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The Idiocy Of "Blaming It On The Weather" Exposed

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This morning's catastrophic drop in the National Association of Hope Home Builders sentiment index has rapidly been spun as due to the weather... of course, makes perfect sense, right? What would happen if these drops were actually real fundamentals? If the status quo, the "common knowledge" was shown to be full of shit (once again). Well, riddle us this Batman... if weather was to blame, then why did the "West" region plunge the most? In fact, why did The West plunge the most on record? Too much sunny dry weather not good for sales? In fact, even the entirely indpendent provider of real estate research Trulia said that weather is not to blame...


The West dropped the most on record - we assume that warm, dry weather is detrimental to home-buying in some way?


And kindly explain how the weather was the driver when The West dropped the most of all the regions... (West -14, NorthEast -8, MidWest -9, South -7)



And here's what Trulia told everyone...

Winter Weather is a Wobble, not a Hobble


Here’s what the weather wobble means for interpreting the forthcoming January construction and sales data. Because the weather had a slight negative impact on housing activity, flat month-over-month numbers for construction or sales would mean that other market forces were strong enough to offset the negative effect of bad weather. But if housing activity fell month-over-month in January by more than the predicted weather effect, don’t pin the entire drop on the cold.


That means if existing home sales fall by 5% month-over-month in January, for example, then only a bit of decline (1.1%) should be blamed on weather. The regional patterns in housing activity will also help reveal whether weather mattered. The impact of January’s weather on starts should be most negative in the Northeast and Midwest, so if starts decline most in the South and West, then weather’s not the culprit. Finally, housing activity tends to bounce partway back the month after bad weather (unless that next month is unusually bad, too). Rain and cold don’t last forever, and neither do their effects on housing.


Therefore, bad winter weather will only delay some construction and sales activity, rather than make it disappear. Severe winter weather may cause housing activity to wobble, but cold, rain, and snow won’t hobble the housing recovery.



But sure, as opposed to face up to reality, keep blaming the weather...


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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:55 | 4449063 Grande Tetons
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Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow this year....6 more weeks of Bullshit!! Maybe, more! 

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:14 | 4449137 flacon
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The great "dust bowl" drought was also blamed for the "great [banker] depression". Just know that the REAL cause will never be blamed; ever! Not only is the real cause a matter of National Security, it IS THE PURPOSE of National Security - to protect the ponzi is the purpose. 

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:36 | 4449243 boogerbently
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Where's the chart showing home sales/prices falling as % rates increased?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:59 | 4449336 duo
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how about a chart showing home sales vs Obamacare enrollment?  Since Obamacare will cost you another house payment, then you won't be able to afford that house.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:58 | 4449626 johnQpublic
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how o you sell a house when only sand comes out the shower head?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:18 | 4449713 olenumbersix
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fyi - I signed onto the unafordable care web sight, and for me and the wife it was 3 times our house payment.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:27 | 4449211 yogibear
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"6 more weeks of Bullshit!! Maybe, more!"

Next it's the Spring thawing and the sever storms. It won't/can't stop until all indicators are up again.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:57 | 4449071 observer007
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Latest on Ukraine

Ukrainian protesters hurled petrol bombs, fireworks and stones at riot police on Tuesday, and at least nine people died!q=ukraine&t=text

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:19 | 4449169 graneros
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Shit's gettin' real! You know the govt is gonna come down like a ton of bricks now.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:37 | 4449529 hangemhigh77
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That's NOTHING compared to what the government is doing here in the US!!  Millions are dying from being assaulted at McDonald/s, Dunkin Donuts, Taco Bell, Burger King, etc.  It's a slaughter.  Plus there were millions of robberies at Best Buy, WalMart, Mobil, and Macys.  Drugs continue to kill millions when greedy doctors prescribe millions of psychotropic drugs designed to get you a little high but at the same time make you believe you can fly off buildings and stop speeding bullets with your teeth.  And for those that don't engage in any of these state sponsored killings we give you the cops.  The cops are beating the shit out of anyone they can, but no one that might fight back they get free McDonald's coupons.  So the revolution here isn't being supressed it's being avoided and diverted.  And the most egregious assault to date on the people by the government to shut them up?  I give you "Dancing with the Tards, errrr I mean Stars"

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:56 | 4449073 IridiumRebel
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Suns out here in Southern Ohio so I celebrated by buying three 65" inch TeeVeeZ and liquidating my PMs at the bottom to BTFATH in stawks. I'll keep you posted after I get done watching a couple days worth of netflix.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:01 | 4449097 superflex
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It's nice to see and feel the sun in SW Ohio.

Let's melt all this snow and ice so we can begin the spring flooding season.

Bullish on sandbags and trash pumps.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:03 | 4449104 IridiumRebel
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....maybe they'll get lucky in Kentucky! Trailers float sometimes.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:33 | 4449227 skwid vacuous
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must be hard to run a meth cooker when your trailer is pitching and yawing...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:22 | 4449179 skwid vacuous
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dont forget to Yelp some local restaurant reviews, then buy a walmart chicken for dinner

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:40 | 4449538 hangemhigh77
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Go to Sam's $4.88 for a bigger chicken!!  More GMO fed Chinese chickens.  

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:51 | 4449586 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Chinkins? Maybe some fried Chinkins?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:33 | 4449786 LMAOLORI
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And then when you get sick YIKES! (found buried at the very end of the article is this little tidbit.


American businesses and F.D.A. officials are just as concerned about the quality of drugs coming out of China, but the F.D.A.'s efforts to increase inspections there have so far been frustrated by the Chinese government.

“China is the source of some of the largest counterfeit manufacturing operations that we find globally,” said John P. Clark, Pfizer’s chief security officer, who added that Chinese authorities were cooperative.

Using its new revenues, the F.D.A. tried to bolster its staff in China in February 2012. But the Chinese government has so far failed to provide the necessary visas despite an announced agreement in December 2013 during a visit by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., said Erica Jefferson, an F.D.A. spokeswoman.

The United States has become so dependent on Chinese imports, however, that the F.D.A. may not be able to do much about the Chinese refusal. The crucial ingredients for nearly all antibiotics, steroids and many other lifesaving drugs are now made exclusively in China.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:57 | 4449079 Stoploss
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Jan, just come out with 140, as all bets are off now.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:58 | 4449082 Duc888
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It's not idiocy, it's genius.  They need to find a way to monetize the weather so they can implement another tax on the serfs.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:00 | 4449093 Winston Churchill
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Carbon tax.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:15 | 4449146 LMAOLORI
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The fact that Blythe Masters was involved in the carbon credit derivatives scam should have given gloBULL warming people something to think about but for them its some kind of religion and they lost all common sense.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:29 | 4449199 Lumberjack
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God even has a sense of humor...


Kerry Burnishes Green Badge in Asia as Volcano Disrupts Trip

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said global warming is as big a threat as terrorism in a speech in Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of coal for power plants, seeking to burnish his credential as a climate champion before deciding on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project…

…The speech came against the backdrop of the eruption of the Mount Kelud volcano that disrupted air travel in the region and forced the cancellation of Kerry’s planned meeting today with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

“We’ve seen here in Asia how extreme weather events can disrupt world trade,” Kerry said to an audience of Indonesian students and business leaders. “In today’s globalized economy, the entire world feels it.”




For Extreme Weather, 2013 Was an Unextreme Year


Weather has been dominating the news cycle the past several days, as much of the U.S. has suffered through record-breaking cold. But while it might seem as if we’ve all been sucked into a polar vortex of weather news, 2013 was punctuated by coverage of major natural disasters like Supertyphoon Haiyan in November, massive floods in India in June and the Category 5 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma in May. No wonder so many people felt that extreme weather was on the rise.

Except that wasn’t the case—at least not in 2013. The reinsurance company Munich Re came out with its annual assessment of natural disasters, and found that 2013 was an unusually quiet year. Catastrophes like floods and storms claimed more than 20,000 lives around the world, and caused more than $125 billion in damages. While that’s clearly a lot—and the number of deaths from disasters rose over 2012—both figures are well below the 106,000 in deaths and $184 billion in losses that were experienced on average over the past decade. Though the total number of loss-causing catastrophes—880—was above the average over the past 10 years, the damages in both financial and human terms was less. “There was no large-scale natural catastrophe event in 2013,” said Carl Hedde, head of risk accumulation for Munich Re.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:20 | 4449723 Oldwood
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If its not weather's fault then it has to be God's fault, and if that is true shouldn't we consider sacrificing a virgin conservative or something? I mean we must ACT! Someone has to do something, right? We can't just sit here waiting for the weather to change or God to have a change of heart. We need more over-priced low quality homes to keep our illegal immigration population from getting up and going home.

The one disaster we cannot afford is for our illegals to go home and Americans forced to get a job doing what we all know they are too good for.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:37 | 4449800 LMAOLORI
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Don't even get me started on the illegal aliens who get FREE HEALTHCARE cause it's going to really get ugly then!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:42 | 4449544 hangemhigh77
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They should have a shit tax. They put a shit meter on your toilet.  

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:14 | 4449691 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Woe to the roadsides if a shit tax were imposed. They'd be blobbing up in no time, Chinese citizenism style.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:21 | 4449705 akak
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Let 1,000,000,000 roadside brown baby Maos bloom!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:20 | 4449725 hangemhigh77
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I guess each person would have to have a "ShitChip" installed up their ass then.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:22 | 4449736 akak
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And they can pay their tax in ShitCoin.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:22 | 4449731 LMAOLORI
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STOP IT!  They don't need any more ideas (sh*t tax:).  Rather then viewing 1984 as a precautionary tale they used it as a roadmap.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:58 | 4449083 Cdad
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"But sure, as opposed to face up to reality, keep blaming the weather..."

...and direct all financial news coverage dancing.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:25 | 4449196 AmCockerSpaniel
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If the little people know the truth, it makes it harder to dup them on WS. It's all about $$$

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:58 | 4449086 ziggy59
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The whole system is idiocy in motion..

The roulette wheel likes 'weather'...probably has equivalent of only one space NOT weather...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:00 | 4449094 insanelysane
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Snowing like a bastahd out there right now.  Wonder how the ice cream man is doing this winter?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:02 | 4449101 DirtyWilly
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Don't worry, this is bullish!  Buy more stocks, DOW up 300 by 4PM!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:06 | 4449103 skwid vacuous
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West= people are scared of the drought,

NorthEast & Midwest = Frozenomics (hat tip to CNBS)

Southeast = they were all stuck on I75 for several days

Everything will come roaring back in March, or maybe April, definitely by the summer...?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:06 | 4449114 q99x2
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The gold is gone. The ones that have the proof as to what happened are being whacked.

And wouldn't you know it. Here comes Bitcoin to the rescue.

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:06 | 4449117 wallstreetapost...
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Yeah but when it stops snowing in the states between Virginia and Rhode Island the economy is going to take off like a rocket...right... like that shit is going to happen.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:07 | 4449119 carbonmutant
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The trick to being a Democrat is having something to blame when things don't go according to plan...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:30 | 4449203 graneros
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That's part of their con.  Somebody tell me the time you heard a politician accept responsibilty for their failed prorgrams.  Actually when has a poitician ever taken responsibillity for any fricking thing?  Number one rule in politics, or any govt job for that matter, is "it is always somebody else's or something (weather, some other party, jews or name the race's) fault, ALWAYS.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:21 | 4449733 Oldwood
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I'm pretty sure they have an App for that.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 23:13 | 4451210 carbonmutant
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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:11 | 4449130 NOTaREALmerican
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There is no recession/depression/down-turn/badness of any kind for the top 20%; in the east/west/north/south in the summer or winter.

The recession of for the survival-of-the-fittest losers.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:30 | 4450032 Oldwood
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When the going gets tough, the rich take winter break to go skiing. They are doing their part to "stimulate" the economy.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:16 | 4449132 skwid vacuous
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The mall was empty last sunday except for the Hasidim and their little monsters- where the fuck do they get all their $ from they can't all be diamond "merchants"?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:58 | 4449625 hangemhigh77
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Do you live in the Hudson Valley?  They get their money from US taxes.  The government gives them money for votes. last time I looked Kirylas Joel got 24 million for a handicapped school with 23 handicapped kids.  They scam everything and don't pay any taxes.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:13 | 4449145 unplugged
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Well, riddle us this Batman... if weather was to blame, then why did the "West" region plunge the most? In fact, why did The West plunge the most on record? Too much sunny dry weather not good for sales?

A:  The weather was soo good in the West that people delayed or put-off home buying plans to enjoy the rare winter treat - a day at the beach, biking, hiking, picnicing, etc.  

Riddle solved, Boy Wonder.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:16 | 4449158 hidingfromhelis
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Sympathy puking?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:16 | 4449163 JR
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Hint: Maybe it’s the political weather the economy needs fear.

Writes investor Richard Russell: “Famed John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics makes a living by dissecting government statistics and providing us with the truth.  The following is from his most recent report:

‘If the economy will not grow, just redefine it.  The US economy continues to stagnate and turn down anew, as part of the deepest and longest economic downturn seen since the Great Depression.  With actual business activity moribund, the US government once again has turned to redefining a major economic series, so as to boost a reported activity.’”

From ShadowStats:


No. 600: January Industrial Production February 14th, 2014

• Downside Restatement of Recent Economic Activity Continues • January Production Drop Was More than Bad-Weather Effects • First-Quarter 2014 GDP Contraction and Downside Revision to Third-Quarter GDP Growth Increasingly Are Likely More ...

No. 599: January Retail Sales, Liquidity, Late Detail from Jobs Revision February 13th, 2014

Retail Sales Plunge Reflected Consumer Liquidity Issues More than Bad Weather • Pattern of Collapsing Economic Activity Seen in Revisions • Concurrent Seasonal Adjustments Already Skewing Jobs Revisions More ...

No. 598: January Employment, Unemployment and Employment Benchmark Revision, M3 February 8th, 2014

• As With December, January’s Small Headline Jobs Gain Was Statistically Insignificant • Annual Upside Bias in the Birth-Death Model Increased by 140,000, Despite Last Year’s 119,000 Overstatement of Jobs Growth • Spurious Revisions Used to Spike Payroll Employment Levels • Renewed Concurrent Seasonal Adjustments and New Population Controls Make Comparisons of Monthly Unemployment Detail Meaningless • January Unemployment: 6.6% (U.3), 12.7% (U.6), 23.2% (ShadowStats) • Year-to-Year M3 Growth Slowed to 3.0% in January More ...

No. 597: December Trade Deficit, Construction Spending February 6th, 2014

• December Trade Deterioration Could Knock 0.6% off GDP Growth • Construction Spending Gain Was Insignificant in December, Even with Large Downside Revisions to November and October  More ...

No. 596: Fourth-Quarter 2013 GDP January 30th, 2014

Particularly Unreliable Economic Data • 2013 Annual GDP Growth Slowed to 1.9% from 2.8% in 2012 • Growth Bloated by Continuing Excess-Inventory Build-Up More ...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:29 | 4449216 highly debtful
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Relax, man. Don't be no cloud on a sunny day.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:25 | 4449197 Rising Sun
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Fuck you Al Gore - fat fuckings slob!!!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:31 | 4449225 Miss Expectations
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What's happening in Montana?  (Same think earlier today in Kansas):

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:36 | 4449239 skwid vacuous
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snow flurries and radar clutter...?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:37 | 4449248 Bryan
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Weather, schmether.  We're screwed every which way you look at it.  What's really tragic though is that they're running out of plausible excuses to distract from/cover up the slow-motion train wreck.  See Ukraine and Greece and Turkey and Venezuela?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:40 | 4449262 ebworthen
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CNBC running a "FROZENconomy" logo and meme today.

They interviewed some shill from one of the Wall Street cotton candy firms who used the magic word "anomaly" to describe homebuilder sentiment.

They're going to run out of rabbits and handkerchiefs at some point.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:42 | 4449268 kevinearick
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Road to Perdition: Peer Pressure Normalization

Government, deferral of individual responsibility, is a tax on future productivity for the sake of legacy consumption. Real productivity decreases with public education, and consumption increases. Absent the individual ability to adapt in real time, repeating the past is the only possible outcome.

 Economic mobility has not ground to a halt by accident. University Foundation is a feudal organization. Public education, parental deferment to civil marriage, is an oxymoron. Centering the economy around information by committee was just plain stupid. Without effective parents, there is only activity, leverage.

Automate all you like, certify ‘illegal’ immigrants all you like, and give government natural resource control all you like. Price inflation, RE or otherwise does no work.

Law has always been a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do ignorant competition for entitlement. That’s no way to raise children, but failure never stops the next majority from repeating the mistake. It always prefers to pay a scapegoat over accepting personal responsibility, ill will telling others to have faith, the blind fighting the blind, as spectacle.

The State is an expert at chasing its own failures by the tail, and it desperately wants to tell you how to raise your children. With peer pressure, no one is to blame because everyone is to blame. Everyone is doing it.

Public, private and non-profit politicians are paid, with inflation, relative to the hierarchy of stupidity they represent. The purported 1% is not the 1% the majority really wants to crucify or it would be crucified. Rebooting and increasing factory efficiency isn’t going to fix anything.

Critters that feed their children garbage I/O in an artificial environment get garbage I/O back, depravity multiplied. “I need control to function, and when I get control I am going to practice extortion, because I have subjected myself and my family to artificial scarcity, breeding more of the same.” Brilliant.

If you are going to be dependent upon anyone with a paper certification for a paper certification, in a supply-side economy, you may as well dig your grave right now, because life is not going to go well. Who do you suppose bankrolls manufactured food, adult toys and TV? Hint: the same people bringing you Hillarycare bankruptcy.

The majority, easily diverted by shiny objects, always defers responsibility, seeking a minority to blame for the outcome instead, with the rule of law. A constitution is an at-will contract, protecting the majority from itself, but go ahead and pull down all the safeguards, to exploit the minority.

You want to shrink stupidity with productive families in a community built for the purpose. Therein lays separation of power, balance, not the artifice that is the constitution. Family Common Law shorts government into itself. Of course the welfare cartels want to subject your family to international law for the purpose of trade extortion.

“I don’t understand. I complied, but it’s not working anymore,” repeat emotion/logic tack…denial and passivity…anger and aggression…fear of rejection. What kind of mind trades recurring tangible wealth for non-recurring intangible promise as the basis of wealth and expects a happy outcome?

Kids have a funny way of finding exactly what they are looking for, without knowing what it is…

If you encourage your children to seek effectively by age 2, aligning their body functions to seek more diverse self-directed action, in natural settings with other diverse families doing the same, probability favors their success, because they reach the threshold to higher brain functions, before encountering artificial peer pressure.

Public education in the global city represents 5000 years of peer pressure development. Expect your children to lose some battles. Pick them up, dust them off, give them some love, and throw them back in. If your children decide to pursue their own path before their teenage years, probability overwhelmingly favors their success.

From an economic, rather than political, perspective, custodial skills are much more valuable than CEO skills. If you want to take equal pay to its logical conclusion, pay them the same. At least then we won’t have to hear this stupid argument that a moron politician in a skirt should get equal pay to a moron in trousers. Political economics is an oxymoron.

First come the frivolous tickets to inure the community to arbitrary law enforcement, and then come the gangs, and then comes invasion of privacy in the home, with a spectacle to maximize fear. I don’t blame my ex for buckling under the pressure. Living among hedge fund managers, she didn’t want to understand that buying a new car on credit, with its ratcheting effect on RE inflation and taxes, raising your own rent to fit in, was the dumbest possible investment for a young family.

The backbone algorithm of case law is what it is, and no trial of fact is required, not that the law schools teach anything other than the misdirection of doctrine separation. The appeal discussion is just emotion parading as logic, with a few quotes from judicial ‘thought’ leaders. And Rules of Court, violated by the majority of clerks when the Court is challenged, is just a matter of patience, discovery.

I’ve been hearing equal rights hustlers and oligarchs feeding each other bullsh- in class, all the trades and in every office since I was 5, running wire for my dad, at $1/hr. The majority didn’t like him much either, because they couldn’t keep up with his sixth grade education. By firing me, with no recourse not subject to duress, in a paper catch-22, the State proved that liberty and property rights to civil employment depend upon peer pressure compliance, like every other private, public and non-profit corporate job.

As a consultant with Navy, it always struck me as ironic when the civil servants learned that they could all be fired wholesale, with no due process, when their compliance was no longer required, when the local private economy was replaced by the private welfare corporation, leaving the casualties to the non-profit vultures, only to feed the next wave, until the private sector was needed again to reboot the so bankrupted government holding all the promises.

Funny, the State keeps hiring me for privatization efforts, assuming that small adjustments to its compliance reward and noncompliance punishment regime will alter the outcome. The majority always has a long list of consumer demands that it expects to be met, before the individual needs of producers can be addressed. The empire defeats itself every time, because nature has other interests.

With market automation, no one has to know anyone to fire everyone, and replace them with inflation. Congratulations, and keep up the important work – spying, gossiping and stepping on each other on the way to the top. Wakey, wakey vegetables. Oh, that’s right, other people do manual labor, people like me, who also fire people, with their own words.

The majority can disassemble to make room for children or get fired, one way or the other. There is always another peer pressure group that wants to form a majority. That’s how politicians build one-way bridges to nowhere, from nature to the global city. 24 hrs/wk on the equal-right-to-be-stupid clock is more than sufficient.

If you have a choice between talking about people or events, choose ideas, and the events of people will take care of themselves. Just because some moron with no evidence of faith, love, ‘proves’ that faith is a lie, is no reason to surrender your faith. NPV is entirely dependent upon faith in the future, goodwill based upon experience.

If you want to explore beyond the empire box inhabited by the majority, go, or accept the artificial prison of peer pressure, willful ignorance. Natural resources are not scarce. The thinking individual, in an artificially induced sea of anxiety, is scarce. That is what the Internet is telling you. Build a better tool, for your community.

Appreciate what you have been given and you will be given more, the future. Government is a myth, a sprit of the past, with which the majority deludes itself into thinking that it can avoid responsibility, Republican or Democrat.

You have one real choice in life, around which all other choices revolve. Make it count. You cannot choose your parents or your children. Choose a spouse that will guard your back door, against their own. That is your only means to privacy, a peer pressure interrupt without which the empire implodes.

Think twice about trafficking in stolen code. Labor makes the pie everyone else is jockeying to cut up, at will. The corporation is just a piece of paper, issuing paper, digitized or not.

Where do you suppose that divergent series comes from? Where is it relevant? How is it related to pi and the speed of light? What is the implicit thread? What is DNA? If the difference in DNA between human males and females is minimal, what is the difference between a janitor, a nurse and a CEO?

Watch out for my kids. They are not quite so easily misdirected as they would allow you to assume.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:30 | 4449492 thismarketisrigged
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its due to the weather in the west, it was too hot and sunny so people did not go outside because they were worried about getting skin cancer due to too much sun expoure.


its always the weather,

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:39 | 4449535 PowerPlayer
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This weather thing is non-sense. I can see where restaurants or similar industries might lose business during a blizzard that they won't get back, however anyone that wants a durable good like jeans or a toothbrush is going to head to the store as soon as the blizzard is over.

Household debt has been rising faster than personal incomes. Even an idiot can see that this is an unsustainable trend.

Essentially, there is one thing I know for 100% sure. All the weakness in the economic numbers is not due to the weather. Perhaps some of it is, but that still leaves a problem.

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