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:
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?”
What’s Going On?
Is it just me wondering this, or does it seem like the entire world is going Bat Shit Crazy?
I find myself wondering how the world ended up run by such a collection of despicable SOBs who I’d not trust alone with my children or with the key to the house. I’ve been wondering if there is something inherent in the “Drive To Power” that of necessity selects for folks who don’t care about others, have no moral compass, and have a nihilistic destructive streak in them.
For anyone wondering what “nihilism” is, the wiki gives a sense of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihilism
Nihilism (/ˈnaɪ(h)ɪlɪzəm, ˈniː-/; from Latin nihil, meaning ‘nothing’) is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief towards the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that there is no inherent morality, and that accepted moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism may also take epistemological, ontological, or metaphysical forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or reality does not actually exist.
The term is sometimes used in association with anomie to explain the general mood of despair at a perceived pointlessness of existence that one may develop upon realising there are no necessary norms, rules, or laws.
Nihilism has also been described as conspicuous in or constitutive of certain historical periods. For example, Jean Baudrillard and others have called postmodernity a nihilistic epoch and some religious theologians and figures of religious authority have asserted that postmodernity and many aspects of modernity represent a rejection of theism, and that such rejection of theistic doctrine entails nihilism.
It does seem to describe most of the folks “On the Left”… Perhaps they spent too much time navel gazing in college philosophy classes… There’s the UK Royal who wanted to become a virus and destroy most of the people on the planet. Now New York City has passed a law that it’s just fine to have an abortion as long as you have not actually finished labor yet… What kind of mind doesn’t even care that in the last few months of pregnancy there is clearly a fully formed baby human being present, and thinks nothing of their death?
In Venezuela, they have Two Presidents. So far, the Military is sticking with Maduro (likely the bucket of money Puten will be supplying to his buddy to keep them paid off…) Will anyone care what the PEOPLE of Venezuela want for their government? It would seem not. A bunch of the rest of The Americas’ States have said they are supporting the new guy. So far no major military activity, nor really even visible preparations. But “Watch This Space”!
Trump & Pelosie agreed to bring the Federal Workers back from their extra long paid Christmas Holiday long enough to collect their (retro) paychecks and prep for the next extended Vacation for Valentines Parties in February. Oh, thous poor poor traumatized Federal Employees; needing to take all that time off with full retro pay… Suffering that they actually had to go a full two weeks without a paycheck in hand. (Some of us who ran our own businesses sometimes when months without a paycheck, and when working for various companies I was paid once per month…)
So, OK, they pick up their checks, pretend to catch up what passes for work for most of them, and then we do this all over again: HEY TRUMP! Just have the military build the wall and be done with it. Thanks.
Ought we start a Betting Pool on when Pelosie files articles of Impeachment? I was sure they were going for it when they started 4-walling the story of “Trump TOLD Cohen to LIE to Congress!”, but then Mueller quashed that by pointing out it was a flat out lie. So, ok, they need to cook up a new “Story”, one that takes longer than 1 day to be discovered as a blatant lie for effect. Since they can’t do an impeachment with the government shut down (you would not expect any of the Congress Critters to know how to type up the docs, now would you?) I’m betting on just prior to the next shutdown date. Call it February 7th. That way they can hit the mid-week news cycle but still blow town for the weekend…
Meanwhile back in Europe, the UK is into No-Deal Brexit FUD Project Fear (Fear Uncertainty & Doubt). I suppose we ought to have another betting pool on how close to the wire before the UK Government cancels Brexit… I think they will wait until about March a week before the wall, sometime around the 15th to 22nd or so. I can’t see May’s Mess being suddenly accepted, nor the EU deciding not to extract every pound (or two!) of flesh possible. That only leaves No-Deal WMO Rules BREXIT (that’s looking better ever day to me) or “Never Mind…” (which is what I think the spineless jellyfish will vote for). Maybe we could put up a Go Fund Me! page to buy them a backbone to share… Just one question: IF the WMO rules are Oh So Horrible, End Of LIFE!!! HORRIBLE!!!: How come so much of the world lives under them just fine, eh?
Then there’s the simmering “whatever” between Russia and Ukraine. It had looked like Russia was getting ready to grab the rest of Ukraine, what with the Shutdown here and BREXIT there and the EU a bit of a basket case with Italy leading the “Up Yours!” movement on budgets and the Visgrade area telling them to stuff it on open borders… while France was practicing their polite brand of riots… Then Macron & Merkle had a get together to announce agreement on (something the news never made clear…) while the USA got back to opening the government and Puten discovered he had some work to do with Maduro… So maybe not this month…
Sigh. So much of the world in such a mess…
Then on one of the news shows, France24? Sky?, they were interviewing some Talking Head woman at Davos. Clearly someone of some importance (or so they seemed to think… but not enough for me to notice her name or title…) who said, no less than 2 and perhaps 3 times, that the IMF and UN were cranky about the Trump / China thing and we needed to get together and fix it ’cause they didn’t want to risk losing a single $$$$ of the money we were expected to ship to the rest of the world. No, that’s not quite how she said it, but it was clear that Fleecing The USA Business As Usual being shut down had caused them heartburn. Well guess what: IF stopping China from practicing exploitative Mercantilist Policies causes the Ultra Wealthy & Powerful of Davos “World Economic Forum” to lose sleep and feel cranky, then I’m 100% for it. Go Trump! Just the folks I want to see worried… The Exploitative Globalist Greedy Evil Bastards. EGGEBs. (The female contingent gets a different “B word” but the acronym still works). The USA is for the CITIZENS of the USA, not them.
I took a day off from playing with MySQL as something in the air was making me have a sneeze fit most of last night, so not a lot of sleeping or productivity today. Whatever it was seems to have drifted off on the same wind that brought it (or my air filter just worked really well 8*) So I hope to get back into it tomorrow afternoon. I think I’ve learned enough of what MySQL can do, and how it does it, and figured out some things I want to do with it; such that I can now know what ought to be in round 2 of the design process. Basically I’m ready to nock together some reports / extracts and then iterate the design until they are doing what was expected. Overall my impression of MySQL is that it is a “good enough” set of features to do what I want, and is a fairly professional product. Not as feature rich as some other DBA products I used in the past, but competent enough (and not costing huge thousands of $$$ either…) The language is fairly easy to learn, especially for database layout and data loading / updating. For reporting it has a couple of more complicated features (nested SELECT statements for example) but sill not that hard.
Oh, and heard on another news program that Israel & Syria were basically at war with each other. Who knows how that will turn out. Not a lot about it on other news shows, but that whole Syria / Israel / Lebanon / Iran area is ripe for a big Aw Shit. Of course the ongoing “whatever it is” in Yemen with Saudi Arabia is also a horrible situation that could spread. Pretty much the entire area is a mess and not stabilizing.
One parting mention that Rhodesia / Zimbabwe is having some trouble feeding itself, has rampant inflation, and the expected political violence:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46986151 so that whole “What Man Bad” and kicking them out seems to have mostly resulting in discovering that Black Man Bad is about equally true. The southern part of Africa looks to be in just as bad a shape as the Middle East or the area of North Africa with various religious and tribal violence. We just don’t normally talk about it, or even notice it for that matter, due to it being “old news”.
What saddens me is that all of those areas could be rich, prosperous, and with well fed happy people; but for their governments being run by GEBs (perhaps with the manipulation of EGGEBs). There is NOTHING at all technologically nor economically limiting the ability of a Free People to prosper, other then their lack of willingness to work for their own gain, and their tendency to introduce corrupt and envy driven governments with redistributionist policies. Nothing so kills Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand” as telling it you will take what it produces. We live in a world of abundant natural resources, with unlimited human resources, with more technological skill than ever before: all that is required is for Government to get out of the way and “leave the people alone” in liberty. I used to say “Oh Well, they can see what to do by looking at the USA” (and Canada, and Australia, and the UK, and…) but now we’re getting to be as bad as they are; just taking us longer to destroy what we inherited…
Perhaps we need a pool on “Last Industrial Paradise Left Standing” to figure out where the last refuge of prosperity for a regular Middle Class person will be… At this point I’m not sure where, if anywhere, will survive the Soros / Globalist / UN “Agenda”… I also wonder why they want to be owner-King of a pile of crap instead of a richer Prince Of Prosperity in a Libertarian Market, but hey, I’m not a sociopath so don’t “get it” how they think…
Finally, the SPY chart has prices pausing after a run back up to the top of the SMA (Simple Moving Average) 3 line stack. Now we wait for Mr. Market to make a decision. We had way over sold (price well below the SMA stack) and now have rebounded to it. At this point it can resume the downward trend, or attempt to run up, fail back to the lines but also fail to drop through them and then start climbing. We’ll know in about a week. I take trades off at this point (bank the money from the rebound to the mean move) and plan for another trade once you have a “setup”, which means a clear trend indication OR prices well away from the SMA stack so you can trade the “return to the mean” process.