Fri. June 1, 2018 – summer and hurricane season are here…

A bit warmer today, with 79F and 87%RH this morning. Clear blue skies and sunny. Ah, summer.

Hurricane season is kicking off here in the Gulf Region (I know, RBT, I know), so it’s time to ramp up the seasonal preps. As I do, I’ll mention it here…. 😉

As an example of the continuing degradation of the public sphere, can anyone here imagine, in your wildest dreams, that someone would call the daughter of the President and a Whitehouse staffer, a “feckless c#nt” on a national TV show?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-31/comedian-wins-award-social-change-calls-ivanka-trump-feckless-ct

After [some] public outcry and [some] advertisers bailed, she said ” It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

What she means is “I MOVED a line, and next time it will be worse.”

Again, I know I’m ‘doom and gloom’ but think about what it means for our society that stuff like this is happening. Think about the ‘frog boiling’ aspects of it. I can’t see it ending up anywhere nice, and I can’t see it taking very much longer to get there.

Remember, she thought she would be REWARDED by people for what she said. Her staff full of writers did too. As did her Producers.

nick

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21 Responses to Fri. June 1, 2018 – summer and hurricane season are here…

  1. Clayton W. says:

    Florida has a sales tax holiday for supplies. Nothing on the list I need anymore, 🙂 but it is good that the state does this. Be ready for SEVEN days without help!

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/deals-shopping/fl-bz-florida-tax-holiday-hurricane-supplies-20180522-story.html

  2. Greg Norton says:

    Florida has a sales tax holiday for supplies. Nothing on the list I need anymore, but it is good that the state does this. Be ready for SEVEN days without help!

    Most people don’t prepare in Florida, and now the state has anti-gouging laws which ensure you will not be able to find what you need in the aftermath. Stock up.

    I’ll bet the two Orlando gas stations legally authorized to sell gas for $6/gallon never ran out last summer.

  3. MrAtoz says:

    As an example of the continuing degradation of the public sphere, can anyone here imagine, in your wildest dreams, that someone would call the daughter of the President and a Whitehouse staffer, a “feckless c#nt” on a national TV show?

    The same people that applaud her “FIRST AMENDMENT” denigrate Roseanne. Is there any doubt the Commies are in charge? The circles I have to travel in, namely schools, for biz are 99% Commie. If I mentioned I voted for tRump we’d get dUmped. There is no discussion of issues other than socialixm for all, they’re right and I’m wrong just because.

  4. MrAtoz says:

    STARBUCKS TRAINING: EMPLOYEES FORCED TO WATCH ‘VIDEO AFTER VIDEO’ OF WHITE COPS ATTACKING BLACKS

    Ha! Ha! Is there now any doubt that Blacks are a privileged, protected class in the FUSA. Who would *want * to work for Starbucks after this inculcation fiasco.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’ve got an 8 or more year old Starbucks gift card sitting on my desk right in front of me. I haven’t even carried it since I quit traveling for work. I think I’d just like to get the money back at this point.

    I do like their mint gum which kills coffee breath AND cigar breath. Maybe I should just stock up.

    n

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Some preparedness notes-

    This week is National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week.

    Also it seems that FEMA has a new program:

    You are the Help Until Help Arrives Reaches Milestone with 100K Participants

    When accidents and injuries happen, the actions of people nearby can make all the difference. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and partners developed the You are the Help Until Help Arrives (Until Help Arrives) program to train people in the skills needed to provide lifesaving care before the arrival of professional first responders.

    Until Help Arrives recently reached an important milestone on the road to building a Culture of Preparedness. FEMA estimates the 100,000th individual completed the Until Help Arrives online or classroom training last week. All Until Help Arrives participants learn the right steps to take in an emergency: call 9-1-1, stay safe, protect the injured from harm, stop bleeding, position the injured, and provide comfort.”

    n.b. – emp. added

    This looks like more of the realization that they can’t do it alone, and the “immediate responder” idea that is gaining traction.

    Ask yourself “Why do they think this is worth doing, and why NOW?”

    Then cast your mind back to some of my previous posts and comments about their pandemic plans, business continuity plans, and disaster response triage plans… remember the report on the planning for a dirty bomb in a major city?

    The conspiracy minded might find more than a bit of coincidence in the spate of recent ‘accidental’ or inadvertent activation of emergency notification systems. If nothing else, they are testing them again, and getting it wrong. There’s a message in that too.

    nick

  7. Clayton W. says:

    It seems the unemployment rate went down again, but so did the labor force participation rate, to 62.7 percent. So bad news with the good.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    It seems the unemployment rate went down again, but so did the labor force participation rate, to 62.7 percent. So bad news with the good.

    The non-participation rate in Clark County, WA was 37% when we left. God only knows what it is today with weed legalization and the elimination of 2/3 of the jobs at the big GP mill in Camas this spring.

  9. lynn says:

    It seems the unemployment rate went down again, but so did the labor force participation rate, to 62.7 percent. So bad news with the good.

    The non-participation rate in Clark County, WA was 37% when we left. God only knows what it is today

    The amount of fraud in the SSI Disability program is simply astonishing. I would not be surprised to see Vantucky and other such places at the top of that county list which, is unpublished as far as I know. I could never even find SSI Disability rates by state.

  10. lynn says:

    I’ve now got a Chevy Impala rental car. The thing is so computerized I cannot figure how to set the base and treble on the radio. The backup camera is awesome though.

    I miss my truck.

  11. lynn says:

    “Three critical lessons from Europe’s recent mini-meltdown”
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/three-critical-lessons-from-europes-recent-mini-meltdown-23704/

    “Trying to trace the origins of the latest political crisis in Italy is like… well… trying to trace the origins of the decline of the Roman Empire.”

    “There simply is no good starting point.”

    “You can’t talk about the decline of Rome without a lengthy discussion of how destructive Diocletian’s Edict on Wages and Prices was in the early 4th century.”

    “But you can’t talk about Caligula without bringing up the effects of the civil war between Octavian and Marc Antony… which was a direct result of the previous civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus.”

    “Before long you’ve gone back in time more than 500 years trying to figure out why the Roman Empire collapsed.”

    “Modern Italy isn’t so different. After all, this is a country so unstable that it’s had 64 governments in the seven decades since the end of World War II, averaging a new government every 14 months.”

    I miss RBT’s analysis of Europe’s swan song. He always threw something in to clarify how bad things really are over there.

  12. lynn says:

    “Cyclist filmed in terrifying ‘zombie-killer’ knife attack on motorist in broad daylight in South London”
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/shocking-moment-furious-cyclist-pulls-massive-zombie-knife-on-car-in-south-london-a3852896.html

    Now that’s a knife !

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  13. paul says:

    I imagine importing a bunch of Moslems and putting them on welfare /may/ be a problem.

    “/may/” so I don’t get called raaaycest. Italy wasn’t even a nation until ~1870.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    The amount of fraud in the SSI Disability program is simply astonishing. I would not be surprised to see Vantucky and other such places at the top of that county list which, is unpublished as far as I know. I could never even find SSI Disability rates by state.

    My wife knew 25% of the metro was on Medicaid, but she had no idea as to how it broke down on each side of the river. And that doesn’t count the 85% of WA State Obamacare plans which were Medicaid with another label at the time of our exit.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    The amount of fraud in the SSI Disability program is simply astonishing. I would not be surprised to see Vantucky and other such places at the top of that county list which, is unpublished as far as I know. I could never even find SSI Disability rates by state.

    In Florida, sinkhole claims became that state’s middle class welfare.

    My sister has a $1 million house in VA thanks in part to her husband’s ability to work the sinkhole claim scam in Florida. As soon as they sold their “condemned” house near MacDill, the new owners promptly pulled a permit for a pool.

    Some sinkhole.

  16. Nightraker says:

    Some sinkhole.

    Money pit? 🙂

  17. nick flandrey says:

    bedtime

    n

  18. Greg Norton says:

    Money pit?

    Goldmine. My sister and her husband received full value for the house from the insurance company. *PLUS* they got to sell the “condemned” property as long as the buyers didn’t have to pull a mortgage.

    The buyers made out too since they picked up a piece of South Tampa Property for half the going price, and the ground under the house obviously wasn’t a problem in the real world. If they’re digging a pool, they aren’t worried about a sinkhole, and, if I had to guess, the real issue was settlement of an old lake bed that most of the houses were built on in that area 60+ years ago.

    Stories like that were repeated all over the Tampa area. It is why Citizens, the state insurance company “of last resort”, is now in the same trouble as all the other FL-chartered carriers.

  19. brad says:

    We mostly avoid Starbucks anyway, for a variety of reasons. Their coffee used to suck compared to any other place you could get on mainland Europe – no offense, but American coffee is just terrible, like, it saw a coffee bean once, at a safe distance. A couple of years ago, Starbucks finally got a clue, abandoned American style coffee, and put decent machines. So they are now on the same level as every restaurant, only at twice the price.

    Now that they are totally caving on SJW issues, I’ll avoid them entirely just on principle. Seriously, these two guys were – now – supposedly waiting for a business meeting. Riiiight. That’s why they weren’t buying anything, because you always meet at a coffee shop without buying anything. But Starbucks is going even further: they are going to specifically open shops in poor urban areas. At their prices? Sure, they are.

    – – –

    Re disability: That’s such a tough issue. I just had an old friend come by yesterday – if anyone ought to be getting something, he should. Mid-50s, has had a series of operations on his shoulder, and cannot do much with that arm (thankfully, his left arm, and he’s right-handed). Only – he owned and ran a one-man shop for renting and repairing gardening machines. Kind of hard to heft a machine around with only one hand, so he’s had to close his business. And now? They tell him “get a desk job”.

    Right, in your mid-50s, totally change careers, exactly how is that supposed to work? At the very least, they ought to support him through some sort of realistic re-training program, but he’s getting nothing. He’s tapping all his acquaintances, hoping someone, somewhere can help him land a job, but that’s going to be really tough.

    Meanwhile, as Lynn observed, the fraudsters seem to find a way. The disability insurance has, in the past, hired detectives to check out the most suspicious cases, but the progressives here find that offensive. You know, the guy whose back hurts so bad he can hardly walk – until the detectives record him shingling roofs. Or the woman with the debilitating skin disease that no can can diagnose – until the detectives record her pouring boiling water on her arms (no shit) before her next appointment. There’s currently a big legal fight about whether the disability office can continue using private detectives when they suspect fraud. I’m not seeing the problem – you take the money, you sign up to being checked on.

    – – –

    Italy is a mess, but then, Italy is always a mess. The weird thing this time is that the government is an alliance of a conservative (throw out the illegal immigrants) party with a very liberal (universal income, no strings attached) party. Dunno how the two expect to get along in the long term, and we also don’t know how they think they can just go print all that money – I suppose they’ll have to leave the Euro first, which should lead to some excitement…

    Italy does have a really, really serious problem with illegal immigration. They get huge numbers of people arriving on ships, and the deal with the rest of Europe is that immigrants stay where they land, until someone figures out what to do with them, so lots and lots are stuck in Italy. Of course “what to do with them” ought to be “send them back to where they launched from”, but Europe isn’t quite that far yet. It’s coming, but it will be another few years.

  20. SteveF says:

    Of course “what to do with them” ought to be “send them back to where they launched from”, but Europe isn’t quite that far yet. It’s coming, but it will be another few years.

    If the “rafts” were machinegunned before they reached Italy’s shores, they would stop coming in short order.
    If the “refugees” trying to climb the fences on Hungary’s border were machinegunned, they would not try it again.
    If France and Sweden and Germany were to cut off welfare for non-citizens, and arrest and detain — in atrocious conditions — any “refugee” committing crimes because “they needed to eat” or because of “cultural misunderstandings”, the refugees would self-deport in short order.
    The refugee problem has a straightforward solution. Europe’s “leaders” lack the desire to solve it.

    Application to the United States is left as an exercise for the reader.

  21. brad says:

    @SteveF Yes. Enforce the borders, with force as required. I’m not seeing the problem, but we aren’t that far just yet.

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