Tuesday Change Check – Statistical Bites

What is the “news?”

Not to be too cynical (who, me?) but there is damn little of what is passed-off as “news” that is genuinely and personally useful.

The main aspect of “news” – after 50-years of chasing it, or making it – is that which will impact my life today and is different from yesterday.  Instead of the Obvious distraction (Harvey W. leads on Google, Drudge, while the New Republic covers Chinese baby-making and more Trump-bashing) I thought it would do us both some good to looking at what matters – and what doesn’t.

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We’ll leave it to you to see who is monetizing the Harvey W. disaster…but there’s a line of monetizers now.

Before we start, let’s dispense with the Harvey W stories:  You don’t know him (personally), I don’t know him, nor does his fall from [whatever] have anything to do with my life [directly] or yours.  So we can label this [bullshit].

Chinese couples coming to America to hire mother surrogates?  The number of UrbanSurvival readers who are female is small (15.6% female and our main age group is 45+ says Google Analytics), so that story isn’t likely to impact our readers.  Female children?

No, think about this:  Say New Republic is right and this is a new trend.  How many Chinese are shopping American surrogate moms?  A hundred?  Suddenly, we see the relevance of the story going…going…gone.

What’s left?

Time magazine offers 6 Ways to Practice Lagom, the Swedish Secret to a Balanced, Happy Life.  You might find it interesting, but I’m already happy.  If the Swedes want to send Ann-Margret over for dinner (she was born 28 April 1941 in Sweden) she might make for an interesting dinner guest…but again, we’re down the statistical crap-hole as sobriety wanders in.


Ah…something relevant – at last!  Wal-Mart sees 40 percent growth in U.S. online sales for fiscal 2019.

Several personal impacts on this one:  a) Our latest 55″ TV is showing up today from WalMart.  Better pricing than Amazon – which is rare, but as we outlined on the Peoplenomics side half a year back, we’re playing the modern business death-game “Barbarians at the Mall: Bezos and Bentonville” (which assumed you know Walmart is HQ’ed in Bentonville, AR, right?).

We have also recently purchased another server (for the next edition of Grady’s Nostracodeus future-predicting software to run on).  It’s a 1 TB i5 8GB refurb with Windows 10 Pro and it was about $230 including tax.  That dear reader is pertinent.  Runs great, BTW.

So is out new Google audio whatzit that isn’t making news yet, but we’re going to see if we can get Alexa (Amazon’s voice product) to talk to the Google product.  Maybe we can get them to argue?  Again, that is pertinent because dueling AIs is the future.  Everyone knows it, the media is too stupid to report it daily.  Robots and AI are coming for you…just a matter of when they take over your life.

Fox reports that an ‘Alien megastructure’ ruled out for some of star’s weird dimming.  We knew that one was statistically probable, didn’t we?  I mean who is going to be gullible and mentally impaired to the point of believing such hogwash in the first place?  “Let’s build a megastructure some significant fraction of a light-year in size, shall we?”  I don’t know if Prozac lowers resistance to clear thinking, but people ought to drink a lot more coffee.  Sheesh.

On the wires we see how Netflix fends off criticism over Canada investment.  But who cares?  The ONLY story about NF that matters is the recent rate hike.  We’ll stick with (cheap) basic, thanks.

One Story That Matters

California wildfires kill at least 11, more than 100 reported missing in wine country.  I’m still skeptical that this isn’t a planned attack.

Not withstanding my paranoia (the meds should kick in any minute) the fact is we expect that California wines will become more expensive. “Fires strike blow to wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties” reports the LA Times.

Next Financial Tidal Wave?

Keep an eye on the phony accounting stories out of Japan starting with Kobe Steel’s data-fabrication stuns Japanese manufacturers.

Question is:  Are there others?  (Yes).  Will they come out?  (That”s what to look for…)

Meanwhile, Back at Useless:

Game of Thrones: Traffic banned from Dark Hedges road.  The only
“game of thrones” that matters is the one we play at the ranch when I’m in one bathroom and…. Game play is being 5-7AM most days.  Too  much information, did you say?

CNN’s Gaffe du Jour?

Headlining “Pence’s stunt further inflames the nation.”

STUNT?????  WTF are these people?  STUNT??????

No, Pence (and we) STAND for America.  If the teams don’t?  We’re outta there.

You can have 5-more hours for real hobbies per week if you swear off football.  And we noticed recently how a NJ mega car dealer pulls TV ads over NFL protests.  If they were closer, I’d shop there.

Market Outlook: Fresh Records Today/This Week

We anticipate another run up to records this week.  NFIB small business optimism index is still near 2005 levels.

Meantime, with the Dow futures up 40, and the all time high at 22,803 and change, we’ve got to expect new all-time highs for the balance of this week.

And we’ll go over how to personally make some dough on for Peoplenomics readers tomorrow.  Plus our new approach to statistics that we’re cobbling into a new way to play the lottery.  Should be interesting!

Toodles till Thursday…

14 thoughts on “Tuesday Change Check – Statistical Bites”

  1. Even though supposedly only ~15% female readership, I know spouses/sig.others get passed on your insight [and like the writing/candor btw]

  2. “Imean who is going to be gullible and mentally impaired to the point of believing such hogwash in the first place? ”


    I am ready to tell you my secret now!

    I see dumb people!!!
    They are everywhere…

    • Statistic matter Bunnee! I expect Hugh Hefner was a conniseur of upper 30s and low 40 clusters in the vicinity of low 20’s clusters, for example!

  3. swear off football! NEVER! We watch UGA Bulldog football every Saturday and any post season game. College ball is fun and SEC football is even better! It helps that my wife is and our daughter will be graduates of the first state charted University (January 27, 1785)in the U.S.

    And, they are fun to watch. They work hard and play hard. Having fun doing it. Try them out this Saturday evening. Or wait and watch the SEC Championship game on December 2nd. ;^)

    • The distinction Jimbo is one is football (in the pure sense) the other is perversion into a business model.

  4. News today is Trump may go to the DMZ next month. I wonder whose idea that is (his or ?)? I don’t think he should go.

    • Agree with you on that – this is not involving nice, rational ‘business-types’ on either side – a whole S-load of trouble could happen!

  5. You know.. I had been dreaming about your project last night..
    the Cern for an example is a lot similar to shooting a fifty cal rifle in a barrel of water.. brute force in a magnetic world
    you already know I believe everything is intertwined and frequency is a dividing point.. now the dream revolved around pulse.. listen to sounds from outer space..
    what I hear is a pulse..a wave could this wave be enough to produce a propulsion system.. I view the sun like a softball being thrown through the air around it are the planets following it on its journey being held in place by the forces of the sun.
    now what if.. besides the magnetic vortex and the change in frequency there is a pulse.
    the heart pulses to push blood through the body, AC current to get electricity to travel great distances travels farther if it is pulsed instead of direct current.
    ( I once read an article about the Philadelphia experiment that had a photo of the ship with the coils mounted on she ship.. instead of around the ship similar to the way they deperm a ship today.
    if you drop a pebble in a bowl of water you will see very briefly a dip in the water and the waves it creates.. now what if you drop a slightly larger pebble at the same instant just before the water has had the opportunity to respond to the change. lets say five thousandths of a second would the dip continue to depress bending the surface of the water. similar to a pulse.. video etc are all in increments that once put together seem continuous.
    so while your experimenting.. try a pulse

  6. I would love to see a person in a position of very high authority, disallow any sports profits be made from inside any public owned facilities. Federal, State, and Local.

    BTW, these facilities include almost every NFL stadium….

    Keep up the great MOJO, George…

  7. Your new server seems like a sweet match for that new wallaroo start-up available on github to developers for free. They blogged their goings-on with a banking beta customer. I wonder how long regular folk will have a seat at the table should this data handling process really give super-computer results on a desktop?

  8. …One story that matters…

    “WE” want to know what is the truth about JFK, 911, LV and etc. Still Waiting.

    As a citizen of the PNW and endured its annual fire season my question: Since 911
    what is the truth about these mega-fires?

    In the current world situation I question ‘every’ fire is a lightening, campfire, accidental event.

    Why are there not more demands for an inquiry into those fires w/o obvious cause?
    When the blame is only laid at the “Climate Change” door I wonder what truth is hidden!

    Just asking. What about you?


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