CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, GREEDY CREEP, MEDIA, THE AMERICAN DREAM

Cord Cutter. Claw Back. Your Time, Your Dough.

APRIL 28, 2019. Music met television and they couldn’t keep their hands off one another. House on fire. MTV once played music and drove cable by outer space-sized leaps. Homes lacking a hookup became campsites overnight.
That raging fire died long ago. Prices bled into stupid while lineups bloated with garbage. Together they produced only a nation-wide hangover of singed resentment.
Today the shocking brilliance of cutting-edge creators runs more free than ever. Cable brought that, over outlets such as AMC and FX. Yet pure nonsense is devouring cable. The entire point of being an American is getting what you want, especially once you’ve Fa King paid. But cable lost that key and has no intention of providing what people want. Broadcasters grew deaf and blind over decades, left solely interested in collecting from an obdurate system blinking on “Autopilot.” And now? Cord Cutter. Claw Back. It’s you time, and your dough.

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Bank Shots. Rates Play Rim Protector.

APRIL, 6, 2019. Buckle your couch belts for all the excitement. It’s simultaneously time for both the Final Four, and Earnings Season. Did your bank transfer? “Survive and move on” remains the way. Please be advised. No shortage of Cinderellas or shilling money managers exists now. And once again, none will fail to foul or front for their favorite financial.
It’s make believe time all over again. Super-heated gases will leak forth from your screens. Back up., content and advertising will meld. Trash will be talked. This smear of nonsense will end only after earnings are done, the nets are cut down, or CNBC finally bloats into a purely promotional gas giant.
“We love Tech–and the financials right here.”
Goddammit. Jamie Dimon doesn’t even “like the financials right here.” “Why do you like the filthy financials?” “They’re cheap, like dirt, and they hit their fros.” Well–of course they do. What else have the banks had to do, except work their fros? NIM is nonexistent.
The banks haven’t done a goddamn thing since that guy on the $10 bill was running the Treasury. What about now? Did Wells Fargo, Chase, or Skank of America transfer to your Final Four? STOCKjAW takes a reality look, again.

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BUSINESS, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MEDIA, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Bewitched Night at the Nuclear

MARCH 20, 2019. Our skies run thick with speculation, and hesitation. When will Boeing’s phenomenal new workhorse move? Outside Las Vegas sits the Nuclear Motor Lodge. Us also. Peace brings with it perspective. We’re gaining some. Meanwhile in Renton Washington fresh copies of the 737 Max pile up on the moist tarmac. Shares of BA are piled up also, between the EMAs.
BA will fly Max 8s again, and pretty soon. Count on it. Bet on it. STOCKjAW continues to. We also lucked into a talk with a top level Boeing insider–no kidding. Life’s weird that way.
Some say BA’s a “battle ground.” Thanks Cramer. But that’s indeed true. And then, so what? Wasn’t Target a battle ground in the fugly sprawling aftermath of it’s mammoth data breach? And everybody who pounced on that ick got paid.
Modern living can prove a bitch at times, but then what isn’t? Modern motor lodge living makes that a bit better, particularly mid-week. By then all crowds have fled leaving a quiet elite grace to unfurl. Listen Woody. Amid the utter cool of a turquoise pool, you may just notice Amazon busily busting a major move. We did, and now we share it with you. Check our mega-fresh charts. Get here, and get square on the facts.

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Peyton’s ProFlowers? Done Gone Pro–Again.

FEBRUARY 10, 2019. Peyton Manning is a–well, everybody knows who Peyton is. But did you catch his TV spot? So there we were watching the play-offs or whatever and bam–flowers. Peyton had gone pro–again. With what team?
Peyton went pro a second time with ProFlowers. Huh?
ProFloweers is an e-commerce flower retailer operating out of San Diego. Created back in 1998 by a guy named Jerod Polis, it was later rebranded as Provide Commerce(Nasdaq:PRVD), which in turn became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media. After that and every couple of years beginning in ’08 PRVD rolled up other gifting companies. They send our gourmet foods, fruit baskets, flowers, and the like.
Then in ”14 PRVD was itself purchased by FTD, the company most simply know as another flower delivery service.
Sport lovers love star power. What’s better? Flowers? No. Becoming a hero. You can. We did. How? Easily, and it was smart as–. We ordered–in minutes. Here’s what happened, as seen through our post-delivery email to the company. We’re hoping not to get sued for the screenshots. But then, why would they? We loved the whole experience. Well, except for that one filthy little surprise.

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BUSINESS, EDITORIAL, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, THINKING NOW

No Speed Limit To Silly. Chopsticks Please.

JANUARY 8, 2019. Wanna go for a joy ride? Snap on CNBC. A lot of fast air exists there. Some say Becky Quick can get Warren Buffet to talk truth. Becky is a stone professional fully capable of getting most any man to say nearly anything. On the other hand Joe Kernen just says, anything.
But really, the parade of financial advisors tromping through are the unreal deal. CNBC’S Chief Market analyst Bob Pisani is terrific. The man adroitly sums up market action in mere moments. Some say Americans are both lazy and violent–thus the drive-by. And that troop of “guests?” Is that some sort of lazy drive-by “advising?”
Kernen’s ceaseless shuck-and-jive in the morning gives way every afternoon to those investing advisor cartoons. Even when water-boarded they spit forth the same spam. What’da ya expect for free?
Bring chopsticks if you intend to consume.

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Chinese Charm. American Assets.

DECEMBER 31, 2018. On the cusp of a sparkling new year, who can deny it? China is thrilling, and amazing. As Anthony Bourdain noted, it’s far too large, diverse, and old, to know. Nonetheless the world clamors and struggle’s to be let in. Even Alphabet has switched course. From without, China is yet more a paradox than not. And on it goes.
Globalism daily corrals more of our thinking. Advocates prattle about that big pie of unity. The so-called synergies of an efficiently interconnected world system are said to be worth it, and nations without barriers the path. Can we have a “nation’ without barriers? Having cake and eating too.
History is not a blank state–oops, slate. History indeed is routinely “written by the victor.” Yet not all history is bunk. Thanks Aldous Huxley for the joke. What in fact does history tell us about China’s ability to become a trusted and open free-trader? Is their true goal simply economic? U.S. history has never been simply that. STOCKjAW takes a closer look.

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Mexico’s Reboot. The AMLO Way.

DECEMBER 25, 2018. Some say fences make good neighbors. Perhaps, but what’s going on south of that perhaps wall? For the first time in decades an authentic power shift now holds out a promise for Mexico. Money talks everywhere, but nowhere more so than in Mexico City. The monied establishment Pri party is out and populism is in. He’s known as AMLO.
Our southern neighbor just concluded an election of mind-bending violence, leaving more than 100 politicians dead. Right–100. Mexico also yet faces crippling entrenched corruption, and a 40% poverty rate.
We also see a new president just assuming office, one willing to listen to the ordinary people. He prefers plebiscites. He’s vowed to “uplift the needy.” Before even assuming office, he has indeed stubbed his toe, and “damaged the economy.”-The Economist.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is being called a “left-wing populist” by the often superb British weekly. That’s bad right?
AMLO deserves a fair shake. The new guy is daring to try alternatives, like it or not. The Economist does not. The paper talks blithely about “AMLO’s errors” and “…going about it in the wrong way.” Really? Mexico’s issues are complex. Nothing’s simple there, except “Plata-O-plomo.”
What does the paper offer as better?
They offer paper-thin, single-word solutions such as “improve,” “secure,” and “strengthen.” That’s it. Read what they said. Decide for yourself. We did.(Cover photo) El Paso. The turf between El Paso and Juarez ranks as one of the hottest boundaries worldwide.

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