Really Simple Syndication …

… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News


I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..

The reply :

“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”

This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.

Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….


(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..

"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.

And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.

I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading

My Morning Jacket and Roger Waters – All Good

The return of Bob Dylan’s fabled electric guitar wasn’t the only thing happening at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame — performing live for the first time since 2013 — headlined the night, and he was joined by Newport mainstays ‘My Morning Jacket’ as his backing band.

Nothing wrong with that .. and buried in here is a reference that Roger was performing on a piano in public for the first time in his life.


[ Source : Spin ]

Food Wars

Europe’s migration crisis played out dramatically on the motorways of northern France on Tuesday, as hundreds of desperate migrants attempted to board UK-bound lorries while taking advantage of a wildcat strike by Calais port workers.

The UK Independant write “How militancy and desperation collided to plunge Calais into chaos after migrants took advantage of port workers’ wildcat strike”

I am tracking this – but so far haven’t yet got to the bottom of the REAL driver here … BUT – sitting in London as ‘we’ bombed Iraq all those years ago – I got to talking about the idea of the looming ‘Food Wars’. (alas – still trying to find where I wrote it)

My contention was – and remains – that ‘when’, not if, the continent of Africa gets angry enough at how we treat that continent – there is only a tiny lake (we call it the mediterranean) that separates Africa from Europe – and when the swarm of humanity descends on Europe – how exactly will we react … what will we do.

One thing I know … It has started..


[ Source : The Independent ]

Status

AAPL Stock Is Being Manipulated [UPDATED]

6875456-man-covers-his-nose-due-to-a-bad-smell…. but who will be charged ?

Remember a few days ago when I posted this …. essentially reminding you of the piece from November – when Joe Springer at Seeking Alpha explained the massive drop that AAPL was going through at the time – and would continue to do so – until Friday, just past. He forecast a drop to $500. The stock closed at – wait for it – $500.

Then we had the weekend.

Then We had MLK day – so TODAY is the first full day of buying after that deadline.

Today is January the 22nd.

Today APPL closed at 504.77 4.77(0.95%)

After Hours (at time of writing) it has climbed to 508.05 up an additional 3.28 (0.65%)

Meanwhile – tomorrow sees their earnings call, which I am predicting will blow away the nay sayers – and then we are off to the races – again!

[UPDATE 1 : and of course AAPL delivered results that bettered their own guidance – though did not quite hit what the ‘pros’ predicted – and after hours trading saw AAPL dive 10% overnight and continues to fall today – so far down 12.5%. Needless to say a GREAT time to buy]

[UPDATE 2 : Record Revenue – Record Profits – but the answer is to release a new cheaper iPhone – which would surely put even further pressure on margin – yup – thats a good strategy]

[UPDATE 3 : Seriously check out this piece on Bloomberg – and you figure out what is going on]

And once more the people I track will have called it. (Trust me – I am not an analyst – I listen, understand, network and triangulate … repeat) – and then occasionally write about, this is all their work and reporting But I do have an added advantage of ‘getting’ AAPL – there are quite a few of ‘us’ – but we are written off as ‘fanboys’. Whatever.

The fact is – if you want to listen to the people that TRULY get what is going on – it is there. I don’t have access to secret stuff. But it isnt what you generally read or hear …. that’s the crap that gets reported by the lazy mainstream press. Their logic is wrong, their facts are wrong and their conclusions are wrong. OK – sometimes right – but that has to be attributed to luck and serendipity.

But the sad thing is that like so much news – we keep building on the incorrect facts and conclusions – until it becomes the truth.

In many ways – AAPL is a small example of the problem with so much of the world. Because we are told they are the ‘experts’ – they are the ‘experts’ – so we listen to the ‘experts’. The question is though – what is their agenda ? Who’s side are they on ?

This time round, all the professionals will have manipulated their calls to maximize their returns = and the cry of ‘foul’ will have gone unnoticed, except by people paying attention.

Of course – I don’t know if AAPL is being manipulated – but it sure smells like it.

(and for full disclosure – I don’t own AAPL stock – and wont be buying any in the near future)

And before you get angry about Apple – have a read of this aswell.