Planning a "Disaster Room" (Part 1)

We have a number of factors that are coming together that force us to think through an earthen home addition. Whether you are talking radiation resistance, food storage, an additional bedroom, family day room for when the grid goes during a hot summer in the south, or an additional armory space…a “Disaster Room” is making sense.  You’ll see it as we run through some headlines this morning and the chart… More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help Center … Continue reading

Gobal Markets: Playing on the Slide

If you read my column on September 19, you will recall that the first of my “red dates” to be on crash alert came up yesterday. No, not kidding. Go here and scroll down to the box and you will see I called it to the day. Not bad for a crazy man of the woods in East Texas and we seem to get these things right often-enough that our Peoplenomics.com reports have an amazing reputation as the highest benefit/cost among newsletters out there. But enough. The “red day” yesterday … Continue reading

Coping: Paranoid Prepping Short Course

Several times, people either in jest (and some seriously) will ask if I am paranoid because I take prepping so seriously. The answer, near as I can figure, is no, not paranoid. But I have an extremely good sense of inquiry and I like to see how pieces fit together. So should you if you’re planning to navigate the coming 10 years and do so in a “Survive and Prosper” mode. A couple of headlines from the morning news flow should be a good starting point: Anything on North Korea … Continue reading

Number’s Dump and a Globalism Rant

OK, almost a Peoplenomics report (no charts though and shorter) but very serious this morning. On the top of the agenda is a bunch of economic data, but then I get in to a serious rant on how the Fed is inserting itself in globalist trade with a regional Fed chief’s remarks in Ireland.  That’s a country which is supposed to recapture $14.5 billion in avoided taxes from Apple, so it’s almost an echo of president Lame Duck’s trying to tell Englishmen how they should vote down Brexit. And yes, … Continue reading

Coping: Apes-that-Press-Lights & Surveillance

I just wasted half an hour thanks to Microsoft’s “Anniversary Edition” of Windows 10. You may not have the same issues because I am a very cranky old geez when comes to people making changes to my computing environment without a) asking my permission at the time and b) giving me reasonable options. Worst of all c) Don’t change things I don’t want changed. Admittedly, we are not “normal computer users.” We may have more computers per person than most households. Over at the house, we have a writing station … Continue reading

Losing Our Past, Dooming Our Future

So much for the Hillary Rally (“Rallary“) the market put on Tuesday.  This morning we’re back to the bull and bear slugfest in earnest.. Futures were up a tad, but we’re really in a trading range as you’ll see in this morning’s ChartPack. Our main concern now is not so much about the looming (early 2017) recession.  It’s about the horrific debt burden on young people from things like education debt, that will dramatically slow, or even prevent the next recovery. More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||      Subscriber Help … Continue reading

Home Prices Chill

Hot off the press release: NEW YORK, September 27, 2016 – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for July 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. YEAR-OVER-YEAR  The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.1% annual gain in July, up from 5.0% last month. The 10-City Composite posted a 4.2% annual … Continue reading

Home Prices Chill

Hot off the press release: NEW YORK, September 27, 2016 – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for July 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. YEAR-OVER-YEAR  The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 5.1% annual gain in July, up from 5.0% last month. The 10-City Composite posted a 4.2% annual … Continue reading

Coping: Zeno and the World’s Unluckiest Man

I double-checked with my Bro-In-Law (BiL) and he said “Sure, go ahead….” So here’s the latest on his house-search and how life works if you’re the world’s unluckiest man. As of our last mention, everything had been moving toward a close on the 28th. But because the people in the home want to move, the real estate people want commission and Bates & Bride want to get the move done, it was moved up to the 27th. But alas… I was working on the old farm truck paint rub-out when … Continue reading

Liars and Linguistics: “Secretary Clinton”?

A few points of interest about the debate tonight, starting with a discussion of positional power. If you skipped the grown-up organizational development classes in grad school, the short version is people tend to bow or bend to the will of people with power. The President of a Company directs his subordinates, but he is beholden (to the degree of stock ownership, lol) to the Board of Directors. Stuff rolls down hill. But what happens when a once company president is gone from the job: Is is still referred to … Continue reading