A little “mood setting” is in order. Too many years as a rock & roll (and country) newscaster doing mainly mornings, teaches music first, then news.
So How Was 2022?
Depends how we count.
The government has reasonably robust data, but most people are too lazy to actually study the data; instead opting for the politically polished bullshit in press releases.
That’s not the way we do things around here. We’re data driven.
One measurement of “national success” might be the total number of people actually working. But, as we see here, we are not yet up to pre-Covid levels set in 2019:
We appreciate that we are almost back to pre-Covid employment. But during this time at least another million illegals have entered through the porous border. Which is mysterious in that we won’t tolerate a “leaky border” in Ukraine, but we do in the (formerly) United States.
Another success metric is consumer prices. If we look at CPI-W (which has less big shots and fewer farm workers) here’s the hardcore reality: Prices overall are up 7.1 percent year-on-year:
This 7.1 percent increase might be sold as a “good thing” but it’s not when you back out inflation. For this, we refer to this BLS data set:
The short version is that for three consecutive quarters, real non-farm hourly income is down.
You’d maybe suspected as much, but yeah – the data is right there for people who don’t like spoon-fed pabulum from the Crooked Corporate Media (CCM) which will read anything the American Power Structure puts in front of them and pretend it’s “news.”
Social Security Increases
Even though the Gift-o-crats have lost the House – which changes hands next week – our Social Security new payment report came in this week.
We were among the lucky ones. Our net-to-bank was up a shade over 9-percent. But others will be higher (or lower) than the average 8.7 percent. Likely due to healthcare premium confusion.
See, the Medicare number used for calculations is based on Nov. 2022 billings. As higher Medicare costs roll in, the real net will likely decline.
Government peddling a non-real number. The surprise will come in 2023, I suppose. Holding onto 8.7 percent seems unlikely. We know how insurance companies are when comes to monetizing doctoring. Things rarely (if ever) get cheaper.
Plan for Famine and War
The year ahead is based on continuation of food supplies. And that is why our big January push will be for modest tree clearing around the garden and solar panels. Energy and food are nice to have around. With enough self-generated energy to keep a small part of our home cool in the blistering summer.
We’re planning now because there are signs most of Europe will be embroiled in war within a year, or less.
On the Russian side, reports like the Ukraine government report Ukraine may get ATACMS next year, depending on battlefield developments – Kuleba (ukrinform.net) will merely piss-off Russia more than ever.
While the Ukrainians can’t be happy to read how Surovykin pincer maneuver: Bakhmut flanked & 50,000 Ukrainians trapped – Advance to Toretsk – Bila Hora – Kleeshevka & Pidhorodne.
As we watch the flaring in Kosovo-Serbian regions, there was a possible indicator of cooling tensions seen as Serbia revokes troop alert, removes some roadblocks along Kosovo border. Whether that can hold more than a few days will depend how accurate the forecasts of Russia moving west into Moldova and then up the Carpathians into lower Europe are.
When you sit back with a “thoughtful single malt” it becomes clear that the EU is trying to hornswoggle in as many new “members” as they can. Which merely taunts Russia all the more. As inAnd there’s the Western drive to get Kosovo membership in the “war club” too.
Our local reality is these moves continue to suggest that massive war expansion is necessary for the World Economic Forum (of fat-cat corporate communism sponsors) to use a limited nuclear exchange to replace representative governments and replace it with a puppeteer show. Especially on reading Zelensky to Join World Economic Forum at Davos, Partner With BlackRock to ‘Rebuild’ Ukraine.
Yep, that’s the plan, it seems, because there’s a lot of energy in eastern Ukraine and the masters of planetary resource stripping will leave no stone (or country) unturned.
As I advised earlier this week: Do not panic when a nuke (even several) go off as early as this weekend. Because it will all be part and parcel of a shock & awe event designed to stampede populations into corporate communist subservience. Any nuke use will be the prima facie excuse to impose Chinese-like social credit and corporate-orchestrated social controls in formerly somewhat free countries. Like the U.S.
Meantime, the PowersThatBe are working their way through controlling social media and stories like Divisive social media star Andrew Tate detained in Romania in trafficking case, seems worthy of mention.
Especially since Elon Musk has dropped how the FBI (and other) agencies became political lapdogs of the Buyed’em administration. Matt Taibbi Puts Ted Lieu on the Hot Seat Again About FBI Going After Domestic Speech on Twitter. We note the democrat representatives’ name seems to have an extra letter at the end of it.
Back to point? Russia Doubles Yuan, Gold Share in National Wealth Fund Holdinngs while we think a hot spot for 2023 will come as Putin expects China’s Xi to visit in spring, wants to boost military cooperation | Reuters. Are they planning timing or further adventurism?
The Crypto Cons
While we wait for the money-driven “green movement” and “climate change” artists to figure out that Crypto mining is a crime against the planet, how about we follow the money?
Ure notices that BTC was trading $16,482 early today. So, we must conclude there’s been no mass awakening of financial literacy overnight.
Useful to Know Dept.
Good article on Study Finds today about something called “fluid intelligence” (not related to single malts). See What is fluid intelligence? Study identifies brain areas necessary for quick thinking.
Related – if you plan to have genius level grandchildren: Associations between executive function and early math and literacy skills in preschool children – PubMed (nih.gov)
Around the Ranch: Holiday Eats
Love holidays. Time to kick back and cook.
Lunch today is my mock won ton soup. With fresh from the greenhouse tat soi (Korean mustard greens) and Bok Choi.
Dinner tonight will be an all day, slow crock pot corned beef, cooled and turned into Reuben sandwiches and steak fries for dinner.
Tomorrow? Another prime rib.
And because we can’t eat that much, the Monday fare will be beef stroganoff over wide noodles.
Somewhere in there I will bake a loaf or two.
There’s something very warming and familial about spending time in the kitchen. Reading a good book, cup of hot soup, listening to the raindrops on the greenhouse…
We thank you for visiting and hope you will continue to visit in 2023.
May 2023 be a better year for all of us.