Some 2019 restrospective in the first section this morning. But, if time is short for you, skip down to “Today’s Real News” – a big headline and you can’t miss it.
New post around 8:15 with the Housing data, so check back.
We’ll serve-up this morning’s “rasher of news and comment” but first, a few words about Life from a long-time adventurer.., Think of these as messages to future people.
1. It’s Time to Rethink Economics
Not just in our day-to-day efforts, but the great-big overall macro level . Toward this end, I’ve had an idea that is so radical (dare I say subversive) at its core, that it seems to have the potential to accomplish some very desirable and meaningful goals.
- Redefine consumption by redefining production.
- Embodying some of the concepts in my forthcoming book “ The 100-year Toaster.” The book is both a lament – for we have trading quality in Life for economic objectives, which is simply insane – and a guidepost. What is the new set of metrics by which we will measure success?
You already know the metric of success, today: Stacked cash and personal financial resources. Thing is, money is supposed to be a storehouse of value – a promise of a future transaction (trade), not an end – in and of itself.
Yet, over the past 10-years, we’ve seen the evolution of “financial engineering” to a magnificent degree. In fact, to such a degree that there are “expects” who promise us “It REALLY will be DIFFERENT thing time.”
Financial Engineering is like offering a drowning man a glass of water. He won’t be thirsty, at least for a while. But, he’s still drowning; the underlying problem not having been addressed.
We also don’t have enough “free time” which we once enjoyed, as humans. While it’s marvelous that we have good reason (Moore’s Law) to expect more inventions in the new 20-years, that in all of previous human history, there’s a big question not being asked.
To what end?
We’ll lay out an idea (complete with its own website) in coming weeks over on the Peoplenomics.com side of the house. But, seems to me that any time we can spent – as humans – focused on breaking down divisions between us, and spending more time looking at much larger opportunities; well, that’d be a fine thing, indeed.
2. Rediscovery of Self-Direction & Discipline
This one is both easy…and hard…at the same time.
The self-direction part is cleverly hidden by “environmentals.” Precepts that are ground into our souls down at the pre-conscious level. The messages in our music, the “way” we unquestioningly accept falsehoods and lies in media.Too much television. Too much social. It’s all thought-control and digital addiction.
We each know what the Truths are, deep down inside, yet dare we act?
The other part of the self-direction suppression is to stop running in the “wagon ruts of those before us.” One shortfall, not discovered in myself until much latter in life, is that if you “Always follow your heart – and do what makes you happy and fulfilled, everything will work out as it should in the end.”
Religious people get close to it. They know we’re here to contribute something, and as a result, they listen to their hearts (prayer) most intently. Then, when they sense their “calling” Life spins on a dime as they move (confidently) in their new direction. All with humility in “ Thy Will be Done…” But, also putting into practice (actualizing) that “If you follow your heart, it all works out as it should.”
One other point on the “self-direction” is remaining steadfastly optimistic even though you have every reason to become a pessimist.
The best $2-dollar investment I believe most people can benefit from, whether they are “religious” or otherwise, is a small yet valuable book “Calling Things That Are Not.”
Nominally, it’s a book on prayer. Why it works sometimes, yet doesn’t at others
Spoiler alert: When prayer doesn’t work, it’s because someone is “praying the problem” – instead of “praying the solution.” It makes a profound difference on how Life and Universe responds to your needs.
Now, About Self Discipline
The biggest improvement in myself this year has been spedning more time planning and drawing the most direct path to what I wish to accomplish. I’m being brutal with myself demanding completion and closure. At my6 age, you never know….
There’s a marvelous tool in Windows 10 called “Sticky Notes.” If it’s not on your computer, you may be prompted to download it from the Microsoft Store. Go ahead…live a little! It’s free!
I’ve used a lot of Day-Runners, the To-Do list in Outlook, and literally a dozen “project managers” over the years. Yes, including Project and for the open-source fans, ProjectLibre.
But this one is beautiful in its simplicity.
You sit down with a cup of coffee and 10-minutes, or so, and jot down the half dozen, or so, items that need to happen on a particular day to get you where you want to go in life. Here’s some of what was done a few weeks back:
I tried to figure out “time blocks” for things, but that invariably blows-up one or two items into the list. The old twice as long on most estimates, but only 20% of the time on others. Time planning is often wasteful.
Instead, I move the most important onto the short daily list and that’s what happens.
Waking Up is Hard to Do
This is another one of those things people seem to miss: Waking up early enough so you can get all your daily functions done and still never be rushed at work.
My alarm has been going off at 5 AM every day of the week for years. Since I like to start writing by 6 or 6:30, I want to have lots of “interruptions” done for the doy.
- Fresh pot of coffee
- The (large) morning stack of vitamins
- Then, putting on a “light helment” a half-hour of “brain warm-up.”
- AFTER the warm-up and data-seeking, then I can To-Do things.
This last involves understanding how a particular day will work out – so my schedule doesn’t conflict with “Natural Forces.” (Example: If rain is likely, don’t sc hedule the trip to the lumber yard to get plywood for project thus and so…)
Holding Over into 2020
There are a number of Big Projects which didn’t complete in 2020. Which is fine with me, but may frustrate a few readers. Let’s take ’em one-by-one so you know what to expect.
It’s still my intent to get a first podcast up on the Peoplenomics.com site by end of business today. But I’ve run into a major routing problem (in the DAW [dfigital audio workstation]) that prevents the easy flow of additional sound sources.
If I told you PreSonus ASIO doesn’t “dual terminate” in both the 16.0.2 console on channels 7^8 (stereo) AND at the same time in Samplitude X4 Pro on any PreSonus ASIO in, would that help you understand my “routing quandary?”
The easist solutions are to use a second computer for sound effects and music (4-hour solution) OR spend money for purpose built software (2-hours and $150) or the open-ended answer (working with virtual audio routing software) which has so far been a 10-hour, high win consumption resulting, nightmare…
Whatever the answer is, I want to get something up by end of day. Which gets me to one of the problems with Life in the Woods: Slow Internet. Up link speed out here is 0.24 MB so pushing the finished .MP3 up to the Peoplenomics server will not be quick.
Time Machine Project
If you’ve been following along, my best guess, based on all the data collected so far, is that there is a “portal” to greater dimensions that has been referred to as “the cloud” in religions and as “electronic fog” (Bruce Gernon’s book, The Fog: A Never Before Published Theory of the Bermuda Triangle Phenomenon) and in reports of levitation in remote areas of Tibet using sound.
This is really a “time on task” problem. I’m trying to get it all done, but competition for time is brutal.
New Projects in 2020
There’s only one – and it will be laid out in this Saturday’s Peoplenomics report. It’s not a simple thing: In order to rework economics, we need to revalue goods and production, so we do that and then set up a website to begin moving the world in that direction.
I think you’ll find it both interesting and, from a humanistic standpoint, very worthwhile.
Oh…and to be a bit of a tease here: Yet, it also involves my workshops (there are now four – which is a whole story in itself – and online resources.
Now, that’s a lot of stuff to hold in the head while going through the morning slog through “rip & read headlines” ahead of part 2 of this morning’s report, which will pop when the Housing report crosses…so another report will be up shortly…
Today’s Real News
Ah, down to this again, are we?
Well, we could start with the ZeroHedge story: ““I, Who Vowed To Never-Ever Short Stocks Again, Just Shorted The Entire Market”.
The problem with going short is that it’s too early, to be sure, despite the sell-off Monday. Let’s look again at that chart I put up for George Noory’s readers on Boxing day, shall we? This is the “before.” I laid out two track: Blue is the “One more Up to Go” while red is the “World Ends In January” track:
OK, now fast-forward to where we are this morning with the futures prices up a tad:
You can see where that ascending trend channel is. While we’re in cash (lol, that’s not investment advice, that’s a coward speaking!) we’d just as soon wait to see if the channel holds and we have that “one more up” to go.
Not that I don’t like to read about the plans of others…but the “markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent” is as true as ever.
Still, we don’t see people unloading assets or cryptos yet: BTC’s are $7,223 and gold keeps getting legs under it, though again, color us skeptical.
Impeachment: Season 4
We end 2019 with Impeachment Season 4 about to kick-off, much to the delight of the old-line, crooked and co-opted MainStream media. They’ve been pissed at Trump since before the 2016 election when his “secret weapon” to win the White House was Twitter.
In the latest episode, we see how after making it something akin to a national emergency to get their impeachment story done before the holidays, we still see Nancy et al sitting on sending anything to the Senate for trial. Predictably, the whiners are out in force as we read in Senate Democrats call for witnesses in impeachment trial after new report.
Hanging over the dems is “When does delay become denial of speedy trial rights?” Answer: never. That’s something in Law and this is all political. besides, the dems, as we have been saying, will use this as a stick to keep incumbent senators from getting re-elected…which is the most half-assed plan to retake the Senate ever seen. But from the stooges who lost it for Hillary, it’s like a Halloween IV.
Digital Mobs in 2020
While the dems are still running the “old people’s playbook” on social in politics, the rest of the digital insurrection will continue into the new year. Everyone’s trying to be famous and out example du jure is found in how “He was mocked for proposing in KFC, but the internet found them and will give them their dream wedding.”
Glad for them, and all, but point is, like a change of weather has been morphed into climate hysteria and 16-year olds channeling adults, so too we see case after case of minutia getting under the keyboards.
Ringing in the Trade War
Elaine and I will be enjoying a glass or three of her favorite champagne tonight. California grown. But I’ve sent her a note to read on how U.S. Tariffs on French Goods Could Be a Big Opportunity for Italian Winemakers. Still, to my humble taste, a jug wine like Carlo Rossi Pasano is a better deal that most foreign wines. Except Sake of course. If you find a good domestic, at a low price, let me know.
Reminder for Ham Radio ops: Straight Key Night tonight! Tube radios if you have ’em.
American Arrogance Dept.
One of the hallmarks of decline, here in Empire II, the sequel to Rome is the amazing about of arrogance that comes through. Like the American view is right…
Story that garners such comment is CNN’s Why India’s citizenship law crosses the line.
Whose line we talking here? The Indian law made it through both houses of India’s parliament, did it not? Muslims were left out of the law and since India’s its own country, we have to wonder is CNN “carrying the water” for a Muslim conquest of India, now?
Which gets us back to the murky role of the MainStreem in setting the groundwork for the Muslim reconquest of Europe, unvetted arrivals here, and which is 4-generations (tops) from being an accomplished fact in some upper Midwest states..
Strange times we live in: But always a good time to ask “What’s driving the criticism? Why is leaving out one group – wtih an avowed agenda of displacing elected governments – anything we should be critical of?
Fearing theocracy displacing democracy isn’t irrational. Coming to a country near you…watch for it. (Yeah and on what network? ;) )
Money for Nothing:
We gotta ask: Are people shorting the market aware the Fed Repo Depot dumped in $25.6 billion this morning?
Dow futures down 14..
More at 8:15 AM with the housing report…
Write when you get rich,