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Brave New World

Despite the Pollyanna spewing from some folks, here's the future:

The operations engineer would tell us that this was the most automated fab in the world, where no one moves or touches the wafers at all. GlobalFoundries had built Fab 8 from the ground-up to be highly automated, and the 'vehicles' were the key part.

As one version of these escapades…


Added by Robert Young on February 8, 2018 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

Poor Little Rich Boys

Every now and again, some reporting generates such a level of outrage that one ought to let some little time pass before putting pen to paper, or in this day and age, fingers to keyboard. Well, here's the latest such. To be frank, I can't tell whether the Editors of the NYT are attempting to show the Trumpistas that even the Failing New York Times understands and has mucho sympathy for the plight of…


Added by Robert Young on January 28, 2018 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

The Devil is in The Details

So let me get this straight. Anonymous sources tell the WaPo that Orange Julius Caesar referred to some countries as "shithole". Later, Durbin confirms; likely the original source (but hasn't admitted, to the best of my knowledge as of now). Right Wingnut brown nosers deny he said those words. Now, it happens, that the argument is whether it was shithole or shithouse countries. So, I guess, Durbin lied. May be.

Added by Robert Young on January 15, 2018 at 1:48pm — 5 Comments

Wages of Sin

There continues to be noise from both sides, both sides, about why it is that we have more than traditional Full Employment, ~4.1%, yet wages/incomes have barely moved up since the Great Recession. Orange Julius Caesar brayed during the election that the issue was that Obama/BLS were lying, and the "real" employment rate was much, much higher; 42% was his favorite. No one who has a brain believed that. But doubting the truth of U3 is valid.

But the fact is, BLS has always published…


Added by Robert Young on January 5, 2018 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

I Told You So - 29 December 2017

Many's the time I've asserted that Orange Julius Caesar is just a creeping dictator. Or, creepy dictator. Well, now he admits it:

I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest C.P.A. I know the…

Added by Robert Young on December 29, 2017 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Now, It's Your Turn

One might fairly say that Orange Julius Caesar has had a year, nearly, of riding on Obambi's economic coattails. So, here's what had to say just now (8:33 am):

Just in, personal income climbed 0.3% in November ( consensus +0.4%) following an unrevised increase of 0.4% in October. Meanwhile, personal spending rose 0.6% in November ( consensus +0.4%), up from a revised…

Added by Robert Young on December 22, 2017 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Darwin In Action

The Tea Baggers incessantly bray that the "free market" solves all ills. So, today we find that DeVos is paying back her donors.

Students who attended for-profit colleges filed nearly 99 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud, according to [The Century Foundation] the [sic] a liberal-leaning think tank.

Education should be…


Added by Robert Young on December 20, 2017 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments


Bust Your Stein!!

During last night's MSNBC pundit marathon, one of them off-camera announced that Jill Stein had come into view. There, again, was the still photo from the 2015 RT meet with Putin and Flynn, with Stein's profile in the foreground. Today, there's real news. The main point made by the pundit was that Stein cost Hillary the election, since the difference between…


Added by Robert Young on December 19, 2017 at 12:04pm — 16 Comments

Thought For The Day - 13 December 2017

Friday the 13th falls on a Wednesday this month, and offers us this observation:

There's still much that remains unknown about the [Greenland] ice sheet, which at roughly 650,000 square miles is more than twice the size of Texas. The sheet, up to two miles thick, contains enough ice that, if it all melted, would raise oceans around the world by 24 feet.

Can you…


Added by Robert Young on December 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Minority Report, part the fourth

In the continuing saga of creeping dictatorship, we finally get j'accuse from the likes of the American Enterprise Institute.

The failure of Republican members of Congress to resist the anti-democratic behavior of President Trump — including holding not a single hearing on his and his team's kleptocracy — is cringe-worthy. A few Republican senators have spoken up, but…

Added by Robert Young on December 3, 2017 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Dirty Harry Speaks

"It's a tax bill for middle class"

-- Orange Julius Caesar

what it actually means

An updated Senate plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code could dramatically raise taxes on households earning between $10,000 to $30,000 starting in 2021, according to new findings released Thursday by the Joint Committee on Taxation.

But being this is a…


Added by Robert Young on December 1, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Cost of Normalizing

What Orange Julius Caesar hath wrought. Nazi rides again.

Added by Robert Young on November 25, 2017 at 8:12pm — 22 Comments

Lump of Coal For Christmas

Gentle reader likely recalls the many times these essays have called out the ingrates in Red states, in particular Appalachia whose population would still be getting water from hand pumped wells, shitting in the dirt, and reading their Bibles with kerosene lamps were it not for the largesse of FDR and developed states. They remain multi-generational ingrates, whose leaders continue to push the USofA toward the United States of Alabama.

Yet another tome…


Added by Robert Young on November 22, 2017 at 11:00am — 17 Comments

Minority Report, part the third

Another episode in the continuing tale of minority rule. Gentle reader should recall that these endeavors have made the point that macro policy, if done based on data, relies on government collected and dispensed data. Moreover, gentle reader will remember the posts dealing with the events of 2010, when I had interviewed at the DNC in advance of that election. The Democrats totally ignored the effect of the census, while the Right Wingnuts created…


Added by Robert Young on November 22, 2017 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

Stupid People Ain't Got No Reason To Live [update]

More than a few folks have excoriated your humble servant for the observation that Democrats are wasting their time trying to win back Orange Julius Caesar zealots. The reason is straightforward: those folks have reached escape velocity from the Real World. They choose to believe anything from the Right Wingnuts.

Finding mainstream pundits who've also thrown in the towel is like looking for hens' teeth. Found…


Added by Robert Young on November 18, 2017 at 1:00pm — 22 Comments

Weird Al

For all those looking to add to the Rightwing's slim majority in the Senate by tossing Franken out, a thought. Every male on the planet has, or will before croaking, kissed someone (mostly, females) who didn't really want to be kissed. No one should lose his job over that. There is a limit to punishment.

This is how stupid it gets.

A 6-year-old boy near Colorado Springs,…

Added by Robert Young on November 16, 2017 at 8:30pm — 46 Comments

Please Sir, Can I Have Moore? [update]

The Deplorables have another standout member in Roy Moore. And Bannon/Quisling think that making this country into a total United States of Alabama is a good thing. While the .1% get even richer off the "tax reform" which serves only to perpetuate the transfer of gummint moolah from Blue states to Red states. Where it will be used to support the local .1%, naturally. Schools? Hospitals? Hardly.

Well, here's the…


Added by Robert Young on November 11, 2017 at 6:30am — 14 Comments

Ponzi Was From Boston

"Parts Unknown" remains the Best Show on the TeeVee, and when I saw the listing for the night's episode yesterday afternoon, Puerto Rico, I instantly wondered whether it would be a bookend to the Emmy Nominated "No Reservations" Beirut one. Not quite, but rather close. The recording was done around Easter, 2017 and begins with a voice-over by Bourdain about Maria and ends with a graphic for relief. The episode does discuss, through the lives of residents, the problem of the territory's…


Added by Robert Young on November 6, 2017 at 11:36am — 9 Comments

Lies, Damn Lies, and the NSA

The first thought which crossed my head when Comey announced that the FBI had been running a counter-intelligence investigation of Russia/Trump since July, 2016: the CIA and NSA have all the comms on storage and Trump/Quisling is dead meat.

This Monday, the Papadopoulos plea was released, and much the same thought: how did the FBI know he lied? After all, to know that Pap lied means they knew what the truth was. How dat? As of last night, none of the mainstream pundits had…


Added by Robert Young on November 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Scared Out of Your Mind

Spent the last week on the Island, with no innterTubes but with a bookstore. Recently saw Kurt Andersen flogging his latest book, "Fantasyland", which was on the shelf and the appointed companion to DB2 and stat text brought along. His interview had convinced me to do…


Added by Robert Young on October 29, 2017 at 7:48pm — 3 Comments


just stand

Posted by ABG 2.0 on February 19, 2018 at 1:27am 0 Comments

Fascism comes to America

Posted by Dicky Neely on February 18, 2018 at 7:39pm 1 Comment

A Sunset Soliloquy

Posted by Phyllis on February 18, 2018 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

Hey, Jose, Send Love Our Way!

Posted by cheshyre on February 18, 2018 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

Flu and some good things after that

Posted by Rosigami on February 18, 2018 at 4:24pm 6 Comments

The Politics of Stupid

Posted by Boanerges on February 18, 2018 at 4:04pm 3 Comments

... And Justice For All METALLICA

Posted by ABG 2.0 on February 18, 2018 at 2:30pm 3 Comments

at what cost?

Posted by ABG 2.0 on February 18, 2018 at 9:00am 2 Comments

we MUST stay focused!

Posted by Foolish Monkey on February 18, 2018 at 8:00am 31 Comments

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