09 February 2023

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - The Great Masquerade of Evil


“This great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts.  For evil to appear disguised as light, compassion, historical necessity or even social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for the Christian who bases his life on the Word, it merely confirms the fundamental wickedness of evil.  Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior.   Christians are called to compassion and to action. "

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The foolish ask nothing better than not to have to understand anything, and they even used to get together and try not to understand, because the last thing of which a person is capable is to be malicious and foolish all by themselves.   Without understanding, they form spontaneously into herds, not according to any particular affinities but in obedience to the petty ideology, which swallowed up the whole of their small lives, allotted them by birth or chance.   They would far rather kill than have to think."

George Bernanos, Under the Sun of Satan

"Foolishness has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.   In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; they did not believe in plagues."

Albert Camus

“Against such foolishness we are defenseless.  Reason falls on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in such moments the foolish person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental.

In all this the foolish person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.   Never again will we try to persuade the foolish person with reason, for it is senseless and dangerous.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Stocks traded weakly today on disappointing earnings.

The VIX rose.

The Dollar slipped a little, continuing its sideways chop.

Gold and silver were hit with purposeful selling to keep them with a range.

The Congress is consumed with its petty service to the moneyed interests. 

The geopolitical situation continues to worsen, with intent.

Shall we stop this bleeding? 

Uncle Thug wants you.

Too many are finding a refuge in distracted madness. 

But the madness serves none but itself.

Have a pleasant evening.