Market Dash  – September 9, 2017

Investors who think they can be successful stock pickers are about to get some sobering news from new academic research. The good news: Yes, buying one stock gives you better odds than buying a lottery ticket. The bad news: Those “better” odds are still much too awful to stake your future on.

Charts and theories provide advice.

What counts? The roll of the dice.


The Wall Street journal – July 10, 2017

Campers come for a week inside classrooms, spending seven hours a day studying things like the US current account deficit and supply and demand dynamics.

Scratch arts and crafts, ditch those canoes,
Who’s up for portfolio reviews?‬


The island Packet – July 9, 2017

The trial will follow them for six years to see which group – the moderate drinkers or the abstainers – has more heart attacks, strokes and deaths.

While they pour over data to get at the facts,
I’ll pour a martini and try to relax.


The Economist – February 4–10 2017

In “A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics” Daniel Leviton, and American Neuro-scientist, shows the reader how to find a way through all this numerical confusion.

Facts and bits may be expanding,
But, has that increased UNDERSTANDING?


Surreal had three major spikes in interest that were higher in volume and were sustained for longer periods of time than in past years. In March, the word was used in coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Then, in July, we saw the word spike again: it was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice. Finally, we saw the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November.

“Surreal” is indeed a perfect selection,
Describing the Clinton/Trump election.