Since it will be a major factor in how the stock market rolls today (and we’re addicted to day-trading since we won’t be in a real casino until next week), we have to start this morning’s jaundiced review of digital spew with what matters most to the wallet. Ergo, the Consumer Price report just hawked:
“The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis after being unchanged in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.
The indexes for shelter and food increased, and the gasoline index rose after recent declines to result in the seasonally adjusted all items increase. The food index rose 0.4 percent, its largest monthly increase since May 2014, as both the food at home and food away from home indexes increased. The gasoline index rose 1.5 percent in February, following three consecutive monthly declines, resulting in the energy index rising 0.4 percent despite declines in the electricity and natural gas indexes.
The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in February after rising 0.2 percent in January. Along with the shelter index, the indexes for personal care, apparel, and education all increased. The indexes for recreation, medical care, used cars and trucks, and new vehicles all declined in February.
The CPI is always a tough one to wrap your head around: In theory prices will go up (or down) based on supply and demand. Yet, the Fed keeps making up money (at about a 4.6% annualized rate) based on their money-stocks measure.
And yeah, that seems to imply that real inflation might be figured by taking M1 growth year-on-year and subtracting the CPI. But now comes the difficulty because there’s a) a domestic birth rate to factor in (0.7% ?) and we have not one freaking clue how many people who snuck into the US via the porous borders… (0.5% or more?)
Meantime, the National Federation of Independent Business Survey is just out today, as well:
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index improved modestly in February, increasing 0.5 points to 101.7. Views about future business conditions and the current period as a good time to expand improved as did plans to make capital outlays. Earnings trends weakened, as a million laid off workers and others affected by the shutdown cut back on spending. The loss of sales falls right to the bottom line. Worker compensation and selling prices were lower in February than they were in January, but job openings rebounded remaining at historically high levels. The Uncertainty Index fell 1 point to 85, a small decline but still showing a lot of residual uncertainty from the government shutdown.
And, after the data, Dow futures were down 70, while the other indices were flat.
Despite the campaign promises, even the Border Patrol (ICE agents) is going on “silent burn” (except not so quiet as you will read over here) about the Waller-in-Chief not walking his talk on the “Catch & Release” game.
Ok, roll with me on a couple of points here: Not only has Trump backed-off some of his “hard-liner” talk, but now comes word in one of the big East Coast print rags that Nancy Pelosi has taken impeachment off the table.
As a result, we can now almost make out a path for the market to follow to have a huge “one more up” between now and the traditional let-down in May when the (pardon me, Vanna) “Big Money! Big Money!” rolls out to the Hamptons or Martha’s.
What’s driven the dems to change-up their bullhorns from the barricade spiel?
Nomrinally, lah-lah Peloser says Trump’s not worth it. Which telegraphs (writ-large) that Donald Trump didn’t do anything in the election in the forthcoming Spatial Counsel report that would hold water with the American Middle. “Not worth it” being code for “No collusion,” more than likely.
When Boeing stock dropped at the open Monday as a result of the 737 Max 8 crash in Ethiopia – but then the market roared up – we took it as a tea leaf reading that says Trump may be out of the woods (in congressional impeachment moves) but we gotta wonder “At what cost?”
All will be revealed in time, but seems to us both parties to the illusion of democracy understand that there are millions of super-pissed people who are seeing through the massive network charade of “making up stories” to keep the American public from genuinely focusing on the many huge drivers of history that are likely to pound us in the coming few years. Which are?
- The Internet (as I wrote in my 2012 book Broken Web) will have to be licensed and mood-altering software that re-posts and re-tweets will have to be made illegal. Just like free-for-all radio was made illegal by the Communications Act of 1934. (More on this in a sec.)
- There are at least two (count the flashes!) regional wars that are due in the next two years due to the 71.916 year War Cycle. The Indo-Pak War and the “Israeli’s Existential War” which will be along by 2021, if the cycle holds. Taiwan by 2022, too, if you’re into futuring as an extensible code problem,
- Until we evolve some consensus (people are dim-witted and easily led around by stupid memes on the ‘net) about how long the end of the Modern maxima (the Sunspots, not the Nissan, right?) we will keep lying about “global warming” because you can go outside and throw all the money you want at “The Weather” and it won’t get warmer, colder, or stop raining. (A better idea is to mail us all that money you’re willing to toss down that rat hole. Drop me an email for the mailing address…)
- And event if we navigate ALL that, humans are still ‘screwing the planet into a resource depleted cinder” because we let ourselves get roped into the “bleeding heart” slogans of the 1960’s and 1970’s about how we just had to help all the third world countries grow so they could buy 5G product and fatten corporate bottom lines… Except, corporations want money, but “if you feed, they breed” is the reality of humans. In many way’s China was correct by limiting family formations. Now if we could toss that into the Middle East and South/Central America thinking… oh boy.
Point by Point, then:
I trust you know it was Tim Berners-Lee (*not climate profiteer Al Gore) that invented the Internet, right? Well, here’s an AP report that says Berners-Lee in onboard with the kind of skepticism of the web we hold for your consideration. “WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes…”
In the CNBC version of the story the word “dysfunctional” pops up in “The man who invented the web says it’s now dysfunctional with ‘perverse’ incentives.”
One of the reasons for “dysfunctional” in context of the web being so important is that language shifts like this explain (in advance) what’s in the works for us’n sheep.
Still more as the Agency-France Presse version of the story focuses on the disappearance of Privacy: “Web inventor urges users to seek ‘complete control’ of data.‘”
It’s almost like these folks are writing my book Broken Web II for me.
Two other little points (so’s to understand I’m not blowing smoke up your butt): I was doing “data over the air” experimentally in 1983…so yeah, I’ve got some perspective and pedigree on what’s ahead. Second point is one of the key questions of Public Policy that isn’t on anyone’s radar yet is whether there is now is any privacy left at all.
Trust you saw the story the other day about how TSA was planning a big facial recognition drive at 16 or 20 top US airports? Any resistance to the public seizure of personal privacy will no doubt result in “terrorism” and/or “false flags” in order to drive us to the outcome.
Which is? Social credits and social control (ala China) because that will solve the big eugenics problem Hitler was (wrong-headedly) working on:
The Global Controllers (been to Davos lately?) have a toughie ahead figuring out “Who among the “useless eaters” (global pop) will provide the “highest return on investment?” as the world runs out of resources?
What we see if how limited, regional nuclear wars will work out as a massive “culling.” And the coming wars will bring a side-benefit: End of “climate change” on the heating side. Plus, with a third fewer humans, or so, there will be few mouths to feed, a slower depletion rate on fuels, time to run the compact fusion program, and time for AI to partner with the Elites while the richest will be bringing in their desperately-need resource from asteroid mining.
“Ure…you’ve flipped out!!!!”
No, Asteroid Mining Laws are real. Dear God, take the time to read the whole law – passed by Congress and signed, sealed and delivered it is embodied in “42 U.S. Code Chapter 159 – SPACE EXPLORATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND SCIENCE.”
I know, too busy to read that Pacific Council piece, too, I suppose: “Regulating International Space Mining, an Enormous Industry.”
OK, that’s just some of the data on what’s coming. Just my POint #1.
Point #2 Blowing Up India
Although, in my personal view, The Atlantic is a bit left-of-center in US political coverage, their outlooks on International Affairs are just dandy. Especially when we see and contrast their views with how the neocons are reacting.
Then, for the neocon footwork, see how Big Bad John “Bolton says Pakistan committed to easing tensions with India.” On the same side, eh?
What’s the real globalist agenda? Strange you would ask. But I have one more data point to throw in your face: Reports The International News today “‘China not to pick sides in Pakistan-India dispute’ .”
OK, what fits?
This is definitely a “fit” but it’ll make Ure skin crawl. Goes like this:
India and Pakistan come to their 72-year point this summer. When they do, India is going to get its ass-kicked. Let’s line up why Globalists want things to go down this way:
- From the standpoint of the US, India is not a huge import partner. But they are also not addicted to American products.
- From China’s standpoint, India is on the same continent and so it could be a real expansion problem down the road.
- For the Globalists, India is 1.28 billion people. Pakistan is just 205-million.
If the Globalists long-term outcome is implementing a “gentle culling” there’s a case it has already begun. HIV in Africa? Some conspiracies point to this. Culling via the Indo-Pak war? Then some regionally devastating pandemic in other population-dense enclaves.
All horrible stuff, and I’m not predicting it, but we can already see many ways that the observed data could be construed as fitting.
I’ll let you work on supporting and denying details for my Point #3 (Climate is a global government tax plan) and Point #4 (Space-mining to support the uber rich) but you already know the Billionaire’s Boys Club is running operations to get into space, right?
OK, enough…back to eyeing the breakfast menu and working on a more uplifting Peoplenomics report for tomorrow that documents one of the most overlooked – yet incredibly impacting – trends at the great-historical level.
I dare you: Send this to 100 friends with a link here. People deserve to know how the deck has been stacked.
As we say, moron the ‘morrow…