Elon Musk for President!!

Quite honestly, we really don’t think this is our original idea. Think of all the people who said to themselves “Hey, I would have thought of that!”, & realize a few of those already did!

But before we discuss the positives of this matter, let us give a general background environment; an ambiance; a “stage setting” for our candidate. For this we need Ross Perot!

Mr. Perot was a successful IBM salesman (from Texas) who was so successful, he made more in commissions than the CEO of IBM. For this, mgt called him in & said they would reduce his territory. In response Mr. Perot quit & started his own IT firm (using IBM mainframes he used to sell for them) that ended up – after hard work, of course – as a multi-billion dollar, international firm.

Having enough money & being unhappy with national affairs, he decided to run for President. Obviously he lost, otherwise you would recognize his name immediately. He did, however, make a very strong 3rd party candidate in a strictly-controlled, old, well established 2 party system.

All we want to say here is: in a completely more “established” even fixed political environment, a 3rd party candidate w/ less than stellar name recognition was recognized – and voted for – as a valid candidate.

It must be said, we do not speak for Mr. Musk & simply wanted to say we would support him over the current POTUS in an election.

As said, we cannot speak “for “ him, but possibly – like dozens, upon dozens of social media channels dedicated to Elon et al, topics we dare risk a few words “about” him. A few of these channels are good & informative; knowledgeable about their field, but some are just click-bait, regurgitating old news with tabloid-like catch-phrase titles.

In SpaceX, Mr. Musk is competing with 2 other billionaires with interest in (drum roll) … space! Of the other 2, bozos sees mfg in the sky & wants to profit from a “spaceAmazon”. A sideline is giving rich tourists a short spin up to lower orbit. All together just a business plan, aimed at profit – nothing more.

The short lower orbit joy-ride is also part of the business model of Sir Branson, simply expanding on his existing aviation enterprise. He can’t even afford rockets & needs to tow his vehicles up half- way & then give them a rocket-engine push. Have not heard much since last flight when the GPS device they got from Amazon sent them astray on the way down…(OK, maybe it was something else?=)

Mr. Musk has clearly demonstrated he understands the business aspects of large enterprises. But when you think of expanding the role of humans in the universe, trying the help save the only planet were on now, we see him as the visionaire of our times – a bit like Michelangelo lived in his times. Both did/are going to enjoy success & failure; suffer abuse from envious or flattering ones; & eventually not have their work fully, widely recognized until long after death.

This whole idea came to us as a natural progression of our political circus today: Republicans, through the Orange God Glob, have shown that adequate name recognition and just half of a good cover story suffices for more voting success than many a long public career – regardless if that career was an honest one (so many aren’t), an effective one (in a political environment that basks in status quo), or a useful one (who can really say that for a vast number of politicians).

If Mr. Musk would run on a party ticket or as an independent, we dare not venture that far out. But the few choices are obvious: Democrats are well-established & would not allow an external candidate. That leaves running as an independent or in a new Republican Party. The latter is a bit more complex, so we will dissect that first.

The current chaotic mess that popular, honest media still overly respectfully calls the Republican Party will be reinvigorated or simply reborn by the likes of Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney & other brave souls. Current conditions cannot continue, else the whole country will go up in flamesi. That’s why -from the very beginning– Russia has been so eager to help Trumpism. But the country needs a conservative party to complete the political spectrum. Again, we cannot speak for Mr. Musk & certainly not rigorously define Mr. Musk’s political beliefs. But we do know, the man has gotten a raw deal from Pres. Biden & has openly stated his disapproval of subsidies. The current Republicans ran in ‘16 & ‘20 without a platform – simply on a fake personal reputation! If in 2024 there is a conservative party or even just a movement, one void of insanity, idiotic foolishness, endless hate & hypocracy; void of all the hypocrites currently in the House or Senate who are willing to stand by & let democracy be destroyed, it will need a unifying entity that allows people to put so much of this discord behind them. This in turn implies again choosing someone from outside the established political order.

On the other hand, if we still have this fantasy-driven Republican circus, an independent would give vent to so many sane & conservative (or simply independent) voters; to rational, honest folks who are looking for a valid alternative to the Democrtic Party.(2)

This is all an off-the-wall proposition, so we’ll start to wrap it up & just mention that “Musk” name recognition is far bigger than anything seen in recent memory, gigantic even (we started this article before the Time Magazine “Man of the Year” award.); that such recognition will be boosted & kept high by SpaceX, Starlink activities that are creating so many jobs; that after finding out how “fabricated” the Chump Trump name really was, people will appreciate a genuine success, a real businessman.

And a final tidbit concerning the spat with Pres. Biden as it concerns the UAW: UAW workers are not dumb, they know the EVs from their firms are made in Mexico; they see the new, gigantic factories being built inside America by Mr. Musk; and …. they are going to pay careful attention to what he will work out with Industriegewerkschaft Metall in Germany!!

iSee our post “The 2022 Deathknell of the Republican Party”.

(2) …wish I knew how to add footnotes here… We SUPPORT the Democratic Party – especially in this current crises that America faces! But being democratic (small “d”) means respecting the full spectrum of political opinion (’till they become seditionist!!!! of course.)

America is at War!

Since everybody is talking about alarmist theories today, we want to do our part & offer ours. Enjoy!

Never thought I would be an alarmist…really!?! So, let me start slow (like talking to someone from ______[ur fav joke pers.=]

War is about “beating” the enemy – let’s leave that general definition momentarily. Maybe a couple million years ago… naw, maybe, anyway – TODAY – there ought be something positive comes out of it, for the winner anyway. OK, we’re tempted a lot, a really lot, of preponderance, BUT the 1st prize to wage war today is land, space… livable space. What a simpleton, you say to yourself- I see that myself in the news daily from Palestinians losing it, Kurden are losing it, Etheopien minority tribes are losing everything….

But the biggies, the ones with the nukes…naw. Why in living wonder would Russians want to invade en masse… not happening…. Our best estimate is that Russia simple has to pull other nations down a la true soviets (And keep Putin’s ass out of prison… as long as everywhere alse is bad, you get awa with anything)

Which brings me to a sidestory and then visit at end this Russian war again:

Why this  COVID? I mean here you have Covid “leaks” out of Chinese Lab for (among whatever else????) … ta da   … Covid. Now here the story branches a bit, deeper versions, but all end same punchline. The deeper, go right into it, simply says China has already started its war on Formosa. If Russia can grab Crimea, Chinese commies are sure as hell going to get Formosa. But, here’s the catch: how to “tame” such a large population and also very important, leave the infrastructure for future growth. Solution for a long time was this big bomb that spread gamma or whatever wavelength it was that cooked people’s brains, and in the end was unfunded ‘cause you still ended up blowing everything up anyway. (Gonna write this as if I ever seen this shit). So what about… Covid ???

First! You have to infect the rest of the world – with their mild versions… don’t want to be obvious you’re the one causing this. When Covid is part of our daily lives (another blog about future life with Covi forthcoming), and different “waves” worldwide, you bring in 200 agents to spread the really good stuff around Formosa, you seal the border, you wait. The resulting international tragedy will force the Chinese commies to come in and help. Just like the Israeli government goes into West Bank to help. I mean face it: West Bank is lost; tribal lands all over Africa are in dispute – on top of terrorism; all the victims of the recent spate of weather disasters – on every continent! All the fires are horrendous, so it is more disturbing to see groupings of Mediterranean fires. Some areas brought more money ie. N, but all of them provided for a lot of people. So many, we’re talking about whole villages, even regions were impacted.

Back to Covid: The Cc is smug, they already have the “good stuff” developed, not the cheap stuff they peddle worldwide. Probably call it Covid235 to play homage to the atomic stuff. The really deep version says they have this all by plan as it is. That is, they would have regions infected. We’d like to give them credit for wanting to test it on themselves first, but….. naw, they just needed the whole population doing innoculation drills. When the time comes, Cc will spread the “good stuff” from the military to the general population…but it should be in a disciplined and practiced drill. The country is so corrupt, bet all the party people got theirs long ago.

The Cc want to show big show – make leader look good => quick-> Formosa W/many maschines. OK, that’s the deep version, Cc is in full swing, just waiting for the right moment to lay the big egg on the island.

More down-to-earth is just a reasonable assumption that is, actually is the eventual plan, but while still in preparations some Covid (the light stuff, not in a real DANGER zone and therefore more relaxed part of the lab) hung onto a labcoat of someone working long hours and who had to rush to get to the big market for something before they close. Nothing more than that, but the Cc can never-ever admit it. Now all their planning & preparations were for nothing as we now have a good start on vaccinations.

Or is it that everything is going according to plan this very moment?

Oh yeah: the war with Russia. Putin has really hit a jackpot with this egocentric, uneducated “orange useful idiot”, to fully put himself on the world stage, almost a  guarantee for job security at home. EX-Dictators, in today’s world, are not as well treated as in past decades. They always end up the same: stealing soooo much, that soooomebody got mad enough to want to do the job better. The Cc has learned from Russia, when Putin was the first to cut some heads off of the super rich if they got uppity & to reign in the rest. King of the Hill reigning at home is easier when you’re standing on a/n (international) mountain!

When the FSB “listed” names of American business people in Russia, to see who had any weaknessses generally. A buffoon like Trump at an international beauty contest got red flags and even stars next to his name.

Putin does not want to invade, nuke or anything violent actually. Remember, if a city – any city! – were to lose only one of many centralized systems it would already cause riots! We’d like to say “turmoil”, but let’s face it, after Jan. 6, it should be obvious that black & white Americans are united! They’re BOTH pissed off! It has been supreme KGB work by the Fucking Sinister Bastards to do so much to undermine trust in the government, Constitution & leadership of the United States of America. As we speak, IT types go to work every day – on BOTH sides to see how to do damage on the other side. OK, except they are already using it. Maybe a few guys went private from this official work (couple examples of same such for Secret Service & other fed agencies, no finger pointing) to become more profitable; to extract vast sums of money from American companies; or even to endanger whole populated regions with intrusion tactics on power networks, water work operations, and now: financial systems seem hot.

If national resources were applied to the digital tricks a few gangsters exploited to attack a complete countrywide network, wether water, electricity, comm, financial it would truly be devastating. And also by now all code, directions & descriptions are also in the hands of the …FSB (Gotta be careful, maybe someone will give me PLUTONIUM RED Wine someday!=/

Anyway, Putin has job security as long as he can show pictures of America on the bad side! Helps to instigate the set – make the picture more dramatic …. yeah, throw in a little staging. Simple as that!

COMMENTS here…(a 1st report)

After a review of the comments to date, we are convinced of the simple truth that no one reads this blog! Yes, there is a single digit group… hopefully, maybe they’ll come back….

The most – by far – comments were spam machines that found us & were promoting porn, drugs… that kind of stuff…. Another interesting group came from Russia. Seeing comments in Cyrillig, with their length & obvious preparedness, suggested we collect, group the IP addresses. No doubt most of these were generated by the KGB (or whatever Putin calls his Fucking Sinister Bastards!=)**

But the last group I want to talk about caused me to reflect on a class in my graduate course close to 50 years ago. Info Science (aka computer stuff), Georgia Tech and I’m sitting in a semantic class. If it really was called that, can’t remember, but we talked about various aspects of language, including how to program it. We just want to say that if you construct an AI system to learn like a human, it will make the similar grammatical faux pas  as beginning adult English students.

Maybe scrap all comments & start over….hmmm, yeah. ..

** see “America is at War!”.

Absurdistan meets Vietnam!!!

…. Wew, hold on… got to catch my breath…

As we write, news reports  are  talking about Afghanistan pres. fleeing Kabul. This comes on the heels of announcement few hours ago about additional American troops having to be sent to protect the last lucky ones as they flee the country.

We continue to support duly-elected, legitimate President Joe – just a good man – Biden, but let’s be clear: this retreat was botched!

It should have been clear that when that orange mess at the White House last year “made his deal” with the Taliban, it was an open door to the Taliban to plan for nationwide action. It seems even the Pentagon people have forgotten the debacle, the pictures, of those last days in Vietnam. Or.. political decisions were made without military evaluations (IF they existed).

Why not send in 100,000 troops; aircraft; burn those papers; process the helpers w/ visas and immediately start evacuating? A month, a sign of strength, certainly not a sinking hole in the American military budget. Does’nt have to end with ten A-10s necklace style circling Kabul perimeter and sending a shitload of these shitheads to their fantasy heaven as a last picture, but it could have been handled smarter. Maybe just blow up all those Humvees left behind & now quickly transporting Taliban to Kabul.

Instead we have pictorially, broadcast worldwide, the EXACT same scenarios as those historic pictures from Vietnam.

Nevertheless, with all that said,


Our hearts go out to the Afghan forces!!! So many of these people went to the military because it’s a job in a country that does not have a lot of … jobs! No problem – US military branches recruit successfully because so many military duties are high tech requiring advanced training that costs so much in the private sector. In other countries its just nice to earn a real wage.

So then comes the training and then arming. No problem, most people can learn given the right training. So, what happened? Why should some Afghan forces run, hide, try to escape? In essence: NOT fight! Here, the parallel to Vietnam just screams out at you! The Afghan forces were trained, armed, but – JUST AS IN VIETNAM – they are completely unmotivated! Not DE-motivated, there never was any motivation. Didn’t these Pentagon biggies never see that in… these last two multi- year wars? Just as in Vietnam, simple, ordinary people are asked to sacrifice their lives for a completely corrupt, ineffective government! Why is it so easy to overlook the brother of a country’s president being a major international drug dealer?! No, look! See the soldiers training, don’t they march chic… and they shoot so well, see how they fight (as long as they are next to US personnel that guarantees the aircraft in the sky above will protect them all ! = ]  No, asking these people for the ultimate sacrifice for a government that has nothing to do with public welfare was always too much.

Its trite, but we have to say it: “You cannot make this stuff up!

At this very moment a US Sec. of State is painting a completely BS rosy picture of this debacle, followed by a Republican blaming everything on President  “the legitimate one” Biden, completely ignoring how their Republican orange despot gobd personally invited the Taliban to Camp David, so he could give them anything they wanted as long as they didn’t embarrass him. All the while the TV pics from Vietnam are rolling….

Why can’t this Sec. State talking head recognize where it goes from here. The $illions supporting the Taliban, coming from Saudi Arabia, also come with strings attached. Just as those in charge being so surprised by the rapidity of current events will also be surprised by how quickly AlQuida et. al. are parading again in Afghanistan.

The Chinese commies (hence Cc) see what’s coming and their quick well-wishes to the Taliban is in recognition that the evil vile oozing from Afghanistan will flow westward (symbolically speaking). That’s the same Cc that are imprisoning millions of Moslem Uighurs for no more than being who they are at this very moment.

We wrap up with a delicate subject. We don’t think Islam lends itself to peaceful cooperation. Yes, there are those millions of Muslims who talk about how peaceful Islam is, how peaceful they are. In so many past cases, these claims have only shown them to be the Chamberlains of Islam. They will be the first to want to – peacefully, of course – save their business, job, property, necks by joining the support of a new regime, any new regime. Has everyone forgotten all the youth from every – every – western country who joined AlQuida when it was hot news? Whole swaths of Africa are lawless, with Islamic bands roaming, raping, robbing, killing & crippling civilians. Most “wealthy” Middle East countries are held together with authoritarian, often corrupt regimes. When one of them wants to be modern, progressive like Qatar, they are attacked by their “brothers”. No, international solutions are not going to come from oil-dependent, frail, or authoritarian countries. God helps those that help themselves.

Fellow Americans:

Forget  this latest Absurdistan! You have offered enough money and sacrificed enough American lives & limbs to introduce peace and democracy to millions of Afghanies. You have done more than enough! Yes, they will have it tough, but resistance has to come internally. The democratic fire lit by American & international players  might only smolder for a while, but the Taliban is a self-destruct phenomena. When they show their true color – the black of blood – they’ll seed their own internal resistance. Religious fanatics need constant stream of converts to reinforce the rightness of their righteousness. When they start mass killings of those they can’t convert; when they show they have nothing to offer in urban management, when they relinguish power to their  most violent & extreme elements – imported or domestic – the problems will start.

Concentrate on making America strong. Do some infrastructure mending to facilitate travel, business & trade. Stop passing laws to keep black citizens from voting.  The emergencies of climate change & Covid need your full attention; there is no time for silly conspiracy theories (or silly political figures). In time America & rest of the west will face direct threats from extreme Islam again  – prepare now & be ready then!

Respectfully yours,

The 2021 American Constitutional Crisis

(Amended Nov.12,2020)

We are a week after the 2020 Election that Joe “LoveThatMan” Biden has won decisively, even if Congressional  elections were more mixed. The first time we warned of this coming disaster concerning the Chief Deplorable`s reaction we erroneously put “2020” in the title. Yes, today CNN even used the term “Constitutional Crisis, if only in a question. The problem is that democratically oriented folks are being placated by fantasies like “Trump needs time to accept the results…” or “Republicans are only trying to present a good front for the Senate special elections in Georgia for the U.S. Senate next  January.” Whether people spreading this pure bullcrappy actually believe it or not is irrelevant. What is damaging is that democratically oriented people who would otherwise take action in the face of danger are letting themselves be duped if they believe such nonsense! They are simply giving this FAKE president more time to concoct his dictatorial schemes.

Let’s be frank: Trump is cornered!! He has massive personal debts coming due for money he does not have; he & his family are facing criminal investigations for corruption & being POTUS is his only defense. Yes, this despicable person is – academically speaking – a pretty dumb person, stupid even. It is easy to forget he is also an experienced, a practiced manipulator. He has several options, no matter how ludicrous they sound:

  1. Find a case of election fraud. Any , any at all, even fabricated (as he has dictated his Justice Dept hack Barr to do.) and let it find one friendly judge. Let that one case – however trivial – rise in the judicial ladder to the Supreme Court. This is where the judicial hacks he has appointed there will decide something completely to his liking. Declaring him “president for life” would be perhaps too extreme. No, it will be something along the lines that the election as a whole was invalid & needs to be redone. Perhaps with additional requirements for federal oversight that will guarantee control for Trump.
  2. Place enough political hacks in the Pentagon to be able to control the military. When he is still in the White House after January 20th 2020 people will go to the streets in protest. Probably the protests will start already in December or even sooner as it becomes obvious that he is simply not leaving the White House nor has any intention to ever do do. The Chief Deplorable will then righteously declare a national emergency and have his hacks in the Pentagon who will, this time, allow U.S. active troops to be mobilized to the streets of America. He will, of course, be oblivious to the resulting bloodshed. My guess is that SecState POMPOUS will revert to his military role and actively lead these efforts. He has already publically stated that Trump will be president for the next 4 years!!
  3. Start a war – any war – then declare a national emergency. After that his newly appointed hacks in the Pentagon will take it from there.
  4. Have Republican SecStates of various states corrupt the Electorial College with fake representatives. Yes, most of them are decent, loyal to American law type of people, regradless of their political policy beliefs. But remember, it only takes a small number to do the damage. Aren’t we seeing enough Republican politicians and political appointees openly saying Trump “will win”!?!?

The real crisis will not be apparent until Jan 20th & the Chief Deplorable is still in the White House.  When we first warned of this calamity, the Covid tragedy count was 75K. It is now at the lower end of our forecast: quarter million and rising fast. Santa Claus -in our sad opinion – will bring the total to the high end of our forecast: one-half million Americans dead from Vovid! The reason Trump & Pence do nothing – except go golfing & vacation, respectively – is because a rising catastrophe in the health sphere is actually to their liking; it serves their purpose to have a chaotic as possible environment come January! The more people distracted by the fact they & others around them are sick or dying, the more they will also be distracted from the political scam being perpetrated upon them. And the sad part is that so many Republicans go along with all this, go along with whatever Trump does or says.  The many people, not the majority by far but nevertheless too many, who voted for Trump will accept an overthrow of the legitimate government of the United States. Sounds ludicrous, but that is the state of divisiveness, diregard for institutions that 4 years of this Chief Deplorable has brought us. The remaining hurdle is only to distract the remaining part of the population with war, pestilence, whatever…..More will be better for a “Republican win”.

That is why we call it the 2021 American Constitutional Crisis. It will be in 2021 at the latest that the democratic institutions – the ones remaining that Trump has not poisoned with his political hacks – will be put to the decisive test. And it will truly be a test!

One of Trump’s sons used the term “Total war” – very reminiscent of Hitler’s famous call for mobilization “Wollen Sie den totallen Krieg!”. He (or the other one, can’t tell one from the other…) actually called for the deaths of leading Democratic Party officials & leading public figures. Their deaths!!! He said it openly, publically AND was cheered by a large crowd of followers. Forget that that is a federal offense! Tell me there is not going to be violence on the streets before this is over! I don’t mean to denigrate the seriousness of the recent Black Lives Matter efforts & protests, but if Trump does not go, we will experience a whole new level of protest.  The whole Trump clan in the White House has no shame. Let the public bleed before they have to answer for their actions. Tell me they are not organizing  “brown shirts” in the midst of Homeland Security personnel! Tell me it will bother them in the least when Americans are shooting each other !

Oh yea, I forgot: Trump just needs time to adjust. Really, you really believe – after seeing him in action for 4 years – he becomes more rational in times of stress??? Dream on…keep watching Fox…

Then there is The Republicans are only putting on a good show of strength for the elections in Georgia for 2 Senate seats. First, lets get this straight: This is the political party that actively tries to restrict voting rights with any means vailable. Let me see, the election is Jan 5th and Inaugaration is 20th. Does that mean there will be no transition until…  until the votes are counted (& most undoubtedly recounted!)  in that Georgia election also, maybe February?? Is there any incentive for the Republicans to allow a transition before that election on Jan 5th – especially as the election comes closer ??? And if they can get away with it that far, why not…. further……and …… further….. and all the while the Chief Deplorable thinks of his options & schemes on….

We do not know what options are available to those who want a transition, the hallmark of a democratic republic, a feature for which the U.S. is admired & respected throughout the world (or feared!=). But we offer the following: Impeachment (again) in the House of Representatives and send it to the Senate! Let Senators no longer hide if they are on the side of democracy or allied to all those hiding in Trump’s hind cheeks. The Chief Deplorable has definitely raised the stakes in this debacle, it is time to double down on him!

(Trump is trying to gather as much cash as possible from this quagmire, soliciting funds for his “legal fees” while the biggest chunk actually goes directly to his campaign. The same campaign that refuses to pay their bills to all municipalities where rallies were held, just as Trump himself left unpaid bills whereever he has operated. But what concerns s most is what reward he expects from the Russians, from Putin, as he lets his newly appointed hacks in the Pentagon release classified information will-nilly as long as he is still in office!!!)

COVID-19: Reading the Numbers

May 13, 2020;  US Tragedy-Count at 82K and rising…

Everybody is getting bombarded with numbers, statistics related to Covid-19 infections & sometimes with little explanation of their underlying significance. For example Russia: They report a little over 2K deaths (henceforth more correctly referred to as tragedies!). They also report 242+K infections, but say that is because of new testing, implying these are “old” cases already there and –somehow- just now being discovered. If you assume a reasonable average under 5% fatality rate (Sorry , there is no euphemism for the ultimate infection result.), they will in the not too distant future report over 10K tragedies. That they report such a low tragedy rate shows only these are likely newer cases – and rising quickly.

The virus is everywhere, still as infectious as ever. Only our perceptions are changing over time…

There is a graph on the Financial Times website comparing countries’ tragedy rate with all countries starting at the same point. That is, juxtaposed from when the individual country first reported 3 tragedies. Most graphs are normal: fast rise, plateau, eventually a more gradual descent. Currently the exceptions are Mexico & Brazil with both still in their initial rise, the latter heading direct to USA numbers -by far the highest- quickly. Did we mention that both those two countries -USA & Brazil- have national leaders who have been among the loudest in their downplaying of Covid-19 as something not to worry about, that it will “go away” on its own? Surprised that England is high up there with them?

The dominant feature we take from this graph -however- is the slope China took from peak to almost no cases. When you consider the severity of their lockdown & the extent of their testing/tracing during this period it should be apparent that this slope – the angle of descent– is perhaps a best-case scenario, a benchmark in any case.

Opening up prematurely in the various US states will guarantee that the US together will never achieve this slope! Other countries, where the populace is not as caustically divided as in the US & the people in general have more trust in their governments, have implemented lockdowns more successfully, but have still not achieved China’s descending slope. We all still have a long, hard road ahead. Moreover, the continuing emphasis by the US federal government on opening in the US, while still neglecting expansion of critically all-important testing/tracing, instead pushing all responsibility on the states (later the convenient recipients of all the blame for what the federal government should have done at the very beginning!) will keep the tragedy graph of the USofA meandering… a little down, some up, down…up…maybe big up even. In any case, it is our sorrowful evaluation that if this graph does not go down drastically, the 2020 Santa Claus will bring the USofA a tragedy count of at least a quarter, and quite possibly a half a million!!!

2020: The Coming American Constitutional Crisis

2020: The Coming American Constitutional Crisis                     May 9, 2020

Where to start? Perhaps with a vacuous academic description of how when a large, complicated system experiences a large growing number of many small problems mounting cause the risk factor of a major disruption to rise….nah: the major disruptions are already starting to mount. We have added a specific date – when the unthinkable happens, don’t say you weren’t warned. Perhaps a better way to date this post – or any happening – is by the number of US Covid-19 deaths (tragedies). Currently we stand at 75K; the number is growing; the federal leadership is just as ineffective as a remedy as it was at the beginning. All-important testing is only happening regularly in the WH, while states are still struggling individually, some less than others.

But this leadership is not inactive: The Justice Department – through the Chief Deplorable’s political hack Barr – has finally showed beyond doubt that it serves only to achieve any personal interest or vendettas that the greatest FAKE PRESIDENT the USA has ever experienced wishes; the intelligence community has been constantly belittled in the eyes of the public and is about to be led by another political hack who will work to achieve the same there; Congress has been sidelined as a controlling factor in the normal, all-important balance of power; the Republican leader in the Senate seriously expounds the ludicrous, absolutely catastrophic idea that US states should go into bankruptcy. The Chief Deplorable talks about not saving “blue states”. His armed supporters gather in state capitols.

The USA has had – and survived – corrupt Presidents (think Harding). The USA has had – and survived – leaders of limited intellectual capabilities (think little Busch). But the coming crucial question of late 2020 – in our humble opinion – will be if the USA can survive an utterly egotistical, corrupt, dumb, sui generis FAKE PRESIDENT? What did the first Sec/State of this administration, a man who led one of the biggest, richest corporation on earth, say after his very short stint: he threw up his hands and said (of this FAKE PRESIDENT) “ He’s an idiot!”. Yes, we’ve had idiots in the WH before, but they let others (including a corrupt Vice) run the show. No, we have a hopeless egotist who says he is a “stable genius” who insists that he has “absolute power”, yet incapable of seeing anything beyond his own little world of personal ambitions. Literally an American Nero – singing his own praises – while Covid-19 fire is burning through the land!!

So much of what the Chief Deplorable does – disgusting language, despicable ruining of careers of any civil servant crossing his ire, letting his family run amok with government services for crony deals…. The list is endless – has all become just daily news and thereby just so run-of-the-mill, just so stock that it’s almost starting to be boring – if you ignore the trend, the consequences.

Let’s see what the landscape will look like in the Fall & onward of 2020. What will be the circumstances around a most decisive, critical 2020 election? First, it should be tragically apparent that the delayed, then mixed messaging, the utter lack of national leadership will guarantee that COVID-19 will still be raging. The blaming game will expand stepwise, but do nothing to alleviate this national cataclysm. Any other leader – even a mediocre opportunist politician – would have listened to the early warnings, acted quickly, decisively, then basked in euphoric glory as people saw the destruction in other vast parts of the globe. No, this fake leader mired in his petty, personal little world ignored whatever did not affect him immediately. So now his short-sighted, fatal strategy is to let Americans die for the sake of a supposedlygrowing economy. But will this economy come back? Can this economy under such dire circumstances even come back? Not a snowball’s chance in Hell!

So, here comes the existential 2020 Presidential Election in November 2020. Since this Fake President thinks in simple terms let’s describe the situation in simple elements: his “base” loves to come out in the open (with their automatic weapons), without masks, ready for violence, convinced they represent The American Way; while more rational, thinking folks prefer to adhere to health authorities’ guidelines and stay at home to protect themselves & their loved ones. Easy to see that the former will come out to vote while the latter would much prefer absentee balloting. The obvious answer will be to eliminate the latter! If not successful, then make it as difficult as possible with complicated paperwork to register, enact additional silly requirements; and ultimately look for any means possible to not count those votes. Remember how quickly the state unemployment systems were broken by sheer volumes of applications. The same will happen with absentee ballots – also in the hands of state administrations. Are the states getting any help from the federal gobmnt for their broken finances? Could it be that Republican governors are already scheming thinking about how their underfunded systems will be simply unable to process so many absentee ballots? Is there any discussion of improving state resources for such an onslaught of absentee ballots? Instead, Republicans want the states to declare bankruptcy, thereby ensuring they will not have the resources for mail-in voting. Remember that this FAKE PRESIDENT lost the popular vote in 2016 to a very unpopular opponent (Sorry Hillary, I didn’t like you either, even if I did vote for you – just too much funny-money coming into your foundation.). A small voting segment could make all the difference again in spite of this bungling “stable genius” telling people on national TV to maybe drink bleach or indulge in UV tanning sessions.

In polling places, Americans should not be surprised to be accosted by armed men with MAGA caps, asking them if they “love their country”. Probably laws exist against guns around polling places, but remember how easy it was for relatively small, partially armed groups to convince governors – especially Republican – to quickly overturn any health directives for social distancing? And then there will be the massive Russian trolls doing their best to sow discord & spread disinformation. They will be free to operate with the Justice Department and American intelligence agencies in reign from political hacks appointed by this FAKE PRESIDENT to lead those agencies with the express mandate to allow the Russians any trolling activity. We are convinced that the Russians have some depraved dirt on their/our Chief Deplorable, collected when he was in Moscow for the beauty contest he ran there. Only that could explain how obliging he has been to Russian wishes, downright disparaging of American intelligence community activities & judgments, and downright sabotaging any & all attempts to disclose the truth of the extent of Russian hacking activities.

Let’s be clear about Russian aims. The country is a giant mafia gas station: it cannot compete on the world stage except in the military realm. That’s why instead of effectively fighting Covid-19, doctors are mysteriously falling out of windows all over the country. When you cannot bring yourself up to the level of the competition, you try to bring the competition down to your level. What better way than to have a Fake President divide the nation; denigrate the rule of law; do anything against efforts at national unity in such a critical time? The most telling incident for us was when the Chief Deplorable explained why he did not wear face masks. He said it would not be appropriate when he met with “Kings, ….”. He did not say “heads of state”, instead the first category that came to this Fake President’s simple, egotistical mind was “kings”. Because that is what he thinks of himself – a king! And we all know kings do not have any need for elections.

Ok, call us alarmist & assume the election is safe. First, what will happen when in late Summer when Americans are still dying by the thousands, economic activity is tepid (Consumers still staying away from open activities.), and polls show this FAKE PRESIDENT distinctly losing? Does anyone think he will hesitate to provoke a hot war – with Iran most likely, but maybe even China – to make him a “real” war president? Will Pentagon generals, types like our current sec/state pompous, arise to the occasion and volunteer to push the button? What will these generals do when the FAKE PRESIDENT cancels the election because of another “national emergency”, a pandemic already almost 1 year old?

Ok, call us alarmist & assume the election was safe, but the Chief Deplorable lost. Does anyone believe we will have a “lame duck” Chief Deplorable in check for many weeks before a takeover by a new administration? There of course will be the fear that honest law enforcement will arise in 2021 and look at all the deal-making by Jared in medical supplies, as well as other financial dealings; a new aspiration to accost Russian meddling in American elections & delve deep into the extent of their efforts & who they were trying to help. What frantic, audacious actions will be taken to keep tell-all books from being written, various investigations from being started, and federal employees – no longer in fear of retribution – from testifying? Will he then start a war and call the election void as a “war president” in a “national emergency”? Will he call the vote “fake” and declare it as void?

Ok, call us alarmist & assume the election was safe, and the Chief Deplorable won. The Chief Deplorable will finally & quickly build his wall, but it won’t stop us from leaving because this will no longer be the America we love & respect! And it won’t be safe either….

Wisconsin Shows New Republican Strategy

Wisconsin shows clearly the battle plan of the Republican Party in the coming November presidential election as well as other local & state elections. The background is simple: Covid-19 is raging, liberal voters are most predominant in urban areas and the Republicans do better in rural areas. It will be easier & less stressful to vote in person in the latter where there is space for social distancing (or else no regards for it), while urban areas are the exact opposite: tight spaces, stay-at-home orders & liberal voters. So Republicans – as they have shamefully & eagerly shown they are willing to do a la Wisconsin – will gleefully endanger the health & even the lives of fellow Americans by a barrage of voting strategies. These include primarily:

  • Reducing the number of polling stations in urban areas.
  • Mandating more & harder requirements on absentee voters.

Absentee voters with health issues are more likely to be conscious of the health-care debate, as well  as live close to larger medical facilities ie. cities. Black Americans will be an especially targeted group by Republicans because they overwhelmingly vote Democratic in urban areas. Republicans will chiefly concentrate on depriving black neighborhoods of polling stations. States with Republican atty-generals,  governors or even just state assemblies will try to mandate additional paperwork for absentee ballots – often close in time to elections – to make it harder, more discouraging, if not downright impossible for those voters to comply. Naturally any attempt to accommodate absentee voters, such as extending mailing deadlines, will immediately face Republican lawsuits.

We had wondered why the Chief Deplorable had gone on a rant against absentee voting in general on one of his recent daily “Watch Me, watch me” shows. Maybe just another rant against anything to do with democracy, we pondered. But then learning what happened in Wisconsin it was easily recognizable that there is a Republican strategy behind this new campaign against holding fair elections.

The strategy will backfire. It won’t work just like it did not in Wisconsin. But nevertheless it gives us trepidation as to November. If Republicans are willing to sacrifice the health and even lives of Americans who want to exercise their most valued democratic right, will they shy away from a drastic enough disruption of the presidential election as to cause a constitutional crisis? Maybe not recognize the results should it go against them? Postpone the election if polls are not favorable? Yes! They have obviously shown they are ready to do anything.

There is another option – one that deserves special consideration:

This author is the same age group as the Chief Deplorable. One of the political axioms I learned in that long-ago era of Eisenhower / Nixon et al was that an incumbent President always wins re-election in time of war (VietNam doesn’t count. It wasn’t a war,  it was a national disaster – inflicting as much damage here as it did there.) and we say it here & now: This egotistical, self-serving fake in the White House will not hesitate to drop the big one (Iran is the current obvious choice) or otherwise start a war – any war – if a November defeat starts looking unavoidable.

Brexit….. please!!!

Well, it’s really a good time for people like me who watch the news as entertainment. The Brexit fiasco is in full swing as of this writing: Boris has just (partially) sidelined Parliament to keep them from effectively blocking. (<< Yes, that’s a period. Normally a noun comes after an active verb. But Parliament has blocked everything coming their way, simultaneously offering no ideas of their (aggregate) own!)

So, is this a good thing that Boris is trying? Well, think of it this way: is the glass half-full or half-empty. For three (count them: 1 year, 2 years, 3 years!!!) Parliament has come up in total with 1 conundrum – rejected everything coming their way and offering no new ideas. They are mostly and adamantly in favor of “Brexit Only With a Deal”, but repeatedly reject the only deal the EU will give them! One can easily see that getting Parley-mess out of the way can clear the path to some resolution, some action. On the other hand, if you’re hung up on the machinations of democracy, an extended suspension of Parley-mess for political expediency reeks of demagoguery.

My point here is that time is running out for the EU itself!! It needs to deal with corrupt and undemocratic heads of state in Slovakia and Poland, and has formally recognized corruption running flagrant in several member countries – at all levels. Its agricultural policy machinery is infested with dirty money from chemical firms. The list goes on and as long as Britain sends so many overt, active anti-EU representatives to Brussels to strengthen the ranks of the existing anti-EU forces, no progress will ever be made. What doesn’t grow, stagnates. So, I favor what the majority of Brits voted for: an exit from the EU; for the sake of the EU! Whatever form that takes …. who cares on this side of the Channel (After 3 years, yes, a bit of indifference.)

One of the things that irks me are the standardized story-line that Brexit without a deal will leave gaps in Britain’s supply chains. And the news channels dramatically make it worse by erroneously stating that Britain will no longer find certain articles. Britain can buy anything in Europe, the same things they bought before, they simply need to follow WTO regulations. That is what they voted for: the ability to choose for themselves from whom they buy & to whom they sell. And who knows, maybe that pompous loudmouth in the White House #10 will be right: it will turn out better for Britain. But the longer it takes (my bet is Britain will still be in the EU in 2020) the worse – maybe even deadly – it will be for the future of a true European Union!

The Definitive Guide to MMT

MMT is currently a hotly discussed topic in financial circles and already has various monikers: Modern Money Theory; Magical Money Tree. We find the first too grandiose, too pompous and the second as more descriptive but simply shortsighted. We have our own moniker!

First, MMT is simply the idea that governments can print additional money (lots of it), then spend it to spur growth. In “normal” times such an idea would be recognized as a reckless, populist mistake. We are not in normal times, but rather we are all living in the shadow of monstrous world-wide debt mountain. And this mountain is holding us back from making progress. (Actually Japan has been doing this and the US is pretty much underway.)

Now – to lay the groundwork to explain the background dynamics – first think of a tsunami or an earthquake. These are outcomes because a mass of energy and then their release made them happen. A tsunami occurs perhaps because a side of an underground mountain slid off, or in the case of the earthquake one of two continental shelves shifted and released a mass of pressure energy to the surface. My apologies to the many, many victims of such disasters, the point here is simply to make the point that these phenomena start, release their new energy and … stop (mostly).

So, lets get to the point. This gargantuan mountain of debt is being widely recognized as the cause of blocking both present & future economic growth. The elephantine debt piles of governments is widely recognized as a danger to the actual functioning of governments themselves. We all need a solution.

And here comes our moniker to elucidate the evolution that will resolve this buildup of pressure: Make Money Trash!

When the printing of money comes at no or negligible cost to governments – or better, makes them money with negative interest rates on bonds – the responsible politicians will certainly do it. For MMT to be a substantive solution, they need to not only do it, but do it an a grandiose style. This will most certainly lead to inflation: the stated, but elusive goal of central banks. A little inflation, the fantasy number of 2% of the ECB or the Fed, will be reached – and passed like a regional train stopping shortly at the first of many, many stations. The end station will be a “hyper”station. This itinerary to the end station will have many calamities along the way where people will want to stop the train – and some will try. Won’t happen. But at the end station we will have surpassed the mountain of debt! Debt will be solved with cheap ‘trash’ money.

And just as the tsunami and the earthquake left behind many victims and much damage after their energy was spent, so will this force of a money avalanche after its force is spent. But society will survive. What this society looks like will be different from today, that is certain.