Early stock futures had the markets set to give-back half the Friday Bear slaughter. We’ll be hoping for more, having thrown in with the negative Nelly’s late last week.
We will keep this morning’s column short. Since the major focus around here is still spring cleaning of the office. And getting ready for taxes which will be along all too soon. The usual assortment of downloads, the “2021 Taxes” folder on the desktop is filling up, and the detail spreadsheets are getting populated. YMMV but prolly not by much.
“Everyone here is hoping for peace,” my Ukraine-based tech support agent (troubleshooting an SSL problem with our Ultra-Make.com site told me over the weekend. Sadly, the Event Stack is ready to collapse. Here’s why:
- Six Russian landing craft are likely to pass through Istanbul on their way towards waters off Odessa today and tomorrow.
- Russia’s “soft-call-up” has been ongoing claim social media accounts. Biggest problem is whether you believe social. (Pass.)
- We figure Bidensky or NATO is likely behind the report today revealing Cyberattack Targets Belarus’ Rail Network To Slow Flood Of Russian Forces Into The Country (thedrive.com).
- Of course, this muddies the water on my “war bet” with Daughter2. Since reports from the front today reveal Ukrainian soldier wounded amid two enemy attacks in JFO area (ukrinform.net).
- And there may be more to follow as reports late Friday told us EXCLUSIVE Russia moves blood supplies near Ukraine, adding to U.S. concern, officials say | Reuters. Story has been mainly disappeared from the news cycle now, however.
Later on, the UN Security Council does kabuki theatre as Russia, US, Ukraine to square off at UN Security Council – The Washington Post. We fearlessly predict – since Russia has a blocking vote – NOTHING will come of it. BUT, it runs the clock into Tuesday as what are now up to 135,000 Russian soldiers are ready to visit Europe.
The (damn, crooked, globalist-run) Mainstream Media are rolling with loserville future-meaningless crap. Examples look to us like Woody Allen’s ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ Grosses Just $24,000 at Box Office and some crap about the upcoming alcohol-fired StuporBowl.
Must be something about my age: Could it be that in your 70s, the tolerance for bullshit and time sinks decreases? Do we seasoned citizens get crotchety or wise? Or is it that we don’t play with ourselves as much as the young do with their mental masturbations of social me-me, Hardlywood and sports? Useless life-burners.
WRM: The Weakly’s Planner
“What Really Matters.”
Your personal future will not likely be as much shaped by Woody’s latest loser. Nor Bowl movements. Instead, might we offer:
- Weather in Ukraine: Light snow showers, but not as cold as usual. Could Russia wait for a cold snap? Owning the Weather 2022 Edition? New Moon tonight.
- Purchasing data and a Dallas Fed report mid-morning might move markets. But not as much as Russia walking out of the UN, of course.
- Quiet tomorrow (Ukraine, data dribbles, and breaking news notwithstanding).
- Wednesday the monthly 3-day Job Report Festival rolls with ADP numbers. Thursday Challenger Job Cuts and the new UI filings. Federal assertions Friday.
- A Labor Productivity report Thursday may be of interest.
- The protests in Canada have not really ended. Some blow-over into the American supply chains may result. An eye on Ottawa mayor would like protesters to move on, but organizers say they’re not going anywhere | CBC News may come to matter downstream in a week, or two. There’s a branch of future shortages evolving off that way.
- President Do-Little doesn’t seem to care: Supply-Chain Crisis: What the Biden Administration Should Do Next | Barron’s (barrons.com). But don’t hold your breath.
America is being managed by the Four Fears: Covid, Ukraine, Taiwan, and the Supply Chain. Most everything else is minutia in terms of how life will roll around you.
Other than this, two features on the national weather that caught our eye included:
Wind and Winter pretty well sums it up, reckon. We may get some “wintry mix” here in the East Texas Outback Thursday, but we get that every year, more or less. It’s still winter, you know.
Yes, Supplements Work
Taking these supplements can help lower risk of developing autoimmune diseases – Study Finds. Send it to your skeptical friends.
ATR: Guns, Gear, and Tools
Bull’s eye: Visiting G2 spent Sunday welding up and mounting the new target for the shooting range. Made of some 3/8th’s thick see I-beam, we’ll see how long it lasts. Quite a while, I reckon. Until a Barrett .50 comes to visit. Then, all bets are off when the “reach out and touch” boyz play.
A few “test pops” from the 9s didn’t so much as dent. Hell, they barely scratched the paint.
Speaking down-range: Problem with shooting sports is all the gun cleaning that follows. Love the smell of Hoppe’s #9. There was an outfit over in Louisianna a few years ago that made a men’s aftershave/cologne that smell exactly like it. Potion #9, I think they called it. If you run across it (or another Hoppe’s smell-alike, please send me a note. For now, an order of Hoppe’s No. 9 Air Freshener, Pack of 3 for $12 bucks on the Zon will have to suffice.
Code in the Cold? I failed to make mention this weekend of ham radio’s Winter Field Day. Always the last weekend in January. I’ve made a note to visit Home | winterfieldday next year to see if anyone else can be encouraged to take radios out into the cold and wild…
During radio contests, there’s always a ton of QRM – the Q-code abbreviation for interference. Best one-liner of the weekend was a feller on the 40-meter voice band offering advice to a rude contester:
“Hey buddy! What you do is look for the Biggest Knob on your radio and then give it a good hard spin. Go somewhere else…”
Sent a thank you to Rings Workshop YT channel for their shop organization videos linked in ShopTalk Sunday.
My missing in shipping new toolbox is due to land tomorrow (fingers crossed). But in the meantime, retired TV engineer Hank out on the Big Island is skeptical of Ure having a personal benchtop organizational epiphany.” “Getting another tool(box) will not solve the ‘Operator Problem’.”
While America persists in “making up industry” across a whole raft of political correctness concepts (which ultimately divide the country), we’d sure like to see additional monetization’s developed for those of us who are “organizationally deficient.” Having “grief counselors” standing by for Bad News events could be supplemented with “Messy Workbench Interventions.” Especially on Monday’s. Be something worth President Brandon Do-Little taking on, fo sho…
Write when you clean up a bit from the weekend,