"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
15 September 2014
The precious metals futures on the Comex were struggling most of the day, with both gold and silver ending just a little higher.
The Comex warehouse activity is not worth mentioning.
Gold is moving from West to East. China is clearly executing some longer term plan with regard to gold and its own fiat money as a reserve currency.
Let's see what happens.
Posted by Jesse at 4:10 PM
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."Charles Mackay
Techs were struggling most of the day, as the SP 500 showed some futures driven resilience.
The Empire Manufacturing number came in high side, but the actual Industrial Production came in negative, with last month being revised in half. Go figure.
There will be an FOMC decision on Wednesday. With the Alibaba IPO in play, I don't think we will see the markets fall appreciably unless there is a serious break in the geopolitical stability.
Have a pleasant evening.
Posted by Jesse at 4:07 PM
Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University. He is known for his writing on American media and for his activism on behalf of media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda, and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections. He was a contributor to the documentary 'Orwell Rolls Over In His Grave.'
He graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in 1971, Johns Hopkins University with an MA in 1973, and a Ph.D. in 1977.
He talks overall about certain stories that are not considered to be appropriate for discussion in the mainstream media. He sees 'conspiracy theory' as a method of shutting down discussion, and traces its use as a rhetorical device to a memo in 1967.
He more specifically discusses the 2000 election of G. W. Bush, and what he considers related stories that are ruled off the table in a presentation to the 911 Architects and Engineers for Truth.
I don't agree with all of his specific issues perhaps, but found his discussion of 'process' in the mainstream media to be interesting. More often than not the 'discussions' of situations which we are given in the media are often highly uninformative, if not misleading either by omission or intent.
And I also feel that the First Amendment is being tested now as it has been in the past. It seems to be curtailed for individuals who are shuffled off to 'free speech zones' while wealthy corporations are being given privileges that the Constitution maintains for individuals and was not intended for powerful legal constructs that provide limited liability and anonymity.
Posted by Jesse at 2:03 PM
12 September 2014
"The tendency of things is, indeed, to make matters worse still. The poor are every year becoming poorer, and more dependent upon those who feast upon their sufferings; while the wealth and power of the realm are annually concentrating in fewer hands, and becoming more and more instruments of oppression.”
John C. Cobden, 1854
Retail sales came in a bit hot today, triggering a 'good news is bad news' selloff in stocks, at least according to the spokesmodels on bubblevision.
The retail sales results were really not all that impressive, just coming in-line for sales ex-auto. And who the heck knows what adjustments were used to cook up the hot auto sales number? These one shot numbers are a flash in the pan.
I think the sell off today, ahead of the weekend, is due to the cumulative jitters of the markets, given the drumbeats to war in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and the potential 'Yes' vote in Scotland for independence.
"The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war, similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates."The skeptical part of me wonders if this is the 'wash and rinse' that I suspected they might try to sneak in ahead of the actual Alibaba IPO. In our economy war is a good thing, to the extent that it is good for business.
It must be good. We seems to look for wars all the time, and even in the most unlikely of places, on the suspicion that someone there must be up to no good. The US did a rather effective stop and frisk with extreme prejudice on Iraq, for example. They are still trying to get their lives back together.
And apparently Obama wants to do the same thing to Syria. We lift things up, and put them down. And that includes not only tyrants, and vicious rebels, but whole nations and peoples.
So let's see what happens next week. Besides the FOMC two day meeting, which will provide us their guidance on the afternoon of Wednesday Sept 17th. A calendar for next week is included below.
Nothing particularly interesting occurred in the Comex warehouses for precious metals yesterday.
In other news of the day, the Fed has just formed the Committee on Financial Stability led by Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer.
When this news came out it reminded me of the (in)famous Comité de Salut Public, or Committee on Public Safety which became the de facto executive government during the worst parts of the French revolution.
I would bear in mind that this unelected committee of the Fed has no standing to make laws, and is part of a private organization which unfortunately has been given too many discretionary regulatory powers by the ideologically crippled, do-nothing Congress.
And in cheerier news, Golem XIV is back from his holiday. Welcome back.
I am looking forward to hearing more about the momentous vote in Scotland next week as the election day approaches. So many English nouveau riche and political parvenu of the master class have issued nearly hysterical screeds against it that I know it must be of some importance.
As they advise, we must always 'be afraid, be very afraid.' And have only a little hope. After all, government is complex, and these matters are best left to the ruling class.
"Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained."Have a pleasant weekend.
President Snow, The Hunger Games
Posted by Jesse at 4:25 PM
"Don't know about this new crew of yours. They seem a bit skittish. Probably shouldn't tell them what happened to the last crew...
Skittish, Toombs, very skittish."
Vin Diesel, Chronicles of Riddick
Stocks were on another down leg today, taking back the late afternoon stick save from yesterday, and a little bit more. The selling was very orderly and the VIX barely bleeped.
The spokesmodels were claiming this is a 'good news is bad news' thing, since retail sales grew more than expected in this morning's economic news. Well, not at all, if you look at them ex-auto.
The market was in profit taking mode today, and most likely based on international jitters ahead of a weekend. Greed was struggling with just a twinge of fear.
I speak to those jitters in tonight's gold and silver commentary above.
Have a pleasant weekend.
Posted by Jesse at 4:19 PM
11 September 2014
I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. I am surprised at how strongly the memory of it remains.
I remember the concerns of the class mothers, who were thinking about what to do with the children in our little school in a town, on one of the commuter train lines to NYC, when it came time for them to go home.
They did not know who would not be showing up, and exactly what to do about it.
I remember the line of the mourners and hearses at the very large group funeral service at our local church. And the plaque we put up at the train station with the names of those who died.
I remember hearing about the woman who put one of her husband's suits on the bed, and just laid down next to it, and cried for her loss.
I remember those brave responders, and so many others, who gave their lives assisting others, in the last full measure of devotion.
I remember seeing the fear in people's eyes for days afterwards, and how that fear was used.
And how Wall Street and the government beat its breast, and wrapped itself in the flag.
I look on how we have acted since then, and where we have been led.
Ours is certainly not the only tragedy in the world. But it has been given to us, and is ours.
Who can say what will happen? Only time. And those of us who still live, and how we abide.
Posted by Jesse at 7:20 PM
There was the usual London-New York hit applied to the precious metals earlier this morning. Nothing new in that.
There was a bit of a bounce into the close for gold, and some action in the mining stocks as well.
Shown below are the Comex reports for both gold and silver for yesterday. I thought it was funny that more gold contracts were stopped than for silver. But this is the active month for silver and not for gold!
Not that even that factoid means anything. Watching the Comex these days is like watching the magicians beautiful assistant move the boxes around on stage, while the magician executives his sleight of hand undetected.
The real markets for precious metals have moved overseas. The West is fighting a holding action in a currency war of attrition. It must be like fighting a land war in Asia. You roll out your best shock and awe, complete with media fanfare, over and over. But they are gaining ground little by little.
I know, let's flatten our own markets and their economic integrity back to the stone age of rigged prices and perpetual fraud, executed by and for the very few while the domestic public staggers. That will show them who's in charge: until exhaustion of lies, or the collapse of force.
Have a pleasant evening.
Posted by Jesse at 4:39 PM