Friday, July 30, 2021

Notes today:

  • Florida in the news: And while the virus is rampaging again - Greenland is melting away. Greenland experienced 'massive' ice melt this week.
  • July 30 (Reuters) - With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said.
  • Florida’s covid cases jumped 50% “THIS WEEK” with 110,000 new infections reported statewide. 
  • So: Florida’s DeSantis held a news conference Friday morning and said “In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,” 
  • Jabs v jab-nots


The news around the delta variant in the U.S. keeps getting worse,
threatening progress toward any return to some semblance of normalcy. New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the variant is as infectious as chicken pox and that vaccinated adults can readily spread it. The study of an outbreak earlier this summer in Cape Cod where many of the infected had been vaccinated contributed to the recommendation that people mask up again. Adding to the nation’s woes: new data puts the CDC’s decision to stop comprehensively tracking so-called breakthrough cases—just as delta was emerging—under scrutiny. Here’s the latest on the pandemicMargaret Sutherlin

Bloomberg is tracking the progress of coronavirus vaccines while mapping the pandemic worldwide

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Notes today: 

  • China tries to ease market fears after Beijing’s education crackdown. Well, their stock indexes are on the brink of a bear market. (weekly chart)

  • The Senate voted 67-32 to move forward on the bipartisan infrastructure package.

  • U.S. equities rose and yields rose after the Fed held interest rates near zero and Powell said that despite the economy’s progress, he was still “a ways away” from raising them. 

  • Revenue growth at MSFT's Azure cloud unit accelerated past 50% in the three months through June.. 

  • (MW) Some three in five U.S. adults support vaccination requirements for employees, residents or customers by employers; businesses; schools; and local, state and federal governments, according to new data from a Morning Consult poll conducted July 22 to July 24. 

  • “He’s such a moron,” Pelosi said while getting into her SUV outside the Capitol, when asked about the House minority leader. 

  • Ford said, business is picking up, and that it has received more than 120,000 reservations for the vehicle since its debut in May. Of which, about 75%, or 90,000, are new to Ford, according to the company.

Brazilian Arabica coffee (/KC) prices declined a bit amid speculation that a looming cold snap in Brazil might be less damaging to crops than originally expected.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021


Quick Overview is up to date


Notes today: 

  • CDC to revise mask guidance for vaccinated people as US Covid cases rise..
  • Officials reviewed yesterday showing that vaxxed ppl infected with delta have the same viral load as unvaxxed. Vaccinated are still far less likely to get seriously sick, but the data suggests they can transmit delta. (WP)
  • S&P’s Case-Shiller index of property values rose 16.6% YoY in May, that was the 12th straight month that prices rose.
  • Single-family home leasing company Invitation Homes (INVH) has signed an agreement to purchase 7,500 new homes  built by PulteGroup (PHM) over the next five years.
  • U.S. Consumer confidence index rose to 129.1 in July from 128.9 in June.

  • Coronavirus latest: Indian deaths could be above 3 million, study says (Bloomberg) 

  • Less than 10 %t of Minnesota’s spring wheat acres are considered good to excellent, oat condition declined to 22 % good to excellent, and only 15 % of barley is good to excellent.

Monday, July 26, 2021

 Latest Sugar and Coffee

 FXI China large-cap ETF looking troubled..

Beijing’s  crackdowns of its technology and education sectors has unleashed shockwaves across global markets..


Notes today:

  • A new polar air mass is set to move over Brazil's agricultural areas this week, on Thursday and Friday, threatening further damage to coffee and sugar cane crops already hurt by previous strong frosts.
  • Skeptical inquirer: Once dismissed as just another set of wacky conspiracy theories from the internet, the phenomenon known as QAnon has grown into a malignant force, infecting minds with dangerous fictions and amassing real power.
  • New-home sales drop 6.6% in June to 676,000 annual rate.

  • Floods in central China, especially in the industrial and transport hub city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, have raised supply concerns and demand for rebuilding damaged infrastructure – so Copper is up.

German Pruducer prices (PPI) up 8.5% 

Sunday, July 25, 2021


As food prices soar, big agriculture is having a field day

Even as demand for crops has surged, a confluence of factors has conspired to squeeze global supply. Droughts in North and South America have curtailed output. Brazil’s winter-wheat harvest is down by a fifth—and that fifth was meant for export. Besides the container shortage that affects specialty crops such as coffee, the grounding of commercial flights is stranding fresh fruit and vegetables. Rising bulk-shipping rates, up by 150% this year, are adding to the squeeze. 

 Cotton Point & Figure

 Sugar Point & Figure

 Coffee Point & Figure


succinctly summed up

As the planet sizzles, many Americans have gone from not caring to glazing over, from indifference to fatigue.

The U.S. isn’t ready for more variants

There’s such scant funding for mutation surveillance that one lab in Minnesota with equipment, staff and protocols in place since the beginning of the pandemic spent over a year applying for grants. It even went so far as to try crowd-funding to start doing sequencing. The lab sat underused for all of that time, despite a widespread consensus that mutation hunting is critical work necessary to ending this pandemic and preventing future ones.

 OJ, another one in new high ground..

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction

Under one, termed business as usual, or BAU2, growth would stall and combine with population collapse. The other, termed comprehensive technology (CT), modeled stalled economic growth without social collapse. Both scenarios “show a halt in growth within a decade or so from now,” the study says, adding, that “pursuing continuous growth, is not possible.”

Sustainability is the answer, she says.

Herbert Stein "Trends that can't continue won't." in 1974

# of civilian Planes currently in the air..