True unity leaves no one behind, and does not punch down. Continue reading The Unity Feared By The Rich Men North Of Richmond
And no, it’s not all because of COVID. It started before the pandemic. Continue reading The Quiet Crisis: America’s Life Expectancy Decline
People keep underestimating Joe Biden and he won the default fight but people still got hurt. Continue reading Biden Won The Default Fight. Let’s Never Do It Again.
Republicans in disarray, Dark Brandon on the march. Continue reading The Big Picture
Semiconductors can provide living wage jobs in areas that need it the most. This is a feather in Biden’s cap. Continue reading The CHIPS Act And The Promise Of Good Jobs
The debt ceiling fight revolves around a clear reality: the GOP is unreasonable. Continue reading They Cannot Be Reasoned With
Get on the train, Jack. Continue reading The Very Early 2024 Favorite
On accepting mass shootings as “the price of freedom,” the silence of “free speech warriors” over censorship by the far right, and the problem of rural poverty. Continue reading Things Running Around In My Head
Are these really the people we should trust with introducing technology into our society? Continue reading How Silicon Valley Culture Led To A Bank Run Pt. 2
So it seems “Move Fast and Break Things” isn’t a great business philosophy. Continue reading How Silicon Valley Culture Led To A Bank Run Pt. 1
From dog groomers to investment advisors workers are being trapped in dead end jobs by something called a TRAP. In fact there are more workers trapped in a TRAP than ever before. Continue reading TRAP-ed
Let’s keep the momentum going that was impossible to imagine a mere month ago. Continue reading The Biden Presidency Is Not Done Winning
There’s another wild fire in California that’s eating up tens of thousands of acres. The ten biggest wild fires in the state’s history have all occurred in the last ten years. Now just why is that I wonder? Continue reading Fire Up Above
They say there is a Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. I think it’s time for the Golden State to start making the rules. Trust me, you’ll be better off for it. Continue reading The Gold(en) State Rules
Bottle Shock – a temporary condition when wine changes color upon bottling, then reverts back soon after. Continue reading BottleRocked
What does the word government mean to you? It’s a fundamental question we never seem to ask people running for office. We should. Continue reading A Fundamental Question
How can Democrats win in 2022? By saying what they really believe in. Then saying it again. And once more for good effect. In other words keep saying it to everyone who will listen. That’s how Democrats win elections. Continue reading And Away We Go…
Russia has oligarchs. But so does the West. And they run some of the biggest media outlets, including the one where Rupert Murdoch uses Tucker Carlson as his ventriloquist dummy, Continue reading Oligarchs ‘R Us
If you are an American, the National Parks are part of your heritage. Explore them, enjoy them, make them part of your permanent memory file. And don’t let anyone tell you this land wasn’t meant for you and me. Continue reading A Postcard From Your National Parks
Amazon has an entry level wage of $18/hour, but to get it you have to put up with computer– yes computer– supervisors, backbreaking labor, and insane conditions. Yet only one warehouse has unionized. Really? Continue reading State of the Union
Sometimes it happens that the little guys win. Amazon wanted to put a distribution center on a 2 lane country road and then have 87 delivery vans and 14 semi trucks go in and out on it. The neighbors put Amazon up a river. Continue reading The Final Mile
Would you wait six hours on line for a chance to sample a beer that is only available for two weeks each year? Thousands just did that at the annual release of Pliny The Younger at Russian River Brewing. And you know what? It’s a good thing. Continue reading A Postcard From Russian River Brewing
Buried in this story was evidence of a theory I have about the level of American awareness on certain subjects – gasoline prices, crime, the economy, the deficit, etc. It’s more of a worry than a theory, which is that the complete detachment between perception and reality is going to be a big issue moving forward and very well may mean the end of our democracy. Continue reading An Ill-Informed Electorate: Not Good For Democracy
California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed an $11B aid package to our state’s citizens to help combat the effects of $6 a gallon gas. But the government didn’t cause the spike in oil prices. Even Tsar Vlad only partially caused it. Greedy oil companies are the culprits. Your anger should be directed at them. Continue reading California Gets Gassed
Two items from where the worlds of sports and business collide got my attention. One was a new way to support your favorite team. The other showed how economic sanctions might not work as smoothly if the target is China. Continue reading Huddle Up
We’ve just passed the two year mark since the first national shelter in place order was issued. Time is right to play the blame game. All the usual subjects, plus one or two you might not have thought about. Continue reading 731 Odd Days
Putin looks fondly back at the days of the Soviet Union and wistfully muses how things were so much better when everyone feared their own government. Ah the good old days Continue reading Back To The Future
While Russian troops advance into Ukraine, the Russian economy looks to be slipping further and further into inflation, recession, and dare I say even depression. The New York Times has a good article that articulates in non-Economics Professor terms just what the West is doing financially to try and curtail the Mad Dog of Moscow.
Last week I advocated for severe economic punishment for Russia’s blatant disregard for Ukraine’s national sovereignty and amazingly (because who thought the Western Allies could ever agree on doing something) that punishment has been meted out.
I’m hoping that the somewhat is only to give Vlad the Impersonator a taste of what could happen if full measures were in fact instituted. Hoping, but something tells me that somewhere along the line some country somewhere will do the “but we need their natural gas” and begin to fray the alliance. But as for now the sanctions currently in place are definitely worrying to Russia. Russians are lining up at ATM’s trying to get cash out. The Bank of Russia even went so far as to promise that
“The volume of bank notes ready for loading into A.T.M.s is more than sufficient. All customer funds on bank accounts are fully preserved and available for any transactions.”
Um, sure. But something tells me many Russians are getting ready to make a run on the bank which is never a good thing. Would that panic spread to the rest of the world? My college economics professor would have said yes, but the world has changed in the *cough cough* years since I took his class. As the sequel to Wall Street (the movie) said, “money never sleeps”. Besides with a government fiat against doing business with Russian banks in place, a default letter from any Russian bank will be laughed at by any foreign borrower.
Damn that let’s Trump off the hook for a while. No wonder he thought Putin’s Penetration was a smart move.
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The wife (Cruella) and I are travelling for the next two weeks. Actually we’ll be on a cruise ship. More about that next time. This time I’d like to say a good word for the newest Americans working the crappiest jobs who frankly saved our bacon over the last 24 hours. Our flight from San Francisco to Atlanta was delayed two and a half hours because of the winter weather on the East Coast. Just quickly, really Delta? Are you not aware that in late January, early February it can get really snowy on the East coast? And if so … Continue reading Let’s Hear It For The Immigrants
Last Friday the wife (Cruella) and I wanted to go out to dinner. We have a favorite Chinese restaurant we frequent and the desire for their Barbeque Pork Chow Fun combined with our desire to get out of the house neatly.
We have been to this restaurant numerous times, in point of fact we discovered it during the pandemic, both to dine in and to get take out (or take away if you are reading this in the UK). Never a hassle, good food, and most importantly a chance to get out of the house and eat at a different table and gaze at something other than, well, each other.
As has become custom during the pandemic I went to their website to make sure of their operating hours and if they were continuing to offer dine in service. Nothing had changed, so off we went.
Much to our surprise their doorway was blocked and a small sign taped to the glass window announced that since the previous Tuesday they had gone to “Take Out and Door Dash Only”.
While we probably should have gone in search of other eating arraignments, our appetites were craving that Chow Fun, so we scrapped our plans to dine in and ordered to go. While waiting for our order to be completed I counted four people coming to pick up orders they had placed online or via the phone and a stunning seven Door Dashers. That’s eleven total orders in the span of ten minutes.
The other thing I noticed is that the prices had gone up. The chow fun, an order of garlic shrimp, and an order of potstickers came to $36, about 30% higher than we would have been charged prior to the pandemic. Now there is inflation to factor in, plus trying to make back some of what was lost when the restaurant was closed early in the pandemic, but 30% higher? That’s when it hit me. Actually it was the woman from Door Dash who hit me because she was staring down at her phone and not looking where she was going.
I’m being asked to subsidize all of their Door Dash sales. And so are my fellow diners.
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