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Saturday, March 12. 2022
Deadly Fashion Trends from the Georgian Era. If the idea that fashion might kill you sounds unreasonable nowadays, by 18th century standards, it was just the way of life.
What it's like being an ER doctor in San Francisco
'Let Them Drive Teslas!' Says Pete Buttigieg Clad In Elaborate 18th-Century Royal Gown
Project Veritas has another mind-boggling video of a NY Times reporter
Ever Wondered How Your Tax Dollars Make It To Those In Need? Check Out This Step-By-Step Guide
What Does it Take for Democrats to Win? A Review of "What it Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party" by Michael Kazin
The War In Ukraine Is Just So Inconvenient For Solving ‘Climate Change’
Russians Wanted the Soviet Union Back. They Got It.
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re What Does it Take for Democrats to Win?
What they excel in, flagrant cheating.
You don't need to advance a popular agenda if you are the ones that count the votes.
"Putin has responded to this exodus by threatening to appropriate and nationalize the abandoned commercial property owned by Western interests. It’s unclear what Russians would do with this confiscated booty, but such a move would increase the risk associated with investing in Russia long after the crisis in Ukraine is over."
Increase the risk of investing in Russia? What about the increased risk of investing in the US or Canada, now that the banks and finance houses and other corporate services seem quite willing to enthusiastically do the dirty work of the Administration, no legal proceedings required? Seizing assets? Turning over data records and private transactions? No problem!
Western journalists are in no position to criticize Vlad, considering their participating role in the abolishment of transparency and suspension of the rule of law - when it's convenient to the agenda. The US might find it hard to get investors of their own, soon enough, if they continue debasing the currency and flaunting their un-leveled playing field.
To all investors and businesses who make things in China, this will happen to you too. You should develop and implement an exit plan.
On a not-so-unrelated topic, I was speaking with my new CFO yesterday about why he came to our company. It was an interesting story which taught me many things.
His single comment which I found most meaningful was that he'd asked the CEO what his "exit strategy" was.
Point is, he said, you can have a million goals and things you want to accomplish, but none of them are meaningful if you don't know your exit strategy. He pointed out it didn't matter if you were in the process of accomplishing your goals, or even achieving them, only to have it all pulled out from under you due to a takeover or merger of some kind. You have to factor that in as part of the potential exit strategy.
It's the same thing as using China for all the things you can't get here in the US (basically low-cost/slave labor and beneficial environmental laws). That's all great while you have it. But what's your exit strategy? Those things do not last forever.
To investors, businesses, savers, and laborers: Did you notice what Canada did to the truckers finances? Did you notice what US bankers did to Russian accounts? Did you notice what US companies and other organizations did to Russian employees in the US? That is what what they plan to be able to do to you if you deviate from the governments plan for you. Whatcha gona do when they come for you?
Putin did feel the collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical tragedy.
But he also said it was foolish to try and rebuild it.
His commentary on the collapse was more in line with the loss of the stability it provided, or pretended to provide. He is also wary of Western-style democracy which (as we can attest to in the US right now) is often unstable and confrontational. Russians may thrive on confrontational attitudes (I've heard through friends) but they don't necessarily like it. It's a unique quality of 'Russianness' that is hard for Westerners to understand (and I certainly don't know this first hand, merely from speaking to friends and family who have traveled and lived there). There's an essential paranoia which resides at the soul of Russia, based on years of invasions.
Our media is so intent on showing Putin as a renegade madman, seeking to invade nation after nation, they fail to point out he's made it clear he has neither the interest or power to do so.
He's simply doing what he said he'd do when he first entered government - building the organizational structure needed to restore stability to reclaim some level of the greatness and respect that was lost from the collapse and subsequent gangsterism of the Yeltsin years.
Does that justify invasions? No. Does it mean we have dealt fairly and honestly with him? Also no.
Russians ARE different in many respects. He was right when he said Russia is neither Europe or Asia, it is its own thing.
Gotta keep that two minute hate going into its third week
re 'Let Them Drive Teslas!' Says Pete Buttigieg
Definitely yet another "Let them eat cake." moment from the Dems.
Except Marie Antoinette never said that. Voltaire put those words into someone else's mouth a generation earlier.
An outstanding monologue from Tucker.
Tucker: This could very easily get worse. 13:27 video.
It will get a lot worse. And with all the cameras and internet we will see a lot of it in living color. There will also be a lot of atrocities and disappearing that we will not see. This is how Russia and China will fight, they will attack the cities, the infrastructure, the civilians, rape the women, kill the children and after that it will get worse. All of the Eastern European countries are up for grabs. They all need to move to a war footing immediately. Draft every man into the military reserves and begin training them. Issue everyone of them the same battle rifle that Russia uses. Train them to act in small teams and independently to resort to Guerrilla war if invaded. Every soldier should be able to disappear into the woods for weeks at a time and be able to ambush the enemy. These countries should build up food storage and bomb shelters. This war will probably come to them in some form and they need to prepare.
Welcome to Bizarristan... Where a preponderance of propaganda rules the day.
I have an exit strategy...
"A gallon of whiskey at his feet
A barrel of porter at his head"
and of course, bounce the final check payment to the undertaker...
make me think about jim morrison..."Well, I woke up this morning And I got myself a beer
The future's uncertain and the end is always near"
Exit strategy. There are lots of them. In my 20's I used to go to a bar where a fight broke out every night. Often on the dance floor but sometimes at the bar or down by the restroom. I had an exit strategy.
But in today's world, since I don't go to bars, gas stations and 7-11's after dark or subways or even Greyhound busses, I think of an exit strategy as what would I do in the event that law and order were to break down? Where would I go? How would I go? What and who would I bring with me? If I recognize the problem earlier than most these choices could be fairly easy but if I'm a little late deciding it could well mean plan A won't work. So I have to have a plan B and variations as the threat scenario unfolds.
Plan A in Ukraine 10 days ago was to move your family to the Polish border and kiss them goodbye and go back to try to save your country. Plan A is not looking so good now for most of Ukraine and I'm betting most people there don't have a plan B and are going to "wing it". I like Mike Tyson's quote "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Everyone should have an exit plan. When I worked I had exit plans to go to a new job if I felt I needed to and I did a couple of times. I have been stuck in the desert with a broke down car. No plan, but I got out, I have a plan for that now because I live in the desert.
What is your plan if Russia nukes us? That would have been a strange question a couple months ago but seems appropriate now doesn't it. Our leadership or lack of it is pretty much doing everything wrong. Putin is maybe crazy, maybe ill, maybe a wily fox but he has the nukes and he is threatening to use them. There was a classic cartoon picture back in the 60's showing a congressman and a four star general standing just outside their fallout shelter with a mushroom cloud in the background, the caption was "well congressman, that changes everything". Yup!
I would suggest an exit plan for the stock market. It is merrily sneaking its way down without too much notice yet but look for a way to get on the down side of the market. Perhaps a Rydex bear fund or something similar. The financial psychopaths in charge are not your friend, yet with inflation it is still wise to have some growth from your savings.