Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Have A Great Wednesday

work by Andy Goldsworthy

The Onion - Middle-Aged Man Having Best Snacks Of His Life

Maddow - Worsening ISIS Crisis Calls For Attention From Congress

TRNN - Israel And Gaza Extends Cease Fire Amid Last Minute Attacks

The Drought

ISIS Crimes

Global Warming - UN Panel

The Machine

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 72 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. Rain is expected and it looks like we're in for another hot one. We see there was an American Jihadi killed in Syria. What can we say, we live and die by our choices right. Can't say we appreciate his choices, yet he is dead at an early age. There should be a point in people's minds when their ideology becomes so great like his did, that some little voice says - hey is this really the right thing to do, maybe take a step back. But unfortunately fundamentalists don't hear that voice.

  At 8:50 am ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  A few of the geopolitical messes in the world have simmered down slightly. Investors are pushing the indexes into new record territory and stocks are 'on fire'. As always whether or not this continues is unknown.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The new Israel-Hamas ceasefire could give investors confidence Wednesday.

Asian markets all closed higher, except for the Hang Seng in Hong Kong, which dipped by 0.6%

'How You Like Me Now'

The Heavy

Sande Music

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

S&P Record Close

Step One

Have A Great Tuesday

work by Dieter Roth

The Onion - Source Of Jealousy Not Even That Successful

Maddow - Kidnappings Add Peril For Journalists Abroad

TRNN - Fed Chair Signals Possible Policy Shift On Unemployment

US Drones In Syria

The Drought

Global Warming - Predictions On Target

Nomad Culture

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 67 degrees and sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. We are in for a humid day. I've been a little bit fearful of looking at the news first thing. The headlines have been harsh, they are of course always harsh as the news works on reporting primarily tragedy as we know. Still lately it's making me flinch more than usual. I've also been thinking about how the country is once again drifting to the right with a conservative sweep in the 2014 elections predicted. Now we probably will have a Tea Party Senate to go with a Tea Party Congress. Let's just say you can throw global warming completely off the agenda of critical issues that need immediate attention for several more years to come. Also, let's expect a lot more Detroits, Camdens, and Fergusons. It's like the worst scenario in disaster futuristic movies is now our reality.

  At 8:50 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  The indexes are very fluffy and we are wondering if more records are in store for today. The momentum is not quite as positive as it was on Monday and markest in Asia and Europe are dragging. Yet, hope spring eternal, let's see if consumer confidence can cause a stir.

CNN: Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index comes out at 9 a.m. ET., followed by the Conference Board's consumer confidence index at 10 a.m.

Most Asian markets ended with losses Tuesday.