Our Discussion of Mental Plug-Ins is more useful, but since the quake is more likely to come up in watercooler talk, here’s the quake map from the 8.2 off Alaska overnight. Screen snag shows this is far away from Anchorage and over a ridge of mountains from Bristol Bay.
Made headlines around the world, such as in Huge quake of magnitude 8.2 on Alaska peninsula triggers tsunami alert (kathmandupost.com). But so far, haven’t heard any reports of damage or terribly worried Hawaiians. Next?
While waiting for the GDP and first time U.I. claimant data, been pondering the do-nothing Fed decision of Wednesday.
As I mentioned to Peoplenomics subscribers, the latest Money Supply data released shows the annual rate of jack-up is 7.3-odd percent annualized. Which means the Fed is “running a channel” now and waiting to see how their dreams of “recovery” pay off.
Problems abound, though. Virus for one: Coronavirus surge worsening in California as officials consider more drastic actions | National | tylerpaper.com. And worse for the Biden regime: large portion of the people getting Delta were already fully vax’ed. Worse though? The Biden junta has been dumping sick people into the gen-pop as outed in South Texas Police Department Issues Public Health Announcement After COVID-Stricken Migrants Seen ‘Coughing, Sneezing’ At Whataburger – CBS Dallas.
Which is driving reports like Health Ministry experts panel recommends 3rd COVID shot for older Israelis – Haaretz.com.
Like our own dire numbers (and cancelling visitors explained two weeks ago), others are heeding the firming disaster in data. Jim Cramer Freaks Over Delta Variant: Could Be 100 Million Sick in 9 Weeks (mediaite.com).
We don’t disagree with that. So that’s one part of the “market gearing.” What happens if we get (as we expect) additional lockdowns?
And, have you seen the rising tensions in places like St. Louis? St. Louis County Council votes 5-2 to rescind mask mandate, throwing rule into limbo | Politics | stltoday.com. All this, while the Biden plan is to require all federal employees to get the jab. Not going over well at the Post Office as we read Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate draws postal union backlash (msn.com).
And firefighter son George II reported that his semi-rural fire district was pre-loading with more instant test kits for the weeks ahead: “Not going to catch us short…” We’re expecting N95 mask prices to firm, too.
I was going to check-out the story Meet the Dommes Who Are Demanding Their Submissives Get Vaxxed. But I was, er, tied up…
All told, this is only “first gear.”
Second Gear: GDP and Rates
Here’s some gobbledygook from the Fed to run through your “Mush-headed Parsing Plug-in” between your ears:
” Last December, the Committee indicated that it would continue to increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $80 billion per month and of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $40 billion per month until substantial further progress has been made toward its maximum employment and price stability goals.”
Output from my onboard BS-parser plug-in regurgitates back:
“We’ve dumped $120-billion a month in – and we won’t stop until max employment without too much inflation shows up.”
The discussion of mental plug-in’s in a moment.
First, though, two fresh data points:
GDP and U.I. Filings
GDP is a crooked number at its core. Because it’s based on dollars and not on units of goods and food produced. Since money is still being made up at the $120-billion a month rate, only a fool would expect GDP to be far off that pace.
And so, brothers and sisters of the Church of the Almighty Basis Point, let me hear you put your hands together as we read:
“Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2021, reflecting the continued economic recovery, reopening of establishments, and continued government response related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dandy, huh? Why, if we had – as a nation – any clue about making 3 – 5 nm chips, we coulda been a contender. So sorry! Guess who owns that wheelhouse? MediaTek to launch its new 4nm chip by the end of this year – Gizmochina.
New U.I. Filings?
Good report! Though we have noticed that when the news is good, politicians take the blame. When bad, they are all MIA…but no change there, either.
Where Does that Leave America?
Let’s think this through: If we can’t make chips, manufacture our own household goods, what’s left?
Industrialize racism! Industrialize genderism. Industrialize politics! Industrialize Climate, too!
Stories like FedEx shooter not motivated by racial bias or ideology: FBI – New York Daily News (nydailynews.com) get us wondering how much “racism” is social and how much is real – though certainly some is.
But seriously? Whitefish Bay residents and social justice group protest library’s removal of sign addressing systemic racism (msn.com). Like a sign going to change people’s feelings? (I need to drink more…) Meanwhile, Trump Official Demands Answers From Biden’s Education Department On Link To Pro-CRT group,
Still, marketing is marketing: Rising share of US adults know someone who is transgender or goes by gender-neutral pronouns, study finds.
Then there’s the admission in the WSJ story January 6 and the ‘Insurrection’ Thesis: If Jan. 6 was in “insurrection” where are the felonious insurrection charges? Hint: We’re not looking for any because this, too, is more “show not go.” That post out back and pack of “last smokes” can likely be repurposed. Sheesh.
Before Thursday’s “Deeper Thinking” a few snips of other WWI – world-wide idiocy:
“Been doing any traveling, lately?” Well…here’s the speedbump: Lawmakers press State Department for answers on passport delays that have scuttled summer travel plans. Thing is, many folks will get their passports just in time to stay home with CV Delta.
Housekeeper? Sometimes a word choice leaves us stunned. As in How to Not Be a Jerk to Your Housekeeper (lifehacker.com). Tell me: did they mean spouse, right?
Not a Casita or a Bigfoot, huh? Tom Hanks’ custom Airstream movie trailer is up for sale and ready for a road trip. You bet. Just as soon as we can buy a chipless 15,000 HP hyper-diesel to drag it around for under $10K.
Linda of Houston Hat Tip: McCormick Recalls Some Seasonings Due To Salmonella Concern. Linda sent us the note and sure enough, we had the mid-size bottle. BUT it was a best by of 2023, not 2024. Thanks LB!
Ure’s Mental Plug-In’s
Yes: I can see a “dashboard” in my head.
Been there since the 1970’s but that’s when I first got the idea of being a “code compliant human.” Very interesting more recent thoughts on this have also arisen from writing Packing to Die: Suitcase Between Your Ears.”
Figured it was time we talked about it.
For example, in the first couple of chapters of the book, we get into the whole “purpose of Life” question and how maybe it is a simulation or video game on some other dimension.
One thing’s for sure: We ARE in the process of breaking one of the core prohibitions in many religions. Making false images (via computers). Did you see where This 20-person biotech firm just beat Elon Musk’s Neuralink in getting the OK to test brain chip implants in humans with paralysis?
Obviously, we are quickly moving in the direction of needing plug-in’s for the human brain. Pre-emptively, we covered a little bit of this in PN Wednesday. But, it could turn into a book-length article series.
The human brain may be viewed – by generalists like us – as being a series of templates from which (at least some of us) evolved as almost “walking computers.”
In order to optimize computers, we have lots of apps and we have tons of add-ins, extensions, and plug-ins. People (some) are the same way.
As a personal growth tool, I find myself looking at “issues” laid out in the (crooked) press as being (mainly) two-bit attempts to “steal processor time” and to set me up for a robbery, or consumer purchase, or some other idiot’s behavior, later on.
Which is why I’m revealing how to go around with a set of plug-in’s pre-installed in your thinking.
These are compact bits of thinking – sometimes referred to by philosophers and (the odd non-Marxist) educators as “core values.” They are not. They are programming installed by a quality up-bringing.
Let’s explore why. One of my core plug-in’s is a “Total Equality Plug-in.” This means I wander around Life not loading up my processor time with useless racial, gender, national origin crap. There’s data. Most of (whatever else) is a monetization or something the “Political Bullshit Plug-in” missed.
As a result, when some hackneyed group comes along claiming to be special (BLM, gender marketers, or whoever) the Plug-in in Ure’s brain works like an ad blocker program. Yes, my own series of “pop-up blockers.”
This pop-up blocker is triggered by keywords. Just like search ads. When I see Black or White in a news headline, my personal plug-ins keep me from bothering with the story. Everyone is equal. Unfortunately, most people haven’t figured out how to live to that standard, so they are stuck in the mental Windows 3.1 stage of mental evolution. Chronic pop-up readers and link-bait followers.
I walk around with plug-ins for sex (settings are: hetero, age appropriate). Health (settings: eat well but don’t get too fat, also see Dental and Eye care settings). Equality (settings: total, apply to all races, genders, religions).
One I borrowed from my son? The Excellence Drive plug-in. Blocks non-excellent behavior. Though he still hasn’t found the occasional hangover-blocker settings, so that may mean an update….
Plug-in’s Begin Young
Communists understood that. It’s why they’ve been training us into being a “lay-down country” for 70-years.
Fortunately, I still have many plug-in’s from my youth. One is called the “RTD plug-in.” This is my (dad installed) mental pop-up for Rate/Time/ and Distance calculators. Very useful when flying a light aircraft (on fumes into an unexpected headwind aloft).
Another mental pop-up is the Ure Family Concept Dictionary – which is more like an encyclopedia. Everything from H.P. Blavatsky to TinyML concepts pop up from that one.
As a result, with all of these mental pop-ups and TSR’s running, I get to roll through life happy, outgoing, and completely stunned that the whole field of psychology hasn’t been rewritten in order to take defective plug-in’s into more practical areas of treating psychological disorders.
Ure’s Daily Plug-in’s
There’s more to this. of course! But I have to close for this morning: I’m suffering from Plug-In overload. Happens every morning 24/365 from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM:
- Personal Energy Plug-in: This one just generated the “Stomach growling, feed me” pop-up.
- Day Scalper/Time Amplifier: this one popped up the day’s schedule.
- The Writer plug-in: popped up a reminder to write a column for ShopTalk Sunday. (Special Ham Radio edition! Breakthrough antenna design Wednesday!)
- Garbage Plug-in: Just said “Wheel it to the street…”
- Just as I cleared that one: Another from the same plug-in popped up: “Rained last night, burn trash barrel today before 10 AM.”
- The Yard Maintenance plug-in wants to know if Saturday morning weather still works this week for mowing since we had showers last night…
- Light Crown and Speed Crown pop-ups tell me I have 30-minutes of light time due before noon…
- Money Plug-in: “You set for the open, Bozo?”
If this sounds like a totally insane way to live, it’s NOT.
It provides for exceptional personal operations. All you need to remember is how WordPress works (or Excel or browsers like Firefox that support third-party plug-in’s. Then go back and be one of the genuinely “Old men of the web” who was moving wireless data round in 1982… Select and install your own plug-in’s.
Ure is a TSR Collection…
You see, if there’s an analogy for Ure’s thinking, much can be gleaned from reading the Wiki entry on the old Borland product SideKick. Which was one of the first TSR’s (terminate and stay resident programs) ever successfully taken to market. Pop-ups galore!
Borland Sidekick was a personal information manager (PIM) launched by American software company Borland in 1984 under Philippe Kahn‘s leadership. It was an early and popular terminate and stay resident program (TSR) for MS-DOS which enabled computer users to activate the program using a hot key combination (by default: Ctrl–Alt) while working in other programs. Although a text-mode program, Sidekick’s window-based interface echoed that of the Apple Macintosh and anticipated the eventual look of Microsoft Windows 2.0. It included a personal calendar, text editor (with WordStar-like command interface), calculator, ASCII chart, address book, and phone dialer. According to the prospectus for Borland’s initial public offering of stock to the public, Sidekick sold more than 1 million copies in its first three years.”
I paid $100 recently for an old copy of SideKick which might end up on a “retro computer” setup. After all, we did manage to get the world this far with Windows XP, old word processors, and SideKick. Is what we have now really “progress?”
Couple of closing points here:
There is a class of humans – many of us in our 60’s and 70’s now – who were the first generation of “software compliant humans.” My buddy Gaye Levy is another and pretty sure readers Ray, Hank, WTHS, and others around here are, too… Which means we look at the data, check our plug-in’s (on our personal Dashboards), and move along to make shit happen for the greater good.
Second point is: A fully self-actualizing human can and should update their personal onboard plug-in’s via education and self-study. But you can’t “farm out” the process; not to a peer group, not to media, and by-God not to monetizers or prosthelytizer’s of any stripe.
This Personal Plug-in Management Program (PPiMP) involves work. Most useless eaters today don’t have any interest in actual hard mental work. They sit back, get programmed by others, and in the end live (in my view) pretty shitty, uninspected, and hollow lives.
Which gets to the morning cup of coffee day planner part: “What is it that you plan to do today (or this week) to update your own personal computer – the one with the wet-drive between the ears?”
Oh-oh…the personal plug-in for To-Do’s just gave me a second warning ding.
Even a non-programmer can look at pop-ups and add-in’s and plug-in’s and see the benefits. A dashboard of Life. All that’s required is a one-time firm (like irrevocable) decision to take over managing the plug-in’s between the ears.
If you find any that aren’t serving you, just disable them. Take them off your personal dashboard. Add To-Do items if you need to increase value.
And move on.
Write when you get rich,