Robert Young's Blog – February 2017 Archive (19)

Die Lieder Ist Cuckoo [update]

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

-- Kim Jong-Don/2017

It's got to go.  Repeal and replace with something terrific.

-- Kim Jong-Don/2015

[update 7 March 2017]

well, if one reads up on the Right's Replacement, we see the usual result:  the 1% are pampered and the rest are punished.  will the uneducated, unskilled, unemployed angry white folks who voted for billionaires and against their own self interest figure out they were scammed?  or will they…

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Added by Robert Young on February 28, 2017 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

All Hail the US Buck

From time to time in these endeavors, I've weighed in on the question of the USofA foreign trade deficit. From the quant point of view, narrowly, the question boils down to: is having US dollars floating out on the planet a good thing (that can only happen if the US runs a deficit), and if so, is there a limit to how much is too much of a good thing?

My argument has steadfastly been that from the beginning, Bretton-Woods, when the buck became, nearly, de jure New Gold to now, when it…

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Added by Robert Young on February 26, 2017 at 11:56am — 10 Comments

Jump on My Bandwagon

Finally, someone has joined my epithet bandwagon. It's Linda Stasi of the New York Daily News, which is a left-leaning tabloid. Perhaps the only one on the planet.



How in hell do the American people think this is OK? It's never OK to bar the press in a society that guarantees freedom of the press. Who is Donald Trump? Kim Jong Un with a…
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Added by Robert Young on February 26, 2017 at 9:12am — 5 Comments

You're Fired!!

Demented Ronnie earned his cred with the rich lunatics by firing the PATCO workers.  Well, Kim Jong-Don has his shot at immortality.  He's been at swords' points with "the intelligence community" at least since the first reports of Russian interference. "I don't really think [Russia] is, but who knows? I don't know either. [The intelligence community] don't know and I don't know."  Of course, they know.  And I'd bet a buck they've got him talking to some Russians.  He's behaving like a perp…

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Added by Robert Young on February 25, 2017 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

Blood Money

OK, so here's the deal: the drug industry (legal ones, that is) is near the top of the list of noxious parasites on the economy. In recent days, one member of that clan, Gilead, has been getting static from the investor class about its less than stellar financial performance. Gilead is a major player in HIV. It was also the lead participant in HepC; the source of the ~$84,000 "cure", several of them.

That marketing started a few years ago, but revenue has waned some in the last year…

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Added by Robert Young on February 23, 2017 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

Rednecks and Robots

Kim Jong-Don got elected because enough of the uneducated and unskilled who used to have high wage jobs in high value industries voted against their own self interest. Some of that wage escalating leverage was driven by oligopoly (autos) and some by inherent demand (energy). The Great Recession put an end to much of that. Kim Jong-Don promised such folk that, by making 'America Great Again', he'd get them their high wage, low skill jobs back. Now. That's just a really, really Big Lie and…

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Added by Robert Young on February 20, 2017 at 9:52am — 11 Comments

Our Comic Book President

It's said that Kim Jong-Don doesn't want to read, i.e. text, the documents he gets. He likes pictures and maps. Sorta the "Classics Illustrated" approach. Just only pictures.

Well, here's a picture that explains why the right wing, trickle down, approach to macro-economic policy just never does anything more than making the rich yet richer.…

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Added by Robert Young on February 19, 2017 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Thought For the Day - 17 February 2017

Reporting today that Kim Jong-Don intends to remove 11.5 million illegals.  Whether anyone knows that the total of illegals is that number, or even one near it is an open question.  But here's the thing.  For each illegal one could reasonably expect that s/he has some number of kids/spouse tagging along.  The kids, if born here, are citizens.  Well, until Kim Jong-Don can get the 14th amendment of Constitution repealed.



What might be a side-effect of such a mass expulsion?  How…

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Added by Robert Young on February 17, 2017 at 8:13pm — 4 Comments

Babbling Brooks

For some years, David Brooks has self-identified as the coherent conservative, as opposed to the lunatic fringe. Since the ascendancy of Kim Jong-Don, he's become a tad more adamant in that regard. It, therefore, should come as no surprise that his column today carries on in such a manner.

What is refreshing is that he's offering up wisdom that sounds rather like he's been…

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Added by Robert Young on February 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Obambi or Godzilla?

The shit storm battering Mar-a-Lago approaches Cat 5, and one must wonder:  why now?  Why did Obama hold back?  He's already on record that he held back the petty stuff in order to avoid the appearance of influencing the election.  Why didn't he go for the kill last September?  Or another October Surprise?  The shit storm isn't intel from yesterday, but from 2015 and 2016.  Why?



What we may have is the recognition of strategy versus tactics.  If Obama had blown a strong whistle…

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Added by Robert Young on February 15, 2017 at 6:30am — 17 Comments

Thought For the Day - 14 February 2017

It's deja vu, all over again.  A St. Valentine Day's Massacre.

Back in the 1970s, for those old enough to remember (and enough memory cells left to realize those memories!), Nixon was taken down by his own narcissistic need to hear his own voice for the rest of his life. Let's go to the audio tape!

This time, Kim Jong-Don is being taken down by the very spy agencies he so disparaged while he ran for president. They have all of his, and his minions, skullduggery on tape. These…

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Added by Robert Young on February 14, 2017 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Sauce For The Gander

From the news



"If foreign services are paying attention, and I am sure that they are, they are paying attention to all of the individuals who potentially have access, all the types of devices that are there and they are going to think about how they can exploit that in the future," Cordero said.

That, of course, is the analysis of Kim…

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Added by Robert Young on February 14, 2017 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Diogenes Succeeds

J'Accuse. A guy who's actually run a business has the gonads to tell the truth.



On Monday, Carl Bass, the CEO of $18 billion Autodesk, gave an interview with Pando's Sarah Lacy where he described President Donald Trump as "acting somewhere between a dictator and a small business owner."

Some of us, not nearly so famous, figured that out a while ago. I'd add…

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Added by Robert Young on February 9, 2017 at 6:52am — 5 Comments

Mr. Bluster

If you're really, really old you will remember The Howdy Doody Show, and the gasbag Phineas T. Bluster, mayor of Doodyville. Well, gasbag is the operative word. It seems that whenever Kim Jong-Don decides that some company has done him, or his, wrong; a nasty tweet(s) results. Nordstrom is today's whipping boy, for having made the rational decision to dump Ivanka's stuff just because it didn't sell. But remember,…

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Added by Robert Young on February 8, 2017 at 2:13pm — 3 Comments

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

A previous missive bemoaned the death of the financial quant, which doesn't exactly break my heart. But we now have reporting that Kim Jong-Don has set out to kill off the bio-stat (or pharma quant). This is far more serious. If only because it's an assault on science. Clinical trials are important science, not FDA obstruction. But the Randians only see the real world through her kaleidescope glasses.…

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Added by Robert Young on February 7, 2017 at 6:18pm — 9 Comments

We Don't Need No Education

Now that we have Mrs. Scamway running the Department of Education, what can we expect?  Simple; for those states with lunatic right governments those kids will learn that the earth is 6,000 years old, humans frolicked with dinosaurs, and that all of science is merely "theoretical".  The smart states will not go down that rat hole, and the inequality of the uneducated, unskilled angry white men will be passed on to their spawn.  The coastal cities will thrive.  The Empty Red States will…

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Added by Robert Young on February 7, 2017 at 11:17am — 12 Comments

Thought For the Day - 6 February 2017

The most, and I mean most, existential threat to Kim Jong-Don and his fellow travellers in the GOP is votes from those not in clan.  How best to assure permanent control, a la Putin, without getting caught?  To date they've used redistricting and penalized polling places to good advantage.  But those efforts can be overcome.  How about the simple expedient of requiring an e-mail address in order to register?  The old and/or poor are less likely to have such, and then the gerrymandering and…

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Added by Robert Young on February 6, 2017 at 11:01am — 5 Comments

I Still Hate Neil Irwin, part the sixth

He's done it again, slurped my mission, but other reporting during the week reflecting the asymptote of progress means he'll be lastly discussed in this missive.

Here and elsewhere I've argued that the future of mobile compute devices is squarely (huh?) on the levelling arc of the asymptote since power available to such devices is limited to what can be packed into a battery of such devices' form factor. The Note 7 is merely the latest example of the results of trying to fool Mother…

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Added by Robert Young on February 5, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Prodigal Son

Well, it seemed time to post a "lost orphan son", i.e. side-by-side photos of Kim Jong-Don and Kim Jong-Un. A slam dunk for me. So, Goog brought up its usual photo array. Damn. I really can't top this one from Esquire:…

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Added by Robert Young on February 4, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

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