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Deployment Testing Strategies

Technology

Blue/Green Deployment
- New code deployed to second prod environment
- After testing, load balancer sends all prod traffic to new code
- Requires two production environments

Canary Testing
- New code deployed to second prod environment
- Small proportion of users directed to new code
- Requires two production environments

A/B Testing
- Run experiments of two different versions of a page in production
- Typically Javascript code changes the UI dynamically
- Does not require two production environments

Links:
Blue-green Deployments, A/B Testing, and Canary Releases
Blue Green Deployment, Canary Run, A/B testing difference

Posted: 2018-06-10 23:00:39

Q Anon

Current Events, Politics

Who is Q Anon?
- Reference to James Bond character with high level security clearance
- Could be a group of people close to Trump
- Could be an AI bot

When did Q Anon appear?
- Around Oct 2017 on various boards

How to follow Q Anon?
- X22 Report
- QAnon.pub

Twitter:
- #QAnon
- NemoV8
- QanonPosts

Links:
Decoding Q
Who or What is Q Anon?
The 'Q Anon' Phenomenon
What’s Q Anon All About?
Book of Q



Posted: 2018-05-01 09:40:34

3 month Libor

Econ Charts


3 month Libor

Posted: 2018-04-02 23:44:30

Federal Reserve Unwinding

Economics

$10 billion a month in Q3 (Oct) 2017
$20 billion a month in Q1 (Jan) 2018
$30 billion a month in Q2 (April) 2018
$40 billion a month in Q3 (July) 2018
$50 billion a month in Q4 (Oct) 2018
$50 billion a month in 2019+

Fed’s QE Unwind Marches Forward Relentlessly
All Federal Reserve Banks: Total Assets

Posted: 2018-03-28 20:15:41

From Petrodollar to Petroyuan

Economics, Current Events

Importance of oil

- Oil dwarfs all other commodities with a $1.72 trillion market size
- The entire metals market (iron, copper, aluminum, zinc, etc) is $660 billion
- Gold is $170 billion and silver is $20 billion

History of petrodollar

- Bretton Woods international monetary system established in 1944
- US Dollar became world reserve currency backed by 20,000 tonnes of gold
- Dollar pegged to gold at $35/oz
- Inflation (esp in late 1960's) caused the value of dollar to decline and value of gold to rise
- Foreigners depleted US gold reserves to 8,100 tonnes to buy the cheap gold
- Nixon lifted gold backing from dollar in 1971 to stop the gold hemorrhage
- Agreements made with Saudi Arabia to create petrodollar in exchange for House of Saud regime support in 1971 and 1973
- OPEC oil is quoted and traded in US dollars. OPEC controls 81% of world reserves.
- Instead of dollar backed by gold, the dollar is backed by oil. All major oil purchases by any country must use dollars.
- If dollar is no longer backed by oil, dollar will lose reserve currency status and lose value

Rise of petroyuan

- In 2017, China became world's largest importer of oil
- Petroyuan launch on March 26, 2018
- Petroyuan will be convertable to gold
- Petroyuan will be embraced by countries hit/threatened with sanctions - Russia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela

Links

China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold
Timing the Collapse: Ron Paul Says Watch the Petrodollar
Petrodollar: System, History, How It Recycles, Will It Collapse?
Here’s How We Got Here: A Short Primer On The History Of The Petrodollar
The Oil Market is Bigger Than All Metal Markets Combined
An Excellent Explanation of the Petrodollar System
The Rise And Fall Of The Petrodollar System
The Great Inflation
The inflation nightmare that terrifies central bankers actually happened in the late-1960s
History of Oil
China Takes Crude Crown as Output Lags Behind Rising Demand
The Rise Of The Petroyuan
China’s long-heralded crude oil futures contract to start trading March 26
Petro-Yuan Rising: The Must-Read Truth Behind China’s Plan to Dethrone the Dollar
China plans to break petrodollar stranglehold
American Energy Dominance And The Rise of The Petro-Yuan
PetroYuan Futures Open - Over 10 BillIon Notional Trades In First Hour
Shanghai International Energy Exchange

Posted: 2018-03-25 23:00:04

Q Ratio

Econ Charts


Q Ratio

Posted: 2018-03-25 21:04:45

Libor/OIS Spread

Econ Charts



Thomson Reuters Signs of Stress Charts


Posted: 2018-03-23 22:20:42

Deep State

Current Events

Synonyms: shadow government, permanent government, permanent state, military industrial complex

"A state within a state or a deep state is a political situation in a country when an internal organ ("deep state"), such as the armed forces or public authorities (intelligence agencies, police, secret police, administrative agencies, and branches of government bureaucracy), does not respond to the civilian political leadership."
Wikipedia

"an intensely secretive, informal, fluid network of deep politicians whose deep state milieux effectively amplify their influence over national governments."
Wikispooks

"A body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy."
Oxford dictionary

"The Deep State is shorthand for the nexus of secretive intelligence agencies whose leaders and policies are not much affected by changes in the White House or the Congress. While definitions vary, the Deep State includes the CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and components of the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the armed forces."
Alternet

"Any network of entrenched government officials who function independently from elected politicians and work toward their own ends."
Bill Moyers

"Individuals and institutions who exercise power independent of—and sometimes over—civilian political leaders. They applied it mainly to developing countries like Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey, where generals and spies called the real shots in nominally democratic societies and replaced elected leaders when they saw fit."
Politico

"Career employees inside a government are working together to secretly manipulate government policy and undermine elected leaders or political appointees."
ABC News

"The term was actually coined in Turkey, and is said to be a system composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services, military, security, judiciary, and organized crime."
Mike Lofgren

"Citizens in Turkey, where the term originated, have long worried about the derin devlet (“deep state”), which refers to a network of individuals in different branches of government, with links to retired generals and organised crime, that existed without the knowledge of high-ranking military officers and politicians."
Economist

"Elites inside and outside the government wield power not assigned to them by the Constitution, irrespective of the will of voters"
Miami Herald

"People in the White House, the Pentagon, the State and Justice departments, Congress, and the intelligence community are leaking to the press because they have no choice in an administration where officials have unexplained links with Russia, an array of conflicts of interest, and have promoted soft forms of white nationalism and fascism that threaten basic ideals of American democracy."
Washington Post

"a nexus of institutions—the intelligence agencies, the military, powerful financial interests, Silicon Valley, various federal bureaucracies—that, they believe, are conspiring to smear and stymie a President and bring him low."
New Yorker



Posted: 2018-03-22 22:15:22

Housing Starts

Econ Charts


Housing Starts

Posted: 2018-02-24 01:29:27

Existing Home Sales

Econ Charts


Existing Home Sales

Posted: 2018-02-24 00:10:13


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