By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I must beg your indulgence again today. As you know, we keep weird hours at NC, and for reasons unrelated to posting, I had an extremely late night last night. When it came time to get up this morning, I reset the timer on my alarm and closed my eyes… And forgot to turn the alarm back on. Fortunately I woke up just in time, but I’m going to have to ask you to talk amongst yourselves today.
Assuming you’ve recovered from the Holidays:
1) What do you think were key events of the year 2016? The best? The worst? The most off-beat?
2) What do you expect to be the key events of the year 2017? Politically, culturally, and (of course) in the markets?
3) What was your favorite holiday gift? That you received? That you gave?
Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 68 Greed (previous close: 70, Greed) [CNN]. One week ago: 67 (Greed). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Jan 4 at 1:34pm. Sails still flapping idly in the breeze….
Readers, feel free to contact me with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, and (c) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. And here’s today’s plant (Mrs. Mop):
Mrs. Mop sends another wintry landscape. Not: “What?? ‘Plants with snow would be fine’?? What snow? It’s middle of December and springtime in Germany. Really, some ten degree Celsius
(plus) and it smells like March or so and no snow in sight. So, have yourself some nice seasonal pics — fake spring pics, is it safe to say? — from my morning bike trips.
Readers, I’ve gotten more plant images, but I can always use just a few more; having enough Plantidotes is a great angst deflator. Plants with snow and/or ice are fine!
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