Having been up all night (the ER visit for Elaine, see ATR) it’s not too difficult to fire brain cells jacked up on tea…
We are sad that our expectation of 50+ dead, laid out in the Thursday column on word of the Hawaii fires was right. Maui wildfires death toll at 55 as warning sirens’ silence questioned.
The Uranium War Begins
This weekend. Because – as we have warned you all week – there is the matter of Niger (recently coup‘ed) owning 7 percent of the planets uranium reserves. Your State Department (whose policies have been perverted by neocons for decades) has helped engineer the U.S. losing the global energy race.
As a result of missing the “long game” we are on the back side of Peak Oil now and all the Bungle rats can do is yammer about gas cooking and sell us horribly overpriced EVs which we don’t have the infrastructure to support. I mean from the copper and lithium on out.
The Coup in Niger is turning into War this weekend because France is virtually inseparable from colonialism and the green-speak disease. In their world, thousand-year cooling ponds are a better deal than fair trade energy. (The kind without bloody roots and financial manipulations – and yes, good luck finding it.)
Good coverage continues to flow from the Greek war-watcher’s site here: The die is cast: ECOWAS has ordered a military invasion of Niger – Africa faces the biggest war in its history.
Not familiar with ECOWAS? Puppet organization for France and the U.S. mostly. Put a big Wiki on it and you discover:
“As of February 2017, ECOWAS has 15 member states; eight of these are French-speaking, five are English-speaking, and two Portuguese-speaking. All current members joined the community as founding members in May 1975, except Cape Verde which joined in 1977.
The only former member of ECOWAS is Arabic-speaking Mauritania, which was also one of the founding members in 1975 and decided to withdraw in December 2000. Mauritania recently signed a new associate-membership agreement in August 2017.”
What do most of the 15-member states have in common? Critical natural resources, that’s what. You can look up each nation’s major resources and cross-check ECOWAS members in the CIA Factbook over here, if you think I’m pulling your leg.
Pretty simple why the (rich, resource eating colonial powers) have their dander up about Niger. The Factbook tells us the place sports
uranium, coal, iron ore, tin, phosphates, gold, molybdenum, gypsum, salt, petroleum
The reason for war (likely this weekend, in our view) is that both Russia and China will buddy-up to the new government of Niger. And this will likely mean the 10,000-odd ECOWAS “anti-terrorist” operation won’t be enough. Which is why Wagner Group is a big problem.
Most of the mainstream media coverage is lame. Most parrot the Foggy Bottom and French labeling from the propaganda department: West African nations prepare to send troops to Niger. Supposedly to “defend democracy” – a well-worn war whistle.
Niger didn’t ASK for help. Haven’t attacked anyone, either. Why a war? Money and resource, as always. Niger is going through a change which – again check me – countries do, now and then.
Rather than allow natural, internal processes to resolve (remember, Niger hasn’t attacked anyone…) the West is planning as big an armed invasion as it takes.
Which is likely this weekend (or next) and as soon as THAT begins, we look for China to swoop into Taiwan. It’s just how this kind of thing seems to roll and I’ve been covering news for a little more than 55-years now… Was it Chicago ’68? “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
Winds are piping up all over the place. Don’t know if the right term is “blustery” but this fits the “Next War” drive: US to hold Niger military junta accountable for detained leader’s safety, Blinken says.
Wanna bet if the new Niger gov’t signed a uranium deal with the West, peace would break out? Ah, but we don’t do peace any better than we do war lately. Not because of America’s brave in uniform. Because specifically of our idiots and bureaucrats.
OK, with a side of neocon recycles, then.
Beyond Business Models
To refresh, you are living on planet Earth. We are eating our way to the edge of the Petri Dish. Governments have separated from the governed, and the game is the Manufacturer’s Resource Wars which will run out only at such time as there is not enough resource to support populations fighting anywhere but home soil.
This makes war only slightly improved from Marine Major General Smedley Butler’s “War is a Racket.”
As such, there’s a good old-fashioned shakedown sub-racket. Backers of Ukraine want Biden to amp up his pitch for the war effort to the American public. See the marionette strings as he goes for more dough from the rubber-stamp kangeroo congress.
While I can’t speak for you, I am not personally any too pleased that OUR income taxes are used for fighting wars all over the world. And in space, with the Moon War out there in the distant future – if the food and energy doesn’t blow out first. That’s just me. I’m old and crotchety.
As of this morning, the eastern Ukraine Kharkiv region is falling to Russian forces, who might make it on this thrust likely to the Dnieper River – which was the natural (and linguistic) transition zone, anyway. Ukraine orders 12,000 to evacuate.
Hmm. “Losing ground. Send more money.”
Sorry, we’re on the Do Not Call list. If nations didn’t send money and prop up economies with war materiel, we might not be as prosperous…and God knows, we can’t have that. ESPECIALLY ahead of 2024 elections, right?
Producer Prices, Final Demand – just out and with a whiff of inflation to come, which adds to the Thursday inflation rattles.
“The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.3 percent in July, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices were unchanged in June and declined 0.3 percent in May. On an unadjusted basis, the index for final demand advanced 0.8 percent for the 12 months ended in July.
In July, the increase in final demand prices was led by a 0.5-percent rise in the index for final demand services. Prices for final demand goods edged up 0.1 percent.
The index for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 0.2 percent in July, the largest increase since a 0.3-percent rise in February. For the 12 months ended in July, prices for final demand less foods, energy, and trade services advanced 2.7 percent.
With the Early futures split, we would not be surprised to see the commercials try to hold things up into the close of today’s stock trading. With concerns for how the next stage of wardom will evolve, we might consider shorting over the weekend. We don’t offer investment advice, of course. But we try not to leave assets around where they can get run over or run off with.
Quips and Slips
No, the UPS Vote on the new contract is not “in the bag” yet. Can “Vote No” on the UPS Contract Win? What’s Driving the Opposition to the UPS/Teamster’s Deal. Voting continues. Even IF approved, will FedEx roll over?
Here comes a new crypto angle you’ll see hyped a lot: Worldcoin scans eyeballs and offers crypto. What to know about the project from OpenAI’s CEO. Well, except mining – squandering the world’s energy to make up money – pardon us – just doesn’t make sense. If you can’t eat it or heat with it…color us disinterested. Ned Ludd? Nope – back to the weatherman quote, sorry.
Ever see the movie Never-ending Story? Well, here’s your chance again: Trump lawyers to face off with Jack Smith’s prosecutors over discovery rules.
Democrats are finding their ultra-woke, leftie spiel may be driving actual middle-of-the-roaders away: Joe Manchin continues to flirt with becoming an independent. (I’m so old I remember when America had a middle and not Hate Camps. No wonder Russia and China are getting in our shit, huh?)
Wrong-Way Biden rides again: Joe Biden warns China a ‘ticking time bomb’ because of economic woes. Somehow failing to link-think: investor concerns china tech curbs: US investors flag retaliation risks after Joe Biden’s China tech curbs. Which drove us to put a red flag out about Taiwan just ahead.
See how the world all ties-together if you just slow down and connect the dots and money flows?
On the tube: Movie review: ‘Heart of Stone’ begins promising Gal Gadot franchise. Netflix tonight, maybe?
Amateur astronomer alert: Watch the biggest meteor shower happening now thanks to this beacon. I’ll miss it. “Can’t see ’em with Ure head up your butt…” someone emailed. Tisk, tisk. Not so fast. Svbony digital lens, sport.
ShopTalk Sunday column this weekend: Recycling an old clock radio for parts plus a serious discussion of shop PPE…(Personal Protective Equipment.)
ATR: All-nighter in the ER
Wife Elaine went to the ER about 1 AM today. She’d scraped her left hand outside (always hauling water for the cats and the couple of murders of crows that depend on her in hot weather).
The scrape – about five days back – was duly cleaned out with Hibiclens and pasted shut with a Band-Aid and multi-sporin with zinc.
But day before yesterday her fingers got sore. By last night, we were icing because well up her arm from the cut, she was feeling swelling.
Finally, about midnight, she woke up, took off the elastic wrap on the arm and said it was too painful. Off to the ER we sped.
An hour – and an x-ray to make sure she hadn’t gotten a hairline break doing anything – we came toddling home with a scrip for a powerful anti-biotic.
She’s resting fine. I’ll be back shortly with the meds and all’s well that ends well.
Except to make two points. First, thanks to Christus-Trinity hospital in Tyler. Since they are our healthcare provider, except for the “day-of” paperwork, no hassles, no cards. Everything is “in the system.” Super-fast.
The sharable though? When you do get injured, or your body goes on the fritz, if the thought of even going to the hospital crosses your mind, it’s time to Act.
We’re at an age (ahem…) where delays can be fatal. We take no chances. Enjoy the healthcare system while it lasts. They do a great job. (Plus, it was nice to have G2 and his g/f trauma nurse on the line, too!) When it’s time to use your systems, get your money’s worth!
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