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Doomsteading / Re: Parents Sue 30-Year-Old Son for Refusing to Move Out
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 07:46:49 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-8EQueGNUZQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/-8EQueGNUZQ</a>

This situation seems pretty comical, but it doesn't even begin to address the spate of 30-somethings, many with kids, who are incompetent with "adulting." challenging things like responding to a dinner invitation, unpacking boxes, arranging furniture, etc. Paying bills on time and avoiding fines.  But there's always time and money for video game consoles and Comicons.

Things that make me wanna say, "dafuq?"
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The Kitchen Sink / Re: The wedding
« Last post by Golden Oxen on Today at 07:40:49 AM »
Why the obsession and focus on the remnants of a dead empire and defunct so called ally? Plenty of putrid Zionist Royalty right smack in the guts of the fatally ill US empire, combined with vomitous evangelical grifters of all states of bowel disease. A mentally deficient figure head at the beck and call of certifiable schizoid paranoids and royal Israeli spawn fit for burning at the stake or at least hanging in the inherited Brit tradition.

Tried to present my opinion on the matter in an earlier posting K.
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Inflation Alert Fellow Goldbugs!  ::)

Great news for Lucid however, so glad that kid got his act together and is bringing home some serious Benjamin's to GM and the boys.  :emthup:

The U.S. doesnít have enough truckers, and itís starting to cause prices of about everything to rise

Shortage of truckers may be a part of a price spike, but the more proximate cause is the price of gasoline.

Saw this earlier in the month:

Higher gas prices could spoil Trump's tax cuts

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/09/investing/iran-oil-gas-prices-tax-cuts/index.html
Takeaway is that consumers are spending their temporary "Trump Tax Cut" on high gas, which is going to go higher, because Iran.

Also--
https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/consumers-should-brace-for-sharply-higher-gas-prices-020118.html
https://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/institute/what-do-gas-prices-tell-us-about-consumer-spending.htm

And this:
An increase in gas prices easily outpaces the benefits of the tax bill for lower-income Americans
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/05/22/an-increase-in-gas-prices-easily-outpaces-the-benefits-of-the-tax-bill-for-lower-income-americans/?utm_term=.4cd09756b922
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From the masterful pen of a brilliant and extremely perceptive author.

You Think It's All About Guns?

Itís all part-and-parcel with an American way-of-life that is not what it advertises itself to be. Itís become a cruel hologram of a distant memory of a land that sold its soul for a few decades of comfort and convenience, and ended up in a wilderness of addiction to cheap hits of pleasure. Pleasure is not happiness and the constant seeking to satisfy pleasures is not a journey to meaning. The catch is that this toxic way of life has poor prospects for continuing as a practical matter. History is catching up with our foolishness and history will prove to be even more wrathful than a lonely, confused, seventeen-year-old boy with a pistol and shotgun.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/you-think-its-all-about-guns/  :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study:

JHK has been wearing me out with his constant PC-whining, but this time, he's spot on. Good find.

Yes Surly , We all have our weaknesses and pet peeves, but overall I just can't stop admiring this guy.

His amazing skill at writing is such a precious and admirable gift, an exceptional author in my view.

A true Wordmeister, that reveals an extraordinary "Awareness"
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Sustainable Energy / Re: 💡 Electrical Resilience
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 07:30:22 AM »
I KNEW you would pull this, so let's review the bidding, shall we? I'll just leave this here, proving to the general readership that the tantrum was yours, not mine. The King Hell Troll of All the Internets can't bear it when someone tells him to lighten up. Point being that adults can generally work shit out. Which, as you may have noticed, they already have.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Palloy.

In any event, whoever "started this", the result is the same.  Management of the Diner Forum is now in your hands.  You cre Captain of this Ship now.

RE

Just adduced an entire thread of posts of your words, and you deny them. Is your lawyer Rudy 9-11? What's next? Cries of "Fake News?" "Witch Hunt?" Tweets about "the failing Surly 1?"

Although I cheerfully admit what really pissed you off was calling you out on your chronic misogyny and belittlement of women. Which I can document in another dossier if you would like. So you can deny that.

Fucking hilarious.
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Inflation Alert Fellow Goldbugs!  ::)

Great news for Lucid however, so glad that kid got his act together and is bringing home some serious Benjamin's to GM and the boys.  :emthup:

The U.S. doesnít have enough truckers, and itís starting to cause prices of about everything to rise

                               


 A student practices hooking an 18-wheeler up to a trailer during a commercial driver's license class at Lake Cumberland CDL Training School in Mount Sterling, Ky., in June 2014. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Joyce Brenny, chief executive of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, gave her truck drivers a 15 percent raise this year, but she still can't find enough workers for a job that now pays $80,000 a year.

A year ago, when customers would call Brenny, she could almost always get their goods loaded on a truck and moving within a day or two. Now she's warning customers it could take two weeks to find an available truck and driver.

Shipping costs have skyrocketed in the United States in 2018, one of the clearest signs yet of a strong economy that might be starting to overheat. Higher transportation costs are beginning to cause prices of anything that spends time on a truck to rise. Amazon, for example, just implemented a 20 percent hike for its Prime program that delivers goods to customers in two days, and General Mills, the maker of Cheerios and Betty Crocker, said prices of some of its cereals and snacks are going up because of an "unprecedented" rise in freight costs. Tyson Foods, a large meat seller, and John Deere, a farm and construction equipment, also recently announced they will increase prices, blaming higher shipping costs.

The trucking industry shows an extraordinary labor shortage in one corner of the economy can spill out and affect the economy more broadly.

"I've never seen it like this, ever," said Brenny, who has been in the trucking industry for 30 years. "It doesn't matter what the load even pays. There are just not drivers."

Trucking executives say their industry is experiencing a perfect storm: The economic upswing is creating heavy demand for trucks, but it's hard to find drivers with unemployment so low. Young Americans are ignoring the job openings because they fear self-driving trucks will soon dominate the industry. Waymo, the driverless car company owned by Alphabet, just launched a self-driving truck pilot program in Atlanta, although trucking industry veterans argue it will be a long time before drivers go away entirely.

Brenny anticipates she will have to raise pay another 10 percent before the end of the year to ensure that other companies don't steal her drivers.

"The drivers deserve the wages. They really do, but the raises are coming so fast that it's hard to handle," said Brenny, who is having to adjust contracts for drivers ó and customers ó rapidly.

[Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools ó creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation]

The United States has had a truck driver shortage for years, but experts say it's hitting a crisis level this year. There's even more demand for truckers now as just about every sector of the economy is expanding and online sales continue to soar. On top of that, the federal government imposed a new rule in December that requires drivers to be on the road for no more than 11 hours at a time and track their time by an electronic device so they can't cheat.

"It's as bad as it's ever been" to find drivers, said Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations. "Companies are doing everything they can to make drivers happy: increasing pay and getting them home more often, but that means they aren't driving as many miles."

America had a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers at the end of last year, Costello found, up from a shortage of 36,000 in 2016. He says "without a doubt" it's going to be even higher this year, even though many companies are giving double-digit raises. He gets asked about the driver scarcity daily as companies try to figure out how to handle the growing backlog. His best advice is for companies to invest in technology like what Uber and Lyft have to cut down on the time a driver or truck sits idle between runs.

[America's manliest industries are all competing for women]

As driver pay rises quickly and diesel fuel costs tick up, shipping companies are charging higher and higher rates to move goods. It now costs more than $1.85 a mile to ship a "dry good" that doesn't require refrigeration or special accommodation, a nearly 40 percent increase from the price a year ago, according to data from DAT Solutions.

Shipping costs hit an all-time high earlier this year and have remained near that level ever since, according to DAT Solutions and the Cass Freight Index Report.

Manufacturers are complaining that higher shipping costs are causing their profits to fall. It was a constant topic of discussion as American firms reported earnings in recent weeks. Walmart said this week that high transportation costs are its "primary head wind" right now.

Economists warn those costs are almost certainly going to end up resulting in higher prices for everyday items that many Americans purchase.

"Every single good ends up on a truck at some point. Businesses that use trucking to receive and ship goods are going to do their best to pass on the costs to the rest of us," said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group.

Logistics and transportation accounts for about 10 cents of every dollar in the U.S. economy, says Donald Broughton of Broughton Capital and author of the Cass Freight Index publication.

"I don't normally speak in hyperbole, but we're entering some uncharted territory," Broughton said. "If there is a 10 percent increase in transportation costs, that gives you a 1 percent increase in inflation for the broader economy. That's real."

It could mark a turning point for the U.S. economy. Inflation has stayed unusually low in the past decade, largely because costs have stayed low for food, clothes and other items Americans buy in store or online as companies got more efficient and worker wages barely increased. But rising shipping costs could change that dynamic in 2018, potentially forcing people to have to spend more and employers to hike pay as they try to compete for workers with the trucking industry.

There already aren't enough trucks on the road to keep up with demand this spring. It could get even worse when the holiday season hits.

Trucking companies hope they can lure more drivers with higher pay, signing bonuses and shorter hours. The job doesn't require a high school degree or being in great shape. Someone can obtain a truck license in a matter of weeks, although they must pass a drug test. But many say the biggest hindrance is that the job doesn't have a lot of cachet in modern society, a perception that's hard to change.

"You are away from home and family and friends on a regular basis, and the job is not highly respected," Broughton said.

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From the masterful pen of a brilliant and extremely perceptive author.

You Think It's All About Guns?

Itís all part-and-parcel with an American way-of-life that is not what it advertises itself to be. Itís become a cruel hologram of a distant memory of a land that sold its soul for a few decades of comfort and convenience, and ended up in a wilderness of addiction to cheap hits of pleasure. Pleasure is not happiness and the constant seeking to satisfy pleasures is not a journey to meaning. The catch is that this toxic way of life has poor prospects for continuing as a practical matter. History is catching up with our foolishness and history will prove to be even more wrathful than a lonely, confused, seventeen-year-old boy with a pistol and shotgun.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/you-think-its-all-about-guns/  :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study:

JHK has been wearing me out with his constant PC-whining, but this time, he's spot on. Good find.
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Sustainable Energy / Re: 💡 Electrical Resilience
« Last post by RE on Today at 07:22:00 AM »
Since we've swayed into electrical resilience I'd like to propose a doomstead electrical resilience project that I think deserves higher attention than gravitational energy storage.

Start a new thread for that.

RE
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The Kitchen Sink / Re: The wedding
« Last post by Karpatok on Today at 07:15:33 AM »
What a friggin field day the tabloids are going to have with this couple.  ::) :exp-grin: :exp-grin:

The Royals look like they have been constipated since the engagement. They know what's coming.

They miss Diana I bet.   :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen:

 
                                     
Why the obsession with the fragments of a dead empire once an ally? Plenty of putrid Zionist royals in your own dying empire along with their evangelical grifter backers and a mentally deficient figurehead at the beck and call of vile Israeli spawn. All fit for hanging in good old Brittish tradition if not burning or gassing as tit for tat.

   Oh, the joy on the faces of Britain's royals. I know the new addition to the family will be welcomed with open arms and hearts... what a pleasant fantasy   -           Phil Butler
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Sustainable Energy / Re: Rats In The Rigging
« Last post by Agent Graves on Today at 07:05:04 AM »


Spoken like a man with

Im not the one on the left in the avatar hahaha

I guess storing all that instead of using it now means it will all have a longer years of use starting from new, when you do set it all up. Remember that even when batteries are finished, it just means you cant have electricity at night, but you can still run appliances during the day as long as the sun is shining. Aircon and washing machine in full sun and TV/stereo in cloudy sky. 

Just to avoid the rats eating wiring, i recommend running it all higher up out of reach than down low near the ground.
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