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Life & Island Times: Red Death: Conclusion

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Cable news network talking heads world-wide were gumming the new operational NORK strategic submarine news to death. The story was wildly morphing hour by hour. Marlow’s mouth hung agape when he saw the ROK Naval intelligence photos he had only seen yesterday morning.

No one had yet chosen to consider whether the participants were playing a cooperative “Great Game” instead. It was well after 6 PM when announcers broke in with the news that American cruise missiles had surgically struck and destroyed the sub. In response, POTUS announced that the NORK’s Supreme Leader had directly collect-called him, whereupon they struck a deal to engage in peace talks, to open borders, and to completely de-nuke the Peninsula in exchange for $100B in annual support from the big five nations. As the clock ticked towards midnight, Chinese news programs crowed over Premier Xi’s direct involvement and proffered solutions. POTUS’s Oval Office address mentioned the contributions of Naval Intelligence.

Marlow toasted to no one in particular that this Asian game had been played, as subtly as any nineteenth century British Premier would have back in the day.

He reported to work the next day to find himself promoted to ROW&ON Section Chief. Without being told. he understood that he would take his story to the grave. He had previously thought he had real expertise in spotting a career opportunity and grabbing it. He now knew that he didn’t have a clue and likely never would.

The End

Editor’s Note: the complete “Red Death” saga of Naval Intelligence analysis will be posted on the Vic Socotra Website at the novellas tab…happy reading and hope you enjoyed it as much as Marlow did writing it!

– Vic

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Life & Island Times: Red Death: Chapter Fifteen

Wolf Blitzer’s smug mug then appeared on the TV screens to announce that POTUS would be addressing the country in several hours. Wolf seemed a bit peckish, perhaps anticipating that POTUS was about to utter some more fake news and insult his beloved employee — CNN.

“But before this surprise Oval Office event, now scheduled a bit after 6 PM, let’s go to a brief commercial break.” One more set of ads was a nice touch before the warhead reentry vehicles started their gas-lighting descents over Asia, Europe and the Americas.

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“It is unlikely that we’ll go nuclear on the NORKs over a fake strategic submarine. And surely they wouldn’t surprise attack us over this as well. They would only do so in a most subtle fashion.”

S&T Karen had told Marlow before he left to drink himself silly at NIC III. Karen had tried to be his fog horn to no avail. This expert had been right before but that meant squat right then, since Marlow was now as lost as a ship in a pea-soup alcohol haze-fog.

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Japan-Gazer Update

平成29年10月18日 = (18 OCT 2017)

Japan-Gazer Update

This week’s poem:

Carpe Diem

A brand new day to seize,
Quest for fame and cash,
I am ready for adventure,
But first, take out the trash…

https://carllafong.blogspot.jp/

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5 Things Going On Lately

(1) A Japanese court ordered the government on Wednesday (11 OCT) to pay a total of 618 million yen in damages over past aircraft noise pollution to some residents near the U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. On the noise pollution litigation filed by some 1,000 residents, however, the Tachikawa branch of Tokyo District Court rejected the plaintiffs’ requests for compensation for future noise pollution and a halt to late-night and early-morning flights using the base. Presiding Judge Takeo Setoguchi said, “The noise has caused interruptions to daily lives and psychological damage such as a sense of insecurity.” Setoguchi ordered damages payment of 4,000-12,000 yen per month per plaintiff to those living in areas where aircraft noise levels register 75 or higher on the weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise level, or WECPNL, an internationally recognized measurement of aircraft noise. These residents “suffered illegal rights infringement beyond tolerable limits,” the judge said. Since 1976, a series of lawsuits have been filed by residents near the air base over its aircraft noise pollution, with the state being ordered to pay past damages. (Jiji Press)

COMMENT: These lawsuits always seem to end-up with the plaintiffs winning monthly subsidies, but the judges refusing to stop/suspend USF or JSDF aircraft flight operations. Encroachment around Japanese airfields exists and is not going away — and military aircraft are going to continue to fly… Hmmm… One place to watch will be the cities located around Atsugi Air Base, which had been receiving huge & growing subsidies from GOJ due to noise from USN jets (deployed there from the aircraft carrier in Yokosuka) — well, those jets are being moved to Iwakuni Air Base, so the noise will be going away — will be interesting to see how the process works, in reverse, as “noise pain & suffering payments” are reduced…
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(2) U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to meet with the parents of Megumi Yokota and other members of the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago during his planned visit to Japan early next month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday (12 OCT). Through the meeting, Japan and the United States aim to demonstrate to North Korea their solidarity in resolving the abduction issue, people familiar with the matter said. Giving a speech in Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, Abe disclosed that in a meeting in New York in September he asked Trump to have talks with the abductees’ family members, including the parents of the iconic abduction victim. According to Abe, Trump answered that he will meet them and said that the kidnappings by North Korea were awful. Abe also quoted Trump as saying that he will do his very best to rescue Japanese abduction victims that have yet to return home. (Jiji Press)

COMMENT: President Trump’s mentioning North Korea’s kidnapping of Megumi Yokota in a recent high-visibility international speech, was really well-noticed & received in Japan. I suppose, if nothing else, the November POTUS visit will bring Japan into Washington D.C.’s field-of-vision/focus, for a while… Meanwhile, darker clouds may be gathering over U.S.-Japan trade relations — time to go back & re-read books and articles from back in the 1980s, when U.S. & Japan traded punches over economic issues…
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(3) A Jiji Press public opinion poll showed on Friday (13 OCT) that 48.2 pct of respondents support Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal to recognize the country’s Self-Defense Forces by revising war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution. In the October survey, 34.4 pct said they do not support the Abe-proposed constitutional amendment, and 17.4 pct said they cannot take a position. Abe, also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has called for adding a third sentence to Article 9 to stipulate a rationale for the existence of the SDF while keeping its two existing sentences intact. The Abe proposal was backed by over 70 pct of LDP supporters and by more than 60 pct each of supporters of Komeito, the coalition partner of the LDP, and opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai. Support for the proposal stood at about 40 pct among those endorsing the Party of Hope, led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. (Jiji Press)

COMMENT: There is a view that the intent of PM Abe’s dissolving the Diet and forcing a spot election (on 22 OCT) for the powerful House of Representatives was pure political tactics, with the intent of further weakening the (pesky) opposition parties, and setting things up for “legalizing” Japan’s Self Defense Forces (JSDF) and thereby enabling JSDF to become more pro-active & effective as an actor on the international security playing field.
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(4) The United States and South Korea began a joint naval drill on Monday (16 OCT) in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea off the Korean Peninsula to prepare for possible provocations by North Korea, according to South Korean authorities. Joined by a total of 40 vessels, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and a South Korean Aegis ship, the drill is scheduled to continue through Friday to enhance joint operation capabilities, said officials of the South Korean Ministry of National Defense. North Korea may conduct provocative acts, including a missile launch, to protest the joint exercise. “In various locations in the North, TELs (transporter erector launchers) have repeatedly appeared and disappeared,” a South Korean military official said Sunday, according to the South’s Yonhap news agency. “Based on this, we have judged that the North could launch a provocation at any time, and we have remained on increased alert,” the official was also quoted as saying. (Jiji Press)

COMMENT: Seems like, recently, lots of discovery has been happening about North Korea and U.S. Forces exercises around the Korean Peninsula —- Well, out here, it really is just business-as-usual, since these combined US-ROK large-scale military training evolutions have been going on for a long time. Does anyone remember “Team Spirit”…? —- And, things were more interesting back then, because any USF training in the Sea of Japan (East Sea?) would draw the attention of the Soviet Pacific Fleet, and sometimes “things would happen”, like in 1984, when USS KITTY HAWK collided with a Victor I-class nuclear-powered attack submarine. BTW, a real good primer on US-ROK combined exercises is located at this link:

http://www.38north.org/2014/02/rcollins022714/

A Brief History of the US-ROK Combined Military Exercises
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Former US DOD officer, Robert Collins, discusses how the US-ROK joint military exercises came about, what they are meant to accomplish and how they may evolve in the …
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(5) The Justice Ministry on Friday (13 OCT) unveiled unmanned facial recognition gates that will be introduced at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Wednesday to speed up immigration control procedures for Japanese. The recognition system is capable of judging whether headshot photos of travelers taken with cameras at the gates match their passport photos in about 10 seconds, the ministry said. On Wednesday, three gates will be put into use, first for Japanese nationals returning home. The ministry hopes to introduce the system at the Narita, Chubu, and Kansai international airports in fiscal 2018, including for departing Japanese nationals. After entering a gate, travelers will be required to stand in front of a mirror-like display where photos are taken. Hats and masks must be taken off. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

COMMENT: Technology is your friend …. or Big Brother…

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Postcard From the Swamp #18

Big meeting this morning- and not much time. I have no idea what to think about what Presidents are supposed to do about the families of the fallen. This place is driving me to distraction, you know?

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Life & Island Times: Red Death: Chapter Fourteen

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Then, like a super typhoon, Sit Room Steve — a senior Naval Intelligence civilian analyst who was detailed to the White House — appeared on Marlow’s screen. “I’ve read the Lt’s and Aenid’s report — it is fabulous! Absolutely fabulous. We’ve got to get this in front of POTUS immediately! Standby for me to call you after 0830 with a five-minute warning. Be advised that NSC principals read it earlier this morning.”

Marlow bullet pointed Sit Room Steve on the new developments — with as many caveats as he could work in. The new information was swept up in a tidal wave of excitement, while his weasel-words were lost in the undertow.

The deception story turn of events seemed to make the White House folks even more enthused. Marlow’s head was swimming.

“Incredible!” he muttered after the three teleconferences were over. The biggest hoax ever during a wildly out of control escalating, eyeball to eyeball encounter between two armageddon bound opponents and the horse-holders in the Sit Room were happy?

Still, Marlow was pleased to have done as a Lt what very few do as Admirals — brief POTUS. The man positively beamed when he heard what Marlow said. WTFO? Was everyone blue blinking PC LOAD LETTER mad?

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It didn’t take long for events to unfold. Cable news networks gravely informed their audiences that military readiness levels were rising every hour in Beijing, Moscow and DC. Cities in the Korean peninsula were being emptied out in anticipation of big boom kinetics.

Marlow placed his blouse on the back of his chair, shucked off his tie, trudged over to a local restaurant and bar, nicknamed NIC III and began to drink the good stuff as the TV screens droned on in a blue haze at the back of the bar. No one thought to enforce the no smoking rules. Cancer wouldn’t get any of them now.

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Paper Ballot

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I saw Kristen again yesterday. She is day-shift bartender at The Copper Fish, one of four fine dining facilities opposite the legendary Frost Diner at the core of the historic downtown of Culpeper, Virginia. I am not a regular, but approaching a “frequent” status there.

If you have not had a day-drink there (I like their Chardonnay) you might want to consider it. I was having a bit of a celebration with their luncheon special of a $5 cheese flatbread (add pepperoni for $1.50. I did).

I had successfully voted in the 2017 Commonwealth election for the Governor and some associated state offices. I think voting is important. Our current Governor is a Clinton crony swept into office based on the changing demographics of a former solidly Red State being overwhelmed by the mass of Blue voters who live in the counties close enough in distance to make a living off the Imperial Swamp in your National Capital.

I like it up there, but hate the politics. I switched my voter registration down to Culpeper, since I was becoming weary of doing my civic duty and watching the local elections in NoVa go to increasingly irritating social justice candidates. Plus, I was wary of those touch screen voting machines whether they were connected to the internet, or just some local political activists.

I am not going to go off on a rant about voter fraud- you either understand that opening the electoral rolls to the broadest extent possible (i.e. Motor-Voter registration without proof of citizenship or the more traditional multiple votes of the quick and the dead) and think the system is ripe for fraud or you insist that nothing of the sort has occurred. I have been concerned about the issue of voter fraud since Nixon-Kennedy and the Chicago tallies that gave the election to JFK. Just imagine a world where Mr. Nixon was not a paranoid and Kennedy lived to a ripe old age, and we never had to endure the scourge of Lyndon Johnson.

The allegation that the Russians tossed the last election from Mrs. Clinton to Mr.Trump seems preposterous to me. Not the motivation, though. The Russians have been screwing with our elections since the inception of the Soviet State, and even had agents of influence inside the Roosevelt Administration who helped negotiate the founding documents of the United Nations. (Alger Hiss, et al, but I am too tired to get into that this morning). Sorry.

All that aside, if some of the opposition people are voting multiple times, I would like to ensure that I at least vote my legal once in each election.

A nice feature of the modern voting system is the ability to vote on the timetable convenient to the electorate. I will get to that matter anon. I do understand the system. I have worked election day in Arlington at my former precinct in Arlington. I wanted to support the volunteers who make this system work, and I think I actually was compensated a C-note for a 14-hour shift enabling our electoral system.

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(old school voting).

Our precinct in Arlington voted in the social center of an assisted-living facility, and I blush to say that I helped some aged voters select the candidate of their choice on technology they did not fully understand, often for a candidate I did not support. You try to do the right thing.

No one dead showed up that I was aware of, though I admit in some cases it was hard to tell. But that aside, it was the experience of working with the voting machines. Digitally-based, the machines were reported to possibly be subject to external manipulations, and there were no paper ballots that could be subjected to recount. This is not recent news- think back to the “hanging chad” circus in south Florida when we were miraculously saved from the disastrous prospect of the Presidency of Al Gore.

We dodged a bullet on that one.

No changes in a shaky system were made until the spin cycle began about Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential election. I know they spent a total of about a hundred grand on social media ads over two years, half of it after the election. Democratic Party and pro-Clinton expenditure committees/PACs spent a record $1.2 billion on her strange aloof ScoobieVan campaign. Go figure what fifty grand over two years does. Reprehensible, if true, but not much. Hell, I could have funded that myself!

Anyway, health issues have lessened my presence in Culpeper, and having driven the seven miles to my polling place from Refuge Farm, found it inconvenient if I was also going to pretend to work in NoVa the same day. Virginia permits voters to vote absentee up to a month or more prior to the election, a dispensation I appreciate, since the calendar is chaotic and the traffic intolerable.

The means of voting down here was the touch-screen console, just like Arlington. I was watching the election date looming, and was determined to cast my ballot. Virginia has a provision in voting law called “Absentee in Person,” by which you can drop by and do your civil obligation weeks in advance of Election Day. The polling station is not in the precent, but at the County Tax and Registrar office near the Copper Fish restaurant on historic East Davis Street downtown. I did not have much on the calendar on Monday, and decided to go from Arlington down to country and check the mail and make my vote before some unexpected event demanded my presence elsewhere.

I parked at the curb downtown- free for two hours!- and hobbled over to the County Building. A man older than me was waiting to vote at the desk. I waited a couple minutes before one of the other ladies gave me a form to fill out to determine whether or not I was registered. Only when the record matched was I asked for my photo ID. It appeared that I was eligible, and I was handed a paper form with little bubbles next to the names of the candidates. I filled them in to the best of my ability. The County worker had complete access to my ballot when complete, and I marveled that the sanctity of the ballot box is now apparently a thing of the past.

I hope it is a glitch and not a feature.

She walked me back to the single voter machine in the back room. It was something completely new to me. The lady instructed me to insert the ballot into the machine, and it obediently sucked it in. I looked at her, saying “This is new. So, there is a paper record for recount purposes?”

She nodded. “And the machine is not connected to the internet.”

I thanked everyone in the office as I limped back to the elevator to depart. On the way down to the street, I marveled at the changes. I don’t think it will mean much- after all, if you are committing voter fraud, what does feeding the same ballot into the machine several times mean? But it gives me some hope.

Going out the door of the County Building, I decided to have a simple lunch at the Copper Fish to celebrate the mundane majesty of our Republic. The chardonnay was wonderful.

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Life & Island Times: Red Death Chapter Thirteen

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“Captain,” he began to the EA, “We’ve got to recast this piece completely.” Aenid sat nearly catatonic in the background.

“I’m glad you realize that. A wise decision, Lt. But at this late date, let’s go with what you’ve got and append a single line at the end that reveals this breaking news. To make this simpler, Lt. Marlow will do the entire presentation.” Aenid audibly exhaled her relief at dodging this bullet.

Marlow may have been junior but he knew a set up to take a fall when he heard one. What he didn’t know was that his report had already made it to the NSC and the Secretaries of Defense and State. Lastly, he was unaware that SecSTATE was in China secretly talking to the NORKs and the Chinese politburo.

“I’ve already finished drafting the changes.” Aenid jumped in, eager to make up lost ground. Her nose for intelligence was both keen and brown. Marlow felt like his green wooden hulled career was about to smash and founder upon a coastal jetty’s rocks. It seemed the Navy’s flagship of operational intelligence was about to set sail over the horizon without him.

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Japan’s “Galapagos” Super-GPS System

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Japan-Gazer Comment: A GPS system which can geo-locate things to within “several centimeters” … are you kidding me? I will let you all speculate on how such a system might be used for various business & defense purposes. My Japanese flip-phone (yes I still have one) is called: “GARA-KEH” ( ガラケ ) ….. (GARA comes from Galapagos and KEH comes from KEI-TAI DENWA, cell phone) …. Japan has a way of evolving/developing things which only exist & work within the Japanese IT eco-system, so that is how the Galapagos name came to be used …. So, now we will have a Galapagos GPS system … why am I not surprised …. and so it goes (as Kurt Vonnegut would say).

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== Make effective use of Michibiki satellites for Japan’s version of GPS

(October 13, 2017; Yomiuri Shimbun)

Both the private and public sectors should exert ingenuity so that accurate positioning information can be utilized in a variety of services.

The Michibiki No. 4, a quasi-zenith satellite, has been launched as part of a government project to establish a Japanese version of the Global Positioning System.

With the Nos. 1 to 3 satellites already in orbit, round-the-clock operations of the four satellites will begin next spring.

Positioning information provided by the United States’ GPS, which was developed for military purposes, has been rapidly penetrating people’s daily lives. There are many people who use the information every day in vehicle navigation or smartphone location services.

The challenges have been that it occasionally takes time to pinpoint a location and that errors of several tens of meters can occur. In urban areas with many buildings, reception difficulties can easily take place.

The Michibiki satellites address this weakness. Three of the Michibiki satellites move in a figure-eight path, and one of them will be positioned almost directly above Japan at any given time. Together with the fourth satellite, which is in a geostationary orbit above the equator, these satellites will transmit signals similar to the GPS.

By combining Michibiki and GPS signals, the margin of error will only be about 10 meters. Users of smartphones, which have been designed for this system, have already received the benefits of Michibiki satellites, even under the system’s three-satellite composition up to now.

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If a ground-based technique for correcting GPS errors and then transmitting that data via Michibiki is used, it will become possible to reliably obtain information accurate to within one meter. Guidance information such as car navigation will be more accurate in the future.

With the use of a special receiver, it will even become possible to make high-accuracy measurements with a margin of error of about 6 centimeters. The envisaged system is expected to make a significant contribution in times of disaster. Understanding the extent of damage quickly and in detail could lead to efficient rescue operations.

The system also has the potential to be used for home delivery services by drones or self-operating agricultural machinery that can move through fields without harming crops. In increasingly depopulated mountain areas and elsewhere, the system will likely be helpful to a great extent.

Such entities as public research institutions, universities and companies have been conducting a variety of practical experiments. It is hoped that new projects will be cultivated by integrating the system with such technologies as artificial intelligence and high-speed communications, which are marked by remarkable progress.

Also, in other areas over which Michibiki satellites will pass, such as Southeast Asia and Australia, there are business opportunities. To expand markets, it is essential to mass-produce inexpensive devices that use the system.

The government aims to put seven Michibiki satellites into operation by fiscal 2023. It will enable position measurement without relying on GPS. Having the nation’s own position measurement system will also be useful from a security perspective.

About ¥90 billion has been spent on the Nos. 2 to 4 Michibiki satellites, which were launched this year. It is indispensable to use them in a way that justifies the cost.

Link: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004000243

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Life & Island Times: Red Death Chapter Twelve

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Marlow slowly read the second bilateral ROK Navy to US Navy analyst exchange message in two days, alternately choking and gasping at each word. The underlying info was several months old, but was very relevant:

1. The following orders are issued to the Commanding Officer of the Kimpo shipyard.

2. Construction is to begin construction of a fake submarine with the characteristics of a strategic ballistic missile submarine. You will have the country’s top priority for workers and materials in this effort.

3. It must be rolled out within 6 to 8 weeks and be able to fool the US sensors for at least 4 days. Rollout date is non-negotiable.

4. Supreme Leader’s personal reps will be at your doorstep this morning to assist you in this endeavor.

With every sphincter in his body spastically firing away, Marlow tried to understand this message’s true meaning. He was glad now he’d spent two years in Hawaii eating at local Korean restaurant kimchi and trying to speak and understand Korean language and culture. Was Supreme Leader about to put one over on us, his generals, the South and/or the Chinese?

Or was this some more elaborate ruse to make us look in one direction while he prepared to strike from another?

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Arrias on Politics: Morning Coffee and Healthcare

Do you enjoy a hot cup of coffee at dawn?

So, how’d that Sumatran coffee get to your grocer? How did the farmer arrange for the beans to be picked up and moved to a warehouse? Who made those big bags he used? Where did they come from? Who figured out how to recognize blight early on and prevent it from damaging his crop? How’d that information get to that farmer on a hillside? Did you know that 90% of the coffee in Sumatra is produced on farms of less than 3 acres? Collectors pick up the coffee after drying and bagging and bring it to large warehouses, perhaps in Sibolga. At a certain point, bankers and insurance agents enter the arena, balancing risk and return. Shippers load and move bags from the warehouses, containers are loaded onto ships, ships are moved, containers are offloaded and trucked, bags are unloaded, coffee is roasted, perhaps blended with beans from Colombia, packaged, and sent to another warehouse for further shipment to your grocer. Amazing! Who arranged all that?

The answer for me to all the questions above is: No! I know none of the specifics. There are all sorts of steps that not only will I never know, even if I tried to understand it all I’d find some details changed even as I looked at them. Someone finds a better way to package beans, or move them or warehouse them, etc. And it moves down through the system, everything gets changed a little, and the coffee arrives a little faster or a little cheaper or with a little more flavor — or all three. And I’ll never know why.

Adam Smith called this “the Invisible Hand,” a continual process of a host of people in any market or industry, that affects every facet of the market. Insurance agents who insure ships: without them, the coffee would cost several times as much, and probably be impossible to find at times. Bankers and underwriters are needed to make money available for everyone from large warehousemen to ship owners to trucking companies to the company actually roasting the coffee beans. Each wants to maximize profits, each competes against others who are doing the same, and in the end, the folks who benefit are, in this case, the folks who drink coffee, whether from Sumatra or Bali or Kenya or Hawaii or Colombia.

And so in every industry.

Here’s the thing: how all these people make decisions and why, on a day-to-day basis can’t possibly be known by any one office or agency or group. This is the key fallacy of central planning, whether attempting to control growing of coffee or corn, or making steel or drilling for oil. Ask the wildcatters out in the Dakotas how much help they received from the government. Remember to bring an ice pack for your jaw.

The other day my brother pointed out that the electronic toll – pass system is a contractual arrangement with private firms bidding to win particular routes from various governments, and the company operating the pass system for a nearby bridge is actually headquartered in Alabama. Further, residents of one state can buy a pass from other states; you can shop around and find the deal that best works for you.

The Invisible Hand hard at work.

What does all this have to do with healthcare?

This past week the President signed an executive order allowing individuals to group together on their own and buy health insurance just as if they were a large corporation or some other organization. And they’re now allowed to shop around, buying “out of state.” The US Government isn’t going to tell them the “right answer,” they get to figure it out themselves, talking to various insurance agents and companies, coming up with a solution that works for them.

The Invisible Hand again.

The truth is no single organization can ever manage to pull all the data from all the various people and processes in a given industry and work out optimal solutions for everyone. In fact, what government traditionally produces is the optimal solution for the government; the people are more or less ancillary to the solution. Letting the Invisible Hand work will, in the end, provide the best possible answer to the most people.

This President seems to recognize that. That’s a good thing.

Enjoy your coffee.

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