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  • newIs Biden Back in the Basement?
    Joe Biden appears to be the first president to skip doing a State of the Union Address which is typically done by the end of February by tradition. However, it is not uncommon that a president skips the State of the Union Address during the year in…
    - 7 hours ago 27 Feb 21, 5:06am -
  • newThe Outage at the Federal Reserve
    The outage of the National Settlement Service and the Fedwire Securities Service, which provides issuance, settlement, and transfer services for Treasuries and other government securities, was down and this has caused some concern and then conspiracy…
    - 7 hours ago 27 Feb 21, 5:01am -
  • newPRIVATE BLOG – US Interest Rates Rising on Schedule
    PRIVATE BLOG – US Interest Rates Rising on Schedule Private blog posts are exclusively available to Socrates subscribers. To sign-up for Socrates or to learn more, please visit Ask-Socrates.com. https://ask-socrates.com/The post PRIVATE BLOG –…
    - 22 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 1:19pm -
  • Cuomo Exemplifies the Downfall of the United States
    COMMENT: Marty, you haven’t mentioned Cuomo. Any particular reason? GJ ANSWER: No. It is just another example of how everything has simply collapsed. If he were a Republican and his secretary accused him of sexual harassment, he would have been cha…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 5:09am -
  • The Spectacular Eruption of Mt Etna – Sicily
    The lava flows from the Mt. Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, Italy, Feb. 23, 2021, are providing spectacular images. The explosion, which began just before midnight on Monday night, sent a plume of ash that rose for several kilometers from the t…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 5:04am -
  • House Passes the Equality Act which Still Allows Discrimination
    The House of Representatives passed legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, though it faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The legislation passed on a 224-204 vote which was mostly…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 5:02am -
  • Dems Ask Biden to Surrender Sole Authority to Launch Nukes
      About three dozen House Democrats have signed a letter asking Biden to renounce his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons. This is probably even unconstitutional since it would mean the President is no longer the Commander and Chief of the mili…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 5:01am -
  • USA attacks Iranian Interests
    The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure belonging to what it said were Iran-backed militia according to middle east sources. The confrontation between the USA and Iran is building and this can still escalat…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 12:49am -
  • Market Talk – February 25, 2021
    ASIA: US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes China is making good on promises it made as part of the landmark phase one trade deal it signed with the US last year. Vilsack said that the deal allows for market conditions to dictate how much Bei…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 9:39pm -
  • World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation Are Main Drivers for Digital Vaccines Passports
    Klaus Schwab is becoming one of the most dangerous men perhaps in modern history. His World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation are the main drivers behind the adoption of digital health passes. Two years before the corona pandemic, the EU…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 5:09am -

The Market Ticker

  • newThe Market Ticker - Now If They'd Just Be Honest...

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  • The Market Ticker - To Recap: You Were Conned
    Remember what we were told: Vaccines were the way forward, back to normality.That was a lie -- just the latest (and almost-certainly not the last) in a long string of lies.Let me start by saying this: it is weird. I have about a month under my belt…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 1:46pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Swirled
    Purple Swirl $80 9*12  
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  • The Market Ticker - Satanic Alternatives - America Does Not Deserve To Survive
    Let's face it -- we're being given a Satanic choice.There are a few things that are quite-clear about this political season.First, the Senate is odds-on to flip Democrat, like it or not.  In fact it would be miraculous if it does not.  This isn't…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 1:56pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Inbound
    The pattern is quite-clear and old, and frankly, you better pay attention.Oh, I know the pundits say, it's just a little pullback.Except in a mania you're never really sure if the "little pullback" is just that or if it's a crash trigger.It's even wo…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 1:08pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Not Very Supreme
    Am I supposed to be surprised?First, the USSC turned away the PA lawsuit which, contrary to the claims of all the breathless media was not filed by Trump; it was filed by PA Republicans.They turned it away as moot.Remember that they control their…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 12:00pm -
  • The Market Ticker - Wake Up Folks: They Actually Hate You
    And I do mean "hate", as in "want you dead."After all I've yet to hear of a murderer who loved or even liked the people he or she killed.Think about this for a bit; let these facts roll around in your brain.In 2019, the last year for which data i…
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  • The Market Ticker - Be Green
    Green Thumb 8*10 $70  
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 9:28pm -
  • The Market Ticker - How The Left Hides The Sausage....
    .....right up your ass.The Atlantic started the "Covid Tracking Project" when they had a great villain -- Donald Trump -- who they could beat over the head.  They, along with the rest of the media, participated in hiding the Cuomo nursing home de…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 4:40pm -
  • The Market Ticker - But They'd NEVER Do That...
    Just remember folks, the Chinese would never do that.Target you for death, that is.Just like they didn't do this.In 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense found thousands of its computer servers sending military network data to China—the result of c…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 3:13pm -

Wolf Street

Dollar Collapse

  • newBreaking News/Best Of The Web
    Marin Katusa: Dr. Copper signals the bull market is on … Mish: Expect a surge in spending as personal income jumps on covid stimulus … Zero Hedge: For bonds, this is now the second worst bear market in 40 years … Technical Traders: Silver is pr…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Feb 21, 1:50am -
  • newWell This Looks Disturbingly Familiar
    Last March, the financial markets were rocked by a disease that public health officials defined as a pandemic. Stocks and gold both tanked, and the locked-down economy went into free-fall. Here’s the Nasdaq … … and gold: This flash-crash was br…
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  • Welcome To The Third World, Part 32: Texas, Really??
    California and Texas were, until very recently, the two best US states. The former is the richest and highest-profile, and home to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, while the latter is both huge and the place to which millions of Californians want to mov…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 7:48pm -
  • If This Isn’t A Blow-Off Top …
    Financial history includes plenty of extreme years. That’s not surprising, since we’re emotional beings with short memories. Combine those two traits and you get cycles, many of which end with a bang. Even so, this one stands out. A full accounti…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 3:05pm -
  • Top Ten Videos — February 21
    Raoul Pal: Is everything a bubble? … Robert Kiyosaki: I’m buying all the silver. Back up the truck … Lyn Alden: Is bitcoin a Ponzi scheme? … Stephanie Pomboy: This is the most overvalued stock market ever … Tavi Costa: Why silver could trip…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 9:18pm -
  • Top Ten Videos — February 14
    Mark Blyth: The two faces of anger, public and private … Louis Gave: How to prepare for the coming crash … McAlvany: Stimulus fever – to infinity and beyond! … George Gammon: Stagflation dead ahead … Jesse Felder: A market crash AND inflati…
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  • The Number That Blows Up The World, “Everything Bubble” Edition
    We’re deluged with numbers these days, many of them huge, ominous departures from historical norms. But one matters more than the others. To understand why, let’s start with some history. In the 1960s the US entered the expensive and divisive Vie…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 1:47am -
  • Is This The Biggest Financial Bubble Ever? Hell Yes It Is
    If you’re over 40 you’ve lived through at least three epic financial bubbles: junk bonds in the 1980s, tech stocks in the 1990s, and housing in the 2000s. Each was spectacular in its own way, and each threatened to take down the whole financial s…
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  • Top Ten Videos — February 7
    Dan Oliver: $10,000 gold sounds crazy, but it’s easy to get to … Lobo Tiggre: The current silver market could blow away the Hunt Brothers spike … Egon von Greyerz: Paper silver is toxic … Willem Middelkoop: It’s impossible to source enough…
    - 19 days ago 8 Feb 21, 12:38am -
  • Reddit Giveth, And Reddit Taketh Away
    For just a little while – literally a couple of days – silver stackers saw the light of sudden riches at the end of the tunnel. The Reddit/Robinhood hoards had noticed that the metal was cheap and blatantly manipulated, and therefore ripe for an…
    - 25 days ago 2 Feb 21, 6:22pm -

ClusterStock

Money Game

International Business Times

Sovereign Man

  • newChina “Accidentally” uses Anal Swab tests on US Diplomats
    Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. China “Accidentally…
    - 21 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 2:48pm -
  • “Nobody owes more than the law demands.”
    There used to be a show from the 90s called America’s Funniest Home Videos, where host Bog Saget would show silly home movies that people sent in from across the country. The videos typically featured people doing stupid things. And if the video wa…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 5:00pm -
  • Gold is one of the few assets that’s NOT at a record high
    On December 24, 1943, in the midst of World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower formally took command of all Allied forces in Europe. This was a big deal after such a pivotal year. 1943 saw Hitler suffer a devastating loss in Stalingrad; and by the end…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 3:57pm -
  • Some clear thinking on $50,000+ Bitcoin
    There are famous stories that come out of the Great Depression in which very astute financiers sold all of their stocks just before the big crash of 1929. Joseph Kennedy famously dumped his portfolio after receiving stock tips from a shoeshine boy. A…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 5:27pm -
  • Foreign Earned Income Exclusion: How to earn up to $108,700, tax free, in 2020
    Foreign Earned Income Exclusion:How to earn up to $108,700, tax free, in 2021 AUTHOR LAST UPDATED At Sovereign Man, we often talk about how lowering, or eliminating, your taxes is one of the best investments you can make in your life.  By cutting yo…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 4:59pm -
  • “Chestfeeding People” is the New Gender Inclusive Term in UK Hospitals
    Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. “Chestfeeding Peopl…
    - 8 days ago 19 Feb 21, 2:32pm -
  • This free gift from the government is going to expire in a few years
    In the early first century AD, in the final years of his reign, the Roman emperor Augustus imposed a new tax on his subjects called the vicesima hereditatium. In Latin this means literally “twentieth of inheritance”, and in effect it was a 5% tax…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 5:23pm -
  • This simple Plan B option can make an enormous difference
    One of the most important lessons that a lot of people learned the hard way last year was how important it is to have OPTIONS. Nearly everyone on the planet suddenly experienced, almost in unison, an astonishing loss of freedom, practically overnight…
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  • Japan’s stock market finally surpasses its level from 30+ years ago
    On April 3, 1948, when Europe and Japan were still smoldering from the devastating effects of World War II, the United States government passed a massive stimulus bill that became known as the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was highly controversial…
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  • New Covid Guidelines: “Stay Away from your Loved Ones”
    Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice. California Public Hea…
    - 15 days ago 12 Feb 21, 6:25pm -

Investment Watch

Daily Reckoning

  • The Great Reset Is Here

    The Great Reset Is Here

    This post The Great Reset Is Here appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Triffin’s Dilemma and the Great Reset… 2009 was just a warm up act for the IMF and SDRs…The post The Great Reset Is Here appeared first on Daily Reckoning.
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 9:18pm -
  • COVID Will Fade, BUT…

    COVID Will Fade, BUT…

    This post COVID Will Fade, BUT… appeared first on Daily Reckoning.It appears that COVID is on the run. But today James Howard Kunstler argues that once it fades, the U.S. will still be in a “fantastic economic mess,” which the Biden administra…
    - 7 days ago 20 Feb 21, 8:45pm -
  • Will the Truth Really Set You Free?

    Will the Truth Really Set You Free?

    This post Will the Truth Really Set You Free? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Will the truth really make you free?… "The time to go big is now"… When debt stops being productive, and starts being destructive…The post Will the Truth Really S…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 4:50pm -
  • It’s a Game of Musical Chairs

    It’s a Game of Musical Chairs

    This post It’s a Game of Musical Chairs appeared first on Daily Reckoning.A game of musical chairs… Read the fine print before investing in silver ETFs… Interest rates are another tailwind for silver…The post It’s a Game of Musical Chairs…
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 8:55pm -
  • Who Killed the Middle Class?

    Who Killed the Middle Class?

    This post Who Killed the Middle Class? appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Charles Hugh Smith argues that the middle class has been reduced to “debt serfdom.” How then can the economy survive?The post Who Killed the Middle Class? appeared first o…
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  • Green New Deal Is Underway

    Green New Deal Is Underway

    This post Green New Deal Is Underway appeared first on Daily Reckoning.The Keystone XL pipeline is more environmentally friendly than current oil and gas transportation… Now the Federal Reserve is trying to regulate the climate…The post Green N…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 21, 2:37pm -
  • The Fed Faces Two Choices

    The Fed Faces Two Choices

    This post The Fed Faces Two Choices appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Today we discuss the Federal Reserve faces the same fatal dilemma as a thirsty man in a lifeboat… Read on for more...The post The Fed Faces Two Choices appeared first on Daily…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 2:44pm -
  • The Only Way Out of the Death Trap

    The Only Way Out of the Death Trap

    This post The Only Way Out of the Death Trap appeared first on Daily Reckoning.I’ve said the U.S. is caught in a debt death trap. Monetary policy won’t get us out because the velocity of money, the rate at which money changes hands, is dropping.…
    - 18 days ago 9 Feb 21, 9:32pm -
  • Needed: A “Reality Czar”

    Needed: A “Reality Czar”

    This post Needed: A “Reality Czar” appeared first on Daily Reckoning.We need a reality czar who will stand up for truth amidst a sea of lies… Who will be czar?…The post Needed: A “Reality Czar” appeared first on Daily Reckoning.
    - 23 days ago 4 Feb 21, 6:16pm -
  • $1,000 Silver!

    $1,000 Silver!

    This post $1,000 Silver! appeared first on Daily Reckoning.Reddit members move on from GameStop to their next target, after money and revenge… Silver’s real inflation-adjusted all-time-high is almost $1,000… Can the Reddit crowd bring down the…
    - 24 days ago 3 Feb 21, 5:55pm -

Jim Rogers Blog

of two minds

  • newTrapped!
    Kill authentic price discovery, you also kill markets, and in killing markets, you kill allocation of capital and risk management, and in killing those, you kill the economy. Back when prosperity was authentic, the Federal Reserve had little need fo…
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  • Oil and Debt: Why Our Financial System Is Unsustainable
    How much energy, water and food will the "money" created out of thin air in the future buy? Finance is often cloaked in arcane terminology and math, but the one dynamic that governs the future is actually very simple. Here it is: all debt is borrow…
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  • Anatomy of a Bubble and Crash
    Needless to say, few are expecting bubble symmetry to manifest now, because, well, of course, "this time it's different." Indeed. It's always different and yet always the same, too. Let's indulge in some basic logic:1. All speculative bubbles pop, r…
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  • The Babble-On 7: The Fed and Yellen
    So babble on, Babble-On 7; it won't change anything. The forces in motion are like tides, and you can't talk the tide into reversing. Allow me to introduce the Babble-On 7: the six board members of the Federal Reserve and Treasury chief Janet Yellen.…
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  • Next Up: Global Depression
    This madness is now global, so next up: global depression. A few days after the Covid pandemic was officially announced last year on 1/23/20, I prepared a chart projecting the course of the pandemic. In my view it still stands, with two updates: "va…
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  • What Poisoned America?
    America's financial system is nothing more than a toxic waste dump of speculation, fraud, collusion, corruption and rampant profiteering. What Poisoned America? The list of suspects is long: systemic bias, special interests dominating politics, poli…
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  • GBOAT: Is This the Greatest Bubble of All Time?
    The lifestyle you ordered in the euphoria will be out of stock in the panic. Humans running Wetware 1.0 (which is all of us) love to gamble, and we are entranced by the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. When there's a market for speculatio…
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 5:07pm -
  • Presidents Day: Carter's Prescient Farewell Address in 1981
    Regardless of our opinions about President Carter and his legacy, his Farewell Address is worthy of our attention and study. On Presidents Day 2021, I invite you to read/watch President Carter's Farewell Address from 40 years ago. As a Washington out…
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  • Gains Are Unreal, Losses Are Real
    Why would anyone sell when further gains are guaranteed? Because the gains are unreal but the losses are real. When markets are soaring and your portfolio is rocketing higher, the gains seem unreal.Did I really make that much in one day, week, month…
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  • What Collapsed the Middle Class?
    The middle class has already collapsed, but thanks to debt and bubbles, this reality has been temporarily cloaked. What collapsed the middle class? In many ways the answer echoes an Agatha Christie mystery: rather than there being one guilty party,…
    - 17 days ago 10 Feb 21, 3:43pm -

The Big Picture

  • newSuccinct Summation of Week’s Events 2.26.21
    Succinct Summations for the week ending February 26th, 2021 Positives: 1. Covid infection rate plummets 72% as USA appears to be closer to herd immunity. 2. FHFA House Price Index rose 1.1% m/o/m, above expectations. 3. Jobless claims fell 111k w/o/w…
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  • newMIT Sloan Investment Conference 2021
        I’m super excited to be a part of the 16th Annual MIT Sloan Investment Conference, held virtually today (February 26th, 2021). This year’s theme is “Investing in a New World.” This is my 4th year working with the Sloan conference produc…
    - 20 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 4:00pm -
  • 10 Friday AM Reads
    My end of week morning train WFH reads: • Dot-Com Survivors Have Wisdom for the GameStop Crowd In October 1999, five months before the internet bubble burst, I wrote a cover story for Fortune magazine titled “Trader Nation.” It was about how mi…
    - 1 day ago 26 Feb 21, 11:45am -
  • 1957 BMW 507 Series II w/Hardtop
    If I were building a Jay Leno like garage, I would include one of the rarest BMWs — the 507. The roadster was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959, and only 252 cars were sold over that three-year run. Initially intended to be exported to the United S…
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  • “I know what I’ve been put on earth to do.”
        My partner Josh is not only a first-rate CEO, he is a deeply insightful person whose judgment and insights I rely on everyday. He has grown so much from the guy I met poolside at Lindzon Palooza more than a decade ago. Here is his must-read bir…
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  • 10 Thursday AM Reads
    My morning train WFH reads: • Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation Competition in the electricity-supply business promised reliable power at a more affordable cost (Wall Street Journal) • This Book Is Not About Baseball…
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  • CEOs Showed Leadership in 2020-21
    Barry Ritholtz, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, sees a shift to ESG in corporate America. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene and Lisa Abramowicz on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Ritholtz’s opinions are his own. 2020 Was a Year of Great CEO Leade…
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  • 10 Wednesday AM Reads
    My mid-week morning train WFH reads: • How Jeffrey Gundlach Gets Ready for Higher Rates Check out the Bond King’s model portfolio designed to hedge against inflation and—oh, yeah—deflation, too. (CIO) • SPAC Investors Don’t Love Lucid It…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 11:45am -
  • Dalio: How to Spot a Bubble
    Are We In A Stock Market Bubble? Source: LinkedIn     I mentioned Ray Dalio’s Bubble post yesterday, and I thought it was worth a few minutes to put some more flesh on the bones of the work that Bridgewater has done in this space. As you can see…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 1:30pm -
  • 10 Tuesday AM Reads
    My Two-for-Tuesday morning train WFH reads: • The 20th Annual Rich List, the Definitive Ranking of What Hedge Fund Managers Earned in 2020 A bad year for humanity was a wonderful year for the hedge fund elite.  (Institutional Investor) • Reinven…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 11:45am -

Jesse's Cafe Americain

Angry Bear

  • newPolitics and Power of a Tweet Depends on Who You Are
    With all the crap, trump has said in tweeting over 4 years which equates to > 20,000 tweets  via “Wiki,” I find it to be infantile and a double standard for Manchin, Collins, and Romney to call Neera Tandern out for her tweets. Where were they o…
    - 18 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 6:03pm -
  • newInitial jobless claims: it appears that the worst of the winter 2020-21 increase is behind us
    Initial jobless claims: it appears that the worst of the winter 2020-21 increase is behind us Let me start off this week’s review of initial jobless claims by pre-debunking something I am sure is going to be said elsewhere: a lack of reporting in T…
    - 23 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 12:45pm -
  • newOpen thread Feb. 26, 2021
    The post Open thread Feb. 26, 2021 appeared first on Angry Bear.
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  • Back to the Future: The USPS, PRC, and Mailers revisit the meaning of PAEA
    Steve Hutkins at Save the Post Office Continued discussions between the mailers who are faced with higher rates, PMG Louis DeJoy, and Congress. The mailers are in court as we read Steve’s excellent review of what is taking place. Also, PMG DeJoy ha…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 3:30pm -
  • Has Elon Musk Damaged His Portfolio By Buying Bitcoin?
    Has Elon Musk Damaged His Portfolio By Buying Bitcoin?  After tweeting repeatedly for some time about bitcoin and the originally satirical degecoin, both of which have gone up massively in the past year, on Feb. 8 Elon Musk put his money where his m…
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  • It doesn’t matter what you think.
    It isn’t that no one cares what you think, they probably don’t, it is that what you think doesn’t really matter. Chances are that what you think, you didn’t; didn’t think that is. Even if you did, it doesn’t matter because facts are facts…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 2:35pm -
  • Vaccinations start to have a dramatic effect
    Coronavirus dashboard for February 23: vaccinations start to have a dramatic effect Totals US deaths, Cases, vaccinated one dose and two doses: – Coronavirus confirmed deaths: 500,310 – Confirmed infections: 28,190,159 – One Dose vaccinations:…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 6:30am -
  • Producer Prices rose 1.3% in January After Rising 0.8% over All of 2020
    Commenter and writer RJS describes himself as “unencumbered by education, affiliations, beliefs or agenda and im not advocating anything.” Market Watch 666 The seasonally adjusted Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand rose 1.3% in January…
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  • Strength in housing and cars, oh my!
    Strength in housing and cars, oh my! The two consumer goods which turn down before recessions, and up before recoveries, are houses and motor vehicles, in that order.Since January housing permits and starts came out yesterday, let’s take a look at…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 1:06pm -
  • Open thread Feb. 23, 2021
    The post Open thread Feb. 23, 2021 appeared first on Angry Bear.
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 1:02pm -

The Burning Platform

  • newLlpoh: Discerning Friend from Foe
    As we all know, bad times are coming. So I have spent some time thinking about this: how will I be able to tell friend from foe? Hard decisions about these things will need to be made. Mistakes in making the determination could prove disastrous. A pe…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Feb 21, 2:07am -
  • newWHERE’S THE F**KING REPORT?
    Trust the Plan U.S. Attorney Durham Announces Departure from Office | USAO-CT | Department of Justice Out with a whimper https://t.co/RMHdYVoc8m — John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 26, 2021
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  • newTHE FOOL

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  • newPLEASE DON’T TEACH
    This is what is teaching your children. It looks like she ate her entire class for lunch. How many cats do you think she has? Get your kids out of government schools. pic.twitter.com/vLhelcsfIK — Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) February 25, 2021
    - 17 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 7:11pm -
  • newPRODUCTIVE DEBT?
    The difference between the #debt in WWII and today, is that the entirety of the debt spike previously was #productive #debt used for the war effort. The debt today is almost entirely non-productive (ie. #welfare) pic.twitter.com/pwnDE3aD0J — Lance…
    - 17 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 6:39pm -
  • newTHE GREAT RESET IS REAL
    My god. They want it to be permanent. https://t.co/V0QPiTKSfO — Thaddeus Russell (@ThaddeusRussell) February 26, 2021
    - 17 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 6:34pm -
  • newThe Narrative Void
    Guest Post by The Zman “Humankind cannot bear very much reality” is a line from a T.S. Eliot poem that has always been popular on the Right. While the Left does not have a monopoly on utopian thinking, it has never embraced realism. The Right, on…
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  • newREPUBLICANS vs DEMOCRATS

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  • newShadowland
    Guest Post by Jim Kunstler The State of the Union speech is a somewhat squishy national ritual. Since Franklin Roosevelt, presidents have delivered it early each year in-person to a joint session of congress, with every other dignitary in government…
    - 21 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 2:57pm -
  • newFRIDAY FAIL
    https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/16/12/9/i6YGVRhq10Ko5Sq3RBRkzg2.mp4         See more at the Fail Blog
    - 21 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 2:49pm -

Silicon Valley Insider

The Wire

War Room

Naked Capitalism

Coyote Blog

  • newCredit Where It is Due -- Our County's Vaccination Effort is Pretty Impressive
    Last week I volunteered, along with 100+ other people, for an 8-hour shift at the Phoenix area's largest vaccination station, located at State Farm Stadium (the oft-name-changing home of the Arizona Cardinals football team).  Someone really did it r…
    - 19 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 4:28pm -
  • Are the Woke a False Flag Operation of White Supremacists?
    It is hard for me to imagine anything that white surpremacists could do to permanently impoverish African-Americans than some of the things the woke are supporting.  Case in point is this story from Oregon: The Oregon Department of Education (OD…
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  • Why Most Clean Energy R&D Investment is Stupid
    We already have an economic, utility-scale electrical generation technology that does not produce CO2 -- nuclear power.  We do not have a second choice that is anywhere close to ready.  Wind is stupid, for reasons I have written about before.   S…
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  • The Nazis Also Created Ethnic & Political Litmus Tests For Most Jobs
    So apparently Disney and the Mandalorian team have kicked Gina Carano off the show.  In the past she has aggravated the Left by expressing skepticism about modern Transgender ideology.  But according to the WSJ, the immediate cause for the final pa…
    - 16 days ago 11 Feb 21, 10:01pm -
  • Point of Sale System Bleg
    I just bought a company with a few seasonal gift shops and camp stores but they have this expensive kludgy NCR Point of sale system they use.  It reminds me of doing business with IBM in the 80's.   Apparently every piece of hardware costs a fortu…
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  • Today's Dispatches From Businesses Who Have Forgotten How to Serve Customers -- @FISGlobal and @USBank
    COVID has not been easy, but our service business has managed to continue to serve customers in the same ways we always have.  As I have written before, other companies in the service sector seem to have a different attitude and to be mailing it in,…
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  • Every Service Organization Has Lost 20 Organizational IQ Points During COVID (Banks Have Lost 40)
    Over the past year, I have spent a staggering amount of my time trying to get service providers who are supposed to be the leaders of their business to do their damn job.  I literally keep a list at my desk with a list of reminders I need to send ou…
    - 25 days ago 2 Feb 21, 1:57am -
  • Media Fear-Mongering With Zero Education Value
    For most of the past year I have been hammering on the media for their destructive COVID fear-mongering.  By always cherry-picking the most alarmist opinion on every topic, and filling articles with carefully calibrated fear-provoking language, they…
    - 25 days ago 2 Feb 21, 1:36am -
  • A Good Example of the CO2 Abatement "Stupid Stuff"
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  • A Few Other Thoughts on Gamestop (GME)
    A few thoughts in follow-up to this post on GME and short-selling  The general celebratory air around the story of Gamestop (GME) is driven, I think, in large part because no one other than a few hedge funds who had naked unhedged short positions in…
    - 26 days ago 1 Feb 21, 1:48am -

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  • newFed Hike Ideas Give the Beleaguered Greenback Support
    Overview:  A poor seven-year note auction and ideas that the first Fed hike can come as early as the end of next year spurred a steep sell-off in bonds and equities. Technical factors like the triggering of stops losses, large selling in the future…
    - 24 hours ago 26 Feb 21, 11:52am -
  • The Dollar Remains Under Pressure even as Bond Yields Rise
    Overview:  After several attempts, the euro has pushed above $1.22, and the Australian dollar has surpassed $0.8000 as the greenback remains under broad pressure against the major currencies.  Only the yen is having difficulty gaining on the beleag…
    - 2 days ago 25 Feb 21, 11:41am -
  • Equities Try to Stabilize and Low Short-Term Rates Help Keep the Dollar on the Defensive
    Overview:  The sharp recovery in US shares yesterday that saw the S&P 500 snap a five-day slide failed to carry into Asia Pacific trading earlier today.  All the markets fell save India and Singapore.  Losses were led by a 3% drop in Hong Kong as…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 1:30pm -
  • Dramatic Market Adjustment Continues
    Overview:  Rising rates continue to spur a rotation and retreat in stocks.  Yesterday the NASDAQ sold-off by nearly 2.5% while the Dow Industrials eked out a minor gain.  Equities are mostly higher in the Asia Pacific region while Japanese markets…
    - 4 days ago 23 Feb 21, 11:53am -
  • Stocks Wilt under Pressure from Rising Yields
    Overview:  Higher interest rates, driven by inflation expectations, is forcing an adjustment to equity markets.  The S&P 500 is poised to gap lower today following slides in the Asia Pacific region and Europe. Japanese and Taiwanese indices advance…
    - 5 days ago 22 Feb 21, 11:44am -
  • The Dollar at the Fulcrum
    The US dollar had a tough week.  It fell against all the majors but the Swiss franc and Japanese yen.  Like the dollar, they are often used to fund the purchases of higher-yielding or more volatile assets, giving a greater appearance of safe-haven…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 2:39pm -
  • The Week Ahead: Inflation and the Fed
    The reflation and inflation meme tightened their grip on the markets.  Interest rates have risen, and curves have steepened.  Two events occurred around the same time in early November that sent a similar signal: the US election with prospects for…
    - 6 days ago 21 Feb 21, 1:27pm -
  • Equities Stabilizing While the Greenback Remains Under Pressure
    Overview: The bond and equity markets are trying to stabilize ahead of the weekend.  The dollar remains under pressure.  In the Asia Pacific region, Hong Kong, China, and South Korean markets advanced, but most markets could not overcome the profit…
    - 8 days ago 19 Feb 21, 11:47am -
  • Markets Chill
    Overview:  The bout of profit-taking in equities continued today, and most markets in Asia Pacific and Europe are lower.  China's markets re-opened but struggled to sustain early gains. However, the Shanghai Composite rose by about 0.5%, and a sma…
    - 9 days ago 18 Feb 21, 8:54pm -
  • Follow-Through Dollar Buying after Yesterday's Reversal Tests the Bears
    Overview:  After reversing higher yesterday, the US dollar sees follow-through gains today, leaving the euro around a cent lower from yesterday's highs. Sterling's surge is also being tempered. Most emerging market currencies are lower as well.  Th…
    - 10 days ago 17 Feb 21, 11:22am -

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  • newBeanie Baby Flashbacks
    I know I know it’s not the same this time. But still…consider the parallels....The post Beanie Baby Flashbacks appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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  • newClips From Today’s Halftime Report
    Buy, hold or sell Micron? #AskHalftime from CNBC. Final Trades: D.R. Horton, Nvidia, Store Capital & more from CNBC....The post Clips From Today’s Halftime Report appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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  • newStocks do very well during periods of rising rates. Facts, not opinions.
    We don’t know how high is too high. But is it likely that 1.5% treasury bond yields are going to be an insurmountable absolute level for the stock market? No it isn’t. And if history is any guide, we should be welcoming rising rates that are risi…
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  • newThe Burning of Black Wall Street
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  • Carry on
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  • Clips From Today’s Closing Bell
    Most people are getting the benefit of the stocks that are working, says Josh Brown from CNBC....The post Clips From Today’s Closing Bell appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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  • Why not just print and give away money infinitely?
    So, will a $1.9 trillion relief package cause runaway inflation or a spike in interest rates?...The post Why not just print and give away money infinitely? appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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  • Grantham: More debt doesn’t grow the economy.
    "So that's a pretty noble experiment."...The post Grantham: More debt doesn’t grow the economy. appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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    Join Downtown Josh Brown and Michael Batnick for another round of What Are Your Thoughts? On this week's episode, Josh and Michael discuss the biggest topics in investing and finance, including:...The post Everybody knows you never go full Weimar ap…
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  • Clips From Today’s Halftime Report
    How these investors are measuring risk in their portfolios right now from CNBC. Final Trades: Dish Network, Citigroup, JPMorgan & more from CNBC....The post Clips From Today’s Halftime Report appeared first on The Reformed Broker.
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Shadow Stats

  • Flash Commentary No. 1458
    (SGS Subscription required) • January 2021 Manufacturing Declined Year-to-Year for the 19th Consecutive Month, Still in the Downturn Induced by the FOMC 15 Months Before the Pandemic Collapse • Where January 2021 Year-to-Year Manufacturing Contr…
    - 3 days ago 24 Feb 21, 9:59am -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1457
    (SGS Subscription required) • Pandemic-Driven Unemployment Soared to an April 2020 Peak of About 32%, Worse Than in the Great Depression; Such Was Against a January 2020 Pre-Pandemic U.3 Unemployment Rate of 3.5% • In the Latest Four Months, Pan…
    - 11 days ago 16 Feb 21, 3:21am -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1456
    (SGS Subscription required) • Fourth-Quarter 2020 Annualized Real GDP Growth of 4.0% Was as Expected, Slowing from the Record 33.4% Third-Quarter Pandemic Rebound • Full-Year 2020 Annual GDP Decline of 3.5% (-3.5%) Was the Deepest Since the 194…
    - 26 days ago 1 Feb 21, 9:45am -
  • Economic Commentary, Issue No. 1455
    (SGS Subscription required) • Key Monthly Economic Numbers Turned Negative Anew in Fourth-Quarter 2020 • Narrowing Annual Declines in October and November Payrolls Stalled at 6.0% (-6.0%), But the Year-to-Year Drop in December 2020 Payrolls Deep…
    - 30 days ago 28 Jan 21, 3:03pm -
  • Economic Commentary No. 1454
    (SGS Subscription required) • Deepening Economic Woes and Soaring Inflation Ahead • Underlying Economic and Labor Numbers through November Indicate Contracting or Flattening Fourth-Quarter 2020 GDP, Well Shy of Economic Recovery • On Top of D…
    - 59 days ago 30 Dec 20, 12:58am -
  • Economic Commentary No. 1453
    (SGS Subscription required) • Four Million Unemployed People Are Missing from the Headline Labor Force • Pandemic-Disrupted U.3 Unemployment Effectively Was 9.0% in November 2020, Not the Headlined 6.7% • November Unemployment and Payrolls Co…
    - 74 days ago 15 Dec 20, 1:33am -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1452
    • October 2020 Cass Freight Index® Turned Positive Year-to-Year, Gaining 2.4% Against an Unusually Sharp, Unseasonable Decline the Year Before • Such Was the First Annual Gain in Freight Activity Since November 2018, When Excessive Fed Tighten…
    - 96 days ago 23 Nov 20, 10:48pm -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1451
    • Positive News on COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments Rallied Stocks to Pre-Pandemic Peaks • Pandemic-Related Structural Damage to the Economy, However, Promises a Troubled Recovery, With Meaningful Fiscal and Monetary Stimulus Likely Continuing B…
    - 16 Nov 20, 11:12am -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1450
    • Economic Rebound Continues to Falter • Advance-Estimate, Third-Quarter 2020 GDP Growth Exploded at an Unprecedented, Annualized Real Pace of 33.08% • The Third-Quarter 2020 GDP Annual Year-to-Year Decline Also Narrowed to 1.78% (-1.78%), fr…
    - 31 Oct 20, 2:32am -
  • Flash Commentary No. 1449
    • Federal Reserve Will Maintain Its 0.00% to 0.25% Targeted Fed Funds Rate and “At Least” the Current Pace of Asset Purchases, For the Duration • Broad FOMC Outlook Appears Little Changed in Wake of September Meeting • Policies Will Conti…
    - 16 Sep 20, 9:07pm -

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