Tuesday, 2 September 2014
From Michael Haltman at 18:14
From James P Willis at 16:00
President Obama needs a strategy for ISIS. Here is one for all Islamist Extremism that brings Hellfires and damnation
From Theo Spark at 11:00
Three months ago, when the US market was closed for Memorial Day, the spot price for Gold jerked $20 higher, and then tanked.
Yesterday, when the US market was closed for Labor Day, the spot market for Gold dropped $6, jerked higher, and then tanked.
BOTH times the US markets were closed. CLOSED for a holiday. There was no trading and the market was illiquid.
Yeah, makes perfect sense to me since the markets are now run by machines, machines programmed by carbon life forms....one of who was clearly (a) in a hurry Friday to start his 3-day weekend, and/or (b) didn't program the holiday into the trading algo, (c) forgot to unplug the machine, or (d) all of the above = forgot to tell the machine the market was CLOSED!
How uber-cool is THAT?
- Nothing screams "unrigged market" like a brainfart of this magnitude.
From Theo Spark at 10:30
Toias Lindberg and his buddies go snowmobiling in Langtrask, Sweden. The warm weather has the lake thawing, but that doesn't stop them.
From Theo Spark at 08:16
From Theo Spark at 08:12
Monday, 1 September 2014
And interesting piece: "Jesus, Self-Defense, and Teaching Your Kids to Use Deadly Force."
From Donald Douglas at 22:57
By Alan Caruba
The last century offered two world wars and several lesser ones, Korea and Vietnam. Voters put Franklin D. Roosevelt in office in 1933 and then kept him there until his death in 1945 just before the conclusion of World War Two. They had no wish to disrupt his conduct of the war with anyone else. It fell to Harry Truman to wrap up World War Two and to pursue the Korean War to repulse communist North Korea’s invasion.
After 9/11 George W. Bush used U.S. military strength to send a message to the world in general and al Qaeda in particular. By the end of his second term, a completely unknown young Democrat emerged as the Democratic Party candidate for President by campaigning on a promise to get out of Iraq and offering “hope and change.”
On August 28 Gallup reported “Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.”
His statement that he had no strategy to deal with the threat of the Islamic State and that it was perhaps too soon to expect one to have been formulated has led to the conclusion that he was far less intellectually equipped to be President than many had thought.
From Alan Caruba at 17:07
Lord christopher monckton and the artic ice cap .... which grows phenomenally just now, by the way ....
Oil tanker 'vanishes' with $100M cargo off Texas
Pricey VA wind turbines remain idle
Co-Authors of Ebola Study Die of Ebola
This Tiny Copper Awl Is Rewriting History
Why You Should Nap After Coffee
The Imaginary Non-Interventionist
YOUR UNITED NATIONS IN ACTION: Photo of ISIS Driving UN Vehicle (Paid For With Your Tax Dollars)
Immigration: one to watch
Putin demands negotiations over eastern Ukraine 'statehood'
Israel shoots down drone over its Syria border
Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire
Iraqi troops backed by U.S. air power break Islamic State’s siege of Amerli, freeing town’s 15,000 residents
From Theo Spark at 13:00
From Michael Haltman at 11:50
Peeling the financial onion, and getting into pesky details the teleprompter readers of FTV and Politics don't want you to even 'think' about will make you cry.
Friday 'gave' us the usual rigged/manipulated [read" FED, Central Banks] end-of-day, end-of-week, and end-of-month, mandatory stuff of "must have GOOD headlines" ahead of the 3-day US holiday to be touted breathlessly by the Keynesian shills.
Look past that, and consider the near daily record 'nominal' returns of investmemnts vs. the less impressive 'real' returns of investments from 1983 to 2013.
- After Expenses, Dividend Taxes, Capital Gains taxes, and Inflation (the actual inflation running ~10.3% and NOT the fake offishul 2% number), the REAL real return of investing isn't all that hot. And it isn't as much 'investing' as playing 'financial Russian roulette.'
And it sure as Hell isn't a "recovery."
- Investments are NOT at record highs because economies are improving.
- Investments are NOT at record highs because employment is improving.
- Investments ARE at record high because the FED (and other Central Banks) are buying what no one else will.
From Theo Spark at 10:30
From Theo Spark at 09:03
Some of the celebrities are denying it, but not all of them.
Here: "Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton Nude Photos Leaked Online."
From Donald Douglas at 02:13
I hope this summer never ends. The babes just keep getting hotter!
Here: "Hot Anais Zanotta Bikini Pics Showing Off Some Nips!"
Very nice nipples.
From Donald Douglas at 01:12