Catalytic Converters

There’s a crime wave going on of stolen catalytic converters in my town, but now I understand the same thing is going on everywhere. Apparently, the sharp rise in the price of palladium has sparked all of this. The criminals come in the middle of the night and cut out the catalytic converter from underneath your car.

Killer Drones

Changing Markets

I think energy sector may be running out of steam, as it has come a long way in a short amount of time…oil may be peaking here, but it won’t be a drop — more of a sideways consolidation, I think. Just my opinion. Also, I’ve noticed a bearish sentiment emerging in the housing sector. The builders are all down today hard, as is Zillow. There’s talk the wood and other commodity prices are causing the builders problems. And housing prices have already gone through the roof — pun intended. It could well be that houses are now priced too high for the available buyers.

A Little Bit Crazy

Tiny Minority of One

I tend to be pro-Russian and pro-Putin, which makes me a tiny minority of one in the US. I think Putin has done a lot for Russia, including creating a very stable country over the last 2 decades — the last thing the West should want is an unstable Russia with its large nuclear arsenal. And he has acted with a lot of restraint relative to his foreign policy. Given that the clear majority of people in Crimea are Russian (56% versus 24% Ukrainian), the annexation of that country into Russia was justified and ultimately sanctioned by popular vote.

It’s unfortunate that the US doesn’t reverse course and seek closer ties with Russia. That would produce a safer and more stable world.

Modern Slave Trade

48 Hour Fast

I ate quite a bit of food at the end of this fast, in a very short amount of time. I wonder if that is typical — overeating at the end of a longer fast? I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I took that first bite, and then food craving kicked in big time. So now I’m thinking the next time I do 48 hrs., I’ll try to limit the amount of food when the fasts ends. Seems counterproductive to do a long fast, and then eat an enormous number of calories when it ends.

Relishing Food

Modern Slave Trade

They estimate that 700,000 people are trafficked every year, and about half are children, with adolescent girls being a primary target. Only about 1 percent are caught in this illegal trade. An open-borders mentality among politicians facilitates this crime, a crime against humanity.