Political Control 101: “Never let a Good Crisis Go to Waste.”
Something very strange jumped out at us while looking at the AI looking at the news flow: I think, by-golly, we may just have the first “political climate character assassination” to do a post-mort on.
The story, under headlines like “Ted Cruz flew to Mexico as Texans froze in storms” seems to us a rather deft (though possibly daft), of the same sort used as a major factor in the demise of Donald Trump: Success Envy.
No, this is not to excuse Trump for anything – don’t go there – any Trump comments from today forward will simply be trashed on the comment side (Trumps gone, move on).
BUT – until you have been in those circles where you can see “Call Jesse and have him get the jet ready…” – the difference in thinking between the ultra-deep of pocket and “everyday folks” like us is immense.
In politics that translates to “exploitable.”
Ted Cruz had – going into the storm – a very good change of being a Pres-Cand. come 2024. Minimum of GOP VP wannabe who could carry a state.
All smacks of Romney and the family dog on the roof story. Facts today don’t matter. Instead, impressions and emotions rule. America’s nerves have been scratched raw and it makes us all so much easier to control; manipulate.
People are becoming ever-more thin-skinned under this controlled assault, as well. Thus, the banter between humans has been crushed. Humor has been killed. Swedish jokes? Remember them? All humans have the same foibles…
But ask yourself the Big Friday Question: What’s funny, anymore? Besides the hubris of humans, of course…
This Storm Has Slowed Time
But, not everyone can see it, yet. Instead, you might see whines like Axios’ “Texas power outage shows America’s inability to solve crises.”
Which, in our view, misses many of the Key Deal Points:
- This has happened before (1899) when there was no man-made climate change.
- Any “Can’t Do” attitude springs from the outbreeding of delayed gratification. Which means that anything taking time is bad – and thus a monetization opportunity.
- Put another way, we live in the Nanny State with a side of whiners.
- Which has rippled into society as: Instant (baseless) violence, Instant messaging, Instant Social, instant rice, even instant….. See how “instant” the world is?
- When a time change event (snowtex) comes along, things slow. We see it evidenced as:
- Slower goods shipments on I-10 and I-40. (You do monitor truck volumes on webcams, do you not?)
- When the top end of the distro chain freezes up, the unthaw can take several weeks. So things like fresh fruits and veggies may keep you “in the can” (so to speak) for a while longer.
- Critical items – including meds – may be impacted, as well.
Earlier this morning, I was remarking to a reader (Andy) that most humans run around wasting personal processor clicks. If you had just used them in advance, you could still have heat, water, and another month of food.
The storm has slowed deliveries – and that’s effectively slowing time. Patience and strategic restocking is the order of the day.
Texas Rehab Work Plans
Since we still have enough to keep us going until well into fall (and that’s without the garden going in next week when things warm), we won’t be part of the shelf-clearing episodes that will predictably come next.
Water, heat, electric, and comms are all rolling fine here, knock on wood.
Your restoration priorities might include:
- Getting a heat source going.
- Repairing water supplies (check for boiling notices, a good idea to boil anyway…
- Inventory what food you have (and toilet paper, lol) and make a back-filling plan to implement over the summer.
As one of our readers shared on the Comments section as an Austin Area Prepper’s Report:
- Used dual natural gas/gas generator worked perfectly.
Used Big Berkey water filter, especially important on a boiled water notice.
Have natural gas stove, lucked out, in 1958 house in older neighborhood.
Stocked up on food pre-covid per this site’s recommendations.
Have all wheel drive 17 year old gas car, did great.
Saved up 4 propane tanks and one gallon distilled water. Gave distilled water and 1 propane tank to friends in need.
Stocked up on pet food for three months last week, listening to intuition.
- No paper plates in house.
Filled tub with water.
Afghans and boots.
Hats, scarfs, and gloves.
No winter coat, haven’t needed one, have to remedy that.
Home phone went down when electric went down which means the old dependable SWBell lines (now AT&T) are no longer useful in an electrical disaster. In the 1990’s earthquake in California, I was able to get through to family there when cells would not work. My consumer cellular stayed up, but we know any number of things which can take down service.
Hope my report helps other people plan for next time.”
As do we, but remember, for every smart person in America, there is a dumb one to keep the average IQ around 100…
Here in the Outback – past the end of the “white string” we still haven’t had mail or UPS show up, yet. Again, maybe that is part of planning, though. Only thing due to land now is a two-pack of hot-set PVC glue.
Dinner last night was a simple affair: spaghetti and meatballs, with enough leftovers (including most of a fresh loaf of bread baked last night) for meatball and provolone sandwiches for lunch.
Dinner’s a prime rib roast…birthday fare to make 72-years.
What really matters most? The freezing point of Champagne is 15F.
One has to keep their priorities upright, even in tough times.
Predictably, when the weather takes a turn, the Charlatans come out of the woodwork trying to scam and ram a “climate tax” or “accord” or other foolishness on people.
Crap on the net, forecasting this as the leading edge of a New Maunder Minimum, though is seriously overwrought. Here’s how solar output looks in the longer view:
Since the peak of (pending) Solar Cycle 25 is estimated to be low (compared to adjacent) we might look forward to weather similar to the 1800-1850 period.
We recall the Donner Party disaster came toward the end of this weak period (1846-`47. Not to be confused with FYC Or finger-food..) But, as Oilman2 sagely advised this week: “If we get another winter like this NEXT winter, then OK, we change plans a bit. Otherwise…one off…”
Still, America markets hysteria well. Which in turn slows time (as shelves are swept) and panic grabs the sheep. Rather than living, what my buddy Gaye Levy calls the strategic Life. People don’t plan to Live which is tantamount to planning to fail by failing to plan.
Markets: Working the Sheep
Dow Futures are up 82 while the S&P is up 14.
Way I figure it, the commercials drove down index options Thursday, so equities to cover would drive prices up today. At least for a while. After that?
The good news is natural disasters are a form of synthetic growth. We get that (it’s a subset of the “climate change” work/tax plan to keep everyone distracted and busy…) Living under Razor-wire Management in DC.
Fed is gently goosing the printing presses:
This infers they are happy with where the market is now…and are dialing it back a bit. The variable ahead: If the Blizzard of ’21 doesn’t kick some employment and lots of spending out, the larger problem will come knocking. That’s the turnover of money at M2:
You’ll see that:
- We are at one-in-a-lifetime lows in “turnover” of money. Which means less “economic work” is being done.
- The Policy Hipshot for the Fed is to drive enough inflation that all this pent up money comes out and goes into the economy.
- But as I told you previously, the wrong-headed “war-like job creation” idea being pressed by the Fed is really silly. Comes down to “What will people put their nuts on the chopping block it’s so important to buy?”
The last point is terrible. If you get a totally successful (low impact, has everything) society, where’s the expansion incentive? See how periodic collapse is good for building activity levels?
Look what we found in the snow drifts of data this morning! How is this for pseudo-important?
CNN is on the attack against (bad) White people: “How White nationalists evade the law and continue profiting off hate…” Here’s what we find so entertaining about such stories: Quotes a “bearded neo-Nazi” as saying that “Jews are terrorists” or some-such. But, when a Palestinian makes such a claim, that’s something the Left embraces. See how deep discrimination and unbalanced news runs? And that’s before the ad hominem attack on beards… And while we’re waiting for CNN to take a similar stand on (bad) Black people… (don’t hold your breath).
Hand me an icepick, would yah?
Following the British Unemployment Crisis? Harry and Meghan not returning as working members of Royal Family.
Hitting a Half Million CV Deaths. Just as we see that Pfizer First Dose 85% Effective After 2-4 Weeks: Study. Jab marketing ramp continues. I’m waiting to see how much they will pay for my arm. Could they just mail a check, though? The only one benefiting from all the vax marketing is the media…we take PayPal and cash…
Those Dopes in Sacramento: NBC is reporting that “New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records.” We’ll only discuss this after a pee test and blood draw, now. (LSD is 6-hours for urine, up to 12-hours in blood…but you of course knew that.)
It all makes perfect sense. That is, the Fortune article “Bitcoin hits a new all-time high as investors surge back into stocks. The way we figure it is simple: With Vegas shut down – and most people have some urge to gamble, if only an occasional marriage or two – where else can you put money, these days?
- Drug buzzes are cheaper thanks to legalization.
- You can only buy so-many-ex’es homes (Ed McMahon’s experiences, not withstanding).
- People can spend infinitely on increasing their knowledge, but that’s almost, you know, work. So forget about THAT.
- Somewhere I’d pencil in spiritual growth is an investment area…except the Greater Fool is always ourselves. And a zillion zealots want that many dollars…stairways to Heaven ain’t cheap, Zepp.
The other option is to cherry-pick the knowledge tree. We live in a trailer in the woods in Texas in 10–inches of snow. If you don’t have money, trust us, you can still be happy.
Which is the WHOLE point.
Around the Ranch
Walking Elaine is taking up most of our time as hip surgery recovery seems slow. The pain doesn’t go away nearly as fast as reasonable border policies, or honest money, for example.
On Peoplenomics tomorrow, we solve all the world’s problems in 3-deft moves. Yellow Cake recipe from LOOB tomorrow morning on the SatGourmet. And some cold weather lessons in ShopTalk Sunday.
Sometime I gotta get serious about this retiring stuff now that 72’s here…the “Texas power breakfast” of coffee and delta-8 CBD gummies just isn’t, oh, you know….
Write you get rich, thaw out, or have a better idea,