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by The MoleAugust 8, 2017

It’s no big secret that summer is my least favorite season here at the lair, as many of our regulars are on vacation and equities usually settle into a sideways volatile trading range. Central banks are also on their summer break and that means the primary market driver of the past decade remains absent until the leaves (and sometimes stock markets) are beginning to drop. So in terms of seasonality we are not exactly in the most exciting time of the year, which by the way is completely in line with historical precedence:

2017-08-08_seasonality

Here’s a rolling 2 week chart of S&P returns – we are currently in week 33 (blue arrow). Apparently we should expect a bit of weakness next week but in general August is nothing but a four week summer camp. Things should get more volatile again in September which happens to be one of the most bearish months of the year.

2017-08-08_spoos

I think the hourly panel visualizes what I meant by ‘sideways volatile trading range’. Very easy to get taken for a ride here which is why I usually don’t bother with equities in July and August.

2017-08-08_spoos_volume

The volume profile shows us a pretty nice perspective on the situation and it suggests that the S&P is in the process of building a support range here that could be exploited further down the line. Of course it could also start acting as a resistance range but usually these types of sideways formations do not end up as market tops. Most likely we will first see an exhaustion spike higher before things potentially turn lower. But for now there is no reason to think about bearish exposure, at least not until September.

2017-08-08_EURUSD

I wanted to briefly revisit yesterday’s thoughts on the trajectory of the Dollar which as you know is starting to concern me. As anticipated the EUR/USD has remained largely unimpressed and a push above 1.183 would probably lead to another ramp higher.

2017-08-08_USDJPY

We’re seeing the exact inverse on the USD/JPY which has almost erased any of its Friday’s gains. The daily panel shows us a pretty well established support diagonal which, if breached, leads us much lower.

In summary it’s not looking good for the Dollar and continued weakness near an important long term inflection point (see yesterday’s post) could lead to a cascade of stops being triggered sometime in the near future.

2017-08-08_gold_watch

Gold is showing signs of life and technically speaking is now a textbook last kiss goodbye (LKGB) candidate. However given the recent gyrations I would probably feel more comfortable reloading my long position after a successful retest of 1261. One single spike higher ain’t gonna do it here.

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The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at various social media waterholes below.
  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    How’s my crew?

  • Tomcat

    If Dennis is part of this crew: “Until about three weeks ago, I had been manifestly bearish of crude oil for a long period of time. Finally I have to tell myself, maybe higher prices lie ahead. Any weakness [should be bought].

    Then I am short $CL.

  • Mark Shinnick

    ….In wonderment new local lows in volatility while indexes down.

  • Ivan Hrusovsky
  • Mark Shinnick

    I guess the thousand words here this should be obvious…but I have to ask what all this means I guess.

  • Ivan Hrusovsky

    separating uptrends, downtrends and sideline trends

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Mark Shinnick

    Are there trade signals in there? What’s its position now?

  • Ivan Hrusovsky

    3 white lines are oriented quite sharply down + 3 orange lines oriented to sky; price candle is below all those lines = bulls probably (certainly :-)) should not try their action right now…

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    The end is near, for the dollar that is.

    Aug 10/11 may turn out to be more like Aug 21!
    prepare for a falling knife.
    😉

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7afbd663f5ea59fbd5bc1f4036c7ba97bd05aae1af34258ede3d29794ad50b30.png

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok, take it you are short GLD.

  • Julie

    LITE 2nd target attained on short and covered remaining 1/2 position. USO strong resistance at 10.12 and still short USO triangulating
    JULIE

  • Ivan Hrusovsky

    as a gold prone man, I do enter only long gold/silver/miners positions – I am just well aware that it is not a time now to be long there (my charts say to me that)…

  • OzarkHillBilly

    Mostly just lurking around. No equity position in two weeks, after having a fairly successful first half of summer catching the right currents. I’ve been tempted to participate and buy the last couple of dips, but I’ve been even more tempted to take advantage of the unseasonably cool August we’re having here. Market looks interesting today, however.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok, got you.

  • Julie

    Mark GDX 22.04 very strong support.
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Also GDX a positive divergence MACD 5,34,5 60 min chart …just saying
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    How do you determine that Julie? Based on what derived indicators suggest?

  • Julie

    Great Mole …
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Trader by Night

    Mole: Are you buying into this retest of 1261 for gold?

  • Mark Shinnick

    …the end is always near…

    https://youtu.be/n2_X4VTCoEo?t=211

  • Julie

    Mark 22.04 is the weekly conversion line 8 on the ichimoku cloud …. Also 22.05 is support stockta.com. Yesterday USO bounced off the weekly conversion line at 9.95. Weekly conversion and baselines are very powerful. Watching F 11.00 is strong resistance …. Like to go long F for a bounce
    JULIE

  • HD

    The bleach to the eyes triangle posted Friday was a winner. HH SPX. Nice 10 handle range too. Most people gave up on EW because of counting. Very few quantify the waves/patterns. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea23eac91d4cb7d446d87288151086d85cf9ace51eb1c340f839fd1ad4ac52b3.png

  • BobbyLow

    Gold has been interesting this morning. I’ve been short since Friday and was a little concerned about the price action earlier this morning. Looking better right now but we’ll see how it closes.

  • Julie
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    +1, but this is more my style..
    Be Strange my Friend

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zayDrzZdIbM

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok…re: only price..these are objective price points; extremely important to be objective about a whole picture. What do you figure is the meaning of “support” and “resistance” …in terms of what both machines and people can agree on?

  • Ronebadger

    Watching SPX…waiting for a spike high…….WAIT…was that it?!?!??

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    SQUIRREL!
    http://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=ES&p=h1

    (you got me to look)
    😉

  • Mark Shinnick

    You know, a melt-up will so beautifully burn-in the ‘this time is different’ imprint into the multiple generations now participating. The bear-killing BTFD mentality seared into these generational nervous systems here just couldn’t be much better. In that model, the spikiness too might not be as conveniently understood….at the time :)

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes…interesting! .. very nice confirming breakdowns in the various equity bear instruments.

  • Julie

    Very good question Mark ….. I combine Eastern Technicals (Japanese ) for price and resistance and support and Western technicals for chart patterns. I have discovered that the market is also based on fibonnaci for support and resistance …. when Fib aligns with Eastern technicals ….. Very strong…… You can take the high and low for a lengthy period i.e. F 57.56 and 1.01 break it down into a level one with the following fibs
    .94427
    .90988
    .8541
    .76393
    .61803.
    .5
    .38196
    .23606
    .14589
    ..09016
    .05572
    Level 2 would be using the fibs between level one levels i.e. 14.36 and 9.26 presently for F. There are more fib numbers than the 76 ; 618 ;5 ; 382 ; 236
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok. You’ve discovered that these things we term support and resistance happen to also often appear over time respecting numerous mathematical levels. Also, Its a hell of a lot of work to all bear in mind…in different markets…leaving what time and energy to actually trade?

    What does this mean in terms of what a machine or person should actually do?

  • HD

    2489 met.

  • Julie

    Lets take F as an example I have a level 3 at 11.03 (level 3 is between level 2 fibs) and an ichici cloud conversion line at 11.00 very close and corroborating each other. Now there is an upper downtrend line intersecting at this level also (Western technicals) F must have on the 60 min chart a bullish closes above 11.00 and 11.03. Also fib moving averages are extremely important as they too align with the fib levels i.e. F the daily 5 ema approx 10.98 in the area of 11.00 and 11.03.(5 cents) I have stated that I use the daily 5 ema as a filter in previous posts …. The daily 5 ema is extremely important. If you have the time or desire bring F up on the 60 min chart and you will see how important 11.00 is. Also the hammer candle at 10.78 I have a level 3 at 10.74 within 4 cents
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    There exactly is the rub…if we have time…and its corollary; the energy. You’ve arrived at the reason for the machine in front of you that most of your competitors for coin are attempting to leverage in their favor. How can you use this machine to save your time and energy so you can then do all the other things required to win as a trader?

  • Julie

    Mark it’s unreal the machines are programed to the FIBS ! Now it is not that hard to do or time wise. I computed F in less than a half hour. Now very important level 3 is almost maxi.e nver need to go to level 4 unless you daytrade using the one min chart which I admit I have done Now for level 3 I only use 76 down to 23.Once you compute level one i.e. F has a level one 14.36 — 9.26 No need to compute everything above or below now … F for level 2 I also used 76 down to 23 and then 76 down to 23 for level 3. Took less than 1/2 hour. If and when 14.36 or 9.26 are exceeded then I will compute the levels which again will take 1/2 hr or less
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes…things actually being done with machines is insanely unreal…but there it really is; that’s what we are really up against.

  • Julie

    For GDX Mark take the high 66.98 and the low 12.40 to compute level 1 using all the fibs mentioned above
    JULIE

  • HD

    Now why would there be sellers at 2489? EW. It’s a lost art.

  • Julie

    Mark presently GDX 22.17 is very important and need a daily close above 22.17
    JULIE

  • Ronebadger

    top of channel line/bear flag line…I can’t post a chart at this time

  • Ronebadger
  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes, a natural point for bear hold-outs. See what happens I guess.

  • Julie

    MARK GDX 60 min chart needs a bullish close above the blue 8 conversion line (approx 22.23 and daily baseline line approx 22.17 22.04 support shown https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2b1e8a304fc8198f9a216a10249ea893057ab9c0816edf7d434ffe53ec82711.jpg
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Mark as I type GDX now a bullish 60 min candle above 22.17 and 22.23 Watch the close then make a trade if you desire as you follow the miners
    JULIE

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Sorry mate – I was gone the past two hours.

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III
  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Seriously….

  • Mark Shinnick

    I went long equities on this baby down spike. Stop so damm close.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Stopped…

  • Julie

    Mark SPX 60 min chart ….. The bounce off the 8 ema and 8 conversion line matching DA MOLE above ! Watch the close … could go lower
    JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4412138cc83c68ed8b727467ed13b8c424ac86d7802143b01c5d62ff061386cc.jpg

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    oops there goes gravity, snap back to REALITY.

  • HD

    Just curious- how can a new ATH be part of a bear flag?

  • Julie

    Hi GG —- SQUIRREL ! LOL ! YUP as I type now below the 60 min conversion line and 8 ema per chart below.
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Julie

    Actually I am at work I am the head of my Dept …. Unreal as my boss is a trader too along with upper management. If we get our work done we can follow the market …. It is too much GG love it !
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes…the infection is so severe most of the tools are rendered too dull to excise it.

  • OzarkHillBilly

    There’s likely another shot at it, I’m waiting a bit to see how it plays out. But I’m not enthusiastic with such little participation.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    1 saying my pappy had.
    This too shall pass.

    1 saying my grandpappy had.
    Make Hay while it shines.

    😉

  • Julie

    Right on OzarkHillBilly as market breath and volume are poor
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Roger that. Here’s a take on participation …it may all really be there as a function of the derivatives – latent bot driven drivers of this phenomenon.

  • Julie

    Mole I have a target SPX 2507 which will intersect an upper trend line
    JULIE

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Boy you guys are chatty today! What happened yesterday?

  • Julie

    USO 10.12 resistance and trend lines of the triangle on the 60 min chart … Overthows and underthrows yesterday and today ….. The bots are trying to outlast me but I have there number… LOL !
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Chief it’s getting down to the wire for both bulls and bears …. Bots are selling the spikes and the minor dips are bought. A real battle presently with both bulls and bears becoming exhausted. We know what happens when this occurs
    JULIE

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    I don’t think it’s that dramatic Julie – the type of tape we’re seeing right now is pretty common in my experience. Kind of made that point in my post ^^^

  • Mark Shinnick

    …added some to short miners.

  • Julie

    There could be a curve ball thrown Chief ….. Seasonality as everyone expects August and September to underperform …. BUT we could see a meltup to get ma and Pa and Joe Sixpack in and they be the bagholders which always is the case. IMO we have not seen the exuberance yet … Just saying Chief
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Mark GDX 10 min chart … blue conversion line above the baseline which is positive and 60 min positive divergence MACD 5,34,5. As stated below a close above 22.17 will be positive IMO
    JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/658276ebc2bbd9144a8b126fcb9e9e8be1e44c2e2c5270d7055c19bdcb3cab3b.jpg

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok, so I guess you are long.

  • Julie

    Not yet Mark waiting for the close …. 22.04 must hold today and tomorrow.. 22.17 and 22.23 are crucial
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok… so you have time filters.

  • Julie

    Price filters …. Also watching volume as selling volume decreasing on the pullback
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Ok, so what condition of price and volume then triggers a trade after tomorrow’s action?

  • Julie

    OK very easy Mark …. Price must hold 22 .04 ….. Now tomorrow price must have a bullish close above the 60 min 8 conversion line wherever that is tomorrow…. Remember the 60 min chart has a positve divergence MACD 5,34,5 which is key in identifying a possible advance along with the 22.04 support which was the 60 min hammer candle today BUT the day is not over GDX must close above 22.17 and ideally above 22.23
    JULIE

  • Julie

    GDX a bullish close tomorrow above the 8 conversion line with the 60 min MACD above it’s signal line is the signal.. As I type the 60 min conversion line is 22.23 and flatlined. 22.17 is the daily baseline and 22.23 NOW is the 60 min 8 conversion line. You can substitute the 60 min 8 ema for the ichimoku cloud conversion line
    JULIE

  • Mary

    The trading day doesn’t divide up into equal hourly segments. How does your method account for all hourly bars not being equal? Just curious.

  • Julie

    Very true Mary as there is 6 1/2 hrs. in the trading day. My platform counts the first 30 min as an hour.
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    My own intraday models really don’t care; hourly is just one of them.

  • Julie

    Mark here is the present 60 min chart Blue horixontal line is 22.04 support Red line 2.17 is the daily baseline ichimolku cloud. Observe the 60 min positive divergence. Also observe the hammer at the 22.04 support
    JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8659feccac3dca50d8005e17a28fe50b780c7edb7fbd453021124e3fdccea52.jpg

  • Julie

    22.17 is the red line not 2.17
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Very important Mark see the 21 baseline of the ichi cloud it is 22.40 and the daily 5 ema is approx 22.36 which will be the 1st target if going long The lower cloud boundary is also a target if 22.40 is exceeded
    JULIE
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Mark in the above chart observe how the lower cloud boundary lines up with a horizontal resistance if drawn. It was a support level then a gap down below it Unreal ! Believe me Eastern tecnicals are far superior to Western Tecnicals but I use both for confirmation. If you use the Ichi Cloud use parameters 8,21,55 not the standard 9,26,52 as 8 – 21 and 55 are fib numbers
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Honestly…it all simply spins my head like you might not believe….I just leave it to the models so I can still function :/

  • Julie

    Mark If 22.04 does not hold next support is 21.79 then 21.09
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Did some sds and tvix…

  • Mark Shinnick

    tvix reached first objective. buy vol on way up is really the only way.

  • OzarkHillBilly

    Some folks are getting their marshmallows and wieners roasted at summer camp today.

  • BobbyLow

    Been gone for most of the day and one thing I’ve noticed about some of the today’s comments is how people lenses can vary. I think Mole mentioned something like this and I would like to offer my 2 cents worth.

    Very simply put, we need some kind of prescription lenses to help us make decsions with our trades. Let’s analogize our market lenses with lenses for our precsription glasses that a lot of us need to see clearly in general. I might have an eye glass prescription of -7T x 89 +125 etc. Another person might have an eye glass prescription of -1.00 – 0.75 x 91 etc. We both can see 20/20 with our own individual prescriptions. Now what happens if we try to wear each other’s glasses. You got it. We can not see shit and most of the time, everything appears fuzzy wearing someone elses glasses.

    It get’s more complicated when comparing lenses we try to use with numerous technical prescriptions of individual stocks, ETF’s, and Futures etc. Then we can add more to the changeable lenses dependent upon what time frame a person is trading. Is it intra-day, hourly, or some other amount of time? Is it Daily? Weekly? Every single one of these factors adds up to a different lens with a different point of view.

    So I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you don’t have your own lens to the market then perhaps you should get one. If you use someone elses lens then I suggest that you make damn sure that you are using the same time frame the person being followed is and have a general idea of where your entries and exits should be or you are almost guarranteed to lose.

  • Julie

    Mark GDX watch the close as I type 22.21 Remember 22.17 and 22.23 are crucial
    JULIE
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Trump’s Redline. Lot of people don’t believe him any more than BHO. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15030f5a84143eed0091e878ebbd2e8c843031476618730dd306d3452858656e.jpg

  • Julie

    GDX Look at the close MARK ! WOW !
    JULIE

  • Mark Shinnick

    Stopped.

  • Mary

    ugly bars on the daily index charts …

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    ..you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and..
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a16d0c1fa8f76f80252e3cfd74ff8f3c4fa569f41d456efbb1f163f6d68103b.png

    it’s a volatile game, the bots will eat you alive.
    J/K. your support call was right. we should keep you around.

  • BobbyLow

    Gold looks like it’s in a death by a thousand cuts right now. Don’t know if it’s important anymore but Gold closed just above the middle of today’s range at the end of Open Outcry. This probably means nothing. I’m not feeling great about my short but have a ways to go before being stopped out.

  • BobbyLow

    This is scary shit Mark. These are new levels of saber rattling and threatning North Korea with destruction is playing a game of chicken with a mad man Kim Jon-Un.

    If one of these guys pushes the button the least of my worries will be my gold short.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    We could be looking at an exhaustion spike. However, it’s a bit early in the month for a reversal. Will have to meditate on this…

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III
  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Ivan has the prettiest charts – you should put them in a gallery!! 😉

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    You may want to learn how to program :-)

  • Ivan Hrusovsky
  • Julie

    GDX Daily chart must close above the confluence of the 5 – 21 and 55 ema’s 22.37 – 22.39 Going to be strong resistance. If not and a decline watch for a bearish close below 22.17
    JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0828709e07faf3ed7e521691b54c65cf4b3ba8881f2eb0219773d5229ac8b85a.jpg

  • Julie

    GDX MACD 5.34,5 centerline test — If it breaks below 22.04 next supports are 21.79 and 21.09. Also daily stochs 5,3,3 is oversold and 13,3,3 approaching oversold
    JULIE

  • Julie

    GDX the bounce today at (1) 22.04 support (2) 50% retracement (3) lower boundary of the ichimoku cloud
    JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4832a36a1618d7869d75824a25852cbb6122ec755d497a30c9ec4465cf4b3e4f.jpg

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yeah most of our generations have taken a lot for granted. Guam has been arguably threatened… so there we go, line is crossed.

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    That’s the spirit!

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Let’s forget about Trump for a moment and focus on the N.K. problem. Even during Obama they have crossed one ‘red line’ after the other and allegedly they have continued to develop various advanced weapons of mass destruction, rumors circulate about miniaturization and multi stage intercontinental rockets.

    The big problem we ALL are dealing with is that we have NO RELIABLE information and I trust what is coming out of the White House as much as i did during Obama, Clinton, Bush, etc. meaning NOT AT ALL. Because even their intelligence may be completely skewed or manipulated. Anyone remember the Iraq war?

    For us mortals to judge this situation is as impossible as calling future direction on a highly volatile chart. If we had the ability to get access to credible intel then we could have an intelligent discussion as to whether or not a pre-emptive strike is warranted. Let’s say for a moment that Uncle Kim is actively planning to send a missile straight into S.F. or L.A. Hey, I got friends there!! So I would support taking out the regime in that case.

    But lacking reliable intel arguing about rumors and hearsay here or on any other site only devolves into ideological arguments and finger pointing. And in the end it’s a colossal waste of time as our opinion very rarely winds up affecting reality. I rather spend my time studying, learning something interesting that may help my edge. But that’s me, I’m a grouchy old dog who has seen one too many politicians lie and collude with the military industrial complex.

  • Tomcat

    George Carlin:
    “We can’t educate our young people
    can’t feed our poor people
    can’t take care of our old people
    but we can bomb the shit out of your country…”

  • Mary

    I believe Guam is populated by mostly Americans.

    The current NK situation is a result of the policies of Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations – kick the can down the road (30+ years??). Many of today’s voters weren’t even born yet. This would have been an easier fix if it had been nipped in the bud, but they lacked the testosterone.

    Other cans are being kicked as we type …

  • Mary

    Jesters and minstrels – what don’t they know?

  • Mary

    So Sir Mole, based on my comment below about yesterday’s ugly daily bars on the equity indices followed by a gap down open, does this qualify as a ‘Point of Recognition?’ I think that’s what you called it in the recent past.

  • Mark Shinnick

    SDS and vol targets mostly met, flat.

  • HD

    well said. I’d argue NK has escalated though under Trump and the lack of diplomatic experience his team has. Bully mentality. We can judge the intel we see with our own eyes too.

  • ridingwaves

    Special Bulletin: Summer camp now over….

  • ridingwaves

    well, NK better be prepared for something altogether different with Mattis….
    He is not some little pushover from the last couple regime’s

    he has complete backing of the military down to the private and PFC

  • OzarkHillBilly

    Kind of looks like the kids at camp were trying to scare each other throughout the night. The counselors will likely have them calmed down shortly, and then they’ll probably be back to making crafts.

  • ridingwaves

    that or some early morning drills will get them motivated…
    L CEMP 3.95

  • HD

    I agree, deescalation vs escalation. Trump admin is very different.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yeah….when equities just keep marching beyond simple intraday down side targets it becomes pucker time to shift to daily objectives. So far I don’t see that….yet.

  • Mary

    Maybe he’ll just choose to kick the can down the road like the previous 4 administrations, just let our kids and grandkids deal with it. Or maybe he won’t. We’ll see …

  • Mark Shinnick

    Yes, they are our military point people for the region. The problem has always been China, who basically kicked USA ass there; killed a lot of Americans.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Chinese are always drilling; one of the world’s most mentally conditioned for toughness armies. I have a former army officer friend all connected with importing in LA; she reminds me all the time about how rigid the mentality is trained….that our culture really has no idea of what’s really going on and we had better wake up. Chinese official govt map annexed Hawaii some years ago, for example.