The more complex things become, the more an old reporter enjoys life. The challenge of mincing complexity into a few words really is an art I’ve been trying to wrap my arms around for 52-years now. Ever since the first “Train derailment near Snohomish” story.
Idea Compression is not lossless. A very Christian young reporter asked me “How can you distill something as complicated as the Bible, for example, down into a three-word message?” “Well, ” I explained, “He is risen” gets to the heart of it, doesn’t it?
No, there’s plenty of loss in compression of complexity. Sometimes, the three-word message just doesn’t seem enough.
High-powered L.A. legal beagle sent me a three-worder overnight.
“Words fail me.” He was referring to Slow’s latest: “Biden Mindlessly Claims White Supremacy is a Bigger Threat to America than ISIS or Terrorism (rumble.com). The role of southern Democrats forming the KKK is conveniently audited from the socialist narrative. Facts are such a bloody nuisance, aren’t they? Isn’t stupidity a greater risk?
But now that we have pivoted to the Middle East…
M.E. Fuse Lighting
In a classic spin off of “The enemy or my enemy is my friend” we see how an “Arab Islamist helps clinch Israel’s new anti-Netanyahu government … (trust.org).”
Here’s what people miss: A couple of weeks back, Netanyahu said unequivocally that Israel would never let Iran get nukes. With Netanyahu on the outs, the Big Clock to War is ticking.
If you wake up – like, oh this weekend – and the Israeli’s have used whatever means necessary to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions – remember where the “answers were blowing in the wind” ahead of time.
And was this coincidentally timed? Iran Investigates Fire That Sank One of Its Largest Navy Ships – WSJ. Clearing the oath to a strike? Blocking counterstrike potential?
At the same time, anti-Semitism is on the rise. An overnight headline reports. Google Diversity Chief Offers Private Apology for Anti-Semitic Remarks As Company Remains Silent (freebeacon.com).
We have long held that search engines should be impartial and government audited to ensure neutrality. Otherwise, the leftists in IPO-driven board rooms will keep the Marxist agenda playing. We may be the only ones to hold such truths as self-evident, though.
As the evidence continues to build that CV-19 was a bioweapon gotten loose (which we’ve held since day one), here comes a dump of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails. Why are people talking about Dr Anthony Fauci’s emails? – wonders BBC News.
Yahoo’s scan of bio-lunacy is pretty solid: ‘Totally nuts’ – Fauci pandemic emails made public; NM holding COVID vaccine lottery: Latest COVID updates.
One pull-quote from the BBC piece: “This May, Dr Fauci said he is “not convinced” the virus originated naturally and expressed support for an investigation.” This after he informed a colleague over a year ago it may have been “engineered.”
The real Big Picture on this is yet-to-emerge. However, our present best guess is?
- It was a bioweapon.
- It’s release may have been in reaction to president Trump’s hard line on China trade.
- And it continues to jaw-drop us that amidst the “Panfusion” critical stories about the election (*e.g. Hunter’s laptop) were buried.
At which point, China got its U.S. regime change, and plausible deniability. Like an arsonist setting the fire in their own apartment. The road to seizing Taiwan hasn’t been this smooth ever.
TDJD (*Triple Dose of Jobs Data)
“Line ’em, bartender!”
Weekly new unemployment claims first:
The above is a prime reason we eschew “seasonally adjusted” data. Because if you read the top line (and you’re part of the ignorant press) you’ll call the hype that new claims fell. BUT, if you get a green star from us, it means you saw on the next line down that first time claims – unadjusted for seasonality including politic, gender, socialism, agenda, yada, yada – was actually UP.
Media outlets reporting (SA) improvements while the hard data was up, are lying sots or ignorant fools.
At some point all those “Maskateer” jobs will evaporate, too. But the hype is never about Truth then, is it?
ADP National Employment Report
“– Private sector employment increased by 978,000 jobs from April to
May according to the May ADP® National Employment Report(tm)…
And rounding it out…
Challenger Job Cuts data:
“Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers rose 7% in May to 24,586 from the 22,913 announced in April. Last month’s total is down 93.8% from May 2020, when employers announced 397,016 cuts, according to a report released Thursday from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.”
Tomorrow (like this hasn’t been enough for you?) the federal numbers will come along. We’re still focused on total number of people working.
“Why the monomaniacal focus, Ure?“
Um… if fewer people are actually working, we think there’s critical insight into the lies of GDP available to all half-dozen of us thinking people. The mantra in ‘Merica’s Soviet-style “continuous progress and growth” statistical reporting is that “America’s back…” It’s being done with funny money, not unit sales. How many auto lines are down and how long before that weasels into the retail sales delusion?
But, if you squint your eyes just so, counting production by units not Nuevo-Greenbacks, and back out a 30% increase in available money based on M2 increases since the (of course it wasn’t a) bioweapon went off, you’ll see America’s real growth has been close to zero or even negative.
What was it George Carlin said? Oh yes: “It’s all bullshit and it’s all bad for you.”
If you really wanted the gory picture, you’d be a Peoplenomics subscriber. So I won’t bore you with how counting properties in Monopoly means more than opening another pack of play money…
Additional Data Points
Read ’em and sleep:
Between wealth inequality and inflation, what could go wrong? Two Pins Threatening Multiple Asset Bubbles – RIA (realinvestmentadvice.com) is worthy of study.
Facing the Borg Dept. we look to Seattle: This Washington county is the first to ban facial recognition technology, official says – CNN. Simple 100% prediction to make? Federal money to counties and cities will come in the future with no “recognition banning” or you’ll get cut off from the federal teat.
Martha’s Vineyard Ferry operator was hit with a cyber ransom this week. And following up, Cyberattack on meatpacker JBS could pressure restaurant margins if not resolved quickly, analysts say Wait, didn’t they pay?
The headline International Sex Workers Day 2021: Common Problems They Face has us wondering: Aren’t husbands and wives sex workers, too? Hmm…
Got a dumb tat to lose? Removery Acquires Take It Off Tattoo Removal In Louisville and Indianapolis, Opens New Knoxville Studio. Tats have always been a prime example around here of “made-up for idiot industries.” You were born without tats, so you go “self brand” and then (maybe you grow up?) you need to pay to remove them? Circular, ain’t it?
What day is this? “Global Running Day: What Not To Do On Your Run. Day.” Can’t speak for you, but I’m not fond of the runs. Speaking of which…
ATR: Septic Roulette
(Around the ranch)
You may not have noticed, but the rain has been coming down like crazy lately in rural East Texas.
In fact, just under 3-more inches is due in the coming week. And Tyler Texas Weather – Providing real-time weather information to Tyler, Smith County, and East Texas reports 10.31 inches in May.
There’s always good news and bad with the weather. The “good” is that I haven’t had to water the garden but two days. That was early last month. Since then? Plant and forget. Except for the weeding and most of that’s gone thanks to heavy mulching.
John Steel’s his name – local septic pump guy – who taught me the ultimate secret to a well-running septic system several years back. I’ll paraphrase…
“What you need to do is block the water coming down hill. So dig you out a foot to 18 inch deep trough in your yard and lead it out to the low spot in the front yard. When your septic is the high spot compared to surrounding, drainage is good. Lot’s cheaper than spending $25-thousand on a new system.”
What he didn’t mention is that every 3-5 years, the water washing down the hill will fill in said trough. Water levels will rise (*given ungodly amounts of rain) and we had a day or two last month of septic roulette.
Almost like a conspiracy, septic installers want to put in anaerobic systems. These require electricity. Gravity systems (like ours) are not grid dependent. Yet, in some over-regulated places, ONLY the electric type are permitted.
If you consider fleeing to a rural locale, be sure to read up on state septic rules. In Texas, with 10-acres or more, and 100-foot set-backs from property lines, you still put in Ure own.
Prepper channels never seem to mention this. But it’s a very useful aspect of Urban Survival.
Elaine’s 2nd Hip Replacement Post-Op
Went great. She’s been liberated from the walker. “But use common sense” one of the staff said.
I didn’t have the heart to tell ’em that was off the table, already.
That Joke I mentioned, did get used:
“With Elaine’s hips now both metal, do we have to change from AstroGlide to WD-40?” I asked.
Without a discernable pause he shot back: “Well, THAT would be an off-label use…”
We try to be guided at all times by the spirit of Reader’s Digest’s “Humor is the best medicine.” Elaine think’s I’m open to mal-practice, though.
Markets: At click-time the S&P futures were down 30-some. Dow minus 200.
Which means maybe that short position I left on may come off the table with a gain today, after all. Market’s being between “.. a rock and a Joe spot, here lately…”
Bitcoin hype rolls to $38,750. Crypto whales are “fast learners.” Crypto losers are slow. Your wallet balance is half an IQ test.
The other half is staying out of crypto-shark-infested waters.
Write when you get rich,