We have too damn much news in this country.  ‘Cept it’s something else.  And that being so, you have to realize, there’s often a lag between reality of the here & now and what the news aggregator sites say.  Machines do a crappy job of being current.

Day 2 after hernia surgery and I couldn’t sleep.  So up at 3:30, coffee in and hit the web.  There were several stories about how the previous day, the markets “Tumbled on renews trade worries…”

Wait a minute!  WTF?  Markets were up (on an Aggregate basis) Wednesday.  What gives?  Well, the stories were 17 and 18 hours old but still “leading.”  Baddah Bing.  The markets reallly closed up yesterday.  How many people, though, especially earlier risers who hit the tunes in the car will believe going into this morning that Wall St. is in trouble? Yee gads.

Old news is worse than no news, sometimes.  Don’t trust online reports.  Syndicated newxs has an agenda and has every since thge A.P. went with “the narrative” and stopped calling illegal aliens what they are.  Got swept up in the LLL (lefty language coup) near as we can figure.  I can hardly wait to see how their next Stylebook update deals with white racism – which is bering turned into everyone  with not enough melanin.   Yes, we are witnessing  Digital Mob Rule orchestrating their own band of super racism more properly called  Melanism!.  A thank you to the late Frances Cress Welsing for reinforcing division.  It will be a grand monetization in 2020 and beyond.

When comes to finances and late or unreported news? Open an account at a brokerage firm and go look at the data and charts yourself.  You’ll know who to blame.

Except, well, most of it ain’t news.  It’s more like  recent history or  rampant editorializing.  You won’t even hear the term Melanism in the mainstream hardly ever.  But in reply to “Hey white racist!” the reply might be “Hi divisional Melanist…” Do we really want to go there?  What happened to equality or is that off the table per the lefties?

Since covering my first news story (1969) I’ve been a “student of th news business” because it has been a 35-year profession, split into two segments with a real life in-between.

What we’re served today, generally ain’t news.  Pandering and dividing, that’s today’s “news.”

Back in the day, a major train derailment (my first story) was news.  People cared about things like haz-mat and spills, delayed shipments, traffic disruptions, and  local, semi-actionable items.  Today, much of the “real news” has been  relegated to blurbs or traffic reports.

With no computers, people were listening to radio…and AM at that.

In it’s place has come stupid time-sinks like “social media” which allows the Digital Mob a Speakers Platform and Barricades from behind which they are flobbing attacks on core America.   News?  Pah-leeze!  Just rampant opinion and “infotainment” which is a total wasted of America’s time because it doesn’t move us to the moon bases (space being a technology where we threw away a  commanding global lead …) and today’s news doesn’t solve the world’s real problems like food yields in drought or periods of excessive rainfall.  Weather patterns change  over time  – climate?  Maybe, call it what you will.  But, Europe is likely going back to a climate history time when it will be too hot to grow grapes.  Been there before, so what?

The national media does an OK job sometimes of printing the :”You should worry story.:”  Like the piece in this morning’s NY Times about how “climate change could disrupt food UN warns,” or something like that.

There are still major issues with the story and they are illustrative of how useless and NE-centric the media has become.  Those stories in the NE press are generally scare stories and selling climate change hard.  Oh, and they go hand-in-hand with monetization schemes like the clowns in France who are shaming people out of air travel.  Lemme see:  Kill commerce so we can’t afford research?  Brilliant!  Bring me some American Fries, while you’re up..

Got news for you:  There’s something else going on.  But first the idea of news.  It ought to be actionable or why worry?

Weeks back on our subscriber side, Peoplenomics.com, we recognized the dangerous food trend and cooked up some personal action plans to do something about it.  We have, ongoing, a Great Tomato Race where we are comparing the output of dirt-grown veggies, greenhouse planters, and a Deep Water Culture hydroponic build.  So far, it’s been a mass death event.

The idea was simple:  We’d plant a ton of tomatoes and squash and check yields.  So far, only half a dozen squash, and a single dime-sized hydroponic tomato which, by my careful accounting( taking into account the sunk costs of the hydroponics,) is a $325 tomato.  With financial genius like that, I should run the House Budget Office!

Now It gets sinister

Before the hernia surgery I went down to the local propane emporium to load up on fuel that wouldn’t be easy to handle with the blown-out, patch-ed up, mesh-repaired gut.  Doc’s have this notion about not lifting more than 10 pounds for a couple of weeks.

Got talking to the propane lady – she and her family &  hubby have run the place for years…1986, or so.

Each of your cylinders has a Tare Weight stamped on it – that’s the tank weight empty.  If you look at the tare weight of your big tank, it’s 37 pounds, so with 40 pounds of propane, that’ll be 77 pounds…

Useful knowledge since the 20 pound tanks have a tare weight around 17 pounds, Full weight is around 37.  Knowing this, here at the end of BBQ season, is really useful news since now you can plan things out so as not to ruin a good BBQ’ed steak.  Beats a Syrian firefight  or the pending national bun rights fight all to hell, don’t it?

Back to point:  Inside the fuel emporium at bill time, I got to talking with the office folks about the weather this year.  Unusually cool – and very wet.  Finally, we’re getting summer with no rain in sight and temps in the high 90’s – back to normal.

One of the office people ended up telling me a similar story about things not “growing right” this year.

Friend of mind has the same problem:  Her squash leaves are going yellow and then come back to green in a week, maybe two, put out a few more squash and then yellow-up again.  And she doesn’t have a single tomato yet, either…”

We have several “suspects” for the poor garden output this year, and not one of them augers well for our future.  A few we can throw money at…consolation prize, call it.

Suspect #1 is the local water company and wet weather.  Local water works does periodic “tank cleanings” to keep the algae down and our water here is extremely hard.  Like pH 8.2 coming out of the tap.  700 PPM TDS. The story is its all safe dissolved solids that would be supplement powder when dried..Notwithstanding, We’re gong to put in an RO system for the greenhouse garden this fall. Plus a whole house unit when the tummy’s back and its cool enough to dig outside..

Suspect #2: A lack of bees..  We have a lot of birds around here so despite the warnings about mosquitoes and such, there are none to be found.  No insects of almost any kind except spiders which are having a very bad year. Chigger crop is OK, though…

Bug shortage is serious. Not just around the house (Orkin comes by 5-times a year).  I mean out in the woods.  Hardly  any bugs.  So is that causing the plants to fail at setting fruit?

The solution has been an electric toothbrush which is being applied to blooms when they come out on any of the plants.  Plus we’ve sprayed with Bonide (BND544) – Ready to Use Tomato and Blossom Set Spray, Plant Hormone Spray (32 oz.) for $16-bucks and  Prime.  Waiting for results.  Made easier when you feel like you’ve been kicked in the belly by a mule and munching oxy while wondering if you’ll ever use the throne again.  Hand me anotherr quart of water?  Never been able to take 12 grams of C without blowing up, before…

Actionable things for YOU?  Here come to a list:

  • Do a trial run garden and try to live out of it for a month because your germination rates will sober you up fast and underscore the reality of a pending global food crisis.
  • So will a lack of bees to do their job.  If you shopped Amazon’s  Prime Days, Alexa may send you a thank you with some wildflower seeds – is there a connection?  Plant them and more next year where you plan to makme your Depression Stand.  Not bees, no survival.  Simple as that.

Is there any other website on Earth telling you “If you’re a prepper, be sure to have a bee attraction plan and some blossom set in your kit if you plan to eat....” ?

Finally, Our First Point Comes into View

This is actual  news.  You get the background, suspects, a test plan for your locale, future plan revisions come into view and it’s all personally actionable.  Even if you live in an apartment.  See the many zillions of container gardening sites on the web and those dealing with inside hydroponics and grow lights.

American People Independence depends on American Food Independence so if you want to have “persistence into the future” you might take your food sources more seriously.  Makes us wonder about chemtrails, again, as well….

Not a headline in the  NY Times, yet.  But maybe they’re working up to it slowly because most people need to take baby-steps before they can walk.  And maybe a food crisis is why the borders are still leaking and climate change is being pimped.  Die-off of the poor to set up Uretopia for the rich, just as soon as the AI and robots are ready…

\Whatever’s in the big picture, there’s any number of “news” stories that really matter on this stuff (like the Round-Up suits delayed and so on – big money at work) which while not as emotionally “grabby” as Trump-hating, will in the longer term matter a hell of a lot more.  Especially around meal times.

Money Matters

Well, of course it does. Since the market closed up yesterday, we expect to see some follow-through this morning.  Sure enough, early, futuress were showing the Dow opening showed up maybe 80 points.

Major European marts are up on average about one percent,, so at least in the short-term, the market may have found some footing for a Wave 2 rally which would time out to late this month or next before we get into nosebleed position, again.  At that point, a Wave 3 down being possible and political panic in all quarters.  Nickels, too9.

Producer prices tomorrow, Fed balance sheet and money stocks today after the close.  Watch m1 to see how crazy the Fed had to get on money dispersal to keep the markets up.

Madness in the Headlines

Where to begin?

Epstein taking singing lessons? DealBook Briefing: Les Wexner Says Jeffrey Epstein Misappropriated His Money.  Uh-huh….

Hoping for a bowl movement? NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for 4th straight year.  Now that spelling…

Today’s posterchild “story” for insane infotainmen/TMI/Who Carest: “Denise Richards describes her dad’s reaction when he found out he was seated next to prostitute at Thanksgiving.”  Und zo?

Speaking of bizarre, does the NY Times Business Dept. NOT have a calendar as the offer  the weirdly unseasonal “The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs’”?   Note to NYT Editor: We’ll talk about this over lunch at Sardi’s if you’ll send us tickets to get there…  otherwise, King’s Buffet here and you buy your own ticket.

Electric piggery sows a new breed of hog? An Electric Harley Loses the Growl but Still Aims to Turn Heads.  And finance companies…

Industrial Arts

Let’s toss out some useful stuff now that might enrich your life, a bit.

Know when masking tape was born?  1925 by a 3M fellow named Richard Drew.  Still popular, though in 1946 was “gummed paper” which is referred to in the Popular Mechanics Shop Notes.

Gummed paper, they offered, could be wrapped around a “lumber crayon.”

Yes, you can still find lumber crayons at  Amazon.  Their pick is Dixon Industrial Lumber Marking Crayons, 4.5″ x 1/2″ Hex, Yellow, 12-Pack (49600), but unless you’re marking on walnut, mahogany, or iron bark, might we suggest the more legible on lighter woods like pine, Doug fir, and hemlock something like DIXON Industrial Lumber Marking Crayons, 4.5″ x 1/2″ Hex, Black, 12-Pack (49400) for $10-bucks?  Cheaper and a hell of a lot easier to read…An important consideration for young & upcoming Makers.

Especially those who consider dishwasher use “industrial arts.”

History Lesson

This is the birthday of the late physicist Paul Dirac of Dirac Sea fame.  Says Wikipedia:

“Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Among other discoveries, he formulated the Dirac equation which describes the behavior of fermions and predicted the existence of antimatter. Dirac shared the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics with Erwin Schrödinger “for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory“.[9] He also made significant contributions to the reconciliation of general relativity with quantum mechanics.

Dirac was regarded by his friends and colleagues as unusual in character. In a 1926 letter to Paul Ehrenfest, Albert Einstein wrote of Dirac, “This balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness is awful”

As we well know. Writing is therapy.  And returning to this morning’s theme, it’s made easy by “news” operations that stuff our heads with useless sh*t that doesn’t lead to new thinking and doesn’t “move the ball down-field…”

Write when you get rich,


(Comments welcome but this is a TBDO – Trump bash day off and no sickening lefty reverse racism, white hate,,straight-hating  bullsh(t in comments please…Can we just GTF on with Life?  Mr. Click2Trash is standing by…Ameriica is still exceptional and if you choose to lose, we ain’t sending help.)