Category Archives: Business

Toys?

I attended and open house event at a major manufacturer of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines. They were demonstrating robots to automate production and run the machines “lights out”, that is overnight without any human interaction.

I asked a sales rep how business has been going during this “age of COVID“. The rep told me that business has been BOOMING. They are selling machines as fast as they can make them. The rep said right now lead time on a new machine is 20 weeks. They are also having supply chain issues. The rep mentioned that they too are suffering from the chip shortage as they can’t get everything to build up the “computer controllers” for the machines.

I asked the rep what sectors were creating the demand for machines and the response was quite interesting. The rep said that the “TOY manufacturers” are buying up machines. The definition of “TOYS” is not Barbies and Hot Wheels, but  gun parts, automotive accessories, and other flashy accessory bits. The rep speculated that all of the COVID relief money, rent relief, loan forgiveness, and extended unemployment benefits made millennials who live with their parents, flush with cash, and they ended up spending all the “virus” money buying “TOYS”.  The rep also said the medical manufacturing sector was up as well, which makes sense.

The only sector mentioned which had a downturn on machine purchases was aerospace/aircraft manufacturing.  Speculation is that the airlines weren’t buying new planes when air travel was almost nonexistent during the virus crisis compounded by Boeings ongoing issues with the 737 Max.

I spoke at length with a vendor of fixtures which increases the productivity of the CNC machines and he also said that demand is up for “TOYS“. He too said that the “gun guys” demand for parts is higher than he’s ever seen it before. He’s been in the industry for over 40 years.

Interesting data points.

Lunch Bucket Joe need to give out more money for “TOYS“.

Your Data Is Secure, We Promise

Apple assures us that data kept on their iCloud servers is secure.

Here are some statements direct from Apple.  

iCloud is built with industry-standard security technologies, employs strict policies to protect your information, and is leading the industry by adopting privacy-preserving technologies like end-to-end encryption for your data.”  and, 

All sessions at iCloud.com are encrypted with TLS 1.2. Any data accessed via iCloud.com is encrypted on server as indicated in this table.” and,

No one else, not even Apple, can access end-to-end encrypted information

You can read it at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303

Okay, so Apple is CONFIDENT and PUBLICLY swears all you data is secure from prying eyes.  Even APPLE cannot access your data.

Well here’s some interesting news.

Yesterday, Rudy Giuliani, claims that while acting as the personal ATTORNEY to President Trump, his iCloud data was surveilled and taken between May 1, 2018 and November 2019, by the FBI. He claims his attorney was informed of this by the FBI. The FBI claims that the surveillance and data capture was LEGAL because a covert warrant was issued as part of a criminal investigation, to obtain said data.

The big question to me is, HOW DID THE FBI GET DATA FROM THE iCloud SERVERS?

Again in Apple’s own words, “NO ONE ELSE, NOT EVEN APPLE can access … encrypted information.”

Huh?

What this indicates is that Apple does have a “BACK DOOR” into the data on their servers and that they cooperate with anyone who is AGAINST REPUBLICANS.  How do we know they are against Republicans?  Let’s look at who they do protect.

We know Apple is PRO TERRORIST. On Dec. 2, 2015 TERRORISTS Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed 14 people and injured 22 more during an attack on a Christmas party, in San Benardino, CA. After the TERRORISTS were killed in a gun battle with law enforcement, TWO iPhones were recovered. The iPhones may have contained information to other terrorist activities. The NSA was not able to bypass Apple’s encryption of the iPhone data nor were they, I assume, able to recover it from the iCloud. The FBI asked Apple to help them recover the data. Apple DECLINED to help due to its policy to never undermine the security features of its products.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, stated, “We have a responsibility to protect your data and your privacy. We will not shrink from this responsibility“.

Apple protects TERRORISTS but seemingly NOT REPUBLICANS.

Your data is secure as long as you’re NOT a REPUBLICAN.

Biden Needs Illegals Or Grandma Is Going To Die

What do illegal immigrants have to do with your grandma getting shoved off the cliff?

One of the big pushes by the Leftists such as President Biden, Komrade Sanders, and the Idiot-In-Charge Cortez is to get a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour. Everyone should be paid a living wage, they scream.

Here’s the problem.

Not everyone who employs a person can afford to pay them $15 per hour.

Let’s look at a worker earns $80,000 per year and supports a family. That income is almost one and a half times MORE than the median income in the US. After taxes the NET income is less than $60,000 per year. That is $30 per hour in remaining dollars.

What happens if the family needs to take care of an aging parent or the spouse, or a child needs at home care. Under the Biden plan, the family will need to pay out HALF of their income to hire someone to help. Now if you’re a 20 something congressman from New York making $174,000 per year, or a multimillionaire senator from Vermont, or an ex-vice president who made millions of dollars making speeches, paying out $30,000 per year is no big deal.

This is where the illegals come in. There is and will continue to be a “shadow” economy that has and will continue to pay illegal workers less than minimum wage. Most of the illegals are employed by businesses that required “touch labor” such as cleaning, manufacturing, construction, and agriculture.

I believe in the future we will see a booming “shadow” economy fueled not by businesses, but by individuals, such as the family who needs to hire a care worker, and  cannot afford to pay the mandated “minimum wage”.

Why would anyone work for less than minimum wage? If the worker is paid in “shadow” dollars, no taxes are paid. That’s a 10 to 20 percent increase in real dollars. $12 of “shadow” CASH is worth more than $15 of taxed income.

And there will be another effect that the Leftist won’t see coming. With the “shadow” economy, government never gets their hands on THE CASH, which means they will eventually raise taxes on the working folks, making the “shadow” economy even MORE LUCRATIVE, and the spiral downwards accelerates.  More taxes, more cash transactions.  At some point you may see the government try to crack down on cash transaction.  When this happens you will see a switch to crypto currency to keep one step ahead of “the man”.

What a system!