Mega Merger: Good or Bad?

While we wait for tomorrow’s S&P 500 Housing Report, and we suffer through a bunch of Fed-Speak speeches between now and then, there is really only one major story pressing the marketing higher this morning. That’s the proposed merger of Time Warner with AT&T. In a CNBC interview, AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson argues the point that the proposed merger should be OK because he says it is a pure “vertical integration.” When reading this kind of story, it is helpful to understand a fair bit about vertical and horizontal in … Continue reading

Coping: Re-Engineering Dinty Moore

You ever wake up on a Monday morning and the only thing on your mind is food??? That’s me today.  Und zo…. Although we have house guests (and I am getting a lot of serious work out of derr Major) not too many people, guests or Elaine, seem anxious to get up and hit the floor running at 5AM. Dinty Moore beef stew to the rescue! EXCEPT, it’s not exactly up to my tastes…which is why I put a fair amount of thought-space into “How do I repair this meal?” … Continue reading

Ripcord: Toughest Questions of Retirement

Regardless of age, with luck you will have to face the two toughest questions of retirement:  When to actually retire and then how to find the “right” place to live. Thanks to a Florida reader, this week we look at the problem as an email exchange with the reader where we kick around some of the ways to approach the decisions. Coffee on… More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Mr. Cynical’s News-Coaching Glass

Step 1. Pour yourself a big glass of water. Step 2. Down 2 ibuprofen or aspirin. Step 3. Three hits of Boost Oxygen. Step 4. Continue reading. The U.S. Department of “Cozy” Step-wise: 1.Over here (on Real Clear Politics) is a story about Megyn Kelly going after DNC whozit Donna Brazile for alleged question leaking. 2.Over at the Daily Caller we read how “Andrea Mitchell Falsely Claims Donna Brazile Leak Story Has Been ‘Completely Knocked Down’ [VIDEO].” 3.And HERE we read about Andrea Mitchell: “She married her second husband, former … Continue reading

Coping: Is Your Boss an Idiot?

Some discussion about the joys of Structured Thinking seems like a fitting end to the week. Been chatting back and forth with a long-time reader in what will turn into a Peoplenomics report this week: The Topic is Retirement: Should I Go or Should I stay? Got my tax bill advance in the mail this week: $750 for the year. Can’t grouse about that. Staying in the woods (at these prices anyway) makes sense. While chatting with this reader – and following on to Thursday’s “What Gets Measured Gets Done” … Continue reading

WGMGD: Forget Hillary and Trump

Yeah – it’s all a distraction. As we explained in our report Wednesday, we have much bigger fish to fry, not the least is which is the potential for nuclear war over the U.S. ongoing efforts to change out the government in an independent country against whom we have not “declared war.” The debate last night is a huge distraction from the reality of what’s going on. As we have explained for months, a nasty nest of neocons in the U.S. State Department, that has swung with every change … Continue reading

Coping: Ure’s Monster Antenna Project

If everything went according to plan, my buddy the retired Major from Gig Harbor will just be stirring as he and his wife arrived at Uretopia Ranch last night. Last, as always, and now done with kibitzing until past midnight. They’re on a stopover enroute to a medical conference in SoCal next week. And we have three agenda items. The smaller of them I’ve already described in some detail. The frequency-sweep approach to B-field phenomena which may relate to anti-gravity. That’s one. The second is “The Light Crown Project” detailed … Continue reading

Scenarios: Election-Day Seismic War

Want something to worry about – I mean other than the big “Hillary Out” in the Enquirer (on news stands today)? We do a lot of modeling and test-fitting of bits of news – then let the mind wander to see what might be on the horizon. This morning we offer a shockingly comprehensive “piece-fit” of how the Russians could effectively turn the U.S.A. into a third world country without firing a single shot over our territory.  What’s more, the attack scenario would also have a high level of “plausible … Continue reading

Consumer Price Report Sets Social Sec Change

Gather ‘round the electric chair, kiddies. Uncle George will read ja the data just out from BLS.  Rent and gas are up, like you didn’t notice. “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment. Increases in the shelter and gasoline indexes were the main causes of the rise in the all items index. The gasoline index … Continue reading

Prepping Tuesday: The Nuke War Short List

With the election close, and with a big dust-up at Mosul, and with the US threatening to directly confront Russian forces in Syria, we have to realistically stop and assess the odds of nuclear war. This leads to a number of very interesting scenarios, depending on which side seizes the initiative. On the one hand, now that the NY Times and the Washington Post have essentially anointed Queen Hillary, it means that there will not be an immediate need to cancel elections. On the other hand, if Trump “knocks one … Continue reading