Category Archives: Government

Municipal Madness

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Only a government employee could point to a 99.5% failure rate and declare it a success.

Look no farther than my local newspaper this morning: the city of Menlo Park (which is an affluent superb like Palo Alto, but even whiter and more sheltered) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment to read the license plates of all the cars passing by certain intersections. (We’ll set aside the creepiness of the surveillance and just focus on the economics here.)

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Tsipras Tsucks

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Greetings from Orlando where, as is almost always the case, my family is frolicking and having carefree fun while I’m dealing with stock market nonsense. It’s my preference, actually, but I can’t help gaze out the window jealously from time to time, since most of the world isn’t dealing with complete sell-outs with Tsipras stabbing his countrymen in the back and bending over to the EU hoodlums. Harry Potter rides sound a lot more entertaining.

I had mentioned the gap being filled. Strictly speaking, that isn’t true yet (unless you count the collective rectum of Greek citizenry). On an intraday basis, which is what I use, the gap is at 2095.50 (shown below on the ES chart as the horizontal red line). For a few weeks, we were stuck in the Greek Equilibrium, let’s call it, and now we’ve escaped.

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I came into the morning relatively light, and my bias toward energy and precious metals shorts is taking a lot of the sting away (MWE notwithstanding, which I was short, and which gapped higher). I intend to start re-entering good positions now, though, and increasing my risk in the face of this capitulation.

Can we all agree to stop talking about this idiotic Mediterranean country until they actually default for real in a few months? Thanks.

Debt Saturation (by BKudla)

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I put this post together as a curiosity.  Per international data, the world has now created 4 times as much debt than the combined reserves and  M0, M1, and M2 in the world.  Out of these reserve and M numbers only $5 Trillion is circulating outside of the banking system.  There is 171,000 tons of gold or 5.5 billion ounces, or approx $6 trillion of value, in the world.  Total assets are valued at $241 Trillion.  The elites have taken us to the wall.

Exeter would be proud and alarmed at the same time.

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Sign of the Times

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Well, with 73 short positions on, constituting a seven figure portfolio, and ending the day virtually unchanged, I am hardly inspired to wax poetic about the “market” right now. I’ll leave you with this curiosity, however: while taking one of my dogs on a long walk to Whole Foods this afternoon, I passed this brand new sign, recently erected by the good people of the municipality of Palo Alto:

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US Should Recognize First Genocide of 20th Century

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By Biiwii

It is disgraceful. Every time Bob Dole would introduce legislation that would have America simply acknowledge the atrocity that was the 20th Century’s first genocide (of the Christian Armenians by the Muslim Turks) it would get shot down. Bob kept trying and other voices cried out but America – across generations and political parties – just continues to put its fingers in its ears and go ‘la la la la la… I can’t HEAR you… la la la la la…’

US should recognize Armenian genocide –Boston Globe

The sheer scale of the murders in Turkey was so overwhelming that Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin later devised the word “genocide” to grapple with the carnage.

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Duck, Duck, Goose

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Wednesdays before expiration (especially on FOMC days) are special days.

Volume is split between 2 contracts.  We have stops getting killed on both sides of indecision, and then a lot of chop, chop, slam….  chop, chop, slam….  It reminds me of the old Duck, Duck, Goose game.  Only this time, retail stops are left holding the bag and can’t find a chair or get a break.

The witching hour appears to be the hour going into oil pit close.

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