Friday, February 16, 2018

Some Friday noos

Here's some fun reading for Friday:

New Deal Demoncrat - why I'm piddling my frilly pink panties. Real nonsupervisory wages are rolling over, and when you combine that with the constant increase in consumer credit, that means a credit-constrained consumer is right around the corner, and that means a recession eventually. Thankfully it only means an old-fashioned one.

Calculated Risk - LA port traffic increases yoy in January. Which is good, it means consumption is still happening.

Polemic's Pains - the diary of a messed up market day. It's nice that someone who knows what he's talking about is being caught flat-footed by the market. Oh, and he bought gold miners.

BBC News - Navalny's name shifts snow. Why isn't Zerohedge all over this story of how people are fighting back against a corrupt government by using censorship to force public workers to do their jobs? Maybe it's because Daniel Ivandjiiski is a paid stooge of Vladimir Putin?

Friday videos: a chart-topping song about meth

This song is apparently about meth. It also went top-10 for 14 weeks.

Also, do you remember Hanson's "Mmm Bop"?

Cos that was a big hit right before this came out. And though it's structurally a lot more simple than this one, it does darn well kinda hit the exact same musical themes. I mean, you could do a mashup of the two.

Just one of them weird things.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zerohedge didn't carry this story....

I wonder why Zerohedge isn't all over this story about the infringement of people's free speech rights, the banning of websites for critical content, and yadda yadda wharrgarbl?

BBC News - Russia bans YouTube and Instagram. Quote:

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country's richest businessmen and an opposition leader.

Russia's internet censor blacklisted material on both services after a court ruled that it violated billionaire Oleg Deripaska's privacy rights.

My god! What kind of horrible things were people posting about this fine upstanding Nazi?

Mr Navalny's Anti-corruption Foundation posted a video to YouTube last Thursday in which he presented footage that allegedly showed Mr Deripaska meeting Russia's deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko aboard a yacht.

The material was said to have been sourced from a woman's Instagram account, where it had been posted in 2016.

Mr Navalny also uploaded a photo of the "secret meeting" alongside a post detailing corruption claims, to his own Instagram account.

The next day, Mr Deripaska obtained a court order demanding the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube clips.

And on Saturday, the government's internet watchdog Roskomnadzor issued the two tech platforms a take-down notice giving them three business days to comply.

Google subsequently wrote to Mr Navalny's team saying it might be forced to block the videos.

But to date, neither it nor Facebook has censored the material.

And given Zerohedge is a paid part of the Russian anti-west disinfo campaign, you'd damn well expect they'd never write an article on this. Right?

Quick point

If you're going to read some blogger's opinion on this morning's CPI reading, better make sure it's a blogger who's not fucking illiterate.

technical analysis

It's amazing how perfectly $VIX intraday is governed by the EMA(10) during a fear spike, like from January 16th to today, and how perfectly it breaks thru the EMA(10) the minute fear subsides.

Too bad there's no ETF to trade this sort of behaviour:

I mean okay there was an ETF, but now some fuckstick trader has wiped it out.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

And a quick market comment

Polemic's Pains said he's bought into the market, with a close trailing stop.

Therefore, I assume everyone has done this.

And, I assume anyone with half a brain knows everyone has done this.

Therefore, I assume someone is going to run the stops, probably today.

Therefore, I'm not going to get worried when this market pukes 5% with an empty book.

There are benefits to sex

This is just freaky:

NYT - this mutant crayfish clones itself without sex. Star Trek fans suddenly all click through.

Monday, February 12, 2018

All the doomy news that's fit to doom

OMG! Sell everything! here's why!:

Calculated Risk - record port traffic at Long Beach in Jan 2018. The consumer is desperate to buy! Therefore sell everything, stocks are worthless!

Calculated Risk - best January ever for intermodal. OMG! Sell sell sell!

Bonddad - interest rates haven't done anything. OMG! There are interest rates! Sell sell sell!

Bonddad - quit being pussies, you fucking pussies. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Polemics Pains - every fucking stupid reason for the dump. OMG there are reasons! Sell sell sell!