This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
For this week, THE biggie is that it’s Christmas Eve. I’m meeting with family and friends in a few hours and then tomorrow is the at home Christmas. A good time to remind folks in your life that they are important to you.
Trump gave us a great Christmas Present in a tax bill. The Left, or course, is going BSC (Bat Shit Crazy) over it as it pillories a few of their favorite scams, like letting States gain control of money that would have gone to The Feds by making it a State Tax instead of a Federal Tax via the State Tax Deduction. While I lose out on that one, I’m glad to see it. IF a State whishes a 50% combined tax rate on their citizens, let them feel the full bite of it. That Trump knows to “Follow the Money” is all good.
We’ve just past the Winter Solstice. From here on out, sunshine returns. In about 2 months, the warmth starts returning too. Hooray for Warmth!
I’ve gotten lax about financial oriented postings. I’m still hopeful I’ll find enough discipline in the coming year to do better. But time is just so limited… and with not much to say about the markets, repeatedly saying “It is looking a bit long in the tooth but the Wall Of Worry can go on a long time” gets old. It won’t change until it changes… and I’ve already told folks a hundred times how to spot that point.
Similarly, I’m being light on Climate postings. Others are doing a good job on news and weather stuff, political angles too. So I’m doing the harder lifting of reading and test-porting GCMs (Global Climate Models). That tends to lots of long hours on technical trivia without much that makes a good posting. So thin at times.
For now, it is time to check the wine rack, start a fire in the fire place, be with family and friends; and remember that Spring and Summer are favored because they are warm, while “cruel winter” is not folks favorite season because it is cold. Warm is good. CO2 is your friend.