Monthly Archives: June 2013
We didn’t want to be the merchants of doom but we had a suspicion this could happen right about now
the Hindenburg Omen
The Hindenburg omen is a technical indicator that is believed to predict a sharp stock market downturn.
Recently its criteria were fulfilled.
1. The daily number of NYSE new 52 Week Highs and the daily number of new 52 Week Lows must both be greater than 2.2 percent of total NYSE issues traded that day.
2. The smaller of these numbers is greater than or equal to 69 (68.772 is 2.2% of 3126). This is not a rule but more like a checksum. This condition is a function of the 2.2% of the total issues.
3. That the NYSE 10 Week moving average is rising.
4. That the McClellan Oscillator ( a market breadth indicator used to evaluate the rate of money entering or leaving the market and interpretively indicate overbought or oversold conditions of the market)is negative on that same day.
5. That new 52 Week Highs cannot be more than twice the new 52 Week Lows (however it is fine for new 52 Week Lows to be more than double new 52 Week Highs).
When the Hindenburg Omen makes an appearance, it supposedly means that the U.S. stock market is likely to experience a serious decline within the next 40 days.
This could very well be the beginning of the second dip to the recession, so brace yourselves, up until here you’ve had it good.
When the market as a whole is down 2% in a day it’s considered a mild crash, these figures are looking dangerously like that already.
NSA: All up in your privacy junk since 1952
Summary: The National Security Agency has been violating your privacy for over 50 years. And you’ve just suddenly become aware of this now?
Let’s take a step back. No, let’s step back over 50 years. To 1952. When the flux capacitor hits 1.21 gigawatts, and the Delorean hits 88 miles per hour… oh, never mind.
In June 1952, President Harry Truman (that would be president number 33, the same guy who authorized the only nuclear weapons releases during wartime) signed a secret order that formed the National Security Agency, which in and of itself was an outgrowth of the Armed Forces Security Agency (AFSA), formed in 1949, which was to coordinate the communications and electronic intelligence activities of all the US military intelligence units.
The formation of the NSA took this a step even further to a national level, and extended its reach beyond the armed forces.
The mission of the NSA, by US law, is limited to monitoring foreign communications, whether it is electronic intelligence (ELINT) or signal intelligence (SIGINT). The CIA, by comparison, mainly acts on human intelligence gathering (HUMINT), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) primarily uses satellite space imaging as their main assets.
Monitoring of domestic communications has traditionally been the purview of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
What is critical to understand here is that until 9/11, these organizations did not share information freely with each other, and the events of that day were a wake-up call for this country’s anti-terrorism initiative, because the tragedy almost certainly could have been averted had the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI been working more closely.
So, while the NSA’s legal charter limits them to foreign communications, in reality, foreign combatants (terrorist organizations and state-sponsored entities) will have used US-based systems to conduct their operations. The US Patriot Act has made NSA wiretapping on US soil something of a gray area, particularly now that the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI freely exchange information with each other in the interests of national security.
Monitoring telephone and data communications of the agents of hostile entities extends even further from the NSA into a program known as ECHELON, which has been rumored to exist since at least the early 1960s, in the formative years of the Cold War, and is a shared system with the commonwealth nations of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Marty! It’s your kids!
…So to say that the NSA harvests and analyzes a lot of the personal communications and data of US citizens is shocking is a lot like being surprised that McDonald’s buys millions of pounds of potatoes every year to make French Fries. Or: Oh my God, Starbucks serves coffee? William Shatner wears a toupee? The pope is catholic? You get the idea.
Read the whole article at http://www.zdnet.com/nsa-all-up-in-your-privacy-junk-since-1952-7000016512/
I found two really interesting articles written by women about their actual experiences in gender monoculture.
Gender monoculture being an environment where there is only one gender.
Female only business:
Samantha Brick decided to start a TV channel with only women as employees, and tells the sorry tale of the business’s bankruptcy after just two years.
Any business going bad in a few short years is nothing new, but the behavior of the women in their ’empowered’ environment, ( which the founder believes strongly contributed to the collapse) is quite staggering.
In this female only workplace women formed packs and psychologically tormented individuals from other packs. One women was well known for loudly broadcasting to the office details about her very busy sex life. Women were ’empowered’ and never had to answer to any man, and chose to use that freedom to emotionally abuse each other. Ultimately they destroyed the organization that have granted them the freedom from ‘patriarchy’.
It’s worth noting if a man wanted a men only business, he would be facing court action over discrimination, but if women do the same thing it’s not only accepted, the discrimination is actually celebrated.
“When I needed the so-called ‘Sisterhood’, believe me, it just wasn’t there.”
A female journalist undercover; successfully posing as a man for 18 months:
Norah Vincent, a very dedicated journalist decided to really find out the secrets of the mans private world. After an elaborate disguise regieme she was able to pass as a man. She discovered that men are really quite accepting and tolerant of each other, and unlikely to judge. Even in their private moments they don’t constantly talk about women or make crude remarks about their body shapes or body parts. In the end she develops more respect and sympathy for men, seeing that what they tolerate and must endure from the world is too much for her to bear. She actually got treated for depression at the end of the undercover experiment.
“I really like being a woman. … I like it more now because I think it’s more of a privilege.”
A woman given the opportunity to be accepted as a man, declined the offer citing being a woman as being easier.
I found sources where women made these discoveries, so there can be no claim of bias or spin.
Both women were from the media industry and could have spun the story to fit the Marxist/feminist agenda, but I think both of then saw through the fantasy to see the truth. Good media is about the truth, not the spin.
I think this with other news may show that with China all bets are off. A debt bubble just announced and now growth slowing and China may do a little QE (lowering RRR) of its own.
And now straight to the BBC:
A very well explained reason for female privilege and how it is being continued, albeit now with contempt for the men who provide the privilege, rather than with gratitude and admiration as it was in the past.
Damsels are still in distress, now they are just ungrateful damsels.
This was not a paid message from Kevin Rudd ’13, who did not drop off a slab of XXXX and a case of Bundy this arvo, and who is definitely not considering a leadership challenge.
Kevin does not want to stress that he was born in Nambour Queensland, and is a true blue Aussie bloke who likes strip clubs and and getting pissed overseas as long as the Mrs doesn’t find out.
Dam its hard to make politics interesting.
We had a really happy Elvis fan arrive and found a great Elvis CD in the free shop stock. He totally understood what we were doing, and why were were doing it.
He said “wait here I’m going to get you some stuff, I’ll be back in 10 minutes”.
Sure enough he returned with a huge box of new clothes, and stuck around to chat for quite a while.
Bentleigh free shop is getting some real support from the community which is great.
So to say thank you to our Elvis fan, we thought we’d add a strangely appropriate Elvis song. Watching this video is also free.
In a world where our monetary and political systems makes no sense, Elvis at the free shop somehow makes sense.
Good article in The Age about China’s pending debt crisis, which makes the US subprime mortgage crisis look like small change in comparison.