Today's Tids Issue 3,439
There are signs on Wall Street that Optimism, or at least rational thinking may be returning to buffer the market. There is more evidence to the contrary of several warning signs from bears. Two main revelations are that the S&P is not over valued and that some of the danger signs like those regarding the dollar and energy are overstated. Part of the problem is people have become used to volatility and look for declines even midst strength. Of course the world economy, in particular a China malaise will be scare some investors into exaggerated reactions. Nothing is in isolation any more.
Have you noticed while reading news bulletins and stories that the world appears to have been smothered by extraneous Instagram clutter?
My guess is that we will be seeing stories from the NY times, Washington Post et.al. about all of the good people living positive lives after being wrongfully imprisoned for drug use. Anecdotal evidence is key for ideologues especially when there is little supporting evidence for an agenda from general population statistics, in this case 6,000 released prisoners.
I started off a little groggy this morning after last night’s Ya, Ya, Ya (WYKWIM)…Ya, Ya elimination celebration party. EeeeeHa! Ok, so I’m small.
Double “Q” Day! 1. What was the name of the man who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby? 2. What do you think are rated as the Top Ten greatest rock songs of the 70’s?
--Massive Oil Reserves Discovered In Israel.
--New Players Discovered In Clinton Email Scandal; Hillary Email Saw Hack Attempts By Korea, China, Germany.
--China Markets Recover After “Holiday”; Germany Growth Newest Concern.
--Oil Prices Rising After Russia Attacks.
--Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Bans All negotiations With The USA.
--Some Of Prisoners In Obama’s Mass Early Release Porgram Have Long Rap Sheets That Include Violence, Robbery and Drug selling And Smuggling.
--Putin Popularity “Sky High” In Shiite Iraq.
A new Quinipiac Poll has the USA saying the most trusted news network is Fox News at 29%. CNN is next with 22%. CBS and NBC are at 10% while ABC is 8% and MSNBC is on the bottom at 7%. But these numbers also indicate that news trust has fallen mightily since the days of Edward R., Huntley/Brinkley and kindly old Walter C. Unfortunately too many people believe Facebook, Instgram and Twitter. And Jon Stuart.
Every day I erase The Tids I wrote the day before. It’s an odd sensation about basically nothing. I always feel I’m losing something of myself, even though it is all there somewhere. Humans are weird.
Draft Kings is not using the Tids Pickum’s to plot their results. Not too bad ast week at 10-5, although there were a couple I had regrets about after I clicked “Send”. This brings the year to 39/24 or 62%. Creeping up. There are a lot of teasers out there this week. Indy isn’t that good except in the eyes of ESPN. Houston has disappointed too. I go Houston tonight. Other tough matchups are St. Lou/GB, A less than expected Buff against a better than expected Tenn, Struggling Seattle and undefeated undefined Cinncy, underlings Jax at TB, Stumbling Balt at surprising Cleve, The Pats at injured Dallas and two underperformers from the coasts –SF and the Jints. Have to pick GB at home, An increasingly questionable Seattle team to muffle Dalton, Buff to get to Mariota, TB at home, Cleveland in the upset of the week, The Pats in hopefully not the upset of the week and the mistake prone Giants over the similarly mistake prone Niners. The rest of the picks are KC over Chi, Atlanta over Skins, Iggles over Saints, Cards over Lions, Denver “D” holding back a better Raider team and SD at home over Pitt. I’ll be wrong on some picks cause that’s the way NFL football goes, but the big question mark in my mind is not picking Cinncy.
“Fresh Off The Boat” is a pretty funny new Sitcom.
I knew I had seen the TV show “Limitless” before. It was in a not too awful movie starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DiNero. Same basic plot. I liked the movie and I didn’t mind the TV show so far…even though I know I’ve seen it.
It will be interesting to see what is really happening within these Fantasy league “non-gambling” ventures. It appears that it is near impossible to get insider information based on the way the system works – at least according to a rebuttal from industry exaecs. So this furor may be a case of jealousy after one employee of Draft Kings won $365K. Maybe the kid knew what he was doing. Maybe he was really good at the game. Regardless, the Companies will have to show strong signs of self-regulation, or find Congress clinging to their backs. Now if only Wall Street would self-regulate, we’d really be making some progress.
Oil in Israel – does that mean that Putin will soon be taking the USA’s place there too?
I’ll tell you one thing about Hillary the Repubs should fear – She has programs. Her latest designed to curtail risky trading on Wall Street (Ala recent Bernanke suggestions on talk show circuit) has a broad appeal to all that have their heart in their throat watching savings disappear. She, like her husband, will probably do what wins, usurp good republican ideas as her own. She can be anybody the electorate wants her to be. Hillary the lizard – I mean chameleon!
If smart phone users can get past the hype, they may start opting for the Microsoft Lumina over IPhone. First thing to look at is price. The second thing to consider is whether or not you need all of those IPhone features.
The Parking Lot: Chapter 20 continues…
Nancy grabbed Jared’s arm to steady herself as she sprang from the canoe. She looked at him for a beautiful second, and then ran toward her house to see Beth. He tied the canoe to a small branch, and was about to walk back when he noticed a small movement in one of the blue plastic sacks. He jumped back, but quickly oriented himself to the scene, picking up a paddle, then walking carefully towards the body. He poked it gently with the paddle, but heard nothing, no groans or sounds of pain. Maybe it was his imagination.
He’d wait for Nancy. She was the smart one. Jared had no ego, especially when it came to the care and handling of dead, mutilated bodies. He started to sit, when his eye caught a refection up the shoreline about 20 yards. It was a boat. Actually a nice looking boat, with plenty of room for five, including the two chubbies.
He was breathing hard again after hauling the deadly duo up and into the boat, when he heard, “I see you found my toy”. He turned to see Nancy smiling, standing in front of a somewhat rejuvenated Beth. Jared immediately ran over and hugged Beth.
1. This was just a little refresher course on old history. I’m sure you all had Bruno Hauptman tucked away in the back of your minds. 2. Ok, time to rock. #1 is Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to heaven. The rest are Hotel California (Eagles), Imagine (Lennon), What’s Gong On (Gaye), Brn to Run (Bruce), Superstition Wonder), Layla (Derek et.al.), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Bridge Over Troubled Waters ( S&G) and Let’s Stay together (Green). Of those I only liked Layla and Bohemian. Check out the Top 250 – I’m sure you’ll find many-a-favorite: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs70s.html
I always enjoyed #23 – More Than A feeling by Boston. http://en.musicplayon.com/play?v=130163
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