While this week’s report was to have focused on the effect Alfven Waves have on human, hence market, behaviors, we found it downright curious that the very week when we might have been able to draw some solid conclusions about how electricity impacts markets, the HAARP data pages at the University of Alaska disappeared. My, my, well ain’t that curious? While we wait for their crackerjack IT dept. to get them back on line, we will instead focus on the Prepper’s Dream Shop…how to set up for whatever this way comes. After, of course, Mrs. Olson stumbles through with another dose of half-caf.
Time once again to get really grounded in our view of the
U.S. economy using the most non-partisan economic report I can think of: A
check of actual port traffic coming in from Asia via the US west coast. I
won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what to expect, we’ll just roll with
data, as always. Meantime, we also have a dandy ChartPack update which
features a sizeable bounce that we anticipated in last week’s report. But
first, deck the halls with boughs of coffee…time to welcome this morning’s
second cup of Mrs. Olson’s half-caf and get on to our First Things topic…
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Statistics are ugly little buggers. We begin this morning with a scandal story or our own, assess why Japan’s mini-crash this week means something in longwave econ terms, and then we get into the good stuff: As we look at the problem of whether poverty is a “choice” we quickly descend into harsh realities of self-deception. We develop some
notes on how humans (like us) can still us shortcuts to get great economic results. What we find, I think is interesting and useful. But not as useful as our “first things” column and a few headlines, along with that first cup of coffee…
Want to fix almost everything that’s wrong with the world? IRS Scandals, the ultimate surveillance state, income disparities, lack of time off, world hunger and all the rest? Well, today we offer some thoughts on how the Grand Unified Theory of What Went Wrong
(GUTOWWW) arrives at a simple conclusion: Too much marketing! First, as usual, we will sort some of the wheat from the chaff and notice that in terms of our propose Anti-Marketing League, there’s not much that can’t be set right in the world with a lot less hype and a lot more thoughtfulness….
After our Vacation Economic School report Wednesday, a number of readers suggested that while my analysis of most cost-effective ways to vacation (paying full retail) was pretty good, a number shared ways to really vacation on the cheap. So, since this is summertime (or will be in two weeks, officially, but everyone starts the “vacation season” at Memorial Day), I thought we could run down a number of ways to “vacation” while penny-pinching. After all, why work is there’s no carrot out there? First, however, we’ll look at our scandal sheet and see what spiked the punch bowl on Wall St. and make a call to our Water Department in our never-ending quest for trends that matter behind the headlines…