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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

merry christmas 2 of 3-article 1 of 2 today


MERRY CHRISTMAS YA FILTHY ANIMAL 2
( article 1 of 2 today )
Greed is good.  Thank you, Michael Douglas.  Ah, the magical ‘80’s.  And greed is good, because it makes the world function.  It has its price of course, but let us consider what just happened.  First, a close to home example.  Jeff over at Amazon was getting bored.  You make your company great with books.  Done.  You add everything sold, except icky guns and gun accessories.  Done.  What do you do now to keep the job interesting?  Well, why not. Let’s see how many billions you could cash in.  Hey, no judgement.  Ya gotta keep work challenging.
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Thank goodness that Jeff is a greedy little bastard, because he just let every one of you spend at or below cost for the last decade.  Did the Walton clan try to pay forward their good fortune by lowering prices?  Of course not.  But Jeff realized that greed is good.  He made us willing partners in his pirate raid.  And he was able to harness customer greed by playing off on stock owner’s greed.  Wally just screws customers.  Jeff rewards customers.  And you know what?  Since I’m greedy I don’t care it is a zero sum game, as long as I don’t lose.
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Who is going to get screwed when Amazon stock drops 99%?  Rich bastards parking their ill-gotten gains, or institutional players.  Like Illinois pension funds.  I don’t give a crap that some retired school teacher SJW cat lady won’t have heat to survive the winter. Jeff is paying me to write for a living ( loyal minions buying through Jeff pay me for writing, but without that commission program… ) and so you go, bro.  Cash in another few billion in stocks. Well, it might be too late for that, but you take my meaning.
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How many companies have been kept afloat through greed?  The company makes no profit, as the economy has been smoke and mirrors unlimited credit through the central banks one percent interest.  Anyone who has ever paid a 25% interest credit card surely would call 1% the equivalent of free money insofar as paying a fee to borrow it.  The people running the company can do whatever they like to their customers ( nothing ever good ) because customers don’t deliver any profit.  The buyers on the stock exchange and the central bankers do.  The company was run not to sell but to get a paycheck.
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Yes, I know this is semantics.  Company X sells a widget and those running the company are paid through profit off that sale. Company Z*** sells a widget at a loss, but the increased sales inflate their stock price which they then may cash in at a profit.  To both the managers and the customers, nothing seems amiss.  One is still paid to deliver to the other.  But the customer is no longer your boss if his repeat sale doesn’t matter.  That is why stock buy-backs are so damaging.  The customer is no longer the focus.
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But that is the micro view.  Big picture, the stores are still open and products are still delivered, even if they are pale shadows of their former selves ( I didn’t follow it very well, but there was something about how the Sears CEO was making money from the company going bankrupt.  Something about a holding company profiting, and there being no need for even a healthy stock price ).  And the products wouldn’t be there if this was not profitable in some way.  Despite the fact that MOST companies are in these straights, it was better than the alternative.
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Which is just relying on customers.  Because customers have so much debt, with diminishing wages ( or at least buying power ), that most companies cannot stay in business if they had to rely on consumption.  The financial shenanigans of the last decade were all about staying in business without relying on the imploding customer finances.  Remember, if you will, that MORE people are no longer in the work force.  Those still working are putting in less hours so the company can evade providing health insurance.  AND rents/mortgages and health insurance and transportation costs has at least doubled in that decade.
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The next time you read about some douche that thinks the poor should be shot ( looking at you Rush, ya twat ), think about how much more dire the finances of companies would be without all those people in 100% unemployment areas ( because your free market philosophy demands the factory was sent overseas.  Sorry, but as an honest look would prove, national socialism is better for people than capitalism ) getting a medical disability check they spend on consumption.  Another form of corporate welfare through individual welfare, and thank goodness for it.
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Most money goes to the bankers.  Your mortgage and car payment, medical insurance and college loan.  Most of your paycheck, and the bankers salute you. What is left over for the company selling products?  Less and less every year.  But isn’t consumption 70% of the economy?  If a company makes 40% of its profits at Christmas, and those sales are down, what does that tell you about that 70% of the economy?  Capitalism requires GROWTH to pay the interest on the debt.  Yet our economy is contracting ( in real terms, minus the bogus published figures ). 
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Now, think about taking away the stock markets props.  It isn’t just the rich like Bezos who need the stock market for profit.  Think about your gas and electric bill.  While your utility is supposed to be a public oversight monopoly, with profits regulated, we all know how sneaky companies are and how they can screw you in multiple ways.  Even if they are on the up and up, they are currently helped by the artificial fuel fracking industry.  Natural gas/gasoline wouldn’t be so cheap if the banks didn’t keep throwing away money on the fracking industry.  YOU profit off that.
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Granted, the banks don’t steal ALL the money.  They have to put some back as operating expenses.  And a big one of those is subsidizing the fracking industry.  The US doubled its domestic fuel production, hence dropping their imports from 75% to 50%.  This was not out of any one consideration but many ( and, you ARE welcome, I won’t digress on that now.  No promises about later though ), but one consequence was that the direct expense of energy decreased and acted as a stimulus.  Heating huge warehouses and driving around shopping became cheaper ( and freed up money from home operating expenses ).
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I continue and conclude tomorrow.
***Z for Zombie.  Get it?
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note: Super Sawyer Sale ( the water filter ).  Check it out CLICK HERE.  I was alerted by a minion and got a couple at $13.01 each, with FREE shipping.  This was nearly sexually exciting!  See if this sale is still on.  You can't have enough of these bad boys.
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note: free books.  Zombies here.  
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note: clearance sale at Sportsman's on their winter rubber boot.  I've worn Micky Mouse boots in the Army, and although fabled as being so warm and cozy, I think these Kamik brand boots are far superior.  And half the price so you have a back-up pair.  click here
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25 comments:

  1. Yes, kamik boots are good deals. Most fighters in ukraine/donbass or shitty cold and wet conflict areas wear them or version as a non issued non uniformed item. They also suspend a section of hard firm foam ground pad from the back of their web harness belt set up. Something under your ass when riding on armor or sitting in foxholes. It is winter now, it will again be winter in half a year from now. Expect collapse and conflict engagements to last "many winters". Shop accordingly minions.

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    1. What you talkin about, Willis? The collapse only starts in good weather, and only after all dream preps have been procured. Cause, you know, MAGA and Fracking Fuel Forever.

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    2. Sunshine Patriots will be like frozen corpses along roadside in and out of russia. (napoleanic or nazi examples) this is where you'll get freebie battlefield pickups.

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    3. Devoid of spare ammo, of course, the selfish bastards spray and praying.

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  2. Yes, Zombie economy. Shadow stats are a good reference. The first of the month is grocery mania from ebt inflows. Casinos and buffets pick up 50 percent or more from pensioner, ssi, ssdi, vet, gov retirement, etc inflows. It is stimulas by another name and keeps system afloat. My neighborhood (general blue collar, 200k housing) is half idled by out of workforce bodies or under employed labor not getting enough hours or wages to be active in the consumer economy, and thus not helping to stimulate "growth". (Dirt yards, beater cars) Even in so called "booming vegas" it is illusionary by facts on the ground in the 'hoods. These dynamics are unsustainable, once there is disruption to the triage transfusion the patient goes terminal. "The sucker is then going down".

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    1. Thank goodness for old humpers pissing away gov money on gambling, or there would be far more "it's for the children" taxes here.

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  3. "The customer is no longer the focus."
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    Thanks for the explanation. It clears up some things.
    You know how you're out workin in the blazing sun, for example: cutting 8' 2x4's to 91.5 inches for studs and the sweat has been running into your eyes blurring your vision, then you stop and wipe em and realize all the studs you've already cut are 1" too short? That's what your explanation did, it wiped my eyes. It didn't change the ones that are too short, but it allows me to know blurring vision is not to be tolerated.

    Having said all of that, and I'm not going to argue your stance on free markets, I live and work on the micro level and will put up with nothing less than 100% free market exchange. Why? Because I get to control my side of all exchanges I enter into 100%.

    That's my idea behind my invalidation of the constitution, which, invalidates itself with it's very first word, "We". Nobody gets to speak for me. And nobody gets to incur debt and pass the expense onto me as I will always find ways around them. As the Czech's said back in the 60's, "When the rules get tougher the people get sneakier."

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    1. Are you sure you evaded the tax called inflation? We all get screwed, just some more than others. When the system is rigged everyone plays the game.

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    2. Yep, nobody gets out alive. No man is an island. Your hard earned dollar is 90% devalued and will continue. The Village outside your wire will dictate terms. Blow off taxes or playing by rules and be made an example of. That gang called gov't. IS indeed more powerful than your delusional badassness, and no one will erect a statue to your likeness or call you a martyr. The old ones are getting torn down as well anyway. So, how does that play out again?

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    3. I'd call the devaluation more 99%. Since the quality was so much greater then, you can't just compare dollar amounts. Plus, almost no taxes then, either.

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    4. Right. A dollar in 1913 is worth 3 cents now and the stuff you bought back then was real. I've been on the wrong side of gov't a few times and learned the lesson. That lesson is to never underestimate the gov't and stay 10 times as far away as you may believe is safe.

      Because I've geared back so far and require so much less, any monetary gains I may recognize are insignificant to anyone. Compare it to finding a quarter on the sidewalk. Is that really income?

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    5. The IRS would call it income. After penalties for failure to declare and interest, you now owe $23.85

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    6. Yup, the system is rigged. It did, however, allow us to outproduce the Commies during the Cold War, at the cost of trillions in debt. But if you know that it's rigged, at least the outcome won't surprise you . . .

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    7. Trillions in debt, plus using up all the easy oil in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico ( plus a good chunk from Saudi Arabia ). All that together, and we get bragging rights we won the last big war. Well worth the price! Then we retired into the Graveyard Of Empires to enjoy our fame. And we got the freak show of our last emperors being the retarded Bush Boy, the Keynan Immigrant and Orange Man.

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  4. re:
    'Greed is good'

    Ouch. Close to home.

    During the late 1970s, I worked with Drexel Burnham Lambert in their Vancouver B.C. offices.

    I knew Michael Milken. I knew him to be impeccable in his work. Easily the most intelligent man on the planet. Humble, and generous with his staff. Mike is so smart, he didn't need to be involved with illegal activities. Ask anybody in our office; we admired Mike because he is an excellent role-model. I was privileged to know him.

    [We hear about 'minimum wage' laws. As far as I know, there is no 'maximum wage' law, as Milken proves.]

    Later, during the 1980s, Ivan Boesky was involved in corrupt business practices while employed with the US Federal Trade Commission. According to the feds, while employed by the feds, Boesky stole approximately us$1.3 billion... while fabricating crimes and creating criminals from hard-working folks.

    Boesky and his 'greed is good' was merely another part of his act to get more suckers to join his multi-national decades-long conspiracy... while employed by the government agents.

    From my view, Boesky qualifies as a rat.

    People say he is a person of the jewish religion. Sure, OK, but he is still a rat bastard.

    Who prosecuted Mike Milken? A weasel punk social-outcast East Coast society-climber wannabe == Rudy Giuliani.

    After a few decades of watching the circus, not much surprises me.

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  5. And who was the judge in the Michael Milken trial?

    Kimba Wood.

    Wanted by the Clinton Crime Syndicate to be their Attorney General, then dumped for hiring an immigrant nanny. Janet Reno got the gig.

    TINVOWOOT.

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    1. Janet Reno-just a reminder Obammy isn't the stupidest, or the most evil.

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    2. Kimba Wood, was that that gorilla that could do sign language and ran for senate in Michigan but got caught up in some kinda drug scam set up by the CIA and was forced to flee to Estonia?

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  6. In other news, it looks like we lost Super Dave Osbourne. That’s too bad. I was sorta hoping that at some point he’d stage a stunt where he jumped over 5 tuna boats, and slammed his motorcycle at 80mph right into hitlery’s face. It might have improved her looks some, and got rid of that god awful fish smell (referring to the boats here. Or am I? :D )

    https://deadline.com/2019/01/bob-einstein-dead-curb-your-enthusiasm-super-dave-osborne-smothers-brothers-1202527938/

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    1. It is well known you simply can't get rid of that smell. :)

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  7. Beware where you buy your Sawyer filters. I read somewhere that fakes are being sold. I hope the amazon ones are good.

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    1. Hopefully the Amazon ones ARE good, as that is where I got all mine from, now and previously. Although you would think Berky filter elements would be cheaper to counterfeit with higher margins. You know, just a ceramic tube rather than all the plastic and packaging. Since silver is supposed to be in the ceramic, I'd imagine even the regular suppliers could get in on skimping on that. Which you know is guaranteed, anyway, once prices hike and shortages occur with silver.

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  8. BPOD blower, 12v DC, with 4" inlet and outlet so you can use Home Despot dryer ducting. This model is USCG CONTINUOUS DUTY meaning that it does not suck like an RV accessory. When you heat with wood, you need to move the heat around, and esp. down, which is one of the jobs your solar panel/battery system can do with a blower. 250 cubic feet a minute is a bit much, but you can add a pwm speed control and reduce the wind as well as noise and current draw. A unit rated at 5000hrs flat-out is going to go 20000 hrs at half or lower (if you filter the input and keep the filter clean). Jabsco 35760-092 is cheap ($66, not ~$250!) on Amazon for a minute, and don't forget to click on the Bison sidebar to credit for your purchase.
    The cheaper one has a sleeve motor, maybe 1000hr life.
    pdxr13

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    1. I was scoffing at 1-5k hours ( "why do I want this?" ), then re-read and noticed the 20k. Much better. Gawd, I hope minions don't read my writing as quickly ( in my defense, the dog was giving me stink face as it is past dinner time )

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