The Anti-Aging Elixir (1)

Investors – deep down – know one of the fundamental rules of money is “Must be present to Win.” Which means there’s a reason to spend profits now and then on getting healthy as possible. This week, we focus on a key new idea that has come out of research into life extension. But while … Read more

Power Density Friday – Markets and Woo-Woo

Yes, that’s right: PDF Friday. Power Density Friday.  And, because I’m in a long-winded mood, this will be a two or three-cupper. So what’s this power-density idea? As humans, we are uniquely underqualified to see hidden aspects of Nature.  By reason of our “lock on Time.” Trust me, this all relates to Markets and recent … Read more

Markets, Amazon, War – All “Past Our Prime”

Before we get into the morning fray, a bit of data has just dropped: May I present?  Producer Prices! The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.1 percent in June, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices declined 0.4 percent in May and edged up 0.1 percent in … Read more

ShopTalk Sunday: Electronics Workbench

All three tube-type oscilloscopes are gone.  So’s a signal tracer, two full-sized vacuum tube voltmeters (VTVM’s). And an early Heathkit Signal generator. Poof.  In a cloud of fury powered by Mrs. Olson. Headed to eBaying in future weeks. (Email me if interested.) I’ve decided that for the balance of my seventies, I’m going to focus … Read more

Celebration Day & ShopTalk Tuesday

Celebrate while you can. Financial markets are closed today in faux Americana. But they’ll be along tomorrow. In the meantime, the Big Predicament has not changed. Let’s begin with the Labor and Income ledger.  Raise your hand if you are making more – on a real purchasing power parity basis – than you were a year ago.  Or, … Read more

France Plays Babal? More ATS-25 Answers

According to reports out of France early today, the widespread rioting has calmed down.  Only 157-arrests overnight, according to this report: French police arrests fall sharply to 157 during sixth night of unrest ( Still, the French experience raises some troubling questions for us about how modern communications channels allow for “social contagious” – like … Read more

ShopTalk Sunday: Survival Radio – ATS-25 School

Today, we’re going to turn you into a competent basic radio operator.  It may be a much longer report than usual, but it’s a four-day weekend for many, so what the hell, right? Much of this morning’s discussion will apply to radios other than the ATS-25 (and its many variants) that may be purchased on … Read more