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Day and Night

More than once over the course of the last few years, these missives have asserted that the best show on the TeeVee is 'Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown'. That was said long before he died in June. As more information emerged about the circumstances, it seemed to me that the most likely situation was a Carradine. After the first 2 episodes of this final set, I'm not so sure. At the time of the suicide, he was in France with Eric Ripert recording an episode, and was later reported to show no…

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Added by Robert Young on October 1, 2018 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

Live Long and Procreate

During the fiasco called Kavanaugh one of the Left pundits (I didn't take notes, but this isn't a unique assertion) allowed has how the USofA is the last modern country which puts its supreme court judges on the bench for the rest of their lives. He also allowed that an 18 year term has been broached, and he supported such. The argument is simply that a life term in…

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Added by Robert Young on September 23, 2018 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

Big Lies - part the first

If you're going to lie, might as well make it a big one. Today is unemployment reporting day, and once again the reported number of new claims is the lowest since 1969. There will be a tweet in due time taking credit for this. Which isn't even true, in the time series sense. But consider the base number for 1969 and 2018: the size of the labor force. The BLS has such data, surprise! Here's the picture.…

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Added by Robert Young on September 13, 2018 at 6:39am — 10 Comments

Papa Doc Makes a House Call

Another skunk in the outhouse. Papadopoulos, convicted, is now setting up interference for The Manchurian President. Too bad the mainstream pundits don't see it. So I'll tell what Papa Doc is doing.

First, the denial/no recollection of the statement to the Australian diplomat about the Hillary emails.

Second, the assertion that Session not only didn't push back on the Trump/Putin meeting, but encouraged it.

The first gag is designed to impugn the onset of the FBI…

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Added by Robert Young on September 11, 2018 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

The Man of The Book

Two meaningful events today. Both remind us of The Manchurian President: he bragged that his building was now the tallest after the towers were downed, and Woodward's book goes on sale. It's all about The Donald. Sad.

It seems that we can interpret Woodward's book title in two ways. And even at the same time.

As a complete sentence - Fear Trump in the White House. Which means exactly how it reads.

or

As a definition - Fear: Trump in the White House. Which means…

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Added by Robert Young on September 11, 2018 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Thought For The Day - 10 September 2018

The Manchurian President responded to Obambi's stump speaking with a complaint, as one might expect. The recovery from the Great Recession was the weakest in history. And such. This sounds an awful lot like a motorcyclist, who rides without a helmet, and who runs into a bridge abutment after drinking all night. The Obamacare folks put him back together, but he continues to complain that his face isn't exactly as pretty as it was before. Some ingrates have all the luck.

Added by Robert Young on September 10, 2018 at 6:20am — 2 Comments

Horton Hears a Who

With all the hubbub over the Anonymous op-ed in the Failing New York Times, the most agita (from my reading) is that the Times risks significant loss of credibility, and perhaps faces an existential threat from Dear Leader and minions, if it turns out that Anonymous is the second assistant deputy director of toilet paper in the Small Business Administration. Or some such.

What all those hand wringers appear to ignore is the critical sentence:

I work for the…
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Added by Robert Young on September 9, 2018 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Protect The Rich. NOW!!

Yet another ode to protecting the rich from the poor huddled masses. Football owners, who on the whole get stadiums paid for by taxpayers to begin with, are being discriminated against by the states' tax policies. Move to Red states where the governments don't provide education, healthcare, clean water, clean…

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Added by Robert Young on September 7, 2018 at 6:19am — 5 Comments

Quants' Hubris - part the first

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The perpetual mantra of the financial quant, horrid experience to the contrary.

And so back to the main question - can quants actually predict the future? Quants depend on the past, as manifest in their data, being the same as the future. For natural phenomena, that's true. The problem for quants in that space is knowing what God's Rules really are. Black plague is carried by rat fleas, not a…

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Added by Robert Young on September 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Oracle Pooped

Yes, the Oracles pooped in FL a couple of days ago, which means there's been time for the pundits (and pollsters?) to do the usual post mortem to explain how they missed Gillum. It appears to be along the same line as 2016/Trump: ineffective stratification. Long time reader knows that one of the mantra of this quant is 'stratification is critical and it is haaahhd'. Getting to the moon was easier.

Given the typical size of such samples, ~1000, accuracy depends of either of two…

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Added by Robert Young on August 30, 2018 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Stop Pickin On Me

[apologies to Warren Zevon]

I went home with a waitress the way I always do

How was I to know she was with the russians, too?

I was gambling in havana, I took a little risk

Send lawyers, guns, and money

Dad, get me out of this, hiyah!

An innocent bystander

Somehow I got stuck between a rock and a hard place

And I'm down on my luck

Yes, I'm down on my luck

Well, I'm down on my luck

I'm hiding in [Mar-a-Lago], I'm a…

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Added by Robert Young on August 23, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Thought For The Day - 21 August 2018

Today The Manchurian President now knows what it's like to be on the business end of a double barrel 8-gauge shotgun loaded with deer slugs. Yes, there are such, though not in current production.

Added by Robert Young on August 22, 2018 at 6:11am — 2 Comments

Thought For The Day - 21 August 2018

Today The Manchurian President now knows what it's like to be on the business end of a double barrel 8-gauge shotgun loaded with deer slugs. Yes, there are such, though not in current production.

Added by Robert Young on August 22, 2018 at 6:09am — 2 Comments

Yes Ore No - part the second

There's a few line story in the news today. It seems Wilbur Ross will be braying at Century Aluminum in Kentucky on Wednesday; a smelter is re-opening idled lines. The Manchurian President wants credit. Recall the first entry in what is now a series: the USofA has little iron ore and virtually no bauxite (in global resource terms).

IF YOU DON'T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON'T HAVE A COUNTRY!

-- The Manchurian…
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Added by Robert Young on August 20, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Blues for Donald in D# Major

The most important news out of Tuesday, not widely discussed that I've seen, is that right-to-work got drowned by a blue tsunami in Missouri, the 'Show Me State'. It seems that lots o folks there have figured out that The Manchurian President has been lying all the time. As Rachel Maddow tells us, "watch what they do, not what they say".

The Manchurian President keeps taking from the many poor and giving to the few rich. "Vote for George O'Brien, get Charley off the MTA".

Real…

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Added by Robert Young on August 9, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Them Cheatin Canadians

Well, I suppose the truth had to come out eventually. Turns out the seat of Tech Growth isn't where you might expect, if you drink The Manchurian President's Flavor Aid. It's Toronto. Those wily Canadians are using currency manipulation and open border to drain our precious bodily fluids. We must attack before it's too late. Once a friend, now an enemy.

The…
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Added by Robert Young on July 26, 2018 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Thought For The Day - 22 July 2018

'60 Minutes' is in re-run mode, so we've just seen the piece on Hubble. I'm a sucker for such science. One might wonder whether The Manchurian President gives a hearty shit? Probably not. Real Americans don't care about real science.

Added by Robert Young on July 22, 2018 at 4:47pm — 7 Comments

Thought For The Day - 18 July 2018

Dear Dear Leader:

It's not about how kissy face you are with Vlad the Impaler, or other dictators; it's about doing what's best for the USofA. Sucking up to Vlad may get you your Trump Tower Moscow, but that's not in the USofA best interest. And, what's this about the SS blocking subpoenas for Jared?? So, I guess you've decided that The Family is above the Law?

Added by Robert Young on July 18, 2018 at 12:22pm — 5 Comments

RC and A MoonPie

One of Dr. McElhone's more fun adages went, sort of: "breakfast is an RC Cola and a MoonPie". At the time, I don't think I'd ever seen a MoonPie, New England and all that. Just to confirm, I consulted The Wiki, happily discovering I remembered correctly. The little grey cells aren't all done.

There is a custom for eating Moon pies with RC Cola, although the origin of this is unknown.

He also had a long held…

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Added by Robert Young on July 2, 2018 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Splainin Trump

What follows is, so far as I know, new. It is, too, what Dr. McElhone described as intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer. I have expected that one of the mainstream pundits would get around to offering it up real soon. Real soon hasn't happened, so here we go.

What we know so far is that Orange Julius Caesar and his followers are motivated by white paranoia and white grievance. What we don't know is why it works. Certainly the message is 'Make America White Again'…

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Added by Robert Young on June 25, 2018 at 11:42am — 5 Comments

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