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Posts tagged “Current Events

It is still the Economy stupid.

Posted on April 3, 2020

  My wife was particularly cruel to me last weekend. She pulled out about a half dozen old puzzles and wanted the family put them together. This little entertainment was originally for the kids, but soon I was roped into putting them together by myself. The puzzles were old, and some of them were missing pieces. But they are fun, and a nice distraction during this time of social distancing. But the missing pieces got me thinking. When does a puzzle become useless? Putting them away, my wife marked on the boxes the missing pieces. -2, -4, and so on. The largest was a 100 pieces, and that one, was ironically, complete. But when does a puzzle become useless? I’ve known people to toss…

Pandemic Conspiracies. My top four favorites.

Posted on April 1, 2020

  If the internet has taught us anything, it is everyone has a Theory. Some of those theories quickly slip into the realm of Conspiracies. Here are some of my favorites.   1.) There really isn’t a Pandemic, this is just a bad flu, and it has been around since last Fall.  KNOWN: Covid-19 is a pandemic. It is world wide, and has nearly topped 1 million cases. With some 45,000 deaths. The Flu, which is seasonal, and came in the Fall (October 1st 2019 as the start point) Has infected some 38-54 million worldwide. Causing some 24-62 thousand deaths worldwide according to the CDC website. [cdc.gov] This year the B strain, made an early appearence, and this strain has gone after children. Many…

I know the culprit of the lack of Personal Protect Equipment. Sam Walton.

Posted on April 1, 2020

Have you heard of Sam Walton? No, not John-boy Walton’s father, but the patriarch of the Wal-Mart Walton’s. An amazing man who took a small little retail store and turned it into a multi-million…now multi-billion dollar company. Most people hate Wal-Mart, or absolutely love it! Few are in-between. Yet you can’t deny Sam Walton wasn’t a genius.   The genius of Sam Walton was that he realized he had a problem. His backroom in his store? It was packed with inventor. Some of it was moving just fine, other inventor, not so well. Then there was inventor that try as he might, he couldn’t get reliable vendors, and was constantly out of stock. This was the way of retail stores when Sam ran his.…

Which Curve is being Flattened?

Posted on March 29, 2020

Today marks one week the State of Illinois has been Sheltering-in-place. Basically, a quarantine order. People are not allowed to gather in groups of  more than 10, businesses designated non-essential are shuttered, people told to stay home unless they need to run out for essentials. Social distancing is the new norm . We have another week to go, and as of today, the curve is still growing in Illinois,and doesn’t seem to be letting up. Yet another curve has flattened, and even has turned downward. That is the economic sector in Illinois. With businesses shut down, from small mom and pop shops to corporations, millions are furloughed and patiently wait for all this to pass over and they can get back to work. As…

After the Pandemic Ends.

Posted on March 20, 2020

  Eventually this pandemic will pass. That is a certainty. And it should be obvious, there will be blame, finger pointing, revisionist history, and mourning. We can only hope that the mourning is kept to a minimum. Yet, we will have learned things, more than you might suspect right now. Here are a few I think that will top the list. The Obvious ones. 1.) Bureaucracy is a major hindrance when fast action is needed. The Deep State, The Swamp, whatever you want to call it, bureaucracy is what it is. Bureaucrats may be Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or even Socialist. Yet their loyalty is to the bureaucracy, not their Political Party , or even an Administration. When Covid-19 raised it’s ugly head, the current…

What the Coronavirus has taught me about the Zombie Apocalypse.

Posted on March 16, 2020

We’re basically screwed folks. I don’t think the Coronavirus will end humanity. Most likely it won’t even put a dent in humanity overall. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take it seriously, we should. But with 7 billion and counting, the End of the World is not nigh. Yet if you are worried about a virus taking out humanity, might want to look a little closer to home, a mirror would do fine. You have to wonder what is it about this virus that is causing the run on toilet paper. Theories abound, articles have been written, politicians have opined, comedians are having fun, but it’s more telling than they know. Yesterday I needed to run to the store. During this pandemic, we have been…

Dear Twitterverse, that isn’t socialism.

Posted on February 12, 2020

    I’ve noticed something about the new socialist on Twitter. They don’t know what socialism is. They think they do. But sadly, they don’t. Socialism to them is this hip new idea that magically makes everyone equal. Don’t ask them what ‘Equal’ means because they don’t know what that means either. But in the Socialist Utopia that is to come. The Wealthy 1% will pay for everyone’s dreams. Corporations will cease to exist in favor government run co-ops and Healthcare will fix everything from the Coronavirus to Shingles. You will have a house, you will have a starter job paying you $22 an hour. And oh, anything you want to learn? College for Free. Honestly, it’s not a bad world. Sounds great. And…

Boomer: The slur that isn’t.

Posted on October 30, 2019

  I was called a Boomer today. A comment I thought was a little strange. For one, I am a Baby Boomer. And two…it was used as an insult.   I wasn’t insulted.   Yet the person I was trying to have a discussion with on Twitter, about Socialism, called me a Boomer as an insult. I think they need to work on their repertoire of insults. Insults are generally that last ditch effort to inject into a conversation a stinging blow, to silence the conversation, and thus, by it’s very nature, win the argument by ending it. That rarely works. Others in the conversation admonished me (and my generation) for screwing up the world. We’ve caused more harm than Genghis Khan it seems.…

Dear Democratic-Socialist, nothing is free, not even the air you breath.

Posted on October 25, 2019

  I like free stuff, don’t you? If I am walking through a store and they are offering samples, I do sample. Especially cheese. Seems that free stuff is the trend nowadays. Free Healthcare, free College, free housing, free…well about everything. It is the promise of the Democratic-Socialist and the Democratic candidates (barring a couple). Of course they don’t really mean it is free, what they mean is they are going to take from others to make it free for you. You can go to college and get that degree in Holistic Underwater Basket Weaving and it will be paid for by those rich jerks. And as we all know, Holistic Underwater Basket Weavers are in high demand. They want to make sure you…

I have a serious problem with the Ukrainian President.

Posted on September 26, 2019

  Ben Shapiro said it best in a Tweet yesterday. It really depends on your political point of view that determines how you see the transcript of the phone conversation between President Trump, and President Zelensky of the Ukraine. (Why yes, yes I did paraphrase Ben.) Well, that is if you see the transcript as what was actually said. Because, it wasn’t Verbatim.   Verbatim: in exactly the same words as were used originally.   See, everyone jumped all over that. It was in a tagline that was put on the copy of the transcript released. If you read the tagline in context, you would know it was an ‘out’ for the memo takers. Those four eyed pencil pushing translators that jot down every…