ShopTalk: Where Industrial Arts Went

With 72 ahead for me in a few short weeks, and with Elaine tuning up for hip surgeries, we continue to enjoy all the adventures we can in life. But life is indeed changing and all around us.  Especially in the Shop. I’ve told you before about my concerns with America becoming a third-rate place – having lost our “industrial edge.”  It’s there in books bemoaning the passing of “old school” industrial arts.  The good …

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Has “Tech” Attacked America?

We  declare World War 3 underway.  And the Battlespace is Everywhere. If you have a device, you are on the battlefield. Evidence is mounting that America is under attack from within – and without.  It’s a digital war and the A.I. goon squads are under development. This is warfare not fought by the “usual suspects” though Antifa and extremism are cited by the lackadaisical band of pretenders passing themselves off as “media.” Like any complex …

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SatGourmet: Pappy’s Cuban Bread

Credit here to my younger sister (I have an older one, too) for putting the time and energy into compiling a Ure Family Cookbook, a while back.  Though somewhat recent, since it was in “digital times.” There are two kitchenary delights today (besides my compulsive hitting the “Deals” tab on Amazon to find power tools for the kitchen.  We’ll begin with… Pappy’s Cuban Bread This one was out of Sunset Magazine years ago (though I always …

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Friday in the *Money* Lab

Although much over-hype accompanied the coronation of Joe-To-Save-Us this week, the stock futures were becoming skeptical by early Friday.  With good reason. Some of the tech sector high-flyers – like Tesla – were showing down 1.3 percent in the pre-opening.  And worst of all, the Federal Reserve Money Stocks confessional (H.6) could be seen as indicating this whole market is overpriced by at least 25% – and maybe more like 35%.  Back out inflation of …

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America’s News Shortage, Econ Data

Columns lately have been a little on the namby-pamby side. But, now that the dust is settling in D.C. as another load of dirt comes in, two issues scream. Trump Saved Crooked Media The first is the pending lack of “news” in America.  Depending on where you consume your daily dose of hypnotic repetition, the pending news shortage may – or may not – be visible. Readers of the NY Times, for example, will not see …

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Live on $10,000 a Year–The Sequel

By far, the most popular book I’ve ever written has been “How to Live on $10,000 a Year, Or Less…” Issued first back in 2005.  Thing is, I haven’t updated the book since 2013.  That was the 4th edition.  I reckon it’s time to update it  again.  Thinking – and facts on the ground have changed.  But as we’ll see as this latest edition unrolls, good ideas have a kind of permanence about them. As …

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Biden Crashcade, Experiment Results

This is a little complicated – future directed – and certainly not an optimistic outlook for the period ahead.  But, it’s something to think about.  So we will approach it stepwise this morning beginning with Futures pricing… Market prices are a function of several variables, as everyone knows, so it’s useful on a “Monday on Tuesday” to look at the variables and try to guess where we’ll go next: Today’s “Rally” isn’t major…at least based …

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Again: Media Missing the Dots

Story that has been heavily played – on sites like Drudge – is under the headline “Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump” when it appeared in the Stamford Advocate. The source of the story, however, is the Washington Post, which, if you haven’t noticed doesn’t blame Trump for everything.  It’s just I can’t remember much they haven’t blamed him for. Stories like this one fail miserably when read by thinking people and especially those of us who seek hard data.   …

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