In this totally fake, propped-up, fraudulent equity market of the past decade, one part is such horrible condition that even the pinheads in D.C. can’t prop it up is the oil and gas exploration sector. The ETF for it, XOP, is actually at the lows of the financial crisis. How many things can you say that about? I’d say it’s a whole integer that rhymes with the word “hero”. Prepare for a break to lifetime lows in the near future.(more…)
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Let’s say I was really hung up on my personal appearance (observant Slopers will have concluded long ago that I am not, but as with so many things here, this is a thought experiment requiring the suspension of disbelief). I was desperate for the world to think I was attractive. My frail ego and deeply-seated insecurities relied utterly on a positive feedback loop, or my entire psyche would crumble into a heap.
Mercifully, I am provided with an app that notifies me in real time of public approval of my appearance. After primping in front of the mirror for an hour, I draw in a deep breath, open the door, and courageously head out, quietly confident that the good people of Palo Alto will regard me, once again, as one fine-looking sumbitch.(more…)