September 13th, 2021

#7813: Well, it's not going to get better anytime soon.

The supply chain is getting worse, rather than better. The problem is twofold: stuff's not getting in at the seaports, and when it does, it joins a massive traffic jam there and has to work its way through that before it can be shipped to where it goes. Second--and this is actually a consequence of the first item--the stuff needed to make stuff is either waiting on ships or caught in that traffic jam.

There isn't enough spare shipping capacity to make up for the backlog, either. "Just in time" has been wrecked; there's enough shipping capacity to keep the stuff flowing as long as nothing interrupts the cycle--but because of the Coof shutdowns, now there's a backlog, and the ships cannot carry more cargo lest they sink, and they can't move any faster.

And all those people who load and unload ships are union babies. You do the math on that one.

So let's revisit "For want of a nail":
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Now, when "just in time" is working, that nail gets to the blacksmith just in time for him to shoe the horse so the rider can carry the message etc. But right now? Nails aren't being delivered just in time.

I've been out of docking stations for laptop computers since May. They were ordered at least that long ago. About six weeks ago, the customer service person at the near grocery store said they weren't getting any diet Mountain Dew even though they'd repeatedly ordered it. Getting my wife's favorite water-flavored water is hit-or-miss. KFC doesn't have chicken wings. Can't buy pre-packaged Jell-o.

So? Ford can't get chips so they can't build trucks. Guys who need trucks to accomplish tasks can't get trucks so they can't get things done. The people who need those tasks done can't get them done at any price, which makes their productivity fall. And on, and on, and on--

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"I'm sorry, sir, but you've already voted." That's what republicans are hearing in California, who are trying to vote in the election to recall failed governor Gavin Newsom.

The democrats really don't want another democrat governor to be recalled, especially when the republican frontrunner is a black man. So, the "fortification" of California's election has begun, early and in detail.

I honestly don't know why anyone is surprised by this unless they've swallowed the Gangster Party line that the 2020 election was the most free and fair election in US history.

"If voting could change anything, it would be illegal."

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We need to protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated!

That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

The vaccine is supposed to protect you from the disease. If it does not, then mandating that everyone take it is not going to make it work any fucking better.

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I thought cruise nights here in town were over after August was, but when I went to pick up a pizza, there were a bunch of "classic cars" lining the street and people were out and about. To be fair, though, it's a warm day but fairly dry, so it's comfortable to be outside.

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So, Bil Herd's Back Into the Storm arrived yesterday as promised, and I ended up reading it at one sitting, interrupted in the middle by a shower.

It's technical; if you don't know something about digital electronics, you're going to have a hard time understanding some of it.

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Anyway, I need to go look for checks now. I just used the last one, and need more.