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There’s a new feature to the Anything-Goes-and-Nothing-Matters economy: Nothing-Adds-Up. The magicians who pretend to measure the growth of GDP (Gross Domestic Product — the monetary value of all the finished goods and services) came up with a second quarter “adjusted” figure of 1.2 percent. That would have to be construed by anyone acquainted with basic econ stats as perfectly dismal. And yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics put out a sparkly Nonfarm Payroll Report of 255,000 for July, way above the forecast 180,000.

There were so many ways to game the jobs number — between people forced to work more than one shit job and the notorious “birth/death model” used to just make up any old number for political purposes — that no one can take this information seriously. Anyway, the GDP number was instantly forgotten and the jobs number launched the stock markets to previously uncharted record altitude.

It’s that time of the year for the hedge fund boys, with their testosterone flowing, to start burning down their house rentals in the Hamptons. And it’s also the time of year for an ever more stressed financial system to go down in flames. And, of course, it’s a presidential election season. Even for one allergic to conspiracy theories, it’s not farfetched to imagine a coordinated effort by central banks — under government direction — to generate Money-Out-Of-Thin-Air (QE) for the purpose of allowing “liquidity” flows to end up in US equity and bond markets in order to paint a false picture of “recovery” so as to insure the election of Hillary Clinton. I think that is exactly behind the recent money-printing activities by the Japanese and European Central Banks, and the Bank of England.

Why would it end up in US markets? For bonds, because the Euro and Japanese bond sovereign yields are in sub-zero territory and the BOE just cut its prime rate lower than the US Federal Reserve’s prime rate; and for stocks, because the value of the other three currencies is sliding down and the dollar has been rising — so, dump your falling currency for the rising dollar and jam it into rising US stocks. It’ll work until it doesn’t.

Why do this for Hillary? Because she represents the continuity of all the current rackets being used to prop up belief in the foundering business model of western civilization. If she doesn’t get into the White House there may be no backstopping of the insolvent banks and bankrupt governments and a TILT message will appear in the sky. That TILT message is likely to appear anyway because, remember,  the authorities are only pretending that they can manage events. In fact, all of their “management” strategies and shenanigans only insure the further distortion of the basic operating system, which is already so far out of whack from twenty years of previous management efforts that nothing in banking and markets really works anymore.

Companies don’t make money, despite rising share prices. No one in his right mind buys bonds with negative yields — that promise to pay back less over time — so governments have to pretend to buy them. (In fact, they don’t so much “buy” them as simply extinguish them by playing three-card-monte with national treasuries.) And, of course, the masses of people in all these nations — including the patsy USA — sink ever deeper into penury every month.

The release of tension is being felt in the ground game of politics where outsider candidates here and abroad are rising on a tide of rage and resentment. The fecklessness and stupidity of the elites has been epic, sacrificing everything to maintain the illusion of normality. Nothing is normal and “the people” are finally onto it. Sadly, it looks as if both politics and finance are veering toward crack-up simultaneously. The daisy-chained Too-Big-To-Fail banks are already choking on the suicide bolus of derivatives. The equity markets are one algo accident away from cratering. The bond markets are a sick joke. And Hillary may win the booby prize of presiding over the smoldering wreckage of it all. When it happens, she will have no idea what to do.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. malthuss August 15, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    There is a website, ‘News of the Weird’, and last week it noted that
    Montpelier, Vermont is going from paved roads to dirt roads.

    • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      Montpelier will discover that dirt roads require FREQUENT maintenance i.e. grading and ditch clearing.

      It’s all in how you want to structure the cost. First-class paved roads have a high upfront cost but, last a long time. When they do require repaving, the cost is high but, a responsible government will create a road fund that gradually accrues tax revenue for that day.

      You either pay forward for repaving or you have a road that requires semi-annual payment in the form of regular grading and ditch clearing. Take yer choice.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 10:54 am #

        I’m thinking that if dirt roads were really all that, they never would have been paved in the first place, and I’m not someone who is a fan of asphalt.
        Not a fan of mud, either.

      • SteveO August 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

        Jim,

        By your handle I’m guessing you don’t know what Vermont winters are like. Even a well designed and constructed road needs extensive rework every few years in the north. Grading a rock base road costs a fraction of repaving and they don’t “frost heave”.

        • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

          Well, you’re right. I’ve never experienced winters in the Northeast except for brief vacations. Down here in Florida, asphalt roads last a long time.

        • Yuri Sowryteski August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

          There are reasons people don’t move to Vermont, and they are the same reasons people leave. After 6 months of wearing long underwear, wool socks, and 4 months of 3,4,5, layers of cloths, hats, gloves, shoveling snow, slipping on ice, lighting fires in the stove, every day, comes April, the second half is Mud Season. Thats when gravel roads go washboard, and paved roads heave. Bedrock ledge is an inch or two below the road in lots of places.

          But then the people with money don’t piss on poorer people, because anyone could slide off the road, and anyone passing will stop to yank you out. Because you could freeze to death. You could be the only one passing that night, you might save a life or two. Then again, folks have guns, because you don’t know about the people with out of state plates.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

            Yes, considering that the Hippies took over, an amazing synthesis has been attained. The Crunchies have accepted that guns are a way of life among the old Yankee Americans. Thus the old and the new embraced. No doubt they secretly desire change though….

      • snarkmatic9000 August 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

        Believe me, we know this already. Vermont has a higher % of dirt roads than any other state, well over 60%. 2 of our 4 houses in VT have been on dirt roads, less than 15 miles from the largest city in the state. We know full well how to manage and maintain them, we have something called “mud season” every spring.

      • monkey_flower August 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

        With proper crushed gravel a dirt road can be pleasant to drive on. The problem is that people drive too fast. The surface gets ripped up and flies off into the woods. People cannot be taught to drive slowly.
        I have seen a freshly graded dirt road degraded after just three days of traffic.
        You can’t fix stupid.

      • chuckyzfr1 August 18, 2016 at 8:56 am #

        I can attest to that; there is a stretch of road near me (~2 miles) that is unpaved, and would most likely be very difficult to pave. Using it cuts off an otherwise circuitous route on the various paved roads. The County has to regrade and tend to this stretch of road every 6-8 weeks, especially if we get heavy rains. It’s also treacherous; several fatalities and countless wrecks in that short stretch over the years.

    • twomartinilunch August 15, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      Well, for the 12,000+ buck-a-roos that I pay for property taxes, on a lake in The Green Mountain State, I get my dirt-road re-dirted at least 5x a year. More in the summer, as the torrential rains create wash-outs and yes the dust is awful, and what else can I say. We have a failed Guv’na, who they love in Birmingham, and the state in general is a disaster. But, we are lucky, this year anyway, in that there are no mosquitoes. Really, no mosquitoes. We had a pretty snow-less winter in the Champlain Valley, a very dry spring and a pretty dry summer so far, except for the torrential rainstorms, and that being said, a favorite comment said repeatedly by an attorney that I worked with in another life, All is good.

      • hmuller August 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

        Hey twomartinilunch, I thought they called that town “Burlington” not “Birmingham”. Are you sure you’re not living in Alabama? Or perhaps downing too many martinis?

        • beard681 August 16, 2016 at 7:19 am #

          I believe he is making reference to a Randy Neuman song about a provincial Alabamian he believes all is great iwth his state.

      • sooty August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

        “We had a pretty snow-less winter in the Champlain Valley, a very dry spring and a pretty dry summer so far”

        Hope you’re not including those factors in the “all is good” category. Here in NE Vermont they’ve meant no skiing in the winter and carrying buckets of water uphill to the nut trees and berry bushes this growing season.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

          Bernie said Whites don’t know what it means to be poor. Guess he forgot or doesn’t care about you folks.

          • malthuss August 16, 2016 at 8:09 am #

            He was projecting.

            Here,

            Sanders—the Socialist One Percenter….
            Bernie Sanders doesn’t ride the sardine packed subway every morning to work because now he has his own private plane, and he can retire on the royalties from his $20 million book deal.
            “Just 48 hours after the senator from Vermont endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during a rally in New Hampshire, the publishing company Thomas Dunne Books announced it will publish “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” a week after the election in November.”
            Read more: dailycaller.com/2016/07/14/bernie-sanders-inks-book-deal-just-days-after-endorsing-hillary-clinton/#…

          • lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

            For a slacker like Bernie to have done so well for himself is truly the American Dream.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

            Nice sleuthing, m.

    • orbit7er August 15, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Costa Rica uses a very interesting method – instead of paving roads with asphalt or concrete they lay down a grid which allows grass to grow somewhat and also drainage but does not dissolve into mud or scattering gravel like traditional roads. That method makes a lot of sense to me in not requiting constant repaving but still providing a supported structure for vehicles, while also allowing drainage and green to grow somewhat. Of course Costa Rica also GROWS most of their fences with short trees/ bushes instead of dead wood fence posts and then stringing wire across the short trees/bushes!

      • RocketDoc August 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

        I took my family to Costa Rica in 2009. We took a van from La Fortuna to MonteVerde Rainforest. It was 100km and took 4 hrs. As a major road it was pathetic. I could have gone faster with a mountain bike going around the potholes. The trip was great–and I would go again but the back roads are slow.

        • orbit7er August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am #

          That sounds like the traditional paved asphalt road.
          With a polymer tic-tac-to pattern grid you will not get potholes.
          The grid just goes right into the dirt or soil and provides stability…

          here is an Indian article on polymer grid roads:

          trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=366465

    • dweebus August 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

      This is an increasingly common phenomenon, letting blacktops revert to gravel. It began in the west (Dakotas, WY, CO, etc) and has spread east.

      No, the upkeep is not so much. A grader once to twice a year, gravel,and maybe even sealcoating if you are upscale.

      They don’t even repave the Sherman Blacktop anymore. Patch the potholes and seal coat the fucker biannually, that’s good enough.

      Anyways, get used to driving on a washboard kids…

    • orbit7er August 16, 2016 at 10:03 am #

      The link about Montpelier un-paving roads:

      mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/why-one-vermont-town-tearing-asphalt-instead-repairing-potho…

  2. noel bodie August 15, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Yes, but remember climate change isn’t real.

    • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      Noel,
      Nothing is as constant as change….

  3. newworld August 15, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    If it remains socially acceptable to vote Hillary come November then I can tell you with some generality that what she proposes will be like a woman of her type, it will be petty, small minded, cruel and inward focused. Think of a typical office matriarch suffering from a fatal disease and spiteful to her co workers to the point of visceral hatred.

    The punch bowl is spiked, the lines are cut on the mirror and the party will continue till they are literally doing these lines on air at CNBC. As predicted above it will end and stress upon the country will be enormous and the D ruling party will need a distraction.

    If the D party of Chicago tells me, that great distraction will be guns. When a D in Illinois is cornered they reflexively reach for the distraction of gun control, never fail. You will buy it, never fail.

    • Elrond Hubbard August 15, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      Sigh… There are plenty of valid criticisms to be made of Hillary Clinton from both the left and the right that are based on her actual policies. Is it possible we could hear one of those just once? Does it have to be ad feminam all the way?

      • DrTomSchmidt August 15, 2016 at 10:11 am #

        I think, if I were Trump, I would play that video of “We came, we saw, he died” over and over. This captures both policy, and her “petty, small minded, and cruel” side.

        It’s a shame. We could use a genuine woman in the White House, one who might refrain from war, not vote for Iraq, not because she supported it but because of how a no vote in a successful war would look for her Presidential ambitions. Hillary will ruin the chances of Democratic women for a generation.

        • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 10:51 am #

          Current American society is incapable of producing women of quality. If any do exist, they are the fading residue of a distant memory of the Old Republic.

          The only female worthy to be POTUS would be Queen Maria Theresa of 18th century Austria, if she suddenly manifested from The Great Beyond to take the job.

          She would probably demand hardship pay for ruling such an Orwellian dump.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am #

            Someone once pointed out to me that the women we embrace as having leadership qualities are the ones that follow the male model. Hmm. There’s a lot in that.
            Maggie Thatcher used to take male hormones.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

            So any time a woman acts badly she simply acting like a man? In other words, if a woman acted like a woman it would always be good.

            This is classic female psychology. Complete unwillingness to take responsibility. And of course, profoundly misandrist. And your vote cancels out mine – that’s just not right.

            Another example: “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” See how throws the onus on men avoiding the Fact that Abortion already IS a sacrament among Feminists. It’s a revival of the ancient sacrifice of children to Moloch.

        • Zoltar August 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

          I’m not so sure about that. I think Elizabeth Warren benefited from being in the national discussion, short of sullying herself by actually running with Hillary.

          If there even are elections in a recognizable United States in four years, a generation of young liberals who feel betrayed by Bernie’s “endorsement” of Hillary will be more than ready to support a true alternative.

          If the TBTF banks haven’t burned the economy to the ground by then, many more voters will have to recognize the fact that we need an enemy of the banks in the White House.

          • lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

            But what’s a “true alternative”? Wall Street Lizzie?

      • newworld August 16, 2016 at 8:47 am #

        Speaking of small minded and petty Katherine Kane the AG of Pennsylvania was convicted on all counts in her corruption trial.

        As she was going down in flames, can we guess her attempt at distraction, yes it was gun control.

        Of course in my illustrious state of Illinois a former governor the Hairstyle one as he labored under investigation for everything he would throw out “gun control” as the magic elixir for the dimwitted Dem masses. Of course he was at one time a privileged white male, now he is an inmate in Florence, CO, hope he don’t get shanked by someone railroaded on gun charges.

        • newworld August 16, 2016 at 8:52 am #

          In the one party petty tyranny known as Mass. their AG I assume is following state tradition of felony indictment since her cause celebre is gun control by whim.

          So if you are in that progressive bastion of corruption expect a new AG and the present one a Ms Healy is packed off to tennis camp with high fences (hope she don’t get shanked by some inmate whose man got railroaded on stupid gun charges)

    • abbybwood August 15, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      I think the American people are being played like a slick fiddle by the MSM regarding how rosy the economy is (just wait until the Obamacare premium hikes hit the masses in October) and also regarding the “polling” showing Hillary Rodham Clinton being ten points ahead of Donald Trump.

      They may be “telling” us she is winning in the polls, but the size of Donald Trump’s rallies everywhere he goes is in the thousands with people outside who cannot get in, whereas Hillary Clinton cannot fill the downstairs of a public library!

      People I chat it up with here in Marina del Rey, whether at the bagel joint or CVS or the post office or the local pub for happy hour are NOT that into Hillary Clinton!

      She is roundly loathed as a liar and fraud and nobody I talk to is going to vote for her.

      On the other hand people are into voting for Trump because they “think” they will be giving the Establishment a giant middle finger salute by doing so. I saw today where Congress is now looked at with lower esteem than cockroaches!

      And related to the MSM, I am linking a comment made from Sibel Edmonds with Newsbud who started looking into where NBC got the idea that Erdogan had “escaped Turkey and was looking for asylum” during the “coup”.

      The only problem with that reporting is that he was NOT escaping and looking for asylum. What was the “source” of the reporting? The Pentagon:

      youtube.com/watch?v=t_7kgSxLBB8

      Sibel and her team, with just a bit of surface scratching, are discovering that all the media “watch dog” groups in the United States are not trying to keep the media on the straight and narrow. They are “watching” the news media lie like rugs to the American people and keeping themselves muzzled.

      As for the November election, I see where Jill Stein will be doing a Town Hall with CNN on August 17th at 9pm EST. They are in it for Clinton so I fully expect them to “try” to sandbag Stein during that hour. You can bet the farm that Clinton and her team will be paying very close attention to this Town Hall (not to mention all the Sanders supporters who are seriously considering Stein over Clinton).

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Town Hall gets preempted so we can all watch Milwaukee burn to the ground.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 11:06 am #

        I’m afraid I’m looking forward to certain cheerleaders for Obamacare getting smacked hard by reality. This is what we’ve come to, at each other’s throats and fighting to keep the last shred of ‘privilege’ over one another.
        A young woman I know recently had minor surgery, and has been having problems related to that. Not unusual, but from what I’m hearing all the problems are either caused by or related to the government’s further intrusion into medicine. She voted for Obama and was in favor of Obamacare. I told the person who was relating the woman’s woes to me, to tell her to embrace the suck.

        • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 11:25 am #

          ” embrace the suck”

          Semper Fi….

      • outsider August 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

        abbywood,

        I can’t stand to watch the lyin’ MSM for more than about 10 minutes at a time. But the polls they take are only adding up to about 80% when they count only the two major party buffoons. How about the other 20%? Are they undecided or don’t care? Are they for Johnson or Stein? Are they for NOTA? These polls are so obviously rigged against third parties. Both Johnson and Stein have enough support that they should be in the debates. But the D&R controlling parties are demanding that they must be at 15% in the polls to get in. How is their support supposed to register when national surveys don’t even count them? That “Catch-22” is quite a catch!

      • Layne August 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

        America’s best chance is with Trump. He’s tough, he can inspire and he has the acumen to listen to people who know what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, Trump or Hillary–there will be a new civil war. It won’t be like the last one where great armies took to the field, but it will result in a breakdown of the political, social and financial orders. Grab your asses and hang on to your hats.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

          “Grab your asses and hang on to your hats. ” – Layne

          The CFN Commenters Motto.

        • Dumbedup August 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

          From what I have read Trump’s managers are begging him to read their morning summaries and spend just an hour a day studying the issues. He won’t do it and prefers to shoot from the hip. In over a year he has learned nothing about statesmanship. At 70 he will be the oldest President ever elected. Perhaps he is senile.

          Hillary is a fraud. Neo-liberals like her cling to the domestic issues of the 60s and call themselves Democrats but have embraced the one-world, globalist elite agenda at the point of a gun foreign policy. I think she is a lying scumbag who will probably drop dead during her first 90 days in office. Either that or she will be impeached like her husband before her.

          She and Trump may be both totally discredited by November. (both are partially discredited now) I suspect something big is going to happen – something we have not heard of yet. Or maybe Gary Johnson will win. I’m certainly considering voting for him – or not voting at all.

          On the other hand, if Trump suddenly becomes Presidential (I can’t define it, but I’ll know it if I see it.) and stops blundering I may take a chance on him.

          I like his take on foreign policy. No more damn wars. But he has backtracked on his immigration policy. He went from barring Muslim immigration to making them take a test. I also like his fix for healthcare. Repeal the laws that give healthcare a monopoly and exempt them from anti-trust laws and make pricing honest and transparent. Let insurance companies compete across state lines. Ultimately though, we are going to have to do something to control prices – especially for drugs. An no more $300,000 bills for 2 days in the hospital for a snakebite.

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:00 am #

            “She and Trump may be both totally discredited by November.”

            The Great Race to the Bottom has begun!

  4. shotho August 15, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Well, once she’s in power, she won’t need to know what to do. Events will take over and lead wherever we go and it isn’t possible now to know where that may be, even though we all talk as if we know.
    Elites are as ignorant as every one else, but they have had the power and used it quite effectively to this point. They are still in charge, aren’t they and life for them and, us, continues on its merry way. I had a nice breakfast this morning, after a comfortable night’s sleep. The day that stretches ahead seems predictable and secure. The sun also rises. What comes next is what has always happened; destruction followed by rebuilding until God determines otherwise.

  5. Neon Vincent August 15, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    “a TILT message will appear in the sky”–Like the fallen tributes images projected into the air after sunset in the “Hunger Games” books and movies, no doubt. When it happens to the economy, it won’t be as funny as when Stephen Colbert said “Bye, Bye, Bernie!” on his show last month. Also, the young people might not get the reference. They’ve been playing video games for so long they might not know what happens when they abuse a pinball machine. They might even confuse it with a marble music machine they saw on YouTube. To them, a failure of the system is a Blue Screen of Death. That wouldn’t show up well against an already blue sky, would it?

    • Neon Vincent August 15, 2016 at 9:55 am #

      “Hillary may win the booby prize of presiding over the smoldering wreckage of it all.” Based on what I saw last week here in metro Detroit, I’m expecting it. Clinton’s forces are much better organized than Trump’s. Trump showed up a week ago today and was greeted by protestors–hundreds of them, including more than a dozen who were thrown out of the hall. The news coverage focused on the demonstrations more than Trump’s message. When Clinton appeared on Thursday, the news coverage focused on Clinton rebutting Trump and much less on the pro-Trump, anti-Clinton protests. The group was smaller, maybe fifty tops, and were not well-organized. They certainly weren’t able to infiltrate the hall where she was speaking and disrupt her message. Better organization on her part in both venues. As long as this election maintains a semblance of business as usual, that will matter.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 11:09 am #

        Someone told me that if you didn’t already believe the media was working for Hillary, imagine what would have happened if Donald Trump had Dylann Roof’s parents sitting right behind him at one of his rallies.

      • SteveO August 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

        Trump is self destructive. The only reason he’ll have a better electoral showing than McGovern is because many Republicans will show up and vote “R” like robots regardless of the candidate.

        On my tin-foil-hat days, I wonder if Trump didn’t get into this show at the request of his old friends the Clintons to make Hillary, who is only slightly less repugnant that Romney was, look like a reasonable choice.

        • outsider August 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

          SteveO,

          You’ve got that backwards. Historically, it’s the D’s who show up like a plague every year to pull the D lever. Many who lived through the depression (now a fast dying breed) have never voted for a Republican in their lives.

          An issue that has not been mentioned thus far is Hillary’s (failing?) health. A persistent cough, falling down often and giving herself a concussion, an inability to climb stairs, and evidence of seizures to mention a few. According to Hillary’s personal confidante, Huma Abedin, Hillary can be easily confused. Perhaps that’s why she doesn’t hold press conferences. Will the MSM be able to gloss over all these issues before the election? Watching a doddering older woman go down hill for the next four years won’t be a pretty sight.

    • Layne August 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

      That was funny like JHK used to be.

      Sung to the “Happy Birthday to You” song: We’re surely fucked now, we’re surely fucked now, we’re surely fucked now-ow, we are surely fucked.

      • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

        “Sung to the “Happy Birthday to You” song: We’re surely fucked now, we’re surely fucked now, we’re surely fucked now-ow, we are surely fucked.” – Layne

        And a CFN Commenters Official Song!

        Layne you gotta get in the ad business.

  6. AHtheHumanity August 15, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Doesn’t Hillary Clinton have a pattern of dealing with disasters? Won’t she find some way of extricating herself from REALITY by blaming someone else for the weaknesses (Benghazi) or saying she had no knowledge of what her friends were doing in the other room (DNC Scandal) or that her plans involving huge amounts of monetary donations from Saudi elites will work for the USA no matter what obstacle (misogynists, rising health care costs, starving children, WWIII, etc.)

    Will Trump follow his pattern of dictating to banks and contractors what they will lend, write off and accept as fair payment? Will he freeze prices like FDR? How does he feel about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden when it comes to reining in the press? Where’s the obligatory minority candidate for VP?

  7. davidreese2 August 15, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Exactly on the mark, as always.

  8. pequiste August 15, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    And I thought, with a title like the one JHK utilized this morning, his missive was going to return to the civics lesson being engaged in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Alas, not that but instead the macro-economic house of cards known as the hyper-finance capitalism.

    This sucker IS going down but only when Empire cannot back up the tough talk and the Central Banker Cabal with 15 aircraft carrier battle groups; and 20 divisions for exercises and the global intel infrastructure.

    Take away the petro-dollar and whoooooosh…………..down the shitter the USA, and most everyone else, shall go.

    Although counter intuitively in this case, and ironically, just like at the casino, The House always wins.

    There is a 40 meter Ferretti, crewed, provisioned and rarin’ to sail for French Polynesia, to a small islet with typhoon proof bunkers, 1000 bottle wine cellar, and very private beach. Don’t forget some Gauguinesque lovelies to pass the time.

    The oligarchs, kleptocorp operatives and otherwise evil bastards have it both ways and laugh all the way to the bank (and there will be some sort of banking institutions left after the Great Flushout.)

    • SpeedyBB August 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      Well here again, as always, the short-term view prevails. What happens a few months down the road when fuel for the power generators runs out? No refineries abutting French Polynesia. And how about the various minions (boat crew, guards, service staff)? They all have dependents as well. Are their loved ones going to be abandoned to the free-for-all so the Masters can be served in the style to which they are accustomed?

      At some point a cabal of the more ambitious armed guards are going to figure out that they don’t need Massa no moah, at which point boss-man and his pretty daughter and mean wife promptly end up floating in the lagoon and feeding the sharks or earning their keep as coconut gatherers & sex slaves.

      18 months down the road the long-life antibiotics run out. Don’t cut your finger on that machete or you’ll get blood poisoning and die. And tough luck for the half-dozen or so comrades who develop diabetes: the romantic palm trees aren’t secreting insulin. And so on.

      The 1000-bottle wine cellar is a tipoff: these goofs swindling each other with CDOs and property deals on Wall St. don’t really have a clue about long-term survival.

  9. DrTomSchmidt August 15, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Why do this for Hillary? Because she represents the continuity of all the current rackets being used to prop up belief in the foundering business model of western civilization. If she doesn’t get into the White House there may be no backstopping of the insolvent banks and bankrupt governments and a TILT message will appear in the sky. That TILT message is likely to appear anyway because, remember, the authorities are only pretending that they can manage events.

    The fecklessness and stupidity of the elites has been epic, sacrificing everything to maintain the illusion of normality

    This is a little like NYC at the end of the 80s, when a severe crime and crunch was headed to the city. Dinkins was handed a city with a lot of problems, and was unable to fix them, let alone not make them worse. I figured the same with Obama in 2008, but then the demographic change in the country parallels that in the city: in 1993, the white ethnic working and middle class could back Giuliani against the incompetent Dinkins. No such revolt will dispose of DeBlasio today.

    Just the same at the national level. Hillary might be getting handed a catastrophe, and I think she is. I do not expect the revolt against it to succeed in 2020.

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

      “No such revolt will dispose of DeBlasio today.”

      “Hillary might be getting handed a catastrophe, and I think she is. I do not expect the revolt against it to succeed in 2020.”

      THERE WILL NEVER BE A REVOLUTION IN NYC.
      THERE WILL NEVER BE A REVOLUTION ON THE USA.

      Revolution is the Internet Bravado-Speak.

      • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 6:42 am #

        Time to retire the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem. We are not worthy to sing it because of the final declaration, “Land of Free and the Home of the Brave.”

        We are neither Free nor Brave.

        The very fact that the FRENCH are willing to go on strike for any slight against their hard-won rights makes them far more Free and Brave than we are!

        How many times have We Teh Sheep bombed WTO meetings where our jobs were being negotiated away?
        How many times has Wall Street been bombed for the countless evils they have financed and participated in?
        How many shooting insurrections have been fought against Federal tyranny?
        How many fought it out with the Sheriff when he would come to evict a family from their home due to the Mortgage Fraud crisis a decade ago?
        How many coup d’etats have been carried out against the POTUS for any number of crimes against The Sheep or national security?
        How many CEO’s and their cronies have suffered personal injury and property damage for closing down a factory and moving it to China?
        How many factories, slated for relocation to China, were torched rather than allow the insult to stand?

        Free and Brave…. MY ASS! We need a new National Anthem!

        I nominate Beck’s, “Loser,” as the new national anthem.

        • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 8:59 am #

          I do agree with part of your grievences, especially:

          The Sheriff when he would come to evict a family from their home due to the Mortgage Fraud crisis a decade ago?

          How many CEO’s and their cronies have suffered personal injury and property damage for closing down a factory and moving it to China?

          How many factories, slated for relocation to China…

        • SpeedyBB August 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

          But we’ll be the Best Losers in the World!

  10. K-Dog August 15, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    When it happens, she will have no idea what to do.

    As the certified lesser of two evils in the eternal false dilemma of POTUS candidate choices the thinking must be going that she will have no idea what to do a lot better than the Trump would have no idea what to do whenTSHTF.

    Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Cthulhu (pure evil), K-Dog (no evil).

    There are other choices. *

    A big Tilt in the sky just before the steel ball hops up and raps the glass!

    * I’m kidding about the K-Dog choice so the Secret Service can kindly just please leave me the fuck alone this time.

    • Neon Vincent August 15, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      “As the certified lesser of two evils” K-Dog, you missed two obvious slogans that riff on this very theme. Let me help you. First, Jill Stein’s slogan is “Time To Reject The ‘Lesser Evil’ & Stand Up For The Greater Good.” I did my part to help her message along when I reported on Michigan Green candidates from the bottom of the ballot to the top. As for Cthulhu, his campaign slogan has always been “Why settle for the LESSER Evil?”

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

        She has a huge crush on the Black racist rapper Immortal Technique.

    • 40 million people were allowed to come into the country since 2000.

      An unmitigated disaster for the planet. And Americans have completely lost their political economy to the unbelievable dogmatic hubris called the “nation of immigrants” narrative.

      Your vote of protest accomplishes exactly nothing. Both candidates may do damage but only one seems poised to stop the flow of Americans. In 2100, this election and these candidates will be long gone, and so will all of us,. Do something for your planet- and your children’s children- before you go.

      Try and prevent North America from ending up a crowded, chaotic mess.

      At this point, all other problems are run-away. They are happening and will continue, and no meaningful solutions can be implemented except by a people who somehow come together to sacrifice. Ain’t gonna happen. National polity has the power to control a discrete variable in the I=PxAxT game. Population growth is the only issue that comprises a substantial difference between the likely candidates.

      As for Abortion, leave for sick moms, and the rest of the entitlement bullshit, I say screw these constituencies. They are trading polity for benefits. They don’t want to fight in the streets for their rights to party. They want to kick back and sacrifice nothing while receiving a supposed benefit. These people are so full of hubris they don’t see that kiddie-kare leads directly to compulsory education in a gladiator academy.

      Either you believe in issues which put you in bed with strange fellows, or your issues really don’t have common cause. Vote against your interests this election, the difference is completely moot.

      • K-Dog August 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

        There is over and above a protest vote the Russell Brand positure of not voting at all.

      • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

        Lil Deb, the Great and Infernal Truth of Election Packaging is that We Teh Serfs were not permitted to have a choice! Both sides offer puppet candidates who are completely unacceptable. All we can vote for is the propaganda we like.

        We Teh Serfs can no more elect our POTUS than we can vote for the Australian Prime Minister or the CEO of General Motors. Our “votes” are just a form of polling data.

        Our so-called, “Government,” is a semi-private corporation literally named, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED.” We haven’t been under the organic Constitutional Federal Government since 1861. The debts of the U.S. Government, caused by the Civil War and Reconstruction, forced a bankruptcy reorganization and redefinition of what Washington DC represents. That was codified and put into play in 1874.

        Therefore, we are literally ruled by a foreign power! The Stars and Stripes represent a flag of MILITARY OCCUPATION of the 50 States. The States have had NO SAY in the Senate since the 17th Amendment was passed in a debt restructuring move and subsequent privatization of our currency. The only real representation in Washington is on behalf of the BILLIONAIRES and their toadies.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

          Wait a second!!!

          Isn’tit supposedto be ‘No taxation without representation!”?

          Yet “The only real representation in Washington is on behalf of the BILLIONAIRES and their toadies.” …and they DON’T pay taxes.

          • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

            The billionaires pay something BETTER than taxes. They pay campaign contributions. They make things happen to help their Congress Critter or Senator get reelected.

            THAT is how, and why, they get representation!

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

            I have to agree with Mr JimInFlorida.

      • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

        “At this point, all other problems are run-away. They are happening and will continue, and no meaningful solutions can be implemented except by a people who somehow come together to sacrifice. Ain’t gonna happen.”

        Yes, Solutions abound for the problems at hand, but there is no will to make the hard choices. Well said.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

          ” make the hard choices” – Make the hard choices men/women!

          Be stout.

      • malthuss August 16, 2016 at 8:18 am #

        ‘try TO prevent’
        Glickman, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and formerly a spokesman for the U.S. Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, was quoted here
        on VDARE.com in 2003 as saying:
        “The more diverse American society is the safer [Jews] are.” [Community
        Questioning `Open Door`, by Nacha Cattan, Jewish Daily Forward, November 29, 2002.]
        This seems to be the same idea that Earl Raab expressed, the first time the Census reported that whites would become a minority in America:
        1965 Celler-Hart Immigration Act:
        We have tipped beyond the point where a Nazi-Aryan party will be able to prevail in this country.
        We [Jews] have been nourishing the American climate of opposition to bigotry for about half a century. That climate has not yet been perfected, but the heterogeneous nature of our population tends to make it irreversible—and makes our constitutional constraints against bigotry more practical than ever.”
        [Earl Raab, San Francisco Jewish Bulletin, July
        23, 1993]
        Emanuel Celler, a Jewish Congressman from Brooklyn, made his first ever speech in the
        House of Representatives against the massively popular and extremely necessary Johnson act of 1924. Celler, who served in the House for over 49 years, was able to reverse
        this success with the Hart-Celler Act, which was to become the Immigration Act Of 1965. His biography in the Jewish Virtual Library makes it clear that he opposed immigration restriction and endorsed mass immigration for ethnic reasons.
        As the JVL puts it
        Today, nearly 75 percent of American Jews descend from immigrants from Eastern Europe. In this season in which we celebrate the ancient Hebrews` exodus to freedom, it is fitting to recall
        Emanuel Celler`s efforts to make America a promised land for Jewish immigrants, and for all victims of persecution.
        vdare.com/articles/

        • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

          Thoughtcriminal! Spotlights are instruments of anti-Semitic hate crime.

          Queen Maria Theresa of 18th century Austria did more than just expose the Jews. She kicked them out completely!

  11. George August 15, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Greetings from Nevada City, CA! Not sure but this burg way up in Gold County may be a good hideout from the gathering storm. At least we get to swim naked in the Yuba River this time of year.

    “There were so many ways to game the jobs number — between people forced to work more than one shit job and the notorious “birth/death model” used to just make up any old number for political purposes — that no one can take this information seriously.”

    As for the BLS, they ought to remove the “L”.

  12. RobH August 15, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    I think the Bank of England had to print money because a few people in En-ger-land wanted to ‘Make Britain Great Again’ by cutting off relations with our biggest trading group. We will see how great we are…

    …but soon, you will have President Trump!

    No QE trickery will get Mrs C elected

  13. Cavepainter August 15, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Its autumn, leaves soon turning, then swirled in eddies of wind to curbside, then raked and piled for dumpsters. Sort’a reminds me of how some posting on this site selectively collect “facts” to dump into their dumpster(ish) meme. God, its bad enough to have the media obscuring our nation’s intellectual atmosphere, but now we have this site too filled with the ash cloud of inflamed PC. Does a particular regular poster come to mind?

  14. Bro Jobe August 15, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    The Chinese policy of getting rid of US Treasuries gradually makes a lot of sense. Their economy has many problems, but the manufacturing sector is still strong.

    Of course, if their markets crash, their government has the ability to conduct mass arrests and roll out the tanks built in those factories. I’m guessing the Chinese yuppies would simply go along with it for the sake of stability.

    Here, anything goes until, eventually, everything will go.

  15. peakfuture August 15, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    “The fecklessness and stupidity of the elites has been epic, sacrificing everything to maintain the illusion of normality”

    Can’t these folks remember history? I thought all those folks in academia loved this stuff (although, they probably consider it… academic, not anything based in reality). I was thinking about this last night, actually…

    peakfuture.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/leadership-glitches/

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      Wait – you think they are tied to the United States? They are the Internationals, the Cosmics, the Mercurians! They have plans in place to go other places when this goes down. America going down may well be part of the Globalist plan anyway.

  16. wpa_ccc August 15, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    “And Hillary may win the booby prize of presiding over the smoldering wreckage of it all. When it happens, she will have no idea what to do.” –JHK

    For decades Hillary has known exactly what to do. She has become a multi-millionaire. We are being asked to believe that all that accumulated knowledge and experience will suddenly mean nothing. Suddenly Hillary will not be able to defend her wealth and that of her Wall Street friends?

    “This sucker is going down” has been repeated so often here, for so many years, that it is losing its scare effect.

    Pretend and extend worked. QE worked. QE2 worked. QE-infinity is working.

    Every time doom is predicted here, the establishment finds a way to avoid complete collapse. At least for the last 17 years I have been following JHK’s periodic predictions of collapse.

    The long emergency is a long-term contraction. It not a disaster. It is a motivation to get your house in order and live below your means… after decades of gluttonous, excessive and diseased consumption.

    Contraction is good for us. Gardening, bartering, creating community… all good for us.

    • shotho August 15, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      Good point! I wonder how many people who comment on this site, predicting doom, actually garden, barter and create community. It’s one thing to constantly wring one’s hands in catastrophe and another to quietly go about your business with hope and determination. In case you wonder, no, I do not garden, barter and create community; well, a little gardening.

      • peakfuture August 15, 2016 at 11:59 am #

        At least pick *one*; garden, barter, create community. If you can at least see the mess that we are in, it is a start.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

          Yes, if the soil was healthy, we could live on one tomato or apple a day. The Hale Bopp cult taught that the ET’s have messed with “the Garden” and now we have to eat all kind of things all day long.

          • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

            Janos,
            The cult you referenced once held a meeting in a building I owned…I did not attend.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

            How are you not responsible then? For want of a nail, the horse shoe was lost. For want of shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the message was lost. For want of the message, the battle was lost. For want of the battle, the war was lost. For want of the war, the Race was lost. For want of the Race, the World was lost. All for want of a nail.

            Are you not a nail? Just say no. They intended to kill themselves for a while and would have found one nail or another.

          • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 11:11 am #

            Janos,
            I was not aware…my brother gave them permission (he was running a business in the building at the time)…I only found out about it the evening of the meeting. At the time, the cult was considered benign, and referred to as a “spaceship cult”…vague rumors. This was outside Grants Pass, Oregon in the mid-late 70’s (?). We also had the Bagwan and his group running around the county, but later, in the 80’s. Josephine County was always a hotbed of counter-cultural crap.

      • Cavepainter August 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

        You’re missing the point of nationhood, and particularly of the order crafted into our nation’s founding documents. Essentially, we can’t survive individually against the onslaught of global forces or the despotic tendencies of those always lurking amongst any human group; remember “enemies from without and within”? I know, I know, wpa-ccc believes only among Whites do evil wiles manifest while the PC crowd general blather incessantly that nationalism is inherently racist, xenophobic, etc., etc..

        • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

          A nation is inherently only one race. Or as the Founders said, “for us and our progeny”. They would have been utterly aghast at minorities being allowed in. As would the Chinese. The Hindoo. The American Indian. The African Negro. And so on and on.

      • stelmosfire August 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

        Check for all the above. What exactly do you have to barter? I have veggies up the yazoo this year( as long as I can keep them in water).

        • stelmosfire August 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

          Small Jap bikes 100-150CC, and bicycles as well. Do you pedal?

          • stelmosfire August 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

            Yea, Jap is derogatory. Sorry. They do however make a kick-ass one lunger bike!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

            You can grow those? What about American? You’re gonna get beat up by the Hell’s Angels. They hate that Jap crap.

        • Yuri Sowryteski August 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

          I sharpen handsaws; I have a 5 gal bucket of honey I barted for 7 saws, some restoration involved. I do drystone walls; antique restoration, including tools; wood canvas canoes; masonry heaters; mushrooms; pine tar; pine charcoal; light welding.

          • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

            I traded $85 for dinner. Fair-and-square.

          • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

            Hey Yuri, I probably have 20 or more old handsaws, Rips and crosscuts. Mostly Disstons. Maybe we can make a trade. Ebay sucks now,shipping is too expensive.

          • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

            I recently dumped my 1911 Old Town ceder and canvas canoe on eBay to a guy in Virginia. He drove all the way to MA. to pick it up. I still have the ’36 Firestone 3.5 HP motor that I got from the 96 year old who owned the canoe. I loved that canoe. It just got to heavy for me to through on top of the truck by myself.

    • SteveO August 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

      I’m fond of Greer’s take on it. There will be a series of economic “events” or recessions (they won’t use the word crash) like 2007, 2001, 1992 where things get bad, but not 1930s bad) and then “recover”. But the recovery doesn’t get us prouls all the way back to where we were initially. So what you get is a step down function over time. Since it is relatively gradual, and those of us who remember what things were like before about 1970 are dyeing off, most people won’t realize how badly their lifestyle is degraded. Young people will assume that things never really were as good as their grandparents say they were, they’ll think we’re just senile and pining for our youth.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

        Yeah, that makes sense. Incrementalism is one of their greatest weapons. They can do it because they are already living the life of gods. This is just a hobby for them, but one they are passionately fond of. And of course, they see the destruction of nations and races and the reduction of global population as an investment in their future. You probably agree with much of their platform. Indeed they could do nothing without their mandarins.

  17. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Attempts by the American hawks to play back already lost situation after Brexit and counter-coup in Istanbul only lead to further losses of their already weak position.

    It is clear that the provocation in Crimea was started not by Ukrainians. Just Ambassador Payette, representing not Obama and the United States, but Hillary and globalists-Neocons, decided leaving office, slam the door loudly behind him.

    However, very few people care about the fate of resigned American Ambassador to Kiev after the dramatic turn in Turkey position, turning its back to the West.

    Much more important for the global balance of power is the cancellation of communication channel between the “hawks” in Washington and the militarist wing in Moscow – in the person of Putin’s Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov. That is a political punch in the gut to American neocons, is much stronger than any loss in Kiev. Precisely now, when the situation is extremely precarious – and the elections in the US, and most importantly – the heated struggle for the key geopolitical control nodes of the global trade, one of the two main contending parties is prevented even to bring not only their threats, but also backed by these threats proposals of compromise to the player, on whom obviously depends the balance of power in the world.

    Besides the main rival of American Bankers – City of London – still keeps their communication channel opened and maintained by PM Medvedev.

    Quiet and polite resignation of Ivanov – is a much more reliable indicator of the strategic defeat of US hawks and Hillary Clinton in the world than any of the most stringent steps with respect to their puppets in Kiev or somewhere else.

    If the Kremlin has estimated the chances of Hillary and her wing of the global elite as a non-zero, it would have used other ways to influence the out-of-hand American hawks, that is, on the contrary – would have had to carefully preserve high-level communication channel.

    This could have happened (in theory) if the provocation in the Crimea was a relative success and Russia would have to battle the Ukro-Nazi Crimean Islamists for at least a couple of days until all would be all finished.

    However, they lost first Brexit, then hurried coup in Ankara. At the same time, in Yerevan the color revolution dedicated to the Turkish coup failed as well.

    In general an attempt to take revenge for the Turkish defeat only led to more losses, now in Crimea.

    Current informational “surge” of Hillary’s election campaign, the dirtiest in the history of USA, is very reminiscent to the “100 Days of Napoleon” in 1815 just before the final defeat at Waterloo.

  18. venuspluto67 August 15, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    And Hillary may win the booby prize of presiding over the smoldering wreckage of it all. When it happens, she will have no idea what to do.

    Based on what has been happening over the weekend in my current city of residence, she may well have to start off by declaring martial law and calling out the various state national guards!

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

      Regardless of who wins the election, Obama may have to declare martial law before either one takes office. The Trump v Hillary sides are so dug in that this cannot end well. Civil unrest will be much greater if Trump wins. If we are in martial law, can Obama cancel the election and continue as president to prevent the country from descending into chaos?

    • AKlein August 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Hillary represents the faction for war. If she wins the booby prize of figurative “smoldering wreckage” the next step could well be to complement that with actual smoldering wreckage. It’s not as though this a novel concept.

  19. Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Thank you! It is so obvious to me that the fix was supposed to be in for the Clinton/Bush Dynasty candidate, and it is even more glaringly obvious that we are now seeing the corporate propaganda machine, the “media”, going full-out for the remaining side of that coin toss.
    The Republican branch of the Uniparty did not reckon with The Donald, just as the Democrats did not reckon with Bernie. The Democrats were just more experienced and adept at rigging things. How Bernie can live with himself after throwing his support to the corrupt candidacy which was the reason for his entry into the race in the first place, is beyond me.
    Fortunately for him, his family owned property in an area rapidly becoming the domain of only the very wealthy, so he is able to trade it to be able to afford a place amongst ordinary working folks, a place on an island, where any middle-class person with a spare $600,000 or so can enjoy the same lifestyle.
    This is a man who still believes we have over twenty kinds of deodorant, however. This is not 1972.
    BTW, the polls are telling us that Donald has already lost the race. I remember telling people, around a year ago, that Bernie Sanders was a way more serious candidate than the MSM was allowing us to hear about. That was true. They were misleading on purpose then, and they are doing it now.

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

      If Sanders had had any backbone he would have thrown his support to Jill Stein. I said all along that he was only in it so that Hillary had a sparring partner. A coronation without an opponent would not have looked good. When he endorsed Hillary I knew that he is a fraud.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

        Yeah and how about Liz Warren? All that passion against TPP when she was thinking about running. Nothing afterwards when she became part of Hillary’s team. No doubt she’s been placed “in line” for a future presidency. Blonde ambition.

        During the convention, they cut away to Bernie’s face a few time. He looked like he was in hell. He betrayed everything he believed in and he knows it.

  20. Being Frank August 15, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Are you saying that Governments lie to their populations? Really? I had worked that out by the age of 19- that would be 50 years ago. It applies not just here in the Uk but I far as I can see worldwide and throughout time.

    I fact you could say that it is a fundarmental requirement of good governance that “we” are lied to the whole time about most everything. We all want them to “look after us” right? LOL

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

      The Government is not your friend.

  21. Zoltar August 15, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    Eight years ago, when the credulous were all excited about a slightly black-looking man running on a platform of “Yes we can,” the old good guy / bad guy paradigm still prevailed. Since Mitt Romney, the chief vampire squid of Bain Capital Ventures, was obviously the Bad Guy, a little known but articulate Joe Lieberman clone must be the Good Guy, even if he had a funny name.

    Now a great many Americans, including pretty much an entire generation of Millennials, has finally figured out that there is no good guy. Given Trump’s innumerable and ghastly flaws, it’s impossible to paint him as one, but he could, if enough American voters wake up, still destroy the Republican Party and at least temporarily stymy the Deep State. Those would be two very big, positive outcomes- and a hell of a lot better than what Hillary’s masters are ready to ram down our throats.

    Yes, electing Trump as president is a terrible risk, but bending over and spreading our cheeks for the Deep State at this juncture is certain suicide. Hillary represents the final victory of the Deep State over the American people. The best-case scenario, such as it is, would be that Trump might prove the adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

    Yes, it has come to that.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      Well said. That’s how I feel about Donald Trump. I am well aware of his flaws. I think that his worst character flaws, the opposition to him has in spades.
      I’m not going to vote for the lesser of two evils. IMO, Donald is not evil. I used to feel that way about Hillary too, but not any more. I’m voting for a chance over no chance.

  22. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Yes, electing Trump as president is a terrible risk

    Look, in general, it turns out that she is not very healthy person. I tell you now I will not repeat everything that was written out there, but the result is absolutely monstrous. Just get out there, it is epilepsy, because it is a type of epileptic seizures. This is called thrombosis, venous sinus, ie venous network through which the blood pours from the brain – there is huge blood clot – that this blockage of blood vessels in the brain. This is an element of autism with a tendency towards psychopathy. This cognitive impairment and personality disorder, meaning it at certain moments simply do not understand where she is and what’s going on.

    But then there is the same sub-cortical encephalopathy, ie, a disease of the brain sub-cortical, a progressive loss of white matter of the brain on a background of hypertension, ie, high blood pressure in the arteries often leads to it. And this dementia, that is the destruction of personality. Such person belongs in a hospital. Such a person does not belong in the presidential office. The woman, in fact, is incapacitated.

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Given her poor health, the situation could be flipped from ’92. When Bill was president, many thought that Hillary was actually telling him what to do. I’ve read that she is the one who talked him into bombing Serbia – a terrible war crime, but what else is new. This time, maybe Bill would be the power behind the throne. If that’s really the case I’d breathe a little easier. Bill wouldn’t start WWIII. Hillary can’t wait to show how tough she is, and her declining health could make her even more reckless.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

        I tend to agree. I do not sense the depth of Evil in Bill that comes out of his wife.

        Not sure though, that Bill will make it through inauguration. There were already hints in Flying Monkeys Media (Huff Post, for example) about him doing more harm than good to Bastinda the Great and Terrible.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

        Some say she has a hole in tongue. What could cause that – all her lies? And someone is always with her carrying an anti-seizure hypo.

        Aren’t they supposed to release their health records? Or has her advent ended that tradition?

        • outsider August 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

          She should release her health records at the same time that Trump releases his tax returns. That would probably end both of their candidacies. Personally, I’d rather have a tax avoider (probably all of his deductions are legal), than a very sick, easily confused woman with her trembling finger on the button.

  23. volodya August 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    “Facts and evidence” were on the side of the Remain camp and delusion and xenophobia were the domain of the Brexiters. So sez the Remain camp.

    Well, more than half of the voters scoffed at the alleged “facts” touted by the Remain camp. It wasn’t information, it was mis-information. That why Brexit won.

    Now, there’s lessons here for the touters of – cough – “facts and evidence” on this side of the pond. If said “facts and evidence” don’t square with the reality of ordinary lives, that reality being jobs, paychecks and mortgage payments or, just as likely, minimum wage work, pay-day loan-sharks, eviction and food stamps, there will be a reckoning.

    As reckonings go the Brexit vote was pretty mild. It was, after all, an actual vote and not armed revolt. Mind you, a vote that Cameron and other Remainers figured they could lie their way through. So, aside from the one politician shot dead, no violent clashes, no cities burned down.

    But the reality of everyday life in large parts of the UK, didn’t square with the official Remain narrative. Just as seriously, the Remainers clothed themselves with all kinds of virtues. And hurled insults at the other side. You know, you hear it on this side of the ocean all the time: ignorant, un-educated, fearful, hateful, racist, this phobia, that phobia. More than half the voters weren’t having that either.

    It’s like Abe said, you cannot fool all the people all the time. Thankfully, blue-sky bullshit and insulting people and insulting their intelligence didn’t work.

    It worked on this side for a long while. No more though. People can see with their own eyes what’s what. They may not have college degrees in statistical manipulation. They merely see what’s happening with their own lives and their relatives and neighbors. There’s no arguing with a bank account and paycheck. You want facts and evidence? No money is one hard fact.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      Well said. Trump is the last chance for peaceful change. And his supporters have been overwhelmingly the well behaved in all this compared to the Democrats and their hired Soros minority muscle.

      As always, the millennials are hopelessly confused on both sides of the pond. They were raised wrong and given nothing but lies so the fault is not theirs alone.

      After Communist terror prevented Trump from speaking, Bernie Sanders said “Good job, everyone.” Nobody picked up on that, but he was a Communist for most of his life and probably still is.

  24. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    The Ninth Wave of compromising materials about Hillary Clinton nobody yet knows about except President Obama and his closest aids is about to hit unsuspecting public.

    http://img.mota.ru/upload/wallpapers/2009/07/14/18/02/1422/3d_1599-1600×1200.jpg

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      And as Papillon said, the ninth wave is always the big ‘un.

    • wpa_ccc August 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Document dumps can be made to say anything. Yet you believe them.

  25. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Theoretically, it is necessary to declare a state of emergency, and President Obama is vacationing on the islands and he was in between golf parties briefed about riots in Milwaukee, but he’s not coming back to Washington.

    And rightly so – why return to Washington and take responsibility if one of the presidential candidates removed him from power two months ago and now steers on his behalf? Stamp the wrong decisions he could in between the golf parties.

    The only hope for the return of the president from his holiday is the emergence of urgent need for his participation in some electoral activities of the candidate, who steers on his behalf.

    usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-08-15/obama-interrupting-vacation-to-campaign-for-clinton

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

      “briefed about riots in Milwaukee, but he’s not coming back to Washington” _ Fink

      You must know that this is NOT a national emergency.

  26. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Last night at Kennedy airport there was a large-scale panic after a small-scale false report about the shooting in the two terminals, which were duly evacuated, and a few hundred! Police purposefully searched nonexistent shooters.

    And also in New York about the same time Imam and his assistant were killed near the airport and I was not able to find the exact time of these events, but I have the impression that with the help of panic at the airport the police was distracted, and then a well-trained group of fighters attacked the Muslims, and disappeared without a trace.

    That is, people are acting in a very well organized way and this is not going to be limited.

    After that it is easy to throw in the trash all assurances by the media that in America the civil war is impossible. How it is impossible, when here it is, it is already underway, hybrid, civil war, and the question is not about its prevention, but about its termination.

    And all this is happening against the background of the election campaign in which a presidential candidate is accusing the other presidential candidates that she wants to de-legitimize the elections and whack her rival.

    But the real fun begins when one candidate accuses the other candidate that his anti-Islamic rhetoric has provoked the killing of Imam, rather than her obsessive desire to bring in 65 thousand Muslims with combat experience.

    And if in response he hints back in the style of his allusions to the Second Amendment that she herself organized killing of Imam, in order to blame him with the responsibility for this unfortunate incident, it will be a point of no return, after which begins a huge dump of all sorts of compromising materials and such military operations in the informational theater of military operations that the US citizens will get a chance to watch it through the windows of their living room, rather than on the large plasma screen.

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      “Last night at Kennedy airport there was a large-scale panic…” – Finc

      How do you invent the news? It was calm and collected at JFK!

      • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

        New York calm, New York collected. Watch the video.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

          Yet more Russian infested virus videos!

          nice try

      • elysianfield August 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

        From a NY Times article;

        “He described hearing something like a loud pop, followed by the sight of a herd of people running his direction.

        “When you see 80 people come running around the corner,” he said, “and they break a door to get out, you think ‘Oh my god, what is happening?’”

        He said he saw “people working for the airline taking off their shirts,” and saying, “This is not worth it, I am leaving.”

        Within minutes, he said, police officers with their guns drawn were shouting, “Show me your hands!”

        Dannyboy, just another incident in “fun city”…what is abnormal in other venues goes unnoticed in New York?

        Existential sewer.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

          “Existential sewer.” – elysianfield

          not nice!

          But now I see that you consider the New York Times the paper of record.

  27. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    That is, people are acting in a very well organized way and this is not going to be limited.

    You see, for David Koresh in Waco, attack by Hillary was a surprise – they did not know who she was, and then they still fought back.

    Now WASPs know what will happen if they lose…

  28. PeteAtomic August 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    HRC will be a TERRIBLE executive in a time of crisis. She has already proven that she is inept during her tenure as Secy. of State. So, her term as the top executive isn’t going to make her any better, folks.

    She isn’t decisive, lacks charisma to inspire others, and is of questionable integrity.

    So, for those out there holding their collective noses while they consider voting for her to simply “keep the other guy out” are making a huge mistake.

    My question is this: Why are you being so cowardly to vote for these two clowns?

    You have a choice. Use it. There are people out there who have integrity, heart & effectiveness (Jill Stein, for one.)

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

      “Is of questionable integrity?” Quite the understatement, Pete.

  29. dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    ” And Hillary may win the booby prize of presiding over the smoldering wreckage of it all.” KUNSTLER

    NYTimes.com/upshot:

    THE 2016 RACE
    Hillary Clinton has kept a clear lead in the days since the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The State of the Clinton-Trump Race: ******Is It Over?******

    • wpa_ccc August 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

      HRC has a 30 point lead in some states. Trump is burning down the Republican house… and the senate… and the Supreme Court… and enjoying the attention. He must be an HRC covert operative.

      • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

        He has alienated people his whole life.

        His only success came from bullying immigrant construction workers.

        But now he’s turned on them to appeal to The Angry.

        Interesting election strategy.

  30. Cold N. Holefield August 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    IF BHO & HRC aren’t the Founders of The Islamic State/Daesh, who is/are?

    • wpa_ccc August 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

      Founder: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

      Co-Founder: George W. Bush

      ISIS is what happens when you invade and occupy someone’s country disbanding their military, leaving the soldiers unemployed and pissed off and ready to organize ISIS against you and your coalition partners. You broke it. You pay for it. Pottery barn 101.

      • Cold N. Holefield August 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

        Don’t forget, America paid them not to conduct an insurgency. Obviously, they saved all that money for the rainy day that is now. If Dubya was cofounder, and Cheney the Chief Architect, then BHO & HRC are leading Board Members with BHO as Chairmen of the Board.

        The Islamic State/Daesh — It gets by with a little help from its friends…….

      • FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

        Co-Founder: George W. Bush

        And defeat of Libya and private server with state secrets and Mosul with 2,500 tanks and armored cars also George W. Bush?

        And you’re planning to vote for this criminal? So you are her accomplice!

      • Cavepainter August 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

        Not quite: you’re implying that the US citizenry has been knowingly and willingly complicit in raining death and destruction upon innocent citizens of other nations, not, rather, that special interests have propagandized false motives for commandeering our military as a private mercenary force toward enforcing global corporate ambitions (BTW, in violation of our Constitution). You know, there is such a thing commonly referred to on this site as “deep state”. Oops, I forgot; the US remains predominantly White, so…at least according to you, they can’t be a “victim class”, only evil doers who deserve to be displaced by all other flavors of humans who — contrary to all scholarly evidence — are blemish free (war, slavery, genocide, racism, tendency toward conquest, etc.).

  31. sharonsj August 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Trust me, nobody believes the swill being fed to us by the corporate media. I read a lot of the on-line financial websites; they have the real news of the sorry state of the U.S. economy. And when I’m not staring at their pie charts and graphs, I’m talking to people at the Scranton PA flea market, where I’m selling my belongings to pay my taxes (and I discover I’m not alone).

    There are many people who can barely afford a $1 item and will carefully count out small change or hand me a crumpled dollar they have stashed away. Meanwhile, I live in a rural area that’s supposed to be made richer by fracking (it isn’t unless you’re a farmer with 30 or 50 acres). You should see all the For Sale and For Rent signs out here. It’s also because the Republican legislature refused to put a 1% tax on the frackers. Instead they just added a $2 tax to a pack of cigarettes and every municipality keeps raising the school and property taxes because they are going broke.

    This is not confined to my area. A friend in Wisconsin (a lawyer, no less) cannot earn enough to live on and pay her mortgage; her house is in foreclosure. She is hoping to get into charity housing.

    These are the reasons both Trump and Sanders pulled in big crowds. Hillary will probably win, nothing will change, and when the next financial implosion occurs (which it will), I’ve got my fingers crossed that the revolution will finally happen. If not, we’d all better find a plot of land far away from the cities just like Kunstler.

  32. Cold N. Holefield August 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    We should just make a Supercomputer POTUS. Like Watson. What do we have to lose? Watson sure as hell beats the shit that’s been served up so far. Maybe a mate so there can be a First Lady. Monica? How sweet — Watson & Monica. No last names are necessary.

  33. Cold N. Holefield August 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Scranton? I grew up in that area, or at least the first eleven years of my life. It’s a very different place these days. Depressed. Actually, it was Dallas, Pa. which isn’t too far from Scranton. A lot of weird people, though. Crazy motherfuckers. I remember the snow. It snowed and snowed and snowed when I lived there in the mid to late sixties and early seventies. One Thanksgiving we got over two feet of snow and the drifts were eight to ten feet. It was the best Thanksgiving EVER. Now, it hardly snows there during the winter, or at least not anywhere near like it did during my youth.

  34. Cold N. Holefield August 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    If not, we’d all better find a plot of land far away from the cities just like Kunstler.

    I already have plans to move in with Jim when and if that happens. Maybe he can name his Spread in upstate New York, Clusterfuck Nation, and we can all move there and become characters in his books. Life imitating art.

    • Fiesta Cranberry August 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

      How cool would that be? I call dibs on Andrew Pendergast.

  35. JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Regarding the first two paragraphs of JHK’s article, I’m sure he remembers how Jimmy Carter was destroyed in large part due to honest inflation and unemployment numbers.

    Every POTUS Administration after that has gamed the methodology so that the unemployment and inflation numbers will NEVER touch 10%, ever again.

    To get the correct unemployment number, all one had to do is find out the percentage of able-bodied adults out of work vs. the workforce participation. That works out to a ***37%*** unemployment rating!!!

    If you figure in ONLY those who have real full-time payroll jobs as being truly employed, now you are looking at a 56% unemployment-underemployment rate!

    If you’re looking at inflation, we’ve been hovering around 10%, +/- a point or two.

    wpa is right. We can lie our way through anything! It’s all good.

    Isaiah 28:15 was written specifically for US.

    “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death and with Hell are we at agreement. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us, for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      “If you’re looking at inflation, we’ve been hovering around 10%, +/- a point or two.” – JimInFlorida

      “Monetary deflation has been underway for years because that’s what happens when debts can’t be repaid: money vanishes. Now we will encounter the other dimensions of deflation: the contraction of manufacturing, trade, wages, and all the familiar markers of expansion in the waning techno-industrial era.” KUNSTLER

      Please discuss among yourselves.

      • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

        MONETARY deflation may be happening but, we have an odd paradox underway. Lower money supply AND price inflation.

        Because our credit supply is backed, in part, by performing debt, you are right, the money is vanishing. BUT…, because the underlying “assets” of performing debt has disappeared, we ALSO HAVE a decline in the purchasing power of this currency.

        Thus, we have money supply contraction AND inflation at the retail level. It takes a bit of mental gymnastics to grasp how this happens but, it’s not hard. I just explained it.

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

          Is that the final word?

          KUNSTLER…got a rebuttal?

          Then I declare tonight’s Debate Winner to be JimInFlorida.

          Congratulations to our Winner!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

            Why not ask God? He’s always about in the Quad…

            27The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. 28The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: 29And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. 30Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. 31Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. 32Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. 33The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: 34So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. 35The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. 36The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 37And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.

            You admit America is botched – so why not try someone new? You admit (I assume) that Muslims are dangerous, so who will keep them out better than Herr Drumpf?

          • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

            OK, I’ll be cordial:

            “You admit (I assume) that Muslims are dangerous,”
            DON’T ASSUME THAT YOU KNOW ANY THING ABOUT ME.

            “…so who will keep them out better than Herr Drumpf?”
            I JUST GOTTA’ BELIEVE THAT YOU MUST KNOW THAT YOUR LANGAGE WILL NOT BE PERSUASIVE WITH ME.

            End of cordiality: Get a life!

          • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 11:21 am #

            “with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.”

            Damn, I think I got some of that….

  36. sprawlcapital August 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    It’s that time of the year for the hedge fund boys, with their testosterone flowing, to start burning down their house rentals in the Hamptons.
    ================================
    JHK:
    What does the above mean? I clicked on the link to the Zero Hedge article, but that was no help.

    Do they literally burn down rented houses? Or what?

    I’m serious;I really do not get this. Sorry, everyone–I guess I’m just dense, at least about this.

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      As a Hamptons habitue [accent], I can interpret KUNSTLER’S remarks for you.

      The rich guys party, and sometimes, as a display of their wealth, burn the house to exhibit how little such an expense means to them.

      • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

        Very funny Danny, and probably true.

        Last winter I read a few biographies of Hemingway; I was particularly interested in his life in Key West in the thirties. These were the depression years and Key West was particularly hard hit, eventually filing for bankruptcy around 1936. Nevertheless, Hemingway, with his income from Esquire Magazine, his novels, his wife’s trust fund, and his wife’s rich uncle, bought a pretty nice fishing boat (from the Wheeler yards in Brooklyn), had a Ford Roadster, a new Buick every year, went on Safari in Africa, drove to Idaho every winter, and took in the bullfights each season in Spain. My point, as long as the rule of law still holds, if the money is rolling in, in spite of what’s happening around you, you can still live large.

        this is not to denigrate Hemingway. He earned every penny he had.

        brh

        • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

          Dear brh,

          Your generous complement moved me.

          • sprawlcapital August 15, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

            Your generous complement [compliment] moved me.
            ===============================Corrections like this are what I do best.

            My comprehension of this week’s discussion of finance, money, and banking is at about the level of an astrologer attending a graduate-level lecture on astrophysics at MIT.

            I did watch a Talking Heads video titled Burning Down the House a few minutes ago. It did not increase my understanding by much.

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:06 am #

            Stick to your spelling corrections. In fact, get a Big Red Pencil!

            Also, derogatory remarks about the Talking Heads “is at about the level of”….Grade School.

            So grow up.

  37. rapier August 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    It is impossible to imagine a better messenger of opposition to the status quo than Trump. Better that is for the linkedin beneficiaries of the system. The elites riding the waves of global liquidity.

    He is so profoundly ignorant of most everything and is such a deeply flawed personality that any opposition to the asset inflation via money ‘printing’ or skepticism about the daily two minuets of Putin hate emanating from the NY Times can be and is deemed a fool and a kook, just like the Donald.

    Back in the 50’s and early 60’s the John Birch Society wanted to eliminate the Fed for kooky hard money reasons so to this day ‘liberals’ will brook no criticism of the Fed unless it involves a call for more money printing and more debt. Now as it turns out the Birchers were sort of right but for all the wrong reasons. It was 30 years later that Greenspan and the neoliberal thought collective ushered in the activist Fed. That didn’t have to happen but since ‘liberals’ were always too pure to study money and finance they opted to let the high priests of money at the Fed do it for them.

    So there will be no questioning of the coming war with Putin or the tsunamis of money printing that Hillary will launch.

    • someonetakethewheel August 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

      “Suicide bolus” and “Presiding over the smoldering wreckage”.

      That’s our James.

      Obviously a love of language, in addition to being a bad-assed revolutionary, in the American tradition.

      Then there’s the comments. I liked “Orwellian dump”.

      • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

        Re: “revolutionary”

        See my Comment above.

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

      “asset inflation via money ‘printing’” – rapier

      “Thus, we have money supply contraction” – JimInFlorida

      Our second Economics Debate this evening concerns Money: More or Less of It?

      Gentlemen, your Opening Remarks, please…

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

      “Kooky hard money reasons” – like not printing endless amounts of money backed by nothing or not linked to any economic standard. I prefer the latter btw understanding. Gold and Silver can be messed with in too many ways. And what if you don’t have any? For all we know, Fort Knox has been looted already. Doesn’t have to be the end but it means the Constitution would have to be amended since it explicitly dictates gold and silver as backers of currency.

      • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

        You relying on the Constitution?

        …good luck with that!

      • malthuss August 16, 2016 at 8:27 am #

        the JBS was right bc it knows about 1 World Government and how
        the ‘European’ Bankers [code word for ykw] and the UN collude to bring about communism and tyranny for all.
        The Fed is a huge part of this plan.

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

      rapier,

      Trump’s campaign has been successful thus far for not following the conventional wisdom. So, with him now behind in the polls, why not throw all his cards on the table and say that, yes, he will end the Cold War 2.0 and become best friends with Putin. He will remove the NATO troops from Russia’s borders, and get out of Ukraine, with sincere apologies Further, he should go on national TV and tell the people that the Cold Wars with Russia/USSR have been lies from the start foisted on us by the Military/Security Complex and our captured corporate media. The time is ripe for a complete break from our post-WWII time of hegemony and Empire. The people have become so disgusted with the dreary status quo that it might just work. Hell, Putin is probably more popular in the US than either Trump or Hillary anyway.

      • pequiste August 16, 2016 at 12:42 am #

        Excellent idea! Does anyone have Paul Manafort’s email?

        How about an in-the-blind email to the Maitre’D at Mar A Lago; he could get this message to The Donald.

        Be sure to include a post – sorry I’m not going through last weeks comments – that said Trump should make an ad that has Hillary saying “We came, we saw, he died…” over and over and over non-stop until the election. Great idea to include in the message.

        • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 11:27 am #

          “We came, we saw, he died…” over and over and over non-stop until the election. Great idea to include in the message.”

          Yes, all the while flashing portions of the Ghadaffi death video….

    • messianicdruid August 16, 2016 at 9:54 am #

      “Now as it turns out the Birchers were sort of right but for all the wrong reasons.”

      Gravity won’t kill you if you jump off a tall building.

      Is this “sort of right”, or a “wrong reason”?

  38. tucsonspur August 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    Unless something drastic happens, it seems that Hillary, in a gentle glissade, will glide right into the ultimate Grotto.

    Her sanguine smile and stretched lips, baring seemingly friendly teeth with a hint of menace, has carried her far. That cavernous grin, that mighty mouth, mother of lies, still looks to swallow us all.

    And on the night of November 8th, she will have us. All chewed up and ready to digest.

  39. tucsonspur August 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Re sprawlcapital above;

    Maybe churning or turning?

  40. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    Basically right now it is possible to make a lot of money by publishing a thriller, which will describe the life of a certain lady, and her attempt to take over the world a la “The Garin Death Ray”.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garin_Death_Ray

    And when a month later the events in this thriller will start to be carried out if not in Washington then in compromising materials that will gush from all the dark corners around the world, a lot of people will buy this infotainment, and advertising on TV will just ran wild.

    But unfortunately all these publishers do not earn money, but conduct informational policy.

  41. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    Russia ‘prevented’ potential NATO launch of 624 cruise missiles in Syria – Defense Minister

    Moscow’s actions following the Syrian chemical weapons attack in 2013 could as well have saved the country from a possible massive strike by NATO forces, Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, said.

    It would’ve been “very hard” to restore the Syrian state structure after such a large-scale attack, he said.

    rt.com/news/356054-russia-nato-strike-syria/

    • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

      Fortunately, for Washington, Bashar Assad is a mild-mannered President and Alawite who fears taking military action. He just lets Israel attack Syria and then runs crying to the U.N. rather than fight back. He ordered his forces into action against the FSA and Daesh only because Russia finally showed up to motivate him.

      If Assad were a batshit crazy Sunni Muslim, at the first sign of U.S. hostility, he would have launched everything he had at Israel. Win or lose, he would die a martyr. Washington would be blamed for instigating it and Syria’s image in the Middle East would be sky high.

      Yet, Bashar Assad is the twice-elected popular President that Big Oil and the Saudis want OUT. They will turn Syria into a fractured hellhole, full of Wahhabi warlords, if that’s what it takes to get their oil and gas pipelines through Syria and onwards to the E.U. market.

    • outsider August 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

      Obama’s undeserved Nobel Prize should be stripped from him and given to Putin.

      • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:07 am #

        Then Putin would have to give him his horse in-trade.

        …and then, how would he get around?

  42. BackRowHeckler August 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

    “GET THAT WHITE BITCH”

    Quote heard from Milwaukee riots … black mobs on the hunt for white motorists, dragging them from automobiles for beatdowns, or worse.

    A few media types got their asses kicked, too. “Fellas, I’m on your side”, didn’t work this time. I’m really broken up over it.

    US finances falling apart? LeBron James just got a $100 million contract from the Cavaliers, and I just read all Ohio State’s home football games are sold out for the 2016 season. That’s 100,000 fans per game!

    That might be an indication there’s still plenty of excess swag floating around inside the United States.

    brh

    • jhon August 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

      youtube.com/watch?v=ER0vQssXUrg

      life during wartime

    • JimInFlorida August 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

      I’ve figured out the next debt adjusting scheme between Washington and Beijing: … Chinese Red Army battalions and brigades for hire as an extralegal municipal security forces! Somebody, somehow, will find the legal loophole to allow that. In the thousands of pages of Bush and Obama Police State rules and regulations, I’m sure it can be found.

      A city is overrun by crazed Black mobs and the regular cops’ hands are tied. Give it 1-2 hours and the rented Chinese Red Army security would have things locked down, the survivors put to work cleaning up the mess (and the bodies), and the disturbed areas put on a strict curfew schedule.

      Now THAT is where ‘Made In China’ would redeem itself!

      As for LeBron James and others of his ilk, a 95% top tax rate on that kind of income would do wonders to relieve the extortionate student load debts of most Ohio State grads!

    • wpa_ccc August 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

      “there’s still plenty of excess swag floating around inside the United States.” –brh

      Yep. Thanks for the stats, brh. 100,000 per game, sold out all season. Seems the economy is not so bad after all.

      We are definitely better after eight years of Obama than we were in the crash of 2007 after eight years of Bush, when we were losing 800,000 jobs per month and 20 million people did not have health insurance and were at risk of medical bankruptcy.

    • malthuss August 16, 2016 at 8:39 am #

      US finances falling apart? [yes]

      LeBron James just got a $100 million contract from the Cavaliers, and I just read all Ohio State’s home football games are sold out for the 2016 season. That’s 100,000 fans per game! = anecdotes.

  43. Dumbedup August 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    “We’re in for nasty weather,
    Burnin down the house.”

    youtube.com/watch?v=u06DpcFXc4U

    • dannyboy August 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

      Only the second link that I clicked on CFN, but I was rewarded with Talking fuckin’ Heads!

      That is the Theme Song playing in the background “for the hedge fund boys, with their testosterone flowing, to start burning down their house rentals in the Hamptons.”.

  44. Pucker August 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Idea for a new pedagogical technique for Americans: Create a torture booth out of a cardboard refrigerator box and cover the inside with photos of craps and vomit. Spray it with fart spray. Put kids who don’t-have-a-clue in it. Call it the “Voting Booth”.

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      Super! Thanks for Sharing Hundereds of versions. I just listened to Bonnie Raitt’s interpretation, and it blew me away.

      • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:30 am #

        Debra Dobkin – percussion and vocals

  45. Pucker August 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    The black POTUS plays golf during the Milwaukee race riots.

    • wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 1:26 am #

      “The black POTUS plays golf during the Milwaukee race riots.” –Pucker

      Trump says he is the founder of ISIS, so ISIS may be keeping him busy, or maybe he is busy releasing Guantanamo detainees. Are you sure the golf story is not a false flag operation to distract from his terrorist activities? /s

  46. bukowskisghost August 15, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    “Forty acres and a mule”….post civil war concept for reparations to former slaves How things change. I remember that phrase from my American history class in high school and who would have thunk it would sound like heaven to me now.

    • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      Read about mules, “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck is a great book, He has chapters about Mules, Wagons, and all sorts of stuff the average American has not a clue!

  47. KesaAnna August 15, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    ” OK, I’ll be cordial:

    “You admit (I assume) that Muslims are dangerous,”
    DON’T ASSUME THAT YOU KNOW ANY THING ABOUT ME.

    “…so who will keep them out better than Herr Drumpf?”
    I JUST GOTTA’ BELIEVE THAT YOU MUST KNOW THAT YOUR LANGAGE WILL NOT BE PERSUASIVE WITH ME.

    End of cordiality: Get a life! ”

    Lol.

    There’s a theory of propaganda that holds that ideas , perspectives, and contexts, can and do behave like viruses.

    So, for example , assuming all these Coca Cola commercials are dumb because they don’t have a snowballs chance n Hell of convincing You to drink Coke instead of Pepsi, or you don’t even like soda anyway , is YOU looking at it the wrong way.

    It could be the intent was never to convince YOU of anything, persuade YOU .
    It could be that no more thought was given to YOU than is given to YOU when he coughs or sneezes.

    ” Get a life” ?
    Pfffffffffft !

    If you folks are pissed because , like High Schoolers, you are peeved because Janos won’t wear your uniform and parrot your canned narrative , then perhaps you should say that.

    You might actually get some action that way.

    if, on the other hand, as you folks claim, you don’t have a crush on Janos , then all your high school peer pressure faux ridicule directed at someone who isn’t answering the phone anyway and doesn’t care to , is very amusing at your expense. ^-^

    • pequiste August 16, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      All of us here at CFN should know exactly just which type of uniform Janos would like to wear.

      • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:13 am #

        When I gotta ‘pass water’, I gotta pass water if he’s in the way.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

          And you think Bo Derek is a 10. Tasteless and classless.

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

            I love her untamed spirit [http://officialboderek.com/]

            You, on the other hand (get it?)

      • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

        Don’t be silly. I already have my uniform and so do you. We were born wearing it. And robins mate with robins, not finches. Like unto like is the Law of Nature. Don’t like it? Take it up with Nature. You may cast her out with a pitchfork, but she will return, oh she will return.

        You commit a sin difficult to forgive. You owe your parents for your uniform and their parents before them all the way back to the beginning. You have a debt to pay to the Ancestors and to the ones who are to come The Beautiful Ones are not yet born!

        You want to submerge our beautiful race into the morass of lower humanity? For that you will join you will join the Death’s Head in Traitor’s row.

        Danny is innocent in contrast. He is simply an enemy and one utterly faithful to his people. You could learn much from him – if you would but see him clearly. And if and when you do – and he’ll be fighting you every step of the way – you’ll see he’s just like me.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

          period after come. My purple pluperfect prose often gets the better of me grammy.

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

            “Danny is innocent in contrast…you’ll see he’s just like me.”

            TAKE THAT CURSE BACK

  48. bukowskisghost August 15, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    Trump can be batshit crazy, but its the visceral anger that Clintilla evokes ( in me) that’s way way stronger than the anger I had in Chicago during the Democratic convention in the summer of 1968 as a twenty year old “radical”. It’s personal.

    • KesaAnna August 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

      I’m reminded of an incident a few months back ; A homosexual, and a stalwart Republican, was asked how he could possibly stand hanging out with a bunch of Bible-thumping fascistic bigots?

      And he replied that he would rather hang out with people who told him to his face that they disliked him, rather than hang out with people who claimed to love him , but in reality despised him no less, or even more, but in either case did not even merely respect him.

      And I said to myself, That describes me !

      What I have seen so much of “liberalism ” the past 40 years is endless talk about love, and concern, fairness and dignity.
      But I see no love in their eyes, no concern in their voice, nothing in their behavior remotely resembling fairness ,
      and not even the dignity and respect imparted by admitting you wouldn’t invite the other to dinner.

      The facts are neither here no there , because it is clear they don’t feel anything they claim, no sincerity, even if it is true.

      The problem isn’t the script . Even a really bad script can be made into gold if the actors are enthusiastic.
      But these indifferent actors would make garbage even of Shakespeare.

      • wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 1:36 am #

        “But I see no love in their eyes, no concern in their voice, nothing in their behavior remotely resembling fairness, and not even the dignity and respect imparted by admitting you wouldn’t invite the other to dinner.” –KesaAnna

        I don’t care one bit about all that romantic bullshit. What I care about is which party is more likely to change national minimum wage to $21 an hour, or more of a living wage.

        Elections and political parties are not about getting people to have “love in their eyes, or concern in their voice” … they are about getting public policy changed to get basic human needs met: universal health care, debt-free education, expanded social security, paid family leave, etc.

        If food service workers in Denmark can have full benefits (health care, pension, etc.) plus a $21 an hour salary, we can do the same in the USA. But a political party will have to force it to happen. Don’t vote for the political party that whines and makes excuses and tells you that will ruin the economy. Vote for the party most likely to make the lives of working people better.

        • tucsonspur August 16, 2016 at 3:53 am #

          Kesa makes a good point, but hanging out with people who don’t like you could be a real problem.

          “Vote for the party most likely to make the lives of working people better”. Like Obama’s Democratic Party?

          Here’s his economic record for his own people, yes, blacks, his own people:

          the seasonally adjusted labor force participation rate for blacks across the board is down.

          home ownership among blacks is down.

          % of black food stamp participants is up a staggering 58%.

          real median income is down.

          the % of blacks struggling below the poverty line is up.

          No romantic bullshit here. Even Tavis Smiley criticizes his failed policies. But this diddy boppin’ jive ass could give 150 billion to the Iranians! Then $400 million more!

          And it’s still very much in doubt what the over all effect of a minimum wage at those levels would be. The Democrats would make it $50/hr. if it would get them elected.

          Hey, but I know that I’ve been taken care of. Obama love whitey.

        • messianicdruid August 16, 2016 at 10:18 am #

          “…about getting public policy changed to get basic human needs met:…”

          The way to get “basic human needs” met is through [ need I say personal ] gumption, not asking someone [ because you are too much coward to do it yourself ] to steal from others to provide them for you, after taking a cut for themselves..

        • KesaAnna August 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

          ” I don’t care one bit about all that romantic bullshit. ”

          — Neither do I. Indeed, in my estimation I’m rather cold-hearted.

          I could just as well have written the same about ” Conservatism”.
          They wave the flag and say they love America. Since America is largely a bureaucratic abstraction, I suppose then they mean they love Americans ?
          But then, for example, regarding our criminal justice nightmare which makes North Korea look moderate , ( even with North Korea’s practice of sending the entire family to a camp for the crime of one of its members , an American STILL has a higher chance of winding up in a cage than does a North Korean )
          Their reaction even now is to make jokes about child molesters getting raped and murdered in jail. — Except child molesters are a mask . They are really laughing about jaywalkers getting raped and murdered in jail.
          There is nothing “conservative” about it, and I wouldn’t give a jar of piss for their love.

          ” Elections and political parties are not about getting people to have “love in their eyes, or concern in their voice” … they are about getting public policy changed to get basic human needs met: ”

          — sounds like romantic bullshit to me , or empty dishonesty.
          Since I don’t know you, I can’t say which.

          For example ;

          ” If food service workers in Denmark can have full benefits (health care, pension, etc.) plus a $21 an hour salary, we can do the same in the USA. ”

          Comparing elephants to hummingbirds , that is comparing this continent – spanning empire to the much-esteemed Scandinavian countries. Sweden is roughly the size of one state, Tennessee ? As for Denmark, it is not too much of an exaggeration to say that you can easily WALK from the farthest reach of that kingdom to its seat of government .

          No, any proper comparison must be based on something that is actually comparable to the elephant. Russia, China, or Brazil for example.
          A not-particularly-bright 12-year old can figure out why nobody really wants to make such comparisons , and it has nothing to do with basic human needs.
          No, lets compare it to countries the size of a suburban lawn , not to million-acre plantations.

          So the USA is pissing on the little guy ?
          What did , and do, you expect?
          This USA thing began with the dispossession of little people.

          One of the major beefs in the lead up to the divorce from the King of England ( rarely mentioned anymore ) was the Proclamation of 1768 ; that is, the King announced he would not screw-over ( at least not completely ) the natives west of the Appalachian mountains, or the native French Catholics of Canada.
          We all know what happened to the Aboriginal natives west of the Appalachians after the divorce was effected, and as for the French Catholics of Canada, they luckily played Finland to The USA’s Russia . That is, surprisingly, they kicked our butt twice. If not for that, there is no doubt that today they would be living in some ugly swamp in Florida and practicing this odd religion where it is claimed God is an American Jingoist.

          Then came the dispossession of Loyalist little old ladies who had the cheek to publicly say, ” God save the King ” despite the terroristic pressure of types like the Al Capone – like rum runner John Hancock and his Frank Nitti – like hatchet men like Samuel Adams.

          Then came the , at least attempted , dispossession of Southern Crackers who naively thought the union was a voluntary association for mutual benefit. . I say attempted, because while the US Army did win the war, largely the peace was won by the KKK , and dare I say , rightly so ;

          You think you will engender respect for human rights by shooting a mothers husband, brother , or son , for simply wanting to leave your company ?
          you expect to accomplish good with scorched earth ?

          Romantic bullshit says I.

          — Not to mention the former slaves, really still slaves, ( that is the cheap labor we imported . Ring any bells that ? ) got screwed anyway because the Unionists never really cared about them anyway.

          So now the little natives are getting screwed, and the imported cheap labor likewise ?

          That’s very old news.

          Oh, a halfway decent society WAS built in America for awhile.
          — Despite its origins, despite its government.
          I suspect the Roman Republic was a halfway decent place for awhile.

          And I admit that lots of room to play Jerimiah Johnson , and cheap energy, worked miracles for awhile.

          • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

            Excellent.

            “Their reaction even now is to make jokes about child molesters getting raped and murdered in jail. — Except child molesters are a mask . They are really laughing about jaywalkers getting raped and murdered in jail.”

            There is no justification for “jail” except as a temporary place awaiting trial. Man’s so-called justice is based on punishment and revenue enhancement. God’s is based on restoration to the lawful order. People that are being paid to administer justice are tainted with job security concerns.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

        Your comment is gold, dear lady. Thus the “Feminists” say nothing about the Muslim rape of White Women because they don’t care about Women. It’s all a cover for being Anti-White Male. After all, they are Marxists and admit as much. And Marxism is about overthrowing Societies, in this case, ours. Of course they care intensely about their own little cliques and do help each other and/or make love/war on each other much as Afghan commanders have tank battles over dancing boys. I guess this can pass as “loving women” and thus is Feminism of a kind.

        Check out this talking Death’s Head. She dropped a dime on a man who was trying to distract the Munich terrorist with insults. Moral self righteousness becomes mental illness becomes sin. And being a traitor is one of the worst. Their place in on one of the lowest tiers of Hell, nigh unto Satan himself. It’s a place of great cold not heat….

        gatesofvienna.net/2016/08/the-woman-who-brought-a-legal-complaint-against-the-balcony-man-for-insult…

  49. BackRowHeckler August 16, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    “My comprehension of this weeks discussion of finance, money and banking is about at the level of an astrologer attending a graduate level lecture on Astrophysics at MIT” — Sprawl Capital

    that’s a good line, and very prescient, SC

    Speaking for myself, you can fit my knowledge of economics, macro or micro, into a salt shaker. My theory of economics is … if after the bills are paid there’s enough cash left over ice and beer for the cooler, a day at the river, and more ice to put the trout into (if I catch any), maybe a sandwich and beer at the general store on the way home … then things are good. If not, things are bad.

    brh

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      brh,

      Give yourself credit for knowing the underpinnings of Finance exactly!

      The Entire Truth of Economics lies in: “My theory of economics is … if after the bills are paid there’s enough cash left over ice and beer for the cooler, a day at the river, and more ice to put the trout into (if I catch any), maybe a sandwich and beer at the general store on the way home … then things are good. If not, things are bad.”

      Everything else is the Bullshit that Wall Street funded Economics & Finance Departments at our ggggggggggggggreat universities spew on their behalf.

      I can recommend a book that lifts the veil on the whole shitshow.

  50. wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 1:12 am #

    A WORLD AT WAR

    We are under attack

    by Bill McKibben

    newrepublic.com/article/135684/declare-war-climate-change-mobilize-wwii

    • messianicdruid August 16, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      We would be better served with this information:

      geoengineeringwatch.org/chuck-norris-a-government-cover-up-of-epic-proportions/

    • lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      Even within the vast wasteland of idiocratic mendacity that constitutes the Establishment Media, the New Republic stands out for its grand buffoonery.

      McKibbon is a good example. Climate change is a real issue, but McKibbon is an ignorant boob on the matter.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Bill is in favor of mass immigration. Nothing he says has any value since he is for sale and without honor.

  51. wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 2:30 am #

    “I work for McDonald’s and I make $21 an hour,” Rantzau wrote.

    “An agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15.” The company paid the mathematically average full-time worker about $46,700 a year.

    A copy of the latest McDonald’s union contract shows the lowest hourly rate is 115 DKK, or $20.70. Anyone who works after 6 p.m. or on Sundays is paid more.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American fast food worker makes about $9 an hour. Compare that to the $20.70 paid in Denmark.

    According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average tax burden in Denmark is 38.2 percent, while in America, it is 31.3 percent. So taxes are about a fifth higher. Most people, if given the choice, would accept a 20 percent hike in taxes in exchange for making twice as much.

    • outsider August 16, 2016 at 10:48 am #

      And how much do a Big Mac and a Happy Meal cost there, wpa?

      • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

        In Denmark, a Big Mac and Happy Meal costs what they are worth in a true 1st World country. The U.S. is a 3rd World country with 1st World credit to cover up the truth.

        Fortunately for Denmark, they do not worship the blood-stained idol of, “Always Low Prices.”

    • lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      So how is it that Europeans are better off?

      1). Let Uncle Sam pay for your national defense.
      2). Don’t flood your country with illegal aliens requiring massive public expenditures for such things as K-12 education.
      3). Don’t waste vast amounts of money on idiocracy like progressive Americans love to do.

  52. wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 2:54 am #

    TRUMP CITIZENSHIP CHALLENGE

    In a foreign policy speech Monday, Trump said people should take a test before being allowed to immigrate to the United States.

    “In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test,” Trump said to a crowd in Youngstown, Ohio. “The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it extreme vetting.”

    In a statement Monday morning, Reid called on Trump to take “the one test every immigrant has to pass to become a United States citizen.”

    “He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles and functioning of our government,” Reid said. “The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one.”

    In the statement, Reid talked about his experiences attending naturalization ceremonies with immigrants who “work hard to learn American history and civics, while Trump appears ignorant of basic facts about this country.”

    “Indeed, the naturalization test is just one part of the process immigrants undergo to become citizens, but Trump would almost certainly fail that test,” Reid said. “Immigrants make America great. Trump makes America small, petty and mean.”

    • Cavepainter August 16, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      And you (whatever you are, a glockenspiel – er, glockenspeak for the Lerftist “Imagine” fantasy) have advocated what essentially is absolute dissolution of sovereign nationhood. Knowingly you do this as evidenced by how selectively you are able (seemingly mechanically) to lift from the record of history “facts” in such way as to empty them of contextual meaning. Its a travesty of scholarship — the worst form of pedantry; mocking of historical record by turning it into anecdote for the trite purpose of supporting your neurotic, racist rants.

    • lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

      Well, Harry Reid doesn’t waste a chance to prove what an idiot he is.

      Sort of like Donald Trump on steroids.

    • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 12:52 am #

      Ah , a test on American history and civics ! 🙂

      George Washington — it’s hard to imagine a guy who was given greater advantages or more privileges by the British empire.
      He was commissioned as a colonel in the British army , which means to enjoy that status, those privileges and advantages, means he swore a loyalty oath to the King of England.
      Ditto taking his seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses , another loyalty oath.
      If he wasn’t the worst kind of traitor, or at least an example of the grossest kind of ingratitude, then I have no idea what words like traitor and ingratitude could possibly mean.

      Benjamin Franklin — In his capacity as a public official, supposedly working for the crown, essentially rifled through the panty drawer of a political opponent and stole his private letters, and had these incriminating letters, proof of the opponents hostility toward America, printed in newspapers. Except they didn’t actually print the letters in newspapers. There was actually nothing incriminating in the letters.
      And rather than proving hostility to America , proved a deep fondness for it. If anything the actual letters were dull and boring.
      So they wrote their own letters out of whole cloth and passed them off as this guys . The victim of this character assassination, Thomas Hutchinson, a third generation American, was subsequently forced to leave the only home he had ever known, when past 60 years of age, and lived out his remaining years in penury, on the charity of others , proven guilty of……nothing.
      Not to mention that Benjamin Franklin would screw anything with a heart beat, but why get personal ? The bare facts of his destruction of Thomas Hutchinson should demonstrate to any fair person exactly what sort of creature Franklin was.

      Abraham Lincoln — a great humanitarian and egalitarian who could write pretty , like Vladimir Lenin.
      And , like Lenin, oh, if only he had lived ! The outcome of the American Civil war would have been kinder and gentler, like the outcome of the Russian civil war would have been kinder and gentler if Lenin had lived !

      World War II — The Nazi Party was politically so weak that even as late as 1943 they were producing more refrigerators than tanks because Hitler feared losing the support of German soccer moms.
      But never mind, Hitler was some sort of God ( never mind strong evidence that even if he won he didn’t have long to live. As early as spring of ’44 he was all but an invalid. ) and the Nazis really were Aryan Supermen. So that problem HAD to be solved.
      The outcome was that a good chunk of Europe and Asia , many, maybe most , of these people being non-white by the way, were delivered into the tender mercies of comrades Stalin and Mao .
      This is called victory , and proves the wisdom of American foreign and domestic policy, and shows how liberal it is.

      Elections — The fourth largest country in the world, and yet only two viable political parties for over 100 years.
      I Like Ayn Rand’s comment on that ; ” we had free elections in the Soviet Union too . ”

      Pfft, I’m pretty sure I would ” flunk” such a ( kooky religious ) test.

      Not that that would break my heart . My birth certificate says I’m a Canadian . Despite registering for selective service 20 years ago and paying taxes for 40+ years, the only way I can get a drivers license , and prove I’m not a North Korean spy, is give FALSE answers on a bullshit test and spend a few thousand bucks besides , to buy one.

      Perhaps eventually they will deport me . I suppose then some American patriot can volunteer to play unpaid nurse, gardener, and maid to my elderly American parents.
      Except for ten years past now no such person has volunteered to do so , so this enemy of yours can be released from the job of serving two of your citizens.

      that’s American patriotism and family values for you. ^ – ^

  53. Pucker August 16, 2016 at 2:59 am #

    “Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday, Dear Napoleon!
    Happy Birthday to you!” (August 15th)

  54. Pucker August 16, 2016 at 3:11 am #

    Is Hillary a knave, or a simple soul?

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 9:26 am #

      Mirriam-Webster defines a knave as “a playing card that ranks below a queen and above a 10.”

      I don’t even think she’sa “10”, I reserve that for Bo Derek.

      Maybe she “ranks below a quess”, but has big aspirations.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        So you want more Muslims in America? Why? I’m not assuming, I’m axing. And axing for an explanation.

        It hasn’t worked out for your people in France. Bibi has advised them to get out. Yet some Jews apparently hate us more than they love themselves….

        • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

          Are you on a Thread about Hillary Clinton?

          you obsessively write about Muslims and Jews. Quit jerkin so much.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

            Then why are you talking about finance? It’s about whatever we want to talk about. Think like a free man, willya?

          • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

            “Then why are you talking about finance?”
            BECAUSE THAT’S A TOPIC CHOSEN BY OUR HOST FOR DISCUSSION.

            ” It’s about whatever we want to talk about.”
            JANOS THAT IS HIJACKING KUNSTLER’S BLOG FOR YOUR OWN RAMBLING. HAVE SOME MANNERS!

            “Think like a free man, willya?”
            RAMBLING LIKE A CONFUSED PERSON IS NOT BEING FREE. IT IS BEING NUTS. IN PUBLIC.
            A FREE MAN RESPECTS HIS HOST.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 12:27 am #

            If the thread was about finance, they why are you talking about Hillary?

            Only the Fascist can match these devils stroke for stroke.

  55. sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    The fecklessness and stupidity of the elites has been epic, sacrificing everything to maintain the illusion of normality.
    ==============================
    No problem for me in getting the meaning of that sentence.

    And kudos to JHK for using a real word, normality, instead of the lazy neologism “normalcy”. The latter was popularized by one of our lesser presidents, Warren Harding.

    Similarly, another lesser president, Bill Clinton, popularized the misuse of the word “grow” as a transitive verb with inanimate objects that do not actually grow organically. A farmer grows corn, but Clinton got elected in ’92 by promising the masses that he would “grow the economy”. (His Eminence should have said “build the economy”.)

    This misuse of “grow” will be the subject of a more detailed essay, the Universe willing. Stay tuned

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      “This misuse of “[His Eminence]” will be the subject of a more detailed essay, the Universe willing. Stay tuned…”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      English is alive and useful new forms are appearing. Thus the Clintons have disappeared people. How could any conventional phrasing say it better?

      We need a collective 2nd person, though. Y’all is far too benign for my hate filled philippics. So I often just say “You” which isn’t fair to the you in question. But it’s fine if they are a sterling example of the mass in question. Also when haranguing my audience, the you gets each of them to examine their own conscience, at least hopefully. So “you” isn’t out – I just want to add to my repertoire.

      • sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

        I agree that the recent usage of disappear as a verb that can take a direct object (transitive verb) is useful.

        In the allegations against the Clintons, though, the dead bodies have all been found, so the victims have not been “disappeared”, unless there are some facts I am not aware of.

  56. messianicdruid August 16, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    “Is there an attorney anywhere in the United States who, along with a good PR agency, would like to file a billion-dollar suit against the Florida Health Department and the CDC and the FDA? There are plenty of potential plaintiffs in Miami right now.”

    jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/bombshell-zika-fraud-leads-to-mosquito-spraying-and-autism/

    I wanna know.

    • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      I’d rather see the major media outlets sued for spreading agit-prop to scare the Sheep into taking toxic immunization shots and stoking abnormal mass behavior.

      This is the same fake scare as the Bird Flu and Swine Flu. All B.S. I haven’t taken a flu shot since 1996 and I’m healthier than most, by far! The best prevention for infections and sickness is to maintain the body’s own defenses and to live a clean life.

      If there are any contagions, the carriers are FILTHY 3rd Worlders who come here, whether they are here legally or not.

      • Elrond Hubbard August 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

        JimInFlorida, you can have whatever personal attitude about vaccines you want. Your invective makes it clear that you find vaccines disgusting and I suspect that is your primary motivation. You don’t have a reasoned position — your rhetoric follows on the primary fact of your feeling of disgust.

        The fact is, vaccines work and are responsible for enormous public-health victories. From now until doomsday, no child will ever again be killed or permanently scarred by smallpox. We are within a hairsbreadth of eradicating polio as well. All of human posterity from now until the end of time owes an enormous debt to the inventors of vaccines and those who employ them conscientiously.

        If you refuse vaccination for the flu or whatever else, that’s your decision, but you and others like you are parasites on responsible people.

  57. volodya August 16, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Sharonsj, good for you, you SHOULD believe yer lyin’ eyes. And ears.

    Because, notwithstanding all the superior talk about – cough – “facts and evidence” and about 5% unemployment and “growth”, it is swill, like you say. Pure b.s.

    No matter, the people (liberal Democrats) who are supposedly on the side of the people, look lengthwise and sideways for excuses. They make up all kinds of amazingly stupid shit.

    They say, just like Eleonor Clift did on this week’s McLaughlin Group TV panel discussion, that off-shoring is the scapegoat for what’s going on in the economy. What’s going on? Oh, you know, mechanization, essentially what’s been going on for more than 200 years.

    Now, Eleonor thinks she’s really clever. She sneers and chuckles scornfully. She’s way, way smarter than you ‘n’ me. She touts “data”. And ooh, look out, she went to college.

    The problem is that the Eleonors of the world, and the statistical propagandists that people like Eleonor quote, forget that you have eyes and ears and so have I.

    Off-shoring isn’t a scapegoat. For one thing, mechanization PRODUCES jobs domestically provided it’s done ON-shore. This is because you need people to build and service machines be they mud movers or robots or computers. I’ve seen it and I imagine that you have too. If it’s done this way, life gets easier just like it was up to about the mid 1970s. But, since then, just like all sorts of manufacturing, those jobs were moved off-shore.

    And those millions of jobs in manufacturing in China and Mexico and other places would not have arisen over there were it not for American Oligarchs moving American industries to take advantage of buck an hour wages. Those jobs were formerly done by you and your neighbors. You’ve seen it. So have I. Easy enough to miss it the first ten thousand times a factory got moved overseas. But I’m sure you didn’t miss it the last fifty thousand times. “Scapegoat” my ass.

    On top of this, the bi-coastal intelligentsia piss all over hard-up people like in your neck of the woods for being un-educated and xenophobic and lazy. They say that your situation is YOUR fault.

    Democrats are not on your side. They are just one side of the bought-and-paid-for DemoRepublicrat Party. Hillary and Bill make no bones about it. They took tens of millions for themselves for, um, “speaking” fees (and if this isn’t corruption then please find me a better word). They work every day against you. They want your money. Do you have a dollar in your pocket? No Sharon, that’s not for you, hand it over to them, you’re not worthy.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Machines put people out of work. That’s the point. Capitalism doesn’t serve humanity but only the owners. The Luddites were fucking Heroes. HEROES. They weren’t anti-machine. They simply said, sell or rent us the machines and we’ll make your clothes as we always have. Nothing doing: they were crushed – imprisoned and killed.

      Capitalism is Anti-human. If machines can do things better and cheaper, all humans will be replaced. And then kept alive to live like the Jetsons? Or gotten rid of as useless eaters and users of resources? Consult the Georgia Guidestones for your answer.

      An excellent post otherwise.

      • JimInFlorida August 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

        Glad I went back up to browse through old comments!

        [APPLAUSE] I though I was the only one who sees how our worship of High-Tech has destroyed us and thrown people out of work! The more we worship at that bloody altar, the more we are required to sacrifice to it.

        We have far too much technology chasing too many tasks that are better left to organic human-scaled technology. I know the argument always is, “Things would be too expensive if they were done with actual workers and in the U.S.”

        How does one explain the superior macro-social development of 1950’s America where Americans did a LOT of work and a Man was able to support his family on his paycheck?

        The problem is that JEWS and the Top 1% are taking FAR TOO MUCH and THAT is why Corporations and banks are constantly chasing newer and higher profits, even though it has destroyed us. We have a Top 1% that needs to have its ill-gotten gain from Reaganomics (and Thatcherism) torn out of their hands and the economy reindustrialized to where we can produce much of what we consume.

        Yes, what used to be a $2.00 screwdriver will then cost $10.00 but, that will reflect the TRUE COST of producing a screwdriver in a true 1st World economy. As the wealth is redistributed back to Labor, both producer and maintainer, the cost of that screwdriver won’t be a problem because wages will actually reflect increased PURCHASING POWER. Thus, to purchase a quality American-made screwdriver for $10.00 will not be a burden.

        The only losers will the the Top 1% who won’t have the excess money to buy political access!

  58. FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Why West for at least 1000 years wants a war with Russia?

    I don’t think it is all about resources. Actually, not at all.

    I have only one answer: West wars with Russia to destroy hostile ideology.

    For the Russian motto: Strength in Truth, not in Wealth

    For the ability to fight to the death for a just cause and never quit, no matter how hopeless the situation may seem.

    For the forgiveness of enemies, and for being the first to extend a hand.

    That is the main reason why West wars with Russia for centuries, using the same technology, and ALWAYS with the same outcome.

    As Klyuchevskii once said, “the History is not a Teacher, but a Punisher. History teaches nothing, but severely punishes for lessons not learned.”

    From the history lessons I personally know that the Russians took Berlin twice – in 1760 and in 1945, and from the literature classes I know that “God loves a trinity”.

    See you in Berlin. After Constantinople…

    youtube.com/watch?v=vsQrKZcYtqg&feature=youtu.be&t=30

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      No one’s thinking about a war with Russia, because no one cares about Russia.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      “For the ability to fight to the death for a just cause and never quit, no matter how hopeless the situation may seem.

      Finc,
      Vaslov? 2 Million Russian prisoners?

      “For the forgiveness of enemies, and for being the first to extend a hand.”

      Yes, they “forgave the Hell” out of the captured 6th army…what was the survival rate…15%? I had a friend, now dead, that was captured by the “forgiving” Russians and spent several years in the Kolyma….

      Oh, and Russia never forgave Rudolph Hess…rotted in Spandau prison.

      This is not necessarily an indictment of Russian harshness, just the reality….

      • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 4:50 am #

        FYI, it is general Vlasov, not Vaslov.

        And I was speaking about forgiving the enemies, not traitors.

  59. lsjogren August 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Heh he it won’t be a “TILT” message written across the sky it will be a “TRUMP” message. Probably including an 800 number to sign up for a casino or golf course trip.

  60. sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    Most of us remember the lines from the movie Field of Dreams:

    Is this Heaven?
    No, it’s Iowa.

    I’ve been picking green beans in our backyard garden, and the perfect weather, the soil that’s beyond fertile (it’s positively fecund), the bounty of the harvest have combined to made it a heaven right here in good old Iowa.

    I’m picking a variety of bean called Roma II, an Italian-type flat bean. These are my wife’ favorite, so they’re the priority for picking and freezing.

    The main crop is called Provider, and it lives up to its name. It’s a larger, more vigorous plant than Roma, and the crop is prodigious, simply amazing.

    As I’ve note before the garden is chemical-free, compost-fed. and rainfall watered. The beans are mostly without blemish, despite no bug killing chemicals. There are some holes in the leaves from insect damage, but the yield is not noticeably reduced.

    Early in the season the bean leaves are pale green, but as the weeks go by the newly formed leaves are a beautiful dark green, almost blue.

    The bean seeds are from an excellent co-op in Maine called Fedco. They test for germination, and the test results are printed on each packet.

    As I pick, I also pull weeds. The ample rain we have had makes the weed roots loose in the ground; the poor plants give up their feeble hold on Mother earth without much struggle.

    My large garden is a square about 20 ft. on a side, so the crops are packed together. As I pick beans, I reach over and pick a ripe, red tomato. Delicious right off the vine! (I have a second, smaller garden, 10 x 16 ft. for collards and carrots. (Earlier in the season it grows lettuce.)

    So, food production in Iowa for survivors of a collapse of civilization should not be a problem. The challenge will be defending our bounty from roving bands of hungry hedge fund managers,

    • sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

      . . . to made [make] it a heaven . . .

      . . . my wife’ [wife’s] favorite . . .
      ==================================
      I forgot to mention the wonderful fragrances in the garden from the moist soil, the weeds, and the crop plants, especially the tomato vines. Heaven.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

      There are certain fast growing hedges you can use. Grow them over a metal fence. Since barb wire is illegal under six feet, cut branches of the hedge itself into points. Inside your enclosure? Rhodesian Ridgebacks, a Christ like dog that is willing to die for its flock – or you.

      Any minorities yet? Or is Heaven still heaven. Vermont has a few and the “good” Liberals are quietly amazed at how much of the crime they commit. Their reaction? Bring in more. As the exquisite KesaAnna said, there is simply no relation between their inner and outer selves. Perfect hypocrisy.

      • malthuss August 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

        If ((( ))) are 10 million and if world population is 7 billion, thats
        1/700 th of total.

        Amazing how powerful this ‘oppressed’ minority is.

        Glickman, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and formerly a spokesman for the U.S. Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, was quoted here
        on VDARE.com in 2003 as saying:

        “The more diverse American society is the safer [Jews] are.” [Community
        Questioning `Open Door`, by Nacha Cattan, Jewish Daily Forward, November 29, 2002.]
        This seems to be the same idea that Earl Raab expressed, the first time the Census reported that whites would become a minority in America:
        1965 Celler-Hart Immigration Act:
        We have tipped beyond the point where a Nazi-Aryan party will be able to prevail in this country.
        We [Jews] have been nourishing the American climate of opposition to bigotry for about half a century. That climate has not yet been perfected, but the heterogeneous nature of our population tends to make it irreversible—and makes our constitutional constraints against bigotry more practical than ever.”
        [Earl Raab, San Francisco Jewish Bulletin, July
        23, 1993]
        Emanuel Celler, a Jewish Congressman from Brooklyn, made his first ever speech in the
        House of Representatives against the massively popular and extremely necessary Johnson act of 1924. Celler, who served in the House for over 49 years, was able to reverse

        this success with the Hart-Celler Act, which was to become the Immigration Act Of 1965. His biography in the Jewish Virtual Library makes it clear that he opposed immigration restriction and endorsed mass immigration for ethnic reasons.
        As the JVL puts it

        Today, nearly 75 percent of American Jews descend from immigrants from Eastern Europe. In this season in which we celebrate the ancient Hebrews` exodus to freedom, it is fitting to recall

        Emanuel Celler`s efforts to make America a promised land for Jewish immigrants, and for all victims of persecution.
        vdare.com/articles/

      • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

        Howdy Vlad, You mentioned the H. Angels up a few comments, Send ’em by, I would love to talk bikes with them. . Do you actually know any? I do. They are not as badass as people think , at least not in these parts. Most of them are normal dudes. I have big bikes also. I am a car and motorcycle person.

        • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

          USE TAXIS MUCH?

        • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

          Mostly joking. But I heard that Bikers hate Japanese bikes with a passion. Not true?

          • elysianfield August 17, 2016 at 11:11 am #

            Janos,
            1% er’s view foreign bikes, other than BMW’s with contempt, as they do their riders.

            Sonny Barger, in the last of his two books, stated “that if he knew then (60’s) what he knows now, the Angels would be riding Hondas…” (paraphrased). He ended up in Arizona running a motorcycle repair shop…died a number of years back.

      • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

        Janos,
        Owned a Rhodesian…great dog…raised him from a puppy. Interesting story. My son had a place in the hills outside Grants pass and had two dogs, a large German Shepherd, named “Sarge”, and the Rhodesian, named “Nasty”. Sarge came across a mountain lion a few hundred yards from the house, and was getting his ass beat…Nasty charged into the fray, Sarge bolted for the house, leaving Nasty to fight the lion alone…. Nasty was torn up a bit but survived the incident. I also saw him stare down a bear once, also near the house. Great dog, died at 14 years…old age for a dog of his size.

        • San Jose August 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

          Rhodesians are beautiful dogs. “Nasty” was a heroic dog.

          I have a 3-pound teacup Maltese named “Lola.” She’s a sweet, tiny ball of white fluff. All I can say is that in a dire emergency she would bark like crazy–especially at any man wearing a hat. Also, if there was a food shortage, she doesn’t eat much at all–3 oz. per day.

          Jen in San Jose

        • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

          I love Ridgebacks! I was always a G Shepard man myself. How’d the Catamount make out? I bet he had a few scars as well!

          • stelmosfire August 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

            The Mass EPA says Mountain Lions are extinct in MA. I have seen one and so have many of my friends. I think they hide the truth so as not to scare people. My buddie has a trail cam pic of a Timber Wolf, yellow eyes and all. They are also in MA.

          • elysianfield August 17, 2016 at 10:44 am #

            Saint,
            The battle was conducted in heavy brush, the cat got away… Nasty’s real name was Nosferatu…Nasty for short.

            I, too, have seen wolves near the Oregon coast, where I currently reside.

  61. wpa_ccc August 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    “The challenge will be defending our bounty from roving bands of hungry hedge fund managers.” –Sprawlcapital

    They may be armed with pencils or pens or ipads, but they can be reasoned with. Chances are they will never find their way from the coasts to Iowa. Don’t worry about them. And don’t shoot them. Nothing ruins harvesting that ripe tomato from your garden like the rotting smell of hedge fund manager corpses.

    • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      You don’t get it, wpa. Hedge fund hyenas (and billionaires) need to be distributed evenly in a field that’s been fallow for a couple of years.

      First, bring out the bulldozer and roller chopper (pasture aerator) and crush them into the dirt, along with the vegetation.

      Then hook up a stout 5-bottom-16 moldboard plow (five plows 16″ deep) to turn and mix the hedge fund hyena corpses into the soil.

      Prepare the soil for planting by discing the field until it is nice and even. The hedge fund hyenas make magnificent fertilizer for GMO crops.

    • sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

      They may be armed with pencils or pens or ipads, but they can be reasoned with. Chances are they will never find their way from the coasts to Iowa.
      ============================
      Yes, wpa. I hope all that is true.

      In writing about my garden, I was intending to convey the peace and beauty to be found there. I included the part about roving bands of hedge fund managers only to touch on the topic of JHK’s post this week.

  62. FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Donald Trump saves his resources and means and this proves that he is running for a long distance and, despite his awareness of the overwhelming opponent advantage in the field of administrative resources (which she obtained illegally by seizing power over the Institution of US Presidency), intends to seriously compete for the White House and his program, which was developed by the leading American scientists and industrialists, who are confident that the United States has national interests that are different from the interests of NATO.

    Especially as NATO in combination with EU seems to imagine itself a kind of Super-state, which all must obey, including the United States, and Hillary Clinton seems to imagined herself a Prophet of that State and is racing to the White House not in order to observe the national interests of the USA, but the interests of that quasi State.

    And it has been already understood by a lot of Americans, which paradoxically highlights the election campaign relationship with Russia, as the only country capable of resisting NATO if the US will remain a part of this organization and make it a dangerous nonsense, if the United States in accordance with Trump’s words will put a question mark next to their obligations under NATO.

    The latter fact can be decisive and transform the presidential campaign into the vote on the Third World War, especially after the New York Times found in the so-called “ledger” of Party of Regions in Ukraine a record of unregistered cash payments in the amount of $12.7 million in the period from 2007 to 2012 to Paul Manafort – the head of the Trump election campaign. Thus Clintonites true to their tactics of doubling down after a loss in the US, have added to the threat of civil war in US a threat of starting World War III in Ukraine, if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

    In this case, the issue of falsification of the election results shall cease to be an internal US affair, and it is not surprising that against this background, one of the most influential US Senators Rand Paul, who had warned about this danger even during the debates, became the first of the senators, who stated the need to indict Hillary in a court of Law, but also of his inner conviction that she is guilty and should not remain free.

    And Trump openly trolls his rival, and then enjoys watching how she, in spite of all available administrative resources, in response to his provocations begins nervously soap the rope, and rearranges the stools, and sometimes after especially successful jokes about the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, she starts to add up to a stack of firewood.

    And the fact that Trump has so far refrained from making a serious and fairly obvious accusations, says that he is really highly experienced negotiator who has a plan for how to use jokes and trolling to wear down in the rearguard battles administrative resource of Bastinda the Great and Terrible and deliver US from having to turn into a flock of the Flying Monkeys.

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

      “Donald Trump saves his resources and means and this proves that he is running for a long distance” – Finc

      It actually means that he sees the futility, and has thrown in the towel.

      • Dumbedup August 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

        I got an email last night from the Trump campaign asking me to donate and that they had a goal of something like $10 million by noon today. That reeks of desperation. I gave Bernie $100 in June. I’m not giving any of the other candidates from the major parties one thin dime of my hard earned money.

  63. Frankiti August 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    “When it happens, she will have no idea what to do.”

    It’s a vast rightwing conspiracy dontchaknow?

  64. Walter B August 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Indeed Herr Kunstler you are all too accurate once again with your analysis, except of course for one small point. Hillary will know exactly what to do when it all craps out – stuff her valise full of cash and valuables and head for the bunker. Bill of course will grab a couple of floozies and some cigars, then off they will go to the Hide Out that they have certainly already prepared for the occasion. All of the scumbag sellouts have an exit plan (I even know a couple myself) they are just hanging in there till the last possible moment so they can fleece us all out of every possible red cent we can mortgage ourselves into. Then into their holes and shut the doors behind them letting us all to slug it out for what little of value remains up top. If we are fortunate, a large asteroid, some other Wormwood like object, or a massive CME will shorten the suffering of the remaining surface creatures. If not it will NOT be a fun place to be stuck, but better to die as free men up here than as slaves to the kings of the underworld.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

      “All of the scumbag sellouts have an exit plan…”

      Diamonds, Gold, Land, Cash (USD)….

      “Scumbag sellout” seems a bit harsh….

      • Walter B August 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

        Destroying the Great American Experiment deserves a harsh response don’t you think? On Thursday night I will be defending a Resolution I sponsored before our Township Committee in which I call for the sellouts in Trenton to replenish the stolen funds from our Transportation Trust Fund out of their our pockets instead of increased taxation from us. An old hippie in the audience two weeks ago called my words “angry” and suggested that we just shut up and pay. I can only assume that the years of substance abuse has dimmed her wits. The time for words of praise and love has past. You, we have been cheated, robbed, sold out. please, do not go quietly into the night.

    • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      “All of the scumbag sellouts have an exit plan (I even know a couple myself)” – Walter B

      Don’t be so hard on yourself.

      • Walter B August 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

        Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
        From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
        The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
        ‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide

    • JimInFlorida August 16, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

      And people lambaste me here on CFN for constantly calling for the extermination of the billionaire class…

      Kill The Billionaires or Billions Will Be Killed. It’s just that simple.

      Bonus points if Putin’s Justice League can destroy those bunkers before the owners get to them! The billionaires and their cronies MUST be forced to stay up top and suffer the full blowback for their crimes.

      • dannyboy August 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

        “Putin’s Justice League” – JimInFlorida

        are you relocating to Russia? We all know how much you detest Florida.

        • JimInFlorida August 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

          Russians probably regard the average American with disdain. We would bring nothing of value to Russia but our money and even that is sketchy.

          The same reason I’m still in Flori-Duh. My paycheck is here and I am fortunate to have excellent co-workers. The latter make up for the human and suburban blight that is everywhere else.

          • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

            “My paycheck is here and I am fortunate to have excellent co-workers.”

            That ain’t bad!

      • Walter B August 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

        No one will bite the billionaires hands that feed them for they have invented a control device that consists of pictures of dead presidents and such that allows those less blessed with wisdom to be owned and controlled outright. But fear not for those millionaire molemen shall be crawling down into their own tombs for so it is written and so it shall be. Going underground is only taking one step closer to hell and THAT shall be their final destination. Pity them not, their choice was made willingly.

    • messianicdruid August 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      Did I tell you about my custom made t-shirt “Last Official act of government: Loot the Nation”

      • Walter B August 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

        Well done, I’ll take one!

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 7:26 am #

        Will they go on Sale when it’s all over?

        • elysianfield August 17, 2016 at 10:50 am #

          Bubala, I can get it for you wholesale!!!

          • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 11:32 am #

            nice touch!

          • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

            How many does one have to order?

            Can you also do: “Who taught you to hate yourself?” Malcolm X

  65. Pucker August 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    The MSM is now piling on Trump. Everyday I’ll google “Trump” to peruse the headlines. One headline today is: “Donald Trump Tests Positive for Everything”.

    I’m no fan of Trump, but you can’t have the mass media cheerleading for one candidate while disparaging his/her opponent. It’s rigged.

  66. sprawlcapital August 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    (In fact, they don’t so much “buy” them as simply extinguish them by playing three-card-monte with national treasuries.
    [Referring to bonds with negative yields.]
    ====================================
    I read this week’s blogpost for maybe the third time. and the above sentence is the only one that still puzzles me. Anyone care to help? JHK?

    • Walter B August 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Well, if a sovereign government buys it’s own bonds from it’s privately owned central bank at negative interest rates, at some point in time, (at least theoretically and certainly if the negative rates were substantial enough) would not the money invested in the purchase not disappear? Over a long haul, negative interest rates consumes invested capital, leaving the investor with nothing which is the odds on result of Three Card Monte, right?

      • sprawlcapital August 17, 2016 at 1:44 am #

        Walter,

        Thanks for taking the time to answer!

        . . . would [not (delete)] the money invested in the purchase not disappear?
        ================================
        Deleting one of the two “nots” in you first sentence results in my understanding the concept. I have to always remind myself that buying a bond is the same as lending money to the seller of the bond. Also, I had to look up what three-card-monte is.

        Now all is well. Except for the economy.

        • sprawlcapital August 17, 2016 at 2:48 am #

          in you [your] first sentence

        • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 7:34 am #

          “Also, I had to look up what three-card-monte is.” – sprawlcapital

          Sprawl Sir, where are you? I want to visit, it sounds so idyllic!

          The three-card-monte is a common pastime here, as is EVERY SCHEME, SCAM, AND CON IMAGINABLE. What we learned in the Schoolyard has become a Career in Finance.

          My advice is that if you’ve never mastered three-card-monte, then it’s best to stay out of the Markets.

        • Walter B August 17, 2016 at 10:28 am #

          My pleasure sir. The bond market remains a serious problem and perhaps even a huge bubble as well. Most people do not realize that when municipalities borrow money through the issuance of bonds that a lot of these notes have to, by law, go out for bid every year unless the bonds are converted to fixed rate at great expense. This year’s bond sale in our Township drew only two bidders for $3.5M in bonds, and when it was over our rate doubled. We are not exactly sure what we would have had to do if no one bid on the bonds, but the talk has been that we would have had to come up with the $3.5M which would have been damned near impossible what with us only having a $2.7M yearly operating budget. I suppose we could have deferred most of that out of our school tax collection but THAT is not a real answer and holds a number of consequences that are dangerous at least. None of it is good and it is all certainly a house of cards, so unless the wind never blows again surely it must fall at some point in time.

  67. Pucker August 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    Hillary….

    August 17th….

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Festival

  68. beantownbill. August 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm #

    There won’t be large-scale civil unrest until the masses – the average person on the street – lose all faith in our government AND cannot provide the necessities of life for themselves and their families. I know I live in an area supposedly better off than the average but I don’t see widespread poverty at all. I mean third world type poverty. People are very cynical about the government, but haven’t lost their faith in the fed’s ability to prevent them from experiencing poverty. This is why the public will vote for the lesser of 2 evils.

    The current attitude wiould change drastically if people have no food, but until then forget about rebellion. Those following websites like CFN often refer to the masses disparagingly as sheeple, but come on, that’s kind of the definition of consensus – the majority of people having the same feeling about a particular subject. There exists persons extremely competent in molding public opinion, so I don’t blame the public for not seeing the possible dangers facing them.

    • Pucker August 16, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

      Paul Theroux in his book “Deep South” says that parts of the Deep South, in particular the Mississippi Delta, resemble places in impoverished Africa that he’s toured.

      • elysianfield August 17, 2016 at 10:54 am #

        Pucker,
        As I call, he opined that the poverty he observed exceeded that of Africa….

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      beantownbill,

      I’m with you on this.

    • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      “There exists persons extremely competent in molding public opinion, so I don’t blame the public for not seeing the possible dangers facing them.”

      This reminds me of the statement of Michael A. Hoffman II that “America is a huge open-air mind control experiment.”

      I really do try not to lay blame either until I get in a discussion with someone like my brother-in-law who’s rejoinder was, “Are you really that paranoid?”

  69. Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 12:21 am #

    The destruction of Europe was premeditated murder. There is no longer the slightest doubt.

    soros.dcleaks.com/fview/President/2016/international-migration-initiative-governance-and-enforcement…

    • pequiste August 17, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Not just murder Janos…but a demonic conspiracy to commit

      GENOCIDE!

    • Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      So you were wrong Mr Darling – and I was right. Ditto to all y’all who believed the media narrative on this: Elrond, wpa, Neon Vincent, Bro Job, Buk Beast, etc.

  70. pequiste August 17, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    A ways up-log Pucker asked the LOADED question of the decade:

    “Is Hillary a knave, or a simple soul?”

    I’ll take the bait and say it is neither, instead, a four letter word that rhymes with the Republic of Ireland’s pre-E.U. currency name. exchange the first letter with a “C” and ensure it is capitalized. The result is Pucker’s unabashed answer.

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 12:38 am #

      Hillary is a simple soul. Her values come from Henri Nouwen. You can trust her to authentically care.

  71. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    Paul Theroux in his book “Deep South” says that parts of the Deep South, in particular the Mississippi Delta, resemble places in impoverished Africa that he’s toured. –Pucker

    Reality check.

    An estimated 21% of the people in the Third World (the 50 poorest nations) have access to electricity. What percentage of the poor in the USA have electricity? Answer: 99.9%

    I don’t think you can really make a comparison of “impoverished Africa”… with poverty in the USA, where 99.9% of the poor have electricity.

    Pucker, do you have any experience living in the Third World? Or do you get your ideas about the Third World from Hollywood movies?

    • Pucker August 17, 2016 at 2:52 am #

      It was Paul Theroux’s observation, not mine. Read his book “Deep South”.

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 7:42 am #

        “Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best-known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). He has published numerous works of fiction, some of which were adapted as feature films.” – Wikipedia

        LOTS of fiction

        • Pucker August 17, 2016 at 8:51 am #

          Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads is a 2015 non-fiction book authored by Paul Theroux.[2]

        • Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

          Check out his book on Africa, Dark Star I believe, if you still have any illusions about the Negro. Jews founded the NAACP, but did they have any gratitude? They threw Jews out a couple of decades ago, after decades of hard work on their behalf and against Whites (the real reason).

          • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

            giving Jews some respect.

            better

    • JimInFlorida August 17, 2016 at 8:01 am #

      Whose fault is it that Africa is so lacking in electric power? If WHITE PEOPLE hadn’t harnessed electric power as we know it today, Africa would have ZERO electric power.

      How many decades have soft-headed Whites, especially those Save The Children types, sent aid workers to show Africans how to do basic public infrastructure i.e. sanitation, water wells, modern farming, etc? Either it was all propaganda or, Black Africans failed to take the knowledge and grow it for themselves. Black Africa has received help for the past 60+ years from charity NGO’s. That is more than enough time to organically grow indigenous heavy industry and even build the kinds of machines once seen in the 1950’s entirely in house.

      As far as poverty in the U.S. they live in a matrix that imposes vastly greater rents for the right to exist than their peers in Africa. There is a vast chasm between living in Section 8 and being homeless. There are no free public lands where people can homestead, squat, or legally settle without the accoutrements of infrastructure. In Amerika, if you don’t have a Social Security number and a Corporation ID (your fictitious name in ALL CAPS), you CANNOT FUNCTION.

      In many African nations, individuals are able to work for themselves, travel by ox cart, and live in the countryside without being required to pay for insurance, car payments, rents, and other necessary evils required to function in the U.S. They live closer to the state of Nature and, if they are well adjusted to that way of living, then they are fine. It’s when they try to take on the White Western way of life, without the bondage contracts or prior investment in industry, that causes the dysfunction.

      BTW, the poor in the U.S. have electricity thanks to FDR and LBJ. But, even they couldn’t deliver electric power to the poor had White Americans not developed it like they did.

      • Cavepainter August 17, 2016 at 10:22 am #

        For the record, thanks for your posts; certain of others posting on this site sauce their arguments with “facts” so narrowed in historical context as to reduce them down to factoid irrelevance (denatured, so to speak). The practice reveals neurotic self-aggrandizement cloaked in idealistic notions of human redemption which are totally unsupported by objective examination of history or humanity’s current circumstance.

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

        ” As far as poverty in the U.S. they live in a matrix that imposes vastly greater rents for the right to exist than their peers in Africa. There is a vast chasm between living in Section 8 and being homeless. There are no free public lands where people can homestead, squat, or legally settle without the accoutrements of infrastructure. In Amerika, if you don’t have a Social Security number and a Corporation ID (your fictitious name in ALL CAPS), you CANNOT FUNCTION.

        In many African nations, individuals are able to work for themselves, travel by ox cart, and live in the countryside without being required to pay for insurance, car payments, rents, and other necessary evils required to function in the U.S. They live closer to the state of Nature and, if they are well adjusted to that way of living, then they are fine. It’s when they try to take on the White Western way of life, without the bondage contracts…… ”

        Maybe things are looking up a little. I’ve been waiting since 1980 to hear any substantial number of Americans pull their head out of their kooky secular religion and see and say things like this.

        Reminds me of what I said to my best friend, who lives in Sweden, about living in America ;

        Believe it or not, I really don’t mind being poor.

        What I DO mind is being arrested and thrown in a cage , not because I raped someone or robbed a bank, but because there are holes in my shoes and some paranoid suburban soccer mom called the Gestapo ,

        Because…..well…. I’m spoiling her view of Candy land.

      • Dumbedup August 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

        Jim,

        The African continent does not lend itself to urbanization like North America and even Europe. It is too hot and arid in parts and too jungle dense in others. But as for poverty and electricity you are absolutely correct. The way of life that evolved in Africa is such that the lack of electrification is not an indication of poverty. Poverty is imposed not the result of selection. We impose poverty because we are [gulp] immigrants. Our way of life did not evolve here over a millennia. The native Americans survived just fine before we arrived.

        The poverty that exists in Africa, and the lack of development and industrialization is the result of meddling. All those western missionaries had little effect on African civilization or it’s development because behind the curtains western governments were doing what they do best … meddling. Warring factions were armed to gain access to silver, diamonds and gold mining. There was little thought or care to morality. African wildlife was unique in all the world and access to hunting rights by European elites was paramount.

        All these factors combined to produce what we see in Africa now. Transplanted western style poverty.

        • JimInFlorida August 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

          It’s a fascinating experience to read National Geographics from the 1920’s when they explore sub-Saharan Africa.

          Yes, the Black Africans were primitive but, they were fully adjusted from centuries of living as they did. Everything they needed came from the jungle or the savannahs. They had their gods, medicine men, tribal ways, and whatever else they had. The explorers didn’t see any starving people because tribes migrated to follow the herds if they had to. The women were all turned out and brightly dressed, which means they had ample free time to create clothing that was attractive.

          The kids had a very strong sense of who they were, steeped in the tribal traditions from birth, and could look forward to the dignity of adult life as a warrior/hunter or wife. The latter which had its own dignity and place in the tribe.

  72. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 4:35 am #

    The season of primaries is finally behind us, which at times looked like a report either from the headquarters of the planners of the Third World War, or from the headquarters of the mafia, planning a robbery of the Federal Reserve System.

    The latter association is particularly relevant due to the continuously growing list of people running into inexplicably violent thugs or committing suicide immediately after they tried to expose the Clinton “family” in the sense in which “family” in America is used by Italian Mafia. And there are five such people who left us early in August. However, the FBI, the police and the other law enforcement agencies, together with the “human rights activists” are as silent as clams.

    Particularly impressive in this list of five names is one Seth Conrad Rich, the source, who leaked to Assange of “Wikileaks’ information regarding manipulation of the primaries by the Democratic National Committee in favor of Hillary Clinton. The very information that was not even discussed in the media due to the fact that Assange allegedly received it from the Russian hackers in order to ensure victory in the elections in the United States by Putin’s agent code-named “Donald Trump”. And as you know, the Russian hackers can not remove from the American server a single word of truth, without distorting it beyond recognition

    In light of such talents, and family values of the Clinton “family”, the refusal of the FBI Director to present the charges to Hillary Clinton surprises, but not much.

    Rather surprising that he first confirmed all the accusations that were imposed by others, such as by the Congress Commission to investigate the incident in Benghazi, during which US Ambassador Stevens and his four guards were killed. It seems that the director of the FBI, faced with the need to refuse to open a criminal case, came to the conclusion that for concealing incriminating evidence he may subsequently be brought to justice himself, and for giving an opinion regarding “no reasonable prosecutor would bring the case to court” bringing him personally to justice is impossible.

    And it says that the forces standing behind Hillary Clinton are not only powerful enough to make the FBI director to obey, but also that they are not omnipotent, and FBI Director not only sees the limits of their power, but hedged his ass in the event of their sudden collapse.

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 7:44 am #

      ” from the headquarters of the mafia, planning a robbery of the Federal Reserve System.” finc

      More “News Reporting” from Russia.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 8:22 am #

        Federal Reserve is one of the biggest Clinton’s enemies.

  73. Cold N. Holefield August 17, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    This comment section is like the White version of Barbershop ©. The whole lot of you are nothing more than a a bunch of “Niggas” in White Face jawin’ at the local Barbershop ©. It’s the same ol’ shit every day — a ritual, like brushing your teeth except for me, when reading it, it’s more like you’re grating and/or grinding your teeth. Fingernails scraped across a chalkboard comes to mind.

    Michael Phelps Got His Olympic Haircut at a Black Barbershop—and the Internet Rejoiced

  74. Pucker August 17, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Hillary has been nominated for a “Lifetime Deceiver Award”.

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      When all else seems too much, just make shit up!

  75. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Russia Uses Airbase in Iran as a Safeguard Against ‘Satellite Surveillance’

    We would rather not point fingers but jihadists have managed to hide from Russian warplanes suspiciously too often. This could only be done if they have access to satellite surveillance data.

    This is one of the reasons behind Russia’s decision to use the Hamadan airfield in Iran as a launching ground for airstrikes against Daesh and al-Nusra Front in Syria. Russian aircraft deployed to Iran need less time to reach their goals.

    In other words, the militants have less time to hide even if they know that an airstrike is imminent.

    sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160817/1044359571/russia-iran-counterterrorism-spying.html

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 10:36 am #

      How many years before our friends, Iran and Russia, eliminate Daesh?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

        Would you mind if we bombed the hell out of Hillary’s election campaign headquarters?

  76. sprawlcapital August 17, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    dannyboy, 8/16, around 9 am

    Stick to your spelling corrections. In fact, get a Big Red Pencil!

    Also, derogatory remarks about the Talking Heads “is at about the level of”….Grade School.

    So grow up.
    ================================
    Dannyboy appears to be a computer programmed by an incompetent writer of code to generate random insults that make no sense.

    Whatever “dannyboy” is, it has added only noise to these comments.

    Good bye, “dannyboy”.

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 11:35 am #

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    • Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Yes, he’s a toon. But what a toon!

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

        still using the cartoon references.

        I remember when you read books

  77. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Hillary Clinton is a healthy 67-year-old woman who suffers from hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies and takes blood thinners as a precaution against clots, according to a two-page letter from her personal physician released Friday afternoon by her campaign.
    “Her cancer screening evaluations are all negative,” Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, and Clinton’s physician since 2001, wrote, summarizing Clinton’s health history. “She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      THE 2016 RACE

      What a Clinton Landslide Map Would Look Like, and How Trump Could Still Rally

      NYTimes.com/upshot »

      Unless Donald Trump can change his approach for a general election audience, he may be left hoping for an external event.

    • Dumbedup August 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

      And if she suffered from seizures or brain lesions due to the concussion she suffered several years ago which could impair her ability to be President would her personal physician tell us?

  78. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Bannon’s hiring by Trump is

    “a fitting consummation to a romance desperately pursued by Steve Bannon, who turned Breitbart into a national mockery to get close to Trump.

    “He’s Trump — but smart. A loudmouth bully who cons his way into positions of power. I think he’ll double Trump down and tell him he’s winning even when he’s losing, because it isn’t about Trump — It’s about what Bannon can get from Trump.”

    –Ben Shapiro, formerly an editor at Breitbart

  79. volodya August 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I hope Mr Kunstler gets over his allergy to conspiracy theories. Conspiracies don’t have to be explicit with deals hammered out via telephone calls or face-to-face in smoke filled rooms in the wee hours or with trench-coated men meeting in dimly lit bars.

    Loose arrangements can come about without direct communication between “schemers”, the schemers can see what the others are doing, they can hear and read each others public pronouncements, they understand the coded speech.

    And general understandings can develop via small talk on the dinner party circuit, with hints and nods and winks and body language.

    The world’s main central banks are all rowing in the same direction. Co-incidence? I doubt it.

    Look at who backs Hillary. Can you say “Oligarchy”? Hillary is the chief of the Oligarchist Party, formerly known as Democrats.

    This Party give lip service to “progressive” causes. In reality, as KesaAnna tells us, the Party couldn’t give a shit. It’s just politics.

    Tell me, how has Hillary helped her most stalwart constituency – Black people? In reality, through their support for globalization, Hillary and the party she leads threw Black people overboard. What’s the matter with Kansas, liberal Democrats mockingly ask. But it’s Hillary’s supporters that have been fools. What’s the matter with THEM?

    Does anyone seriously think that the Fed acts for the general welfare of the country? Of course it doesn’t. The Fed doesn’t give a damn about the country. The Fed does what Wall Street wants. Wall Street wants Hillary.

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Hillary is trustworthy, with decades of experience to back up her trust. She is committed to all people in the sense that “all lives matter”. You agree with that, don’t you, Volodya?

      While she is well aware of the poison of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred toward Blacks, she has positioned herself as a humanitarian and “keeper of the people”. You agree with that, don’t you, Volodya?

      Make no mistake about it, she has been very supportive and have spoken very candidly in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Hillary is not afraid of naming issues that affect black and brown people all across this nation from mass incarceration to unemployment, and makes every attempt to not just talk about it, but she believes that it is mission critical that we as a nation roll up our sleeves and become foot-soldiers for justice.

      I do not feel that Hillary would allow human atrocities at home or abroad to fester and engulf a people or a nation. She is committed to fairness, equity, empowerment, and progress. As such, she is a candidate that is willing to place herself in the shoes of others and respond with humility, compassion, and sincerity. She is a candidate of reason and has a level head.

      Hillary is healthy and strong. I doubt Trump could have survived eight congressional investigations with tag-team interrogations lasting 11 hours.

      • Cavepainter August 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

        The glockenspiel is clicking on all mechanical wheels, chiming out the tune punched into the control cards by the ministry of “truth speak”.

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

        ” Hillary is healthy and strong. I doubt Trump could have survived eight congressional investigations with tag-team interrogations lasting 11 hours. ”

        Hmm, a blog devoted to a guy who writes titles like, ” Too much Magic ” and writers things like , ” The superstitious belief that if we can measure things , or even understand things, that necessarily means we can control things. ”

        Never the less, said blog haunted by kooky religious fantasies like free elections and fair trials. Lol.

        Ooooohhh , So Mephistopheles has survived eight congressional investigations ?

        — just like O J Simpson was innocent.

        — Just like every jaywalking ditch-digger gets a battalion of lawyers the same as the prosecution, the same as OJ .

      • Dumbedup August 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

        Her domestic agenda is progressive and appeals to those too uneducated to consider broader issues. Her foreign policy, and that of her husband before her which she shares, is neocon. It smacks of confrontation, intervention and manipulation. Whatever it takes. If she is elected we will see more “Ukraines”, Libyas and Syrias. At the very least we will see a continuation. Cold and hot wars benefit arms manufacturers and gun runners.

        • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

          “If she is elected we will see more ‘Ukraines’”

          Super! I could look at those Ukrainian women ALL DAY LONG!

    • ozone August 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

      V.,
      Hillary’s supporters are engaged in the exact same projection behavior they exhibited with the hope and change candidate, O’blammo. Checking the public record is just sooooo tiring and fantasy-killing, y’know?

      All we have to do to separate the wishful-thinking bullshit from the reality is look at who she “owes”. Remember, she gleefully used her Sec. of State clout to make a lot of self-serving deals with a gaggle of worldwide, legalized gangsters. (Um, let’s just use JHK’s term: Racketeers)

      Conspiracy “theories” can quickly morph into conspiracy *facts* when the particulars are brought to light. (I don’t find it that difficult to keep an open mind and flexibility to discern the difference. As I said last week, my bullshit detector has been honed to a fine temper by the efforts of the *last* Clintonian experiment in racketeering, on into the Bush disaster, disguised as “statesmanship”.)

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

        Ozone, Sir

        Can I request that youchange up theuse of “O’blammo”

        It getsconfusing with the critics of “De’blammo” in nyc.

        • ozone August 18, 2016 at 8:46 am #

          dannyboy,
          Sartenly, I’ll give it a mull and a rumination, but to my mind, the current resident of the Ovoid Orifice is responsible for some *real* explosions-of-the-fatal-kind via drone strike authorization, while with de Blasio, it’s more of a figurative deal.

          Be that as it may, I apologize for making a muddle.
          Salutations!

          • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 10:39 am #

            thx for the Consideration

            and i don’t discuss poitics or religion

            too controversial

    • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      Coincidence theory or conspiracy theory.

      To breath together [ con spire ] – think of a football huddle. Now think about them never having a huddle and how the game might be won. That is the alternative.

      • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

        Steve says: “Unfortunately for Trump supporters, he was only meant to make the criminal Clinton look good. Clinton is the puppet masters choice, but she is so corrupt they had to put an un-electable plonker with outrageous statements and childish antics up against her to make her look the best option. Unfortunately for the puppet masters, Trump – even with his comedy of errors – still looks better than Killery Clinton.”

        philosophers-stone.co.uk/

         

        • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 10:40 am #

          personally

          i

          don’t

          take

          sides

  80. Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    dailystormer.com/iowa-black-violence-at-the-sweet-corn-festival/

    Build it and they will come – the Children of the Corn.

    • malthuss August 17, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

      The do gooder killed by 2 black teens. He stopped to help them w their
      car. Well it was a stolen car and one had a prior for a stolen car.
      duckduckgo—- Deon arrested in north carolina.

  81. tucsonspur August 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Revile me if you will, but please don’t shoot me. I am simply a humble messenger whose creaky bones carries the news like the weight of the world.

    Polls say that if the election were held today, Clinton would receive 400+ electoral votes. At this time in 2008 and 2012, Obama’s lead was less than Clinton’s lead now.

    Despicable, this dangling before being devoured.
    I pray to the Gods, fashion in your heavenly forge some miracle to save us from the belly of this beast!

    Erase this ugly vision before my eyes of a nation of patriots whimpering in her web!

    • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Don’t panic! Situation is developing in the right direction.

      • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

        LOL! You do know your Soviet-style propaganda won’t work here, don’t you?

        2016 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

        48% Hillary Clinton
        40% Donald Trump

        updated four hours ago

        2016 National House Race

        43% Generic Dem
        36% Generic Rep

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

        more Murderous plans?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      Revile? No, reville! Charge! The Rhodesian Ridgeback have the Left flank, the straight Jenner Transgenders the Right, we go straight up the middle with the cold steel. Who wants in? The ghost of General Lee will lead us – or a child!

      • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

        General Lee was a loser. Trump is a loser. Give it up, Janos.

        • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

          — General Lee was a loser .

          — And blacks lived happily ever after, or, at the very least, got their 40 acres and a mule.

          — oops, wait a minute !

          You don’t have history and civics in this country, you have Sunday school under the mask of another name.

          • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

            “you have Sunday school”- KesaAnna

            A little inclusiveness of the Jews, please.

  82. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Tucsonspur, I think Trump is deliberately sabotaging his own campaign. Now there is some evidence to support that.

    michaelmoore.com/TrumpSabotage/

    “Donald, if you’re reading this, do it soon. Give your pathetic party a chance to pick up the pieces and nominate Ryan or Romney so they can be the ones to lose the White House, the Senate, the House and yes, praise Jesus and the Notorious RBG, the Supreme Court. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re only the logical conclusion to a party that has lived off the currency of racism and bigotry and fellating the 1% for decades, and now their Trump has come home to roost.” –Michael Moore

    wpa–ccc
    Green Valley, AZ

    • BackRowHeckler August 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      Michael Moore?

      Why isn’t Michael Moore down in Venezuela, Socialist Utopia? He used to be a frequent visitor a few years ago.

      Mike, if you go (to man the ramparts) bring food and toilet paper. They don’t have any.

      brh

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

      wpa–ccc
      Green Valley, AZ

      Wait a second! Didn’t you give me a hard time about your unforunate experience with the nyc subway on the UWS?

      Did you mean upper west side of Arizona? And do they even have a subway?

      • ozone August 18, 2016 at 8:36 am #

        dannyboy,
        That’s the location of an underground base where a gaggle of keyboard clackers sit in air-conditioned comfort and disseminate govt. propaganda, all the livelong day. [Whistling, “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go…”]

        (Somebody please cut the power; they’re wasting it.)

        • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 10:42 am #

          isn’t anyone who they say they are here?

  83. BackRowHeckler August 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Stelmos,

    Did you get Oz Message?

    I’m going to try to make it down to that event this year, British MC Rally, E Haddam, CT Fairgrounds?

    If you see a guy walking around in a white T shirt, khaki pants and a cap that says ‘USS Patterson, FF 1061’, that’ll be me.

    Don’t hesitate to stop me and say hello.

    brh

  84. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    The enemy surrounded the city and throws in propaganda leaflets – Resistance is futile! Surrender to the mercy of the winner! Come out with your hands up!

    And the machine guns are all cocked up and ready to fire…

    But Russians do not surrender! The cavalry is on its way!!

  85. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Trump’s current favorability rating at 32 percent, with his unfavorability exactly double that number at 64 percent, for an overall net -32.

    Clinton’s current favorability rating at 41 percent, with her unfavorability at 55 percent, for an overall net -14.

    Clinton is also gaining strength among white blue-collar men who do not have a college education. That white male working class support is why she is winning Pennsylvania, Florida, etc. and all the swing states that put her so far ahead of Trump in electoral votes. Electoral votes are the only votes that matter for being elected president.

    If Trump does not drop out, he is going to be a big LOSER. Trump does not like being a loser, so I think he will drop out.

    “Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him. He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that [November election] night, the evening of the final episode of the permanently cancelled Donald Trump Shit-Show.” –Michael Moore

  86. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    The EU extended the economic sanctions targeting the financial, energy and defense industries of the Russian economy, as well as dual-use goods, until Jan. 31, 2017. These sanctions were prolonged because the European Council determined that the Minsk agreements concerning military activity in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine have not been respected.

    The prolonged economic sanctions aim to do the following:

    ** limit access to EU primary and secondary capital markets for five major Russian majority state-owned financial institutions and their majority-owned subsidiaries established outside of the EU, as well as three major Russian energy companies and three defence companies;

    ** impose an export and import ban on trade in arms;

    ** establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military use or military end users in Russia; and

    ** curtail Russian access to certain sensitive technologies and services that can be used for oil production and exploration.

    The sanctions are meant to hurt Russia, especially the financial sanctions. Business in Russia cannot get long-term funding, so it is very difficult for them to invest into any long-term projects.

    For example, Russia showcased an MC-21 plane at the Farnborough air show in July of this year, but the planes are not selling abroad. European and American sanctions have been a nightmare for the MC-21 project, largely because the project has more than 20 foreign partners.

    Putin will surrender to Western pressure after his invasion of Crimea, or the Russian people themselves will rise up against Putin.

    • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      so ;

      Russia should not get its panties in a twist over Ukraine.

      But it is perfectly understandable for the US to get its panties in a twist over tiny Cuba , or a Guatemala that most Americans don’t even know what a Guatemala is.

      That is, you are going to convince your enemy to except a context you obviously flatly reject yourself.

      the Russians and the Americans are far more alike than not.

      • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

        I love Cuba and Guatemala!

        I live in nyc, USA

  87. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Order No. 227. Not one step back!

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_No._227

  88. wholy1 August 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    “. . . she will have no idea what to do.”
    But “Its” (her) puppeteer banskters will – start a big-ass war with the Russkies and/or the red Chinks.

  89. sprawlcapital August 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    The concept of societal collapse may be gaining wider attention.

    A lady of the Progressive Left named Laura Flanders has a talk show on Free Speech TV. In a program broadcast yesterday she commented that everything is so awful, it makes you wonder why anyone is still nice to anyone else.

    Along those lines, it finally occurred to me that maybe “dannyboy” is not a computer. Maybe “he” is a suffering human being, maybe on “his” deathbed, “raging against the dying of the light”.

    If so, let “him” rage at you all. Leave me out.

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

      Along those lines, it finally occurred to me that maybe “dannyboy” is not a computer. Maybe “he” is a suffering human being, maybe on “his” deathbed, “raging against the dying of the light”.

      i’m just playin’ with you

  90. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    “Order No. 227. Not one step back!” –Finca

    Order No. 228: Impose stronger sanctions against Russia, hitting the energy sector, esp. Russian oil exports.

    Order No. 228 would have a deep and immediate effect, because of the large share of energy export revenues in the overall Russian state budget.

    Order No. 228 will destroy the ruble because of the close relation between the ruble value and Russian energy trade.

    Order No. 228 could lead to another significant drop of Russian state income from energy exports, for instance, as a result of the US’s sanctioning, like in the case of Iran, international companies that buy oil from, or transport oil for, Russia, above a certain level, or that assist Moscow’s energy trade otherwise.

    Order No. 228, within a couple of months, will cause the Russian state to be unable to pay salaries, pensions etc.

    Order No. 228 will lead to another ruble collapse and ensuing inflation would even earlier drive down the real income of much of the Russian population.

    Order No. 228 will put Russia’s whole social system in turmoil. Many in Moscow, of course, know of this dependence and fear the Order No. 228 scenario.

    Order No. 228 energy export sanctions against Russia should thus be more or even far more effectual than examples from other sanction regimes in other periods and against other types of states suggest.

    • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

      Certainly when it comes to the Donetsk these guys know what they are doing.

      After all, they have done such a wonderful job on their own tobacco road. 😀

  91. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    “Russia should not get its panties in a twist over Ukraine.”

    To make things perfectly clear, the question of Ukraine for Russia is the question if the future battles of the future war will again rage on the Russian territory – or not.

    Certain things are non-negotiable.

    • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

      ” the question of Ukraine for Russia is the question if the future battles of the future war will again rage on the Russian territory – or not. ”

      Precisely so.

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        — Speaking of Putin and the Russian people ……..

        Ronald Reagan looked good, and he sure could give a nice speech.
        And, in the main, he went a long way toward demolishing any conservative principle that conservatives, at least supposedly, believe in.

        Going back further, I never know whether to burst into tears , or roll on the floor laughing, whenever someone describes the NSDAP as , ” Right Wing ” . the only thing right wing about the NSDAP was the costumes .

        My point being, politics seems to at least be as much about emotion as about any empirical data, or a mundane process of getting things done.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

          You should re-read the “Foundation” by A.Asimov – emotions do get things done.

  92. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    “the Russians and the Americans are far more alike than not.” –KesaAnna

    Really? The United States is a SUPERPOWER. Russia is a minor regional player.

    The United States spends half its budget on war-related expenses (preparing for future wars, fighting current wars, paying all the maimed veterans of past wars for the rest of their lives). Russia spends only 20.8 percent, or 3.36 trillion rubles ($84.19 billion) of its national budget on war… because Russia is a minor regional player. Russia comes nowhere near the $900 Billion the US spends. See the difference? Russia is a minor regional player.

    The United States has 800 military bases all over the world. How many military bases does Russia have outside Russia? Ten, and mostly in neighboring areas, in former Soviet republics. See? That is the meaning of “minor REGIONAL player.”

    Get real, KesaAnna.

    • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

      hmm, thanks for sharing with me those statistics — which I already knew.

      You quoted me why ?

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

        On second thought, ok, maybe they aren’t more alike than not.

        These statistics seem to show, if anything, that the country led– for how many years now ? — by the former KGB colonel, a graduate of the school of Beria and Yezhov ,

        is LESS steeped in fantasy, MORE reasonable, than yours .

        still, both seem to me to be , regardless of political label, uniform, flag, or acronym, nations dominated by a kooky, fantastic pseudo-religion – that-isn’t- even-a-religion.

        Like the james Dean movie, rebel(s) without a cause” , nay, worse, like tom petty said, ” a rebel without a clue.”

      • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

        “You quoted me why ?”

        Because you don’t seem to know the difference between a world superpower (USA) and a minor regional player (Russia).

        • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

          “by the former KGB colonel” –KesaAnna

          Former midget coward KGB colonel who had young women singers in Pussy Riot arrested and sentenced for their prayer/protest in Christ the Savior Cathedral. Big brave man!

          But Putin surrendered to world pressure and released them early. They got their message across. Pussy Riot is saying “Don’t look to God for help, you’ve got to get out on the streets and demand change!”

          The Virgin Mary, who is purported to stand with the downtrodden (and not, presumably, with institutions allied with authoritarian regimes), must support Pussy Riot in their fight for justice.

    • sprawlcapital August 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      wpa–Russia is a minor regional player.
      ===============================
      Arguing against Russia being a mere minor power is their space program. Remember that American astronauts depend on Russian rockets to get to, and–more importantly–to return from, the International Space Station.

      Also tipping the scales in favor of Russia being more than a minor power is the fact that they possess hundreds, if not thousands, of nuclear warheads.

  93. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    “Why isn’t Michael Moore down in Venezuela” –brh

    Michael Moore is a white male and is the champion of white men… and he is from Flint, so he has his hands full.

    Did you ever see WHERE TO INVADE NEXT? Several months ago you said you were going to watch it.

    What’d you think? It is a patriotic movie, pro-national borders, pro-America, pro-poor white folks, pro-working class.

  94. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    “How many military bases does Russia have outside Russia?”

    Not really sure, but it seems we got the one that matters

    We got one in Crimea, one in Hmeimim, Syria, a brand new one – Hamadan air-base in Iran.

    Also I heard that the Turks are seriously considering kicking Yankee’s ass out of Incirlik Airbase and renting it out to Russians.

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      It is Iran’s base. On Iranian territory. Iran is sharing its base because it furthers Iran’s goals. Little man Putin is the bitch of the Ayatollahs. (The word “bitch” in this context means: “Modern-day servant; A person who performs tasks for another, usually degrading in status.”

      Putin is furthering Islam. Iran is a majority Muslim country, in which Islam is enshrined in the constitution and all laws are subject to Islamic principles. Indeed, the country’s official title is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now Iran has Putin as its errand-boy, doing Iran’s Islamic will.

  95. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    “sentenced for their prayer”

    You calling a public masturbation on an altar a “prayer”? That’s original.

  96. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    The sleep of reason produces monsters

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Francisco_Jos%C3%A9_de_Goya_y_Lucientes_-_The_sleep_of_r…

  97. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Sran’ Gospodnya! Public singing, not public masturbation.

    You are trying to make the political, which should be protected freedom of expression, into something sexual. Here is what Pussy Riot sang:

    “Patriarch Gundyay believes in Putin
    Would be better, the bastard, if he believed in God!
    The Virgin’s belt won’t replace political gatherings
    The eternal Virgin Mary is with us in our protests!
    Virgin birth-Giver of God, drive away Putin!”

    • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

      So, where they moaning when cumming? I didn’t know, but I could see how in your sick imagination that makes it more “artistic”.

      • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

        “I didn’t know, but I could see how in your sick imagination that makes it more “artistic”.” –finca

        Again, you and your sick imagination are perverting art. You know they were singing and that is artistic expression. You know it was the content of the lyrics that Putin objected to. You know there is no freedom of expression in Putin’s Russia.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

          Hmm, drive to closest Methodist church on Sunday during the service and try masturbating on the Altar – see what happens.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

          Better yet, do it in Mosque – they’re more “peaceful” religion.

          • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

            The church they went to is a restored church, a major draw for international tourists. No liturgical service was taking place. It is not the same as interrupting a protestant church service on Sunday morning or an Islamic mosque full of Muslims in prayer.

            There was no congregation gathered there when Pussy Riot arrived. No liturgy was being performed. The church was empty. Pussy Riot was praying directly to God at the altar. They were singing a religious hymn, “Bogoroditsa Deva” (in the original Russian, which means “Mother of God.”) Theotokos = God-bearer = “Mother of God”

            The song Pussy Riot sang to the Virgin Mary is a plea for a religion free from politics and corruption. Very Christ-like, in other words.

  98. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Trump has openly said that crooked Hillary is preparing to forge the election results, and her supporters in response arranged a hysteria that “Trump wants to de-legitimize the elections, which invincible Hillary is sure to win”.

    And after he cautiously hinted at a crucial role of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in this campaign, which guarantees the right of Americans to bear arms and to create a militia to counter politicians who falsify election results, her supporters just went crazy and began to discuss ways the US military could suppress the uprising of the people against the American President-elect Hillary Clinton. And despite the fact that the US Army in these elections supports Trump, overwhelmingly voting for him in the cities of America, where there are military bases.

    And Trump himself is not pushing the subject of the Civil War and keeps all his trump cards up his sleeve. We can say that he knows what forces he faces, and that popular votes will not protect him.

    Last week all the American media were enthusiastically discussing the possibility that in fact he does not want to be president, and just takes the opportunity to show off his acting talents. But the fact of the matter is that Clinton supporters themselves hyped in the media theme of possible riots and civil war, and now it has got the life of its own.

    • dannyboy August 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      “keeps all his trump cards up his sleeve”

      isn’t that cheating?And wouldn’t you be against that?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

        No, it’s a legit Russian military tactics of deceiving the enemy – maskirovka

        • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 8:14 am #

          Russian military cheat at cards?

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

      Trump might end up being tried for sedition and serving a long prison sentence.

      18 US Code Chapter 115 – TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

      Sedition is conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state.

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

        Like the British colonel George Washington maybe ? the Royal Postmaster Benjamin Franklin ? or the Crown Jurist John Adams?

      • messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

        “Subversive” to who?

      • KesaAnna August 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

        And I might end up laughing my ass off when you SUPERPOWER !!!! your way into poverty, swatting flies with your 357 magnum , as you American Protestant ( but without the excuse of actually being Protestant ) religious cranks are given to do.

        • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 8:18 am #

          again, no recognition for the American Jews, who contribute to social well-being.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

            Yes, like Hillary, you set out to do good, and end up doing well.

            The whole take down of Europe is being spun as a social service issue. This kind of thing has really gotten out of hand. Such “morality” is simply a psychic cancer even when genuine.

          • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

            Your comparison of meto Hillary is farfetched.

            What is it that prevents you from seeing individuals?

      • Cavepainter August 17, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

        You have advocated abolishing national sovereignty, including borders, immigration laws, the exclusionary right of citizenship,….. hell, the whole ball game.

  99. FincaInTheMountains August 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    “Trump might end up being tried for sedition”

    And for being a Putin’s agent code-named “The Donald”.

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

      Finca, don’t confuse sedition and treason. Trump is guilty of both, but what he did with Putin was treason, not sedition.

  100. messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Concerning Trump’s accusation about ISIS and Clinton.

    philosophers-stone.co.uk/?p=13425

  101. messianicdruid August 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    I should have used the original link, for the remarks section.

    thepoliticalinsider.com/hillary-isis-admitted-obama-created-isis-flashback/

  102. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    What could be more environmentally and socially advantageous than an entire country going 100% organic?

    The Danish government has actually announced that it will transform the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming.

    This means that Denmark will be the first country on the planet to become 100% organic.

  103. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    Bhutan could within a decade become the first country in the world to go wholly organic in its food production, according to key politicians in the Himalayan kingdom. Unless Denmark gets there first.

    Agriculture and forests minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji and opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho, who held the post in the previous government, say there is a united commitment to rid the country of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

  104. PeteAtomic August 17, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    So previously I believed that perhaps Jill Stein was somebody who could be supported as a presidential candidate.

    I take that back.

    She spoke a couple days ago at the University of Minnesota on reparations for slavery.

    So, again– I do not support Jill Stein. She sounds very apparently a Marxist.

    What I am for is a country of anti-monopolists. I am for small business people & entrepeneurs.

    • wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks for letting us know. I support reparations, so I’ll take another look at Jill. I will be voting for a woman presidential candidate. I just have to analyze all of them to make a decision.

  105. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    Meanwhile, in the USA, 13 million people live in food deserts. A food desert is a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.

    Here is a map of food desert locations nationwide (no car and no grocery store within one mile)

    americannutritionassociation.org/sites/default/files/food-deserts.jpg

    • BackRowHeckler August 18, 2016 at 7:46 am #

      Food desert?

      We have so called ‘food deserts’ here.

      Back in the ’68 riots local supermarkets and food stores were looted and burned out. They were never rebuilt. Why bother, really? There have been many attempts along the way to put regional food stores into ghetto neighborhoods; they don’t last long, maybe 6 months or so, what with employee pilfering, shoplifting, outright theft, muggings in the parking lot, stolen cars (you try to do business under those conditions) … what we have now are ‘Bodegas’ with bars on the windows and armed local thugs guarding the entrance, a big sign that reads ‘We Accept Food Stamps’, and where a gallon of milk costs $6.

      brh

  106. malthuss August 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

    Black tortures White or mulatto child. Child answered to name ‘Idiot’—

    washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/08/17/a-4-year-old-girl-zip-tied-as-punishment-t…

    • malthuss August 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

      But thats not what young Whites see on TV. The ads I see are of ‘superior’ blacks with lovely White–often Blonde, ladies.

  107. wpa_ccc August 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Five Women Candidates for President 2016

    Lynn Sandra Kahn, Independent Presidential Candidate

    Shawna Sterling, Independent Presidential Candidate

    Samm Tittle, Independent Presidential Candidate

    Jill Stein, Green Party

    Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party

  108. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    More Women Presidential Candidates 2016

    Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party

    Gloria La Riva, Peace and Freedom Party

    Lynn Sandra Kahn, Reform Party

    Shawna Joy Sterling, Independent

    Samm Tittle, Independent

    Jill Stein, Green Party

    Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party

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

    So that makes SEVEN WOMEN CANDIDATES for President 2016

    I have a lot of research to do before deciding which woman gets my vote.

    • JimInFlorida August 21, 2016 at 7:53 am #

      None of those women candidates are fit to clean the toilet of Queen Maria Theresa of 18th century Austria.

  109. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    THIRTY YEARS OF REAGAN TAX CUTS HAVE NOT WORKED

    Tax cuts for the rich do not inexorably result in more economic activity, but create a growing income gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. The rich tend to save more of their disposable income and growth slows down.

    Ha-Joon Chang, the popular economics writer from Cambridge University, is another veteran critic of the idea. “The trickle-down argument crucially depends on the assumption that, when given a bigger slice of national output, the rich will use it to increase investments”, he has written.

    He describes this as “an assumption that has not been borne out by reality”, and goes on: “Once you realise that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are: a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer.”

    UPWARD REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME
    That is what Reagan has wrought

    Take it back! Tax the rich!

    • tucsonspur August 18, 2016 at 4:20 am #

      As a general, overall introduction to economics,Ha-Joon Chang’s, “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” is pretty good. The jacket describes it as “…a lighthearted book with a serious purpose…”

      • Janos Skorenzy August 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

        Any arroyo stories you care to share?

    • JimInFlorida August 21, 2016 at 7:50 am #

      I have to agree with this particular posting 100%.

      Of course, all of this was foreseen back in the 1980’s when it was going down. But, we were called Conspiracy Theorists for pointing that out.

  110. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    Wharton students posted an open letter to Trump, rejecting his bigotry and arguing that a Trump presidency would hurt the country.

    Since then, more than 3,800 members of the Wharton community have signed the letter, including students, alumni and at least five current professors.

    “Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy,” the letter reads. “An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.”

    NOTE: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ? 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ? from entering the U.S.

    • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      I used to recruit at Wharton. Very hospitable.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

        What do you have against Trump Tower btw?

        • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

          It was the first skinny tower buiding in NYC. Previously zoning prevented such density.

          The outsized density affects the public space that we share (sidewalks, subways, etc), increases noise levels, decreases fresh air and light.

          Kinda’ anti-life.

          Like Trumpet, who blows his own horn annoyingly.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

            How is a skinny tower different than a skyscraper?

          • dannyboy August 19, 2016 at 9:31 am #

            The Trump Tower is skinny and tall. Way out of proportion (contrast that with the grandeur of Empire State, Chrysler Building and many, many others).

            The engineering developed to the point where there was less need for width to anchor new building. Trump influenced the Zoning Laws to allow this CRAP.

            Originally Jacqueline Kennedy led the opposition to this monstrosity. She noted that this building would set a precedent for others, which would one day cast a shadow over Central Park that would be ominous. That day has come.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

            Ok, that must mean what Ivanka meant by iconic. But let’s face it: architects and builders want to stand out and many are now doing similar type things, are they not? Putting Central Park in permanent shade may well be a real concern, but a regular building would have done the same or worse. From what I’ve seen, it probably is time to stop building tall building in downtown Manhattan. Why don’t they expand north or south if the need is there? Or to other boroughs?

          • dannyboy August 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

            “Why don’t they expand north or south if the need is there? Or to other boroughs?”

            The Expansion to the South is Underway. It began with the World Trade Center.

            Northern Manhattan is residential.

            The “Boroughs” don’t have the Panache that Manhattan does.

            You see…

            …it’s complicated

            youtube.com/watch?v=_O09NjpB4AI

  111. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    Few people trust Hillary Clinton and now the Democratic party’s ethics have been called into question.

    Therefore, the only ethical course of action to ensure the best possibility to place a Democrat in the office of President of the United States, is for Hillary Roddam Clinton to concede the nomination to Bernie Sanders and endorse his campaign.

  112. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 12:54 am #

    Conservative Louisiana Flood Victims Are Suddenly Silent About Big Government

    Now that the Louisiana Flood of 2016 is beginning to recede, guess who is outraged that the federal government isn’t moving fast enough to help them? If you guessed the conservative residents of Louisiana who do not understand how government or federal disaster declarations work, you would be correct.

    For a bunch of folks who believe in rugged individualism and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, I find it pretty typical that these individuals are the first to complain when a natural disaster hits them, instead of some disadvantaged minority neighborhood like the Lower 9th Ward.

    Louisiana conservatives love to politicize tragedies for their own agendas, but are now wailing bitterly that it is wrong and inhuman of me to have written this story. Remember all the gun fanatics who called Sandy Hook and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings “false flags” designed to take away guns?

    To apply the classic conservative victim-blaming logic, you didn’t have to buy a $300,000 house in a low-lying subdivision, and then suddenly act surprised when you end up flooded without the proper insurance. These are your poor life choices that you made, but the rest of us are expected to bail you out? See how that works? Thoughts and prayers, bro.

  113. wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    Burning down Chris Christie’s debt…

    The New York Times reports that after Trump’s failing Atlantic City casinos racked up as staggering $30 million of unpaid taxes, Christie took office and $25 million of Trump’s tax burden was conveniently written off.

    Perhaps Christie was expecting Trump to return a favor. When Trump started in Atlantic City, he refused to put any of his own money into the casinos, financing them instead with junk bonds and personal debt. He repeatedly landed his businesses in bankruptcy court, even when Atlantic City was thriving. Investors, and eventually shareholders, foolishly bet on Trump’s reputation as a competent business man. As Trump paid himself millions in salaries and benefits, and used casino revenue to pay off his personal debts, stock and bondholders lost over $1.5 billion.

    • jhon August 18, 2016 at 7:12 am #

      “When the black man is angered, entire neighborhoods burn. When the white man is angered, entire continents burn.”

      oh well,,maybe the fuse is already burning,,,,just saying….

    • ozone August 18, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      Whoa! Long shift, dude!
      Are you being punished, ordered to turn up the smoke machine, paid double-good overtime, or simply tag-teaming on the screen pseudonym? (Changing the screen name again to something like, “The Omnipresent”, would be a better descriptor than that stupid, bass-ackwards Orwellian conglomeration of past govt. programs that actually did some good for Americans in days of yore, ‘Soaky.)

  114. FincaInTheMountains August 18, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Ah, Cuba, my love!

    US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

    euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/us-moves-nuclear-weapons-from-turkey-to-romania/

  115. FincaInTheMountains August 18, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Putin’s Caliphate

    Russia + Syria + Iran + Turkey + Iraq

    Russia inexorably becomes the world geopolitical leader.

    Under the Moscow’s direction the war on terror in the Middle East is entering a new, decisive phase. The most important states in the region – not only Syria but also Iran, and Iraq are becoming our open allies in the fight against the jihadists. Turkey, humiliated by the participation of Washington in recent coup attempt, too, seems to be ready to abandon its pro-Western orientation.

    US influence in the region is about to collapse and Moscow finally becomes the leading geopolitical force in the vast region from the Eastern Mediterranean to Pakistan.

    • wpa_ccc August 18, 2016 at 9:42 am #

      Yeah, cause Russia did such a good job fighting for ten years before surrendering and leaving Afghanistan. “Jihadists” cannot be defeated militarily.

      I would think Russia’s ten years of failure in Afghanistan would have shown the futility of using military might against “jihadists”.

  116. FincaInTheMountains August 18, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Good job, Hillary!

    • dannyboy August 18, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      we agree again.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 18, 2016 at 10:10 am #

        Putin’s agent code-named “Bastinda”

      • Cavepainter August 18, 2016 at 10:10 am #

        Hoo boy, the political glockenspiels are multiplying here on this site.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 18, 2016 at 10:12 am #

        Ooops, Bastinda is her second code name.

        First and always – Deep Throat