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Financialization is Cause of Decline in Brick-and-Mortar Retail in USA

November 27, 2020 20 comments

Here is another topic I have been thinking about writing for past few years. As most readers know, there is no shortage of evidence that physical retail outlets have been on an irreversible decline in USA and other parts of Anglosphere for at least the past decade. In fact, most idiots in this group of countries seems to believe that the rise of Amazon and other online retail outlets was a cosmic inevitability. Except, that this is not true. The thing is.. physical retail outlets are in very good shape in every part of the world that is not an Anglosphere country. Even more curiously, countries with a very well-developed online retail sector such as China still have a much bigger and dominant physical retail sector. It is as if online retail outlets can coexist and complement physical retail in all countries that are not part of the Anglopshere.

So what is going on? Why is the retail sector, also, in free fall throughout the Anglosphere. As you will soon see, the factors driving demise of physical retail in this group of countries are almost identical to those which previously led to widespread de-industrialization, privatization of public goods, episodes of financial austerity, rise in precarity of jobs and careers and much more. It comes down to late capitalism aka neoliberalism aka financialization. To understand what I am talking about, let me ask you a simple question. How do physical retailers in the West manage to go under while their equivalents in other countries remain strong or grow. This is especially hard to explain when you realize that people still need the products which they sell ranging from clothes and shoes to furniture, appliances and musical instruments.

Let me try explaining the changes I have witnessed in this sector over the past two decades. As some might remember, I moved here when I was 20 in the late 1990s. At that time the physical retail sector in West, while having gone through a few prior contractions, was still quite healthy. The shops and department stores were well stocked with a diversity of products that people wanted, there were always enough salespeople around and businesses were still making a steady but decent profit. So what changed between late 1990s and today? Well.. for starters, there has been a shrinkage in amount of disposable income for most people in West. But this, by itself, does not explain why physical retail is still doing very well in Continental Europe, East Asia and every other part of world. Also, many products sold in West have become relatively less expensive due to outsourcing from China and Mexico.

And yet retail stores in the West, large and small, have been going out of business at a much higher rate than at any time since WW2. More problematically, the ones going out of business are not being replaced with others of similar size. Even many large chains which survived the great depression have recently gone bust or are on the verge of going tits up. What makes Western physical retail so fragile when compared to its Asian or European counterparts? Here is my partial explanation, based on what I saw over past two decades. Let us start by talking about three large departmental store chains, which shall remain unnamed. Out of these three, two went belly up during past decade while the other one is on life support. I am using these three as examples because I used to frequent them and bought tons of stuff from them over the years.

See.. in the late 1990s, all three chains were doing very well. They sold tons of stuff which people wanted, had knowledgeable sales staff and paid attention to the quality of products they were selling. Sure, they were more expensive to shop at than WalMart but they had no problems attracting customers and making a steady decent profit. The demise of first chain, which used to be a family name in party of country I live in, began once a management style took over in the mid- to late- 1990s. Under the guise of increasing shareholder value, the new management started doing short-sighted shit such as selling their ownership off their coveted physical retail space and renting it back, laying off older experienced employees, flooding their shelves and racks with items of lesser quality and making their remaining employees push credit cards and extended warranties. A brand name which was once synonymous with good quality, reasonable prices and experienced salespeople increasingly became associated with poor customer experience and shitty products.

Increasingly, decisions about which products to stock were exclusively made by a bunch of MBAs and other assorted bottom-feeders in their ‘headquarters’. They had no interest in the feedback of their employees who understood their local markets and customer tastes far better than the greedy assholes at HQ. To make matters worse, they spent all their short-term financial gains on giving themselves hefty bonuses rather than spending that money on updating their stores. You can guess how all of this ended. After a decade of such bold and innovative changes in management style, a large chain which was once a household name in that part of the country went under. Oh.. and they stiffed their employee pensions on the way out. If all of this sounds familiar, it should be because this is the rough template followed by almost every retail chain that has gone under or is in the process of doing so.

The next chain I am going to talk about is Sears, and most of you know how that shit went down. While Sears was being mismanaged for at least two or three decades, things went especially bad towards the end (link 1, link 2, link 3 and link 4). So let us move on and talk about another large and well-known departmental store chain which is not dead yet but is pretty close. Once again, it went down the same pathway of “new management styles” which led to under-staffing, selling inferior products, trying to push products which nobody wants to buy, spending little to no money on updating stores, an incredibly bad online sales portal and treating both its employees and customers like shit while helping themselves to tons of money in the form of performance bonuses.

But you know what is truly surprising? The pattern of management malpractice and looting remains constant in the Anglosphere whether the afflicted corporation was selling clothes, shoes, appliances, electronics, toys, guitars or making appliances, cars and aircraft. Their demise was not, therefore, due to business conditions in that sector. Rather, it was due to a very specific style of management which gained primacy in Anglosphere starting in the 1980s. To put it another way, the management of western corporations has become the functional equivalent of viruses that infect cells, extract all the resources they can and then move on to infect other cells to continue this cycle. The poor adoption of this parasitic ideology outside the Anglosphere is also why Asian companies remain dominant in Automobile manufacturing, continental Europe still retains a decent percentage of its manufacturing infrastructure and physical retail outlets outside the Anglosphere are still doing just fine.

What do you think? Comments?

YouTube Music Video: Juice Newton – ‘Angel Of The Morning’ (1981)

November 25, 2020 6 comments

A few days ago, I came across a rerun of Deadpool (2016) on some cable channel. As many of you, the soundtrack of the opening scene contains a song that sounded familiar. After a bit of searching on intertubes, I realized it was ‘Angel of the Morning’ by Juice Newton from 1981. While her version is a cover of the original version from 1967 or 1968, it is the most famous version- by a long shot. I cannot resist pointing out that most contemporary popular american entertainment (films, music etc) is recycled stuff from the era between 1940 and the early 2000s. Says a lot about the cultural sterility of past two decades, doesn’t it?

Enjoy! Comments?

COVID-19 Pandemic has Exposed Intellectual Bankruptcy of Liberals

November 21, 2020 19 comments

In the previous post, I wrote about how the COVID-19 pandemic exposed many of the chronic problems and systemic dysfunctions in West for all to see. While writing that post, I started thinking about another one on how this pandemic also exposed the mind-boggling levels of intellectual bankruptcy among liberals. And yes, I wrote two very similarly titled posts a few months ago (link 1, link 2). As far as my ideological roots are concerned, those who have read enough of my older posts know that I despise ideologies of all flavors- from CONServatism to LIEbralism. Sure.. some are a bit worse than others, but not by much. While many of early posts were about the intellectual bankruptcy of CONservatism, it has became increasingly obvious to me that LIEbralism has gone from being a little better than CONservatism to significantly worse- especially in the past five years.

1] The first serious instance of how the pandemic exposed LIEbral idiocy came pretty early. You might have heard something about how tests for antibodies against COVID-19 show far more widespread infection than PCR- and LAMP- based tests. It was also well known, rather early on, that infection in younger age groups was largely asymptomatic. This would suggest that the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) for this virus was much lower than the high Case Fatality Rate (CFR) as measured before extensive testing was deployed. But LIEbrals would have nothing of that. These dumbfucks tried to discredit and suppress any evidence that it was far less dangerous than the equally intellectually bankrupt MSM was trying to push.

What makes this, however, especially interesting is the arguments used by LIEbrals in their attempts to discredit the results of antibody testing. One of their main arguments was that these antibody tests had very high false positive rates. Well.. any person who understands the science behind these tests and laboratory techniques will tell you that even the most poorly designed modern antibody tests have false positive rates below 2%. In fact, a false negative result is far more likely than a false positive for these tests. And yet there was no shortage of self-proclaimed experts on Twatter, FakeBook and MSM who claimed that these tests were “wrong”. It is as if LIEbrals had close to zero understanding of STEM subjects, which is not surprising as most of these losers credentialed in “liberal arts” at university.

And it gets worse. Once it became obvious that their lies about antibody test results were making them look like idiots, they started claimed that antibody titres were the only predictors of immunity to viral infections. But as anybody with a proper undergraduate-level education in Microbiology can tell you, immunity to viral infections has much more to do with memory B-lymphocyte, helper T-lymphocyte and Dendritic cells activated in response to infection than the persistence of antibody levels. That is why immunity to many viral infections can often last a lifetime. Now, it harder and significantly more expensive to measure these post-infection responses than a simple antibody test- but they are far more important for lasting immunity to a specific virus than antibody levels.

2] Let us move on to non-specialized face masks, a topic which I have touched on in another previous post (link 3). In case you haven’t heard, a recent large RCT Danish study of mask efficacy which many journals were initially unwilling to publish clearly shows that surgical-grade face masks have virtually no effect on rates of COVID-19 infection. And this is not surprising, since similar studies done on the efficacy of surgical masks at prevent Influenza infection (caused by a virus of roughly similar dimensions) in the past had yielded similar results. In other words, unless you are wearing N95 or better face masks, such measures are not effective at preventing infections. But liberal idiots continue defending this dubious talisman, once again demonstrating their ignorance of experimental science.

To make matters more interesting, these LIEbral idiots still haven’t explained why dense and crowded cities in Asia and some parts of Africa have only a tiny fraction of the COVID-19 deaths which many of these same racist idiots were happily anticipating. Isn’t it interesting that almost none of these LIEbral idiots are even considering the possibility that.. maybe.. people in some countries have partial cross-immunity to COVID-19 due to previous infection by other coronaviruses. Or why states with mask mandates don’t have lower rates of infection that neighboring ones with far fewer restrictions. Then again, liberals would rather stick their head up their behind than care about anything which contradicts their belief system.. you know.. like real life. Having said that, it is fun to watch them make up explanations which are rationally inconsistent with their previous ones, while pretending that they aren’t doing so.

These same idiots keep pushing worthless measures that sound effective such as “circuit breaker lockdowns” with no evidence that they do anything other than temporarily suppress case numbers a little. Why do you think that something which didn’t work in Italy, Spain, France and UK in the spring is going to work again? Because you want it to work? Seriously? Also why haven’t all those Asian countries which have very low case numbers and kept it in control done so without lockdowns? Also how long are you going to keep up this shit? How do you plan to compensate all those business owners who will be bankrupted by this ineffectual bullshit? What about all the people who have lost their jobs- in many cases, permanently? I would rather have excess mortality among the 80+ crowd in nursing homes than destroy the lives of many tens of millions more in the prime of their lives.

3] Let us now talk about all those measures to control COVID-19. Given that most outbreaks occur in places that are indoors, crowded and poorly ventilated- why are we pretending that normal outdoor and indoor activities are risky? Given that this virus is airborne, what is the whole point of “social distancing”? Given what we know about Vitamin D levels and severity of disease, wouldn’t giving Vitamin D supplements to dark-skinned and older people be a far better use of resources. And why not give the older and otherwise vulnerable people free N95 facemasks rather than pretending that ersatz cloth facemasks are equally effective? And we have not even touched on the issue of how mortality strongly correlates with advanced age and presence of multiple chronic disease conditions. But try telling any of this to a STEM-illiterate LIEbral retweeting make-believe bullshit on Twatter and FakeBook.

Since we are past a thousand words, I will wrap up this post here. Based on your feedback, I might write another post. Here is a parting question.. Do the governors and administrations in democrat-ruled cities and states have a realistic plan to cover their massive upcoming revenue and tax losses? Do they think Biden will be able to bail them out?

What do you think? Comments?

Response to COVID-19 Has Exposed Chronic Dysfunction in the West

November 14, 2020 23 comments

While I would love to finish a bunch of my drafts about topics ranging from how the computer revolution of past 20 years has been a failure to why the 1990s was the last good decade for people living in west, we seem to keep coming back to topics such as COVID-19 and Trump. So consider this post as another one in an already long list about the incredibly dysfunctional response by western countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. But how is this one different from the ones I posted over past few months? Well.. because it seems that systemic dysfunction exhibited by western countries has not improved, and in some cases, gotten worse.

1] Have you noticed that even after 8 months, western countries have still not shown the willingness or wherewithal to treat COVID-19 infections in high-risk patients with anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs? Let me explain a bit about what I am talking about. See.. based on results of many small and large clinical trials around the world, we know that treatment of COVID-19 patients at higher risk of hospitalization with certain drugs does reduces the risk of hospitalization, ICU usage and death. Furthermore, many of them such as Indomethacin, Doxycycline, Ambroxol or Bromhexine, low-dose Colchicine, Ivermectin are both readily available and fairly safe, especially for short-term use.

Yet no government in the West has even bothered to honestly find out if all the positive results seen in other parts of the world are reproducible. It is noteworthy than many of these reports come from more than one country and were often published at round the same time. There is definitely something going on with these compounds. Of course, these drugs would be most effective in high-risk patients who receive them within the first 3-4 days of symptomatic illness. But almost no large clinical trial in the West is even trying to assess their efficacy in reducing hospitalizations, ICU usage and death. It is as if the establishment in West has no interest in strategies which don’t involve them riding on their favorite hobby-horses.

2] Related to this shortcoming, is the inability or unwillingness to deploy orally available direct anti-viral drugs to treat COVID-19 in high-risk patients as early as possible. As mentioned in at least one previous post, a Remdesivir analog known as GS-441524 has the same degree of efficacy against Coronaviruses as it well-known chemical cousin in addition to being orally available and noticeably less toxic. So why isn’t nobody in West trying to find out if giving this drug (already tested in animals) early in course of disease reduces the risk of hospitalization etc in older patients? What about EIDD-2801, another even more potent and orally available anti-viral compound which has passed toxicity and efficacy tests in animals?

Do you see a trend? It is as if there is no systemic and coordinated effort in the West to treat COVID-19 before people end up in the hospital. The same is true for all those monoclonal antibody cocktails which would be far more useful if they were given to high-risk patients before they get sick enough to be hospitalized. I mean.. look at Trump.. he got the antibody cocktail and anti-viral drug at right time and hence recovered much faster than otherwise. Isn’t it interesting to note that the most aggressive use of medicines to stop high-risk patients from getting worse is occurring in countries such as India, Russia, Malaysia etc rather than the supposedly “advanced” West? What is going on?

3] And it gets worse. Have you noticed that western governments are still pretending that COVID-19 can be controlled or eliminated by a hastily thrown together bunch of measures such as “hard lockdowns”, ineffectual talismans such cloth masks, social distancing and then pretending that the continued rise in cases in spite of implementing these measures is due to poor “compliance” rather than they being close to useless. Have you also noticed that most western governments are pretending that COVID-19 infections in children and adolescents have a higher mortality than the common cold. Also, if you are interested in preventing high-risk teachers from getting infected, why not keep teachers over 50 or 60 at home and let the others go about their normal routine.

They are still pretending that the mortality rates for under-50s is more than 1 in a few thousand. Even the rates for under-60 crowd remain at somewhere between 1 in 500 to 1 in a thousand. Shouldn’t we be therefore devoting resources (such as N95 masks etc) to those at high risk of adverse outcomes such as those above 70 or 80 and in assisted living situations rather than fight the losing battle to stop COVID-19 infections in low-risk people. Hasn’t it become obvious by now, after 8 months, that eliminating COVID-19 from the population by such measures is a fool’s errand. Who are trying to impress with this seemingly unending list of failures?

4] But the crowning glory of their ineffectualness has been their profound inability to come up with a realistic plan to emerge from this self-inflicted crisis. Do you see any government in the West putting forth a realistic plan for dealing from the situation. And no.. ideas centered around daily ‘cheap’ tests for everybody and vaccinating everybody are not realistic as anybody who knows even a bit about error rates in testing and logistics of producing and distributing vaccines knows. Too make matters.. more interesting.. most vaccines being developed in the West are of types which have not been previously used in humans. Yes.. RNA-based vaccines such as those being developed by Pfizer and Moderna have not been previously used in human beings. Nor have those which use adenoviral vectors such as the ones from Astra-Zeneca, CanSino or the Sputnik V Russian vaccine. To put it another way, we are in totally uncharted waters with these vaccines.

I cannot help pointing out that inactivated virus vaccines against COVID-19 are perfectly feasible. Indeed, such vaccines have been used against Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A, Rabies, Influenza vaccines etc for many decades. Yet for some odd reasons, there are only a few groups developing inactivated virus vaccines for COVID-19. What makes this even more odd is that such vaccines have been successfully tested and used for multiple types of Coronaviruses affecting animals. So why aren’t we using tried and tested methods for vaccine development, which are almost certain to work, in favor of sexy but unproven methods of achieving the same results. And yes.. I am aware that inactivated virus vaccines require boosters, but so do the others being currently tested for COVID-19. Also, what about vaccines based around protein subunits, such as the ‘spike’ protein, another well-known way of developing them.

Since we are already past a thousand words, I am not going to go into the hilarious stupidity and callousness displayed by western governments when it comes to issues such as helping save small businesses, jobs in the most affected sectors, running schools and universities into the ground and much more. Might write a followup part based on responses.

What do you think? Comments?

Quick Thoughts on the Ongoing Aftermath of 2020 Election Shitshow

November 9, 2020 24 comments

Here is a post which I have been meaning to write for past few days, but kept delaying due to ongoing developments in that area and being busy with work. By now, you know that the MSM has declared Dementia Joe as the “victor” in the 2020 presidential election. The way I see it, this shitshow is not over till at least December 14th of this year when the the electoral college meets to cast their votes. Realistically, this show will go on even past inauguration day 2021.. into 2022 and 2024. So welcome to Hell and get comfy as you are going to here for a while.

So here are some of my very quick thoughts on the post-election shitshow, till now..

1] One of the most surprising outcomes of this election was that Trump got a few million more votes in 2020, than he did in 2016. Orange Man got more votes in 2020 than Obama got in his historical victory in 2008. Sure.. the population of this country has grown since 2008, but let me remind you that Obama in 2012 fell short of his 2008 numbers as did HRC in 2016. What makes this truly unique is that he did so in spite of the media demonizing him for past 5 years, all those failed and fake investigations in addition to his sloppy handling of response to COVID-19 pandemic. Trump getting over 71 million votes was the biggest surprise of 2020.

2] On a related note, Democrats lost seats in the house, didn’t flip any state legislatures or governorships and are almost certain to not gain their long coveted senate majority. In my opinion, this is the second most surprising outcome of 2020, since many were guessing that all of the alleged public anger against Trump would somehow translate into democrats flipping multiple senate seats, increasing their margin in house and gaining at the state level. But they did not, and is a huge warning signal to that party. Did I also mention that Democrats did not flip Texas and Florida. Which brings me to the third surprising outcome of this election.

3] Trump and Republicans actually gained non-white voters from the working class. While it is still too early to give exact numbers, it appears that Trump got the highest percentage of non-white voters for any republican president in past few decades. He also received the highest percentage of Hispanic votes of any modern Republican president, including.. I kid you not.. from Hispanic-majority counties bordering Mexico. Far less surprisingly, most of the increase in votes for Democrats came from affluent suburban and predominantly white areas. And while Trump did not win some reliably Democrat-voting coastal states such as CA, NY etc.. he did increase the number of Republican votes in those states compared to 2016.

4] The supposedly “scientific” pre-election polls were off by huge and inexcusable margins. After the 2016 debacle all these polling agencies had promised to do a far better job this time around as they had claimed to have learnt their lesson and corrected their mistakes. Turns out, this was all complete bullshit! The “errors” in state and national pre-election polls in 2020 were much higher than in 2016.In all ‘swing’ states, even the final polls were consistently off by over 10%. There are two explanations for this debacle- either polling agencies learned nothing from 2016 or they were involved in a very deliberate and coordinated operation to suppress Trump voters. And they failed.. again.

5] Which brings us to the next point.. aka the vote-counting operations in some ‘swing’ states and Democrat-run cities were shady as fuck. You might have noticed that Orange Man won all supposed ‘swing’ states which counted their votes on same day such as TX, FL and OH. But in ‘swing’ states with some democratic control, mysterious large batches of votes kept getting “discovered” and counted during early morning hours. This was especially obvious in cities under control of Democratic party. While this country has always been intentionally deficient at conducting free and fair elections, vote-counting during the 2020 election was the shadiest we have seen in living memory.

Sure.. the sudden increase of mail-in and absentee ballots was guaranteed to cause some problems, but I cannot help notice that certain states such as FL and TX handled the situation very well. Others such as WI, MI and PA did not. The deliberate slowing down of vote-counting by certain states such as NV and AZ also does not inspire confidence in the results of this election. To make a long story short, regardless of what the dying mouthpieces of MSM and internet monopolies are promoting, majority of people in this country seem to think that the elections were fixed- at least in certain ‘swing’ states.

6] Because of the very obvious shadiness of how this election was conducted in certain key states and Trump’s unwillingness to play along with certain elite bullshit such as “norms”- it is almost certain that this will be litigated for a long time, especially in the public mind. Let me remind you that partisan idiots such as MikeCA still believe that “Russia” and “Putin” stole the 2016 election for Trump without any significant amount of proof to support this accusation. You can bet that the next four years will see a similar but far larger movement centered around the idea that establishment Democrats stole the 2020 election- but this time there will be much more circumstantial evidence to support that belief.

And Trump will fan the flames of this movement since he is not a dickless neoliberal such as Al Gore. It does not help that Biden and company have already confirmed that they want to go back to the same sad identity and “wokeness” based neoliberal bullshit politics which pissed voters off and got Trump elected in 2016. Also, they have shown no willingness or possess the ability to pass large bailouts for average people. In other words, the massive economic and unemployment crisis caused by response to COVID-19 pandemic is going to get much worse- especially if they follow whatever bullshit “scientific” advice they are getting from their bunch of credentialed fuckwits.

I would not rule out even more unpleasant election-related “surprises in next two months, given that this is 2020.

What do you think? Comments?

Some Brief Thoughts About Outcome of 2020 Presidential Election

November 3, 2020 29 comments

A few weeks ago, I wanted to do a short series on the likely outcome of 2020 election. But a combination of being busy with other things and the unusually high levels of uncertainty about this election resulted in my repeatedly delaying it. Since today is November 3, I thought it was a good idea to post a small and very brief version of my thoughts about the likely outcome of this election. As you will see, the levels of uncertainty are still very high.

1] Over the past few weeks, many of you have seen “polls” proclaiming that Dementia Joe has a 10, 11 or even 16 point “lead” over Orange Man Here is a short list of problem with such polls, beginning with the fact that Dementia Joe is at barely 50% in almost single one of them. In other words, all of his supposed “lead” comes from fewer people telling pollsters that they will vote for Trump. This is important because if the electorate had really got tired of Trump, it would be 60-40 or 55-45, rather than the 50-41 or 49-44, we are seeing right now.

2] Related to the problem discussed in previous point is that this race, even by those “polls”, is far narrower in the so-called ‘swing’ states than at the national level. Some of you might remember that all these “polls” and even exit polls showed Trump losing to Hillary in 2016 in these same states. The vote count showed otherwise. Then there is the issue of voters who might not like Trump as a person but will vote for him just because he is on the Republican ticket. We cannot also discount the possibility of some Trump voters are either not answering polls or being untruthful to them. And this matters a lot in those states.

3] Since presidential elections in USA are decided by the electoral college rather than number of popular votes, ‘swing’ states have mattered far more in every presidential election since 1984. To put it another way, the election is far closer than most Democrats want to believe. The way I see it, this is still pretty close to a 50-50 thing.. UNLESS there are large changes in the final turnout- something we won’t know till polls close today evening.

4] The massive increase in mail-in votes and absentee ballots caused by COVID-19 pandemic has made it much harder to estimate the likely final turnout. While it is certainly possible that we will see a robust turnout on election day leading to a record final turnout, it is equally possible that the final number might be not significantly different from 2016 (adjusted for population). This matters a lot since significant percentage of people don’t vote during most elections. We could see anything from a tight election, a blowout for Biden or Trump gaining new supporters among from traditional non-voter whites, Hispanics and younger black voters.

5] To make matters more interesting, there is the possibility of many mail-in ballots being disqualified due to a number of stupid laws and rules. We are also likely to see lots of litigation if preliminary vote counts are either delayed or uncomfortably close in ‘swing’ states. There is a very real possibility that what happens after November 3, 2020 will make the infamous 2000 election look quaint and civilized by comparison. I would not discount the possibility of armed clashes between Trump supporters and Democrats. Hopefully, it won’t get much worse than a few isolated incidents. Fingers crossed..

6] If this election turns into anything other than a blowout for Biden, it is far more likely that Trump will retain power- whether it is by winning the electoral college via ‘swing’ states, prolonged and large-scale litigation, some combination of intimation and civil unrest or all of the above. As seen through the lens of Obama’s unsuccessful attempts to nominate Merrick Garland, democrat acquiescence to Mitch McConnell filling up record numbers of federal judge positions with conservatives to their non-existent resistance over to his most recent supreme court nomination- it is clear that establishment Democrats are all talk and no action.

Let’s see what happens tonight, and in the next few days..

What do you think? Comments?

Interesting YouTube Channel: The 8-Bit Guy

November 1, 2020 3 comments

Since I have been recently writing about how the so-called computing “revolution” of past two decades has been, largely, worse that useless- here is a YouTube channel about old personal computers. I am sure that some of you might have already comes across The 8-Bit Guy. The channel is mostly about 8-Bit personal computers, gaming systems and games.. though he does occasionally go into computers and other related technology of a later vintage. I found his channel interesting because it is one the few which goes into the proverbial nuts and bolts of what was probably the last generation of computing (hardware and software) which could be completely understood by a single person.

He also had a recent series about the large number of pioneering computer companies (both hardware and software) which used to exist in Texas. Oh ya.. most of those buildings which used to house these pioneering and often quite successful companies now either sit empty, have been converted into yoga studios and professional offices or have been demolished. I cannot help pointing out that something like this would never have been allowed to happen in countries such as Japan or Germany where they cherish and maintain sites associated with the founding of important companies or discovery of new technologies. USA is almost unique as a country and culture in being almost exclusively concerned with short-term profits and fellating financial interests above everything else. And this shows, in many unflattering ways.

Clip #1: Commodore History Part 3 – The Commodore 64 (complete)

rest of that series is here.. Commodore History

Clip #2: Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica

What do you think? Comments?