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As I’ve mentioned, I’ve ceased my habit of checking out the “weekend betting” site to see what the markets are doing, because it’s just useless, wrong, and a waste of time. I haven’t even peeked in weeks. I did look, however, at the actual market when the Globex opened, and after the gap down, all of the predictable, boring, and unfunny “it’ll be green by the open” comments tumbled in. I just had to say something.

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Ego Petram, Ego Pluma

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You would think it had all caused me harm, what with all the fuss I made about the market’s rise. It’s just the insanity of it all, though. And I’m not trying to be a drama queen. Or king. Or any kind of emotional royalty. This has simply been insane. And that is a word I freely use, even having lived through the mayhem of 1999/2000.

The NASDAQ, of course, slipped right over the Big Round Number of 10,000, and the permabulls couldn’t be happier. Sort of like the effect the Big Round Number of 5,000 had back in March 2000, just before the 83% collapse.


I’m. An. Ord. I. Nar. Y. Guy.

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No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin’ yet
Everything’s stuck together
And I don’t know what you expect starring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire

It is a terribly difficult time to be a thinking person. Almost agonizing.

Hey, hold up there, Tim-bo. I’ve been buying stocks, and I’ve been doing great! I’m a thinking person!

No, you’re not. You’re opportunistic. You’re profitable. But you’re not thinking. You’re just in the right place, at the right time, with the right disposition.

I say again: this is a terrible time to be a thinking person. The more stupid you are, the better you’ll do. The more cloying, the better. A sycophant? You’ll thrive.