MidCaps Set Up Short After Perfect Q1 Long

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Weekly squiggle analysis ... flipping through the charts I see a lot of shorts (and only one long -- the bonds). MidCap 400 (MDY) set up long at the end of January (now he tells us!) and has been in the minimum C target zone for the last several weeks. My chicken entrail reading may be screwy because of that August Flash Crash low, so take the voodoo with a grain of salt. 

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Billions -- Season One

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My buddy @StockJockey told me about this TV show, which I otherwise never would have heard of, probably ... it was kind of fun, kind of dumb ... it wasn't bad TV. Anyway, I sent StockJockey a screenshot after every episode I watched along with my comments (probably to his annoyance) ... here is the complete first season: 

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Save Me For a Rainy Day

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Spotify has suggested this song to me week after week and it has finally grown on me. I like her voice. Reminds me of the first time I heard Madeleine Peyroux channeling Billie Holiday. Kat is like Twiggy meets Blossom Dearie? 

No Sense of Coherence

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From James MacGregor Burns' appearance on Booknotes in 1989:

"LAMB: [In your book you write] 'In the late 20th century, many Americans sense an intellectual, cultural, and political fragmentation and trivialization that pervades our public and private lives.' ... Is it in fact true that we're getting this?
BURNS: Yes. I think we're trivialized and fragmentized first of all governmentally and politically. We have that kind of system. But secondly our thinking tends to be, again as I was saying a moment ago, very specialized. We don't seem to have today the kinds of broad thinkers in so many different fields. You take a Walter Lippmann. I often disagreed with the guy, but you had a sense of a man who was thinking across a great body of thought. And some of the great philosophers of earlier days. To put this more broadly, Brian, I like to play a kind of a parlor game with people and that is to ask them if they are in a particular specialty -- whom do you remember? ... whom do you think will be remembered from this era 50 years from now in your field as we remember people from say 50 years back? As we remember, say, Lippmann, John Dewey in philosophy and architecture Frank Lloyd Wright; in musical comedy some of the great music ... you can go right across the board. It's quite fascinating and it's very hard to think of the people who will stand that test of time today."

Alan Greenspan's Happy Ending

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From Nathaniel Branden's (Blumenthal's) appearance on Booknotes in 1989:

"[Alan Greenspan] was a member of our circle brought in by another member of our circle. He was reading 'Atlas Shrugged' as it was being written. I kind of love the story of Alan because it was -- all in its own terms -- a happy story. Because what made it interesting is that when Ayn first met him in an elevator, or met him through this other person, she was kind of negatively impressed. I liked him initially a good deal more than she did. There were reasons she didn't like some of his ideas. He was a Keynesian economically. He wasn't what he is today politically or economically. And he also at that time was a supporter of a then fashionable philosophy called 'logical positivism,' which taught that you can be certain of nothing. You can know nothing for sure. You can't even be certain that you existed. 

So he and I would have rather hilarious conversations in which he would try to convince me that one couldn't know for a certainty that one existed. And my task was to see how irrational this was and to prove philosophically that one could have such knowledge for a certainty. Ayn thought I was quite mad to even waste my time talking to a person who would be saying he doesn't know if he exists or not. I kept saying -- listen, this is a very intelligent man. He is a good guy. You're going to see this story is going to have a very happy ending. And eventually he did change his ideas on these various subjects. He did become a very close friend of Ayn Rand. I think that she really cared for him a lot. And they were devoted until Ayn Rand died in 1982."

Viacom Drop, 1 Minute View

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Apparently negotiations with Dish are going poorly ... if you were lucky, your scanner might have picked this up at 12:33, but every day trader on planet earth saw it at 12:34 ... these intraday pop and drop plays are not super common, and you'd have to be in front of the screen all day to catch them, which I don't like to do in my dotage, but if you're a youngster.... 

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The Hard Driving Type

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From Robert Byrd's appearance on Booknotes in 1989:

"[Senator Mansfield had] kind of a laid back style. I served under both Mr. Johnson when he was Majority Leader and Mr. Mansfield. Mr. Johnson -- the hard driving type. The type who would twist arms, cajole, threaten, plead and drive. Mr. Mansfield was just the opposite. He believed in letting every Senator go his own way, make up his own mind. He didn't attempt to twist arms. I did the floor work. Mr. Mansfield was back in his office reading the press, papers, and books and so on. So they had their different styles. Both were good leaders."

Funny how Byrd ducks the question of what he thought about Joseph McCarthy. 

Unintended Fruits of the G.I. Bill

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Funny bit from the transcript of Robert Christopher's appearance on Booknotes in 1989: he lives in "Old Lawn, Connecticut" (not Old Lyme). He has a great smoker's voice ... and died three years later of emphysema. 

On the issue of "Jewish dominance of the American media" he had this to say:

"That's one of the oldest lines in the book. Henry Ford was convinced of that and so was Henry Adams. It simply isn't true. There are some of the powerful media that are owned by Jewish families. The New York Times and the Newhouse chain. But there are a number of others that are owned by WASPs. The whole Los Angeles Times company -- the controlling family there is WASP. Dow Jones which owns the Wall Street Journal is owned by a WASP family. First of all, you can't honestly state that any particular ethnic [or religious] group ... controls the bulk of the nation's most important publications. But more importantly you can't demonstrate that there's any real connection between the ethnicity [or religion] of publishers and the way their papers handle the news. In many cases it's interesting -- Dow Jones is a good case, and the Wall Street Journal is an interesting case in point. The owners are WASP. As it happens right now the Chairman of the Board and the Editor of the Journal are both Jewish."

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Sally Beauty Could Get Ugly

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Weekly squiggle review, Idiot Wave set-up in Sally Beauty (SBH) ... looks like a minimum move to $20.50 if I scattered the chicken entrails right ... I could have featured this last week instead of the telecom sector (IYZ), but for some reason chose that one instead, probably because it will fail quicker, ha!

Again, this is a weekly chart so the trade could take months to work out.  

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