Thursday, November 30, 2017

Here's a quote from the original Sherlock Holmes you don't see every day now

"A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height, with a chest and limbs of Hercules. His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double breasted coat, while the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined with a flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence by his whole appearance".

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (463)

Though the description goes on it is amazing to hear something like this described as if it was a normal event (which is may have been in that time period for someone from certain parts of Europe.)

The only times I have seen men dress this outlandish in my times are in the outfits of people like Michael Jackson or other rockers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s mostly where literally anything goes (or went) depending upon your point of view.

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I haven't really gotten into the habit of reading books from my computers or Ipad so tonight when I looked up The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (463) which is one of the top 100 free downloadable books I tried this one online onto my Ipad because on my Iphone the print was too small for me to read easily. This worked great and I just learned something new already. My mother's mother that helped raise me was from Scotland and spoke with a brogue was born in 1888 which is the date mentioned in the book. also, I didn't know what a black vizard mask was before now which was a 16th century mask often worn in Western Europe:

A visard (also spelled vizard) is an oval mask of black velvet, worn by traveling women in the 16th century to protect their skin from sunburn. It was not held to the head by a fastening, but rather the wearer would clasp a bead attached to the interior of the mask between their teeth. The fashion of the period for wealthy ...

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The Economic good times might be nearing the end of this cycle

The party's almost over, Societe Generale strategists say. A strong earnings recovery and a growing economy have fueled investor interest in buying risky …

SOCGEN: The good times are coming to an end in 2018

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  • Societe Generale economists and credit strategists forecast a slowdown in the US economy to begin in 2019 or 2020.
  • This year has been marked by a strong earnings recovery and resilient economy, two things that have fueled investor interest in buying risky corporate bonds.
  • But as the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank stop their own bond buying, the credit market will be more vulnerable, Societe Generale strategists forecast.
  • Economists at other firms, including Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim, have also forecast that 2018 could represent a peak for this cycle.

The party's almost over, Societe Generale strategists say.
A strong earnings recovery and a growing economy have fueled investor interest in buying risky corporate bonds this year.
Societe Generale's credit strategists see 2018 as a transition year for the credit market, with the low-yield environment that has driven some investors into riskier credit instruments likely to turn.
"We expect 2018 to see the last of the good times, with very positive conditions early in the year," the strategists Juan Esteban Valencia and Guy Stear said.
"In our view, the ultra-low yield environment will remain in place, making credit a very attractive proposition, even at current levels. Additionally, economic growth should remain healthy and the CSPP (and QE program) should remain supportive of the asset class. However, at some point, we expect these idyllic conditions to start shifting."
By stopping their bond-buying programs, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve would leave credit, including the market for government bonds, more vulnerable to market movements, according to SocGen.
Global credit already looks overvalued, the strategists said. Sustained demand for riskier corporate bonds has reduced the spread between their yields and comparable government bonds to the lowest levels in three years.
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A previous study they conducted showed that the level of spreads explained about half of the following year's performance. "Low spreads are the mother of negative excess returns," they said, adding that credit markets would start 2018 on the wrong footing with tight valuations and low breakevens.
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Like Societe Generale's credit strategists, the firm's economists see a risk that the US economy starts to slow down in 2019 or 2020 amid lower profit margins. Economists at other firms including Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim have also underscored their year-ahead outlooks with warnings that 2018 could represent a peak.
That matters to credit investors because weak growth coincides with rising credit spreads, the strategists said.
"We believe the US and the eurozone are heading for an economic slowdown in 2019," they said, "and given the rising levels of corporate leverage, this should have an impact on credit."


Thousands Of Historic Sites Will Flood By 2100 Due To Sea Level Rise

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Thousands Of Historic Sites Will Flood By 2100 Due To Sea Level Rise
As sea levels rise, shorelines, homes, and cities will start flooding more frequently. But mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with a changing climate that …
As sea levels rise, shorelines, homes, and cities will start flooding more frequently. But mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with a changing climate that involves rising seas sometimes leave out plans for everything else in between.
A study published in PLOS One on Wednesday examined the impact rising sea levels will have on historical and archaeological sites, specifically those in the southeastern part of the United States.
The researchers involved found that the 1 meter of sea level rise will leave more than 13,000 archeological sites, that they classified as historic and prehistoric, under water. Not including an additional 1,000 or more sites that are eligible National Register of Historic Places sites that will also be, said the study.
Projections of when exactly sea level rise will reach a meter tend to vary. But by 2100, somewhere between 0.2 and 2 meters of sea-level rise is expected, according to NASA projections.
The reason for the wide range is that it’s difficult for researchers to predict emissions related to human activity, or the forcing that will happen to cause rise like sea ice melt. Climate models show that in a “business as usual” scenario, meaning emissions stay on track as-is, about a meter or so of sea level rise is expected by the end of the century, the authors of the study wrote.
Aside from those sites that will be submerged and lost due to flooding, the authors of the study also pointed out that historic locations will be altered by the relocation of those people who will be forced to flee their homes in low-lying areas and on the coast. To make their conclusions they examined the elevation and proximity to the coast along with projected rise of the historic sites in nine states along the southeast coast of the U.S. as well as along the Gulf of Mexico. There were more than 5,500 sites at or below sea level sites that would likely be the first to flood, with those lower-lying sites flooding soon thereafter.
The researchers suggest that creating and completing databases that could house information on when sites might flood and what was being done to protect them. The hope is that such databases will increase sample size and allow archaeologists and land managers to better prepare.
“Ultimately, what will be needed is a commitment, like that last seen in the Great Depression, to document that which will be lost if the effects of sea level rise are not mitigated,” the authors of the study wrote.
They even suggested buildings barriers around, or even moving, historic sites like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials in Washington, D.C. to save them from rising sea level.

Lightning bolts are churning out antimatter all over Planet Earth

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Particles split in the hot belly of a lightning bolt. Radioactive particles decay in the afterglow. Gamma rays rain down to Earth. When lighting strikes, electrons …

Lightning bolts are churning out antimatter all over Planet Earth

Particles split in the hot belly of a lightning bolt. Radioactive particles decay in the afterglow. Gamma rays rain down to Earth.
Teruaki Enoto, a physicist at Kyoto University in Japan, proved for the first time, in a paper published Nov. 23, that lightning bolts work as natural particle accelerators. Enoto and his co-authors' results confirm for the first time speculation dating back to 1925 about this phenomenon. Back then, scientists suggested that energized, radioactive particles might zip through the booms and flashes of a thunderstorm. Those particles emit energy at precise wavelengths, which Enoto and colleagues are the first to detect. [Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning]

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When lighting strikes, electrons shoot screamingly fast between clouds and Earth's surface (or between two clouds). But the particles don't travel through empty space. Along the way, they crash again and again into atmospheric gas molecules. All those collisions heat the gas into a state called plasma, which glows with blackbody radiation (a type of electromagnetic radiation given off by some opaque objects).

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Some of that glow, people can see, in the characteristic bright flash of lightning. But some of the emission takes place at frequencies, including X-rays and gamma-rays, far above what the human eye can detect.
Enoto's results show that those beams of invisible energy — especially the gamma-rays — excite ambient nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere, knocking out neutrons from the molecules the gamma rays encounter. In other words, the process results in nuclear fission. Now, things get really exciting. Nitrogen nuclei with 14 neutrons are stable. But take one of those neutrons away, and you're left with nitrogen-13, an unstable, radioactive isotope. Similarly, oxygen-16 is stable, but -15 … not so much.
Soon, all of those N-13 and O-15 molecules decay. Each unstable isotope fires off an additional neutrino and positron (the antimatter partner of the electron); both are elementary particles with exotic properties. The neutrinos stream away, nearly undetectable. But the positrons, or anti-electrons, go on to collide with their twins: ambient electrons in the atmosphere. And when matter and antimatter meet, they annihilate in a signature flash of energy.
In this case, that signature is a gamma-ray with an energy of 0.511 megaelectron volts. And that's what Enoto and his colleagues detected streaming down from a lightning storm, showing that a thunderhead is a giant, natural particle accelerator drifting through the sky.
Original article on Live Science.

Will Trump ever be punished for molesting women ongoing the last 40 or 50 years?

Likely not at this point.


Mostly because the office of the president is more important than any one president. So, just like with Nixon, Trump likely won't go to jail and likely will be pardoned by the next president (maybe Pence or Ryan in the House) when Trump is impeached like Nixon was or was on his way to it when he resigned to protect the presidency and himself ongoing.

So, as probably thousands of men's careers (many that we know who are famous and others)are destroyed we likely will begin to see some of these men commit suicide who cannot afford to go through this and stay alive either monetarily or psychologically. So, for many many men likely it will begin to be more of a bloodbath than it is already while at the same time,  Trump, will not be taken to task or lose anything really because of the office of the president.

So, outside of continuing to pay off women Trump has molested he likely will go on like this until he dies flying around the world until he is impeached and then going back to private life and his businesses and with likely 1 billion dollars in tax cuts to his and his families increasing wealth from this tax bill.

U.S. Stocks Gain on Tax Outlook as Treasuries Drop: Markets Wrap

At this point I think the stock market is inflated. So, people who buy into stocks at inflated values likely will be hurt when things even out in the next couple of years (if and when they do). What is the saddest thing for me is that the stock market now is built upon things harming or even killing the middle Class and poor not only of this nation but of all nations. The Tax bill harms middle class and poor people while giving Trump and his family about 1 billion dollars in tax breaks. There is something really wrong about this.
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U.S. stocks posted record highs after John McCain backed the Senate tax bill and the biggest technology stocks rebounded from their worst selloff in more than a …
The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 24,000-point waterline on Thursday, soaring to a new record high as the GOP tax bill continued to march forward. …

U.S. Stocks Gain on Tax Outlook as Treasuries Drop: Markets Wrap

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  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed past 24,000
  • S&P 500 heads for longest monthly winning streak since 2007
Bloomberg Tax’s Laura Davison reports on the trigger provision in the tax bill.
U.S. stocks posted record highs after John McCain backed the Senate tax bill and the biggest technology stocks rebounded from their worst selloff in more than a year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed past 24,000 after the statement of support from the Arizona Republican as the measure headed for a marathon debate, while the S&P 500 capped its longest monthly winning streak since 2007. Treasuries extended their slide, with the 10-year yield breaking above 2.4 percent. The euro and pound strengthened as Brexit negotiators moved closer to a divorce agreement.
An up-or-down vote on the Senate’s tax bill could happen before the end of this week. While McCain’s support helped bring the measure one step closer to passing, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said it “would be very difficult” for her to support the proposal in its current form. The party can only afford to lose two of its 52 members to pass the bill without Democratic support. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are all seen as potential “no” votes.
Data showed U.S. consumer spending settled back in October to a still-decent pace after the biggest increase since 2009, as a post-storm surge in auto sales cooled. Incomes remained robust and inflation showed progress toward the Federal Reserve’s goal. Treasuries sank, driving the benchmark 10-year yield to the highest in a month.
Oil posted its longest streak of monthly gains since early 2016 after an OPEC-led coalition of major crude producers followed through on a long-awaited extension of supply cuts.
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Here are some key events scheduled for the remainder of this week:
  • Japan’s CPI may show a sharp divergence between headline and core inflation, Bloomberg Intelligence said ahead of the releases on Friday.
  • In China, the private Caixin manufacturing PMI is due on Friday.
These are the main moves in markets:


  • The S&P 500 Index rose 0.8 percent to a record at the close in New York.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.3 percent.
  • The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index dropped 0.9 percent.
  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average jumped 0.6 percent to the highest in three weeks.
  • The MSCI Emerging Market Index dipped 1.9 percent, the most since May.


  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed.
  • The euro increased 0.4 percent to $1.1898.
  • The British pound rose 0.9 percent to $1.3523, the strongest in more than two months.
  • The Japanese yen slipped 0.6 percent to 112.6 per dollar.


  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose three basis points to 2.42 percent.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield dipped two basis points to 0.37 percent.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 1.33 percent.


  • West Texas Intermediate was little changed at $57.31 a barrel.
  • Gold declined 0.7 percent to $1,277.20 an ounce.
  • Copper rose 0.1 percent to $3.0715 a pound.
— With assistance by Eric Lam, Lu Wang, Adam Haigh, Cormac Mullen, and Cecile Vannucci

Bette Midler Demands Apology From Geraldo Rivera, Says He Drugged and ‘Groped Me' 1970s

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Video recently re-surfaced of Midler telling Barbara Walters in 1991 that Rivera and a producer drugged and 'groped' her in a bathroom in the 1970s.

Bette Midler Demands Apology From Geraldo Rivera, Says He Drugged and ‘Groped Me’

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Bette Midler is demanding an apology from Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera after video re-surfaced of the veteran singer and actress telling Barbara Walters in 1991 that Rivera and a producer “groped” and drugged her in a bathroom in the 1970s. a close up of Bette Midler © TheWrap “Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me,” Midler tweeted on Thursday. “Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo”
Rivera — a network icon on Fox News — has seen his stock fall swiftly in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, he posted a defense of Matt Lauer, calling news a “flirty business.”
The post prompted a storm of criticism against Rivera, leading him to issue a lengthy series of tweeted clarifications. The tweet unnerved Rivera’s employers at Fox News so much that they felt compelled to issue a statement distancing themselves from the host.
“Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him,” said a network representative.
Neither the statement nor Geraldo’s apology specifically speak to the Midler accusation. Fox News did not respond to multiple inquiries from TheWrap Thursday for clarification on whether Rivera will face consequences at the network.