Why the consumer supply chain is disrupted at present

The Last Refuge recently published an article analyzing why we’re experiencing shortages of certain goods, and why the consumer supply chain is disrupted.  It’s one of the best explanations I’ve yet read on the subject.  Here’s an excerpt. Most consumers are not aware food consumption in the U.S. is now a 50/50 proposition. Approximately 50% of all food was consumed “outside the home” (or food away from home), and 50% of all food consumed was food “inside the home” (grocery shoppers). Food ‘outside the home’ includes: restaurants, fast-food locales, schools, corporate cafeterias, university lunchrooms, manufacturing cafeterias, hotels, food trucks, park and amusement

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Not measuring up . .

Phil warns us that not all measuring tapes are created equal. I found it interesting that the Chinese tape (the bottom one) lined up perfectly with the 1″ squares on the measuring board, whereas the Taiwanese tape (the yellow one) didn’t.  I’d have expected the problem to be the other way around. At any rate, I’m going to check my tape measures against an accurate scale.  I suspect I may be unpleasantly surprised by some of them . . . Peter

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Evolution in action?

I found this over at Chief Nose Wetter’s place yesterday: I resemble that most recent “evolved” man a little too closely for comfort!  (Looks down ruefully at expansive belly . . . ) How about you? Peter

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How much were can a werewolf wear if a werewolf could wear wolf?

The headline was inspired by a blog post and question from author Charles Stross, who poses a couple of intriguing questions. SERIOUS QUESTION for space geeks: The flight of Apollo 11. Postulate that Mike Collins is a werewolf. At what point during trans-Lunar injection does he go furry? And how many times during the mission profile is he forced to shapeshift by the light of the full Moon? ANOTHER SERIOUS SPACE QUESTION: A full Moon must subtend an angle of at least 0.5 degrees to trigger shapeshifting in werewolves. A werewolf is aboard a spaceship bound for Ganymede, largest moon of Jupiter.

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“Plankton powered rubber duck bombs”???

The new Armed Forces minister in Britain is raising eyebrows (and not before time, IMHO!) with his views on the future of warfare. Special Forces of the future should be planting malware in enemy servers rather than fighting wars with daggers, the new armed forces minister said yesterday. James Heappey, a former Army officer, said … the military needed ‘to think the incredible’ to win wars now and referred to the Alexa smart speaker as a model for innovation, adding: ‘Alexa, fight my war.’ . . . Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) think tank, he said: ‘We have

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Sunday morning music

A few days ago I was browsing through some blogs when I came across a piece of music at The Feral Irishman’s place.  I’d never heard it before, and never heard of the group – Airbag.  It reminded me strongly of Pink Floyd’s music, so I decided to find out more about them. The group’s Web site doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2016, but it contains this bio of the band. Airbag was formed in 2004 by five classmates from Oslo, Norway. The band recorded their first EP, Come On In, the same year, followed by Sounds That I Hear (2006)

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Sunday morning music

A few days ago I was browsing through some blogs when I came across a piece of music at The Feral Irishman’s place.  I’d never heard it before, and never heard of the group – Airbag.  It reminded me strongly of Pink Floyd’s music, so I decided to find out more about them. The group’s Web site doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2016, but it contains this bio of the band. Airbag was formed in 2004 by five classmates from Oslo, Norway. The band recorded their first EP, Come On In, the same year, followed by Sounds That I Hear (2006)

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OK, the coronavirus has a name!

It’s provided by commenter “elysianfields” over at Aesop’s place, in a comment to his latest article on the subject. Is it possible that the virus (to be referred to as “the sniffles” or maybe “kung flu”, might remain active in the body? “Kung Flu”.  Brilliant! Peter

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