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SKYE’S LINKS 05/13/21

colonial-pipeline-on-mapThe biggest gasoline pipeline in the US has been shut down by a cyberattack.  This is a perfect example about how much of the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems that run our infrastructure are tied to the public internet rather than to private intranets that is not connected to the public internet, thereby making them relatively easy to attack.

 

That 5,500 mile long pipeline should have run a private fiber optic cable under its right of way rather than connecting all of its sensors and controls to a hackable public internet connection.  This would have cost more – but likely far less than what they are going to lose during this shutdown – let alone the total cost to our economy and all the individuals affected by it.

Cyberattack Forces Shutdown Of Largest Gasoline Pipeline In United States

 

This looks like gross incompetence to me; the hackers stole almost 100 gigabytes in 2 hours.  The pipeline company’s firewalls should never have allowed that.  Moreover, those firewalls should have restricted outgoing data to a list of internal company IP addresses.  Or maybe they didn’t bother to program their router firewalls rules…  If this is typical of our infrastructure corporations, we are so screwed:

Report: Colonial Pipeline Had ‘Double Extortion,’ Stealing Data

 

The higher gas prices are NOT just about the Colonial pipeline shutdown.  They have been rising since Trump was evicted from the White House, and are higher on the West Coast (thanks to environmental boutique gas formula regulations) than on the East Coast:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/12/colonial-pipeline-restarts-after-cyber-attack-gas-shortages-continue/

 

Where have all the workers gone?  The most recent jobs report showed increasing unemployment and a huge miss in new hires.  Here is why I am now having to pay $40 per hour for average skilled handymen:

Why Businesses Might Not Raise Wages Despite Labor Shortage

Biden Denies Bigger Unemployment Checks Keeping Workers Out of Workforce

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Teachers’ unions pandemic cultism is part of the problem, too:

Carney: Job Losses for Women Suggest Closed Schools Are Dragging Down Job Growth

Jobs Report Disaster: Biden Misses Goal of 2 Million Jobs in First 100 Days

 

Texas stops tech censorship the Clarence Thomas way; this will work:

Texas Big Tech Bill Wins Praise from Trump’s Tech Censorship Expert

 

Bank of America is now calling it “transitory hyperinflation”:

BofA: “Transitory Hyperinflation Ahead”

 

As Milton Friedman said, inflation is always and everywhere a monetary (quantity of money) phenomenon, but as the Austrian school says, hyperinflation is a subjective perception of fiat currency value loss phenomenon.  There is no limit as to how rapid this perception of value loss can accelerate.

 

During the German Weimar Republic hyperinflation of the early 1920s, peoples’ subjective judgements as to loss of value of their fiat currency actually exceeded the hyper production of that currency (literally trainloads of fiat currency with lots of zeros added every month), hence the real subjective inflation corrected value of the fiat currency in circulation actually dropped even though it was increasing at an astronomical rate in nominal terms.

 

Yes, hyperinflation can be severely deflationary in real subjective inflation corrected terms.  See a wonderful book called “When Money Dies”, by Adam Fergusson. Please, please read it; this knowledge is vital for your survival. The link is to the Kindle edition loadable into your iPad, but you can read it free here:

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Every DOGE Has Its Day

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And Now Rents Are Soaring Too

 

Texas stops tech censorship the Clarence Thomas way; this will work:

Texas Big Tech Bill Wins Praise from Trump’s Tech Censorship Expert

 

The right to bear arms in Texas:

Texas on Verge of Becoming 21st Constitutional Carry State

 

Idaho uses the 10th Amendment to protect the 2nd Amendment:

Idaho Gov. Signs Bill Barring Enforcement of Biden Gun Controls

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Support for more gun controls is dropping rapidly, especially among youths and Hispanics:

Nolte: Support for Gun Control Plummets with Young People, Hispanics

 

The majority of independents oppose more gun controls,too:

AP: Independents Overwhelmingly Oppose Biden Gun Control Push

 

Cheat by census revisions:

Stephen Moore: “Something Is Very Fishy” About The Biden Census Bureau Data

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The Wokization of America:

Are Americans Becoming Sovietized?

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About that CCP virus:

Chinese Military Discussed Weaponizing COVID In 2015 ‘To Cause Enemy’s Medical System To Collapse’

 

Here is an outstanding clear and detailed discussion for the layman of information regarding whether the Wuhan virus naturally evolved or whether it escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.  One of the things that I learned shocked the heck out of me: gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was done at Biological Safety Level 2 and 3 – not 4.

I’ve had formal training in safely handling human pathogens under a National Science Foundation grant.  You have seen BSL2 every time you have gone to your dentist during the past three decades.  BSL2 is adequate to prevent the the transmission of many blood borne and fecal/oral pathogens, such as HIV, hepatitis A, B, and C, malaria, and cholera. but is totally inadequate to prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses.

Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists Opens The Wuhan Virus Pandora’s Box

 

Rand Paul and The Daily Mail are hot on the trail:

Fauci Says No Taxpayer Funds Went to China’s Bat Coronavirus Research

 

Read the last part of this fine Tucker Carlson rant to see that Fauci was the paymaster who paid the Communist Chinese scientists our tax money to develop the CCP virus.  It really should be called the Fauci Virus – or the Faucism Virus:

FNC’s Carlson: ‘Why Isn’t There a Criminal Investigation into Tony Fauci’s Role in this Pandemic?’

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The same National Institutes of Health that paid for “gain of function“ research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology plans to soon have another program to help you – how would you like a magical health protecting ring? Sauron won’t be watching you with it, pinky promise!

This Biden Proposal Could Make The US A “Digital Dictatorship”

 

“One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all,

One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

(J.R.R.Tolkein)”

 

Please don’t make the mistake of going there – you could end up in a Medicare hospice on cheap painkillers rather than in a hospital receiving more expensive real therapeutic treatments…

Arizona Senate plays hardball over election routers; it sure looks like the ‘Crats have something serious to hide:

Turn Over Routers Or Face Subpoenas, Arizona Lawmakers Tell Maricopa County

 

The claim that the passwords would provide access to source code is bogus.  Those machines would not contain source code, only binary object code.  The routers, however, would contain code describing allowed communications rules between the County’s voting and tabulating machines and both internal and external machines (if any).  If there were external communications after certification and during the voting process, there is going to be a lot of explaining needed.  What “highly classified” involvement did the county Sheriff’s Department have in the election?

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The Big Mac time bomb is about to explode; this is why I have to pay $40 per hour for self-employed handymen of average skill:

Labor Shortage Sets Off “Inflationary Time Bomb” McDonalds Franchises Warn, Fearing Big Mac Price Hike

 

Shocking Chart Shows Most Workers Now Make More On Unemployment Than From Their Jobs

 

Producing lumber is hard work – and the enviros running American governments try to block it:

Visualizing What $50k In Lumber Can Build Today Versus Last Year

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The Inflation Monster Has Been Unleashed

 

What about those subjective expectations regarding inflation?

“This Is Not Transitory”: Hyperinflation Fears Are Soaring Across America

 

This inflation data is much worse than it appears, and a lot of investors are aware of that.  The current Federalie data understates inflation by about 4% compared to the 1990 CPI calculation, and by about 8% compared to the 1980 calculation method.

Stocks Tank After Hotter Than Expected Inflation Data

 

The electorate is going to be seriously unhappy in 2022…