Three quick items on the agenda this morning:
- Jobs outlook continues to deteriorate. As you would expect with our lifestyle being jacked…
- Financial instruments have detached from Reality. As you would expect when money is being made up – mostly for the Rich
- Through it all, it’s still possible to live the iWAMP Life. A simple concept we’ll serve up with a personal side of woo-woo…
Of course, there’s the usual “murmur of mind control” as emotional hot buttons are being played like an old-time Zydeco accordion. And Ma’s Day cometh this weekend…
So we might as well roll up the Wheaties this morning and get to joggin’ the noggin…
Yeah: Job Suck
There was a momentary Big Deal Wednesday when the ADP Monthly Jobs report came in with a -27,000 reading. But sobriety – and financial judgments – have been suspended on Wall Street since the Fed is buying more turkeys than Old Folks buy birds before Thanksgiving. The only change is a “u” becomes a “w” then. (Foul by the Fed, Fowl for the dinner table…keep up with class.)
The gravy served over this hot steamy plate of collapsing economy today is the Challenger, Gray & Christmas monthly Job Cuts report. Let’s us this stunningly clear visual, right?
If you crave more, being addicted to data and the online casino’s like Ameri-Whatzit and e-Bend-em, the press release includes cranberry sauce as follows:
“Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers spiked to 671,129, the highest single-month total on record. Challenger began tracking job cut announcements in January 1993. Last month’s total was primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was cited as the reason for 633,082 job cuts, according to a monthly report released Thursday from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
April’s total is 202% higher than the 222,288 job cuts announced in March and 1,577% higher than the 40,023 cuts announced in the same month last year. It is 170% higher than the previous record monthly total of 248,475 job cuts tracked in January of 2002.
So far this year, 1,017,812 job cuts have been announced, 342% higher than the 230,433 announced in the first four months of 2019. It is the highest January-April total on record, and 43% higher than the previous record January-April total of 711,100 announced in the first four months of 2009.
“No doubt employers have every intention of bringing back workers once the immediate crisis passes, but the indefinite nature of this pandemic coupled with the fact that we’re seeing recession- or even depression-level economic data means the vast majority of these jobs will not return any time soon,” said Andrew Challenger, Senior Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.”
Death of High Choice Lifestyles
To review, what used to be a “high choice” lifestyle is being rolled-over to what Barack Obama warned was coming. (Because he was “on Plan.”) Trump, being “off Plan” continues to hold the High Life is still attainable if we all a) work harder, b) bring our manufacturing home so we can’t be jerked around by Asian and Hungarian Money Lords, c) and return to some American Core Values.
On the Obama side, the liberalista’s who made up such new industries as “gender studies” and “institutionalized victimhood” plus tearing down borders in a serious attempt to turn America into another Venezuela-like Third World shit-hole, have continued to stay the course – on their Plan. (Make up mental masturbation industries and hope no one sees it. Yet, if it wasn’t an industry prior to 1950, do we really need it now?) Aided and abetted by seriously biased federal judges who rule on political agenda’s and not the letter of law.
By the way, speaking of lib-twisted-just-us, Roger Stone on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory last night was extremely good. Worth being a “Coast Insider” to hear. Making it very obvious how the socialists and the home-grown totalitarians have turned the American legal system back “on the people” to our great peril. And their advantage.
Meantime, the Plan (and we don’t know if the Virus is part of it, or not) has managed to wreck air travel, destroy the hotel industry, dispatch car rental firms, completely wipe out new commercial construction demand in some areas, limit consumer choices, and impose limits on travel between the states. Ah, the lost art of shopping, eh?
Hell, remake of the film Red Dawn was an easier attack to deal with. This one is much more elegant than even 9/11. Speaking of which, I bet most people – out and about, panick shopping toilet paper, completely missed the late March revelations about 9/11 – which the data continues to argue was not all it was represented to be in both media and in government. I refer to this press release:
“FAIRBANKS, Alaska, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The destruction of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of September 11, 2001, was not a result of fires, according to the final report issued today by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) following a four-year computer modeling study of the tower’s collapse.“
Don’t look now, but Ure is forecasting that – eventually and over time – what will come out of the “virus panic” will be eventually found to be another such “conspiracy theory.”
Except that the “smart money bet” is on it being a global control program to reduce our consumption of energy and raw materials because it’s become clear that Richard Heinberg’s long-ago assumptions in his book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality is the larger context.
Life on a Fractured Planet
This may be hard to wrap your head around, but we live in a bi-polar world.
On the one hand, we have the sheep: They are fed news, get their emotional hot buttons pressed every so often, and they generally believe the “superficial world” of pseudo facts presented by government and echo-chambered by the complicit – corporate-owned media co-conspiring national Mainstream Media.
The Plan I keep referring to is to ratchet down global lifestyles (and expectations) of we, the little people, in order to reverse population growth, thus moving in the direction of Heinberg’s more recent book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy.”
The problem is that 95% of people live in this artificial “pseudo-fact world” where they “drink the Kool-Aid and go to work, paying taxes like good little tax chattel. Yum…don’t you feel good?
The 5-Percent know there is a larger agenda in play, and since they see it, they can play and make more money than most. Enabling them to build their own upwardly mobile social conveyor for their spawn while forcing the great bulk of humanity to take the “down conveyor.”
To good news – and justification actually for these Elites – is that if they didn’t pull some of the terribly slimy-shit that they do (wars, 9/11, virus, and whatever comes next) then we would promptly run out of resources and Lights Out Earth follows. We get that.
This is all accompanied by a huge number of contradictions because this five-percent crowd is trying to constantly manipulate everyone else’s moves. As that Michael Moore Present’s documentary I mentioned a couple of weeks back points out: for all the talk about clear energy and “harmony is Earth” of the environmental movement, the hard fact is everything is fossil-based. Can’t make a solar panel without a power plant to melt the glass and refine the metals, and on and on…
The hardest part (and I have the latest Heinberg on the “need to read” list) is that if we are going to be really living in balance, then the 1976 Club of Rome Report (Limits to Growth) on population needs to be followed and we simply have too many humans.
And of the humans sucking air right now, we’re making useless, throw-away shit – something I wax on about in 15 or 16 chapters of my Peoplenomics only (so far) e-book: “The 100-year Toaster.” On the Master Index page.
The problem laid out there is simple-enough: We have globally become addicted to an economic system that is based on making the same shit over and over and over… While a single lightweight low-powered car – like a 1956 VW Beetle (with no gas gauge, and a whopping 36-horsepower) really will get you anywhere in the world.
Thing is, you see, you can’t even make the ultra-light, energy efficient vehicle anymore because (and here’s another huge growth industry for you…) GOVERNMENT has become a partisan in how all this plays out. So we have stupid 5-mile per hour bumper laws, rollover prevention requirements, and so forth.
And that’s where this jobs report leaves us again this morning: There is an inherent contradiction between government and the Nanny State on the one hand, in the true marketplace. I would love to buy the $2,000, 1,000-pound open-wheel, small two-person car that turns in 90-100 MPG. Sadly, liberalista’s loyal to factions within the financial industries can’t allow that because of their high sunk costs in auto plant and equipment. We have been regulated into global inefficiencies. Just the number of regulatory jobs in the world boggles the mind. As a result….well, let’s get back to point.
Uh…Shorter columns? Right…
Why I Live the iWAMP Life
A bit of Ureist philosophy so you don’t run off to the nearest high bridge, realizing you’re living in a Crazy House and the inmate really do run the asylum. The daily news flow is so frigging depressing, right?
Fortunately, You can retain your ethics, your pride, and your mental independence using a simple question.
“ Is What’s Around Me Perfect?”
Obviously, iWAMP for short. Even if you are locked in a jail cell, considering what’s around you, there will always be something that’s not perfect. And there’s your “line of action.”
When you’re outside the box, and back on the corporate/globalist gerbil wheel, the same works. Everywhere you go, you will see imperfections in people and things. And then the constant challenge is to personally help perfect things to improve in a low-effort way.
Taken with this attitude, no matter what your station in Life, there is always something “worth doing.” The bonus? You can live with the quiet confidence that although not visible to others, YOU are actually (and consciously) making the world a better place every day.
Once you see how this works, then living a happy life becomes just a matter of “problem-shopping” each day.
Let me run through an example of a dialog session with my inner voice. We begin by asking:
“Is the World Around Me Perfect?”
- No: I want the green house to tend for itself more. Action step: Put in a drip irrigation system. (Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: There’s some leftover brush from the logging operations on our property this week. Took off 30- tons of chips, but that has left some branches here and there. Action Step: Put in an Hour a Day on Tractor to push up the branches into piles and burn then. (Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: I need more diesel to do that. Action Steps: Polish what fuel is left in the tanks and go fill up 4-steel drums worth…(Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: In the shop, that zero-clearance table saw insert cracked. Worked great, but needs to be metal. Action Step: Call Rockler and see what they have. (Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: I haven’t finished putting down cardboard in the garden and mulching over. Action Step 1: Take a few yards of chips up to the garden and finish up. (The chips were made Wednesday leaving me on…) Action Step 2: Get out on the tractor and do it. (Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: I’ve gained a pound. Action Step: Back on 2-meals a day for a while.(Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
- No: Had over-acid stomach overnight. Action Step: Don’t eat large bowl of spaghetti and two glasses of red wine and then lay down for sleep right away. Don’t work until 7 PM and eat. Eat no later than 4 PM…(Then ask again: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”)
See how this works? You just keep asking: “Is the World Around Me Perfect?”
At some point, when you realize mom and dad have been pushing up daisies for a couple of decades and that no one is going to perfect your Life but You, the realization follows and presto! You begin to change by doing.
Look at your Life. Get a sense of what’s not perfect. Then CLAIM OWNERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT WHICH YOU CAN CHANGE. Then change it.
Every morning it’s like going on an adventure: “My Life is not perfect…so what can I do within the bounded conditions of surrounding Reality that will move my Life closer to perfect?
Oh, and don’t ask people who can’t give you what you need to somehow magically provide for you. Work the problem Solve it. There’s always problems…and always answers. Every waking day, so far…
Works like a champ. Highly recommended.
Back to the Grindstone
Say, here’s a shocker from the Labor Department:
“Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output decreased 6.2 percent and hours worked decreased 3.8 percent. (All quarterly percent changes in this release are seasonally adjusted annual rates.) From the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020, productivity increased 0.3 percent, reflecting a 0.1-percent increase in output and a 0.2-percent decrease in hours worked.
Unit labor costs in the nonfarm business sector increased 4.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020, as hourly compensation increased 2.2 percent and productivity decreased 2.5 percent. Unit labor costs increased 1.5 percent over the last four quarters.”
Duh. Personally? I’d bet its worse than the numbers IRL. But over in the detached Financial world, flooded with made-up money and a misinvesting Fed, what do we see? Dow Futures are up over 300 as another more than 3-million filed first time unemployment benefits.
Whee!!! Ain’t being an insider fun???
Emo Buttons and More
Collapsing lifestyles note: European airlines drop guidance and warn it could take years for demand to bounce back.
Social stress going vertical? Customers shot 2 McDonald’s employees after being told to leave due to restrictions.
Bet they won’t say “bioweapon: As accusations about source of COVID-19 grow, WHO says it will consider a new mission into virus’ origins.
Gosh, this has sure been swell, hasn’t it? Off to resume working on perfecting that tiny little sliver of Reality over which I claim ownership. The office, the green house, the property, the relationships, the…much to do.
Write when you get rich,