Got to love the headlines about it, though. Not to burst your bubble, or anything, when when you read headlines like “Total solar eclipse provides a spectacular celestial show” don’t get too worked up.
Around here, when we see stories like this, we take an East Texas Outback kind of practical approach, which includes laughing our butts off at live coverage of darkness on television.
Since you’re NOT in Greenland this morning, I’ll help you simulate an eclipse: I simply get a paper bag, go outside, and put it over my head. When I’m tired of seeing darkness, I take the bag off. (I’ll ignore the peanut gallery suggestion I use a plastic bag…)
People who get worked up over eclipses aren’t particularly bright unless they want to have some fun with it.
For example, say you are driving on a freeway just as a total eclipse happens. And let’s say the eclipse is around noon and you don’t slow down to the posted “Night” speed limit.
THAT would be an interesting court case – because it would depend on whose definition of night is used and in today’s legally bound-up-in-a-ball-of-yarn world, everyone has their own definitions.
The FAA uses one hour after sunset for flying. Boaters have nautical twilight, civil twilight (the implication is sailors aren’t civil, ahem) and regular sunrise which is when the upper limb of the sun cracks the horizon. But what if you’re in the mountains? I know some places up in Idaho and Washington State where, ‘specially in winter where because of the steep mountains) the sun doesn’t come up until an hour or two after it’s supposed to.
But you see the point, right? People who get worked up about eclipses define the attention-deficit, super-saturation economy of idiotic consumers who can’t remember that it was dark last night.
Hell, I should sell “Eclipse simulator” bags. I’d be rich. FMTT people are dumb.
Now, as to the point (“You’re not there, YET???” – no, I get paid by the word, lol), let me point out this starts a very important clock ticking toward my odd dream back in January about a major quake in April. That’s because the Kahunas (religious types of the Polynesian people) noted over the centuries that eclipses come along and they are followed by earthquakes. From an October 20143 column I wrote:
Michael K. Lee is reportedly a teacher of religion and history out in Hawai’i and somewhere along the way of studying how the Kahunas work their stuff, he did some work and Presto! Out popped some working earthquake predictions.
I’m not the first guy to notice his work. Graham Hancock (great fan of his work) had a write-up on it a while back. Apparently, the EQ risk is greatest after the eclipse has gone by.
So not to be eclipsed by events – and since everyone is a predictor of the future, anymore – I’m going to step out on a limb and predict a 7.0 earthquake somewhere in the eclipse area in the next three days.
Lee’s work, notes a Hawaiian earthquake site, has windows after an eclipse that can go for upwards of 16-days.
So if a quake comes along, is a biggie, and happens in the eclipse path, and happens in the next two weeks, or so, remember where you heard it first.
Unfortunately, there may not be enough data to discern how the Kahunas dealt with total eclipses. We should find that out with the big quake I expect in April. My dream says US West Coast, but if it’s a 9+, remember where you read it first. April 9 in the dream, but other people have darts later in the month. We shall see. But yes, the eclipse might matter as foreplay if the dreams –and the Kahunas – are right.
Oh, and a coincident indicator to keep an eye on: Train derailments. Like the big one in India this morning which killed 31 people in the northern part of the country. Also note there was a derailment up in Poughkeepsie this past week.
If you’ve been following how memes “leak” from the future into present reality, the coincidence of timing of headlines like “Only Congress can derail the Iran appeasement train.”
Elaine reminds me about Lynn McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment and we’re investing another cup of coffee into wondering if mass media has more impact than most commonly believed.
Quadruple Witching Day
The market always seems to bounce around a bit at the end of the quarter. Things were down a bit yesterday – 117 points on the Dow – but the futures argue all of that will come roaring back today.
There’s like a mechanical reason for it: Thursday is when the index options come off the table. And today is when stock options come off.
I assume you understand the principle called arbitrage? Wiki it sometime:
“In economics and finance, arbitrage (US /??rb?tr???/, UK /??rb?tr?d?/, UK /??rb?tr????/) is the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices. When used by academics, an arbitrage is a transaction that involves no negative cash flow at any probabilistic or temporal state and a positive cash flow in at least one state; in simple terms, it is the possibility of a risk-free profit after transaction costs. For instance, an arbitrage is present when there is the opportunity to instantaneously buy low and sell high.”
Understand this concept, you might be able to look at the action around the quadruple witching today and make some inferences about the market’s next turn.
People who bought the options at yesterday’s low will be forcing delivery at today’s higher prices. It’s like printing money if you’re a big enough player.
Biggest commodity gainer this morning is orange juice, futures up over a hundred now, and the Baltic Dry keeps inching its way back up….up a baker’s dozen this morning to 584, which is still in the 2009 range. Oil $45 and change.
Great Set-Up Line
My one-man “Anyone but Hillary, Please!” campaign apparently makes sense: Rasmussen Reports shows “54% Think democrats should run a Fresh Face in 2016.”
Meantime, After the tax hikes while Martin O’Malley was guv d’ Maryland, we wonder if he could carry his own state…but that still leaves 49 other states filled with “some of the time.” CBS Affiliate in DC quip of the day “Expert: ‘It’ll Take A Lot More Than Drudge To Push O’Malley Up In The Polls’.
Meantime, Senator Chuck Grassley is still trying to nail Hil on her “special assistant” but that is sounding like a broken record. Hil’s stonewalling has worked so far; remember what I said about some of the time.
One Prophet? Peaceful, did you say? So why are all the dead people around from the mosque attacks overnight in Yemen? Look for 50+ as a final body count.
Own the Future Through Search Results?
It’s an interesting question – one which I kick around especially since Grady and I look at www.nostracodeus.com data daily and note the gap between coming events and what gets reported/emphasized by the MSM. I wonder, for example, if the future can be molded by changing search results just so by the big search engines?
A story exactly on point in the Wall St. Journal reports: “”How Google Skewed Search Results: FTC staff report details how Google favored its own shopping, travel services over rivals…”
My guess is that if I had the most popular search engine in the world, I would “salt” results with items that were high on my agenda – things like warming and liberalism and globalist and such… just saying, there might be regulations coming on search algo’s sooner than later if anyone else figures this out.