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Trump So Poor…

Donors bailing out on the Chumph have left his campaign with only $1.3 m in the bank, and when you add in monies from Super Pacs and the Republican Party – Hillary has out-raised him 4-5 to one. Even worse, the Chumph is using his campaign money as a cash cow to feed his flailing business ventures, paying his own companies $1 million a month out of his campaign money.
Revelations that the Chumph campaign has money problems has started a Twitter storm of #TrumpSoPoor.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Campaign Cash on Hand as of June 1, 2016

Some of the Tweets…

his next trophy wife will be from Mexico.

republicans are cutting his benefits and telling him to get a job

that he’s being sponsored by a kid in Africa.

he’s being targeted by Trump University as a potential student.

that when he calls into TV & radio shows now, the first thing they hear is “Will you accept the charges…?”.

He had to tell his followers “We can either be racists or xenophobic, but we can no longer afford to be both.”

he uses Tang when he runs out of Foundation.

he can’t even afford to lie about donating to veterans anymore. Sad!

he’s been forced to scale back his Mexican wall to a “Stay off my lawn” sign

that people may begin to suspect that a business owner who has filed bankruptcy 4 times may not be very good with money

he’s now campaigning for @BernieStanders so he can get “free stuff”.

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Posted by on June 21, 2016 in The Clown Bus


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Oh Noooooo! Not the Scotch!

There supposedly is a Single Malt Scotch shortage in the world. Based on this premise, prices of Scotch have skyrocketed in the past few months – pushing even middling product to over $60/bottle.

As a guy who, once or twice a month likes to sit down with a tumbler of the fair Malted  – this has become depressing as my supply dwindles.

This is sort of like the artificial oil crisis of a decade ago, which pushed gasoline prices over $4.00 a gallon despite there being no shortage.

New manufacturers are coming online almost daily. Just in my home state, Virginia, there are several Scotch producers, as well as Bourbon, Rye, and a killer Vodka which is way better than Grey Goose. Japanese Scotch has finally caught up, and excelled as the best Single Malt in the world, with Yamazaki winning the award, Grabbed a bottle months ago, before the price shot up 400%.

Not the best from Yamazaki (which costs an astounding $4000 a bottle), but one of the best financially approachable Single Malts at around $60 a bottle.

So there isn’t really any shortage, much less one which should affect the prices of the 10-15 year old Single Malts.

The only result of this I can see, is a booming business for local distilleries, who are hand crafting some excellent product. I think the big Single Malt producers are about to kill their market.

Is There Really a Single Malt Scotch Shortage?

Media reports of an imminent global shortage in Scotch are overblown—indeed, in a few years, over-production may be the real problem.

What would the world be like without Scotch? It’s a whisky drinker’s worst nightmare, but recent press reports have trumpeted such a doomsday situation facing single malt scotch. (A particularly important concern, since it’s Tartan Week—a celebration of all things Scottish.) The truth: you’re not going to go thirsty any time soon.

Yes, the consumption of single malt has taken off over the last 20 years or so. From 2002 to 2015, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, sales of the spirit in America, alone, are up an astonishing 182 percent.

“The current global demand for Scotch is putting pressure on stocks of mature whisky,” says Charles MacLean, one of the world’s foremost Scotch experts and author of theWhiskypedia: A Compendium of Scotch Whisky.

The problem is that Scotch is an aged alcohol and what you’re drinking today was made at least a decade ago, if not longer.

Distillers, therefore, are always trying to predict what drinkers will want down the road. Such forecasting is, of course, not an exact science. I’m sure most of the brands wish they could go back in time 10 years or more and make additional barrels of whisky that they could sell now.

Instead they have done everything in their power to put more bottles on store shelves, including discontinuing or replacing older whiskies with younger ones that don’t list an age on the label. (A practice that has certainly helped spur the fear of an impending Scotch shortage and will become increasingly more commonplace.)

The brands are also making more whisky. In 2000, according to MacLean, Scotch distilleries were only working at 66 percent capacity and “the result is a shortage of whisky aged between 10 and 16 years,” he says.

But by increasing the number of hours and days they were open that figure rose to 75 percent in 2005 and it was more than 90 percent in both 2013 and 2014. So, in the next decade we’ll begin to see the result of those increases in capacity and there’ll be more mature whisky available.

Currently, there are 20 million casks in Scotland aging and that number will surely go up, since there are also many new distilleries opening. “The last ten years has seen an unprecedented number of new distilleries,” says MacLean.

He has counted 22 new ones that have set up shop since 2004 and, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), another 30 are planned.

And these aren’t all small boutique facilities. The Macallan is working on a new £100 million distillery that is supposed to open next spring and The Glenlivet announced several years ago a £10 expansion, which is set to expand its capacity by 75 percent.

That’s not to mention all the Scotch-like whiskies being made around the world, fromJapan and India to even here in America.

These spirits aren’t just copies of Scottish single malts but are interesting interpretations of the liquor and are building up a loyal following of their own.





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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in General


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It’s Not the Education System That’s Broke

[MISMATCHstats]You hear this refrain frequently – that American companies can’t find qualified or educated workers. With the recent exposure that many companies automatically exclude the unemployed as potential employees – it’s becomming incresingly obvious that it is not the education system that is the problem…

It’s the companies themselves.

Some years ago many companies started using automated search engines which sorted resumes looking for keywords. The growth of the Internet has also meant the growth of potential resumes which a company can choose from. Keyword searches are based on the faulty idea that someone who is qualified for a potential position will include those words in the resume. So for instance, a candidate with an ITIL, Six Sigma, or PMI certification would include those terms in the resume. Since real work skills, accomplishments, and experience don’t translate to such simpleminded analysis – the impact of this was to devalue the experience of anyone who could actually do the job, and raise the value of folks who became certification whores.

Leading to the surreal environment where the self proclaimed “father of the Internet” couldn’t get hired for a technical job in the industry he created – or a guy who had actually designed and built bridges over rivers for 25 years…

Is suddenly “unqualified” for a job to design and build bridges, because he hadn’t built a bridge over a creek.

Enabled by the power of the computer, Human Resources folks were able to get very precise in developing requirements for potential hires. This meant developing skills criteria where no one, who wasn’t already doing the job for the hiring company (and usually even the person in the job couldn’t qualify for), could ever fit. Years ago, I took a job with a company which had developed a proprietary technology which was only utilized at that time in 3 other places in the world, including DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – which is a small group of really smart guys working on super secret technology projects), and MIT being two of the three other places. My advantage? I had at least read about it in technical publications. Recognizing that the pool of folks who knew anything about the technology was exceedingly small – the company had an aggressive internal education program to bring employees up to speed.

Today, companies don’t want to invest in training employees – believing that the alphabet soup of outside certification agencies is somehow going to produce qualified employees. It doesn’t, what it produces is a lot of employees with the common toolkits to work – which is a large distance from having the real functional skills.

Being in the tech industry means getting approached by headhunters several times a week, sometimes on resumes that are 10 years or more old. My last name is the same as a company which produces a very sophisticated software system. For years I’d get calls from breathless headhunters looking for programmers familiar with the system. Never occurred to these folks that if I was the guy who had created the system, and CEO of the company bearing my last name…

WTF would I be looking for a junior or mid-level programming job? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in American Genocide, American Greed


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