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They don’t know anything about inflation…

Well…with all of the repub yapping about inflation and bragging that they are going to run against Biden and the dems with it in 2022 and 2024, you would think that they would know something about it…oh, that’s right…with their lie machine of fox news, they don’t have to have any facts or know anything…just the daily talking points delivered by fox news. So, with every credible economist saying the inflation we are seeing is transitory and due mostly to shortages rather than any underlying problems with the economy…you can see that just by looking at the contracts for oil for January that have dropped to 64 dollars a barrel from 100 bucks…which converts to about 2.35 a gallon of gas…and it could go lower once the oil companies stop keeping the prices high even when their costs have plummeted….I’ve seen that food prices have started to moderate, too, with pork shoulders back down to 99 cents a pound on sale compared to the 1.49 a pound they were just a few weeks ago…and you could still get a frozen turkey at Meijers last week for 33 cents a pound on sale….so, in these unprecedented times, let’s take a breath an hope the media stops howling about inflation…after all no family drinks 15 gallons of milk a week….yeah, that was a little joke….geez…

Let’s talk about JIT…

Well…damn, just crashed the bike but that’s for the next one…right now, I want to talk about the right’s latest bogeyman, JIT. As you know, there have been some pretty big supply disruptions with lots of container ships stuck outside of the major ports here in the US…and warnings that you should be shopping for christmas now so you will be able to get presents…and, of course, the right wing media is blaming the whole thing on Biden for reasons that make absolutely no sense….but that doesn’t matter to them. What everyone has to understand is that the bottlenecks are caused by a little thing in the supply chains called JIT…or just in time production. Back about 30 years or so, people started to notice that there was lots and lots of inventory and work in progress in their warehouses and factories that was costing them tons of cash to just store….and the production and other processes worked to estimates of what would be needed since that was the only information they had and most businesses and warehouses had months of production and stock just sitting there…but then new ideas started to form about making processes more efficient and only making goods that you have orders for…the idea of just in time started to be adopted across the world to squeeze every penny out of the supply chain. As it became more and more efficient, it also became more and more susceptible to disruption as the chain balanced on a knife edge with no tolerance for problems in any part of it. When the pandemic hit and closed factories accross Asia and everywhere else, and shut down ports and other transport systems necessary to move goods, the finely balanced house of cards fell apart since there were no warehouses full of goods to cushion the shocks, and the result was bare shelves across the country. But what Biden has to do with it, I don’t know…these are private, capitalistic systems that have been built to profit the owners and no one else…so tell me the actions he has taken that disrupted this house of cards? No…yeah, didn’t think there were any….is Biden hiding shipping containers at the WH? Is he telling truck drivers to quit since they are being paid less now than they were 40 years ago? Did he offshore all of American manufacturing so good have to be shipped from Asia? I think the repubs really are too stupid to understand the pitfalls of JIT…as an ME, I built many of these systems at the furniture manufacturer I worked for and lived the chaos when they crashed…this is just on a much bigger scale…geez…

No herd immunity thanks to the repubs…

Well…this is a little disturbing…news reports all over the internet today are giving the US the bad news that, because of the idiot repubs not getting vaccinated, the holy grail of herd immunity that would allow us get our society back to normal is just not going to happen if 30+ percent of the population refuses to get vaccinated…and that means that this damn virus and it’s variants and even new variants will be with us for “a generation” and that means that the disruption to our lives will due to spikes in infections and mutations that are sure to come is going to become permanent, along with the slow, painful deaths that come from it….and this will mean yearly vaccinations for those of us who don’t have their heads up their asses and rolling restrictions that will be re-applied whenever a new variant comes along….and all because these morons won’t get a tiny little jab in the arm. We all know that repubs are the most selfish people on the planet, but this is beyond the pale…putting people at risk of death or serious illness just because idiots like tucker and the rest of fox news are still telling them everything is about “freedumb” and they are lapping it up like the dogs they are. At least some companies have had enough of this bullshit and are requiring their employees to be vaccinated or they are out of a job…and no stupid excuse is going to work…either get the jab or leave….I wonder how the repubs will react to this? Not well, I’ll bet…