Untoward Torture

What did we do to deserve this? The American people did nothing wrong. Why are we being subjected to this extended torture? Days upon days of blathering bluster. Repetitive regurgitations of mindless muddle. The Senate Impeachment Trial.

House Managers. For 3 days. After a marathon yesterday. After hearing them for days in the House. Cannot abide Schiff or Nadler for another minute. As poor Lizzie, Bernie & Amy are stuck there kept from the campaign trail. Lucky Joe. Luckier Trump. And Mike!

Thanks to Book Club for a much needed diversion. Purple Hibiscus good or bad will be a godsend.

Where’s the Parade?!

paradeI’m ready for the Macy’s Parade. Where is everybody? Bleachers are empty and waiting for the Balloons on Central Park West. According to the Economistthis could be retail’s last Yuletide stand. Online shopping taking over the UK. Gifts delivered within a day. Soon in the USA.

YERP-ean Vacation

American tourists’ stock proclamation. “We’re going to YERP this summer.” If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium. Guided bus tours and Viking river cruises. Groups going from one YERP-ean country to the next. Sweden? No. Switzerland? Where are we today? As in Bermuda shorts high-socks wearing wanderers. Then in 1992 it became an economic experiment. The EU. The Euro. Central Bank Chairs thought it could succeed. YERP. Despite centuries of ingrained cultures and histories. Former enemies financial friends. Nope. Never thought it would work.

Globalization is not in style, Hillary. Mark Cuban. Warren Buffett. Notwithstanding.

NEXIT

BREXIT. NEXIT. Brits are preparing to vote on secession from the EU on June 23rd. Could the Netherlands be next? A whole domino effect may ensue. As migrants return over the summer, countries will hunker down into their respective cultures. Fear will return “Yerp” toward its original borders. Meanwhile, a petulant adolescent who may become President is stoking nationalism back in the U.S.A. Take stock of your 401k!

Disturbance in the Force

Shifting allegiances in the sands of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, our supposed ally, practices the most extreme version of Islam with violence against infidels and women. Iran’s antithetical Islamic theocracy reigns in a land of Persians. The two powerful nations have now come to loggerheads to fight for dominance in the region polarizing others along Sunni and Shiite lines. In between ISIS flourishes and refugees flee from its rise. Oil price volatility the new norm.

Meanwhile, North Korea is bomb rattling as China looks the other way, distracted by its own geopolitical paranoia. Bottom line? Stash that cash for 2016. Markets going to have a bumpy ride.

Axis Tilt

As an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, Halloween looms large. That’s not the scariest prospect. Migrants and tax reclamation battles rattle the EU’s existence. As Germany’s solid state is shattered by its decision to accept so many streaming in from Syria, Netherlands and Luxembourg are being told to collect revenues from large corporations Starbucks and Fiat. A Euro tipping point?

Meanwhile, Canada joins the nationalistic global trend as it elects the populist son of Pierre Trudeau. What does this bode for the U.S. election? Domestic quake of our own. Trump v. Sanders? Could be. Who knows?