Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Health Care in Chaos: Escape to Anarchy

USA's health is getting progressive worse, and even immigrants suffer here:
In 2012, life expectancy in the US ranked 32nd worldwide.  Strikingly, when poor immigrants come to the United States their health declines and they live shorter lives.  One immigrant succinctly said: “In Mexico, we ate healthily and didn’t even know it.  Here, we know the food we eat is bad for us.  But we eat it anyway.”
I recall when nearly no one had health insurance, but people were healthier and medicine generally more effective.  Charity covered those who could not pay.  To this day I pay cash, and refuse Rmoney/Obamacare.
Uninsured Americans actually report fewer health problems than those who are insured privately and publicly.  They use less health care services, maybe because they have had to learn how to stay healthy without doctoring. 
As a child with the gift of ADHD/ADD, I was often in the hospital getting sewn up and once did a stretch being observed for skull fracture. (My favorite question was "What happens when I push this button?")  No one ever talked money or worried about medical bills, because hospitals charged what things cost, not what insurance companies will pay.  Doctors made a lot, but so did florists and restaurateurs.
It is individual behaviors that determine the health of a population, largely a lack of exercise, obesity and tobacco use.  Most of the credit modern medicine takes for improved health numbers emanates from a steep decline in smoking rates, not an increase in the availability of new medicines or other treatments.
No kidding.
It didn’t help that government, which fashioned the Affordable Care Act, also produced the Food Pyramid that misled Americans to consume refined carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body at the expense of fats that quell appetite.  Nina Teicholz tells the whole story in her best-selling book THE BIG FAT SURPRISE ... We have a massive diabesity epidemic going on in America spawned by the food industry that spikes foods with high fructose corn sugar (even ketchup, bacon, peanut butter) that induces sugar-craving yeast overgrowth, and other chemicals that cause consumers to lose control of their appetite.  The medical profession then treats diabesity as if it is a lack of exercise and lack of self-control when leanness in other nations like Japan and France is not attributed to frequent attendance at gymnasiums or the reading of diet books.  [American Family Physician 2001]
There is a disconnect between the food industry that is fashioning prepared foods that are spiked with corn syrup and other pleasure-center stimulants that encourage overeating against the backdrop of modern medicine that pretends to treat this behavior as a drug deficiency.  [American Diabetes Association]
Executives from the largest American food companies walked out on a 1999 conclave that explored why half of the nation is diabetic or pre-diabetic and is addicted to food.  They protected their financial bottom line.  [New York TimesFeb 20, 2013]  The diabesity epidemic is good for business.
That's capitalism, happy to kill its customers, indeed, intent on doing so under malthusian eugenics imperatives.  There is a way to end all of this, simply end the subsidies.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mail Order Catalogs Outperform eMarketing by Far

Marketing online costs about 4 times as much (and likely far more) to gain sales than mail order catalog. Here are the numbers:

Total USA retail sales for 2014 about $4.5 trillion.  (Retail flat for 2014)

About 6 billion dollars spent on mail order catalogs in USA in 2014.

Mail order sales total 2014.  $125 billion

About 57 billion dollars spent on online advertising in 2014.

Online sales total 2014,  $300 billion.

So, at first glance, it looks like it takes nearly ten times as much money to generate about 2.5 times the sales.  But actually it costs far more...

According to USCensus, that is about 7.4% of all USA sales.  According to pro-online marketing emarketer.com,  5.8%.
While brick-and-mortar sales still command a vast majority of the retail market—nearly $4.27 trillion in 2013—ecommerce sales are increasing much faster, contributing significantly to retail’s overall growth throughout our forecast period. eMarketer estimates that US retail ecommerce sales will increase 15.5% in 2014 to reach $304.1 billion, up from $263.3 billion in 2013. That growth will represent more than 20% of this year’s $199.4 billion increase in total retail sales.
Ecommerce still represents a small portion of overall retail sales—a mere 5.8% last year.
First note the varying figures or percents, whichever one you accept, rather proves online marketing is a fools' paradise. Why market where only say 8% of your market exists?  Why not market where 92% of your market shops?  Why market where and when is costs so much more to gain a customer? But as to the uncertain numbers, here is one reason why people have such a disastrously misinformed view of online marketing:
The past year online was another good one for Nordstrom Inc. as the web now accounts for 19% of total sales.
Not a single mention of the fact that Nordstrom sends millions of catalogs a year driving people to purchase, who then elect to use the self-service check out online.  It was not the web marketing that got the sale, it was the mail order catalog.  The article makes "lemonade out of lemons" by saying the high return rate due to EZ ordering brings people into the stores where they make returns.  Well if the return is for the right size of what they ordered online, that is hardly worth the added cost of online sales maintenance.  This is just one article of millions in which people not trained to test claims become socially conditioned to accept sheer nonsense.

Victoria Secret does $1.5 billion online and sends out 400 million catalogs per year.  Yet that gets counted for "internet sales."  it would not happen without the catalog, yet people assume it is just a website and google ads.  Pure socially conditioned nonsense.

Here is an article with some insights on retail and online:
In today's edition of the print-isn't-dead argument, global and online-only retailers are reporting that mailed catalogs still drive sales like crazy. WSJ reports that 2013 witnessed the first upward trend in number of catalogs mailed since 2007, and retailers show no signs of slowing down.
While email marketing gives retailers just the space of a subject line to attract potential customers, stylized lifestyle catalogs that could nearly double as fashion magazines have proved to be wildly popular in an internet-driven culture. Pat Connolly, the chief marketing officer at Williams-Sonoma, admitted that the catalog was still an extremely important part of Williams-Sonoma's overall marketing plan. According to WSJ, the retailer has a database of 2,000 privately owned houses that it uses for catalog photo shoots and over half of Williams-Sonoma's marketing budget is spent on catalog production and mailing.
Do you think Williams Sonoma minds is internet pure-play customers struggle to survive and do not represent demand for catalog creation houses? And this from the same article, regarding pure play internet ecommerce sites:
Online-only menswear retailer Bonobos has also witnessed the ability of the mailed catalog to drive sales. Craig Elbert, the VP of marketing for Bonobos, said that 20% of first-time customers placed an order after receiving a catalog and they spend 1.5x more than customers who didn't receive a catalog first. Bonobos tested the concept over a year ago and has been putting out catalogs ever since, increasing the circulation each time.
British retailer Boden has calculated the power that the catalog has to keep a customer's attention much longer then an email blast or iPad app. Shanie Cunningham, head of U.S. marketing for Boden, told WSJ that shoppers spend up to 15 to 20 minutes with the catalog, while only spending around eight seconds with a Boden email and five minutes with the Boden app.
Plus, the catalog is cost-effective to produce. The article reported that the average catalog costs less than a dollar to make, while typically resulting in about $4 in sales for every catalog mailed. The moral of the story: even with the internet, we still really like to look at pretty pictures for prolonged periods of time and then try our best to cop the look. Who knew.
Who knew?  Well anyone with an organic true economy business, and not one where you just borrow massive malcredit and play at business.  These guys are making it because they took the time to see online marketing is not effective.  They want to stay in business.

The claims of efficacy of online advertising are always the most tortured circumlocutions.  Here are random findings from studies.  Note no one asks or answers the basic question above.

In the 1980s the big fear was mail order catalogs were going to wipe out brick and mortar:
The effect of these and other advances was a 300 percent increase in nonstore retail sales between 1980 and 1990. Indeed, from just $72 billion in 1980, sales in mail-order houses skyrocketed to $211 billion by 1990, representing average annual growth rate of more than 11 percent. By the end of the decade, catalog and mail-order shipments were responsible for about 10 percent of all merchandise sales, more than 3 percent of retail sales, and 1 percent of consumer services sales. Furthermore, trade in the industry represented nearly 2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.
The wipe out of brick and mortar by mail order catalogs in the 1980s never happened.  And if online sales were ever going to grow above 8% it would have by now.  It will never happen.  And if and when people properly define terms and categories, and not ascribing to ecommerce what is really mail order catalog sales, then online marketing will look even more doubtful. If ecommerce marketing worked, wouldn't Apple be doing it?

Nothing has changed with the internet, except massive expansion of false economy, FIRE.  A rather expensive self-checkout option is available, and gee-whiz!  Reflecting sanity among small business owners, most USA businesses have no web presence at all.

I do, mostly to test claims and try out my own ideas.  I wish it were true that eMarketing worked.  And I would never say just because I cannot get it to work, neither can you.  I quote those actually trying the work says it does not work, they say so themselves. I provide the facts from the hard numbers. If you plan to have an "internet only" business, say buy on alibaba and sell on Amazon or any other combo, it won't work.  You'll need a paper ad mailed out to your customer base to reach absolute minimal performance.  Selling to brick and mortar remains the only viable means to thrive in business, to reach your potential.

If you want the absolute most cost effective means of mail order marketing (with a website check out?) the USPO has a new service.  You can mail cheap to exactly your demographics at the carrir route level.  Check it out, and nose around.  The USPO sent me a catalog on this and I spoke to a salesperson on the phone.  1975 all over again.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Credit Cash Money - Fallback Positions

People fear the future, change is afoot.  Rome took 300 years to fall, and even though our world is likely faster-paced, nothing will happen overnight.  And that is the problem, the hegemon cooks the frog slowly.

A good part of life is commercial, and that is where the hegemon directs traffic if allowed to do so.  He is not only allowed, he is adored and glorified by the masses.  We are told if we toss in all of our gold, a golden calf will walk out of the fire!  Then we can party naked!  With scarce assets to support USA's extravagances, we are indeed partying naked.

The Romans got to the point of writing a fugitive landowner act, in which escaping farm owners were returned to their farms to work.  Why did the farmers flee?  Because they were taxed to poverty.  They tried to escape to anarchy.

You cannot escape the hegemon if you do not understand the differences between credit (mal and bene), cash and money.  Most people have been socially conditioned by the hegemon to use all terms interchangeably, although internally the hegemon and its minions maintain strict definitions.

Money is gold and silver.  Done.

Bank credit is malCredit.  Asset-less credit lent at interest, created when the victim (borrower) is confident against all reason and experience malCredit will be a personal benefit.  Think auto loans today. "But but but, auto loans are secured by the auto against which the loan is made."  Sheer nonsense, sheer delusion.  The banks don't want another stinking Cadillac Escalade profoundly overpriced by a capitalist system.  They want yet another human tied down.  If an when the loan goes bad, they bank could care less what happens, they lent air so if all they got was the down payment, that's ok,  They are ahead.  A bank loses nothing on a bad loan because they never had anything at risk, only digits on a tally.

Cash is the most liquid form of medium of exchange in an economy.  AKA currency, it represents either money or malcredit or benecredit, depending on the regime in power. It is the quickest to convert given an day's events, so it is far more valuable in a jam than malCredit than bank credit, what you access with a debit or credit card.  The way to keep currency honest is to let it be produced by competitors in a free market, as it was for much of USA history.

People used to know this...    I was listening to a radio drama from the 1950s in which a crooked banker was trying to bribe someone:  "I'll pay you $25,000... cash!  Not credit!"  Million of common people listening back then knew the significance.  Today social conditioning has dumbed us down.

Enough people do know, so they store cash.  When the Harriet Tubman $20 is ready about 2018, you can bet Uncle Sam will outlaw the old ones, and to legally convert to the new ones, you'll have to explain to the IRS how come you have $10,000, $100,000 a million in cash.  Talk about irony.  A USA escaped slave will be the image of Americans being enslaved.

Mony malCredit Cash.  So what else is there.  The one everyone overlooks: benecredit.  Private credit extended voluntarily based on assets at no interest between two parties engaged in commerce.  A short definition is simply vendor-financing, although that can be dicey since now vendors tend to charge interest too on the time extended (but knowing full well borrowers in these instances tend not to pay the interest.)

A loan is always a charitable event, ethically.  Vendor financing is always a commercial event.  What is lent is goods and services, not money. So benecredit is never charity, always commerce.

And it is always fruit too high and far apart for the hegemon to pursue, as long as your work is your lifestyle.

The alternative is paycheck, property and pension... the low hanging fruit the hegemon must pick first.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trump: Cut Corporate Welfare First

The reason the left is horrified by Donald Trump is they know he will cut welfare. Hence the rock-throwing fear and loathing.  For my part I agree, cut every dime of all welfare, but don't cut a dime of personal welfare until every dime of corporate welfare is cut.  When all corporate welfare is cut, there won't be any need for personal welfare, and what tragic circumstances emerge for any given individuals,  true charity can handle that.

The left knows there is no personal welfare without the warfare state, for where else can you get the credit to fund people voluntarily unemployed?  (I realize there are no jobs, but there is plenty of work to do.) To its credit, the left carved out an income stream for itself from the warfare state, for ostensible good, but it is all just rent-seeking.

Trump made his foreign policy speech last week.  Here is a summary:
Billions of dollars in “defense” spending are tied up in NATO contracts: the power and prestige of Washington’s foreign policy “experts” are inextricably linked to maintaining the Atlanticist bridge that binds us to our free-riding European client states. And now the candidate most likely to win the GOP presidential nomination is threatening to take it all away from them. No wonder they hate his guts and will do anything to stop him.
OK, so first cut welfare payments to Europe.  And that is just the thing... if you cut any of the warfare/welfare state sinecures, you threaten them all. That is why no government program ever ends, they just get new names and new people.  If a Pres. Trump cuts Belgium off, then all the people in Belgium making fabulous USA-funded salaries saying nice things about USA war-machine and nasty things about Putin will go back to selling snake oil and people of some probity will begin to get heard.

And it is not just in the provinces. This is a replay of Kennedy's "best and brightest" gambit that got derailed by the deep state:
That is why I will also look for talented experts with new approaches, and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.
But wait, Trump also said:

We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. It is the cheapest investment we can make. We will develop, build and purchase the best equipment known to mankind. Our military dominance must be unquestioned.
But we will look for savings and spend our money wisely. In this time of mounting debt, not one dollar can be wasted.
 Yes, and earlier Trump said at once "China's good, I make a lot of Money with China" and "China is cheating."  So which is it?  Well, the the Chinese leaders hear the first sentence, the unemployed Americans hear the second.  "Rebuild" - "cheapest".  "develop" - "savings".  OK, which is it?  Both? Wipe out the politically-motivated "defense" array now in place and replace it with the most fearsome array at 20% of the cost today?  And if any foreigners want in, they can lease systems from us with their own cash, not our credit?

A Trump quote:
We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism.
I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia – from a position of strength – is possible.
(No kidding, since USA has been the bully to which only Putin has stood up...) I've said here countless times if we pull out of the Middle East tomorrow, China will move in.  Let them. They have a far greater Islamic extremist problem than we do, and it is smack dab in the middle of China's hopes and dreams for the future: reopen the Silk Road between London and Beijing.  Let them be the hegemon, and we trade.

Whereas the USA has to move massive resources to pick a fight where people once loved us, China has the problem on its front lawn now that is has put its address on the West Side of the Country instead of the East.

Again:  USA needs to announce we are pulling out all assets (on whatever workable timetable... say 90 days) worldwide to within the bounds of Cape Wrangell, Alaska to West Quoddy Head, Maine and anyone messing with us on the way out gets nuked.  Talk about refugee crisis, processing all those unemployed (and probably unemployable) Americans coming home would pale all other refugee crises. But it is work we need to do.

When both democrats and republicans loved NAFTA, that was all I needed to hear back in '90.  It has been a disaster.  When both democrats and republicans hate Trump, well, what more do we need to hear?  Anything else only confirms if he is not stopped, good things might happen.

Trump says:
Although not in government service, I was totally against the War in Iraq, saying for many years that it would destabilize the Middle East. Sadly, I was correct, ...
Fact is, I think most Americans were against it.  We vote for peace, get war.  We vote no bailouts, get bailouts.  We vote no taxpayer-funded domed stadiums, we get them good and hard.  25 years ago Perot was talking about "government coming at people, instead of for people."  In spite of being smeared by the usual suspects, he picked up 20% of the vote (and got Clinton elected).  Today Trump and Sanders represent the vast majority of Americans who are sick of being treated like Syrian refugees.  Doesn't feel nice, does it?

Am I pro-Trump?  Ahem, I am an anarchist.  I think the state needs to be dissolved, for there is not a single function of government, of democracy, or a republic, that cannot be better provisioned by the market and charity.  And don't tell me defense is an exception, I was just examining in a museum last week the original wholesale letters of marque written by President Madison to defend USA.  And don't say that was early 1800s, because it was American farmers who defeated the most powerful military in the world back then and do it today: Vietnamese, Iraqi, Afghani, you name it, farmers all, have defeated the USA playing the king.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Retire and Die

You think Bismarck knew this?

The team found that those who worked a year longer than the group that retired had an 11 percent lower risk of death.And interestingly enough, those termed unhealthy who also worked another year longer had a nine percent lower mortality risk.This data proves that working a year longer had positive impact on the study participants' mortality rate regardless of their health status.'The healthy group is generally more advantaged in terms of education, wealth, health behaviors and lifestyle, but taking all of those issues into account, the pattern still remained,' said Robert Stawski, senior author of the paper and associate professor.

That is only one study.  There would have to be more studies to see if others got the same results for anything to be proven.  But it does not contradict an essential point, self-employment is about lifestyle, and with the right work and lifestyle, you never retire.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Taxing the Rich: Let's Make a Deal

Good to see corporations are paying less and less in taxes over the last 40 years, since corporations cannot actually pay any taxes, as I have noted before, their customers ultimately do.

But we keep hearing to top 1% (it's actually 2.7%) pay over 50% of USA Fed taxes. 
In 2014, people with adjusted gross income, or AGI, above $250,000 paid just over half (51.6%) of all individual income taxes, though they accounted for only 2.7% of all returns filed, according to our analysis of preliminary IRS data. Their average tax rate (total taxes paid divided by cumulative AGI) was 25.7%. By contrast, people with incomes of less than $50,000 accounted for 62.3% of all individual returns filed, but they paid just 5.7% of total taxes. Their average tax rate was 4.3%.
I wonder if the 5.7% collected is worth the cost of processing the 62.3% of all returns filed?  Or is this third world stuff of costing more to collect than is gained?

But back to that 2.7%, them's the facts narrowly stated, but those same people are also the greatest welfare queens, getting far more in benefits than they pay in taxes.  The whole 2.7% pay 51% is a sham.  The easiest to spot is the Third Undersecretary for Humourous Gaits who earns $250,000 in DC and "pays taxes" (with 100% of his pay contributed by taxpayers) and gets a handsome pension as well.

When the Alaska Airline folk make stupendous sums buying Virgin Airlines with malcredit two things are happening at once.  Branson is bailing out of a game that is now over: borrow malcredit and mulct fabulous wealth from the income stream.  Alaska Air is making a play to get too big to fail.  It might work since Delta and United have such onerous legacy pensions that need busting, the powers that be may go with that outcome.

The reason not everyone is borrowing malcredit is they know the crash will be soon.  Debt does not reduce even though prices and income does.  To have $100 million in debt but not the revenue from investments of the 100 mil to make even negative interest rate principal payments, then it's bankruptcy, and there goes all the beautiful personal pension plans.  Whereas no one cared 8 years ago, the politics are different now, "the people" may demand a 99% tax on pensions above the first $36,000 in pension income.

Here is a rehearsal of an absurd idea again...
All told, individual income taxes accounted for a little less than half (47.4%) of government revenue, a share that’s been roughly constant since World War II. The federal government collected $1.54 trillion from individual income taxes in fiscal 2015, making it the national government’s single-biggest revenue source. (Other sources of federal revenue include corporate income taxes, the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare, excise taxes such as those on gasoline and cigarettes, estate taxes, customs duties and payments from the Federal Reserve.) Until the 1940s, when the income tax was expanded to help fund the war effort, generally only the very wealthy paid it.
As if...  corporations cannot pay taxes.  Their customers do.  So consumers pay all taxes, no matter how they are disguised.

We have a system where people are forced to pay for the guy who refuses to work.  In making such payments, the taxpayer of course nets less, and thus is forced to live next door to the guy who will not work, because the taxes paid keep the taxpayer poor.  That's fair. Isn't it?

There is a solution to this, let's make a deal.  Takeaway all the welfare payments to those in the top 2.7%.  Then watch what happens.  The false economy will fall, there will be a renaissance in business, the tax burden will spread, and the 2.7% will have nothing to complain about, or brag about, or whatever it is when they say they pay 51% of the taxes.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Germans Welcome Chinese Investment

Here is a German whose opinions on the European economy are highly rated.  I was interested becuase of the topic of SMEs, small and medium enterprises.  Quotes the article:
Simon, 69, believes this trend will continue thanks to Germany's many hidden champions, a term he coined to describe relatively unknown SMEs that are the backbone of a nation's economy and have for many years sustained Germany's leading position in exports.
What he calls "hidden champions" I call "under the radar." He then goes on to define these SMEs as less than Euro 5 billion in sales.  Sigh....  not my bailiwick.  But I read on, and this:
Simon acknowledges there is concern in Germany about more Chinese investment pouring into the country, but says: "When General Motors took over Opel in 1929, or Ford built a huge automobile plant in Cologne in 1930, people said we would be dominated and conquered by the Americans, and that we would be a colony of the US. But it turned out to be nonsense. The same is now true for Chinese acquisitions."
Is he kidding?  Did we, the USA not conquer and dominate his country, within less than a dozen years of those investments?  And not a metaphorical conquering, but real bombs, bullets, soldiers, rape, pillaging and all that?  Do we not still occupy their lands with our military bases, to this day?  Very odd argument for him to make.

As I teach in Silicon valley among other places, over the years I've had plenty of Apple engineers in my classes with whom I chat outside of class.  I make the point to sell in USA items made overseas must be designed in USA by USA designers to be acceptable in USA.  Of course, the factory with its expertise will always recommend changes based on their know-how, improvements in material and design, or process engineering. That is only natural. The Apple engineers trace the percent of work done by China and UsA engineers from say 90 - 10 back in the 90s to 50/50 the last time I checked a few years ago.  What happened?  The Chinese have plenty of people who graduated from the same USA schools as the USA engineers: MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, etc...  and they are now contributing (so virtually USA design.)  Another point was made... when Apple switched state of the art composite materials, the Chinese learned that, then moved ahead on their own and now there are materials that Apple USA would be hard pressed to try to copy.

Simon says this:

He believes Chinese investment can bring advantages for both sides and refutes the notion that Chinese companies are simply trying to extract know-how from Germany to transfer to China.
"To a large degree, that's impossible because a very large part of the knowledge resides in the employees. I meet German companies all the time and they tell me their know-how is not in the patterns, not in the written or digital documentation, but it is in the skills of their employees, not only the engineers and scientists, but also the workers."

So I don't think so.  The Chinese are exquisite copiers, and they are copying USA's immigration policy of bringing in outsiders for flair.

The Chinese are using credit to buy up German companies, just as USA industry did buying up USA companies. This ends badly.  The GErmans should know better than anyone.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nordstrom Needs to Close 25% of its Stores?

In specialty we need to compete on design, not on price.  the upscale retailers to whom we sell are our brand.  Whether that happens to be Gumps or Nordstrom or Saks, we don't care.  We just sell to whoever is thriving out there.

So to achieve the sales per square foot they had ten years ago, Nordstrom has to close 25% of its stores. Ho hum, we discovered Nordstrom when we were looking for customers, as we did all our other customers.  If Nordstrom actually disappears, we'll find whom the market elects as their replacement.

So the article by Mish is not of much interest, except this line from the report:
Many retailers say they make less money selling goods online than they do in their physical stores. 
 Exactly!  Anyone who thinks marketing online is a viable means of developing business is delusional.  Online retailing will crash with the coming bust, although at around only 6% of all USA retail, it does not have far to fall.

If you want to start up a viable business, a website is a minor aspect.

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Airbus Builds Jets In USA to Get ExIm Loans?

Boeing tells us they could not compete without taxpayer bailouts in the form of taxpayers on the hook for the credit given to foreign companies to buy Boeing jets.

There must be something to the utter dependence on the hegemon, and not the market, for viability, since Airbus is now making jets in USA with a hope to get in on state-welfare too:
An Airbus spokesman stated: “If we were to sell a Mobile-assembled aircraft to an international carrier, it could be eligible for some level of Exim financing.” Chairman Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg said: “If an Airbus plane from Mobile had 50% US content, we’d finance 50%.”
Splendid.  Now we are importing welfare queens to add to our costs.  Say we sell a Boeing jet for $300 million.  Whatever the profit margin is,  the costs are not justified in the selling price.  If we had competition in jets, the price would prolly be 2/3rds that at most.  But because Boeing is a welfare queen on taxpayer support, we pay too much for too much.  And now Airbus wants in on it too.

Cut every cent of every welfare program in the USA.  But do not cut one cent of personal welfare until every cent of corporate welfare is gone.  If so, by then, there would be no one left on welfare, because there would be an economic renaissance in USA.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Concern: White Male Suicide Increase

Let's look at the numbers:

Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows.
Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 percent in 15 years, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Suicides have long been most common among white people — particularly older white males. But most striking in the new report is the growth in whites ages 45 to 64.
Hmmmm...  so they are checking out instead of facing the economic policies of the USA.  Not word on the other races, perhaps it is of little interest to Fox News.  It is of interest to those who post on such article, for they are preoccupied with denigrating people of African-ancestry.

Sounds like a problem of white entitlement, and maybe white privilege is nonsense.

At any rate, who has not considered suicide in his life?  Everyone does, but few go through with it.  It takes quite a bit to do so/  Is they problem they false dilemma?  Have they considered channeling their suffering (passion - from the Greek: to suffer) into creativity, and making the pain pay?

It's a thought.  Don't ice yourself and weird out your relations, start a business.

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