Trade Chess With China

Indulge me if you will, and read the article at the end of this link:
Trade Chess With China

Sundance runs a good site and is one of the few who have followed the economics and strategy game afoot.

Please remember, Trump is playing against the Chinese ‘One Belt, One Road” empire plan, the short term players in the west I call the Global Grifters and the entire entrenched political establishment. It amazes me he has gotten this far.

While we can fret about the staffing of questionable holdovers in many agencies, his trade team is top notch and having way too much fun. I do believe that has always been his main game.

It is nothing less than changing the entire flow of world civilization at stake. Can one man make that much of a difference?

He will have no similar successor, but if he can move the momentum to economic nationalism and true fair trade , he may make successors have no choice.

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How can the people on the right still be OK with the Mueller Investigation?

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2019/05/30/scorched_earth_lives_upturned_muellers_targets_speak_out.html

The Muller witch hunt did its level best to destroy lives just to get at Trump. David French defended Muller. Come to think of it, a lot of people on the right did.

This is sick behavior in the investigation. Sick. Anyone who supported Muller should either explain why this is OK in their book, or offer their mea culpa that they were wrong about Muller.

Not that I am holding my breath.

quotes:

“This is what happens when you work for Trump,” growled one agent — one of several Mueller investigators Papadopoulos described as “mean, nasty and underhanded.”

If you think Papadopoulos is just even, do you also Love this one:

Corsi’s appearance before “angry” anti-Trump D.C. jurors was stressful, he said, but nothing compared with what he called Mueller’s “mental torture.” Over the next two months, the 72-year-old Corsi said he was interrogated six times by a battery of the special counsel’s lawyers and investigators inside a windowless conference room in an unmarked FBI building in southeast Washington. Some of the sessions stretched up to eight hours. He said he was often left alone in the sparse room for long periods with no cellphone, laptop or even a book to read, while investigators observed him from another room. He was not allowed to leave to go the bathroom without being accompanied by an armed agent.

Anxious to end the siege, Corsi last November scheduled three in-studio TV interviews, including with NBC News and ABC News, to go public with his plight. But he had to cancel them all at the last minute. In the middle of his planned media campaign, his lawyer got an urgent call from Rhee and other prosecutors. His lawyer conveyed that they were “desperate” to stop him from doing more media (the prior day he had given an interview to One America News Network). They offered a plea deal: cop to one count of perjury for no jail time. He had one week to accept the offer.

I would love to see how people who supported Mueller defend this.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Eva Brunne, the first openly gay bishop in Sweden, has said the following.

“We all have to think about which people we are and who we are living with. And in fact, we all have the same value. Although we do not speak the same language or pray to God in the same way or look the same, we have the same value, and we shall live in a country together and have the same rights,” she said, in comments reported by Nyheter Idag.

“I say that I sometimes have more in common with Muslims, those I meet, than with the right-wing Christians,” she said and went on to add that Christians have their own extremists, mentioning the Crusades and the witch burnings that took place hundreds of years ago.

“We hear a lot about terrorism and think that it is Muslims who practice this, which it is, but it is nevertheless a small, small minority of all the Muslims we know,” she added.

I wonder if she knows which team she is on. It is as if all the difference between the religions don’t matter and we should believe reality doesn’t matter. [Cheap shot] Of course as a lesbian I would take it as a given her not knowing much about mankind.

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Another Surgery, Another Show….

The Red Headed Irish Wisecracker commented this AM while driving to the hospital. “It it’s Tuesday , it means the Curmudgeon is having surgery”

Two weeks ago it was a long planned cataract, a welcomed procedure.

Today it was a lucky happenstance. A minor infection in a delicate area led to a cat scan, which led to a kidney stone that was perched in what the Urologist described as a ‘dangerous location”.

So off we go to one of my least favorite procedures. Actually, the procedure is a true 21st century thing, it’s the real annoying and embarrassing recovery that sucks.

We live in an age of commonplace miracles. A stone was a death sentence not two hundred years ago. Today, they use a tiny fiber optic filament inserted in an existing access portal in the male body (one you are born with). At the tip is a tiny ccd camera, and tiny led light and an official Dr Evil ‘frikking laser’. They blast the offending stone into particles and withdraw.

Meanwhile , you are out like a light with propefol, which keeps you out for 20 minutes a dose and metabolizes in minutes from your bloodstream. You wake up like you just had the best sleep ever and no residual effects.

Then the fun begins as we revert from effortless 21st century to old fashioned biologic recovery involving slow removal of the particles with natures favorite reminder of violation of body balance.

For a basic citizen with Medicare and Blue Cross, it was a well managed and highly capable affair.

So life goes on, with a bit more grimacing for the next few days.

Sorry I missed the call, but I was otherwise occupied.

We have for now a really fine but not perfect healthcare system which provides great care to most and I would not swap it for anything run by lawyers and grifters.

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An unwanted conversation

MJBubba:

Ms. H.:
I will argue with anyone who purports to know.  No one does.

What proof or authority are you using to make this pronouncement ?

That  I will argue?  My personal authority.

I think when you use your personal authority regarding spiritual matters that you are putting yourself onto really thin spiritual ice.

That no one knows?  Oh, come on!!!Because no human that I have ever encountered, nor heard tell of, …

Of course you have heard tell; you have simply decided to reject the testimony of the witnesses.

…remembers where or what he or she was before birth.

Are you now talking of reincarnation? The spiritual confusion compounds.

Nor has any  human being ever returned from death  to tell us what that’s like.

That’s my “proof” that  no living human knows about God.

Once again you are rejecting the testimony of the witnesses.

Now, in the OT, you didn’t need faith: God would come take you on a picnic, like He did with the Hebrew elders on Sinai. He’d do tricks like he did for Gideon! He’d incinerate people, like Aaron’s sons— and animal carcasses, like he did in the contest with Baal.

You can scoff and mock all you like. There are eternal consequences.

But now, I think you’d have to agree, we see through a glass darkly.  We do not know.

Agreeing that our knowledge is limited is very different from insisting that we have no knowledge at all. I reject your premise that says the only acceptable witness testimony is your own.

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Weekend Cruising

Sunday at 2pm one of us decided to go somewhere. This week, the adventure target was the Deschutes River Conservancy Area near Maupin , OR.
The other one decided it had potential, so off we rolled in the F150.

I love day trips. The weather was perfect, sunny along the whole route and all we needed to do was grab a travel mug of coffee (Try Black Rifle, I recommend highly) , a bag of beef sticks and grain free granola bars, the new camera and off we rolled. All else is in the truck at all times.

We had not done the run over Mt Hood in a while and it did not disappoint. The momentous presence held our gaze for miles as we drove over the southern side. We descended through the forest of ponderosa pine to the beginnings of the high desert as we crossed the Warm Springs Res.

We found Maupin, and I was able to out route the GPS by the unique human ability of looking at another map so we arrived just around 5pm at the Deschutes river.

River here was placid .

River here was not.

So we came home via the Columbia Gorge on I 84. Here is a shot upriver at near sunset.

And here is an unloaded coal barge heading back for another load shot downriver.

A good time was had by all.

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A Curmudgeon Copes With Living at an Inflection Point in History

The Forces are gathering against the Guy From Queens. They have become enraged at his obstinance, his insistence on standing his ground after every onslaught they have thrown.

They have moved from accepting a delay in their timetable to a realization that their very grand plan may be in peril.

In other words, he is making them crazy.

Right now, his opponents are escalating erratically and giving him exactly what he has needed.

The Media was first. They have proven to be liars, anti American and complete partisans. They have also proven themselves to have no sense of humor or even self awareness.

The Europeans were next, including Canada. The keepers of the world order of posturing while the US pays the bills and takes the risk have shown themselves to be incapable of running their countries. Their working classes are less and less trustful of them and their climate change scams, mass immigration and more at the expense of citizen taxpayers are coming aground.

The Democrats, the regular army infantry of the global elites, are stuck in the trench war of their own making. They cannot get past the trap they set for Trump they now find themselves in. Their donor base wants impeachment and their candidates are a confused mess. If they withdraw, it will be seen as surrender by their most loyal donors and voters. If they proceed, well, they get nothing to show against an opposition party that has some serious tangibles to parade.

President Xi is finding he was outmaneuvered and his bluff was called. He now must revert to hardball against foreign companies to maintain some semblance of control of a sliding economy. It forces investment out and makes partners skittish to do business.

Last, the Never-Rights, the GOPe? Their major puppet master, the COC is now being forced to operate directly with Mexico versus the White House. This is a very bad look in an election year. Their Senate sock puppets will find it hard to join their chorus of pro open borders from the Cartels and their guy in office down south.

How did this happen and why?

Why?-In order to change the direction , many of these bad actors needed to publicly do something stupid of such a magnitude that a large portion of the voters can see it as obvious. The ultimate reality show script. This was what Trump wanted.

How? In every case, POTUS offered a fair deal and was rebuffed, ignored or ridiculed. Then their own momentum was exaggerated, made public and amplified. By the simple act of him not backing down and having a constant set of moves for the next step, each was led to the frenzied state of self destruction they now inhabit.

A lot is coming to a head all at once. It has something to do with this diagram:

How will it turn out?

My prediction? I am betting on pretty damn good but taking reasonable precautions. Moving away from urban cores in blue states is my number one assumption of serious short term disruption.

So me, I accept that things are going pretty good, and many people I see and talk to share the feeling. People are spending, investing in the future, buying cars, houses and capital equipment. In other words, they are tired of the world ending, America is doomed, the Japanese, Arabs, Chinese will own us all in ten years, our best days are past us.

Optimism is a serious drug. The party that sells it in the next election will attract some votes.

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Serenity As A Time Share

It being the Red Headed Irish Wisecracker’s birthday we headed to the Ridgefield NWR, which is only seven miles from where our new home will be.

Memorial Day weekend weather here in the Wet Northwest is soggy, with 99.9% chance of overcast except for brief gorgeous sunshine, deep blue skies and white cumulus clouds if you act without hesitation.

So we fired up the F150 and our new Canon SX70 and went in search of sunshine and wildlife.

Flashing my $10 vintage lifetime Curmudgeon pass to all Federal lands we arrived and enjoyed a serene and gorgeous afternoon.

Still getting the hang of handholding a 65 power telephoto with live subjects, even with image stabilization, so bear with me.

None of these animals watch CNN, FOX, MSNBC or read blogs. I do understand they are arguing about the ending to GOT. Apparently , some were rooting for Drogon and the winged faction was quite pleased.

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Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends….

We have reached a nexus, a tipping point, where one deflection may echo down the centuries.

As the remnants of national democracy align against elite totalitarian rule, USA, Japan, India , Brazil and Trump versus China and the Globalists….

As the media/democrat/deep state complex holes up in the Fuhrerbunker of Impeachment…

Trump has unleashed the BARR and given him the power to destroy by truth.

A mistake or overreaction could result in blood in the streets or worse, legal action.

Tread lightly, trust no one, always have an exit plan.

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The Un-Terminator

Today I am recovering from eye surgery.

So by now I have two artificial lens in my eyes, several stainless steel bolts in my arm and a sensor patch on my left arm for monitoring blood sugar.

I wear a biostrap, shoepod and chest unit which records blood oxygen, resting heart rate, active heart rate, heart rate variability, steps taken, sleep levels and reads my workouts individual exercise data. I have an ekg unit that reads a two lead ekg and connects to the web for AI based analysis, soon to be replaced by a six lead unit.

Ah, the brave new world that has such creatures as us…

We are well on our way to cyborg living.

It beats driving your body without gauges.

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