Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Giving

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Khalil Gibran

Have A Great Thursday

work by Méret Oppenheim 1913 - 1985

The Onion - 10 People Who Made No Difference In 2014

Maddow - Spying, Skullduggery Permeate US/Cuba History

TRNN - US And Cuba Restores Diplomatic Relations With A Spy Swap

The Drought

Chestnut

Global Warming - Squirrels (!?)

South

Deal

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 35 degrees and overcast here in the Upper Hudson Valley. The logo is suggesting it might rain. The grass is back. The snow has melted to a pittance here and there and better than that, as I am not a snow person, the town came by yesterday and removed the piles of leaves in front of everybody's lawn on my street. The town was delinquent in getting that chore done but better late than never. Lawn removal was a big topic of conversation among the neighbors. Everybody complained that with the taxes we pay, well how come they didn't get to the leaves. Some people might call that bourgeois irritation.

  At 9:00 a.m. ET futures are astronomically high and the price of oil is up over a $1 per barrel. The market is poised to go nuts at the opening bell.

  What's to know, the market is going to pop at the opening bell. Will it stay that way through the day? It's impossible to say but the notice by the Fed that interest rates will remain low for the time being was huge. Also notice that oil is rising a bit in the past few day too. Could a bottom have been found with oil now floating between $55 and $60 a barrel. Who knows.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
...the Fed indicated it was going to take its sweet time raising interest rates.

Sande Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Interview Uproar

From Reuters: Investigators determine that North Korean government responsible for hack on Sony: U.S. government source

'The Interview'

trailer

Bombing IS

Rat-Baiting

From Wikipedia: Rat-baiting is a blood sport which involves placing rats in a pit or other enclosed area and then betting on how long it takes a dog, usually a terrier, to kill them. It is now illegal in most countries, but was a popular sport until the beginning of the 20th century.

The sport was popular in New York -


GOP Response

It didn't take long for the GOP to condemn the new opening of relations with Cuba.

From Reuters: The White House 'has conceded everything' to Cuba, but gained little: Rubio

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Méret Oppenheim 1913 - 1985

The Onion - So-Called Christian Has Erection

Maddow - Clock Ticks For Senate Democrats To Confirm Obama Nominees

TRNN - The Lima Accord: A Great Success Or Dooming Planet To Climate Catastrophe?

The Drought

The Death Penalty

Guardian UK: Pakistan school massacre prompts prime minister to lift death penalty ban
Hanging remains on the statute book and judges have continued to pass sentence, leaving about 8,000 people on death row.

Global Warming - 56 Million Years Ago

  Fortunately for many of the global warming deniers, there wasn't any 56 million years ago. Recall that for the deniers and this would include many GOPers in our Senate and Congress, human history is roughly 4,000 to 2,000 years old, so an article like this is already a moot point.

CBS News: Global warming 56 million years ago holds lessons for climate change today

Torture Blowback

  Only a humanity challenged individual like Cheney could possibly think that torturing people will in the long run just be all fine and dandy. On the other hand considering that Cheney has a long run thought process might be giving him the benefit of the doubt. Gee, turns out stupidity and violence usually leads to even more stupidity and violence - shocker.

AlterNet: How the CIA Torture Program Helped Give Birth to the Islamic State - Here's what the recent report on torture doesn't say.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 36 degrees and ever so lightly raining, if at all, here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected with the temperature getting up into the 40s. The battle between snow and grass is definitely being won by grass. Right now there's only splotches of snow here and there along with the usual high piles at the end of parking lots and such. Wednesday is a good day, the week is rolling by, and soon we will be in full holiday season regalia.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is down around $54. The market is poised to open higher and energy equities will once again probably take it on the chin.

  In my humble opinion two things will have a strong effect on today's market movement. That would be the continued decline in oil prices and results of a Fed meeting. Lately there seems to be no correlation between how the market opens and how it closes with really wide swings during the day from negative to positive and back. How I look forward to a new period of stability in the markets.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Investors will be monitoring the Federal Reserve news conference at 2 p.m. ET to gauge what Fed chair Janet Yellen is planning for monetary policy over the coming year.