Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WTF?

So Brexit now seems like old news after the hysterical old lady who influences the markets took some tranquilizers and fell asleep. Which in turn allowed the markets to ignore the travesty and tragedy of Istanbul, one of our favorite cities. Just another "symptom" of our concerning and worrisome times and a random act of hurting, maiming, and killing innocent people, crazed by a very distorted hate mongering ideology! 
All of these attacks are beyond civilized comprehension.How I wonder can barbarism exist in 2016?
These serial nightmares build one upon another and are effective in raising our personal color codes of urgency, as I would not go to Europe now in an all expense paid trip!
It's not so much about the possibility of terrorism as it would be about the discomfort factor. Since 1965 my wife and I have happily wandered along the wonderful streets of Europe from time to time. Museums are mostly boring but the streets illuminate a culture better than any monument or touristic venue.
Let's face reailty. I can be blown up tomorrow on the streets of NYC, at Grand Central Station, or at the airport on my way back to Fl.
Notice I'm not revealing when I return or which airport I return from!
But my problem is for now and the force able future I could not casually wander those streets without a tinge ( or perhaps more than a tinge) of apprehension or a looking over my shoulder experience. The joy of the wanderment and wonderment of  travel would be replaced by the serious unknown and the concern of invisible enimies lurking like roaches in the baseboards of our world.
I know there are those who say " We can't let them intimidate us." But truth be known they have! You do the math on how many innocent people they have taken down in 2016 alone.
Years ago I said " Its not paranoid to be paranoid anymore." Now I say " Paranoia is essential !!
And, sad to say, our present leaders offer empty promises and platitudes and seem themselves confused and unable to figure out how to take down this illusive enemy proactively. We can't even get simple gun laws passed by a congress mostly bought by the NRA. And our presumptive future leaders are no better--maybe even worse. Frankly no maybe about it!
I started this blog optimistically years ago  feeling I could offer hope during difficult times. Days like today and days like Orlando, San Bernadino, Brussels, Paris, and so many other places all I can do is silently weep with the rest of what remains of our civilized society and wonder what lies ahead for our children and grandchildren and the beautiful world in which we live?

Bye for Now,
Bill

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I GOT IT RIGHT BUT WRONG

My blog the other day about Brexit was in my opinion pretty on target. But I failed to do a complete analysis.
In and of itself Brexit is overblown. It will take years for the divorce to occur and as a strong nation they will figure it out and be fine.
But what I failed to take into account was that it was a symptom of a much larger  issue.
Brexit is the Trump presumption to be the Republican nominee, is the complex problems globally of immigration, is the confusing forces of Russia and China, is the complexities of a global economy and global warming, is why we shutter at each terroristic attack , is why Rome voted for a female mayor who knows nothing about politics, is why London's mayor is a Muslim who Donald will ban from entering the country, is why a wall is so appealing to many, is why the Middle East remains a tinder box of disaster along with African nations like Somolia, Nigeria, etc.
When there so many overlapping variables going on simultaneously with so many unknowns in the equations markets panic, sputter and fall.
It's not about Brexit. It's about the state of the world and the storms that shake the very roots of civilization and our impotence against multiple bureaucrats to act effectively!
Time will tell what lies ahead.

Bye for now
Bill

Saturday, June 25, 2016

JUST MY 2 CENTS PLAIN

I think the markets r like a little old hysterical lady reacting and overreacting to the news of the day.

I'm no economist, but I don't think Brexit is all that big a deal. The British were always in with one foot, keeping their pounds and wary of the EU.

I haven't been in Europe for a while now, BUT whenever I was there everyday people cursed the EU and the Euro saying it was a ginormous mistake. So if the EU collapses and every country returns to their original independent status and currency SO WHAT? It worked before and it will work again. There was a certain charm to have to switch currencies when going from country to country.

Briton is the 5th largest economy in the world, and my guess is that it will continue to prosper and thrive no matter what.

At the end of the day, as my British friend would say, it's probably not about economics as much as it is about bureaucrazy and immigration. As I have said before, Europe has mismanaged the migrant surge led by Ms. Merkel, who was thinking more from her heart as an East German refugee, than from her head. It has been one of the biggest bungles that cost many lives, but also displaced hundreds of thousands of people who got no where. They came from one hell hole and ended up in another. I don't even understand the Turkey deal that will send many back.

Just as the glorious US of A demanded freedom and independence from "taxation without representation" and many other inequities as well, Briton deserves its independence as well, given her multiple frustrations.

May the markets calm, heal, and realize that it is not as big a deal as Friday suggested. Hysterical grandmas should not affect my investments to the extent that they did. Briton and the rest of the world will survive Brexit best as I know, and I think you can take that to the bank.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, June 20, 2016

3 BLIND MICE!

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3 blind mice
3 blind mice
C how they run
C how they run (for President)

But there is no one to cut off a tail,
One may b going to jail,
One wants Mexico to pay for bail,
And one has lofty goals all of which will fail

This is the greatest country in all of the land,
And we deserve more than a one man or one woman band,
We desperately need someone who can lend a hand,
And all we have r 3 blind mice!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

As u know I have been wrestling with a nasty bug that knocked me out for 2 straight weeks. No sooner did I return to life but 50 people lost theirs in Orlando. It is not easy to be inspiring or hopeful when madness lurks about all over the world. Came across the following while cleaning out my garage. Was appropriate then and still seems to be, sad to say.

Bye for Now,

Bill