Hype School Reunion time!
While we await this weekend’s “Easter War” window – and having our fill of how the Great Schism of 1054 may still be feeding forward into daily news events now – we have plenty of time to consider ongoing monetization’s of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).
As you will read in a fabulously hyped NY Post headline this morning, My fiery showdown with Donald Trump over his stolen election claims from one Piers Morgan has reinvented the American Divide.
It’s little more than the cyclical return of yellow journalism – quick to trade on the Trump brand – while trying to save a flailing career that saw Morgan bounced from CNN for low ratings. Likely, a more even handling of events is found in Deceptive Edits: Audio Contradicts Piers Morgan, Shows He Warped Trump Interview Ending in Promo (breitbart.com).
I can tell you, as a journalist (with more than half a century experience), this is little more – in my view – than another example of how U.S. immigration laws have failed us miserably. There were – and remain – far more competent American journos than Morgan.
Yet the American public still insists on playing the sub role of neo-kneelers, groveling before the throne. (And people who talk funny.) British accents, however, test well in network galvanic’s. Roughly, the second derivative of the mean reciprocal audience IQ score with eye of newt flambé, then cross-tabbed. Adver-Hyping 101.
A glimmer of hope to the north as Canadian’s may be waking a bit: Canadians more open to cutting ties with monarchy, but still support Queen: poll – National. Yet even with this, the monetization’s and groveling continue as described in Britain’s Queen Elizabeth gets own Barbie doll for Platinum Jubilee.. See why the Ure clan moved to The Colonies in the 1700s?
The result of this historical bletch (from the Yiddish word “brechen”) is America’s Modern Colonists are rolling out red carpets for the UK’s dregs and dethroned. (Wish we could write checks to avoid trial, huh, duke?)
Incomprehensible! Fortunately, Andy, Harry, Piers, and Meghan are not our cuppa news. The only Morgan we believe has the first name “Captain.”
American gullibility should have ended at Boston Harbor. Or, more recently, at the inbound immigration desk. (We know how that doesn’t work with the Drooler in Chief! Title 42 idiot!)
Now that I’ve gone and “…got my Irish up…”
Union Pacific? Useless Reply
We raised questions earlier this week of Union Pacific. Which, as you know, has decided to cut back rail operations citing everything in the PR playbook. Installing new tech, crew shortages, training, blah-blah, and whatever… Regardless of labeling, these will help to induce food shortages later this year.
When asked about this, a UP public relations (flackette) only told us:
We have taken steps to address congestion on our network. One of those steps includes metering some traffic. There is no general embargo of regions, products or customers. I refer you to our latest customer update. UP: General Announcements“
Which pissed me off – and it should you, too. Fired back:
“That was not the question. The question is (please respond to the question and not redirect):
Has UP restricted movement of CF Industries fertilizer shipments, or will your plans reduce spring fertilizer movement in any manner?
Thanks in advance
Rather than admit that not only will their changes impact CF Industries fertilizer shipments, we’re now hearing from farm belt sources that this genius-level management crew will also reduce (meter) feed grains being delivered to meat and poultry producers. WTFG! Don’t these people shop? Eat?
When the food shortages arrive, remember this timeline: We gave you the heads up in December. The Drooler-in-Chief followed a couple of months on (blaming sanctions), and now we see how corporate America is doing its part to reduce food stocks. Way to Go!!! And let’s bash Vlad as Bad? Who, we remind, remains the largest fertilizer (urea) exporter in the world? Yeah, Joe. Let’s sanction the fertilizer maker!
Again, the Buyed ‘Em administration has demonstrated an inability to engage second or third-level thinking. Knock-on events ripple, kiddies. Get off the laptops and back in rehab.
Attack on food building now as Agricultural Cooperatives Targeted by Cyberattackers. Drivethroughs with odd and even license days – just like the Oil Embargo – gee, this’ll be fun, won’t it?
Meanwhile, it will be instructive this fall to see if hungry voters will retain the same appetite for BS vote manipulation and political blatherspeak as fuller people did in better times.
Speaking of High Crookery
We are always amused to to follow the ongoing failures of Hillary Clinton. The latest? Clinton senior campaign team leaves cohort Sussmann in tough spot ahead of Durham trial.
Which goes on my punch list to discuss with my consigliere: If a lawyer is party to a possible crime, is attorney-client still in play? And if a law firm engages in potentially illegal activity, can clients in unrelated cases demand refunds?
Meantime, older news hounds will remember the (suspicious) Uranium One deal featuring the Clintons circa 2013. Irony? The democrats giveth (Vlad) and taketh away, eh?
Just in from out .mil whiz warhammer:
“Warfighting in the electro-magnetic spectrum gives an inherent advantage to the attacker. The speed of response to such an attack is critical in limiting the degree of negative impact on defending forces. SpaceX is giving Uncle Sam a lesson on how to conduct rapid counter-cyber warfare.
A military unit traditionally trains and operates by established sets of rules called ‘doctrine.’ Some aspects of doctrine are good, such as identifying common tools, tactics and techniques for unit operations. But with the ‘speed of light’ nature of cyber warfare, the response to an attack or probe must be as close to ‘immediate’ as possible to limit damage. As with the WWII code breakers for the Nazi Enigma system, cyber warriors (aka coders and hackers) must also be able to quickly recognize a suspected probe or attack and successfully respond to it.
Industry based SpaceX coders working with the DoD rapidly and successfully turned away a Russian cyber attack due to their elite training and experience, attributes not easily instilled during military basic training. The way forward, in the near term at least, is for military cyber forces to team with industry experts in order to provide the best possible defense-in-depth across key cyber-intensive systems and infrastructures. Over time, AI will likely play an increasing role in counter-cyber ops.
The advantage for the time being seems to go to the West, where a more innovative teaming of industry, academia and military minds should provide the adaptability and flexibility necessary to counter insidious and persistent cyber attacks. But Russia and China are climbing the learning curve, to the point that whoever develops the best AI algorithms for cyber and counter-cyber warfare will hold a decided and possibly devastating advantage in future engagements.”
From SourceSafe forward, eh? Having invented computers, America’s now reduced to running on momentum. Way to Go Political Hacks! (Always confusing luck with brains!)
Reading the Fed
Next Tuesday, Jerome’s partly hidden Fed monetary agenda will be ghostly seen in the new monthly H.6 Money Stocks report. While waiting, we thumbed through the Wednesday Beige Book (you know, the one with the blue cover?):
- Overall Economic Activity
Economic activity expanded at a moderate pace since mid-February.
- Labor Markets
Employment increased at a moderate pace.
- Labor Markets
Employment increased at a moderate pace.
Close down CalTech and MIT – we got us a fresh load of rocket scientists right here.
Data and Cheerio’s
Powell speaks at 10 AM. In the meantime, two scrambled with the Philly Fed report which we distilled down to:
“The diffusion index for current general activity decreased 10 points to 17.6 in April, mostly offsetting its increase from last month. More than 34 percent of the firms reported increases in current activity this month, while 17 percent reported decreases. The index for new orders declined 8 points to 17.8, and the current shipments index fell 11 points to 19.1.”
And Labor’s New Unemployment Filings continue to drop, since people don’t want to work, especially if you can get government checks and phones if youj border jump in.
A couple of hours to the open, Dow futures were up +211. No drug testing on Wall Street, apparently.
This is the C wave blowoff of our complex four if you do Elliot wave counting. Up into the weekend is possible…
Light up fort breakfast? New Jersey launches recreational marijuana sales following voter approval.
Brookings is on the same path as we are: Age of cheap energy has run its course. Or, like Oilman2 tells us: Depletion never sleeps: Politicians need to square with the American people on gasoline prices. We continue to have high confidence politicians can’t handle the truth.
New in our military dictionary? SARMAT Russia test-fires new intercontinental ballistic missile.
We’ve told you this before, but as soon as China reunifies with Taiwan (this summer?) they will be eyeing Australia next:
There’s No Freedom of Speech in Canada: ‘Freedom Convoy’ Leader Pat King Charged with Perjury, Obstruction of Justice for Protesting COVID Mandates. Another reason to leave the “crown royals.”
Re-Poke: Does anyone care?
This is catchy: Dos And Don’ts After Being In A Head-on Collision. How about we just skip to the “don’t” part?
ATR: Adult Learning
Oops! Did someone forget the SFRA rules! Parachute demo at Nats Park causes brief Capitol evacuation. I know, you’re thinking “AYFKM? You don’t really know the SFRA rules, do you, Ure?” Well, uh… yeah…actually, I do. Want me to list the gateways?
My point: When you get to be 70-something it’s downright amazing how much knowledge you can acquire. All the certs and such.
Must be a genetic thing. Son George II just picked up his ICS-400 cert a week back.
Certs may be more accurately cast as “meal tickets.” Tell you a short story:
I started off at age 16 with a First Class Commercial Radiotelephone license (now GROL) from the FCC. Read transmitter meters at KOL and KYAC in Seattle. While everyone else in high school was pulling min wage at first Jobs, mine was an easy $10 an hour in 1967. Read meters, drink coffee. Which today is like being in high school and making $81.19 per hour. Horrific example of what inflation has done to us, isn’t it?
Here’s another scary example: Following year, working for a defense contractor (as an O4 equiv.) at a remote site in Alaska, it was $800 a week. Today? That would be $6,231.68 a week!
A well experienced nurse (RN) I know – masters and 10-years as a trauma rockstar lead – makes even more than that because travel nurses (staff on demand) make serious bank these days, too.
Point is? Never stop learning. Get Certs – they are meal tickets.
Try to get a new cert in something every few years. I did a commercial UAS (drone) pilot license in 2021. Looking for some cert to pick off this year. Might have a go at master gardener, or something like that.
The more certs you have, the more creds. Anyone can get a degree these days. But the meaningful and related collection of certs and awards? That’s a different level of play. A clean LinkedIn page and lots of certs. Even preference and political correctness, the smart people can still rise to the top.
Before thinking “Chase the bag (o money)” chase the certs. Lifetime of paybacks will be along soonly thereafter.
Write when you get rich, and remember: Everything you don’t know is secret…