Monday, June 17, 2019

Nothing says you are too dependent on a country more than this.

Strolled up to my doorstep today to find that my husband bought a 12 inch pizza pan from China. I'm sure he didn't chose China, he just clicked a button. But, how is it possible that it's less expensive to a make this thing in China and ship it all across the ocean?

Please tell me this is peak crazy.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

When I heard this I laughed....

All Target registers are down and shoppers are abandoning their carts. Here are some scenes from the #TargetDown apocalypse.

Because I was just having a conversation on this post (in the comments) about not being able to use cash when the power goes down or just even if the stores servers are down. It is just not possible.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Rando parking lot Q8.

I wasn't aware that any models of anything were shipping with Lidar yet. But this certainly looks like lidar to me. You can see it also has a forward facing camera. If there was anyone with the car I would have asked, but there wasn't. Audi does adopt technology faster than the rest.... sooooo.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

I guess the homeless have unionized.

People like to rail about what a shit hole San Fransisco is... but today I ran across a facebook page called Santa Cruz looks like Shit that shows that even they have had enough of the problem with the homeless. Which says a lot because Santa Cruz has an extremely tolerant view of "campers".

I guess they cleared this camp about a month ago, But the whole thing was so completely insane. If  this were a tax paying citizen - the government would literally fine you out of existence.

But even they are getting tired of shit on the streets. The needles and the crime that comes with this. And you can't do ANYTHING about it. Not only are cities responsible for the costs of cleaning these camps - but now the homeless basically just sue cities. Junkies have more rights than the rest of us.

Meanwhile over in Oakland - Home Depo wants to close up because they have a crazy encampment right next door.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The hardest part is the waiting.

You just feel stuck. And it's just so weird that people are so tuned out that they don't even see that vehicle sales around the globe have collapsed. The UK fell by 44%

"The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said earlier this month that car production fell by almost half in April, with an “extraordinary” drop from 127,970 cars rolling off production lines in April 2018 to 70,971 this year, a fall of 44.5%." Source.

India Fell 20%. You know shit is getting real when anyone talks about India.

"Sales fell 20.6% in May to 239,347 vehicles from a year earlier, according to data released on Tuesday by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam). It was the biggest fall since a 22% decline in September 2001 and the seventh consecutive drop in monthly domestic passenger vehicle sales. Vehicle sales in India are counted as factory dispatches and not retail sales." Source.

And China down 26%.

"China car slump extends to a year with no rebound in sight … via @markets "Retail sales...fell 12.5% to 1.61 million units in May...That follows a 16.6% decline in April and a 12% drop in March." Chinese car brand sales down 26.5%. BIG number." Source.

But hey - Tesla is still meeting production goals! I guess. You just feel like you are living in a mirage.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sunday, June 09, 2019

I guess these are kinda cute right now.

They are very color dependent. Normally silver isn't even a color to me. But it works here.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Small town charm.

Last year my city did a micro cattle drive through the city. I didn't even know they did that because I only accidentally ran across it while I was driving into town. I thought it was a cute thing to see - ONCE.

Then I heard it was the last year for the city next to me, who also runs a cattle drive through their city. So Mr. S. and I got up early and went down to watch. I mean, if it's going to be the last year I might as well do it twice. But after waiting for a while Mr S. eventually walked down and talked to one of the traffic cops who said they only did it last year because it was the 100 year anniversary. No cows this year. And it pretty much explains why I never knew my city did that. They still have a micro parade. Really micro.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Here we go I guess.

PG&E warns of possible widespread power blackouts amid extreme CA fire risk this weekend.

I am not in the affected area - this time. California is just so nuts. I imagine I will have to find a backup bug out hotel because they did this a few months ago in the area around Napa.

That is when I learned a lot of people reply on power for oxygen. If my bug out hotel is next to the hospital, it could be a problem to get in. When they did this last year they didn't get their power back for three days and people were howling. I mean, imagine if you are a restaurant!

One of the places in St Helena was going to have a block party because they were out of power for so long and figured if we are going to lose this food - we might as well cook it. Now that area is considering having to buy a microgrid. Can you believe this shit?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Oh. Now if you own a car you are too rich.

Carpocalypse now: Lyft's founders are right — we're in the endgame for cars.

"We believe that the world is at the beginning of a shift away from car ownership to Transportation-as-a-Service, or TaaS. Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change," they told investors.

"Car ownership has ... economically burdened consumers. US households spend more on transportation than on any expenditure other than housing. ... On a per household basis, the average annual spend on transportation is over $9,500, with the substantial majority spent on car ownership and operation."

Cars create "inequality," they argue. "The average cost of a new vehicle in the United States has increased to over $33,000, which most American households cannot afford," the IPO says. "We estimate over 300,000 Lyft riders have given up their personal cars because of Lyft."

I've been seeing these stories come out the past week. I have also been talking about the buildup for cars since last year.

There is nothing in human history that makes me believe this. Lyft and Uber did not take ANY cars off the roads. They only allowed people to finance more cars.

I thought I was gonna see

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Sooooooo. Plastic is okay again?

I went to the store today to get my bunny some wheat grass. Which I do every three days or so.

When I asked for a bag the bagger asks - paper or plastic? I'm like - that's even an option? He goes - this one or that one. They both cost ten cents. Which is quite the reversal here in California.

I think this pretty much confirms this whole plastic hysteria was basically just stores not wanting to have to pay for bags anymore.

Free speech doesn't include monetization.

YouTube says it has 'suspended' the ability of a star with millions of fans to make money from his videos, following a huge backlash.

Even though I identify as a conservative - it drives me crazy when conservatives get all crazy about being demonetized.  It's sort of like saying - not only do you have to bake a cake for someone you don't agree with, YOU ALSO HAVE TO PAY that person with whom you don't agree.

THIS IS NOT FREE SPEACH. Someone doesn't have to pay you for a view in which they do not agree with. You are still allowed to say them. But they shouldn't be forced to pay you. I don't agree with YouTube at all or facebook. But it is their right to pay anyone they effing want and it doesn't infringe on your free speech.

This blog doesn't take money from anyone. It of course suffers as a result. Google down revs me all the time. But you know what? I can say anything I effing want.

The government isn't causing the middle class to die. The government is incentivizing people to be losers.

Goodbye Middle Class: The Percentage Of Wealth Owned By The Top 10% Just Got Even Bigger.

If I read another one of these sorties I just might lose my mind. Day in and day out people act like the government is killing them when in fact they are killing themselves.

You see - I had a front row seat to the housing recession and saw a LOT wealthy people jingle mail their key's to the bank because the media told them  their houses would never be worth what they paid for them. These were people who COULD afford the houses they were giving up, but were underwater.

At the time I just couldn't understand it. I too was crazy underwater, but chose to fight for my houses (I also have a rental) because I understood the rent trap from growing up poor. My family moved every year because the landlord raised the rent. I must have done dozens of stories during the recession asking - where are these people going to live?! 

Well... now we know don't we. On the streets. I'm still bitter honestly because I was the LAST to be refinanced. Every loser on the planet got relief before I did because the banks calculated that I didn't want to screw up my credit. But apparently I was pretty alone in this concept. I knew that if I gave up my stuff - the banks would never lend me that kind of money again. I took a loss on my rental for a decade. Which at the time seemed something only stupid people would do. But if you knew how many large corporations know they won't make money on something for many years, yet still invest that money anyway - it wouldn't seem so stupid.

When I bought my place you had to list all your credit cards. I have two. At the time this was completely shocking to the people trying to close my loan. They said usually people have a page of credit cards. People seem completely blind to how much money they waste on credit card interest. It's like a tax on everything! My family used to know almost down to the day when they could get new credit after defaulting.

People walk away from EVERYTHING and then cry - it's the government fault I'm a loser. When in reality - it's the government that allows them to be deadbeats and forgives every bad decision they make. I am just over it today. And it's just really a sad day when someone with a house and a rental is considered super effing wealthy. When I was growing up, that didn't make you that wealthy. We didn't always understand how people did it - but it didn't stand out in any way.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

MehClaren in the wild.

When I start getting bored of cars I start putting Meh at the beginning. I have also started calling Teslas Mehslas.

Monday, June 03, 2019

This is a new one.

Now, if they moved these tree houses over to San Jose - the Mayor there would grant them a loan and forgive it after five years. I have heard rumors that people are building "accessory dwelling units" (granny flats) to house their potential old people nannies for when they get old and need to be taken care of.

There is no end to the unintended consequences these idiots cause to happen. Instead of providing more homes for the people "the government" wants you to house - it's just sort of a wealth transfer. I am not okay with loan forgiveness from the government. It's bullshit. It makes everyones property taxes go up.

People just don't want this element in their neighborhoods and no matter how much you try to incentive people - they will just come up with some clever plan to side step the rules.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

See what I mean?

Apparel retail earnings haven’t been this bad since the Great Recession.

Apparel retailers’ earnings, as a group, are down 24% for the first quarter of 2019, according to an analysis by Retail Metrics.

The last time the group’s earnings were this bad was the first quarter of 2008, when they fell 40%.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Burn him!

Frequent ADA plaintiff Scott Johnson indicted for tax fraud.

"Scott Johnson, who has filed thousands of lawsuits against businesses — including many in the Palo Alto area — claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday (May 23) for tax fraud.

Johnson, 57, of Carmichael, has sued at least six hotels and restaurants in Palo Alto and Mountain View. His suit against Jason’s Cafe in Menlo Park — its third ADA suit — forced owner Jason Kwan to close the restaurant on April 30.

“We can’t handle it,” Kwan said after Johnson’s suit. “I’m really upset about it.”

Johnson has been filing about 44 lawsuits a month, according to attorney Rick Morin, who often defends businesses against Johnson and other ADA plaintiffs."

Some people are absolutely horrible scum of the earth type people. This guy Scott Johnson is THAT guy. He is basically a professional extortionist. Of which we have a lot of in California.

He has caused countless mom and pop business to close or fight lengthly legal battles. Unless you just rolled over and paid his extortion fee. When I saw this pop up in the news I wondered if he was the cause of the Sacramento Squeeze Inn being closed and moved. The place was really no wider than a shack. But they would bring food to your car. The place was enormously popular. The first time I went there I waited in line for two hours! I tried to find my original photos. but couldn't.

Turns out - he was behind the extortion of the Squeeze Inn and countless others. I think he has filed maybe half of all the ADA suits against businesses in California. You can see what a horrible garbage person this guy is.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

California is the stupidest place on Earth.

Days-long PG&E outages may be coming. Here's what to do if you lose power for days.

After the Northern California wildfires last year everybody decided - hey I know, let's not let that happen again. We will just preemptively shut off power to EVERYONE in a wind zone. It doesn't matter that this grinds the economy of that city to a complete halt. We don't want to harm any trees, so this is the only option. 

Of course this annoys me because, it isn't like the power grid is that stable now. I have a summer bug out plan because of bunnay. Bunnies can not pant, so they don't tolerate the 100 degree + temps we get in summer without AC. We have only had to go to a hotel once when we were out of power for three days. But every year I pick a hotel that is most likely to stay on the grid just in case.

Luckily the city next to me put up a hotel right next to the hospital. It's likely on the hospital grid and won't be shut down. But this is life in California.

As ridiculous it sounds, I'm rooting for this to happen. Just because I want to see what happens when people can't plug in their effing cars. And to see the teeth gnashing of solar owners who thought they were protected from power shut outages. Which is mostly not the case.

The world is pretty annoying right now. So I'm giving you underwater VR headsets.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

AnimeCon 2019. End.

Some guy was walking around with this sign and handing out these wipes.

Pikachu always makes you smile.

It's Misses Meeseeks!

AnimeCon 2019. Part 1.

This was my favorite costume. I'm a die hard Bioshock fan.

Friday, May 24, 2019

This just can't be real.

The CEO of pogo stick-sharing startup Cangoroo insists his company isn’t a hoax.

Probably gets a billion dollars in round one of funding. Said in the most sarcastic way. The CEO claims he wants to put them in San Fransisco. Which I would freaking pay to see. Pogosticking down Lombard.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

At this rate we will be in contraction by next month.

"An IHS Markit “flash” survey of U.S. manufacturers fell to a nine-and-a-half year low of 50.6 this month from 52.6 in April. Manufacturing conditions have been soft for months.

Even more ominous, the firm’s survey of U.S. service-oriented companies such as banks and retailers slipped to a 39-month low of 50.8 from 52.7. Service companies employ about four-fifths of all U.S. workers. Until recently they’ve been expanding rapidly."

We are just above contraction at 50.6. If we fall under 50 we will be in contraction. To put it another way - we are back in 2009.

"The U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to the lowest level since September 2009, according to a Thursday report from financial data firm IHS Markit. This was a sign to financial markets that the trade battle could be slowing the U.S. economy." Source.