I can’t think of a more auspicious date to head off on a round of travel (more later on in the column) since May Day is, depending on where you live, roughly the time of Beltane (spring festival) and half a year, or so from Samhain (co-opted in religion marketing as Halloween). Speaking of which, doggone it, we overlooked having a Walpurgis Night bonfire out back last night…have to make an earlier note of it for next year.
Still, a few people in San Francisco’s Mission District got together for an SUV burning last night, as Occupy started off May Day with a certain amount flare.
Meantime, people working in banks might want to wear nitrile gloves while doing the mail for the next couple of days since there are envelopes of white powder being sent to some.
In all, there’s some talk that Occupy will be in resurgence mode for a while.
Sometimes I wonder…when I read stories like “Occupy promises ‘biggest shut down the city of New York has ever seen...” whether such stories aren’t sexed up just a tiny bit.
You understand, of course, that April 26 to May 23rd is this year’s spring ratings sweeps over at Nielsen. So if the news sounds particularly dire, the buxom anchorettes look particularly well-quaffed and the man manly male anchors look just a tad more macho, it’s all because why? (repeat after me)
“Everything’s a Business Model!”
Selling Fear Department
In Monday’s column I explained how we could expect to see a lot of back-pedaling on the story out this weekend that al Qaida had been reduced to all but non-existent.
Yup, we see the fine sweat of the security industry leaving now that stories like “Officials watch for terrorists with body bombs on US-bound flights” and “Documents reveal al Qaeda’s plans for seizing cruise ships, carnage in Europe.”
The aware reader of UrbanSurvival knows full well that al Qaeda isn’t needed to cause carnage in Europe. We have a whole globalist financial system for that…
OBL Still Dead
….except, of course, he’s gone Lazarus on us for the purposes of politics. The MSM – like this piece in the NY Daily News – tell one side of the story. Present and past SEALs – says this story in the UK Mail online – call it political.
The problem I see is that inadvertently both sides of American politics are doing little to put OBL behind us. Or, is that the whole idea: see previous story for clues.
A Half Slip and Double Dip
Title for a porn novel? No…We’ve been half-expecting another big leg down in the economy, based on the Baltic Dry index, a running out of growth opportunities for stocks, the continues high unemployment rate and so on. And now this morning here’s another log to throw on the fire: “UK Manufacturing growth grinds to a halt.”
US market futures were down a little bit in the pre-open when I first looked (like we care lately). Later on today there will be construction spending and auto sales figures to review but the really biggie isn’t till Friday when the unemployment rate comes out. That’s always good reading in between Clive Cussler novel release dates. Both are…….(how much of a set-up line do you need?)
My friend, the Economic Fractalist sent along a 4-phase fractal to ponder this morning.
Scratching on an envelope, we see that since April 2 was the nominal (most recent) high in the S&P) we could circle 37 and 55 days out – say May 10 and May 28 as possible dates to worry about the age old question “How far is down?”
Gold was up a few bucks as the morn ing wore on and the coffee went down, as the S&P came back up to flat. Seems like another month-end beat-down of gold and silver has been suffered through…
Hush My Mouth Dept.
The police chief in Middleborough (MA) has had it with swearing, reports the Boston CBS afil. Gonna charge people $20 if caught. WTF? <– Is that swearing? $20 please! (You can ask to your little heart’s content…)
The cheap writer might issue another cheap punchline in here like “This shit could get expensive.” But one wonders how the word police will deal with much more graphic descriptions which are composed of perfectly proper-sounding words. Like “sit on it and spin.”
Fortunately, I don’t know any cheap writers. Licentious linguistics and likeable laughs…don’t come cheap.
But If I Did…
I’d hire them to write something clever about the new Ugly Meter ap which is 99-cents, or for the upgraded ap $5-bucks here.
Since we’re a one Droid two Kindle household, and I’m cheaper than dirt, I’ve come up with a non-powered portable device which can be used for the same ends. I call it…..a mirror…..
More after this…