ChartPack: Month-end Crapshoot?

Markets don’t get into a “teaching position” like this very often.  But – wow – are they in a position to inform experts in coming weeks.

Some of it has to do with inflation. But there’s the trend channels discussion. Hold the phone, though; we have two holidays in the coming month, as well – Memorial Day and Juneteenth.

Anything goes?  Or are there indicators?

A discussion after a couple of headlines to kick the neurons into swarming..

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52 thoughts on “ChartPack: Month-end Crapshoot?”

    • Blood is thicker than water, but money is thicker than blood… Oh, and Bill & Melinda have about $50bln of Buffett’s walking around money in their back pockets.

  1. re: boots on the ground
    feat: 1984 – 2024


    Please extend a big shout out equally to all celebrating Canada’s entry into summer with the Victoria Day long weekend. The local statue of Queen Victoria remains indefinitely stored following its decapitation and vandalism by First Nations warriors as the reigning Monarch’s police officers looked on. However the holiday every third weekend in May honoring an apex era of colonization by Great Britain remains sacrosanct and unifying in these increasingly divisive, tribal times.

    Of course those perusing Canada’s RCMP media releases will be informed that we are in the midst of Canada Road Safety week. The 2024 edition is the first to unveil use of national legislation from Bill C-46 of 2018. All drivers encountering RCMP checkstops this weekend will be issued a breathalyzer test for mandatory alcohol screening. Apparently the rollout logic on the blow & go is that with everyone instructed to test there can be no perception of police bias against any population demographic.

    • re: “Give Peace a Chance”
      feat: Plastic Ono Band


      The “Daily Mail” Royal Correspondents must be on assignment today. Therefore it fell to an alumnae of Young Voices UK to drop journalistic munitions upon last week’s quasi-Royal visit to Nigeria by the Duke & Duchess lately of Montecito. Young Voices UK appears to be an offshoot of its USA charitable foundation parent originally dispatched to do good earthly works in journalism at the bequest of The Charles Koch Institute.

      It would seem that the Duke & Duchess were provided with free charter air transport Abuja to Lagos return by the Nigerian air carrier, Peace Air. The B737-700 aircraft in a high-density seating configuration on lease from a Mongolian airline carried only the Duke & Duchess with their entourage. The “Daily Mail” contends that the pair of flights disgorged 12 tons of co2 into the atmosphere. The former Royal Couple were pictured along with the beaming ceo of Peace Air who is said to be wanted in the USA on charges of laundering $20 million through the airline.

      One imagines we haven’t seen such tour drama since the abdicated King Edward VIII and his American wife, the former Mrs. Simpson, visited Munich in 1937, 60 years before the Paris tragedy. Apparently the Führer himself ordered the Chief of the Luftwaffe High Command to take charge of the royal itinerary details after a drunk driver crashed the esteemed visitors and their Mercedes into a factory compound at high speed.

  2. .., and speaking of the up-coming Holidays
    – AAA is forecasting the biggest Memorial Day travel weekend since 2005, and airlines are predicting record demand for the entire Summer travel season.
    So.., now it is up to the consumer to make these predictions come true.
    How much cash does America have left ?
    According to two reports – Americans have no savings left. “They’re broke.” Thus the record consumer credit debt. Will “Joe Six Pack” go even further in debt – to hop on a plane? Probably.

    • Matthew 24:38

      For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;

      • What significance does that story have after almost 3 Million years ago, if it ever happened as repeated again & again ???

  3. Hopefully the CA parole board will keep this guy locked up for a good while:

    On the average, the Texas parole board cuts felons loose at 25% served time. Being a juror in Texas is potentially dangerous. Getting a summons to be first chair on a 1st degree felony jury pool doesn’t mean you are a solid citizen, it means someone with a deep pocket is looking for an opportunity to fr@ack you. Having people with a secret police look shadowing you while you serve seems to be routine. Been there. I regard courthouses as gang central.

    • Curious – they would convict the wrong rump wrangling bone smuggler.
      Not that their is anything wrong with 2 Men/2 Trans enjoying each others hairy Aszholes. You ought to hear the Meek Mill – Puffy audio recording…oh my THAT must have hurt!

      Obviously B&E and Assault by Anal perpetrator are felonious charges, but so is Insider Trading..just ask Snoops’ side squeezing Granny – Martha Stewart.

      Whats good for “Pitcher”, ought to be good for the “Catcher”.

      Whole mess just gives this casual observer a rather Shitty outlook on the Left ,Leftitards..

      • Even if there was an S&M deal going on, which I doubt, cracking an old man’s skull with a hammer crosses a line which no unbiased jury will tolerate.

      • “so is Insider Trading..just ask Snoops’ side squeezing Granny – Martha Stewart.”

        Not guilty of, nor convicted of “insider trading.”

        Martha Stewart was sent up after being caught in a “perjury trap.” This should be ne’er forgot, and a lesson to all…

    • Kind of funny – how that works.
      A couple of days ago a street punk was arrested [ in Spokane Washington ] – first degree assault with a weapon. He has six prior felony convictions – all for violent offenses [ aggravated assault., attempted rape., etc.] and yet has served less than three years in prison.
      – Not too hard to understand the people who are calling for a ‘Nation wide’ mandatory sentencing., with parole only after 80% of sentence has been served.
      – “Three Strikes and You’re Out” was a good idea., but it has fallen away under liberal judges, ACLU law suits and youth offender coddling.
      – I have a pretty good idea that I would be a hated judge and probably facing constant calls for judicial reviews and lawsuits.

      • To really clean-up our system needs a death penalty, IMHO. But justice seems to be just another branch of business, that has pretty little to do with justice.
        p.s. If it was not for the instigation by lawyers we would enjoy less lawsuits. ;-)

        Every day TV ads almost on the hour.

    • Message received

      “Dont fuck around with a white liberal”

      Of course if the perp were black….

  4. Hmmm…. from my perspective.. I agree with what warnews247 has to say about the Ukrainians.. NATO and the USA and UK are in the chess position of zugzwang..

    Zugzwang ; is a situation found in chess and other turn-based games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because of their obligation to make a move; a player is said to be “in zugzwang” when any legal move will worsen their position. Although the term is used less precisely in games such as chess, it is used specifically in combinatorial game theory to denote a move that directly changes the outcome of the game from a win to a loss.”)

    We are at all the choke points.. the border is wide open via the Brand.. and almost a million military aged men are missing.. they don’t have a clue where the getaway’s went to..
    A port deal made to a company that builds and places Club-K missile defense systems… so what do we do now.. protect the border and the country..
    We pull back we still have the cloward piven strategy to take down the US Economy..
    any move we make at this point can reflect here at homes safety considerably.. did you happen to catch Monkey on Youtube.. they are looking pretty heavy for something..
    Canadian prepper is on top of the news train to..
    and there it is with full spectrum.. ( of course we already knew that the debt had reached unsustainable levels almost a year ago now.. now it will only escalate..

    • No need to repeat the obvious, imho, also I don’t have time to always click on links ;-((

      • “also I don’t have time to always click on links”

        I hope I am able to say that when I am 94 ;-))

        • With you on that BIC – I admire the hell out of Choices – because he must have all kinds of tricks to still being ambulatory at 94. A “Book of Secrets” of aging report from him would be a grand addition to community knowledge!

  5. I’ve always been partial to simpler radios. I sold my TS-2000 because I’m too addled now to use it without the manual close at hand. Too complex for me. I get all the operational sophistication I need from my Icom IC-718. Yeah, there are lots of balls-to-the-wall pile-ups it can’t navigate, but my hamming style is comfortable, conversational Q-SOs, with strong signals and easy reception.

    My needs and tastes are simple, and my abilities are limited now. (memory)

    (SDR radio audio grates on my nerves. Sounds brittle and crack-y…) (It’s all been downhill since vacuum tubes were superceded.) (Best receiver I ever had was my Drake R-4b.
    My Drake SPR-4 was pretty good, too.
    still got that one…)



    Lisa Haven on Romneies statement.. she is right and so is he.. If Biden had tossed his kid and brother under the bus.. then after a couple of years pardoned him.. no one would be questioning anything
    If he had pardoned Trump for any wrong doing he would have appeared as more in control.. and trump would have appeared as a sore loser in the loss of the election.. by doing what he has done.. and then slapping the faces of all citizens of the USA by opening the borders and weaponizing the agencies.. puts him in the negative and trump gains in popularity.. I for one don’t like Trumps personality I find it brash and sometimes to much.. but the stupidity of Biden and his I am above the law attitude along with his deviant lifestyle makes me sick to my stomach.. I wish Rand Paul or Ted Cruz would run for office.. heck I am glad the Kennedy is running.. he makes more sense than Biden..

    • deviant lifestyle? biden has been married to the same schoolteacher for almost 40 years; he’s been going to the same church almost every sunday for decades; both his sons have graduate degrees and voluntarily enlisted in the service; his daughter works to save dolphins.

      then there is the one you’ll be voting for.

      • You enjoying the shit sandwich pedo joe is feeding you. His “wife” allowed him to shower with the daughter , she was pre teen. He set up the boys to sell his name for millions.


        10% kick back, and got the atty in Ukraine fired for looking into Hunters corruption in Ukraine of which 10 %was Joe’s (“well, sonofabitch, he got fired” on tape),,, only had to abuse his power as VP to get er done

        truth requires you to examine both sides and ends of the matter, and not just be held captive by the sales pitch, glossing over the obvious criminal activities, but he sat in the front pew, he is a saint story
        and there is a lot of controversy still over how and when Joe and Jill met, ask her ex-husband

        I fully believe that the Good Lord has a place specially for him, as that shower thing is a hard mill stone to swallow

        Hey, Loob, I also did not care for TV Trump, did not vote in 2016 at all,,, buy I have grown quite fond of him since 2017 and his MAGA goals and that time in an interview, they tried to attach Trump to the ‘Q’. He side stepped in his answer, ‘I don’t know this Qanon’ answer. He then turned it back on her and said, ‘are they not against this pedo thing? is that a bad thing?’
        ‘Q’ is NOT Qanon,,, anons are anons following Q

        • (“Hey, Loob, I also did not care for TV Trump, did not vote in 2016 at all,,, buy I have grown quite fond of him since 2017 and his MAGA goals “)

          I hear ya on that one LOL… when I first seen DJT running for office I thought oh lord no.. I wanted Ted Cruz or Rand to get it and there wasn’t anyway that I was going to vote for the wicked witch of the NE.I was impressed that even though Trump has a poor personality.. the deeper you dug into his company and background.. you could see the good he has done.. flying an african american boy across the country to get lifesaving surgery then taking care of the bills for the boy.. building homes for disabled Veterans… and much much more.. and then doing everything he said he would do all while being attacked twenty four / seven / three sixty five for four years.. no president in our livetime has accomplished that much and under such debilitating circumstances.. So I voted for him the second time around.. I actually thought he could pull us away from the ice berg that was going to sink the US Titanic..
          Joe you could see his dementia right off.. then the deeper you dug into his life and what he has done.. it becomes pretty obvious he has spent his whole life not having to be concerned about anything at the feed troughs of the beltway.. he wouldn’t have a clue what the real people of the country are dealing with or how to manage any of it.. the deeper you dug there the uglier it got..
          I don’t believe there is any fixing to the economy now.. its at the doubling stage.. the interest is going to take us down.. the illegals flowing over the border a huge hit to our economy.. and our military out everywhere but here.. Militarily its called a cluster F@@K
          .” Stanford business professor Bob Sutton describing clusterfucks as “those debacles and disasters caused by a deadly brew of illusion, impatience, and incompetence that afflicts too many decision-makers, especially those in powerful, confident, and prestigious groups.”

      • …….hope you have a wonderful weekend.. have you read their memoirs or the daughters diary…or seen any of the family videos LOL.. needless to say I hope and pray that none of that ever happens in our household..

        • Mark without the sales spiel — just a troll, but one familiar with newspeak (hence, the ‘nym.)

          It doesn’t have to be true or accurate (in fact, it’s better if it’s not) because the object is not to educate, elucidate, or enlighten, but to get an emotional rise out of at least one poster and if possible, get an argument rolling.

  7. here is a great Ted X talk on how your attitude towards life changes in seconds..
    She is absolutely on top of it.. I remember when my life changed … I had always thought work.. there will be time later for me.. I found my meaning in the halls of healthcare.. to be the strength of those that are at their weakest.. seen a great deal and always felt like I understood and was empathetic to what they were experiencing in life.. then it happened to me.. and I realized I didn’t have a clue.. life is so fragile..
    Everything I thought was wrong.. Life is so much more.. make the difference.. be the difference..

  8. (“I’ll put a hundred on a different outcome if the discussion had involved a different POC and chitlins… “)

    Nasty stuff Chitlins… but here is a recipe a woman on youtube making some..

    Now Italian…. I got a really really old cook book on ancient Italian cooking.. there is a whole chapter on TRIPE…. LOL
    Back in Covid down times.. Sams club had whole meat coolers of this nasty stuff.. now maybe it is good.. I just won’t try it similar to just isn’t appetizing to me.. neither is that yeast spread in Australia..
    but if it trips your trigger.. jump right in with their recipes.. just let me know how it is afterwards LOL

      • LOL LOL LOL that ought to be pretty good.. see my attached poverty pie mixes.. and water pie..
        I love italian cooking but dam when I got to the chapter on tripe LOL LOL.. yuk.. thank god my mother never made anything like that..
        I love home made pasta.. we have been watching the taste of home channel.. and they have one there for striped lasagna pasta.. My wife perks right up and says.. your not going to make flag ravioli LOL LOL she knows me oh so well that was exactly what I was thinking about to LOL making small american flags for the fourth of july LOL LOL

  9. The big problem with intel is not collection. Collection is easy. Tons and tons of raw stuff is easily glommed. Far too much by volume for any person or team to make useful, actionable material from.

    Now, we have A.I.; and and A.I. is blindingly, impossibly speedy. This is a Great Sea Change in making sense of the pile. Also, and actually more importantly, devining associations and connections is far easier to do in vast and accurate quantities via A.I.

    This is a much deeper and bigger deal than it may first appear to be.

    Be sure you control as best you can where you leave your breadcrumbs.

    • Well said.
      – I have been mulling over the same thoughts lately.., and just when is the FBI/NSA/Homeland going to turn their A.I. programs loose on all the data they have on the American population.

      • …been running awhile now — AND sifting a mountain of stored legacy material for previous unGov thinking…

        This ugly bastard is just geting started —

      • They already have. ‘Been to any questionable sites or visited/viewed any interesting utub (or ticktockboom, snipchat, etc.) vids since last Thanksgiving? Congrats, yer on the list again…

        BTW, I signed up for Twitter/X/ last year, using a ‘nym and identity I’d created in the mid-1990s, specifically for gaming, and hadn’t used since about 1999. Every time I sign into “X” I get a popup, asking me to confirm that my “Phone number is:”

        and then gives my current phone number.

        My old gaming computer is at least a dozen iterations old.

        I also didn’t have this phone number in 2000.

        The sniffware in place at Twitter, likely years before Musk acquired the platform, had to have sniffed my MAC Address and compared it to a database at a bank or e-commerce site (likely eBay or Amazon) which also sniffs MAC Addresses, then cross-referenced it to read my real name, address, phone, (and undoubtedly) ccard, SSN, and bank account numbers.

        Something of which to be acutely aware…

        • Exactly…. OH and they are listening to.. do you have siri or alexa.. its listening to everything..

  10. Today is a great day for a cokacola pie..
    1 pie crust
    1 cup of sugar
    1 can of coke
    1/4 cup of flour sprinkled around the top..
    2/3 stick of butter ( grated on top of the flour sprinkled on top.. Bake at 350 till golden brown

    • if you put pecans in the coke.. then do the rest.. put it in the fridge to cool about an hour before eating it.. it comes out similar to a custard pie pecan custard pie..

  11. that or a strawberry pie..

    1 pie crust
    1 bag of strawberries
    1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
    1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
    1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
    1/2 box of white cake mix

    pour the bag of frozen strawberries into the pie crust
    sprinkle the half bag of white chocolate chips over the top evenly
    pour your half cup of heavey cream around the top of the strawberries.. and the sweetened condensed milk
    coat the top of this with your half package of white cake mix.. take the stick of butter and slice it in equal slices.. spread that around the top of the cake mix on top.. bake in an oven
    these are a few depression pie recipes.. the coke pie is similar to the water pie..
    1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked
    1 1/2 cups water (that is one and a half cups)
    4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    5 tablespoons butter, cut into 5 pieces’
    you can make tarts .. if so they are better if baked in the smoker..
    Preheat oven to 400 and set empty pie crust on a baking sheet.
    1 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked
    Pour 1 + 1/2 cups water into the pie crust.
    1 1/2 cups water
    In a small bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the water in the crust. Don’t stir.
    4 tablespoons all-purpose flour,1 cup sugar
    Drizzle the vanilla over the water in the pie crust. Place pats of butter on top of this.
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract,5 tablespoons butter, cut into 5 pieces
    Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and cover sides of crust

    Oatmeal pie

    ¼ cup butter
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ tsp. cinnamon
    ½ tsp. cloves
    ¼ tsp. salt
    1 cup dark corn syrup
    3 eggs
    1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
    1 unbaked pie shell
    Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar together. Add cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir in syrup. Add eggs one at a time, stirring after each until well blended. Stir in rolled oats. Pour in pie shell. Bake about 1 hour or until knife comes out clean when inserted in middle.

  12. Oh.. with the coke pie.. sprinkle some pecan’s on top of it.. the cool it in the fridge for about an hour.. it comes out similar to a pecan pie.. or custard pie if you leave the nuts out..

    • Uh, LOOB, the time and temperature would be helpful to know on the Strawberry Pie…
      “spread that around the top of the cake mix on top.. bake in an oven…”

      • My mistake I didn’t include the time because its pretty standard Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet (to catch any drips), and put the pie and baking sheet onto the lowest rack of your oven. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for an additional 60 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Check the pie with about 15 minutes left; if it’s already perfectly browned, tent it with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.almost always cover the crimped edge to keep it from burning..
        Its pretty much the same with all pies.. depending on your altitude of where your at.. in the mountains it takes less temperature..

      • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet (to catch any drips), and put the pie and baking sheet onto the lowest rack of your oven. Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for an additional 60 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Check the pie with about 15 minutes left; if it’s already perfectly browned, tent it with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.the intitial start up isn’t totally necessary but the higher starting temps make for a flaky crust..

  13. “I have my eye on an Icon 7851”

    “…engineers focused on a new Local Oscillator (LO) that drastically reduces the phase noise.”

    Dear God… I went thru that ‘improvement’ about two decades ago with my digital microwave links. When you gonna get a clue? It’s still analog mixing!! You could buy TWO IC-7300s and pocket $10grand savings, and have better performing all-digital radios with no mixing artifacts.

    Some people are stuck in the last century.

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