Without the Spin

(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
Inaugural Address
Friday, January 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.

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.


Called out both parties.

Lines in the sand on Globalism.

Restoration of citizens above government.

Climate change references off the WH site according to reports…”triumph of science” some are calling it.

Yep, not bad.

Let’s see how it’s spun…

Inauguration Day: Pimping Disaster and 66 Democrat Clowns

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:

Subversion. 

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?

Wait!

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.

Yet  they will fail to remind all that Trump will not be the first to be sworn and jump into action:

Within minutes of taking the oath of office on January 20, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, issued an order suspending last-minute regulations and executive orders pushed through by outgoing President George W. Bush..

As you watch the developments of the day remember a few things:

Trump is taking on the US Intelligence community.  A very risky move.

Obama has pardoned and commuted almost 3-times more offenders than George W. Bush did in his term of office.

Trump is starting with a Federal deficit of $19,961,467,137,973.64.  $9-trillion more than when Obama took office.  There are several ways to figure it, however.

Democrats have had 8-full years to turn around the cratering economy.  Yet the Velocity of Money has never been so bad:

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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.

Coping: Anti-Aging with Mung Beans???

I don’t know why, but the other day I happened to be looking for some Mung bean sources and I tripped over a few sites that were making miraculous claims for sprouts.  Beam sprouts.

Well, sure, they’re good and all, but as I got into it, there turns out to be an ingredient in sprouts that may have some anti-aging health benefits.

One site (here) claimed “…50 times as much of the antioxidant sulfurophane as mature broccoli…”

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.

So, off into an amazing afternoon of research.

On the PubMed.gov website, we read first about the “Differential regulation of Ku gene expression in etiolated mung bean hypocotyls by auxins….

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[5] (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).[2] 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…”

Now we leap over to the EMBO Journal and quickly read through “Components of the Ku-dependent non-homologous end-joining pathway are involved in telomeric length maintenance and telomeric silencing.” And from that we get the idea that telomeric length maintenance sure sounds a lot like “age-freezing.” Oh, and reversing aging effects, too once telomere lengthening is figured.  Silencing telomere breakdown would quite likely freeze your age.

Here’s an example of Ku gene therapy already in the experimental stage.

Just over a year ago, the University of Kansas City Hospital started work on restoring human hearing by regrowing the tiny hairs in the inner ear that make hearing work.

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.

Action plan?

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.

Which is?

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.

Already there has been discussion just in the past six months wondering “What will happen when humans are injected with plant growth hormones?

Not a bad question, since in 2007 it was reported that “Auxin Hormone Receptor Suggests New Treatment For Human Cancer.”

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.

Ourselves.

Write when you get rich,

The Old Farmer at George@ure.net

Housing Still Rolling – But for How Long?

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…

“BUILDING PERMITS

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.

HOUSING STARTS

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.

HOUSING COMPLETIONS

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.

Crazy, huh?

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.

Character Assassination

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.

But it doesn’t stop there. The WaPo makes it sound like everyone nominated has an ethics question mark next to them. They generalize it as “Trump cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions.”

Again, we were talking about the democrat-controlled….

Also in the What are they Smoking? Dept…

The NY Post is claiming “Advisers urge Trump to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration.”

Here’s our simple take on it: Fake news unless the purported GOP adviser(s) are specifically named.

More likely: Liberal fake news to twist up Trump relations with the LBGTQI community.

In other words, sounds like a set-up by the NY press to lure/goad Trump into a response. Look for a tweet…if Trump falls for the bait.

Hmmm…is the term “straight-baiting” out there?

With a wife like Malania, would you dance with anyone else?

Stirring Up Liberals

Still, the lefties are trying to whip up more anti-Trump moves. See the Philly Inquirer report about how “800 turn out in King of Prussia to learn how to confront a Trump administration.”

It’s a whole new industry, this “stirring up the liberals” game played by political operatives and professional victim-class “leaders.”

But the worse part is: They won’t get the blame properly due.

Those Poor International Students

Chicago Trib headline is “With Trump as president, international students ponder future in U.S.”

I have an idea: How about we put American kids in those chairs?

The $100 Mall

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills sold for $100 Wednesday. This as we’ve been writing for months about the coming implosion in physical retail space due to online competition.

Wells Fargo foreclosed a year ago and then bought it from themselves. One valued at almost $200-million its down to $11-million in more recent valuations.

We look for the epic showdown between the Trump administration (and long term real estate owners like insurance companies and pension funds).

We’re pretty sure that’s why Amazon boss Jeff Bezos shell out $23-million for a home in D.C. That’s likely to be where the showdown over anti-trust and online will be played out.

Speaking of DC Real Estate

Am I the only one to call bullzhit on Obama for building a wall around his home in DC (pictures here) while he wouldn’t even discuss a real wall between the U.S. and Mexico?  He worked to effectively tear that one down.

What’s good for the sheep isn’t on the wolf’s menu is what it looks like.

Student Loan Collector Cheated?

Dealbook section of the NY Times is worth a grab this morning if you have children who used Navient for the student loans.

Cold Weather Quake Tragedy

Seem that an earthquake has triggered a huge avalanche in Italy that has buried a hotel.

Coping: Millennial’s Book 3: [keyword: Invent]

(book title then article begins if graphics are down)

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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.

Chapter 2 involves understanding (and owning) PROCESSES.

Today we begin to discover the process of Invention which gives us unlimited power to Create.


For Children

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?”

“Of course.”

“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.

Matrices?

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.

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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.”

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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…”

“Roger-dodger:”

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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:

Sales Department:

· 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.

Next Thursday’s Chapter: [keyword: Flow]

Write when you get rich,

George@ure.net

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T-Basher Festival: Sell the Rumors?

The “news budget” this week is pretty interesting: Consumer Prices tomorrow, Housing Starts Thursday, but just more FedSpeak on the rubber-chicken circuit Friday.

The BIG event Friday will be the Trump Inauguration ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol.

High noon, Trump will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts .

Just prior, at 11:30 AM, Trump will give his Inaugural Speech.

In case you missed it, we penned a suggested/possible speech last weekend on our www.peoplenomics.com side, but since it should be in the public as well, it’s posted here if you missed it.

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?

Absolutely.

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.

Yet here we sit with the U.K. Telegraph’s latest T-Bash “How many times does Trump need to say ‘great’ to make his inaugural address the ‘greatest’ ever?”

How many times does Safeway advertise a message? Toyota? Ford? And what goes better with repetition than Coke?

Even more laughable is the arrogance of the British when questioning America on anything. They quickly forget who had to bail them out of World Wars.

I did enjoy seeing them do a word-frequency study – the same approach we use in our Nostracodeus news analytics software to steer the way ahead.

So that’s where we are…sell the rumors time.

The only news this week will be from 11:30 Until 12:10 Eastern time.

After that, on we go.

American Reindustrialization

GM is about to hire 1,000 and spend a billion dollars says a USA Today report.

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.

T-Basher’s Payoff

Reports WTOP out of D.C. “Unprecedented threats drive Secret Service inauguration security.”

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.

Ure would be pissed.

Starting with the 40 democratic lawmakers who are skipping the Inauguration.

Unbelievable!

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?

(But wait! There’s more…)

CNN’s Latest T-Bash

Try this headline: “CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition.”

Not surprised: Let me count the ways…

1. Trump dissed CNN as fake news recently.

2.CNN leaned very heavily pro-Clinton.

3. CNN/ORC predicted Clinton would win presidency during the election.

So pardon me while I take a chill pill and don’t get too excited.

With Trump’s tweets getting more views than CNN…well, I’d be worried, too.

Especially if AT&T was quietly thinking about dumping my network to make the Time-Warner deal work.

Wait…who can stop that talk? CNBC, that’s who.

Remember the Florida Nightclub Shooter?

His wife’s been popped by the Feds on Obstruction charges.

Coping: What Rain Gauges Tell Us About Sports

Minor disaster here at the Ranch Monday:  Our Rain gauge broke.

Could I have fixed it?  Ummm… I suppose so, but it was getting sun-damaged and I felt like living large a bit, so I went shopping.

Here is the data as collected by Old Man Labs research:

NCAA Penn State Nittany Lions Rain Gauge: $11.27

NFL Dallas Cowboys Rain Gauge, 12.5″: $24.73

MLB Detroit Tigers Rain Gauge: $12.39

NCAA Texas Tech Red Raiders Rain Gauge: $21.58

NCAA Kentucky Wildcats Rain Gauge: $23.49

MLB Minnesota Twins Rain Gauge: $12.99

NCAA Kansas Jayhawks Rain Gauge: $15.72

MLB Oakland Athletics Rain Gauge: $4.22

With far too much coffee onboard this morning, I can’t help but wonder about the data set.

Particularly interesting is that the last item – the Oakland A’s rain gauge is an add-on item – which means the price is low if you spend yourself into the poorhouse loading up on other items.

But how did the A’s get to be an add-on?  Was it because there was a drought or because now the California Drought is over?

Damned if I can figure it out.

A further peek into the psychology of America by noting that each time has a different price.

Are the Kentucky Wildcats really worth twice (and then some) of Penn State?

Time to fire up the Bunsen burner here at Old Man Labs.  A B-52 is sounding pretty good, about now….

Jeez…living in a country where sports teams have anything to do with rainfall in the back yard – Is (sic) we programmed, or what?

Focal Point of Curved Monitors

Anyone done the math on the Samsung (and I guess others) who have come out with curved UHD TVs?

I have a 49” 4K TV – experimenting with replacing all four of the discrete monitors on the desk, but it would sure be cool if someone made a 50” 4K wrap-around for the desktop.  With a focal point about 2 or 3-feet out.

That would yield an incredibly immersive computing experience, but at the same time it would work for more distant viewing in small spaces.

Saw one of the curved displays on display at WallyWorld and looked like the focal point was something like 6-8 feet out (or more) which markets well but misses the “super-sized” desk frontier.

OK, OK…VR glasses might be an answer, but the screen rez. sucks on those so far.  Give me 4K and a wrap-around any time…

Geezers like me would step up big-time. Bad eyes and damn near unlimited screen real estate.

Gastronomica:  Chinese to Please

Had our friends up the street over for dinner Saturday.  Ure’s truly cooked.

Menu?  Chinese:

Nibbles:  Home-cooked Hoisin BBQ Pork

Soup:  Home-cooked Wonton Soup with homemade wontons. (28 of ‘em, thanks for asking).

Main Courses:

Homemade Oyster sauce Broccoli Beef

Homemade sweet and sour chicken

Homemade shrimp and pork fried rice

Homemade chicken sesame chow mein

Dessert: Lychees with vanilla ice cream

Beverages: Hot Sake or champagne

OMG was it good!

Prep time?  Oh, that’s the catch.  I was in the kitchen from 11 AM to 4:00 PM when the company arrived.

Everyone oo’ed and ah’ed…and it was fine.

A bit of Mao “criticism/self-criticism?”  Next time drive up to Tyler if that’s what it takes to get fresh bean sprouts.  The canned bean sprouts suck and ruined the flavor I was going for.

Next time…  Meanwhile I ordered 5-pounds of GMO-free Mung bean seeds and a sprouter from Amazon.

Daughter who’s the award-winning chef complimented me on the workout, but I was disappointed that everyone was too full for the ginger scallops that were ready to fire.

They didn’t go to waste (waist maybe…): Ended up as sautéed Tarragon Scallops with champagne for lunch Sunday.

Monday, it was back to the Oatmeal diet.  Damn.

My Body, the Chemistry Set

All this talk about food brings me to the important topic of managing body chemistry (and cooking).

Been seeing some low-level discussion on the ‘net lately about how different heritage foods seem to impact longevity.

People in Ukraine, for example, who eat lots of yogurt daily (or more) seem to live a great deal longer than averages.

And people in Mexico down to South America and into Asia seem to have fewer coronary issues.  Is it all related to diet?

Of course, having your doc tell you to “eat spicy food” a couple of times a week to keep the blood strong is not going to pad the corporation’s wallets, so we don’t read stuff like that.

And instead of cooking with things like Saffron, we use the Life Extension Optimized Saffron w/ Satiereal, 60 veggie capsules.  Not free, but along with our other goodies, seems to help.

See the Life Extension article and Saffron and alpha-carotene here. With our eyes, it’s a no-brainer.

Where is this going?  Oh – yeah…the other point…

Well, I got to thinking about tastes and desserts while I was cooking Saturday and this one thing kept bugging me:

We all know spicy goods (cayenne pepper, for example) is good for you. 

So why don’t we end meals with hot, spicy foods?

Almost every dessert I’ve had whether flan in Mexico or the Nordic pastries, ice creams…all that sugary stuff:  Nothing with a good “Emeril” type KICK to it.

Prediction:  Someone else is going to figure this out and come out with “hot desserts” one of these days.

Remember where you heard it first.

Ham Radio / Nerdy-Stuff

Oh boy:  Son George Ure, II was up on Mount Washington near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington’s Cascade Range again this weekend. 

This time with KG7THF helping out piling up ham radio contacts on the 2-meter and 440 ham bands.

You may be able to find the video of the horizon view from the peak on his site over here.

Meantime a tree fell on my legendary 746-foot long wire antenna I put up last year for the lower ham bands.

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See the downed wire?  Dang-me.

So, Monday was spent with antenna modeling software. trying to figure out whether to splice and rebuild or simply shorten the overall length or whether I needed to reconnect at the break and maintain the uber-long length.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that looks at good as the 186/560 foot length for DX on 75 meters:

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See those major lobes?  That brings my signal down toward the horizon to the northeast (Europe) and southwest Pacific/Hawaii.

So looks like a chainsaw and a propane torch and some ladder work is ahead when the rain quits…

Looking Ahead:

Peoplenomics.com Tomorrow:  Why the News Business is Dying an Unreported Death.  Or, what mess networks are teaching us about News.

Thursday:  The Millennials Missing Manual:  Chapter 3: [keyword: Invent!]

Want some leftover fried rice?

Write when you get rich,

George@ure.net

MLK Day: The Media Score Cards

With the markets closed, here at Uretopia Ranch, other than a hellatious amount of rain overnight, there’s little to do with all the computing horsepower at Old Man Labs.

We are left with little to do but look at how various media are still using the commemoration of Dr. King’s death to drive wedges between Americans.

Our little foray begins with the front page of the NY Times which proclaims “Trump Sets Off Backlash With Attack on Civil Rights Icon.”

To be sure, Rep. Lewis has been a leading advocate of civil rights causes in the Georgia 5th district since 1987. Right on.  He is an icon.

BUT we need a little more clarity of thought than the headlines imply.

It was, in fact, Representative Lewis – not Trump – who began the attack by saying Trump was not a legitimate President. We would respectfully offer Rep. Lewis a reminder of how the Electoral College works.

Moreover: Doesn’t anyone understand Trump? He doesn’t let criticism just hang out there – he fires back. Lewis criticized and what happened? Blam.

But see how the NE liberals have warped it into a “Trump Attack…” ?

The NY Times piece then cites “some blacks” and “many blacks” as questioning Trump’s civil rights record.

Fact check me here: As a newbie to government, Trump hasn’t established a (public) record yet, has he? Hello?

Yet here it is again in the Washington Post as “The Fix: In spat with Lewis, Trump attacked ‘one of the most respected’ men in America.”

Who started it? By my read, Lewis “illegitimate” remarks were out of bounds first.  So to us, the MSM isn’t playing it “down the middle” and it’s become just the latest Trump-bash.

The NY Post this morning reports on “Loretta Lunch calls to eliminate ‘waves of intolerance’ in America.”

Here again, we are somewhat confused:

Just last week we saw video of Obama administration officials coaching Syrians how to use fake passports to get into America, while deciding to send refugees back to Cuba. And yet the Mexico border flood continues.

It seems to me Ms. Lynch has a politicized view of equality. If you’re a fleeing a communist country, go home. If you are a refugee Muslim, come on it. If you’re from Mexico, come on in.

News is how America is hypnotized.

If you tell people only the bad news and don’t offer positive direction for 8-years, seems at some point they’ll end up believing it. I expect they did in Ferguson and Baltimore… The process is politically-driven self-hypnosis.

On the other hand, blacks (and other minorities) are mistreated in many places. Even democratic strongholds.

Take the story in the Chicago Sun-Times this morning about how “Victims of police misconduct skeptical of justice report’s impact.

Two things to remember:

First is that ChiTown has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the country. Doesn’t seem to have helped police, at least from the Texas view.

Second is Mayor Rahm Emanuel Obama’s Chief of Staff – has been mayor of the Windy City since May 2011 (5 ½ years).

Could it be that Politicians don’t have an incentive to fix things too quickly, perhaps?

Meantime, how many times did you read, during last year’s campaigns, that it was republicans (Lincoln) who actually did something about civil rights via the Emancipation Proclamation?  Hint: Wasn’t a democrat.

Methinks we have a party working against national unity, although the old guard republicans can leave anytime, as well.  They are just as bad, or worse.

I expect at some point in his term, Trump will get sick of it and found a third party for the mass in the middle.  One more Paul Ryan misstep….

Continuing our MLK Day Score Cards:

The Philadelphia Inquirer asks “What would MLK make of Trump’s promises to the African American community?

The Inquirer missed a better story. If I were running their news desk, I’d put two reporters on “What would MLK make of Obama’s performance on behalf the African American Community?” Be a better story, I think.

Politics and politicians have made political careers out of splitting people apart. And that’s my first point this morning.

The movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure offers the only advice one needs in most human relations: “Be Excellent to One Another!

I don’t think the late Dr. King would have disagreed with that, at all.

Politicians, religions, or mass movements that don’t hold to the simple Bill & Ted standard are why this world is in the shambles it is.

After how many eons now?

Holiday Weather

Yes, in a word, it sucks.

Big ice storm is rolling through fly-over country this morning:

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And we have plenty of flooding in south Texas as rainstorms, thundershowers, and tornado watches predominate things in our ‘hood.

More than 5” of rain in the past 24-hours here.

Government Versus the People

There’s people and then there’s government.

People like us have to file our Q4 2016 Federal Income Tax payments by tomorrow (17th) due to the Holiday.

That’s how people (citizens) are treated.

Now the Bureau of Labor Statistics is supposed to be out with its Consumer Price Index reports on the 15th of each month.

This month, however, THEY won’t have the CPI report out until Wednesday the 18th.

Seems to me we ought to have a bit more “equality” when comes to the Calendar, you think? I know, a nit…move on.

Bitcoin Tracking

Up to $834 this morning.

Not as high as 2014.

We’ll discuss this a little more in tomorrow’s column, but remember this week is one of the possible targets for an all-time-high to be set. So getting light on assets going into Inauguration might make sense.

If BTCs were over the 2014 levels, I’d be inclined to stay long. But when in doubt, hide in cash for a week – as risks are something we just hate exposing ourselves to unnecessarily.

Are current prices an 80-85% retracement of Elliott Wave 1 up?

OK…on to projects at the Ranch.

Do try to remember the reason for the Holiday and remember the sage advice from Bill & Ted.

Coping: The Inaugural Speech Trump SHOULD Give

[From my Peoplenomics.com Report #800-B of Saturday shared with universal subscriber support that we work to get this idea out there.]

I wanted to jot down a few ideas based on a “lost commodity” in America:  The Art of Thinking Big and doing something about it. 

Due to the feminization/neutering of America, old-fashioned male whupp-ass was put down by the forces of political correctness (liberalism) years ago.  It has shrunk our thinking and our national cajones, too. 

Other countries, with a more “male” sense of about them – China for example – are set to dominate the Globe. Events in last weekend prove the point.

Because of America’s lack of huge and worthy goals and big “touchdown plays” in nearly all fields of endeavor, I thought it would be interesting to write the “dream speech” that might – and it’s a small maybe – make America genuinely great again.

Forgive my presumptuousness, but there are some genuinely cool things Trump could lay out.

Will you stand, please?


“Ladies and Gentlemen,

We stand today at a major turning point for America. 

We have voted and made a national decision to become again the Great Nation we once were, but have fallen from aspiring to be.

Let me give it to you straight:  We have too much concentration of power and wealth in this country.  At the same time, we have too many citizens disenfranchised.

Unlike previous Presidents to hold this post, I come with a unique set of skills.  I am not a lawyer.  I am not a community organizer. My father did not run the C.I.A. I have never commanded a submarine, nor chopped down a cherry tree.

I am however a real estate developer, and I build things for a living.  America is the biggest redevelopment project I have ever undertaken.

When I see under-developed land that others have cast off, I see opportunity.  Where some see unemployment, I see a labor pool just waiting to be trained and put to work.

This mindset is very different than what prevails in America now.  Today, due to a liberal education system, we have abandoned traditional values and goals.

We haven’t done BIG since the Moon Landings.

To paraphrase the late comedian, George Carlin said, “It’s not much of a goal – striving to be average.”

For the past eight years, and arguably 24, that is the America we have become.  Lazy.  Non- competitive.  In debt.  Slackers.

A nation where spying on one another, building killer drones, and exploiting financial, racial, and sexual preferences for money has become our Nation’s “new normal” and source of “growth.”

Is exploitation a worthy “goal?” Really?

Not to people like me – not to people who make things.

Today, I suggest we begin the long process of changing that.

This change requires Education. Let me begin with a summary of David Schwartz’s 1959 book The Magic of Thinking Big .  It is a book I have read several times and I believe it in my heart of hearts.

It’s why the Trump Organization always Thought Big and because of that we Became Big.

Wikipedia says “Schwartz argued that the main thing holding people back is the relative smallness of their thoughts, and explains the importance of ‘Thinking positively toward oneself.’

He begins the book by relating a story of a salesman who sells significantly more product and makes more money than his co-workers. Schwartz points out that the man was not smarter, more educated or better connected than his colleagues. According to Schwartz, the man expected to sell more so he did.”

Wikipedia, ladies, and gentlemen. It’s in there.

We – the Greatest Nation on Earth – have lowered our expectations too far.

Honestly, it’s not from a single cause; it’s a lot of things.  

Was it fear?  You have heard of “Fear of Success” I’m sure you have.

Was it because of left-wing infiltration of schools and their romance with socialism – a system that has spectacularly failed?  Perhaps.

Was it because our bankers kept watering-down the money so that now have just 4-cents of remaining purchasing power compared to the mighty U.S. Dollar of 1913?

Yes, that too.

May I teach you an economic fact?  One that some previous Presidents didn’t mention?

The price of Things doesn’t go up.  It never has. 

What happens is this: The Purchasing power of your money goes down. Government waters it down…yes government.

That’s the Big Secret of crooked government. 

A hundred years ago, almost anywhere in America, you could buy a very nice home for just $10,000.  That’s right – ten thousand dollars! Don’t you wish?

Today, an equivalent home is pushing $300,000.

Did the home price go up?  A bit, sure. 

But it takes a LOT more paper DOLLARS to buy that home now.

A huge pile of $290-thousand more dollars is needed because 96% of the PURCHASING POWER of our individual dollars has been sucked out of them to pay interest.

I have made several billion dollars because I understand this. 

I am rich because I understand that when you buy something today, you will likely be paying it off down the road with money that’s not worth as much: Future dollars are cheaper.

We don’t teach this adequately in schools.  We don’t tell young families this.  (Shh!!!)

Even Business Schools believe the Keynesian fairytale of a free lunch somewhere. 

The reality is government goes in the back room – prints up more money – which causes inflation – and we claim that’s “Growth.”

The Trump empire is built on a clear understanding of the Present and Future Value of Money.  FV and NPV.  Look ‘em up.  Learn ‘em.

We need to understand money as a country.

Back to motivation and success:

We aren’t expecting much these days and so, as a country, we are not accomplishing very much. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of it.

Let’s change that right now.

America is not going to lie about its finances anymore. And as your President, I will not tell fibs to make you feel better. 

We need not turn sexual preference into an economic stimulus program. We need national renewal. We need our manufacturing back. We need to think bigger.

Our Great America will compete by once again becoming the absolute BEST – at everything we set our minds to.

Equality, sure.  Absolutely – 100%.  Believe me…believe me.

But we have much larger goals:

We will return to American exceptionalism because America is the birthplace the airplane, the home of the transistor, the cradle of electric lighting, and millions of other Great inventions which declare this Great Country to be exceptional, indeed. 

When America is attacked, look at our adversaries like a Human Resources Director:  What is their Resume?  They talk a good line.  But what have they delivered?

What have they invented and what have their built.  And above all, have they advanced the mighty cause of a higher civilization?

I haven’t seen a better country yet – and I hope we never do.

For the past eight years, America has gone overboard trying to curry to Apologists.

But that time is gone – over and done with.  Apologists are being run out of town.

We will see to it that TALKERS are replaced with DOERS.

I do not – and I will not – apologize for America because, my friends, We ARE exceptional.

Without American aid in two World Wars, Europe would have fallen long ago.  Yet they too, are caught up in lies and mostly about money. Some about immigration. Few in Europe will openly admit that Europe has been invaded for a second time.  But I will tell you that.

America won’t lie anymore.  NATO needs to stand up.

Anyone with a positive mental attitude will tell you if you expect greatness it is yours.  If you expect failure, then fail you shall.  Above all, though, you always have the Choice.

So I ask…

What kind of Future do we choose today?

May 25th 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the American Goal to put a man on the moon by the end of the Decade.

America rose up – and met the challenge.

Apollo 11 landed on the Sea of Tranquility July 20, 1969.

I believe today we need a bigger national goal for America than even Kennedy’s great goal. 

We need goals for profoundly simply reasons.

First, people who have a goal stay on task.

Secondly, their minds are focused on a positive outcome.  They Invent.  They Innovate, they Optimize, they Perfect. Above all, they are a Team.  A Team is not Black, not Latino, not White, not Asian. 

A Team is Americans going somewhere.

And third, great goals move civilization forward as a direct result of working as a unified country.

I told you I was a real estate developer.  As part of my study for this new job I assumed today, I learned that the U.S. Congress has already passed legislation legalizing asteroid mining. 

Asteroid mining…can you imagine?  Did you know that?  Well, now you know it.

It got me thinking. So how is this for a new National Goal?

Let’s not just go back to the Moon and stay there.  Let’s go to Mars and stay there, too.

And then since American companies are planning to mine the asteroid belt and beyond, why not go along there– and then all the way to the stars? 

It’s a developers Dream.

In fact, let’s declare our intent to be a full-on space-faring nation.

How do we accomplish this and involve every human on Earth in this gran d adventure?

One of my first acts as your new President will be to convene a meeting of the United Nations and ask that every human being alive be given title to A small piece of property on the Moon since everyone needs to focus to get this job done.

As we go to additional planets and moons, every human will receive proportionate factional title to a stake on those planets, too.

These ownership rights will not be transferable except to direct descendants.  They will be given to everyone.  Your children’s children will inherit your property on the Moon and a place on Mars, as well.  Yet this is only the start.

Does it sound far-fetched? 

No.

Unless you suffer from that most crippling disease of all:  Thinking Small.

As a developer, I have done the math.

The Moon has a surface area of 14.6 million square miles.  If we award every human on Earth today – all 7.4 billion of us – an equal amount of property, everyone will own more than an acre of the Moon each.

Mars is even bigger.  With 55.91 million square miles the red planet will award each human 200,000 square feet of land.  4.6 acres of land is available today on Mars for every man, woman, and child of Earth. 

This birthright lays fallow…just sitting there – waiting for us to show up. 

Should America take the leadership role in getting us off this Rock called Earth?

I believe we should.

Hollywood – and television – have shown us our space-faring future.  But they left a few things out:

  • Who will forge the path to the dream? 
  • Who is willing to get their hands dirty – like I’ve done my whole life – and actually build something?
  • Who will shut-up the talkers and replace them with doers?

The  “normal” we have today is thinking small

We stare at social media instead of at the Stars.  Can you believe it?  A terrible waste of resource!

Lies to ourselves, once again.  We’ve talked ourselves into being losers.  Where did the Doers go?

As a developer, I can tell you that people do not attack their own property.  They attack or steal property of others.  That’s a bad habit we don’t need to bring to the Stars.

I want everyone to own the stars.  Everyone. You, and you, and you.

In the meantime, we need to pursue Peace on Earth to make it happen. But that requires strength.

My administration will build the finest military to ever exist.  But we will give warning when we deploy.  

When I issue the occasional warning, to enemies of America, do not make the mistake of not taking me seriously. Your President will NOT allow America to be held hostage by foreign powers and upstart insurgencies.

I will abide by the intent of the Founders on notification to Congress of military action. But when notified, I will demand immediate action in return.  The Trump world moves faster than the Old World.

We can’t ignore social issues, either.

Criminals commit crimes for very few reasons:  It’s easy work or they have addictions. We will toughen law enforcement and make the “lazy route of crime” much less desirable. 

We will expand the AmeriCorps program so that when criminals need money, all they have to do is go to work. Yes! Just like the rest of us. 

We will begin the transition from welfare to workfare.

In some cities, methadone is more expensive than black tar heroin. Can you believe it?

It’s cheaper to buy a fix than get methadone, even though it leads to more crime. 

Well, we’re going to fix that. Yes we are.

We will work with States to beef up laws to punish the facilitators of crimes.

Those people who buy stolen property for resale are just as guilty as the thieves who steal it. They make crime pay.  They should be treated more harshly as criminals. 

Every chop shop, every “fence,” and every pimp needs to hear me today:  We’re throwing out the Old Ways and we are changing the game.

During the campaign for this office, I listened to thousands of Americans and if there’s one thing that was repeated time and again it was that people don’t feel like they have “skin in the game.” And in many cases they don’t.

68-million Americans have criminal records; that’s more than the entire population of France. Amazing, amazing…

My administration will ask Congress to strike down State laws that strip felons of the right to vote even after their jail time has been served. That’s not right.  If you did the crime, but have done the time, President Trump wants you back in the game to build something.

I want a program of rights restoration, too, so that people who have reformed can be 100% back in their communities.

We have manufacturing to build and the Stars ahead so there’s work for all.

Since the War on Poverty began with President Johnson’s Great Society programs, we have spent $16-trillion dollars fighting poverty.  Yet the percentage of people living at, or below the poverty level has remained essentially unchanged.

We will change this, too.

One of the first missions of my new Cabinet will be finding creative and innovative ways to involve the entire American public in solving our difficult social issues. 

From personal experience, I can tell you the best ideas don’t always come from the highest paid. 

Good ideas are everywhere.  It’s like going fishing there are so many.

Anyone can have a great idea, so we need to foster that and become a Nation of Innovators.  When found, we need to fast-track good ideas for the benefit of all.

There is so much to be done.

We have a Wall to build and we will fix the V.A. and there is oh, so much more.

Unlike past inauguration speeches, pardon me for this short outline.  It’s how I operate.

I study problems, hire experts who then explore and develop many possible solutions.  Then we narrow it down to the very best possible action steps. Then we implement like hell. On time, on budget.

This is not the traditional style of government. Did you notice?

In the past 50 years, we have lost our “edge” – the ability to Decide and then Act.

Effective from this moment on, that’s the way things used to be done.  Not in America the Great.

I will continue to Tweet directly to you every day or so, regardless of the workload.  I am your employee and you are my boss.

When there is news, you will hear it from me personally.  I will stream my press conferences live for those who don’t need someone to tell you what I just said in plain English. 

I will also accept occasional call-in questions from the public as well as the press. 

The press works for you.  Sometimes they forget that little detail.  Have you noticed?

No one in this Office has ever done that before, but with Trump, things are already changing.

As of this moment you live a new and different country.  The old, solid country with core values like hard work, thrift, investment, families, and national goals is back. But with fresh goals.

What’s New is we are back on track. We are a Great Country – Again.

I leave you with a simple choice: You are either going with us to the Stars or none of us will go. 

We can only use some of Earth’s resources one time.  When they are gone, that’s it. Gone.

Space if full of resources, but Earth is finite.

As your Developer in Chief, I leave you with one last thought.

If we don’t go to the Stars, we will sit here on Earth, and burn out all of our resources.  Yes, we can do that…it’s the track we’re on now. This will SPEND our birthright.

The other choice – and it’s a harder one – is to go space-faring

That’s different – that’s an INVESTMENT.  There will be returns on this investment.

Are you a Spender or an Investor?

The choice is before us.  You know which one I am.

I hope your answer is “To the Stars” and that your commitment is as strong as mine.

Thank you. 

And God bless the United States of America.


I asked Elaine to read it.  She thought it should be put up on the free side (UrbanSurvival) Monday.

I polled our www.Peoplenomics.com subscribers and they agreed without exception. So there it is, respectfully submitted for your consideration.

Please repost everywhere  and share like hell, if you feel so moved; a link to UrbanSurvival.com would be appreciated. 

We have places to go.

Write when you get rich – on our way to the Stars.

George@ure.net,,