Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sarah Trump

  Still think Trump is a viable candidate.

CNN: Sarah Palin serving in a Trump administration? 'I'd love that,' he says

Olfactory

The Daily Show - Huckabee’s Holocaust Iran Deal Comments

'New Class Of Non-Volatile Memory'

Sick

Your Daily Trumpet

Have A Great Tuesday

hyperrealistic sculpture by Duane Hanson

The Onion - Tour De France Won By Rowdy, Tattooed Biker From Harley Davidson Team

Maternal Language

TRNN - Crazy Weather Or Climate Change?

The Drought

Russia's Arctic Plan

China's Market

Global Warming - The Arctic Coastline

Bernie Burns

  With Bernie and The Donald garnering so much attention, it seems clear that a large segment of voters want significant change from the status quo. Yet, how large is that segment. Trump's "great" lead in the GOP is merely 20% of GOP primary voters, that's nothing. When and if he hits 60% then, that's something.

AlterNet: Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush - Polling on both sides shows voters are not happy with the status quo.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 74 degrees, sunny, and humid here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are in for a very hot muggy day. We see that Trump is now under the scrutiny of the people for his alleged treatment of his first wife. His defense that you can't rape your wife is patently false. There is spousal abuse occurring frequently in our society - a good friend of mine works in that field, the details are ugly. A person's family life can be very different of course from their public life. Trump's public life is one of aggressive assertions as he directs racist sentiment to immigrants and brutal childish uncalled for remarks to his opponents. Yet, some people exhibit similar public behavior and then as family members they are perfectly content and not violent at all. So for the time being, I have no judgment. On the other hand a lot of time where there is smoke, there is fire. You know this as well as I. Let's see how Trump handles the pressure.

  At 9:00 a.m ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly up. The market is poised to open higher.

  China's dramatic market nosedive on Monday is slightly calming today. The overall mood is calm. The equation is clear; as China's economy slows down and it's financial market is still in the dust of an explosion, China's need for oil diminishes. This equation adds further pressure to the global oil market as the oil glut is even larger with less demand from major goods producer China. I've read that oil is expected to hit $33 a barrel. Consider buying some at that price, it will be worth more eventually.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
"For [traders] the equation is very simple, if there is no demand in China, this spells trouble for the commodity market..."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hillary On Clean Energy

Slate: Hillary Clinton Just Went Big on Clean Energy. That Was the Easy Part.
...she’d rely heavily on tax incentives to spur the growth of renewables—particularly solar...

Here Come The 90s

China

AI Weapons

  In the same way that the call to halt global warming is being fundamentally ignored, I would expect this warning to be duly noted then turned to boot fodder. I can already see the military expert boot marks on the trampled paper.

  This is how it works. The problem resulting from AI weaponry has to get to a threshold where the globe is literally on the precipice of destruction, then we have emergency U.N. meetings by political operatives hashing out the details on a global treaty. Of course by that time the damage is in place and another check on the human extinction list is drawn.

Guardian UK: Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons - More than 1,000 experts and leading robotics researchers sign open letter warning of military artificial intelligence arms race
“The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting..."

Your Daily Trumpet

National Journal: Donald Trump's Not Slowing Down: He's Up Big in New Hampshire, and Close in Iowa - New NBC/Marist polls show that the mogul-candidate's boomlet isn't being quelled by controversy.
In New Hampshire Trump comes in first with 21 percent; his closest competitor is Jeb Bush, who's at 14 percent. Scott Walker comes in third with 12 percent...

Have An Excellent Monday

hyperrealistic sculpture by Duane Hanson

The Onion - Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don’t You?

Computer Evaluating Writing

Science Daily: The algorithm of writing

TRNN - Trump Cast As Perfect Ringleader Of Corporate Media Circus

The Drought

USA Today: On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc
The drought in North Korea is extremely difficult to track or verify...Deaths of (North Korean) young children increased markedly in the first six months of the year in the drought-affected provinces...

Free Fall

You're Not Tasty To A Shark

Global Warming - Fish Survival

Reich's Latest

Robert Reich: Happy Birthday Medicare

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 73 degrees and hazy sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. It is going to be a very hot week, hold onto your hats. The serious heat wave is arriving. I hope you had a good weekend. I was away from the computer for most of Sunday; I highly recommend a computer hiatus. However the complexity of the world brought me back in. It always does. I am somewhat amused by Lindsey Graham's comments on Trump, casting Trump as someone who is playing with fear and prejudice. Have you ever, ever in your life heard such amazing hypocrisy? I have not. Graham's entire career is a play on playing up fear. On one level I like Trump in that he is telling the party's leaders that they are FOS. They are FOS and we know that, still Trump will not make a good president. That is a terrifying prospect.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil is down. The market will tank at the opening bell.

  The Chinese stock market is going through a major meltdown with major global implications. The Chinese government over the last few weeks attempted to keep a sell-off from occurring by pumping funds into the market system. That tire patch has not held. Today all hell has broken loose. Hold onto your hat, we are in for a lot of turbulence.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Fears of a bigger crash in China stock markets are rising after Monday's plunge, a return of wild trading following two weeks of relative calm.

Falling commodity prices are a worrying signal about the global growth outlook. After years of insatiable appetite for raw materials, China's slowdown is playing a huge role in the demand picture.