Posts tagged USDA

People Should Be Able to Fully Express Themselves

We are traveling. When I am not driving I surf. I saw a very interesting article I wanted to share. Michael Pollan is a food advocate. I have seen his shows and read his articles. He brings up some great …






Are You What You Eat?

Soup. A photo posted by Jeff Carter (@pointsnfigures) on Jul 25, 2015 at 4:34pm PDT Last evening, my wife and I went to a dinner for Angelic Organics. It was in Caledonia, Illinois out on the farm.  If you follow …






Want to Start A Movement? Want to Change The World? Here is How

As an old trader, I get pretty good at pattern recognition.  Sometimes I am wrong.  Confirmation bias may seep in, or I may not be seeing the right things that underpin the pattern.  But, traders look for these things constantly. …






Is Big Data Creating Groupthink?

In the article, “We Are All Quants Now”, a 7 year old girl responds, “I’m not sure,” said the little girl, “I’ll bring it to school and see how many ‘likes’ I get.” She said it in response to a …






Are You Afraid of The Lunatic Fringe?

Last evening I went to an event in Milwaukie, WI.  It was part rally, part information, part networking reception to raise some money for Vernon Hershberger.  I donated and I hope you do too.  Vernon is a farmer in Wisconsin. …






Small Business is Just As Important as Scalable Startups

Chicago is a very difficult place to start a small independent lifestyle business. The video takes an unfair shot at Mayor Emanuel. He inherited a lot of regulation and a historical system that is difficult to undo. Emanuel has been …






Free To Choose and Farmageddon

Last night I went to see the documentary Farmageddon in Chicago. I also stayed for the full panel discussion. The film is shocking. Documentaries are supposed to shock you. Michael Moore has made millions presenting slanted facts to us. Documentaries …






Government Estimates

One of the services that government provides markets is statistical information. Virtually every government agency produces reams of statistics for people to chew on. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has some of the most important data the market digests, …