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Apocalypse Now and Forever

A s a political psychoanalyst I find the Super-bowl halftime show the best concise index of how psychotic American culture is becoming from year to year, and the 2015 version signaled a complete break from reality, a nightmare of twerking robots in a hall of mirrors, as if America had utterly surrendered its tattered soul to some rogue motherboard pulsing deep within Dr. Evil’s subterranean palace of sin. Hence it is the perfect analog for understanding otherwise incomprehensible happenings such as the USA’s role in fomenting further chaos and mayhem in Ukraine.

How otherwise to explain things like this morning’s New York Times report that the USA “now supports providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev’s beleaguered forces, and an array of administration and military officials appear to be edging toward that position….”

Earth calling New York Times readers: I regret to inform you that this decision was already reached a year ago when we paid for the coup d’état against the elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, after the poor sap decided to not sign up with EU but rather the Russian-backed Eurasian Customs Union. Whoops! You’re so out of here, Bub, State Department Under Secretary Victoria Nuland burbled in a clandestinely recorded phone call to the American ambassador. Will somebody please find Yats! Yes Yats! [UKR politician Arseniy Yatsenyuk] and plug the Bluetooth earpiece of power into his skull!

And so it went this past year with a cabal of the USA, the EU, and the IMF shoveling financial support (billions!), armaments, and surely boots-on-the ground into the Ukrainian morass. Last week, a reporter in eastern Ukraine approached a soldier in UKR army battle garb only to be told, in pitch perfect American English, to “get out of my face.” Say what??? The You-tube clip was seen all over the world and to this minute no agent of the US government has been called to account over it. Like I said, a hall of mirrors.

But anyway, we get a little ahead of ourselves because all this really begs the question: what business do we have in Ukraine in the first place and why should it matter to us that they align with Russia? And more to the point: why is it not transparently obvious that Ukraine is solidly within Russia’s sphere of influence, and has been, really, for more than 500 years, and for an excellent reason that has been demonstrated most recently in Napoleon’s invasion of 1812 and then Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of 1941.

In both cases, Russia owed it survival to the vast expanse of flat geography represented by Ukraine where “General Winter” was able to carry out his own defensive operations of relentless howling wind, snow, sub-zero temperatures, and frostbite that eventually vanquished the invaders. Through most of modern times Ukraine has been under the explicit “protection” of the Russian Czars or has been an outright province under the former USSR. Hundreds of years before that, Kievan Rus was the center of an emerging Russian culture and kingdom that only later picked up and moved to Moscow.

You get the picture: Ukraine has a long association with Russia, a principal association, not always happy, sometimes tragic, but a fact of life and history that the US and its foolish stooges in the EU bureaucracy now wish to challenge for absolutely no good reason. Does anybody who is not whacked out of his/her head on crack, or focused like a laser beam on the gender schism within the Kardashian Klan, remember when the US ever challenged the Soviets over Ukraine? No. And for the excellent reason that we accepted the relationship for reasons stated above. So, whose idea is it now that we should start World War Three over this remote region where so many other reckless adventurers came to grief? And what, by the way, do our people mean by “defensive weapons?” Are not most modern weapons designed to work both ways? Anyway, I see the list includes “anti-armor missiles” (i.e. tank-killers) and “drones,” the latter presumably guided by comfortable American military gamers effortlessly targeting pixelated “bad guys” between Slurpee gulps and taco bites, not exactly American Sniper style.

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  1. lost-in-north-dakota February 2, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    I”m glad someone else hated the Super Bowl half-time show as I did.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      I am happy and proud to say I missed the entire spectacle.

      Well, except for about one minute while I was waiting to buy a beer up at the market.

      • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

        For anyone who is not up to speed on the TPP trade agreement that Obama wants to see “fast tracked” through Congress here is a link to get you started:

        m.truthdig.com/report/page2/secret_trade_pact_stirs_up_suspicion_20150203

        The only way members of Congress can now see the “deal” is in a closed room with no note taking and they are not allowed to have any legal staff accompany them.

        Once both sides of the aisle have had 20 hours of debate the TPP must be passed with NO amendments!

        All Republicans are for it and Obama is pushing it which means that it will be a major victory for corporate America and the rest of us peons will lose.

        More jobs will go to slave labor in Malaysia, pharmaceutical corporations will be allowed to withhold patents for decades (generics will be a thing of the past which will mean more profits for big pharma).

        The internet will be affected the second anyone creates a “link” to any copyrighted material.

        My reading is that this will be “The New World Order” on steroids and speed.

  2. seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Worst halftime show ever. Katy Perry was awful. The theme straight out of “Ghostbusters” was about as not scary as you could have made it. It was like a show pairing The Monkees with Jimi Hendrix. It was worse then the dead kid commercial. God who thinks of this shit.

    • Ghung February 2, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      Where’s Lewis Carroll when we need him? That’s the only way we’ll ever make sense out of any of this….

      … and the commercials. Wow! Even Carroll would have a hard time with those. A new bar for idiocy has been set for Clusterfuck Planet.

    • jhaz February 2, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      In 1966 the Monkees played in Jacksonville, Florida. Jimi Hendrix was the opening act. I did not go see the show. In 68 (69?) Hendrix returned to Jax as the headliner. I was in the front row. “Nice to be back,” was his opening remark. And who but JHK can so artfully link modern pop trivia that passes for entertainment with the stale and dangerous thinking of the USA foreign policy paradigm?

    • Greg Knepp February 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      I thought Katy Perry did well enough. I kind of like her, though, so I guess I’m biased .

      As for the excessive spectacle, one needn’t look hard to see parallels in other depression-riddled societies: the Busby Berkeley extravaganzas with their elaborate choreographic routines and dazzling sets, Hitler’s gargantuan (and highly stylized) pre-war rallies, and let’s not forget the proverbial ‘bread and circuses’ of ancient Rome’s decadent days. The examples are many. Apparently this kind of thing is part of the supernova experience.

      • Peter February 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

        For sure she’s not Miley Cyrus or Madonna. That’s good.

        • seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

          Katy Perry comes across best as a sock hop queen. Granted she’s getting a little long in the tooth for that, but why go occult? Why go dark? She is not Madonna. Miley Cyrus did her best osculum infame on the VMA Awards Show and we know how that turned out. Madonna didn’t go occult until at least her 40’s. It doesn’t work when you’re that young. It flat out looks stupid.

    • Jamyang February 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Hendrix opened for The Monkees in Charlotte, NC and was booed off the stage, pre-saving our current culture of mindlessness.

      I did not watch any of it.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Kind of like the “new” Ghostbusters is going to bomb with an all female cast.

  3. Neon Vincent February 2, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    “As a political psychoanalyst I find the Super-bowl halftime show the best concise index of how psychotic American culture is becoming from year to year, and the 2015 version signaled a complete break from reality, a nightmare of twerking robots in a hall of mirrors, as if America had utterly surrendered its tattered soul to some rogue motherboard pulsing deep within Dr. Evil’s subterranean palace of sin.”

    People were so eager to make bets on the Super Bowl that they were making prop bets on Katy Perry’s set list, outfit, and hair color. They didn’t do all that well, as they forgot there were other entertainers performing as well. The best performance by the prognosticators was a middle aged sportscaster who called the opening and closing song. He quit while he was ahead, a talent others should cultivate.

    As for Dr. Evil, I suppose he could use Perry as one of his Fembots. She’d be in good company, as Britney Spears has played one in the past. However, the last time I saw him, he was airing his grievances about both Sony and North Korea bringing discredit to evil organizations. I don’t know what he’d say about the situation in Ukraine. Nothing good, I’m sure.

  4. orbit7er February 2, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Actually I thought the pyrotechnics and singing of Katie Perry were entertaining along with the excellent guitar work of Lenny Kravitz even if the lyrics were superficial. But what I found truly frightening is the huge cheers for soldiers in Afghanistan, still stuck there doing what??, after 14 years of War which has accomplished nothing. As well as the flyovers by the Thunderbirds – the glorification of the endless Wars is disgusting even as the skill of the Thunderbird pilots is amazing.
    What was even more sickening and pathological was
    The Nightly Show’s panel with a real American sniper who had no guilt or qualms whatsoever about killing people in cold blood.
    We have half of our children hungry and yet we continue to waste $1 trillion on endless Wars which have gained NOTHING!

    I am glad James Kunstler points out the absurdity of the US empires latest moves in the Ukraine and their blowback.
    the Merchants of Death like Boeing et al are surely happy as we waste the limited resources we have on endless Wars for Empire which are bound to end tragically and fail to gain anything.

    • Florida Power February 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      Afghanistan = rare earth minerals; opium.

      Need we say more?

    • BeerBarrel February 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      Katy’s lyrics are far from superficial. My two daughters, 12 and 11, are undoubtedly influenced greatly by the messages (some rightfully call them the Devil’s messengers) – but did anyone catch the song about how she tasted “cherry chapstick” when she “kissed a girl I liked it”?

      Rock lyrics are about reading between the lines – and this message played on super-bowl (and I’m guessing radio stations everywhere) is exactly what I don’t want my girls hearing and thus experimenting with. Cherry Chapstick … yeah right, I’m sure Ellen DeGeneres knows exactly what she meant. What is going on, with this glorification of homosexuality (or bisexuality)?

      That said, Katy is hot and I found myself wishing for a wardrobe malfunction, the sick, dirty old man I am!

      • BioWebScape February 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

        The Trend lines Say that Sex Sells, the Old days are coming back, when Rome was the center of the Known World and everything that could be done was being done. The USA is the center of the Known world, Hollywood and the Mimes of the Sing with me now generation is filled with that Propganda of the Mindset. Kill the morality of a nation and you can keep the land for the Kings and Emperors, Some of them Do want very much to be also seen as the Gods of this age. Idol worship is the new thing, as if it ever was far away. The USA is the land of the Idol, Home of the Killer elite Bankers, and Land of the homeless sick and tired of being stepped on by those folks wanting to come over and Eat the Bar-b-Que and wipe their fingers on your clothes.

        Welcome to Earth, Humans fighting Humans for the table scraps.

        Charles.

        • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

          Maybe this is why Russel Brand dumped her?

  5. George February 2, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    “So, whose idea is it now that we should start World War Three over this remote region where so many other reckless adventurers came to grief?”

    World War III has already started and the side that includes Wall Street and the Evil One’s Oil Companies is losing! The question I have is: Who’s selling petroleum futures short and to what end are they doing it?

    http://www.thesisa.org

    • seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      In Robert Reich’s new book he states that the first response to stagnant incomes was sending the wife out into the workforce. That worked for 30 or so years. The second thing was using your home as an ATM. That worked for about 10 years. I believe the crashing of oil prices vis-à-vis reduction in energy costs is the third. The net effect of the first was an end to the nuclear family. The net effect of the second was to enslave us to our homes whose mortgages are underwater for 1/3 of mortgages. The net effect of the third is the last great selling of the automobile in America.

      • malthuss February 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

        1960 – 40 hours of work a week meant a good life for 6 [yes 6] people.
        The average family size was 4 children.
        By 1970s the ‘Good Life’ was on the wane.
        Only 50 years separate USA from being the richest nation to the most indebted.

        YIKES!!!@@@

      • Delcimore February 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

        I am sure selling that first response became a breeze once women were told “…you got your own cigarette now baby! You’ve come a long long way….”

        Like the arc of the automobile age – it was a “freedom of choice issue” that became a “necessity of life reality” once you were hooked in….

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Probably lots of fat cats (no offense to cats) all over the world.

      informationclearinghouse.info/article39070.htm

  6. Greg Knepp February 2, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    On the other hand, the game itself was a masterpiece of defense – both planning and execution.. I believe we are in football’s golden age; the skill level of these athletes is near super-human!

    The last minute of play was the most bizarre in the history of the game. Fans will know what I’m talking about.

    • K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      Yes, as the scuffle showed just before that last play higher mental capabilities like strategy and common sense were passed away to the other team along with the ball.

      • Greg Knepp February 2, 2015 at 10:47 am #

        Exactly, it was wonderful! Reality is indeed stranger than fiction.

    • seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

      Seattle uses picks a lot. The touchdown to Kearse the ref picked Revis off. They were picking on the interception play, Butler saw it, instantly knew where the ball was going and got the jump on it. Seattle outsmarted themselves. That’s what was so deflating.

  7. goat1001 February 2, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Agreed, the half time show was unappealing. Also I also do not understand why in the world the USA would be messing with Ukraine or Russia or why they invaded Iraq. What a waste of lives and terrabucks! Wouldn’t it be nice if the Feds used the hundreds of billions to pay down the national debt rather than blunder it on pointless wars???

    • 99 cent nation February 2, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      “Wouldn’t it be nice if the Feds used the hundreds of billions to pay down the national debt rather than blunder it on pointless wars???”
      Yes it surly would and won’t happen. To much money involved. And as far as the half time show goes we have replaced thinking and spiritualism (meditation), and with some prayers, with entertainment which is about as dumb as thinking that consumers will not notice that 99 cents is a long way from another dollar. That .99 cent slight of hand is the sign we have really lost it.

      • RocketDoc February 2, 2015 at 11:05 am #

        I feel a Q comment coming up….

        • Q. Shtik February 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

          No Doc, I decided to just sigh deeply and hold my tongue.

      • Beth Owyn February 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

        Three Dollars Worth of God

        I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
        Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
        but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
        or a snooze in the sunshine.
        I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man
        or pick beets with a migrant.
        I want ecstasy, not transformation.
        I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
        I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
        I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.

        — Wilbur Rees

  8. K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Guns don’t kill people, people do.
    Bombs don’t blow up people, people do.
    Drones don’t fall on your head errrrrrrr, people do??

    America cares not about people having guns, and we all have plenty. The hubris, inertia, and self righteousness of the American political habitat prevents reversal of policy for any reason.

    Fomenting further chaos and mayhem in Ukraine may be as stupid as throwing the ball on the one yard line when you have the’beast‘ man who is quite capable of getting a one yard gain without the risk passing the ball. People get full of themselves and make mistakes. As some will say, shit happens. Chaos in Ukraine gains America little but it saves face and is an excellent diversion from having to acknowledge we have a government incapable of real leadership.

    Super-bowl halftime may portray psychotic aspects of American culture but the game itself better demonstrates the fascism-lite psychosis of American life. Everything is a competition here and the raw exercise of power to get whatever it is America wants is reminiscent of Hitler’s Barbarossa invasion of 1941. An evil rhyme.

    Then like now the man who walked the earth suggesting that we should love each other was forgotten. The man who said to turn swords into plowshares is irrelevant in the age that knows not what a plowshare is. Instead the quote “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” becomes zombie wisdom. Flawed wisdom that takes it for granted that there will always be something to plow.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Hammer guns into plows? Better stick to the terms of the metaphor, either pro or anti. Otherwise you might hurt yourself.

      • K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

        No, That particular quote is not from JC and it is indeed “Hammer guns into plows”. I also mentioned the man who said to “turn swords into plowshares” without giving his name which was JC.

        The plowshare is a hardened blade dressed into an integral moldboard by a blacksmith. This combination of plowshare and moldboard together cleave the earth over into a furrow. After the coulter breaks up the earth in front of it.

        I have done amateur blacksmithing. I’m pretty good with tools so you need not worry about me hurting myself.

  9. seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Ukraine is indeed the buffer to Europe. But European power is on the wane and has been since World War 1. World War 2 was the last hurrah. It has resided in America since then, and now is moving east. America at this point is a nuisance child, irritating and pointless, just making itself known. Napoleon could not beat Russia. Hitler could not beat Russia. You think Obama or Bush can? C’mon man!

    • BioWebScape February 2, 2015 at 11:09 am #

      No, Obama would find it hard to get out of a wet paper bag. Bush Sr, and Jr, and maybe J. E. Bush, don’t want to fight Russia, at least they didn’t seem to want to back then, or in the future.

      Our issue is like you mentioned, We once were great but we are too stuck in the phones of Today to care about the Text’s of next Tuesday.

      Sadly I see us as a faded lady mourning the dead guy in the bed, in that Dickens story.

      Charles.

      • dweebus February 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

        I always heard the saying as “you couldn’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag”.

    • goat1001 February 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      Didn’t the Cold War end a few years back? Or maybe not?

  10. venuspluto67 February 2, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    This one kind of read as though JHK wasn’t sure how to wrap it up, so he just published it in this unfinished form.

    • K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      When you are writing about insanity and things that make no sense it can be hard to wrap things up.

      defensive weapons
      military intelligence
      humane slaughter

      The list could go on and wrapping it up? Should he have been seriously funny?

      • Semi-Employed White Guy February 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

        Speaking of oxymorons what about New England Patriots?

  11. nobody February 2, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    I just wanted to comment on the fact that the first three comments didn’t even touch on the real topic of today’s post (not what I consider the real topic, anyhow).

    By the time I got registered, etc., there were several other posts, only two of which managed to get past the superbowl. I do not have a television set, nor do I watch tv on my computer, it’s way too distracting from what I consider important.

    That said, I want to add that I just read elsewhere that we’re already experiencing rapid climate change, and the end of life as we know it could be in our lifetimes, regardless of any efforts to change, even if by some miracle a global effort was made to address the methane issue in the arctic. It won’t be, of course. So, circuses such as the superbowl, are ramped up even more. Let us go down joyously.

    • K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Notice it is rare that I’m among the first three. This is what happens when you read what you comment on first.

    • cornpone2014 February 2, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      uh huh,

      dat GlowBall warming is sure nuff a worry.

  12. kulturcritic February 2, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Yeah James, there are lots of photos already with American boots on the found. Here is a link to one of them today from FB, the humbled Kiev styled killer, on his knees kissing the US flag.

    facebook.com/635301096544686/photos/a.635361596538636.1073741827.635301096544686/781882045219923/?ty…

  13. barbisbest February 2, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    “Worst halftime show ever. Katy Perry was awful. The theme straight out of “Ghostbusters” was about as not scary as you could have made it. It was like a show pairing The Monkees with Jimi Hendrix. It was worse then the dead kid commercial. God who thinks of this shit.”

    Who thinks of this crap is the right question? Is this how far we’ve already devolved?!?!??! Or just another symptom of the upcoming fall of the empire. What’s next innocents in the ampi-theaters. Speaking of Jimi’s, Virginia’s Jim Webb considering run for president, but that what be the wrong Jim. And Jimi Hendrix, is this tomorrow or just the end of time?

    ” That is the current state of the union and a glimpse of the trajectory it’s on, which the inept leaders of our country do not comprehend and cannot communicate.” I believe that they “won’t” communicate it is the better word Pres. O can communicate that or anything else, but pol “lie” ticians won’t say anything the people do not want to hear.

    Janos, you’re right about Ken Wilber, but he does have a great mind and Happy Groundhogs Day to you.

    KDog~ part of what I was trying to say to you, unfortunately for us we were born into this Paradigm, that being what you think before you think. I’m sure you know that. You’re right, the nation is going to get what it deserves, but like I said the poorest will suffer. And not all wealthy people are evil. But, more times than not, wealthy people are less ethical. In the documentary Crude Awakening, the Oil Crash someone points out that only the very rich will be able to drive cars and that’s correct I’m sure, hence the recent unprecedented greed and grab for the almighty greenback. It also states, you may say you worship Allah, Buddah, Christ, God, but what you really worship is petroleum. Well, that God will be taken away, and perhaps it is our punishment.

    Case in point about the wealthy, a documentary the other day entitled “The Tragedy of Broken Trust” chronicles how so many treaties were broken with the Chickasaw Indians for the timber at the time, and this was done by the wealthy helped by, none other than the government. However, the Secretary of the Interior offered an apology. To close, it’s too bad that the least wealthy will suffer, but that is always the way. Heaven help the children of this decrepit nation, with it’s commercials about dead kids. If you want see another good film about American Indians, see Geronimo, An American Legend. At the end he says,” Once I was as free as the wind, now I am no more” It was when they were taking him away, when he was told he would go back to his home. Then again, man’s inhumanity to man has always been.

    So, I jumped around here. Take away my birthday. PLEASE

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      Very self serving of you to quote me in part to support yourself. I said Wilber had a great but deluded mind. Or that he was corrupt, selling out to garner influence with people like “Bill and Hillary” as he calls them in his published diary.

    • K-Dog February 2, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      True wealth by itself is not bad and in responsible enlightened hands wealth can do miraculously good things. Wealth in the hands of vain idiots; now that’s another matter.

      Regarding the creation of vain idiots:

      A ‘Rigged’ Game Of Monopoly Reveals How Feeling Wealthy Changes Our Behavior

  14. BioWebScape February 2, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Great post today James.

    I don’t watch sports much if at all it’s a bit of baseball, but that is so slow as to be nap time by the 4th inning. Could sorta see the point of golf and bowling, but just not my cup of tea. While I like billards of any sort, watching it always make me want to go play it, which is never good on my back or my wallet. So just the mention of sports usually gets me thinking of walking the other direction.

    The trouble with the USA is we have money involved in having our big fat fingers in the pies of other nations, and everywhere we have gone in the last 40 odd years has even ended up worse off for us being there. We got really good at getting into other people’s business during the second world war and we couldn’t stop. I know it likely started about 1799 or so when everyone that was back there were getting long in the tooth and the money makers were thinking of making more money off more war. So most maps of all the wars in the world never seem to have any off years.

    I was just telling my father this morning that we seem to have never gotten over having our gov’t officals ( No Gerald Celente, I won’t use your words here, but it did ring in my head ) Bought and paid for by someone else. I look at the paper talking about the States, seems that all 50 of them have issues that they can’t solve either. The Local highway department seems to making a mess of our big highway interchanges. Then the Budget Obama wants has ear marks for …. da da zingo

    478 billion Dollars funded by the rich to give us public works. Well there are roads and pipelines and bridges and sewer systems and water systems and grids here for this or that, so old they are on their last thin hairs about to give out, even before someone decides to go blowing things up. A good strong wind in some cases takes them out here and there. Even if the money wasn’t in the budget, we’d be needing to fix them soonish. AH the hint of spring in the air.

    Oh sorry the furry little guy said 6 more weeks of the burr burr hey is that snow I see?

    But look on the bright side we will get a new person to fill the sinkhole that is the White House and they might even get a new plane to fly around in, if we aren’t nuked by Russia first (no I don’t think they will shoot first, but if we slip and fly something their way, they sent us a big boooming thank you Note…

    PS, James How’s the back doing?
    Charles.

  15. PeteAtomic February 2, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Trying to box Russia into a corner with direct military action or try to keep some pro-US regime there as a proxy, will be the 2nd major strategic error the US has committed since 2003, and in many ways much more dangerous than the ‘foul up’ (to put it mildly) that the US perpetrated in the middle east.
    Particularly since the Vietnam War, US administrations have relied largely on Rumsfeldian technocracy as their matrices of success; a fascination with ‘data’, ‘kill ratio’, ‘force expenditure’, etc. It’s all largely gobbedly-gook nonsense & fantasy. The reality of Iraq or Ukraine today is completely and diametrically opposed to the stream of complete bullshit & “power words” coming from the White House and the Pentagon.
    So, I’d argue that US foreign policy and “power moves” for a very long time now have been delusional & acutely psychotic.

    • 41259mike February 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Rummy is Robert McNamara’s love child…….

      • PeteAtomic February 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

        Yes, thank you. Rumsfeld was a protege of R.McNamara. People who do not believe that philosophy or history matter need to realize that the same failed worldview which exemplified Cold War planning are still very much alive and well today in US foreign policy decision making.

    • Q. Shtik February 2, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      It’s all largely gobbedly-gook nonsense & fantasy. – PeteA..

      ==================

      I agree entirely but please note: It’s gobbledy-gook not gobbedly-gook.

  16. RocketDoc February 2, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Messing with Sasquatch or poking the bear. Juvenile. As in not mature. But just suppose that we really had an interest in “helping” long suffering Ukrainians create a more just (read less corrupt) State. Pretend for a moment that what is going on there is not a chess move in the Great Game but that in fact Russia is corrupt in its own way and a significant percentage of western Ukrainian would like a shot at a more appealing social contract. Is there anything we could or should do? Unfortunately for Ukrainians, I stand with Ron Paul. Leave. Leave them all to their own machinations. So some international exchanges would be nice–a Fulbright here an Eisenhower there maybe even Peace Corps to get some Americans half way aware of what is even possible there. With industrialism on its last legs we should just point out that being a breadbasket is not such a bad thing…

    • ozone February 2, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

      A bit of perspective and insight is in order here. Now hear [read] this old analysis.

      cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/08/permission-to-steal-everything.html#more

      I’m not so sure I’d get involved in any way with a country in the throes of cultural collapse; it’s going to be rough enough in these climes.
      And, yes, it’s coming to a community near you unless something really drastic is done to change course… which is not going to happen. (“Better the devil you know” and all that ingrained clinging to memes that are not responsive to looming realities.)

      Take care and good luck!

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      If the citizens in the eastern areas of Ukraine want to join Russia just stop the damn killing and let them have the Donbass!!

      How hard can it be to sit down and “re-draw” the map? It worked so well in the Middle East when the State of Israel was created out of thin air!

      Oh, nevermind….

  17. hugho February 2, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    The spupidbowl is a real metaphor of “:The American Experience”. Organized and marketed by media sociopaths, played by largely monoracial demented gladiator thugs and viewed by the tatooed , the lazy, the obese, the alcoholic and the chicken killers all over this great land. If you hate the spectacle, you are not alone. I do not know who was playing or who won and the last time I watched it the great demented Ronnie was auditioning for his last big part. The only way to kill the bowl is to ignore it and turn down midwinter party invitations with a supercilious sneer and a curl of the lip. Course in short order you will be getting fewer party invitations from your so called friends.
    Jim is spot on about Ukraine and how is it that virtually no media source has has uttered a discouraging word about the great Central Asia Land Grab going on organized by the CIA and the State Department? These are the same maniacs who have been grabbing land all over Asia and Central and S. America for decades and if they can’t actually occupy or demolish the real estate, they make sure they install their stooges. The big problem for this gang is that these strategies invariably backfire and you end up with civil war and lawlessness. Does anyone really believe Libya and Iraq are better off with Gaddafi and Hussein gone? Is it any wonder that most of the Islamic Middle East hates us. Even our so called Petro Allies like KSA sent 15 of their best trained Flight Simulator pilots to bring down two pretty serviceable buildings because of their hatred of the evil empire. But cheer up Jim. These guys are practically writing your next novel for you.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      There isn’t much commentary on how wealthy Tony Blair is becoming over in the Middle East, either. But Bruce Jenner is ‘transitioning’, whatever that is.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

        Bruce is also “becoming”. But what? The ugliest woman who ever was or will be. In a few years times I would be arrested for saying that. Might as well get it out of my system now.

        • Semi-Employed White Guy February 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

          Hate speech! I’m reporting you!

          At least he won’t be fat like most American women.

  18. AKlein February 2, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    The Super Bowl and the Ukraine gambit. A fitting way to begin yet another year wasting away in Margaritaville when we could be getting down to working out our real problems.

    • Semi-Employed White Guy February 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      Our real problems are promulgated by the DC-Manhattan axis of evil. The only fix is not more central planning, but secession. The Federal/Wall Street squid has its tentacles anywhere and everywhere. Now squeezing the life out of American medicine. God knows what else is left for them to destroy.

      • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

        Money and power attract criminals and that is why Washinton D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and New York are a vortex of evil. It’s not rocket science. If it was I could tell you about it.

  19. jackacme February 2, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Mr. Kunstler,

    You refer fairly often to USA shenanigans and interference in Ukraine, but I have had difficulty in finding any substantive documentation on the web that would support your hints and assertions of blatant US government involvement. Could you post some links or references?

    Thanks,

    JA

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

      Just go to Informationclearinghouse.info and Global Research every day.

  20. BackRowHeckler February 2, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    At this moment 10,000 Ukrainian troops cut off, surrounded and trapped in Donbass, Eastern Ukraine by rebel forces and presumably Russian Army troops.

    A ‘breakout’ attempt is being planned, like the 6th Army trying to break out of Stalingrad in jan. 1943. (which was annihilated 73 years ago today.)

    A disaster is unfolding before our very eyes.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    –brh

  21. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Grandmaster sacrificed his queen! The strange behavior of Americans in Ukraine

    Since the Ukrainian front line in the area of Debaltsevo breaks down with indecent speed, experts are beginning to wonder, what it means and how insidious trap American strategists prepared to Russians. What are they up to? They lure them deep into the Ukraine, as Kutuzov Napoleon? Are they preparing a flank maneuver, as Hannibal at Cannae? Maybe it’s better for Russians, just in case, to withdraw at least to Rostov? Well, let’s brainstorm – what are they up to?

    Guys, relax. Let me tell you a terrible military secret – “Grandmaster” is playing chess for the second time in his life. Anglo-Saxons just do not know how to conduct land warfare. They are traditionally strong at sea. At land they do not indulge an enemy with a variety of openings. Their only tactic is to bomb everything that moves, and then occupy a burnt area. Or to terrorize and discourage the population of cities into surrender. This they tried to do in Donetsk and Gorlovka that in the case of the Russians naturally led to the opposite result – a sharp increase in resistance.

    When the Americans realized that the Russians will not be taken on bluff, they are, as usual, decided to put the blame on scapegoats. Now someone will get a board on the head – probably Poroshenko. Maybe replace him with some other idiot. Fundamentally from that nothing will change.

    dima-piterski.livejournal.com/130548.html

  22. seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    Ironic how America’s Potemkin Village will be exposed in Ukraine. History is murderous.

  23. Beth Owyn February 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Good morning dear Sir! Hail and greetings from the rolling Flint Hills of NC Kansas. I hope this finds you healthy and your spirit rejoicing. Forgive my writing this so very much off-topic, I have checked your site and saw no avenue in which to contact you. Facebook was to no avail as well. So here I am, writing to tell you that ~years~ ago, I had “World Made by Hand” on my amazon wishlist but never got around to obtaining it. I guess I just really got burnt out on SHTF fiction. Well….over this weekend a pack o girlfriends and I were thriftstoring and -lo- and behold; there it was in a DAV thriftstore, a totally pristine copy of “World Made by Hand”. Don’t feel bad, I’m just a funky little poet and I have found MY chapbooks in thriftstore shelves as well! Anyways, while driving home (about 1.5 hours….SUPPOSEDLY) from a wonderful girly weekend, the windshield went white….blank….the tires futilely tried to maintain the road….but it was no good. Spinning around like a whirling dervish on Highway 15, I wound up being deposited snugly into a ditch about 20 feet off the highway. My heart was full of gratitude as I realized that I was still alive. The hour or so wait for the wrecker truck to extract my vehicle from the ditch did not bother me much as I started, at long last, to read your book. It is a book that I did not put down after getting home. I think I’d like to read “Witch of Hebron”, but as an eclectic pagan I would wonder what inspired the title? Anyways, dear Sir. “Made by Hand” is a good read. Not as good as “Lights Out” or “One Second After”, but very good nonetheless. you are a very descriptive writer, and all of your talk about `food` reminded me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and made me quite hungry:)
    If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask a question of you. Beings that you are endorsed by NPR; surely a credible and trustworthy newssource 😉 I am gathering you are not what I call a “whiz-bang”. Mr. Kunstler; I could not keep consuming such a diet of SHTF fodder. What did you call it, nabob of negativism? I have lived through the 90’s waiting for the Great Economic collapse, lived through Y2K, lived through so many scenarios that never came to pass. I would not liken myself to an ostritch burying my head in the sand; but I would really like to ask of you….in your opinion…..why HASN’T SHTF? What powers has constrained the scenarios that you, and many others, have felt were ripe for our times? I would be honored if you would respond, at the least perhaps steer me towards a piece that you had written that addresses such? Thanks bunches and I hpe you have a great day! SNOW DAY here Yaaaaay!

    • Beryl of Oyl February 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      I think a lot of the scenarios Mr. Kunstler has described are coming to pass, but we have made adjustments and therefore don’t recognize what is happening. Sitting in a ditch in your automobile waiting to be rescued, with one of his books in your hand, would be a good opening scene to a movie based on one of his themes.

      • Beth Owyn February 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

        Lol, yes it would!!!!! Love your screenname btw. Back in the 90’s, we called the “adjusting” the “boiling frog” syndrome. At a slow boil, the frog does not know his own doom until he’s just about cooked!

        • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 9:43 am #

          That’s pulp fiction. Just like the mouse pressing the bar to get his cocaine fix until he keels over and dies. Yes if you isolate a mouse in a cage, just him and his cocaine bar, he will do exactly that. Put him in a cage with other mouse, with little hamster wheels and other toys, with food and water, and not only will he not press the bar, he will shun it… never go near it. Moral of the story: people can paint any picture they want and 90% of the time the majority of the people will believe the horseshit fed to them.

    • MisterDarling February 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      Hello Beth!

      What a nice first comment and an excellent question to ask the ‘dark legend’ of the SHTF-lit Scene… Much appreciated. Enjoy your ‘snow day’!

      Cheers!

      😉

      • Beth Owyn February 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

        dark legend eh? Well we all gotta be something 😉 And I’m a-thinking I got my answer by reading a post on the forecast for 2015! You have a great week Mister Darling! My snow day was lazy and loud! (houseful of kids not also in….school!) I work at the school, hence my glee in getting a snow day.

    • mantis February 3, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      Witch of Hebron is an excellent novel. Lots of ‘food for thought.”

    • Farmer McGregor February 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

      Beth,
      Hoping you’re still watching the site at this late hour in the game…

      In answer to your inquiry: there’s good reason why JHK named his Peak Oil expose The Long Emergency (with emphasis on the word LONG). Find and read a copy of it, following it with Too Much Magic and you’ll have a pretty good handle on his take on it all. They’re both great reads; classic Kunstler prose.

      While we could at any time experience one or more major SHTF “Black Swan” events like 9/11 or 2008, most likely we’ll just see a progressive degradation of circumstances with punctuated moments of various regional calamities. Take a hard look at conditions around the entire world, not just our little problems here in the empire, and you can see that we are well into the zone of The Long Emergency.

      The S has been hitting the F for decades, just slowly enough that we haven’t noticed the walls are slowly changing color — not unlike the ‘frog in the pot’ concept.

      –Greg

      • Beth Owyn February 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

        thanks for the great reply Greg! Some thoughts I have long pondered. Yes, I observe what is going on around the world, but to tell the truth I live in a bubble. A small Midwestern town, agricultural, conservative, seriously it’s like going back to the 60’s (when I was a kid!) Kids play everywhere; nights are busy with sporting events; bustling local economy. I might say that the prevalent attitude amongst many here is that as long as the world’s problems do not touch them, they are aloof, unattached, and have little to no opinion. Have you seen the show “Jericho”? Reminds me so much of the village that I live in!
        every year I go back to the Detroit area; where I am from. I cannot understand with all the plants gone; why are higher end chain restaurants PACKED (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.) and the malls and shopping stores so busy? It crosses with the messages that I have been hearing/reading!
        Well, kid home from BB practice. Gotta go!

    • hugho February 4, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Beth, what makes you think that the sh__ hasn’t long since hit the fan ? There are many varieties of said material, many consistencies and viscosities. Then there are the many varieties of fan blades and fan speeds and why would you have SH__ so close to a fan in the first place? Ah, so many metaphors for our time This is another one of those mysterious expressions. Is this another one attributed to JC? Sounds like it’s more down Bush’s alley, along the line of “This sucker’s going down!”. Also Jim’s books sorta grow on you so keep reading and try to stay on the road.

  24. Beryl of Oyl February 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    I don’t hate the halftime show as much as the whole “run-up” to the Superbowl, or whatever you want to call it. A reporter on another network drew our attention to the Dad theme of the commercials during the game this year. Okay, sure, I’ll be sure to change the channel and watch “just for the commercials” so I can absorb whatever the propaganda is that they are pushing this year. I don’t even know who “they” is.
    There has been a massive media push to turn the NFL into the equivalent of church, God, and America in the minds of Americans. All that yammering about an incident of domestic violence. I hate that kind of behavior as much as anybody, but that was a criminal matter that did not need national attention. How was that particular woman helped? She was used to blur the lines between sports, entertainment, gossip, and the things that are really going on that people should be aware of, IMO.
    My local government couldn’t even get people not to leave their cars in the street so the plows could get through.
    Don’t even get me started on Deflategate. That. and a snowstorm in January led the national newscasts. At least the hype gave some politicians a chance to see how readily people will comply with the imposition of martial law for a suspected “emergency”.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      I don’t know how the last line of my post became the first line of the last paragraph.

    • Therian February 3, 2015 at 12:54 am #

      By the time the damned game arrives people experience RELIEF more than anticipation. As for the game itself, Seattle’s ghetto side fully revealed itself when they used a Brady kneel-down as an excuse to start a bar room brawl. They also probably hated the fact that nearly all of New England’s stars are Caucasian. Can’t allow honkie into the ‘hood!!

  25. barbisbest February 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    After being in the dark for so long, a glimpse of the light can make you giddy. Thoughts come into your head and you better think ’em. A metaphor for hearing or reading truth, or falling in love. Speaking of which great book. Only love is Real, by Brian Weiss.

    It’s nice meeting you all. In the words of J.Orkin, The Morons Guide to Global Collapse, we’re all going down together. But it may be more intermittent. Apocalypse sooner or later.

    • Beth Owyn February 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      Waving hi, Barb! your post put the Decemberist’s song “We both go down together” in me noggin all day now 🙂 Have a beautiful night!

  26. dweebus February 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Prefacing my remarks with “V. Nuland is an idiot”, I am not entirely sure what to make of Ukraine. Obviously there are historical and cultural ties with Russia. Nevertheless, I wonder if at some level there was not popular support for the Maidan uprising in the beginning. Yanukovych was widely seen as corrupt and a puppet. The standard of living in Ukraine was low. Perhaps they saw an EU association as their ticket to a western lifestyle.

    How common is the neo-fascism in the West? Is this a widely held belief? How deeply attached to Russian is the East. Is this attitude widely held? I expect that events have gotten ahead of both Putin and Obama at this point and have taken on a life of their own, egged on by the hardliners in both countries. Meanwhile the Ukrainian people are starving pawns and caught in a cycle of retaliation and revenge. What a fuckin’ tragedy…

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

      Sure there are quite a few well-meaning idiots ready to go to the square (after finishing the office work) and chant “We are for all good against all evil”. I actually happen to know quite a few.

      But well-meaning idiots do not do violent government take-downs, paid provocateurs and few managing professionals do, reinforced with intelligence operatives and “unknown” snipers on the roof, shooting police and demonstrators alike.

      Also is very helpful when the government officials are threatened by Washington not to respond to “street provocations”, or face Western courts and arrest of their assets in Western banks, like Yanukovich was.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 2:51 am #

      Google Huntington’s Line. Western Ukraine is Catholic and looks to the West. The East is Orthodox and looks to Russia. Two different Civilizations in one country? It’s not viable.

      • Manny59 February 4, 2015 at 8:40 am #

        You state Ukraine is not viable because one half is Catholic, and the other half is Orthodox. Why should this be the case?

        Would you have a problem if a co-worker does not belong to your church? If you meet a lovely lady, would you refuse to consider a relation if she professed another religion? What makes you think things are different in Ukraine? For most people, religion is not a make-or-break issue in their life.

        If two different churches cause Ukraine to break in two, then the US has got to break in ten thousand pieces.

        • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 9:36 am #

          Because one side, the Catholic side, is predatory and has been ever since the Reformation and formation of the Society of Jesus. You have to understand that when the Roma Empire collapsed the Catholic Church was the dominant political entity in Europe for hundreds of years. These years were called appropriately the Dark Ages, but could have just as easily called the Catholic Age. The Pope was the supreme ruler over all Europe. What can I say… they miss it.

          • Manny59 February 4, 2015 at 10:56 am #

            There’s a way in Ukraine because someone spent $5 billion to get one. In a country of 45 million that’s $111 per person. The US equivalent would be $35 billion.

            Do you think a budget of $35 billion would get you a civil war in the US? If I look at Ferguson, Missouri, I’d say you could do it for a lot less.

    • pequiste February 3, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Dweebus,
      I’m not sure where “we” get this idea that the Ukrainians are starving. Pawn yes. Starving……hmmmm.
      Please consider that the Third Reich specifically diverted the main attack front, during the Blitzkrieg of 1941, away from Moscow to capture “The Ukraine” (and lost the war due to this massive strategic blunder.) Long the breadbasket of Russia (Europe,) it was supposed to be made into the homeland for the S.S.
      Even with the installation of “Western” “Hypercapitalist” food production models, the people of Ukraine have a long history of working the land on small plots and, if not banned by Kyiv, probably could feed themselves adequately.
      ft.com/cms/s/0/54852a9a-1ba2-11e3-b678-00144feab7de.html#axzz3Qh0aI7M3

      Not having any “intel” assets there, I am just speculating of course, using open source materials available to me.
      Do they have a low standard of living – yeah probably. Are they starving- pretty convinced that’s a controlled medias Agitprop.

  27. volodya February 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    What have we got here? Two corrupt piss-holes. One with oil, one without.

    Russia: population 144 million

    Ukraine: population 45 million

    Lopsided, no?

    What else have we got. Neighboring countries, who may or may not give a shit about the outcome.

    And who are some of these neighbors?

    Poland: population 39 million

    Germany: population 81 million

    France: population 66 million. A bit far away but let’s toss it in anyway.

    Total population 186 million.

    Let’s say these folk are shocked and appalled at what’s happening. Let’s assume (big assumption) they all side with the Ukrainians. Not so lopsided anymore is it?

    These are all age-old ethnicities even if the respective states aren’t that old. The point is they would by now have a sense of their own interests. And they would have a sense of whether intervening is worthwhile, you know, being a grenade toss away.

    If there’s some compelling need to do something, there’s more than enough locals on the ground to do it.

    But would they? Maybe. If they could summon the national will. That’s a huge “if”. I mean, this being the age of the Euro and the café lay-about and preening mama’s boy. You know the type, in university until the age of 30 with a burning ambition for a do-nothing government desk job with long, leisurely lunches and many, many vacation weeks off every year. And then retirement at 40.

    Does the US have interests in the outcome? Maybe. But I doubt it. Far fetched at best. Maybe you can make a case. You know, get Cheney and Rummie flexing their jaws, masticating all the “power words” (love that terminology Pete).

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      What have we got here? One huge corrupt piss-hole. Population – 320 million. “We love starting fights, but taking responsibility?….”

      Fuck the EU.

    • Manny59 February 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      The Polish-Lithuanian empire marched on Moscow in 1792; they were not victorious.
      The French marched on Moscow under Napoleon in 1812; they were not victorious.
      The Germans marched on Moscow under Hitler in 1941; they were not victorious.
      Neither Poland, France nor Germany wants to repeat the exercise.

      If the US Army wants to march on Moscow in 2015, be my guest. We here in Europe already know what the outcome will be.

  28. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    The Super Bowl was obviously rigged as is the kerfuffle between The West and Russia in Ukraine. Yeah, players are still tackling, hitting and otherwise debilitating each other on the field just as combatants are shooting, bombing, killing and dying in Ukraine’s civil war, but the outcome has already been decided. Ukraine will ultimately be divvied up into narco statelets between Russia and The West just as Yugoslavia was. It’s just that this time around, Russia has a larger, more prominent role to play.

  29. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    One of the commercials used the song “This land is our land, This land is your land” to sell cars. Bad enough of course. But they also took this love song to America and showed global scenes and people as it played. A complete denial of what the song is about. Using the higher to serve the lower is the very essence of Black Magic, thus the car sales part. But they weren’t satisfied with that so they made nonsense of out of the lyrics with visuals in order to conflate love of America with globalism. Thus a two fold evil was affected.

    • Florida Power February 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Woody Guthrie wrote the song to counter Irving Berlin’s sappy God Bless America, and it might as well have been written “this land is the People’s land wherever they may reside in the World Collective…” That would have been metrically deficient but consistent with Guthrie’s communism. So the ad-makers co-opted what they thought was the equivalent of “God Bless America” and married it to the globalist agenda — al in the cause of selling cars of course. Who knows? — maybe they knew what they were doing.

      Also, I think the proper word is “effected” unless I miss a meaning here, which is entirely possible. I defer to Q.

  30. shabbaranks February 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler missed the low-hanging fruit in the Superbowl, namely the advertisement for the upcoming Disney movie entitled “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney.

    I thought the latest CFN blog would be entitled “Todayland” in contrast to the ridiculous fictions offered up wholesale by Walt’s spinners. Alas, real events on the ground such as the Ukrainian kerfuffle take precedence. Probably a good thing.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      This time there will be good dinosaurs who will help fight the bad ones. This is not merely a remake of Jurassic Park. Anyone who says so is ignorant. The workshops are already at work making gay dinosaur toys, Barneys for our frank new youth.

  31. dweebus February 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Janos-

    “this love song to America” shows how little you know of Woody Guthrie.

    So when he sings:

    “As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.”

    Is he talking about your nationalism, conquest, fascism, might makes right, as he sings his love song to America, or is it sung for the transient, the hobo, the homeless, the migrant?

    Yes, Guthrie stands against globalism, but he stands against neo-Feudalism as well.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Yes I know that he was a Communist horror show. But it’s still a good song which I enjoyed before I learned the Truth and still can if I try.

      The Globalists intend on neo-Feudalism with us as their subject until we can be replaced by robots. My Feudalism (if it comes to that) would be human and traditional. My modernity would be the Nation State under a Republican form of government (not the Republican Party). And my Fascism is the Nation State under attack, with its Dictator as the War King who gives the power back when the crisis is over. Ah but would he? Some would. Washington did. All the crowned heads of Europe assumed he was just a new king and the Democracy just a lot of hot air. And that he would remain president for life and then pass it on to his son, just as in modern Korea or Haiti. They were amazed when he stepped down. A King indeed – of the Spirit.

      • malthuss February 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

        My understanding is WG wrote the song as a reaction to IB ‘God Bless America’.[written in 1918].

      • hineshammer February 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

        Haiti? There hasn’t been any kind of dictated power in Haiti since the younger Duvalier was run out of the country. They have a shitload of problems in that country, but a monarchy by force or coercion isn’t one of them.

  32. seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    Conservatives don’t sing that song. They sing, “This land was made for me and mine.”

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Hump, you are up in the clouds. Read Aristophanes wont you?

      You want the greatest good for the greatest number? The philosophy of the pig? Then you want White Men to rule because they’re the ones who do this best too.

      • seawolf77 February 3, 2015 at 10:34 am #

        Blow me Maude. That would be down on your knees.

  33. Cheesewhiz February 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    The scariest thing about World War 3 is the way that Americans have fallen lock-step into backing our government – even though all the coffins from the last nation-building fiasco in Iraq haven’t been buried yet. Not only is the average boobus-Americanus going along with it (if they have bothered to tune into the news at all), but those with any social influence at all, even pastors and middle-managers at corporations, have decided to ban and punish any questioning of the government’s statements on Ukraine by their parishioners, employees, etc.

    In recent weeks, I’ve been censored or socially penalized at church (a fairly middle-of-the-road Congregational parish) for suggesting that the U.S. bears some complicity for the Ukraine mess and that we must not demonize Russian people, and I’ve apparently made an enemy at work with our IT Security expert (who implements government rules on network security) because I didn’t readily agree that Putin was as bad as Hitler.

    I’m sure there’s much we could say about the way “The System” squelches dissent, and how people with positions intuitively back The Powers That Be, without any explicit orders from on-high to do so. But why on earth is Ukraine a matter of interest to the U.S. at all? Is the United States really that eager to experience direct, immediate military defeat – as if the quagmires and slow-motion train wrecks of Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t bad enough?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      That’s been coming on for a long time. In the last X Files and Indiana Jones movies, the Russians were portrayed as Nazis. In other words, why waste an engram and decades of programming. Instead link the already existing programming (against Nazis) with the Russians.

      That’s just two examples. It’s been a strong theme of Hollywood for years now. The Tribe wants Russia taken down and Americans seem to be falling for it by and large. American Sniper is huge. Selma tanked, which is good news of course.

      • Florida Power February 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

        Prior to the Sochi olympics the US press began a not-so-subtle campaign of snide commentary portraying Russia as a hopeless backwater barely able to tie its shoes. One has to wonder what this is all about. Steve Pieczenik, interviewed by Alex Jones a while back, called for regime change in Russia — that’s all the US is asking — as if the folks at Langley or Foggy Bottom have the right to choose. I think Alex was a bit taken aback. Apparently the folks at Langley and Foggy Bottom DO have the right. The muppets can be counted upon to take the Bernaysian cues and vote yes.

  34. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    I don’t have a dog in this fight and couldn’t care less either way. I’m just on the outside looking in and availing you of my observations. That being said, if Ukraine isn’t of strategic importance to The West, then neither is Israel. Should The West, and more specifically America, abandon Israel to the Muslim hordes and pull all funding and support? Or does Ukraine need a more powerful lobby in America stacked with individuals who hold dual Ukrainian-U.S. citizenship? I’d be more than happy to lend my support to the cause of pulling in America’s sails and watching the massive sinkhole it creates collapse in upon itself. Europe will quickly go up in smoke and flames again, and this time for good. You don’t extract something as large and far-reaching as the American Empire and expect there won’t be dire implications. Without a plan, it will surely hasten and exacerbate a calamity. And that folks, is the meaning of being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Europe has already criminalized at least two Nationalist Parties poised to take over: Vlams Blok in Belgium and Golden Dawn in Greece. They are severely persecuting half a dozen others. Western Europe is a colony of America and the New World Order. Without their baleful influence, Europe would rise up and expel the Muslim invaders that the NWO is using to destroy White Western Europe.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      Speaking of holding “dual U.S./Ukrainian citizenship” I found it highly suspect that the only person in Ukraine they could find to be the new “finance minister” was an American!!!

      They had to give her Ukrainian citizenship before she could be sworn in!:

      globalresearch.ca/ukraines-made-in-usa-finance-minister/5418617

      Now, what does THIS tell us?

  35. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    The Tribe wants Russia taken down

    Russia’s been taken down twice now. First it was the overthrow of Tsarist Russia and then the collapse of the USSR. What does one more time matter to make it a perfect Trifecta?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      No the second case was internal and natural; a regression in service of the ego or in this case, the Russian People. Study chaos theory. The lower order must break down in order that the higher can come into being.

      osti.gov/accomplishments/prigogine.html

    • hineshammer February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      Both were internal. Russia has never been successfully occupied. The Germans invaded in WWII but we all know how that ended.

  36. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    McDonald’s new program was featured last night: some people wont have to pay money but rather “buy” their meal by hugging their family or calling their mother and telling her they love her. The clerk will give you your assignment.You KNOW that Americans will go along with this – selling their souls for a bad good. Junk Food Souls.

    • S M Tenneshaw February 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

      Mickey D is good bad but he’s not evil.

  37. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    In Wisconsin, a groundhog named Jimmy bit the Mayor’s ear after giving him the weather forecast.

  38. Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Poor Beast Mode! He didn’t get the pig skin with one yard to go. What were the Sea Hawks thinking?

  39. Pucker February 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    The movie “American Sniper” is a bit strange. I would like to know what you CFNerds think of this movie? I tend to be of the view that “American Sniper” (or rather the life of Chris Kyle as depicted in the movie) represents to blue collar white Americans white Life should be like, i.e., the heroic selfless white American warrior who vanquishes Evil while his devoted white wife waits for him stateside with the kids. Right? They seem to have a strong desire or need that the story of Chris Kyle is true? I get the impression that many white Americans closely identify with this movie. It seems to have a very strong propaganda effect on them? I suppose that it probably beats the dim, dire Reality of working at WalMart?

    • seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

      America’s “Nation’s Pride.” Even the numbers are close. I think it was 200 men in “Inglorious Bastards,” and 160 men in “American Sniper.” War is not glorious, it is hideous. Soldiers are not heroes, they’re suckers.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

        Suckers? Except when they’re fighting for their own freedom on their own soil.

        • seawolf77 February 3, 2015 at 10:28 am #

          And that has happened how many times in the last 239 years? Once. Funny how America has only been at peace for 17 of those 239 years.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Exactly Puck. Look at Patton and Pat Tillman: both of them awoke while in the Theatre of War and neither one made it back. Friendly fire in one case. Friendly accident in the other. Why didn’t they make the war about Pat Tillman if they are such moral paragons, so Anti-War (remember that?), so Civil Righty?

      They were Anti-War when they didn’t control America. That’s when they were so in favor of free speech as well.

      • Pucker February 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

        There’s something strange and disturbing about this movie “American Sniper”. I can’t quite put my finger on it (the trigger), so to speak?

        Chris Kyle dies at the end of the film. The Zeitgeist of the times in the US seems to suggest some kind of mass apocalyptic Death Wish (see such movies as Godzilla, Terminator, Zombies, etc.). Are the people supposed to identify with Chris Kyle and die as a “warrior”?

        I think that US soldiers actually use the term “warrior” to describe themselves. It is used in the movie “American Sniper”.

      • seawolf77 February 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

        Assassination by friendly fire. Patton probably saw or heard something that got him killed. Tillman turned against the war almost immediately, told everybody it was a fraud, was worth gazillions in hero publicity, a form of war porn, so he was iced. “American Sniper”= war porn. “Nation’s Pride”=war porn. “Top Gun”=war porn.

        • Pucker February 2, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

          I think that I may better understand the movie “American Sniper” now? Clint Eastwood must have done an excellent job of re-creating vivid urban battle scenes in Iraq such that it instantly cemented strong emotional bonds in the subconscious minds of US combat veterans?

          The movie, particularly, the final scene must be the well-deserved recognition from society that the US combat veterans have so-long been deprived of for these many years? I recall that in the movie, Chris Kyle, remarks that “there’s a war going on and everyone is just driving to the mall as if it doesn’t matter!”

          The story in the movie has to be true because if it is not true, then Reality is quite horrifying, i.e., that the American public does not really appreciate the US combat veteran’s sacrifice, or that perhaps it isn’t about Good vs. Evil.

          I suppose that it’s a bit like the reason that the victims of the holocaust lined up voluntarily for the gas chamber. They needed to believe that it was a shower because the Reality of it not being a shower was too horrifying? Maybe this analogy is inappropriate?

          In short, I can understand the need to recognize the US combat soldier’s sacrifice.

          The problem is that one wouldn’t perhaps want the movie to become an instrument for military recruiting, or to be used for a nefarious purpose to manipulate people.

          • DA February 3, 2015 at 8:06 am #

            The movie, particularly, the final scene must be the well-deserved recognition from society that the US combat veterans have so-long been deprived of for these many years? I recall that in the movie, Chris Kyle, remarks that “there’s a war going on and everyone is just driving to the mall as if it doesn’t matter!”

            That’s the ironic truth of it right there. The irony being that the scene in the movie is the tribute, and likely as close to one as vets will ever get. The rest of the time the “war” / invasion is just something the news vaguely mentions from time to time. The American people could care less. And why should they? It’s a “war” fought for all the wrong reasons by the usual cast of victims; the economically and educationally challenged underclass on the behalf of their corporate capitalist overlords. No one who actually matters has any skin in the game at all, other than the dividends from their defense stocks, which will likely keep on growing either way.

            In short, I can understand the need to recognize the US combat soldier’s sacrifice.

            The problem is that one wouldn’t perhaps want the movie to become an instrument for military recruiting, or to be used for a nefarious purpose to manipulate people.

            The problem is, “understanding veterans’ sacrifice” by watching this stupid propagandistic hero worshipping movie is not only pointless, it’s downright insulting. Coming to grips with the basic realities behind the war itself would be a real start, but of course Americans are simply too fucking stupid and too disinterested to ever do that. Besides, I hear they’re developing an “app” for that, aren’t they?

          • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:06 am #

            From today’s Tom Dispatch:

            tomdispatch.com/post/175951/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_i.f._stone_and_the_urge_to_serve/

            In the last six decades, the American national security state has succeeded strikingly at only one thing (other than turning itself into a growth industry): it freed itself of us and of Congress. In the years following the Vietnam War, the American people were effectively demobilized, shorn of that sense of service to country, while war was privatized and the citizen soldier replaced by an “all-volunteer” force and a host of paid contractors working for warrior corporations. Post-9/11, the citizenry was urged to pay as much attention as possible to “our troops,” or “warriors,” and next to none to the wars they were fighting. Today, the official role of a national security state, bigger and more powerful than in the Vietnam era, is to make Americans “safe” from terror. In a world of war-making that has disappeared into the shadows and a Washington in which just about all information is now classified and shrouded in secrecy, the only way to be “safe” and “secure” as a citizen is, by definition, to be ignorant, to know as little as possible about what “our” government is doing in our name. This helps explain why, in the Obama years, the only crime in official Washington is leaking or whistleblowing; that is, letting the public in on something that we, the people, aren’t supposed to know about the workings of “our” government.

          • ozone February 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

            Excellent catch, DA!
            That about says it in a tightly wrapped (but bloody) package.
            Thanks for the link.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

      Or “shopping” at Walmart.

      I wouldn’t be caught dead inside Walmart.

  40. darkrider February 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    first of all to call yourself a political psychoanalyst is an enormous stretch…your tone never changes as all you do is rant against a system that has, to date, not really revealed much of what you say is inevitable

    on this point, to carry a halftime performance during a sporting event into the same vein of serious geopolitical and geostrategic issues is an amateur move intended to incite alarm on a base level, maybe to incite some type of emotion at another level…either way, it is a meaningless tie and completely beneath your intellect as a valuable contrarian voice against mainstream thought

    do better next time and do not strive so hard to capitalize on pop culture events to make a repetitive point…considering your alacrity at criticizing pop culture in general

    • James Howard Kunstler February 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

      What a fucking idiot you are. Sometimes a gag is just a gag. — JHK

  41. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    If the Seahocks were wearing helmets like this, they would have won.

    I think these old helmets are great, and if you do the research they’re every bit as effective, if not more so, in mitigating brain injuries than modern helmets.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      I think a pair of aviator goggles over the top would complete the look nicely. We Muricans love us some bold fashion statements!

  42. gazooks February 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Appreciated the commentary, JHK, and look forward to exploring other work as it appears.

    I was attracted by the prospect of something critically intelligent regarding Ukraine as was delivered on my first site visit. Maybe even cogent discussion.

    So I have to ask; how for a majority of commenting readers does it transit tp a forum of the most inane kind of bullshit Super Bowl analysis?

    I don’t begrudge anyone innocent pleasures in this psychotic cultural extravaganza of American existence. But why hijack one of the very few salient discussions on this unfolding Ukrainian nightmare funded and tolerated by an unconscious population too preoccupied to even give it space for somber discussion here.

    It’s fucking sickening, really. We by default of our silence support the misery and murder of thousands freezing in their shell fragment shredded homes and this is about our fucking government wanting an escalation.

    Just trying to endear myself here. These silly ass comments are culturally apocalyptic by implication of sheer indifference.

    Fuck this country.

  43. rapier February 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Europe, the West, has been trying to separate Ukraine and Crimea from the East for 800 years give or take. Well all of Russia too but those two as a starting point often times. Napoleon failed and the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade was a British attempt to take Crimea. Hitler did it for awhile but the Russians threw the Germans back.

    As the Ukrainian Prime Minister, our hand picked man Yatsenyuk just said recently however, Russia must never be allowed to invade Ukraine or Germany again. Throw in Obama and Cameron just declared that the US and England won the war in Europe and that Putin was barred from attending the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, by Russian troops, and perhaps you can see where this is going. WWII revisionism is all part of the plan to throw the Russians out of Ukraine.

    The war, such as is, has amounted to the Kiev government, in name only, moving on by bombing and shelling the cities of the East. The homes of the serpatists. It has not gone too well but eventually what will happen is all the cities will be flattened and the Russian will leave. Ukrainian rhetoric is filled with talk of eliminating Russians, from Ukraine anyway. Slavs as Hitler would say.

    When Putin loses Dombass he is done politically. So this is going to be a tough slog but our crack Global Strategic Thinkers think it’s all worth it and so does our Nobel Peace Prize president.

  44. FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Novorussia announces a full mobilization

    Head of DNR Zacharchenko has announced that Novorussia is declaring a full mobilization and expects 100,000 men to show up.

    I have a feeling that Novorussia’s mobilization is just a cover story for the “North Wind” finally to start blowing in Ukraine again, like it did in August last year. Thousands upon thousands of Russian military specialists will take hopefully short leave of absence, to visit their loved ones in Ukraine.

    Putin called the Ukrainian military a “NATO’s legion”. This guy never say anything without a reason. The newest, just adopted Russian military doctrine designates NATO as most likely potential enemy and assumes a possibility of preemptive use of tactical nuclear arms.

    Message loud and clear.

  45. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    and assumes a possibility of preemptive use of tactical nuclear arms.

    Preemptive use by who, NATO or Russia?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      This is Russian military doctrine, not NATO’s. So, of course, by Russia.

  46. mattheus February 2, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    One question about Ukraine…. How can supporting a regime backed by neo-nazi thugs ever end well? Is there any possible positive end game?

    • FincaInTheMountains February 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

      There ain’t one. If Russia backs down, Putin would be taken out of Kremlin feet first, with a bullet in the back of his head. If US backs down, the European domino pieces will start falling out.

      We have a Mexican standoff here.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      news.yahoo.com/ukraine-run-miserable-jews-rebel-chief-202600090.html

      The Regime is mostly run by Americanized Jews. The Nazis were invited in as street fighters and to confuse the easily confused.

  47. Cold N. Holefield February 2, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Volodya has it right. The West won’t sink too much into this endeavor, just enough to weaken Russia, but not to the extent of putting boots on the ground — I mean real boots, not advisors and special ops. Ukraine is Russia’s Syria. It will be carved up when it’s all said and done and divided into obeisant and easily controlled narco statelets — some going to Russia and others going to The West. In the meantime there will be a great deal of handwringing and alarmist rhetoric but nothing will come of it. Survivors don’t engage in suicidal behavior. Preemptively using nukes would mean a global nuclear war and winter. Russia knows that, but it prides itself on bluffing, thus showing how weak it really is.

    Besides, my guess is the next use of nukes will be a volley between Pakistan and India in the next ten to fifteen years. It won’t be pretty and it will greatly affect the global climate and agriculture. There will be no more talk of Global Warming.

  48. wpa--ccc February 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    Ukraine is nothing serious. It is just a way to get into Putin’s head and keep him distracted. It is easy to make Putin believe that the USA is intent on breaking up the Russian Federation into small, impotent parts. It is a relatively cheap venture to combine military pressure on one hand and social media subversion on the other, aided by Ukrainian oligarchs and rightists. By using propaganda to vilify Putin as “the new Hitler,” the USA keeps Putin off balance. It is not as if WWIII is the goal. As JHK commented today: Sometimes a gag is just a gag. (5:15 pm)

  49. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    “Novorussia is declaring a full mobilization and expects 100,000 men to show up… Message loud and clear.” — Finca

    Exactly the expensive response hoped for. The USSR no longer exists because it was spent into bankruptcy. Moving around 100,000 men, undergoing the embargo, and now Putin taking the Ukraine bait, Russia is economically weakened again. Putin does not get it… As JHK commented today: Sometimes a gag is just a gag. (5:15 pm)

    It is so easy to manipulate macho leaders. Bin Laden did it with Bush. Macho Bush spent $4 TRILLION on a useless war (plus ongoing VA costs for decades to come and 22 veteran suicides continuing each day). Bush was suckered into bankrupting the USA. Now it is Putin’s turn to puff up his chest and show how “strong” Russia is… hahaha.

    • Therian February 3, 2015 at 1:01 am #

      You’ve got to be kidding about Russia. Putin pushes the West’s buttons with the war against gays and so on far more than we imagine that we’re getting to him. He knows that he can always turn the methane tap off to Europe.

      Putin only cares about his alliance with China and has no intention of cozying up to the EU or America. As for “bankruptcy”, Russia’s total indebtedness is about a buck ninety-eight compared to any other Western nation you’d care to mention.

      He’s more than happy to let malcontents leave. On the other hand, we’re letting Chindians and Mexicans come here and act like they own the fucking place. Talk of Putin taking “bait” is nonsense. This guy is like a chess master and his EU and American naysayers are like wood pushers who just learned the moves.

      • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

        Let’s not forget that Putin has also given Edward Snowden and his girlfriend a safe haven, a nice apartment and employment. Every day Obama, Kerry, Hillary, McCain, Graham and all the others of their ilk, salivate over the day they can get their slimy hands on Snowden so he can be thrown into a brightly lit cell, can be kept awake for days on end and can be tortured by playing endless loops of Barry Manilow.

        Snowden is the treasure they want.

    • ozone February 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      Wellsir, this “analysis” by a-sock-a is about as accurate and incisive as the rest of her/his/its’ pronouncements. No wonder the “American Peephole” (blessed by gawd hisself) are so woefully ignorant and misinformed.

      Won’t you please tell us which unthoughtful-tank you collect your paycheck and talking points from? We’d all like to give them a cramp, crick or pinch (or three) before the real shitstorm begins and we find ourselves busy with some stunning predicaments…

      (Thanks in advance.)

      • ozone February 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

        (For our beloved Cornucopian Delusionist who presently goes by the most cynical of monikers: wpa–ccc.)

  50. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    “It will be carved up when it’s all said and done and divided into obeisant and easily controlled narco statelets” — Cold N. Holefield

    Just like Afghanistan was turned into largest opium/heroin producer in the world by NATO occupation?

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Maybe not “turned into” but certainly capitalized on. Hey, why mess with an already good thing?

      • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

        Prior to the U. S. invasion after 9/11 the Taliban had decreased poppy fields to near zero. Google it.

        And just prior to 9/11 the Taliban heads came to Crawford to meet with Bush and were told, “We will either carpet you with gold or carpet you with bombs.”

        Check out the book, “The Politics of Heroin”.

        • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

          I have it and you are correct. Amazing how much of world history, especially since the Slimies, is all about dope dealers.

  51. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    “Ukraine is nothing serious. It is just a way to get into Putin’s head and keep him distracted.” wpa—ccc

    The prime game in current geopolitical party is between China and US. US can’t get to China without its buffer zone – Russia, can’t get to Russia without its buffer zone – Ukraine, and can’t get a full control over Ukraine because of Novorussian buffer zone.

    So, while US is getting knee-deep in hopeless Ukrainian affair, China in a meantime keep de-dollarization process, keep setting Yuan swaps almost everywhere in the world.

    No wonder that even with ruble losing more than half of its value to US Dollar, Chinese refused to adjust the existing agreement with Russia regarding Ruble-Yuan swap facility.

    Time is not working in US favor.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Which is perhaps one of the reasons Obama is trying so desperately to “fast track” the secretive TPP?

      Jim, I would love to see you do a little digging around on this and give us an article?

      • ozone February 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

        Yep. The petro-dollar must be maintained at all costs! (Entrapping others into debt servitude and “rules of trade” is the empires only remaining hope.)

  52. contrahend February 3, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Where is the $200/barrel oil price?

    I’ve been waiting since it was predicted somewhere in 2005-2012.

    maybe it’s down here in brazil, where gas is $5 a gallon??

    kontrahend

  53. Cold N. Holefield February 3, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    I want to try to get inside the mind of the Islamic State before it falls from grace and the headlines and is replaced with another War On & Of Terror firmware update. In an effort to do just that, I bring you….

    The Interview

  54. nsa February 3, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Of the almost 200 countries, we here in Ft. Meade and Langley rule about 100 of them…..starting with our nearest colonies, Canada and Mexico, and stretching across the Pacific to our possessions, Japan and Australia, and across the Atlantic to our 20 odd abject euro-weanie subject states. Having achieved full spectrum dominance and total information awareness, we now smother the planet with our munificent glory and benevolent splendor……

    • seawolf77 February 3, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      The British Empire invaded 9 out of 10 countries on Earth, including America, twice. The US has invaded 70 countries since 1776, or roughly 4 out of 10 countries on Earth. What a bunch of slackers!

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

      Having achieved full spectrum dominance and total information awareness, we now smother the planet with our munificent glory and benevolent splendor……

      Damn! You’re making my aging tender parts firm again with that shit!

  55. Buck Stud February 3, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Asoka Rugman writes:

    “Ukraine is nothing serious. It is just a way to get into Putin’s head and keep him distracted. It is easy to make Putin believe that the USA is intent on breaking up the Russian Federation into small, impotent parts. It is a relatively cheap venture to combine military pressure on one hand and social media subversion on the other, aided by Ukrainian oligarchs and rightists…Ukraine is nothing serious. It is just a way to get into Putin’s head and keep him distracted.”

    After reading the above a cartoon picture popped into my head. Cavalier and arrogantly unconcerned, Asoka Rugman whistles past the graveyard of the 5000 dead Ukrainians killed in the last nine months, singing, “No Big Deal”.

    Is my cartoon image flawed? After reading his posts I don’t think so.

  56. oap February 3, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    It is worrying when your post comments on the stupid and very dangerous behaviour towards Russia with a deal of intelligent thought and most of your responders harp on about mindless trivia shown in a T.V. program.
    Perhaps it is an indication of how your government gets away with what it does.
    God help us.

  57. contrahend February 3, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    oil rose to $50 today because some US rigs have shut down

    is this the beginning of the end for the US economy?

    in real world technological advances, here’s a shower that will easily save trillions of gallons of water & will become standard in all homes within a few years – just as double glazing, weatherstripping etc. are all standard and improve energy efficiency.

    youtube.com/watch?v=OYoeHFJAyhU

    this type of invention is only the tip of the iceberg in the efficiency revolution.

    sorry, end-of-worlders, you lose again.

    nevertheless, we salute you as we rocket into a golden age of energy ascent & plenitude, expanding our minds and improving our quality of life, thanks to Western scientific achievement.

    kontrahend

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      What will they think of next! I can hardly wait to hear more!

    • Therian February 4, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, it’s really great that Amazon will build drones to deliver books while the majority of Americans are debt slaves. Plenitude? For whom? Guys like you read too damned much Ray Kurzweil but you won’t bother to look at basic economic stats like median wages, workforce participation, monetary velocity, or net indebtness per individual/city/state.

      Yes, low-flow showers and double glazing will save America. Gawd.

  58. Pucker February 3, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Huckabee in his book “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy” cites surveys that purport that what most young Americans most want in life is to be famous.

    After seeing that movie, they all probably want to be like Chris Kyle. It’s a recruiting movie.

    • seawolf77 February 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      They don’t want to be famous and dead.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      After seeing that movie, they all probably want to be like Chris Kyle. It’s a recruiting movie.

      That’s probably not far from the mark. Many Americans, especially impressionable teen-aged boys without a lot of prospects in life, like to imagine themselves stars in their own action hero movie. That’s at least one take on it, and the one I think most will come away with.

      In the end, a movie is “about” whatever the viewer thinks it is, regardless of whatever high-minded bullshit the producer may have intended or the critics agreed on. I’m reading a piece over on Counterpunch as I type this that goes into a long, overly intellectual diatribe/analysis that it’s primarily an anti-war movie, and I agree that that’s one possible take. Just not a very likely one on the part of most of its actual viewers IMO.

      • Pucker February 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

        I suspect that the prevailing Zeitgeist in modern American is an apocalyptic “Death Wish”? (See such movies, as Godzilla, Terminator, Zombies, “Breaking Bad” in which Walt basically commits suicide at the end achieving fame for himself and wealth for his family, etc.). (I don’t know if JHK has written about this? If not, I wish that he would.)

        One wouldn’t want impressionable young white males to view Chris Kyle’s death as a ticket to quick Fame and Stardom.

        (Basically, Chris Kyle committed suicide. Of course, he was murdered, but he basically committed suicide.)

        • DA February 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

          I’m not sure which “one” you’re talking about. Let’s not forget, before all else, the movie’s primary intention is purely to make money, and secondarily, allow the making of even more money by promoting the “war,” aka the illegal and criminal invasions, effort. Anything beyond that, I imagine the moneyed class who financed this hogwash could really care less about. And most youth love to imagine their own deaths in heroic terms, even as they’re quite sure that it will never happen to them.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

            You’re forgetting the same Tribe controls both Hollywood and Foreign Policy. Economic Power and Political Power can’t ultimately be separated after all. Likewise, our legislators are big investors – and they never get bused for having inside information.

          • DA February 3, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

            You’re forgetting the same Tribe controls both Hollywood and Foreign Policy. Economic Power and Political Power can’t ultimately be separated after all.

            Nope. Never forgot that at all. Further, economic power is political power these days, even more than ever.

            To paraphrase the immortal Costanza, hallowed be his name:

            Just remember Jerry, it’s not insider trading if you’re actually an insider!

  59. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    “The British Empire invaded 9 out of 10 countries on Earth, including America, twice.” — seawolf77

    Are you including the British invasion of America in the 1960s?

    • seawolf77 February 3, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      I stand corrected…3 times.

  60. volodya February 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Buck,

    If I was a betting man I would bet that this Ukrainian border fight serves the purposes of certain people in both Kiev and Moscow.

    That’s not to say it serves everyone’s interests in either place. I would guess otherwise. And, if I was a betting man, I would bet on some dire consequences down the road for both Russia and Ukraine. And I would bet on a reckoning from those whose interests were harmed.

    And I agree, I wouldn’t say it’s no big deal. It’s a very big deal to the locals. Just like the on-going fight over ownership of Palestine and other places in the Middle East to people that live there.

    I would say that the US has very few compelling national interests at stake anywhere overseas. Americans only think they do. Besides, to be fair, not that fairness plays any role, the question of which national capitol raises its flag in Donetsk or Crimea is a problem for people that live there.

    Or Jerusalem for that matter.

    Imagine if Muslims were to raise the Crescent flag over what is now Israel. I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. But what if it did?

    The American foreign policy establishment would gnash its teeth. The President would give speeches, Sunday morning pundits would decry it all.

    Americans stoutly resist learning the lessons of history so count on US military intervention.

    In the end, so what? A rain of American bombs might divert events. But only for a while. You see, Americans, no matter their exalted view of their place in the world, don’t run things.

    I would also bet, if I was a betting man, that others, like the Chinese, would be pragmatic about the new middle east. They would ask, what’s in it for us?

    We seldom discuss the problem that the Chinese have with Muslims on Chinese territory. Imagine if new middle eastern regimes were hell-bent on fostering Muslim secessionists in China. I would bet on bloody retribution. They say they welcome death. We’ll find out. I expect that China would grant them their wish.

    The Chinese, while being pragmatic, also have no particular qualms about civilian dead especially in places that foment problems in China. I doubt they give a shit about “world opinion”.

    China is building a blue water fleet complete with aircraft carriers. Let’s see how far they get. I’m betting that the Chinese officer class will be itching to give that shiny new hardware a try.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      American corporations have pending drilling deals with the Ukrainian government in the eastern part of the country where all the fighting is happening. Joe Biden’s son is on the board of one of these American companies that are rubbing their hands together in gleeful anticipation of getting those grubby hands on some natural resources in that area and the thought of Putin enjoying the spoils makes them sweat profusely and feel nauseous as they envision all those bloody dollars slipping away.

      • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

        General Smedley Butler figured all this out decades ago when he penned his speech, “War Is a Racket”.

  61. contrahend February 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    What will they think of next! I can hardly wait to hear more!

    o-kay! glad you asked!

    Germany’s renewable energy was the largest single contributor to its energy needs in 2014!

    Germany’s Carbon Emissions Fall as Renewable Energy Takes the Lead
    ===
    ===
    2014 may have marked an inflection point in the transition to clean, renewable energy in Germany, Europe’s largest economy and the fifth largest in the world. Collectively, renewable energy resources supplied more electricity in Germany than any other category last year, surpassing lignite coal for the first time, according to Agora Energiewende‘s 2014 annual report.
    =====
    Renewable energy resources, including wind, hydro, solar and biomass, accounted for 27.3 percent of German electricity generation in 2014, according to Agora’s The Energiewende in the Power Sector: State of Affairs 2014. Significantly, greenhouse gas emissions and electric power consumption both declined, and wholesale power prices fell to a record-low while Germany’s economy expanded 1.4 percent.

    wow!! the world’s 5th biggest economy grew while lowering carbon emissions at the same time, thanx to solar, wind & other alt energy

    double wow! what will they think of next?

    sorry Domesday faithful!

    nevertheless, we salute you as we soar high, high above your little thoughts into a future replete with splendor & unlimited progress.

    kontrahend

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      I did ask, didn’t I? Now where did I put my rose colored glasses again…?

  62. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    “wow!! the world’s 5th biggest economy grew while lowering carbon emissions at the same time, thanx to solar, wind & other alt energy” — Contrahend

    Some on CFN do not believe in alternative energy green shoots. But they cannot deny that a big part of Germany’s energy budget is now met by alternative sources, instead of oil. Germany is a modern industrialized country.

    Since we are in an era of peak oil, on the downhill side with less oil all the time, alternative energy is our future, along with technological advances you have documented, a drastic reduction in consumption patterns, increased conservation efforts, and voluntary negative population growth (NPG).

    npg.org/about-us/our-vision.html

    Obrigado, contrahend!

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      You might be right. For about .5-1B of us anyway, if we’re lucky and AGW doesn’t do us in first. Unfortunately, the other 6B+ of us sucking air currently are going to have to make “other arrangements” fairly soon, and therein lies the rub.

  63. BackRowHeckler February 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    It looks like ISIS roasted the captive Jordanian pilot alive.

    There’s a video of it.

    Now Jordan has threatened to start shooting jihadist prisoners they are holding in their prisons.

    In 2015 the world is taking on a decidedly apocalyptic hue. From here on in it will be blood for blood, a life for a life.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

  64. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    “Americans stoutly resist learning the lessons of history so count on US military intervention.” –Volodya

    America has learned. Twice, in 2008 and 2012, America has elected a president who did learn the lessons of history.

    America has a new leader, Obama, who received a Nobel Prize for Peace. Obama has ended America’s direct combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    More importantly, and demonstrating that America has learned, Obama has NOT counted on US military intervention (in the form of boots on the ground) in Libya, Syria, Mali, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Bahrain, Honduras, etc.

    Anywhere America wants to intervene militarily, it can. Pretexts can be invented, created out of thin air. But American has learned from history and is now choosing deliberately not to put boots on the ground, not to waste TRILLIONS of dollars, as Bush did, because America has learned that massive military invasions do not solve anything. They exacerbate problems and make it easier for enemies to recruit fighters. They make America less safe.

    The future of American military action will be SEAL-team-type special ops, unmanned drones, training of others who want to fight, and forming coalitions for economic warfare. The end of trillion dollar “boots on the ground” invasions is proof that learning from history has taken place.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      They make America less safe.

      The only thing America needs protection from are its own illegitimate war criminal leadership.

    • abbybwood February 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      All this will be forgotten once either Hillary! or Jeb are sitting in the Oval Office with McCain and Graham and Co. whispering in their ears.

      2016: America’s big “choice”….War Hawk A or War Hawk B.

      • DA February 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        Two fat, tired oldsters whose best quality is their willingness to lick the boot – the ones “not on the ground” presumably. But if I were Jeb, I’d be mighty wary of letting Graham whisper in his ear. Precious Lindsey might get ideas.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

      Anywhere America wants to intervene militarily, it can. Pretexts can be invented, created out of thin air….The future of American military action will be SEAL-team-type special ops, unmanned drones, training of others who want to fight, and forming coalitions for economic warfare.

      I guess it’s fair to conclude that you got a raging hard-on watching American Sniper?

  65. contrahend February 3, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    I did ask, didn’t I? Now where did I put my rose colored glasses again…?

    yes, yes. haha, always never any fact-based retort. well, how can you argue with (germany’s) success?

    those who’ve lost the debate attack the messenger….

    put a man on the moon and the ever-doomed will chide you for not going to mars.

    all the while availing themselves of all the advances science & “techmology” (luk it up, it’s fanyi) have laid at their feet. lol

    wpa—ccc – “De nada amigao”

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

    kontrahending

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Hold those thoughts. Really, you’re going to need them.

  66. Vlad the Inhaler February 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    The sudden interest in wresting Ukraine away from the orbit of Moscow is incomprehensible.

    On one level, it’s merely the third time in a century that Germany has tried to advance eastwards into the Slavonic heartland – simply more of the same; “one more heave”. But on the other hand, Germany seems somewhat divided on the issue. Business people who were doing quite nicely out of a healthy trading relationship with Russia are understandably opposed to having their hard work undone. Jobs and business will be lost for nothing. The position of the U.S.A. is equally puzzling and it isn’t clear who is in the driving seat, Berlin or Washington. As the author says above, why they couldn’t have just left well alone is anybody’s guess.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      As the author says above, why they couldn’t have just left well alone is anybody’s guess.

      Maybe the answer is “in the stars,” as kontra contends above? Probably as good of a place to look as any, as there obviously aren’t any answers coming out of ol’ DC these days. It’s all smoke and mirrors these days.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

      Well they’ve got to start someplace and it might as well be Ukraine – divided as it is between two civilizations (Huntington’s line), Orthodoxy and Catholicism. If it can be taken from Russia, it will hearten dissidents in other adjacent lands.

      From another point of view, much of the Ukraine overlaps old Khazaria. Our Elite may be trying to liberate their homeland.

    • Q. Shtik February 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

      why they couldn’t have just left well [……] alone is anybody’s guess. – Vlad

      ======================

      [enough]

  67. carstars February 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Half time…where are the smartly dressed college marching bands with music pleasing to the ear?

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      That would be too outrageous. The young’ns heads would all explode.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

      And the cheerleaders giggle and bounce. Yes, far too prurient, radical, and heterodox.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      …where are the smartly dressed college marching bands with music pleasing to the ear?

      I like that line. So buttoned down 50s-60s.

  68. Farmer McGregor February 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Hello Beth Owyn,

    (Hoping you’re still watching the site at this late hour in the game…)

    In answer to your inquiry “…why hasn’t SHTF?”: there’s good reason why JHK named his Peak Oil expose The Long Emergency (with emphasis on the word LONG). Find and read a copy of it, following with Too Much Magic, and you’ll have a pretty good handle on his take on it all. They’re both great reads; classic Kunstler prose.

    While we could at any time experience one or more major SHTF “Black Swan” events like 9/11 or 2008, most likely we’ll just see a progressive degradation of circumstances with punctuated moments of various regional calamities. It’s highly doubtful that we will suffer a system-wide apocalypse-style collapse. Take a hard look at conditions around the entire world, not just our little problems here in the empire, and you can see that we are well into the zone of The Long Emergency.

    The S has been hitting the F for decades, just slowly enough that we haven’t noticed the walls are changing color — not unlike the ‘frog in the pot’ concept.

    –Greg

  69. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    “The sudden interest in wresting Ukraine away from the orbit of Moscow is incomprehensible.” — Vlad

    May be this unbelievably frank article in Yahoo finance will shed some light:

    New Cold War: US, Russia fight over Europe’s energy future
    finance.yahoo.com/news/cold-war-us-russia-fight-191709484.html

    Oh, so it is not about “democracy” after all, just money…

    “Success, U.S. officials say, would mean finally “liberating” former Soviet states and satellites from decades of economic bullying by Moscow.”

    Well, I guess selling NatGas at half the price Americans could sell it for, yeah, you could call it “bullying”.

    Land pipelines delivery is way cheaper than shipping liquid gas across Atlantic.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

      Oh, so it is not about “democracy” after all, just money…

      What else is it ever about?

  70. nsa February 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Janos et al,
    Exactly. An Israeli jew, Eran Elhaik, by examining the DNA of self-proclaimed jews, has proven that 90% are descended from an obscure Caucasus crime family, the Khazars……who underwent voluntary conversion around the 15th century. The existing so-called “palestinians” are the actual biological descendants of the delusional denizens of the talmud…having undergone forced muslim conversion somewhere around the 7th century. In short, reality is the exact opposite of what comes out of your TV and Internet box…….anyone surprised as we here in Ft. Meade and Langley control the content of both mediums?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      No it was much earlier. The Khazars converted in the 7th century or so too, probably not unrelated to the Muslim takeover. They were being pressured to by Islam and Byzantium to go with one or the other. And each would be mortally offended by the opposite choice. So their great King chose a third way.

      It’s possible that some Semitic genetic markers on the X chromosome may be found in this population. Many high priests did go up there to teach and intermarry with the locals. Jews make much of this – desperately grasping at straws or microscopic filaments as the case may be. Sephardic Jews are closer to the real Jews. And Oriental Jews closer again. The Israeli army is mostly the Brown Jews. The Turko/Slavs don’t want to risk death if someone else will do it for them. They want to live forever and keep making money.

      • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

        It’s possible that some Semitic genetic markers on the X chromosome may be found in this population. Many high priests did go up there to teach and intermarry with the locals. Jews make much of this – desperately grasping at straws or microscopic filaments as the case may be. Sephardic Jews are closer to the real Jews. And Oriental Jews closer again. The Israeli army is mostly the Brown Jews. The Turko/Slavs don’t want to risk death if someone else will do it for them. They want to live forever and keep making money.

        I hesitate to ask this, but you do realize how crazy you sound, don’t you?

        • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 9:51 am #

          Frasier said it best when he asked Cliff Claven, “What color is the sky in your world?”

        • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

          But is it crazy enough to be true? You have no idea how naïve and utterly out of it you sound to people in the know.

          • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

            Sam Malone to Cliff Claven: “You gotta big mouth.”
            Cliff Claven replies: “No it’s true. The Clavens are predisposed genetically to have 2 extra teeth. Yeah that’s right. That’s how we know we are the true heirs to the Russian throne.”
            Frasier to Cliff Claven: “Hey Cliff, you in there? What color is the sky in your world?”

            I guess Cliff though he was in the know too.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 2:28 am #

            Prove your thesis of equality. It’s not to be found in nature, but only in realm of mathematics and Law – useful abstractions to be sure. Perhaps adumbrations of a higher world even. But we mustn’t lose touch with this one. Thus the Church chose to follow Aristotle not Plato, who focused on things as they are in the here and now, without denying the higher.

            I have never seen “Man” – thus the French Revolution’s Rights of Man are garbage. There are different men and different kinds of men. Negroes are different than Whites and a Frenchman is different than a German even though both are White.

          • seawolf77 February 5, 2015 at 10:01 am #

            Viva la difference! Life is not a totem pole. Your insistence in making it one traps you into a false dichotomy, who is better and whose worse, who is deserving and who is not, Who has moral rectitude and who is drowning in moral turpitude, who is black and who is white. Yes America is falling apart, but not because of racial diversity. It is falling apart because it is being attacked from within. You are an advocate of a false premise. Money is the root of all our problems. Money was created by those so called superior men you proselytize so passionately. I hope you’re one of them, because you’re getting screwed just as hard as the rest of us.

    • malthuss February 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      These ‘Kazars’, are they the three Russian women I read of [in ‘The Times’ newspaper] who have three million Jewish descendants?

      Elsewhere I read that millions of Jews ‘go back to’ two Turkish men.

  71. Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    The Saddest Story Ever Told by Oliver Allstrom

    When a white girl marries a negro, her sun of life goes down.
    And glaring spots of sin appear on her white wedding gown.
    And white and black men stand aghast, while viewing this strange role;
    And mutter, “they will wreck themselves, and damn each other’s soul.”

    We know a carnivorous bug has crept into her brain
    And gnawed away her self-respect, which left her half insane.
    Now all her racial pride has flown beyond redemption’s fold
    And she begin’s life’s saddest tale that ever yet was told.

    Three days and nights she felt black lips press smug against her own,
    And on the fourth, her troubled soul, let out a frightful groan.
    And so the weeks and months flew by, and then a baby came;
    She looked at it with tear filled eyes, and hung her head with shame.

    And then she dreamed of other days, sweet, girlhood days gone by,
    And of the white friends left behind, and so we hear her cry;
    “O, could I turn life’s pendulum backwards a few short years
    I would not bear this cross today, nor shed these bitter tears.”

    “My baby would be white as snow, and sleep upon my breast
    Like a fledgling robin that slumbers in its nest.
    While now, O God, my mongrel child just whimpers through the night
    Till in my sleepless dreams I scream, not white, O God, not white!”

    And so I stagger through my days far from God’s love and grace,
    Till now, I know, no black man lives, can take a white man’s place.
    My offsprings shall be mongrel bred, their hue-skin shall remain,
    For even God with all His power, cannot remove the stain.

    I sold my birthright for a mess, I mixed my white-born blood
    With black blood, so I languish here like one bogged down in mud.
    Though God may grant a pardon, I never can retrace
    My footsteps down life’s narrow road, back to the white man’s race.

    So now I groan, “It might have been,” had racial pride been mine.
    Today I’d hug a pure white child, and call him half divine,
    I’d lift him up before the world, and praise his father’s name,
    While now, my baby’s mongrel face, reminds me of my shame.

    All other crimes may be forgiven when prayer its power fulfills;
    The scheming crook may find new hope, and even the man that kills,
    But all my prayers can never clear my baby’s mongrel skin,
    Nor make him white as driven snow, nor cleanse my soul of sin.

    I was my father’s future hope, my mother’s joy and pride,
    But I got lost on life’s dark road, and there my spirit died.
    I smeared my all-white heritage and left the white man’s track,
    Now my descendants for all time shall be forever black.

    I try to hide from all the stars, the moon and setting sun;
    For all mankind of my white race, condemn what I have done;
    I tremble and my teardrops flow, I pray, but pray in vain;
    For nevermore shall I be one with my white race again.

    And so dark clouds above me roll, deep waters crash below,
    I sink, and reap what I have sown, and drink my cup of woe.
    My mother sleeps deep in her grave, my dad lies at her side,
    For both were crushed when I became a negro’s common bride.

    Now, should I decide to leave him, where could I choose to go?
    My misspent life will follow me like footprints in the snow.
    Before me lie dark jungles where paramours seek a prey;
    Behind me death keeps whispering, “I am the only way.”

    This black and white, prenuptial mess, this racial suicide;
    Must be forbidden by the law, men must find racial pride!
    Then, never again, forever, shall tales like mine unfold.

    With all its shame and sadness, that ever yet was told.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

      So Janos, maybe you’ve shared this here before, but what’s your backstory on all this racial purity stuff? I appreciate a certain sense to it even myself, if only for practical reasons, but you seem to have made this your personal cross to bear, so I sense there’s something much more going on with you. Care to share?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

        So you are a brother racist? You agree with the poem? You think the White Race has a right to exist and should breed only with itself to insure that?

        • DA February 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

          First, I don’t know for sure what “brother racist” even means. Second, races don’t “have a right to exist,” they simply do. But I do think individual members of a race have the “right” to breed only within themselves to ensure their future “purity,” whether or not that’s an actual wise course of action. But I have to add, if you imagine this being applied on a large scale in the current US in particular, you’re surely fighting a losing battle. And all things considered, I can’t imagine it’s one worth fighting. There are simply more pressing concerns.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 1:06 am #

            Where does one begin with someone like you? The Races aren’t the same. We’re not all just “people” or “individuals”, but rather members of unique subspecies. Blacks couldn’t have built Western Civilization, nor can they maintain it. It’s not in them to do so, not with their much lower IQs and hyper-aggressive temperaments. These are facts. Until you know them, nothing I say will make sense. Read The Bell Curve and begin to learn. The destruction of the White Race and its replacement in Western Countries is the greatest story of our day – a monstrous evil too vast to even easily contemplate. To believe Western Culture can continue without the Founder Race is to believe a lie and wish for the scent of the flower without the actual flower being there to provide it.

            Why do we fight? Because it’s right. And moreover, it’s normal for a people to want to continue. Thought experiment: would you ask a Black African why he wanted his people to continue? Or a Chinese?

            The real question is why you do not.

          • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 9:22 am #

            A narcissistic personality tends to inflate the things he believes in to excessive proportions. He also lacks empathy for others because his self importance literally consumes the sympathetic bacteria in his body.
            A. Significant impairments in personality functioning manifest by:
            1. Impairments in self functioning (a or b): a. Identity: Excessive reference to others for self-definition and self-esteem regulation; exaggerated self-appraisal may be inflated or deflated, or vacillate between extremes; emotional regulation mirrors fluctuations in self-esteem.b. Self-direction: Goal-setting is based on gaining approval from others; personal standards are unreasonably high in order to see oneself as exceptional, or too low based on a sense of entitlement; often unaware of own motivations.AND2. Impairments in interpersonal functioning (a or b): a. Empathy: Impaired ability to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others; excessively attuned to reactions of others, but only if perceived as relevant to self; over- or underestimate of own effect on others.b. Intimacy: Relationships largely superficial and exist to serve self-esteem regulation; mutuality constrained by little genuine interest in others’ experiences and predominance of a need for personal gain
            B. Pathological personality traits in the following domain:
            1.Antagonism, characterized by:
            a. Grandiosity: Feelings of entitlement, either overt or covert; self-centeredness; firmly holding to the belief that one is better than others; condescending toward others.b. Attention seeking: Excessive attempts to attract and be the focus of the attention of others; admiration seeking.

        • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

          But my original question still stands.

    • James Howard Kunstler February 4, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      I’ve warned Janos not to publish vicious doggerel like this on my site. II am going to leave it up so you know what I’m referring to. But all of this race-baiting and jew-bashing disgusts and embarrasses me. This goes for all of you.

      • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

        I agree Jim. I think Janos is barely tolerable.

        That said, I think he has a valid viewpoint, if only because so many people like him share it.

        • Beth Owyn February 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

          After reading this work of….art….I realized that I had just lost 4 minutes of LIFE that I can never get back. Sigh.

  72. FincaInTheMountains February 3, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Recent meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, China and India produced a joint statement in which the leaders of the BRICS countries demanded that the United States to complete the reform of the IMF, that is actually to relinquish its sole control of this key world financial institution. This is a very strong gesture that on the one hand shows the solidarity of Moscow, Beijing and New Delhi on the key issue of reformatting the international monetary system, on the other hand is an open threat to Washington – a kind of “last warning”, backed by the Chinese money and Russian nuclear potential.

    Currently IMF is a key tool of neo-colonial policies of the West, which allows full control over political and economic life of the enslaved countries, the process of optimizing the pumping of their resources in return for “financial assistance” from which their economies only get worse. It is enough to take a look at the results of the IMF work in South America, Russia of the 90s or today’s Ukraine.

    Washington has an “eternal” blocking vote – the sole right of veto. It is this system that the triumvirate of Putin, Xi and Modi are trying to break.

    The US and EU are in debt and for the leaders of these countries trying to transfer any significant amount of capital to the IMF would mean political suicide. On the other hand, countries with low debt and high foreign exchange reserves will have tremendous opportunities.

    For example, for Russia will be beneficial to convert at least a portion of their foreign reserves in US and European bonds into their “quota” of the IMF capital. A similar situation exists in China, India, Brazil, Turkey and even Iran.

    If the “anti-American coalition” would take control of the IMF, the continued use of existing and perfectly tuned IMF mechanisms to achieve geopolitical goals would be trivial. In the structure of the IMF already exists even necessary geographical separation of functions and mechanisms of “collective control” over the same territory that had previously been used by the US and the EU to separate the sphere of influence over the same country.

    In 2010, when Obama was not a “lame duck”, who managed to miss the quiet elite coup right under his nose, Washington in the G20 negotiations agreed to reform the IMF, but it did not manage to push it through the Congress. Now, more or less rational part of the American elite simply does not have access to the levers of power necessary to bring the process to the end. Hawks in both parties believe that the US should not resign to the loss of global hegemony and should not make concessions in exchange for guarantees that the US would maintain the status of a regional power and US economy would have a soft landing.

    Hawks want to push ahead, create hot spots inside their geopolitical competitors and undermine their economic and political stability in the hope that it will happen as in the first two world wars when US became the main beneficiary of the bloody carnage throughout the rest of the planet.

    It is clear that the hawks will not give up control of the IMF’s voluntarily, but it is highly unlikely that the leaders of China, Russia and India rely on the goodwill of American hawks. Official statements made on such a sensitive subject, usually accompanied by an unofficial one of what would happen if the request fails. Usually it is all sorts of nasty things.

    And do not think that American hawks do not respond to threats. They do. Even down and out crazy neocons (and among the hawks are enough sectarians and just clinical loonies) have some semblance of self-preservation instinct. For example, some colorful demonstration of the capabilities of the Russian nuclear triad (so no one in Washington would believe banged-on-the-head neocons who sing about “rusty Russian missiles”) convinced the American elite in inappropriateness of direct confrontation with Russia, and Mr. Obama announced in his recent statement that the US would be “unwise to engage in direct military conflict with Russia.” A positive example that is, now remains to be seen how effective the joint pressure of China, Russia and India on Washington regarding IMF will be.

    Another key aspect is that the Western economic and political elite have a serious force, which requires that Washington gave the IMF up. This requirement was openly voiced by director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, in a recent article – project-syndicate.org/commentary/multilateralism-and-the-global-economy-by-christine-lagarde-2015-01

    In any case, the “hawks” and the rest of the elite in the US now facing a difficult choice:

    1. Give up the IMF, which means give up the Ukraine, a significant part of Southern and Eastern Europe, part of the Latin America and lose any hope to profit in the context of a new wave of economic crisis.

    Or

    2. Save the control of the IMF, but it does mean that Moscow, Beijing and New Delhi will activate their hidden threats, and will actively promote their alternative “BRICS currency pool”, which is clearly built as an alternative to the IMF. Yes, this scheme will be much more expensive and complicated for China, Russia and India, but its implementation is just a matter of time. It is very possible that the during the implementation of that scheme, China and Russia will not provide for soft landing of American economy and will undermine the current global financial system, scenario that no one wants, but what is it all just in case better be prepared (see Graphics of gold purchases by Russia and China). Of course, all stakeholders would prefer a more “soft” solution to the crisis, but the gun powder needs to be kept dry.

    politrussia.com/world/zachem-putinu-ugonyat-432/

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

      Nice post, but at this point in history, I can’t imagine American elites not choosing door number 2 above. The weight of exceptionalist hegemony hangs heavy on the heads of those who still imagine they lead, and capitulation – including nuclear – is simply a bridge too far for those raised under, and thus conditioned to, the fear of MAD. Effective integration/coordination between Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi is by no means a given they will say, and anyway, at least two of the three are made up mostly by “third world brown types” with substandard cognitive skills, and the Russians are all drunks anyway.

      Whether or not any of this is actually true or not is besides the point. This is how these elitist motherfuckers think in their old forest, hardwood-hewn, smoking rooms, and leather-ensconced sissyness. True, their fat-assed, self-entitled, system of presumptuous Anglo-American entitlement is about to fall sometime soon, but not quite yet, or quite that easily, me thinks. Unfortunately for us all, the old fat bastards still have a trick or two up their sleeves.

      • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

        I know Q, is beside the point.

  73. Pucker February 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Russian people seem to be somewhat “cerebral”. Is this a fair comment? Mexican people are not cerebral.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

      I have to ask, just where in the world do you come up with that comment?

      So I guess you could say, no, that’s not a fair comment. At least not without substantiation.

      • Pucker February 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

        I wrote it as I was watching Mexican TV in Spanish while doing a load of my underwear in a Mexican laundromat. I was contrasting Finca’s comments with the Big Tit Mexican women on Mexican TV.

        • DA February 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

          LOL! All in all, I’m thinking I prefer big-titted Mexican women to “more cerebral” Russian girls, although I’d need some proof on that last point, all other things being equal. In my personal, admittedly rather limited experience, Russian girls are neither “less titted” nor “more cerebral” than Mexican girls on average. Likewise, my current girl is admittedly of Honduran descent, and I must confess that she’s of rather modest cerebral ability, albeit completely off-scale in sweetness, but quite a bit more than average “tittedness.” But I must admit I’m wholly biased, so none of the above is to be construed as “scientific” in any way.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 1:09 am #

            Ah! You implicate yourself. The primal sin is breeding down. Undoubtedly modern man coexisted with Homo Erectus. And undoubtedly mixing took place – creating the lower of the races, such the Aborigines.

          • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 9:16 am #

            The pink ones taste better than the brown ones.

          • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

            Ah! You implicate yourself. The primal sin is breeding down

            I guess I did. Happily I might add! Although we’re both over 50 and not planning on breeding, if that makes it better for you now.

            Janos, you’re funny as a caricature of yourself, but if you really exist, you’re just sad. People get together for all kinds of reasons besides just “breeding,” and if you don’t don’t understand that you’re either an “agent provocateur” internet troll, a stunted teenager locked in your parents’ basement, or a psycho killer waiting to be discovered. I suspect the former, but I wish you all the best either way.

  74. Pucker February 3, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Isn’t one of the X Men characters (the white bald bloke with the big nose) called “Cerebral”?

  75. Q. Shtik February 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    No one who actually matters has any skin in the game at all, other than the [dividends from their defense stocks], which will likely keep on growing either way. – DA

    =================

    You are repeating a common misconception…probably without knowing actual facts. The top 10 American defense contractors have a current dividend yield of 2.1%. The 10 largest companies in the S&P 500 (none of which are defense contractors, by the way) have a dividend yield of 3.0%.

    Why is it no one ever complains about the fat cats enjoying dividends from the likes of Apple, GE, JNJ, Proctor and Gamble, etc?

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks Q. I did indeed “toss that one off” rather absent-mindedly. Perhaps you could check their value growth and volatility rates while you’re at it to see if those more accurately bear me out?

      But I think the basic contention was that “no one who actually matters,” an off-handed and admittedly loose reference to those who have money and influence, have “any skin in the game at all,” another not so loose reference to actual skin in the game, still stands. Further, I guess you could contend that I was implying that dividends from defense stocks grew faster than the S&P 500, although I certainly didn’t mean to, but I’ll grant you that.

      But I’ll join you in complaining here and now about the dividends and tax advantages of fat cats everywhere on the illegitimate spoils of US hegemony-enabled profits! On that we can certainly agree!

  76. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    “Why is it no one ever complains about the fat cats enjoying dividends from the likes of Apple, GE, JNJ, Proctor and Gamble, etc?” — Q

    I think you know the answer to this question, Qshtik.

    1) .. Apple, Proctor and Gamble, etc. do not make their profits by taking taxpayer money through huge government contracts.

    2) .. Defense contractors not only take taxpayer money, they mismanage it, steal it, and waste it.

    The owner and chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a company providing services to the U.S. Navy, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in federal court today, admitting that he presided over a decade-long conspiracy involving “scores” of U.S. Navy officials, tens of millions of dollars in fraud and millions of dollars in bribes and gifts.

    2) .. Apple, Proctor and Gamble, etc. make products to better the quality of life for all. Citizens have the choice to buy those products or not buy them, with no adverse legal consequences.

    3) .. Defense contractors make products designed to destroy property and destroy millions of lives. Citizens have no choice about “buying” what defense contractors make. If citizens do not pay taxes that go to the contractors, the citizens face seizure and auction of their property, and/or imprisonment.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

      I think I’d take minor umbrage with your contention that “.. Apple, Proctor and Gamble, etc. make products to better the quality of life for all,” but other than that, party on, pony soldier!

  77. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    A sentencing hearing for both Francis and GDMA is scheduled for April 3, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the Southern District of California. As part of their plea agreements, Francis and GDMA have agreed to forfeit $35 million and pay full restitution to the Navy, in an amount to be determined at sentencing.

    As part of his guilty plea, Francis admitted to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars by routinely overbilling for various goods and services, including fuel, tugboat services and sewage disposal.

    Francis also admitted that over the course of the conspiracy, he and GDMA gave Navy officials millions of dollars in gifts and expenses, including over $500,000 in cash; hundreds of thousands of dollars in prostitution services; travel expenses, including first class airfare, luxurious hotel stays and spa treatments; lavish meals, including Kobe beef, Spanish suckling pigs, top-shelf alcohol and wine; and luxury gifts, including Cuban cigars, designer handbags, watches, fountain pens, designer furniture, electronics, ornamental swords and hand-made ship models. In exchange, Francis solicited and received classified and confidential U.S. Navy information, including ship schedules. Francis also sought and received preferential treatment for GDMA in the contracting process. Francis further admitted that he bribed a federal criminal investigator in an attempt to learn more about the federal investigation of his company.

    Defense contractor corruption and theft make BRH’s Connecticut school teachers and administrators seem like angels and their salaries and perks puny by comparison.

    How do you like your military dictatorship now, gentlemen?

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

      Nice post.

      As to your last question, on behalf of the Murican people, we could mostly care less.

      On behalf of me an mine, I’m outraged, but like most, I ask, “what can we do?”

      And the answer? There is no answer! It’s BIGGER than we are now! But much more than that, we’ve adopted the model as our own! Corruption is no longer something done to us, it’s something we tacitly agree to do to each other! Rome much?

  78. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    P&G has 23 brands with annual sales of $1 billion to more than $10 billion that make lives just a little bit better for billions of people: diapers, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.

    Apple products are used by artists, musicians, graphic designers, educators, business people, etc. in a myriad of ways that facilitate computation, communication, creation, and the provision of services that make life better for billions of people.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      LOL! You are so first worldly naive/precious! You be sure and check back once the collapse commences in earnest and quote all that silly American dollar denominated horseshit again, ok? Oh right, the internet likely won’t be around then, will it? Well then, we’ll just have to take your word on it then, won’t we?

  79. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    “Well then, we’ll just have to take your word on it then, won’t we?” –DA

    My word is good as gold. As Ozone has said many times, trust will get you through post-collapse. Truth, trust, etc. … the intangibles. The intangibles will get you through. Because you are right… there won’t be tangibles like the internet anymore.

    • DA February 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

      As gold even? Thanks for playing.

    • ozone February 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      …Bringing me to ask: How many people who read and comment on these spaces trust *you* (wpaetc.)?
      (I would be one of those who doesn’t; just so we can clear that up.)

  80. wpa--ccc February 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    “Thanks for playing.” –DA

    No problem. That is exactly what we do on CFN. Even our host:

    Sometimes a gag is just a gag. — JHK (February 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm)

  81. Q. Shtik February 4, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    I’m not sure where “we” get this idea that the Ukrainians are starving. – pequiste

    =================

    Good observation, peq. And if the Ukrainians aren’t starving they’re ‘freezing to death.’ I check temperatures regularly and the fact is that nearly every day it is colder where I live in central NJ than it is in Kiev. Take right now…15dF here, 32dF there.

  82. Q. Shtik February 4, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    I think you know the answer to this question, Qshtik. – wpa-Krug

    ================

    Sure I do. Although there have been, are now, and always will be wars and rumors of wars, if there were no ‘defense contractors’ there could never be any wars. Well duh.

  83. Q. Shtik February 4, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    Apple products are used by artists, musicians, graphic designers, educators, business people, etc. in a myriad of ways that facilitate computation, communication, creation, and the provision of services that make life better for billions of people. – wpa-Krug

    =============

    The GPS on every smart phone was invented by a defense contractor a few decades ago. I played a miniscule role in the so-called “black program” (i.e. secret) from which that technology sprung (sprang?).

  84. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2015 at 3:56 am #

    Hundreds trying to break into Ukraine president’s office in Kiev

    Several hundred protesters have reportedly tried to break into the Ukrainian president’s administrational office in the country’s capital Kiev, but were repelled by security forces guarding the building. The stand-off grew into clashes in the street.

    The demonstrators, who demand access to the administration’s conference room in order to make a TV statement, are still clashing with the National Guard, TASS reports.

    rt.com/news/228999-kiev-protesters-storm-president/

    The place is fucking hopeless. Nobody’s working, everybody’s fighting with everybody else. Someone finally need to step in and bring some semblance of law and order.

  85. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2015 at 4:07 am #

    Change of tone of American propaganda machine?

    The N.Y.Times are now calling the “The Russian-backed separatists” the “Rebels”, which is a several notches promotion up in the “Hearts and minds” of American public. What’s up?

    “Ukraine Rebels Upbeat After an Infusion of Aid”
    nytimes.com/2015/02/03/world/europe/on-front-lines-in-ukraine-rebels-are-upbeat-and-eager-to-advance…

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      I forget which side you’re supporting. Perhaps you could just state that so I can more accurately keep score?

  86. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2015 at 4:11 am #

    Hundreds trying to break into Ukraine president’s office in Kiev

    Several hundred protesters have reportedly tried to break into the Ukrainian president’s administrational office in the country’s capital Kiev, but were repelled by security forces guarding the building. The stand-off grew into clashes in the street.

    The demonstrators, who demand access to the administration’s conference room in order to make a TV statement, are still clashing with the National Guard, TASS reports.

    rt.com/news/228999-kiev-protesters-storm-president/

    The place is hopeless. Nobody’s working, everybody’s fighting with everybody else. Someone finally need to step in and bring some semblance of law and order.

  87. FincaInTheMountains February 4, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Forbes: “Putin Shrugs Off Oligarch Opposition To His ‘Holy War’ And Policies”
    forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2015/02/03/putin-shrugs-off-oligarch-opposition-to-his-holy-war…

    Russia is ruled by warriors, not by merchants

    Putin keeps a stranglehold on the internal affairs agencies, intelligence agencies and the judiciary. All oligarchs understand that they may repeat the fate of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenko, who had to give up his oil companies to avoid jail…

    What did Brzezinski said there? Your elite holds in our banks 500 billion, so this is not your elite, but ours? Incidentally, almost formal recognition that the US and the UK are Pawnbrokers States, holders of stolen goods. But with some claims! Naive hucksters. Take your “elite”, Russia does not need ’em for nothing.

    Russian authorities have traditionally been quite tolerant of thievery, but do not like high treason. Peter the Great beat the shit out of Sasha Menshikov’s for his sticky pockets, but valued and favored him for his public affairs. But his son, a traitor, was mercilessly executed. Thief is dearer to me than Judas – this is the approach. Russia is ruled by warriors and will tolerate merchants as long as they do not attempt to mess with their pig snout in the affairs of the Kshatriyas.

    The only exception was February 1917 and 1990s, when completely disgusting types came to power – hucksters and traitors at the same time.

    And it was the most tragic event in the Russian history. But in the first case Stalin put an end to the fun, had shot all traitors, and most thieves. And now Putin, who in general does not hurt thieves much, but traitors tails are pinched significantly.

    He just acts softer than Stalin, because he has a different life experience: Stalin in his youth robbed bankers, and Putin recruited them.

    dima-piterski.livejournal.com/136393.html

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      I guess you’re anti-Putin, pro US? Be careful what you wish for.

  88. Q. Shtik February 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Excessive attempts to attract and be the focus of the attention of others; admiration seeking. – seawolf77

    =============

    This, in my view, was what the movie Birdman was all about: a burning need in all the characters for attention and admiration.

  89. Q. Shtik February 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Oh SHIT !! If we can’t talk about race what are we gonna talk about? There’s only so much mileage in Katy Perry.

    • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      So true so true. It’s why Rock and Roll is about Satanism and Satanists. It’s the most interesting and naughty thing around. Ditto racism. When it comes to human interaction, racism is KING KONG.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      I made mistakes too. But I learned, some never do. We all know (at least in our own hearts) that countless White girls have been ruined by Black Men. As Solzhenitsyn said, Live not by lies. So let us say with Wallace, “Segregation now, Segregation tomorrow, Segregation forever.”

      • seawolf77 February 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

        Are you off your meds? It’s not good to stop taking your medication when you have a condition. Remember Marv in “Sin City?”

        • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

          You think they’re equal? Why? What’s your proof? They never even had the wheel much less a written language.

          • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

            But they had the BIG DICKS didn’t they? And therein lies the JanosEnvy.

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      She has cute eyes. Beyond that, not so much.

  90. BackRowHeckler February 4, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Here’s some good doomer stuff …

    From BBC, SAfrica running out of electricity.

    The grid has fallen into disrepair.

    Uncharacteristically, BBC is critical of New South Africa, commenting the country is beginning to assume elements of sub saharan Africa: chaos, decay, total societal collapse.

    A train wreck outside NYC last nite, appropriately in a place called Valhalla. 6 dead. This morning on CT interstates numerous collisions, spinouts, accidents. (flaming wrecks on the side of the road, bodies on the cold pavement, frozen blood)

    This is the American Transport System.

    3 ft of snow on the ground. Temp. falling to -10dF tomorrow nite. How do you like it now, Comrades?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Indeed. The Truth is Racist. Now will you not speak of closer to home? Tell them of the horror, not of Red Hook, but on the Connecticut Coast.

    • malthuss February 4, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      The BBC is evil. The government of UK is evil.
      When Lee Rigby was killed, many went to jail for ‘religious hatred’, including a granny.

      [By many I mean 5-20, not hundreds. They tweeted they didnt like muslims].

  91. volodya February 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Q,

    I would guess that, if there were no defense contractors, people would not be deterred by a lack of high velocity projectiles as a means of inflicting death.

    Nope, I think people would go to war using sharpened sticks if they had to. Mind you, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to say this, someone would offer to cut and sharpen the sticks. For a reasonable fee of course. So back we are to defense contractors.

    If memory serves there was a mass grave found somewhere in the wastes of the Sahara. It’s thousands of years old, way back when the monsoons were failing and the Sahara was drying out.

    And all the remains are of young men, many bearing unmistakable marks of violent death. Broken skulls, cut marks on the bones, that sort of thing. Marks of war IOW.

    Back then they used low tech means. Spears and clubs. Given the locale and time of encroaching desert, I would guess that the casus belli was disputed ownership of a water source. Maybe an oasis, a surface trickle. Long since vanished. But, back then, literally a matter of life and death.

    No doubt the holy men contrived a religious pretext. After all killing is serious business and even primitives would have had a conscience. Even warriors who have to affect a cold, hard exterior.

    What might the holy man say? See those guys over there? They’re outcasts, children of lesser gods. No need to share water with their kind. They cast evil spells. They make us sick. Drive them off. Kill them.

    Maybe the more practical and less religiously inclined scoffed. There’s no sky spirits they said. No, the men of the tribe with the funny tattoos, that speak with strange words and accents, whose women make your crotch itch when you boff them, are all sons of whores. And the those worthless, diseased sons of whores that steal our goats and then pretend innocence and blame others, take more than their fair share of the water.

    Given the fact of a burial I would further guess that those particular dead were the casualties of the victors. I’ll bet the dead of the vanquished were left on the ground for the hyenas.

    Hyenas need to eat. Do you want them sneaking around and snatching one of the kids? No, better they eat enemy dead.

    A lot of fun speculation. What do we actually know? That war was fought and the dead were buried.

  92. Therian February 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    @contrahend

    Yeah, it’s really great that Amazon will build drones to deliver books while the majority of Americans are debt slaves. Plenitude? For whom? Guys like you read too damned much Ray Kurzweil but you won’t bother to look at basic economic stats like median wages, workforce participation, monetary velocity, or net indebtness per individual/city/state.

    Yes, low-flow showers and double glazing will save America. Gawd. I love “futurists” who talk about gee-whiz high technology while the number of people on food stamps keeps setting an all time per capita record. Do you practice reading your bullshit in front of a mirror and then bask in your resplendent kaka?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Indeed the future will not be shared. No more World Fairs. These guys are just talking to each other Elysium here we come.

      We need a Race of Robot Cops like Gort to put things. aright. Perhaps on Earth Gort can use cyborg auxiliaries like Robocop and Judge Dred to help him restore order. Oh come quickly Gort! Klatu barada nictau. Klatu barada nictua. Say it with me: Klatu barada nictua. Klatu barada…..

    • BackRowHeckler February 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      Not to mention ‘Cars That Drive Themselves’, the latest and most persistent techno-fantasy … you just sit back ordering sh-t off your IPhone whilst your automobile, using gyros, radar, sonar and satellite tracking maneuvers itself safely down the road.

      Who pays liability claims when all goes wrong is not yet determined.

      brh

      • malthuss February 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

        What about ‘Google-Facebook-CIA’ control of ‘yr’ auto?

        What about if Google.gov locks you in yr car or drives you into the FEMA camp?

        • BackRowHeckler February 4, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

          You got something there, Malt.

          Maybe the makings of a plot for a low budget sci-fi thriller … set just a few years in the future. Undesirables, enemies of the state, proles, conservatives, unbelievers, malcontents, you name who, locked onto their self driving autos, but the autos are really controlled by signals from NSA HQ in Utah. And yeah, driven to FEMA camps, or the place where Soylent Green is manufactured.

          brh

        • Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

          Shades of Stephen King’s “Christine”.

  93. Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-sons-romance-with-gentile-sparks-orthodox-outcry/

    The President’s own family – more fringe figures right? Just like Susan Sontag. Real fringe, Man. Groovy.

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

      CHRIST Janos, if I looked looked like that and had the opportunity to date a Nordic beauty like that I’d be eating several yards of her shit to get at that ass as well – parents and tradition be damned!

      What, are you still living in your parents’ basement jacking off to 20 year old copies of Hustler, or what? Oops, sorry for that last bit. I know we agreed to keep that amongst ourselves.

  94. Janos Skorenzy February 4, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    dailystormer.com/uk-men-to-be-automatically-assumed-guilty-in-feminist-inspired-new-rape-law/

    A thousand years of Common Law down the drain. The accused have to prove they’re innocent and not the other way around.

  95. wpa--ccc February 4, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    “Not to mention ‘Cars That Drive Themselves’, the latest and most persistent techno-fantasy “ — BRH

    Right, BRH! What will these dreamers think of next? These unrealistic people probably dream about remote in-vehicle security, in case the keys get locked into the car. The car will unlock itself? Or maybe they dream about hands free calling: the car will talk to you! Or turn-by-turn navigation with a car robot talking to you. Or remote diagnostics systems and the car will tell you what is wrong. I bet some of the techno fantasy dreamers even think when a car crashes and the driver is unconscious, that the car will somehow be able to just send a message via satellite to a computer somewhere which will then automatically notify emergency personnel. These dreaming star gazers are probably wishing on a star for all that to happen. They could even call it OnStar. Right, BRH?

    • BackRowHeckler February 5, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      WPA CCC

      Interesting Handle

      I had uncles who worked in CCC camps. I heard their stories.

      They were run by the Army, under Douglas MacArthur. Discipline was enforced, hard work was required, as was attendance at Chapel on Sunday Mornings.

      Imagine what a CCC camp would look like in 2015: Indemic gang warfare between fierce clusters of blacks and hispanics, any type of religious displays forbidden except for Wicca and Islam, flagrantly homosexual ‘counselors’, rampant drug abuse, everybody yapping about their Civil Rights to ACLU lawyers hovering at the fringes, rules posted in 46 languages (anything not mandatory is forbidden) midnight stabbings, beatdowns, and any project that might be proposed put on hold for EPA approval, which might take up to 7 years.

      brh
      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

        Yes still you wont support the White Race and a future White America.

  96. Mike Roberts February 5, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    “The You-tube [sic] clip was seen all over the world ”

    Really? You don’t provide a link, so I can’t check but is a short YouTube clip all the proof you have that it’s genuine?

    Otherwise, a reasonably good rant.

  97. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    NY Times: Saudis offered Putin a deal: expensive oil in return for Moscow dropping support of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

    nytimes.com/2015/02/04/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-is-said-to-use-oil-to-lure-russia-away-from-syr…

    So, it is all about geopolitics after all. Russia needs Syria to block the gas pipeline from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the European Union. For the same reasons, Syria is needed by the Saudis.

    At present, Russia controls the critical proportion of gas supplies to the EU. It would be unwise for Russia to relinquish this important valve.

    But there are other, much more important considerations. Moscow’s reputation as a reliable ally would be lost. Then China, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Brazil and other of Russia’s friends with whom she is united against Western aggression would immediately turn away.

    Besides, you can’t hope to beat West at their own game of backstabbing intrigues and back-room negotiations. The fate of naive leaders who tried to do that is well known. Where are Hussein, Gaddafi and Yanukovych? The question is rhetorical.

    Russian civilization is built on different principles. Russia aims not to rob people, giving them blankets infected with smallpox and loans from the IMF, but to cooperate with them. That is exactly how Russians managed to build the largest in land and richest in natural resources Empire.

    • ozone February 5, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      FITM,
      Hmm, sounds to me like the oil-soaked sheiks have been dealing with the American MIC for so long that they assume the Russians are just as stupid and greedy. That would be a very bad miscalculation; long-term thinkers (i.e. the Russians) will eat their lunch. The House of Saud smells endgame and they’re trying their usual shit of playing both ends against the middle. The chances for success are very slim this time ’round…

    • ozone February 5, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      …And perhaps a salient question could be asked here: Why would a dedicated mouthpiece of the State Dept. [NYT] be outing the Saudis as the double-dealing bastards that they are — *at this present time*?

      There’s a subtext here that’s not being voiced, just a hot-button holler of, “Betrayal!”.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 8:58 am #

        It sounds to me like a reflection of deep internal contradictions within American elite. We as a civilization are at great danger thanks to some American elite infighting that can’t produce consensus one way or another.

        Judging by Russian blogosphere, the majority of Russian people are fully prepared for war. A lot are convinced that war has already started.

        Only some concrete actions on the part of Washington can now prevent the military outbreak in Europe. We need new Yalta conference, before we lost millions of human lives.

      • ozone February 5, 2015 at 11:22 am #

        FITM,
        Sorry to go so far afield with the propaganda/mouthpiece speculations, but I just spotted this damning article about the CIA caught with newsprint all over their hands:

        informationclearinghouse.info/article40886.htm

  98. Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    opposingviews.com/i/health/company-has-microchips-implanted-employees-hands

    It’s beginning. Sweden is often used to roll out new agendas by New World Order. The Mark of the Beast will be optional at first, but later you wont fit in without it. And a bit later, you’ll starve. Why so bad? Well a few years ago a professor chipped himself and was able to move a mechanical arm with just his thoughts. And so if the divide between device and consciousness has been breached, what’s to stop the Government or “Company” from issuing orders or subliminal suggestion via a chip? Convienence is a small thing compared to the integrity of your own being.

    • BackRowHeckler February 5, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Sweden is filling up with Muslims pretty quick, and I doubt Muslims will let themselves be chipped.

      They’re might even cut the head off the effeminate blond dude with the sing song voice who shows up to implant the chip.

      That will put and end to the chip program in Sweden.

      After that Swedes will be wide open for Shariah Law. They might even welcome it.

      brh

  99. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 5:44 am #

    What did West destroy in Libya

    In 41 years of government in Libya before his death in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi has done for his country some amazing things, and repeatedly tried to unify and strengthen the economy of African countries. Despite the fact that we were shown on television, Gaddafi made a lot of things, definitely not typical of the evil dictator.

    In Libya, the right to housing was seen as a natural human right

    In his theoretical work “The Green Book” Gadhafi states that “housing is a basic need of both the individual and the family, so no one else has a right to possession of the dwelling owned by him.” This set of political philosophy, by the Libyan leader was first published in 1975. There was a government program to help new family to purchase house or apartment, up to $60,000 dollars

    Education and health services were completely free of charge

    During his reign Gaddafi was able to create the best health care system in the Arab and African world. In addition, if the citizens of Libya could not get the desired education or proper medical care in the country, the government of Libya provided the means to address these problems abroad.

    Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project

    The largest irrigation system in the world, known as the “Great Man-Made River” was created to provide natural water resources throughout the country. The system was financed by the government of Gaddafi, who called it “the eighth wonder of the world.”

    Libya had all the conditions for starting an agricultural business

    If any Libyan wanted to establish a farm, he got the house, land, livestock and seed fund without paying any taxes.

    Mothers received State benefits for newborn babies

    A woman who gave birth to a child receive an allowance in the amount of $5,000 for herself and the newborn.

    Electricity was free

    Electricity was provided to citizens of Libya for free. This means that there were no electricity bills!

    Cheap gasoline

    During the reign of Gaddafi in Libya, the price of gasoline was 14 cents per liter, or about 55 cents a gallon

    Gaddafi raised the level of education

    Prior to Gaddafi taking power 25 percent of Libyans were illiterate. He lowered this figure to 13 percent, with 25 percent of the population had university degrees.

    Libya had a state-owned Central bank

    Libya was the only country in the world that had Central Bank, wholly owned by the state. Citizens could receive from it interest-free loans. In addition, the country had no foreign debt.

    Gold Dinar

    Before the fall of Tripoli and his premature death, Gaddafi attempted to introduce a single African gold currency. Following in the footsteps of the late great pioneer Marcus Harvey, who first coined the term “United States of Africa”, Gaddafi sought to introduce a single currency, the African gold dinar.

    Introduction of dinar was actively resisted by the world elite. African countries could finally pull themselves out of hopeless poverty and debt, only through the trade of precious raw materials. They could say “no” to foreign exploitation and ask any suitable price for their resources. They say that the gold dinar was the true cause for NATO headed uprising that led to the overthrow of the Libyan leader.

    Have you not forgotten to send your monthly $14.95 check to your favorite African charity?

    • seawolf77 February 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      What’s your reply Janos?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

        To what? The Swedish chipping? As I said, Sweden is often first in NWO agendas. The Muslim takeover is ongoing and wont be fully in effect for a few decades. By then the chipping should be spread throughout the Western World. Chipped soldiers might be formidable indeed. In any case, they hope to create a harmless Western type Islam much as they have defanged Christianity.

        Do you plan to get chipped btw? You will not see God if you do.

        • seawolf77 February 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

          What do I have to do sing it for you? Gaddafi was a great African leader and they took him out. He wasn’t the first, he won’t be the last. The great white discrepancy in accomplishment you so often site is enforced at the barrel of a gun, not at the patent office or marketplace.

          • Q. Shtik February 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

            you so often [site] – seawolf

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          • DA February 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

            Better yet, why are you “singing” for one such as Janos? Are you some kind of songbird?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

            So what do you want us to do? Die? Make room for the Non-White hordes? Become slaves? What exactly?

            What are you doing in your personal life as reparations/repentance for your sins as a White Man? And whatever it is, it wont be enough. You were born a racist and will die one.

            Gaddafi was a monster, but a useful one. Primitive peoples need strong men like him to maintain order.

          • seawolf77 February 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

            I want you to accept your past, acknowledge your ancestors were vicious gangsters, and stop spewing the religion of white superiority and start recognizing our enemies are in high places and they oppose peace for humanity. War, like religion, is obsolete. It has no more useful purpose. Stop glorifying it and it will fade into oblivion.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

            What are you doing in your personal life to make reparations to Non-Whites? I can give you suggestions if you’re too dull or selfish to think of anything.

          • seawolf77 February 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

            You’re gonna need a bigger worm.

  100. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Interesting information today is coming on diplomatic channels.

    Kerry today has spoken about something to Poroshenko. Everything would be fine. Expected. But initially it was expected that it will be tomorrow, and then Kerry and Poroshenko will go on a visit to Angela in Munich.

    But tonight Merkel and Hollande fly to Kiev . They want to offer new options regarding settlement of Ukrainian crisis.

    And tomorrow, the sweet European couple flies to Moscow. To persuade Putin to take their option.

    And all this happens against the backdrop of the exercises of Strategic Nuclear Missile Forces of the Russian Federation and maneuvers of Russian army near the Ukrainian border.
    yurasumy.livejournal.com/375027.html

  101. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Strategic Missile Forces are conducting large-scale exercises in six Russian regions

    Russia carries large-scale exercises of Strategic Missile Forces. They are carried out on an unprecedented scale – involved about 700 pieces of military equipment.

    In 6 regions (Irkutsk, Tver, Ivanovo, Kirov region, as well as in Altai Krai and the Republic of Mari El) mobile complexes “Topol”, “Topol-M” and “Yars” left their hangars.

    1tv.ru/news/social/277136

  102. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Future US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter – he will succeed Chuck Hagel and now the Senate is having confirmation hearings – on February 3 made it clear that for him the question of supplying the Kiev authorities with lethal heavy weapons by US is solved – “I am inclined to supply”, – he explained.

    Looks rather strange: not yet approved by the Senate Secretary said that he already decided for himself the question on which he has not yet made recommendations to the President or his Secretary of State, and the President did not make the decision. E. Carter is not a beginner, for two years he was deputy defense secretary. Has the decision been made already? It seems not. President’s press secretary Josh Ernest the next day said that “only President would make such a decision, not Mr. Carter.”

  103. progress4what February 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    @ Mike Roberts –

    Here’s the video clip that JHK was referring to, I believe. youtu.be/RoMM-ncaomA It is at about 0:20 seconds where a male with an “American?” accent says, “Get outta’ my face, please.”

    And I think JHK was absolutely correct to say of this, ” The You-tube clip was seen all over the world and to this minute no agent of the US government has been called to account over it. Like I said, a hall of mirrors.”

    I saw plenty of mention of this video in the more obscure corners of the internet where mainstream US citizens rarely tread. Anyone who isn’t aware of this video needs to watch a couple more non-US-MSM media sources every once in a while.

    What was interesting to me was the commentary on websites where this video was referenced ran heavily to, what one should call, disinformation. “The guy’s a Brit. No, he’s a South African. No, he’s a non-native English speaker, etc. etc.!” All shouted with definite and misleading certainty about an accent that sounds Northeastern US to my native ears, maybe Philly, or a rural area near to there. Thus do we see that CIA/NSA/etc have plenty of spooks spreading disinformation on comment threads.
    RIGHT GUYS!

    Speaking of which, evidence mounts that the poster now calling himself “When Provided Alias, Continue Calumnious Comments” (WPA-CCC) is only working to further Obama administration goals, whether for pieces of silver or not.

    Speaking of which, anyone who thinks the US needs more population growth due to immigration is a reality denying fool, IMO.
    Now on FaceBook, the last best way to avert looming disaster:
    facebook.com/numbersusa

    ================

    Thanks for the week’s work, JHK. It is appreciated.

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      People complaining about immigration – legal or otherwise – are exactly like people complaining about AGW induced rainfall. Ignorant of the facts and beside the point. People will go where people will go. Just try to stop them.

      As to WPA-CCC? He’s a tool, but he’s our tool. And if it weren’t for our tools, how would we be perfected? Ironic, isn’t it? We suffer such idiots in order to (gradually) figure out our wisdom. The horror!

  104. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    Thierry Meyssan: Washington is in Revolt Against Obama

    The crisis gripping the US state apparatus is directly threatening the survival of the Empire. This is no longer merely the opinion of Thierry Meyssan, but the subject that is shaking the ruling class in Washington to the point that the honorary president of the Council on Foreign Relations is demanding the resignation of the chief advisers of President Obama and the appointment of a new team. This clash has nothing to do with a typical opposition of Democrats and Republicans, nor even with that of the doves / hawks. What is at stake is leadership in the United States and NATO.

    For several months now, I’ve been noting that there is no foreign policy in Washington, but two factions that oppose each other in all things and separately conduct contradictory and inconsistent policies.

    The climax of this situation has been reached in Syria, where the White House first organized the moult of Daesh and sent it to ethnically cleanse Iraq, then fought it even though the CIA continues to support it. This inconsistency has gradually spread to the Allies. Thus, France joined the anti-Daesh coalition while some of its legionaries are part of the Daesh cadre.

    When the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, requested written clarification, he not only received no answer, but he was fired.

    The disorder soon spread to NATO, an alliance created to fight the USSR and maintained against Russia, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed gigantic economic agreements with Vladimir Putin.

    voltairenet.org/article186543.html

    • ozone February 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Yow! If what you’re describing is even *close* to the state of affairs in the empire, I’d say that the empire has finally come to a fatal impasse of the dreaded cognitive dissonance. Coup time, friends and neighbors. I wonder how the American Peephole will react to “regime change” on its’ own soil? (C’mon now “folks”, you knew they’d eventually overplay their hubristic hands and cross the Rubicon. A legacy of ashes indeed.)

      …As long as they free the livin’ shit out of us, I won’t mind. Don’t forget, Droney the friendly drone only kills the bad people. (“We droned some folks.”)

      • BackRowHeckler February 5, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

        The only way that’s gonna happen is if Obama calls a sudden press conference and appears on the podium in full Arab garb, including a towel on the head, and says ‘Praise Allah, you stupid American MotherF–kers!!!”

        That might shake things up and engender a ‘regime change’

        brh

    • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

      Perhaps two sets of Globalists in conflict? The Neo-Cons are obviously against the CFR/United Nations faction. But I can’t tell which camp Obama is in. I though he was more a CFR type. Perhaps there is a third or even more Globalist factions?

      • FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

        No matter how many factions and competing groups there are, they’ve GOT TO MAINTAIN united corporate appearances.

        They can’t afford to look totally dysfunctional.

      • DA February 5, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

        Obama’s firmly in the “do as you’re told” camp, and nothing more.

  105. Pucker February 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    At the end of the day, aren’t the Russians are our allies? Don’t we need the Russians for their oil, and to kill the Muslim nut cases? It’s just that neither ourselves nor the Russians have figured it out yet? It’s that Polish weirdo Brzezinski who’s running US foreign policy and who’s the big troublemaker, right?

    • seawolf77 February 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

      Are you kidding, they’re the Klingons. How can America have and maintain interstellar domination? By befriending them? Or killing them.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      You’re forgetting the two main sects of Islam. Russia is allied with the Shiites. We are allowed (secretly) with the Sunni extremists. “We” want to conquer the world you see. Russia doesn’t want to be conquered. Thus the game is set. Russia is allied with Assad of Syria and with Iran. We are with Saudi Arabia and ISIS.

      • DA February 5, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

        Allowing for the fact that “ISIS” is merely a thinly disguised “USUS.” ISIS is a US CIA video generated myth for the most part.

  106. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Kiev’s junta defeated again

    Debaltesevo cauldron is closed and the surrounded junta forces desperate and defeated.

    Some analysts estimate that it constitutes about half of combat capable Ukrainian troops.

  107. FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    Putin calls up reserves

    Moscow, February 5 – AiF-Moscow.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree calling citizens in reserve, on the passage of military training in 2015, RIA Novosti reported.

    Order is effective immediately.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

      Military training of reservists in Russia is held annually. Last year, such training was in July.

      Decree of February 5, goes into effect from the date of signing.

  108. Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    infowars.com/gallup-ceo-fears-he-might-suddenly-disappear-for-questioning-u-s-jobs-data/

    Need I say more. The Headline says it all. The Medium is the message.

  109. BackRowHeckler February 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    Chirpy little coed with really stylish eyewear, spokesperson for the US State Dept., and the face of American Power, talked about a newly formed Nato Rapid Response Force, 5000 man strong, being formed in Eastern Europe to confront Russian aggression. Will there be Dutch Soldiers in this outfit? (Hair down to their asses, stoned out their gourds, fully unionized, gay friendly … ready to confront Putin’s tough peasant soldiers)

    I’ll bet Putin is sh-ttin in his pants just thinking about it.

    brh

    • BackRowHeckler February 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Maria Harf. What a babe!

    • DA February 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

      That stupid blonde with glasses look is SO timeless! And cable knit sweaters over form fitting polyester pullovers on top of that? Forget about it! I don’t know about Vlad, but I’m about to submit to the primeval urge just thinking about her!

      • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 3:05 am #

        Who are you Peter Proud?

        • DA February 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

          Might be.

          • DA February 7, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

            Who’s Peter Proud?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 5, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

      Yeah remember how the Serbs were handcuffing them to targets they didn’t want bombed. But to be fair, the UN soldiers were given ridiculous orders that allowed them to be treated like crap. Same thing happened in Africa a number of times. If they want some respect – and to get serious young men – they have to stop putting their troops in ridiculous positions.

  110. wpa--ccc February 5, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    “working to further Obama administration goals” — P4W

    Yes, P4W, I am guilty as you charged. Why? Because Obama’s goals and JHK’s goals overlap.

    Ignore Obama’s pretty speeches and look what he has actually done these last six years. Obama has spent more on border security than Bush. Obama has deported more illegals than any president in United States history. Those are just facts. With Obama as president that XL Pipeline will NEVER be built.

    • progress4what February 5, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

      “Because Obama’s goals and JHK’s goals overlap.”
      – while provided alias, continue contradictory comments –

      You’re gonna’ have to explain this one, wpa,ccc.

      You’re also DA, aren’t you?

  111. progress4what February 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    “People complaining about immigration – legal or otherwise – are exactly like people complaining about AGW induced rainfall. Ignorant of the facts and beside the point. People will go where people will go. Just try to stop them.” – da –

    First thing, da, since you just called Janos by his prior name of Vlad, you’ve been @ CFN a while, right? What have your other handles been?

    Second, I’m not seeing where your comparison of “complaining about AGW induced rainfall” makes much sense. Seems contrived, IOW.

    And the problem isn’t trying to “stop them,” with respect to incoming US migrants. Far from it, in fact. The problem is deliberately encouraging them, as government policy, to immigrate into the US at the rate of over 1 million per year. It’s an unsustainable rate, terrible policy for the US, and it is having a worse long-term impact on some of the home countries of the migrants.

    That’s what should stop. That’s what NumbersUSA has as a goal.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Imagine Oliver Allstrom as president. We wouldn’t be having all these problems!

      • DA February 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

        I’m having a hard time keeping track of the cast of characters these days, what with my advancing age P4W, but I think my only other handle has been ‘Disaffected’. Don’t comment here much, but must admit, you guys fascinate me. Party on! I’ll try not to interfere too much.

  112. wpa--ccc February 6, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    “It’s an unsustainable rate, terrible policy for the US” — P4W

    P4W, you say I promote Obama. You deliberately ignore what Obama has actually done to fix legal immigration policy. And you never say that Obama cannot do it alone because it is the responsibility of Congress (which is now controlled by Republicans).

    President took action to fix as much of the broken system as he could through his immigration accountability executive actions. Yet you, P4W, ignore Obama’s actions to secure the border, to prioritize felons (not families) for deportation, and to hold undocumented immigrants accountable by requiring them to pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes. Those are things JHK and I and Obama agree on, yet you refuse to give Obama any credit. Obama wants to modernize the legal immigration system and is taking conservative and common-sense steps. Obama has never proposed giving a general amnesty, like Bush and Reagan actually gave. Obama has done what little he can constitutionally, but Congress has to finish the job.

    For those on CFN who do not know, there are three critical elements of Obama’s executive actions:

    Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border
    The President’s actions increase the chances that anyone attempting to cross the border illegally will be caught and sent back.

    Deporting Felons, Not Families
    The President’s actions focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety. He has directed immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members, and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list.

    Accountability – Criminal Background Checks and Taxes
    The President is also acting to hold accountable those undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. By registering and passing criminal and national security background checks, millions of undocumented immigrants will start paying their fair share of taxes and temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time.

    P4W, what specifically do you disagree with about those three elements and what are your specific reasons for disagreement? If you cannot support your opposition to Obama with reasons, then I am going to have to think there may be some other unstated reason for your opposition to Obama. Obama has done more than Bush and Reagan combined to secure the borders and deport people. If you oppose immigration, you should give the first Black President some credit.

  113. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services John McCain stated Thursday that the Ukraine’s use of cluster bombs was partially the US fault.

    Washington (Sputnik) — The United States is to be blamed for Ukraine’s use of cluster bombs since it hasn’t provided the country with different weapons, US Senator John McCain told Sputnik News on Thursday.
    —————————————————–
    If psychiatrists gave advance laser blaster to a homicidal maniac, he would not have to chase his victims with a kitchen knife.

    And if USSR had not pulled the war criminal McCain out of Vietnamese pit, there would be one warmonger less in position of power in Washington.

    • BackRowHeckler February 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

      Are there any Russian warmongers? Or is it just Americans who are warmongers?

      brh

      • DA February 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

        Generally speaking, I think it’s a pecking order kind of thing. If you’re American and connected, you generally get first dibs at war mongering based on ability to pay, of course. After the Americans, it’s pretty much first come, first served, with secondary respect to ability to pay. All the serious Mongering money is already spent at that point, so no one really gives a shit either way. Lots of small time players in that market who spend most of their profits on getting drunk, high, and/or laid, so you pretty much have to feel your way through it on a day to day basis. Old School’, in two words. Or, a woman fucking a horse. Take your pick.

  114. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 3:13 am #

    Off topic: Note on technical support of server “kunstler.com”

    It appears that the server that runs this blog chokes up on Unicode characters and only allows ancient ASCII encoding.

    I have no intention of submitting entries in Cyrillic, but even simple task of “cut-and-paste” quotes from American media in perfect English becomes rather impossible due to use of some ‘normal’ – like double dashes merged in one – characters, which this particular server just spits out along with entire post.

    Also it becomes sometimes impossible to give reference to original publications in foreign press, making me an involuntary plagiarist.

  115. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    Ukraine secretly selling United States weapons to Syria’s Assad

    American-supplied weapons for Ukrainian Armed Forces, Kiev ferried to the Middle East.

    Kiev at the highest level requests military assistance from the West, explaining their requests with intention to defend the sovereignty of Ukraine, but the greatest threat to the country are corrupted representatives of the Ukrainian authorities. LifeNews became aware of the current Ukrainian corrupt scheme to sell weapons received from US to the Middle East. The deal was made by deputy head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Petro Mehedi and Brigadier General Talal Mahluf of Syria, close to the Bashar al-Assad.

    lifenews.ru/news/149465

    It’s funny that they did not even sell this weapons to ISIS , but to Assad, the official enemy of their American masters.

    Just a little gesheft, nothing personal.

  116. progress4what February 6, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    “If you oppose immigration, you should give the first Black President some credit.”
    – with provided alias, continuing contradictory commentary –

    Again, soak/krugs/wpaccc/da, this statement makes little sense. Illegal immigration is a minor component of total immigration, which continues unimpeded at an unsustainable rate.

    It does sound as though you and the Pres. might benefit from joining the activists at NumbersUSA. Perhaps you and the “first Black President” could work to reduce immigration because of its disparate negative impacts on “native born Black And Other Minority Citizens.”

    numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/cchmielenski/november-21-2013/new-group-sheds-light-immigrations-imp…

  117. progress4what February 6, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    “A s a political psychoanalyst I find the Super-bowl halftime show the best concise index of how psychotic American culture is becoming from year to year, and the 2015 version signaled a complete break from reality, a nightmare of twerking robots in a hall of mirrors, as if America had utterly surrendered its tattered soul to some rogue motherboard pulsing deep within Dr. Evil’s subterranean palace of sin. Hence it is the perfect analog for understanding otherwise incomprehensible happenings such as the USA’s role in fomenting further chaos and mayhem in Ukraine.”

    Thus does JHK begin his week’s missive. So, perhaps, some of the commentariat here @ CFN should be forgiven for actually discussing this “gag,” and even the accompanying football game. And never forget the commercials, for insight into the tattered soul of America. Watching the halftime show, I found myself asking, “This is supposed to sell Pepsi, exactly HOW?”

    And I’ll never think of Nationwide Insurance without worrying about the little guy who could never sail around the world because he was crushed by a plasma TV. Never ride in a Jeep without humming “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land.” Was that a subtle Bernays thing – buy a Jeep and America conquers the world?
    No wonder our “tattered soul” is a mess, JHK.

    All I want now is a cute puppy, a couple of Clydesdales, and a beer.

    Go figure.

    Could a falling TV crush a horse? Somebody save the beer.

  118. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Peace plan of Merkel and Hollande is attempt to wrest initiative from US side

    Washington regained the initiative after a number of European diplomatic moves, specifically by France and Germany, within the so-called ‘Normandy format,’ failed,” says the L’Obs article. Paris and Berlin are unwilling to accept this American solution they consider to be very risky… Thus, France and Germany are trying to act similar to the American administration which they distrust.

    itar-tass.com/en/world/775884

  119. BackRowHeckler February 6, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    This NATO Rapid Deployment Force, 5000 strong, formed to halt Russian aggression in the east … there had better be some transgender troops in this outfit, and at least 50% ladies, after all, ladies are a little over 50% of the population. Yes, you might be shooting at Russian troops, but as we all know the real enemy is homophobia, sexism and racism; don’t be fooled by this other bullsh-t.

    ISIS puts a premium on green eyed blond haired women. A young Arab girl will bring only a used Kalishnikov and a few hundred rounds of ammo in a trade; a greeneyed Yazide girl might get you 3 Colt M-4s. What you don’t believe me? Look it up yourself. During the Red Army’s year long rape campaign in Eastern Germany 1945-1946 the Russian Mongolian troops sought out Blond German woman by the tens of thousands. These ladies in American and European armies have to wrap up their womanliness real tight to succeed in the world of soldiering but I have a feeling when they start to become POWs Russian troops will have a way of finding them out. Did these geniuses eager for women to enter combat roles ever consider what’s going to happen when these 21 year old girls get captured. I know, I know, they’ll be protected by the Geneva Convention.

    Things ain’t working out like we were promised in 2008. What went wrong? Everything was America’s fault then. Remember? Or have you forgotten that already? I’m convinced we don’t hear alot about Boko Haram because it can’t be blamed on the US. Or can it?

    The whole goddam world is laughing at the US and the west. ISIS especially, is rubbing our nose in all our precious sensibilities, preoccupations and fantasies. And Men like Putin live in the world of hard core realpolitik, not the pissant guilt ridden homilies of John Kerry and Barak Obama.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Yes, Blondes symbolize the White Race to Non-Whites. Thus they are both greatly desired and despised by Non-Whites – sometimes at the same time. And thus does Hollywood portray Blonde women as idiots, bimbos, bitches, criminals, etc.

      Remember the Soviet Troops were ordered to rape – to break the Racial Pride of the Germans. American Troops raped for fun – or lured starving German women with candy bars. More noble than men following orders?

      • malthuss February 6, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

        George Burns and ‘Gracie’. You know about them?
        Theres the sense that Gracie was the first of that line.

        First showbiz dumb blonde. Then when Leer created Archie, his gal had the same irritating voice.

      • DA February 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

        Lured starving German women with candy bars.

        LOL! I’ve gotta thank you Janos/Vlad for that priceless visualization!

  120. malthuss February 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    La Raza works w Obama on ‘immigration’ [I put ” because without a real border there can be no immigration, just dissolution of USA]

    fairus.org/publications/president-obama-s-record-of-dismantling-immigration-enforcement

  121. Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    thoughtcatalog.com/tanya-cohen/2015/01/here-is-why-its-time-to-get-tough-on-hate-speech-in-america/

    Tanya Cohen wants 25 years to life for “hate speech” in America. The Tribe always over reaches. That’s why they’ve been kicked out of Western Countries over a hundred times.

    • malthuss February 6, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

      100x? you have a link to proof?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 7, 2015 at 4:46 am #

        biblebelievers.org.au/expelled.htm

        One of many links. Didn’t look for the best one. It’s well known. If you’re who I think you are, I’m surprised you didn’t already know. Both sides agree on the general number. Obviously the Jews and Christian Zionists think it’s just horrible and Realists think it’s simply inevitable.

        • malthuss February 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

          Does a tribe have to have all kits members ‘expelled’ to get on the list?
          What about a small number expelled? like 100-500.

  122. Therian February 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Hilarious. So now Putin’s got “autism”. For those who know the face of autism, what percentage of them married, had two kids, and even had numerous womanizing affairs?? Unless you’re really uninformed, even high-functioning autism spectrum people (Asperger’s) usually can’t even keep same-sex friends much less be womanizers.

    The dark humor in all this is that Europe is silently appeasing Putin, especially Angela Merkel, because she knows that Putin can FREEZE THEM TO DEATH. More dark humor is that even with all of the anti-Putin clamor in the West, his approval rating is now 87%!!

    Many more tactics are being used to portray a dying Russia and it’s true that their population is “only” 140 million now. This merely means that Russia will not have one whit of trouble feeding its people and keeping them warm in the winter. The same cannot be said of the USA and EU where immigrants are overrunning the joint.

    This is not to say that Russia doesn’t have its troubles (the Sochi Olympics were a cost overrun disaster) because of the oligarchs but in terms of internal debts their condition looks golden compared to the United States. In the USA, we’re trying mightily to get those real estate values back to bubble levels so that the TAXES go up and feed city and state coffers. All we have left are gimmicks.

  123. Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    http://news.yahoo.com/brian-williams–hurricane-katrina-coverage-scrutinized-after-apology-for-iraq-war-story-141800566.html

    Looks like we have ourselves a pretty boy liar here. What we gonna do? Just like Hillary’s landing under sniper fire.

    They should get ugly people to read the news just to symbolize that the news is often ugly and that in any case, it’s not entertainment.

  124. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    “During the Red Army’s year long rape campaign in Eastern Germany 1945-1946 the Russian Mongolian troops sought out Blond German woman by the tens of thousands.” — brh

    I sort of missed the raping part from my granddad war stories – he ended war in Germany. But, obviously, you know better.

    Rape in war has always been and always will be. The USSR was the only warring party that issued tough orders against violence and rape and bringing perpetrators to justice, and not formal, but including the death penalty by firing squad.

    And the Americans, for example, have simply increased the supply of condoms, but American officials made cynical statements like “Rape is not a problem for the military police, as some food, a chocolate bar or a bar of soap make rape unnecessary”. Not to mention the German Army order releasing German soldiers from all liability for any crimes on Russian territory.

    Here are your “civilized” Europeans and Americans.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

      Even Haaretz admitted that the Jew Lazar Kagnovitch was one of the greatest mass murderers. in history.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

        The Jew Lazar Kag[a]novitch was NOT my granddad.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 7, 2015 at 1:07 am #

          I never said he was. But good attempt at misdirection.

  125. MisterDarling February 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    Quote of the Week:

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-06/yanis-varoufakis-sums-europe-one-sentence

  126. FincaInTheMountains February 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    Constantine Dushenov: Three roads to Abyss

    Another escalation of the situation in the Novorossia sparked a new wave of discussions and debates. Analysts and political scientists, military experts and international journalists in every way gab and discuss the topic of when, finally, and on what terms Russia and the West will be able to resolve the protracted conflict? Who and what will be required to do? How long Poroshenko will last?

    Meanwhile, they are all quite meaningless. No political solution exists to war in Novorossia. It can only be frozen for a while. This, incidentally, what Putin is engaged in, trying to buy some time to prepare.

    To prepare for what? To the inevitable large-scale conflict with the West. Uncompromising and relentless conflict, a historical alternative to which today simply does not exist, that we must speak plainly and clearly. And the war has its own logic. And when (not if, but when exactly) Minsk agreement will finally fail and fighting resumes without any restriction, and then perhaps will be only three options.

    The first scenario. Fearing uncontrolled exacerbation, Russia and the United States will manage to agree among themselves at this stage and make Kiev to stop fighting in Novorossia, recognizing that it is lost forever. It is most unlikely option. Washington has not started this whole combination to admit defeat. But even this option would only be a delay before the decisive battle between Moscow and Washington. How Come? Because this option will mean another political victory for Putin and Russia will open up the possibility (even more, it will be inevitable) to become the world leader in anti-American, anti-globalization rebellion of countries and peoples who do not agree to bend their neck under the yoke of US power.

    In turn, Kiev will soon get on the brink of another military catastrophe. Prevent that the West cannot, so Russia and Europe will be gradually drawn into the war. Washington and NATO also cannot stay away. This is the path to the big European war, which, in turn, will be a prelude to WWIII.

    And in it, as in any war, there are only two possible outcomes.

    Scenario Two. If Russia will lose this war, it will disappear from the world map as an independent country, and the Russian people will be finally and forever eliminated from the history of the world and, in fact, destroyed: Partly – physically and, without a doubt, completely – culturally and spiritually …

    Third scenario. But if Russia wins, it is bound for the incredible rise of world fame and power. Russian Empire will be restored in all the majesty and splendor. West will cease to exist as a unified civilization and culture. The US and Europe will be at the bottom of the geopolitical abyss, in the power of social and political chaos in the maelstrom of historical catastrophe, the likes of which we have not seen for at least 500 years …

    • Janos Skorenzy February 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Fourth scenario: Russia wins and then is destroyed from within by you people and Russian dupes like Dugin.

      • DA February 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

        Fifth scenario. Russia doesn’t lose/wins. US and the European west fail due to their own inevitable and long overdue internal contradictions, and Russia and China ascend as the mutual heads of a new, substantially reduced in power, “world order.” US and Europe fall into massive internal disorder and strife, viewed apocalyptically in the US, but merely as business as usual in Europe. In the end, “world order” is once again viewed as the anachronistic term it has always been, and things get back to normal.

  127. wpa--ccc February 7, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    JHK in 2008: There will never be an economic recovery.

    The reality today:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery — with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.

    Freer-spending consumers and steady economic expansion have boosted hiring for the past three months to the most robust pace in 17 years.

    In January, employers added 257,000 jobs, after 329,000 in December and a sizzling 423,000 jobs in November, the government reported Friday. The November and December gains were much higher than the government had first estimated.

    ============================

    That makes 59 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Thank you, President Obama, for your job stimulus measures and the healthy economic recovery. Now we need to raise taxes on the rich, to make them pay their fair share, and spend even more on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

    • ozone February 7, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      One thing we can take away from these “official pronouncement” postings is that the reality of the situation is diametrically opposed. (It’s good to know what venality looks and sounds like.)

      Here’s another peek at what them fine stats indicate:

      Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

      Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, says that the percentage of Americans that are employed full-time has been hovering near record lows since the end of the last recession. But most Americans don’t realize this because the official unemployment numbers are extremely misleading. In fact, Clifton says that the official 5.6 percent unemployment rate is a “big lie”. Gallup regularly tracks the percentage of U.S. adults that are employed for 30 or more hours per week, and it is currently at 44.2 percent. It has been hovering between 42 percent and 45 percent since the end of 2009. This is extremely low. As I discussed the other day, there are 8.69 million Americans that are considered to be “officially unemployed” at this point. But there are another 92.90 million Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”. Millions upon millions of those Americans would work if they could. Overall, there are 101 million U.S. adults that do not have a job right now. But you won’t hear that number being discussed by the mainstream media, because it would make Barack Obama look really bad.

      Most Americans just assume that the economic numbers that we are being given accurately reflect reality. That is why it is so refreshing to have men like Jim Clifton step forward and tell the truth. His recent article entitled “The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment” is making headlines all over America.
      *****************************************

      BTW, rebuilding America’s *auto-centric* infrastructure is just another colossal waste of time (it’s getting “late”) and precious resources. If we’ve been paying attention, most cars are getting chintzier and more complex (a recipe for certain disaster and short life) as we go along.

      Rail and well-planned and executed trails (using natural materials at hand) to connect communities would be of much better future use. Granted, the *profit* motive would be somewhat constrained, so that right there would likely put the kibosh on such purposeful planning.

      • BackRowHeckler February 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

        Article last week states that since 2009 18 million work permits have been issued to overseas (foreign) workers. This is not to mention the 5.5 million more going out to illegals in February thru the new ‘executive order’.

        So what hell difference does it make if 200,000 or 300,000 jobs were ‘created’ last month? Its a goddam fraud. And our vaunted media goes along with it.

        brh

    • DA February 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      “Economic recoveries” these days are always necessarily of smaller and smaller, less substantial means, and ALWAYS result in us being less well off than before. It’s a gradual, almost imperceptible process, but it’s there all the same. That’s the nature of economic contraction. You have to really pay attention to notice it.

  128. Janos Skorenzy February 7, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    The invasion of the Curry Apes continues.

    amren.com/news/2015/02/southern-california-edison-it-workers-beyond-furious-over-h-1b-replacements/

  129. wpa--ccc February 7, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    “Curry Apes”? Somebody is insecure.

    Indians have a better work ethic. That is what matters to a company. Whites cannot compete on a level playing field with Indians… neither intellectually nor economically. That is why whites are being laid off. Whites feel entitled and they won’t work for a lower salary. It’s free market competition and whites are bound to lose out because they don’t measure up: Indians are more productive… at a lower salary. I welcome Indians as part of our nation.

    Whites want the freedom to resign and leave a company at will, when it is convenient for them to stop being an employee… so why shouldn’t the company have the same right to lay off whites when it is convenient for the corporation? Remember, corporations are people my friend.

    Instead of name calling and whining like you do, Janos, instead of feeling entitled to a lifelong job with a corporation, whites should pull themselves up by their bootstraps and start their own companies.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 7, 2015 at 4:29 am #

      “At a lower salary” – exactly. They’re scabs. So much for your Socialist idealism. It’s a fraud just like the rest of you.

    • DA February 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      A company for everyone my friend! And two cars (or more!) in their garage, both of their own design and manufacture to boot, says I, for what are their limits, but mere mental bootstraps to be tugged upon! For I am INCORPORATED now, and I live BEYOND mere mortal bounds! I am CEO before all I see now! Mere plebes, HEAR ME ROAR!

  130. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ban on doctor-assisted suicide

    In a unanimous decision, The Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation’s contentious century-old law against assisted suicide.
    news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/06/supreme-court-of-canada-strikes-down-ban-on-doctor-assisted-suicide…

    Minister of Health of Lithuania Rimante Shalashyavyachyute said that euthanasia can be “a good way” for poor patients who cannot afford the services of Paid Medicine.

    “Euthanasia can be a good choice for the poor people who, because of poverty do not have access to health care” – that’s what she said. And continues in the same cynical way, she added: “Lithuania is not a welfare state, where palliative care is available to all those in need. Therefore, euthanasia may be the solution for people who “do not want to bother relatives with spectacle own suffering”
    pravda.ru/news/world/europe/easteurope/14-08-2014/1221344-litva-0/

    Are we having another creeping Overton window (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window) , like the one that brought us juvenile justice, gay marriages and legalized pot?

    Money’s getting tight, why keep all those peasants alive?

  131. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    The heavy weapons supplies to Ukraine – a trap for the US

    The way I see it, the United States fell into the trap pit, which they have been tediously digging for Russia for a long time.

    Judge for yourself – the supply of heavy weapons is a standard move by US in such situations. First, they create a conflict, then clashes, then one of the parties referred to as “the champion of democratic values, suffering at the hands of tyrants” – and voila, “democratic” forces need the weapon supplies to protect democracy.

    So it was in Syria, in Vietnam, and everywhere else.

    Only in Ukraine the situation is slightly different. The fact that Ukraine –is not Syria or Vietnam, and if the supply of arms to Syria Europe could still tolerate (despite the fact that Germany, for example, in Iraq and the Libyan war, has always rejected such steps), for Ukraine this US tactic is a no go. Fighting is too close for comfort and German memories of Russian soldiers carrying death to the offenders on the tip of their bayonets are too fresh.

    Germany spoke clearly about the unacceptability of arms supplies to Ukraine. Just at the Munich conference, German Defense Minister reiterated his country’s position. There will be no NATO decision on heavy arms to Ukraine.

    US hawks, in turn, have promised to push Obama on this decision.
    That’s all. Trap’s come shut. If the Americans will have to fulfill their promises, it will be the beginning of a deep transatlantic rift. And if they change their mind, it will be the moment of truth, when Akela (fictional character in Rudyard Kipling’s stories) misses, and misses by a mile. And Akela will be made a doormat out of.

    kagemushanatako.livejournal.com/179707.html

    • ozone February 7, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      …Meanwhile, outlets of the so-called, Western Press (including NPR) are trying to convince us that less civilians will die if the US supplies the Ukraine Junta with heavy weapons. Absolutely Orwellian.

      • FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 10:28 am #

        As a matter of fact, American supplies of “heavy metal” wouldn’t change much in Ukraine. There are plenty of old, but still reliable Soviet machinery in Ukrainian military warehouses, no matter how much they’re steeling it and selling to anybody with a checkbook, including Novorassian Armed Forces (NAF)

        Speaking of NAF, these guys are really good at finding plenty of military hardware right in the middle of Donbass steppe, from heavy multiple rocket launchers to supersonic jet fighters. And it seems that ammunition for those toys is just growing in Donetsk forests, along with some “peasant fighters” possessing highly naturally developed math skills to accurately calculate missile trajectories.

      • DA February 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

        Granted, but realize western press releases are almost entirely meant to garner political support after the fact. The actions they allegedly “propose” are already pre-ordained.

  132. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 6:03 am #

    “Are there any Russian warmongers? Or is it just Americans who are warmongers?” — brh

    Name me a single Russian military action that was not in immediate proximity of the Russian border and was not aimed at preventing real threat to Russian territory.

    Russians never attempted to control world’s trade and financial streams by force to collect dishonest broker’s fees.

    Could you say the same thing about Americans?

    • DA February 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      Don’t know for sure about Russians. Know for DAMN sure about my fellow Muricans. We’re “hardwired” for war, being all “exceptional” and all.

      • BackRowHeckler February 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

        Don’t really agree with that, DA.

        Americans seem to be some of the least militaristic people on earth. And with a population of 320 million we have an army of less than 500,000 soldiers. Grant had more men than that in 1865, twice as many in fact.

        Victor Davis Hanson wrote a good book about the western way of war, and why, in the past century or so, its been so successful. Its been awhile since I read it, but it had to do with the application of force thru armor, artillery and airpower. This is why, for example, Israel was able to resist invasion by six Arab nations at the same time in the 1967 war. It wasn’t luck, and it was no accident.

        brh

        • DA February 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

          What? You’re getting all intellectual here on a Saturday night?

          But to your points, you do realize that we’re leveraging our many technological and economic advantages militarily, so that we don’t have to conscript nearly as many “soldiers”, many of whom are now outsourced to private contractors (for much infinitely better pay) as well?

          So much so that “boots on the ground” is now a largely obsolete and post-ironic term in the military/social lexicon; as in, he’s so “boots on the ground.” How did I ever fall for that bullshit!

          By the way, stop reading books! They’ll warp your mind and lead you to believe there was history before the internet. There wasn’t!

          • BackRowHeckler February 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

            Just killing time at work here, DA. Presses are down again, don’t know when they’ll get them going, hope its soon.

            I think books will be around for awhile yet. JHK is of the opinion that its the internet which may not last too long into the future. He may be right. The telephone poles on our street are dated 1956; how long are those things supposed to last anyway?

            Does anybody read Hemingway anymore? I have a copy of ‘To Have or Have Not’ I’m thinking of delving into.

            My own military career wasn’t too distinguished, 5 years in the Caribbean, ostensibly chasing Soviet subs, but mostly drinking and chasing broads.

            brh

  133. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Susan Rice: We’ll keep pressuring Russia until it folds

    “We have built a coalition of partners around the world to impose steep political and economic cost on Russia, in contrast to the cost-free invasion of Georgia,” Rice said. “And we will continue to turn up the pressure, unless Russia decisively reverses course.”

    voanews.com/content/obama-us-must-resist-urge-to-overreach-abroad/2631936.html

    Is she talking out of political consensus in Washington or out of her ass?

    • ozone February 7, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      “Is she talking out of political consensus in Washington or out of her ass?”

      FITM, That would be one and the same thing. 😉

  134. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Rostislav Ishchenko: Ukrainian Drama

    Certainly during the months of alleged armistice the Novorossia Armed Forces (NAF) continuously sought and found in Donetsk steppes heavy armor and attracted and train volunteers by the thousands, including those with specific knowledge and skills to effectively use modern technology. All witnesses indicate that the density of troops in Donetsk is extremely high and that they are concentrated in a few groups that have a pronounced offensive formation. And these troops are being cherished and not sent to the front. They should deal Kiev authorities a killer blow that immediately brings down the front. This is the first step – the collapse of the front, followed by a gradual occupation of the territory (and not just Novorussia, but all of Ukraine). But it progresses slowly, with the increasing readiness of regions and militias.

    But to lead in the Centre regions and the West into the desired degree of readiness (New Russia is ready already) should second format – a civil war within the Kiev authorities (Yatsenyuk against Poroshenko Kolomoysky against all, the Nazis against the oligarchs, the army against the National Guard, the peasant “self-defense” against “food detachments ” urban food expropriators, etc.). This is the most terrible conflict, capable of quickly decimate the population of Ukraine by 25-30 percent, and the remaining inhabitants will be ready to do everything just to stop the terror.

    It is this terror that Putin is trying to prevent, suggesting the West preservation of Ukraine as a single Nation under the terms of federalization and neutrality, which Russia essentially does not need.

    It is this terror that US are trying to provoke (actually, already did). Revolution and civil war became inevitable in Ukraine two months before parliamentary elections, when it became clear that Turchinov, Yatsenyuk-Avakov would not go to the polls with Poroshenko, but against him. The US has long been waiting the moment when Kiev leaders and their henchmen, the Nazis, will finally begin killing each other.

    Industrious Yatsenyuk, obedient Avakov and Turchinov, who completely lost the remains of the adequacy, are ready to fire. But their henchmen second tier is still afraid. Poroshenko still has a large part of the army, who, to put it mildly, does not get along with Nazi volunteer battalions. The collapse of the front, that became inevitable after the failure of the Australian negotiation, eliminates this foothold; moreover, Poroshenko as the supreme commander has lost all credibility in the society, and in the power structures.

    US are getting what they desired – a full-scale, bloody civil war in the Ukraine with the liquidation of the remnants of the economy, state, collapse of housing and communal services and social services. The territory plunges into the Stone Age in a matter of days. US hope that it will forever divide Russia and Ukraine that would finally form “the Ukrainian people.” In addition, they realize that to restore normal conditions of life for the survivors would still be Russian and EU responsibility, which should tie up resources between Moscow and Brussels, creating a competitive advantage for Washington.

    These calculations are just as faulty as the February-March wishes to make an anti-Russian Ukrainian Nazi ram. Most of the population that was supposed to form “Ukrainian people”, would soon die in the Civil War. Those “opinion leaders” were formed in the last two decades of Russophobian discourse in Ukraine, which are especially lucky, will be able to emigrate to the West and quietly live out his days there in obscurity. Most die in part because the US does not need any witnesses of their own crimes. Even the part of the people, who still start their morning with spitting in the direction of Moscow, and bow to the West, after a short but effective bloodbath, hosted under pro-Western slogans, and, more importantly, after the West withdrew from deciding the fate of Ukraine (soon it will be obvious to even the most euphoric revolutionaries), hate the West for its betrayal (relevant articles and blogs written by the most discerning euro-integrators already appear in the Ukrainian media).

    Remains of the population of Ukraine will meet troops (either of NAF or Russian Federation) the same way the Germans in 1945 met the Red Army – lining up in the queue to the outdoor kitchens and with hot soup absorbing new ideology. We should not forget that Ukraine built a totalitarian society, and totalitarian propaganda has one feature – just change the focus and people are starting to love what they yesterday cursed.

  135. Q. Shtik February 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Change of subject:

    Last night I went to the movies and saw “A Most Violent Year.” It was absolutely awful. After its ‘run’ in theaters (on very few screens) I doubt it will even be shown on airline flights. It may possibly be shown as a filler piece at 3AM on obscure channels desperate for content.

    The movie fails on every level: even what little background music there is is barely audible and completely unconnected to the time period (1981) and place (NYC) that the film tries to evoke. The lead character is an Al Pachino knockoff in the fuel oil delivery business. There is very little violence despite the films title, no sex, and not even titillation.

    The movie was painfully s – l – o – w – w – w. There was not one memorable line of dialog. All lines were delivered and followed by long periods of staring that purported to be pregnant with meaning. They were NOT pregnant.

    Oddly none of the dozen or two people on hand for this 6:30PM showing left the theater before the end. My wife and I both attributed this fact to the audience remaining in their seats in the belief that surely, in the next few minutes, SOMETHING will happen. Well, it never does.

    Everyone associated with this film will spend their remaining years trying to scrub this bomb from their resume.

    Don’t even bother asking “but Q, what was the movie about?” Do not waste your time. Trust me, it is not worth inquiring.

    • ZrCrypDiK February 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      “Al Pachino” (sp)
      “There is very little violence despite the films title” – film’s
      “s – l – o – w – w – w” – OK, I’ll give you that one, but you’re slippin’, d00d…

      • Q. Shtik February 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

        Always pick pick picking on shit nobody cares about, aren’t you CrypDik? Never a reply regarding the ‘content’ of my posts.

        While Googling to see how his last name is spelled I discovered Al is older than me by 7 months. The world is filling up with old farts…except in Nigeria, Syria, and other places dominated by the “religion of peace.”

  136. FincaInTheMountains February 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    Hollande is pissing his pants

    Hollande: If lasting Ukraine peace not found ‘scenario is war’

    rt.com/news/230211-hollande-war-merkel-ukraine/

    He didn’t mean war between Kiev and Novorussia.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

  137. wpa--ccc February 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    “Name me a single Russian military action that was not in immediate proximity of the Russian border and was not aimed at preventing real threat to Russian territory.” — Finca

    Finca, Vietnam is not in the immediate proximity of the Russian border. Russia is not anywhere near Vietnam. Vietnam did not represent any threat to Russian territory. But Russia (then USSR) sent 3,000 “military advisers” to Vietnam. In 1965, Soviet soldiers shot down the first U.S. planes lost in Vietnam. This was reported in the magazine Eko Planety (Echo of the Planet).

    The Soviet Defense Ministry previously had acknowledged that Soviet advisers served in Vietnam, and that 13 were killed. But no details of their activities had been published at the time in the Soviet Union, according to the Tass news agency.

    Tass said the magazine Eko Planety’s account was based on interviews with those who carried out Soviet policy in Vietnam in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Ilya Shcherbakov, the Soviet ambassador to Vietnam from 1964-1974.

    Then there is the “military action” of supplying terrorist groups and socialist governments with AK-47 rifles and AK-103 rifles in Colombia and Venezuela, neither of which are anywhere near Russia.

  138. wpa--ccc February 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    ““At a lower salary” – exactly. They’re scabs. So much for your Socialist idealism. It’s a fraud just like the rest of you.” — Janos

    My, my, Janos! Somebody is grumpy!

    A scab, by definition, is someone who crosses a picket line, and “scabs” does not apply in the case of Indian IT workers being hired by companies… companies who legally laid off unproductive non-union workers.

    If we had a unionized work force, there would be a collective bargaining force to prevent hiring cheaper workers. If the workforce was unionized, there could be strikes, and picket lines… and then you could use the word “scabs.”

    But Reagan started busting up the unions. Most conservatives are against unions. So, they should not now complain about immigrants “taking their jobs.” Karma is a bitch, right?

    • nsa February 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Your sterling efforts to educate the miscreants at this site have not gone unnoticed…….keep up the good work and we may be able to find a very comfortable place for you here at Ft. Meade or Langley.

  139. Buck Stud February 8, 2015 at 1:25 am #

    After life is through kicking the shit out a person it throws a final shovel of dirt on them for good measure. If it all ends in the dirt might as well be a Grass Root and Sha la la live for today:

    We were never meant to worry
    The way that people do
    And I don’t mean to hurry
    As long as I’m with you

    We’ll take it nice and easy
    And use my simple plan
    You’ll be my lovin’ woman
    I’ll be your lovin’ man
    We’ll take the most from living
    Have pleasure while we can

  140. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2015 at 3:13 am #

    NATO is Already at War in Ukraine… and it is Losing

    In yet another sleight of hand, Western news media are this week spinning the notion that the US and NATO are “considering sending lethal military aid” in order “to defend” the Kiev regime from “Russian aggression”.

    That’s a pathetic joke. The real explanation is that NATO is losing its war in Ukraine and needs to send more military fuel in order to salvage the mounting losses.

    Let’s cut to the chase. NATO is at war in Ukraine and has been so for the past year, if not covertly for the past two decades.

    The notion that Washington and its NATO allies, including Britain, the Baltic states and Poland, are now — only now — mulling the possibility of furnishing lethal material to the Kiev regime is simply laughable.

    Indeed, according to reliable reports, the neo-Nazi paramilitary Right Sector shock-troops that were used to incite the lethal Maidan protests in November 2013, which eventually led to the coup against the Yanukovych government in February last year, had spent months in preparation at military camps in Poland, learning the techniques of subversion and terrorism. NATO member Poland and the American CIA were thus instrumental in supplying the “dogs of war” that precipitated the regime-change crisis and the ongoing civil war.

    strategic-culture.org/news/2015/02/05/nato-already-war-ukraine-and-losing.html

    According to some reports, about 25% of the encircled punitive forces near Debaltseve (approximately 2,200 people) are NATO troops and foreign mercenaries. It is this that determined unprecedented diplomatic activity of the Western leaders and their arrival yesterday in Moscow. It can be assumed, that among the NATO troops are:

    1. Special Operations Forces United States
    2. SAS of Great Britain
    3. French Foreign Legion
    5. Polish soldiers
    4. Israel soldiers
    5. Croatia soldiers
    6. The rest – foreign mercenaries from many countries

  141. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    Soros said that Ukraine should serve as a role model to the European Union

    American financier, head of the Open Society Foundations, George Soros said that today Ukraine is a role model for the European Union. According to TASS, this opinion he expressed in his speech at the Munich Security Conference.

    According to billionaire, civil society in Ukraine became actively involved in politics. “It’s almost unique situation of participation through democracy. The spirit of volunteering, born on Independence, came to this. This spirit is very unusual, but the people of this almost unknown. Ukraine now – what EU should be“, – said Soros.
    At the same time, he accused the West, that they do not perform “basic decisions about aid to Kiev.” According to him, Ukraine “is on the verge of financial collapse” and to prevent it, the EU should take “immediate financial measures.”

    In other words, Soros wants whole Europe to burn in civil wars, blame Russia for it and have EU to foot the bill.

  142. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ban on doctor-assisted suicide

    In a unanimous decision, The Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation’s contentious century-old law against assisted suicide.

    Minister of Health of Lithuania Rimante Shalashyavyachyute said that euthanasia can be “a good way” for poor patients who cannot afford the services of Paid Medicine.

    “Euthanasia can be a good choice for the poor people who, because of poverty do not have access to health care” – that’s what she said. And continues in the same cynical way, she added: “Lithuania is not a welfare state, where palliative care is available to all those in need. Therefore, euthanasia may be the solution for people who “do not want to bother relatives with spectacle own suffering”

    Are we having another creeping Overton window (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window) , like the one that brought us juvenile justice, gay marriages and legalized pot?

    Money’s getting tight, why keep all those peasants alive?

  143. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Chinese are ripping huge benefits from US-Russian brawl

    In a meantime, Peoples Bank of China lowered its reserve requirements, lowering the effective borrowing rate to around 6% for Chinese businesses. It is now becoming quite competitive with the rates that American and European banks are offering to Chinese manufacturers at around 4%.

    The effective borrowing rate has two main components: the Central Bank Refinance rate and the bank’s reserve requirements. The People’s Bank of China reduced the percentage of deposits banks must set aside as reserves by at least 50 basis points, lowering the ratio for major lenders to 19.5 percent, it said in a statement late Wednesday.

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-05/china-swap-rate-near-two-month-low-after-pboc-cuts-reserve-ra…

    In the estimates of Russian MP Fyodorov that will result in replacement of around 1 trillion dollars in China’s economy from printed dollars to printed yuans. One trillion dollars will have to be repatriated back to US FED and destroyed, adding to the fiscal problems of American budget.

    Obviously Americans can’t walk and chew the gum at the same time, so Ukrainian conflict gives Chinese an opportunity to further their financial interests. Now they are not so interested in low oil prices, since they can just pay with printed yuans for Saudi’s oil. That means that the price of oil will most likely continue its upward movement.

  144. wpa--ccc February 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    For the first time in the 21st century we are now facing an unprecedented brink of nuclear war. Doomsday is approaching.

    For the first time ever Finca, BRH, Hollande, Henry Kissinger, Noam Chomsky, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists are all on the same page: NUCLEAR WAR IS IMMINENT!

    The situation is extremely serious and war could happen any day, maybe next week, changing everything. Since the internet will probably end as well, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your entertaining comments.

    With any luck will we see each other on the other side of nuclear holocaust. No, who am I kidding: CFN is toast. Adios!

  145. BackRowHeckler February 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey Asoka I never said nuclear war was imminent.

    I said it might not be a good idea to lean too hard on Putin, who has 5000 nuclear warheads at his disposal.

    Do I think he would ever use a few? I doubt it, but you never know.

    Russia isn’t Iraq or Iran. You cannot take Russia lightly.

    brh

  146. FincaInTheMountains February 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    Minsk-2.0

    When the conditions “Minsk-2” agreement will be made public, if they are signed by Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko on February 11, there will be a lot of frustration on both sides. It is already clear that this will be a compromise in order to postpone the conflict indefinitely. And with very specific conditions (and therefore concessions) for both parties, and decisions that will not be liked by the Kiev radicals and patriots in the Donbas and in Russia.

    The Ukrainian followers of Bandera will be dissatisfied with decision of establishment of a demilitarized zone in the area of 50-70 kilometers, which actually means the push-out of Kiev army almost to the borders of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and the provision for these areas broad autonomy. Donbass Militia will obviously not like the decision to keep administrative unity with Ukraine, let it be rated. To this we must be prepared. Both sides will cry of “Donbass betrayal.”

    But it is now clear that if the Minsk-2 will take place, it will be a diplomatic success of Moscow, which with the help of Paris and Berlin, and also thanks to the brilliant operations in the Debaltsevo, will force Kiev to freeze the conflict and thereby frustrate US efforts to foment a full-fledged “total “war. As acknowledged by the same Hollande, Putin behaves very confidently, because he understands that the militia is actually winning the war.

    So why, then, to stop it? For the simple reason that the time of open and direct confrontation with the United States has not come – not all the conditions for this are in place yet. And if we cannot take the fight right now, you should at least stop the war of Syrian type on native Russian land that became foreign as a result of the 1991 disaster. Do not allow “total war” with tens of thousands of dead Russian and Ukrainians, which inflict great damage to Russia and Europe, and will only benefit the United States – that is the main objective of the upcoming Minsk-2.

    However, if he does not take place, Moscow, without a doubt, is ready for a military scenario.

  147. wpa--ccc February 9, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    “Who’s running the suicide program in Canada, Dr. Mengele?” –BRH

    Conservatives say they believe in freedom, except when it comes to a woman’s right to health care, or workers’ right to organize, or the right to grow certain plants in your backyard, or the right of two people of the same sex to get married, or the right to end your own life with the assistance of a physician.

    BRH, I hope you are never in so much pain that palliative care does not make the pain go away. Several states allow physician assisted death. It is the humane thing to do. From the experience of several years in Oregon, very few people choose physician assisted death. But for those in extreme pain it should at least be an option.

    • FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2015 at 3:35 am #

      The problem is no in giving an option to terminally ill patients, but in turning the whole thing into a matter of policy.

  148. FincaInTheMountains February 9, 2015 at 3:25 am #

    Constantine Dushenov: On the eve of the storm

    On February seventh, speaking at the Congress of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, Putin said: “Russia will never be satisfied with the attempts to ‘freeze’ established over the past decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union world order led by one undisputed leader, who believes that he can do anything, while others can only do what he allows them to. Russia will never agree to live under regime of half-occupation”. Harsh rhetoric of the Russian leader, to which he often resorted in recent years, shows the Kremlin’s determination to defend the national interests of Russia, no matter what.

    Realizing this, Western politicians ran scared. Americans hurry to ignite Fire in Europe, believing that a major conflict on the continent would weaken both Russia and the European Union, and weakening America will have a chance to extend its global hegemony and to extract maximum benefits and profits from the war, as the United States has already done so in 1914-18 and 1939-45. Europeans are realizing that they have a serious smell of gunpowder in the house. Merkel and Hollande rushed to Kiev, where the previous day had already visited by the messenger of Washington Kerry. Then – to Putin. European politicians, one after another began to make statements about the inadmissibility of the sale of arms to Ukraine and impossibility to solve the conflict in the Novorossia by force. The US, on the contrary, – the urgent need to start large-scale military supplies to Kiev.

    In short, there is a serious fuss which is very hard to understand by a common folks. But a terrible picture of a coming storm emerges that could not be affected neither by Washington, nor Moscow or Paris or Berlin. The content of this storm pattern can be stated in just a few theses:

    1. The weight of world contradictions and conflicts – geopolitical, social, cultural, religious, national – today is so great, and the interests of the opposing sides are so contradictory that to resolve these conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, without the use of force – is technically impossible. We can only try to influence the bitterness and intensity of future conflicts, try to reduce their destructiveness, duration and bloodiness.

    2. In 2014, Putin said that the change of the world’s orders is always accompanied by a world war or a chain of high-intensity local conflicts. It seems that we will witness both: i.e. chain of fierce regional conflicts which will grow into a large international war. Nobody can stop coming historic storm. Humanity is incapable of containing the awakened forces. You can only try not to stand in their way, skillfully maneuvering and staying as long as possible out of the epicenter of major battles. In this – the most important task of the top political leadership of each country.

    3. In other words – a third world war is inevitable. The only question is how soon it will begin what military-political coalitions will exist in the international arena, at what point and under what conditions each country will be dragged into it and how prepared we will be at this point in the field of military, economic, spiritual etc. No one can anticipate everything in advance. We can only do everything in our power to maximum speed and efficiency to reconstruct the life of the country in view of the coming harsh and severe trials.

    4. The conflict in the Ukraine, from this point of view, it is extremely important for the future of Russia. The outcome of the war in Novorossia will determine the main theater of military operations of World War III.

    5. If the West, led by Washington will be able to directly involve Russia in this conflict and will be able to turn the Ukrainian domestic civil war into the open Russian-Ukrainian confrontation – it’s highly likely to lead to a sharp escalation of the conflict, to the transformation of Ukraine into the advanced outpost of NATO, and Russia into the main theater of military operations of World War III, as has already happened in the first two. Then bloody war rink will soon again roll into Smolensk and Bryansk, and the East European Plain and Upland will become an arena of fierce and bloody battles, as in the days of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45.

    6. If Putin will be able to freeze the conflict in the Novorossia, or with the help of Moscow militia will be able to win a decisive victory over Kiev, Russia will become almost inaccessible for direct military intervention. Then the main collision of the coming world war will be displaced to the periphery of the Eurasian continent and will take place in a wide arc from Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East to Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The territory of Russia, in this case, is likely to remain unaffected by the fighting.

    7. The very nature of future war will be high-tech (i.e. using different types of “smart” weapons), but only during the first step. After the professional military personnel will be knocked out, the centers of industrial-military infrastructure destroyed, and smart weapons stocks – exhausted, war would acquire the features that were characteristic of the previous one, the Second World War: carpet bombings, massive use of armor and artillery, fighting for territory, assault of cities, building on the great mass of ground forces, that are increasingly coming into direct and immediate confrontation with the enemy fire.

    8. Use of nuclear weapons in a conflict is almost inevitable. But most likely, after all, is a scenario in which the US strategic nuclear potentials, as well as Russia, China, France and the UK will remain untapped, and the use of tactical nuclear weapons will be the most intense in the territories of third countries on the periphery of the Eurasian continent.

  149. Richard DeBacher February 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    Howard asks, “What business do we have in Ukraine in the first place and why should it matter to us that they align with Russia?” What business? BIG business as in Big Agriculture, Big Oil, Big Finance and predictably the military-industrial complex.

    Monsanto, Dupont, Cargill, John Deere and other Big Ag firms are heavily invested in Ukraine’s vast agricultural land which grows not only potatoes by huge stocks of grain. Ukraine holds about 30% of the world’s richest grain growing soil. Big Oil has placed Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, (not fit for the military, perhaps, but well enough connected to get the job done for Chevron, ExxonMobil et al) on the board of Ukraine’s largest oil company. Big Finance will float worthless securities as part of the ever-growing financial bailout the WMF finally issues. And the munitions industry, the private security firms, and related merchants of death are awaiting their orders from Senator McCain’s Armed Services Committee to pump murderous hardware into the war zone.

    If we really wanted to hurt Putin, we’d walk away from the mess and leave Ukraine’s huge debt in the Russia’s insolvent hands. Senator McCain, along with Undersecretary Nuland, surrounded by Neo-Nazi’s they palled around with while fomenting revolution, called for the overthrow of a corrupt but legally-elected government. We broke it, now, unfortunately, we own it, and the small people of America will bear the burden of facilitating the expansion of corporate American into a land it has no business exploiting. And the people of Ukraine face years of austerity as a condition of our “support.” And so it goes . . .

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