We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how wrong the experts turn out to be, nothing is going to shake the confidence we have in the wisdom of experts. Somebody has to be in charge of running the world and it's simply unthinkable that the world just runs itself with nobody in charge. Even the belief that malign forces - the Jews, the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, the Vatican, George Soros, the Lizard People - are running things is more comforting than thinking nobody is in charge and we're each responsible for our own fate.
"Even the belief that malign forces - the Jews, the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, the Vatican, George Soros, the Lizard People - are running things is more comforting than thinking nobody is in charge and we're each responsible for our own fate."
As one who spent a career in the Canadian military, in close proximity to the intimate workings of my own country's national government and ministries, I'm always amused at those who think our political leaders are somehow capable of competently executing and sustaining any sort of comprehensive "secret conspiracy".
It is quite clear that the political class makes it all up as they go along, much like the rest of us.
Most people have little real understanding of just how pervasive the presence of Oil & Gas is in their everyday life. It is used as the basic raw material in just about every synthetic textile, every plastic and resin. In addition, it is used as the manufacturing energy source in the vast, overwhelming majority of manufactured goods. And similarly, in transportation. And production of electrical energy. And heat. And so forth.
So nothing could be a better common denominator to drive up consumer prices in a first, second, and third order fashion, than to drive up energy prices by using the power of supply & demand, coupled with the regulatory power of government, to choke down supply.
This was expected; this is happening; it is real. Your real consumer inflation rate in in excess of 10% annually now. Your gasoline prices alone have inflated by about 50% since Biden took office. They will continue to rise as we continue to increase our imports and dependence upon foreign oil. The Democratic Party is solely responsible.
Find a Democrat voter and make them admit it. They mean to enact the Green New Deal whether it can be defended with science or not. Ergo: They mean to limit your access to purchasing power and free movement. They mean to limit manufacturing outputs - they are saying so, up front. The outcomes will not apply to them; they are meant to apply only to you - that's the part they are not saying, up front. It's not a fever dream.
Black lives have never mattered except as a large source of guaranteed votes and graft skimmed from all the welfare programs in the black slums. Half of all the murders in the US have been black-on-black since forever, a murder rate that is ten times the white-on-white rate. The dems just don’t care as long as they are kept in power and dough by the poor blacks. The murders in Chicago alone should make people’s hair stand on end, but since the deaths are mostly in ones and two’s and can’t be blamed on “assault weapons”, gun control, or the police the press just ignores them.
This Is the American Company With the Worst Reputation
According to the methodology, 42,935 Americans were surveyed. It involves a two-step process. The first is to find companies that it calls “top of mind,” an equivalent of what most people would call best known. It then asks another, smaller set of people about their impression of those companies that made the first list. The impression is measured across seven metrics: citizenship, ethics, culture, trust, vision, growth, and products and services.
This is definitely a FWIW read. Plus you have to click through multiple pages to see the entire list.
The explanation of the methodology above is far from complete. We don't know how biased the sample is, as personal politics obviously influences the ratings. Nonetheless there are many companies one would fully expect to be on the list while quite a few that belong there are not.
It's an interesting look if you have nothing better to do and enjoy trivia.