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Caveats for the NOW…and the Chinese Crud.

They say if you live long enough you get to see everything. Well, this Xi TB event has brought about some really mind-blowing revelations about just how stupid people can be. I’m not talking about you [looking askance]. You’re here with me right now so you are brilliant. But just in case you might be slouching toward the mob mentality, here’s a few thoughts to help you focus on reality.

Pay attention!

There is more going on in the world than the Red Death, as radio host Chris Plant calls it. For example, the big con between the governing class and big tech is moving along nicely, and you are the mark. Just before we all shuttered ourselves in waiting for the ChiComm disease to pass our door, Mark Zuckerburg announced that what his industry needed was regulation.

This same guy would not have said that 5 years ago. Back then he was still perfecting his social network and working toward his now unimaginable wealth. But now he wants regulation. As I said in a post about 18 months ago, you were being conned by Congress and Zuck. They were just beginning to do their choreographed dance, which would lead to killing competition in the social network industry.   Zuck would, over the ensuing year, appear twice before committees wagging fingers and talking about how dangerous an unregulated Facebook world was…my god! Those dirty ruskies bought ads on FB and ruined our election! It was very dramatic; all shaking heads and knitted brows.

Now here we are, as I said then, waiting to hear how, if you want to start a social network you will have to do multi-billion dollar handstands or regulators will shut you down. See how that works? No one will be able to compete with Zuck.

Don’t believe me? History is on my side. Just wait. They’ll do it. And you’ll let them. The truly stupid will cheer it!

Corona, the crud, not the disease, will provide an excellent distraction.

About the CHINESE virus itself:

The government is in the process of emptying our economic magazines of every round of ammunition we possess to “fight” a virus. States have shut down the remaining school year. People freak every time POTUS doesn’t say a sentence exactly as they would have him say it, in reference to this…event. And we are still in the early stages!

What are all you yahoos going to do when we see many tens of thousands of cases out there?

While all that is happening, the Dems are insulting the entire population by shitting on what both sides say is critical legislation to fight an existential threat. Really? How seriously are we to take Nancy Pelosi who is demanding a laundry list of social causes be included? If any one of the issues she’s whoring for right now were legitimate in the eyes of the public, they’d be law already. But none of them are, so blackmail the rest of the country, right?

Remember the stupid people I spoke of?  Yeah, they think what Pelosi and Schumer are doing is a good thing. As Ron White likes to say, “You can’t fix stupid.”  But political whores rely on it.

And for the record…

…Donald Trump has at no time said we are all going back to work now. This is directed at everybody, but especially the retarded media, FOX and MSNBC types alike. Both are claiming that Trump said yesterday, 23 March, that he is ending the “shutdown”.  Varney had a banner saying “Trump: End the Shutdown” and Morning Joe was jeering it. But he never said it.

His most direct answer to the question was that we are looking at ending the voluntary shutdown “sooner rather than later” and that it wouldn’t be “3 to 4 months as some people are saying.” So he specifically said it would not be 3 to 4 months. Members of the Corona Killer group standing behind him said they would consider what to do about the shutdown later this week. But NO ONE said it was over.

We shouldn’t be surprised about the media’s reaction this morning. Nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of what they have attributed to Trump, in his dealing with this event, has been accurate. He isn’t Superman and he isn’t Daffy Duck. He’s just a chief executive letting the experts do what they do. And he’s still as inarticulate as he’s ever been.

It’s there where his detractors and admirers think they have the edge. They fill in blanks when he speaks, put words in his mouth, and then declare him good or evil. None of this is helpful.

I spare no one.

Other than ending the shutdown (I favor that) and letting the Asian Asthma run it’s course (as it will do anyway) there is little the government can do that would really help in the long term. In the near term, the “stimulus” will only help a little. And we are doing real damage to our economy in the process.

But if they REALLY want to do things that will fill the gaps and motivate businesses to keep people working they should do three things. Bridge loans to any business that NEEDS the help to keep going, a payroll tax holiday and plus up unemployment insurance fund. Everything else, sending checks to people, bailing out industries, is overkill and puts us on our heels for years to come. All the funny money, 2 trillion at last count, has to be flushed from the system when this is over. And if the college loan bubble pops, and the Dems are trying their best to make that happen, what will we have left to cover that screw up?

The reaction to Covid-19 has been overkill across the board. If it is what they say it is, and if we must put out lives in limbo as a reaction to it, then why do we not shut down every flu season?

Damn, I hope I didn’t just give all the stupid people an idea.

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Trump Hypes the Pointless Phase One “Deal”.

 

18 Dec 19

As I have repeatedly predicted, the Chinese are continuing to swamp President Trump with his own rhetoric. For the third time since these tariff “negotiations” started, as a deadline approached, the Chinese have played POTUS with the promise to purchase stuff they would need anyway.

AND it won’t be the Chinese negotiators who do the buying. It is companies in China who have gotten the green light to buy these items unencumbered, if they wish.

That point is made all the more interesting by the fact that the Chinese insisted the promise not be written down. Stupidly, or perhaps out of desperation, the Trump administration rolled over and pissed on itself. They removed the threatened December tariffs and cut back on old tariffs.

What did we get in return? Well, for one thing, we get to pay higher corn and soy prices. An unanticipated spike in sales will lower supplies and raise prices. Beyond that, the much-praised Phase One deal yielded exactly nothing for us.  As usual, when the government tips the scale on anything, only the targeted populations, this time farmers, benefit.  The rest of us have to lump it.  It is a broad-brush, net zero.

Why? Let’s review.

First, as I have stated repeatedly, the Chinese do not want a deal. They CERTAINLY don’t want any kind of a deal that is binding and commits them to end their criminal activities vis a vis the theft of intellectual property and the forced surrender of technology.  China simply will not agree to that unless the West and the Pacific Rim develop the sack needed to SHUT DOWN all trade with China.

The theft issue is enough to cease trade with the Chinese entirely. The technology transfer problem is the fault of the cronies who sleep with the ChiComms like whores. They don’t care that in the long-term their companies will be nationalized by the ChiComms. They know they will make personal billions in the interim and future layoffs will occur amongst the employees they don’t give a shit about. Who cares if the Chinese then dominate the industry later. The cronies got their cut.

Don’t agree? Look at the 5G situation. 90% of Chinese domination in that sector is courtesy of crony whores from the West, especially big tech in the US. Thanks, Google. Thanks, Facebook. Good job, Amazon and Tesla! So much for your tree-hugging, planet loving, “liberal” titans of tech.

Secondly, even if we stipulate that the whole tariff war was a good idea (It’s not. It’s remarkably stupid and ILLEGAL.), Trump et al went about the wrong way about it. The obvious reason the Chinese don’t want to make a deal is because they don’t need to right now.

We don’t have anyone but the Mexicans watching our back against the ChiComms. By impulsively pounding everyone at the same time with tariff talk, Trump disunified the West.  He weakened the position of the West and the US in face of China. That’s why we had to back down on Huawei. NO ONE is willing to help, because our friends and enemies alike are busy fighting off our tariffs as well.

The smart way to do the tariff move would have been to first leave Europe out of the battle for now. Invite them to do battle with Russia and China at the same time, agreeing on low hanging fruit to tariff and stick it to China all at once. They could have started with Huawei as a team.

Sadly, because Europe meekly demurred from dealing with Huawei’s threat, we were left hanging. It was announced last week the company can continue “for 90 more days” (yeah right) to bid on contracts with OUR GOVERNMENT! THIS INCLUDES THE DO goddamn D. That’s right boys and girls. ChiComm, inc. (not to be confused with Chicago Communications) will continue to build electronics for our government and military!

(WAIT. Didn’t B. Hussein Obama, peace be upon him, come from Chicago? Maybe…well…nah.)

If, in the course of his presidency (4 years or 8) Trump gets the criminal regime (Xi’s, not Obama’s. Obama’s is gone.) to codify in law that they have forsworn theft and corporate coercion as standard business, I will declare my read of all of this as wrong and will publish a detailed and sincere apology.

I have no fear of ever having to do so.

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HOUSTON ROCKETS – POLITICAL PIGGIES.

Houston Rockets GM Apologizes for Being Right!

Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All…

Have you read Animal Farm yet? You should. If it’s been a while, reread it and think of today. But while saying that, I will throw out a spoiler at the same time. The pigs in the story are socialist elite who get rich off the workers and live shamelessly well. The humans are the free-market West. But by the end of the story, the observer seeing the pigs and humans together, realizes the two are becoming more and more alike until you can barely tell them apart.

Well…OINK, OINK Houston Rockets! What a pant load they are today! From owner to player, they are a pathetic, hypocritical joke.

Let’s start with James Hardin. He had the nerve to apologize for his BOSS because his BOSS had a political opinion born of clear reason being played out before our eyes every day. Heardin APOLOGIZED to China saying, “we love everything there about it…” People are getting arrested and gassed, in some case shot, for standing up for their rights in Hong Kong.

This is the same James Hardin who decided his dumb-ass beard should be as popular and Colin Kaepernik’s ‘fro. I say that because it was Kaepernik who started the misguided protest. People like Hardin were just imitating him to get the camera time. But anyone who spoke against it, at all, was a racist or a hater! If the teams stood by THEIR OWN GUIDELINES and insisted the players protest elsewhere and not in uniform, that was censorship.

Of course neither of the sentiments above are correct but it was the silly meme of the time.

In the meantime, the Rockets’ owner, Leslie Alexander said, “I want them to respect the flag. I’m an American and this country has been so great to me. I couldn’t have done this [own an NBA team] in any country in the world. There is a tremendous prejudice against black people, I know that and it’s awful and with what’s going on with the police is awful. At the same time, not respecting the flag doesn’t do anything to help that.”

The lunatic groupthink on display here is palpable. There is no “tremendous prejudice against black people” in this country. There are Billy Bobs who have no say in our lives who are prejudice. There always will be. There are people in every group, of every imaginable ethnic background who harbor some kind of racial bias.   There always will be. But it is not the dominant thinking in this culture. It hasn’t been for generations. The only place prejudice against Black Americans remains “tremendous” is in the minds of race baiters.

But hey, if you think you are a victim you certainly have the right to protest. In professional sports the teams will even endorse your thinking out of market fears (not sincere conviction) and let you protest in uniform.

Now flash forward to this last weekend. On Friday, the General Manager of the Rockets spoke out in support of Hong Kong protestors in a tweet. (That was something dear leader, Mao Tse Trump failed to do when the crackdown on the protestors really turned ugly on 1 October. He’s too busy being played by Xi and the other pigs in Peking, waiting to make the “beautiful, beautiful” deal.)

Suddenly the respect of Rockets’ players and the owner for an individual’s opinion is nowhere to be seen. The tweet is torn down and the GM is brow beaten into saying things he DOES NOT believe to satisfy…right…the pigs in Peking.

I know the modern term is Beijing. I still say Saigon too. So shut up.

The Chinese government is close to completely controlling the lives of the people through electronic means, they still have their own miserable“gulag” and are shamelessly oppressive. They don’t even hide it.

The Pigs of Peking are also nakedly militaristic. They have, without more than an embarrassing whimper from the West, taken islands from their neighbors and took strategic control of the South China Sea.

And this is who the Rockets are afraid of offending? Again, they don’t care about principal. They whored themselves like hundreds of other companies, engaging in the requisite corruption to do business in China. No, the NBA is concerned with merchandising and the entertainment dollar there. There is no “love” or sincerity here. There are no ethics and personal accountability.  The NBA doesn’t give a shit about Chinese oppression.  In the same way, Hardin didn’t really give a shit about how many people were actually being shot by cops. It’s all about the Benjamins…and cool camera time

You might argue that they are free to do this, and you would be right. They can be whores for the Chinese if they wish. But they and their dopey imitators should spare us the lectures when they would happily offend what is left of a real free market and representative republic back home. It was pure bullshit back in the Kappy days and it is still so today.