American Elephants


Practice a Little Real Capitalism! by The Elephant's Child
June 30, 2021, 10:46 pm
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Just try a little, and get your kids to do so as well. Create three new products you would like to see in the marketplace. Just think about the last few times you have gone shopping, if you didn’t find what you were looking for, or if what you found was unsuitable. There you go. That’s what people do when they are going to start a new company, produce a new product. They look at the last time they were dissatisfied in the marketplace and figure out how to fix it.

A remarkable number of very simple inventions sell in great quantity. I have three “spiral bound ” notebooks on my desk. Who thought up the idea that you could bind together a bunch of paper (lined paper) with a cardboard cover and some kind of wire loops to fasten them all together and everybody would need lots of them. I have four of different sizes and contents on my desk beside the keyboard. And lots more on varied flat surfaces around the house. Who thought of putting a long stick of lead in a wood casing, attaching a little rubber at one end for an eraser and selling millions as the ubiquitous pencil.? We are inclined to think of “an invention” as something big and dramatic, but most inventions are simple things that fulfill an ordinary need. We often recognized the need, just didn’t do anything about trying to fulfill it.

Who invented the washcloth? Towels were more simple. You got all wet in the bath, and had to get dry, but someone decided you needed a wash cloth. I have a little spray bottle of glasses cleaning fluid on my desk too. We have all found some product we use to be annoying, yet not stopped to think how it could be more useful. That’s all caitalism is. Jeff Bezos reportedly started Amazon with a car trunk full of books. Jack Dorsey thought people would like to chat online, Henry Ford wanted to power transportation without having to cope with horses. If you put yourself in the frame of mind of trying to fix small annoyances or solve small problems, there you go. Your solutions might not be mine, but if they work, you might just get rich. The “My Pillow Guy” thought about tearing up foam rubber into little bits to make a pillow softer and more friendly to the human head. Who thought up the ice cream cone?

Buy a little spiral bound notebook and keep track of your ideas as you get better at it. That’s capitalism at work. And maybe you’ll create a new product or a new career. Let me know if it works! But the exercize itself is what is valuable. A way of thinking.



One Million Legal Immigrants Was the Congressional Limit! by The Elephant's Child
June 30, 2021, 6:56 pm
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Congress declared some time ago that we could probably accept about one million immigrants a year. I don’t think they specified “legal” immigrants. They just set the number at one million. Well, July is the beginning of the second half of the year, and reportedly, from CNN, one million have already crossed the border since last October. A Panamanian official warns that there are terrorists among those seeking to cross the border. In June, more than 6,300 people on average have been encountered crossing the border every day, citing the 21 day average.

So naturally, in response, Joe Biden says he’s going to invite back all the illegals that Trump deported. ,These Southern Border numbers do not include the annual steady stream of roughly one million legal immigrants, the 800,000 temporary visa workers, or the people who overstay their legal visas. Joe Biden seems to have an obsession with undoing whatever Trump did, without the slightest consideration of whether the thing Trump did was a good accomplishment or a mistake. If Trump did it, it was, to Biden, clearly wrong. This is not healthy thinking. He seems to have no understanding of the whole idea of “illegal immigration,”

In May, 230.000 migrants crossed the border , 120,000 got through the border, including 100,000 job seekers. DHS Secretary Mayorkas is trying to expand migration across the border by widening many side doors in the nations migration laws, and his is expanding opportunities for illegal and legal migrants to get green cards from Americans. Overall migration legal, illegal, temporary and permanent may hit 2.5 million in Biden’s first year in office.

Good luck to the roughly four million young Americans who will enter the labor force in 2021. Migration ups the competition for jobs and housing that our own kids need. Migration damages American’s career opportunities, cuts their wages, raises their rents and curbs their productivity, and shrinks their political clout. It’s really not just a matter of being nice to young folks that want to come to America. Even GOP leaders have characterized this all as a chaotic border crisis, cruel to migrants, and useful to the drug cartels. Federal agents say they have seen a 4,000 percent increase in Fentanyl coming over the border in the last three years.



We Are Having a Heat Wave! by The Elephant's Child
June 30, 2021, 2:27 am
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There’s usually not much to complain about with Northwest Summers, we normally have lovely summer weather, and time for beaches, and sailing and hiking and mountain lakes and streams. Summers are spent on lakes and rivers, hiking and camping. We’re mostly outdoor people. Great skiing in the winter, and water in some form in the summer. Pugent Sound waterfront and islands are naturally a huge attraction, but a long, high range of mountains helps to make the state a big attraction.

Portland is having the same heat wave, and all the same problems.The coast is a little closer to the cities there, and the Coast of Oregon is beaches all the way down. They have the rest of the coastal range of mountains. even down into California.

It is serious. We have designated cooling centers. Hotels, which have air conditioning are booked solid. Even the hotels at SeaTac, the regional international airport here, have no rooms available. We didn’t think of checking into a hotel until way too late. My house is a “daylight basement”, which means the back of the lower story is built into the hill, so it stays cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter.

So far, only a few deaths from heat stroke reported publicly, but emergency rooms are crowded. Didn’t think of getting a hotel room until way too late. In Los Angeles and Phoenix you expect hot summers and are prepared to deal with it. Coming from the mountains of Idaho, with our own several miles of river, one didn’t worry about hot summers all that much.

We have lots of fans, lots of big firs and cedars. It is expected to be slowly cooling through the coming week, getting back down to the normal high 70 degree weather in about a week. The worst would appear to be over.

CAUTION: News sources and the Global Warming anxiety people. NO, our Northwest heat wave is not an indication of non-existent Global Warming. The Globe is just warming and cooling with the actions of the Sun, just as it always does. “Global Warming” exists only in the computer programs of some science labs in some universities that get extra attention and funds if they are concerned with the nonexistent warming of the planet.. Out in the real world, it’s just not happening, even here in two West Coast cities suffering from a heat wave.




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