Saturday, February 6, 2016
Check your internal tape against reality occasionally.
Slipping Shipping: US trains have carried fewer goods - agricultural products, chemicals, coal, metals, autos and so on – every week since last March. The rail freight business is so bad that the nation's biggest carrier is cutting investment 26% this year. Shipment of goods across the North Atlantic is down 22% from its 2014 peak and shipments from North America to Asia are down 10% from 2011. If there's no demand, production gets cut. If production gets cut there is no need to ship raw materials and no finished goods to ship. It's called economic activity, and it's slowing.
Numbers Game: In December, Clinton led Sanders 61 – 30 in the Quinnipiac poll. In the current poll, it's 44 -42. The same poll shows that Sanders does better than Clinton against Trump, Cruz and Rubio.
Novel Idea: A group called The Repair Coalition has been formed to promote the idea that if you buy something you own it and if you own it you can repair it, or at least try. But under the Digital Millennium Act you can't buy stuff any more, just rent it and if it breaks, tough. You can still jiggle the handle, but that's about it.
There's An App For That: In this year's presidential election, 80% of the votes will be cast/counted on electronic voting machines owned by private companies and running secret, proprietary software. This will leave us with no way to publicly verify the results. But don't worry, Republicans control most of the nation's election boards.
Protecting And Serving: In Texas, the governor supports the display of Christian crosses on police cars.
High & Mighty: The FAA has announced that it will destroy any drone flying within 36 miles of the Superbowl, yet you can't shoot one down even if it is hovering outside your bedroom window. But you don't own a football team.
Porn O'Graph: Capital gaining. Seems the poor babies who get all the capital gains and dividends pay most of the taxes on capital gains and dividends. Seems unfair that we don't pay their share.
The Parting Shot:
Saturday, in the park...
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:36 AM