November 22nd, 2021

#7907: Five counts of INTENTIONAL homicide

Waukesha police think he meant to do it.

He had recently tried to run over a woman with the same vehicle he killed with. His social media posts were calling for killing white people in the wake of the Rittenhouse verdict. He was convicted of child sex trafficking in Nevada. He's got a rap sheet longer than both of his legs put together.

He wasn't running from police. He wasn't fleeing another crime scene. I think he deliberately decided to run over a bunch of white people, because he's a fucking racist psychopath.

...of course this story will be memory-holed ASAP now that these facts are known.

A DuPage county democrat ended up having to resign after gloating over the deaths. "You reap what you sow," she said. And, "The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse's victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens...even the children."

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Not to put too fine a point on it, but even if he had been fleeing from police? It's still not okay. It's still wrong. It's still his fault those people died.

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Right now the left is really trying to convince people that the dead goblins that Kyle Rittenhouse ventilated are "heroes". What a surprise: leftists making heroes out of thugs and pedophiles.

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Two related stories:

Productivity is down, and employee attrition is up.

--and--

The dangers of concentration risk.

Both are economic discussions, and both are--I think--related.

I'm going to let blockquotes tell the tale, first.
The corporate culture generally, not just in one company or one industry, is increasingly hateful and toxic. They're disrespectful and contemptuous and they're destroying the desire and incentive to produce more and go beyond the paycheck--and they paycheck isn't enough to offset the constant low-grade humiliation factor. So what to do? Slow down and take it easy, or jump ship. Reduced productivity, increased attrition.
America used to lead the world in productivity, did you know that? Americans have historically been the most efficient and productive workers anywhere in the world, bar none. More productive even than the Japanese, who work six days a week, who were culturally workaholics, who we were told would out-produce and out-sell the United States.

Unfortunately for them, things didn't work out that way. Japan never hit the productivity, the per-capita economic output, that America managed. The workaholic culture is offset by too many downsides. They may work twelve-hour days, but they take frequent breaks. Besides that, though, someone who works twelve or sixteen hour days spends too much time fighting fatigue and does not work as efficiently as someone who only works ten hours a day. "Burning the midnight oil" catches up to you if you keep doing it, day in and day out, for months on end.

American productivity comes from a few sources, but one of them is the notion that hard work is how you get ahead. That's not so true any more, though--as my time spent as a stock clerk at Target attests--and thanks to the proliferation of "human resources" as a career path, corporate careers are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Not to mention that, of course, you can give your all to a company only to get laid off the next time a C-suite executive wants a bigger bonus.
The combined US market share of the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was 32% in 2020. No other West Coast port exceeded 5%, and there are plenty to choose from--Oakland, San Diego, Tacoma, etc. There are excellent reasons why LA / Long Beach is the busiest port in America, but relying on it for the majority of West Coast imports created a dangerous concentration risk. And now our supply chains are busted because that port is so crowded and overwhelmed (and strangled by red tape) that its processes have completely broken down.
For a good twenty, thirty years, truck drivers have had their pick of jobs. I remember looking in the want ads in the newspaper in the 1990s and seeing how many jobs were available in two fields: nursing, and truck driving. And that has not changed one whit, except to get worse, since then.

The result of this is that when people stop producing as much--for whatever reason--the "one big thing" (like having 30% of your shipping going through two ports) will collapse.

You take away the incentive to work just a little bit harder, to go just a little bit further, to do just a little bit more--you get rid of that and "one big thing" stops working fast.

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Now, suddenly, it's nine PM. I've had a craptastic day. I just want to eat some pizza and go to bed, so I can do it all again tomorrow.

Argh etc.