With my right-hand raised, I do solemnly swear (cussing is more my style, but whatever) to write shorter columns. Which will be more to the point. Focusing on being a close-in map for coming events.
This week’s timeline features a quiet (read: rally) early. However, then things get interesting at mid-week.
Other than some mid-morning PMI and ISM data (along with construction spending) there’s little to fear.
However, tomorrow the Fed will meet. Wednesday they will hand down some clues as to whether we’ll see “taper with a rapier” or the Bubbleator will continue.
Wednesday’s warm-up for the Peoplenomics report will be the ADP employment numbers. Challenger cuts Thursday and Federal wishful’s Friday.
Brandon’s Mandate Turns Boner
It is becoming increasingly clear: the Biden “mandates” may do more to sink the flailing democrat party than anything Trump came up with.
Take American airlines: Thousands of flights canceled. At least in part due to “the mandate.” Rather than understand pilots are stone-cold data readers, the Woke Idiocity of America (the WIA) is being sold stories like “Southwest Airlines to investigate pilot’s purported anti-Biden chant.”
If you’re not clear on who this Brandon fellow is, background is here.
As usual, the gap between the would-rule clown posse, passing itself off as legit government, failed to see that people see through BS pretty well out here in “fly-over land.” Libtard-double-standards are clear when “My body, my right” is chanted on abortion, but you’re a by-God terrorist if you hold that view on manda-vax. Stunningly stupid is the new American Way, thanks to Joe and the Regressives…
Unable to understand cause-and-effect. this latest pre-impeachment flub has resulted in NYC being on the verge of becoming the world’s largest Volunteer Fire Department. The combination of defunding cops and unconstitutional “mandates” (which aren’t law) will likely return a Wild West air to Los Angeles where sheriffs are clearing out.
You don’t hear much about Seattle – where communists and super-libs have pretty-much taken over. But on the local conservative radio site, stories like Rantz: Mayor quietly admits Seattle Police staffing crisis, but could be too late, appear. Yessir – you can always tell a super-lib, but you can’t tell ’em much.
Even the liberal-leaning woke peddling NY Times can’t seem to decide the obviousness of Brandon’s Blunders: Seattle’s Choice: A Police Abolitionist or a Law-and-Order Republican? If that’s not an easy call, you’re a brainwashed idiot.
Mental acuity is not a hallmark of the Woke. When you see stories like Nearly 5 million people have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the reportorial error is likely confusing between OF and WITH. You see, in stats, there’s bonus money paid for OF. The word “WITH” denigrates Covid to the same class as a bad flu helping Death along for people with cancer, heart disease, and obesity. In fact, CV is still not the leading cause of death “Globally, COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke.” What ever happened to “natural causes?”
While the death toll (if you trust the stats ) did in fact cross the 5-million level globally on the Johns Hopkins site this morning, the US death toll was 745,836 but that’s not nearly as scary. Especially when comorbidities are not delineated. But hey! We’re just data purists, around here. Given 337-million, that’s a death rate of just over 2-10th’s of one percent.
It’s all very much cut of the same cloth as elections: Depends who’s doing the counting.
We await the Nov. 16th book by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. Ought to drive the manda-vaxxers nuts.
In the meantime, we see how the ‘rona might extend Social Security for survivors. Always a silver lining.
My consigliere’s window for trouble to blow-up is not-yet closed. Runs to Nov. 6th, or so.
In the meantime, the headlines are still swirling: ABC’s Blinken raised concerns about Taiwan with China doesn’t sound as alarmist as Fox’s Antony Blinken: US will support Taiwan against Chinese aggression.
Opinion pieces are also flying: Warning China on Taiwan, the U.S. is the real problem – CGTN. But, the US is totally reliant on Taiwan for many types of computer chips.
And you see, ultimately it always comes down to money. Just as Taiwan wants investment deal, foreign minister tells EU, China will predictably raise pressures.
And one of these days – with little (or no) notice, it will be game-on. China would likely find an excuse to take out an American carrier and then we’re game on with how does the Bungler in Chief respond. God help us all.
Motion in the Backfield
Why does the abortion question keep coming up? Supreme Court: Texas’ abortion law SB 8 goes before justices. “Are otherwise reserved to the States” seems not to be taught anymore by the education insurgency.
Saw a poll over the weekend that BLM support is waning. Could it be stories like Two men sentenced to federal prison for destroying police car in George Floyd protest have something to do with that?
Over half of Global Warming is driven by China. Most people don’t know that. Maybe explains why China’s Xi to address COP26 climate talks in writing only. Hope you are braced for the flood of brainwashing on climate about to be unleashed… Fact is, the U.S. is being singled out for climate punishment. Liberal apologists play Why it’s hard for India to quit coal. Yet we’re so old that we remember when America stood for equality. Long-ago, far away, lost with our ability to be self-sufficient.
Warning’s a bit late, bubba: Elon Musk Warns Austin, TX, to Avoid Becoming a ‘San Francisco Copycat’. Some of us in the deeper-thinking parts of the state have considered barbed wire be used to keep Austin contained, already. We can see what happened to Detroit as their tech peaked and was overtaken by Asia. San Francisco, we figure, will be next to “top.” New York may already be in decline… Meantime, Texas is still Charmin’. Not poopycats yet.
Let’s talk about how well strict gun control laws work, shall we? At Least 6 Killed, 27 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago – reports CBS. With an ultra lib, cop defunding mayor, this promises to get even more ridiculous. BYOK (Bring your own Kevlar.)
I put my computer where my mouth was this weekend: (That hurt!) Told you I expected zero to 1 impact from the arrival of the CME post the minor X-class flare.
What better time to work on the server, here. By the end of effort, GT Metrix was showing:
But all that speed isn’t worth anything if it’s not also married to good security: So over on the SecurityHeaders.com website, we score:
As soon as I get done patting myself on the back, there’s a reason data like this matters. Take a read of the PC Magazine article: The 10 Websites That Track You the Most | PCMag by Eric Griffith., Good information to tuck away.
We continue with the great conundrum (Google Adsense or Commission Junction) for the few bucks a month ads throw off this site. While we can get the speed of Urban up a good bit from here, that would involve turning off ads. Occasionally, I see an interesting one go by, though…
Being (as I pretend) a writer, I’m often torn between whether I should write fiction or non-fiction. The next project on my list is pushing “The 100-Year Toaster” – my rant on how virtually all the world’s problems come back to planned obsolescence – out the door.
But after that? Torn between a) a new sci-fi novel, b) another in the David Shannon (DreamOver) series, or c) more non-fiction. The choice between A and B will in part be driven by some time machine experiments. But, since writing Packing to Die: Suitcase between your ears” and not including laborious footnotes, a lot of the “work-sting” of non-fiction can be relieved.
If you have read one of my books – your input is appreciated.
Ranch Life: Three projects this week: Remove a few of the leaves which are piling up. Then there are new “Posted: No Hunting” signs to be refreshed along 6,200 feet of fence line. And, we’ll finish the backsplash and be done with the tile project; or nearly so.
My sister gave us a black and white granite topped roll-around some years back. I’ve measured it for a “tile recap” so everything in the kitchen will match.
Looking ahead, there’s assembly of the CNC rig and laser to engrave new kitchen cabinet faces. Not too hard from a technical standpoint. Take a good picture, convert to line art of ink drawing in your graphics program. Then roll into Inkscape and export as g-code for CNC. At least, that’s how the process-mapping looks from here. More details in my ShopTalk Sunday series which you can click into with a button on the menus above.
With that, remember the suggestion of shorter columns?
Two hours before the open, futures were being run moonward, again. Happy-talk Monday. The Imperial Global Government (G20) climate meetings today will be seen as a good thing. It’s just a bash of the US for once being successful. Not many worries about that lately. Equality (total and across the board) is terribly out of fashion.
Write when you get rich,