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June 3, 2020 at 11:25 am #29214
They’re seeing the same patterns from Trump that they’ve seen with despots and dictators in soon-to-be failed states.
And now with the church photo op (what a cluster) he’s pissing off religious leaders, including supporters like Pat Robertson.
I predict he’s going to snap in public before the election, and do something so looney-tunes that not even Rush Limbaugh can spin the story away from folks just realizing he’s insane now.
June 3, 2020 at 11:13 am #29213
Whad’ja think they would use? A DJI drone that feeds all the data to China?
Made in ‘murica! Yeah!
May 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm #29089
Cops shoot at protestors. Mob burns down police precinct.
We are living in an age of consequence.
May 20, 2020 at 3:27 pm #28813
The truth may come out, but it’ll be a tiny noise in a pile of disinformation and conspiracy theories, so we’ll never know.
May 20, 2020 at 3:24 pm #28812
So, White House staffers can work from home but Congress can’t? Gimme a break.
May 20, 2020 at 3:18 pm #28811
In talking with our group we agreed three things were now a priority: Made in USA, high quality, and easily maintained.
May 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm #28647
Those Nuk Alerts are great. They last for years and you can send them in to have their battery replaced. One down side: When they move from a cold environment to a warm environment they chirp every 30 seconds or so until they’re stabilized. It’s a feature, not a bug. You can test to see if it’s working by sticking it in a freezer for a few minutes and then pulling it out. But it can be annoying and gives itself away to others if, like me, it’s part of your edc pack.
May 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm #28405
In my area it’s $4/lb cut up and packaged if you buy 1/2 beef at a time from the rancher.
April 30, 2020 at 11:36 am #28192
This thing is over an hour long. Please provide a time mark for when this particular subject starts. I’m not wading through an hour of flotsam and jetsam to find the nugget you want to talk about.
April 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm #28181
I’m worried about the mutation rate.
April 25, 2020 at 7:58 pm #28094
Whirli, it’s not like knowing a detail of a subspecialty. It’s that ingesting chlorine is bad. Universally bad. Like everyone who’s been around a washing machine knows. People who took high school chemistry know, and chemistry was a required course in high school at his time. Look at the faces of the experts he’s asking. It’s like they just witnessed him turning into a reptile.
April 24, 2020 at 10:35 am #28071
Look at Trumps face when he says that. He’s not being “bombastic” or “habitually exaggerating” or “baiting the lefties” like his supporters supposedly love. He’s totally serious.
He has no clue. How do you get through college and not know basic stuff like this?
April 18, 2020 at 2:05 pm #27907
Sweden is fulla furreners. ‘Murika is different. We’re special.
April 18, 2020 at 1:58 pm #27906
China is trying to start back up but finding there are a) missing links in its internal supply chains, and b) few customers placing orders, so it’s like pushing wet sand with a bulldozer that has only one track. This will force Chinese companies to close and trigger Chinese banks to fail, and that’s starting to happen right about… now.
Meanwhile, This virus will ping-pong around the southern hemisphere, mutating and gaining strength during the southern flu season, before migrating north in the northern fall. Just in time to wreak havoc once again on what’s left of the world’s economy by forcing new lockdowns in China and everywhere else.
My main problem with Trump is he can’t hire competent people to save his life. Reagan had significant dementia, but an excellent staff + cabinet and so went out in style. This administration should be able to see these upcoming events but it can’t or won’t, so we need to adapt. Current shortages will get worse and worse as China flails about in its death throes and big business continues to suck at the government tit instead of doing a massive transition to critical manufacturing in the US.
So here’s how it goes in detail:
If products don’t get used, or local businesses can’t place restocking orders, then the output end of the supply chain stops and like a slinky, the force gets reflected back down the chain to the manufacturers and their suppliers. No single product has all its components built single manufacturer anymore. Vertical integration got replaced by outsourcing and just-in-time. These days, a manufacturing plant sources parts, feedstock, expertise, transport, and supplies from a web of supporting companies. Now that they’re trying to bring people back to work they are finding that a critical person or supplier is still not available, so that line can’t restart, so the workers stand around for a day or so and get sent back home. That’s what it’s like to be near the tail end of the slinky.
Once they do start up, they’ll find their customer base is less than half of what it once was, because capitalism and personal responsibility all that insure a ton of businesses fail because they can’t get zero interest bridge funding. The jobless rate goes through the roof, so everyone stops spending on non-essentials and starts hoarding cash. At the other end of the slinky, the manufacturers have to slow production, cut workers, minimize orders to their suppliers. Suppliers can’t meet their loans, so they get shut down because capitalism happens even in China now. Critical parts are no longer being made and the manufacturer in the middle has to shut down again. Eventually it can’t restart.
I just ordered two additional solar panels for my stock of spares, and was told by my supplier that that particular (popular) model was out of stock in the US warehouse and awaiting another shipment from China. I asked how long. Still waiting on the response.
Look at the grocery stores. Traffic is now at or below normal and yet bare shelves are everywhere. Why is that? Because packaging material comes from China. No bags for chips; no chips on the shelves.
Right now, replacement parts for pretty much everything come from China. Including parts that keep our power grid up and running, and tires that keep our transport trucks rolling.
There are ways out of this. Expensive, gut-wrenching, population-shifting ways that smack of socialism and wartime; right down to re-tooling manufacturing plants, converting shopping malls to manufacturing, trashing environmental and safety regulations and building codes for the interim, planting coronagardens, and shifting populations to temporary camps full of National Service draftees to support the new manufacturing plants from walking distance. But not to worry; these actions will not be taken because the current administration is stuffed with anti-science idiots too busy praising the buck-passer-in-chief to notice the zombies are marching up their steps.
So the replacement parts won’t be happening. Expect more and more shortages. Expect more and more addicts roaming the streets looking to break into houses. When you hear that tires are in short supply, expect trucking to be in the process of shutting down, because they go through tires like crazy. When you see the first intermittent grid failure, expect that to become the new normal for you.
Act accordingly. The time for planning has passed.
April 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm #27887
Don’t know about you, but my state is not newsworthy. A nice, flattening curve, with case doubling times going from 3.x days to 6.x days, and the bulk of the cases in the Major metro areas. Hospitals still have spare beds and ventilators, in fact they’re laying off people because they can’t do elective or non-emergency treatments. Of course since we’re doing so well the business folk want to open back up, but the Governor is having none of that.