Markets: How Far is Down? Social’s for Suckers II

Welcome to the day denial wears off.  Don’t know if you remember last Friday’s column:  “Prepping for Lockdown 2.0 – Markets in Denial?”   With 90-minutes to the open, Dow futures were down 450 points.  Yeah, I know – we were way early on the variant impacts, but that’s how you stay alive today. As we explained for our Peoplenomics.com subscribers Saturday, we’re facing a terrible Elliott Wave problem to sort out this week.  Here’s a …

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Are Commodities Telling Us the Future?

Ahead of this morning’s Housing report (which we will post about 8:15 Central time) I found myself pondering the lack of useful headlines and wondering more about Future. Not that headlines aren’t revealing a few things: Yes, it was hot in the Pacific Northwest yesterday and it will be hot – maybe hotter – today.  ‘Crazy hot’: Seattle Shatters All-time High-Temperature Record | AccuWeather. Is 47.5 C hot?  Well that pencils to 117.5 F which is Canada’s …

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Heat, Fires, Monsoons, and Markets

Seattle, Portland, and the backside of the Cascade range are all looking at busting records today.  We’ve penciled in “Sweattle” and “Portnix” as new city names better suited. Mainly Arizona but with a contender in New Mexico, massively huge fires are still running away.  Among Arizona fires, the Telegraph fire is 180,756 Acres, while the second -largest (the Johnson) fire in New Mexico is about half that size coming in at 88,918 acres. Three in …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Ham Field Day, Fire Risks

Ham Radio’s annual Field Day will wrap up today. Rather than doing a “project in the shop” this weekend, there are some very important planning and prepping things to talk about.   Radio communication skills is one.  The other is reducing the risk of fire during hot weather. If  the Web Goes Down… As mentioned, I was on the air on the 20-meter Morse code segment for a couple of hours Saturday for ham radio “field day.”  …

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ME War Looms, Tony’s E-Mails, Jobs, and Septic Roulette

The more complex things become, the more an old reporter enjoys life.  The challenge of mincing complexity into a few words really is an art I’ve been trying to wrap my arms around for 52-years now.  Ever since the first “Train derailment near Snohomish” story. Idea Compression is not lossless.  A very Christian young reporter asked me “How can you distill something as complicated as the Bible, for example, down into a three-word message?”  “Well, ” I …

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Saddle-Up, Climate Lies Fade, Ransomware’s Beef

Time to “hit ’em and get ’em” for another week.  Like Monday, I rolled out today, did the “morning stack” of anti-aging vitamins, brewed a pot of Kona blend, and began to plot my way through the maze of the week ahead. Let’s ride… Back in the Saddle Wall Street doesn’t climb  a “Wall of Worry” as many have supposed (and mindlessly parroted).  No, Wall Street reflects an unstable formula of free money.  Many variables …

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MemDay: Weather Whiners and More

Don’t look now, but the climate racket is crashing. It comes as weather in the US-Northeast is cold for this time of year.  Torpedoing, in the process, the “climate change bogeyman” currently being monetized.  Coney Island, New York | Current Weather Forecasts, Live Radar Maps & News was reporting 51 degrees F a few minutes before 7AM.  Rain, cold air to greet Northeast for holiday weekend  reports AccuWeather. The truth about climate is hard to …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Handy Do-Dads and “Virtual Making”

I suppose there was a time when four-score and six (86) would have been an acceptable old age for a curious soul to reach.  Not enough now.  Back then?  Books were semi-precious. Knowledge had a useful shelf-life.  Travel was slow.  Telegraphs worked and phone calls were likely to be on a party line. Between market closing Friday and opening Monday, the broader perspective on Life matters.  Times have changed, no doubt.  Knowledge is not even …

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ShopTalk Sunday: DIY Pest Control Saves $$$

We used to spend $600+ per year on pest control.  Now?  Less than $150 and a little bit of time. Pest Control and Time This is a dandy example of the UrbanSurvival philosophy in action:  Select the lowest cost Vendor.  And remember, you can be the Vendor! Begin by remembering that your time is worth something. You have two things you can do with “personal time.”  You can turn it into savings or you can turn it …

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SatGourmet: Potato Salad Seminar

  From Mr. X – a totally worthy and delicious start to our seminar. Mom’s Recipe Hall of Fame v.5: Top Secret Potato Salad This is mom’s closely-guarded personal recipe, disclosing it here is a major security breach! 1 medium red onion finely chopped Enough apple cider vinegar to cover onions 4 hard boiled eggs chopped 2 large russet potatoes diced and boiled until tender 1/4 cup butter melted 1 tsp pink salt 1 tsp …

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