TOTD: March Sign-up

Hello Ratburgers,

March is upon me and I am just getting to the sign-up post.  St Pat’s and Japanese White Day will soon be here. For those who don’t know TOTD stands for Thought of the Day. Pick a day and share a thought.

Write a comment telling us which day you want to write on.

Ex. 3/1  10 Cents

When you put up the post use this format.

Ex. TOTD 2018/3/1: [Title]

When you write your post, don’t forget to add the categories of TOTD and Post Categories for your post.

Ex. TOTD, Short, Casual Posts, .Mild

3/1 10 Cents
3/2 10 Cents
3/3 TempTime
3/4 10 Cents
3/5 10 Cents
3/6 Western Chauvinist
3/7 10 Cents
3/8 TempTime
3/9 jzdro
3/10 Western Chauvinist
3/11 John Walker
3/12 10 Cents
3/13 10 Cents
3/14 10 Cents
3/15 TempTime
3/16 10 Cents
3/17 10 Cents
3/18 John Walker
3/19 10 Cents
3/20 10 Cents
3/21 10 Cents
3/22 10 Cents
3/23 jzdro
3/24 10 Cents
3/25 10 Cents
3/26 10 Cents
3/27 10 Cents
3/28 10 Cents
3/29 10 Cents
3/30 John Walker
3/31

On Main street, that great street, I just want to say, They do things they don’t do on Broadway

Another report from the deplorable economy.

I saw an excavator dig out of Chapter 11 with a half million dollar contract…

Two small firms were hiring last year at 14.00 an hour for entry trainees are now upping the wage to 19.00 just to get applicants.

Paydays are the day of smiles as checks get handed out and the amount that surprised earlier in the month is still there.

One business had me license them to work in the neighboring state. The Department of labor there was telling me they used to have one applicant a week from the neighboring state, it is now four or five a day.

A metals fab shop is putting a third shift on their laser lathe. All for work that is coming back from China.

All the halfway house felons are working two jobs and most are staying sober.

If it is not yet Morning in America, I can sure smell the coffee brewing.

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Needed: An Alternative Economic and Financial Universe – Choice

Virtue signaling and censorship by large business and financial enterprises have become difficult to ignore. Companies like Dick’s – announced the it will no longer sell “assault rifles” by which it apparently means all semi-automatic long guns – go out their way to take flaccid political stances with which I strongly disagree. By virtue of being their continued customers, they would have us add to not just their bottom line, which is fine, but they would also force us to accede to their having injected politics into our relationship; they do so in an “in your face” manner, to boot.

Censorship by outfits like Google (I use it as little as possible) and Twitter (never have, never will) is especially disturbing. I was an early adopter of Amazon, but have developed reservations in that I do not like financially supporting the power of Bezos in furthering his well-financed progressive agenda. Similarly with Apple and numerous financial institutions like Bank of America, who do their progressive thing in many ways, at every opportunity. Also, “in your face.”

Several years ago, in its wisdom and to cuddle up to the Obama Administration’s “Operation Choke Point,” BofA fired the McMillan Group – an honest and reputable manufacturer of firearms and accessories – simply because it did not like their products. I immediately sent a letter to BofA saying that, since they had chosen to inject politics into our business relationship, that flows in both directions and I would reciprocate. I withdrew a sum of money which was noticeable to them and closed my account permanently. In their face. It felt pretty good and cost me nothing.

There must be a market opportunity here, at the very least for apps which would steer non-progressives like me to businesses which exist merely to please their customers and not to further various political agendas. The fact that all this takes place with breathless cheerleading of the MSM makes it even more obnoxious. This morning, the readers on NPR could barely contain their near-orgasmic glee at announcing Dick’s aim. I am struggling to restrain myself from applying the suffix  “-less” to the store’s logo.

In all seriousness, creative non-progressive entrepreneurs have an opportunity to strike some real blows against the “new-and-improved” brand of fascism which has taken hold of corporate America. These big business leaders must be put on notice that they cannot take us for granted and that will be best shown them on their bottom lines. Myself, I am sufficiently incensed by the actions of most mega-businesses that I would gladly pay incrementally more for goods and services in return for the knowledge that I am not supporting the further piecemeal destruction of most every value I deem essential for a peaceful and decent society.

What were once efforts at national improvement have been overtaken by deconstruction of its essential values and outright destruction of its common bonds. To the extent possible, I do not wish to be a supporter of the private-enterprise perpetrators of that destruction. This really is a new and highly-effective form of fascism, and it has insinuated itself into most every aspect of our modern, digital, economic lives.

The businesses involved in the new fascism are literally feeding off of us. This must be recognized for what it is and it must be resisted by liberty-minded counterparts of the left’s “community organizers,” only it must be done at the level of business enterprise, not “pay the dead to get out and vote,” as is practiced by the Obam-ite community organizers. Are there really no entrepreneurs willing to organize and distribute, at minimum, the information which would allow us to direct our economic decisions toward those business and financial enterprises with which we agree (or at least those not rubbing our noses in their virtuous leavings)?

I’m afraid we have reached a point where continued agnosticism in our economic lives only serves to further undermine the society in which we are living. The corporate/government political alliance as it  presently exists is inexorable, like death and taxes. Buying stuff from corporations, however, is optional, as is the sense of utter helplessness which results from sending them our money. I would sure appreciate some options created by liberty-minded entrepreneurs. They must be out there, somewhere. It would be neither as difficult or as costly as sending humans to Mars and it might just elicit a similar level of enthusiasm.


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TOTD 2018-2-28: Customer Service

I was talking to a guy who worked in retail at the customer service desk. He is the person who customers go to that makes the final decision. Customers are interesting because you can size them up fairly quickly.

I think there are different types of customers.

  1. The good customer with a legitimate problem.
  2. A good customer having a bad stretch of life and they are not themselves.
  3. A customer consciously or unconsciously who wants to game the system.
  4. A customer who treats people like lint.

Also one can size up the employee on the other side fairly quickly. I will let you make up a list of the different types of those.

Below is a link to an article. What do you think happened that caused this situation to happen?

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/02/27/united-passenger-records-heated-exchange-with-rude-airline-staff-over-carry-on-bag.html


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Mnuchin holds steady under fire

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin gave a guest lecture to a forum at UCLA, following which he was interviewed before the crowd by Kai Ryssdal of NPR.   The whole thing is worth listening to, but here is a part that I thought was a good showing by Mnuchin:

Ryssdal: OK. The catch of course is, and as you know, you did have two quarters of 3 percent economic growth this past year, but year-over-year growth in the American economy was 2.3 percent. So you’re still far away from the target, right?

Mnuchin: Absolutely. That’s why we’re doing all of these things. So these things have some impact. And all of our economic plans are about creating sustained economic growth.

Ryssdal: Help me understand then with some specificity how you’re going to do that. Because the numbers that were engineered by the White House and the Council of Economic Advisers that went into the tax plan were, “We’re going to get 3 percent. Here’s how,” as opposed to, “These are our policies, which is going to get us to 3 percent.”

Mnuchin: Well, you must seem to have a bias because you’re using the words engineered, so you obviously think that it was the policy the policies were created. Again, what I would say is we fundamentally believe that we will have economic growth and again, 35 basis points is the break even. And we’re already seeing this. By the way, we’re seeing companies give millions and millions of workers bonuses all as a result of this. And for people who are getting these thousand-dollar bonuses, these are not crumbs.

Ryssdal: Absolutely not, and I’m not going to imply that at all. You said 4 million workers in this economy?

Mnuchin: Four and a half million.

Ryssdal: Four and a half million have gotten one-time bonuses.

Mnuchin: Yes.

Ryssdal: So this is a labor pool of 155 million people, sir.

Mnuchin: So are you, tell me, are you, for those four and a half million workers —

Ryssdal: So my question is —

Mnuchin: in one month. That’s a big deal. That’s a big deal. Four and a half million workers have already seen this impact.

Ryssdal: By some estimates —

Mnuchin: I understand you’re doing the math.

Ryssdal: No. So the Americans for Tax Reform say plus or minus, 86 companies have given wage increases, 250 companies have given one-time bonuses, and I guess the question is, what would you rather have? Would you rather have a one-time bonus or a consistent wage increase over the next couple of years?

Mnuchin: We fundamentally believe that there will be wage increases going through to the workers.

Ryssdal: Why do you believe that?

Mnuchin: Again, I just went through why we believe it. It’s a function of economic policy, it’s a function of making a more competitive system that companies can invest. And again, there is research that 70 percent of the tax burden is borne by the workers. So this is all about making a more competitive U.S. system for jobs. [Applause] Thank you.


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Spring?

I can’t wait, and apparently my Full Moon Japanese Maple can’t wait either.  This bud popped out on the 25th!  Focus is off, but it’s there in the foreground.  My fish are looking at me, too, working up to the “feed me daddio!” stare.  They aren’t moving much, so I could do a headcount; all accounted for at 24.   Few more degrees before they get kibbles again, as the water is only 43.3F and needs to be about 49.  The earth here is about 55F, so once the cold winds stop, the water warms fairly quickly.

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George, Stick to Baseball

I just read this from one of my former favorite writers. He used to never disappoint. Things change. I am talking about George Will.

Here is the article.
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/02/billy-graham-legacy-neither-prophet-nor-theologian/

What I found so confusing is Will not understanding the different “positions” in the “game”. It was like saying “Hank Aaron neither pitcher nor coach” as if that meant something. Billy Graham was what he was. He wasn’t a prophet. He wasn’t a college professor teaching theology. And he wasn’t a pastor. He didn’t “play” those “positions”.

I still enjoy when George Will writes about baseball.


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Now we know …

Officer Peterson, via his attorney is speaking:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article202164039.html

Lo!  The failings of being human.

Lo!  Once again the easily led MM (mindless masses) have fallen mouth first into the trap as they shout in unison and outrage on cue:   “Cowa…!”

Oops. Oh!  No, wait,  sorry.  That was last week’s script.  What’s this week’s outrage script again?  I get so confused.

Show of hands.  Who thinks anyone is going to be issuing apologies for last week’s reliance on faux facts to fling false allegations?


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