Group Think

The Orwellian War On Skepticism

Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies.

David Stockman Warns "2008 Was Just Spring-Training For What Comes Next"

In effect, America has undergone a rolling national LBO since the Gipper’s time in office; so the U.S. economy is now stuck in the ditch because it has leveraged itself to the hilt over the past three decades. The vast majority of Americans are no longer living the dream because Wall Street speculators and Washington politicians alike have led them into a debt-fueled fantasy world that is coming to a dead end.

Dan Loeb Compares Managing Money In 2016 To A "Game Of Thrones" Slaughter

"Watching Jon Snow’s epic “Battle of the Bastards” scene in the penultimate episode of this season’s Game of Thrones gives investors a sense of how it has felt to manage money during some periods over the past year. Surging enemies forming a seemingly  impossible perimeter, a crush of fellow soldiers on the field, arrows coming in overhead..."

The State Department's Collective Madness

Over the past several decades, the U.S. State Department has deteriorated from a reasonably professional home for diplomacy and realism into a den of armchair warriors possessed of imperial delusions, a dangerous phenomenon underscored by the recent mass “dissent” in favor of blowing up more people in Syria. The neocons and liberal hawks who control the State Department – and are eagerly looking forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency – will never stop coming up with these crazy notions until a concerted effort is made to assess accountability for all the failures that that they have inflicted on U.S. foreign policy. Until then, the madness will continue and only grow more dangerous.

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Michael O’Leary was forthright and humorous as ever at a conference when he warned that Brexit could lead to contagion in the EU. With regard to diversifying into gold, the CEO of Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest airlines, said that the airline would be unlikely to as it is a “risky asset.”

Frontrunning: April 25

  • Obama sending more forces to Syria to consolidate gains against Islamic State (Reuters)
  • Global stocks, dollar stumble ahead of Fed, BOJ meetings (Reuters)
  • The Rise and Deadly Fall of Islamic State’s Oil Tycoon (WSJ)
  • Oil Producers Lock In Once-Snubbed Prices (WSJ)
  • Yellen's Scope for Summer Rate Hike Widens as ECB Signals a Hold (BBG)
  • 11,000 jobs at risk as BHS teeters on brink (The Times)

More "Ivory Tower" Lunacy

"Keep in mind for historical perspective the United States had negative rates in the 1930’s, OK. That was the best time to buy stocks, OK...."

The Bernie & Hillary 'Group Think' Show - Cynics, Cowards, Or Populist Propagandists

When Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate turned to world affairs, the NBC correspondents and both Sen. Sanders and ex-Secretary Clinton fell in line behind "group thinks" about Syria, Iran and Russia that lack evidentiary support. The two possibilities for such behavior are both scary: either these people, including prospective presidents, believe the propaganda or that they are so cynical and cowardly that they won’t demand proof of serious charges that could lead the United States and the world into more war and devastation.

Too Many "Think Tanks" Are Just Kool-Aid Fueled Group-Think

Over the last 5 years the various Fed QE (quantitative easing) interventions into the capital markets has facilitated dumb luck trading into “genius” status, and no clue analysis into “spot on brilliant” prognostications. The real issue at hand is many believed their own press, and the current state of egg on their face would make many a Denny's blush. As bad as that sounds – it gets worse.

Government Influence Over Asset Prices Growing

Where most analysis on oil markets tends to fall short is on the depth of analysis vs. reading headlines and group think, the latter of which is heavily shaped by misinformed media and government propaganda.