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April 4, 2009
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Two More Work Days Till Monday
will it be hard to do as well this weekend for
after last week's bulls-eye report "Me Bullish?" I'll be
delving into the timing of house buying and a number of other
things in this weekend's report. This comes for
several reasons, not the least of which is that I'm eyeing some
additional property which adjoins our which is presently
available plus several readers have requested it. In
addition, subscribers will get details on how to download the
'alpha' (first release) of the new crop circle spinning software
which is presently in development at
and over on
Financially, this has been one hell of a fine rally week.
If you look at historical numbers here, you can see the Dow
moved from a Monday intraday low of 7,406 to close over
8,000 Friday: That has got to make some folks who scaled into the long
side quite happy. How often have we seen a 600-point run
from low to high in a single week, lately?
On the other hand, that doesn't mean the economy is out of the
woods - in fact, best I can figure the woods will be taking over
late next fall, and here's why: First off,
the unemployment rate (as I told you on Friday) soared to 8.5%.
But can you believe that number? Well, as our other
sharp-penciled reader figures, the numbers being reported just
don't add up:
Let us compare two numbers:
1.In March the number of
unemployed (according to the BLS) increased by some 694,000
2. If we add up the number of
NEW claims for unemployment insurance for March it comes to
something like 2.5 million (give or take a few).
Now to reconcile these two
numbers we would HAVE to assume that in the month of March
some 1.8 million folks lost, then found a job. Now I simply
do not believe that some 3 of 4 folks find a new job within
a month of being laid off. "
Yep, it does indeed stretch the credibility of the govbers
(government numbers) when
you look at things that way, doesn't it?
This unemployment number is particularly frightening for young
people. Those who would, in a previous age, have been in
peak family formation time in their 20's and 30's are finding it
hard to keep a job. In fact, my eldest daughter Denise who
lives in Seattle, lost her job more than a month ago and hasn't
been able to find any work yet, so her rent is being paid
by the National Bank of Dad - which Mssrs Bernanke and Geithner
have somehow managed to overlook when handing out fistfuls of dough to
more conventionally chartered banks. And insurance
companies. And Carmakers. (Me? Bitter?) I expect I will be buying
her car (a Smart Car) soon, to get her out from under those
Family Unemployment Rate is presently 33.3%. If you're
over 60 and have kids, the FUR is the number of jobless kids you
divided by the total number of kids you know - it'd be interesting to
calculate that number to see how the 'sniff test' goes.
This is causing young people to go to new extreme lengths to
land a gig, in fact
"Jobless make TV ads pitching themselves for work" in some
markets. And the outsourcing is not slowing, either.
Just learned recently that my neighbor's daughter, a sharp SQL
(and other) languages operations type for a big Bank in America
(if'n you get the idea) up in Dallas has been warned.
Where are those jobs going? Apparently some to Singapore, I hear.
That gets me to one of the fundamental problems of the Internet.
I've been saying since I predicted the popping of the Internet
stock bubble ("Death
by Dot Coms: When Barriers to Entry Fall, Sept. 1999") that
one of the unintended consequences of the net is that it makes
cheap overseas labor available here in America at almost
unrestricted rates. Which is why most customer services
jobs are in India (and elsewhere) it seems.
Corporations don't make money by producing a superior product,
anymore. Since there are so few barriers to entry, most
make money by exploiting wage rate differentials between high
and low income countries. Want to get FFR (*filthy frigging
rich)? Find a really high income country and a really low
income country and then find some job category that can be
effectively outsourced - especially electronically - to the low
pay country. That's the future for you, and yes, it sucks
mightily. Did I mention that few beyond Lou Dobbs seem
willing to state the obvious on this stuff?
and speaking of media, the "Boston
Globe unions says the NY Times wants $20-million cut" from
the bean town paper's expense line and is threatening shutdown
if they don't get it. This as the sunset of newspapering
continues. Despite the lobbying in Congress to save
newspapers, it's obvious that thanks to the internet, the
barriers to entry for New Media are about zilch. I haven't
figured out the costs to get started here lately, but even a
sites like mine, running top-notch equipment and software, and
serving around 60-thousand page views a day, are ridiculously
cheap, compared with clear cutting trees and getting ink on
Fundamental change has been Kindled, so to speak. Watch
your butt, Rupert, Jeff's coming to get you, too...
Sorry to read about that Binghamton New York shooting on Friday
that left 14 dead, one of which was the gunman. No, he
wasn't in the US as a foreign worker;
he'd come from Vietnam about 14-years ago and had recently been
laid off by IBM, according to this report.
it does cause me to wonder how much of the modern world's stress
is due, at some underlying level, by the economic migration of
humans. As I see it, there was a time when humans migrated
to find food, climate and so forth, and moving over large
distances was something of a rarity. Native Americans
didn't, prior to the European exploiters showing up, didn't do a
lot of coast-to-coast adventuring, or popping down to Polynesian to pick up cheap textiles
or outsource IT. People lived in relatively
small geographical areas and such.
take Europe, where there's been huge immigration from other
regions, and the question comes up once in a while - especially
when there's large scale rioting and civil strife like the kind
that rocked France a while back - how much immigration is too
Drugs and money are of course huge drivers in the world's economy today.
Can't help but notice that musician "Carlos
Santana wishes Obama would legalize pot" and even Time
Magazine makes a good case "Why
legalizing Marijuana Makes Sense."
course, drug wars are where the money is. Whether you're
talking about Afghanistan which is all about heroin/opium, of "Mexico's
brutal drug war" the narco dollars gotta keep flowing, and
the booze industry protected, so no, I don't hold much hope for
meaningful change; only more talk.
Speaking of talk and symbolism, you
how the wrap up of the NATO summit was heavily into symbolism?
have to be very conscious of symbols, and if you missed John
Fraim's 2003 book "Battle of Symbols: Global Dynamics of
Advertising, Entertainment and Media" you can occasionally find
one for $40 (and up) but it lays out how the programming of the
population via symbols works. But you can also get a lot of the
underlying concepts by reading Patrick Dunn's "Magic, Power, Language, Symbol: A Magician's Exploration of Linguistics".
Having read a fair bit about symbolism and its relationship to
power I suppose explains why I've got such a keen
interest in the spinning of crop circles, which I mentioned in a
special update on Friday. But, not everyone sees the
I've been reading your blog for
the past year or so.
Today you went over the edge my
This is coming from someone who
has went over the edge and had to climb back out!
I would advise that you cool
down this Crop Circle spinning message stuff. If you believe
it, that is great. But it is not in your best interest to
share ideas like this, especially when you want credibility
regarding the Economy, Energy, Water, and the Food Supply.
I promise you that a large
segment of your readership had a hearty LOL at your
proposition that your friend had uncovered a secret way to
read supposed communications from Aliens which are most
likely hoaxes perpetrated drunk college students with planks
of wood and a piece of string.
I would speculate that you are a
stoner and that your eyes were bloodshot this morning
because of your wake and bake : ) I bet you can grow some
nice stuff out in Texas. Maybe I can stop by and we can have
Well, of course I only do such things when I am in states where
my medical condition allows it, LOL. Not in Texas where
the biggest growth industry is locking people up. And even
there, by the way, outsourcing is underway. Word has it
that one of the big commercial jail management outfit is about
to bring in a bunch of people from Nigeria (!!!) on
work visas so they can get cheaper jailers...can you believe
that? In Texas fer cryin' out loud! Like we
don't have enough unemployed people already? OMG people,
WTF is going on?
Point taken about credibility, but only with many grains of
salt. I can't count the number of times that people who
might otherwise have made meaningful contributions to the
forward advancement of humans didn't do so because they were
worried about 'their credibility' or were pressured into
group-think by peer review. The minute a person starts
thinking in anything other than the real-deal, genuine NO
LIMITS mode, then you're in your own prison and the odds of you
ever being totally free are gone.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is exactly what
the PowersThatBe use to control people. Which is why
there's such a link-up between religion and the PTB and between
them and advertising outfits. People who don't regularly
challenge every single aspect of their thinking are jailed just
are sure as concertina wire. 'ceptin of course that it's
worn inconspicuously inside the head.
So while I take the friendly words of caution, I also have
received emails like this one from people who are well
experienced in what goes on inside of people's heads:
"From a contemplative of many decades,
Several of the rotating circles
resulted in the significant stimulation of the crown chakra…
still persisting minutes after exposure.
Wonderful intuition. Forward
with your research!
(name withheld), LLC MA CHT
couple of people have asked why this can't be done using
off-the-shelf Flash software. The answer? Cliff has
been working with how computers do screen writing for a very
long time, since he ran into timing issues with this Vortex
Reader software. While it may seem like Flash is
OK, the way video writes really work, is that timing of writes
moves around a fair bit. The computer clock speed may be
off, there may be a fraction of a second pause here or there
because of some other process completing.
Normally, when you are doing things like screen writes as a
leisurely 30-frames per second, you wouldn't care. But
with Vortex and other high performance video software, you need
to have a monitor that will handle extreme speeds and even
things like persistence of phosphors, or how fast the LCD can
track, comes into play. Which is why there are real
hardcore design issues involved.
some ways, this project might do better on an old W98 machine
with a good CRT display, it'd be easier from a screen-write
standpoint, for sure...in fact, my favorite version of Vortex is
still the one that will glom web pages to display and which has
the direct video bios writes (think Windows 95/98 here).
But, that's sometimes how progress works, eh?
Is it likely that we'll find some kind of deeply embedded series
of messages with the 'spin-the-crop-circles' software?
Probably not. But history is full of odd characters
who didn't value peer review or were willing to look under
statistically improbable rocks in their quest for knowledge.
comes to mind, and if you don't know the story about how he
essentially invented alternating current (but it was George
Westinghouse who exploited it) you've missed some fine reading.
Will UrbanSurvival somehow lose it's focus from this project?
Nope. But is the market in rally mode for a month or two
now (mid May anyways)? Probably. Am I still waiting
for an entry point, having been a little slow to pull the
trigger on the long side? Yep. Will the market comes
down on Monday? Ask me Tuesday...but a pullback next week
is something I'm expecting since it would give me a nice long
This being Saturday, and with three local teenagers coming over
to work on fencing and garden and shop projects, it's time to
hit the shower and make a run to Lowes for parts and wood, pick
up gas for the tiller, and fill up the BBQ propane. Then
it'll be grease the tractor and do as much as I can over the
course of the day.
Thank heaven for weekends, huh? Just two more working days
Me Bullish? Where to
Play the 401(k) Game
Short term - yes. Long term - no.
But there's a bit of time in between now and next fall's problems.
In fact, as I see it, there's a pretty good case to be made that if the
market doesn't collapse this coming week for about a one to 1.5 week
decline into the week before Easter (which wouldn't surprise me - with a
huge rally thereafter) the odds are increasing that the US stock market
is about to put on a doozy of a rally which should make it through the
9,500 area and perhaps even as far as 11,200+. And a few of the
global markets could be even better. This week let's focus on some
things to consider with your 401(k). Not investment advice, just
things to noodle and ruminate on as you try to hang on to 'what's left'
of your life savings.
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Friday April 3, 2009
Crop Circle Breakthrough?
Swirly Thing Alert
I don't normally post "bulletins" on my web site, but the world
may be about to be changed - forever - in ways we can not yet
predict. This is a story about crop circles. So
thing to do is read up on them over at Wikipedia.
The second thing you need to do is hit YouTube or Google Video
and look at some video of what happens when crop circles are
spun. Various shapes and patterns begin to emerge.
Here's a good one to start with.
Now, here are the latest developments: An international ad
hoc group of programmers and my friend Cliff over at
have been working on the crop circles and spinning them at
various frame rates. Cliff happens to have the graphics
expertise to do some alpha testing of frame/spinning software
and he's got a group of programmers in Germany and elsewhere who
are collaborating on the project. He's been up for
24-hours or so, and is reporting some amazing if not world
What seems to occur is that when spun around various center
points different information is emerging from from crop
circles. His assistant in the predictive linguistics
project is a fellow we call Igor - a Fortune 100 level IT guy.
Ever since he has known him, Cliff reports that Igor has been
chewing his mustache. Since he's got the most 'eye time'
on spinning crop circles, its curious to note that Igor is no
longer chewing his moustache.
In Europe, where another member of the loosely connected team is
spinning other circles, the researcher reported dropping into
something like an alpha-state trance for a couple of hours and,
upon emerging from it, he reported that his arthritis of many
years has stopped hurting.
Another says if a black and white image is spun, colors emerge.
So here's what's going on right now: This ad hoc team of
programmers is working on software which will be put into the
public domain if it works as expected. The software will
not only allow the spinning of the crop circle images at various
frame rates (where we already have seen different information
appear) but in addition, eventually it will provide for
flexibility in setting the axis point. So, in other words,
you'll be able to spin crop circles in various directions.
At SourceForge.net you can look in on the Linux work ongoing.
The project there is
Circle Symbol Engine".
We're not sure where this is going to lead, but it could be one
of those 'chance' events that could lead to a real
breakthrough in how humans work. Or, later today Igor
could go nuts and have to be locked up...we just don't know.
Worries about the Zombie factor may be why we're testing on
But what we do know for now is that some unexpected results are
occurring, and software is in development to push out on the
envelope a bit, and we want to get the word out as to what's
happening and that this will all end up (rather quickly) FREE
and in the public domain.
Frankly, we don't know if this is some kind of
transdimensional/intergalactic mental invasion technique,
or whether we've just stumbled over the
intergalactic/transdimensional encyclopedia that will jump
humans ahead to who new states of awareness and health.
Just too early to tell.
But, since Cliff has the video manipulation background, having
Vortex Reader technology, and since we've been working on
the predictive linguistics technology (a/k/a the 'web bot
project') for nearly 10-years together, it seems, as one of the
researchers in Europe noted, that Cliff & Igor may be playing
the role of Jody
Foster in the movie "Contact".
Or, as Cliff puts it: "We may have stumbled on our own
Manhattan Project here..."
We'll keep you posted. But we may have just cracked the
cover of "What Comes Next 101".
The first headline to strike my bloodshot pair of eyes this
morning (due to allergies to tractoring/brush hogging the south
16, not el Don, which would have been the preferred cause) was
the headline that "One
in 10 Americans gets help to buy food." The story then
went on to say that more than 2.9-million folks right here in
the Republic of Texas get help - a good thing as I see it.
Nationally the average benefit works out to something like $112
per person, although in California the benefits are about to
take a major jump upward - going up 13.6% - and curiously,
California has fewer people on food stamps than does Texas, with
only 2.5 million receiving help.
Since tax time is just around the corner, this all gets me to
wondering about the proper 'role of the dole'. Obviously,
helping people who are hungry, laid off, homeless and living in
tents or cars is the right thing to do. But, how
far up the food chain does it go?
G20 yesterday decided to ante up a trillion dollars (plus or
minus a Honda) to bail out the international financial system,
on the notion that without a healthy international economy, the
whole kit and caboodle falls apart. That may, or may not
be so, depending on who you talk to. However, since I'm an
economic Neanderthal (and no slight to Neanderthals intended)
and I'm stuck on why AIG has to keep sucking up money
while Lehman was flushed. I keep looking for some sign of
a sound currency - anywhere it seems - because the cause of all
our woes seems to be the paper that shows up so often down at
the root of all evil.
Unemployment Report for March is out...and as expected, it took
another major move upward:
payroll employment continued to decline sharply in March
(-663,000), and the unemployment rate rose from 8.1 to 8.5
percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S.
Department of Labor reported today. Since the recession
began in December 2007, 5.1 million jobs have been lost,
with almost two-thirds (3.3 million) of the decrease
occurring in the last 5 months. In March, job losses were
large and widespread across the major industry sectors.
Unemployment (Household Survey
In March, the number of
unemployed persons increased by 694,000 to 13.2 mil- lion,
and the unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent. Over the past
12 months, the number of unemployed persons has grown by
about 5.3 million, and the unem- ployment rate has risen by
3.4 percentage points. Half of the increase in both the
number of unemployed and the unemployment rate occurred in
the last 4 months. (See table A-1.)
The unemployment rates continued
to trend upward in March for adult men (8.8 percent), adult
women (7.0 percent), whites (7.9 percent), and Hispanics
(11.4 percent). The jobless rates for blacks (13.3 percent)
and teenagers (21.7 per- cent) were little changed over the
month. The unemployment rate for Asians was 6.4 percent in
March, not seasonally adjusted, up from 3.6 percent a year
earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
Among the unemployed, the number
of job losers and persons who completed tem- porary jobs
increased by 547,000 to 8.2 million in March."
numbers, serious as they are and the highest since 1983,
understate the real situation. The harsh reality begins to
get a little more accurately reflected in the U-6 number which
is the broader measure of labor underutilization which I call
the PhD's flipping burgers and IT managers stocking store
shelves index climbed to 16.2% last month. But even
further, there's no telling how bad things would really be if
the workforce number was limited and the discouraged and
underground economy numbers were cranked into the equation.
I've got real problems with telephone-based surveys since 1)
almost everyone has a cell phone and 2) numbers change all the
time, but that's a discussion we don't have time for.
cities continue to spring up around the country. In
California, where the governator opened up state fair grounds,
Sacramento tent city residents are saying they won't be moved
from their present location. This all sets up the ugly
prospect of something we've been eyeing in the HalfPastHuman
predictive linguistics for a while to become very real: the
potential for a showdown between "authorities" and the homeless,
since as KCRA reports "Some
at 'tent city' unhappy with Cal Expo site" and "Sacramento
homeless camp expected to be shut down."
so disappointing to watch: Bankers getting more dole than
common folks (must save the world, don'tcha know), the PTB may
be setting up a "hurt them to help them" showdown in a lot of
places, and meantime the second biggest headline on Goggle's
News site this morning when I looked was
"Madonna loses Malawi adoption bid."
President Obama is off to
Strasbourg for NATO meetings; and as a result that city has gone
into lockdown/fortress mode.
readying it's latest rocket for launch despite
not-so-thinly-veiled threats from the US that 'ya'll better not
if all that isn't enough, seems
Cambodia and Thailand are exchanging potshots across their
border. Just what the world needs about now: another war.
I had a
conversation last night with Michael Panzner, whose latest book
"When Giants Fall" was pimped in yesterday's
report. Here's a very interesting bit of trivia about
his book, which I don't think he'd mind my sharing with you:
Panzner's original title for it was "Splintered States".
Publisher's title is fine and all, but linguistically I can't
help feeling that 'splintered' is a much hotter word than "fall"
when it comes to action verbs.
it's an absolutely dandy description of what's going on
in the world right now: Things are splintering almost
everywhere you look. In a period when we all ought to be
coming together, we're all splintering; there's a global
retribing going on as affinity groups that didn't exist are
popping up all over the place to fight (check as many as you
want here) ( ) crimes committed in finance by
banksters ( ) foreclosures ( ) religious
extremists and lots of other issues that received only miniscule
attention 10 or 20-years back.
that's the first point in this morning's report: As a
'framing concept' think 'splintered states' (courtesy of
Panzner) and throw in a bunch of terra entity change to come
(from he ALTA reports) and you'll have the right serving dish
for the rest of the day's news.
against this framing that Britain's Gordon Brown says the "New
World Order is emerging."
apparently doesn't read statistics about the UK's economy,
reports of tent cities, or the emergent sense of rebelliousness
globally very well. Might I suggest it's a New World
Disorder that's really going on?
about the ice caps melting, waters rising 16-200 feet?
Think that might be a bummer?
have we ever got a hot new framing concept here: I call it
preemptive deniability. Cool concept, huh? Want
an example? (The right answer is "Yes!").
"Oil not to blame for climate change: OPEC".
after me: Preemptive deniability.
simple math problem for you:
approves $3.6 trillion budget blueprint."
take the US GDP at $13.84 trillion and whack maybe 10% off that
thanks to the recession-turning-to-depression which we'll call,
oh, about $12.46 trillion.
divide the budget by my estimated GDP figure and we come up with
28.9% of GDP going to government. Federal
government. Don't forget to add your state and local taxes
(property tax and sales taxes) on top of that.
pop open Excel and enter 1/1/2009 in cell A1.
enter =365*.289 in A2. (Excel says 105.485 when enter is
A3: =A1+A2 which says federal taxes and promises to pay
mean working until 4/16/2009 to pay for federal spending.
Not even touching the federal deficit.
And it's even later when you consider the number of people who
are unemployed..but we don't need to go down that rabbit hole.
the jobs report the market may be able to scratch out a gain
today. But can it last? A buddy who trades in Europe
(Luxembourg) sends this interesting observation:
"There has been a very consistent pattern of market tops
with varying degrees of significance ranging from short-term
to long term. The dates of the previous highs are 231
trading days apart and occurred on August 1st, 2005, June
30, 2006, June 4th, 2007, May 2, 2008, and today, April 2nd,
me to call Robin Landry and ask him if this little pop is due
for a pullback next week...futures point to a soft opening, but
like one website says: "Water,
water Everywhere; Fluoride in every drop." Yup, might
help explain things.
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Weekend's almost here, so let's talk about something fun, for a
change: Elaine and I are having a dandy time working on the
house, since we decided that we'd actually go whole-hog and
theme each of the rooms. The kitchen is slowly
becoming an Asian looking kitchen, the dining room more formal
Chinese, while the laundry room has been transformed into a
South Seas/Trader Vic's kind of motif. Complete with
tiki's and bamboo furniture and a mockup of a grass shack.
Most people are pretty limited in their thinking about their
home environment. Don't know why that is, maybe most folks
don't have much imagination.
Our guestroom, for example, has been done in a kind of eclectic
Egyptian decor. Complete with lots of pyramid-style
painting all over the walls. This weekend, I'll be
starting on the entrance to the room, which will be a door
disguised as a mummy box.
The 'western room' will follow, and the plan there is to paint a
wall with a western plains kind of scene, then build in a foot
or two from that a railing and posts that will hold up a false
ceiling of rough-hewn wood, such that visually it will
seem like you're sitting on the veranda of a farmhouse off
in the middle of the square states somewhere. Rough
western rocking chairs, on a cherry colored engineered floor.
Eventually, we'll get around to the master bedroom, where a more
expansive indoor diorama will follow a tropical theme - and I've
picked up a fair bit of caning off eBay so I can construct the
various bits and pieces of what needs to happen to carry it off.
Most interior designers are not so extreme in their approach to
things, but 'theme' a room to me seems like it ought to be much
more about making mind-bending/eye popping visual candy with the
outcome being something like a home ala Disney or Hollywood set
I got started on this kind of thinking about 35-years ago when a
friend by the name of Art decided to do his house in a similar
free-spirited manner. Hatch covers on walls moved to
reveal hidden doors, and what seemed like a refrigerator had
been hollowed out and was itself a door into another part of the
So, if you've happen to have gotten a little off-the-beaten-path
on your home decorating, and especially if you've gone
the indoor diorama route, please send along pictures of your
handiwork so that we may all share. And, one of these
days, when it's all together (if ever) I will put up a picture
With the "Return
of the $100,000 house" there's no reason to confine
yourself. Go look at some of the amazing dioramas in
museums - like the
Upper Nile scene at the American Museum of Natural History...and
picture having that as your rec room. Or, check out
ship built inside the Royal BC Museum up in Victoria.
And scroll down through all the pics.
In the land of George, thinking that buying a new overstuffed
chair constitutes home decorating just doesn't cut it.
Building an environment, well that is a whole
Seems to me that would be a great niche - a productive one - for
more Americans to get into. Certainly adds value to your
Polynesian is an easy one (be mindful of fire safety in your
design, of course) because you can pick up a lot of tiki and
bamboo on eBay. Inspired by pictures of some Trader Vic's
locations, like this one in Boston, you can almost hear the wind
in the palm trees. Come to think of it, a hidden CD player
could be added to supply even that...
Just something I've been meaning to mention. A little
creativity, some scraps and this and that, and you can cobble up
something with a heartland theme (think Cracker Barrel
restaurant) or Pirates of the Caribbean (think Disney), or
Trader Vic's or a museum diorama.
Just amazes the hell out of me how many people live in eggshell
painted boxes when there's so much fun to be hand exercising a
Speaking of home remodeling and such, did you catch this?
Drywall has material that can emit corrosive gas."
Remind me to send that to my cousin who works are a US drywall
plant up in Seattle.
and save items, a fine bottle of wine, and any leftover machine
member FDIC. No? OK, just kidding about that last
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
AP Writer Calvin Woodward's got it right in "PROMISES
PROMISES: Obama tax pledge up in smoke..."
Welcome to the world of non-change change. We elect
someone on the promise of bringing change and instead get higher
taxes, an administration chock-full of ex-Clintonistas, a
crappy economy and moving more troops to obscure places.
So, where's the change? I mean besides trying to disarm
Americans and erase what's left of the tattered Constitution
that the Patriot Acts didn't didn't already dismember on the
Oh, I'm sorry: Yes, there is change. I apologize.
Now the government can ask for the head-on-a platter of a CEO if
a big company doesn't toe the mark. We haven't seen
the end of that yet, or so it seems from reading
the CBS piece on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's vision of
a planned economy. Want to know how it all turns out this
fall? Ever read a history of the Soviet Union.?
Meantime, it doesn't help, of course that the republicorps are
doing their damnedest to scuttle any would-be economic recovery,
since they were able to foist a steaming lump-o-crap economy off
on the new kids (the Obama crew less Clintonistas). In
fact, it sez right here -- and this comes from Karl Rove so
you know it must be true (sound of
el Don being poured) that "The
president is 'keeping score'" referring to his former boss.
And the evils of partisanship were further underscored as former veep-Dick "Cheney
emerges from cave to attack Obama". Ah, such behavior
provides plenty of visual content for
our resident cartoon genius Rebecca Price...
And so are we...for change. But, the more things 'change' the more they stay the same, huh?
dies and 87 arrested following clashes with police" in the
London where the G20 is trying to scheme their way out of global
mass consumption paradigm crackup by coming up with a finer kind of paper.
One Brazilian official has spilt (sic) the beans that
the G20 will raise funding of the International Monetary Fund by
$1-trillion. Guess who's gonna be writing that check?
Now, why do you suppose the IMF needs a trillion dollars?
a Wikipedia entry here oughta give you a clue:
"The role of the Bretton Woods
institutions has been controversial since the late Cold War
period, as the IMF policy makers supported military
dictatorships friendly to American and European
corporations. Critics also claim that the IMF is generally
apathetic or hostile to their views of democracy, human
rights, and labor rights. The controversy has helped spark
the anti-globalisation movement. Arguments in favor of the
IMF say that economic stability is a precursor to democracy;
however, critics highlight various examples in which
democratized countries fell after receiving IMF loans.
In the 1960s, the IMF and the
World Bank supported the government of Brazil’s military
dictator Castello Branco with tens of millions of dollars of
loans and credit that were denied to previous
So if you're thinking to yourself
"Are you saying mean this is all just to buy more old paradigm defending?"
Hell yeah, fool! Here, take a green star for your efforts.
And, as of
it just got cheaper for the IMF and World Bank to make "loans"
to developing countries, in return for which corporations seem
to end up in control of public utilities and waterworks and
such, as the ECB cut interest rates by 0.25%. And
Trichet says it could go lower. yee-haw! Load up on
free financial for third world assets!
Learnt? The PTB has learned that the time to buy (or seize) assets is
when blood is running in the streets. And unfortunately
that's not a figure of speech anymore, is it?
The Book Pimp
to the rickety time machine project, I've enjoyed a pretty clear
view of where things are headed here in the Land Of the... for
almost 9-years, and for longer thanks to a ton of study in the
field of longwave economics. But you don't need a time
machine...just an eye for good books will get you a leg up on
the rest of the lemmings & sheep running about.
often I will come right out and pimp a book, but the arrival
recently of Michael Panzner's newest (which he forgot to
autograph!!!) prompts me to come right out and endorse it
because it will help you navigate through the crapstorm
of 'change' going on all about.
this morning's headline provide such a fine backdrop, here's how
the inside flap begins:
"Once the embodiment of
prosperity, the United States now finds itself in a
precarious position. With its financial system in shambles
and global standing on the wane, many believe we are
witnessing the end of the American era. In When Giants Fall,
author Michael Panzner puts the coming age of post-American
dominance in perspective, and addresses the far-reaching
effects it will have on our lives, as well as the economic
opportunities that will arise from it.
With this timely guide, Panzner
describes how widespread economic changes—the product of
growing conflict and wars, shortages, logistical
disruptions, and a breakdown of the established political
and monetary order—will impact businesses as well as
investors, and discusses why individuals will be forced to
rethink livelihoods, lifestyles, and living arrangements. He
makes the case that for many people this will be nothing
short of a modern Dark Ages, where each day brings fresh
anxieties, unfamiliar risks, and a sense of foreboding.
However, for those enlightened
few who understand what is really going on and what will
likely happen next, the chaotic years ahead may well
represent a singular opportunity—a time when you can realize
goals you never thought possible and achieve a level of
wealth and security that leaves you head-and-shoulders above
everyone else. But to do this, you will have to understand
how things got to where they are today and, more
importantly, how they will play out in the future. When
Giants Fall answers these and many other essential
questions. From an examination of key economic, political,
geopolitical, and social issues to the realities of earning
a living, protecting and preserving wealth, running a
business, and looking after loved ones, this practical guide
provides a straightforward and comprehensive game plan for
surviving—and thriving—in the uniquely unsettling years
The road ahead will be fraught
with challenges that will be impossible for anyone to ignore
or avoid—regardless of their current circumstances. But if
you understand what's going on, set out a viable plan, and
remain focused, you can get through these troubled times
unscathed. Engaging and informative, When Giants Fall offers
cutting-edge strategies and much-needed direction that will
allow you to achieve financial security and stability in an
increasingly uncertain and dangerous world.
run right over to Amazon and get a copy of
When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the
The economy is on a windy mountain road and we're all in this
old bus with bad brakes, and it's raining and mudslides
threaten...helps to have a map. It's in the same league with
Robert Kaplan's the
Coming Anarchy...which has also proven quit prescient.
books only shortfall? I haven't found the reference to
UrbanSurvival or Peoplenomics yet...but I'm still reading...
Implausible Deniability Department
"AIG Problem not his fault says Greenberg: report".
see....Greenberg left AIG in 2005 was it? And AIG-FP
(financial products) unit was set up when?
1987 was it? And wasn't Greenberg ultimately
Speaking of which, have you ever looked at
the Famous Drexel Alumni list? The Bond Dude has been
muttering about the current econopickle: "From the people who
brought you junk bonds..." Shhhh...even if this is history
rhyming on the South Seas Bubble....
NY Times notices hope. Do they put fluoride in NYC's
Rally. See previous question about fluoridated water
North Korea is reportedly fueling its rocket that they're
about to test, much to the consternation of the Japan (and
American) military types watching things.
A look at
the radar over our part of East Texas at this hour shows a
lot of rain coming down; so much so in fact that our satellite
backup system is intermittent due to microwave absorption by the
super-soggy clouds a whizzin' by.
I see it's
storming over in Atlanta this morning, too.
And in the really really deep South - as
Australia, they're up to their armpits and higher in flooding
as the flip side of hell seems to be swimming lessons.
someplace is getting nearly 12-inches of rain in six hours,
it puts even our East Texas gully-washers to shame. Not
that we might not exaggerate a bit about East Texas rains, mind
you. Probably wouldn't be the first time that a Texas
claim of 12 inches
Speaking of flooding and such: You saw where
"Fargo resisted FEMA recommendation to evacuate"? I
can't help but wonder whether FEMA might have had a little more
credibility if the KatRita disasters (not to mention illegal
arms seizures) hadn't happened? Takes a while to get over
such imagery, I expect.
North Dakota is thanking South Dakota for help and
Interstate 29 is reopened.
Despite a number of web sites which have popped up around the
net proposing the 'end of the world' is coming from a solar
'kill shot', a sip or two of el Don features some reflection on
the headline "Deep
Solar Minimum" out of NASA.
was a bear. There were no sunspots observed on 266 of the
year's 366 days (73%). To find a year with more blank suns,
you have to go all the way back to 1913, which had 311
spotless days: plot. Prompted by these numbers, some
observers suggested that the solar cycle had hit bottom in
of which is not to say that the remote viewers who see such
stuff in our future won't be right at some point in the future.
It's just that the 11-year solar cycle watching ham radio
operator in my (who follows this stuff because it's what drives
HF radio propagation) figures that if 2008 was the solar minima,
then we have 5 1/2 years until the peak of solar activity, and
even then, statistically speaking, the big flares happen on
the backside of the cycle --0 after the peak. So, no,
I am not putting a large hole in the ground, or looking for
caves deep underground like the movie "Knowing" talked about.
I may be wrong, but 2014 seems a lot more likely than 2012.
other hand, no one gets out of life alive, anyway so WTF.
to flip the switch on "Guiding Light" which has been running
for 72-years according to Guinness Book.
than 15-thousand back episodes (in fact almost 16,000) imagine
how much hard drive space that would take up? No wonder
we've had to develop cheap terabyte USB drives, huh?
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Humor is the Best Medicine
You may notice, if you come to this site very often, that I try
to take a tongue-in-cheek, never too serious about most things
approach to the daily news. Sure, there's a lot of bad
news out and about, but a life lived without laughter is hardly
worth the ride. So I've spent a fair bit of time trying to
figure out what's funny in writing. Ever since my junior year of
high school, I think it was, where Mr. Staley's English class
worked on the drivers of humor and how to incorporate them into
one's writing. Things like identification, embarrassment,
and so forth seem to add to humor, although here lately, I've
taken a liking to absurdity as a major driver of humor;
but this is no doubt fueled by reading corporate 10-k's,
Treasury's public debt to the penny, and the flow of funds of
the United States from the Fed.
I point all this out because
Bill Cosby is about to receive the Mark Twain humor prize.
I admire both greatly.
Twain's best, as I recall it, was when he described how he had
given up his big-city ways and become the editor of a newspaper
in a farming community. In "How I edited an agricultural
paper once" he uses absurdity in the same way I endeavor to
report economic items:
the Pumpkin. -- This berry is a favorite with the
natives of the interior of New England, who prefer it to the
gooseberry for the making of fruit cake, and who likewise
give it the preference over the raspberry for feeding cows,
as being more filling and fully as satisfying. The pumpkin
is the only esculent of the orange family that will thrive
in the North, except the gourd and one or two varieties of
the squash. But the custom of planting it in the front !yard
with the shrubbery is fast going out of vogue, for it is now
generally conceded that the pumpkin, as a shade tree, is a
Absurdity comes through in Cosby's work, too.
YouTube of Cosby's classic sketch about "Noah"
So it is that over the longer term, the humor of absurdity
seems to wear best. The so-called 'shock" of
toilet-mouthed humor doesn't last because while the "ef" word
may have been a shocker to hear in a polite American society of
the 1950's, I can't hardly to to the local Wal-Mart without
hearing someone using the word almost completely unconsciously
into their cell phone. Not that people swear more (or
less) at Wal-Mart; it's just that I don't often get into such
close proximity of others any more often than I have to.
Absurdity, on the other hand, and fantasy or improbable
situations, plays well across time.
Most folks don't realize the degree to which they 'program'
themselves via their communications inputs. But, it
shouldn't surprise anyone to find that video gamers might be
more momentarily (or longer) prone to violence after playing
GTA, Doom, or Castle Wolfenstein. I won't kid you:
Instead of taking the 930, "Porsche Need for Speed" blows off a
lot of energy and I haven't gotten a speeding ticket from my
computer -- yet. Similarly, I find doing the stormy
landing of a 747 in San Francisco in Microsoft Flight Simulator
somehow makes the odd airplane flight a little more tolerable.
But mostly, I'm becoming anti-TV sharing to anti-media for two
reasons: First, I'm more interested in collecting
knowledge about things. YouTube has some remarkable
lectures and content. Secondly, I really appreciate
originality. So much of television is formulaic.
But times are changing, and probably always will. (Pardon
Yogi Berra-ism). Twain (whose
works you can find here) made his mark using words.
Cosby was a radio and television product.
Looking ahead (assuming society hangs together) I expect
that at some point, a video game will win such a prestigious
award. I'd even go so far as to nominate
"Leisure Suit Larry" for the award. Some of the
street/gallows humor in GTA is pretty good, too. If you
missed it, turn up the radio.
Back to my simple point here: Congrats to Cosby. And thank
ER's got 2,678 visits from 9 people over 6 years."
This as a "Task force seeking ways to divert non-emergencies
away from emergency rooms." Here's my contribution:
Proof of citizenship, maybe?
Had an interesting conversation with the fellow who runs the
local performance wheel & tire emporium here in Palestine,
TX Wednesday. Worth a couple of bullet points:
no tires are made in the USA any more. Until last
year, there was an operation making 'em up in the Tyler
Texas area. But that was shut down mostly because the
largest tire that could be made there was 16-inch diameter.
Which gets to the second bullet point:
16-inch tires are quickly becoming passé. The larger the
wheel diameter, the more rubber can be put on the road and
22" tires are becoming more common. I admitted my
first-ever car, a 67 Ford Falcon had only 13" tires on it,
which shows to go yah something about aging, doesn't it?
new tire balancing gear is really phenomenal. If you
can sneak into the shop area (easily done in small town
America, but just about impossible in you-know-what kind of
retentive big city operations, look at the computer
horsepower being used in tire machines. Awesome.
tires, and balancing underscored something for me:
Globalists have really hosed over America. We can't be
very independent from China when strategic manufacturing (like
tires) has been almost entirely exported. It doesn't take
a genius in military strategic planning to figure out the
implications for future foreign policy, does it?
Wednesday April you-know-what Day, 2009
How The World Ends, and
This being April First (and you should go "Aha!" about here),
it's a fine time to be pondering the bigger questions of life in
order to see if the present behavior of humans recall
constitutes 'progress' or, whether we're going down the track of
previous great civilizations toward collapse, which as
Tainter notes, tends to happen when the marginal return on
additional work falls negative. Or, a little more
simplified: When the "harder we work, the behinder we get"
becomes more than just a cutesy sign near someone's desk who
happens to have a 1970's sense of humor.
I've been writing about the Second Great Depression since before
it happened and now that we're in it, it's still kinda hard to
recognize despite clues hidden in plain sight all over the
"Manufacturing probably sank as U.S. slump hit 70-year record"
informs one headline this morning.
Between my lawyer/consigliore and The Bond Dude, a picture
emerges of how we got here: It begins with the removal of
usury laws and the landmark supreme court decisions which said
that out of state credit card operations couldn't be held to
in-state usury laws. And since the financial lobby has
been so powerful in DC a national usury law wasn't (and isn't)
going to happen. So once you get state usury laws busted,
making 'financial instruments' evolves into the biggest industry
in America and when it finally fills up every possible niche,
things collapse just as they are continuing to do even now.
Kinda makes you wonder about the quality of leadership that took
us onto this slaughterhouse chute that feeds into the 'bankers
kill us all' outcome. Now, you'd think that recent
events would lead to serious criticism and replacement of some
of the folks who got us into this pickle. Oh, you'll see
it in the headlines like the one about Senate Banking chair
AIG Ties, Cash Shortage Threaten Senate Re-Election Bid" but
I have come to distrust the voters (or is it voting machines?)
in Connecticut, since the voters there have returned him in the
Apparently Connecticut voters
don't view stories like "Dodd
Panel OKs Bill To End Predatory Credit Card Practices"
with the same cynicism I do, in that I wonder if this isn't
little more than a fund-raising tactic - much as Dodd's
you-gotta-be-kidding presidential campaign raised thousands upon
thousands from AIG execs. But this morning's report
shouldn't be read as a slam of the 'Teflon Dodd' or the lack of
clarity on the part of Connecticut voters. Maybe it's just
the fluoride at work.
But speaking of 'slipping it
to...' there's another headline to inspect before we get into
the really nasty stuff of the day:
"U.S. plans to ease GM into bankruptcy: report" catches my
eye. Could it be that working stiffs in the auto industry
don't mean as much to America's future as financial lobbyists
and their pet bailouts? Naw. Certainly not in
America, land of the brave, home of the free, at least till
usury laws were busted and financing layers upon layers of paper
became more profitable than R&D, new products, and plant &
equipment. All done to the tune of "Fight Protectionism!"
which might have put workers of the world on a more even
purchasing power parity basis.
And speaking of purchasing power,
am I the only one who sees the irony in that the Third World and
developing countries are going to be leading the global
recovery? Yep, sez so right here in this Wall Street
economy is going to drop 1.7% this year by in high income
countries (like you know where) the drop is 2.9% for the year.
Be a good little sheep...move
along, nothing to see here. But that's the game for the
multi-nationals: Make enough elsewhere and let the standard of
living float down more in the phat countries (which used to
include the US) and do so under the guise of 'protecting'
someone other than multinational P&L's. You see at the top
of the heap the deck is being stacked: and "WTO
Lamy: G20 Must Be Wary Of "Low-Intensity Protectionism".
What scares the hell out of the
offshore tax haven gnomes is that a "Big
slide in global trade looms over G-20 meeting" and that the
existing (highly profitable) model for corpgov must be
maintained at all costs, which is how the G20 meetings
tomorrow are being set up. While it's nice that "Obama
urges greater economic action" at the international level,
I'm sorry to report I've feel a wave of 'Who needs 'em?" washing
If 'saving the global economy'
means one more job outsourced to India, one more foreign car
company kicking our asses, or a continuation of the 6-thousand
miles long trip of apples to America, 6-thousand miles for South
American beef, then maybe...and only saying maybe we have
some serious reengineering of the old way of doing things so
that the whole planet can prosper a little more.
The biggest problem the world
faces today from an economics perspective is that there's not
enough real work being done. The world is at a kind of
super saturation where if we don't need to make more of anything
else (need another cell phone?) we have to come up with a proxy
for employment to keep money flowing through the system -
because without that money flow, the world world grinds to a
halt just like sand does when poured into a transmission.
I'm a free market guy...up to a
point. That point is when someone comes up with ideas that
undermine if not destroy the Constitution and the concept of
America. So pardon me if I lobby for protectionism - and
an end to outsourcing. Pardon me if I can't believe that
Texas residents end up eating Argentine beef. And please
overlook my skepticism of a global currency or its bastard son,
the global tax.
Depressions really are painful
but until we get on with tilling under the old paradigm which is
failing in spectacular fashion and plant a new sustainable,
purchasing parity regime in its place, the world is going to
continue to experience a decline as the paper-hangers meeting in
London desperately try to paper over their folly so that the
uber rich can profit, the paradigm preserved, and regular folks
of the world exploited for the sake of those at the very top.
What's more, it's like to work
for a while, linguistics seem to say. Summer of hell and
all, but the rest of the melt in the fall seems in the cards.
Jokes on us. I'm starting a new campaign for a November
Fools Day in the first week of November. Watch closely...
Yo-Yo Markets for
Let me see here: Hmmm...Dow
was up 86 yesterday and futures down about 88 when I looked
this morning. Can you say "thrashing around looking for
direction"? Or, howzabout "looking to decisive G20
action"? Or the most honest answer of all which might be:
Who can take government seriously
when states like Iowa kick
"Hundreds of Iowans out of public hearing" to change
the state's tax laws. That's OK, because Iowa has a
marvelous marketing opportunity to change its name from IOWA to
If California doesn't trademark
it first, 'natch.
Even More Seriously
Oh-oh....another White House HR
boner as Health and Human Services nominee
Kathleen Sebelius has to correct three years of tax returns and
send in another $7,000.
How many times do the WH HR folks
botch up the screening? Is is that they don't remember to
ask, or is it the democorps just don't have that much talent
floating around? How about exec auto guys like Rock
Wagoner and Lee Iacocca for some of them real jobs?
And Most Serious
"State try to tap high earners" says a report in the WSJ
this morning, and making mention of a higher income tax on the
rich. But of course, the point is missed that the really,
really, really rich take their excess comp offshore as stock
options which don't become taxable income until they are
cashed in, and that, boys and firls is why there are 50,000
offshore accounts in Switzerland, just to pick a starting point.
And then we move on to the Channel Islands, Grand Cayman, Grand
Turk, the ABC islands and.....
OMG, how frigging stoopid do they
think we are? And what about the uber rich who buy
tax-free bonds for an income stream; how you gonna tax that?
Jobs with Uncle
You see this? "CIA
launches recruitment drive on internet and TV"? m Wonder if
they give hiring preference to folks who can forge Niger uranium
Demons of Iran
must end Iran nuke drive, or Israel may attack, PM warns".
News flash: Iran is a sovereign country.
How's This for Torture?
Universe says had "lot of fun" in Guantanamo"
Look, but don't handle the merchandise...what could be worse
torture than this?
Fox affiliate refuses to air Osbournes show." Ozzy
Osbourne too profane? Too much adult content? I
thought the Puritans landed over on the Atlantic side....
News Reporter Arrested After Hitting NYPD Horse".
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Whole Body Scanning
A story on Drudge this morning
goes to the idea that whole body scanning of airline passengers
is being tested in Salt Lake City. KSL says "Site
has airline passengers worried about privacy." Well,
Show me a technology that has
been abused in one way or the other and we can discuss this
further. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Also in our 'towering government'
file is a report that "surveillance
towers planned for Detroit, Buffalo."
I wasn't just-a-kiddin' when I
made the claim that 9/11 launched a whole new segment of the
economy - that of 'security'.
Have you been watching what has
been going on, from a software development standpoint?
Remember in the 1980's (late) and 1990's when there was a kick
upward in software development as ERP (enterprise
resource planning) software came along? It's still
being rolled out, too, by companies like PeopleSoft/Oracle and
SAP...not to mention all the open source and not to ignore
Microsoft's multiply flavored Dynamics and such.
So now look at an analog in the
security industry: GE today has rolled out it's latest
version of "Facility Commander Wnx V7.5" which features...
access control, photo identification credentialing, video
surveillance and alarm monitoring under one platform
ensures customers have immediate access to information;
thereby reducing the response time to potential security
Anyway, just a passing note here
that it's only a matter of time until someone up the government
foodchain somewhere says the GE "Hey! You know that
"Facility Commander" product? Can you scale that if we
give you the server platform?"
Oh, sure, it'll take some time
and I can't even begin to enumerate the middleware nightmares,
LOL, but eventually, one can conceptualize a global wide-ranging
security platform which will operate something like the ERP
platforms used by colleges and universities that interface to
the US Department of Ed's financial aid system.
Only this time it will be
something like son/further iteration of Facility Commander with
a secure interface off to the government NCIC (national
crime information center) systems and similar, so instead of
processing student loans effectively, the system could look at a
face recognition scan of someone coming into the lobby of a
building, ID it through NCIC as you having not paid a speeding
ticket, and have an officer come arrest you at your meeting on
the 37th floor which is the only place your control badge will
let you go.
elevator systems are already being deployed - have been
Like I say, there are plenty of
middleware/security issues to be worked through, but being a
marketing guy, I can see it all coming because as I used to say
to the endless irritation of software engineers I've worked
with: "It's only code, fer cryin' out loud!".
In the meantime, keep your
clothes on. At least in Salt Lake City.
Oh...and don't forget to remember
the "old days" when cavities used to be searched only by
Tuesday March 31, 2009
Emotions & Markets:
Waiting for my Entry Point
Time to cowboy-up, get really steely-eyed, and make some good
investment decisions. Like Baron Rothschild,
I think it was, said "Buy while there's blood in the streets"
and I'm smelling opportunity close at hand. No money
on the table yet, but I'm ready to buy chips.
You may recall that last December around the middle of the
month, I explained what my outlook was -- in very general terms
-- for 2009. As I outlined it then, I was expecting a
market low to be put in by around the beginning of March, and
thereafter, we ought to see a rally to perhaps July or so, and
then it would be time to 'load the boat' on the short side,
because there would be a lot more scary times to come on this
roller-coaster ride which is the financial markets.
Despite being a little late in getting here (but the markets do
run on their own clock), we're getting mightily close to the
point where I'm tempted to throw in a few bucks on the long
side, because despite the wealth of bad news, the market 'feels'
to me like it could do a decent run up; something I outlined in
boring detail with charts and all for Peoplenomics subscribers
last weekend. So, over the next couple of days, I'll be
moving a little cash into the commodity account, where I've been
eyeing the price action in oil and the precious metals, and then
some into the stock trading account where I've got my eye on
some interesting options. Not pulling the trigger on any
of these yet, but I'm sort of wandering back to the dice
table, if'n you know what I mean.
I talked briefly with Robin Landry, whose take on markets has
been better than most I've tracked, and he's watching the Dow
7,200 and 7,100 levels closely, along with S&P 745. He got
his managed accounts out of short positions last Monday, before
that 500 point mother-of-a-rally got really rolling, and he's
eyeing much the same thing.
If you look over at the S&P 500 chart on Yahoo Finance, you
can see that the the March 9 S&P 676 would need to be broken
before a drop down to new lows could happen (technically, which
is to say tea-leaf-wise).
Sure, there's one wave count/technical perspective that says
such a break could happen, but it's feeling like
something of a long-shot, despite worrisome headlines like "Big
slide in global trade looms over G-20 meeting" and other
"world's gonna end' reports. Given that the Dow has lost
more than half its value since the 2007 highs, a massive rally -
something toward 10,000 or beyond, is becoming due.
Not that I'm in any particular hurry for it, because while the
rally's going to be sweet - and pour a little money into my
piggybank, it also means that by next November (or even mid
October), people will be playing the game of financial duck &
cover again, only this time, we'll be dropping 7-thousand points
from a much lower diving board, such that we could hit Dow 3,000
(or worse) in early 2010. So, if you think things have
been exciting here lately, you ain't seen nothin' yet. But
for now, I've got a smile on my face, and positions to consider.
Not everyone lost money during the Great Depression
before, and there's no reason to do so this time, as long as the
broad brush of history is kept in mind.
This morning, in a few minutes from my usual posting time) we
will get the consumer confidence numbers. This is a key
for the rally to 'get legs' because if the reading is anywhere
from neutral on up, that will mean the consumer is either ready
to start spending again. But, if it's really bad, it could
spin the markets back toward the downside.
Not that I care. Construction spending tomorrow, and then
Thursday, and the all-important unemployment report Friday all
have the potential to drive the markets lower. Which would
set up my entry point next week sometime, just prior to Good
Friday. Anyway, that's my thinking for now, this isn't
investment advice, and I should consider joining Gamblers
Anonymous, I suppose. Scratch tickets, one armed bandits,
dice tables, or options; it's all along the same line.
But, then again, so's banking lately...
One reason I'm holding onto gold, I mean besides the obvious
inflation that will be unleashed by the maniacal spending out of
Washington lately, is that as the G-20 meets in London, there's
actually discussion that
Gold may come back into some kind of monetary role.
Gold doesn't have to be the only standard, but even
partial convertibility would likely firm up prices. Longer
term, I figure gold's bound to double from here, and silver's
got to play catch-up along the way, too. So that's why I
am considering gold call options for my commodity account.
I assume that you've been watching the price of gasoline?
I'm expecting that as we get closer to the summer driving
season, the price of petroleum will begin to climb. It's
already moving as
"Crude oil rises, set for biggest monthly increase since June"
is one of the stories on Bloomberg this morning. Very
oil's under $50 in some markets this morning, but that's to
be expected and a stock market low next week roughly coinciding
with a small pullback in oil prices would be just fine by me.
Even though the One-Worlders may not get their global currency
agenda shoved through the G-20 meeting (yet), even a modest
global recovery (on happy-talk, if nothing else) has the
potential to move oil back to the $80 level, or maybe higher.
The tensions in the country, if this were a sociology class,
make a very interesting study. "Workers say "Obama
treated autos worse than Wall Street" says an AP report.
What's more, the government's "Substance
Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration" has opening a
new website feature called "Getting through tough economic
times". Replete with\
This website is about the best indicator I can think of, when it
comes to timing my return to a bullish stance. You may
remember Ure Axiom 528?
the time government gets around to fixing something, it's
probably no longer broken..."
Just so. Call it a confirming indicator. A bounce
off 7,200, or even 7,100 on the Dow next Wednesday could trigger
my buying rampage.
"OECD says govt policies will avert Depression". Yeah,
yeah, sure. I'll grant you that as the pimping of 'good
times' here through early summer gets rolling, it may seem
that way, but as the time monks note, this fall's going to be
ugly...very ugly indeed. I'll be printing while the sun
On Thursday the Financial Accounting Standards Board will decide
how much lunacy is safe in the mark-to-market rules. As a
story headlines here: "Mark-to-Market
Lobby Buoys Bank Profits 20% as FASB May Say Yes."
Don'tcha love it? When you start off learning accounting,
it's all this must be this way, and thus and so. And then
along comes new rules which are exceptions to common sense.
Axiom 76: "If you can't sell something, or there
ain't no buyers, it's market value is zero."
Too obvious? Apparently.
Kerry is pushing for tighter gun control. And law
enforcement types were telling Kerry and others holding hearings
in El Paso that Mexico is not in danger of becoming
a failed state.
"World's most powerful laser has the energy of a hydrogen bomb"
says a report. Use it to spice up your next boring
That's conficker not cornflaker...Email:
excellent site, try to frame my
day's news around it. ok, enough buttkissing. this is URGENT
- are you aware of the 'conficker' worm virus currently
dormant among millions of infected pc's? perhaps you've
mentioned this already at some point and i missed it? but
somehow i feel like you might not be aware of it, given that
it is set to 'go live' on april 1st, 2009 - i.e. TOMORROW -
and i would imagine you would be all over it in the blog
with increasing attention as it approaches the zero-hour,
were it on your radar. i dont know. anyways, there's a
pretty disconcerting nytimes article on it that should come
up close to the top if you google it. apparently the code is
incredibly sophisticated and the authorities have been
trying to trace its source since at least october with
absolutely no luck. also, they have no idea what it will do
once it wakes up. im wondering if you or cliff have made any
correlation to this with some of the linguistic hits on the
old php-flux-capacitor or not? if nothing else, i think it
might well behoove us all for you to put out the alert to
any potentially infected pc'ers to maybe unplug their
computers before midnight tonight (3/31/09) and leave them
off for the entirety of the day tomorrow? or is that even
just wishful thinking to assume that would work? either way,
all i know is it's times like these im soooo glad im a mac.
keep it up, man...."
North Korea may have two nukes. Two more than Iran?
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Shutting Down the Time Machine - Briefly
It's been my pleasure to have access to the 'rickety time
machine' up at
www.halfpasthuman.com, but every once in a while, Cliff (and
I) need to take some time to catch up on personal agenda items.
So, the next report (following the present 1209 ALTA report
which is now in process) will be the last one for a couple of
three months, or so.
Cliff needs to take some time and make some changes. You
may remember, back in October, we elected to keep the data
collecting spiders and the lexicon (=language database)
unchanged so that we could capture a major - dramatic - shift
coming through modelspace as the events of October 8 +/- a few
days cross the boundary from 'my ain't that an interesting
collection of dots in the 'markets entity' to become "OMFG what
a financial disaster...yee gads!"
As a result, not only did Cliff get to capture a whole
language shift in process, but the analysis he's been doing
over the past few months has added to important insights into
how the higher math on such things work out.
While some of the 'tuning' of the lexicon can be done simply
(e.g. automated), there will inevitably turn out to be some
classes of words which will just have to be done by hand.
That's because when new uses for a word appear, it doesn't just
change the emotive or carry values for a particular use,
it ads a whole new definition, which in turn has to be mapped,
tested, and so forth.
For a more thorough discussion of 'predicate calculus/ logic
quantifiers' and the manipulation of semiotic equations,
you might start here. Or, just sit back and wait while
he works through stuff. In the meantime, folks who have
subscribed to the current (and next) data run will likely get
occasional emails/updates through the mid-June to late August
period, when it's envisioned the work will be ongoing. A
note from Cliff explains it better:
number of subscribers had suggested that we have an email
contact through the summer. It is a damn fine idea as the
tuning of the lexicon proceeds, we will need to test
frequently. We are now planning to send out the results of
those tests as a brief, email, Summer Irregular Reader.
Sooo.....the thought is that
everyone from the 1309 list and the next run will get the
occasional, likely irregular email updates of the various
contexts as we reformulate and test these against both old
and new data sets. As we get into the tuning, I will send
along more details.
Other question of interest is
what the hell I am doing with a bucket of waste piezo
electric crystals? Well, while George Ure is off with the
free energy/zpm side of electrical generation, I have
3/three specific experiments which will focus on capturing
waste motion in the form of vibrations to produce
electricity, and then additionally to see if a piezo
electric crystals can function in place of copper wiring in
traditional electric motors, and third to investigate the
issues around counter rotating fields induced by magnetic
pressures on crystalline structures. Gonna do these in that
order as the first 2/two are way easier. George Ure, who has
every form of test equipment known to humans will be
providing the bench and bullshit testing of any results I
Should I achieve any success at
these, they will be documented, and released into the public
Thanks for the suggestion on the
NonWeekly Readers for all the 'kids'. A damn fine idea.
That gets us to the zero point energy work, where both Cliff and
I have an interest. Since my consulting load is way down
(thanks, economy!) I have a huge number of things I want to sort
out and test, not to mention the kind of 'normal' stuff going on
around the ranch.
My off economics/marketing to-do list, in case you're interested
has this one:
Perrigo generator device is interesting. Perrigo's insight
into free energy (which you can read about at
Nelson's fine Rex Research website) has special interest to
me because when you look at the AutoCad files of the design:
multiple layers of wiring are reminiscent of some of the
graphics which are reportedly associated with UFO's. And
this all fits together how, you're wondering? Without
spilling the beans too much, the core concept is that certain
symbols (powerful stuff, symbols) may be able to drectly
manipulate matter and energy. Heady stuff, huh?
Now, to be
sure, Perrigo was reported to be a conman in local newspaper
reports from the period, but because there's a chance he only
(reportedly) hid batteries to power an electric car so he could
continue his researches, it may deserve a second look. And
is there something to be gained here? Oh yeah, you betcha!
Go look up
"crossed field antenna" on Wikipedia. Then remember
what I told you a while back about what's in Maxwell's 1861
paper: That there's something roughly orthogonal to E
(electric) and M (magnetic) waves that causes the watermelon
shape of fields around bar magnets; Tapping into this orthogonal
force is the objective of all this free-energy stuff.
Plus, as a
side investigation, it would be very interesting to spend some
time modeling antennas (for ham radio use) based on various
occult 'power symbols' since I have never seen anyone actual say
OK: Here's EZNEC and here are the results for xx
ancient power symbols and how they should operate. We
already know that certain antenna topologies have special
as the fractal antenna), so why not do a little modeling and
testing if anything shows promise?
which takes what? Time. We may be able to peer
through it a bit using Cliff's technology, but oh boy, we just
can't make enough for our own consumption, so something's gotta
without saying that we will post updates here if anything
big/huge/actionable comes along in the tuning of the lexicon
provided it is of use to the general public need/interest/and
thinks I may be overdoing it a bit when Avira AntiVir spots
script loading off web sites:
"Just to let you know, Avira
tags any page with zero sized iFrames. The web developers
say it's a detection bug, Avira says it's bad HTML code so
they give the warning.
If they're going to warn on
every bit of bad HTML code you'll never open another web
using AntiVir for years and no, it seldom goes off, and when it
does I pay attention.
Aus Govt is not (yet) censoring the internet - though they
would love to. They're still conducting tests. Australia's
third largest ISP has just pulled out of the tests, and my
sources state that public opinion is at last turning against
the Govt. Stay tuned."
we've got using the Oz-land data for the rickety time machine is
we can't trust it now, not knowing what's being
transposed/censored, if only in the test mode...damn science
of yesterday's article on Zil/GM sends this:
As a subscriber I normally
wouldn't bother you, but I had to comment on your ZIL
automobile comments. I don't know if you have ever ridden in
a ZIL, but I had the opportunity in Moscow back in 1973
during the height of detente. I took a vacation to Moscow &
Leningrad and had the pleasure of riding in a ZIL limo one
evening. It was without a doubt the best riding vehicle I
have ever been in. It was real heavy (had to be with the bad
roads) and real big. The ride was smooth as silk, and the
insides were plush (an oriental carpet on the rear seat
floor). I enjoyed it very much, and was astonished that they
had such a thing. The ZIL was great. I figured that was what
the big shots rode around in. Nothing like it in the
Cadillac or Lincoln line."
any for sale on EBay Motors this morning, but
found a postcard...
note (and no, this is not to be taken as medical advice...discussion
Mr.Ure , just wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading
your site every morning .. I've been doing what I can to
prepare for the past year and half . My family thinks i'm a
little off but they seem to be catching on after constant
beatings to their bank accounts.. I recently took a Master
herbalist course through the Global College of Natural
Medicine got myself certified. In response to your reader's
note about his grandmother taken cinnamon for her diabetes
may I also suggest other very good sugar regulators like
lipoic acid and taurine.. of course diet is very important
also. I'm 53 and haven't had a flu shot in over 30 years..
thought your readers might enjoy this fun youtube video
explain what they injecting straight into their
Of course there's always Baxter accidentally mixing bird flu
in their vaccinations and sending it out to 18 countries..
How does a mistake like that happen and not be covered by
the MSM ? taking a good MH course or at least knowing one
and/or a naturopath can be invaluable in the coming times
because the internet might just get cut off , or worse ,
turned into another corp tool with internet 2 . Here's 2
excellent books - The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook and for
contradictions - A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin
Interactions.. of course if you trust big pharma then
there's no need .. enjoy your statin's ! in response to the
cig tax you would think they would just go ahead and make
cigs illegal but why should they do that ? heck they can
collect lots of cig taxes and shorten your life spam at the
same time ! they certainly don't want healthy old people
living to 100 putting a drain on the SS system.. Thanks
again for your humorous daily input on lifes challenges.....
sure...speaking of which, given that a teaspoon of cinnamon and
a dab of honey is one dosage level I'v been sent, I wonder how
that would be with a dash of rum and some cream in it?
Test for allergic reactions, talk to your doctor so I don't have
to talk to my lawyer. Thanks.
note about our give away money idea:
million people over 50 times $1 million each is 40 x 10^13,
or $40 Trillion. Whose side are you on?"
I am the
People's Economist! $40 trillion and no
unemployment and yada yada is still going to be cheaper than the
cost of what comes next. Trust me. We're at what,
$8-9 trillion and we haven't even started. Wait till
this November when it occurs to everyone all at once "OMG we
wasted everything we had in the way of financial bullets and
it's still broken."
Drop it to
half a million per person, cost is a push for sure and you get
nearly the same outcome.
Monday March 30, 2009
What Next at
What is "Zil" you're wondering through the Monday morning fog?
Hit Wikipedia and you find:
imeni Likhacheva More commonly called ZIL (or ZiL, Russian:
Завод имени Лихачёва (ЗиЛ) — Likhachev Factory,
literally "Factory named after Likhachev") is a major
Russian truck and heavy equipment manufacturer, which also
produced armored cars for most Soviet leaders, as well as
buses, armored fighting vehicles, and aerosans. The company
also produces hand-built limousines and high-end luxury
sedans in extremely low quantities, primarily for the
Russian government. ZIL passenger cars are priced at the
equivalent of models from Maybach and Rolls-Royce, but are
largely unknown outside the CIS and production rarely
exceeds a dozen cars per year."
this because this is an example of a car & truck company run by
government for a while. Which is worth reading up on if you want to
get a handle on where things are going in Detroit, the way I
have it figured, since the government has told General Motors
that it only has 60-days to come up with a better bailout plan,
but in the meantime, CEO
of GM since 2000, Rick Wagoner is o-u-t.
Washington Post headlines this morning that the "White
House questions the viability of GM, Chrysler" but what I'm
not reading about is the necessary plan to come up with another
industry to replace GM and Chrysler, which promises to carve out
another huge hole in our already fragile-to-the-point-of-failing
may end up a business unit of Fiat, since as the WSJ noted this
now in driver's seat in Chrysler acquisition."
government task force says that "...GM
can bounce back with changes" but do you believe the
the transformation that's underway globally is that
people are starting to change some long-established consumer
habits. Evidence comes from reports that
sales of good used cars are really taking off are
just one example. But if you look around the net, you can
find loads of places to get a remanufactured engine, and given a
new transmission, set of bearings, and fresh brakes, if the
car's body is in good shape, why buy new?
Need a new engine for that Dodge Caravan? Costs less
than $2,000 for most of 'em and even if you pay $500 to swap out
the engine, guess what's cheaper than a new car?
Zil this morning as something of a benchmark. (You can
visit their website here, BTW.)
question I'm asking is whether the US-style socialism will
fail where the Soviet/Russia version seems to have succeeded?
In case you missed the
Russian Automotive Industry Forum a couple of weeks back in
Moscow, read this:
the global concerns about the impact of the economic
recession, Frost & Sullivan predicts that by the end of 2009
the Russian automobile industry will be stable and lucrative
minute: Sounds like Russia's auto industry is
outperforming the US makers. Who'da thought?
are that president
Obama will be taking an entourage of 500 with him when he heads
to the G-20 summit. Surely, they could send Elaine and
me tickets...who'd notice?
Online story "Five arrested in G20 'bomb plot' as London goes
into lockdown for world leaders" may or may not be worth
clicking, since the site triggers my antivirus warning that
"contains recognition pattern of the HTML/infected.WebPage.gen
HTML script virus... but
here's the link if you're not worried...
explained to Peoplenomics subscribers this weekend, I am almost
to the point of bullish on the markets, expecting a tradable low
before Easter, but there's a lot more to it than that.
morning the futures plain suck with a drop of 150-200 on the Dow
likely at the open and with consumer confidence (or lack
thereof) due tomorrow, and the a bunch of numbers including the
unemployment rate coming out as the week wears on, not much
reason to be partying.
auto plans being rejected and the coming numbers/bummers aren't
enough targets to blame, you could also
throw in the G-20 which is losing steam.
done with the blame game? How about "Output
dives at Japan factories, car plants" then?
Rolls/Out to Launch II
North Korean rocket is getting ready for launch. The US will
a couple of destroyers monitoring things. But reports
unless the NK rocket heads for Honolulu, it won't be shot down.
First floods, now a new winter storm. Was it something
in the community karma, or something?
Top Eye View has picked up a GSA contract to put UAV's on
the border with Mexico.
working on the fence? I keep running into stories
and press releases that make me wonder whether the objective
along the border is not security so much as economic
I sometimes read through 10-K filings, like the one for SAIC out
this morning that says (in part):
and subcontractor (M&S) revenues. M&S revenues are
generated primarily from large, multi-year systems
integration contracts and contracts in our logistics and
product support business area, as well as through sales of
our proprietary products, such as our border, port and
mobile security products. "
total order backlog is up 12.14% YoY. Something to
read how "DHS
signals policy changes ahead for immigration raids."
For now raids delayed...which makes no sense to me. Maybe
the decision makers live too far from the border and the drug
smokes going up...fed
tax hit goes from 39-cents to $1.01 a pack
of Heart Attacks
where hurricane "Katrina
blamed for surge in heart attacks"? Quick send me
$6-million so I can study whether female named hurricanes cause
more or less stress than male-named hurricanes!
and save section ---
What Goes Around, In Your Ear
the time monks up at HalfPastHuman run into with some frequency
is the 'circular nature' of time. In science fiction, the
notion was for many years that time was a line and it
started way back down the timeline in some primordial
soup and it moves along toward some nearly infinite future when
the sun goes supernova and anything left on earth will be toast;
not that it's a worry for us, since we'll be dust long before
curious is the circular or repeating patterns in
time, such that if you understand the cyclical nature just
right, you can site back, enjoy (or not) what's coming.
explain this? Yeah it's early and all, but last week I got
a couple of early 1980's MP3's from a reader who is a
singer-songwriter. Now remember, these songs (which you
can play as MP3's, are more than 20-years old. Yet,
the content and lyrics could be plucked out of today's
Tent City and
you have it: If you missed California's tent cities in the
1980's, here's another chance to see 'em. Miss
California's 1980's budget disaster? No sweat...we're
brining it back, just for you; or is that IOU?
lesson is? How about "The definition of insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again and expecting a different
outcome" just for starters? Insanity,
California...hmmm...somehow it all fits.
Cat just forwarded me something from his email:
Greetings Aikido Master Zeus,
Please pass this on to your
Meow, Jujitsu Master Heather
people sent me notes last week (Zeus got a few, also) telling me
that I was being excessively worried about social networking
mapping by government. "T'ain't in the IP addressing
scheme, George" wrote one feller. I immediately sent him
school with the note that when the CO's of the government's
CO surveillance want something, they can get it. Says so
right here in Patriot Act X, which far as I can figure
stripped away much of our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.
Interesting health note from a reader:
George....I have followed your work for many years now and
read your dailies, well, daily.
wanted to mention something that I was reminded of by the
latest arrival of a survey form from the dept. of
Agriculture which says on the outside that compliance is
mandatory by law. They want to know how much arable land I
own and whether I have a garden or not, also the amount of
timber I have. Given the SOH'09, it now makes sense. I have
been receiving these for the past 4 yrs. Don't ask why I
never added this up before (senior brain fart?)...
different note, while reading some reader input I saw one
was concerned about her diabetes meds. No, I am not a
'doctor', but am into natural herbs. My mother
(84yrs.young)started to develop type II diabetes...they
started her on 2 syn meds to deal with it...neither worked
and she was listed as uncontrolled. As her A1C headed over
7, a friend who advises on drug interaction told me to try
cinnamon. Yeah, I know...that's what her doctor said...he
said go ahead, it won't do any good, but won't hurt her
started taking the cinnamon and the next time we went to the
vet,oops,doctor(2 days).....her level is dropping, which was
a good thing as they next wanted to put her on Avandia. She
now takes NOTHING as she is considered 'normal'. My
mother-in-law(87yrs)tried it and went from 230 to 98 in
three days....her doctor was shocked and would not believe
the test results and had another blood test done.....Now I
know what that CODEX thing in the UN was all about. Thanks
for all your 'heads up' guys!
huh? Well, the usual disclaimers here: He ain't a
doctor, there's no substitute for good medical care, yada, yada,
but cinnamon seems like a good thing...wonder if we can grow it
in this part of East Texas?
response to folks that say "You just whine and never offer
solutions", here's another example of solutions all over the
place...this one from the St. Petersburg Times:
"Dear Mr. President,
There's about 40 million people
over 50 in the work force; I suggest you pay them $1 million
apiece severance with three stipulations:
1) They retire from their jobs.
Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2) They buy NEW American cars.
Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.
3) They either buy a house or
pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.
All National financial problems
Send me an
email if you need my mailing address, so I can get some of this
simple solution, too!
don't really expect anyone in Washington to listen.
of Washington DC (district of corruption), you are hip to the
reported irritation being felt by the YouTube videos critical of
the Washington's latest antics? Check out the story "Obama
Censorship of Thomas Paine?" over at KFMB's web site - and
click the video if you have the bandwidth...
wondering why the name Global War on Terror is being dropped,
its because anyone who criticizes the government and doesn't
support the old paradigm (and God forbid actually does something
about the next one - BOGSlife and responsible capitalism) is
being marginalized and turned into scapegoats.
underscore this a bit, you saw where U.K. Business secretary "Mandelson
urges criticism of UK Banks to End to Spur Recovery."
Like that'll fix it? LOL
I keep a
special file for such stories; I call it the 'Shoot the
University of Alabama's "Crimson White" has a headline this
morning about "Dealing with undue criticism" and then goes on to
say, in part:
there’s been a lot of blanket criticism of President Obama,
on this very page — criticism that’s based more in blind
accusation and ad hominem attacks than reasonable factual
offer some good examples, the flip side of it is that when
people have seen (in many cases) half of their life savings
tubed in the stock market, while they see bankers being bailed
out and even getting phat bonuses, some of the regular folks are
living in Tent Cities and being laid off, so try not to confuse
the messengers with the message. Which gets me to this...
voting till decide punishment" in Wolverhampton, Walsall,
and Sandwell. No, it's not exactly e-mobbing. All
you get to do if you live in the area involved is nominate what
community projects you'd like to see criminals do as part of
their community service. The government's website says:
Approximately 55,000 projects were completed
million hours undertaken
valued at £34.5 million (if paid at the minimum wage)
Community Payback projects can
range from litter removal, clearing dense undergrowth and
repairing and redecorating community centres to removing
Interesting concept, huh? But it's only the start. I
can foresee a time (sooner than you might think) when justice
will be dispensed on the internet. Already,
you can pay parking and traffic tickets online in places like
the limits? Interesting to think about: Computers
with thumbprint and biometric security can ascertain whether the
defendant in an online trial is the right person. It would
be easy enough for even a beginner-level expert
systems/knowledge engineer to build both expert prosecution and
expert defense systems. You could hire the expert system
via PayPal... and the judge and jurors could all do a NetMeeting
or Skype....yeah, I like it. Anything where someone posts
bail would seem to fit into this kind of system, wouldn't it?
there are a few holes in it. "Your honor, I wasn't able to
attend my trial because my computer was in the midst of a new
Service Pack update..." But, since everyone in the country
is being defined as some kind of criminal at some level (even
criminalizing being fat, comes to mind, not to mention the
1-million + on no-fly lists...) going online with the
criminal-justice system just makes all kinds of sense.
Click here to plead innocent. Click here for guilty.
Click here to select an upper bunk, or here for lower.
Click here for special meal requests...
Once upon a time, a long while ago, I observed during my quest for
'truth' in economics, that the PowersThatBe, the talking heads on
the teeve, and the other information sources that actively engage in
the programming of humans not to think, had conveniently swept
several trillions of dollars that disappeared in the Internet
Bubble's bursting (since spring 2000) under the rug. Surely,
it wasn't unnoticed by the thousands of people who called brokers
and said "Where is my money?" "Gone, but hang in there as
you're a long term investor!" was about all they heard back.
So one of our
charts for Peoplenomics subscribers oughta be widely circulated - it
shows that if you line up the peak of the Dow in January 2000 with
the peak in early September of 1929, we're on a very very close
replay track. Much closer than even the chart shows if you
were to back out inflation, and put in the effects of 1929
deflation, but that'd be real work, and I'm sort of lazy if the
truth be told.