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Yet more randomness

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Big improvement at FCC Website

Ajit Pai’s support of a free internet is bearing fruit. This has quietly been happening, but shows what a new leader can do.

FCC Chairman Pai has been working with broadcasters to get rid of pointless obligations or at least make it easier. The most dramatic is ending the requirement for every radio station* to maintain a staffed office during business hours to make available the Public Inspection File to anyone that wanders in. Unless the station is very odd, the only person who would ever do that is an FCC inspector asking in order to issue fines and justify their position.

The FCC dangled the carrot that the FCC would provide cloud storage for stations to upload their program logs, EEO reports and political advertising filings. The result is most of what anyone might want, including a contour map, application history and office address and phone number – all in one place.

To use this feature, the station must have a web site, and the web site must point a link to their page at the FCC as in

The FCC also previously required every station to have printed copies of an FCC publication called “The Public and Broadcasting” available to employees and visitors – that the FCC has now made available online here. This ended this self-serving requirement, now that we all have those Interwb Tubes to study it online. Note that the document has not been updated in 10 years.

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More train action than you can shake a stick at

The blue elevated line is the Tokyo Monorail built for the 1964 Olympics

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One of the many non-financial corporations based in Charlotte is Nucor. While at the airport, we saw their private jet being stowed in the hangar. The registration on the tail was how I discovered the owner.

Nucor is a competitor of Steel Dynamics, which I wrote about around 2 years ago. They gather up scrap steel and take it to electric arc furnaces.

Since I followed my hunch, the stock is down 7%.

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The future of grocery retailing?

Combine the ideas of Walmart and Amazon and the economies of technology will overwhelm the competition.

How Many Robots Does It Take to Fill a Grocery Order?

Walmart has the distribution system and pickup concept working and Amazon has the expertise with robots doing order fulfillment. The Achilles Heel at Walmart (for me) has been errors in the orders – usually leaving off items or occasionally the wrong item.

The flaw with the concept in the Bloomberg is the capital investment required. The perishable nature of food limits range over which people can be drawn to a supermarket to just a few miles. The investment to build a robotic food warehouse is substantial, and nobody could afford that in a low margin business.

Today, “order picking” in supermarkets is done be free labor – the customer. Some people actually even enjoy grocery shopping.

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Visiting Our Heritage

On Saturday [back in January], Countess and I decided to go visit the remnants of Heritage USA down in Fort Mill, SC. It is located just south of the border between North and South Carolina. After Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Club went into bankruptcy in 1987, the site was mostly abandoned for about 20 years.

The Christian convention center and hotel is still active under different ownership, but the majority of the 2,300 acre site was sold off for developing condos and tract homes.

The 21 story Heritage Tower – that was going to provide 165,000 PTL members who paid $1,000 for an annual free 3 night vacation for the rest of their lives – has never been completed, and has been the subject of an ongoing fight with the city of Fort Mill – the city believes the building needs to be torn down as it is unsafe and the Owners cannot prove that the defects can be repaired.

While walking through the building that houses the Grand Ballroom, we noticed a row of pictures of evangelical leaders with a connection to Heritage International, the successor to Heritage USA. Curiously, despite everything that happened, Jim Bakker’s picture is on the wall

And this descriptive plaque:

With an ironic twist, the facility was hosting a training seminar concerning how to deal with sexual misconduct…

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The Conservative Mom

While helping Countess get her email under control, I noticed a curious item in my own junk folder in gmail – a missive from “the Conservative Mom”.

I could not think of any reason why I would be targeted, and the subjects looked a little dangerous, so I did not click on the first message. Google is fairly hard core about punishing senders of unsolicited emails – so being in the junk folder may have had more to do with complaints than the actual political content.

So here is a typical blog post


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Ray Lucia wins at Supreme Court

Supreme Court ruling

Ray Lucia is a syndicated financial advisor in a business full of bad stories. But he just got a 7-2 victory at the Supreme Court that will spread much wider.

The Government for at least 50 years created the concept of “administrative law judges” who decide if you broke an agency’s regulations, and the “judge” is an employee of the agency who is prosecuting you. That lack of independence is the problem – Lucia was barred by an ALJ from doing investment advising with an in-house “judge”. The Supreme Court has ruled that this is not “justice”.

It is true that the administrative law judges are much more familiar with the agency’s laws and regulations, but the lack of independence is a problem

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Puerto Rico update

Saturday Night was the deadline for Puerto Ricans claiming to still be homeless from Hurricane Maria 9 months ago to check out of their FEMA paid hotel rooms and to take a free plane ticket home.

Meet Richard Gonzalez, age 53. He has a job working at a Casino in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, adult son and daughter still live in Puerto Rico. His mother and brother live in Orlando from before the hurricane. He has nowhere to go. He has a car, apparently.

He has been living in an Extended Stay Hotel in Fort Lauderdale paid for by FEMA, about 10 miles from his job. He is being offered a free plane ticket home, but says there are no jobs in Puerto Rico. I guess we can assume he is Not skilled in helping restore electric power, carpentry or clearing storm debris.

There is a bipartisan effort in the last week to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state, now that lower corporate taxes took away Puerto Rico’s advantage as a tax haven. Republican Governor Rick Scott of F!orida is significantly more popular among Puerto Rican voters than his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson. Democrats Have 24 incumbents up for reelection, Republicans only nine. No wonder Democrats are concerned.

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Is President Trump out to dismantle the NWO?

While it has been fairly obvious if you looked closely that the State Department and CIA are filled with Globalists, until today I was unaware of how Influential James Burnham was in the formulation of Conservative politics and the conduct of the “cold war”

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