14 May 2024

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - The Hidden Sorrows of the Proudly Deceitful


"Once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.  As soon as men know they that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles."

Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace, 1947

"The humility of the righteous will guide them, but the deceitfulness of the proud will destroy them."

Proverbs 11:3

"Great and sustained destruction requires great ambition.  It must be conceived as the means toward achieving a new order, and although the idea behind that new order may be criminal and objectively very stupid, it must also be compellingly simple and at the same time absolute.  The ideology of genocide is all of those things.”

Philip Gourevitch, Tomorrow We Will Be Killed, 1998

"If heaven is seeing and in turn being seen, transformed and made new, by the beatific face of Pure Love in resplendent glory, then hell must be seeing, at the last and forever, one's own dark and miserable soul, as it really is, alone."

Jesse, Death By Overdose, 24 February 2015

"Satan's monomaniac concern with himself and his supposed rights and wrongs is a necessity of the Satanic predicament.  He has wished to be himself, and to be in himself and for himself, and his wish has been granted.  The Hell he carries with him is, in one sense, a Hell of infinite boredom.  To admire Satan, then, is to give one's vote not only for a world of misery, but also for a world of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessant autobiography."

C. S. Lewis, Preface to Paradise Lost, 1942

"What is good?   All that enhances the feeling of power, the will to power, and the power itself in man.  What is bad?  All that proceeds from weakness.  What is happiness?   The feeling that power is increasing— that resistance has been overcome."

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, 1895

"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be with the coming of the Son of man. In the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, even to that very day in which Noah entered into the ark. They did not suspect what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. So shall the coming of the Son of man also be.  Watch therefore, because you do not know at what hour your Lord will come."

Matthew 24:37-42

Stocks were in rally mode, and went out near the highs.

Gold and silver moved higher.

The Dollar lost some ground.

VIX fell back a bit.

The PPI inflation data came in hot this morning.

The markets ignored it, looking forward to the CPI inflation data tomorrow.

And, as always, there is a stock market option expiration on Friday.

Have a pleasant evening.