I don’t know if you remember the first week of the Obama administration. But it was goo-goo and gah-gah and “Oh this is so cool.”
Yet to see the crime-spree demonstrators and the vulgarity of the made-up “women’s marches” what comes into focus is that America has become racist, sexist, and bigoted, indeed. International Women’s Day is in March. Not January.
It’s almost like a kind of “reverse racism” against Trump. More correctly, bigotry. We’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Bigotry has at its core double standards and I sense one bigger than life between these “dueling headlines.”
It’s an easy prediction to make, but the mainstream will continue to fall out of favor as people are looking for media to “play things down the middle” for a change and stop advocating for one (*usually leftist) point of view.
Again, for those marchers who don’t understand who controls the laws and the purse-strings, I would refer you to “Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts…” In this one, Trump is actually in favor of cutting while the free-spending free-lunches (the Fools on the Hill) are off trying to figure out how to buy enough votes for 2018’s elections.
WH Work, Week 1
Yet life goes on for the new Administration.
VP Mike Pence tweeted “Law enforcement worked tirelessly to secure the inauguration. Today the President & I thanked them during a reception…”
And president Donald Trump says he has a “Busy week planned with a heavy focus on jobs & national security. Top executives coming in at 9 A.M. to talk manufacturing in America. –DJT”
I was thinking about one of the data points reported for our www.peoplenomics.com readers this weekend, namely that rail traffic in Mexico is down more than 13% year-on-year and an interesting idea came to mind.
Perhaps, in an effort to clean out the drug cartels and help Mexico with its crooked internal political situation, the Trump Administration should go out on a limb and offer both Canada and Mexico an opportunity to join the United States.
Conditions? Sure. Each would have to agree that English would be our common language. And yes, there would need to be some conservative political education tossed into Mexico’s internals. And no, hockey and drug smuggling would not become our new national sports.
But as I run the numbers especially from the Mexican side, I can see a LOT of benefit to allowing Mexico to enter when the teaching/use of English as a common language could be done, perhaps in as little as five years.
What that would do is give middle classes in Mexico a migration path to the kind of economic benefits enjoyed by Americans.
It is an alternative to The Wall, and given a choice between how well America works, and how sub-par Mexico works (drug murders on a daily basis) it seems to me only a dman fool would be unwilling to join forces with winners.
But, absent that kind of “Magic of Thinking Big” and really solving the problems from the ground up (including setting up countries and real estate laws equivalent to U.S. States) then The Wall it would have to be.
Yet given a chance to vote on the addition of a new State (or two) Mexico State, I would certainly support it.
No, I am still against Sanctuary Cities, but if someone wants to get the Big Solution in motion, then I’m all over that like white on rice.
Yeah, I know. To BIG an idea for small minds.
You don’t think British Columbia and Washington State could be equals? I see it as a no brainer. Ditto Saudi Alberta which shares energy and resource ideas with the Dakotas. And what American farmer hasn’t looked at the Canadian Prairies?
NAFTA was not a move to join. NAFTA was a crooked trade deal.
But can America add some states? You betcha. And we’d be bigger and stronger than ever because of it.
It would have to be conditional but it might actually work. Comments welcome.
Another Obama Failing
Hopefully, sooner than later, SecState T. Rex will clean out the nasty nest of neocons that has jerked around American foreign policy non-stop since Slick Willy’s days.
This does get us to one part of the State Department neocon problem: By starting wars and killing heads of State we have no declared war against (See Libya, please), we at least had a good reason to “sell voters” on the need for big defense budgets.
Now, at least for a while, the Trump administration will be able to work on defense industry employment with a theme of “modernization” but how long will that play?
I’m not sure whether the M17 or an old-fashioned 1911 Colt makes a big difference when comes to close quarters combat. Dead is dead, but money? Well, that’s something else again, isn’t it?
Climate of Change
Had a nice CW (Morse) chat on the 20-meter ham band Sunday afternoon with a fellow named Bill. We were passing weather notes. He remarked on how temperate this winter has been so far. Down here we had 35-knot gusts coming through.
New readers may not remember, but Ures truly lived on his 40-foot sailboat for almost 11-years before moving back ashore in 2002. Our cruising grounds were from the Charlottes/Haida Gwaii down to San Diego and six months in San Francisco sporting Hurricane Alley.
Naturally, with salt water still running in our veins, when we see an inspiring sailing story, it’s worth passing on.
“According to Jaynes, ancient people in the bicameral state of mind would have experienced the world in a manner that has some similarities to that of a schizophrenic. Rather than making conscious evaluations in novel or unexpected situations, the person would hallucinate a voice or “god” giving admonitory advice or commands and obey without question: one would not be at all conscious of one’s own thought processes per se. Research into “command hallucinations” that often direct the behavior of those labeled schizophrenic, as well as other voice hearers, supports Jaynes’s predictions.”
As my “dream class” went along I was presented with a vision that seemed to answer one of those “questions unasked that vex us.” Why was there not more history to mathematics?
At the thought, the dream scene shifted and somewhere in the Middle East, a crew working on construction of some kind would discover a set of ancient tiles. These would reveal the prior existence of a “conjugate language.”
A what? This was strange to me.
It was explained that in human evolution there have been numerous “splits” in the past and that it is possible (even likely) that another branch of human civilization had stumbled on the foundations of mathematics and had run with it, but in a “conjugate” way. Our current path is bipolar and extremmist.
The “rationalists” of Western reductionism like to boil everything down to a number. The more decimal points after it, the better the number. As a result, we are in many ways at war – with ourselves.We can never get enough decimal points.
This is because some folks think with the arty, poetic, color-oriented right brain, or we are left-brain predominate and and as such clutch at formulae and numbers where the greater the precision, the better we believe we are.
But these tiles – which I doubt will ever be found being possible dream state residue – raise the idea that there is a third way of being that a lot of people have, but hold b ack from discussing.
The middle (or conjugate) brain function looks at art, science, math, poetry, and everything from either hemisphere of the brain and applies a universal encoding and weighting system to it. This evolves detachment and a much different “way of being.”
I may be sensitive to the idea of hidden encoding perhaps because of the work of Chris Tyreman and the team at The Chronicle Project which uses an “error correction system” in ancient Hebrew to return a different (than traditional) translation of the Old Testament.
This “middle/conjugate way” make sense because without more balance, we humans are far too easily unbalanced as evidenced by the current outbreak of irrational polarization around politics USA.
Seriously: Men depend on women and women depend of men…that’s just how humans operated for several millennia. So for one half of the equation to into F-bomb spewing criminals, with their violent protest Saturday seemed the height of folly and delusion orf people who lost touch with the Middle Way..
It is clear to even a 7-th grader that Donald Trump can not overturn women’s rights and that anyone who believes this lacks an understanding of “process.” See our recent Millennial’s Missing Manual chapter on [keyword: process].
Laws are not made by the President, but rather by Congress. When a law says “You will do this within a range of X to Y” then that’s what the executive must do. There is some latitude but the MBT (man before Trump) went outside event those margins.
I’ve seen plenty of women fall in with bad men. And now, they have fallen in with bad and/or stupid women, as well.
How can we judge criminal equality without numbers? Sheesh!
Vulgarity ran rampant, even death threats,. As Elaine and I watched with horror at the reversion to “one side of the head extremist thinking” that was easily played by forces behind the scenes.
As the dream reached its conclusion, there was some discourse on what the “language and rules of thought” would be for this lost “middle language” between the two brains.
Think of it as “math done with poetry” much like a savory Zen Koan.
“Starts with sufficiency…” was a lecture point. “Then Objectives.”
What was presented was the idea that in its free-running state, neither the right nor left brain would do anything but go to useless extremes.
The right brain would make the reddest red colors, the loudest possible notes, and the most emotive possible poetry. This while the right side would strive for incomprehensible complexity, calculations to a billion decimal points, and so on.
As we return to the schism that Jayne writes of, people are inclined to “hear the voice of God” in their heads, except it’s not God. It’s plain, everyday Modern Insanity.
In the middle, the role of the conjugate brain is to moderate the discussion. To ask the question “What is sufficiency?” “What do we seek?”
To the right brain the Middle asks “What is red enough?” To the left brain, “How many decimal points are meaningful?”
It was suggested on waking that I take this along with me, back to the other side of the veil of sleep and kick it around out here. It was a class I didn’t want to wake from..
The beauty of humans at their best is that we can, under ideal circumstances, operate from either extreme of right brain or left. But in almost all circumstances, a middle-state manager ruling by the language of sufficiency, judgment, optimism, rightness (harmony), and with respect for the One Force behind it all, leads to an optimized human.
A fair bit of Sunday was spent with these thoughts rattling around in my head.
Well, I’ll be damned, I thought. Until that headline I was worried that the runaway left brain crowd would have forgotten the challenge of the late mathematician Kurt Gödel. Unable to find “God’s numbers” they might dismiss it entirely. Yet there it is.
On the right side of the brain the high peaks of emotion and art have already made something of a case. And this weekend a spectacle.
When we watched crazy behaviors at the DC demonstrations, I asked myself: Who are these people who have lost the Great Middle?
That one vexes me even now.
Perhaps related to the “missing middle” these days?
“When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. The consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence is the main fountainhead of boredom. People who are not conscious of their individual separateness, as is the case with those who are members of a compact tribe, church, party, etcetera, are not accessible to boredom. The differentiated individual is free of boredom only when he is engaged either in creative work or some absorbing occupation or when he is wholly engrossed in the struggle for existence. Pleasure-chasing and dissipation are ineffective palliatives.
Where people live autonomous lives and are not badly off, yet are without abilities or opportunities for creative work or useful action, there is no telling to what desperate and fantastic shifts they might resort in order to give meaning and purpose to their lives.
Boredom accounts for the almost invariable presence of spinsters and middle-aged women at the birth of mass movements. Even in the case of Islam and the Nazi movement, which frowned upon feminine activity outside the home, we find women of a certain type playing an important role in the early stage of their type playing an important role in the early stage of their development. Marriage has for women many equivalents of joining a mass movement. It offers them a new purpose in life, a new future and a new identity (a new name). The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.”
So too, it could be argued, run the modern mass movements like the carefully orchestrated anti-Trump hysteria. Reminds me of the Beatles Hysteria in 1964, lol.
If I were a betting man, I’d guess Soros has read Hoffer. I’d double-down on him reading Lenin.
On the other hand, I don’t think Madonna has a clue.
As Peter Pan had “the lost boys” Madonna et al led the “lost girls.”
Pappa Don’t Preach De.t: A Talk With the Socialist Daughter
As luck would have it, one of my daughters marched in the Women’s Day March in Seattle.
She informed me she marched because Donald Trump was a “racist.”
Needless to say, I was taken aback: “He is? How so?” I wanted to hear her side of it.
“He hates Mexicans.”
“No dearest daughter, he does not.
What he hates the border being open. Let your father ask a question: When you leave to go to work in the morning, do you lock your apartment?”
“Daughter the Mexican Border is America’s front door. Donald Trump wants it locked. If someone wants to come in they can knock on the door at any border crossing… When you go to work Monday if you lock your front door, aren’t you too a racist?”
“I have to go now dad, you have dementia and I can’t talk to you.”
She was gone before I could tell her the REAL (not the media ript Soros/HC) Women’s Day is March 8 and this weekend’s event was was two-bit would-be revolutionaries looking for an excuse to keep dividing America. Sadly, they do this too well; pimped as they are by the bitter media.
Oh, well, so much for moving to the PNW to be closer to the kids.
Vladimir Lenin would be proud of all of his modern converts.
We offer some investing ideas and discussion this morning. After running numbers, it looks to us like the Trump administration might bring back that long time friend of real estate and precious metal investors…
(From the White House press office for those who missed the live coverage)
The Inaugural Address
Remarks of President Donald J. Trump – As Prepared for Delivery
Friday, January 20, 2017
As Prepared for Delivery –
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
The Left is really playing dirty now, in their efforts to keep the duly-elected President from taking office.
First example is by talking about how a “Disaster could put Obama cabinet member in Oval Office” in this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/qxIG4dduqy0
Trying to get some “Catcher in the Rye” reader to go off, you think?
Second example is how lefty members of Congress are skipping the inauguration. Worst of sleaze here.
The left-wing media – many of them sellouts to the alligators in the swamp that Washington has become – have done of terrible job of calling out the self-righteous, arrogant hacks who are planning to sit out today’s presidential swearing-in. Crooked media treats it like it’s OK.
It’s not. It’s wrecking the Team. Team America.
It’s is unspeakably disgusting to patriotic Americans of any party.
It is the ultimate in “Poor form.” Or in more descriptive colloquial Americanese: “It’s another helping of PPB – Pure Political Bullshit.”
Democrats like these are in part why Obama got away with a $9-trillion dollar addition to the Federal deficit.
Well, boys and girls, recess is over at 10:30 Central today and it’s time to get back into class and try to get America turned around.
I want you to save this list for the next election cycle.
These are the democrats who by-and-large support Sanctuary Cities, open borders, and God-knows-how-many bathrooms, regardless of laws.
For the most part, they are panderers and career politicians. I contrast them with some of the Trump appointees who are – to put it mildly – the rock-stars of American success.
Think you could even make it through the first hour of running ExxonMobil?
Yet as of this morning, there are no scheduled votes on confirmation.
Next week, Mark Mulvaney will be grilled for OMB and February 2, Andrew Puzder for Labor is due to testify. BUT: No votes are scheduled yet.
When president Obama took office, despite their differences, as I recall seven of his Cabinet choices had been approved by the GOP. Can you spell “good form?”
This time? ….ZERO!
Here’s the (reported) list of the 66 democrats bent on destroying America through run-away egoism, sel-centeredness, and a “My way or the highway” attitude so prevalent in the socialist Left who are likely to sit out the Inauguration. Meet the Clown Posse!
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.
Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif.
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.
Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine
Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass.
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J.
Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.
Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.
Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.
Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa.
Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas
Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas
Rep. Al Green, D-Texas
Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
Typical excuses include this one from Rep. Capuano from Massachusetts who tweeted “While I have great respect for the Office of the President and I accept the results of the election, I will not attend the Inaugural…”
You see how the Big Lie works? He claims “I have great respect for the Office of the President…:” he says — but obviously he does not – OR HE WOULD BE THERE.
Texas Democrat Lloyd Doggett was even slipperier:
“I will not be attending the inauguration this Friday.
We are sending a message to Mr. Trump. Respect, like Pennsylvania Avenue, is a two-way street. Instead of uniting our country, his continued unprecedented, unpresidential actions are further dividing it. By repeatedly taking the lowest road, he is not showing respect for the highest office. We are in for a long struggle that must strategically utilize every nonviolent opposition tool available.”
Where was Doggett when it was time to call out Obama on making up border rules?
Does Doggett really think Trump has hurt national Unity more than Obama? Seriously? I figure if Doggett won’t go to the Inauguration, he shouldn’t have gone to Congress in the first place… Inaugurations are part of the gig.
This is the picture-book definition of mealy-mouth double-talk that America is sick and tired of. Representatives, please don’t lie. Show respect. Show up.
Grind your axes some other day. Not this one.
These would-be revolutionaries aside, and I’m embarrassed that some hail from Texas, my hope is that President Trump will do a fine job.
Why aren’t these clowns offering help, guidance, education, and teamwork? Because they are partisan devils, that’s why. They are why America is still di vid ed.
What’s obvious is the democrats have NO INTEREST IN AMERICA SUCCEEDING if they can‘t claim credit.. They are only interested in themselves.
It’s clear to me these people don’t know how to play AS A TEAM – and by God (which they also would ban folks from saying) America is still, or at least was, a TEAM. If we are not a team then we are NOTHING.
So there’s your list.
Vote them out at the earliest possible opportunity.
If you’re a lawyer, consider a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all Americans to take one/365th of their salaries and give it back to the public.
We shouldn’t have to pay to be insulted.
They are not “on the job” today if they sit it out and that – to my way of thinking – when power is changing hands – can be labeled one of two ways.
Charitably we call it malfeasance.
More directly, there’s another word:
And it should be treated and punished as such.
Civil disobedience involves what? Civility and this is anything but. Outright slap in the face rudeness to the whole country.
I ask each of these formerly respectable persons to reconsider and attend – perhaps wearing a black arm-band in protest. Fine. But get your asses in the chairs. Show the hell up.
This is unfathomable bullshit – the ultimate Trump-baiting – and it’s precisely and exactly why America elected someone to drain the damn swamp.
When people in other countries look at America and call it a joke, it’s not just Donald Trump who’s the cause. It’s Clown Posse 66. (And the Clown Content Network. lol.)
Now, can we have our border back?
Can we have our manufacturing back?
Can we label GMO foods, please?
Can we get the media back on facts and toss the lefties out of the newsrooms?
Can we go after Soros?
Can we go after a certain Foundation?
Can we get economic stimulus to where it belongs – in the pockets of everyone – not just a few union chiefs to recycle into democrat political campaigns?
Does it sound like Ure is pissed? My golly, aren’t you sharp today!
See this yellow flag I’m holding? The kind the refs throw in football games. Listen closely:
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT! Penalty one day’s pay!
Regardless, later today, we expect the agenda-driven left-leaning media will be hand-wringing about how Trump is taking immediate actions as soon as he takes office.
Democrats have had 8-full years to turn around the cratering economy. Yet the Velocity of Money has never been so bad:
Not in anyone’s lifetime.
The stock market is set to open flat. Markets hate uncertainty. And with 66 would-be revolutionaries denying rudimentary respect to the new President, there’s some reason to be fearful that America has been – and will continue to be – hijacked by unelected forces that write big campaign checks and really run America.
Everything in America is a Business Model. Which leaves us with a list of 66 questions, doesn’t it?
Should anything go wrong today? We have about 70 suspects to begin with….
OK, blood pressure meds are doubled this morning.
We pray for America and wish the new President Godspeed.
Another site (UndergroundHealthReporter) goes even further “There is something in the chemical substance of a young growing auxinon which, when you eat it as an anti-aging food, makes the cells of your body reproduce younger cells instead of older cells…”
With claims like these, what was I waiting for?
Mung beans for anti-aging seem to hold magical potential.
But never take anything at face… always do backup research.
None of which sounds particularly interesting until you get to this reference to telomere length because that – as you may remember from our previous chats – has very much to do with aging.
Near as I can figure it, the telomeres are the real key to “running the clock backwards” but let me explain with a few snips from Wikipedia:
“A telomere is a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration or from fusion with neighboring chromosomes.”
Now the problem is that telomeres start of longish when you’re young, but they roll down as you age (becoming shorter) as your DNA (like everything else (except maybe tooth enamel) replicates in the aging process.
Or, more technically…
“During chromosome replication, the enzymes that duplicate DNA cannot continue their duplication all the way to the end of a chromosome, so in each duplication the end of the chromosome is shortened (this is because the synthesis of Okazaki fragments requires RNA primers attaching ahead on the lagging strand).”
OK, fine. How does this relate to Ku genes?
Back to Wikipedia here:
“Ku is a dimeric protein complex that binds to DNA double-strand break ends and is required for the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway of DNA repair. Ku is evolutionarily conserved from bacteria to humans. The ancestral bacterial Ku is a homodimer (two copies of the same protein bound to each other). Eukaryotic Ku is a heterodimer of two polypeptides, Ku70 (XRCC6) and Ku80 (XRCC5), so named because the molecular weight of the human Ku proteins is around 70 kDa and 80 kDa. The two Ku subunits form a basket-shaped structure that threads onto the DNA end…”
But that’s just the what of Ku genes. We’re looking for the clock-spring here. And what’s this?
“In many organisms, Ku has additional functions at telomeres in addition to its role in DNA repair…”
All very damn interesting, but what are the implications?
Well, for one, there seems to be some agreement that there are lots of auxins in plants while they are in the vigorous growing stage. That pretty well describes sprouting Mung beans. Critters grow like mad.
Secondly, the presence of auxins MAY provide for healing of telomere ends, effectively perhaps lengthening them (and in the UKC work) and if THAT proves out, well then we have a whole pile of new thinking to run through.
What for example?
Well, one of the articles I read made a wonderful observation. If you eat un-grown seeds, they won’t do you much good. You can still get scurvy and so forth. But as soon as a plant – like the humble Mung beans – begin to sprout they are rolling in auxins (supposedly) and this is why fresh sprouts are about one of the most healthy things you can buy.
Well, I didn’t even talk this one over with Elaine. I just jumped on Amazon, picked up a moderate-sized sprouter set, along with 5-pounds of non-GMO organically-grown Mung bean seed. See the Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter by VICTORIO VKP1200. Looks like the right size for us, but we will know more in a week, or so.
When they showed up Wednesday, Elaine and I had a chat about it and she’s now onboard with our interesting little home experiment.
Well, most people (in the West) don’t eat freshly sprouted seeds on a regular basis. Maybe once, or twice, in a week on a sandwich. But it’s not much talked about as an anti-aging strategy except on sites like www.sproutpeople.com.
What we’re not clear on is how many sprouts to eat per day in order to have any possible effect on our health. In medicine, we’re wondering what the minimum effective dose might be.
Initially, we will try to do a handful of sprouts with each meal and aim for a daily total somewhere over half a cup.
If we do more than that, perhaps a second sprouter will be needed.
The other thing that came out of the research was the notion that eating “right out of the garden” may be about the healthiest thing you can do.
With 68 staring me in the face next month, I am planning to amp up research and eating modifications in a number of areas, not to mention putting in a serious garden this year in order to “eat fresh” more often.
I figure if there’s anything of benefit in auxins, or plant growth hormones (as opposed to Human Growth Hormones – HGH which really does work to some extent, but the government sits on lots of ideas to move that forward) Government has a very serious business model reason to squash anything having to do with benefits of eating fresh from the garden, especially root veggies and sprouts that may have high levels of telomere maintaining chemicals.
The reasons? Remember my Everything is a Business Model edict, right?
For one, if a large portion of us “grays” start to un-gray a bit and live, oh, 20-30 years longer than actuarial tables forecast, we will bankrupt the declining Social Security System.
But there’s an even more important thing to noodle on: What IF eating no more than 30-minutes from the plant food actually does have lots more of some secret anti-aging substance in it? I mean we’re in open head mode right now, so ask yourself, what happens to the modern American industrial/business model if all of a sudden people demanded nothing but freshly sprouted, or 30-minutes the the plant. Foods?
Would they put up with living in human coops in chicken-like style? I’m thinking that if someone even HINTED to me that living out in the ‘burbs with at least a greenhouse and a good garden would move way all to hell and gone up my priority list.
Sure, I can make a few more bucks living in the ultra high-density 400 square foot box – if I have enough electronics. But if I see evidence that I can live longer (and did I mention the difference between a 5-minute from the vine tomato and ANYTHING in a grocery store?) I might just think living in the box is not what I’d want to do.
Thing is, people don’t think this stuff through.
People lived all over North America without power, air conditioning and so forth. But we have gotten away from underground and semi-underground homes that use little heating or cooling.
And we will eat just damn near anything that shows up in the stores we shop at.
But the good news is that this weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Ure will be out beginning the process of prepping the garden for the year. We will likely start with putting some tomato plants on the seed sprouting mat in the counter-top cold-frame in the greenhouse.
I’ll leave it to the new President today to Make America Great Again.
We’re going to start with something a lot closer to home.
There has been some speculation in the financial press (such as it is) that Housing might begin to soften sometime after the first of the year. Reasons? Debt saturation of young people, interest rates firming to rising, and so forth.
But there’s another factor: A lot of people who are Baby Boomers (like us, for instance) have very large homes/property and that are not conducive to serious aging.
Until you’re into your 70’s, living on a large multi-story home sounds great. Problem is that statistically, the home is where most accidents are (because we spend more time in them as we age?) and because stairs are always a risk for a fall. As you roll into the 80’s – and hopefully beyond – there’s the matter of proximity of resources, too. Instant medic response…and maybe even a grocery store within walking distance for the eventuality of losing driving privileges due to eyesight issues.
In short, at the macro, inter-generational level – we have massively over-built housing in some respects.
Still, it’s not really an “in-your-face” rollover – at least just yet.
But it’s something to think about as we roll through this morning’s data from Census on last month’s Housing Starts…
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,210,000. This is 0.2 percent (±1.8%)* below the revised November rate of 1,212,000, but is 0.7 percent (±1.6%)* above the December 2015 estimate of 1,201,000. Single-family authorizations in December were at a rate of 817,000; this is 4.7 percent (±1.7%) above the revised November figure of 780,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 355,000 in December. An estimated 1,186,900 housing units were authorized by building permits in 2016. This is 0.4 percent (±0.8%)* above the 2015 figure of 1,182,600.
Privately-owned housing starts in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,226,000. This is 11.3 percent (±10.4%) above the revised November rate of 1,102,000 and is 5.7 percent (±12.0%)* above the December 2015 rate of 1,160,000. Single-family housing starts in December were at a rate of 795,000; this is 4.0 percent (±9.2%)* below the revised November figure of 828,000. The December rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 417,000. An estimated 1,166,400 housing units were started in 2016. This is 4.9 percent (±2.5%) above the 2015 figure of 1,111,800.
Privately-owned housing completions in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,123,000. This is 7.9 percent (±11.4%)* below the revised November rate of 1,219,000, but is 8.7 percent (±10.1%)* above the December 2015 rate of 1,033,000. Single-family housing completions in December were at a rate of 761,000; this is 0.9 percent (±9.3%)* below the revised November rate of 768,000. The December rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 355,000. An estimated 1,062,300 housing units were completed in 2016. This is 9.7 percent (±3.4%) above the 2015 figure of 968,200…”
Later this month we will see the Case-Shiller data (last Tuesday of the month) and that one is particularly interesting because while Housing has recovered since the 2009 wash-out and some folks are recovering some of their “home equity wealth” at some point a buyer at current (or higher) prices is needed.
Judging by how well the “doom-porn” crowd is doing, not to mention young people who are stupid enough to believe Donald Trump is the End of the World incarnate, there’s little sense of “future optimism” in America these days.
Thanks in part to the negativism from the election cycle, it is becoming quite possible that the next collapse will be a combination of residential real estate reaching another peak (2017 is the 10-year harmonic from the 2007 peak) but more than that, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But that’s why we expect equity markets to peak along about March’ish – but it could extend from there. Main thought is simply this: Demonstrators (especially the paid provocateurs) who agitate for money tomorrow are not just saying No to Donald Trump, they are trashing your economic future, as well.
Negativism is like the old “Glass Half full” problem. Up until now, America has clung to the Half Full paradigm. But thanks to the democrat party crooks, we are flipping over into “Glass Half Empty” thinking.
Should it materialize quickly – especially in light of the whining losers in politics – we really WILL have that Second/Greater Depression. And after screwing with core American values (like a border, for example), the democrats have arranged for another wave of socialism when they cause failure for the Trump administration.
Of course, none of this has come to pass yet. But it’s the line of history we’ve seen before.
The key date-range to watch will be 192 days after the Swearing in because that’s how it worked out for Herbert Hoover in 1929. From his hand on the Bible to the absolute market top.
Great rollovers in the social mood don’t happen overnight. They are more a psychological cancer and oftentimes that takes a long while to get over. In the case of the Great Depression it was about one 11-year real estate (Juglar) cycle. In the Great Depression, that turn-around wasn’t complete until almost 1941 when the Japanese were goaded into attacking Pearl Harbor. Let me see…yep. Democrats again.
Please don’t take offense that I point out the partisanship angles to economics. But we live in a country where both parties are crooked and they TALK a great game, but in the end they’re all cut of the same Tax and Spend cloth.
Which is why Trump takes office with a massive $20-trillion federal debt and with lots more to come because republican sell-out (Paul Ryan in particular) didn’t oppose the latest Obama budget which will be in force through this coming November.
Given that there’s little that Trump will be able to do, we get to sit back and watch the whiners and wait for the inevitable.
As some point, the naysayers are working hard today to make sure that glass of water turns out completely empty.
HHS nominee Tom Price is being tortured in public by the democrats. Seems some stock was bought on his behalf after he’d made decisions that could impact a healthcare company. Democrats conveniently put out the timeline wrong to make Price look like a bad-guy.
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Reader Note: If you are just catching on, each Thursday we’re are doing a chapter each week of a book I’m writing for Millennials – teaching the insights that will (hopefully!) allow them to live long and prosper – and be around to clean up after us Old People who made a mess of getting civilization this far.
There are three sections to each chapter. Something you can read to children, a general reader part, and the advanced/business section.
We pick up with morning like so…
We established in the first chapter that there is RECIPE for everything we do.
Today we begin to discover the process of Invention which gives us unlimited power to Create.
The Baker’s Sweet Discovery: A Tale of Invention
Once upon a time, in a Land far away, a baker discovered the secrets of Recipes and Processes and thus was quickly promoted to Royal Baker for the King.
Tom, as he was known, baked the lightest, moistest-centered, perfectly crusted white bread every seen.
The King had him baking it every day and he’d have Tom’s breads with at least two of his daily meals.
But finally, one year after Tom started baking his perfect bread, the King became dissatisfied and called Tom to the Royal Chambers.
“Tom! I love your bread and don’t get me wrong as I tell you this,” the King thundered “But I want you to make me something new…a different kind of bread because the royal palate has grown tired of your all-too-perfect bread.”
“Sire,” replied Tom “I am not sure how to go about making a different kind of bread. True, there are many other Recipes and several variations of the baking Process we could try, but it could be unpredictable at best. I would fear for my King’s satisfaction should a bring him bread that did not please him…”
“Hmmm,” the King began to think out loud. “Perhaps I should call the Royal Consultant. Summon him!”
Presently, an old Beechcraft airplane touched down just outside the walls of the Castle and a portly man in his late 60’s walked into the King’s Court.
“You rang, your Highness?”
“We have a problem, Royal Consultant: We want to bake a new bread, but we don’t know how to make a better bread. We have other Recipes and we have seen other Processes than the one Tom uses for his all-too-perfect bread. But we don’t know which way to go on this. Can you help?”
“Indeed, I can,” replied the Consultant. “Your Highness has never fully taken control of his Life because he has never before had to grid it out. Everything in Life has its place…So let’s make up a grid of the Royal Palate…this will tell us what we need to know for the Royal Baker.”
“Alright, what must I do?” the King wondered.
“I will ask you some questions and you will give me answers. And presently the solution will present itself.”
“I’m not sure,” said the skeptical King. “But ask away…”
“To begin, do you like small, medium, or large loaves of bread?”
“Small,” replied the King. “Do you like meats, cheeses, or fruits better, your Highness?”
“Well, at the moment I think I’d have to go with fruits.”
“Excellent! What is your favorite fruit?”
“Raisins at the moment.”
“Ah ha! Your Highness has just told the Royal Baker what to make! He will make his all-too-perfect bread, but he will add several handfuls of raisins to the mix just before baking. I think Tom should call this new Invention Raisin Bread.”
The King looked disappointed. He stroked his beard for several minutes before turning again to the Royal Consultant. “I am troubled, Consultant. Why is Invention of new things so easy for you and so hard for us? This answer came to you in seconds yet the problem had us perplexed. How do you do it?”
“Does your Lordship remember the game of tic-tack-toe?”
“Well that’s how I solved your problem. You like bread, so I put an X all the way down one side of the game grid. Then I asked for the middle column the question about meats, cheeses, or fruits. When you, sire, said Fruits, I put an X on that line. Now all I needed was to find out which fruit you liked best. I had selected three of them.”
“What would have happened if I said I liked meats best?”
“Far away in the Caribbean, there is a pastry with meat inside it. It has ginger and lots of spices in it and they are delicious. I had ideas for every one of the boxes on that game grid. It was just a matter of figuring out which one you wanted first…”
The King nodded his head in agreement.
Now that he knew all he would need would be the tic-tac-toe grid ( # ) many of his decisions would become much easier.
The next day, Tom made bread with raisins in it for the first time.
It was such a success that it is still in stores all over the world today.
For General Readers
Finally, some exciting zhit now as we explore the first of two Life-changing matrices. These will literally change your whole view of Reality.
It is the plural of the word “Matrix” but not quite with Neo. The accepted definition is “an environment or material in which something develops…”
While the word matrix is often used in things like advertising (a media matrix/ad buy) or in bioscience (growth matrix), for our purposes of learning we will keep it simple with a surveryor’s mapping tools.
No theodelyte needed: Just simple Lat/Lon grid lines on a map are all that’s need. Latitude and Longitude describe a unique place on the surface of the Earth.
We can apply this “gridding” technique to virtually everything we think. To illustrate the point, consider the following matrix which we will use to describe a product in the physical world.
The process of Education does a miserable job of teaching this stuff – talking around the evolution, development, and use of matrix-thinking skills.
So let’s define something with our new-found matrix.
We will begin by calling the horizontal columns (A…n…) to a class. In our made-up on-the-fly example we will call this “Materials.”
The rows (1…n…) will be a class we will call “Dimensions.”
Notice that we have started to describe attributes of what seems like two items. One is tiny – and made of steel. The other is Medium-sized and made of Wood.
I know there are lots of things in the world that would fit this matrix, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s say you and I have opened up a The UrbanSurvival.com Custom Table Shop.
As we sit in our shop, a customer comes in.
“Hey! You two wise-guys! I need a unique table.”
“No problem, squire. Just step over to our Table Design Matrix and we’ll fix you right up. We’ve been looking as some new designs include a Gigantic Wood Table and a Small Polystyrene Table. They’re in yellow…”
“No, show me where something for the Outdoors out of PVC would fit…”
The prospective customer table selection is shown in red and he seems well-satisfied.
So are we: Well-dressed and all, we ought to be able to make a fortune on this guy.
Matrices are wonderful thinking tools. They make the process of invention wonderfully EASY.
The Russians are way ahead of the U.S. because of a system they evolved called TRIZ.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about TRIZ…
“teoriya resheniya izobretatelskikh zadach, literally: “theory of the resolution of invention-related tasks”) is “a problem-solving, analysis and forecasting tool derived from the study of patterns of invention in the global patent literature”. It was developed by the Soviet inventor and science-fiction author Genrich Altshuller (1926-1998) and his colleagues, beginning in 1946. In English the name is typically rendered as “the theory of inventive problem solving”, and occasionally goes by the English acronym TIPS.
(Theory of Inventive Problem Solving –G)
Following Altshuller’s insight, the theory developed on a foundation of extensive research covering hundreds of thousands of inventions across many different fields to produce a theory which defines generalizable patterns in the nature of inventive solutions and the distinguishing characteristics of the problems that these inventions have overcome.
An important part of the theory has been devoted to revealing patterns of evolution and one of the objectives which has been pursued by leading practitioners of TRIZ has been the development of an algorithmic approach to the invention of new systems, and to the refinement of existing ones.
TRIZ includes a practical methodology, tool sets, a knowledge base, and model-based technology for generating innovative solutions for problem solving. It is intended[by whom?] for application in problem formulation, system analysis, failure analysis, and patterns of system evolution. There is a general similarity of purposes and methods with the field of pattern language, a cross discipline practice for explicitly describing and sharing holistic patterns of design.
The research has produced three primary findings:
· problems and solutions are repeated across industries and sciences
· patterns of technical evolution are also repeated across industries and sciences
· the innovations used scientific effects outside the field in which they were developed
TRIZ practitioners apply all these findings in order to create and to improve products, services, and systems.”
One of the best books available on TRIZ is “And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared.”
As originally laid out by Altschuller, there were 39 possible solutions to problems. Among them?
You can heat something, make it bigger, smaller, rounder or less round, change materials, form-factor, power source, finish, thickness….and on and on it went.
Another important aspect of TRIZ is to learn to look at problems as “contradictions” to be resolved.
“Altshuller has shown that at the heart of some inventive problems lie contradictions (one of the basic TRIZ concepts) between two or more elements, such as, “If we want more acceleration, we need a larger engine; but that will increase the cost of the car,” that is, more of something desirable also brings more of something less desirable, or less of something else also desirable.
These are called technical contradictions by Altshuller. He also defined so-called physical or inherent contradictions: More of one thing and less of the same thing may both be desired in the same system. For instance, a higher temperature may be needed to melt a compound more rapidly, but a lower temperature may be needed to achieve a homogeneous mixture.
An inventive situation which challenges us to be inventive, might involve several such contradictions. Conventional solutions typically “trade” one contradictory parameter for another; no special inventiveness is needed for that. Rather, the inventor would develop a creative approach for resolving the contradiction, such as inventing an engine that produces more acceleration without increasing the cost of the engine.”
In short, TRIZ is the recipe book for invention.
As I completed my MBA, it became apparent in discussions with various colleagues that the subject of TRIZ – this structured and disciplined way to invent solutions to problems – was viewed as somewhat arcane and definitely not dinner table conversation, yet you could see small parts of it in business discussions. The Japanese manufacturing miracle of the 1980-1990 period popularized “gai zin”, the mindset that said success could be had by making something smaller, cheaper, and faster. Yet the larger notion of structured thinking doesn’t seem to be widely held.
After years of observations, I have come to believe, that most people don’t have a conscious worldview that can consistently accommodate both a religious/ethical value system and concurrently embrace scientific methods. It would be nice if such a belief system was compact, easily teachable, and always applicable in every situation life presents.
Instead, in my observations, people develop a hodge-podge of preconceived notions about “how life works” and then go about living the next 1 to 99 years of life in a “trial and error mode” hoping to see how closely the real world conforms to inconsistent expectations that were usually not our own to begin with. They are seldom disappointed. Life can feel pretty random.
Expectations are placed in our heads from birth by any number of sources. It may be the instruction set programmed in by our parents, our peers in social situations like school, the pastor’s Sunday sermon, or just the constant barrage of imagery that comes from modern media.
Resolving all of the implied conflicts (problems) of life can last a lifetime. But the methodical approach (gridding as in tic-tac-toe or using a method like TRIZ) helps us remain focused on the search for the best possible answer. It also (with a notebook) helps us to avoid doing the same “work” several times over.
For Advanced Readers
Systems of Invention (our simply matrix) or the TRIZ/TIPS models are generally not used by senior management.
Two reasons for this: One is that senior managers often don’t have the technical skills to make fine/granular product adjustments. Second is they don’t have time. The function of management is to plan, control, and direct the efforts of others to maximum effect.
So by default, at the Senior Manager level, we really resort to a limited number of options.
We can ADD, SUBTRACT, or CHANGE the way things have been done before. With each course chosen, a risk-reward calculation is triggered. So we should examine this process.
Ingredients are added, deleted or changed through substitution.
Let’s begin with how a business is made more competitive through the addition of a new ingredient. Consider these clear-cut marketing examples.
Addition Example: Add a Mouse to the Recipe
In the early days of computing, all computers circa 1983 were using the standard “qwerty” keyboard for input. The earliest computers were the Commodores, the TRS-80’s from Radio Shack, and even some early IBM and Compaq PC’s.
If you go back to your earliest computer experiences, if you can remember a business world without PC’s, you’ll recall that mice didn’t invade the PC world until the mid to late 1980’s.
Prior to this time the mouse, invented as a pointing device for computers at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, was widely adopted only by Apple.
The mouse, and the “point and click” approach to computer menus, was the critical added ingredient that built the foundation of Apple Computer.
Later, recognizing the high value of the ingredient, general computing fell in love with the mouse.
Through a series of legal actions, principally involving Microsoft’s Windows™ operating systems, the mouse has become a “standard ingredient” in the computing world and is now a standard item on virtually all computers.
This is just one example of how adding a new feature to a product increases acceptance in the marketplace. There are hundreds of other examples.
When I think about “added ingredients” in the business equation, I think about the old Arctic Circle drive-in chain. Their french-fries were just about the same as all others when I was living on them in 1968. But the added ingredient was their so-called “Secret Sauce”. While it tasted a lot like Miracle Whip and catsup, it was the added ingredient that gained my loyalty as a customer.
I think you can see, from the marketing perspective, that an added ingredient is a key method of product differentiation in the marketplace.
As long as I’m confessing the sins of my youth, let’s talk about deleting ingredients.
Subtraction Example: Less Tar and Nicotine
When the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of cigarette smoking came out in the 1970’s, the tobacco industry responded by [partially] removing an ingredient in order to increase acceptance of a product that was under direct attack in the market.
Prior to the Report, people had been smoking a mix of unfiltered cigarettes, like Camel and Pall Mall and filtered brands like Winston and Marlboro.
After the report, a new generation of product was introduced and posited as “less bad for you” because the dangerous ingredients, tar and nicotine, had been [partially] removed.
What the tobacco industry did was only reducing them to an extent so that people could be led to believe, and therefore act (buy) as though, the ingredient had been removed.
Fine marketing, rotten health move.
Changing ingredients that make up a product is the third way or differentiating a product by ingredient changes.
You’ll find examples in all products, but here are a couple of obvious examples.
Change Example: Utilization of Burger Joints
For what seemed like the longest time, although in reality, it was only 30 years or so, hamburgers dominated the fast food business. Traditionally, they had opened around 10-11 AM and stayed open until usually 11 PM.
As corporations began acquiring chains, the drive to differentiate product in the market grew.
The leader in this area was McDonalds. They took the simple hamburger recipe and began changing out the standard hamburger to include other meats and combinations of ingredients.
They have been tremendously successful. But it wasn’t until the addition of breakfast operations in 1974, or so, that revenue began to hit its stride.
Substituting (changing) ingredients solved the marketing problem of low revenue in the early hours of the day. Here’s how: A sausage patty replaced the meat patty. A fried egg replaced the lettuce. The cheese was allowed to stay, but the bun was replaced with a muffin.
The result? The Sausage Egg McMuffin.
Not to be outdone, of course, Burger King changed out the bun from a biscuit to a croissant and gave the world the Sausage Croissandwich.
Changing out an ingredient does not always guarantee success. Sometimes, a change of ingredients backfires in a major way.
Change for the Worse: The “New” Coke
This is the quintessential example of how changing an ingredient sometimes doesn’t help.
The Coca-Cola Company launched a “new” flavor of Coke and it was a flop.
Most cola drinkers liked Coke just the way it was, so the old formula was relabeled as “Coca-Cola Classic” and statistically speaking, that’s what you buy today.
These examples suggest that marketing problems may be solved through adding, subtracting, or changing ingredients. But that doesn’t assure success. Test and measure to see what works.
Now, let’s see if we can make a general business “recipe” from these marketing experiences.
Walk with me through a typical small manufacturing business that is not making money. Try to see the business as a continuously running series of conveyor belts and mixers, just like you’d see in a cookie factory.
Customers and their orders come in the front door, and your goods or services go out the back door. Along the way, you’ve got a manufacturing area, and you probably have a finance department. Maybe there is an engineering department. Sales department up front.
Here’s the tough part.
A lot of managers have a tough time visualizing what needs to be added, subtracted from, or changed to make their business run more efficiently.
One of the easiest ways I have found is to start by ordering something from your own company. You should only find three major departments from ordering to shipping. These are sales, production, and shipping.
Accounting, Research & Development? Not in the flow.
Yes, in certain instances, you will have some custom engineering or set-up work done in the shop, but this is part of production and should be viewed as such.
As you go through any company, ask yourself “What’s happening in this department?”
Then – and this is the critical part – ask yourself “What can I add, subtract, or change, to improve how this operates from the customer standpoint?”
Here’s my greatly simplified list of department-by-department recipe changes that will make any business more profitable:
· Add customers by adding sales leads.
· Subtract time. If you blind shop your company and it takes a week to get product information, you are to slow. Make it faster and you’ll make more sales.
· Change product materials. Ask your customers what they need to know in order to make a purchasing decision.
In a lot of companies, and especially in the engineering and technology disciplines, the “techies” have a way of over complicating sales materials. Remember that when people make a decision to purchase something, they are only buying a solution to a problem.
To the degree that you can define their problems, and show how you will solve it better than any of your competitors, you will be more successful.
In the Manufacturing Department:
· Add quality control. I can’t tell you how many small (Under $5 million/year in sales) companies I’ve seen where shoddy quality was the company’s downfall.
· Subtract high cost parts. Unless there is a genuine product performance issue associated with a high cost or tight tolerance part, use something less expensive.
· Change designs and work flows for maximum efficiency.
Go back and read the business books about Frederick Winslow Taylor in the previous chapter and how 22-pound shovels used to dramatically improve production at Bethlehem Steel.
In the Shipping Department:
· Add finished goods to inventory so you can always ship small amounts of product within minutes.
· Subtract finished goods if you have more than a few days of product on the shelf.
· Change shipping methods to get faster times to the customer at the least cost.
I often get asked about the other branches of a company – finance, new products, and so forth.
While these departments are important, they need to be viewed as input, process/output recipes in their own right, and should never interfere with the core business, which is selling making and shipping product.
Out of the flow, in R&D:
· Add customer-driven features that improve performance. Ask Sales and Marketing what would work.
· Subtract features that customers don’t care about and avoid “feature creep” like the plague. Again, ask Sales & Marketing.
· Change packaging periodically in line with customer desires.
In the Finance Department
· Add new ways for your customers to fund purchase of products. Are you using wire transfers? Bankcards? Third party loans? The most important thing a finance department can do is facilitating the customer decision to purchase a product, while assuring your company gets paid.
· Subtract meaningless paperwork. Make your credit aps simple and get all the information at once. Nothing makes for unhappy customers faster than “a bean counter” that stands in the way of sales.
· Change to the best accounting software you can get and learn to run reports so that finance can help all other departments achieve maximum profitability.
In short, if your company isn’t being “re-invented from the top down every single day” it is dying.
Visit www.tompeters.com and get back in the game. If you don’t know who Tom Peters and Bob Waterman are, you need to go back to school, or at least read more. Please.
OK, that’s what’s cooking this week. Other than fearing that “the message is in the media” with the television series Designated Survivor, the markets don’t have much to do except twiddle their thumbs. Or – more properly – churn some accounts.
What I would expect – and this holds even in my modest speech submission isn’t picked up – is that markets will back down a bit this week. Futures were down more than a hundred earlier and then clawed back to down 50.
We’ve talked about the psychology of markets many times. Just like we get “pre-holiday” run-ups, we get different flavors of market performance depending on the hype surrounding an event.
Take BREXIT last June (and still nothing really being done as old-guard British government is as deaf as ours (used to be) when comes to Will of the People. Markets tanked on news of the vote.
Was it justified? Well, hell no. British markets on the Financial Times index dropped to 5,923 just ahead of the vote and talk about how it would cause an implosion of Europe.
Even heading for a 1% drop possibly today, the FTSE Index was at 7,268 when I looked. This means British stocks climbed 22.6% even though the vote “went badly” for the Brussels sprouts. They should have such votes more often.
Clearly, this was an example of a “sell the rumor, buy the news” event.
Here in “The Colonies” remember the fear running around before the election?
The S&P was down around 2,085. Friday of last week we closed at 2,274. So again: sell the rumor (the election fears) and buy the news (Trump) and sit back and count your dough: up 9% since Fearful Election Outcome Day.
People are drawn to Negativity, for some reason.
I swore off the stuff a long time ago, even though it did cost me a lot of money to do so. I sleep better not worrying about aliens landing (*from space, not Mexico), a mega-subduction event (oooh – Big fear seller, that one), and I’ve stayed patiently on the data and watching the Doom Porn crowd get rich.
We’re much better off, I figured, offering a more balanced look at the future.
Yes, EMP could go off any time.
Yes, Obama is flooding the country with people who shouldn’t be here without deeper processing.
Yes, North Korea could go South.
Yes, China could take Taiwan by force.
Yes we are in debt, but it really is manageable.
That’s why my suggested Inaugural Speech was more upbeat than down.
Fear-mongers and Doom-Porners would have you believe Obama will seize power in a last-minute coup d’ etat. How many times has that happened? Try zero.
“Oh no…they won’t allow Trump to become president and they will install Hillary to replace Obama and….and….and….”
It gets pretty breathless and pretty stupid.
I’m a “get rich slowly” kind of guy. I don’t panic because in panic lays disaster and death. Think flying an airplane is a place for the timid and panic-prone? Duh.
Do you think the Buffetts and Gates and Ellisons and Bezos’ of this world panic?
No. They have a vision of the future and they simply go build it.
So pardon me if we don’t panic.
If anything happens to Trump I would suspect the U.S. Intelligence agencies who are about to be put in check/neutered.
But let’s be optimistic for a minute.
Could the market be setting up for one last blast into the record books?
But that idea won’t come from the Doom-Porners. It MIGHT, however, come from a colleagial email that discusses a long-standing Gann Angle forecast (circa 2008) that argues the Dow should head well-over 21,000 on January 20th – Friday – Inaugural Day- and then collapse into the Greater Depression from there.
We shall see, but we shall not be panicked.
As in flying, the main job is to remain in control – because if you don’t, you will crash for sure. In context of this morning’s discussion that means of your personal financial positions should be managed with equal stoicism.
While the fear-mongers are selling their wares, please take a moment to consider the other side of things.
What IF Trump’s speech “Hits one out of the Park?”
I get such a kick out of Trump-bashers: Blind to the fact that a huge national infrastructure revitalization and then off to space we go program could literally explode the market up 10-20 percent in a matter of months.
Don’t exclaim anything stupid like “Great!” because that might offend the T-bashers.
Unless than Gann Angle report works out. But I’m still banking on March or July for the high. It doesn’t look ready, just yet. Still, we’ll be following our Peoplenomics Oscillator and doing what it says.
As of today – even if the market were to drop 300 points on the Dow – it would remain calmly bullish. Which really pisses off the Doom crowd.
Just between us, IF (God-forbid) anything did happen… I would hold the T-bashers and Hillary supporters who didn’t close ranks in a show of national unity for fostering a national divide we didn’t need to go through. Not to mention the kind of divisiveness that makes crazy people do unspeakable acts.
One country, under God… remember that pin-heads? No, democrats are doing TWO Countries…going “wide the divide” as they didn’t solve anything in 8-years – made up laws on the fly – and then piss and moan when America wised-up. Good God…what have we become?