Markets: Mark to Reality Time?

Reader Note:  This is being posted in sections this morning because of the cold-front, T-cells, and rain moving through the area this morning.  The finished product should be up around 8 AM Central, as always.  If you’re reading earlier than that, here’s your chance to see if you can read faster than I can type!

Mark to Market?

Many moving pieces to the market this week.  Let’s run though the ones that could figure most prominently:

Fresh Blood:  This is the first day of “commission-free trading” (though there are still exchange fees and such) at several of the online casinos.  Might bring in a little more money

Speak, Jay!  Fed Boss Jerome Powell has a couple of talking points  today and again on Wednesday.  If he promises a cut, markets will do one thing, but if he keeps the door open for no cut, might be some disappointment ahead.  Waffle for breakfast today, is therefore in order.

Trade Talks still on.  But, as we figure it, the Chinese are in a great position to “meddle” in the USA 2020 election by simply walking out, or delaying on trade until the dems see who’s left standing.  I.E. No Joe.    A dem (think LizYang) in the White House in 2020 would be a trade “lay-down” and  we remember that socialists do seem to run in schools.  Law schools.

Kid Korea weighs:  Seems the NorK’s don’t think the US MSM is giving citizens here the whole picture and says progress is overblown. “North Korea says onus on U.S. after “sickening” nuke talks fall apart.” (No condo complexes on the beach for you, yung Un.)

And India-Pakistan heats up asKashmir: Pakistani authorities block protesters at India-Pakistan border.”  We notice German media are more awake on this than domestic US.

Oh, and let’s not forget what Supreme Court cases might do to markets as Supreme Court Returns for High-Profile Cases on Abortion, LGBT Rights and More.  These are all highly monteized (industrial division of America) so they do matter to their sub-economics (OK, and the dom’s too!).

Confused Yet?

So goes the uneven flow of media reports, on this and that.  Why just a bit earlier today, Reuters ran one story that said “Futures dip on caution ahead of trade talks.”  Which would make you think lower open, right?  But just one minute earlier on their feed, they also ran “Stocks tiptoe higher as U.S. jobs boost offsets weak European data, trade anxiety.”  Ball of confusing (or is that collusion?).

Our bet for today is a modest decline today, (-0.4 to -1.0 percent) some rally tomorrow and into Wednesday, but a closing S&P Friday possibly around 2,875 this week doesn’t look like a bad dart toss IF the 1929 replay track is real.  We shall see.  But, no, this is not trading advice.  We don’t offer that.  Wild-eyed crazy-man ravings?  Got plenty-them, Kimosabe!

Well, maybe not a complete raving, though, since when you read The Disconnect Between Equities And Macro Grows Wider over at ZeroHedge you’ll figure (as one might) that either the macro’s gotta improve or the stocks gotta respond to gravity.  Oh, and we continue below one of our key trading indicators over on the Peoplenomics side of the house, even with Friday’s rally…

Mr. Snide’s Corner

Word that “China’s Breeding Giant Pigs That Are as Heavy as Polar Bears”  is hardly news.  Why, we saw one shopping t’other day at Wally World.  No “aisle closed” sign, either, but that would’a been nice.

TV Movie Plot of the Day

Key witness in Amber Guyger murder trial shot to death.  Weird, huh?

Around the Ranch: Immortality?

Sunday may have been the last day of Summer here in East Texas.

I managed to get Elaine’s new clothesline up.  Runs 65 feet from the screen porch over to the carport where the truck and tractor live.

Fine…just in time for the rainy weather…”  or something to that effect.  Temps this week will be dropping from the mid-90’s down to the mid-“age range” (70’s, lol).

To the right sits The Boss, sunning herself Sunday.  Most people still guess her age 20-25 years on the low side – for reasons that should be apparent.  We chalk up to long-time vitamin supplement use and not living in with the stressors of city life since 2005 when we got back from Burbank, California for good.

Had an interesting discussion about aging Sunday while have some liquid resveratrol (red Italian) vitamins in the “180 Room” while watching this year’s deer herd trimming the lawn.

What came into focus was novel I keep thinking about writing which is predicated on a “secret department” set up inside the Social Security administration specifically for people like us.  People seriously challenging immortality, if we make it.

The plot follows an agent as a couple – in their 100’s – are confronted by the feds who accuse them of being Social Security fraudsters.

“:..You can’t be 100…have you looked at yourself?  How and whed did you assume their identities?: came the demand from the agent-in-charge.

“No…we really are those people and I can prove it.”

At this, the male produces his and her birth certificates, inviting the agent to “Go ahead…take my finger and footprint and compare them...”  Along with a computer card.  “Here – this is our DNA which we had run by  back in 2017.  See for yourself....”  Several readers expressed concerns about “privacy” when we did that, and I don’t think I mentioned there is a “longer game in play” here.  But since the window opened on reversing aging by extending telomere length using the protocol we cooked up, guess that cat’s out of the bag.  Recent article was in Nature, if you missed it.

Back to the novel:  The main stumbling block (and I’m not sure how to “write around it”) will be the global nuclear war we see coming in the 2024 to 2027 timeframe.

Elaine’s been thinking about aging (and moving back to the city) as we both do from time-to-time.  She keeps coming back to the zero stress out here and wonders if “aging is communicable – passed from other people” idea.  I’ve had similar thoughts.  Mine running more to the idea of “time anchors.”

Time anchors?  Yeah.  Ever meet someone who keeps playing music from the 1970’s?  That person is “time anchoring” themselves.  They have attached to a kind of music,  a way of thinking, a way of being… And this, in turn is getting further and further way as we move along our personal time-lines, which move (roughly) in concert with an area timer-line (which is why remote living is better for longevity perhaps?) and then all this swims along a “world-line” which only rarely “jumps” and that gets us to the global thermo nuclear problem on the other side of the economic depression.

Like all good things, Sunday in the 180-room had to end.  And so it did with a mess of tacos and reading a book on treasure-hunting.

And why that?

Well, turns out this is a branch of research off one of my research topics:  How information is organized.  You see, breakthroughs to new ways of thinking may be predicated on us human’s getting the baseline information “laid out right” so we can see what we have, and what we don’t.  That’s the work-plan on the time machine research for example. Such “data organization”  allows a researcher to take multiple accounts (in treasure-hunting) and organize them using “machine-learning concepts” (thought clouds) as vesicas (from set theory).  Once you have “overlap” from reports, then you can draw inferences, but more importantly, you can focus on that which you don’t know.  This allows the mind to really drill-down looking for that missing piece, usually a high vesica  (say 25th) overlap between accounts that has escape other treasure-hunters (or time machine researchers).  Working on notes so we can go over details on the Peoplenomics side of the house one of these days.

One other outcome from the weekend:  We decided (since we live in a double-wide that we have largely rebuilt) that while I could just ass easily tear everything out and put in new cabinets and such, Elaine made the point: “What bother?”  Correctly noting it one of those things that would never pencil out.  So new tile counters and door facings and that’s it.

Meantime, though, one radical thought I had was to take a photographic wall mural (something real panoramic) and cut it up and use that for the new door facings. Here’s what it might look like (sculpting the effect in CorelDRAW software first to see if we like it):

Elaine thought it would “look too busy” and after thinking about it, I had to agree.  Still, easy to do:  Get one of those wall murals of a mountain range and then lay it out on a clear floor, place the door faces (down), mark them and cut them out, making sure to keep the space between ’em the same as they will be when mounted.

Apply them to the doors using a spray adhesive and then cover with a high-build-up casting plastic for durability…

We’ve going with all black doors again,  And, oh yeah, the picture, taken Saturday shows the crock pot doing a “to die for” pot roast.  It was simply amazing….leftovers lasted only to 9 AM Sunday.

So goes “life around the ranch,” huh?  You don’t need a lot of money to flee the city.  You do need an independent streak and one more thing:  Brains.

Write when you get rich,

37 thoughts on “Markets: Mark to Reality Time?”

  1. When I was in Navy boot camp, San Diego in ’79 one of the lasting impressions I received from my culture shock going from Texas to California was how “well preserved” so many women were out there compared to home. Perhaps it was my first encounter with “Plastic Surgery” but most women from their 40s on, back then, at home, started to resemble Aunt Bea and Granny Clampett more often than not unless they were a farm and ranch girl which kept them in shape. Heck, anyone in their 50s I remember as a kid pretty much had one foot in the grave already whereas now, after Mom shoved multivitamins down our throats from about 2 years on, things have improved considerably – for both genders. I think Mom had some second thoughts on the vitamins in my early years as the old Vidaylin syrup was pretty tasty to me which prompted me to ask for seconds pretty often and resulted in her telling me to “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!!”.

  2. Since you are sig younger than her can we see a side by side of both of you..Imagine E is still the younger looking of the two……either way the prettier…..

    • Never discuss a women’s age, just ask for the picture for comparison. Good looking women are attracted to strong, sensitive, daring men.

  3. Good morning George and Elaine, from the Land of Pleasant Living (Costa Rica). Being a bit North of 75, I also have been considering ‘aging’. So, I had a physical, first in 6 years, and all is well. Keep doing what I am doing. My Lady and I are both MED FREE!

    What are we doing that might benefit our health and others? Positive thinking for one. As my son says, “Dad, you think young”.

    Eating sort of healthy which means fresher foods (meats, fish, veggies) that are as local as possible. Also, as Pesticide Free and Medication Free as possible.

    Social activities. People are ‘Tribal’ and require social interaction. Living beyond the sidewalks does reduce stress, but also reduces social interaction making cities seem to be attractive. But, cities have major problems even in the case of a minor Grid Down and Pollution.

    I believe that you mentioned the book Wheat Belly and along that line you might want to read Grain Brain by Dr. Perimutter –


  4. George

    “Apply them to the doors using a spray adhesive and then cover with a high-build-up casting plastic for durability…”

    What is high-build-up casting plastic and can I use it to make a clear overlay to protect a photograph? Where can I purchase it?

    And about that cooler weather. From your typing fingers to Gods eyes!!

  5. Once you mastered the breathing techniques.
    It will allow you to work with time travel under different planetary atmospheric conditions.
    It will allow you to work with Antigravity. It will allow you to work in the future or past.
    The 11th harmonics is the next step you’re looking for .
    Applications for going forward in time and backward in time and also for Antigravity as in moving stone blocks as an individual’s look up float in the air, destruction of 911 and many more applications for the 11th harmonics.THE MAGIC FREQUENCY

    • My first wife was thin like her ,if she was still alive today she would be 75 , she was French Portuguese.

  6. Your article again reminded me of my neighbors down my country road. They looked in there 90’s back in 1992, and are still going strong today. Which got me thinking about “Aliens among us”, close encounters. Close encounters got me thinking about “Devils Tower” and your panoramic in the kitchen. That brought up an idea of a large photo of “Devils Tower” on the shower wall across from the throne. Maybe it’s time for coffee and go back to the Mill work. Interesting way to start the day and yes it is much cooler.

  7. Overheard this morning while watching cartoon about an amorous skunk Mr Pepe LePew –

    Le meow!

    G – heard a reasoned “voice” over the weekend – warning – October 14th..”ohh Ollie”..

    ..Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone..” R.Montagne

    Crash protection seems like a prudent course of action – maybe that is why the Marine Reserves were just Activated over the weekend -hmmm

    No Pain – No Gain – and the pain just keeps coming.

    Bitcoin – the hardest money on the planet – no wonder “they” R afraid.

  8. In addition to brains, you need vigor and stamina, both of which I don’t have. So, staying here in my city apartment and planning on not surviving a major catastrophe. After all, it’s a miracle I made it to 73.

    • Awe crap, we won’t wanna hear that! Get up and walk half an hour a day. Deep breathe, some supplements and re-engage. Yah ain’t dead yet, but as you believe so shall you achieve…

    • Ocf – Just to add to the already great comments -1) Remember that meds. all have side effects so if you’re on any check the side effects on-line or ask your pharmacist. 1 or more could be contributing to your lack of “vigor & stamina” & your Dr. could switch you to another med w/o those.
      2) Get your blood levels checked. Maybe you have low thyroid or need Vit. D or…or… See your Dr. & if he /she says “your just getting old” then it’s time for a new Dr. Imho!
      3) Also as “The Tinkerer” has already stated we “people are Tribal & require social interaction” so for ex. you could volunteer somewhere like @ a senior center & even take classes there. Look on-line for volunteer opps.
      4) & as George reminded us exercise helps improve stamina & vigor. Mood too.

  9. Elaine probably does not intend this, but she is unknowingly fat shaming me with that toned exterior. OK, I am heading upstairs to the BowFlex !!

  10. The markets seem to be in a state of confusion this morning. I like this $0 commission change. I can trade the grandkids accounts.

    Each morning I use a hot towel on my face, just like the old time barber shop, to keep my face from aging. Most people don’t think I am 71. Also, 3 times a week at the gym, & a walk at nite keeps the girls coming back. Like an old Andy.

    • Opportunities to run into and interact with hot girls is about the only reason to live in the city, and if you have a permanent one of your own, supply runs are about the only reason to go there. Amazon and Ebay can limit, but not eliminate that requirement.

      • NM – Sounds like you are still searching for a woman. You need to chat one up, but not about anything electrical or motorized or discussed on this site. She will run the other way.

  11. I wonder what the real reason was for Amber murdering her neighbor.

    Clearly, “Snitches gets stitches” in Texas. That’s what the state (kings) did 1000 years ago. Someone cause a problem, boil the perp in oil in front of everyone – an entire generation would float by before anyone got out of line again, fear.

    Epstein hung himself with toilet paper. What can ya say? Epstein hung himself with toilet paper, and that’s the way it is.

    Considering the 911 hullabaloo it would be refreshing if the Wounded Warrior folks ran a graphic TV commercial stating they were lied to all along.

    • Epstein is ALIVE. 911 was an inside job. WW’s are not the best charity to donate to for veterans, they are a money making enterprise. Repeat after me: Everything is a Business Model (EIABM).

  12. I grew up in a small to mid-sized town in Wisconsin before moving to Hawaii at age 25. I was fortunate enough to survive in Honolulu for 40 years. Big city has it’s attractions, but for the most part I hated it, living in a concrete box with too many people around and too much traffic jamming and work stress. Again I was fortunate to retire to a rural life before TSHTF. Far from military targets, plenty of rainfall for water, growing fruit trees, room to put up Ham radio antennas… yeah, life is good in the boonies! I have a police/fire/ambulance station 4 miles up the road with 5-minute response times. 20 mile trip to the ‘Big Town’ of Hilo for shopping & supplies. Life is good in ‘retirement’. Let the rest of the world go by…

    • Preach it, brother Hank! We -sort of – understand the lure of the big cities. Big touring bands like the Stones and such. But when comes down to it, the wandering minstrels and fresh food not out of a freezer at a better deal all around…now if we could just get the minstrels part figured out.

  13. “Elaine’s been thinking about aging (and moving back to the city) as we both do from time-to-time. She keeps coming back to the zero stress out here…”

    There is NO stress living in the city if you’ve got it all together, like the two of you seem to have. Mine, unfortunately died >5 years ago and I still feel no stress ;-), though walking gets a little more tough at my age. Ambulances are 1/2 minutes away waiting for my call.

    I do think though, that presently you’re living in a much “envied paradise,” as seen by many, and your decision about any move will definitely be more complicated for you than being long or short the market.

  14. Based on closing prices, looking for major downturn this week starting tomorrow. Will need to check the morning futures.

  15. The second is what he calls chronovision: the ability to create a hologram that basically works as a looking-glass to gather intelligence of a specific place and time. The former was developed based on papers left by Nikola Tesla after he died in 1943. The latter, the “chronovisors,” were developed by two Vatican musicologists, and passed to the U.S. government by Rome afterward.

      • You won’t know if that’s the pretense ruse until you have the privilege of free use and access.

        But in music so far, its the rapid succession of tones, that causes land gravitating in the solenoid Crystal systems is there anything else, that is hiding in the Vault of the skull

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