Let’s get the Reader Note out of the way first.
If you l0ok at the menu (top of page) you will see some new little “v’s” which indicate they are now pull-down menus. I’ve moved a number of things around and added a few things to help “navigating the mind of George” a little more clear.
Like me, the website has a kind of MPD (multiple personality disorder, look it up in the DSM-5).
- One personality is the gracefully aging cynic. World’s been going to hell for 72-years, that I know of. Daily columns.
- Another is the “investor” though it’s really turned into more “gambling” (but winning rather consistently) since I became (more or less) a bull/bear agnostic. Reason? I’ve come up with a way of making money no matter which way the market moves. Though it’s not a lot (like $106 yesterday, but I only played for 3-hours) I don’t particularly worry about money. It’s just a tool. (OK, and a game and mostly a con…)
- Mortal George: Life is really about “What we carry between the ears” at death’s door. So in addition to relationships (which we touched on Wed. on the Peoplenomics side) much is about adventuring and making. These are grouped under Ultra-Making which drops down to my 3D printing and CNC’ing site, the Sunday ShopTalk series, the Saturday Gourmet, and the various Ham Radio projects.
- Then there are the topics. A few (like the time machine project) live on the Peoplenomics side only. But others – like the research and resources, and things like the link to the ComputationalFuture.com site (which was a Peoplenomics project way back when) live.
- And then there’s the housekeeping personality: Euro-Gestapo (and Kali Kooks) plus the FAQ and a thing or two about us.
I tried to look at the site this morning and it didn’t seem “logically arranged” sufficiently for most people to follow. (Complicated people have a tough time looking normal to simple people. so, just in case…) It’s really a problem of having too many interests in Life. So now, you can find the “woo-woo” events on their own click, for example. Or ham radio stuff…
Hope this helps you get around – because Life is full of adventure and surprises for those who go looking for it. Or, just sit in the woods and wait for it to show up. Which it does…
Personal Income Collapse (Wallet-Suck)
Such as it is (alleged by wild-eyed statisticians who make way more than us):
Personal income income decreased $1,516.6 billion (7.1 percent) in February according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (tables 3 and 5). Disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $1,532.3 billion (8.0 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $149.0 billion (1.0 percent).
Real DPI decreased 8.2 percent in February and Real PCE decreased 1.2 percent; goods decreased 3.3 percent and services decreased 0.1 percent (tables 5 and 7). The PCE price index increased 0.2 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.1 percent (table 9).
This should be a “holy shit, Batman!” moment. Markets got a hell of a “wall o’ worry” to climb.
Still, after the number, Dow Futures were
up 134. Making that +157. AYFKM? think free money payments will solve it all? Har!
International Trade Data
Wonder where that money (you don’t have) is going? West. Asia. (“Go west, young bucks… ” It’s ok, a treasury joke…) We make up “bucks” China sends us “things.” Who’s the smarter? (Who has the liens?)
So goods deficit up 2 1/2 percent, then.
As Peoplenomics.com readers know, there is likely to be a “market event” next week which could be playable. We will speak publicly of it, after it goes by. Just know it’s likely.
In the meantime, however, do remember next Friday is Good Friday (though I’ve never seen a really bad Friday yet): We will have maybe 2-days of ShopTalk as a result. Depends on the Middle East and Slow Joe?
Good Weather Call…
As I mentioned in the Thursday column in: “Off to the 3D printer projects...scattered T-storms in the South today and keep an ear open and the NOAA monitor on…that time of the year, now. Tornado weather..”
Well, it doesn’t exactly involve rocketry (or dueling simultaneous equations) to figure when warm air is blowing north through East Texas bringing low 80s for temps here that it’s going to collide with winter-leftovers somewhere.
Sure enough: At least five dead from tornadoes overnight in Alabama and Georgia. We will be putting fresh batteries in the NOAA Weather Radio today.
A lot of the risks in life telegraph their arrival in advance. Do you regularly look at the weather upwind of where you live by a hundred miles, or more?
Not Climate Change
Although we venture into a linguistic swamp full of scientific quicksand and minutia. You see, Denver this week is on the verge – 3-inches – from breaking their all-time snowfall season.
To my way of thinking, climate discussions should always be held at the 50-year level. The reason being the periodicity of the solar cycle (11-years) and the (gee, related, huh?) Pacific high oscillation. Over five (or more) cycles you can say something. Shorter term? Arguing about the weather. No one wants to talk about heat-islanding much, or the knock-on effects of paving over America.
Yet we were shocked with Axios this week for actually trying to defend insane growth rates. Doesn’t anyone’s bullshit detector but mine go off when reading that “stalling growth would be bad for the planet”?
As I argue in my book on the Peoplenomics side, (will have to upload it to Amazon one of these days) “The 100-Year Toaster” – we have screwed up in two major ways that will cause a human die-off.
First, our thinking about money is foxtrot-uniformed. Thanks to which, we place more emphasis on “making money” than “making great, durable, enduring, light on resource products.”
One of the (likely long) discussions when G2 moves down here will be over where the real long term values are: My money would be on earth-sheltered homes, food production, and water sourcing. But, nutters in the woods are not paid any mind due to their radically correct views.
Speaking of Which
Did you see the CNN piece “Voting rights debate: At least 45 states have seen bills aimed at voter suppression. Here’s why…“? Gotta be careful of commies, lefties, and loonies on this one:
Since only American citizens are entitled to vote, I (for one, and I may be the only one) don’t have a problem with providing citizenship information before voting.
Not that with voting machines it matters, but the Left is off running “voter suppression” memes while he truth is closer to Citizen Suppression.
As I have said before, only property owners and workers ought to vote. Since that’s where the wealth of the Nation comes from. Everyone else is part of Digital Mob Rule…and mobs act like locusts, consuming every dime in their path.
Too bad we still have a chicken-shit, populist Supreme Court instead of legal scholars who can follow the law as written.
Gee…only three mentions of Trump on the NY Times front page, this morning. WTF is going on? TDS fever breaking?
The WaPo mentions how “Oh God I miss him: Biden keeps returning to Trump as a cause of nation’s troubles…”
As we have been pointing out (to both reality-based people who read UrbanSurvival)
- Everything is a Business Model
- Trump drove media revenue (OK, some of the national insanity, too, lol)
- And with Trump gone, news revenues are “going Coriolis” as evidenced in “LA Times Reveals ‘Catastrophic’ $50 Million Revenue Loss in 2020 (Exclusive)” at The Wrap.
New Contagion – Pandemic II in Wings?
This is sick…literally:
An Ebola-infected nurse has arrived in Maryland. In Washington state, 23 people are being monitored for Ebola.
South of there? Four people are on Ebola watch in Oregon.
Meanwhile as we await the Spring Break uptick from Covid, we eye the pending report from scientists who have been looking into the source of the China virus, with curiosity. Since the report doesn’t mention bio-weapon, we will continue taking our “healthy skepticism” pills. Nothing to think here, move along, please.
More in Peoplenomics tomorrow with the charts. The SatGourmet has a guest chef returning, and ShopTalk Sunday is 3D printing and working layout problems.
Write when you get rich,