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Muddled Messaging Ripe For Opposition

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One can’t help when looking at all the geopolitical as well as threats of non-containment of the deadly Ebola virus and wonder: Who’s in control here?

Here’s a hint – it’s not the people lining up to give the message via oratory salvos. In fact, the clearest of messages coming out of the geopolitical realm are happening rapidly, methodically, and very much with blinding clarity allowing deeds to speak rather than words.

Just one example of this can be shown when the more one looks only for the outbreak of war, the more one misses other acts which can have just as dire consequences down the road. i.e., Developing friendships of rivals where the focus of that relationship is to oppose – you. (more…)

Barry Lyndon

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It’s a strange day today. Since the wee hours of this morning, Slope has been, from my perspective, offline. But this isn’t really the case. There’s a big-ass (I’m using technical terms here) problem with chunks of the Internet, partly thanks to the world’s most-hated company, Comcast. If you’re interested, you can see the commotion right here.

As with yesterday, I’ve been shorting left, right, and sideways, in spite of the market being annoying almost beyond words. Indeed, in my options account, I’ve done something I’ve never done before, which is put every single penny into positions (I’m often very conservatively positioned, with the majority of the account in cash). You can call me The King of Puts. (Alternately, King Putz). (more…)