Leaning Together

Pic of the day, part i: Symphony in White no. 1 (The White Girl), By James McNeill Whistler


Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

For I have known them all already, known them all: —
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


Silly story of the week. Some guy challenged the President to arm wrestle in exchange for a vote for him on election day. The President, not surprisingly declined. The President is a skinny dude, and frankly, skinny people have no business arm wrestling. Should’ve challenged him to a game of chess, or, in a nod to the movie War Games, global thermonuclear war. Don’t think arm wrestler man could handle that shit.

That would have been fun!

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The President, while he was out and about said he had filed a complaint with the WTO over unfair tariffs on American cars in China. Which is good news, try to get our cars out on the international market, and selling as much as they can by trying to get other governments to lower taxes on them.

Maybe he can get American car manufacturers to lower their car prices here so people can afford the damn things without having to take out a loan or sell a kidney every time they want to buy a new one.

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The Jobs picture will again be in focus tomorrow morning. The few places that I have read say that they think that the jobs numbers are again going to be soft, and that the market is as a consequence going to tank. But other numbers, like the challenger job cut numbers and the ADP employment report seem to be pointing to a more robust jobs picture. The consensus numbers from ADP before the numbers came out said that there would only be an increase in private payroll of 95,000 people. The actual number was much higher, at 176,000, higher than even the most optimistic numbers expected from ADP.

Good news indeed.

Add to that the fact that jobless claims for the week dropped by 10,000 people more than expected. With luck tomorrows numbers look good and the market reacts strongly to it.


Pic of the day, part ii: Nocturne in Blue and Gold, Old Battersea Bridge, by James McNeill Whistler


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw.

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men


That’s it from here, America. G’night.


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