Brexit, eh?

All about Brexit?

There’s a quiet panic happening in the US economy. Medical labs are running out of supplies like pipettes and petri dishes, summer camps and restaurants are having trouble getting food, and automobile, paint and electronics firms are curtailing production because they can’t get semiconductors. One man told me he couldn’t get a Whopper meal at a Burger King in Florida, as there was a sign saying “Sorry, no french fries with any order. We have no potatoes.”

Imagine that, no french fries in America.

34 thoughts on “Brexit, eh?”

  1. Bloke in North Korea (Germany Province)

    More about China.

    Throwing their economic weight around for imperialist purposes. Donald did try to warn everyone.

    The pipettes is because of all the WIV-virus testing. I know one small research pharma company that has stopped research because they can make money doing pcr tests instead. This is where government sponsored “value creation” leads.

  2. That’s because BK don’t peel and tip the potatoes (that are available everywhere) into a chipper and fry them. They cannot. They have to be supplied by a company tied to the BK franchise.

    Go to the nearest independent restaurant and they’ll give you all the chips your heart and waistline desires…

  3. Its lockdowns. The idiots in charge imagined they could stop a living thing (the economy), put it in stasis for a while, then press the ‘Go!’ button and everything would just start up like a well oiled machine. Instead bits of it have atrophied, some died entirely (ie people deciding to stop doing what they used to do) and others are struggling to get the nutrients (raw materials) they need to survive. The effect is a plant that looks as my Grandmother used to say ‘A bit peaky’, ie might survive, might not.

  4. @Jim
    We’re not even going to know what we’ve lost for a while.
    There’s a shop along from where I live. Sold fabric off the roll. Big shop. They must have had a thousand rolls to choose from. It’s where the local women went to choose material for dressmaking. Christening clothes, confirmation dresses, wedding stuff, flamenco dresses. Not only are women here more inclined to make their own clothes but there’s a lot of them work at home knocking up stuff for others as a sideline. All the demand went during lockdown & social distancing regulation. So it went bust. Where do they go now? How do you recreate that? Being able to choose the exact shade of green for the that dress requires a dozen or more greens in that fabric to choose from. Each roll they might of sold a few metres a year from. A roll might be anywhere from 30 to 300 euros to buy in. Their stock took decades to build up. Who’s going to front up maybe a quarter of a million to make a few percent on capital committed?

  5. Reasonably enough, a lot of NY nurses have decided they don’t want the vaccine in them. Their reasoning is that they are immune (having caught the virus) might get pregnant (not enough safety testing) or are quite young and at very low risk.
    So they have been sacked and the governor wants to call up the National Guard.
    I would not like to get sick in NY.

  6. Jim +1.
    The law of unintended consequences. People did warn of the damage that would be inflicted on the society and the economy if they locked down but the left shouted “YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND WANT PEOPLE TO DIE” and any chance of a sane response to covid went under the bus.
    Sad thing is, probably 70% still think the government did the right thing(s).

  7. They don’t have this problem st McDonalds, because everybody knows that their fries are made out of worms.

  8. “the governor wants to call up the National Guard”: the nurses and doctors of the National Guard will already be at work in hospitals and so forth. Does the governor not realise this?

  9. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    “the nurses and doctors of the National Guard will already be at work in hospitals and so forth. Does the governor not realise this?”

    Easy – call up national guard from other states to “export” the consequences of her vile mandate.

  10. @ Ted & Dearieme – no, the Governor of NY isn’t stupid. Here’s how it works: The shortage of medical staff will be the most severe in urban areas, because that’s where most of the vaccine-refusing workers are. Those are also the areas which provide the most votes for her party. Doctors and nurses serving in the NG will mostly come from more-rural areas outstate – that’s where folks are most likely to volunteer to serve. Those areas typically don’t vote for her party. So she’s going to force those people to come to urban areas to treat her voters, abandoning outstate areas which have few of her voters. See, it’s easy – when you’re a Democrat. Party first, last and always.



  11. But these doctors and nurses, drafted by the National Guard to replace ther doctors and nurses sacked for refusing the vaccine….wouldn’t they be the same doctors and nurses being sacked for refusing the vaccine, yes?
    (Not 100%, but a large enough overlap to make the point)

    So they can continue to work as doctors and nurses, even without the vaccine, if the Governor tells them to? So why not just stop sacking them?

    “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help”
    And that’s why the US has the 2nd amendment.

  12. @BiS: thats the thing, huge amounts of economic activity only occur because of sunk costs and human inertia to change. People prefer to keep doing what they’ve always done, rather than change to something else, even if that might make far more sense if you looked dispassionately at the situation. But when a change is imposed from outside all that inertial activity stops and for much of it there is no economic incentive to start it back up again. Result: loads of people lose out, and it may take decades to repair the damage, some of the economic activity may be lost forever.

  13. The UK health secretary is telling care home workers who don’t want the vaccine to get out and get another job. So we can expect a care home crisis soon enough. And he’s mandating vaccination for all NHS staff, despite clear warnings of disruption, so we can expect a general health care crisis soon enough.

    There are some really shitty chickens coming home to roost, and they’re going to be pecking our eyes out rather than the cunts who have caused all this.

  14. Bloke in North Dorset


    More about China.

    Throwing their economic weight around for imperialist purposes.>

    Not working out too well, though:

    China’s power crisis, which has seen rolling blackouts and factories shut down, and warnings that its coal supply is only enough to last for another two weeks may mean the country is forced to crawl back to Australian supplies.

    More than two-thirds of China’s electricity comes from coal-fired plants and while 90 per cent is supplied from domestic production, the country used to import $1 billion worth of Australian coal.

    However, earlier this year amid increasing diplomatic tensions between the two countries, China banned imports of Australia’s third biggest export.

    My guess is the CCP would rather let the people go cold and hungry rather than lose face and start ordering Aussie coal again.

  15. All present political scum need to die . But certain special favourites need to be put up on lottery for their doom.

    Bogus Johnson needs beating to death as does Hand-Cock. But taking a set of brass knuckles to Savid Javids chrome-dome would be fantastic. How many hits to squelch his skull for good? A betting pool for sure.

    We have been nice far too long.

  16. My guess is the CCP would rather let the people go cold and hungry rather than lose face and start ordering Aussie coal again.

    I don’t doubt it, but I think China’s (partial) energy crisis is almost entirely due to government interference in energy pricing rather than a fundamental lack of resources.

    Luckily we’re more efficient. Our government fucks with the pricing and the resources, so we can collapse much quicker.

  17. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    I suspect there are many elderly Swiss-German professors of economics who think that the destruction of economic activity that exists only because of inertia or tied up capital is a great and wonderful thing.

    BiS City’s dressmaking ladies will have so much more free time to spend their money on Netflix.

  18. “Their stock took decades to build up. Who’s going to front up maybe a quarter of a million to make a few percent on capital committed?”

    Plenty people do. Most of the slack has been already snapped up by those housewives, along with the connections where to get more, and disseminated to those who need it through this newfangled thing called a “webshop”.
    And I don’t know the spanish week-market scene, but there’s been plenty of startups there picking up where others quit.

    Of course, it depends on whether you’re actually selling proper fabrics or “fashion fabrics”. The latter is much more volatile, but peeps in that branch are used to dumping part of their inventory seasonally anyway. Because “fashion” is attached.

    That’s for clogland where “making clothes” is becoming a Lost Art. If the spanish still have a living clothesmaking culture, there’s going to be a serious market that’s going to filled up pretty quickly.
    Two steps back, bit of a runup… but it’ll be at best a year before someone takes the plunge and reopens locally. Because the market is there. And whoever starts it does not have to carry the backlog of dusty rolls with prints from the 80’s….

  19. BiG, said professors only think it’s a great and wonderful thing if old voluntary economic activity is destroyed by new voluntary economic activity. So if the fabric shop goes out of business because Spanish ladies would rather watch Netflix than make dresses then all is well and good. But if the shop goes out of business because the government bans it from opening then all is shit and bad, no matter what the ladies end up doing.

  20. @Jim & BiG re inertia.
    There’s something I’ve always advised people to do when they’ve ideas about selling stuff or services to the public. Try & work out what people want. It’s not always that obvious. Like what was going on with the fabric from that shop. It’s not simply about buying a frock. You can buy those in Primark. It’s about being part of something. From the choosing of the design & the fabric to the finished article & the event it’s been made for. Something, to them, unique. The photos they’ll be looking at in future years. The tales they will tell about the whole thing from start to end. There’s a lot going on there than simply a frock. All of that has value. Trivial if you’re outside of it. Of great worth if you’re a participant. That’s what was actually being sold.

  21. All life is to some extent theatre with us as the cast. We shouldn’t want to be relegated to merely being an audience of a recorded performance

  22. Jim
    October 2, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Its lockdowns.

    Its not lockdowns. Hardly any place in the US is locked down. Hasn’t been for a year. *Especially* the places that grow food.

  23. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)


    I think said professors and their pals are pretty keen on governments banning things. At least until we are down to a sustainable 500 million or so.

  24. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)


    that is why you can buy “just add water” packet cake mixes. And also why the “just add milk, 1 egg, and stir” ones are priced even higher.

  25. We are pitchfork wielding mob levels of insanity when the local govt mob announced bringing in mandatory vaccination for health workers and the union said they would support unvaccinated nurses then the ‘heroes’ became villains at the drop of a hat.
    It seems that trying to explain the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission so passports and mandatory vaccination aren’t much use is like besting your head against a brick wall.

  26. My job involved fixing things and sometimes hand building machinery. There is quite a lot of satisfaction in that kind of work. In short, I mostly enjoyed my job. Then along came new management with team building activities, a major enquiry when some colleague complained that he had been insulted, while at the same time utterly failing to deal with actual problems.

    I always said that I would retire as soon as I could afford to but, no matter how carefully you try to do your calculations, you are always going to be taking a bit of a leap into the unknown. So I retired and I now realise that I could probably have gone sooner and avoided a lot of grief.

    How many other people are in a position to say screw you and retire?

  27. @Tim the Coder
    The National Guard will be vaccinated. Once you join the military, they own your body. As a National Guard unit commander, I had a similar experience with those not wanting to do flu shots or DNA samples. The JAG advised that the choices were get the shot or be discharged.

    The military can order you to do things verging on suicidal. If you refuse to take that hill in the face of enemy fire, you can be summarily executed; pour encourager les autres. Do this too often or for no good reason, fragging becomes an option.

  28. Bloke in North Dorset

    Mohave Greenie,

    What’s the notice period in the National Guard and can you resign once given marching orders?

    I can imagine more than a few deciding they don’t want to be used as political pawns in this game, especially the ones from more rural areas.

  29. @Bloke in Spain: didn’t you once say this shop re-opened after lockdown, had a big queue outside, and then closed promptly at 12 because it was lunchtime, leaving loads of customers outside?

    How likely are those customers to say ‘sod it, I’ll go to Ebay instead’?

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