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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

Journal Archives

Do Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supporters understand socialism?

People in New York's 14th Congressional District seem to love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right down to her neo-Marxist platform.

They were less confident when I asked them how they thought we should pay for free healthcare, housing, and so forth that Ocasio-Cortez is promising, but most assured me that "they can figure it out"...somehow.

What would these people think when asked how socialism is working in Venezuela? Watch the video...

Where now for Venezuela with 1,000,000% inflation? Snippets...

Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) made the stunning projection, adjusting its previous estimate that inflation would hit 14,000 percent to a figure more than 70 times higher.

Already, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels, an estimated 1.6 million people have fled the country, social unrest is on the rise amongst those who stay, salaries have become almost worthless, there are shortages of food and medicine --- and yet President Nicolas Maduro clings to power.

That burger cost five million bolivars (around $1.5 on the black market), the equivalent to the minimum monthly salary, which is itself partly paid in food vouchers.

They survive thanks to money sent home from relatives who fled the country.

Paraphrasing Margaret Thatcher 'The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money supporting you from non-Socialist sources'...

Life's a struggle as Venezuela inflation heads for one million per cent

The IMF has drastically upped its inflation prediction, with people unable to afford food and medicine – even as Nicolás Maduro tightens his grip on power

Inflation in the embattled South American country could reach one million per cent by December, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned this week, reflecting an economic crisis comparable to Germany’s after the first world war and Zimbabwe’s at the beginning of the last decade. The prediction marks a drastic jump from just last April when the IMF predicted inflation would reach a mere 13,000%.

Venezuela, which has the largest proven oil reserves on the planet, is in the midst of a five-year crisis that has left many of its people unable to afford food and medicine, with shelves bare in supermarkets. Crime rates continue to set records, with local residents fearful to leave the house at night. Fed up with economic despair, masses of Venezuelans are simply fleeing. More than a million have arrived in Colombia, where, in the border city of Cúcuta, some entrepreneurial Venezuelans have begun weaving valueless banknotes into handbags that sell for 20,000 Colombian pesos (approximately £5).

Experts say that Venezuela’s vast potential oil wealth will not give the country a lifeline: the country’s oil industry is beset with bad management, a lack of investment, cashflow problems and a crumbling infrastructure. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that oil production could fall to 1m barrels per day (bpd) this year, and again to 700,000 by December 2019.

“Venezuela’s problems are so profound that even the increase in crude prices can’t improve its industry’s situation,” Lejla Villar, an EIA analyst told a local website on Tuesday. “They don’t have trained personnel, they don’t have rigs or parts.”

Sizeable RITZ recall...

Moms Demand Action Reportedly Told Candidate Not to Talk about Support for Gun Ban

Another chapter in the lengthy tale of gun control duplicity was written last week. On July 10, The Washington Free Beacon published a report of a video of Democratic nominee for New York’s rural upstate 21st congressional district Tedra Cobb admitting that she had deceived constituents about her support for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles. Since the story broke, Cobb’s comments have gone viral and her campaign manager has quit the race.

According to the Free Beacon report, while Cobb was meeting with a group of young supporters, the topic of gun control came up. Recalling a conversation she had on the matter earlier in the day, Cobb explained to the crowd,

When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?' And I said they should be banned. And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that.

Making clear that this lack of candor with voters was a coordinated effort by Cobb and her gun control advocate backers to deceive the public, the candidate explained that her order had come from New York Moms Demand Action activist Tricia Pleau. Cobb stated, “I said Moms Demand says, and Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win.’” Moms Demand Action is a subsidiary of the Michael Bloomberg-bankrolled Everytown for Gun Safety gun control conglomerate.

Here's an idea!...

"In Australia our High Court (equivalent of your Supreme Court) judges have to resign at 70 years. Judges used to have a lifetime tenure but a referendum was held about 40 years ago - I think in response to some justices who had sat on the court for 40 or 50 years - and set the retirement age to 70."


This would be an EXCELLENT time to put this into practice here in the US...

Where brand-new Teslas go to die? Why Are "Thousands" of Teslas Sitting In a Field in California?

Tesla finally met its Model 3 production run rate target, astute investors and analysts pointed out the use of the word "factory gated" in the company's press release: “Not only did we factory gate 5000 Model 3’s, but we also achieved the S & X production target for a combined 7000 vehicle week!” Musk wrote in an email to his staff that week.

It was a term that Tesla hadn’t used before.

Now, thanks to a couple of sleuths on Twitter, we may have just found out what the term means. Twitter Tesla sleuth @ISpyTSLA, with the help of others, has been trying to figure out exactly where all these vehicles are winding up. @ISpyTSLA found that it appears that "thousands" of vehicles are being stored "in a field" 500 E Louise Ave, Lathrop, CA 95330.


A federal judge tossed a lawsuit New York City brought against five major oil companies, demanding compensation for the alleged damages from man-made global warming.

“The Court recognizes that the City, and many other governmental entities around the United States and in other nations, will be forced to grapple with the harmful impacts of climate change in the coming decades,” U.S. District Judge John Keenan ruled on Thursday.

“However, the immense and complicated problem of global warming requires a comprehensive solution that weighs the global benefits of fossil fuel use with the gravity of the impending harms,” Keenan ruled.

“To litigate such an action for injuries from foreign greenhouse gas emissions in federal court would severely infringe upon the foreign-policy decisions that are squarely within the purview of the political branches of the U.S. Government,” Keenan wrote for the court.

San Franciscos mayor wont crack down on people using city as an outdoor toilet

Imagine if the city offered a $100 gift card to Crate and Barrel for every ziplock bag filled with human waste dropped off at City Hall and $200 for every Hefty bag?

Fun or Politics? Fun WITH Politics!...

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