Kinda hard to get out of bed today. Calm before the storm (in a sec.).
For this morning, markets are back on track for a rally resumption. One we fear could be curtailed if/when consumer prices come in higher than expected when released tomorrow morning.
Then Wednesday, brace yourself for retail sales figures. Even though the usual suspects will do OK, the Auto Industry has “the Big Hurt on it” because of chip shortages. And that’s a post-hole digger for the Fed’s economic outlook. Just one more “nail in the financial coffin” for this fall.
For the early slog, Dow Futures were +170 and S&P was +20 something. Lumber was back over $600, too. Despite our putting the new deck (See the Sunday column) on hold.
TX Flood? Oilman’s Marina?
While we sure hope it doesn’t work out that way, some of our favorite readers (like Oilman2 and Linda-at-law) are down in the “swimming hole” which will fill tomorrow.
We would not be surprised to see local rainfall amounts in the 20 inches (and higher) range as tropical storm Nicholas ambles through. As always, our little joint in the woods (blue x-box cobbled in by our high-roller art dept.) is just outside the dangerous rains area.
This morning in the outback it’s 75 and the summer bugs are as loud as ever. But with low temps coming in, that’s bound to change, too.
Oh, look! Lying government! HUD Sells Flood-Prone Houses To Often Unsuspecting Buyers : NPR.
Britain seems to be scrapping the idea of a “mark of the jab” to go out: “Covid vaccine passports SCRAPPED as Sajid Javid confirms people won’t need them to get into nightclubs and cinemas.
Here in the colonies, Anthony Fauci may have to change his last name to Waffle: Dr. Fauci on if Those with Natural Immunity Should Get the Vaccine: ‘I Don’t Have a Really Firm Answer’”
Might we offer a few? (Like stop misleading Congress on gain of function bioweapons research the US was involved with? Come clean about it being a bioweapon accident? Admit people who have had CV-19 are 27-times safer than those with the pseudo vax? (I don’t know how much help would be the right amount here…)
Liars Poke-Us in Focus
Scroll down to the video clip festival here and see what America’s Liar’s Club used to say… Biden Admin: Don’t Worry, We’d Never Impose a Vaccine Mandate! [Supercut]. Pants on fire, Joe?
Meantime, though, Fauci is holding the threat of vax to travel out there again Fauci says he would support vaccine requirement for air travel.
Meantime, the UK is being told No more COVID-19 lockdowns, UK health minister suggests. Pardon us just watching the calendar for a while on this one. Too early to tell if he’s being sincere or just applying to the Liar’s Club down the road…
Honestly, I don’t know which is worse: CV-19 or the shocking degree of incompetence in government revealed in the serial lies about where things are.
The REAL story to be aware of? CDC Hiding the sausage! Why did CDC change definition for ‘vaccine’? Agency explains.
We think the right and honest answer is more likely the “Vanna White” answer: “Big Money! Big Money!”
Joe Buyed ‘Em?
Oh-oh…here’s the new book you’ve all been waiting for: New book reveals how Joe Biden’s family used his position for profit, reports the NY Post. Talkxs about Jim and Hunter helped dad along. (Yah think?_)
Not cheap, this new tomb by Ben Schreckinger. But on Amazon here: The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power.
Also in Poisoned Politics
Already tomorrow’s California recall vote is bringing out last-minute muck to rake and mud to throw. Some examples:
We have already called the election for Newsom. But not based on polling. Nope, the same tools that kept Trump out of office are aligned to keep Newsome in. Whether you’re talking media, vote counters, machinery, legitimate voters? Don’t need to say. We only consider preponderance of the data and it’s clear. (Wrong, but clear…)
Here’s the critical point about Big Data most people don’t grok: The reason “the future” looks like it’s controlled by only a handful of “elites” is that something else (preponderance of data stacks) is underway. So, conspiracy advocates tend to correctly see how crooked things are. But then they objectify and personalize it to [fill in the person or group].
More useful – in terms of predicting and understanding the future, however – is to look at life as piles of data sets. Call how those interact and it can teach oodles and gobs about the future. It’s why the Delphi method works.
The Real News Overlooked
Terror season? Is that what 9/11 commemorations have kicked off? Gotta ask because now Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia. Raise your hand if you know who the expected perps will be using “suicide bombers”?
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do” but dems are doing it: Manchin Says Ocasio-Cortez Attacks ‘Just Awful’ — ‘Continue to Divide, Divide, Divide’.” You know, for a party that can’t do math and has not clue #1 how to balance a budget, they sure know how to divide…weird little math anomaly, huh?
Auto Crash – due to the chip shortage – just keeps getting worse: The latest numbers on the automotive microchip shortage.
Kid NorK still weaponizing: North Korea says it tested long-range cruise missiles which just has to be a defence nightmare.
Names in Climate Marketing tip. Don’t know if you’ll see the humor in this, but our newsroom/gallows humor snickered a bit: Coldplay to host grand-opening concert at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena. (Not red hot Chili Peppers? Ice Cube…)
Google du jour: Just try to count the hype on Madonna’s butt following some music thing served the plebes on the tube last night.
Where to Buy Brains: US News has their annual college ranking out here: Bring your wallet. Princeton, Williams Top 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings. See, we would have put Google and Youtube videos on how to just do stuff in there. Not as good as a 4-year degrees, but most things are “2-minute problems” in real life.
Around the Ranch
ShopTalk Sunday follow-up: Successfully played beat the clock. Front of the house is now repaired and we’re ready for as much rain as this storm Nicholas will toss our way.
Ham radio: Very savvy comments on QRZ.com from my posting the latest “super antenna” for comment. One, for example, thinks the great gain figures are illusory: “It would appear that your antenna design has simply solved for the maximum calculated GAIN ERROR built into the EZ NEC algorithm….” Hmmm…
The only solution when faced with this kind of problem is to “get out of the software and just go build the real world thing and see how it works….”
With the lumber order cancelled and rain arriving sooner than later, off to the store for a supply run.
Then, writing on part two of contingency planning for the coming Social Security changes which will be on the Peoplenomics subscription site Wednesday.
Have a marvelous relief rally – Dow futures up over 200 now… Whee!!!
Write when you get rich,