Tariffs!!!!!! Yea!!!!!!!

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Well, I’m awful late for this, but, I thought I’d add my 2 cents towards this discussion.

As most of us are aware, president Trump has announced he is going to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.  He’s also hinted at additional tariffs ………  much of the world went insane at the announcements.  Sadly, many so-called conservatives (they’re actually globalist ‘free-traders’) have joined in the chorus as to what a great folly this would be.  What astounding ignorance displayed!!!!!

Those who have paid close attention to my writings in the past know I’ve advocated such tariffs and still do.  I will attempt to give a brief recap of all of the posts advocating or alluding to such advocacy and why ……..

First and foremost, and I want to be clear, tariffs or the presumed tradewars from such tariffs are not always good.  It greatly depends on the position the nation is in.  Indeed, there are very few nations in which a trade war could be beneficial.  However, tariffs are always beneficial if the opposite nation does not reciprocate in kind.

But, let us discuss the specifics of the position of the US ………  for those who may not know, we already impose tariffs on many products.  Also, tariffs on many of our exports are already in place.  So, given these conditions, I seriously doubt an ensuing trade-war because of said tariffs.  But, still, perhaps it will happen ……. and let it come, sir!  LET IT COME!!!!!  Here’s why ………

The US doesn’t need anything from any nation.  I can’t think of one resource or raw material which fills a need that the US doesn’t have.  I can’t think of one product, produced by another nation that the US needs.  The same, however, cannot be stated by much of the rest of the world.

Oh, btw, while it shouldn’t have to be stated, I feel it might for some readers.  The job of the US government is to work in the interests of the US people, and no one else.

So, what are the potential consequences of tariffs and counter tariffs and trade-wars for the US?

Yes, costs of products may increase, but, perhaps, only temporarily, and perhaps inconsequentially.  As many faithful readers know, I like my beer.  Well, that’s an understatement, but, I’ll leave it at that.  I’m told the suggested tariff imposed on aluminum may cause the price of a case of beer to increase by 5 cents.  …… no problem, I’ll just switch to bottles!!!!!!  jk!!!   Seriously, this then becomes a question where I’d rather have my money go.  Aluminum, steel, beer …….. doesn’t matter.  If I pay a dollar for a product and much of that dollar goes overseas, well, we as a nation have exported our wealth.  However, if I have to pay $1.05 for the same product, but, the money stays in the US and provides jobs for Americans, then, the payoff is exponentially preferable than the cheaper beer, I-phone, automobile …… doesn’t matter, it’s a huge win for me, America, and the American people.

You see, that’s more jobs for American people to fulfill a demand.  That’s more taxpayers, that’s less people reliant upon govt assistance, that’s higher wages because of the competition for workers!  That’s more general wealth for Americans which then creates more demand for goods and services!  Oh, did I mention “demand”?  Well, then, we should also mention the other side of the equation …… “supply”.  Recall, I said the cost increases may be temporary?  Yes, that’s because there likely will be an increase in the global supply of a product. 

Let’s say the steel tariffs causes the US steel industry to recover to past form…… suddenly the global supply of steel is dramatically increased.  What happens to prices when there is suddenly much more supply?  Well, what has happened to the price of oil?

The world is progressing.  It is modernizing.  Until this stops (I doubt it ever will), there will always be demand for energy and materials.  I think it best for the US to be the provider of such rather than nations such as China.  We should not acquiesce any industry to any nation until such a time that there is no significant demand for the product of said industry.

Again, I’d like to state, these notions are for the US only.  Other nations are not in such a position.  In economics, nations must play to their strengths, and mitigate their weaknesses, else, ruination is sure to come.  They must ensure the economic well-being of their populations.  If they have minerals, let them mine and compete, if they have crops, have them farm and let them compete, if they have fishing, let them fish and compete, if they have woods, then, ……. oil, gas, coal, ……… it is a matter of happenstance, or, as I like to believe, Providence, the US has it all.  We should not squander our wealth and assets. 

Thoughts are welcome.

James

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NEWS FLASH!!!!!! “ANGLO-AMERICAN” ISN’T A “DOG WHISTLE”!!!!!!!

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Oh, FFS!!!!!  The lunatics are so tiresome!

So, there’s a recent hubbub on a statement AG Jeff Sessions recently made ……

Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office

Vid at the CNN article …..  Or, alternatively, the Newsweek garbage headline …

JEFF SESSIONS FACES FRESH RACISM CHARGE AFTER PRAISING ‘ANGLO-AMERICAN HERITAGE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT’

Of course, by now, these stories will be updated because someone decided to use “Google”.  Here’s what Sessions stated when talking to a group of sheriffs ……

Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process,” he said at the organization’s winter conference. “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.”

Immediately, this is understood as a racist statement by ……. well, morons.

I really can’t understand the blatant demonstration of one’s ignorance and stupidity.  “Anglo-American law” is a term used by lawyers and historians.  It aptly describes the origins and foundations of US law.  Indeed, from the already updated CNN article ….. “The word “sheriff” combines the Anglo-Saxon words “shire,” meaning “county,” and “reeve,” meaning “guardian,” ………  Sheriffs, which are employed all over this great nation, were the advent of, well, the English.

Oh, you know who else used the term on multiple occassians?

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BHO ……..

Good heavens, people!!!!  Get a grip!!!!

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Dossiers, Memos, And Referrals!!!! OH MY!!!!!!

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I really don’t have much to say about this stuff, at this point.  But, I do think reading other people’s perspectives may be beneficial.

The reason I don’t have much to say is because information is still flowing in.  For people following this issue, I won’t have many revelations, and for people who haven’t followed this issue, they will be incredulous.

Personally, I’ve followed this issue (issues) fairly intently.  So much so, before the memo was released I told my son-in-law and daughter just about exactly what was going to be in it.  The crimal referral by the Senate was a bit of a surprise for me, but, again, it didn’t contain much that any one following this issue didn’t already know.  Still, there are some thoughts to be shared …….

Let’s start with what we do know …..

We know the DNC paid for the Trump dossier.  We also know the FBI/DOJ used the dossier to gain a FISA warrent on Carter Page.  We also know some people working at the FBI and the DOJ were vehemently anti-Trump.  Given the texts of these people, we see that they acted, at times, in the interest of their chosen party rather than the interests of the people of the US.  Oh, yeh, we also know the people who applied for the FISA warrent knew the DNC paid for the dossier and knew that nearly all of the dossier was bogus.

Now, as far as criminality, I believe some laws were broken here ….. the potential punishment?  I don’t know that, yet.  I’ve not bothered to look them up.  There is much more to come ….. maybe.

Already, there are too many angles to look at, too many issues at hand. 

Here are some thoughts …….

So, the FBI and the DOJ were worried about some people in the Trump campaign were acting in coordination with Russia?  Okay.  Here’s something no one has bothered to ask …… what did our NSA and CIA have to say about it?  Why haven’t they been asked?  I believe we’ll find Carter Page was working with our intelligence agencies. ….. if anyone were to ever ask and get a real answer.  And, as is obvious to anyone looking, the warrent was simply a ruse to spy on the Trump campaign.  Given the FISA warrent, if there was any “collusion” we’d already have the evidence there was collusion.  This is real simple stuff. THEY WERE SURVEILLING MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN!!!!  If there was any collusion we would have already seen it.

But, that’s the rub.  Look, this issue goes way beyond any collusion idiocy, which, btw, isn’t against the law.  Now, if the Trump campaign asked the Russians to hack the systems they supposedly hacked, and the Russians did at the behest of the Trump campaign, then, yeh, that violates the law.  But, I don’t believe anyone seriously regards this as a possibility …… no one sane, at least.

The problem is, we’ve become exactly what we were not suppose to be.  You can call it “deep state” if you will, I suppose it is apt.  The fact is, the very nature of a government job lends itself to leftardism.  I can imagine, regardless of the government job, one would feel like they are doing a great service to America.  That, we somehow can’t do without them being our benefactor.  Couple that with the inability for us to fire said public “servants”, and what you will get is a group of people believing they are our rulers, rather than servants.  Let us also acknowledge that regarless of who we hire, they will be partisan in one form or another.  Clearly, there are partisan actors engaged in attempting to thwart the current president.  You and I are paying them, and there’s not a damned thing we can do about it ……. right now.

Let’s not kid ourselves.  Yes, the president can fire the people appointed to their jobs.  However, the president cannot fire the people beneath the appointed positions, because of idiotic agreements already made.  The appointees are entirely dependent upon the people they can’t fire.  This is terrifying!!!!!!!

Congress can give light to this issue, but, they can’t put people in jail.  That would require the very people who are in the spotlight, the very same who refused to charge/investigate the weaponized IRS.

In spite of the dimmest of light shone on this issue, I have little hope that congress has the ability or the will to fix this mess that has become our federal government.  We, as a people must do this.  Yet, we won’t/can’t because we are divided politically.  Our only hope is the judicial branch ……… which, as we recollect, got played by issuing the FISA warrent to begin with.

People, if nothing else comes of this, it should be apparent to any American citizen that we have a lot of work to do if we are to save the notion of this Great Expirement. 

How ironic is it that a comic strip would give us guidance ….. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” 

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A Review Of Suyts Regarding China!!!! A Victory Tour!!!

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Not so long ago, I was admonished by a loyal reader for regurgitating a former post.  The admonishment was spot on.  Still, from time to time, it is worthwhile to re-examine past thoughts and, perhaps, re-evaluate, or, confirm the past thoughts.

Many people throughout the world and even on this blog seemed to assume China would overtake the US, not only economically, but, also in total power.  I have consistently rejected that notion for several reasons, not the least of which being their population problem.

From a post I wrote a couple of years ago, quoting another article which I mocked ….

Government debts are “not very high” at 11 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) or the equivalent of 40 percent of GDP, Lou said. That compares with over 230 percent of GDP for Japan, which is struggling to restore balance as its population swiftly ages, driving costs for health and elder care higher.

Here was my response …..

Yeh, China’s population, (with their generation of a “one child policy”) will never age like Japan’s, amirite?

The dumbasses are like a Western nation on steroids!  ……. And, they’ve passed their peak.

As noted in the article, the local governments are the ones who carried the debts, but, now, their central government is taking on more debt at an increasing rate.  In spite of the deficit spending, the GDP growth rate is still declining.  At this rate, and probably will happen, in five years we’ll be discussion China’s 3% growth rate ….. and then, they’re done.  It will remain to be seen if they see an import of a foreign population as the answer to their dire economic future, or not.

Let’s fast forward to today ………

Mosher: China’s Two-Child Policy Fails to Produce Baby Boom

…. In 2016, the Chinese Communist Party abandoned its decades-long one-child policy and allowed all couples to have two children. China’s National Commission of Health and Family Planning confidently predicted that the new two-child policy would result in at least 20 million new births.

The state’s birth planners were wrong.

The National Bureau of Statistics reported on January 19th that there were only 17.2 million births in 2017, down from 17.9 million births the year before. The numbers not only fell millions short of the projected number, they suggest that the birth rate in China is set to dramatically decline in the future years.

Making matters worse, tens of millions of women have been eliminated from the population by sex-selection abortions and female infanticide. The result is fewer women of childbearing age in China and a further dip in the birthrate. Even the Chinese government, proven to be over-optimistic in its projections of future births, says that the number of newborns will drop to 16 million after 2020. …..

…Already, with 158 million people older than 65, China has the world’s largest population of elderly. And their ranks are growing by roughly 8 million each year. From underfunded — or non-existent — pension funds to the lack of elderly care facilities, China is obviously woefully underprepared for an aging society. ….

You can read more at the link.

Well, China has some choices, but, none of them are very good choices.  Indeed, their eminent decline has me much more worried than any fanciful surpassing of US supremacy.

It is true, even today, that their debt to GDP ratio is good compared to the rest of the developed world, but, then, they never really got altogether “developed”.

Being the totalitarian system that they are, I suppose the option of simply killing off the elderly is on the table.  Also, as I mentioned a couple of years ago, they could also attempt to import more labor.  They should ask Europe and the US about how that’s working out.  Another, and perhaps their last solution to their problem would be to respond how many other societies responded in the past …….. go get women from other societies ……. typically done through warfare.

The problem is that the Chinese, in their rush for economic maturity, never understood what it was that caused the economic success of the Western Civilization.  They tried to emulate, in many ways, our society, but failed to understand the dynamics which caused Western Civilization’s success.  In other words, they tried to force things to happen rather than allow the impetus to happen.  I suppose we could go on for quite some time as to what allowed for and caused the Industrial Revolution, but, that’s for a series of posts rather than just one.  (Would love a discussion on that!!!!)  However, suffice it to say, none of those conditions or changes actually ever occurred in China.  So, very soon, they will go along the path of all the many other nations who attempted to create an economy based on cheap labor.  <———–  Note the contrast to the Industrial Revolution where the base laborers continued to increase their wealth in spite of a reduction of necessary skills!!!

I’ll leave you with this …… being fruitful holds a couple of different connatations.  And, as any naturalist can tell you, you don’t need to attempt to control populations, they will control themselves.

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RIP John Coleman …… And, Thank You So Much!!!!!

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My heartfelt condolences to all who were close to this giant in meteorology, founder/co-founder of The Weather Channel.  While I never knew the man, he helped shaped part of who I am, today.

For those who don’t know, this man was one of the brave voices skeptical of man-caused global warming, or AGW, as many of us came to know the notion.  Learning of his passing has caused a flood of memories I have.

Readers here will know I don’t post on climate much, anymore.  But, we all used to be very engaged in the discussion.  I don’t post on it much because it’s a dead issue.  Sure, we still have the same tired old people babbling and blathering about it, but, it’s over.  And, to be sure, John Coleman had no small part in getting it killed.

John Coleman was one of the many voices which really piqued my interest in the issue.  It wasn’t the fact that he was a meteorologist, it was the fact that he was a meteorologist for 60+ years which caused me to think about the global warming issue.

Of course, John Coleman wasn’t the only voice, nor, was he the most prominent voice.  But, like all of the other great voices skeptical of AGW, his was of reason and facts.  And, like all the rest of the voices, his arguments were easily referenced.  That is to say, he didn’t appeal to the authority of his expertise or experience, but, rather, stated verifiable facts which supported his arguments.  You could look up what he was saying and discern for yourself if it was true or not.

And, so, we at Suyts set out to do just that.  From monitoring the sea-levels to the snow and ice coverage and the temps …. and all the other outrageous claims of the lunatic fringe, and the accompanying historical data (most often ever changing historical data). 

Because of the voices such as John Coleman, we looked.  And, we found the data incredibly wanting.  Imagine where we would be were it not for voices such as John Coleman’s!  I shudder to think.  I don’t believe it is a stretch to think the world will forever be in debt to John Coleman and people such as himself.

Godspeed, Mr. Coleman, Godspeed.

I’m sure there are many, many blogs and websites wishing him good journey and the best for his family and friends.  Here are a couple ….  here and here.  Marc Morano has a couple of good vids to watch.

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Oh Noes!!!!! Not A Government Shutdown!!!!!! NOOOoooo!!!!!!

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So, the leftards are threatening the country with a government shutdown if the US doesn’t give amnesty to illegal aliens.   ………….  Disappointed smile  Surprised smile    ……..   

This is how I know the left of this nation have sub-par inteligence.  You see, the people who elected Trump, by in large, don’t care if the “non-essential” people who “help” run our government are sent home.  Further, as the “government shutdown” procedes (perhaps), other people will note how their lives are not affected nor effected.

I’m still going to go to work and get paid.  I’m still going to pump my gas and pay the people at the ‘get-n-go’.  They’re still going to get paid.  Every one who does something worthwhile, will still get paid.  The people whose checks are in peril are the people who vote Dim (for the most part).  So, the Dims are going to shut down the government ……… I really don’t see a downside to this one.

Sure, the leftarded media will play this up as the evil Repubs refusing to give amnesty to the poor children, but, that’s fine, the new media will expose the left as being the people who shut down the government.  ……. It’s bad math.   Sure, I understand the left needs to import more voters, but, you’re going to lose the people you’re hurting, which will prevent you from any gains and move to the negative. 

If the last election didn’t prove anything else, it did prove how impotent the LSM has become, and, it has become more so since then. 

So, go ahead, leftards, put the screws to your constituents.  I’ll laugh every day!!!!

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Once, Twice …… Third Times A Charm!!!! Must See Video!!!!!!

Okay, so, I dislike posting videos here.  I do it when I believe they’re worthwhile.  For the most part, if I am going to post a video, I like it quick and short.

This one isn’t.  It’s about 1/2 hr.  I don’t like to watch videos that takes up so much time, so, I don’t like to ask other people to lose their time in such a manner, either.

This video has been recommended to me by a couple of people on FB.  I didn’t watch it and had no intention of watching it.  Then, I saw Delingpole pushing it on Breitbart.  So, I said to myself, ‘okay, but, it better get on with it in the first couple of minutes or, I’ll just close it.’ …….. I paused it to get another beer.

Interestingly, each one recommending the video had a different take-away.  It is an interview of a man I’m not familiar with, Jordan Peterson, with a rather hostile interviewer, some woman I’m not familiar with ….. but, they seem to be Brits, so, that probably explains it.

At any rate, here’s a taste of what Delingpole had to say about it ……

If you loathe the cant, self-righteousness, and stupidity of the regressive left, then you’ll love this train wreck of an interview. It’s the most satisfying piece of poetic justice since the Comet came unstuck in that tunnel in Atlas Shrugged.

Newman set out to ensnare and destroy someone whose politics she found objectionable — but ended up being hoist by her own petard.

But this interview, I believe, is much more than just a conservative “lol and share” moment. I think it marks a pivotal victory in the culture wars — an incident in which the weaknesses of the regressive left have never been more cruelly or damningly exposed. So I want to examine in more detail why.  ……

You can read the rest at the first link.  Here’s the vid, enjoy!!!!

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Must See ‘Shot/Chaser’ Vid On Tax Cuts!!!!!

There’s not much commentary for this. It simply demonstrates the staggering ignorance of things economic by the left.  To be sure, not all coorporate tax cuts would result in increases of wages for the workers.  Indeed, perhaps, not even most tax cuts.  Also, these companies aren’t doing this because they love their workers this much.  It’s an investment in which these companies expect a return. 

So, why are they doing this?  This isn’t hard ……..  Trump is slowing the flow of importing cheap labor into the US.  The US still has the largest workforce in the free world, and is the world’s largest consumer nation.  Couple that with the reduction of the coorporate tax rate, which brings incentive to have the companies in the US ….. well, they want to keep their workers!  Add to that the growth rate of the GDP (soon to be officially the highest since 2005!) and it’s easy to see why these huge coorporations are giving bonuses and increasing wages.

Additional thoughts ……..

This calls into serious question the need for a federal minimum wage law.  When the minimum wage for these coorporations go up like this, it gives an increased pressure for the rest of the employers to increase their wages, else, all the good talent will go to the higher paying jobs.  Even an increase in their minimum wages produces pressure on the wages paid to people with higher wages.

Also, while we’re not there, yet, we need to keep an eye on inflation.  Unless productivity increases among the workers, coupled with lower taxes for the workers, and the increase in our GDP, we’re going to see inflation.  How bad?  IDK.  But, I do believe if we continue to lower the flow of importing labor, the increases in the wealth of the average American will easily out-balance the inflationary propensity of these recent events.  This is what winning looks like!

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Uhhmmm…… Because They Really Are Sh-t Holes??

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Currently, I’ve had too many to say too much on this most recent roil.  But, I’ll say a bit more in the near future.

The fact of the matter is, the nations he was referencing are, in fact, sh-t holes!  This isn’t debatable.

What is debatable, to an extent, is what causes these sh-t holes to be sh-t holes.  And, more importantly, why we import people from said sh-t holes. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really a fan of Norway …. but, neither am I a hater, but, sure ……  import people from a civilized society.

I get the fact that there are many in these sh-t holes who wish to escape the sh-t holes.  But, bringing those people to the US doesn’t fix the sh-t holes.  It simply strenthens the sh-t holes, because the people in the sh-t holes, who understand how sh-tty the sh-t holes are, want to go somewhere else. 

That said, something I’ve always said and will continue to state …….. PREDATORS ALWAYS FOLLOW THEIR PREY!!!!

If you don’t limit/regulate/governor the imigration from the sh-t holes, then, you absolutely will invite the despots who caused the people to flee in the first place.  They, the people who caused the “sh-t hole” will be amoungst us.  Given our current reluctance towards forcing assimulation,  …… well, that’s for the next post.

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Trump To Step Up Rural Internet!!!!!?????

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I had thought to write about something else, but, this is more near and dear to my heart.

As some of you may know, President Trump announced he had signed an executive order expanding broadband to rural America on Monday.  Imagine my surprise to discover rural America didn’t have broadband!!!!!!   Surprised smile

As it turns out, the speeds necessary for “adequate service” is now 25mb or better.  I didn’t know ……  My daughter and her husband live in a town even smaller than the town I live in ….. they’re kicking it with about 100mb speeds.  I’m not, though.  I’m only getting 8, but, that’s only because I haven’t upgraded, yet.  My ISP offers a much quicker package, I just haven’t had the time, nor, have seen the necessity to do it, yet.  It’s on my agenda, though.

I guess, this is why I’m writing about this.  You see, my ISP, well, other than the owner, a friend of mine, I’m probably most responible for the viability and expansion of the small company.  And, ……. well, wait, here’s a quote from our POTUS in the announcement …..

“Those towers are going to go up, and you are going to have great, great, broadband,” Trump said on Monday during a speech for the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Yeh….. sigh, that’s near and dear, too.

About 17 years ago, give or take a year, my wife had had enough of the crappy dial-up service our local phone company was providing to the rural residents.  And, I was, too!!!!!!  They were killing my Napster downloads!!!!!!  So, we called the new upstart wireless service in the area.  Nope, they couldn’t get to us from where they were.  ‘Well, just put up an entenea up on the local grain bin!!!!!’  Well, only if they had enough requests …… that’s all my wife needed to hear.  Two months later, we were rocking with speeds up to 1mb/s!!!!!!  (Usually closer to 500kb/s)  But, that was infinately better than the 25kb we did have!

Well, I changed jobs a couple of times and the house we were living in burnt down.  I found myself being the only IT guy at a rural electric COOP.  And, yes, I was still close enough to my ISP to keep the same ISP.  So, fast forward about 8 years or so …..

It was right after Obama was elected and he was enacting his stimulus package …….  Disappointed smile  …..  the guy in charge of the COOP decided he wanted a new revenue stream and the feds were pushing hard with their great new idea to “get broadband to rural America”.  That great idea surrounded itself with the idiocy of sending satelittes up into space and rural America would then have high-speed internet!!!!!!!  Yea!!!!  I strongly advised against it.  It didn’t make any sense to me …… the bounce with satellites is too great to be suffienct for what was desired.

My worst fears were realized …….. we had hired a couple of guys to install the equipment at the homes of our customers and support the package.  “Wild Blue” was the name of the company which was the beneficiary of our fed’s largess.  The guys were paid well for the installations …… not so much for the support side of it, and the support side was a bit more complex than the installation.  Guess what happened when we reached market saturation?  The guys we hired left!!!!  Guess who was then charged with supporting satellite internet?  The biggest problem was that the company would sell speeds which, if were ever attained (they rarely were) the customers couldn’t enjoy it because of the limits on the data!  A big Windows update sent all the customers over their data limits!

I once had to go to a high-rise appartment complex in a nearby small city.  The customer lost his internet connection and couldn’t get it back.  Our equipment was on the roof …… the only access was through a neighbors apartment above his …… where I had to get on their balconey with a step ladder and hoist myself on the roof of this 5 story appartement building.  The problem was that part of the cabling went to crap ……… it was on the side of the building, just below the roof.  The guy was a nice guy and really needed the internet for his job at the oil refinery.  Sigh ………  okay, so, I’ll just stretch a bit and grab the cable …. there’s a connection just a bit out of reach ….. if I can get to it and pull it up a bit, then, I can get rid of the bad cabling and put some good cabling in place!  It started to snow…….  Now, I hate being cold.  I really hate being cold.  So, it’s time to get this crap done and get off of this roof!

I think, when I was hanging off the building while praying the coax cabling would hold me, after I slipped, and wondering if I could actually pull myself back onto the roof, that I decided I would go a little rogue and end my and the COOP’s association with Wild Blue.

Enter my ISP ……. I think I nearly doubled his customer base and his territory.  You see, some of my duties entailed moving data from electric meters from the substations to the office.  We did private radio frequency …..  but, if I could just piggy-back from an internet connection, that would be much better!

So, everytime we had connection problems at one substation or another, I’d tell the boss that we know a guy who could give us a stable connection!  So, we’d help the ISP owner set up enteneas all over the countryside, thus, giving him greater coverage!  Meanwhile, when the angry Wildblue customers would call, I’d come out to their house, give them my very best personal service, and tell them, I know a guy and he doesn’t have data limits (still doesn’t) and it’s faster!

I don’t know how many hundreds (thousands?) eventually went to my friend because of my efforts, but, in the end, the COOP gave away the reminents who wouldn’t change.

While all of that was happening, some jackwagon congressman from Nebraska called me (I can’t remember his name, he’s not there anymore) ….. it seems president Zero had alloted more money towards getting more “broadband” to the rural people of the country and we were going to launch a couple of more satellites and wanted me to embrace/support/sell such idiocy. ……..  I told him it was a horrific waste of our money and that they shouldn’t spend money on outdated tech.  I told him that if he really wanted to deliver high-speed internet to the rural parts of this nation that they should erect cellphone towers and let the cell companies bid on them.  I told him that picking only a couple of companies to launch a satelitte for was pretty f’d up and that the American government shouldn’t be operating in such a manner, and, no true Repub would ever embrace such a notion.  The COOP boss was from Nebraska ……. It wasn’t long that I wasn’t long with the company.

Well, I guess a few years and a few $billion later, the towers are going to go up, afterall. 

I think, this is part of the reason why I find it so hard to write anymore.  I’ve already said this stuff!  And, now, I’m living through and saying stuff, not by writing, but, begging, preaching to management of a company I’m working for ….. You trip over stupid everyday, all day, the same stupid over and over again, and we won’t fix it.  Eventually, someone will.  But, we will have all lost our jobs by then.  The knowledge and demonstration that you were right all along and could have saved/created countless jobs and unmeasurable wealth, years later, is small comfort.

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