Pre-Holiday Markets

Hard to make an educated guess at markets over the next few days.  You see, there’s a calendar versus the cycles versus the news battle to be considered.

The calendar view suggests that often (but far from always) the markets will get a pop to the upside because of rampant optimism.  America is still here and the sun will be out.  Good times.  And that positivity can sometimes be viewed (for fleeting moments) in trading action.

The cycles offer something different.  They seem to argue that we should have a pre-holiday decline and maybe carry over into early June.  And, as if to back this up, volume in the last-hour rally Wednesday was thin, hinting a running of the shorts was making some bulls mighty well-fed.

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Finally, there’s the news cycle, and this, too, is murky as hell.  We have three days when people will not be able to unload stocks – or buy if there some kind of breakthrough to the upside.

Frankly, we aren’t offering any financial advice here (we never do) and besides, not being a licensed securities agent, you’d do about as well consulting a financial astrologer.  Some of there are pretty good, by the way.

The trading question for the rest of the week seems to be “Which way will this tangled web of interests break?”

Goldman Gets It

We’ve decried the scam called “high frequency trade” (or HFT) for years.  Because, in effect, it lets machines break laws that people would go to jail for.

Now it seems as though Goldman Sachs’ thinking may be moving in that general direction.  The Bloomberg report “Goldman Warns the Rise of the Machines Leaves Markets Exposed.

In the U.S., about 65-percent of trading is machine vs. machines.

The way it works is simple:  When you enter an order into an electronic trading platform, the firm you’re using can use high-frequency trading to front-run your stock purchase, or sale. In most instances, they will make a fraction of a cent profit on each share you move.

Thing is, if you had a human broker, and you gave them and order (mano y mano) and they entered an order for their own account ahead of yours to get a better price?  Well, that’s patently illegal in the SEC rules.

It’s not for machines.

This gets us back to a familiar topic around here:  The Warped Reality we live in where we have ceded more rights to machines and corporations than flesh-and-blood persons have.

Think about this:  If you were a machine, you wouldn’t pay income tax.  You’d just hum along 24-7 and make money for some Ownership Class of humans, who then spend their time, trying to minimize their tax consequences and pocket the most dough possible.

And, as the “special case” of high-frequency trading show, Machines have superior rights to humans when comes to skimming from financial clients.

This – along with the legal fiction called corporations – is not as big a deal now as it will be.  That’s because as artificial intelligence (AI) comes along, there will be more and more widening of what we think of as the Machine-Human Spread.

What Goldman is looking at is (in the context of this morning’s Coping section discussion on Peter Drucker’s five key questions for managements) the tip of the iceberg.

Corporations have already begun to take over government because they are allowed to use their immense financial resources to lobby for “special conditions” that allow them to prosper more (and faster) and us, the upright apes.

And, since machines have been adjudged too fast to punish by a weak *(if not empty-minded) S.E.C. the scam called HFT continues to print money for platform owners.  Money that eventually – in some measure – finds its way into politics.

Nice to see Goldman acknowledge the risks ofs HFT.  But, if you’re looking for anyone to actually do something to end it?

Don’t hold your breath.

Abuse of Prosecutorial Powers

Pay attention to The Daily Caller story about  how Trump-stalker Robert Mueller is going for a second delay in the upcoming trial of an American company and some Russians for alleged interference in our elections.

Mueller’s shady tactic is obvious to an informed observer:  Having gotten one 90-day trial delay (going against the Speedy Trial Act) he’s seeking another.

It’s a ruse to sit on documents demanded by Congress.

The key reason for this new delay request likely has little to do with the trial.  As long as things like Manafort sentencing can be pushed back, the Mueller fishing (and hooker) expedition, along with the FBI and DOJ, will claim release of documents cannot proceed.

They’re doing this because the documents they’ve been sitting on for a year are likely to show the real collusion in the election was the FBI/Obama-Lynch FBI.  With so much time passing, evidence is, well, turning stale at best and disappearing at worst.

Meantime, we are growing less likely by the day to find out if there were additional plants inside the Trump campaign…and that’s very damned important to know.

And It Gets Worse

So let’s see:  Machines and Corporations have more rights than People.  And Mueller is, in effect, telling Congress to piss-off, and using delays to shield Deep State operatives of the Obamanistas.

What else could go wrong?

Well, as contributor warhammer notes, LOTS. Starting with the FISA Court abuse that’s come to light:

“The NSA, one of the principals routinely requesting FISA warrants, admits it doesn’t keep track of all of the activity and queries being made to the database, meaning potential abuses would be largely undetected.  In fact, FISA abuses notwithstanding, queries to the FBI and NSA databases are apparently being done without a FISA warrant.

This very detailed and informative linked investigative piece should send shivers down the spine of every freedom-loving, Constitutionally driven American citizen, permanent resident or friend of the nation:

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Playing a game, a very serious game, of what if, and taking the above allegations into consideration, how might one prevent unscrupulous individuals from profiling a rival or conducting opposition research on any particular political or ideological adversary?   Short answer – you don’t!

Combine this disturbing info with the observation that the current DOJ special prosecutor has few limits on his investigative powers, and we have open season on political opposition.  Ah, but opposition to who?  Short answer – the previous administration.

We’re not talking just dirty politics here. This is down and dirty ideological warfare, conducted using all instruments of state and psychological weapons available.  From before his inauguration Trump has been Progressive Enemy #1.  Name the liberal cause, Trump is its nemesis.  It just so happens there are a great many people still in high public office who were appointed under the previous POTUS who identify with his political vision and philosophy.  His ‘Change‘ must move ‘Forward.’  Trump cannot, must not obstruct or reverse this collective greater-good of the past administration.  Surely the only way Trump could get elected was through cheating!  But if cheating can’t be proven, he must be taken-down by any means.

These are dangerous times for American democracy.  Strap yourself in.  It’s gonna be a wild ride.”

Worse – and yet to be fully revealed if you follow QAnon and other sources – is the degree to which the U.S. media has been co-opted into being a leftist house organ, often running stories in unison on a particular theme, using particular phrases to bash, that reveal a much deeper layer of anti-America coordination is in play.

We’re anxious to see the Inspector General report due soon.  But we’re also aghast at the long time-lag between the report and its release.

You can’t handle the Truth?”  Seems like more than a great line from a movie:  The Obamanistas in the GS-levels of government are still there and taking calls, expect, from the Vichy/Shadow Government,

NK Talks to Fold?

(South) Korea’s Yon Hap news agency says the North is unloading on VP Mike Pence, now.  See their “N. Korea threatens to walk away from planned summit with U.S. ”

Meantime, the AP reports the NorKs have dismantled their nuclear test site.

Still, we’d be interesting in transport links between the NortKs and, oh, Iran for example.  Especially because of these two leads from Wikipedia:

“…North Korea and Iran have an active exchange of military expertise particularly in relation to special operations and underground facilities.[21] North Korea is thought to have trained Iranian operators in these advanced infiltration techniques.”

And:

“Arms expert Jeffrey Lewis (academic) claims that the second stage of North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM is similar to the upper stages designed for the Iranian space launch vehicles…”

All of which (coupled with recent Israeli hints in what they released about Iranian nuclear development) gives us some cause to be suspicious.

Bit of Coin Trouble

As U.S. launches criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation: Bloomberg.

Bitcoin is down to the $7,350 range this morning and on the charts, we could be looking at this as being a bounce having failed in the declines from its all-time highs.

If so, that would spell the functional end of Bitcoin in 2019 to 2020.

The timing of this is sure odd:  Comes just two weeks after reports that US Intel outfits declined to answer a freedom of information request on whether they had a hand in creating the system which can be used to launder money and facilitate drugs and human-trafficking.

All a coincidence, we’re sure.

Gosh, if Congress wasn’t so busy doing nothing, sure seems to me like someone ought to hold hearings into who let Bitcoin into the wild, don’tcha think?

(Hand me some paranoia meds, would you?)

Monetizing the Dead, II

I recently told you to keep an eye on this ABC monetizing the dead “documentary.”  Looked to us like a crass and callous way to try and make a buck on Jackson’s memory.

Apparently, Jackson’s estate has similar thoughts: “Michael Jackson estate slams ‘crass’ new ABC TV special on singer’s life.”

Anything for money, and me-me-me, huh?

CNN On NFL “Stand Rule”

Note CNN’s coverage of “Trump: NFL players who don’t stand during National Anthem maybe ‘shouldn’t be in the country’.

Much face-time in the video for George Martin of the Player’s Association.  (To his credit, Martin stands…)

I disagree with the kneelers and their supporters.  Players, under contract (at work) don’t have a right to protest. Leave it home.

If they want to quit or not live up to their contracts?  Bye-bye…protest your hearts out.  I’m not paying to see politics.  The game is football and anything else?  BS.

We don’t think Trump is wrong on this, at all.  (If you need directions to the nearest border, drop us an email and we’ll be glad to send you a map.)

If you’re offended by such a view, wait till I put on my $18 CNN Communist News Network T-Shirt Fake News Media Novelty Clothing Tee Shirt L Sport Grey,  from Amazon.

Can we get back to being One Nation again, please?

Speaking of the American Left

We are sensing that some formerly liberal Seattle companies might be coming to their senses on overboard political correctness.

Reason?  “Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

Having run into the Seattle City Council’s resident free-lunch (at some else’s expense) Bolsheviks, we think change may be in the air.  Sometimes cents leads to sense.  Should be the other way around, but this is New’Merica.

Futures down 60…moron the ‘morrow.

The Coming Resurgence of Rural America

This morning, a look at why there is a case to be made for many companies to “go rural” and get out of Big Cities.

This is not just about socialist-leaning cities like Seattle – where they want to go after Jeff Bezos for slowing down Amazon expansion due to city plans to slap a head tax on businesses.  It’s also about things like quality of life.  Yes, that includes under-funded pension liabilities, as well.

First, though, a few headlines and a look at a market which is heading down again this morning.  In our ChartPack: How far is downGot a seat belt?

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NoDoz Day for Markets

Pencil in the Dow closing up 50 as a likely target and take the rest of the day off.

There’s damn little to drive things higher, or lower, from here so it’s hardly worth watching.

As you know, I have an odd way of looking at markets.  I look at an Aggregate. Usually, it’s a pretty exciting way to play.  But, even this is causing no end of boredom.

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We are in a sideways move that could last who knows how long.

In the meantime, though, note that there is a much higher level off to the left and until old highs from earlier this year are all broken, we can’t get too excited about getting bullish.

Yet, until our Aggregate falls below the present trend channel, we can’t get too bullish, either.  So we pop NoDoz or swill spoon-melting coffee and wait.

With Richmond Fed numbers due out at 10, we don’t see much happening there.

I’ll be using the day to get the air conditioning checked on the truck, get a state inspection done, and maybe pick up stamps at the Post Office.  Is that exciting, or what?

SECOND Spy in Trump Camp?

Oh-oh…Another ‘informant’ attempted to infiltrate Trump campaign under Obama, campaign aide says/

When in Doubt, Be a Smart-Ass

I don’t mean like Jimmy Drivvel and the late-night Trump bashers… I’m talking useful smart-ass.

Take the story China, U.S. near deal on ZTE reprieve; Beijing cuts auto tariffs.  This teaches us that despite what Schumer and the Bashocrats are selling, that Donald Trump is not trying to burn down the world.  He’s a public negotiator…something the dem’s have no concept of.

Still, the trade deals are still up in the air as we read how “Russia and Japan warn U.S. of $1 billion in tariff retaliation.”

Then we have the Atlantic trade dance in how Trump wants more from EU to lift tariffs: EU trade chief.

Let’s all get our Kleenex out and wring hands together, shall we?

ICE Raid Leaker Warning

See ‘Mayor Libby Schaaf Act’ would imprison gov’t officials who warn about ICE raids.

This as the crooked open-border people are trying to tear America apart non-stop by importing violent filth.  What we need to do is start putting liberal strongholds on maps and dropping them along the border so the MS-13 types can find them instead of middle America. Go to the snowflake ‘hoods.

I’m just sure they’d be welcomed, yah?

RINO Tracker Note

Cal Thomas: Who’s afraid of cutting a mere $15 billion from the federal budget? Republicans, apparently.

Life Goes On Dept.

A story on Business Wire caught our eye today: U.S. Boating Industry Prepares for Busy Summer Season With Sales at a 10-Year High.  We have to wonder how many jerk-off degrees in history have been issued to kids who now regret not going to an outboard mechanics program for 20% of the cost and a lot higher per hour?

Unhenged

Speaking of history: New controversial idea about Stonehenge has archaeologists shaking their heads.  The idea?  The advancing Ice Sheet waaay back when moved the massive stones to the plain of Stonehenge where they merely needed moving and erecting.

It’s nonsensical, there’s virtually no evidence for it, yet here we go with what smells like pseudoscience to us.  It’s simply unhenged.

Social Meda Wrecking the World?

We won’t expect anything but softball questions as Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces EU Parliament grilling.

Grilling?  Hardly be the term; if you had a steak that got grilled like some of the world’s liberals, it would still “moo.”

Vacation Planning?

Good Fox report on how 25 percent of Americans haven’t visited iconic landmarks in their own cities, study finds.

Even here in the Outback, we haven’t yet taken the steam train ride in Palestine, Texas.  Seems like something always comes up.  We;re still considered newcomers to Texas only having been here 15-years now…

Bitcoin Stuck

In the $8,200 area.  Maybe it will move one of these days – we are watching it – and the stocks – to see which one will blast one way, or the other, first…

Climate Change?

A Heatwave Has Killed 65 People in Pakistan’s Karachi Amid Widespread Power Cuts is the headline.

We tend to jot this kind of thing down as a weather variance, not the end of the world.

But, then again, we’re not selling anything.

Note to Our Jakarta Bureau

Hey, Bernard!  Wake up: Indonesia Orders Evacuations as the Volatile Mount Merapi Erupts.

Given the nature of Hawaii, seems like something to keep an eye on.

By the way, Bernard’s got a dandy article on his site “Deep Throat vs. Q” that’s pretty good.

When he’s not sending memos to us about the adventures in everything from high street theater to gold mining in the jungles, he’s developed a nice clear view of how nuts America is.  Easier to do the further you get from the asylum.

Screw  Being PC

We don’t know how this story could possibly happen while we’re turning into a nation of a thousand genders, but here you go: “Miss Nebraska Beats 50 Competitors to be Crowned Miss USA.”

How dare you click that link, lol.  Shame, shame…oh hell, go for it. We don’t report people.

We’re still stuck on where “non-binary” people come from…and if genuinely non-binary, how their plumbing works.  Evaporator systems, perhaps?

Trump’s Upside Breakout

The Futures this morning point to the Dow moving up 230-points, or thereabouts, at the open.  But, before you run out and buy into the long side, a couple of words of caution, if we may?

For one, no matter how impressive the intraday run is, we need to see an even higher close before getting wildly bullish.  Sure, a 200 point run today would be nice, don’t get me wrong.  But that just puts us back at the overhead resistance level.

There’s a long way we could fall.  Especially since this looks to us like a mostly Trump-based rally.  Let me explain…

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We know that it’s now outed that the FBI hired an agent provocateur to snoop in the Trump campaign.  And the Inspector General of the Justice Department is onto it.

In an opinion piece today, The Hill called for “Stopping Robert Mueller to Protec Us All.”  This is hugely meaningful since www.m ediabiasfactcheck.com rates The Hill and “center-left” in it’s view of things.

Why is the left about to cave?  Well…  Assuming you follow QANON posts…

Former CIA Boss John Brennan is sounding desperate as  “John Brennan Fires Warning Shot to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell After Trump Orders DOJ to Investigate FBI’s Campaign Infiltration.

Brennan is desperate because he’s at the head of the ex-Obama posse likely to be weating an orange jump suit.  This BS about “protecting national security” as we found out from the Devin Nunes House probe, has NOTHING to do with protecting legit intelligence assets.  Its about protecting political use by democrat officials of thje FBI and DOJ.

In other words, ass-covering.

You need to read this Gateway Pundit story because the “phrase that pays” in this is: “Brennan is caught in a perjury trap over his statements about Hillary’s phony dossier in a May 2017 testimony to the intel panel.”

Looks (from here)_ to us like Trump has deftly managed not only to avoid the Robert Mueller/DOJ/Lynch-Clinton set up, but in addition, there are now inspectors general coming for scalps.

Now, says another The Hill story, Trump is demanding to know how the Hillary campaign got away with not turning over its hacked email server?

Oh, and to make it more interesting still, CNBC reports that “Mueller’s office reportedly tells Trump lawyer Giuliani that the Russia obstruction probe will wrap up by September.

The democrats are making this conditional as best they can.  Mueller’s wind-up is predicated on Trump doing an “interview.”  Only a fool would do that…and I think Trump will decline.  I think it’s clear Mueller can not indict.  He can only issue a report and what he has right now is a “nothing burger” to bring back the left-wing media phrase.

Even September is too long a time-frame.  All Mueller has bought for the millions of (your) tax money spent is NO collusion, and other than that meaningless infringements of others, what I think you’re seeing right now is democrats trying to work out a “negotiated stand down.”

Well, no.  Not going to happen.

You don’t get to deploy KGB tactics in American politics as the democrats did by planting at least one provocateur in  the campaign.  You get a clean sweep and reset of the game…which appears to be what Trump, et al, are aiming for.  House cleaning.

Now, let’s draw back to see why China is suddenly playing ball on trade.

This is simple, really:  Chinese leaders have gotten very, very rich by playing ball with the American corporate left.  But they’re bright-enough to see the leader of the AmeriLeft Gang will be headed to prison (it will take a while to work out, a year or more), but they can see Trump has the upper hand and is negotiating from his favorite position:

Strength.

Which is why we will pay particular attention to travels of Barrack Obama, who as you know, went to extradition-free Tahiti last time this was threatening to come tumbling down on his attempted leftist coup.  People tend to forget recent history, so review “Barack Hussein Obama “Holed up” in Non Extradition Treaty Country …

We wonder if the passports of former Obama officials who may have had a hand in the conspiracy to stop Trump still have their passports?

Long and short of it, getting back to the financial picture, this is why you’re reading “Futures jump as U.S.-China trade spat put ‘on hold’.”

China has plans to be on the winning side, and they are bright enough to be edging toward Trump even though the (mainly dimwit) Left in America is still fighting the failed Obama/Clinton obstruction to constituting a de factor coup effort.

Gold Drops

The other thing going today – and this is big macro econ stuff – is that Gold is dropping.

Reason is simple:  The Dollar has hit a five-month high and it’s doing so over prospects of the US simply balancing the trade deficit.

The Week Ahead:

First data point out this morning is the Chicago Fed National Activity Index.  Steady as she grows…

“The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) ticked up to +0.34 in April from +0.32 in March. Two of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index increased from March, and three of the four categories made positive contributions to the index in April. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, increased to +0.46 in April from +0.23 in March.”

(Thanks to Microsoft for wrecking the Snipping tool in the latest “upgrade” to Windows 10 when run  in complex environments!  An other “feature,” perhaps is this color-shift?)

Not much else in the way of ‘big’ headlines.  There’s the Durable Goods Friday, but for the most part it’s a week of “talking Fed bosses” on the rubber chicken circuit and all eyes on politics.

Futures are still up 200, but we would expect politics to spill over into the markets at some point.

The Big Picture

Takes a bit of explaining, but my thinking goes like this:

Under the Obama/Clinton financial future path, America would be locked in to a high-inflation outcome as we tried to paper over the runaway spending by a corrupt congress.  The only way to do this would be to “make up money” and that meant that buying anything of solid value – whether gold, real estate, or selling bonds (which would drop in price as inflation came roaring back) would have been a no-brainer.

Especially since a Pence administration would be – after the coup to oust Trumphave been more a caretaker outfit than builder presidency.

Now, though, since Trump is a negotiator, we would expect him to contain the deficit and with a lot of the RINO’s leaving (because there’s dirt of them over misdeeds behind the curtain yet to be revealed) there’s a good chance we could do an “earn out” and we could have a happily ever after for the grandchildren.

Which is NOT what the Left wants.  They don’t want a return to core American values (hard work, thrift, innovation, technology breakthroughs) because it’s much easier for their purposes to have a divided country of a thousand genders and their sympathizers running socialist media.

I think China senses this change of sea state and is changing how they view things.  America is onshoring capital with more reasonable tax policies and about all that’s left to figure is how to keep pension funds from imploding.

And even this is not insurmountable.  That’s because cities and states that had “crooked growth” through giveaway programs would simply see their astronomical property values comes down to more common levels in America.

In other words, while land in East Texas may be $5,000 an acre, the same land a similar distance from Chicago, might be half-again, or more.

With a increase in property taxes to pay off excessive government pensions, though,  land and home prices in Chicago could come down.  A sort of Great American Leveling.

It’s a harmonic of what we saw in National Banking.  The idea is that national banks keep the regionals in check because they spread risk over the whole country.

Places like Illinois seemed like gold mines in real estate for a while, but that’s likely to end to pay pensions.  As it does, employers will stop looking at the oversized (unmanageable) cities and will take a fresh look at what’s really out there.

We have a huge country with thousands of small towns ready for business.  Many, at least in Texas, have been “hollowed out” by the technological revolution.  Yet today in cities like Paris, Texas, that we happened to drive through this weekend, there are office buildings half-empty because computers displaced the local people needed 50 years ago before computers.

Today?  These places are ripe for rediscovery.  Office space is there waiting to be redeveloped in towns which still come with family values and a 7-minute commute.

Takes some squinting to see it sometimes, but America has a very bright future is we all focus on what makes for a good life instead of what teachers are spewing as special.

We can be great again as a country.  To those critical of American exceptionalism, please go to the nearest airport and leave.

Things could be changing shortly – and for the better – so anti-American instigators and street-corner radical won’t be needed to build the future of this great-again land.

Could we have a depression along the way?  Well, that’s up to radical leftists, the trillions of the drug cartels, and how other countries read us, isn’t it?

Market to Scream Higher (In Fed #’s)

A quick note this morning that should come as good news to the bulls.

Despite the HUGE longwave economic mess we’re in, the latest H.6 Money Stocks report from the Federal Reserve shows how the Fed has deftly reduced their money print rate at M1 to prevent the market from prematurely peaking.

And as the data suggests now, we should see a healthy and upward moving market through summer.  Let me show you how to read their data:

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The H.6 report has two parts to it.  The first one is the oldest 90-day sliding window:

Look at the first line:  TO April 2018 means (bankers are obtuse, like this) that the data is through the end of March.  See how M1 creation was running a paltry 1.4 percent annualized?  That is why the market didn’t move higher in the period from the first of February, or so.

But, now they are back to stepping on the gas, again.  Look at the M1 in the most recent sliding window:

Now you see the rate of increase in M1 is “back on track” and that means there will be plenty of dough about for companies to fund their stock buy-backs and such.

All of which would argue (to the monetarist in each of us) that with lots of money back in the game, Modern Monetary Theory says that the prices will remain under control…at least for a while.

Options Day, Higher Open

The futures were up nearly 60 points with two hours to the open.

But already, we can see the distortions of MMT in play.  While it seems like there’s inflation, when you look at gold and silver, it’s nowhere to be found.

And we have expectations that the metals could continue a good bit lower, even though there is inflation of the money supply.

What’s going up are all the things you need:  Gasoline is heading for $4 bucks in many places, shortly.  Food continues to escalate.  This has been partially hidden by thousands of manufacturers downsizing their product boxes.  Noodles, for example, all used to be one pound (16 oz) but now it’s all 12 ounces.

Sure, it could be argued we ate too much before, but the main thing is that even the honest efforts to keep apples and apples won’t work when the whole grocery chain is being priced around.

Makes it hard to know what to buy…even Bitcoin is down to $8,100 which means there is a chance of going down much, much lower/.  Still, coiners can take heart in the idea that until new post peak lows are set, there is still a strong bull case in the charts.

We don’t play with cryptos – or nitro – either.

Digital Rights Versus Google

There is much talk on the web, if you know where to look, about a DBR 0- digital bill of Rights.

Essentially, the idea of the DBR is that companies have no inherent right to use ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU without two things:  Your CONSENT and COMPENSATION TO YOUO FOR THAT DATA.

This why companies like Google are trying to move into TOTAL DATA COLLECTION before the digital revolution gets legs and people start to shut down corporate own data collection built into operations systems and applications.

So, yes, we tend to block cookies except for named sites like Amazon and out bank and trading accounts where cookies are used.  But wholesale spying on our searches?

Uh….no!

Shepherding the Sheep

Speaking of which, Google News’ lead item when I looked this morning was all about the royal couple marketing slam.  Harry and Meghan will be rehearsing.

The way I see this is social programming at the highest order – to teach people to cower and kneel to “authority.”  Ure’s truly doesn’t buy it…since everyone in my country is equal and we’re all peers of this Realm.  But, for people programmed into submission by the uber rich, have fun.

Bring knee pads.

Waiting for the Hillary Report

We find it sort of odd that although an Inspector General report on Hillary in the 2016 election was completed Wednesday, it isn’t being released yet.

What concerns us is that timing of a controversial report like this can be done on “non-news” time.  That is to say, if it is released in the wee hours of a weekend morning, there won’t be many people around to comment, dig deeper, and so forth.

Also, there aren’t as many eyeballs watching the news – so it could be better for the democrop is this is timed to cut them some slack.

We shall see, but a BIG PRESS CONFERENCE WITH LIVE COVERAGE seems more fitting.  Regardless of content, by the way.

But, has the Deep State cut yet-another deal to keep the swamp full?

16,000 sealed indictments are still floating around, says the internet rumor mill…will this be used to smoke out a few more?

Front page of the NY Times?  No mention  of Clinton on the front page when I looked.  Ditto the Washington Post.  Bupkis in the NY Post, too.

So, here comes a long-awaited report on Hillary.  Is the NE mainly liberal Clintonista/Obamanista backing media playing this “straight?”

Somehow, we think if the story was about Trump (not Hillary) there would be wall to wall live coverage with a countdown.

Just sayin…

Meantime, CNN (which we’ve called [somewhat jokingly] the Clinton News Network) continues its marketing of the Mueller team.

Never stop selling, huh?  Just like the old Yellow Pages ads…

Marketing Dead People

A theme-of-the-week.

Today?  “ABC NEWS ANNOUNCES TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME TELEVISION EVENT ON MICHAEL JACKSON’S LIFE AND LEGACY.”

Quick!  Let’s find some dead people and monetiZe them!

I’ll be back Monday with adventures from the road…

have a grate weekend!

Coping: Woo-Woo and Statistics

This morning as Elaine and I head for the Tom Jones’ concert in Tulsa tomorrow night.

Elaine’s thrilled about the trip, but a bit less so with my planning.

Since selling our old Beechcraft, I haven’t been able to get “flight planning” out of my mind….Besides, I go for the woo-woo.

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Something that’s pretty clear to me  and I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before – is that Woo-Woo and Statistics are closely related.

When something happens all the time – like gravity – it is a “certainty” that you can build things around.  Like airplanes.

As something becomes less certain, like down in the 50-50 area as in the famous Schrödinger’s cat experiment – things get much less certain.  In fact, guides quantum physics: The whole future is sort of “voted” into existence by the global mind, consisting of expectations of lots of “cat deciders.”

Nowhere can you find more of thing kind of “raw edge” than at a casino.  So, if you have a crackpot idea…bring it along and try it out.

On this trip, the experiments will include the new horseshoe ring, a rabbits foot, plus an assortment of Mobius strips both in the car and small ones “on the person” in the casino.

The other day I mentioned the Mobius capacitor patent (here) and this is a device that (again, in one of those weird dreams of mine overnight) was somehow linked to the mythical flux capacitor in the movie “Back to the Future.”  Remember the time travel began at 88 MPH?

You take a simple thing, like a Mobius capacitor, and on the bench it just sits there.  But, like so many other things, we don’t really sit down and run through the whole “properties” list of everyday objects.  We assume that because gravity applies to one object, it will apply to all and that’s the end of it.

But there are certain objects I’m really drawn to.  Like the Mobius capacitor.  I would bet almost any amount you care to name that you don’t know anyone personally who has set up a “box” of Mobius strips and driven then on a long trip just “for the hell of it.”

Yet, this is exactly how things might be found.

No, tossing the Vitamix blender in the air will probably not discover new properties of physics.  BUT, when you find something with a unique property that’s when you build up a “properties list” to test.

For example, there is some (highly speculative) science that purports that plasma in a fluorescent tube, at the right frequency and alignments may act as a gravity shield.

About here, I get real interested.

Ditto the force fed plasma on the leading edge of super secret military aircraft.  Maybe some of the plasma world is not fully explored yet.  A lot of us grew up with only three states of matter:  Solid, liquid, and gas.  Plasma is the fourth state and since generating it is not something you just find in the appliance row at Best Buy, there’s very little actual home experimenting that’s been done.

The first – and obvious question here is:  Does Plasma act any differently in the vicinity of a single-sided topological anomaly?  (The Mobius…)  No clue.

Statistically, the odds ought to be smaller than 1:100.  But now we come back to the casino.  For we now that if the odds are 1:100 in any game, if you play, you could hit a run and do 2:20, for example.  Or, an adverse run so you go 1:1000 with no hits.

But, like a friend of mine said back in the day, “I know playing the Lotto is a fool’s game.  BUT if I don’t buy ONE ticket, I lock my odds at zero.”  He was ex tech staff at Los Alamos.

Each time we go to a casino I try something different.  This week, I will be working on “Static” along with horseshoes and orgone (with the bits of foil we’re bringing).

I figure $50 bucks per “experiment” and with each failure I get a bonus.  When “sheep” go to the casino and lose, all they get is fleeced.  When we go, I always come back with tiny scraps of knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

And that makes the trip fascinating.  Casinos are where woo-woo (of things like luck, fortune, wealth, and so forth) collide every pull with statistical probabilities.

I don’t expect to win more than a few million this trip, but we shall see.

Meantime, the Trip is probably over-planned.

For example, I know the first Arby sandwiches come out at the Pilot truck stop in Sulfur Springs, Texas, as 10 AM sharp.  Research, research, research, right?

Since it’s 89 miles, or 100-110 minutes (allowing for small town speed bumps along the way) and adding in 5 or 10-minutes for fuel and peeing, that means a crisp 8 AM departure is what the flight plan calls for…

It will never happen, of course.  (Elaine likes spontaneity when traveling.  Me too…it’s just whether I will have a Max or Ultimate in my order at 10:02.  She thinks more like side trips and stopping at novel places…it’s a 350 mile negotiation, lol.

Panama Bates will be in before 8, but that means we won’t really be out the door until 8:10 and then it’s 10-minutes to the main highway north…

You can see how this works…

Elaine says I should chill….and obligingly, I turn down the a/c a bit.


Gas prices will be in the high two’s or low three’s.  We manage to keep ourselves endlessly entertained figuring out where the break-even point between premium and regular is.  Premium gets better mileage, but not so much better as to warrant the price.  Hint:  The delta is different between “flat-landing” or doing mountain or high altitude driving.


A new addition to the trip this time is a sketchbook.  A couple of pencils and it will give me a chance to make endless lists along the way when Elaine’s driving.  As soon as we get home, I will go through them and see if any of it was all that damn important in the first place….

But it’s one distraction to keep me from playing driving instructor.  Show me a husband who ain’t…


We had new carpet installed on the screen porch Thursday afternoon.  I’ve been pushing like crazy to get everything done in the past several weeks so when we get home from this trip will can cocoon for the summer in the air conditioned parts of the house.  Got a huge list of things done and the old joint looks better.


It’s one of these things that’s wrong with modern America.  nd us.


The drought is setting in here.  There’s only a hint of rain in the forecast, and likely just spit and a promise, at that.

Cattle going to market here is going up.  In fact, live cattle was down $2.58 in the commodity trading Thursday.  Feeder cattle was up, but I look for that to come down as the longer-term weather patterns go into the replay of the 1930’s.

The latest drought prediction maps over here shows the five-corners area (Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico (six, actually, since Washington DC is everywhere), suggests things will improve by August, or so.

That would account for the rally on the feeder calves, but my bet’s on drought continuing.  It has before, and it comes around regardless of party of environmental/climate frenzy.  We’ve just gotten better on monetiZing everything.


Tulsa is on the Arkansas River and most days, you can see barge traffic.  We’re wondering how the river will hold up as the seasonal drought digs in.

As of this morning, the Arkansas was running 2.06 feet with flood stage up at 19 feet.  We have to wonder what will happen to agriculture and energy movement there, and maybe on the Mississippi if things get too dry this  summer.  Doesn’t do a lot of good to have good crop production if you can’t get product to market.

One of our readers, Andy, has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL for short) an grinds 18-gears in Seattle.

Judging by his reports and all the signs we see on bit OTR rigs, picking up a CDL and driving a big rig may have a higher return on investment than a college degree.

And done right, now student loan debt to pay back.

Remember, no one says you have to go to college…that’s programming.


There is an online calculator for everything.  Already, using this tool, Roads included.  I know to have $7 cash ready for the Indian Nation Turnpike.

This will result in Elaine having to listen to at least an hour of my fuming and snarling about how once a road is paid for, it should not be “bought again” just because governments have out-spent their income.

But, of course, that ain’t going to change.


My whole packing exercise took me 6-minutes.  Going for three days?  Get fresh clothes on out of the shower, so one change of everything for Saturday, and another for Sunday to get home.  Having mastered counting to “2” by the 10th grade (or, was it 11th?), it was easy to find two shirts, two shorts, two pairs of socks, and so on.

Even remembered my “lucky loafers” in the event my tennis shoes (or “static winning” wi8th or without a side of orgone) aren’t doing the trick.

Elaine’s been up since about 4:30 AM working on her ensemble. Fact is, she could wear jeans and a T shirt and most men start to drool…so anything more is simple over-kill.  But she like to dress well.

I got a half-hour fashion show Thursday afternoon as she tried on endless varieties of this and that’s.  As she explains, it “Has to be right” or I’m not going…”

She’s one of 18 such people left in America.  Half of the others are TV news tarts.

The people we see in casinos, especially in off-hours, look like panhandlers come in for a shower and a bed. ISYN. We’re appalled by the disappearance of pride in appearance.


Drug continue to take their devastating toll on America.  I’m not kidding – even in Tulsa.  Overdose deaths in Oklahoma were up 265% between 2010 and 2016.

Thanks, Open Border Idiots who, along with MS-13 are doing their damnedest to wreck America.

One of our reasons for traveling to casinos instead of the “corporate hotels” is that casinos are more security conscious – for the most part.

Taking a page from Las Vegas’ failure in casino hotel security a while back, I checked things out closely.  No Saudi princes are expected in Tulsa this weekend.


ON this day in history, 1860Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

I mention this because there was a time when republicans actually did what the said they would.  Hopefully, we’re back to those times.

Which leads to asking why breaking campaign promises isn’t a felony?  Lying after putting your hand on a Bible an d being sworn in to public office seems a little arbitrary.

I think the pols should be accountable for the lies they tell to Win.


Speaking of rivers as we were a few paragraphs up:  Today is the birthday (1933) of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Off to do the outside windows while we await some news to wrap up this morning.  Peoplenomics charts will be up Sunday night, or so goes the current plan…subject to change.

It’s hard to be in a bad mood.  I ended up with the cute blond, the Lexus, and reservations for dinner and a show with friends. Just wish I could have had it all at 30, not almost 70…

Write when you get rich…and  bonum fortuna!

George@ure.net