We ain’t just “whistling Dixie” when we say “Hot Mess.” (Has the song Dixie been banned by the ‘righteous’ yet?)
We got us a blue light special on Mess going, yes sir. Buy one and get a free “hot”.
Of course, it’s summertime, so what were you expecting? Climate change?
Mess #1 – I-95
In this one, we have all the elements of a good survivalist series: Potential for shortages, PITA traffic, government fumble-bungle, and will that be paper or plastic? Long commutes start after part of I-95 collapses in Philadelphia following tanker truck fire.
What we found odd about this one is how the contents of the “conflagrated” (New Word Monday) truck was quickly media was fed the term “petroleum product.” This is exactly the same idjit-speak that pisses us off. As in Pennsylvania Gov. provides update on I-95 overpass collapse.
See, here in the Outback, “petroleum-based product” could be ANTHING from sandwich bags to shaped charges to diesel, to gasoline, to stove oil, to…well, you get the point? We don’t hold idjit-speak politico’s in high regard.
No, make that we experience severe admiration deficit (SAD) in the presence of elected jingoists. ‘Specially when we now have to ask “Was it some unspeakably dangerous “product?”
Mess #2 – The West Coast
A series of coincidentally timed emails from our Houston Bureau reminded us (again and in spades) why we fled the West Coast in the early 2000s. Place was too cool to last. And sure enough, if it can go wrong…
Take supply chains and Port issues, for example: Port of Seattle closed due to ILWU labor strife. Solidarity brothers. PMA says US West Coast port workers shut down Port of Seattle; workers’ union denies claim. Dandy.
And the City by the Bay is even more “tilted” than used to be. San Francisco’s Millennium Tower’s tilt deepens as engineers rush to reverse lean.
With the report this weekend Meet 37-Year-Old Alex Soros, Taking Over a $25B Empire, we see the liberal “think-easy” mindset will afflict the other coast, too. You can already see it, plain as day.
Seems like everywhere we look out West, there is either a commie uprising, drought talk, theft of Constitutional Rights, or supply chain friction. Causes us to wonder if everyone west of Dallas has a screw loose, er, so to speak.
Oh! Should mention I’m not the sole proprietor of this line of reasoning: San Francisco’s Decline is a Warning to Other American Cities (newsweek.com).
Mess #3 – Angry People with Guns
Examples abound on any hot summertime weekend. Sampling the gunfire:
- US shooting leaves one dead, six injured at California birthday party.
- Three people killed and three more wounded during a shooting in Maryland’s Annapolis.
- Three men point guns at Memphis Police officers, records show.
The LOE (Liberal Online Establishment) is (typically) way off base. Promoting anti-Constitutional pap like “Opinion: To reduce gun violence, it is time to repeal Second Amendment and regulate guns (yahoo.com)”
Let me help – because America has cognitive issues with overlapping concepts. Seriously.
Loving, happy, values-based people do not need guns.
When we took values, morals, and ethics out of schools, and brought in racial division exploiters, sexualizers, gender bending marketers, tribal marketing elites, and shoved the 10-Commandments out (offering instead coupon books of “do-overs” for any juvie on the Raymond Reddington path…what DID you expect, exactly?
But when our own Government is arming up 87,000 IRS agents and buys arms for government agencies, the Constitution provides gun ownership as the ultimate defense against excessive government.
Excessive government, did I say? Oh my: US capital sputters as federal workers stay home, yet the pay never stops.
As the weather continues to heat up, the shooting and the bum’s rush on guns will continue. But, as a student behavioral economist, teaching hate and defunding cops sure looks like the New National Make Work plan. Remember, crime is HUGELY stimulative.
Follow me here: for every crime you have one “primary worker.” Now, count the jobs: A cop, two or three maybe, a supervisor. a defense lawyer, a prosecutor, a judge, a probation officer, a halfway house, a halfway house regulatory agency, God knows how many drug testing outfits, a whole chemical industry to make the test gear for the labs, and we haven’t even started on the waste chain!
Key Monday Insight: Guns and crime are HUGE businesses and account for the low unemployment rate. The Worse things get, the More Jobs we will have. Run the fucking numbers.
Our eye on the market Friday hinted that we should see a bit of weakness today but then a likely rally as the Hallelujah Choir sings the praises of profits in advance of the expected rate hike Wednesday afternoon from the Fed FOMC hoe-down.
We would go into the logical decision tree here, but that’s part of the value of a Peoplenomics.com subscription.
It SHOULD be obvious that IF the market blows skyward today or tomorrow on happy talk, that collapse from the top of the ascending trend line COULD follow.
Any way it rolls, we still have Ukraine, Taiwan, no Debt Ceiling (what a bad joke that was, huh?) and a Grime Family in power.
OH hell yeah – let’s all buy all of this we can afford!
I wonder if my deflationist pal Jas is ready to pull the trigger on his bond move, again? Eventually, a recession arrives, rates fall, bond buyers of Now will be the Richer later. Except no one knows where the Raise to Collapse will stop.
My consigliere is back from a vision quest in the north woods for the past week and a half. World is nuts as ever, he found on his return, but THIS was interesting:
“Campi Flegrei Supervolcano edges closer to possible eruption.
So, this becomes an “immediate forward: to G.A. Stewart of The Age of Desolation because he holds the key insights in anything Nosty as we figure it.
A Crackpot Theory for Stu
We might learn something about “time travel/remote viewing” if this summer really blows sky high. Megacano and WWIII big enough?
My wonderment boils down to this: Maybe a LOT of the unfulfilled Nostradamus outlooks DO ALL HAPPEN in a one-year (or less) timeframe.
Seems likely to me (having had some number of woo-woo events) that in alt. reality (the more real ones) we are drawn to big emotionally impacting events.
Say you’re staring into a pot of black oil at 4 AM in some peculiar headspace and writing/channeling any Future you see. Would your “projected attention” come to a specific point? (Yes…attracted to flares in spacetime.)
Could we be at the Grand Finale part now?
Intriguing question and keeps driving us to reread Potential for rupture before eruption at Campi Flegrei caldera, Southern Italy | Communications Earth & Environment (nature.com).
Can you imagine what a Krakatoa-sized (or larger) blow out could do to humans in an overly complicated world? Massive pop drop, for sure.
ATR: Hot Chicken
BBQ chicken (whole, on the rotisserie) Sunday.
Reader Hank (briefly on the mainland) sent us some fresh Hawaii peppers last week.
Took the whole chicken, made 1/4 inch slices in the skin all over, and installed a couple of dozen peppers.
OMG! (We were just talking about volcanoes, right?
Talk about Warm!
Off to battle the Demons of the Day. A list headed by the mystery of Centurylink email no longer working with Outlook. Which, I suspect, may be from the odd disappearance of Brightspeed brand…hmm…
Write when you get rich, or when you figure out if this is going to be a “Buy the Rumor” or a “Sell the Rumor” week…