Friday, May 22, 2015

Bonebreaking And Tutting

Dance performance

Bossy

Cow intelligence on display.

Have A Great Friday

work by Franz Marc

The Onion - Toyota Recalls 1993 Camry Due To Fact That Owners Really Should Have Bought Something New By Now

TRNN Debate - Are GMOs Safe?

The Drought

Gaza Economy

California Oil Leak

Congressional Global Warming Deniers In Action

Global Warming - The Pigheaded GOP

Chomsky On The NYT

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 59 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Sunshine is predicted along with temperatures in the high 60s. The long weekend is almost here and hooray for that. The vegetable garden is a top priority along with lots of house maintenance activity. Hell, I may even break out the grill and see what kind of vegetable concoctions I can create. Over the last few months I've been switching back to a mostly vegetarian diet. I have eaten some fish here and there and that's about it. Generally speaking I feel lighter, not really weight-wise, just some kind of overall feeling. The more I kept reading about the modern state of meat production in the USA, the more I got repulsed. I think if you want to eat meat the best way to go is with locally grown small farmer types who overall seem to do it all better. But hey opinions are easy to find and I certainly understand budgets and needs and even tastes. It's not like I didn't participate in eating meat for many many years. So, no trip laying here.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of light crude per barrel is down yet still floating above $60. The market is poised to open higher.

  The holiday weekend means that Wall Street will be closed on Monday. One suspects that many traders are already on vacation and so that usually leads to special pre-holiday trading patterns today. Inflation is on everyone's mind as a government report comes out and as Janet Yellen speaks on the topic this afternoon. With interest rates still incredibly low and with gas prices also lower, inflation is not high on people's minds at this moment, but hey medical costs, the daily cost of maintaining a household - ouch.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
...Fed chair Janet Yellen is due to give a speech about inflation at 1 p.m. ET.

In Japan, the central bank said it would maintain its monetary stimulus program at the same pace and predicted the moderate economic recovery would continue.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bush's Intelligence Briefer Admits That The Administration Lied About Sadam And Iraq

Christie Watch

Have A Great Thursday

work by Franz Marc

The Onion - Child Unaware Just How Many Of His Toys Intended To Steer Him Away From Homosexuality

TRNN - Warren Pushes Back Against TPP Fast Track

The Drought

Jebberish

Props To Rand Paul

The Environment - Microbeads

Bernie

  As New York is a solid blue state, in the primary I will vote for Bernie given the likelihood that it will be a choice between only Sanders and Clinton. That could change. I expect Hillary to win the nomination though. Considering her challenger will likely be Jeb or Walker with a very very wacky Tea Party VP on the ticket, I'll will begrudgingly vote for Hillary.

AlterNet: 6 Awesome Things About Bernie Sanders You Might Not Know - Sanders should not be underestimated. By Evan McMurry

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 48 degrees and cloudy here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We've had a cooling trend and it was back to jackets, sweaters, and winter blankets for a day. Allegedly the temperature goes back up to 70 degrees later today. I hope you are okay and not too traumatized from David Letterman signing off. We'll miss him, what a distinctive character. I just discovered some new tenants on the property. There's a cherry tree very close to the back of the house and high up around the second story of the house parallel to a window we can a robin's nest. Mom is very active bringing food back to her babies. It's really a joy to watch.

  At 8:45 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of light crude is once again rising and approaching $60 a barrel. The market is poised to open lower.

  Weekly first time layoffs just came in at 274,000 and the trend continues to be positive on employment. Notice that Transocean and BP have reached some settlement claims surrounding the huge Gulf oil spill of 5 years ago.

CNN: Stocks: 5 things to know before the open
Shares in the oil drilling services firm Transocean are rising by about 2.5% premarket after the company said it had reached two settlements related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.