We can already plot out the week, so an early column. Got up in the wee hours with my “brain on fire” about this week’s topic on Peoplenomics Wednesday: Automatic Money.
Before digging into that, our Monday cuppa is pretty-much tame:
Tick-Tock in Kabul
Sorry, but color us skeptical of this report: “Taliban promises it will give a ‘safe passage’ to people trying to leave the country.
As one of our legal titans out west observed: “Well, since they promised, no problem, right? The Taliban will be played by Lucy and Biden by Charlie Brown in this reenactment of the football routine.”
Why the Buyed ‘Em administration hasn’t bombed the $62-billion of military hardware and supplies left behind leaves a lingering – possibly impeachable – set of questions dangling. Joe Chamberlain? Or China’s lackey? Help a brother out, here…
The NY Post has a front page editorial on this mess. The fatal failure of Gen. Mark A. Milley over closing Bagram Air Base. At last. Someone I might beat at chess.
Hidden Variable? Not to let “slow Joe” and minions off the hook, but the only reason for them to abandon Bagram and $62 billion plus in first-class arms that makes any sense is a “hidden variable.”
Something like a “national ransom note.” Lot of different ways this could play out. Two that come to mind, though?
1) “You either abandon Kabul right now or we’re going to nuke NYC and ___ because we have a nuke in your country and are prepared to use it…” Another? How about…
2) “You thought CV-19 was bad? Unless you abandon Afghanistan by the end of the month, we’re released Covid-36 which will kill 98 percent of the world population in 9-months…”
I know…incompetence is always possible, but people tend to behave in their own self-interests…so the question lingers, is there a hidden variable not-yet bespoke out of secret rooms?
Or, maybe…as one of our commenters wondered… “look up (Biden made a deal with the Taliban to run pipe line thru afghan to India.)”
The Rains! The Rains!
With a nod to Hervé (“The plane! The plane!) Villechaize, todays macro version of Fantasy Island features a hell of a wet spot:
Inventively, USA Today rolls with Waffle House Index: Restaurant closures show Hurricane Ida’s strength. The flood damage from Ida is expected to be severe. Power’s off in New Orleans and may be for weeks.
But if you do have power, don’t forget to miss the 2021 remake of Fantasy Island tomorrow night on Fox: Episode 4 “Once upon a time in Havana…”
Oh, and someone was bound to stoop to climate-pandering this ‘cane. Leave it to the Washington Post: How climate change helped make Hurricane Ida one of Louisiana’s worst.
There is a minor pending home sales report due out about mid-session for markets today. Along with a Dallas Fed report.
Consider it foreplay ahead of tomorrow’s Case-Shiller Housing report.
Wednesday we’ll start the monthly job slog. ADP’s latest, then Challenger Job Cuts Thursday, and the Federal numbers Friday. As always, the main focus will be the total number of people working. Everything else is pomp and hypenstance.
Early this morning, BTC was meandering in the $47,850 range. Lumber was holding around $520 – well under year-ago prices. Dow futures early were up 16 while the S&P’s were up a scosche.
Several Eureka articles on our “things to study” list this week:
One is the report that Neurons in visual cortex of the brain ‘drift’ over time. Which has us wondering is this might explain why people behave one way when young and often quite-another as they age?
Second read is important if you’re trying to slim down a few pounds: Cruel twist: Exercise reduces calories burned.
No having a doughnut while you read that, however. Because from Patrick Duffy (“Sugar Blues”) on, we have known that sugar is a kind of “sweet poison” when comes to long-term health. Now, even more confirmation as Reducing sugar in packaged foods can prevent disease in millions. Health or ice cream? Hmm…
Another Conflicted Monday
Also, if you feel pulled in different directions, see LifeHacker‘s How to Set Boundaries With a Friend Who Treats You Like Their Therapist… Feels like summer pre-Labor Day news doldrums. ‘Nother example?
Cleaning Up On Clicks? In the Wall St. Journal, no less: How Often Should You Shower? Celebrities Ignite a Ferocious Debate. The ad department oughta clean up with that one…
Around the Ranch: Drones!
Although I didn’t have it listed on my To-Do list, I got a “spare” couple of hours Sunday and decided to pick up my FAA Drone Pilot Certification. Which means Mr. Ure…
Not sure what I’ll actually do with it. But, since hunting season is coming along in a few months, we’d like to have some drone capability to go after illegal poachers. A decent-sized problem hereabouts.
Nothing’s done until the paperwork is done. Next steps seem to be finding a local flight instructor who will sign off that I really am this Ure fellow.
More than anything, it’s an additional rating for the ASEL (airplane single engine land) ticket. Certification and rating collecting isn’t a bad thing at any age.
My eyes have been doing well enough lately that buying another fixed wing has crossed my mind. However with CV-19, Elaine’s wondering where do we really want to go? Yeah, fair that… Besides, a good high rez long-range drone costs about less than four flight-hours in our Beechcraft, if your accounting includes maintenance reserves.
Not planning any Part 107 operations. Mainly thinking about a DJI drone and flying around our 29-acres FPV on the Kindle Fire 10 which will be fun…
Last weekend, son G2 was over at Chelan (*Washington) and did 10-jumps. He’s got somewhere in the 1,800 skydives so far and this was for his instructor tandem ticket which is his next small mountain to climb.
Amazon Without Bezos
I’ve been having terrible luck with Amazon this week, so far. A couple of lost packages and when I got to looking at the new fridge for the office, there was shipping damage, so it’s going back, too. I don’t pay a few hundred for pre-dented refrigerators, thanks. (Thank God fore Prime, though…)
Of the most recent 14 items, 7 are missing in shipping. Which isn’t Amazon, so much as it is the shaky national supply chain mess we keep yammering about.
Zeus the Cat is getting long in the tooth, having been around since 2006 (and he came to us 1-year old then, so DOB is 2005). 16-Cat Years is 80, so we’re thinking about finding a young companion for him.
Not sure if a new cat would stress him, though, so if you have thoughts, please send ’em along…
Oh-oh – first reminder of the day sounded. Stomach sent me a message “You forgetting something?”
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