply
“Those are the motivating risks, the local ones,” Wilson said. “The ones happening now, to me, in my geographic location.”

Separate The Wheat From The Chaff

  Reminds me of the old W.C Fields quote - "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."

AlterNet: Donald Trump’s Reign of Bullsh*t: He’s Not Lying to Us, He’s Just Completely Full of It - There's a difference between a liar and a bullshitter -- and it helps explain the essence of Donald Trump. By Eldar Sarajlic
Unlike the liar, who hides things about himself in an attempt to lead us away from a correct apprehension of reality, the bullshitter hides that “the truth-values of his statements are of no central interest to him.” In other words, bullshitter doesn’t care about what the truth is. He just talks as it suits his purposes.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 42 degrees and it is raining here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A rainy day in the 50s is expected. I hope you had a good holiday weekend. I did, we had an excellent day with our family, and the food was simply outstanding. This year's theme was 'healthy', so less food from the ultra rich side of the scale and a lot more from the good vegetables side of the scale. Still, I overate, which is to be expected. Later in the day I jogged a few miles in the hope of burning off a few calories. I'm at the stage in my life where I can gain weight by merely looking at food.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up now trading close to $40. The market is poised to open higher.

  European markets are closed today, it is Easter Monday, yes that is a holiday. We in America are not so fortunate. Oil has rebounded a bit form last week and there is strong but not complete sentiment that the price of oil per barrel has bottomed out. I'm not convinced, I believe it goes lower once again.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Crude oil futures are rising to trade around $40 per barrel, bouncing back from last week's slide.

European markets are all closed Monday.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Closed Sundays

  The blog is closed on Sundays, enjoy Easter and see you bright and early Monday morning.

'Promises - Diggin' Up Bones'

Randy Travis


Peaceful Sounds

  No special equipment or talent needed, just your computer with the sound on and get ready to play.

mynoise.net: Tibetan Choir - Frequency-shaped Throat Singing Drone Generator

Good Stuff

Have A Great Saturday

work by Kim Jung Gi

The Onion - Scientists Slowly Reintroducing Small Group Of Normal, Well-Adjusted Humans Into Society

Sit Less Live Longer

Science Daily: Prolonged daily sitting linked to 3.8 percent of all-cause deaths - Investigators estimate limiting sitting to less than 3 hours per day could increase life expectancy
summary - A new study found that sitting for more than three hours per day is responsible for 3.8 percent of all-cause mortality deaths. Investigators also estimate that reducing sitting time to less than three hours per day would increase life expectancy by an average of 0.2 years.

TRNN - Corporate Media Tries To Bury Sanders Before He's Dead

Lysistrata Revisited

  Brilliant!

MSNBC: ‘Vote Trump, Get Dumped’ movement aims to hit Trump where it hurts
The “Vote Trump, Get Dumped” movement invites women opposed to Trump to “Join us by wielding your influence.”

“Until Trump is defeated, we don’t date, sleep with, or canoodle with Trump supporters,” a manifesto on its website reads.

'Chaos Ahead Of Convention'

Guardian UK: Donald Trump Illinois delegates reveal leadership chaos ahead of convention - Delegates discuss contacting other campaigns for advice, lack of organisation and the disappearance of state chair Kent Gray during anxious conference call
They also spoke about fears the #nevertrump movement would use “riffraff” to steal delegates and were uncertain about what to do next to help secure the GOP nomination for Trump.

Invisible To The GOP

  I think the excerpted quote below is about as succinct and accurate as it gets. It's all about crisis in the USA, that's where the action is. We are not a forward looking society, generally speaking. Look at Trump's campaign line - "Make America Great Again" - it's like a wish to turn back the clock to the 50s, or some magical period in American history that never existed. So we think crisis with a strong sense of nostalgia.

Guardian UK: Climate change may be a burning issue – but election campaign tells another story -As Alaskans choose their Democratic nominee after a winter wiped out by high temperatures, among Republicans the climate question has been near invisible
“Unless a problem becomes a crisis, most Americans don’t want to talk or think about it. The only way our country deals with problems is when they become absolutely critical, that’s the way the government is set up. Everything gets blocked otherwise."

Global Warming - Coral Bleaching

Climate Central: Scientists Alarmed at Great Barrier Reef Coral Bleaching
Coral bleaching is a process by which coral expels living algae, causing it to calcify. Coral can only survive within a narrow band of ocean temperature.

Getting To Know You...

AlterNet: Meet 5 Highranking Members of the Trump Campaign's Coterie of Kooks - If the measure of a man is the company he keeps, we're in deep trouble. By Jonah Allon
2. Katrina Pierson

If there’s anyone who best embodies the numerous contradictions that make up Trump’s political ideology, it’s his national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson. A former Ted Cruz-supporter-turned Trumpian, Pierson displays the same naked opportunism that has propelled Trump to his current frontrunner status.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Open Carry Gun Petition For GOP Convention

  I'm weighing the pros and cons of signing the petition. On the one hand I abhor violence and would feel guilty if open warfare erupted. On the other hand is the latter, that is open warfare at a GOP convention, a bad thing...

Mediaite: There’s a Petition to Allow Open Carry at the GOP Convention. What Could Go Wrong?

Kasich And Cruz Duopoly

The Tabloid Election Of 2016

More Details About Who

Raw Story: Who votes for Donald Trump? Here’s a sketch of a typical backer
The more a region remained in the “old economy,” with most jobs in agriculture, construction, trade or manufacturing, the more likely it would be to vote for Trump, the analysts found. The same could be said for the proportion of adults who are unemployed or have stopped looking for work.

Have An Excellent Friday

work by Kim Jung Gi

The Onion - Decades Of Breathing Really Starting To Catch Up With Chinese Man

Translin

Science Daily: Sleep tight, fruit fly: Scientists find gene responsible for sleep deprivation and metabolic disorders
summary - Like humans, fruit flies sleep at night, caffeine affects their sleep, and if they get a lousy night's sleep it can affect their memory performance. But what can they tell us about the connection between sleep deprivation and metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity? A lot, according to a new study that is the first to identify that a conserved gene -- translin -- works as a modulator of sleep in response to metabolic changes.

TRNN - Anti-Terror Spending Rise Marked By Exponential Rise In Attacks

The Anti-Trump Coalition

MSNBC: The cross-color coalition fighting to stop Donald Trump
That front includes protesters and organizers from key progressive blocs, including feminists, Iraq War Veterans, Jewish and Muslim groups, those in the immigrant rights and Latino movement, Black Lives Matter and a wide conglomeration of white progressives. National organizations among that spectrum are actively providing training, logistical support and network building to local counterparts and affiliates.

Trump Builds A Greater Team To Win

MSNBC: Revealed: Trump’s big plan to stop a contested convention – NBC News Exclusive
Even some of Trump’s detractors concede he is well-positioned to win even a contested convention.

Plot Foiled In France

Guardian UK: French police make arrest in Paris over 'advanced' terror plot - Police search address in Argenteuil for explosives, as French interior minister confirms person arrested implicated at a ‘high level’ in attack plan
The minister confirmed that the arrested suspect was of French nationality and belonged to a terrorist network. The suspect had been under surveillance by police for several months. The police operation took place at Boulevard General Delambre.

In Effigy

  Poor Trump, the man appears to be so egotistically dense that he may convince himself that this is an honor...

Guardian UK: Mexicans to burn Donald Trump effigy to celebrate Easter - Papier-mache ‘Judas’ figure to be set alight in public square is modelled on Republican presidential hopeful
“With all of the stupid things he has said about Mexicans, I thought people would like to see him burning as Judas..."

Global Warming - Bill McKibben - Methane

The Nation: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry - Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong. By Bill McKibben
In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical Research Letters. Using satellite data and ground observations, they concluded that the nation as a whole is leaking methane in massive quantities. Between 2002 and 2014, the data showed that US methane emissions increased by more than 30 percent, accounting for 30 to 60 percent of an enormous spike in methane in the entire planet’s atmosphere.

Trumpian Deportation Fantasies

AlterNet: Crazy For Deportation: Trump and Cruz Want to Exile 16 Million People, Building on Obama's Momentum - Trumpian deportation fantasies are not feasible or sensible in the American reality. By Tanya Golash-Boza
Undoubtedly, neither Trump nor Cruz cares about the details of all this, since the point is to arouse deep fears of loss and visceral betrayal in the white working class voters they want to attract.

The Market Is Closed On Good Friday

  Good morning. It is 52 degrees and damp here in the upper Hudson Valley. It looks like we get a rainy day with temperatures in the 50s. Sorry to see Garry Shandling pass away, I really enjoyed his humor. He was definitely one of a kind. If Bill Maher is live on air tonight, I look forward to some type of mention. The market is closed today, it's a holiday weekend as we know, culminating with Easter Sunday. Enjoy the weekend.

USA Today: Relax, everybody: Wall Street is closed Friday

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Garry Shandling Dies

  This one really hurts. I loved this guy.

deadline.com: Garry Shandling Dies: ‘Larry Sanders’ Creator-Star Was 66

Ponzi

'Sniveling'

  Now it's getting interesting.

NBC News: Ted Cruz: Trump is a 'Sniveling Coward'
"It's not easy to tick me off. I don't get angry often," Cruz told reporters while campaigning in Wisconsin. "But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that'll do it every time. Donald you are a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone."

If Today

Demeaning

All Decided On Trump

NPR: Stopping Trump Won't Be So Easy. Here's Why, In One Chart
Here's one of the biggest strengths Donald Trump has going for him: His voters decide, and they stay decided.

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Kim Jung Gi

The Onion - National Security Experts - ‘ISIS Are Fucking Assholes’

Holy Crap!

Science Daily: People with rage disorder twice as likely to have latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection - New study identifies link between Intermittent Explosive Disorder and exposure to the common toxoplasma gondii parasite typically found in undercooked meat, cat feces
summary - Individuals with a psychiatric disorder involving recurrent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger -- road rage, for example -- are more than twice as likely to have been exposed to a common parasite than healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis. In a study involving 358 adult subjects, researchers found that toxoplasmosis, a relatively harmless parasitic infection carried by an estimated 30 percent of all humans, is associated with intermittent explosive disorder and increased aggression.

TRNN - Sanders Picks Up Delegates But Faces Uphill Battle

Confidence Building

  I'm going to make an admission here. I like Lindsey Graham because even though his politics are off base for me, I think he's an honorable person. I'm not a fan of his political work so much, but I do believe he is a decent man. Donald Trump, not a decent man...

MSNBC: Graham: The GOP will probably lose in 2016 - Former 2016 Republican candidate Lindsey Graham joins Morning Joe to discuss why he is now supporting Ted Cruz after coming out strongly against him on the campaign trail, why he thinks the GOP will likely lose in 2016 and why Kasich is the best nominee

Top Floor Flat

Guardian UK: The men in the top floor flat who sowed terror in Brussels - Neighbours in Schaerbeek did not notice anything odd until police came on Tuesday shouting at them to put their hands up
Soon afterwards, one of the men, heavily built Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29, who had been carrying explosive material in his bag, blew himself up at the airport terminal alongside a second as yet unidentified bomber who also died. The third man dressed in a light jacket, hat and glasses, whose luggage contained the biggest bomb, is thought to have left his bag and ran out of the terminal before the explosions. His bag was later blown up, causing no casualties, by police bomb disposal teams in a controlled explosion. He is still on the run.

Fanatic

Guardian UK: In the fanatical world of Isis, your duty is to kill and die - If there is any hope in the Brussels outrage, it is that there are still humans in the bombers’ ranks who refuse to meet their death by Nicolas Hénin
But they were more cannon fodder than senior figures. Once they had performed their services in Paris, they were considered expendable. That is how Isis works in terms of human resources.

Global Warming - Water

Climate Central: How Global Water Shortages Threaten Jobs and Growth
An estimated three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said.

Obesity By The City

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 36 degrees and it is sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The weather logo is indicating a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the 50s. Easter Sunday looks to be a strong day with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. How did they get that to happen? How about that Donald Trump, the man is a prognosticating genius. Here he is on TV telling America - "I told you so." You see Trump predicted that there would be another terrorist attack! I don't know about you but here I was thinking, and especially after Paris, that terrorism had ceased and that even the thought of an attack was outside of the realm of human behavior. But Donald Trump had it correct right from the start, you have got to give him credit. I don't know about you but nothing spells presidential credulity more than the uncanny ability to make accurate predictions about the future. Hell, I'm sold, I'll be voting for Trump, in fact if I can, I'll vote twice!

  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.

  I believe the drifting of oil prices because of the ongoing oil glut is at the root of today's misfire. I could be wrong, but oil has dropped $3 per barrel in less than 48 hours. End of story? Yeah maybe...

CNN: Stocks: 3 things to know before the open
Mining companies are taking a beating as commodity prices drop and the U.S. dollar strengthens.
Reuters: U.S. jobless claims rise; revisions show stronger labor market
...268,000...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

From The Archives

  This is from April 2, 2012.

Gallup: Obama 49%, Romney 45% Among Registered Voters Nationwide

Another Poll

WaPo: Why Donald Trump is poised to win the nomination and lose the general election, in one poll
...it suggests that the idea that Trump has opposition to his candidacy as deeply rooted as the support he's enjoyed in the primaries isn't far off-base.

Fake

Rolling Stone Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Unite

  Unbelievable, we have somehow or other woken up in bizarro world.

Politico: Poll: Majority of Republicans want the party to unite behind Trump
But should Trump fail to accrue the necessary 1,237 delegates, 54 percent of those polled said the party should back Trump for the nomination anyway. More than a third said the delegates should nominate another person, and 7 percent were unsure.

Why Indeed

Five Thirty Eight: Why Donald Trump? A quest to figure out what’s happening in America. By Clare Malone
Ruth Albert, a 65-year-old retired postal worker whom I met outside a Trump event in Exeter, N.H., in February, told me that Trump’s immigration policy was a big reason she was attracted to him. “Why should people sneak in?” she said. Albert herself is a descendant of Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and lives in the family’s ancestral home.

Have A Great Wednesday

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The Onion - World Makes Final Attempt To Try To Understand This Shit

Aedes Aegypti Or Aedes Albopictus

Science Daily: Global spread of Zika linked to types of mosquitoes that transmit it
summary - More cities than previously assumed could soon grapple with the Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease, a disease ecologist and his colleagues argue.

TRNN - Why Belgium?

Midwest Snow

More Trump Threats

MSNBC: Trump tweets seemingly threatening message about Ted Cruz’s wife
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!

What A Story

Hunt On For Brussels Bomber

Global Warming - Hope!

Climate Central: New Hope For U.S. Coastlines Even As Seas Rise
About 70 percent of the shoreline from Virginia to Maine could evolve naturally to meet hastening rises in sea levels, the scientists concluded, slowing the losses of land that have been projected by other research.

Democracy Now - Trump And Fascism

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 50 degrees and it is hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The forecast predicts a cloudy day in the 50s with a possibility of rain later on. Here's to Bernie Sanders for cleaning up in Utah and Idaho, wow, convincing wins I must say. Hillary Clinton won in Arizona and just for the record who the hell cares who won on the GOP side as those two lunatics continue to drag the the country into a crap pile. Apparently Jeb is now endorsing Cruz, oh for f's sake. Now I understand why Jeb lost so badly, his credibility is very suspect. Speaking of two lunatics, it looks like two brothers carried out the attack in Brussels. Somehow or other these radical people need to get the message that committing suicide and killing dozens of people along the way is not a good investment, literally, it's like there's a very vulnerable community of people out there who have such a poor lowly view of their lives that they are willing to do this. They need to be deprogrammed and aided in finding out that life is valuable, precious and worth living, and that violence is really bad.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down now trading just above $41 per barrel. The market is poised to open lower.

  Today's article is filled with optimism. After yesterday's terrorist attack there appears to be a steadier mood in the investment world today. Notice that Boone Pickens is predicting that the price of oil will double. Boone Pickens has been about as correct about oil as Ann Coulter is about politics. The man has been off the mark at virtually every step of the way over the past two years. Also notice that low oil prices are really tearing into Venezuela, the country is in a state of upheaval.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Traders will also be watching for some key pieces of economic data. The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting February new home sales at 10 a.m. ET. And the U.S. government releases its weekly crude oil inventory data at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Terrorism Helps Trump

'Cartoonish'

Mother Jones: Terrorism Expert: ISIS Is "Probably Cutting Videos" of Donald Trump's Response to Belgium Attacks By Max J. Rosenthal
"Donald Trump right now is validating the cartoonish view that they tell their operatives…that America is a racist nation, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and that that's why you must carry out terrorist attacks against them…It's irresponsible and it needs to stop."

Cruz To The Rescue

  Red meat for the anti-Islamists out there.

NBC News: Cruz Proposes Law Enforcement 'Patrol and Secure Muslim Neighborhoods'
"What is a Muslim neighborhood? How many Muslims have to be in a neighborhood before it becomes worthy of checking papers and kicking in the doors of homes and businesses?" Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, told NBC News. "What constitutes a Muslim neighborhood?"

Global Warming - French Wine

Have An Excellent Tuesday

work by Kim Jung Gi

You Decide

The Bustle: Donald Trump Quote Or 'The Onion' Headline? Go On, Just Try And Tell The Difference...
Donald Trump Speaks With Himself For Foreign Policy Advice

Good Diet, Moderate Exercise, Recommended Body Fat Percentage, Being A Non-Smoker.

Science Daily: US adults get failing grade in healthy lifestyle behavior
summary - Only 2.7 percent of the US adult population achieves all four of some basic behavioral characteristics that researchers say would constitute a 'healthy lifestyle' and help protect against cardiovascular disease, a recent study concluded.

Twins

  My ongoing posting of important and accurate FOX News articles continues.

FOX News: Swiss billionaire gives birth to twins at age 53

53% To 41%

MSNBC: Clinton maintains strong national lead, but many millennials think Sanders will win nomination
Clinton maintains a 53 percent level of support from registered Democrats and Democratic-leaners. Sanders holds 41 percent support.

34 Killed

Guardian UK: Brussels explosions: multiple casualties after airport and metro attacks – live
The confirmed deathtoll from both attacks now stands at 34.

Maggie de Block, the Belgian health minister, said 14 people died and 81 were injured in the airport explosions.

The Belgian metro authority, STIB-MIVB, and emergency services said 20 people were killed in the Maelbeek metro blast. STIB-MIVB said a further 55 people were injured, including 10 criticall

Zaventem Airport And Maelbeek Metro Station

TRNN - Days Of Revolt, How We Got To Junk Economics

Incendiary And Inaccurate

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 33 degrees and very sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Fro today and the rest of the week temperatures are expected to go into the 50s in the afternoon. There's been a brutal terrorist attack in Brussels. The pictures are very disturbing and we all hope and pray for the people of Brussels,  may they get through this monstrous assault with great fortitude.

  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.

  The attack in Brussels that is affecting markets this morning. Brussels is an important hub in the E.U. and so an attack there is clearly a very deliberate execution. Humanity has once again demonstrated in no uncertain terms its capacity for needless violence and its ability to dwell in deep ignorance.

CNN: Stock markets fall after suicide attack in Brussels
Brussels is the de-facto capital of the European Union. Many European institutions and international companies are based there. The airport is closed, and train and subway services have been suspended.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Punch And Duty

  One can only imagine what you can do to him for $3,000....

NY Daily News: New York street performer dressed as Donald Trump lets you punch him for $5, pee on him for $300.

Elizabeth Warren Tweets

Raw Story: Elizabeth Warren mops the floor with Trump on Twitter: ‘Let’s be honest — Donald Trump is a loser’
The way I see it, it’s our job to make sure @realDonaldTrump ends this campaign every bit the loser that he started it.
ABC News: Elizabeth Warren Slams Donald Trump as a 'Loser' and 'Serious Threat' in Twitter Tirade

Protesting Trump At AIPAC

A Look At The Numbers

WaPo: Donald Trump will (almost certainly) never be elected president. Here’s why.
“The fact of the matter is that his path in the Midwest/Rustbelt is very, very difficult no matter how you look at it.”

It'll Be Close

Have A Great Monday

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The Onion - Exuberant Trump Rally Crowd Bats Syrian Refugee Child Around Arena Before Candidate Comes On Stage

Empathy

Science Daily: Your brain might be hard-wired for altruism - Neuroscience research suggests an avenue for treating the empathically challenged
summary - By temporarily inactivating a part of the brain involved in impulse-control, neuroscientists have discovered compelling evidence that we're hardwired for altruism. The discovery suggests possible avenues for treating the empathically challenged.

Goldwater

MSNBC: Why Barry Goldwater’s family is against Donald Trump
She (Goldwater's wife Susan Goldwater) plans to vote for Hillary Clinton and, she continued, a lot of her friends from the Goldwater era are too. They think the Republican field has come unhinged and drifted hard-right, and, yes, she knows that’s what they used to say about her late husband, the so-called father of modern conservatism.

South Carolina

'Blame The Protesters'

MSNBC: Donald Trump: ‘At what point do people blame the protesters?’
George Stephanopoulos then asked the candidate to clarify whether he was blaming the protesters for violent acts instead of the supporters who had punched and kicked them.

“I’m saying this,” Trump said. “These are professional agitators, and I think that somebody should say that when a road is blocked going into the event so that people have to wait sometimes hours to get in, I think that’s very fair, and they should be blamed there, too.”

Merrick Garland

Guardian UK: Republican opposition to supreme court nominee 'showing cracks', says Reid - Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell steadfast in rejection but naysayers suggest process could go forward in Obama’s lame-duck period
“We believe there should be a full vote,” Reid told NBC. “[McConnell] is marching his senators over a cliff and I don’t think they’re going to go. The facade is cracking and I think were going to get a breakthrough.”

Obama In Cuba

Guardian UK: Obama lands in Cuba as first US president to visit in nearly a century - First presidential trip to Havana since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 - Obama tweets: ‘¿Que bolá? Looking forward to meeting Cuban people’ - Cuban police break up protest before Obama visit
Hundreds of tourists have been bumped outside the city, and even the Rolling Stones, who initially wanted Revolution Square for their concert venue on Friday, had to work their date around the president’s arrival, which coincides with his daughters’ spring break.

Global Warming - TRNN - Earth Enters New Era Of Extreme Weather Caused By Global Warming Part 1

Stunned

AlterNet: Paddles, Stun Guns and Chemical Sprays: How U.S. Schools Discipline Students - Corporal punishment is unfortunately alive and well in schools. By Eleanor J. Bader
To wit: Available statistics show Texas leading the nation, with 49,197 students being paddled at least once during the 2008-09 academic year...

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 35 degrees and it is cloudy with some sunshine here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A calm day in the 40s is expected. I hope you had a good weekend, got to relax a bit, maybe did one special activity. Hey, it's now officially Spring, so hooray for that. Part of me is thinking that we could be in for a scorcher of a Summer. More than anything though, we do so much enjoy the return of the full light and even though the days will be getting longer through June, the rate at which the light increases per day is soon diminishing. It's true.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down, now trading at around $41. the market is poised to open lower.

  The term optimistic keeps popping up in the CNN article, so we shall see. There will be a big Apple announcement today. No doubt there will be a party surrounding the release of a new product which will be relegated to the dustbin of high tech antiquity within a year or so. Planned obsolescence works like a charm in the high tech world.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Sherwin-Williams (SHW) announced on Sunday it was buying Valspar (VAL) for $113 per share in cash.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Closed Sundays

  The blog is closed on Sundays, see you bright and early Monday morning.

Stop Trump Is On

  We've read articles that go all over the place on this issue of stopping Trump. Some say it's too late, or, too little too late, or, that the movement itself is too weak, etc etc etc. Here we have the NY Times, the paper of record, saying on Saturday March 19th that the movement to stop Trump is on and happening. Read it and see the numerous constraints, possibilities, and some of the actual plan. We still might very well see a third party traditional conservative on the ballot in November. Rick Perry is a strong possibility because it is thought he could take Texas from Trump and derail him.

  There's enough political irony here to go around for everybody. We have Trump threatening to leave the GOP to run as a third party candidate for various reasons. And now we have the GOP itself, sic, saying they will leave the GOP and get in line behind a third party candidate because Trump could win the Republican nomination!

NYT: Republican Leaders Map a Strategy to Derail Donald Trump By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
Mr. Kristol, a leading critic of Mr. Trump, said in an interview that he believed it was not too late to put forward a viable independent candidacy. “I think the ballot access question is manageable,” he said. “The big question is, who’s the candidate?” ...Rick Perry...

On The Go

On the go clothes washing....

Krugman's Latest

NYT: Republican Elite’s Reign of Disdain
Analysis of primary election results so far shows that counties with high white mortality rates are also likely to vote Trump.

Turnout Truth

Five Thirty Eight: Primary Turnout Means Nothing For The General Election By Harry Enten
...turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will happen in the general election. The GOP presidential primary is more competitive than the Democratic race.

Arrests

Zika In Panama

BBC News: Zika: Panama has 'first microcephaly case outside Brazil'
The baby had been born with an underdeveloped brain, a condition known as microcephaly, which health experts suspect is linked to the virus.

Anti-Don

NBC News: Latino, Immigrant Activists to Protest All Trump Arizona Events
"We're coming together to stand up against the hate and the violence that Donald Trump is inciting towards our people..."

Have A Great Saturday

Bauhaus designed furniture

The Onion - Pope Francis Trains For Easter Mass By Dragging Pew Loaded With Rocks Across Snow

Aging

Science Daily: Poor diet and lack of exercise accelerate the onset of age-related conditions in mice
summary - Could an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise be making you age faster? Researchers believe there is a link between these modifiable lifestyle factors and the biological processes of aging. In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that a poor diet and lack of exercise accelerated the onset of cellular senescence and, in turn, age-related conditions in mice.

TRNN - Reducing Carbon Emissions Won't Halt Economic Growth

Russia - Plane Crash

More Trump Violence

  The pattern is in, this goes on till Cleveland, and then if Trump gets the nomination it will go on at his rallies right up to November. Take it to the bank.

MSNBC: Police, protesters clash outside Trump event

Satire

Istanbul Suicide Bombing

Guardian UK: Istanbul hit by suicide bomb attack - At least five people killed and more than 20 injured in suicide bombing in major tourist district of Turkish city
According to the governor, one of those killed was the suicide bomber, and three of those injured were in critical condition.

Global Warming - America Wakes Up

  America is a conservative country, it seems to take roughly 30 to 40 years for a reasonable, or decent, or scientifically undisputed idea to take hold in the American psyche. As CO2 hangs out in the atmosphere for around 100 years, this great awakening will do nothing to change the embedded global warming already there.

Gallup: U.S. Concern About Global Warming at Eight-Year High
Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say they are worried a "great deal" or "fair amount" about global warming, up from 55% at this time last year and the highest reading since 2008.

The Ted Balks

Friday, March 18, 2016

David Brooks On Trump - Again

  David Brooks dashes off some beauties. I especially like - "He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out."

NYT: No, Not Trump, Not Ever
Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out. He insults the office Abraham Lincoln once occupied by running for it with less preparation than most of us would undertake to buy a sofa.

1968 DNC

Paris Terrorist Caught

Stop Trump Conservatives

  Radio interview recording, interesting info at the 4:00 minute mark.

760KFMB: Erick Erickson: 40% of Republicans Won’t Vote for Trump in November

Stuart Stevens On The White Vote

  If you are looking for specific factual information on recent presidential races and trends, this is your article. Stuart Stevens is a conservative who worked as a top strategist for Romney in 2012.

The Daily Beast: There Aren’t Enough White Voters for GOP Win - Trump talks about reaching Hispanics and blacks, but he’d be the most unpopular candidate with either group ever to lead a national ticket.
Over the last six presidential elections, Democrats have won 16 states every time for a total of 242 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. In those same six elections, Republican presidential candidates carried 13 states for 103 electoral votes. Here’s another way to look at it: The last time a Republican presidential candidate won with enough votes to be declared the winner on Election Night was 1988.

Not Going To Happen

The Truth

Have A Great Friday

Bauhaus designed furniture

The Onion - GOP Leaders Assure Sobbing Rubio It Not His Fault Party Splitting Up

NSAIDs

Science Daily: Common painkillers are more dangerous than we think
summary - New research shows that common painkillers (NSAIDs) have more side effects than we think, and that they should be used with great care in patients with heart disease. NSAIDs are among the most sold medicines in the world.

TRNN - The Border's Already A Mess, Even Without Trump's Wall

White Powder Envelope

  FOX News reports on an article found in the NY Post. Both outlets are owned by Murdoch.

FOX News: Threatening letter reportedly sent to Donald Trump's son

Contested

  There's a little bit more of a buzz going on out there about a contested GOP convention.

MSNBC: RNC Rules: Insiders speak out on contested convention

Bernie's In It To The End

Hospital Bombing By US

Guardian UK: US military personnel face punishment over Afghan hospital strike - Military personnel referred for ‘administrative action’ after bombing of hospital in Kunduz in which 42 people died
The bombing last October of the MSF hospital in Kunduz – which came as Nato-backed Afghan forces clashed with insurgents for control of the northern provincial capital – left 42 people dead. The US military carried out an investigation and blamed human error.

Global Warming - The Winter And February

Climate Central: February, Winter Were Record Warm For Planet By Andrea Thompson
According to NOAA, February was 2.18°F (1.21°C) above the 20th century average. NASA had slightly higher numbers, putting the month 2.43°F (1.35°C) warmer than average.

Cruz

AlterNet: Here Are Five of Ted Cruz's Most Fanatical Foreign Policy Advisors - Three staffers from extremist group behind Trump's racist Muslim ban are among Cruz's picks. By Sarah Lazare
1. Frank Gaffney is a renowned conspiracy theorist and anti-Muslim activist whose extremist think tank, the Center for Security Policy, produced the shoddy research behind Donald Trump’s infamous proposed ban on non-American Muslim from entering the United States.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 44 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. A possibly rainy day later on, that stays in the high 40s is expected. I watched some of MSNBC's Lawrence O'donnell show last night. Some very salient information was getting thrown around and here's the gist of it. Reagan won with a landslide in 1980, he gathered in 59% of the White vote and that threw him into the White House. Romney gathered in 59% of the White vote in 2012 and lost in a near landslide. In fact, Romney actually had bigger numbers than Reagan with the White vote! The point is that a presidential candidate cannot win with the White vote alone, he or she needs the Latino, Black, Asian, and White vote to win. Just think about which presently leading candidates are gathering in which vote.

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

  It's very simple, oil is rebounding in price and has breached the $40 per barrel threshold. Will oil remain at this price? I suspect it will not but eventually it will return to this level and exceed it. Notice that gas prices are also rising. I saw premium in my community last night at close to $2.50 a gallon.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The rebound has been driven by a spike in oil and fading fears of a recession in the U.S. Oil has bounced more than 50% off its low to trade around $40 a barrel and the U.S. economy continues to grow, despite the global slowdown.