Archive for June, 2016

Is Rasmussen fibbing?

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Today is poll day apparently – being the end of the quarter.

In the national race, Rasmussen shows Trump +4 over Hillary. They didn’t include Gary Johnson (Libertarian) or the Green Party. While nobody realistically expects Johnson to win, you can’t get an accurate poll without them as choices

With just Trump vs Hillary:

Rasmusussen => has Trump +4
Investor’s business daily => Hillary +4
PPP => Hillary +4
Reuters (British) +> Hillary +10

Add in Johnson & Stein
IBD => Hillary +1
PPP => Hillary +4
Reuters => Hillary +11

Reuters is not an American company and very much represents the Financial Establishment that Trump is fighting against. I don’t trust their poll at all.

They start out by first asking what issues matter to you (from their list), then how Barack Obama is doing. If I’m getting these questions, the expectation is clear. People are not voting for Trump because of a detailed rational decision process. Government overreach is not offered as an option.

Reuters is polling registered voters, not likely voters. Democrats are less likely to actually vote. The Trump vs Hillary question doesn’t mention randomizing the answers, and Hillary is listed first.

This poll is so incongruous with the behavior of the Republican Party, my head is hurting.

The latest “active shooter mass killing”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Denver was abuzz yesterday. The original story was a guy had entered the Alliance Center, located across the street from Union Station in downtown. The alliance center is a progressive office building housing a number of different environmental and social justice organizations using shared office facilities.

A woman named Cara Russell was shot. By the time the police arrived, the shooter had committed suicide. The woman subsequently died. The children on the left are getting smarter to not immediately open with the assumption that the shooter is a wacko right wing NRA TEA party member.

The details came out today. The woman was the first executive director of a recycling program. She previously had been mayor of Buena Vista, Colorado. The shooter was her husband – she had filed for divorce in April and he was just served with the divorce papers.

News Coverage

The shooter, Mickey Russell, ran an airplane business based in Buena Vista’s airport

A small victory

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

I’ll take them where I can get one…

People who have been here a while know my opposition to HFCS in sodas is close to a religious issue. Back when I went to the Bi-Lo supermarket near me, I made a big fuss that the store was out of stock in Pepsi’s “made with real sugar” soda, despite a very specific reassurance that new stock was arriving. The last time, there was only one 12 pack left, on the bottom shelf. I now shop at Walmart.

Today’s bombshell is Bi-Lo is introducing “throwback” Chek™ brand soda

The down side is Chek soda is pretty crappy (but cheap! – $2.80 for 12 pack, currently $2.00 on sale). For now, root beer is not a flavor. I might have to go buy some even if I throw it out!

Now if Coca Cola will get the hint, my life will be complete, and McDonalds goes back to cooking fries in animal fat…

Where are they today? Ed Schultz

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

This is old news, but former Progressive radio host and MSNBC host Ed Shultz has a job much better suited to his skills. He currently does a TV show for RT (Russia Today) educating America and the English Speaking world about the virtues of Vlad Putin.

Fast Eddy on RT

Russia is threatening war with Saudi Arabia if the Saudis invade Syria with ground troops. A few submarine launched cruise missiles could really disrupt the holiday plans of the Royal family. Friday afternoon would be a good time to put on your calendar

Toilet Paper in Haiti

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Miami Herald extols the success of a woman in Haiti running a thriving business making toilet paper to improve hygiene in Haiti.

This shockingly is being funded ($200k) by the US Agency for International Devlopment (USAID). The government funded agency is currently promoting LGBT rights around the world.

The first thing to know is Haiti has no sanitary sewer system. It has ditches in the street. To the extent people have toilets in their homes, they are used to gather “humanure” for composting, an excellent method to spread diseases or chamber pots to empty out in the ditch. Most people just go wherever and whenever they feel the need. If you do have toilet paper, you throw it in a container for the purpose.

This factory fits the same model as development in India, which held back their economy for decades. Government thinks it needs to “make jobs”. As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but notice the finished product is being wrapped in plastic one at a time – by hand (hopefully washed hands!). The way out of poverty is to create the conditions for businesses to prosper, not bringing in over educated social justice warriors to conduct studies to develop community action item agenda plans.

Glory Paper Products Awaits your order for their fine hand made products. With per capita GDP of $1,800 and 40% unemployment, selling toilet paper is probably a hard sell. A roll will cost you $.16. 95% of the competing product currently is imported from the Dominican Republic.

In Nigeria, the solution to Making Nigeria Great Again™ is to first ban imported toilet paper.

And Liberia

Here is the “competition” (Canada?)

Radio Uber

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

So when people ride using Uber, what happens with the “radio”? What are the rules?

For about the past 3 years, I don’t even turn on the radio in my own car, so when riding Uber, asking the driver to do anything with the “radio” is unlikely, although I did think about the subject.

Drivers are rated by the passenger, and a high rating is necessary to remain as an active driver. Fighting over the “radio” is a potential hornet’s nest. I remember reading a post about a guy thumbs downing his driver because the rider wanted to listen to Spotify and the driver was not a subscriber.

Pandora just announced a deal with Uber to allow the rider to control the radio using the app. Pandora creates playlists that are specific to you, so the app will play “your” music through the car stereo.

If I were a driver, I’m pretty sure I would not like this. I can imagine picking up a fare who turns on gangsta rap and hearing “I’m gonna fuck you up, bitch” blaring at me. Your cell phone is just fine šŸ˜‰ Drivers also rate riders, although I haven’t sought that out.

Uber rides tend to be relatively short – I doubt many people use uber to commute, other than maybe in San Francisco.

So if you ran uber, what woukd the rules be?

FCC Spectrum Auction Update

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Reverse Auction – where TV stations bid their offer downward – of what it will take for them to turn in their license – should finish on Wednesday

Once the price of the 100 MHz of spectrum nationwide (10 slices of 10 MHz) has been announced, the forward auction begins, where cell phone companies bid how much they are willing to pay. If they are willing to pay the asking price (plus expenses), the deal could wrap up in a couple weeks. If the price is too high, the reverse auction starts again, lowering the spectrum target to force down the reverse auction prices.

Once the framework is approved, things could move pretty fast, especially in smaller markets where there is adequate spectrum without buying anything, just pushing the existing stations to a lower channel number (29 or below). Since Digital TV are virtual channels from the user perspective and the physical channel is just a computer software setting, implementation is simple, except where a station chooses to multiplex onto a competing station’s signal

China makes its move

Monday, June 27th, 2016

China has a problem. It has money with nowhere to invest it. Increasingly, it sees the United States as an enemy.

China officially launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank this weekend.

The AIIB is roughly similar to the World Bank based in Washington DC. The World Bank is not a bank at all – it is an aid agency created in 1944 that is used to influence developing countries by funding projects like hydroelectric dams, road building, building schools and factories. The developing countries may pay the money back, but the World Bank doesn’t much care. It is a way for the United States to give “foreign aid” without asking Congress by using loan guarantees backing loans from global banks rather than expenditures from the Treasury (until the loans default).

We already know China is very active funding development projects in Africa. AIIB is focused on Asia, with 57 countries in the initial membership. Somewhat alarming to the United States, our European allies and a South Korea are supportive of what China is doing. China will be supplying most of the initial $50 billion in capital, but welcomes other countries. The United States and Japan are not participating.

China plans for the future, not just the next quarter. Once AIIB starts funding projects, they will get political allies, even if debt is the motive. China just launched its biggest rocket ever with a plan to build its own space station and space missions to the moon and Mars. A new era has begun.

Missing the message

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

A guest in John Batchelor was a classic case of “projection”, where you inject your own opinions onto other people, believing they share your motivations.

The guest said multiple times that the motivation of the people who voted for Brexit was “they want to be rich”. Not even close. They are fed up with being trapped in their homes, unable to walk down the street without being attacked by groups of unemployed immigrates who hate England. The EU declaring that the UK would be fined for each immigrant they refused to accept was probably the last straw.


Saturday, June 25th, 2016

75 year old George Will has quit the GOP over Donald Trump winning.

It’s baseball season, after all.