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Covid was the tip of the iceberg

Have you found yourself waiting to buy things lately because inventory is low? BFF has experienced this lately with a critical part of his car that needed to be replaced.

I haven’t bought lumber lately but there are reports that the price has been up something like 300% over last year in some places.

Semiconductors are in short supply.

It’s just one thing after another.

So, how did it get this way? It’s only partially due to Covid. Covid was the final straw. There have been many factors that have lead us to this point, including Toyota’s Production System that was embraced by MBA types throughout the world without much forecasting and strategerizing. Add the big Orange’s reckless tariffs, and a smidge of this and that, and you’ve got a trade, shipping and manufacturing disaster that will take months and months to sort out.

If you’re still waiting for that new sofa, you might want to consider making it yourself, if you can find the materials to do it. Or not.

Here’s a handy video that explains it all. Lots of good background information that you might not even have thought of. Enjoy.

4 Responses

  1. How Trump Made Being A Psychopath Fashionable, by Thom Hartmann.

    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/thom-hartmann/97066/how-trump-made-being-a-psychopath-fashionable

    @$$HOLE NATION REPRESENT! 👿

  2. Don’t blame me; I voted for Rotten Cotton’s opponent both times.

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/tom-cotton-warns-that-chinese-will-use-olympics-to-harvest-us-dna-for-supersoldiers

    So, apparently, Cotton thinks China is trying to create Khan Noonian Singh?

    • IIRC, WordPress 👿 won’t let me post any links on William’s thread, and only one to a post on RD’s.

      So here is a picture of the late Ricardo Montalban (may he rest in peace) as Khan Noonian Singh.

      I remember him best as Khan, and as Mr. Rourke from Fantasy Island. I find his elegance impressive. He demonstrated that a man need not be crude to be macho.

  3. Well, my refrigerator has been acting poorly but none available to buy (or really in stock) so the old man is threatening to try and fix it- picture someone recharging Freon from a YouTube video. Oy veh.

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