Just a Formality
It has been a given that Joe Biden will become president – and if he falters – Kamala Harris as his #2 is in, ever since contested elections went against Donald Trump.
As for the process details sample the NPR version of reality in “Who Are Electors And How Do They Get Picked?” Or, The Hill’s version in “Electors meet to cast their votes: Here’s how it works ” Either way, it’s a formality. Short of Electors failing to do their duty (a very low probability) the path to a Biden presidency is clear.
Bashing never stops, though:
A search of the term “worst” in various news search tools brings up stories like “More than 4 in 10 voters say Donald Trump will go down as ‘one of the worst presidents’ in U.S. history as 58 per cent say they don’t believe election wasn’t stolen.”
America’s got a YUGE lack of style issue. Let bygones be headlines, is it?
It’s Always “All About Money”
Elaine and I are no happier with the election this year than anyone else.
As usual “the Rich” and “the Powers” picked the winner. Best leader money could buy.
If you don’t believe it, remember that Joe Biden’s son still has the Feds looking into his taxes. Some of that will almost certainly involve foreign money. Which gets us to wondering how much was “sent along to Pops”? Z’at taxable? And what about structuring, eh?
That the Mainstream Media in America as been coopted – and has both misled and oftentimes lied outright (including by omission) this cycle is terrible clear.
We’re not the only ones holding that view, as the Real Clear Politics story “Hunter Biden News Should Shame Dismissive Media Outlets” seconds the view, as well.
Nevertheless, the whole point of the pro-Trump demonstration in D.C. this weekend escaped us.
I learned long ago one of the basic lessons in the Art of War was to never decisively engage unless you already own the outcome. Trump’s now shooting from the lip.
By this simple measure, it was clear in advance how the “support Trump demonstrations” would turn out: “‘Stop the Steal’ rally: Clashes between pro-, anti-Trump demonstrators.” But hey! What are 23 arrests and a few stabbings among the contestants?
The more important message is left unspoken: “We the People are sick and tired of the same-old clown posses running the show.” Clearly, “Throw Them All Out!” passed again until the next opportunity to do so.
The only rfeaming wildcard is whether Joe Biden could be charged with crimes by a federal grand jury (an outgrowth of the Hunter case, perhaps?) prior to the Inauguration…. What then? Coinservative’s wet dream. But, it’s a fall-back rally point as their telemarketers are still “raising money for Trump.”
I had one such call from the RNC Sunday. Explained I don’t talk to idiots.
The theater and drama of any anti-Biden legal action now would likely be a bit-much. Hard to sell. Still, while it’s a low probability, someone (or faction) would still like America stirred up and divided more, so…who knows what the agenda is?
Fed Week – 1929 Run-In?
There’s a wonderful discussion in the book Lords of Finance about the debate ongoing in U.S. banking and government circles in the run-up to the market all-time high in 1929.
Two schools of thought were in competition. One view held that excessive speculation ought to be wrung out of the markets with a 1 percent (or higher) rate hike from mid-1928. The other view held that low rates should persist and let the market drop when it got around to it.
While the yellow circled area looks like a possible endpoint, there’s no telling since manias all have their own personalities. Doesn’t matter whether it’s baseball trading cards, tulips as in Tulipmania, or “making up numbers” and calling it “money” like the cryptos insist. A con’s a con’s a con…
Situational Squeeze: The Fed Box
There are presently about 9-million fewer people working in America than a year ago. As a result, it’s almost a certainty that the Fed will keep rates low – again – which turns their meeting this week into a yawner.
But the larger problem – one laying in background – is that America has no reason to grow any longer. There’s no big enemy, there’s no new technology (save silly “app-madness“) and so the question becomes “Where is the Engine of Growth?
Obviously “making up money” by “mining” hard-to-replicate numbers is a global scam and squandering of resources.
For the moment, America seems to have enough food, although we’re keeping an eye on the keyword “stockpile.” Because when governments are stupid enough to say “don’t panic” – people will do just the exact opposite.
Let’s see if Panic Jumps the Pond this week. We’re looking for food shortages in England shortly based on headlines like “British Stores Stockpile Food on Brexit No-Deal Concerns — But Shoppers Urged Not to Panic Buy.” Another slice at it in “Plea not to panic buy as supermarkets stockpile tins and toilet roll.”
It’s not here – YET – but give it time. Panic is a communicable mental condition.
Social Pressure Mounting, Too
Despite the ascendancy of Joe Biden, we keep seeing what seems like a highly coordinated drive in liberal media to step up the selling pressure for “reparations.” Tell me you see the similarities in these headlines:
- More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations
- More U.S. churches commit to racism-linked reparations.
- More American churches are open to reparations for racism.
Click on any of these, you’ll track it back to The Associated Press as the source.
There’s a fine line between “enterprising” journalism and founding a new Tass. With Tass, “making up news” was standard procedure. With the A.P. it’s didn’t used to be that way. But here lately, we wonder if the line between journalism and agenda-running is being moved?
Has a Soviet-style flare to it. Maneuvering churches into a media-driven confessional. Maybe it’s just me. Grouchy. Monday.
Smart news readers don’t just sup the news-flow pabulum. They also pause after each story and ask “Who benefits from this story running today?”
Question hangs there…hmmm…
Civil War II – A Monetization?
The very dangerous thing to extrapolate is that while the media has now runaway with “We will find the news or make it up…” there are consequences.
For a hard-core look at the Future, take the time to study the devastating KOMO-TV documentary by Eric Johnson – “The Fight for the Soul of Seattle” An absolute must-watch. (Hat-tip to Rev. Jan for sending us the link.)
What I secretly fear (although not scretsly now, since I’m articulating it) is an event-chain that goes like this:
- The US has no “new industry” to power its future.
- Media is a kind of WMD.
- So is Socialist Media – a whole series of WMDs.
- Could the lack of “new industry” allow Media WMD’s to go off – along with Social WMD’s and – as a result – rip apart America?
It’s a risk. Think about it.
With Trump gone, we’ve got 100-,million people effectively trained to hate. Thanks to antifa and BLM, 50-million trained to hate and join. As part of that training? Wearing stupid labels (“woke” – WTF?) and “ standing up for” whatever the programming has been.
Propaganda is like that. Like timed-release medication. Suspends questioning, divides people. Instead of goal-sharing (and negotiating) confrontation is marketed.
Which explains two-bit socialists and the pending collapse of Seattle and other rotten-to-their core urban areas is at hand. CivWarII.
Not for us, thanks! That’s mainstream marketing presently. But if the “foo shits…” Wear it. Too much media, not enough thinking.
Digital Mob Rule hasn’t gone away – won’t – even with Trump out.
Class warfare and government mis-regulation is a synthetic growth scam. Like climate but without any cooked data sets and all 100% emotionally based.
God, it could be awful. Revolutions usually are.
Meanwhile, the killing off of pro sports continues as Cleveland Indians to change their nickname, drop “Indians”. AYFKM?
Oh,. how “un-woke of me.” Right…pro sports was bad for climate what with all those people having fun…and going to games… And eating hotdogs (you know what’s in them, huh?). Toss in enough knees and other polarizing agenda-peddling bullshit and EVERYONE will stay home…. From USA to FKT. In record speed.
Blah, blah, WHERE’S OUR FRIGGIN’ STIMULUS CHECKS?
Crooks and Cons Watch: The bipartisan group of senators plans to present its $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill in 2 parts, so that at least some of it can pass. Vote ’em ALL OUT in 2022 and 2024. 100%. The New Broom Party. Clean it up.
Really? It’s Always and ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY!!! As in Global Stocks Climb Amid U.S. Stimulus Hopes and Start of Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout. Hype! Pump and Dump! Buy moar!!!!
Trial runs? Google services including Gmail and YouTube suffer outage. One the heels of Potentially major hack of government agencies disclosed. Seeing the pattern yet? Got a plan for digital withdrawal, do you?
Hey! Here’s a great idea! Let’s make a new industry out of sending rich billionaires joy-riding into space. Then look surprised as Virgin Shares Plunge As Aborted Launch Delays Space Program! I mean seriously, WTF? See how short of useful growth ideas Earth has become?
In from the Cold Into the Box: John le Carré: Tributes paid to ‘a writer of immense quality’ who’s passed away.
I’d offer some profound words of encouragement now, but the best I can do is Monday ends soon enough. Egg nog for breakfast?
Write when you get rich,