Dog Poet Transmitting…….We try to be about optimism here. This isn’t always the easiest thing, either long or short term. Long term it is hard because life is fatal. Very few of us achieve immortality in any of its various permutations and that is partly because of the times we live in, where the greater potentialities of life’s possibilities are overshadowed by Materialism and all of the chaos and confusion that this engenders. It’s worse than you think it is because Materialism is also a terminal process and until it gets to where it is actually imploding and collapsing… or whatever terms you want to use, it often seems like it isn’t happening because you still went to sleep in a bed last night and you woke up in one this morning and there’s food in the refrigerator… no guns were going off in the streets (in most places) and… yadda yadda. The extreme conditions and changes that come upon us due to our collective faith in and enjoyment of the superficial and trivial, happen incrementally. It sneaks up on you and one day… it’s there. We could say that in this January of 2016 we are seeing the seed pods of the year opening up and revealing the shapes and colors of what they will grow into.The oil glut is producing international economic havoc and now Iran is about to flood the market with half a million barrels a day. In one Michigan town there is a gas war going on and gas is 49 cents a gallon. Flint Michigan has a serious water emergency. The rapes and molestations are epidemic in Europe. The stock market is turning into steroid Donkey Kong, Chutes and Ladders or something that needs to remember that it is always more likely that something which is up will go down because of the nature of the force of gravity and… there not being any countering force other than resistance, coupled with design, unless you want to get metaphysical. Of course we are being allegorical but we tend to see things allegorically anyway and we are ALWAYS watching trends and how they are managed and or manipulated by whomever seems to be in charge of that sort of thing. Davos is coming up and the gap between rich and poor is becoming pornographic. Obviously, the world is going to change in dramatic fashion and the outcome of all these changes is not something any conventional wisdom seer or pundit will be able to predict with any accuracy. As we have said here a number of times, we are in uncharted waters.