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Marc's Musings

To address 30,000 annual complaints of feces in public, San Francisco will build exactly one new public toilet facility.

It will be 12.25 feet square, cost $1.7M, and take three years to complete.

Gotta love gummint.

It looks like I won't reach my goal of becoming independently wealthy, but my fallback position of being independently poor is coming along nicely.

There was a time in corporate America when one had to wait for someone to die before receiving a promotion.

In England, that someone is your mother.

King Charles' first decree was to outlaw the moniker "King Chuck" in the United Kingdom.

Lucky for me, I don't live in the United Kingdom.

Subsequent to the passing of England's Queen Elizabeth II, eldest son Charles – true to his stick-in-the-mud image – has selected Charles III as his regnal name.

He could have chosen any one of his four given names: Charles Philip Arthur George — thus eschewing the chance to be crowned King Arthur!

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”

– George W. Bush

Maybe Dubya wasn't as dumb as he looked… or sounded… or acted…

A week after California phased out the sale of ICE vehicles, Governor Newsom asked people to stop charging their electric cars between 4pm and 9pm to conserve electricity.

At most, electric vehicles consume .04% of California's energy supply. If California's grid is that fragile, perhaps going all-electric is a bad idea.

California is solving its population exodus problem by switching to electric cars, ensuring that anyone who leaves the state gets stranded in Austin, Nevada.

The personal income tax reductions of 2017 expire in 2025, but the corporate tax cuts are permanent, contributing $221B to the federal deficit (read 'debt') in 2020 alone.

Comparatively, the loan forgiveness being bandied about by Mumbly Joe will cost $300B over ten years.

Why are people content to subsidize record-high corporate profits with their tax dollars, but get bent out of shape if a person receives help from the government?

No, it's not fair if a person paid off or never had student loans (or exceeds the income threshold), but should not people have been equally outraged by the corporate welfare handed out in 2017?

Personally, I would rather see my tax dollars help people rather than corporate fat-cat-rat-bastards — or spent on a silly telescope, or a ridiculous manned mission to the moon, or an inept military that costs more than the next ( 12 ) countries combined, including China, Russia, and most of Europe.

There are plenty of dumbass things the government spends money on besides helping people.

The U.S. State Department claims that it murdered Ayman al-Zawahiri last week with a James Bond-style bladed missile.

How do we know that's true? How do we know they didn't target some aid worker trying to give water to refugees?

The federal government has a credibility problem that can it never overcome.

McDonald's has ended its 800 store test of McPlant, a meat-like sandwich from BeyondMeat due to poor performance.

I guess it didn't occur to McDonald's that people who make extreme non-meat dietary choices don't shop at McDonald's – for any number of reasons!

Perhaps would-be customers aren't excited about buying a product made from synthesized proteins grown in a vat of mold.

Inflation is (modestly) 8.6%. The Fed will raise interest rates (if we're lucky) to 1%. The traditional equation says that interest rates should be 12% to stall inflation.

The problem is that nobody knows how many banks and lenders with CDO's and derivatives are teetering on failure. A sharp rise in interest rates would collapse the global economy – worse than in 2008. So, banks might pay 1% for loans. What are you paying? 6-8% for secured loans (house, car) and 18% for unsecured credit?

If you think the system is stacked against you, it is.

A Google engineer has claimed that one of Google's AI language models is sentient.

Google has responded that LaMDA is merely a computer algorithm that makes people think it is sentient - which is exactly what a sentient computer program would say!

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